2014 Obituaries

Herbert Newman Sr.

Nov. 20, 1929 — Dec. 24, 2014

Herbert Newman Sr., 85, of Culver, died on Dec. 24, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Herb was born to John Allen and May (Warmbrod) Newman on Nov. 20, 1929. He was one of six children, having three brothers and two sisters with which to share the house.

Herb married Norma Good on Nov. 19, 1955. She preceded him in death in January 1994.

Herb worked on the family-owned dairy farm in Culver. He served in the Army in the post World War II occupation of Germany and was involved in the atomic bomb testing in Nevada.

He acted as the quartermaster of the Finney-Shilling VFW Post 6919 and was a member of Collins Tasch American Legion in Monterey and an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus. During his early retirement, Herb was a frequent driver for the Culver-Union Township EMS.

Herb considered his greatest accomplishments to be raising seven kids that grew up to be good people, volunteering in the community, and staying married for 38 years. He loved and adored his family. He did not consider any episode in his life a disappointment and cited his kids and grandkids as the most important things in his life. When asked if there was anything he wanted to change in his life, he said no, because he had a complete satisfaction of his life. He spent most of his later years with family, friends and his beloved dogs.

Herb is survived by sons: John [Jeanne] of Winamac, Herbert Jr. [Janet] of Culver, and Arthur [Melissa] of Winamac; daughters: Barbara [Warren] Penrod of Culver, Geri of Culver, and Mary of Bennington; daughter-in-law Marilyn of Star City; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Helen Samuelson of Plymouth; brother-in-law Norman Good of Fishers; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Norma of 38 years; son Edward; grandson Douglas; brothers: Charles, Jesse and J. Allen; and sister Lovina Wesson.

Visitation was held at the Odom Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 29, from 2-8 p.m. Father Jeff Largent officiated a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver at 10 a.m. Burial followed at Zion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Culver-Union Township EMS or the Marshall County Community Foundation-Zion Cemetery Trust.

Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 31, 2014)

 

Luke C. Huddleston

May 27, 1927 — Dec. 28, 2014

Luke C. Huddleston, 87, of Royal Center, passed away at 2:50 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 28, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Logansport.

Born on May 27, 1927, in Silver Point, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Walter and Irene (Jones) Huddleston.

On Dec. 10, 1949, he married Mary Martha Lesher.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Luke retired from Exide in Logansport and he was also a farmer.

Survivors include his wife Mary Martha Huddleston of Royal Center; grandsons: Jason Huddleston of Royal Center, and Jeremy Huddleston; sister Jody Wagner of Logansport; and great-grandchildren: Camryn and Jaelyn Huddleston.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Irene (Jones) Huddleston; son Dean Huddleston; daughter Marilyn Sue Huddleston; and brothers: Walter and Milton Huddleston.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at the Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel. A celebration of life service and military rites will be performed at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 31, 2014)

 

Paul L. Archer

Feb. 4, 1957 — Dec. 25, 2014

Paul L. Archer, 57, of Medaryville, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 4, 1957, in Winamac, to Earl and Alladene (Poisel) Archer.

Paul married Sheri Terpstra on July 6, 2013. Sheri survives.

He worked as a forklift driver at VanGuard National Trailors in Monon. Paul was a member of the sons of the American Legion in Medaryville for seven years. He enjoyed playing golf, watching Jeopardy and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Sheri (Terpstra) Archer of Medaryville; daughters: Destiny [Wesley] Hurley of Hamlet, and Brandy [Henry] Turner of Plymouth; granddaughters: Karlie Archer, Bailey Turner and McKayla Hurley; grandson Westin Hurley; brothers: Dennis [Betty] Archer of Indianapolis, and Richard Archer of Knox; several nieces and nephews; best friend Ronnie Warren of Chalmers and friend Arnold Neeley of Medaryville.

He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Alladene (Poisel) Archer; and brother Donald Archer.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel Medaryville. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m., with Robert L. Rawlins officiating. Entombment will take place in Independence Cemetery in Medaryville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Jasper County Hospice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 31, 2014)

 

Doris E. Wentzel

Aug. 3, 1928 — Dec. 28, 2014

Doris E. Wentzel, 86, of Kewanna, passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Culver, surrounded by her loving family.

Doris was born on Aug. 3, 1928, in Brooklyn, Iowa, to James A. and Xavie (Benton) Flaherty. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she attended Harrison High School.

On June 7, 1947, she married Robert H. Wentzel and moved into their current home that Bob built (including furniture and cupboards), on the family farm at Kewanna. He preceded her in death July 15, 1998.

Doris held numerous jobs outside the home, mostly bookkeeping, working for the Fulton County Auditor, Armoire Creamery, Kewanna Grain Elevator, Kewanna Lumber Company, Kewanna Plumbing and Heating, CFS at Leiters Ford and Kewanna and finally retiring in 1995 from Frick Services in Leiters Ford.

Doris was a member of the Rochester Moose, VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Culver and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Doris had a kind heart and an open home — taking in friends, family, dogs and cats whenever a home was needed. She loved to laugh and enjoyed bawdy jokes, although she could not remember the punch line when she tried to repeat them, something that made us laugh often more than the joke itself. She will be missed.

Doris, an avid lover of antiques (rarely missing an episode of Antiques Roadshow), dishes, newspaper clippings, and dogs and cats, is survived by her sons: Gary [Janice] of Kewanna, Alan [Bea] of Kewanna, and Jim [Linda] of Leiters Ford; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and her younger brother James B. Flaherty of LaOtto.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister Elaine R. Oldt; niece Sandra Oldt and her baby daughter Lori.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, 123 E. Main Street, Kewanna.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Bruce Lake Cemetery.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Rochester Humane Society.

To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 31, 2014)

 

Harry O. Miller

April 28, 1922 — Dec. 24, 2014

Harry O. Miller, 92, of Indianapolis, formerly of Loogootee, and Pulaski County, died Dec. 24.

Harry was born April 28, 1922, in Pulaski County, to the late Dennis and Mary K. “Katie” (Umphrey) Miller.

Mr. Miller faithfully served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre. He was awarded the Bronze Star while serving aboard the PC 1119 for rendering medical aid in a 24-hour period to 183 souls rescued from the USS Gambier Bay (CVE 73), that had been sunk by enemy fire. He was honorably discharged as a Pharmacists Mate First Class in December of 1945. Upon completion of his service, Harry resumed his career as a funeral director which he began prior to his Navy service.

Harry was the owner of Miller Funeral Home in Loogootee following the war until he retired in the early 1970s. His retirement was short-lived as he returned to his calling of funeral service at the Jordan Funeral Home, the Dorsey-Feeney Funeral Home, the Little & Sons Funeral Home in Beech Grove, through the early ‘70s until the late ‘80s. In the early 1990s, he joined the family at Flanner and Buchanan in Zionsville where he was an active funeral director caring for the community well past his 85th birthday. 2014 marked his 73rd year as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Indiana, a milestone that he was extremely proud of.

Mr. Miller was a member of Zionsville United Methodist Church, the Indiana Funeral Directors Association; charter member and more than 60 years member of VFW Post No. 1728 in Winamac; life member and past chaplain of American Legion Post 79 in Zionsville; and a life member of the Patrol Craft Sailors Association.

Harry will be remembered for his giving spirit, his warm smile, hearty laugh, and his endless amount of tall tales. “Handsome Harry-O” will be fondly remembered and forever missed.

Harry is survived by his wife Lois Arlene Torgerson Miller; son Timothy John Miller of Greenwood; daughter Rebecca Ann Miller of Indianapolis; niece Cathy Fahler Schmicker; stepchildren: Thomas M. Torgerson and Kimberly Torgerson; and foster grandchildren: Lauren and Brad Budrow.

He was preceded in death by his sisters: Irene Miller, Glynn Miller Kindig and Ida Ruth (Miller) Fahler; brothers: Ira Miller, Charles Miller, Paul Miller and Loren Miller; nephews: Charles (Chuck) Fahler and Kelly K. Kindig; and niece Karen Kindig.

Visitation was 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 30, with a funeral service beginning at 10 a.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service, 481 W. Main St. in Greenwood. A graveside service with military honors followed at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Tippecanoe Church Cemetery in rural Pulaski County.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Online condolences may be offered at www.wilsonstpierre.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 31, 2014)

 

Terry Lee Matthews

Terry Lee Matthews, 43, Winamac, passed away at 4:32 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Indiana University Health Hospital in Indianapolis.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 31, 2014)

 

Elizabeth C. “Betty” Selle Frazie

Jan. 18, 1920 — Dec. 16, 2014

Elizabeth C. (Betty) Selle Frazie, 94, Fort Wayne, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, in Fort Wayne.

She was born Jan. 18, 1920, in Culver, to Herbert and Golda (Woolington) Hamman.

Her first marriage was to Bill Selle who is deceased. She was married to James Frazie who preceded her in death in 1998.

She was a former member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Christian Mothers while living in Winamac, and a member of the Monterey Legion Auxiliary.

She lived most of her life in the Winamac-Kewanna area, moving to Fort Wayne in 2004. She was a member of the Parkview Hospital Auxiliary.

Betty’s first priority was spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren. She also loved to play cards, bake and travel.

Survivors include her daughters: Mary E. [Robert] Short of Fort Wayne, Ellen [Arden] Hargis-Miller of Fort Wayne, and Barbara [Ralph] Kiser of Star City; son Richard [Martha] Selle of South Bend; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; brother Ron Hamman of Kewanna; and sister Ruth Talbott of Kewanna.

She was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Golda (Woolington) Hamman; father of the Selle children Bill Selle; husband James Frazie; daughter Kathleen Selle; sisters: Lucille Newcomer and Geraldine Good; and brothers: Robert Hamman, Ralph Hamman and Bud Hamman.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services followed at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Frain Mortuary. Rev. Bert Woolson officiated.

In lieu of flowers donations 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 — Dec. 18, 2014)

 

Donna G. Harper

July 29, 1932 — Dec. 17, 2014

Donna G. Harper, 82, of Longville, Minnesota (formerly of Star City), died Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Chesterfield General Hospital in Cheraw, South Carolina.

She was born on July 29, 1932, in Royal Center, to the late Lawrence Eugene and Glenne (Wiseley) Barker.

She married Harold G. Harper on March 1, 1953, in Winamac. He survives.

Donna graduated from Star City High School in 1950 and then St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1953. She received a bachelor’s degree. Donna worked as a registered nurse at Pulaski Memorial Hospital for more 30 years. She retired in 1991. After retirement, Donna and Harold began spending their summers in Longville, Minnesota, and later their winters in Chesterfield, South Carolina.

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

Donna enjoyed cro-knitting and had many interests including nature, especially fishing, flowers, trees, and hummingbirds. She was an avid reader and later listened to books on tape.

Donna dedicated her life to the principles of nursing, helping others both in and out of the hospital. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband Harold G. Harper of Longville, Minnesota; daughters: Terri [Murray] Garbett of Cape Coral, Florida, Toni [Ken] Sausman of Longville, Minnesota, and Traci [Bob] Hardel of Kouts; son Richard Harper of Cape Coral, Florida; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers: Francis “Gene” [JoAnn] Barker of Melbourne Beach, Florida, and Richard “Bud” [Donna] Barker of Seymour; sister Karen Sayler of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence Eugene and Glenne (Wiseley) Barker; and brother Robert [Candy] Barker.

Visitation was 10-11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at Frain Mortuary. Rev. Ruth Waite officiated. Burial took place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Chesterfield County Hospice, Salvation Army or Star City United Methodist Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 24, 2014)

 

Rodney D. Miller

Rodney D. Miller, 43, of Lafayette, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 24, 2014)

 

Marguerite O. Wiebusch

Oct. 10, 1926 — Dec. 12, 2014

Marguerite O. Wiebusch, 88, of Burlington, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, at 1:40 p.m. at Wellbrooke of Kokomo.

She was born Oct. 10, 1926, in Winamac, to Ira and Caroline (Traver) Kersey.

Marguerite married Richard A. Wiebusch on Feb. 22, 1964, in Aurora, Illinois. Richard died Dec. 22, 2011.

She was a charter member of the American Quilters Society, the American Quilt Study Group and the National Quilting Association. She was an NQA master judge. Marguerite was a board member of the Indiana Quilt Registry Project. She served as documentation chair of the IQRP. She co-authored their book “Quilts of Indiana.” She also published four books of original quilting designs. Marguerite was a member of the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis and the Kokomo Piecemakers Guild.

Marguerite also had a passion for photography.

Survivors include her sons: Kerry [Cindy] Kopkey of Fulton, New York, John Kopkey of Winamac, James Kopkey of Noblesville, David Kopkey of Kokomo, and Jeff Kopkey of Mesa, Arizona; daughters: Sharon Lee Langdon of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Melanie Jo [Gary] Stalter of Kokomo; daughter-in-law Joey Wiebusch of Kokomo; 12 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard A. Wiebusch; parents Ira and Caroline (Traver) Kersey; son Richard F. Wiebusch; daughter Cynthia Ann Wiebusch; grandson Chad Kopkey; sisters: Edna Bierrum, Iris Fern Shannon, Gertrude Brown, Wilma Keck and Mary Roller; brothers: Herbert Kersey, Hubert Kersey, Kenneth Kersey, Fred Kersey and Robert Kersey; and one baby sister.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Frain Mortuary, with Rev. Edward Clark officiating. Burial will take place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Guardian Angel Hospice in Kokomo.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 17, 2014)

 

Sarah Lovina Behnke

Nov. 23, 1927 — Dec. 12, 2014

Sarah L. Behnke, 87, of Culver, died at 4:58 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester.

Sarah was born on Nov. 23, 1927, in rural Starke County, near Culver. She was a 1945 graduate of Winamac High School.

Sarah married Roland A. Behnke on Aug. 22, 1948. He died May 21, 1988.

Sarah was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Culver and was also involved with the United Methodist Women.

Sarah was a very hardworking woman. She spent many years as a farmwife, helping Roland on the farm. She and Roland moved to Culver in 1961, where she spent many years working at the Culver Military Academy and ultimately retiring from the Culver Inn.

Sarah never knew a stranger. She formed strong relationships with everyone she met and had amazing name recall.

Sarah enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, embroidering and crocheting.

Sarah was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughter Patsy A. [Roger] Sickmiller of Plymouth; son Edward Roland [Barbara] Behnke of Culver; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; and half sister Wanda Miller of Plymouth.

She was preceded in death by her parents Leo William and Esther (Warmbrod) Warren; husband Roland A. Behnke; and great-grandson Jessie Allen Sickmiller.

Visitation was from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Frain Mortuary. Burial took place in Reed Cemetery of Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Wesley United Methodist Church, Culver EMS or Culver Union Township Fire Department.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 17, 2014)

 

Jane Ann (Budd) McEwan

July 30, 1940 — Nov. 30, 2014

Jane Ann (Budd) McEwan, 74, of Livingston, Texas, formerly DeMotte, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30.

She was born on July 30, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, as the daughter of Hartel “HB” and Ruth Ann (Litke) Budd.

She married to Richard McEwan on Dec. 30, 1962, in Medaryville.

She was the owner/manager of Pizza King for many years and attended DeMotte United Methodist Church in DeMotte.

Jane is survived by her husband Richard McEwan; son Todd McEwan; daughters: Melissa Williamson, Marsha McEwan and Ann Anderson; brother Bill Budd; and sister Judy Budd.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hartel “HB” and Ruth Ann Budd; and son Bill McEwan.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at DeMotte United Methodist Church in DeMotte.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made in Jane’s name to WoundedWarriorProject.org. Select the “donate now” button and click on the “gift in honor or memory of link.”

Use the following mailing address if you would like the family to be notified of your donation: Jane McEwan, P.O. Box 965, Greenfield, IN 46140.

Friends may share a memory or send a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com or email condolences to sympathy@erleweinmortuary.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 17, 2014)

 

William Ray Harris

William Ray Harris, 58, of Galesburg, Michigan, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 17, 2014)

 

Betty H. Allen

Betty H. Allen, 82, of Medaryville, went home to be with the Lord at 7:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 17, 2014)

 

Matilda R. Earhart

July 30, 1917 — Dec. 7, 2014

Matilda R. Earhart, 97, of Winamac (formerly of Royal Center), passed away peacefully at 5:40 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, at Hickory Creek Healthcare Center in Winamac.

Born on July 30, 1917, in Pulaski County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas O. and Ada (Pratt) Hickman.

On March 8, 1936, she married Lestel E. Earhart in Winamac. He preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1982.

Matilda was a homemaker. She was also formerly employed at Rice Corporation in Winamac and Hart Schaffner & Marx in Rochester. Matilda and her husband also formerly owned and operated a carpet cleaning business and a mink ranch in Royal Center for several years.

Matilda formerly attended Bethel Bible Church in Winamac and Caley United Methodist Church in Royal Center.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, reading, gardening, playing the organ and singing.

Survivors include her daughter Roselyn Clark of Winamac; son LaGene [Denise] Earhart of Winamac; sister Betty [Jack] Feightner of Kokomo; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five sisters; and two brothers.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes, Royal Center Chapel, with visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Elder Donald Norrick will officiate.

Entombment will follow at Ever Rest Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 10, 2014)

 

 

Ruth I. Crawford

Ruth I. Crawford, 75, of Francesville, (formerly of Portage) passed away Dec. 5, at her home with her loving husband by her side.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 10, 2014)

 

 

Sharon A. Widner

Nov. 6, 1947 — Dec. 2, 2014

Sharon A. Widner, 67, of Winamac, died at 3:04 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, after a valiant two-year battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.

She was born on Nov. 6, 1947, in Logansport.

Sharon was a 1966 graduate from Mississinawa Valley High School in Union City, Ohio. She graduated from Rudae Beauty School in Logansport.

She married Jerry Widner on June 15, 1968, in Logansport. They moved to Winamac in 1970. Sharon was well known as the “paint lady” at Coast-to-Coast/Ace Hardware in Winamac, where she worked for 34 years. She retired in 2009.

Sharon was a Rainbow Girl in high school. Sharon was a Cub Scout den mother and 4-H craft judge for several years. She enjoyed knitting and camping.

Sharon loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband Jerry L. Widner of Winamac; son James Edward [Cheryl] Widner of Winamac; daughter Natalie Sue [Barry] Harvey of Camby; granddaughter Ashley Widner; grandsons: Kyle Widner, Tristan Harvey and Tad Harvey; great-granddaughter Autumn Widner; brother George Emmons of Logansport; sisters: Shirley [Ron] Kuszmaul of Deer Creek, and Diane [Denny] Johnson of LaGrange; sister-in-law Janice Emmons of Logansport; uncle Dwight Emmons of Greeneville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents John E. and Juanita (Watson) Emmons; brothers: John Paul Emmons and David Emmons; and niece Nicole Savini.

Visitation was 3-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Frain Mortuary. Pastor Rick Abbott officiated. Burial took place in Mt. Zion-Franklin Township Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Cancer Society.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 10, 2014)

 

 

Paul E. Bauman Jr.

Nov. 25, 1944 — Nov. 28, 2014

Paul E. Bauman Jr., 70, of Kewanna, passed away unexpectedly at 3:43 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, at his residence.

Born on Nov. 25, 1944, in Winamac, he was the son of Paul E. and Florence Rosella (Braun) Bauman.

On Aug. 5, 1967, he married Vivian H. Stair. She survives.

He was a 1962 graduate of North Caston High School and a 1963 graduate of Purdue University Ag Short Course.

Paul was a lifelong farmer and he retired in 1991 from the U.S. Army National Guard after 27 years. He also was formerly employed with the Indiana Department of Transportation for eight years and then with Dilling Mechanical where he worked at Caterpillar in Lafayette.

Paul and his wife were caretakers for more than 10 cemeteries for more than 30 years and he also “supervised” Viv’s Lunch Service for more than 30 years where they worked for as many as eight auctioneers through the years. Paul loved working on the farm, building furniture and constructing buildings on the farm.

He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, a charter member of Grass Creek Lions Club, Indiana Racing Lions and he was also a member of the American Legion.

Paul was a loving family man who was dearly loved by his family. He always had a smile and a very infectious laugh. He loved life and kept himself doing things for others. He had suffered the past three years with multiple myeloma cancer and end stage renal failure.

Survivors include his wife Vivian H. Bauman of Kewanna; children: Laura Heffner [Donnie Apple] of Greenfield, Paul [Tina] Bauman III of Star City, Mark [Kris] Bauman of Indianapolis, and Mandy [B. Donnie] Couch of Monterey, California; mother Florence Bauman of Rochester; brothers: Fred [Almeta Ann] Bauman of Rochester, Jim [Carol] Bauman of Kewanna, Cletus Bauman of Galveston and Donald [Lois Ann] Bauman of Rochester; sisters: Julia [Gary] Kline of Kewanna and Janece [Bruce] Warner of Talma; and grandchildren: Jonathon and Benjamin Heffner, Andrew Masters, Paul Bauman IV, Hannah and Savannah Hoover, Caden Bauman, and Brennan, Madison, Molly and Owen Couch.

He was preceded in death by his father Paul E. Bauman Sr.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the funeral home.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel.

Burial with military rites will be performed at Bauman Cemetery in Kewanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grass Creek Lions Club and/or in care of the Bauman family.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 3, 2104)

Kenneth R. Miller

Sept. 16, 1987 — Nov. 30, 2014

Kenneth R. Miller, 27, of Kewanna, went home to be with his Lord at 6:36 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, surrounded by his family at home.

Kenneth was born on Sept. 16, 1987, in Indianapolis, to Marcia Louise Siebenhaar who passed away Sept. 21, 1987. Kenneth and Marcia both suffered from a rare neurological disease called Neurofibromatosis “NF” that ultimately claimed their lives. He was lovingly raised by his aunt and uncle, Deb and Roger Miller.

Kenneth was a member of First Baptist Church in Winamac, where he was faithful to attend no matter how ill he felt.

He enjoyed paintballing and watching “Walker Texas Ranger.” He also enjoyed eating, especially at Golden Corral.

Kenneth was a loving, caring and compassionate young man, who was known to always have a smile on his face. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include parents Deb and Roger Miller of Kewanna; brothers: Jason Miller, Roger [Katrina] Miller Jr. of Remington, Efrom [Kayla] Miller of Logansport, Ethan Miller of Kewanna, and Brandon Miller of Kewanna; sister Rebekah Miller of Kewanna; grandmothers: Ann Shideler of Beardstown, and Sadie Miller of Culver; grandfather Stuart Siebenhaar of LaPorte; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Marcia Louise Siebenhaar; grandfather Walter Miller; stepgrandfather Frank Shidler; and cousins Jonathan Siebenhaar and Jared Mays.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 4, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Funeral services will follow at noon, Thursday, Dec. 4, at Frain Mortuary, with Pastor Mark Pilger officiating.

Private burial will take place in Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Monterey.

Memorial contributions may be given to funeral home for funeral expenses.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 3, 2014)

 

Randy L. Buchanan

Randy L. Buchanan, 57, of Ocala, Florida, formerly of Winamac, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, at his residence in Ocala.

Randy was a retired professional wrestler.

He was the son of Paul and Carole (Strasser) Buchanan.

Randy is survived by his wife Angelis of Ocala, Florida; sons: Josh and Ike of Ocala, Florida; two grandchildren of Ocala, Florida; mother Carole Way of Largo, Florida; and brothers: Steve Buchanan of Largo, Florida, and Michael Buchanan of Winamac.

No services are scheduled.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 3, 2104)

Brandon Shawn Starr

Dec. 4, 1994 — Nov. 28, 2014

Brandon Shawn Starr, 19, of Winamac, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Brandon was born on Dec. 4, 1994, in Winamac, to Crystal and Darren Starr.

Brandon enjoyed playing baseball and basketball as well as fishing, swimming and listening to music. He was a Chicago Bears fan.

Brandon was full of life. He liked to joke around and make people laugh. He especially enjoyed hanging out with his friends who fondly knew him as “B.”

Brandon was dearly loved by his sisters who had nicknamed him “Bub.” He loved his son very much.

Brandon will be sadly missed by his friends and family.

Survivors include his father Darren S. [Myra] Starr of Winamac; son Zaiden Carl Parlett of Kewanna; sisters: Amber N. [Matt] Justice of Francesville, and Cortney M. [Brandon] Thomas of Winamac; stepbrother Cody M. Cobb of Monticello; stepsisters: Micah A. Cobb of Monticello, and Taylor A. Arbuckle of Winamac; paternal grandparents William and Darlene Starr of Winamac; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Crystal J. Starr; maternal grandparents William and Tessie Kellems; and uncle Jeffery Starr.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Frain Mortuary with Pastor Randy Williams officiating.

Burial will take place in Mt. Zion-Franklin Township Cemetery in Winamac.

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

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 3, 2014)

 

Vaughn Edward Thompson

March 17, 1926 — Nov. 20, 2014

Vaughn Edward “Ed” Thompson, 88, of Francesville, (formerly of Pulaski) passed away at 9:18 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Ed was born on March 17, 1926, to the late William and Nancy (Roberts) Thompson.

On May 19, 1946, Ed married Ruth Pannell. She passed away June 23, 1965. He then married Joyce A. Kennedy on Nov. 5, 1966. She passed away Sept. 15, 2004.

Ed served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion.

Ed was a body repairman at Shepherd’s Chevrolet in Winamac for many years.

He enjoyed living on the Tippecanoe River. Ed enjoyed yard work, reading, playing euchre and doing crossword puzzles. Whether it was watching games or reading magazines, football was his passion.

Ed loved his family and friends very much. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include daughters: Diana K. [John] Bartos of Crown Point, and Kathy G. [Keith] Kennett of Kingston, Tennessee; grandson David Bartos; great-granddaughter Addison Bartos; great-grandson Jaxon Bartos; several nephews; and special neighbors: Bob Alexander and Marty [Robin] Maxwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents William C. and Nancy Ellen (Adams) Thompson; first wife Ruth I. (Pannell) Thompson; second wife Joyce P. (Kennedy) Thompson; and brother Robert Thompson.

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

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

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 26, 2014)

 

Joan C. Stout Duplantis

Joan C. Stout Duplantis, 70, of Houston, Texas, (formerly of Medaryville), passed away on Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. at Houston Hospice in Houston, Texas.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 26, 2014)

 

Kimberly Strange

Dec. 7, 1961 — Nov. 15, 2014

Kimberly Strange, 52, Brownsburg, passed away Nov. 15.

