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PUBLISHED: TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 1999

FORT WAYNE

ERNEST BEAL, 72, died Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. Born in Shelly, Idaho, he was owner and president of Your Friends & Neighbors Inc. He also worked at Potlatch, retiring in 1985 after 30 years. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are two sons, Ernest Jr. of Fort Wayne and Dan of Atlanta; a daughter, Becki Shank of Fort Wayne; and five grandchildren. Memorial Services at 11 a.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.

VICKIE J. BENEDICT, 39, died Sunday at Bloomington Hospital, Bloomington. Born in Martinsville, she worked at Leonards Linen, Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, Jay; two daughters, Nichole Lynn and Jody Leigh Benedict, both of Fort Wayne; a son, Christopher Ray of Fort Wayne; a sister, Shaunie Newport of Ellettsville; two brothers, Bill and Jerry Workman, both of Bloomington; her parents, Bill and Jane Workman of Bloomington; and her grandmother, Helen Hopper Workman of Spencer. Graveside services at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, with calling an hour before services. Memorials to American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home. Arrangements by West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home, Spencer.

CARL J. BONEFF SR., 78, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, he had worked for Martin Construction, Fort Wayne Union Railway, Tool Craft and Wayne Black Oxide. He was a World War II Army veteran. His wife, Dorothy A., died in 1993. Surviving are a daughter, Sandra J. Haiflich of Fort Wayne; a son, Carl "Skip" Jr. of Fort Wayne; a brother, Donald of Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Selma Lanning of Fort Wayne and Eleanore Nichols of Fair Oaks, Calif.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2120 S. Harrison St. Calling from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to Masses.

JUANITA A. BRAUNGART, 74. She was born in Fort Wayne. Surviving is a son, Robert K. Jr. of Chisago City, Minn. Memorial services at 12:30 p.m. May 5 in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 6600 Covington Road.

ROBERT K, BRAUNGART SR., 78. Born in Fort Wayne, he retired from Aetna Insurance. Surviving are a son, Robert K. Jr. of Chisago City, Minn.; and a sister, Betty Huhd of Anaheim, Calif. Memorial services at 12:30 p.m. May 5 in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 6600 Covington Road.

MARY ELIZABETH "MAE" CALDWELL, 72, died Saturday at Life Care Center of Fort Wayne. She was born in Jamestown. Surviving is a friend, Judy Klemm of Fort Wayne. No services or calling. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road.

ORION E. COOK, 79, died Sunday at Parkview Hospital. Born in Salem, Ohio, he was co-owner of Mr. Sign Man. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Helen; a son, John A. of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Nancy L. Crumley of Lansing, Mich.; a brother, Mark of Akron, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Graveside services at 10 a.m. Thursday in Highland Park Cemetery, 2403 E. Wallen Road. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Brookside Community Church, 6102 Evard Road. Calling from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Memorials to the church. Arrangements by Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.

MAXINE J. DAFFORN, 76, died Monday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a teacher for Fort Wayne Community Schools, retiring in 1988 after 38 years. Surviving are a sister, Margaret Dafforn of Fort Wayne; a brother, William Dafforn of Longview, Wash.; and her friend, Denie Snyder of Fort Wayne. Services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Nazarene Church, 4150 Stellhorn Road. Calling from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St. Burial in Eel River Cemetery. Memorials to the church or Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice.

DAVID D. DENTZER, 76, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital. Born in Kosciusco County, he was a locomotive engineer with the Nickel Plate Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railroad, retiring in 1980 after 33 years. Surviving are his wife, Mary B.; a son, Jeffrey D. of Fort Wayne; a stepbrother, William Bonta of New Haven; a half brother, Daniel Dentzer of Columbia City; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Thursday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. Calling from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to the family.

LORETTA MARION KORST, 82, died Sunday at home. Born in Joliet, Ill., she was an elementary school teacher for Joliet Public School System, retiring after 25 years. Surviving is a brother, Charles of Fort Wayne. Services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude's Catholic Church, 2101 Pemberton Drive, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 Wells St., with a rosary service at 7 p.m. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to Mother Rose Cecile Korst Scholarship Fund or John Duss Music Conservatory, Duluth, Minn.

LEONA C. WILKERSON, 92, died Thursday at home. Born in Grand Forks, N.D., she was the director of Methodist Neighborhood Community Center. Her husband, Robert E., died in 1969. Surviving are a son, Robert E. Jr. of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Catherine S. Pierce of Fort Wayne; a sister, Kathryn Moore of Los Angeles; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, Ronald C., in 1997. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1101 S. Lafayette St., with calling an hour before services. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St.

