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PUBLISHED: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4, 1999
DONALD F. ALSPAUGH, 64, of Columbia City, died Wednesday at Select Specialty Care. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a Fort Wayne firefighter, retiring in 1984. He was also affiliated with Dehnert Construction Co. and Hudson Co. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis J.; two sons, James M. of Arlington, Texas, and David J. of Denver; a daughter, Beth Ann Gaylord of Lincoln, Neb.; three sisters, Joan F. Bobay, Rita M. Bookmyer and Mary Jo Alspaugh, all of Fort Wayne; a brother, James P. of Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren. Prayer services at 8:45 a.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road. Services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Catherine Nix Settlement, Indiana Highway 9 and Whitley County Road 1000 South. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a wake at 7:30 p.m. Memorials to ARC of Northeast Indiana.
ELVITA L. BROWN, 43, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Holdrege, Neb., she was a foster parent for eight years. Surviving are her husband, Timothy; a daughter, Asia Elizabeth Brown of Fort Wayne; a stepson, Joseph Boddie of Fort Wayne; four sisters, Claudia Carstens and Yvette Laughlin, both of Minneapolis, Cheryl Berg of Carbondale, Colo., and Marla Evans of Clearwater, Fla.; three brothers, Wayne Merrill of San Diego, Gerald Merrill of Albuquerque, N.M., and Dane Laughlin of Moriarty, N.M.; and her parents, Donald and Phyllis J. Laughlin of Fort Sumner, N.M. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road. Calling from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to ARC of Allen County or Fort Wayne Hematology and Oncology.
VALDA BELLE BROWN, 82, died Saturday in Fort Wayne. Born in Huntertown and formerly of Spencerville, she was secretary-treasurer of National Magnesium Aluminum Foundry Inc., Otis Brown Investments and Sturgis Light Metals Foundry Inc. Surviving are her husband, Otis D.; a daughter, Nancy McNabb of Auburn; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services 2 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Entombment in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Erin's House for Grieving Children.
ROBERT WILLIAM ECKERT, 83, of Phoenix, died Saturday. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a retired banking vice president in Phoenix. He was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Sarah E.; three daughters, Rita A. Cleveland and Nancy E. Bagley, both of Phoenix, and Linda E. Effler of Redding, Calif.; and nine grandchildren. Services were Wednesday. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery, Phoenix. Memorials to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Arrangements by Hansen Mortuary, Phoenix.
DUDLEY J. JOHNSTON, 65, died Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Medina, N.Y., he was a sales representative at Johnston's Linens in Medina for 30 years, retiring in 1992. He was also a professional tennis player at Wildwood Racquet Club, winning seven straight city titles. He is listed in the Fort Wayne Tennis Hall of Fame. Surviving are his wife, Lynn D.; two sons, Ted E. of Fort Wayne and Greg J. of Atlanta; a brother, Sidney of Lockport, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. Services at 5 p.m. today at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Calling one hour before services. Memorials to American Lung Association or Acres Land Trust, 2000 N. Wells St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808.
ANNA MANGONA, 90, died Tuesday at Riverbend Health Care. Born in Allentown, Pa., she was the owner of Ideal Shoes in Fort Wayne for 35 years. Surviving is a sister, Hilda Zent of Fort Wayne. Services at noon Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
HAZEL MARIE MATTSON, 69, of Park Falls, Wis., died Monday at her home. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a former employee of Magnavox. Surviving are her husband, Kenneth C.; two daughters, Linda Weller and Diane M. Hilton, both of Grabill; two sons, Kenneth J. of Fifield, Wis., and Ron of Bonita Springs, Fla.; two sisters, Ardella King of Harlan and Patricia Nierman of Fort Wayne; three brothers, Leon La Lone of Flint, Mich., Frank La Lone of Antwerp, Ohio, and Howard La Lone of Huntertown; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services at 3 p.m. Friday at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. No calling. Memorials to Cancer Services of Allen County.
PERCIVAL MOORE, 82, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital. Born in Brown County, Ala., he retired in 1980 from General Electric Co. after 37 years. He was a World War II and Korean War Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Theresa L.; a son, Terrance P. of Detroit; a brother, Arthur of Fort Wayne; and a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church, 2200 Smith St. Calling from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St.
LORETTA NAIL, 87, died Saturday at Covington Manor Nursing Home. Born in Berlin, N.H., she was an aide for the Indiana State School for 11 years. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Oscar Sauve, in 1952; her second husband, David Nail, in 1974; and a daughter, Barbara Destafano, in 1970. Surviving are a daughter, Bea Alonzo of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two stepdaughters, Lillian Camady of Fort Wayne and Barbara Johnson of Terre Haute. Services at 2 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling two hours before services. Memorials to Allen County League for the Blind.
