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PUBLISHED: FRIDAY MARCH 3, 2000
ESTHER CLIFTON, 89, died Wednesday. Born in Blackford County, she had worked as a secretary at General Electric Co. and performed in the Rainbow Girls, an all-girl orchestra. She was a past president of Washington Township School PTA and past matron of Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are her husband, Ted K.; a son, Jon David of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A son, Paul K., and a daughter, Carmen K., preceded her in death. Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, with Eastern Star service at 7:30 p.m. Burial at Highland Park Cemetery. Memorials to Allen County Public Library's genealogy department or Turnstone Center for Disabled Children & Adults.
DORIS J. COCHREN, 68, died Wednesday at Life Care Center of Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she retired in 1991 after 30 years as a cashier at Hook's Drugs. Surviving is her husband, Leonard E. Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial at Glenwood Cemetery, Roanoke. Memorials to American Heart Association.
COTTA ARLENE "COOKIE" COOK,80, died Wednesday at Parkview Hospital. Born in Kendallville, she taught chorus line dancing at the Fort Wayne YWCA and performed with the High- steppers group at area nursing homes. Her husband, Maynard, died in 1993. Surviving are a son, Thomas of Crossville, Tenn.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. An infant son died in 1953 and a daughter, Janice, died in 1997. Services at 2 p.m. Sunday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Burial at Sweet Cemetery, Albion. Memorials to Cancer Services of Allen County, Parkview Home Health Care & Hospice and Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church.
LEO F. NOLAN, 83, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, he retired from International Harvester Corp. in 1974. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; two sons, James D. of Indianapolis and Michael F. of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Mary M. Lotter of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Prayer service at 10:40 a.m. Saturday at Mungovan & Sons Memorial Chapel, 2114 S. Calhoun St., followed at 11 a.m. by Mass of Christian Burial. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, with rosary recital at 8:30 p.m. Burial at Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to Masses.
ROBERT F. PEMBERTON, 74, of Albion, died Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Payne, Ohio, he was a World War II Navy veteran and retired in 1987 after 50 years as a carpenter. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy I.; three daughters, Marsha Kreegar of Hillrose, Colo., Gloria Nixon of Toledo, and Diana Scheele of Columbia City; two brothers, Richard of Fort Wayne and James of New Haven; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Burial at IOOF Cemetery, New Haven. Memorials to Kristopher Shaver Foundation in care of Farmers State Bank, P.O. Box 324, Brush, CO 80723.
PLUMA SHORT, 93, of Archbold, Ohio, died Wednesday at Fairlawn Haven, Archbold. Born near Grabill, she was a homemaker and had lived in the Archbold area since 1929. Her husband, Sylvan, died in 1956. Surviving are two sons, Donald of Fort Wayne and Merle of Archbold; a daughter, Carol King of Archbold; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Two children preceded her in death. Memorial service at 3 p.m. today at Lockport Mennonite Church, rural Stryker, Ohio. Calling from 10 a.m. to noon today at Short Funeral Home, Archbold. Burial at Lockport Cemetery, rural Stryker. Memorials to Fairlawn Haven Chapel Fund.
VELTON "BOTT" THARP, 71, died Tuesday at Life Care Center of Fort Wayne. Born in Chester, Ga., he was a longtime Fort Wayne resident and retired in 1991 from the Wayne Township trustee's office. Survivors include five nieces, Kimberly E. Parker, Crystal Parker, Disiree Hunter, Matusia Hunter and Nicola Georges, all of Fort Wayne; and a nephew, Earl Young of Fort Wayne. Services at noon Saturday at Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St. Calling an hour before services. Burial at Covington Memorial Gardens.
LAURA M. YORK, 55, died Thursday at her home. Born in Auburn, she was a receptionist at Georgetown Place Retirement Apartments for eight years. Surviving are her husband, Thomas G.; two sons, Garold "Gary" of Piedmont, Calif., and Anthony "Tony" of Henderson, Nev.; a sister, Sharon Pauley of Arlington, Texas; and four grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn. Memorials to the church or Make A Wish Foundation of Indiana Inc.
ROBERT C. HOFMANN, 77, died Wednesday at Markle Health Care Center, Markle. Born in Huntington, he retired as assistant chief in 1974 and after 19 years as a firefighter with the Huntington Fire Department. He also had been a custodian for 10 years at Evangelical United Methodist Church in Huntington. Surviving are his wife, Mildred; two sons, Kevin of Huntington and Ronald of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; a brother, Henry of Phoenix; a sister, June Wendt of Holland, Mich.; and three grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Monday at Evangelical United Methodist Church, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Deal-Robbins & Van Gilder Huntington Chapel. Burial at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion. Memorials to Parkinson Foundation.
DR. ALDEN BLAKE THOMPSON, 81, of Kendallville and Naples, Fla., died Feb. 11 in Naples. Born in Hebron, he retired in 1989 after 38 years in dental practice at Thompson Dental. He previously served on the East Noble School Corp. board of education after its consolidation and was a past president of the Kendallville Chamber of Commerce, Junior Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross and American Cancer Society. Surviving are his wife, Doris; a son, Dr. John of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Sally Thompson-Calderon of Carmel; two stepsons, Ryan Replogle and Shane Replogle, both of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren. A son, James A., preceded him in death, and a second son, Dr. William A., died in 1984. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Kendallville. Calling an hour before service. Burial at Lakeview Cemetery, Kendallville. Memorials to American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville.
