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OBITUARIES - TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2000 

Fort Wayne

KENNETH A. HUTCHINS, 76, died Monday at his home. Born in Detroit, he retired in 1986 as a mechanical engineer at Peter Eckrich & Sons after 27 years. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy J.; a son, John K. of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Jeanne A. Hershberger of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Russell and Howard, both of Punta Gorda, Fla.; a sister, Eleanor Beiswenger of St. Louis; and three grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Thursday at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road. Calling from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to American Heart Association.

ALICE MAE SIMMONS, 76, died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital. Born in Parsons, Tenn., she retired in 1991 as a technician in central services at Parkview Hospital. Her husband, James E., died in 1999. Surviving are five daughters, Donna Taylor, Janeen Simmons and Marcia Simmons, all of Fort Wayne, Sherri Simmons of Atlanta and Denise Simmons of Indianapolis; three sons, Larry and Brian, both of Fort Wayne, and James O. of Racine, Wis.; a brother, James Robert Mays of Columbus, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two daughters, Marla and Vivian Simmons. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kingdom Door Christian Worship Center, 1004 E. Pontiac St. Calling from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

EDWIN L. TREON, 78, died Sunday at Life Care Center of Fort Wayne. Born in Miamisburg, Ohio, he retired in 1984 as city editor of Miamisburg News. He also had been a journalist with Fort Wayne Newspapers for 20 years and a columnist for several newspapers in eastern Ohio. Surviving is his wife, Eleanor. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Memorials to the family.

LYDIA C. WERLING, 91, died Saturday at Lutheran Home. Born in rural Allen County and formerly of Lake James, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Walter, died in 1999. Surviving are two sons, Victor and Jerry, both of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lutheran Home Chapel, 6701 S. Anthony Blvd., with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 E., New Haven. Entombment in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials to Lutheran Home, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Gethsemane Lutheran Church or Epiphany Lutheran Church.

FRANK L. YOUMANS JR., 53, died Monday at Parkview Hospital. Born in Blue Island, Ill., he was a firefighter with the New Haven Adams Township Fire Department. He was a Vietnam War Marines veteran. Surviving are his wife, Brenda S.; a daughter, Brittany R. Youmans of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Janet Gustin of Woodburn and Avon Youmans of Florida; four brothers, Dennis of Ellenton, Fla., Darrell of Kendallville, Stuart of California and Richard of Hawaii; his stepfather, Neal Wolfe of Albion; and five stepsisters, Delores Coleman of Woodburn, Pamela Prounty of Twisp, Wash., Mona Witham of LaGrange, Vicky Baxter of White Pigeon, Mich., and Sharon Woody of Wawaka. Services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur. Calling from 6 to 9 p.m today and 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Willshire Cemetery, Willshire, Ohio, with military rites. Memorials to Fort Wayne Christian School Playground Fun or Brittany Youmans Education Fund.

INDIANA

Angola

MURL BENJAMIN GERMAN, 90, died Monday at home. Born in Steuben County, he was a farmer. Surviving are his wife, Ina; five daughters, Mary Ann Morgan of Webster, N.Y., Julia Jean Stauffer of Elkhart, Carole Sue Shank of Angola, Betty Jo Rodgers of Auburn and Deborah Murphy of Shipshewana; a brother, LeRoy of Angola; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Merrill Roy and Milo Kent. Services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Flint United Methodist Church, Flint. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola. Burial in Flint Cemetery. Memorials to the church or Cameron Hospice.

DONALD A. READE, 52, died Sunday at Cameron Memorial Hospital, Angola. Born in Kendallville, he was a custodian at Angola High School. He was an Army veteran. Surviving are his mother, Nina Reade of LaGrange; his wife, Rosalee; two daughters, Angela Diehl and Carrie Reade, both of Angola; a brother, David of Osseo, Mich.; a sister, Janet Mosher of Hillsdale, Mich.; and four grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Lakeside Cemetery, Fremont, with military rites by Angola American Legion Post 31. Memorials to American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or donor's choice.

Berne

A. MAE CLAUSSEN, 73, died Sunday at Woodcrest Retirement Home, Decatur. Born in Francesville and formerly of Cape Coral, Fla., she was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Frank of Berne; a son, Jack of Berne; two sisters, Jane Westphal of Cape Coral and Doris Swartz of Lafayette; a brother, George Boehning of Francesville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Querry-Ulbricht Funeral Home, Francesville. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Roseland Cemetery, Francesville. Memorials to Hospice of Northeast Indiana.

Bluffton

JAY V. HAIFLICH, 90, died Sunday at Caylor-Nickel Medical Center, Bluffton. Born in Wells County and formerly of Uniondale, he was a retired farmer. He was also a salesman at Mutual Insurance Co., retiring after 27 years. Surviving are his wife, Gladys M.; and a sister, Leota M. Kline of Uniondale. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Myers Funeral Home, Markle Chapel. Calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Horeb Cemetery, Markle. Memorials to St. Mark's Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home, 415 N. Lee St., Markle, IN 46770.