She was born on Dec. 7, 1961, to Allon and Kay Clemons.

She was a registered nurse and had worked for St. Vincent Hospital and Dr. Todd Eder.

She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church at Eagle Creek and active in the prayer blanket ministry. She was also a member of the bell choir at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Survivors include husband Gregory Strange; daughter Jennifer Medsker; brother Kevin Clemons; mother-in-law Dee Strange; and granddaughter Kylie Justiniano.

She was preceded in death by son Jeremy Strange; and parents Allon and Kay Clemons.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Matthews Mortuary, Brownsburg, with funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Messiah Lutheran Church at Eagle Creek. Burial will be in Brownsburg Cemetery.

Sign the online guestbook at www.matthewsmortuary.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 19, 2014)

 

Audrey Jean DeArmond

Sept. 4, 1932 — Nov. 12, 2014

Audrey Jean DeArmond, 82, of Winamac, passed away at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Hickory Creek in Winamac.

She was born on Sept. 4, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Edward and Gertrude (Novak) Campbell.

Audrey married James DeArmond on Jan. 9, 1954. He survives.

Audrey grew up on the south side of Chicago and graduated from Hammond High School. She was a longtime U.S. Postal Service employee and a retired postmaster from St. John.

Audrey and Jim were longtime residents of Crown Point, and moved to Winamac in 1997. They enjoyed traveling and especially enjoyed touring Africa.

Audrey was an avid swimmer and a former swim instructor. She loved the outdoors, especially riding horses, camping and fishing. Audrey was well known for her excellent cooking.

Audrey loved her family very much. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband James DeArmond of Winamac; sons: Dan DeArmond and Tim [Cindy] DeArmond of Naples, Florida; daughters: Jill DeArmond of Winamac, and Laura Rathburn; grandsons: Jon [Whitney] DeArmond, Chris DeArmond, Dillon Hott, and Michael DeArmond; granddaughters: Heather [Alex] Ostrowski and Sarah Perez; great-granddaughter Lila DeArmond; sister Jacqueline Lewellen of Cottonwood, Arizona; sister-in-law Norma Jean Harmon of Warsaw; brother-in-law William Bittner of Munster; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Edward Herbert Campbell and Gertrude (Novak) Krask; brother Edward Campbell; and sisters: Marilyn Markovich, Beverly Curie and Virginia Bittner.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Frain Mortuary. Burial took place at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Humane Society or the Pulaski County Animal Control.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 19, 2014)

 

Viola Marie Strus-Logan

Dec. 24, 1927 — Nov. 5, 2014

Viola Marie Strus-Logan, 86, of Francesville, passed away at 8:37 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at North Collier Hospital in Naples, Florida.

She was born on Dec. 24, 1927, in Francesville, to the late Joseph and Magdelena (Tyler) Yaggie.

On June 4, 1949, Viola married Stanley M. Strus. He passed away on Sept. 28, 1994. She married Lloyd M. Logan on Dec. 16, 1995. He passed away Feb. 21, 2014.

Viola was the valedictorian of Francesville High School Class of 1946.

Viola was a member of St. Francis of Solano Catholic Church in Francesville.

She enjoyed going to Florida and showing off her flowers, whether real or made out of seashells. She was a member of the Bonita Springs Shell Club, where she won many awards.

Viola loved her family very much, especially her grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of Missy’s baby in February.

Viola worked hard all of her life. She had worked as a telephone operator, as a bookkeeper for Von Tobel Lumber, and side by side with Stanley on the farm. Maybe now she can get the rest she so deserves.

Survivors include her daughter Cindy [Terry] Geyer of Francesville; son Andrew [Pam Johnson] J. Strus of Monticello; grandsons: Bryon [Shelby] Geyer, Shawn [Lindsey Seats] Geyer, Justin Strus and Jeremy Schmidt; granddaughters: Tricia Geyer, Melissa [Shaw] Haselby and Sara [Cody] Spencer; great-granddaughter Lea Schmidt; great-grandson Ethan Schmidt; brother Irvin Yaggie of Francesville; sister Annabelle [Carrol] Messer of Francesville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Magdelena (Tyler) Yaggie; first husband Stanley M. Strus; son Matthew Strus; sister Elsie May Yaggie; brothers: Merle Walter Yaggie and Harry J. Yaggie; and second husband Lloyd M. Logan.

Visitation was 4:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. The scriptural wake service took place at 4 p.m. and the rosary was recited at 8 p.m. A funeral mass as held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at St. Francis of Solano Catholic Church in Francesville. Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiated. Burial took place in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Francis of Solano Catholic Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 12, 2014)

 

Larry Dean Payne

Nov. 19, 1950 — Nov. 7, 2014

Larry Dean Payne, 63, of Medaryville, went home to be with the Lord at 4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7. He passed away peacefully in his sleep after fighting a strong battle with cancer.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1950, in Rensselaer, to the late Byram and Veda Jeanette (Spencer) Payne.

Larry was employed at ArcelorMittal (formerly Bethlehem Steel) as an overhead crane operator for 42 years. He was a member of Steel Workers Local #6787.

Larry enjoyed fishing, riding his Harley, and spending time with his friends and family. He was fondly known as “Paynezo” to many in the community. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his son Steven A. Demo of LaPorte; daughters: Dawn A. [Jason] Kersting of Winamac, Jamie Michelle [Jeff] Tatlock of Rensselaer, and Sarah K. [Brian Kelly] Henderson of Bringhurst; grandsons: Alex Fischer, Jacob Messer, Brett Sheffer, Clinton Johns and Clayton Kelly; granddaughters: Lexi Messer, Summer Sheffer and Keira Kelly; great-granddaughter Lilly Johns; brothers: Bob [Sandy] Payne of Medaryville, Gene [Betty] Payne of Medaryville, Rick [Rita] Payne of Winamac, and Greg [Donna] Payne of Valparaiso; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Byram Robert and Veda Jeanette (Spencer) Payne.

Visitation was 4-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville and was one hour prior to services at the funeral home Tuesday. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville. Pastor James Richie officiated. Burial took place in White Post Cemetery in Medaryville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Soul’s Harbor Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 12, 2014)

 

Clarence E. “Skip” Williams

Oct. 11, 1946 — Nov. 9, 2014

Clarence E. Williams, 68, of Medaryville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2:30 p.m. at his residence.

He was born October 11, 1946, in Hammond, to Chester and Dorothy (Nogaj) Williams.

Clarence married Mary Michele LaBuda on Nov. 14, 1970, in Hammond. Mary survives.

He worked as a librarian at the Medaryville branch of the Pulaski County Public Library. Clarence also worked as a branch manager of a bank in Valparaiso.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Monterey.

Clarence was a former Boy Scout Master in northern Indiana.

He enjoyed being a literacy volunteer in Pulaski County. Clarence enjoyed spending time outdoors. He was an avid movie buff. Clarence was active in politics.

Survivors include his wife Mary M. (LaBuda) Williams of Medaryville; daughters: Rebecca [Kole] Kroft of Winamac, Amy [Scott] Andrews of Monticello, Rachel [Ted] Ciasto of Mooresville, and Maranda Williams of Camby; sons: Benjamin [Amber] Williams of Mooresville, and Lonbrian [Vanessa] Williams of Fowler; 14 grandchildren; brother David Williams of Schererville; and sister Madora Sheffer of Crown Point.

He was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Dorothy (Nogaj) Williams.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville. A scriptural wake service will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Medaryville, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will take place in St. Henry’s Cemetery in Medaryville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Birthright of Rensselaer or to a local food pantry.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 12, 2014)

 

Harry Dale Leazenby

Aug. 25, 1925 — Nov. 1, 2014

Harry Dale Leazenby, of Star City, died Nov. 1, at River Crest Specialty Hospital in Mishawaka.

Harry was born Aug. 25, 1925, near Logansport. He was the son of Willard Cecile Leazenby and Daisy Bell (Logan) Leazenby. He attended Royal Center and Pulaski high schools, served overseas in the Army in World War II, and married Velma Louise on Feb. 8, 1953.

Harry a lifelong farmer as well as a TV repairman early on. He retired in the fall of 2012. He was active in the Pulaski Presbyterian Church and served in various offices such as trustee board member, Sunday school teacher, youth group leader and church cemetery board member.

Harry was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of the Odd Fellows as well as a Pulaski County Election Judge. He was a regular at his favorite restaurant, The Oak Grove.

Harry restored a 1925 Dodge Brothers Touring car to resemble his Uncle Ed Allen’s car and drove it in parades and for his daughter Lisa’s wedding. You could drive his car if you married into his family or helped him work on the car.

Harry is survived by his wife of 61 years Velma Louise; his children: Don of Pulaski, Susan of Port Byron, Illinois, and Lisa of Baumholder, Germany; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his younger sisters: Iva May, Clara Jean and Ada Marie.

A memorial service will be held at Pulaski Presbyterian Church on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Dutch apple pie and ice cream will be served (Dad’s favorite)!

(Pulaski County Journal - Nov. 12, 2014)

 

James F. Davis

James Franklin Davis, 87, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 2 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, at Missions Trail Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 12, 2014)

 

Richard J. Lamp

Richard J. Lamp, 73, of Francesville, passed away at 5:50 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Elizabeth East in Lafayette.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 12, 2014)

 

NOVEMBER 5, 2014

Norman S. Thompson

Dec. 3, 1919 — Oct. 31, 2014

Norman S. Thompson, 94, Winamac, passed away Friday, Oct. 31, at 8:26 p.m. in Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

He was born on Dec. 3, 1919, in Chicago, Illinois, to Haakon and Irene (Rolleston) Thompson. Norman married Marjorie Brinker on June 8, 1941, in Winamac. Marjorie survives.

Norman was a member of the First Christian Church in Winamac. He was a member of the American Legion Post #71 in Winamac.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Norman served in the quartermaster corps in North Africa and Italy.

He retired after 40 years of service at the Winamac Post Office as a clerk, town carrier and rural mail carrier on RR 2. Norman also farmed the family farm which is now a Hoosier Homestead Farm.

Norman served on the Winamac School Board for seven years. He served several terms on the co-op elevator board.

Norman enjoyed traveling, especially spending winters in Florida. He loved his grandchildren and watching them participate in sports. Norman enjoyed watching golf, college football and baseball on TV. He was a Cubs fan. Norman liked to work crossword puzzles and word jumbles. He especially enjoyed “Marjorie’s marvelous cooking.” Norman was known for his witty sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife Marjorie (Brinker) Thompson of Winamac; sons: Donald [Jean] Thompson of Winamac, Larry [Jean] Thompson of Conyers, Georgia, and Richard [Denise] Thompson of Plano, Texas; daughter June [Tom] Roth of Star City; grandchildren: Angie Thompson Crawford of Carmel, Tracy [Todd] Brandenburg of Kokomo, Becky [Mark] Riordan of Lewis Center, Ohio, Randy Thompson of Holiday, Florida, Natalie Roth of Fishers, Joe [Sarah] Roth of Clute, Texas, Kyle [Chelsea] Roth of Zionsville, and Wyatt [Stacey] Roth of Indianapolis; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister Sonja Thompson of Baraboo, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by granddaughter Jennifer Thompson Terry; parents Haakon and Irene (Rolleston) Thompson; and sister Jean Coolidge.

Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Frain Mortuary. Pastor Rick Abbott 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 First Christian Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 5, 2014)

 

Roberta A. Goble

Aug. 23, 1958 — Nov. 1, 2014

Roberta A. Goble, 56, of Star City, passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 23, 1958, in Logansport, to Tom and Patricia (Crist) Goble.

Roberta was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski.

She worked as a cashier at Hook’s Drugs in Winamac. She then worked as a pharmacy technician at Revco and CVS for 30 years. Roberta was a former volunteer at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

Roberta enjoyed spending time with former classmates. She also enjoyed watching movies with her nieces and going on family vacations.

Survivors include her parents Tom L. and Patricia (Crist) Goble of Star City; sister Rochelle M. Goble of Star City; brothers: Richard E. Goble in Star City, and Randall J. [Billie] Goble of Star City; several nieces; and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her brothers: Roger E. Goble, Ronald L. Goble and twin Robert A. Goble.

Visitation was 4-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, at Frain Mortuary. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski. Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiated. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery South in Pulaski.

Memorial contributions may be given to the National Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 5, 2014)

 

Alene B. Podell Luedtke

Feb. 13, 1946 — Oct. 31, 2014

Alene B. Podell Luedtke, 68, of Winamac, passed away Friday, Oct. 31, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

She was born Feb. 13, 1946, in North Judson, to Emil and Doris (Brady) Krulik.

Alene married Carl Podell on Nov. 28, 1964. Carl died in 1995. She married Arthur Luedtke on Feb. 27, 1999. Arthur survives.

Alene was a member of the St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac.

Alene was a farmer and homemaker. She enjoyed working on the farm with her family. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. Alene loved cooking and canning. She was always willing to offer a helping hand. Alene had a beautiful and contagious smile. She made everyone feel loved.

Survivors include her husband Arthur Luedtke of Winamac; sons: Kevin M. [Kimberly] Podell of Winamac, Randall S. [Rosetta] Podell of Winamac, Rodney C. [Nicole] Podell of Plymouth, Jeffery [Amy] Luedtke of Jonesboro, and Kevin Luedtke of San Pierre; daughter Jennifer [Dustin] Jones of Gas City; grandchildren: Brian Podell, Megan Podell, Krista [Dylan] Diaz, Kyle Podell, Karl Podell, Chace Podell, Ainsleigh Purtee, Alexia Purtee, Bryce Luedtke, Jordan Luedtke, Charlee Luedtke, Kalen Jones, Samantha Jones and Arianna Jones; mother Doris (Brady) Krulik of North Judson; sisters: Betty [Jim] Demo of Wanatah, and Cindy [Tim] DeArmand of Naples, Florida; and brothers: Jerry Krulik of North Judson, and Tim [Jan] Krulik of North Judson.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Carl F. Podell; father Emil Krulik; and brother Ronnie Krulik.

Visitation was 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Frain Mortuary and one hour prior to services Wednesday at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at St. Luke Lutheran Church. Pastor Tom Woodley officiated. Burial took place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Luke Lutheran Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 5, 2014)

 

Mary C. Fulmer

April 19, 1923 — Oct. 28, 2014

Mary C. Fulmer, 91, of Francesville, went home to be with the Lord at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac. Mary had resided at Parkview Haven Retirement home in Francesville for the last two years.

She was born on April 19, 1923, in rural Jasper County, to the late William G. and Mary E. (Fry) Reed. In February 1946, she married Ralph D. Timm. He passed away on Jan. 9, 1963. She later married Wade C. Fulmer in July 1966. He passed away on November 18, 1996.

After the tragic loss of her first husband, Mary went back to school and received her bachelor’s degree in education from Purdue University. She taught many years at Monon Elementary School, during which time she remained faithful to the Lord while raising three young boys.

Mary was an active member of Bethel Bible Church. She was a member of Gideon’s International, Daughters of the American Revolution, Pulaski County Retired Teacher’s Association, and John Purdue Club.

Mary enjoyed singing and playing the piano.

Mary loved her family very much. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Mary will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her sons: Larry [Ruth] Timm of Fillmore, Gene [Pamela] Timm of Medaryville, and Michael Timm of Medaryville; six grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents William Guy and Mary Ester (Fry) Reed; first husband Ralph D. Timm; second husband Wade C. Fulmer; brother retired Major James F. Reed; daughter-in-law Martha J. Timm.

Visitation was 4-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Bethel Bible Church in Winamac. Pastors William McNabney and Thomas Hopewell officiated. Burial will take place in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Bethel Bible Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 5, 2014)

 

Miriam Hizer Reid

June 1, 1916 — Oct. 31, 2014

Miriam Hizer Reid, 98, formerly of Grass Creek and Logansport, passed away at 9:45 p.m., Fri., Oct. 31, at Hickory Creek at Winamac. She spent the last four years at Pleasant View Rest Home in Winamac.

Born June 1, 1916, in Worthington, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Edna (McCreery) Hines.

On May 5, 1940, she married Frederick Daniel Hizer. He preceded her in death on April 3, 1972. She later married Glen Reid, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 2002. She also was preceded in death by infant daughter Mary Lynn Hizer.

She graduated as salutatorian from Worthington High School. Miriam earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and her master’s degree from Ball State University.

Miriam was a music and business teacher at Grass Creek School starting in 1939. She retired from Caston School Corporation in 1977 after 34 years of teaching and touched the lives of thousands of people.

Miriam loved music and enjoyed playing the piano, organ and violin. She played at graduations, weddings and funerals and played accompaniment for school plays and music contests. She sang in and also directed local and state church choirs.

She was a member of Grass Creek United Methodist Church, Delta Kapppa Gamma Society for Women Educators, charter member of Logansport Shrine Guild, 50-year member of Order of the Eastern Star and charter member of 20th Century Extension Homemakers Club, among others.

Survivors include her children Alan [Gloria] Hizer of Winamac, Joyce [Raymond] Meurer of Rowayton, Conneticut, and the Rev. Cynthia Hizer of Covington, Georgia; brother Warren Hines of Worthington; nephews: Ed [Peggy] Hines and David [Peggy] Hines; grandchildren: Kirk [Tiffany] Dooley, Julia [Jason] Wagner, Emily Hizer, Daniel [Rachel] Hizer and Andrew Jubera; and great-grandchildren: Molly, Amelia, Annika, Calista, Layla, Trevor, Jackson, Colten and Micah.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 7, 4-8 p.m., at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna, where there will also be an OES Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Sat., Nov. 8, noon to 1 p.m., at the church prior to the service.

The service will be held Sat., Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at Grass Creek United Methodist Church with Pastor David Sommers officiating, followed by burial at Grass Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grass Creek United Methodist Church and/or the National Multiple Sclerosis Association.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 5, 2014)

 

Daniel L. Neff

Dec. 20, 1923 — Oct. 10, 2014

Daniel L. Neff, 90, of Brentwood, Tennessee (formerly of Winamac and Ft. Myers, Florida) entered Glory at 10:19 p.m., Oct. 10, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dan was born on Dec. 20, 1923, in Logansport, to the late Claude and Gayle (Julian) Neff.

Dan served in the U.S. Army as a flight engineer on B-25’s and A-20’s. When he left the service in 1946, Dan married Betty J. Reed. She survives.

Dan retired from Winamac Steel Products in 1987 after 38 years as an accountant. Dan also worked many years at Frain Mortuary.

In retirement, Dan enjoyed golfing, fishing, billiards and woodworking. He served the Winamac Church of the Nazarene as church treasurer and Sunday school superintendent for many years. He was also active at First Church of the Nazarene in Ft. Myers and Trevecca Community Church in Nashville.

Dan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend and faithful servant of Jesus Christ.

Survivors include his wife Betty J. (Reed) Neff of Brentwood, Tennessee; sons: Thomas Neff of Lehigh, Florida, John [Terri] Neff of Winamac, and Randy [Lucinda] Neff of Brentwood, Tennessee; grandsons: Todd [Laura] Vandawater, Franklin, Tennessee, Shane Neff of Hilton Head, South Carolina, Aaron [Catherine] Jachim of Pulaski, Nathan [Lisa] Jachim of Winamac, Chris Neff of Lexington, North Carolina, Shawn Neff of Decatur, Alabama, Daniel [Amy] Neff of Nashville, Tennessee, and Reed Neff of Nashville, Tennessee; granddaughters: Trisha [Jason] Kasten of Winamac; Randa [Frank] Hill of Asheboro, North Carolina, Leslie Jachim of Indianapolis, and Melinda [Doug] Satorius of Culver; 24 great-grandchildren; sister Thelma [Jim] Atwood of Portland, Michigan; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Gayle (Julian) Neff; daughter Lynette Vandawater; son Richard “Rich” Neff; sisters: Helen Breece, Sunday Clabaugh, Dorothy Shoaff and Eileen Samosik; and brothers: Julian Neff, Harold Neff, Ralph Neff, James Neff, Frank Neff and Stanley Neff.

A memorial service was held in Nashville on Oct. 12. Burial with military honors will take place at the Winamac Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association or Winamac Church of the Nazarene.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 5, 2014)

 

Robert E. Fisher

April 28, 1940 — Oct. 24, 2014

Robert “Bob” Fisher, 74, Winamac, joined his beloved wife, Dora, in heaven, with his children and grandchildren by his side. He passed away at 1:38 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

He was born April 28, 1940, in Winamac, to Donald and Harvene (Swigart) Fisher. Bob was married to Dora M. Meyer on June 10, 1961, in Pulaski. She passed away on July 15, 2012.

He lived in Pulaski County all of his life. Bob retired from the Pulaski County Highway Department. He also owned and operated Bob’s Trucking. He was longtime member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac.

Bob enjoyed driving around in his golf cart through the woods, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Bob will be remembered as a simple, kind, loving man who would literally do anything for anyone. He spoke his own language, and he loved his three granddaughters, Kenzie, Megan and Tara, more than life itself.

Survivors include his sons: Ed [Reine] Fisher of Elkhart, and Kenny [Debbie] Fisher of Winamac; and granddaughters: Tara [Todd] Anglemeyer, Megan Fisher and Kenzie Fisher.

He was preceded in death by his father Donald L. Fisher; mother Harvene (Swigart) Boos Fisher; wife Dora M. Meyer Fisher; brother Donald R. Fisher; and sister Arlene Fisher.

Visitation was 2-6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26, at Frain Mortuary. The rosary was recited at 5:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Funeral mass was at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiated. Burial took place in St. Joseph Cemetery West, Pulaski.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Heart Association.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 29, 2014)

 

Isadore L. “Izzy” Podell Jr.

June 30, 1927 — Oct. 24, 2014

Isadore L. “Izzy” Podell Jr., 87 of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away at 4:27 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Friendship Assisted Living in Roanoke.

He was born on June 30, 1927, in Winamac, to the late Isadore L. and Martha Lucille Hendry Podell.

Izzy married Harriett Ann Welsh on Sept. 28, 1951. She passed away Oct. 21, 1993.

He was a lifelong resident and farmer from Rich Grove Township in Pulaski County. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denham. Izzy served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion.

He enjoyed reading, especially science periodicals.

Izzy made many new friends with a warm smile. He was fondly known by many as Babe. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his daughters, Beverly Ann [Tim] Zaiko of North Judson, and Carolyn Louise [Robert] Neumann of Lemont, Illinois; sons Eugene Lewis [Dana] Podell of Roanoke, Allen Floyd Podell of Winamac, Frederic Lloyd Podell of Winamac, and David Isadore [Ahu Lani] Podell of Arlington Heights, Illinois; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Phyllis [John] Wall of Ocala, Florida, Thelma Pace of La Mesa, California, Arlene Luehrs of Ocala, Florida, and Lois [Louis] Alfeld of San Diego, California; brothers Kenneth [Shelly] Podell of Tucson, Arizona, Floyd [Jeanette] Podell of Winamac; several nieces and nephews; and uncle Lowell Podell of Winamac.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriett Ann Welsh Podell; parents Isadore L. Podell Sr., and Martha Lucille Hendry Podell; and brothers Carl and Richard Podell.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac and one hour prior to services Sunday at the church.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denham with pastors Mark Fikah and Carl Fitchett officiating.

Burial will take place in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Denham. The American Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Denham.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 29, 2014)

 

John E. Miller

Jan. 18, 1918 — Oct. 23, 2014

John E. Miller, 96, Pulaski, passed away at 1:42 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

He was born Jan. 18, 1918, in Pulaski, to Edward and Josephine (Russell) Miller.

John spent his entire life in Pulaski. He graduated from Pulaski High School and then he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his time in the service he became a guard at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. He retired from there after 36 years. John was a member and tireless volunteer at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pulaski. He was also of the Holy Name Society.

He always raised chickens and he enjoyed being outdoors taking care of his flowers and yard.

He will always be remembered for his care and concern for the neighborhood children.

John was very proud of his 1916 Model T which his great nephew is restoring.

Survivors include his sister Edna M. Bonnell of Winamac; nephews: Jerry [Ann] Bonnell and Alan Bonnell; niece Barbara [Brad] Wallace; and many great-nephews, great-nieces, great-great-nephews, great-great-nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Josephine (Russell) Miller; sisters: Anna J. Miller and Dorothy Miller; and brother Richard Miller.

Visitation was 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. The rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski. Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiated. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery West in Pulaski, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 29, 2014)

 

Clara M. Kestle

June 10, 1934 - Oct. 24, 2014

Clara M. Kestle, 80, of Winamac, passed away at 11:33 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis.

She was born June 10, 1934, in Pulaski, to Howard and Ruth Good. Clara married Bobbie Dean Bonnell May 28, 1952. Bobbie predeeded her in death. Clara married James M. Kestle on Oct. 30, 1976, in Winamac. Jim died March 21, 2009.

Clara enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed cooking. Clara will be missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her daughters: Connie [Burnell] Landes of Garrett, Rita [Dan] Koske of Winamac, and Karen [J.D.] Smith of Goshen; sons: Jeff [Laura] Bonnell of Royal Center, Kevin [Lynne] Bonnell of Mulino, Oregon, and Joe [Dena] Kestle of Winamac; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and sister Gloria Spearman of Elwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents Howard L. “Friday” and Ruth Virginia (McKibben) Good; husband James M. Kestle; former husband Bobbie D. Bonnell; grandson Joshua Bonnell; brother John Epler; and sister Margaret Blankenship.

Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Frain Mortuary. Rev. Laura VanVoorhis officiated. Burial took place in the McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Oct. 29, 2014)

 

Thelma Pugh

Thelma Pugh, 95, of Francesville, passed away at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at IU Health White Hospital in Monticello.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 29, 2014)

 

Rodger D. Seats

Rodger D. Seats, 56, Francesville, passed away at 7:46 a.m. Monday, Oct.13, at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 22, 2014)

 

Roberta Clara Lowry

Roberta Clara Lowry, 88, of Portland, Tennessee, (formerly of Medaryville), passed away May 29 in Terre Haute.