INDIANA

Angola

ELIZABETH "BETTE" SMITH, 78, of Vero Beach, Fla., died March 13 at Indian River Hospital in Florida. Born in Angola, she was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Ronald; a son, Ronald Jr. of Cary, N.C.; two sisters, Sue Sanxter of Angola and Florence Hatcher of Greencastle; and two grandchildren. Memorial services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola. No calling. Burial in Circle Hill Cemetery, Angola. Memorials to American Diabetes Association, 1101 Destiny Road, Maitland, FL 32751.
Bluffton

COULSON C. EDINGTON JR., 80, of Spring Hill, Fla., died Sunday at home. Born in Bluffton, he worked in the electric department of the city of Bluffton, retiring in 1981 after 42 years. He also retired in 1981 from the Bluffton Fire Department after 22 years. Surviving are his wife, Betty; and a brother, Eugene of Bluffton. Services at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial in Six Mile Cemetery, Bluffton. Memorials to Fellowship Wesleyan Church, Spring Hill.

HILBERT L. ROSS SR., 81, died Sunday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Vevay, he was a self-employed contractor. He also worked at Corning Glass Works for 14 years. Surviving are his wife, Verna M.; four sons, Hilbert "Skip" Jr. Ross and John Thomas, both of Bluffton, David Ross of Upland, and James Thomas of Elgin, Ill.; three daughters, Dreama Hamilton and Vicky Miller, both of Alexandria and Julia Biberstine of Liberty Center; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Danny Lee. Services at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton. Calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Six Mile Cemetery, Bluffton. Memorials to Primitive Baptist Church.

MILDRED EILEEN WELLS, 72, of Connersville, died Saturday at Lincoln Center West, Connersville. Born in Wells County, she had worked at J.C. Penney and Danners stores in Connersville. She was also self-employed in the house cleaning business for over 30 years. Surviving are her husband, Walter L.; a daughter, Loueen Kirkendall of Zionsville; a son, Stephen L. of Ann Arbor, Mich.; a sister, Ruth Falk of Bluffton; a brother, Charles Marion Harris of Middlebury; and four grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home, Connersville. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Elm Grove Cemetery, Bluffton.

Butler

EULA A. WEBSTER, 87, died Sunday at Laurels Nursing Home, Butler. Born in Defiance County, Ohio, she had worked at several different insurance agencies in Detroit. Her husband, Weldon W., died in 1997. Surviving are a son, Larry of Detroit; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Newville Cemetery, Newville. Calling after 6 p.m. (5 p.m. Fort Wayne time) today at Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, Ohio.

Hamilton

JAY SMITH, 70, died Sunday at his daughter's home in Fort Wayne. Born in Farmer, Ohio, he retired in 1994 from Auburn Gear. His wife, Patsy "Pat", died earlier this year. Surviving are two daughters, Kathy Spillers and Debra Benyi, both of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Irene Knapp and Betty Ellert, both of Auburn. Services at noon EDT (11 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, Ohio, with calling after 9 a.m. EDT. Calling also after 3 p.m. EDT today. Burial in Lost Creek Cemetery, Hicksville. Memorials to Parkview Hospice Program or West Milford Church of Christ.

Huntington

ROBERT W. MAYBEE SR., 82, died Sunday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington. 

Kendallville

EVELYN H. ACKER, 81, died Sunday at home. Born in Kendallville, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Raymond, died in 1992. Surviving are a daughter, Phyllis Simmons of Kendallville; two sisters, Nina Rasler of Avilla and Anna Bailey of Kendallville; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville. Memorials to donor's choice.

Pierceton

MAURICE D. SCOTT, 83, died Sunday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in North Webster, he was a food broker and self-employed farmer. He was former president of the Whitko Schools board. Surviving are his wife, Sarah; two sons, John of Fort Wayne and James of Pierceton; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Home, Warsaw. Calling from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Memorials to Pierceton United Methodist Church.

Poneto

FRANCES M. WALSH, 71, died Monday at home. Born in Fort Wayne, she worked at Hall's Catering in Fort Wayne for 20 years. Her husband, Robert Tarr, died in 1954. Surviving are a son, David Walsh of Poneto; a daughter, Camela Mount of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren; and a brother, Donald E. Davis of Poneto. She was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas D. Tarr in 1979. Graveside services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Elm Grove Cemetery, Bluffton. Private calling today. Memorials to American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton.

Urbana

MARK ALLEN ELLIOTT, 26, died Monday at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash. He was born in Wabash. Surviving are his parents, Stuart and Debra Elliott of Urbana; two sisters, Stacie Frehse of Roann and Melissa Elliott of Urbana; a brother, Jason of Urbana; his grandparents, Dean and Sue Wilhelm of Roann and James and Marjorie Bridge of Logansport; and his great-great-grandmother, Lois Fickle of Royal Center. Services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave Chapel, Wabash. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Speicher Cemetery, Urbana. Memorials to Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Warsaw

RUPERT R. "BUCK" LEEDY, 86, died Saturday at home. Born in Fort Wayne, he retired from Schrader Automotive, Warsaw. He was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Thelma J.; a daughter, Barbara Wampler of Warsaw; a son, Stephen R. of Terre Haute; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Graveside services at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today McHatton-Sadler Funeral Home, Warsaw.

