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PUBLISHED: MONDAY, FEB. 8, 1999
ROBERT E. "BOB" BUSSE SR., 84, of Indianapolis, died Sunday at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Formerly of Fort Wayne, he was a supervisor at International Harvester, retiring in 1975 after 38 years. Surviving are two sons, Robert E. Jr. of St. Louis and Leonard Betley of Indianapolis; a sister, Virginia Ayers of Indianapolis; and three grandchildren. Services at noon Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., with calling two hours before services. Entombment in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to Walther Cancer Institute of Indianapolis or Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.
MARGARET M. JONES, 81, died Thursday at Scripps Green Hospital in San Diego. Born in Moline, Ill., she retired in 1978 from Wayne Home Equipment. She had also worked at Ballstran Corp. of Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, Paul F.; a daughter, Sharon P. Figg of Poway, Calif.; a brother, Charles DeBaillie of Arcola; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to donor's choice.
MARVIN C. LOGAN, 95, died Saturday at The Towne House. Born in Jay County, he was a wire drawer at Rea Magnet Wire Co., retiring in 1968 after 34 years. His wife, Lucile Mary, died in 1994. Surviving are two sons, Richard D. of Fort Wayne and Ted J. of Cincinnati; a daughter, Carolyn J. Axe of Fort Wayne; a sister, Orda Glentzer of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. today at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., with calling two hours before services. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to St. Francis School of Nursing.
FRANCES E. MARHENKE, 83, died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital. Born in Payne, Ohio, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Frank E., died in 1977. Surviving are two sons, Ronald K. of Waterloo and James R. of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a daughter, Sharon D. Buffenbarger of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Betty Leiby of Fremont, Ohio, and Virginia Newcomer of Wharton, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services at noon Tuesday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1819 Reservation Drive, with calling two hours before services. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials to the church. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave.
BETTY R. PARKER, 78, died Saturday at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Erie, Pa., she retired in 1994 from Kmart after 19 years and also retired in 1983 from ARA Services Select Foods. She also was a supervisor of the cafeteria at the City-County Building and General Electric Co. Surviving are a son, Richard of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Joan Korn of Fort Wayne; a sister, Marie Srnka of Decatur, Ill.; four brothers, Charles Schnobel of Fort Wayne, Clarence Schnobel of Chicago and Jim and Charles Anderson, both of Peoria, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. Tuesday at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 Wells St. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens.
GENE A. RICHARDS, 78, died Sunday at home. He was an electronics engineer at ITT, retiring in 1980 after 29 years. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Gene L.; four daughters, Patricia L. Sands of White House, Ohio, Joyce A. and Karen A. Allen, both of Markle and Sharen L. Allen of Fort Wayne; a brother, Errett of Fort Wayne; a sister, Katie Colvin of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to American Heart Association.
SANDRA SUE GREMAUX SPRINKLE, 42, died Sunday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a former employee of Star Bank, Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, Robert Jr.; two sons, Christopher and Colton Sprinkle, both at home; her parents, Howard and Betty Gremaux of Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Debra Finley of Ocean Side, N.Y., and Laurie Jaxtheimer of Fort Wayne. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.
BEULAH G. WEDLER, 98, died Sunday at Parkview Hospital. Born in Huntington, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Fred W., died in 1961. Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Wedler of Fort Wayne; a son, William L. of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mary Kocher of Huntington; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, Richard, in 1979. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Phi Beta Psi Sorority's Cancer Research Project.
DENNIS "DUKE" MOSER, 86, died Sunday at Betz Nursing Home in Auburn. Born in Defiance County, Ohio, he was a farmer. He was also the former owner of the Heidleburg Cafe, Angola. He had also been a truck driver for Angola Distributors. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace in 1998 and two sons, Roger in 1969 and Richard in 1998. Surviving are two sons, Philip of Hamilton and Douglas of Auburn; and three granddaughters. Services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Angola. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Graveside services at 2 p.m. Wednesday in St. Michaels Catholic Cemetery, Defiance County. Memorials to St. Anthony Catholic Church.
MICHAEL GARNER, 43, died Friday at DeKalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn. He was born in LaPorte. There are no known immediate survivors. No services or calling. Arrangements by McComb, Dilgard & Cline, Auburn.
MARGARET M. THOMAS, 50, died Saturday at DeKalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a manager at Pacesetter Financial Services, retiring in 1992 after 16 years. Surviving are her husband, Jack L.; a brother, John F. Fox of Fort Wayne; a stepbrother, John Skinner of Fort Wayne; and her mother, Kathleen M. Skinner of Mission, Texas. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Auburn, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at McComb, Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home, Auburn. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn. Memorials to Masses at the church.