Graveside services will be held at noon on Friday, Oct. 24, at Independence Cemetery in Medaryville. Burial of cremated remains will follow.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Oct. 22, 2014)

 

Amanda “Mandy” Weaver Jacks

Amanda “Mandy” Weaver Jacks, 45, of Logansport, passed away at 9:37 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in St. Francis Hospital following a courageous battle with leukemia.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 22, 2014)

 

Timothy Joseph Pugh

Aug. 6, 1952 — Oct. 5, 2014

Timothy Joseph Pugh, 62, of Kewanna, passed away Oct. 5, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 6, 1952, in Winamac, to the late Lawrence C. and Gladys Marie (Strand) Pugh.

Tim attended St. Peter’s and Monterey schools.

Tim worked at RCA in Monticello, for many years. He also worked for a local sawmill.

Tim and his brother Robert worked together on the construction of Navy Pier in Chicago.

Tim enjoyed going for drives and visiting with friends and family. Tim was a smart man, with a sense of humor and always a good joke. He will be dearly missed by all.

Survivors include his sons: Timothy Joseph Pugh Jr. of Reynolds, and Jeremy J. Pugh of Monticello; grandson Jeremy J. Pugh Jr.; sisters: Alice M. [Jerry] Rankin of Winamac, and Mary Ann [Jimmy Mullins] Fields of Winamac; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Lawrence C. and Gladys Marie (Strand) Pugh; brothers: Robert William Pugh and John Raymond Pugh; and nephews: Jerry Joe Rankin and Philip Edwards Fields.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services will follow at Frain Mortuary with Pastor David Norris officiating. Private burial will take place in Mt. Zion-Franklin Township 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 — Oct. 8, 2014)

 

John Gregory Weed

Feb. 23, 1944 — Sept. 29, 2014

John Gregory Weed, 70, of Winamac, died Monday, Sept. 29, at his residence.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 8, 2014)

 

Marjorie Maud Larkin

Jan. 10, 1923 — Sept. 25, 2014

Marjorie Maud Larkin, 91, of Winamac, passed away at 1:16 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

She was born Jan. 10, 1923, to Dallas and Lutie (Davis) Parish.

On Nov. 14, 1945, Marge and William Edward Larkin became man and wife. They shared a beautiful life together until Bill passed away on Nov. 17, 1998. Marge and Bill were loving parents to Larry, Linda, Pat and Nancy.

Her life revolved around her family and community. Her love, guidance, support and amazing food can never be replaced. Her strength and courage was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her son Larry [Roz] Larkin in Winamac; daughters: Linda (Larkin) Shepherd in Granger, Pat Larkin in Star City, and Nancy [Kevin] Allodi in LaGrange, Illinois; grandsons: Kevin [Brandi] Larkin and Brent [Jennifer] Larkin; granddaughters: Lisa [Chris] Wood, Jodee [Shane] Peterson Harley, Kristi [Shawn] Peterson Bolinger, and Bryn Shepherd Fletcher; grandsons: A.J. Allodi, Jordan Allodi, Colin Allodi and Griffin Allodi; great-grandsons: Bryant Larkin, Layne Sobczak, Calvin Larkin, Will Larkin, Seth Harley, Kyle Bolinger, Brock Bolinger, Ethan Haggin and Brody Fletcher; and great-granddaughters: Ali Larkin, Tori Harley and Kate Harley.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dallas and Lutie (Davis) Parish; husband William E. Larkin; sons-in-law: David Shepherd and Richard Smith; brothers: Donald Parish and Ora Parish; and sisters: Essie March and Nina Mallinson.

Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac. Immediately following, there was a celebration of Marge’s life from at the home of Kevin and Brandi Larkin, the family farm, 2202 S. 50 E., Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 1, 2014)

 

Isabelle Ida Cervenka

Feb. 27, 1926 — Sept. 17, 2014

Isabelle Ida Cervenka, 88, of Francesville, went home to be with the Lord at 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at her home surrounded by her family.  

She was born on Feb. 27, 1926, in Francesville, to the late Fred Carl and Anna R. (Miller) Rohloff.

Isabelle married William F. Cervenka on Aug. 19, 1950, in Francesville. He survives.

Isabelle graduated from Francesville High School in 1944 and Purdue University in 1948 with a degree in home economics. She was a school teacher and taught several years at San Pierre High School. She also taught part time in the Pulaski County schools.

She was a member of the St. James-Salem United Church of Christ where she also taught Sunday school.

Isabelle served as a board member of the Francesville-Salem Township Library for several years.

Isabelle was a proud homemaker and enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and baking. She treasured her time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Isabelle very much enjoyed attending their sporting events. Isabelle was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed. 

Surviving along with her husband are sons: Cary William [Rebecca] Cervenka of Zionsville, Dean Alan [Alicia] Cervenka of Cypress, Texas, and Mark Brian [Diane] Cervenka of Francesville; daughters: Connie Lynn [Jerry] Ehrlich of Lafayette, and Vicki Kay [Todd] Chrzan of Francesville; grandchildren: Ashley [Clay] Webb, Courtney Cervenka, Kayley [Chris] Kasten, Riley Cervenka, Calan [Jesse] Barnes, Danika Cervenka, Trevor Chrzan, and Alex [Marissa] Chrzan; great-grandchildren: Cayden Webb, Brynley Webb, Braxtyn Webb, and Ellamae Kasten; and many step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister Elsie Ann Rohloff; and brothers: Leo [Doris] Rohloff and Ralph [Ruth] Rohloff.

Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 21, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at St. James-Salem United Church of Christ in Francesville. Rev. T.J. Jenney and Rev. Judith Doll officiated. Burial took place in Roseland Cemetery, Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. James-Salem United Church of Christ or Francesville-Salem Township Library.

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 24, 2014)

 

Elizabeth A. Flores

Dec. 5, 1951 — Sept. 18, 2014

Elizabeth A. “Liz” Flores, 62, of Winamac, went home to be with the Lord at 12:08 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, at her daughter’s home in Winamac.

Liz was born on Dec. 5, 1951, in Hobbs, New Mexico, to Carl and June (Williams) Galbreath.

Liz worked many years as an insurance agent in Texas, where she raised her three children. In 2002, Liz moved to Winamac to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.

Liz knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughter Kelley [Gustavo] Vasquez of Winamac; sons: Mitchell Flores of Waco, Texas, and Leslie [Debbie] Flores of Pampa, Texas; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; mother June Williams of Winamac; sisters: Zelpha [Robert] Wolf of King Fisher, Oklahoma, Carlessa Harp of Fairview, Oklahoma, and Linda Burns of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Carl Galbreath; and sister Brenda Honaker.

No services or visitation 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 — Sept. 24, 2014)

 

Bradley A. Penicaro

Dec. 19, 1955 — Sept. 12, 2014

Bradley Allen Penicaro, 58, of Kewanna, passed away at 5:52 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, at St. Vincent Hospital of Carmel.

On Dec. 19, 1955, Brad was born in Winamac, a treasured son of Frank and Arnabelle (Stepp) Penicaro. Growing up as one of six children, Brad shared his childhood with two sisters, Tina and Penni, and three brothers, Tim, Dan and Jim. With great warrior pride Brad graduated from Winamac High School with his class in 1975.

Brad married his best friend and love of his life, Cathy Ann Reinhold, on Dec. 6, 1974, at the Calvary Baptist Church of Winamac. Together they shared 39.5 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three wonderful children, Gina, David and Steve. Over the years the family tree grew with the added blessings of eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

A loyal, devoted and highly touted member of the Winamac, Indiana Department of Transportation, Brad served as their “top gun,” master mechanic. No challenge was too tough as he was a key problem-solver keeping the trucks running. With a big heart, Brad passionately supported the Pleasant View County Home. He financially contributed along with bearing gifts when they expressed needs.

To kick back and relax, Brad was a king of the couch potatoes. A TV buff, he especially loved western movies. Always at his side was his loyal canine companion, Maggie, a blonde Pomeranian. With a love for travel Brad and Cathy took their family on many vacations. Their adventures included most of the continental United States. Special destinations they fondly remembered were Biloxi, Florida, South Carolina and Las Vegas. They once traveled by train to Seattle.

An accomplished chef, Brad was quite at home from his kitchen command post, each evening preparing the family dinner. He initially tried out many recipes, then next time around created his own culinary adventure dazzling his family and special friends with his creations. He would chat with his sisters and compare recipes each week! Brad specialized in the main event while his sisters preferred creating desserts.

As the patriarch of the Penicaro family, Brad was proud to oversee four generations. He especially cherished the time spent with his family, looking forward to the holidays and special family celebrations.

Brad is lovingly remembered by his wife Cathy; daughter Gina [Michael] Oaf of Royal Center; sons: David Penicaro [JoLynn Behny Plowman] of Winamac, and Steve Penicaro, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; grandchildren: Spencer Penicaro, Alexis Penicaro, Ryan Oaf, Daulton Oaf, Bradley Penicaro, Anthony Penicaro, Michael Richard Oaf and Hunter Moses; great-granddaughter Paisyn Johnson; sisters: Tina [Mike] Kasten of Winamac, and Penni [Floyd] Hilton of Yuma, Arizona; brothers: Dan [Ellen] Penicaro of Greenville, South Carolina, and Timothy Penicaro of Rochester; sister-in-law Debra Penicaro of Star City; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Brad in death are his parents, grandparents, brother James Penicaro; and several aunts and uncles.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, and one hour prior to the service in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Good Family Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Norris officiating. Interment will be in McKinley Memorial Gardens of Winamac.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation or the Pleasant View County Home, 700 W. 60 S., Winamac, IN, 46996.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 17, 2014)

 

Nancy Lee Gravenor

Dec. 1, 1925 — Sept. 15, 2014

Nancy Lee Gravenor, 88, of South Bend, passed away at 6 a.m., Monday, Sept. 15, at her home.

She was born on Dec. 1, 1925, in Francesville, to the late James and Winnifred Dalton.

She graduated from Francesville High School and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lafayette. She worked as a registered nurse at the American embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. After moving back to Francesville, Nancy worked as a registered nurse at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. She retired in 1983.

Nancy married Donald Gravenor on Dec. 3, 1983. He passed away on Sept. 23, 2012.

Survivors include her sons: Alan [Caroline] Sheetz of Greenwood, and Mike [Brenda] Sheetz of Valparaiso; daughter Shannon [Larry] Rothman of Miami, Florida; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents James Dalton and Winnifred Dalton Shull; husband Donald Gravenor; and daughter Sheri VanRossen.

Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. A memorial service will follow at 5 p.m. at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht, with Pastor Shawn Evans officiating. Private burial will take place in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Roseland Cemetery.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 17, 2014)

 

Elsie Ellen Klampe

March 2, 1918 — Sept. 7, 2014

Elsie Ellen Klampe, 96, of Winamac, passed away at 6:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 .

She was born March 2, 1918, in South Bend, to Elza and Millie (Rhode) Moullenhour.

Elsie married Arlyn Klampe on Oct. 26, 1941, in South Bend. Arlyn died July 2, 2014.

Elsie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Denham, Pulaski County Farm Bureau and Home Economic Club. She was a member of the Bunco Club for 52 years.

Survivors include several nieces and great nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents Elza and Millie (Rhode) Moullenhour.

Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, at Frain Mortuary. Pastor Carl Lendermon officiated. Burial took place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to First Baptist Church of Denham.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 17, 2014)

 

William Raymond “Bill” DePoy

July 29, 1956 — Aug. 31, 2014

William Raymond “Bill” DePoy, 58, Winamac, friend to many-stranger to none, slipped peacefully into the arms of his Heavenly Father, surrounded by family at his bedside on Aug. 31, at 11:09 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Michigan City.

Bill was born on July 29, 1956, in Logansport, to Herbert and Mary (Zellers) DePoy Sr.

He married Linda Pierce on Jan. 16, 1999, in Denham.

He graduated from North Judson-San Pierre High School in 1974 and was looking forward to attending his 40th high school reunion this summer.

Over the years, Bill has been employed by Norwayne Lumber and the town of North Judson Water Department. He was formerly a volunteer fireman and reserve police officer for North Judson. His most fulfilling career of more than 20 years was as an advanced EMT for both Starke and Pulaski counties. His final career was as an over-the-road truck driver, where he spread his love coast to coast.

Bill is survived by his wife Linda along with sons: Gerry B. [Sandy] Pratt and Shawn Michael DePoy, both of Winamac; daughters: Katie Eileen [Adam] Fritz of North Judson, and Jamie L. Ellis of Winamac; grandchildren: Kylie Jo Fritz, Kegan William Fritz, Aleah Ann Marie Fritz, Faith M. Pratt, Shaun D. Pratt, Austin D. Pratt, Talon Arjay Ellis St. Clair and Desiree Marie Applegate; father Herbert Francis DePoy Sr. of Winamac; brother Herbert F. [Kathy] DePoy Jr. of New Braunfels, Texas; sisters: Hazel R. White of North Judson, and Meda J. [John] Lindley of Knoxville, Tennessee; and many adoring nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by a son William Karl DePoy; mother Mary K. Zellers DePoy; and brother-in-law Jimmey White.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at Frain Mortuary. A celebration of Bill’s very full and loving life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. The Rev. Matt Landry will officiate at the services. Burial will take place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to a college fund for his son Shawn.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 3, 2014)

 

Charles Edward Pinks

May 3, 1946 — Sept. 2, 2014

Charles Edward Pinks, 68, of Francesville, went to be with the Lord at 8:47 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, at his daughter’s home in Francesville.

He was born on May 3, 1946, in Martin, Kentucky, to the late Caloup and Ruth (Salyers) Pinks.

Charles married Carol Stout on July 18, 1966, in Bailey’s Corner. She survives.

Charles was a Vietnam veteran. He honorably served with the U.S. Army 919th Engineer Company 11th Armored Cavalry. Charles was a member of the Francesville American Legion Post #228 and Winamac VFW Post #1728. He was a lifetime member of the Blackhorse Association.

He loved God very much and enjoyed reading the Bible. Charles enjoyed fishing and hunting. He liked bluegrass music.

Charles was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a hero to each of his daughters. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife Carol Jean Pinks of Francesville; daughters: Lisa D. [Dewight] DePoy of Francesville, Trina L. [Jerry] Harris of Francesville, and Laura K. [Brian Pierrou] Pinks of Francesville; grandsons: Carl DePoy and Kolton Pinks; granddaughters: Andrea DePoy, Lacey Shultz, and Elyssa Pinks; great-granddaughter Lilly Banks; brothers: Bill Pinks of Hamlet, and Mack [Pam] Pinks of Stanton, Kentucky; sister: Barbara Decker of LaPorte, and Cindy Kraus of LaPorte; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Caloup and Ruth (Salyers) Pinks; daughter Beverly Jean Pinks; granddaughters: Kimberlee Jean DePoy and Elanea Jean Pinks; brothers: Doc Marshall, Ernie Pinks, Lee Pinks, and Virgil Pinks; infant brother James Toy Pinks; sisters: Dolly Jean Karch, Ethel Mae Feddler and Sandra Kay Arnett; and infant sister Dorothy Marie Pinks.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 5, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, with Rev. Edward Clark officiating. Burial will take place in Koster Cemetery in Francesville. The American Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Francesville American Legion Post #228 or Winamac VFW Post #1728.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 3, 2014)

 

Howard “Blackie” K. Blackman

Dec. 8, 1922 — Aug. 27, 2014

Howard “Blackie” K. Blackman, 91, of Headlee, passed away at 3:07 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Born on Dec. 8, 1922, in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Ottis and Xenclea (Harriett) Blackman.

On Dec, 8, 1948, he married Wilma Martin, who survives.

Blackie was a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving in France, Belgium and Holland.

He was a heavy equipment operator retiring in 1987 from Deichman Excavating and he was a member of the Operator of Engineers Local #103. After retirement, Blackie formerly owned and operated Blackman Excavating for more than 30 years.

Blackie was also a member of White Oak United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 81 in Monticello, and he was a 50-year member of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge. His main hobby was “always working” but he also enjoyed fox and coon hunting, fishing, square dancing and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in school sporting events.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Wilma Blackman of Headlee; his children: Terry Blackman, Tom [Cindy] Blackman, all of near Headlee, Ron [Cindy] Blackman of Logansport and Jeannie [Vince] Knauff of Denver; grandchildren: Rob [Stephanie] Blackman of Zionsville, Ryan Blackman of Idaville, Ricki [Matt] Westerhouse of Buffalo, Rhiana [Joe] Lavender of Star City, Gracie [Danny] Byroad of Star City, Mason [Lindsey] Blackman of Pulaski, Melissa Hoover of Francesville, Chantel [Jeremy] Crawn of Idaville, Tasha Blackman of Indianapolis and Chad [Christy] Haselby of Silver Lake; and 28 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Donna Baker Blackman; sisters: Winafred Helvie, Genevieve Brandt, Helen Huddleston and Mabel Hilgeman; brothers: George Blackman, Bill Blackman, Burl Blackman, Don Blackman and Harry Blackman; one infant granddaughter; and two infant great-granddaughters.

Visitation was from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes, Royal Center Chapel, and also one hour prior to the service on Monday. Services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 1, at the funeral home with Pastor Adam Speicher officiating. Burial with military rites was performed at Pro Cemetery near Headlee.

Memorial contributions may be made to White Oak United Methodist Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 3, 2014)

 

Julia “Julie” E. Anspach

March 23, 1932 — Sept. 1, 2014

Julia E. Anspach, 82, of Winamac, passed away at 7:20 a.m., Monday, Sept. 1, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

She was born March 23, 1932, in South Bend, to Alex and Esti Raszipovits.

Julie married Richard Budd on April 26, 1965, in South Bend. Richard died Nov. 11, 1987. She married Carl M. Anspach on Sept. 7, 1991, in Rochester. Carl survives.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester, and Friends of the Panhandle Pathway.

Julie and Carl enjoyed playing Euchre and spending winters in Ft. Myers, Florida. Julie was a frequent traveler. She also enjoyed playing shuffleboard and feeding ducks and geese at the town park. Julie loved working in her flower garden and attending Winamac Community High School sporting events. She enjoyed attending craft shows and musical concerts.

Julie enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Carl M. Anspach of Winamac; daughters: Patricia Van Lue of Winamac and Pamela [Ed] White of Kewanna; stepdaughter Carrie [John] Ingram of Winamac; stepsons: Alan [Angela] Anspach of Winamac, and Jerry [Rebecca] Anspach of Star City; grandchildren: Scott Van Lue, Carrie White and Matthew White; stepgrandchildren: Brandon [Cortney] Thomas, Cody [Kala] Anspach, Katy Anspach, Kendel Anspach, Drew Anspach, Jeff Anspach and Luke Anspach; three great-grandchildren; and brother Alex Raszipovits of Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents Alex and Esti Raszipovits; former husband Richard Budd; son Randl Van Lue, granddaughter Sarah White; brothers: Frank Raszipovits and Les Raszipovits; and sister Mary Langell.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, and one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Friday. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 5, at Frain Mortuary, with Rev. Bert Woolson officiating. Burial will take place in Winamac Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pulaski County Human Services, American Diabetes Association or the Panhandle Pathway.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 3, 2014)

 

Sharon N. Tuley

Aug. 2, 1942 — Aug. 15, 2014

Sharon N. Tuley, 72, Winamac, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 2, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, to Daniel and Emily (Milka) McBlaine.

Sharon lived in Winamac most of her life. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. She was a retired executive assistant at Winamac Coil Spring, Kewanna.

Sharon enjoyed gardening and took a lot of pride caring for her flowers and yard. Her family was very important to her. She never missed a birthday or a holiday.

Survivors include her nephews: Philip Gouskos of Lake Barrington, Illinois, Christopher Gouskos of Atlanta, Georgia, and James Gouskos of Chicago, Illinois; and niece Mary Nistler of Des Plaines, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents Daniel and Emily (Milka) McBlaine; and sister Patricia McBlaine.

The visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Frain Mortuary. The funeral mass was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiated.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 27, 2014)

 

Joan C. Davis

Joan C. Davis, 86, of Haddonfield, New Jersey, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 5:01 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 27, 2014)

 

Amber Rene Taylor

Feb. 18, 1980 — Aug. 11, 2014

Amber Rene Taylor, 34, of Denham, passed away at 9:08 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 18, 1980, in East Point, Georgia, to Joe and Teresa (Bigley) Taylor.

Amber was a 1998 graduate of Culver Community High School.

Amber was the director of events at the Trinity School of Natural Health in Warsaw. Amber was a graduate of Charter College of Health and Massage Therapy in Warsaw. She was a certified natural health professional.

Amber enjoyed cooking, crafts and any outdoor activity. She was an avid Winamac Warrior football fan. Amber’s passion was natural health.

Amber was a loving aunt to “her many nieces and nephews.” She was a proud godmother to the Katschke kids Kyle, Blake and Evan.

Survivors include her mother Tery Bigley of Culver; father Joe Julius of Taylor, Georgia; brother Zane Zalesny of Culver; half-sister Kris Taylor of Wells, Georgia; niece Ariyah Zalesny of South Bend; maternal grandfather David Bigley of Culver; maternal grandmother Ladyne (Reinholt) Millican of Jackson, Georgia; and uncles: Tom Bigley of Culver, and Tim Bigley of McDonough, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her sister Amy Nicole Taylor; paternal grandfather Lorenzo R. Taylor; and parental grandmother Annie Ruth Taylor.

Visitation was from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Frain Mortuary. Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at The Jackson Estate in Rochester. Judy Masters officiated.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family to help with funeral costs.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 20, 2014)

 

Clement F. Good

Sept. 29, 1920 — Aug. 11, 2014

Clement F. Good, 93, of Kewanna, passed away at 4:27 a.m., Monday, Aug. 11, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

Born on Sept. 29, 1920, in Farmers City, Illinois, he was the son of the late Ray and Goldie (Sparrow) Good.

On February 23, 1946, he married Mildred Phillips. She preceded him in death on June 30, 2005.

He was a Winamac High School graduate and a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving in the European Theater with the 80th Blue Ridge Artillery.

Clement was a retired farmer and a member of the Kewanna Church of Christ where he served as an elder and song leader. He was also a member of American Legion Post #130 and Boy Scouts of America Sagamore Council. He enjoyed riding horses, camping, fishing and later in life, bicycling.

Survivors include his sons: Marvin Good of Kewanna, and Gordon [Bonnie] Good of Rochester; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters: Lela May Clark and Jean Ann Phillips; and one great-grandson.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Services were at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 15, at the funeral home. Pastor Aaron McCombs officiated. Burial with military rites was performed at Moon Cemetery in Kewanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kewanna Church of Christ.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 20, 2014)

 

Mary Ellen Nies

May 7, 1925 — Aug. 17, 2014

Mary Ellen Nies, 89, of Logansport, passed away peacefully at 7:50 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17, at Pleasant Escape Assisted Living in Logansport.

Born May 7, 1925, in Pulaski County, she was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Ella (McLochlin) Fox.

She married Basil Nies on May 6, 1946, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Lucerne. He preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1992.

She was a Pulaski High School graduate.

Mary Ellen was a homemaker and a member of All Saints Catholic Church. She was a very devoted mother and grandmother. She was very blessed with a loving family and many friends. Mary also enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens in her earlier years.

Survivors include her children: Larry [Barbara] Nies of Royal Center, Marilyn [John] Lantis of Mitchell, and Joe [Sue] Nies of Lake Bruce; brothers: Walter Fox of Valparaiso, and Art [Sis] Fox of Winamac; grandchildren: Christopher Nies of Lafayette, April [Eric] Sjoholm of Noblesville, Jennifer [Jared] White of Orlando, Florida, and Josh Nies of Winamac; great-grandchildren: Taylor and Reis Sjoholm of Noblesville, Olivia, Hayden, Carley, and Elyn White of Orlando, Florida, MaKinzie Nies of Kewanna, and Caleb Nies of Winamac; sisters-in-law: Betty Nies of Royal Center, Peggy Nies of Logansport, and Alice Fox of Kewanna; several nieces and nephews; a very dear friend Joyce Huffman of Logansport, and her extended family at Pleasant Escape.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers: Ralph, Gene, Don and Loran Fox; and great-granddaughter Brianna Nies.

Visitation was 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Marocco – Rans Funeral Chapel where a scripture service was held at 7:30 p.m. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the mass on Wednesday at the funeral home. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, at All Saints Catholic Church with Father Dominic Petan officiating. Burial will be at South St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Pulaski.

Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Church and/or Southern Care Hospice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 20, 2014)

 

Clara B. Roudebush

March 3, 1927 — Aug. 7, 2014

Clara B. Roudebush, 87, of Winamac, passed away at 12:10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the home of Scott and Mashell Roudebush in Winamac.

She was born March 3, 1927, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to James and Mattie (Oneal) Earwood.

Clara married Brooks Roudebush on May 29, 1965, in Winamac. Brooks died Aug. 13, 1998.

In 1945, she became a charter member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Winamac. She was an active member for 69 years. She helped to organize the first PARC Center Christmas Party and continued to be a part of the celebration annually. Throughout the years she served in all official capacities in the auxiliary. Clara was a member and former president and secretary of the Winamac Kiwanis Club. She served as district Lt. governor twice. Clara was instrumental in starting the Culver and Rensselaer Kiwanis Clubs. Clara was a member of the First Christian Church in Winamac.

Clara was the former co-owner of the Moss Creek Golf Club in Winamac for 29 years. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed interacting with the customers. She was an active organizer of the women’s golf leagues. Clara was an avid bowler. She enjoyed bowling in tournaments across the country. Clara was the former owner of Clara’s Tax Service in Winamac for more than 40 years. She demonstrated astute business skills that she inherited from her mother. Clara loved dancing. She taught ballroom dancing at the YMCA for several years.

Clara always had a smile on her face and she never met a stranger. She had a zest for life that was contagious. Clara had a passion for enjoying time with family and friends.

Survivors include her son Scott [Mashell] Roudebush of Winamac; daughter Jeanne Gross Houin of Winamac; stepdaughters: Troy [Robin] Hegge of Sundance, Wyoming, Heidi [Brian] Jones of Palm Bay, Florida, and Bryn Zellers of Winamac; stepsons Lon [Judy] Roudebush of Royal Center, and Rock Roudebush of Star City; eight grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Brooks Roudebush; son James B. Gross; stepson Tad Roudebush; daughter Amy Roudebush; parents James and Mattie (Oneal) Earwood; sister Lillian Forrester; and brother Gene Earwood.