DAVID MICHAEL NAU, 51, died Tuesday in Fort Wayne. Born in Waukesha, Wis., he was an electrical engineer at ITT for 13 years. He was a Vietnam War Navy veteran and round table commissioner for Anthony Wayne Area Council of Boy Scouts. Surviving are his wife, Julie; two sons, Eric and Mark, at home; a daughter, Jamie Nau at home; his mother, Madeline Nau of Mukwonago, Wis.; and three brothers, James, Dennis and Steven, all of Wisconsin. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church, 10145 Maysville Road, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Memorials to Disabled American Veterans or the family.
JEANNE M. STIMSON, 75, of Escondido, Calif., died Oct. 28 at her home. She was born in Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Fort Wayne. Her husband, Richard E., died in 1983. Surviving are three daughters, Joanne Stimson Furman of Tacoma, Wash., Mary Haynes of Seattle and Margo Chiu of Escondido; three sons, James of Houston and Jay and Mark, both of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road. No calling. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens.
JOHN "JACK" C. WAGNER, 82, died Oct. 27 at Lutheran Homes. Born in Westfield, he was a retired metallurgist. Surviving are several cousins. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday at Lutheran Homes Chapel, 6701 S. Anthony Blvd. No calling. Arrangements by Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road.
TIM WUTHRICH, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died Tuesday at his home. Born in Goshen and formerly of Fort Wayne, he was a senior network engineer at Pharmacia & Upjohn. Surviving are his mother, Betty Jane Haas of Fort Wayne; his wife, Taffy; two daughters, Wendy Johnson and Cherilyn Casey, both of Elkhart; and a son, Jason of Kalamazoo. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Betzler Funeral Home, Kal Sig, Kalamazoo, with calling an hour before services. Memorials to Visiting Nurses Home Care.
RUSSELL H. SMITH SR., 86, died Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, he was an engineer at Conrail. His wife, Ada, died in 1975. Surviving are three daughters, Ruth Nofer of North Palm Beach, Fla., Leona Lautzenhiser of Hamilton and Rosemarie Lavergne of Jackson, Mich.; five sons, Richard O. of Marmora, N.J., Larry R. of Fort Wayne, Steven A. of Poway, Calif., Ronald L. Sr. of Angola and Russell H. Jr. of Hamilton; six sisters, Thelma Clem, Maryetta Shive, Malvina Tindall, Gloria Close and Ruth Oetting, all of Fort Wayne; and Lavon Meyers of Butler; four brothers, Roy of Tampa, Fla., Calvin and Walter, both of Fort Wayne and Melvin of Apache Junction, Ariz.; 42 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, James R. and Ralph E. Services at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 Wells St. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne.
V. WONETA HOOK, 100, died Wednesday at Wesley Health Care. Born in DeKalb County, she was a homemaker. Surviving is her guardian, Jerold Fry of Garrett. Graveside services at 10 a.m. Friday in Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum, Auburn. Calling an hour before services. Arrangements by McComb, Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home, Auburn.
MILLARD L. SPRUNGER, 90, died Tuesday at Swiss Village, Berne. Born in Adams County, he was an upholsterer at Dunbar Furniture. He retired after 35 years. Surviving are his wife, Florine; a son, Lynn W. of Berne; two daughters, Arlene Huffman of Fort Wayne and Jean Sprunger of Berne; a brother, Raymond of Berne; three sisters, Helen Beer, Ada Marie Frank and Marjorie Von Gunten, all of Berne; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Swiss Village Chapel, Berne. Calling an hour before services. Calling also from 3 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in M.R.E. Cemetery, Berne. Memorials to A.B.W.E. Missions in care of Ken and Alice Cole or Native American Missions in care of Neil and Edith Von Gunten.
ANDREW HERCZEG, 84, of Naples, Fla., died Sept. 30 in Naples. Formerly of Kendallville, he was born in Lorain, Ohio. He was a retired self-employed carpet installation specialist for 43 years. He was also a patrolman with the Kendallville Police Department and was an Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife, Rita; two daughters, Amber Field of Greenwood and Melissa "Lisa" Nash of New Haven; a stepdaughter, Lin Swogger of Kendallville; a sister, Rosa H. St. Clare of Romulus, Mich.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Calling an hour before services. Memorials to Hospice of Naples, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105, or First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 9751 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.
PEARL ECKMAN BURGESS, 97, died Tuesday at Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home, North Manchester. Born in Randolph County and formerly of Lancaster, she was a homemaker and had worked at the Presbyterian Settlement Home in Detroit. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles E. Eckman, in 1950, and her second husband, Paul Burgess, in 1984. Surviving are a stepson, Charles Eckman of Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren. Services at noon Friday at Glancy Funeral Home, H. Brown & Sons Chapel, Warren. Calling an hour before services. Graveside services at 3 p.m. Friday in Nettle Creek Cemetery, Hagerstown. Memorials to Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home Inc., P.O. Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962, or Salamonie Church of the Brethren, 2262 W. 600 S., Warren, IN 46792.