BEN J. GIROD, six months, died Saturday at home. He was born in Adams County. Surviving are his parents, Jake J. and Emma Girod of Berne; his grandparents, Rebecca Girod of Berne and Eli S. and Susie Wengerd of Fredericktown, Ohio; his great-grandparents, Menno S. and Maryann Girod of Monroe; five brothers, Jerry J.E., Eli J., William J., Andy J.E. and Jake J. Jr, all at home; and four sisters, Rebecca J.E., Mandy J.E., Susie J. and Katie J. Girod, all at home. Services at 1 p.m. today at the Girod residence in Berne, with calling four hours before services. Burial in Schwartz Cemetery, rural Berne. Arrangements by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
PATSY "PAT" SMITH, 68, died Saturday at her daughter's home. Born in Garrett, she retired in 1994 from Key Plastics in Hamilton. Surviving are her husband, Jay; two daughters, Kathy Spiller and Debra Benyi, both of Fort Wayne; a brother, Ra Schooley of Miami; a sister, Shirley Freeman of Bokeelia, Fla.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, Ohio, with calling after 9 a.m. Calling also after 5 p.m. today. Burial in Lost Creek Cemetery, Hicksville. Memorials to West Milford Church of Christ, Hicksville or Parkview Hospice Care Program, Fort Wayne.
JUANITA H. KUNTZ, 67, died Saturday at Harborside Healthcare in New Haven. Born in Rock Island, Ill., she worked in housekeeping at Southtown Mall, retiring in 1990. Her husband, Sam, died in 1993. Surviving are a daughter, Anita Swann of Woodburn; two stepsons, Samuel Kuntz of Roanoke and Robert Kuntz of Auburn; a stepdaughter, Sue Guebara of Indio, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jeanita Young of San Bernardino, Calif. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Heartland Hospice, 1315 Directors Row, Suite 210, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 or Cancer Services of Allen County, 2925 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
MARTHA E. SCHOEFF, 77, died Saturday at home. Born in Huntington County, she was a music teacher in Huntington County Community Schools, retiring in 1972. Surviving are her husband, Richard E.; a son, Edward of Huntington; two daughters, Carol Rogers of Avon and Marilyn Holstein of Marion; a brother, Elwood Hughes Jr. of Wheeling, Ill.; and five grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Myers Funeral home, Huntington. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in Zion Cemetery, Huntington County. Memorials to Seminary United Methodist Church, 285 N. Seminary, Roanoke, IN 46783.
OSWIN E. HENDERSON, 85, died Sunday at Miller's Merry Manor in LaGrange. Born in Omaha, Neb., he was a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean and a son, Richard. Surviving are a daughter, Carol Wetzel of Bridgeview, Ill.; and five grandchildren. Memorial services at a later date. Arrangements by Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange.
HERSHEL NELSON MARTIN, 83, died Saturday at home. Born in Marion, he was an independent milk hauler, retiring in 1979 after 30 years. He was a World War II Navy veteran. His first wife, Eunice, died in 1968. Surviving are his wife, Lelia; three sons, Joseph N. and Charles L., both of Marion and Rex D. of Fort Myers, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Sheila Shell of Columbia City; a stepson, William Mitchell of Warsaw; a brother, Eugene of Gulfport, Miss.; six sisters, Alberta Williams, Patty Smith, Audrey Ogden, and Phyllis Powell, all of Marion, Betty Bennett of Conifer, Colo., and Cora Martin of Olney, Ill.; a grandchild; 11 step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and a step-great-great-grandchild. He was also preceded in death by a son, Harold Eugene. Services at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Needham-Story Funeral Service, North Chapel, Marion. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Estates of Serenity, Marion. Memorials to Wabash & Miami County Hospice and Cancer Society.
FREIDA I. STACKHOUSE, 81, died Friday at Wabash County Hospital in Wabash. Born in Whitley County, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Lloyd D., died in 1982. Surviving are three sons, Jim of North Manchester, Steve of Pratt, Kan., and Larry of Bozeman, Mont.; a daughter, Debra Cripe of North Manchester; a brother, Robert Kreider of North Manchester; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild. Private graveside services. No calling. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Memorials to Wabash County Cancer Society. Arrangements by DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester.
AMANDA L. CROTTS, 15, died Saturday in Angola. Born in South Milford, she was a sophomore at Prairie Heights High School. Surviving are her parents, Cecil F. and Becky Crotts of South Milford; two sisters, Lori L. Crotts of Kendallville and Angela R. Crotts of South Milford; and her grandparents, John F. Chamberlin of South Milford, Cleon and Retha Houck of Alexandria, Minn., and Ruth Crotts of Mount Airy, N.C. Services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Calling from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in South Milford Cemetery. Memorials to the Amanda Crotts Scholarship Fund at Prairie Heights.