Visitation was from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. A celebration of Clara’s life was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Frain Mortuary. Pastor Rick Abbott officiated. Burial took place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

The Winamac Kiwanis conducted services at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary service followed.

Memorial contributions may be given to Winamac VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 13, 2014)

 

Vivian Avanell Rude

Sept. 15, 1922 — Aug. 11, 2014

Vivian Avanell Rude, 91, of Winamac, passed away at 2:22 a.m., Monday, Aug., 11, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Born on Sept. 15, 1922, in Star City, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Pearl Stoner.

She was a 1940 Royal Center High School graduate.

Vivian was a retired attendant at the Logansport State Hospital and she was also a homemaker.

She was a member of Kewanna Church of Christ, Evergreen Rebekah Lodge #57 in Rochester and the Pulaski County Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children: Richard S. [Rebecca] Rude of Royal Center, Carolyn S. [David] Wischmann of New Port Richey, Florida, Vivian [Richard] Howton of Elkhart, and Ginger [David] Hoekstra of Zeeland, Michigan; half brother Don Dempsey of Palmetto, Florida; 20 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Mitchell; daughter Alice Howard; brothers: Harold and Robert Stoner; sister Mary Key; one infant grandson; and one infant great-grandson.

A celebration of life service will be held from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, at Kewanna Church of Christ.

Graveside services will be private at Star City Cemetery with Pastor Aaron McCombs officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kewanna Church of Christ.

Please sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Rude family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 13, 2014)

 

Opal Irene Losh

Nov. 18, 1944 — Aug. 7, 2014

Opal Irene “Oppie” Losh, 69, of Lafayette, (formerly of Francesville and Winamac) went home to be with the Lord at 12:35 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Signature Health Care of Lafayette.

Opal was born on Nov. 18, 1944, in Francesville, to the late Ernest Victor and Dorothy Mae (Shephard) Losh.

Opal grew up in Francesville and lived many years in Winamac, where she worked at McDonald’s. She was very active with Pulaski Developmental Services in Winamac. In 2000, Opal moved to Lafayette where she enjoyed working at Wabash Industries.

Opal loved animals and enjoyed crafts, riding bicycles and music.

She will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

Survivors include her sister Delcina A. [James] McDonald of Westpoint; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest Victor and Dorothy Mae (Shephard) Losh; sister Lulubelle Carter; and brothers: Orville O. Losh, Russell Losh and Gerald Losh.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville. Burial followed in the family plot.

Memorial contributions may be given to the funeral home.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 13, 2014)

 

Mary Catherine Shearer

Mary Catherine Shearer, 85, of Freeport, Illinois, (formerly of Winamac) passed away June 25.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15, at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 13, 2014)

 

Ora R. Baker

Ora R. Baker, 89, of Medaryville, passed at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 13, 2014)

 

 

Wilma C. Miller

(Jan. 2, 1936 – Aug. 2, 2014)

 

Wilma C. Miller, 78, of Royal Center, passed away peacefully at 9:19 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, surrounded by her loving family at her home.

Born on Jan. 2, 1936, in Logansport, she was the daughter of the late Parker D. and Josephine M. (Shaver) Linton.

On Oct. 19, 1958, she married Paul Miller. He preceded her in death Jan. 19, 2014.

She was a 1955 Logansport High School graduate. She also had attended Ivy Tech and Indiana University.

Wilma formerly was a QMA at Chase Center and she was formerly employed at TM Morris and RBM. Wilma was very active and a longtime supporter of the Cass County Tailwaggers. She was also formerly part of Onesome and Twosome clown duo for several years participating in many parades and festivals.

Survivors include her son Jack L. [Pam] Miller of Royal Center; daughter Margaret Henry [Troy Willis] of Lucerne; daughter-in-law Julie Miller of Monticello; grandchildren: Melissa [Kenith] Blickenstaff, Jacqueline [Brian] Sherrill, Heather [Art] Serna, Mandy Fultz, Kelly [Kent] Clark, Robert P. Miller and Jesse [Erica] Miller; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her son Robert D. Miller.

Visitation was 4 p.m. until the service on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel. Services were 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the funeral home. Father Dominic Petan officiated. Burial took place at Kistler Cemetery, Royal Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal – Aug. 6, 2014)

 

Karen Stepp

Oct. 24, 1946 — July 29, 2014

Karen Stepp, 67, of Wheatfield, went home to be with her Lord at 7:52 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, at Porter Regional Medical Center in Valparaiso.

She was born on Oct. 24, 1946, in Lebanon, Ohio, to the late Ernest Aaron and Ethel (Howard) Stepp.

Karen graduated from Wheatfield High School in 1966. She worked at Schumacher Electric Corporation in Rensselaer, for many years.

Karen was a member of Teabery Hill Estates Church and the ladies club. She was very devoted to the church.

She enjoyed knitting and going for drives. Karen was an amateur photographer and took great pride in her work.

Karen enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her twin sister Karolyn Fyda of Wheatfield; sister Pamela Nabors of Rensselaer; brothers: Ernest Anthony [Christine] Stepp of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, and David [Sandra] Stepp of Terre Haute; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest Aaron and Ethel (Howard) Stepp.

Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Teaberry Hill Estates Church. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Teaberry Hill Estates Church in Medaryville. Rev. Elmer Conley officiated. Burial took place in Highland Cemetery, North Judson.

Memorial contributions may be given to Teaberry Hill Estates Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 6, 2014)

 

Betty Lou Reynolds

June 15, 1920 — Aug. 3, 2014

Betty Lou Reynolds, 94, of Winamac, passed away at 11:37 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

She was born June 15, 1920, in Winamac, to Chris and Hazel Marie Strong Frazier.

Betty married Chester F. Reynolds on May 12, 1939, in Crown Point. Chester died January 7, 1983.

Betty was a member of the Eastern Star. She attended the First Christian Church in Winamac. Betty had worked as a waitress in Winamac. Betty and Chet enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Arizona.

Survivors include her daughter Norma Kay Reynolds of Markle; son Joe F. [Ruth Ann] Reynolds of Winamac; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sisters Pauline Norma Starr and Florence Violet Spurgeon.

She was preceded in death by her parents Chris and Hazel Marie Strong Frazier; husband Chester F. Reynolds; daughter Nancy Reynolds; sisters Marjorie Alberta Smith and Mary Virginia Girton; and brother William Richard Frazier.

Visitation will be from 11:30 until time of service Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Frain Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with Pastor Rick Abbott officiating.

Burial will take place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 6, 2014)

 

Norman “Clyde” Felker

Norman “Clyde” Felker, 82, of Royal Center, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at 5:45 p.m. on July 31 at his home.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 6, 2014)

 

Ethel Stepp

Ethel Stepp, 88, of Wheatfield, went home to be with her Lord at 5:42 p.m. Monday, July 28, at VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 6, 2014)

 

Joseph L. Kalvzny

Joseph L. Kalvzny, 92, of Medaryville, passed away at his place of residence on Saturday, July 19 at 8:10 a.m.

Arrangements are pending at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 6, 2014)

 

 

Brian Charles Pence

Oct. 30, 1941 — July 8, 2014

Brian C. Pence passed away July 8, at 72.

He was born in Valparaiso, on Oct. 30, 1941, to Gerald and Florence Pence.

He married his high-school sweetheart, Merry (Schliephake) in 1962. Together, they raised two daughters.

Brian was a driven professional and worked as personnel director for Solo Cup and U.S. Steel. He served as director of human resources for Singer /Eaton Corp. for many years before moving from Winamac to New Port Richey, Florida, in 1991. 

He had a great passion for Notre Dame football, Indiana University basketball, the Cubs (there’s always next year!), and gambling (these tickets suck!). He was active with the Moose Lodge 2366 and a member of the NCOA and the American Legion.

Those who knew him will miss his wit, humor and infectious smile. He left this life exactly how he lived it “His Way.”

Brian was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be terribly missed by his wife Merry; kids: Connie [Tony] Galietti and Cheryl [Willie] DeGroot; grandkids: Kristen, Branden and Nikki; and furry feline buddies: Dino and Dylan. He leaves his brother Al; many brothers-in law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Brian was predeceased by his parents; and his sister Nancy [Jerry] Blacksten.

Services were held on July 14 in Florida at 11 a.m. in Trinity Memorial Gardens.

There will be a small gathering for friends at the Winamac VFW on Friday, Aug. 1, starting at 6 p.m. to celebrate Brian’s life.

Online condolences or sharing a memory may be made at www.trinitymemorial.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 30, 2014)

 

Theresa J. Von Tobel

May 11, 1916 — July 23, 2014

Theresa J. Von Tobel, 98, of Valparaiso, went home to be with her Lord at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. She had been living at Avalon Springs Health Campus in Valparaiso since January 2014. Prior to that, she had resided at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.

Theresa was born on May 11, 1916, in Eureka, Illinois, to the late Chris and Barbara (Pelsy) Wuethrich. She married Paul J. Von Tobel II on Feb. 6, 1937, in Francesville. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 1999.

Survivors include her daughters: Bonita J. [Duane] Swing of Vero Beach, Florida, and Twyla Mae [Chad] Bigony of Jasper, Georgia; sons: Paul J. [Candace] Von Tobel III of Valparaiso, and John Mark [Lorraine] Von Tobel of Valparaiso; grandsons: Rick [Linda] Swing, Scott [Amy] Swing, Paul J. [Jenni] Von Tobel IV and Peter [Heather] Von Tobel; granddaughters: Kelly [Kirby] Carswell, Michele [Lisandro] Montenegro, Christina [Ron] Vane, Cindy [Chris] McDaniel, Kayla Von Tobel and Kara Von Tobel; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters: Glendoris [Lester] Huber of Francesville, and Genevieve [Edward] Shambac of Elgin, Illinois; brothers: Willis [Marjean] Wuethrich of Las Vegas, Nevada, Robert [Phyllis] Wuethrich of Francesville, and Chris Lee [Ruth] Wuethrich of Francesville; sisters-in-law: Barbara Wuethrich of Francesville, Nola Wuethrich of Francesville, and Rita Von Tobel of West Lafayette; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Chris and Barbara (Pelsy) Wuethrich; husband Paul J. Von Tobel II; grandsons: Kurt Swing and David Bigony; brothers: David Wuethrich and Richard Wuethrich; sisters: Barbara Ellen Wuethrich, Mildred Huber, Wilma Stewart, Velda Overmyer, and Elizabeth Shambach.

Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, at the funeral home. Pastor Robert Nienhuis officiated. Burial took place in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Gideon’s International or Liberty Bible Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 30, 2014)

 

Donald “Ed” Fisher

Oct. 13, 1926 — July 24, 2014

Donald “Ed” Fisher, 87, of Star City, passed away at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 24, at Hickory Creek of Winamac.

Born on Oct. 13, 1926, in LaPorte, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Mary (Hall) Fisher.

On April 18, 1950, he married Olive R. Shidler. She preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 2008.

He was a 1945 Star City High School graduate. Ed was also a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.

He owned and operated Fisher’s Soft Water Service in Star City for more than 50 years.

Ed was a member of Star City United Methodist Church and he enjoyed his family and making people laugh.

Survivors include his children: Pamela S. [Swede] Olson of Valparaiso, Jane A. [Harvey] Scheffer of Winamac, and Donald E. [Janet] Fisher Jr. of Winamac; stepson Jerry [Peggy] Mays of Winamac; sisters: Kathryn [Leroy] Moore of Iowa, Yvonna Nacke of Swayzee, Barbara Fisher of Logansport and Madaline Sommers of Thornhope; 12 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by brothers: Charles, James, and George Fisher; brothers-in-law: Richard Sommers and Al Nacke; and sisters-in-law: Darlene and Evelyn Fisher.

Visitation was 2-6 p.m., Sunday, July 27, at the funeral home. Services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 28, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel. Pastor Ruth Waite officiated. Burial with military rites was performed at Star City West Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulaski County Senior Center.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 30, 2014)

 

Ralph Waldo Fritz

Nov. 2, 1923 — July 7, 2014

Ralph was born in Pulaski County to Mark Fritz and Hazel Scott, both who came from farms that had been in their families since the early 1800s. Ralph had four siblings, Marshal, Mary Charlotte and John.

Ralph graduated from Jefferson Township schools at 16 as valedictorian of his class and received a full scholarship to DePauw University, where he pursued a degree in journalism. He earned spending money by working in restaurants and playing pool. After his junior year, Ralph returned home to farm with his brother John. Ralph and John farmed together for years, raising purebred Duroc hogs and showing many prize-winning hogs in the Indiana State Fair.

In 1960, Ralph left farming and joined Farm Bureau Insurance. With Farm Bureau he moved to Knox and spent 29 years as Northwest Indiana Regional Sales Manager. After retiring from Farm Bureau he lived in Fort Myers, Florida, Holland, Michigan, and Sylvania, Ohio.

Ralph liked the outdoors, especially hunting and camping. He also enjoyed spending time with his children, coaching a championship little league team and supporting his sons in Boy Scouts. Ralph loved to golf and was proud to score a hole-in-one. He and his wife Irene were club champions at Bass Lake Country Club near Knox and at Bay Beach Golf Course in Fort Myers Beach.

Ralph is survived by eight children and stepchildren: Mark [Deb] Fritz of Indiana, Mac [Lesa] Fritz of Arizona, Pete (K.K.) Fritz of Indiana, Mat [Maryann] Fritz of Indiana, Cathie [Mary] Fritz of Michigan, Dawn Beckering of South Carolina, Elaine [Dennis] Boxdorfer of Ohio and Carole Fey of Michigan. Ralph leaves behind 24 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and his cat Molly.

Ralph’s golfing partner and wife of 42 years Irene Fritz; his daughter Connie Dust; and his grandson Ralph Nicholas “Nick” Fritz preceded him in death.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Ducks Unlimited, the Humane Society or the La Salle Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 23, 2014)

 

Sylvia Lenore Doll

Aug. 3, 1926 — July 17, 2014

Sylvia Lenore Doll, 87, of Francesville, died at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.

She was born on Aug. 3, 1926, in Rensselaer, to the late Ludwig and Georgia Lena (Ringen) Kruger.

On Oct. 9, 1949, Sylvia married Frederick Doll. He died Aug. 28, 1990.

Sylvia graduated from Francesville High School in 1944 and received her registered nursing degree from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1948. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College. She worked as a nurse at Jasper County Hospital, Parkview Haven Retirement Home, and West Central School Corporation. In her later years, she worked at the Francesville-Salem Township Public Library.

Sylvia was a lifelong member of the St. James Salem United Church of Christ and the Ladies’ Guild. She was a member of Happy Homemakers Home Economics Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include her sons: Larry [Linda] Doll of Winamac, and Roger [LeAnn] Doll of Ft. Wayne; daughters: Connie [Ed] Myshak of Lafayette, Gayle Doll of Lafayette, and Angela [Brendan] Foley of Edgewater, Maryland; granddaughters: Jennifer [Jeff] Housinger, Veronica Doll, Stephanie [Jon] Wilder and Rachel [Chris] Thompson; grandsons: Adam [Jamie] Myshak, Alex [Carly] Myshak, Courtney Doll, Stuart Snodgrass, Ethan Snodgrass and Brendan Foley; great-grandsons: Jacob Housinger, Justin Housinger and Christian Wilder; great-granddaughters: Makayla Myshak, Natalie Myshak and Lena Wilder; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-laws: Betty Doll of Francesville, and Janet Kruger of Francesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ludwig and Georgia Lena (Ringen) Kruger; husband Frederick John Doll; sister Evelyn Sims; and brother Kenneth Kruger.

Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel. Rev. Judith Doll officiated. Burial took place in St. James Salem Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. James Salem United Church of Christ or Parkview Haven Retirement Home.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 23, 2014)

 

Stella Lee Baker

March 13, 1920 — July 20, 2014

Stella Lee Baker, 94, Winamac, passed away at 4:40 a.m. Sunday, July 20, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

She was born March 13, 1920, in Breathitt County, Kentucky, to Clifford and Lulu (Mullins) Watkins.

Stella was married on Jan. 29, 1938, in Magoffin County, Kentucky, to John Douglas Baker. He passed away Oct. 7, 1990.

She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary #2580 for 60 years.

Stella and her husband originally came to Indiana to work at the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Her job was to measure gunpowder in detonators the size of a button. She was employed as a certified nursing assistant at Pulaski Memorial Hospital for many years.

She loved to sew and quilt. She also enjoyed bluegrass music.

Stella enjoyed visiting with her friends at the local McDonald’s.

Survivors include her sons: Bill Baker, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Alonzo [Beverly] Baker of Seymour, Tennessee, and Paul [Kathy] Baker of Knoxville, Tennessee; daughter Brenda [Tim] Brown of Maryville, Tennessee; 27 grandchildren; four step grandchildren; many great and great-great-grandchildren; brother James [May] Watkins of Burlington, Michigan; and sisters: Lila Shidler of Argos, Angeline [Howard] Goble of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Phyllis [Jerry] Day of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Ellie Heyden of Salyersville, Kentucky, Shirley [Washington] Miller of Homer, Michigan, and Roxie [Ham] Trusty, of Coldwater, Michigan.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Lulu (Mullins) Watkins; husband John Douglas Baker; son Ernest Bailey; daughters: Daisey May Baker and Jeanette Baker Bailey; grandsons: William Lincoln Baker, Gregory Baker and Harold D. Johnston Jr.; granddaughter Gwen

 

JUNE 25, 2014

Gerald L. Rice

Feb. 15, 1956 — June 22, 2014

Gerald L. Rice, 58, of Kewanna, passed away at 11:07 p.m., Sunday, June 22, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Born on Feb. 15, 1956, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Orville L. and Darlene (Cox) Rice.

On April 16, 1977, he married Karen A. Jones. She survives.

Jerry was a self-employed mechanic. He also drove a race car for many years. He enjoyed playing pool, fishing and motorcycles. He was also a former member of Fulton County A.B.A.T.E.

Survivors include his wife Karen Rice of Kewanna; son Jason Rice [Jennifer] of San Diego, California; daughter Jessica Rice of Kewanna; brothers: Ronnie Rice [Yvonne] of Florida, Steve Rice [Amy] of Kentucky, and Mike Rice [Brenda] of Star City; sister Patty Rice of Florida; and grandchildren Brantin Stevens and Laiyn Stevens.

He was also preceded in death by sister Linda Rice.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home in Kewanna. A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at the funeral home.

Sign the online guestbook or leave condolences for Rice family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 25, 2014)

 

Ronald L. Osburn

Jan. 13, 1949 — June 16, 2014

Ronald L. “Ronnie” Osburn, 65, of Francesville, passed away at 3:14 p.m. Monday, June 16, at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 25, 2014)

 

Robert Wayne Geddes

Dec. 29, 1918 — Jan. 10, 2013

Robert Wayne Geddes, 94, of Celeste, Texas, formerly of Winamac, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Star City West Cemetery of Star City, with Rev. Edward Clark officiating.

There will be a gathering for family and friends at the Star City Community Building following the service.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 25, 2014)

 

Orville P. Berns

Sept. 11, 1913 — June 12, 2014

Orville P. Berns, 100, of 1325 E Oak Dr. S, Winamac, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Hickory Creek at Winamac in Winamac.

He was born Sept. 11, 1913, in Kankakee, Illinois, to John and Anna (Kuschel) Berns.

Orville married Wyoma E. Cook on Oct. 12, 1935, in Kankakee, Illinois. She passed away Aug. 20, 1995. He then married Bernice Ferguson. She died in July of 2001.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, 50-year member Tippecanoe Chapter #96 Order of the Eastern Star, 50-year member Winamac Masonic Lodge #262 F.&A.M. He was also a life member of Scottish Rite, South Bend. Orville was a charter member of the Arrow Head RC&D, where he had served on the executive council, the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste District, and Pulaski County Recycling Board. He was a former member of the Winamac Rotary Club. He was also a custodian of the Berns-Meyer Nature Preserve in Pulaski.

He traveled extensively as the world’s foremost expert on electrolytic tin plating.

Survivors include daughters: Carol R. Slater-Kline of Red Hill, Pennsylvania, and Donna D. Coleman of Winamac; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister Vernene Dexter of Gilman, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Anna (Kuschel) Berns; first wife Wyoma E. (Cook) Berns; second wife Bernice (Ferguson) Berns; one grandchild; and five brothers and sisters.

Visitation was 3-8 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Order of the Eastern Star services were held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Frain Mortuary, with Dan Frain officiating. Burial took place in Mound Grove Gardens of Memory in Kankakee, Illinois, Tuesday, June 17, at 1 p.m. CDT.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 18, 2014)

 

Sarah Jane Davis

March 30, 1957 — June 10, 2014

Sarah Jane Davis, 57, of Winamac, (formerly of Mulberry, and Frankfort) passed away Tuesday, June 10, at Hickory Creek at Winamac in Winamac.

She was born on March 30, 1957, in Lafayette, to the late Delmon D. and Faye (Nichols) Davis.

Sarah was a 1975 graduate of Clinton Central High School. She had also attended Vincennes University.

Ms. Davis spent her days in the care of the kind people at the Pleasant View Rest Home and Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Winamac.

She is survived by many cousins and family members of the Nichols and Davis families.

Private graveside services will be held at Eagle Creek Cemetery in Westfield, where Sarah will be laid to rest near her parents and family members who loved her.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pleasant View Rest Home or Hickory Creek at Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 18, 2014)

 

Ronald J. Williamson

Sept. 20, 1961 — June 2, 2014

Ronald J. Williamson, 52, of New Carlisle, passed away Monday, June 2, in Prattville, Alabama.

Ronald was born on Sept. 20, 1961, in Valparaiso. He was a star basketball player for Malden High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1979–1982. He lived in New Carlisle since 2005. Ronald was employed as a truck driver with AG Expeditus.

On June 16, 2006, in South Bend, he married Sherrie L. Edwards, who survives.

Other survivors include his daughter Skie Williamson at home; sons: Dakota and Nathan Williamson, both at home; grandchild Tyler Williamson; mother Roberta [Jeffery] Rambo-Dehnart of Winamac; sisters: Bobbi [Lynn] Williamson of Texas, Davon [Rich] Doty of Winamac, and Rebecca [Tom] Despot of Winamac; brothers: Guy [Bobby] Rugg of Winamac, Richard [Cella] Rugg of Michigan City, Tim [Mike] Dehnart of Michigan City, Jay Dehnart of Winamac, Paul [Allison] Dehnart of Chesterton, and Mark Dehnart of Chesterton.

He was preceded in death by his father Dave Williamson.

Friends may call from 9 until 11 a.m., Friday, June 13, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in New Carlisle Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

To send online condolences visit Kaniewski.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 11, 2014)

 

Arlos C. Herrick

Dec. 14, 1935 — June 1, 2014

Arlos C. Herrick, 78, of Winamac, passed away at 11:35 p.m., Sunday, June 1, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

Born on Dec. 14, 1935, in Francesville, she was the daughter of the late Russel and Mable (Freeman) Fisher.

On Dec. 10, 1956, she married Vernon L. Herrick. He preceded her in death March 22, 2004.

She was a 1954 Francesville High School graduate.

Arlos was a homemaker. She was a member of Pulaski Presbyterian Church in Pulaski where she formerly taught Sunday school and she was a former member of the rural youth club.

Arlos also enjoyed square dancing and bowling.

Survivors include her sons: William “Bill” Herrick of Winamac, Paul O. Herrick [Tina] of Knox and Jeffrey D. Herrick [Sonia] of Rochester; brother Ronnie Fisher [Gaye Ellen] of Charlotte, North Carolina; sisters: LoraVene Nielsen of Phoenix, Arizona, and Sharon Wendt of Winamac; grandchildren: Heather Herrick, Edward Herrick and James Herrick; and three stepgrandchildren: Jason Martin, Tylar Martin and Breanna Calvert.

She was also preceded in death by brothers: Norman Fisher, Virgil “Gene” Fisher and John Fisher, and sister Audrey Livingston.

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 14, at Tippecanoe Christian Church with Pastor Ed Clark officiating.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 11, 2014)

 

Roberta Clara Lowry

July 20, 1925 — May 29, 2014

Roberta Clara Lowry, 88, formerly of northern Indiana and more recently from Portland, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, May 29, in Terre Haute.

Roberta was born at home in Jasper County, on July 20, 1925, to Ogle Jennings Lowry and Mary Beatrice (Guild) Lowry.

She married Everett LeRoy Fry in October of 1946, then George William Wappel in August of 1950, both of whom preceded her in death. In 1989, she married Sherman Moore Glover who also preceded her in death.

Shortly after graduating form Medaryville High School, she attended beauty college and owned and operated a beauty shop first in Medaryville then later in North Judson. She later relocated to the Indianapolis area and worked for the City of Indianapolis, where she retired in 1988. Upon marrying Sherman Glover, she relocated to Portland, Tennessee.

She is survived by a son Steven George Fry of Waco, Georgia; daughter Brenda [Jim] Monaghan of West Terre Haute; grandchildren: Steven Everett Fry, Kimberly Lynn [Terry] Johnson, Robert William Fry, David John [Angela] Fry, Barbara Jane Fry, Jeffrey Owen [Lori] Monaghan, and Julie Kay [James] Russell; great-grandchildren: Amanda Fry, Amylia Fry, Julian Fry, Travis Eugene Fry, Victoria Johnson, Abigail Johnson, Cody Fry, Tate Fry, Allie Fry, Lillian Monaghan, Colton Monaghan and Archer Russell; sisters: Carol [Howard] Borchard of Hartley, Iowa; Charlotte [Bernard] Harris of Lansing, Michigan; and Mary Lynn Jackson of Avon.

Others preceding her in death include a son Daniel Lee (Wappel) Guild; brother John Luther Lowry; and sister Ellen Rachel Lowry.

According to Mrs. Lowry wishes, cremation was chosen. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in the Independence Cemetery in Jasper County.

Fitzpatrick Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 11, 2014)

 

Charles Edward “Red” DeLorenzo

Sept. 18, 1928 — June 3, 2014

Charles Edward “Red” DeLorenzo, 85, Winamac, passed away Tuesday, June 3, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 18, 1928, in Collier, Pennsylvania, to James and Elizabeth (Waser) DeLorenzo Sr.

Charles was married to Donna M. Degner on Oct. 25, 1950, in Washington, D.C. Donna passed away on March 8, 2008.