Geneva

ANGELIA KAY WILSON, 34, died Monday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born in Jay County. Surviving are her parents, Robert M. and Vickie L. Landers of Geneva; three sons, Andrew Patch of Geneva, Drayton Wilson of Minnesota and Tyler Wilson-Calhoun of Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers, Jeff and Greg Landers, both of Geneva; two sisters, Debi Roderick of Geneva and Jami Arnold of Vincennes; and her grandmothers, Lena Landers of Geneva and Pauline Clevenger of Bryant. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Downing Funeral Home, Geneva. Calling two hours before services. Calling also from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Bryant. Memorials to family.

Huntington

WILLIAM PERRY WIMMER, 73, died Monday at his home. Born in Huntington County, he was a farmer. He was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Lee; two sons, Leroy of North Manchester and William of Columbia City; a daughter, Helen Elizabeth Acosta of Higgins, Ark.; a sister, Geneva Taylor of Marion; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Mount Etna Cemetery. No calling. Memorials in lieu of flowers to Mount Etna United Methodist Church Building Fund. Arrangements by McDonald Funeral Home, LaFontaine.

Montpelier

PHYLLIS E. DEARDUFF, 70, died Sunday at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. Born in Jay County, she retired in 1991 from the cafeteria at Montpelier Middle School. Her husband, Raymond D., died in 1992. Surviving are a son, Kris of Cincinnati; a daughter, Lou Ann Dale of Indianapolis; three sisters, Helen Case of Albany, Merlyn Dubach of Portland and Ruth Whiteman of Dunkirk; two brothers, Don Garrett of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Ernie Garrett of Fort Wayne; and five grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel, Montpelier. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Pennville I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Memorials to Montpelier Harrison Township Cancer Society in care of Madonna McHenry, 420 W. Plate Glass, Montpelier, IN 47359.

Monroeville

PAULINE F. CONLEY, 84, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died Saturday at home. She was born in Monroeville. Surviving are a sister, Helen Weigel of Leesburg, Fla.; three daughters, Pam Farrar of Indianapolis, Louise Conley Jones of Fort Wayne and Karen Conley of Stuart, Va.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial service Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, Stuart, Fla. Arrangements by Wallace & White Funeral Home, Stuart, Fla.

Portland

RICHARD EUGENE "ABNER" McEWEN, 61, died Sunday at Jay County Hospital, Portland. Born in Jay County, he had been a forklift operator at Ball Foster Glass, Dunkirk, for more than 40 years. He was an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Pamela; two sons, Richard S. of rural Dunkirk and Brad D. of Dunkirk; a daughter, Heather D. McEwen at home; a brother, Carey Lum of rural Dunkirk; a sister, June Seavers of Dunkirk; and a half-sister, Virginia Compton of Muncie. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Pennville Chapel of the Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home. Calling from 3 to 5 p.m. today. Burial in I.O.O.F. Twin Hills Cemetery, Pennville.

ROSEMARY PETRO, 75, of Lake Wiley, S.C., died Friday in Gastonia, N.C. Born in Portland, she had worked at Dana Corp., Fort Wayne, for nine years. Her husband, Robert, died in 1990. Surviving are a son, Steve of Gastonia; a brother, Fred Minch of Portland; and two grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Portland Chapel of the Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home. Calling two hours before services. Burial in Green Park Cemetery, Portland.

Syracuse

CATHERINE ELIZABETH SIMS, 88, died Monday at Goshen General Hospital. Born in Sheldon, Ill., she had worked at Thornburg Drug Store in Syracuse. Her husband, Joy, died in 1980. Surviving are two sons, John Connolly of Syracuse and Jim Connolly of Indianapolis; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Eastlund Funeral Home, Harris Chapel, Syracuse. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Syracuse Cemetery. Memorials to Riley Hospital for Children.

OHIO

Bryan

ROBERT "BOB" GREELEY SNYDER, 77, died Monday at Community Hospitals of Williams County, Bryan. Born in Bryan, he was an Army administrator for 30 years and a Korean War veteran. He also was vice president of operations and the commercial loan division at Pioneer Bank and Trust Co. in St. Louis for eight years. His first wife, Mary, died in 1968. Surviving are his wife, Helen Margaret; a daughter, Majorie Sykes of Bryan; a brother, Charles of St. Louis; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. Graveside services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Thursday in Brown Cemetery, Bryan, with military rites by the Bryan American Legion. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan. Memorials in lieu of flowers to Hillside Nursing Home.

Ohio City

BARRY M. PATE, 52, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Van Wert, he was a truck driver for the RUAN Co., Decatur, Ind., for 13 years. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran. Surviving are his mother, Bette Wood of Kokomo, Ind.; his wife, Ruth; two stepchildren, Jim Imler of Payne and Charlene Nunez of Cloverdale; a half-brother, Donald Reichert of Van Wert; a half-sister, Vicki Hartman of Indianapolis; and three grandchildren. Services at 10:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Thursday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City, with military rites by the Van Wert American Legion and VFW Posts. Memorials to the family.


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