WILLIAM L. SPENCE, 71, died Feb. 23 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Wilson, Okla., he was a Navy veteran and had lived in New Haven since 1990. He had been product manager for the American Red Cross for 10 years. His wife, Obby Jean, preceded him in death. Surviving are two sons, David of Moscow, Russia, and William of Houston; four daughters, Darlene Reinsch of New Haven, Shannon and Shirley, both at home, and Donna DeRouen of Houston; three sisters, Lois Clements of Knoxville, Tenn., Opal Drake of Edgewood, N.M., and Doris Jean McCurdy of Maryland, Okla.; a brother, Jim of Stratford, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. today at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5401 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne. Calling an hour before services. Entombment at Concordia Cemetery, Fort Wayne, with military rites by American Legion Post 296. Memorials to American Cancer Society. Arrangements by E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 E., New Haven.
BLANCHE L. JONES, 87, died Thursday at Ossian Health Care Center, Ossian. Born in Liberty Center, she was a homemaker and lifelong Wells County resident. Her husband, Von, died in 1999. Surviving are a daughter, Wilma Anna Love of Liberty Center, a sister, Mary Shewalter of Bluffton; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and after 10 a.m. Sunday. Burial at Mossburg Cemetery, Wells County. Memorials to Liberty Center United Methodist Church, Liberty Center.
CLEO D. SOMMERS, 83, died Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Jay County, she had been a farmer with her husband for several years. Her husband, Layton G., died in 1988. Surviving are a son, Thomas K. of Portland; a brother, Bill Floyd Myers of Fort Myers, Fla.; three step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home, Portland Chapel. Calling from 2 to 8:30 p.m. today. Burial at Salamonia Cemetery, Portland. Memorials to Portland Friends Church building improvement fund.
RAYMOND E. "JERRY" RAY, 69, of Syracuse, died Thursday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Arrangements pending at Eastlund Funeral Home, Harris Chapel, Syracuse.
CHARLES MILBURN CROSS, 85, died Wednesday at Community Care Center, Wabash. Born in Huntington County, he was a National Guard member and had been a farmer and school bus driver for 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Alice Marie; two sons, Joe of Spartanburg, S.C., and Jack of Delphi; three daughters, Peggy Sue Downey of West Lafayette, Carla Cross of Wabash and Angie Reed of LaFontaine; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Harriet Zachwieja of Arcadia, Fla., Mary Ruth Arnold of Fort Wayne and Louise Warner of Billings, Mont. Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Treaty Church of Christ, Treaty, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home, Eddingfield Chapel, Wabash. Burial at IOOF Cemetery, LaFontaine. Memorials to the church or Wabash County Fire Department paramedic fund.
LAWRENCE "HAP" MISHLER, 88, of Winona Lake, died Wednesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Born in Wabash County, he was a lifelong Kosciusko County resident and retired farmer. He also had been a security guard at R.R. Donnelley's in Warsaw until 1976. His wife, Maude Agnes Mae, died in 1996. Surviving are two daughters, Jan Clingaman of Warsaw and Jane Nierman of Greenwood; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today, with service by Warsaw Masonic Lodge 73 at 7:30 p.m. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
KAREN L. PFLUEGER, 36, died Wednesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Marietta, Ohio, she had lived in Woodburn for 13 years and was a grant writer for Catholic Charities in Fort Wayne. She previously had been administrator of the Drug & Alcohol Abuse Center in Van Wert, Ohio, and had also worked at Indiana Wesleyan University. Surviving are her mother, Ruth E. Stephens of Ogden, Utah; her father, Raymond Pickrell of Vincent, Ohio; two brothers, Raymond E. Pickrell and John A. Pickrell, both of LaGrange; a sister, Heather Stephens of Fort Wayne; grandmother and step-grandfather, Margene and Rex Martin of Clearfield, Utah; four stepbrothers, Bob Stephens of Orlando, Fla., Doug Stephens of Fort Wayne, Richard Miller of Phoenix, and Kenneth Miller of Parkersburg, W. Va.; and three stepsisters, Terry Lynn Stephens of Denver, Colo., Pamela Browning of Hamsted, N.C., and Stacy Stephens of Fort Wayne. Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Edgerton Wesleyan Church, 26026 Dawkins Road, Woodburn, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 E., New Haven. Burial at Lehman Cemetery, Payne, Ohio. Memorials to Turnstone Center for Disabled Children & Adults in Fort Wayne or to spinal cord research.
CHESTER S. HEPPEARD, 85, of Celina, died Thursday at Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima. Born in Mendon, he retired after 48 years as owner and operator of the former Celina Radio Hospital. His first wife, Lillian Jane, died in 1993. Surviving are his second wife, Genevieve "Peg;" two daughters, Susan Carroll of Wilberforce and Marjorie Papp of Van Wert; a brother, Richard of North Carolina; two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; a stepson, Fred Thees Jr. of Coldwater, Ohio; and two stepdaughters, Karen Andrews of Celina and Kathy Hymer of Coldwater, Ohio. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial at Mendon Cemetery, Mendon. Memorials to Mercer County unit of American Cancer Society.
JACK E. WRIGHT, 70, died Tuesday at his home. Born in Kenton, he was a Korean War Navy veteran and retired as a loan officer at Citizen's Bank. Surviving are his wife, Patricia; two sons, Steven of Portsmouth, Va., and Warren of Dayville, Conn.; a daughter, Roberta Zizelman of Celina; and five grandchildren. Memorial service at a later date. No calling. Arrangements by Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
VANCE O. SINN, 81, of Hicksville, died Tuesday at Leisure Oaks Convalescent Center, Defiance. Born in Defiance County, he had been a lifelong farmer. His wife, Helen, died in 1959. Surviving is a daughter, Barbara Sinn of Chicago. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Calling an hour before service. Memorials to American Diabetes Association for research.