He was a member of the VFW Post #1728, Winamac, American Legion Post #92, North Judson, and Amvets Post #91 and Redmen Lodge #588, both of Monticello.

Red retired from Eaton Corporation in Winamac, where he had worked as the foreman in the shipping and receiving area.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. He played baseball in the former Merchant’s League in Winamac, as a young man.

Survivors include daughters: Mary [Paul] Campbell of Muncie, Teresa DeLorenzo of Houston, Texas, Toni McGill of Houston, Texas, and Bette [Randy] Dusenbury of Houston, Texas; sons: Michael [Maria] DeLorenzo of Stafford, Virginia; Brian [Pat] DeLorenzo of Winamac; and David [Penny] DeLorenzo of Winamac; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brother James DeLorenzo Jr., Louisville, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Elizabeth (Waser) DeLorenzo Sr.; wife Donna M. (Degner) DeLorenzo; and sister Geraldine Swaney.

Visitation was from 3-7 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Frain Mortuary. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with Rev. Edward Clark officiating. Military honors took place at Frain Mortuary following the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be given to VFW Post #1728 Scholarship Fund or American Legion Post #71 Scholarship Fund.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 11, 2014)

 

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JUNE 4, 2014

Robert J. Alma

June 4, 1924 — May 29, 2014

Robert J. Alma, 89, of Royal Center, passed away at 1:50 p.m., Thursday, May 29, at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital in Lafayette.

Born on June 4, 1924, in White County, he was the son of the late William and Stella (Rutherford) Alma.

On July 22, 1944, he married Dorothy M. Hoover. She preceded him in death on Dec. 20, 2000.

He was a U.S. Army – Air Corps Veteran serving in World War II.

Robert was a farmer for 60 years. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, camping and quilting with his late wife Dorothy.

Robert was a member of White Oak United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his sons: Steven D. [Deloris “Lorie”] Alma and Randy D. [Trena “Jeanie”] Alma, both of Royal Center; brother Chuck Alma of Monticello; sister Ann Horney of Beecher, Illinois; sister-in-law Frances Hoover of Star City; grandchildren: Karrie [Tim] Barber of Logansport, Keith [Ashley] Alma and Doreen [David] Ehler, both of Royal Center, and Jason Alma of Burnettsville; and great-grandchildren, Courtney Barber, Tyler Barber, Thomas Ehler, Ryand Ehler, Lincoln Alma and Jon Alma.

He was preceded in death by an infant son; brothers: Roy Alma, John Alma and Ralph Alma; half brother Louie Hastings; and half sisters: Hazel Ward and Mary Gus.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 5, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 6, at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be performed at Pro Cemetery in Headlee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pro Cemetery and/or the American Kidney Foundation.

Sign the online guestbook or leave condolences for the Alma family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 4, 2014)

 

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MAY 28, 2014

Ronald Matthews Lewellen

May 27, 1935 — May 25, 2014

Ronald Matthews Lewellen, 78, of Culver, passed away at 4:35 a.m. on May 25, at IU Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Ron was born on May 27, 1935, in Salem. He was one of six children born to Roy Martin and Lillie Mae (Matthews) Lewellen. He was a graduate of Salem High School.

Ron had a passion for Christ. He attended Cincinnati Bible College in Ohio, San Jose Bible College in California — where he trimmed trees to support himself — and the College of Scriptures in Louisville, Kentucky. He became an ordained minister on Jan. 24, 1960, at the Bunker Hill Christian Church in Bunker Hill. He later became the pastor at Pisgah Church near Logansport, where he served the congregation for 32 years. He loved the Lord and believed in preaching the gospel from the Bible. He always said “leading souls to the Lord” was the best part of his ministry. He also worked 44 years for Louisville Cement Co. (Essroc). He enjoyed hunting, playing golf, and bowling in league play.

In Ron’s later years he fell in love and married his soul mate, Cara Wells on Aug. 31, 1996, in Culver. They soon decided they wanted a baby. On Ron’s birthday in 1998, they began the paperwork to adopt a little girl. On June 27, 1999, Cara’s birthday, they were able to bring home their little Angela and she gave Ron a new spark in his life.

Ron became the pastor at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Culver and served there until his death. He and Cara developed the largest youth group in Culver. They enjoyed boating and taking the kids tubing and water skiing on the lake. Each year the church had a float in the Lake Fest parade.

Ron was devoted to attending all of Angela’s sporting events and encouraged her to always do her best. He liked to garden, had a good sense of humor, and was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and great-grandpa.

Ron is survived by his loving wife Cara of Culver; daughters: Angela of Culver, Rhonda [Larry] Reitz of Litchfield, Illinois, and Ruby [Jeff] McLean of Logansport; sons: Martin [Donna] Lewellen of Logansport, Paul Lewellen of Lewisburg, Texas, and David [Kathy] Lewellen of Nashville, Tennessee; stepsons: Kelly Simms of Logansport, and Andy [Kim] Simms of Tipton; brothers: Audrene Lewellen of Sarasota, Florida, and Morrison Lewellen of Salem; sister Kathleen Purkhiser of Salem; and Anna Ruth Lee, a cousin raised as a sister, of Jacksonville, Florida; 15 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

A time to share memories with the family will be held at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pastors Marvin Purkhiser and Steve Schumerth will officiate funeral services at the church at 3 p.m. Burial will follow at Culver Masonic Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Ron’s memory.

Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 28, 2014)

 

Donna Marie White

April 7, 1929 - May 22, 2014

Donna Marie White, 85, of Mishawaka, passed away Thursday afternoon, May 22, in her home.

Donna was born April 7, 1929, in Star City, a daughter of the late Leo and Marie (Kursch) Weisenburger. She grew up in the Winamac area. She graduated from beauty school in Mishawaka.

Donna married Lee White on Nov. 12, 1956, in Roseland. They spent most of their married years in Mishawaka.

Donna was employed for over 30 years at Bendix (Honeywell) and retired in 1982. She attended St. Bavo Catholic Church in Mishawaka and was a member of UAW Local #9. Donna was a NASCAR fan and her favorite driver was #24 Jeff Gordon. She also enjoyed playing bingo and going to Michigan City to the boat. Donna was a great cook and baker and at one time liked crocheting and vegetable and flower gardening. Her family was an important part of her life.

Donna’s surviving family includes her daughter Denese [Steve] Thornburg of Osceola; sisters: Dorothy Callahan and Betty Colgrove both of Winamac; grandchildren: Jessica Lee McRoberts and Ryan McRoberts; great-grandson Mason Blatz and another great-grandchild is on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband Lee White, Jr.; son Jody Lee White; three sisters: Marjorie Mitchell, Virginia Worsham and Jean Moore; and brothers: Arden “Bud” Weisenburger, Richard Weisenburger and Bobby Weisenburger.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Bavo Catholic Church, (corner of W. 7th St. and West St.), Mishawaka, with Rev. Barry England officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Osceola.

Friends may spend time with Donna’s family Wednesday from 1–3 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. and Thursday from 9–10 a.m. in Goethals and Wells Funeral Home, 503 W. 3rd St., Mishawaka.

Memorials are suggested to the Center for Hospice Care or RiverBend Cancer Services or the American Lung Association. Assistance with memorials is available at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at www.goethalswells.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 28, 2014)

 

William F. Schmidt

May 5, 1943 — May 23, 2014

William F. Schmidt, 71, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at 3:27 p.m. on May 23, at Life Care Center in Rochester.

Bill was born on May 5, 1943, in Winamac, one of 10 children born to Frank and Marie (Dillenburg) Schmidt.

He grew up attending Culver Community Schools and graduated in 1961.

On Oct. 5, 1978, Bill fell in love and married Barbara Rose. Together they raised their blended family. Bill worked very hard to provide for his family, working for many years as an iron worker at Bremen Castings in Bremen.

Bill enjoyed hunting, cookouts with family and friends, and drinking lots of coffee.

Bill is survived by his ex-wife Barbara Strus of Ora; sons: Jeremy Schmidt of Rochester, and Frederick [Kristen] Schmidt of Pennsylvania; stepsons: James [Teresa] Jensen of Hinesville, Georgia, and Charles [Leslie] Jensen of Ora; stepdaughter Penny Sue [Ikram] Kahn of Fenton, Michigan; sisters: Margaret Stukenborg of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Leona Schmidt of Plymouth, and Cathy Ely of Argos; brothers: Paul [Carol] Schmidt and Thomas [Rhea] Schmidt of Culver, John [Judy] Schmidt and Harold [Pat] Schmidt of Plymouth.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Marie (Dillenburg) Schmidt; son William Schmidt; and brothers: James and Richard Schmidt.

A time of visitation with the family will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church on Friday, May 30, from noon — 2 p.m. Father Jeffrey Largent will officiate a mass of Christian burial at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Monterey.

Memorials may be given to St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church.

Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 28, 2014)

 

Ernest R. Heims

Feb. 18, 1939 — May 18, 2014

Ernest R. “Ernie” Heims, 75, of Winamac, passed away at 10 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Hickory Creek at Winamac.

He was born Feb. 18, 1939, in Beardstown, to Merlyn and Blanche (Clark) Heims.

Ernie married Winnifred Landis on June 15, 1963, in Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania. Winnie survives.

Ernie served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1961.

He graduated from Winamac High School in 1957. He was a member of the Tippecanoe Christian Church. Ernie served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher of the church.

He was employed as a truck driver for North Express Co., Galbreath Inc., and the Lone Wolf Trucking Co. Ernie enjoyed reading and mowing the yard.

Ernie especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He really enjoyed spending time with kids.

Survivors include his wife Winnifred “Winnie” M. (Landis) Heims of Winamac; son Mark [Marjan] Heims of Mechanicsville, Virginia.; daughter Sharon [Mike] Pedigo of Elgin, Illinois; grandchildren: Sandra Heims, Serena Heims, Scarlet Heims and Jordan Pedigo; brothers: Richard [Wanda] Heims of Menifee, California, Donald [Patty] Heims of Winamac, and Larry [Paula] Heims of North Judson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Merlyn and Blanche (Clark) Heims; and brother Kenneth Heims.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at Frain Mortuary, with George Landis and Rev. Edward Clark officiating.

The VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services after the funeral. Burial will take place in Tippecanoe Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Gideons, American Cancer Society and Autism Society of America.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 21, 2014)

 

Elizabeth Jo Hartley

Sept. 20, 1944 — May 18, 2014

Elizabeth Jo Hartley, 69, of Winamac, passed away on Sunday, May 18.

Elizabeth was born on Sept. 20, 1944, to James and Agnes (Bradford) Hall in Monon.

Elizabeth graduated from Rensselaer High School, class of 1962.

On April 13, 1966, Elizabeth married the love of her life, Nelson G. Hartley in Rensselaer.

She briefly worked at Schumacher’s in Rensselear, and later found joy in being a homemaker. Elizabeth was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Monon. She liked to crotchet, sew and she enjoyed reading her romance novels. Elizabeth was an avid bell collector.

She is survived by her loving husband Nelson G. Hartley; her children: Ruth Wicks of Indianapolis, Daymond Hartley, and Krista [Henry] Epps, both of Winamac; eight grandchildren; brother William [Anita] Hall of Lafayette; and sister Judy [Marshall] Poor.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by one granddaughter Ellen Wicks.

The family will receive friends at Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer on Friday, May 23, from 3-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Jackson Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Mark Pilger officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens in Rensselaer.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

See www.jacksonfuneral.com to sign the online guests’ registry and leave condolences.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 21, 2014)

 

John Bryon “JB” Riggs

Aug. 13, 1917 — May 16, 2014

John Bryon “JB” Riggs, 96, a World War II veteran who taught at area high schools for more than 35 years, died Friday, May 16, at Northwoods Village.

JB was born in Johnson County on Aug. 13, 1917, to Charles and Meta (Saltwell) Riggs.

He grew up in Francesville and graduated from high school in 1935. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Purdue University.

He married Sara Martha Miner, his wife of nearly 63 years, in Windfall on June 17, 1951.

JB started teaching vocational agriculture and farming practices at Galveston High School in 1941. From 1942 to 1945 he served in the Army Air Corps at the rank of tech sergeant as a weather forecaster stationed in North Africa and Italy. He returned to teaching at Galveston High School in 1946 and started teaching at Kokomo High School in 1957. JB retired in 1981 from Haworth High School, where he had taught biology and related sciences. At Haworth, he started the outdoor science lab.

JB was an active member of the Galveston United Methodist Church, where he taught the Willing Workers Sunday School class for more than 50 years. He was a charter member of the Galveston Lions Club, a member of the Galveston American Legion, and a member of the Howard County Retired Teachers. For more than 30 years he was a 4-H club leader in Cass County.

In 1958 the family bought a 1939 International school bus and converted it into a motor-home. “Alice in Wonderland” took JB and Sara (with family) to every state capital, except Hawaii, and every provincial capital of capital of Canada – more than 250,000 miles.

Survivors include his wife Sara; children Susan [Rick] Rust of Kokomo, Tom [Marsha] Riggs of Galveston, and Bob [Misty] Riggs of Alabaster, Alabama; a niece; and several nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Naomi Ruth Budd and Homer, Helen and Marie Riggs.

The family would like to thank the many former students who have stayed in touch with JB over the years. The family would also like to thank the wonderful people at Reflections of Wellington for their care of JB for the last 2 1/2 years.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 19, and one hour before the service on Tuesday at the Galveston United Methodist Church. A funeral for JB was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, at the church. Pastor Roy Ice officiated. Burial services were held at Galveston Cemetery following the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Galveston United Methodist Church memorial fund, P.O. Box 639, Galveston, IN 46932.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 21, 2014)

 

Bobby Sallee

May 19, 1949 — May 10, 2014

Bobby Sallee, 64, Monterey, passed away at 3:22 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at his residence.

He was born May 19, 1949, in Knox, to Elmer and Alma (Rowe) Sallee.

He lived most of his life in the Knox area. He was retired from Culver Military Academy where he worked as a maintenance worker for many years.

Survivors include his daughter Mary Ann Sallee of Winamac; son Robert Sallee of Merrillville; step-daughters: Eliza [Glenn] Brodbelt of Bourbon, and Araminta [Steve] Fites of Winamac; grandsons: Anthony LaBonte, Isaiah Tidwell and Kyle Tidwell; step granddaughters: Hayley Long, Lilly Brodbelt, Melissa [Chad] Warner and Stephanie [Tyler] Koepkey; step grandson Jarvis Long; and step great-grandsons: Caedyn Weaver, Kellen Koepkey and Gage Long.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Alma (Rowe) Sallee; and several brothers and sisters.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, at Frain Mortuary. Burial took place in Highland Cemetery in North Judson.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 21, 2014)

 

Bonita L. Rausch

Jan. 4, 1929— May 11, 2014

Bonita “Bonnie” L. Rausch, 85, Winamac, passed away at 8:16 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

She was born Jan. 4, 1929, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., to Elliott and Margaret (Lenzner) Brady.

She was married on March 30, 1948, in Pulaski, to Daniel Raymond Rausch. He passed away May 30, 1996.

Bonnie attended Pulaski High School. Bonnie was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Northern Indiana Power From the Past, Tops, Cops and the Pulaski County Historical Society. Bonnie frequently served on the Franklin Township election team. Bonnie was a frequent blood donor.

Bonnie grew a business known as “Bonnie’s Punkins” from a self-serve change bucket, in the 1960’s, located on U.S. 35 north of Winamac. Generations of neighboring school children would come to enjoy the pumpkin patch.

Bonnie enjoyed feeding birds, crocheting snowflakes and afghans. She logged more than 60,000 miles on her bicycle “Blue Boy.” She frequently roller-skated down U.S. 35 and hiked for hours in the Tippecanoe River State Park. She also enjoyed picking flowers and berries that she used to make jams and jellies. Bonnie was known to push mow her 3 acres in the sweltering heat while wearing her tube top and short shorts.

She pulled weeds while cursing them. She would then throw them into her eternally smoldering burn pile.

Bonnie’s favorite saying was “I never met a flower that I didn’t love.”

Survivors include her daughters: Christine [Bob] Smith of Winamac, Judy [Butch] Fitz of Winamac, and Jeannie Neff of Winamac; sons: Tony Rausch of Winamac, and Barney [Patti-Jo] Rausch of Winamac; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister Juan Knarr of Winamac.

She was preceded in death by her husband Daniel Raymond Rausch; parents Elliott and Margaret (Lenzner) Brady; son Mark Rausch; sister Virginia Koepkey; brothers: Franklin Brady and William Brady.

Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with Rev. Bert Woolson officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be given to Friends of Tippecanoe River State Park.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 14, 2014)

 

Mary Ann Rife

July 16, 1926 — May 10, 2014

Mary Ann Rife, 87, Winamac, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at White Oak Health Campus in Monticello.

She was born July 16, 1926, in Winamac, to Thomas and Agnes (Jordan) Hatfield.

Mary was married to Gerald L. Rife on Jan. 24, 1946, in Winamac. Gerald passed away on Sept. 13, 2000.

She was a member of Bethel Bible Church, Winamac, and a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship.

Mary enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters: A. Faye Fagner of Winamac, Linda [Kenny] Burns of Monticello, Kimberly Rife of Goshen, and Karen [Dave] Budd of Winamac; son Gerald R. [Karen] Rife of Winamac; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and step-sister Joan Jordan of Logansport.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald L. Rife; her parents Thomas and Agnes (Jordan) Hatfield; sister Barbara Sego; one infant brother; daughter-in-law Brenda Rife; and son-in-law Morris Fagner.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Frain Mortuary, and after 10 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Bible Church in Winamac.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, at the church, with Pastor Jeff Burns officiating.

Burial will take place in 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 14, 2014)

 

Betsy J. (Watkins) Matthews

Oct. 8, 1943 — May 8, 2014

Betsy J. (Watkins) Matthews, 70, of Winamac, passed away Thursday morning on May 8, at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac. 

She was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, on Oct. 8, 1943, to the late Marion F. and Eva Gladys (Groves) Watkins.   

Betsy was employed by Pulaski County, where she was the auditor for eight years, treasurer for six years and the clerk of courts for four years. She was a member of First Christian Church, Bellefontaine. 

Betsy is survived by a daughter Michelle Dawn [Todd] Schmicker of Winamac; four grandchildren: Whitney, Wyatt, Caleb and Cierra; brother Glenn W. Watkins of Kenton, Ohio; and sister Ramona Harris of Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter Megan O. Matthews; brother John C. Watkins; and sister Betty Jean Watkins. 

Pastor Jonathan Bull officiated the funeral service on Sunday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine. Private burial was in Bellefontaine Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulaski Health Care Center Activities Fund, 624 W. 13th St., Winamac, IN 46996.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 14, 2014)

 

Leyton Leroy Matthews

Jan. 7, 2011 – May 11, 2014

Leyton Leroy Matthews, 3, of Ora, died at 12:32 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Leyton was born Jan. 7, 2011, in South Bend. He had been ill since birth.

Survivors include his parents Woodrow Leroy Fletcher and Katie Marie Matthews, of Ora; sisters: Kailee Fletcher of North Judson, Khloe Fletcher, of Ora and Lilian Fletcher of Ora; maternal grandparents Connie Clemans and James Matthews of Ora; paternal grandfather Woodrow Fletcher of Osceola; paternal grandmother Mary Fletcher of Winamac; maternal great-grandparents Shirley and Delmer Grigsby of Medaryville and JD and Reathey Matthews of Winamac.

He was preceded in death by brother Bentley Button.

Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Frain Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Burial will take place in the Alexander Heinemann Memorial Cemetery, Ora.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - May 14, 2014)

 

George King

George King, 61, of Winamac, passed away at 4:05 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, at the Marion VA Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home in Rochester.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 14, 2014)

 

Ralph V. Mickey

Ralph V. Mickey, 86, Winamac, passed away at 6:09 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 14, 2014)

 

Charles Johns, Jr.

Charles “Charlie” Johns, Jr., 78, of South Bend, (formerly of Francesville) went home to be with the Lord at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 7, 2014)

 

Spc. Ryan Paul Grandstaff

Nov. 14, 1989 — April 23, 2014

Spc. Ryan P. Grandstaff, 24, of Winamac, died at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Katterbach, Germany, as a result of an automobile accident.

Ryan was born on November 14, 1989, in South Bend.

He graduated from Winamac Community High School in 2009. Ryan ran on the high school track team where he was a co-record holder on the 4x100 relay team. He loved playing football and continued his football career at Anderson University. He then attended Vincennes University for Aviation Technology.

Ryan worked at the Braun Corporation and Plymouth Tube before joining the military.

He joined the U.S. Army on Oct. 2, 2012, and became a crew chief on a Blackhawk Medevac helicopter. He was stationed to Ansbach, Germany, on April 27, 2013. Ryan loved flying and playing on the Illesheim Black ‘N Blue Rugby Team.

He enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing and shooting archery. Ryan enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved people.

Ryan will be sadly missed by his friends and family.

Survivors include his father Paul [Shannin] Grandstaff in Winamac; mother Tammy (Hopkins) [Steven] Huskins in Rochester; brothers: Kyle [Monica] Grandstaff in Royal Center, and Sean [Breann] Grandstaff in Winamac; paternal grandmother Carol Ann [Grant] Grandstaff of Winamac; maternal grandparents: Harold and Thelma (Button) Hopkins of Winamac; nieces: Elizabeth Grace Grandstaff, Eliza Kelly Grandstaff and Braylee Elysse Kough; and step-brothers and sisters: Dakota Lane Heims, Julianna Katherine Heims, Hannah Marie Huskins, Heidi Lynn Huskins, S. Luke Huskins, Ethan Ryan Huskins and Jonathan Dakota Huskins.

Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Church of the Heartland, Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Church of the Heartland. Burial will take place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Wounded Warrior Project or to a fund to assist his comrads who are traveling to Ryan’s funeral from Germany.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - April 30, 2014)

 

Merlene F. Kiser

Aug. 23, 1928 — April 28, 2014

Merlene F. Kiser, 85, of West Lafayette, formerly of Star City, passed away at 9:50 a.m. Monday, April 28, at the Indiana Veteran’s Home in West Lafayette.

She was born Aug. 23, 1928, in Chicago, Ill., to Merle and Wilmarth “Billie” (Newby) Linback.

Merlene was married to Lee E. Kiser on March 21, 1947, in Star City. He passed away on June 28, 2010.

She lived all of her married life in Star City, moving to the Indiana Veteran’s Home in 2010.

Merlene had worked at First National Bank in Chicago before marrying Lee and moving to Star City. Her first employment was at the state highway garage as a secretary. She then was employed at First Union Bank and Trust in Winamac before transferring to the Star City Branch of First Union.

She loved caring for Lee during their 63 years of marriage.

Merlene enjoyed her time at the Indiana Veteran’s Home and made many friends there.

She will be sadly missed by her family.

Survivors include her daughters: Beverly J. [Layne] Hooper of Rensselaer, and Andrea L. Childs of Okeechobee, Fla.; grandson Shannon [Jennifer] Hooper of Thornton, Colo.; granddaughters: Trisha [Todd] Giombetti of Bristol, Wisc., Ashley [Aaron] Boone of Okeechobee, Fla., and Allissa Childs of Okeechobee, Fla.; great-granddaughters: Peyton Hooper of Thornton, Colo., and Alexis Childs of Okeechobee, Fla.; and great-grandson Chase Hooper of Thornton, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lee E. Kiser; parents Merle and Wilmarth “Billie” (Newby) Linback; and one infant brother.

Visitation will be from after noon Wednesday, April 30, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Frain Mortuary. Burial will take place in Star City West Cemetery in Star City.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Indiana Veteran’s Home, in care of Dennis Pettit, 3851 N. River Road, West Lafayette, IN, 47906.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 30, 2014)

 

Edna J. Richter

April 14, 1920 — April 26, 2014

Edna J. Richter, 94, Winamac, passed away at 6:57 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

She was born April 14, 1920, in Paxton, Fla., to John and Stella (Turner) Parker.

Edna was married to Helmut Richter on March 25, 1937, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. He passed away on March 5, 2009, after 71 years of marriage.

She was a 50-year member of the Iris-Elm Garden Club, 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star #96, and was active with Girl Scouts for more than 50 years. Edna was also a member of the Mothers Club and Tri-Chi. She was also a life member of the Garden Club of Indiana and the National Garden Clubs.

Edna was a former member of the Pulaski County Welfare Board, and had assisted with the Kiwanis Club lunches at the First United Methodist Church of which she was a member. Edna volunteered for more than 25 years at the Pulaski Health Care Center, especially helping with bingo.

She was an avid golfer and had been club champion at Moss Creek Country Club. She enjoyed playing poker, and loved to cook. Edna was also a bird watcher and gardener.

Survivors include her son Frederick Richter of Winamac; son-in-law Everett Potts of Winamac; granddaughters: Suzanne Marie Potts of Indianapolis, Lisa Jennette [Brian] Hultquist of West Lebanon, and Stephaine Lynne Claytor of Decatur, Ill.; grandsons: James Kevin [Coral] Potts of Lafayette, Frederick Scott [Amber] Richter of Kokomo, and Ryan Lee [Sylvia] Richter of Bonita Springs, Fla.; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Darris Morris of Tallahassee, Fla.; and brothers: Franklin [Betty] Parker of Chicago, Ill., and Windell [Rita] Parker of Ames, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband Helmut Richter; daughter Marie Potts; daughter-in-law Sandra Richter; parents John and Stella (Turner) Parker; brothers: Glenn Parker and Roy Parker; and sister Idell Parsells.

Visitation was 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Order of Eastern Star services were held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Frain Mortuary with David Broad officiating. Burial of cremains will take place in Winamac Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Oncology Garden at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, The Garden Club of Indiana Scholarship Fund, or the Girl Scouts of America.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 30, 2014)

 

Jeffrey Andrew “Jeff” Garten

Jan. 30, 1977 — April 22, 2014

Jeffrey Andrew “Jeff” Garten, 37, of Peru, passed away after a long battle with diabetes on Tuesday, April 22, at his home in Peru.

Jeff was born on Jan. 30, 1977, in Logansport.

Jeff graduated from West Central High School in 1995 where he was active with the Melodyaires choral group. Upon graduation from high school, Jeff enlisted in the U.S. Navy just as his grandfather Garten had done. He proudly served at Atsugi and Yokosuka Naval Bases in Japan from 1996-2003. He also served on the USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer while in Japan. Jeff obtained the rank of Gunners Mate. He took advantage of the Navy’s promise to see the world and was able to make friends with a wide variety of people.

