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OBITUARIES - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2000
RICHARD ERWIN "DICK" BIENZ, 62, of Orland, formerly of Fort Wayne, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, he retired in 1995 as a powerhouse operator at General Electric Co. after 30 years. He also worked part-time at the fish hatchery in Orland. He was a Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Judith Ann; a daughter, Renee Lynn Kohne of Sunrise, Fla.; four sons, Richard Erwin, Ronald Lee and Scott Robert, all of Fort Wayne, and Floyd Lester of Ashley; a brother, Garl Herbert Bienz of Phoenix; and 11 grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery.
EARLDEAN BUDD, 66, died Monday in Fort Wayne. Born in Liberal, Kan., he was the owner and operator of Volume Auto Sales. Surviving are a son, Dana A. of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Kimberly K. Richardson of Ossian; his mother, Leota L. Budd of Fort Wayne; a brother, Max L. of Fort Wayne; and a grandchild. Private family services. No calling. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
MILDRED A. LINN CRICKMORE, 92, died Tuesday at University Park Nursing Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Willshire, Ohio, she had worked at General Electric Co. and Walgreens Pharmacy. Surviving are two granddaughters, Kathleen Effinger of Bridgeton, Mo., and Darleen Nelson of North Carolina; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earnest Linn, second husband, Fred Crickmore, and son, Richard Linn. Services at 10 a.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. Calling from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association of Northeast Indiana Chapter, 919 E. Jefferson Blvd., No. 01, South Bend, 46617-3119.
INEZ MYATT GREEN, 67, of Birmingham, Ala., died Thursday at home. Born in Marion, Ala., she was a homemaker. Surviving are a brother, the Rev. Earvin Myatt of Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Pearlene Billingsley and Louella Bellamy, both of Fort Wayne. Services at noon Friday at First Birmingham Church of God in Christ, Birmingham, Ala. Calling from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Wren Funeral Home, Birmingham. Burial in Birmingham. Local arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St.
SUSANN STEELE HEATON, 60, died Monday at home. Born in Indianapolis, she was a registered nurse in the Fort Wayne area for 30 years. Surviving are her mother, Genevieve Steele Kleiman of Greenfield; her husband, Jeffrey L.; three sons, Kyle C. Heaton, Joseph L. Heaton and Daniel R. Heaton, all of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Laurissa L. Heaton of West Bend, Wis., and Janene E. Heaton of Muncie; a brother, John M. Steele of West Lafayette; six grandchildren; and her stepfather, Herman Kleiman. Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Erlewein Mortuary, Greenfield. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial in Park Cemetery, Greenfield.
RICHARD J. HIRE, 76, died Tuesday at home. Born in Fort Wayne, he retired in 1999 as the owner and president of Hires Auto Parts. He was also a race car driver and private pilot. He was a World War II Coast Guard veteran. Surviving are four sons, Richard of New Haven, James E. of Hereford, Ariz., and Thomas and Charles A., both of Fort Wayne; three daughters, Pamela M. Sandels of Fort Wayne, Mary Lou Reifman of Evergreen, Colo., and Cheryl Putnam of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Doris Kissinger of Fort Wayne; and 13 grandchildren. His wife, June E., died in 1999. Prayers at 11:30 a.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., with a Mass of Christian Burial following at noon at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 S. Fairfield Ave. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., with vigil service at 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Bishop Luers High School Scholarship Fund.
MAURICE "JERRY" HOWETH, 80, died Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. Born in Fort Wayne, he retired from E Systems/Memcor in Huntington. His wife, Ann, died in 1991. Surviving are a son, Michael of Tucson; two daughters, Marilyn Burg of Georgetown, Texas, and Westley Falcaro of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services at 3 p.m. Thursday at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road. Calling two hours before services. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to American Lung Association.
BARBARA L. JOHNSON, 64, died Monday at home. Born in Angola, she retired in 1981 as a service representative from Indiana Bell after 20 years. Surviving are her husband, William E.; two daughters, Vicki Lomont and Julie Lothamer, both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Julia Gouveia of Muncie; and six grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 7211 Stellhorn Road, with calling one 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 in Bowers Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorials to the church sanctuary choir or Arkansas Cancer Research Center.
ROBERT E. WEBER, 71, died Monday at Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minn. Born in Benton Harbor, Mich., he retired in 1984 as a salesman and manager from Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. after 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Margaret "Meg;" a son, Robert C. of Benton Harbor, Mich.; four daughters, Sandy Burke of Lafayette, Peggy Suedhoff of Gaylord, Mich., Cherri Rotruck of Fort Wayne and Linda Stelle of Lapel; a brother, Leonard Buss of Los Angeles; a sister, Adeline Ringer of Bryant, Ala.; and 13 grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road. Calling from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial in Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph, Mich. Memorials to Mayo Clinic-Cancer Research.
GLENN A. WILCOXON, 53, died Monday in Louisville, Ky. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a journeyman tool and dye maker at Tokheim Corp. He was also chairman of the skilled trades at Tokheim. He was a Vietnam Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Cathy; a daughter, Jenevra Conrad of Garrett; and two brothers, Dean R. of New Haven and Carl N. of Bluffton. Memorial services at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Calling three hours before services. Memorials to American Diabetes Association or Indiana Wildlife Fund.