VIOLET LYNCH, 88, died Sunday at Wabash Healthcare Center. Born in Kosciusko County, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Donald, died in 1977. Surviving are two daughters, Edith Newby of Warsaw and Nancy Johnson of Phoenix; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and 10 step-great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son. Services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Home, Warsaw. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Harrison Center Cemetery.

MABEL C. SPRAKER, 81, died Saturday at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw. Born in Greensfork, she was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Lester; a daughter, Kay Beam of Warsaw; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six brothers; and three sisters. Private graveside services in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Arrangements by McHatton-Sadler Funeral Home, Warsaw.

OHIO

Antwerp

HOMER R. BROOKS, 84, of Perrysburg, died Sunday at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. Formerly of Antwerp, he was an iron worker at Gertzwiler Contracting for 15 years. He was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Frances; two sons, Homer "Dick" and Randy, both of Antwerp; three daughters, Donna Fry of Woodburn, Ind., Patti Brennan of New Haven, Ind., and Kathy L. Jones of Lawton, Okla.; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Alice Digby of Maumee; three half sisters, Faye Stroker of Maumee, Florence Kline of New Port Richey, Fla., and Cleo Geren of Continental; and three half brothers, John Mull of Hoytville, Calvin Mull of Woodville and Nelson Mull of Port Clinton. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Antwerp. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. EDT today at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Burial in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne, with military rites. Memorials to American Heart Association.

Bryan

CAROLYN MAE McKELVEY, 67, died Monday at Harborside Healthcare Center, Bryan. Born in Bryan, she had been a secretary at A.P. Parts, Toledo, for 35 years. Surviving is a sister, Eileen Sweebe of Bryan. Services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Brown Cemetery, Bryan. Memorials to First Church of Christ, Community Hospital Hospice Program or American Cancer Society.

Celina

EMMA S. McCUDDY, 86, died Monday at Community Hospital in Coldwater, Ohio. Born in New Knoxville, she was a retired nurse. Surviving are her husband, Ralph E.; a stepson, Michael of Granger, Ind.; and a stepdaughter, Karen Kline of Buchanan, Mich. Graveside services at 1:30 p.m. EDT (12:30 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Wednesday in Swamp College Cemetery, Celina. Arrangements by Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

Edgerton

DONALD N. ATER, 64, died Monday at Community Hospitals of Williams County in Bryan. Born in Clarksburg, he was an insurance agent for 30 years and owned the Ater Agency for 10 years. He was a Korean War Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Maxine; a son, David of Angola, Ind.; two daughters, Beth Blotter of Angola and Patty Gould of Fremont, Ind.; four grandchildren; three sisters, Judith Heisler of Edgerton, Patricia Stotts of Fairborn and Jo Wyatt of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and a brother, Richard of Columbus. Services at 1:30 p.m. EDT (12:30 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Thursday at Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton, with military rites by John D. Smith Post No. 10 of the American Legion. Memorials to the Leukemia Society.

Rockford

WILLIAM C. FINCH, 69, died Saturday at the Fort Wayne VA Medical Center Born in Troy, Ala., he was a Air Force veteran of 20 years, serving in the Korean War and Vietnam War. Surviving is his wife, Florence. Graveside services at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) today in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. Arrangements by Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford.

Scott

TERESA O. AKOM, 67, died Sunday at Van Wert Hospital. Born in Paulding County, she was a tester at Weatherhead Corp., Antwerp, retiring in 1978 after 12 years. Her husband, James Lowell, died in 1988. Surviving are two sons, James of Haviland and David of Scott; a daughter, Jean DeHaven of Payne; two sisters, Florence Boroff of Van Wert and Christina Johns of Lima; two brothers, Harlan Hooker of Fort Myers, Fla., and Edward Hooker of Lima; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Thursday at Scott Pentecostal Church of God, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 9 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland. Memorials to the church.

Van Wert

RICHARD J. McHUGH, 73, died Sunday at his home in Nokomis, Fla. Born in Chatham, N.J., he was an engineer at Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., retiring in 1990. He also taught engineering at the University of Detroit and was a student adviser to the Society of Automotive Engineers. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Peggy; two sons, Daniel of Plymouth, Mich., and Dr. Kevin of Boston; four daughters, Ann Marie McLaughlin of Oak Park, Ill., Kathleen McHugh of Miami, Elizabeth Koester of Lake Worth, Fla., and Mary Josephine Cowley of Wake Forest, N.C.; two brothers, William of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Frank of Boulder, Colo.; four sisters, Helen and Jeanne McHugh, both of Chatham, N.J., Marjorie Burns of Elizabeth, N.J., and Kathrine Jurewicz of West Point, N.J.; and eight grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Van Wert. Calling from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. EDT Thursday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with a Scripture service at 8:45 p.m. EDT. Burial in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Memorials to St. Mary's Catholic School Endowment Fund.


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