Jeff was a graduate of Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis. He enjoyed working with his hands.

Jeff loved his family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his parents William A. “Bill” and Jennifer J. (Meyer) Garten of Francesville; daughters: Jaina Jade Garten of Russiaville, Mariah Inomata Garten of Japan, and Helen Steele of Wisconsin; parental grandmother Mary Garten of Columbus; and loving companion Denise Nightingale of Peru.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister Ashley Nicole Garten; paternal grandfather William L. Garten; and maternal grandparents Frank and Mary (Mobley) Meyer.

Private services will be held at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with Pastor James Ketchen officiating. Following cremation, private burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville. The American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Diabetes Association.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 30, 2014)

 

Theophilus “Phil” Carroll

Feb. 12, 1955 — April 20, 2014

Theophilus “Phil” Carroll, age 59, of Knox, passed away Sunday, April 20.

He was born Feb. 12, 1955, in Cynthiana, Ky.

He was raised in Charleston, S.C., which was special to him. He attended college at Transylvania University in Kentucky.

He raised his sons in Zionsville. He has worked more than 30 years in the waste industry that brought him to Winamac and Knox.

He is survived by his mother Frances Carroll of Brownsburg; his wife Gloria Carroll of Knox; his sons: Joshua Carroll of San Diego, Calif., and Ryan Carroll of Zionsville; his brothers: Paul Carroll of Saginaw, Mich., and Andrew Carroll of Brownsburg; his close friend Wendell Jones of Brownsburg; his former wife Joyce Carroll of Zionsville; his stepchildren: Kimberly Rose of Titusville, Fla., William Santmyre of North Judson, Steven Santmyre of Valparaiso, and Kristeen Fredel of Winamac; several cousins, stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Theophilus M. Carroll; and brothers: James Carroll and John Carroll.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m. (CDT) with visitation two hours prior to services, at M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 30, 2014)

 

Gordon M. Ligocki

Sept. 7, 1943 – Jan. 14, 2014

A celebration of life service for Gordon M. Ligocki will take place on Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Indiana University Northwest located at Savannah Center, 3400 Broadway, Gary.

Online condolences for the Ligocki family may be offered in the guestbook at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 30, 2014)

 

David Andrew Mitchell

David Andrew Mitchell, 51, of San Pierre, passed away at 7:09 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at IU Health La Porte Hospital in La Porte.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 30, 2014)

 

Arthur D. Seman

Arthur D. Seman, 88, Martinsville, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 4:46 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 30, 2014)

 

Richard A. Jensen

Richard A. Jensen, 62, of Monterey, passed away at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at his residence.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 30, 2014)

 

Karen Sue Kripisch

July 13, 1956 — April 15, 2014

Karen Sue Kripisch, 57, of Winamac, (formerly of Medaryville) went to be the Lord at 5:32 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Rensselaer Care Center in Rensselaer.

She was born on July 13, 1956, in Winamac, to the late Harold C. and Edna (Wells) Kripisch.

Karen lived in Medaryville for 29 years with her parents and moved to Winamac in 1985 when her mother passed away.

She worked at PEAK Community Services for many years and enjoyed the social events they sponsored. She especially liked bowling, dancing and parties.

Karen was a member of Soul’s Harbor Church in North Judson, and enjoyed praise and worship. She was a blessing to all that knew her.

Survivors include her brothers: Tom [Marsha] Kripisch of Medaryville, and Fred [Sandy] Kripisch of North Judson; half sisters: Joan Deplantius of Houston, Texas, and Stella [Bob] Ludwig of Winamac; half brother Jim [Patti] Stout of Valparaiso; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harold C. and Edna (Wells) Kripisch; and half brothers: Gene Stout and Doug Stout.

Visitation was from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 18, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Medaryville. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 18, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Medaryville, with Tom Kripisch officiating. Burial will take place in White Post Cemetery in Medaryville.

Memorial contributions may be given to PEAK Community Services or Soul’s Harbor Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 23, 2014)

 

Bernice M. Rose

January 18, 1932 — April 21, 2014

Bernice M. Rose, 82, of Winamac, passed away at 6:58 a.m. Monday, April 21, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

She was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Francesville, to Carl and Tena (Kruger) Garling.

Bernice married Charles A. Rose Sr. on Oct. 28, 1950, in Francesville. Charles survives.

She was a member St. James Salem United Church of Christ in Francesville, and the ladies guild of the church.

Bernice was known for her pie baking. She enjoyed quilting, playing cards, growing flowers and spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Charles A. Rose Sr.; daughters: Diane K. [Kent] Kruzick of Winamac, and Cathy A. [Donald] Wegner of Winamac; son Charles A. [Wendy] Rose Jr. of Winamac; grandchildren: Christopher [Megan] Wegner, Jeremy [Tonia] Wegner, Michelle [Casey] Hines, Kendra Craft, Colleen [Tommy] Denham, Kyle [Gen] Kruzick, Michael Rose, Katie [Sam] Kennedy and Evan Rose; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters: Clara [Tony] Viktora of Winamac, and Bertha [Jim] Rose of North Judson; and brother Leonard [Evelyn] Garling of Francesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Tena (Kruger) Garling; sister Louise Dommer; and granddaughter Ann Rose.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Frain Mortuary, with Pastor T.J. Jenney officiating. Burial will take place in St. James-Salem Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. James Salem Church of Christ Endowment Fund at the Pulaski County Community Foundation.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 23, 2014)

 

Wanda L. Bailey

Wanda L. Bailey, 69, Star City, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital in Mishawaka.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 23, 2014)

 

Thomas W. Osby

Thomas W. “Tom” Osby, 81, of Winamac, passed away Thursday, April 17, at his home in Winamac.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 23, 2014)

 

Leslie A. Bucher

July 8, 1920 — April 13, 2014

Leslie A. “Les” Bucher, 93, of Monticello, formerly of Francesville, went to be with the Lord at 12:40 p.m. Sunday, April 13, surrounded by his family at home.

He was born on July 8, 1920, in LaCrosse, to the late Albert J. and Marie (Stortz) Bucher. Les married Florence M. Gutwein on July 4, 1943, in Francesville. She survives.

Les served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning from the service, Les resided with his young family in LaCrosse, later moving to Francesville where they were members of the Apostolic Christian Church. Les enjoyed farming until his retirement in 1986 when he and Florence moved to Rensselaer.

Les was a pastor at Milroy Community Bible Church where he faithfully served his Lord for many years. In 2001, Les and Florence moved to Monticello, where they attended Zion Bethel Church.

Les loved his family very much and will be dearly missed by all.

Survivors include his wife Florence M. (Gutwein) Bucher of Monticello; sons: William “Bill” [Maureen] Bucher of Monticello, and Michael [Della] Bucher of St. Augustine, Fla.; daughters: Laurel “Lolly” [Julian “Bing”] Hare of Wichita, Kan., and Roxann [Tom] Burghardt of Monticello; granddaughters: Bridgit [Brady] Bucher-Smith, Leslie [Claudio] Corenchuc, Dawn [Frank] Oliver and Stacy [Richard] Pollard; grandsons: Troy [Nicole] Hare, Jeremy [Jacqueline] Bucher, Chad [Maggie] Franscoviak, Jason [Michel] Burghardt and Travis [Rebekah] Burghardt; 17 great-grandchildren; and brothers: Elmer Bucher of Rensselaer, and Ken [Carol] Bucher of LaCrosse.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert J. and Marie (Stortz) Bucher; one infant granddaughter; and nine siblings.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with Pastor Otto Beer officiating. Burial will take place in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville. The American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hoops for Hope (www.hoopsforhope.org) or Gideon’s International or charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 16, 2014)

 

Donald Chester Wilson Jr.

July 15, 1943 — April 7, 2014

Donald Chester Wilson Jr., 70, Winamac, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Monday, April 7, at his residence in Winamac.

He was born July 15, 1943, in Indianapolis, to Donald and Violet (Morgan) Wilson Sr.

Don was married on May 24, 1963, in Indianapolis, to Shirley Ann Butcher. She survives.

Don was a former resident of Indianapolis. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1961. He was employed at Chrysler Corporation for 38 years.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Winamac, where he faithfully served in many positions and jobs. Don was a former member of the Broadway Baptist Church, Indianapolis, and First Baptist Church, Winamac.

He also served for five years as a Webelo Scout Leader for Pack #420 in Indianapolis.

Don enjoyed fishing, gardening, bowling, camping, building, collecting ‘50s memorabilia model cars and listening to ‘50s music.

He was a terrific family man. His faith in Jesus Christ, his lord and savior, was important to him as the spiritual head of his household as well as the salvation message and prayer.

Survivors include his wife Shirley Ann Wilson of Winamac; daughters: Terry L. Sutton of Winamac, and Rhonda [Paul] Culbertson of Indianapolis; sons: Donald C. Wilson III of Winamac, and Robert M. [Lorrie] Wilson of New Braunsfel, Texas; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters: Violet D. Sparks of Martinsville, and Cynthia D. [Terry] Bowington of Gig Harbor, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Violet (Morgan) Wilson Sr.; brothers: Michael L. Wilson, Kenneth E. Wilson and Gregory A. Wilson; and sister Pamela S. Caine.

Visitation will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Frain Mortuary with Rev. Matt Landry officiating.

Additional visitation will be held from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Flanner-Buchanan Funeral Center at Memorial Park, 9350 East Washington St., Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at the Flanner-Buchanan Funeral Center at Memorial Park. Burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery, Indianapolis.

Memorial contributions may be given to First United Methodist Church Missions or the American Cancer Society.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 9, 2014)

 

Daniel Jay Keller

Nov. 3, 1940 — April 3, 2014

Daniel Jay Keller, 73, of Edon, Ohio, died at12:40 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, at Community Health and Wellness Centers in Bryan, Ohio, where he had been a patient.

Daniel J. Keller was born on Nov. 3, 1940, in Williams County, Ohio, the son of Donald Jay and Velma Rebecca Jane (Hassett) Keller. He graduated from Edon High School in 1958 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1965.

He married Dorajean Witt on March 31, 1963, in Francesville, and she survives.

Daniel worked in maintenance for the Ohio Department of Transportation for 20 years. He also worked at the former Champion Plastics in Bryan, Ohio, managed Thiel Supply Center in Blakeslee, Ohio, and helped on the construction crew at Lutterbein Lumber in Edgerton, Ohio.

He was a member of the Columbia Church of Christ, Edon American Legion Post 662 and Edon Masonic Lodge 474; attended the Edon United Methodist Church; and collected antique International tractors.

Daniel is also survived by his children and their families: son Daniel [Sandra] Keller, of Edon, their children: Michelle [Paul] Brink and their children, Ryan, Matthew, Nathan and Christopher, all of Defiance, Ohio; Samantha [Scott Brink] Keller, and son Hayden Keller, all of Montpelier, Ohio; Marc Thomas, of Fremont, Ind. and his sons, Rylan and Brandin; Amy Kelley and her son Parker Kelley, of Edon; Nicholas [Ashley] Reed, and their children: Cameron, Chase and Grant, all of Edon; daughter Diane [Scott] Truman and their son Carson Truman, all of Sandusky, Ohio; son Dayton [Teresa] Keller and their children: Emiley and Addison Keller, all of Bryan, Ohio; and son Douglas [Michelle] Keller and their children: Jason, Margaret and Daniel Keller, all of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio; his brothers: Michael [Anita] Keller, of Edon, and Ronald [Janice] Keller, of Montpelier; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jeanette Rawlins.

Visitation was held in the Krill Funeral Home, Edon, Ohio, 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, and one hour prior to the service on Monday. A Masonic service was held at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Services were held on Monday, April 7, at 11 a.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edon, Ohio. Pastors Eric Daily and David Miller officiated. Interment followed in Edon Cemetery with graveside military rites provided by the Bryan VFW Post 2489.

Memorials are requested to Cancer Assistance of Williams County or an organization of the donor’s choice.

To sign the online register or to send condolences, visit www.krillfuneralservice.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 9, 2014)

 

Steven F. Goble

May 13, 1955 — April 4, 2014

Steven F. Goble, 58, went peacefully to be with his Lord on Friday, April 4.

Steven was born May 13, 1955, in Winamac, to Phyllis Goble-Kruger and the late Bob F. Goble.

He was a 1973 graduate of Winamac Community High School and a 1978 graduate of Indiana University.

Steve was a certified public accountant, president and owner of ATS Systems and Consulting, controller at Superior Van & Mobility, and an avid Indiana University basketball fan.

He lovingly adored all of his grandchildren, was an active member of Northside Christian Church where he operated the sound board, and was a member of the DC class.

Survivors include his wife Carla Goble; mother Phyllis [Devon] Goble-Kruger; children: Scott Goble, Stephanie [Zach] Brennan, and Brook [Jeff] Hopkins; sisters: Cherie Goble and Mary [Mark] Goble-Heal; brother Michael Goble; grandchildren: Channing, Maddox and Zoe Goble, Nathan, Cameron, and Allison Brennan, Cooper and Callie Hopkins, and Chloe Monroe; niece Nicole [Austin] Cowley; and nephew Nathan Goble.

He was preceded in death by his father; and stepson Brent Monroe.

Visitation was 3-6 p.m. Sunday, April 6, and 2-8 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Kraft Funeral Service, New Albany. Funeral services were celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Northside Christian Church with burial at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northside Christian Missions or L.A.D.O.

Online condolences may be made to: www.kraftfs.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 9, 2014)

 

Jeremy Leon Bonnell

Nov. 29, 1975 — April 5, 2014

Jeremy Leon Bonnell, 38, of Winamac, passed away at 3:16 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

He was born Nov. 29, 1975, in Winamac, to Jerry L. and Ann (Maxwell) Bonnell.

Jeremy was a warehouse manager for Standard Industrial Supply in Winamac.

He graduated from Winamac Community High School in 1994. He participated in baseball, soccer and football while in school.

Jeremy enjoyed all motor racing events. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Jeremy was a White Sox baseball fan and he enjoyed going to casinos. He enjoyed cooking and eating. Jeremy loved watching movies and listening to music. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time in the boat.

Survivors include his parents Jerry L. and Ann (Maxwell) Bonnell of Winamac; brothers: Matthew Ray [Christine Bailey] Bonnell of Walkerton, and Bryan A. [Emily Recchia] Bonnell of Lafayette; and grandmothers: Edna (Miller) Bonnell of Winamac, and Betty Lou (Crissinger) Maxwell of Winamac.

He was preceded in death by grandfathers: Leon Hoover Bonnell and Raymond Keith Maxwell.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m., Friday, April 11, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at Frain Mortuary with the Rev. Edward Clark officiating. A private burial will take place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Heart Association or to the family.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 9, 2014)

 

Leon Eldon Onken

April 16, 1926 — April 4, 2014

Leon Eldon Onken, 87, was called to his heavenly home on April 4.

The eldest son of Herman George Onken and Malinda Koebcke, he was born near Francesville, April 16, 1926.

Upon graduation from Francesville High School, he moved to Indianapolis and was employed by General Motors Allison. He continued his education through the work/study co-op and graduated from General Motors (GM) Institute in 1949 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He married Doris Anne McNary in 1953 and they had three children. They moved to Brownsburg in 1956. They became active members of the Calvary United Methodist Church where Leon served in various capacities. He was also involved in Boy Scouts leadership and Little League Baseball. He retired from GM in 1986.

Leon served on the Brownsburg School Board from 1964–1976. He also served on the Brownsburg Library Board during the planning and construction of Brownsburg’s present day library facilities. Leon was on the committee for planning the Northfield bypass.

In his later years, he volunteered at Hendricks Regional Health and delivered Meals-On-Wheels.

He leaves behind his wife; sons: Todd [Andrea] and Lance [Carol]; daughter Melinda [Rich] Diesslin; and eight grandchildren: Logan Onken, Grady, Sally and Neil Diesslin, and Sarah, Seth, Luke and Rachel Onken; sisters: Nelda Garrett, Tootie Cummins and Ruthie Vollmer; and brothers: Buddy Onken, Freddie and Bob Vollmer.

Visitation was Tuesday, April 8, at Matthews Mortuary from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services are Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before at the Calvary United Methodist Church.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 9, 2014)

 

Rosemarie Redlin

Rosemarie Redlin, 88, of Winamac, passed away March 26, in Winamac.

She is survived by her daughter Marsha Baker; four sons: George [Peggy] Redlin of North Judson, Raymond Redlin of Winamac, Chuck [Carolyn] Redlin of Winamac, and Steve [Karen] Redlin of Ottawa, Kan.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at the O’Donnell Funeral Home, Inc., North Judson, and after 10 a.m., Friday April 4, at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Denham. Funeral services will follow visitation at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 4. Burial will be in Saint Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

Condolences may be left at www.odonnellfhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 2, 2014)

 

Janet I. Heims

Janet I. Heims, age 98, Plymouth, Indiana, passed away at 9:45 p.m., on Tuesday, March 25, at her home with her family by her side.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 2, 2014)

 

Cleatis Dean Bailey

Cleatis Bailey, 56, of Medaryville, passed away Monday, March 24, at his home in Medaryville.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 2, 2014)

 

Beverly Kay Terry

March 12, 1944 — March 23, 2014

Beverly Kay Terry, 70, of Winamac, passed away at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 23, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born March 12, 1944, in Knox, to Edward and Wilma (Abbott) Beauchamp. Beverly was married to Dwayne M. Terry on June 28, 2003, in the First Presbyterian Church, Winamac. Dwayne survives.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Winamac, where she served as the church secretary.

Beverly was a member of the Monterey American Legion Auxiliary and the Winamac Eagles Auxiliary.

She was an employee of the Eastern Pulaski schools as a cook at the Winamac Community High School. She also was the cashier in the lunch line and enjoyed visiting with the students every day.

Beverly enjoyed crocheting and gardening. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially cooking for family gatherings.

Survivors include her husband Dwayne M. Terry of Winamac; sons: Todd [Angie] Lewis of Florence, Ky., Doug [Cindy] Lewis of Monterey, and Greg [Jackie] Lewis of Haubstadt; stepsons: Wesley [Lynn] Terry of Winamac, and Robert Terry of Winamac; stepdaughters: Theresa [Steve] McKinley of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Christina Terry of Winamac; grandsons: Donnie Lewis of Lafayette, and Daniel Lewis of Bass Lake; granddaughters: Reannon [John] Cobb of Kewanna, Bethanni Lewis of Nashville, Tenn., Deanna Lewis of Monterey, Anna Lewis of Monterey, Gyanna Lewis of Monterey, Kaylee Lewis of Bloomington, and Kelsey Lewis of Haubstadt; great-granddaughters: Samantha Molina of Lafayette, and Kimberly Molina of Lafayette; great-grandson Blake Cobb of Kewanna; stepgranddaughters: Sarah McKinley of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Mckenzie Terry of Winamac; stepgrandsons: Michael McKinley of Rochester Hills, Mich., Marcus Terry of Winamac, and John Terry of Winamac; and brothers Roger [Dorothy] Beauchamp of Leiters Ford, Larry [Paula] Beauchamp of Monticello and Guy [Liz] Beauchamp of Knox.

She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Wilma (Abbott) Beauchamp; and brother Robert Beauchamp.

Visitation took place 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. The Monterey American Legion Auxiliary conducted services at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Frain Mortuary with Rev. Nelda Seger officiating. Burial will take place in Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Monterey.

Memorial contributions may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — March 26, 2014)

 

James “Butch” Roberts

July 10, 1939 — March 18, 2014

James “Butch” Roberts, 74, of Leech Lake Township, Minn., passed away on Tuesday, March 18, at his home with his loving family surrounding him.

Butch was born on July 10, 1939, in Winamac, the son of Harry and Mercedes (Nufer) Roberts.

He graduated from Winamac High School and entered the Army in 1957 where he was awarded the Golden Glove during his boxing tenure. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan as a crypto analyst. Upon completion of service and return to the states, he met and married the love of his life and favorite fishing partner, Rita Felske on May 22, 1965, in Winamac. They chose Calumet City, Ill., to raise their children.

He enjoyed a 30-year career with the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant in Chicago. This career began when he helped build his own Ford hotrod, a ‘62 Galaxy 500. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and a Packer Backer. He loved to take Rita out to fish and the two retired to the shores of Leech Lake in 1991, where they spent countless days with friends and family. Butch liked to pheasant hunt and go morel mushroom hunting.

Butch joins his family waiting for him that include his parents Harry and Mercedes; and two sisters: Judy Schrader and Jennifer “Shorty” Terry.

The family he leaves to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years Rita (Felske) Roberts of Leech Lake Township, Minn.; son: Paul [Jenni] Roberts of Michigan; daughters: Laura [Joseph] Dosen of Indiana, and BethAnn Roberts-Jacquot [Earl] of Illinois; brothers: John [Louise] Roberts of South Carolina, and Jeff [Brenda] Roberts of Indiana; sisters: Janet “Sug” Brown of New York, JoEllen [Doc] Russell of Indiana, Rusty [Carl] Federer of Indiana, and Peanuts [Steve] George of Indiana; grandchildren: Michael Roberts, Joey Dosen, Ethan Dosen, and Claire Dosen; numerous nieces and nephews; all of his friends on Mounds Point Road; and all the Oak Point Road Homeowners Association.

A memorial mass for Butch was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Walker, Minn. Father Francis Kabiru officiated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may sent in James’ memory to Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice, 3525 Pine Ridge Avenue NW, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Online condolences for the family may be given at www.northernpeace.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 26, 2014)

 

Berniece L. Riggs

April 18, 1926 — March 19, 2014

Berniece L. Riggs, 87, of Winamac, passed away at 6:08 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Christus Santa Rosa in New Braunfels, Texas.

She was born April 18, 1926, in Winamac, to Samuel and Bessie (Dean) Lebo.

Berniece married C. Paul Riggs on Sept. 8, 1945, in Winamac. Paul died April 29, 1994.

She was one of nine children and was a lifelong resident of Pulaski County. Berniece was a member of the First Christian Church in Winamac, and was very active in her church. She and her husband Paul operated the local State Farm Insurance Agency from 1958 until 1988. Berniece loved quilting and visiting her granddaughter and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters: Jennifer Riggs of Indianapolis, Debra Miner of Lafayette, and Paula [Thomas] Bognar of Hudson, Ohio; granddaughter Michelle [Miller] Harkey of New Braunfels, Texas; stepgranddaughters: Jenna Bognar and Vicki Bognar; great-granddaughter Brittany Smith; and great-grandson Austin Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband C. Paul Riggs; her parents Samuel and Bessie Edith (Dean) Lebo; and eight brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Frain Mortuary, with Pastor Rick Abbott officiating. Burial will take place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to First Christian Church, Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — March 26, 2014)

 

Marilyn Ruth Powlen

Jan. 6, 1931 — March 17, 2014

Marilyn Ruth Powlen, 83, Winamac, passed away at 4:20 a.m. Monday, March 17, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

She was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Star City, to Ross and Orpha (Rouch) Fry. Marilyn married Richard Dwight Powlen on Oct. 19, 1949, in Lucerne. Richard died on Nov. 15, 1994. Marilyn lived most of her life in Pulaski County.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Winamac. Marilyn enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and watching and feeding birds. She loved farming with her husband and family. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her daughters: Pamela Flanagan of Longmont, Colo., Rea [Jerome] Keller of Rochester, and Lorna [Joe] Petrucce of Noblesville; son Preston Powlen of Winamac; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ross and Orpha (Rouch) Fry; husband Richard Dwight Powlen; great-grandson Brandon Keller; brother Everett Fry Brother; and sisters Virginia Fry and Garnett McFarland.

Private graveside services were held Wednesday, March 19, at Reed Cemetery, Winamac. David Broad officiated. Burial took place in Reed Cemetery, Winamac.

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

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

(Pulaski County Journal — March 26, 2014)

 

Donald C. Reaker

Donald C. Reaker, 69, Winamac, passed away at 9:52 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

No funeral services will be held.

Burial of cremains will take place in Bremen Cemetery, Bremen.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — March 26, 2014)

 

Ryan C. Smith

April 23, 1961 — March 10, 2014

Ryan Charles Smith, 52, of Culver, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 10.

Ryan was born to Richard Smith and Nancy (Hott) Curtis on April 23, 1961, in Rochester. After graduating from Culver Community High School in 1979, Ryan met, fell in love and married Jacqueline McCune on Sept. 29, 1984. Together they raised three beautiful children.

Ryan was a loving man who was always taking care of his family. He was currently working at AM General and has previously worked at Walker – Tenneco for 13 years. He enjoyed all sports. He especially cheered for the Cubs, Bears and Purdue sports. Ryan enjoyed fantasy football and mushroom hunting.

Ryan is survived by his wife Jackie Smith of Culver; daughters: 24-year-old Kristi Leanna [Tyler] Sprout of Brownsburg, and 18-year-old Kortney Cathryn Smith of Culver; son 21-year-old Keaton Charles Smith of Indianapolis; mother Nancy (Hott) Curtis of Culver; father Richard W. Smith [Pauline] of Winamac; brothers: Rory [Stephanie] Smith of Monterey, Scott [Amy] Curtis of Culver, Chuck Curtis of Culver, and Justin [Kami] McGowin of Indianapolis; sisters: Shan [Doug] Farmer of St. Joseph, Mich., and Alicia [Ron] Lucas of St. Louis, Mo.; and granddaughter Khloe Sprout.

Ryan had many nephews and nieces all of whom adored him. He had so many wonderful friends who loved his fun and easy spirit. He was simply a joy to be around.

Ryan is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Charles and Mary Ellen Hott; paternal grandparents Walter and Eva Smith; and stepfather Bob Curtis.

A time to gather with the family and share memories was on Thursday, March 13, from 4-8 p.m. at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver. Rev. Johanna Wagner officiated funeral services at the Wesley United Methodist Church (511 School St., Culver) on Friday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m. with visitation 1:30–3:30 p.m. before the service. Burial followed the service at Culver Masonic Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in Ryan’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choosing.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 19, 2014)

 

Joseph L. “Joe” Gudas Jr.