DeLOSS C. PARSELL, 75, of Goshen, formerly of Angola, died Monday at Carriage Manor, Goshen. Born in Steuben County, he was a self-employed mechanic. He was a World War II Army veteran. His wife, Glendora, died in 1992. Surviving are two sons, Rick of Aurora, Colo., and Kenneth of Lino Lakes, Minn.; a daughter, Cheri Bontrager of Middlebury; a stepson, Edward Smith of Battle Creek, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Bonnye Stayner of Angola; two sisters, Dorothea Fisher and Lois Maugherman, both of Angola; and nine grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. Thursday at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Flint Cemetery, Jackson Township, Steuben County, with military graveside services by the Orland American Legion.
VILAS F. STARKEY, 75, died Sunday at Caylor-Nickel Medical Center, Bluffton. Born in Richland County, Wis., he was a truck driver at Cassens Transport in Belvidere, Ill., for 35 years. Surviving are his wife, Avis J.; three sons, Rick Groom of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Philip Starkey of Bluffton and Paul Starkey of Ossian; three daughters, Debra Keller of Mercer, Wis., and Donna Steinke and Edna Dodge, both of Janesville, Wis.; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Garland and Carl, both of Wisconsin. Services at 8:30 p.m. today at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton. Calling two and a half hours before services.
ANNA BOJEAN BRADLEY, 66, of Claypool, formerly of Pierceton, died Monday at home. Born in Risner, Ky., she was a former employee of Whitley Products and M&K Laundry. Her husband, James Adam, died in 1978. Surviving are a daughter, Sally Kessie of Pierceton; three sons, Adrian Bradley of Silver Lake, James A. Bradley of Claypool and Ronald Bradley of Warsaw; three sisters, Betty Litsey of Pierceton and Betty Jo Ayers and Cliftina Yates, both of Lexington, Ky.; two brothers, Willis Dean Ousley of Arkansas, Ky., and Gordon Ousley of Pierceton; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a son. Services at 11 a.m. Friday at Free United Baptist Church, Packerton. Calling beginning at 2 p.m. today until the time of service Friday at the church. Burial in Graceland Cemetery, Claypool. Arrangements by McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
WILMA M. CLOUSE, 86, died Tuesday at Woodcrest Nursing Center. Born in Adams County, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Darrell D., died in 1989. Surviving are a son, Gary D. Clouse of rural Decatur; a stepson, Donald E. Clouse of Fremont; a sister, Myrtle Putman of Rockford, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a son, Wayne E. Clouse, and a stepson, Darrell D. Clouse Jr. Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur. Calling from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Burial in Willshire Cemetery, Willshire, Ohio. Memorials to Pleasant Mills United Methodist Church.
OMA LEE STARR, 76, died Tuesday at Goshen General Hospital. Born in Belo, W.Va., she was a homemaker. Surviving are two sisters, Irene Brewster and Mary Marcum, both of Ligonier; and five brothers, Clifford Starr of Fairmont, W.Va., Wesley Starr of Sellersburg, Nath Starr of Columbus, Ohio, Oakey Ray Starr of Lake Placid, Fla., and Linden Starr of Ligonier. Services at 1 p.m. Friday at Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial in Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier.
VIRGINIA J. SELBY, 87, of Sturgis Mich., formerly of Mongo, died Monday. Born in Allen County, she had worked at Freeman Manufacturing for 12 years, Harvey Paper Co., Fan Coach of LaGrange and as a sales clerk for the J.C. Penney Co. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Surviving are four daughters, Delores Fenner of Allegan, Mich., Ramona Wheeler of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jeannine Willyard of Zeeland, Mich., and Tamara Littman of Sturgis; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Harris of LaGrange and Mary Bowser of Burr Oak, Mich. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Friday at Sturgis Missionary Church. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Thursday at Rosenberg-Schipper Funeral Home, Sturgis. Burial in Burr Oak Cemetery. Memorials to MAF Missions or the Mission of donor's choice.
MELVILLE C. BLUMENHORST, 84, died Monday at Meadowvale Health & Rehabilitation, Bluffton. Born in Lima, Ohio, he retired in 1984 from Indiana Glass Co. in Dunkirk after 49 years. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was preceded in death by a son, Duane. Surviving are his wife, Geraldine; two sons, James A. of Roll and Gary D. of Montpelier; a sister, Dorothea Clapper of Dunkirk; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Glancy Funeral Homes-Walker Chapel, Montpelier. Calling from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Burial in Hill Side Cemetery, Pennville.
MARGARET J. VOLLICK, 93, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., formerly of Orland, died Monday at St. John Macomb Hospital, Warren, Mich. Born in Orland, she was an elementary school teacher in Orland, St. Clair, Mich., and Detroit. She taught a total of 43 years. Her husband, F. Roy, died in 1972. Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Gates of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Orland Congregational Church. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Orland. Memorials to the church.
PHILLIP WESLEY HOWARD, 43, died Monday at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash. Born in Peru, he worked at the ARC of Wabash County for 17 years. He also worked at AL-FE and the Wabash Inn. Surviving are his mother, Joan Howard of Wabash; his father, Lawrence D. Howard of Peru; two sisters, Penny Simpson and Laurna Howard, both of Wabash; two half sisters, Haley Howard and Mindy Howard, both of Peru; and his stepmother, Sandy Howard of Peru. Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Memorials to the family.
CLARENCE L. "BUTCH" SIMPSON, 61, died Friday at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash. Born in Wabash, he worked for the City of Wabash Street Department for 25 years and then at Casco Rock Wool in Wabash. Surviving are a son, John Watson of Wabash; his companion, Mary Morris of Wabash; two brothers, Richard Jr. of Roann and James of Wabash; and two sisters, Freda Simpson and Peggy Fraley, both of Wabash. Services at 2 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home Inc., Eddingfield Chapel, Wabash. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.