PETER "PETE" CLAYTON ENRIGHT, 70, died Monday at the VA Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in New York, he retired in 1995 after 20 years as an electrical engineer for ITT and Magnavox. He was working for Burns Security and was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Florence; a son, Robert C. of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Elizabeth A. Enright and Ruth E. Bure, both of Fort Wayne; his mother, Theresa Enright of New Jersey; two sisters, Frances Melvin of Long Island, N.Y., and Mary K. Enright of New Jersey; and 10 grandchildren. No services or calling. Memorials to New Haven Post 330 American Legion Scholarship Fund. Arrangements by E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 E.
MARGURIETE R. HEISER, 78, died Wednesday at Select Specialty Care. Born in Adams County, she was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Albert F.; a son, Neal of Fort Wayne; and four sisters, Isabelle Clark of Lucerne Valley, Calif., Eva Reiger of Columbia, Mo., Goldie Applegate of Hightstown, N.J., and Emma Pennington of Ossian. Services at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Road. Calling an hour before services. Calling also from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. Burial in Williamsport Cemetery, Poe. Memorials to Poe Volunteer Fire Department EMS or the church.
SCOTT JAMES ADAIR, 43, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne and formerly of LaPorte, he was a truck driver for Overland Trucking in Fort Wayne. He had been a truck driver for Boone Baking in LaPorte and an over the road truck driver. Surviving are his wife, Julie Jeannine; three sons, Alex T., Logan J. and Lincoln D., all of South Whitley; his father and stepmother, Ralph F. and Belle Adair of Columbia City; a sister, Debbie Lothamer of Fort Wayne; and two brothers, Doug and Jeff, both of Fort Wayne. Services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Funeral Home, Columbia City. Calling from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday. Burial in South Annex Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorials to his children in care of the funeral home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN 46725.
RICHARD OTTO BURKE, 87, died Tuesday at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash. Born in Johnson County, Ky., he was a coal miner for 19 years. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; a son, Harold of Wabash; three daughters, Charlotte Howard of Wabash, Billie Sue Samons of Van Lear, Ky., and Kathy Arlene Houghland of Dayton; a brother, Robert of Van Lear; seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter. Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, Wabash. Calling from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.
LETHA R. KING, 92, of Elkton, Va., died Wednesday in Elkton. Born in Williamsburg, Ky., and formerly of Wabash, she retired from General Tire and Rubber Co., Wabash. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clinton Fawley; her second husband, Herbert King; and a son, Donald Fawley. Surviving are a daughter, Mary Teuber of Elkton; a sister, Mary Myers of Lancaster, Pa.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Graveside services at 2 p.m. Saturday in Mississinewa Cemetery, Somerset. No calling. Memorials to Wabash/Miami Home Health Care Hospice, 710 N. East St., Wabash, IN 46992. Arrangements by McDonald Funeral Home, Eddingfield Chapel, Wabash.
A. JOHN SCHIFFLI, 64, of Veguita, N.M., died Oct. 22 in Veguita. He was born in Fort Wayne and formerly of Waterloo. Surviving are three sons, Jeff, Gary and John, all of New Mexico; two sisters, Betty Hamman of Waterloo and Terresa Schiffli of Garrett; nine brothers, Max of Butler, Richard of Ashley, David of Palatine and Bob, Don, Paul, Steve, Tom and Mark, all of Waterloo; and four grandchildren. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michaels Catholic Church, Waterloo. No calling. Memorials to American Cancer Society or Masses to the church. Arrangements by Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo.
LENA GARVER, 96, died Tuesday at Toledo Hospital. Born in Wauseon, she had formerly worked at Spangler Candy Co. Her husband, Paul R., died in 1987. Surviving are a daughter, Helen Pacey of Bryan; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Merillat of Bryan; and two sisters, Almeda Clark and Mary Harris, both of Bryan. She was also preceded in death by a son, Richard O. Services at noon Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bryan. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan. Burial in Shiffler Cemetery, Bryan. Memorials to Paul and Lena Garver Endowment at the church.
JAMES W. TYAS, 78, of Metamora, Ill., died Tuesday at Village Retirement Home, Metamora. Born in Champaign County, Ill., and formerly of Van Wert, he was a pipe fitter for Continental Can Co., Van Wert. He retired in 1983 after more than 30 years. He was a World War II Army veteran and current director of the Van Wert Men's Garden Club. Surviving are his wife, Ernestine S.; a son, James E. of Metamora; a daughter, Linda Smith of Fremont, Ohio; a brother, Roy of Van Wert; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Calling from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial in Ridge Cemetery, Middlepoint. Memorials to Snyder Retirement Village in Metamora or Channel 44 in Lima.