Joseph L. “Joe” Gudas Jr., 86, of Leesburg, passed away at 10:05 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at his residence.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 19, 2014)

 

Jesus “Jesse” Mendiola

Sept. 18, 1956 — March 4, 2014

Jesus “Jesse” Mendiola, 57, of Winamac, passed away at 11:13 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the home of his daughter in Winamac.

He was born Sept. 18, 1956, in San Bonito, Texas, to Jose and Maria (Sanchez) Mendiola.

Jesse was a maintenance man at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac for 38 years. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Winamac. Jesse enjoyed running. He competed in two Chicago marathons and two Indianapolis mini marathons. He enjoyed spending time with all of his family members. Jesse was an auto racing fan and sports enthusiast. He was an avid Raiders fan.

Survivors include daughters: Christina [Chad] Kasten of Winamac, Anne [Billy] Nies of Winamac, Sarah [Keaton] Durham of Brownsburg, Rachel Younger of Brownsburg, and Kirsten Weldon of Hamlet; grandchildren: Connor Kasten and Christian Kasten; companion Rebecca Russell of Rochester; sisters: Lupe Tijerina of Winamac, and Margarita Mendiola of Winamac; and brothers: Joe Mendiola of Lyford, Texas, Tony Mendiola of Joplin, Mo., and Angel Mendiola of Winamac.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jose and Maria Vincenta (Sanchez) Mendiola; son Michael Jo Mendiola; and brother Michael Mendiola.

Visitation was 3-7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, at Frain Mortuary. Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiated. Burial took place in St. Peter's Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pulaski Memorial Hospice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — March 12, 2014)

 

Charles R. Kelsey

March 21, 1915 — Feb. 28, 2014

Charles R. Kelsey, 98, of Monterey, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 28, in his son’s home in Apalachicola, Fla.

The son of Dr. Arthur and Augusta (Keitzer) Kelsey, he was born in Monterey on March 21, 1915.

He married Mary Helen Kennerk in Fort Wayne on Jan. 6, 1940. She preceded him in death July 6, 1989.

Charles was a graduate of Monterey High School and earned a degree in forestry from the University of Michigan. He had a strong passion for the outdoors and agriculture, serving on several agricultural boards in Monterey and Pulaski County. He was also a long standing member of the First National Bank of Monterey Board of Directors, serving more than 60 years.

An avid traveler, Charles enjoyed sharing stories of his adventures. He was a wealth of knowledge of the people and development of the town of Monterey. He appreciated an audience when recalling historical facts and details of Monterey and surrounding areas.

He is survived by his children: Kathleen [James] Hastings of Rapid City, S.D., Michael [Liz] Kelsey of Apalachicola, Fla., Arthur [Joyce] Kelsey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Robert [Kathy] Kelsey of Monterey, Martha [David] Shouldis, of Seymour, Conn., David [Pat] Kelsey of Lake Lotawana, Mo., and Terrance [Kathy] Kelsey of Culver; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister Roberta [Bill] Thomas of Phoenix, Ariz.; and sister-in-law Vieve Kelsey of Chandler, Ariz.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Bernard, William H., Paul, Lawrence and Edward; and sisters: Martha, Mary Richter, Catherine Hiland and Ruth Kleykamp.

A celebration of life will be held May 25, 2014 in Monterey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to Public Television Michiana, Inc., 2405 Division St., Mishawaka, IN 46546, or Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 12, 2014)

 

Reagan Elizabeth June Artist

March 2, 2014

Reagan Elizabeth June Artist, infant daughter of Matthew Artist and Courtney Fitz, of Winamac, passed away at 7:01 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth.

She was born March 2, in Plymouth.

Survivors include her parents Matthew D. Artist and Courtney L. Fitz of Winamac; sister Gemma L. Artist of Winamac; grandmother Wynona Fitz of Winamac; and grandfather Ira Artist of Plymouth.

She was preceded in death by grandfather Jon Fitz; and grandmother Gloria Artist.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac. JC Minix officiated. Burial took place 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 — March 12, 2014)

 

Dr. William Ellis Hurley, D.D.S

Dr. William Ellis Hurley, D.D.S, 76, Lafayette, passed away March 3, in his residence.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 12, 2014)

 

Margene Louise McKinney

Sept. 14, 1933 — Feb. 27, 2014

Margene Louise McKinney, 80, of Pulaski, passed away at 7:55 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Monticello Assisted Living and Healthcare in Monticello.

She was born Sept. 14, 1933, in Logansport, to the late Roy and Edith (Raderstorf) Benson.

Margene married Maurice Harold McKinney on Oct. 25, 1953, in the White Oak Methodist Church near Headlee. He survives.

Margene was a graduate of Pulaski High School in 1951. She was a member of the White Oak Methodist Church. Margene was a housewife for most of her life and enjoyed reading, her grandchildren, and her pets. Margene also enjoyed camping with the Pathfinders Camping Club.

Survivors include her husband Maurice McKinney of Pulaski; sons: Gary McKinney of Pulaski, Tim [Sharon] McKinney of Star City, Steve [Sherry] McKinney of Winamac, and Mike [Sue] McKinney of Rochester; several grandchildren; stepgrandchildren; brother Robert [Thelma] Benson of Greencastle; and brother-in-law Platt Driskill of Montgomery, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Edith (Raderstorf) Benson; and sister Jane Driskill.

Visitation was 3-8 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Frain Mortuary. Rev. Doris Smith 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 — March 5, 2014)

 

Michael John Reetz

Jan. 18, 1964 — Feb. 28, 2014

Michael John Reetz, 50, of Milford, Ill., passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, at Kindred Hospital in Peoria, Ill.

Michael was born Jan. 18, 1964, in Watseka, Ill., the son of Harold Frank Reetz Sr. and Evelyn E. (Russell) Reetz.

He married Vicky Pruitt on Sept. 24, 1988, in Paxton, Ill., and she survives.

Michael attended Bryce-Ash Grove Grade School in Iroquois County, Ill. and was a 1982 graduate of Milford High School, Milford, Ill. He then attended Danville Area Community College where he received his associate degree and later attended the University of Illinois where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

During his career, he worked as a 4-H extension assistant in Benton County, Ind. and Iroquois County, Ill. He then was a resource conservationist in Piatt County, Ill. After that, he served as an extension educator in Pulaski and Starke counties in Indiana.

Most recent, he was a substitute teacher in Champaign, Ford, Vermilion, and Iroquois counties in Illinois.

Michael enjoyed flower arranging, collecting John Deere memorabilia, and loved researching his family history.

He was a past 4-H leader for Milford Sugar Creek Twisters 4-H Club.

Besides his wife, Vicky, he is survived by his brother Harold [Chris] Reetz Jr. of Monticello, Ill; sister Cheryl [Jim] Hasting of Hoopeston, Ill.; father-in-law and mother-in-law Gerald and Janet Pruitt of Paxton, Ill.; brother-in-law David Pruitt of Loda, Ill.; 11 nieces and nephews; four aunts and an uncle; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford, Ill., as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford, Ill. Pastor Russell Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Amity Cemetery in Goodwine, Ill.

Memorials may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or donor’s choice.

Please share a memory at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 5, 2014)

 

Ruah Maxine Kopka

Aug. 19, 1927 — March 1, 2014

Ruah Maxine Kopka, 86, Francesville, passed away at 1:04 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Seton Specialty Hospital in Lafayette.

She was born August 19, 1927, in Medaryville, to John and Esther (Culp) Owens.

She was married to Max E. Kopka on Sept. 5, 1948, in the Medaryville United Methodist Church. Max passed away on Dec. 28, 1996.

Maxine graduated from Medaryville High School and the Fort Wayne Business College.

She had been a secretary at the Francesville High School and retired from West Central Elementary School.

Maxine was a member of the Francesville United Methodist Church, and enjoyed her time with church members. She had served as the treasurer of the church for many years.

She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She always attended as many of their events as possible. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

Maxine spent 50 years enjoying the winters in Tampa, Fla., especially when her family and friends visited her there.

Survivors include her son Maurice [Bonnie] Kopka of Francesville; daughters: Marti L. [John] King of Lafayette, and Mary Taylor of Crawfordsville; granddaughters Michelle [Steve] Putt of Brookston, Ashlee [Cesar] Lozano of Santa Clara, Calif., and Megan [Garrett] Pino of Noblesville; grandsons: Phil [Rebecca] Kopka of Fishers, Ryan King of Rensselaer, and Kyle Taylor of Louisville, Ky.; great-granddaughters: Kylee Putt, Lauren Kopka, Audrey Kopka, and Isabella Pino; great-grandsons: Austin Putt, Colin Kopka and Cesar Lozano; and sister Donna Zeitun of Kansas City, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Esther (Culp) Owens; husband Max E. Kopka; grandson Justin Kopka; and brother Richard Owens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with Pastor James Ketchen officiating. Burial will take place in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Francesville United Methodist Church or Seton Specialty Hospital, Lafayette.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — March 5, 2014)

 

June L. Master

Oct 8, 1919 — Feb 24, 2014

June L. Master, 94, of Monterey, passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Monday, Feb 24, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Culver, where she had been a resident for more than eight years.

June was born on Oct. 8, 1919, to George and Elizabeth (Brooke) Wolfram.

She married Karl E. Master on Feb. 24, 1939. He now resides at Miller’s Merry Manor.

June will be remembered by her beautiful yards that she was always tending and the lovely iris that grew there. She was also an avid bowler in her younger years and she and Karl loved to square dance but her passion was softball. She was always on a team, usually while coaching high school girls on the side.

Karl and June spent many winters in Sun Lakes, Ariz., where she joined the “Dairy Queens” softball team. In 1999 the Dairy Queens won the bronze medal in the Senior Olympics. She finally hung up her glove when she turned 80 and was no longer “allowed” to run the bases.

June was a wonderful mother and adored by her children. She was active in all their activities including Scouts, 4-H, their horses and the horse shows, dogs and dog shows, school plays and benefit programs, but especially Halloween where she always dressed with them and usually won the prize.

Survivors include her spouse Karl E. Master; sons: Karl E. [Rose] Master Jr. of Monterey, and Kerry E. Master of Choctaw, Okla.; daughters: Judith L. Rinehart of Sun Lakes, Ariz., Danya L. Master of Queen Creek, Ariz., Darla R. [Jeff] Ditmire of Rochester, and Kenda R. [Dean] Rice of Chandler, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

June was preceded in death by her parents George and Elizabeth Wolfram; sisters: Marguerite Reinholt, Rosamond Gross, Lorraine Husband, Elizabeth Niles and Carol Master; brothers: David John Wolfram and Charles Wolfram.

The family would like to express deepest gratitude to the amazing staff at Miller’s Merry Manor who went above and beyond to make her last hours as comfortable as possible and for catering to their every need.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 124 College Ave., Culver, IN 46511.

Visitation was noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, with services immediately following at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver. Burial took place at St. Anne’s Cemetery in Monterey.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 5, 2014)

 

Charlotte Shidler Lewis

March 10, 1929 — Feb. 28, 2014

Charlotte (Shidler) Lewis, 84, passed away on Feb. 28, at Creekside Health and Rehabilitation in Ahoskie, N.C.

Charlotte was born on March 10, 1929, in Winamac, a daughter of the late Grover and Ethel Spencer Shidler.

She was a member of Ahoskie Free Will Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Charlotte enjoyed doing many things, but most of all she loved her family, dedicating her life to her children and grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Susan Lewis [Warren Jr.] Cox of Aulander, N.C., and Ethel Jean Lewis of China; son Edgar [Nancy] Lewis Jr. of Cocoa, Fla.; grandchildren: Amber [Kraig] Lassiter of Ahoskie, N.C., Cheryl Stroud of Ahoskie, N.C., Rebecca [Bill] Askew of Ahoskie, N.C., Aaron Yeh of Las Vegas, Nev., Melissa Cox of Manteo, N.C., and Kelly Cox of Boone, N.C.; nine great-grandchildren; sisters: Mary Lewis and Helen Abell, both of Kokomo; brother Grover Shidler of Star City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Charlotte was preceded in death by her beloved husband Edgar Lewis; son Robert Lewis; and brother Jim Shidler.

A celebration of life memorial service was held on Monday, March 3, at 4 p.m. at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie, N.C. Rev. Taylor Latham officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

Family and friends may send condolences and sign the online guestbook by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 5, 2014)

 

Clarence H. Simshauser

Sept. 17, 1913 — March 2, 2014

Clarence H. Simshauser, 100, Winamac, passed away at 4:08 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

He was born Sept. 17, 1913, in Goodland, to Hugh and Anna (Rengel) Simshauser.

He married Berniece A. Zellers on Feb. 14, 1939, in Kewanna. She passed away Dec. 29, 2008.

Clarence lived most of his life in Pulaski County and was a retired farmer. He also worked at the ASCS office in Winamac.

He was involved in Scouting for many years. He also drove a school bus for 10 years.

Clarence was an avid bike rider, and was still riding at the age of 97.

Survivors include his daughter Nancy S. [C. Richard] Conn of Charlotte, Mich.; son Ronald D. [Bonita] Simshauser of Winamac; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hugh and Anna (Rengel) Simshauser; wife Berniece A. (Zellers) Simshauser; one brother; and three sisters.

Memorial services will be held in Charlotte, Mich., at a later date. Burial of cremated remains will take place in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Friends of the Panhandle Pathway through the Pulaski Co. Community Foundation.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — March 5, 2014)

 

Kathryn G. Ash

May 16, 1911 — Feb. 26, 2014

Kathryn G. Ash, 102, Winamac, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

She was born May 16, 1911, in Kewanna, to Earl and Glen (Barger) Graffis.

Kathryn married Argyl E. Ash on Feb. 21, 1937, in Hawesville, Ky. Argyl died Dec. 25, 1999.

Kathryn was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Indiana Retired Teachers’ Association and Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Sorority. She was a Past Worthy Matron and member of Order of Eastern Star #96 in Winamac.

Kathryn was a retired elementary school teacher. She taught for more than 40 years in schools in the Winamac area.

Kathryn enjoyed working with her husband Argyl in their apple orchard and truck patch on the family farm. She also enjoyed crocheting and playing cards.

Survivors include her daughter Judy [Steve] Skersick of Trafalgar; son Jerry [Judy] Ash of Kewanna; grandchildren: Chris [Teri] Skersick, Annie [Mike] Marlatt, Greg Ash and Brian Ash; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Argyl E. Ash; parents Earl and Glen (Barger) Graffis; sister Margaret Jensen; and brothers: Herbert Graffis and Gerald Graffis.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. following visitation with Bob Conn officiating. Burial will take place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pulaski County Public Library.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — March 5, 2014)

 

Timothy Clarke Lebo

March 24, 1961 — Feb. 13, 2014

Timothy Clarke Lebo, 52, of Richmond, died Thursday, Feb. 13.

Born March 24, 1961, in Logansport, to John and Diane (Porter) Lebo, he lived in Richmond most of his life.

Tim was a 1979 graduate of Richmond High School, where he lettered in three sports each year. Tim attended Hanover College and Earlham College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. At Hanover College, Tim played on the varsity tennis team and won the conference championship as the number three player in 1980. He and his partner, in doubles, were runners-up champions that same year. Tim also played on the varsity basketball team at Hanover. At Earlham, Tim lettered in basketball, baseball and tennis from 1981 to 1983.

He earned a master’s degree in special education from Ball State University. Tim’s career as a special education teacher spanned 28 years. He began teaching at Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center in Richmond in 1984. In 1993 he was hired by Richmond High School, where he became the department head of special education as well as baseball coach. After teaching for 10 years at Richmond High School he spent some time teaching golf and traveling, but returned to special needs teaching in Dayton, Ohio. In 2008, Tim was hired by the Jesse Corporation to teach in Plymouth, as part of the Plymouth School Corporation, where he was a beloved teacher through March of 2013.

Tim was the head baseball coach at Richmond High School from 1995 to 1998. His team won three North Central Conference Championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

Tim was an avid golfer. He played golf and taught lessons throughout the Midwest and the Southeast. He was the “coach of the year” in 2000.

Survivors include his son Cody [Kaylee] Lebo of Brookville, Ohio; daughter Kelcey Lebo of Columbus, Ohio; grandsons: Kendall and Corbin Lebo of Brookville, Ohio; parents John and Diane (Porter) Lebo; brother Todd Lebo of Indianapolis; sisters: Ronna Lebo of Bridgewater, N.J., and Amy [Kevin] Booth of Avon; nieces and nephews: Zack Lebo of Indianapolis, Abby Lebo of Avon, Megan Lebo of Nashville, Tenn., Dustyn [Tobin] Kim of N.J., Robert Bunker of New Jersey, Mazzy Booth and Macsen Booth of Avon; aunts; uncles; cousins; and many friends, teammates, students, players, and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children Kathy Lehman-Lebo.

Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service followed at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Richmond High School, Attention: Tim Lebo Special Education Scholarship, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, IN, 47374.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the guestbook at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 26, 2014)

 

Joseph Michael Shidler

March 24, 1994 — Feb. 18, 2014

Joseph Michael Shidler, 19, of Silver Lake, and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 3:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, at his residence surrounded by loved ones after a long three-and-a-half year battle with leukemia.

He was born on March 24, 1994, in Winamac, the son of Chad Shidler and Angie (Arndt) McNees.

Joe was a 2012 graduate of Rochester High School. He was part owner with his brother of WhataLooker Lawn Care Service. He had been a member of the Fulton County 4-H, Relay for Life and had attended The Cross Church. Joe dearly enjoyed getting together with his family and fixing anything that needed repaired. He was first to take on the work. He was a self-proclaimed collector of various interests that he took very seriously. He loved old cars and going to the classic car shows. He took great pride in his vintage truck and his newer one. He loved tinkering with his truck.

In the summer, fishing was his hobby. He had the opportunity to meet Chip Foose in person and spend vacation with his family in California. He enjoyed his trip to New York as part of the Sunshine Kids Organization in July of 2012. He was the one that kept the family laughing and he loved his two nieces and two nephews so very much.

Survivors include his mother and stepdad Angie and Keith McNees of Silver Lake; father and stepmom Chad and Lisa Shidler of Rochester; brother Dustin A. [Amanda] Shidler of Rochester; sister Lacey N. Shidler of Silver Lake, and her fiancé Tim Nance of Laketon; nieces: Cady Shidler of Silver Lake, and Olivia Shidler of Rochester; nephews: Noah and Riland Balchunas of Culver; stepsisters: Mallie Stidham of Rochester, Carolyn McNees of Warsaw, and Helen [Eddie] Balchunas of Culver; stepbrothers: Wyatt Stidham, Virgil Stidham, and Morgan Stidham, all of Rochester, and Dakota McNees of Warsaw; grandparents: Charlotte and Robert Massey of Rochester, Les Arndt of Rochester, and Lorelei Duca of Rochester; step-grandparents Bert and Norma Cramer of Culver; and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers: Michael Shidler and Edward Duca; great-grandparents: Joe and Betty Singleton and Edna and Woodrow Shidler; and step-grandmother Mary McNees Sturgill.

Friends called from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Scott Yoder officiated. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 26, 2014)

 

Lloyd Melvin Logan

Aug. 21, 1921 — Feb. 21, 2014

Lloyd Melvin Logan, 92, of Francesville, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 21 at The Renaissance at The Terraces in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Lloyd was born on Aug. 21, 1921, in Francesville, to the late Thomas and Maude (Culp) Logan.

Lloyd married Viola Yaggie Strus on Dec. 16, 1995, in Francesville. She survives.

Lloyd was born and raised on his family’s homestead in Gilliam Township that has been in the family for more than 150 years. He was a self-employed farmer until his retirement at age 80. Lloyd was a founding member of the First Baptist Church in Francesville.

Lloyd enjoyed traveling and fine dining as well as fishing. He was a very generous man and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife Viola Yaggie (Strus) Logan, of Francesville; daughter Tammy J. Logan-Gardner of Park Ridge, Ill.; stepsons: Clarence A. [Jann] Mumford of Crystal River, Fla., Eric S. [Judy] Mumford of DeBary, Fla., and Andrew Strus of Monticello; stepdaughter Cindy [Terry] Geyer of Francesville; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Maude (Culp) Logan; daughter Jill Logan; sisters: Dorthea Stotler, Elsie Trader, and Mabel Vogt; and brothers: Foster Logan, Gaylord Logan, Clifford Logan, Wilson Logan, George Logan, and Orville Logan.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the funeral home with Pastors Rick Mumford and Dennis Gutwein officiating.

Burial will take place in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hope Hospice (9470 Health Park Circle Fort Myers, FL, 33908) or First Baptist Church in Francesville.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 26, 2014)

 

Lois J. Henry

March 30, 1927 — Feb. 20, 2014

Lois J. Henry, 86, of Winamac, passed away at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

She was born March 30, 1927, in Star City, to Riley and Gladys (Hummell) Abbott.

Lois married Corwin Clinton Henry on July 2, 1948, in Winamac. He died on April 1, 1996.

She was a 1945 graduate of Winamac High School.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Winamac, and the American Legion Post #71 Auxiliary. She was employed at the United Telephone Co. from 1945-1948. She then worked for the Pulaski Co. ASCS-USDA (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service) as a price control clerk, retiring in April 1985 with 33 years service.

She enjoyed reading and word search puzzles. Lois enjoyed spending time with her family and her pets.

Survivors include her daughter Debra Sue [Kenny] Fisher of Winamac; granddaughter Kenzie Sue Fisher of Winamac; and sister Robin Weldon of Winamac.

She was preceded in death by her husband Corwin C. Henry; parents Riley Edward and Gladys Juna (Hummell) Abbott; brother Riley Abbott; and sister Violet Abbott.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Frain Mortuary, with Rev. Nelda Seger officiating.

Burial will take place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Winamac Presbyterian Church or the Pulaski Health Care Center.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 26, 2014)

 

Robert A. Pierce

Feb. 20, 1941 — Feb. 17, 2014

Robert A. Pierce, 72, of Hammond, passed away Monday, Feb. 17.

Robert was a proud U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea during the Vietnam era. He retired from LTV Steel as an electrician.

He is survived by his children: Gary [Heidi] Pierce and Debbie Mitchell; grandchildren: Nolan, Brandi [Darryl Sr.], Falon [Mike], and Quentin; great-grandchild Darryl Jr.; and brothers and sisters: Nila [Wayne] Hartlerode, Pat [Sue] Pierce, Author [Linda] Pierce and Doris [Bill] Del Magorie.

Robert was preceded in death by his brothers: Donald [Lucy] Pierce and Chester [Virginia] Pierce.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial service, 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28 at Castle Hill Funeral Home, 1219 Sheffield Avenue, Dyer, IN, 46311.

For information 219-864-0170 or visit www.castlehillfuneralhome.com for online guestbook.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 26, 2014)

 

David D. Rusk

David D. Rusk, 61, of Francesville, passed away at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at his home.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 26, 2014)

 

Eugene Arthur Graves

April 20, 1934 — Feb. 15, 2014

Eugene Arthur Graves, 79, Winamac, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Whispering Pines Health Care Center in Valparaiso.

He was born April 20, 1934, in Ripley, to Colbert and Helen (Rausch) Graves.

Eugene was a farmer until his retirement in 1978. He lived all of his life in the Ripley area. He loved John Deere tractors, horses, westerns, military trivia, and anything to do with history. He also loved to travel, play rummy, go out for coffee, and attend auctions.

Survivors include his sons: Christopher [Lisa] Graves of Winamac, and Mark [Shelley] Graves of Star City; daughters: Cindy [Randy Geer] Koepkey of Winamac, Lisa [Rick] Foerg of Monticello, Valerie [Paul] Larson of Winamac, and Maribeth [Jerry] Benish of Winamac; 10 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 10 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and sister Margaret Clemons of St. Louis, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents Colbert and Helen (Rausch) Graves; former wife Nancy Mae (Galbreath) Hoffmann; sister Mary Ziebell; and brother John Graves.

Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Frain Mortuary. Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiated.

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 - Feb. 19, 2014)

 

Patricia Sue “Patti” Eudy

Aug. 24, 1932 — Jan. 14, 2014

A celebration of life reception for Patti Eudy will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 from noon to 2 p.m., at the First Christian Church, 106 S. Market St.,Winamac.

Please bring your memories of Patti to share with her family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 19, 2014)

 

Frank L. Myers

Frank L. Myers, 62, of Walton, passed away at 11:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at his residence.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 19, 2014)

 

Owen E. McVay

Jan. 24, 1924 — Feb. 3, 2014

Owen E. McVay, 90, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at 11:52 a.m., Monday, Feb. 3, at Wynnfield Crossing in Rochester surrounded by his family.

Born on Jan. 24, 1924 in Burnettsville, he was the son of the late Lewis and Gladys (Meeker) McVay.

On April 26, 1944 in Burnettsville, he married the love of his life, Betty Arlene Easterday with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 2002.

Owen was a 1943 Grass Creek High School graduate.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in World War II and honorably discharged in 1946.

Owen was a former dairy farmer and was a retired insurance underwriter for more than 35 years with MONY Insurance Company. He also bought and sold real estate. Owen attended The Cross in Rochester and was a former member of Baptist Christian Church in Royal Center.

He and his wife Arlene enjoyed traveling and had accomplished visiting every state except for Alaska and Hawaii. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was proud that he was able to take them all to Disney World. He was also a former member of the Kiwanis Club in Rochester and the National Life Insurance Association.

Survivors include his children: Darla [Robert] Kumler of Rochester, Cheryl Whittington of Logansport, and Donna [Duane] Riddle of Rochester; grandchildren: Bonnie Kumler of Logansport, Chuck Kumler of Rochester, Jennifer [Ben] Rotz of Indianapolis, Heath Camp of Logansport, Heather [Dale] Hawkins of Lafayette, and Charles Owen Riddle, Andrew Riddle and Jeremiah Riddle all of Rochester; great-grandchildren: Cole, Gage and Cowen Kumler all of Rochester, Abby and Jack Rotz of Indianapolis, Sara and Shelby Hawkins of Lafayette, and Cheyanne, Carley and Jaziah Camp all of Logansport; and former son-in-law Mike Camp of Logansport.

He was preceded in death by son Michael L. McVay; daughter Ronda Camp; son-in-law Lee Whittington; brothers: Galen, Everett and Kenneth McVay; and sister Lois Scotney.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home. Services were at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel. Pastor John Branch officiated. Burial with military rites will be performed at Royal Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Cross Missions Fund.

Please sign the online guestbook or share a memory at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 12, 2014)

 

James A. Smith

Oct. 1, 1937 — Feb. 6, 2014

James A. “Jim” Smith, 76, of Culver, passed away at 5:33 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth.

Jim was born on Oct. 1, 1937 in Monterey, to the late Richard Albert “Dick” and Blanche (Forsythe) Smith.

Jim served in the U.S. Army during Korea and retired in 2002 from the Indiana National Guard. He was a former member of the American Legion Post #399 in Monterey.

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

Survivors include his sons: Brad Smith of Culver, Bruce [Robyn] Musial of Columbus, Bob [Carla] Musial of Knox, and Brian [Jorja] Musial of Pittsboro; grandsons: Matthew Musial, Joshua Musial, Bryan Musial, Rian Musial, Justin Musial and Austin Musial; granddaughter Julie Musial; sisters: Carol [Jack] Kellenberger of Winamac, and Linda Biddle of Winamac; brother Harry [Linda] Cannon of Winamac; several nieces and nephews; and special friend Wilma Friske of Logansport.

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard Albert “Dick” and Blanche (Forsythe) Smith; former wife Darlene (Sheppard) Smith; sister Delores Clark; and brothers: Leroy Smith and Donald “Bud” Smith.

Visitation was from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 10, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Frain Mortuary. Rev. Nancy Foster officiated. Burial took place in Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Monterey. The American Legion conducted military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Legion Post #399 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 12, 2014)

 

Mary Margaret “Mick” Planck

Feb. 7, 1920 — Feb. 6, 2014 

Mary Margaret “Mick” Planck, 93, of Millersburg, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends at 9:27 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Courtyard Of Goshen.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1920 in Pulaski County, to Paul and Margaret (Grabner) Davis.

On April 4, 1950 in Omaha, Neb., she married Vern V. Planck. He survives.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelist Catholic Church in Goshen and worked for 33 years in the education department of the natural resources office at Higgins Lake Conservation School.

Survivors include her husband Vern V. Planck; and sister Joan Davis of Haddonfield, N.J.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Homer, William and Robert Davis; two sisters: Pauline Thompson and Dorothy Cunningham.

Visitation was 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 10 also at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Winamac.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the organization of the donor’s choice. 

Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 12, 2014)

 

Frederick W. Kuszmaul

Jan. 12, 1922 — Feb. 2, 2014

Frederick Warren Kuszmaul, 92, of Winamac, slept peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Feb. 2, surrounded by his loving family. The world lost a great man. Heaven gained one.

He was born Jan. 12, 1922, in Camden, to Ellis and Lydia (Sink) Kuszmaul.

On Dec. 24, 1945, he married the love of his life, Betty Zook. They celebrated 68 wonderful years together hand in hand all the way.

Fred was very devoted to his family and friends and was a kind and gentle man who always extended a helping hand to everyone he met. His carpentry skills were evident in so many ways from the remodeling projects completed, the home he and Betty built and lived in for many years along the Tippecanoe River, and dollhouses and barns for toy farm machinery for the grandkids.

A World War II veteran, Fred served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. Fred worked for the Farm Bureau Co-op in Delphi and Winamac, before being employed as sales manager by Silver Lane Hybrids (Purple Ribbon), Remington, a job he truly loved. With farming at heart, he loved walking the fields of corn, taking pleasure in seeing the hybrid seed he had carefully selected develop. Fred enjoyed his customers and work so very much that he didn’t fully retire until he was 80 plus years old. Friends, family and seed dealers will remember Fred’s special ham and beans: “Don’t stir the beans, let them roll!”

Fred was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Winamac and was a faithful servant of God. He was also a member of the Winamac Rotary Club. Fred’s favorite pastime was the game of golf and he even had the pleasure of scoring a hole-in-one at Pond View Golf Course. Fred and Betty enjoyed 10 winters in Sarasota, Fla., and 10 winters in Sebring, Fla., and became fast friends with all they met. Fred loved the outdoors, fishing and sports. Fred played and coached basketball for Rockfield High School.

Survivors include his wife Betty L. Kuszmaul of Winamac; daughters: Rita J. [Ken] Layton of LaPorte, and Becky S. [Rick] Dilts of Winamac; granddaughter Julie [Joe] Koczan of Rensselaer; grandsons: Jason [Jennifer] Dilts of Liberty, Mo., Jeremy [Annie] Dilts of Winamac, and Derrick [Emily] Dilts of Winamac; great-grandsons: Jaydon Koczan-Steele, Jonah Koczan, Quinn Dilts, and Moses Dilts; great-granddaughters: Julianna Koczan, Caroline Dilts, Lydia Dilts, Elizabeth Dilts, Lillian Dilts, and Clara Dilts; and brother Bill [Cathryn] Kuszmaul of Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ellis and Lydia (Sink) Kuszmaul; and grandson Brett Steele.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at First United Methodist Church, and also one hour before the service on Friday in the church.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at First United Methodist Church, Winamac, with Rev. Matt Landry officiating.

Graveside services, military honors and burial will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Flora.

Memorial contributions may be given to First United Methodist Church of Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 5, 2014)

 

Irene Leslin

Oct. 8, 1938 — Jan. 11, 2014

Irene Leslin passed away on Jan. 11, at her home in Fort Mohave, Ariz., surrounded by family and friends.

Irene was born on Oct. 8, 1938, to Richard and Martha (Harris) Leslin.

Irene joined the WAC after graduating from Winamac High School, and went on to retire from the U.S. Army Reserves and the U.S. Postal Service. Irene was a member of the Lutheran Church. Irene lived in Los Angeles, Calif., for 45 years, retiring to Fort Mohave.

She enjoyed playing bingo, was a huge L.A. Lakers fan, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Like an angel, she shared with us her passion for life. She gave us her unending love. She stayed with us long enough to teach us to give and to share. Now she watches us from above.

Survivors include her companion Carol Putonen; Carol’s son Chris, along with his children Cayla and Brandon; sister Evonne Robertson; nephews: Greg Miller, Randy Miller, and Todd Robertson; niece Jolise Sexton; dear friends: Joyce, Pearl and Cindy; and special cousins: Eugene Bogash, Carroll Lange, Joe Liebner, Karen Haschel, Dolly Liebner, and Charlie Eiler. Her canine companion Spot Andrew was always at her side.

Preceding her in death were her parents Richard and Martha (Harris) Leslin; sister Norma Miller; and brother-in-laws Tom Miller and Cliff Robertson.

Donations could be made in Irene’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 5, 2014)

 

Richard Herman

Nov. 5, 1955 — Feb. 2, 2104

Richard Herman, 58, of Monterey, passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, in Indianapolis.

He was born on Nov. 5, 1955, in Litchfield, Ill., to the late Vincent and Margaret (Richards) Herman.

Survivors include his daughters: Amanda Herman of Hobart, and Samantha Herman of Griffith; and brother William [Glenys] Herman of Gary.

He was preceded in death by his parents Vincent and Margaret (Richards) Herman; and brother James Herman.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 5, 2014)

 

Rita M. Jordan

May 4, 1932 — Jan. 27, 2014

Rita M. Jordan, 81, of Logansport, formerly of Francesville, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Millers’ Merry Manor in Logansport.

She was born May 4, 1932, in Rantoul, Ill., to Stanislaus and Clara (Rausch) Federer.

Rita lived most of her life in Logansport and was a former resident of Francesville.

She enjoyed spending time with her friends and her nieces and nephews. She especially enjoyed her caretakers at Miller’s Merry Manor.

Rita loved to play bingo.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Stanislaus and Clara (Rausch) Federer; sisters: Helen Courtney, Margaret Bowns and Emily Albrecht; brothers: Carl Federer, Francis Federer, John Federer and Robert Charles Federer.

Visitation was after 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel. Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiated. Burial took place in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 5, 2014)

 

Paul L. Wendt

Paul L. Wendt, 74, of Winamac, passed away at 3:03 p.m., Jan. 31 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 5, 2014)

 

Donald D. Sellers

Donald D. Sellers, 45, of Kewanna, passed away at 12:51 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at I.U. Medical Center in Indianapolis.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 5, 2014)

 

Glenn A. Eldridge

Glenn A. Eldridge, 88, of Francesville, passed away at 8:30 a.m., Jan. 31 in his home.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 5, 2014)

 

Jerry Lee Overmyer

Jerry Lee Overmyer, 54, of Wolcott, went home to be with the Lord at 5:27 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 29, 2014)

 

Gordon M. Ligocki

Sept. 7, 1943 — Jan. 14, 2014

Gordon M. Ligocki, 70, of Winamac, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at his residence.

Born on Sept. 7, 1943 in Hammond, he was the son of the late Michael and Regina (Hlodnick) Ligocki.

On Nov. 30, 1994, Gordon married Linda Lee Cogdill, who survives.

Gordon was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio; University of Iowa, Iowa; and Governors State University, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fine art at Ohio Wesleyan; a Master of Arts in drawing and painting (under Hans Brederm, Byron Burford, and John Grillo) from University of Iowa; and Master of Fine Arts in sculpture (under Frank Gallo and Richard Hunt) from Governors State University.

He retired as an art professor at Ancilla College in Ancilla. He also taught art at Valparaiso University, Purdue University, and Indiana University Northwest. He was a gallery director of fine arts at Indiana University Northwest.

He taught classes and workshops at the Art Barn, NIA, in Hammond; Gary Art Center in Gary; Easton, Md., and numerous other art associations. Gordon was also a former feature writer and art critic for the Hammond Times, Chicago Tribune, and Arts Indiana.

He was lecturer and instructor at Northern Indiana Arts Association, Hammond; John G. Blank Center for the Arts, Michigan City; Miller Art Project, Gary; and Chesterton Art Gallery, Chesterton. He has written forwards and critical reviews for books. He hosted a television program “The Right Tool for the Right Job” on Channel 29, Gary, and was an illustrator for the Urban and Regional Planning Institute, Iowa City, Iowa.

Gordon is renowned in the art world. He juried regional, national, and international art competitions. He has curated shows for galleries and museums. Gordon was nominated in “Who’s Who in America.” His art can be found in permanent collections of the Midwest Museum of Art, Indianapolis Art Museum, and Valparaiso University Braer Museum. His work is included in many permanent collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Gordon also enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, hiking and of course, his art.

Survivors include his wife Linda Lee Ligocki of Winamac; sons: Ian Ligocki and Tristan Ligocki, both of Iowa City, Iowa; stepdaughters: Renata Heinsen of Monterey, and Sonya [Joseph] Smith of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers: Lewelyn [Martha] Ligocki of Eugene, Ore., and Martin Ligocki of Crown Point; sister Sylvia [Edward] Wagner of Marshfield, Wisc.; mother-in-law Ruth Cogdill of Kewanna; grandchildren: Doran, Lillian, Roan, Olivia, Sid, Emery and Charlie Elizabeth; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.

Gordon’s celebration of life service will be held in the spring.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 22, 2014)

 

Patricia Sue Eudy

Aug. 24, 1932 — Jan. 14, 2014

Patricia Sue “Patti” Eudy, 81, of Winamac, has gone to be with the Father in heaven. She passed away at 8 p.m., Jan. 14, at St. Elizabeth East in Lafayette.

Patti was born on Aug. 24, 1932 in Winamac.

Patti was a 1951 graduate of Winamac High School. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Winamac.

She enjoyed walking daily on the Panhandle Pathway.

Patti will forever be known for her happy and friendly smile and encouraging words, which she shared freely and often through her many cards and letters sent to hundreds of people in need of a cheerful word.

Patti was a loving mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughters Dr. Kim (Doug) Moyer in Pulaski, Kellie (Ken) Bork of Morocco, and Karla (Jim) Gould of Star City; son Kent (Shellee) Eudy in Houston, Texas; grandchildren: Mason (Alysha) Moyer, Karissa (Hugh) DeVore, Sami Eudy, Stephanie Bork, Steven Bork, Matthew Gould, Kelsie (Brett) Zellers, Kassie Gould, Amber Gould and Holly Gould; great-grandchildren: Destini Gould, Tyler Zellers, Hollie Zellers, and Grady Zellers; and companion Ed Bigler of Winamac.

She was preceded in death by her mother Goldie J. (Hair) Lebo Freeman; and two brothers: Hervie Lebo and James Lebo.

A celebration of life service will be held from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at First Christian Church in Winamac. Private burial of cremated remains will take place in Winamac Cemetery in Winamac with Pastor Rick Abbott officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Friends of the Panhandle Pathway or the Winamac First Christian Church Building Fund.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 22, 2014)’

Richard Lee Sommers

Aug. 12, 1933 — Jan. 19, 2014

Richard Lee Sommers, 80, of Star City, passed away at 4:57 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Born on Aug. 12, 1933 in Fulton County, he was the son of the late Lee and Clara Fern (McKee) Sommers.

On Nov. 25, 1951, he married Madaline Fisher, who survives.

He was a 1951, Star City High School graduate and a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War.

Richard was a retired farmer and he also served as a Pulaski County Commissioner for 12 years from 1995 to 2007.

He was a member of Star City United Methodist Church and he enjoyed playing Euchre, throwing horseshoes, playing golf, wintering in Florida and Texas, and most of all spending time with his family. Richard was also an avid Purdue basketball fan and Chicago Cub fan.

Survivors include his wife Madaline Sommers of Star City; children: David [Dottie] Sommers of Kewanna, Daniel [Karen] Sommers of West Lafayette, and Betty [Steve] Anderson of Lafayette; sisters: Carol Martin of Texas, and Mary [Ed] Sayers of Kewanna; grandchildren: Nicholas [Christa] Sommers of Kewanna, Christopher [Kendra] Sommers of Galveston, Abby Sommers of Royal Center, P.J. [Chris] Brucker of Winamac, Lynn [Todd] Edgell of Monticello, Kassie [Jimmie] Clawson of Lafayette, Aaron Anderson of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sarah [Ben] Smith of Florida; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfather Keith Sayers; and brother- in- law Ron Martin.

Visitation will be 2-7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home in the Royal Center Chapel. Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Royal Center Chapel with Pastor Ruth Waite officiating. Burial will be at Star City West Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Star City United Methodist Church and/or the American Cancer Society.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 22, 2014)

 

John R. McWherter

Aug. 27, 1935 — Jan. 4, 2014

John R. McWherter, 78, of Royal Center, passed away at 2:32 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Born on Aug. 27, 1935 in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Lester and Irene (Sloderbeck) McWherter.

On Sept. 8, 1957 he married Della Perry. She survives.

John was a 1954 Winamac High School graduate and a U.S. Army veteran.

He was a retired farmer and had also been employed at the Farmer’s Grain Elevator at Thornhope for 39 years.

John was a member of Royal Center United Methodist Church, Royal Center Lions Club and the Royal Center Horseshoe Club. He was a former member of the Pioneer Pathfinders Camping Club and the Bridge City Squares. John enjoyed sports, bowling, pitching horseshoes, playing cards at the senior center and most of all spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. John was also a 10-year Pulaski County 4-H member and the 1954 Pulaski County 4-H King.

Survivors include his wife Della McWherter of Royal Center; sons: Jeffrey [Debra] McWherter of Star City, Steve McWherter of Royal Center, and J. David [Lora] McWherter of Royal Center; daughter Deb [Rob] McLeland of Parrish, Fla.; brother Ralph [Ola] McWherter of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren: Beth [Chris] Edwards of New Palestine, Crystal [Josh] Homburg of Royal Center, Chad [Heather] McLeland of Plainfield, Ill., Cody McLeland of Parrish, Fla., Eric McLeland of Brooklyn, N.Y., Kayla McWherter of Logansport, Tara McWherter of Lake Cicott, Austin McWherter, Tyler McWherter, Haley McWherter and Kian McWherter, all of Royal Center; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his beloved dog Sparky.

He was preceded in death by brother Neil McWherter.

Visitation was 2-7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, the Royal Center Chapel. Services were at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at the funeral home. Pastor Kevin Drane officiated. Burial with military rites was performed at Kistler Cemetery in Royal Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Royal Center United Methodist Church Building Fund.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 15, 2014)

 

Nora Pearl Gradowski

Nora Pearl Gradowski, 81, of Knox, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 1:20 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 15, 2014)

 

Jay L. Bonnell

Oct. 11, 1939 — Dec. 30, 2013

Jay L. Bonnell, 74, of Winamac, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at St. Francis Hospital Indianapolis.

He was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Winamac, to Sherald and Verla (Haselby) Bonnell.

Jay married Shirley A. (Foust) Denton on Aug. 25, 1989 in Winamac.

He was a retired farmer and had worked for the Braun Auto Group in Winamac as the sales manager for many years. He had worked at Hammel Motors in Rochester. Jay had also worked at S&W Case IH in Winamac.

Jay was a member of Winamac Masonic Lodge 262, South Bend Scottish Rite and the Orak Shrine Temple. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Jay was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Winamac. He was a co-founding director of the Northern Indiana Power from the Past. Jay was a former member of the Eastern Pulaski School Board.

Jay enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed woodworking, restoring antique tractors and using his John Deere compact tractor. He also enjoyed operating the lights for Nightshift Band. Jay enjoyed “coasting.”

Jay was a good family man and will be sadly missed.

Survivors include his wife Shirley A. (Foust) Bonnell of Winamac; sons: Jeff [Diana] Bonnell of Rochester, Kent [Jane] Bonnell of Winamac, and Brad [Tammy] Bonnell of Winamac; daughter Michelle Grostefon of Winamac; stepson Doug [Kelli] Denton of Monterey; stepdaughters: Becky [Rick] Fornelli of Knox, and Linda Roth of Royal Center; grandchildren: Ryan [Kassie] Bonnell, Jacob Bonnell, Kristin Clemons, Kraig [Mandy] Clemons, Kayla Clemons, Devin [Tami] Bonnell, Casey Bonnell, Keilly Parish, Dawson Grostefon, Evan Bonnell, Dennis Fornelli, Keith Fornelli, Eric Fornelli, Nichole [Jordan] Walter, Lacey Rex, Jake Denton, Stacey [Matt] Smith, Beth [Clay] Silence and Carrie [Justin] Caldwell; 19 great-grandchildren; sister Sharlene K. Planck of Winamac; brother Tom J. [Sarah] Bonnell of Winamac; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Sherald and Verla (Haselby) Bonnell; grandson Chase Bonnell; granddaughter Emily Bonnell; great-grandson Linkin Fornelli; brother Lyle Dean Bonnell; brother-in-law James Planck.

Visitation was from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at Frain Mortuary and one hour prior to services Saturday. Masonic services were held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Pastor Chad Ritchie officiated. Burial took place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Lung Association, American Cancer Fund, Heart Fund, or Kidney Foundation.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 8, 2014)

 

Victor S. Carnegie Sr.

March 8, 1962 – Dec. 28, 2013

Victor S. Carnegie, Sr., 51, of Monterey, passed away on Dec. 28, at home.

Victor was born on March 8, 1962, in Chicago, Ill., to Elvira Carnegie and Samuel Wilson. He was raised by his great aunt and uncle, Julia and Robert Chaney, whom he called “mommy and daddy”, from his birth to age 12, along with his sister Beverly. He went to school in Gary until 1978 when he moved to Monterey and continued his education at Culver schools.

He was married to Jennifer J. Beerwart on Dec. 25, 2005. She survives.

In 1981, he enlisted in the military, where he served in the U.S. Army. He did basic training in Fort Sill, Okla., and served three years in Germany. He then returned to the states to Fort Polk, La., for three years before being sent to Korea until he was discharged with honors as a sergeant in 1988.

He returned to Indiana and worked at Hehr Int. and then Walker Manufacturing. When it closed in 2000, he went to school for CDL training and went to work at Key Waste in Culver until 2005. He then went to work for AM General and was there until April 2011.

He enjoyed playing men’s slow pitch with different leagues for 25 years and played while in the Army. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and traveling to Las Vegas and Florida. He was able to see Disney World and travel 16 states with some friends. He enjoyed spending time at Jellystone campground with family and friends gathered around the fire talking, laughing and joking. He loved to get on his motorcycle with his wife on the back and cruise or ride with his brother Vinnie and friends.

He also loved to spend time with all 12 of his grandbabies whenever he could. It brightened his days and brought much joy to his life to see all their little faces and spend time with his boys, whom he loved dearly. He also enjoyed lazy days at home watching movies or sports on TV. He also enjoyed spending time with his many nieces and nephews.

Victor is survived by his wife Jennifer J. (Beerwart) Carnegie of Monterey; mother Elvira (Carnegie) Sanders; sons: Victor Jr. of Plymouth, Michael of Bristol, and Nate of Monterey; daughters: Nicole and Moriah of Monterey; brothers: Sam [Renetta] Carnegie of Grand Prairie, Texas, Vinnie [Teri] Carnegie of Plymouth, Clint [Susona] Sanders Jr. of Monterey, Remus Brooks of Chicago, and Derrick Hamilton of Chicago; sister Sandra Jimerson of Chicago; and 12 grandchildren: Donavon, Victor III, Kordel, Kymia, Nicholas, Jayda, Lexis, Travis, Kaydence, Kingston, Kendell, and Hannah.

He was preceded in death by his father Samuel Wilson; stepfather Clinton Sanders Sr.; daughter Joanna Carnegie; and sister Beverly Carnegie.

A time of visitation will be held at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver, from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9. Rev. Herb Hiatt and Nancy Foster will officiate funeral services on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Monterey United Methodist Church in Monterey, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Monterey.

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 8, 2014)

 

Elden E. Reinhold

Sept. 20, 1927 — Jan. 3, 2014

Elden E. Reinhold, 86, passed away at 3:03 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3, at Memorial Hospital.

Elden was born Sept. 20, 1927, in Winamac, to the late Clarence and Grace (Hassenplug) Reinhold.

On Oct. 9, 1955, in Akron, Elden married Mary (Doering). She preceded him in death in June of 1987.

Elden worked for Bendix/Allied Signal as a Divisional Clerk for 36 years.

He honorably served in the Army Infantry during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 284 and VFW 9820.

He was a basketball referee for 61 years. He was also a track starter, umpired baseball and for a short time, football and soccer.

Elden was the secretary for the St. Joseph Valley Officials Association and for IOSA for many years.

He enjoyed camping and square dancing. He was a member and historian of the National Square Dance Campers Association.

He is survived by his son Scott [Kay Johnson] Reinhold; grandsons: Tony and Charles Reinhold; granddaughter Michelle Cave; great-granddaughter Lillian Horvath; great-grandson Jamie Reinhold; brothers: Clair [Betty] Reinhold, Donald Reinhold, and Marion [Sharon] Reinhold; and sisters: Mary [Howard] Hammond, and Florence Johns.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary (Doering) Reinhold; parents Clarence and Grace (Hassenplug) Reinhold; and his sister Wilma Reinhold.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at St. Joseph Funeral Home, 824 S. Mayflower Rd., South Bend. The funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Riverview.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences for the family may be made at www.sjfh.net.

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 8, 2014)

 

Steven N. Williams

May 25, 1955 — Dec. 30, 2013

Steven N. Williams, 58, Logansport, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born May 25, 1955, in Winamac, to Carl and Audrey (Wagner) Williams.

He was a 1974 graduate of Winamac Community High School.

Steve was an auto mechanic most of his life. He was also an auto racing enthusiast.

He had been ill and struggled with cystic fibrosis for the past 20 years.

Survivors include his father Carl Williams of Kewanna; sisters: Deb DeSchepper of Winamac, and Lisa Williams of Winamac; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Audrey A. (Wagner) Martin; brother David Williams; and sister Linda Davis.

Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at Frain Mortuary. Private family graveside services were at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce. Rev. Edward Clark officiated. Burial took place in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 8, 2014)

 

Samuel F. Kochel

March 18, 1925 — Dec. 22, 2013

Samuel F. Kochel, 88, of Burnettsville, passed away at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, at Pulaski Health Care Center.

Born on March 18, 1925, he was the son of the late Harry O. and Pearl (DeWitt) Kochel.

Samuel was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and Korea. He also served in the Indiana National Guard. He was a member of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Monticello.

He was a retired operating engineer and lifelong farmer.

Survivors include his children: Samuel W. [Sue] Kochel of Headlee, Melody Ann [Thomas] Schahill of Salem, Ohio, and Marcia McBlaine-Miller; grandchildren: Esther Schahill Bailey, Sean Schahill, Michael Schahill, Kenny Kochel, Samuel Kochel, Jerry Kochel, Dale Gerrard, Melissa Procopio and Kevin Clothier; and great grandchildren: Dacey Kochel, Shellylane Kochel, Brock Abney, Samuel Kochel, Sarah Beckner, Andrew Carter, Anna Carter and Catherine Carter.

He was preceded in death by six brothers; and one sister.

Visitation was from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 29, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 30, at the funeral home. Pastor Edward Roller officiated. Burial took place at Bell Center Cemetery.

To sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Kochel family visit www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 1, 2014)

 

Mildred M. Spenner

Aug. 5, 1909 — Dec. 26, 2013

Mildred M. Spenner, 104, of Indianapolis (formerly of Medaryville), passed away at 6:20 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 26, at her daughter’s home.

She was born Aug. 5, 1909, in Medaryville, to Charles and Hanna Schultz.

Mildred married Otto C. Spenner on Feb. 23, 1929, in North Judson. Otto died April 11, 1988.

Mildred lived on the same farm for more than 98 years. Her family came to Medaryville from Kankakee, Ill., where her father ran a clothing store. She moved to Indianapolis six years ago to stay with her daughter.

Mildred was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Medaryville. She also served as a Sunday school teacher and was a member of the Ladies Society. Mildred graduated from Medaryville High School. She loved making quilts, gardening, fishing and traveling in her camper.

Survivors include her daughters: Darlene Clidinst of Indianapolis, and Charlotte [Harry] Cords of Lafayette; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Otto Spenner; her parents Charles and Hanna Schultz; one granddaughter; sisters: Lillian Pulaski and Ida Kuhnle; and brother Charles Robert Schultz.

Visitation was 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at Frain Mortuary. Pastor Tom Woodley officiated. Burial took place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Medaryville park to purchase a bench in her honor.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 1, 2014)

 

Evelynn Marie Bennett

Evelynn Marie Bennett, 86, of Pierceton, Ind. (formerly of Winamac), passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at her home.

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 1, 2014)

 

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