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Gerald L. "Jerry" Stier
New Haven - 1932-2002
Gerald L. "Jerry" Stier, 70, of New Haven, an electrician, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
The Fort Wayne native was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Navy Reserves. He retired in 1997. Surviving are his wife, Donna L.; daughters Denice Bender and Jacquelyn Knapp, both of Fort Wayne, and Cynthia Cook of New Haven; sons Russell of Kokomo, Ronald of Harlan, Brian of Columbus, Ohio, and Mark of New Haven; his mother, Edan DeWitt of Fort Wayne; sisters Lois Freiburger of Albany, Susan Brockman, Linda Wilson, Theresa Collins and Alica Ann Barva, all of Fort Wayne, Shirley McCoy of Detroit, Twyla Whitesel of Union City and Coleen Barva of Columbia City; brothers David and Eugene, both of Fort Wayne, Jack of Eatonville, Wash., and Mike of Bradenton, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond, a sister and two brothers. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven, with calling one hour before services. Calling will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today and rosary service is at 7:30 tonight at Hockemeyer& Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Memorials are to the family. 

Betty Irene Edwards-Potts
Fort Wayne 
Betty Irene Edwards-Potts, 74, of Fort Wayne, who enjoyed playing cards, bingo and building puzzles, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at Saint Anne Home.
The Fort Wayne native retired in 1989 from Lincoln National Bank as a proof operator after 13 years of service. Surviving are her daughters, Elaine Mowan of New Haven, Joan Potts of Fort Wayne and Susan K. Bedra of Roseville, Mich.; sons Donald Edwards of Fort Wayne and Albert Potts of Elwood City, Pa.; a brother, Donald Greve of Churubusco; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Edwards; her second husband, Wilbert E. Potts; a daughter, Tammy Edwards; two brothers; and a sister. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb& Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials are to Cancer Services of Allen County or Saint Anne Home. 

Ada A. Heller
Fort Wayne - 1912-2002 
Ada A. Heller, 90, of Fort Wayne, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at Heritage Park Nursing Home.
The Petersburg native was a homemaker. Surviving are her daughter, Loretta Foy of Fort Wayne; sons Lawrence of Fort Wayne and Stephen of Indianapolis; sisters Rose Grime of Sarasota, Fla., Mary Swartzendurber and Betty Lambright, both of Goshen, Dorothy Ankiem of Saginaw, Mich, Annabelle Emmertt of New Paris and Carolyn Stephens of McKinney, Texas; brothers Walter Aschliman and John Aschliman both of Goshen, Dale Aschliman of Sarasota, Fla., and Ervin Aschliman of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert, and a son. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Putnam St., with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 West Wayne St. Burial will be at Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials are to the church. 

Dorothy R. Close
Fort Wayne - 1926-2002 
Dorothy R. Close, 76, of Fort Wayne, who enjoyed traveling, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at home.
The Lowell native was a homemaker and had been treasurer of Waynedale Neighborhood Association. Surviving are brothers Dean Osburn of Hebron, Duane Osburn of Anderson and Dale Osburn of Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Fort Wayne time, 1 p.m. Hebron time, Tuesday at Hebron Cemetery, Hebron. There is no calling. Memorials are to Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice. 
Information provided by Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home,6810 Old Trail Road, 747-3186. 

Stevan R. Mowery
New Haven 
Stevan R. Mowery, 51, of New Haven, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at home.
The Fort Wayne native worked at Dana Corp. in Fort Wayne for 30 years before retiring this year. Surviving are his wife, Pam; a daughter, Jody Sexton of Fort Wayne; sons Ronnie and Justin, both of New Haven; his father, Donal of Fort Wayne; sisters Elaine Stellhorn, Linda Bledsoe and Judi Ramon, all of New Haven, Vicky Cole of Texas, and Debbie Spieth of Fort Wayne; brothers Kenneth of Fort Wayne and Danny of Florida; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elmarie, a sister and a brother. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at E. Harper& Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 E., New Haven, with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery. Memorials are to the family. 
Information provided by E. Harper& Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 E. New Haven, 493-4433. 

Larry R. West
Fort Wayne - 1942-2002 
Larry R. West, 60, of Fort Wayne, a member of New Haven Eagles Lodge 3164, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at home.
The Antwerp, Ohio, native worked for 32 years at Zollner's in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Sharon; daughters Tami Slattery of Hicksville, Ohio, and Lori Smith of Defiance, Ohio; stepsons Robert Woods, Danny Woods Jr. and Michael Woods, all of Fort Wayne, and Martin Thomas of Kendallville; stepdaughters Sherry Rhinehart and Bonnie Woods, both of New Haven, and Paulette Hair and Lisa Dye, both of Fort Wayne; a brother, Robert of Hicksville, Ohio; sisters Janet Cramer of West Unity, Ohio, and Sandra Lockhart of Antwerp, Ohio; five grandchildren; 15 stepgrandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, Ohio, with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today with an Eagles service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp, Ohio. Memorials are to the family. 
Information provided by Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, Ohio, 1-419-258-5684. 

Vada E. Ebel
Fort Wayne - 1912-2002 
Vada E. Ebel, 90, of Fort Wayne, a member of Zion Lutheran Church, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at Hospice Home.
The Fort Wayne native worked at the Allen County Assessor's Office. Surviving are her daughters, Lorinda Galland and Ruth Brown, both of Fort Wayne; a son, Dr. Theron A. of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Klaehn, Fahl& Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, with calling two hours before services and also from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Memorials are to the church, St. Jude Children's Hospital or Lutheran Hour. 
Information provided by Klaehn, Fahl& Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, 424-1525. 

David A. Norris
Fort Wayne -1938-2002 
David A. Norris, 64, of Fort Wayne, a member of the Eagles Lodge, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at home.
The Fort Wayne native worked for Dana Corp. as an inspector for 39 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 82. Surviving are his wife, Patsy; daughters Cynthia L. Stoll of New Haven, and Denise Lynn Chapman and Jodie R. Paris, both of Fort Wayne; a son, Joe Diedrich-Norris of Fort Wayne; stepsons Gary G. Lahr of Lake Dallas, Texas, Terry L. Lahr of Hamilton, Mich., and Keith W. Lahr of Fort Wayne; sisters Deanna Meditz of Defiance, Ohio, and Carolyn Hobbs of Fort Wayne; brothers Dennis and Michael, both of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel; a stepdaughter, Deborah K. Lahr; and two brothers. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at C.M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home, 1327 Wells St., with calling one hour before services and also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials are to the donor's choice. 
Information provided by C.M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home, 1327 Wells St., 422-4232. 

Patrick E. Byrd, Jr.
Fort Wayne 
Patrick E. Byrd Jr., 27, of Fort Wayne, a graduate of Snider High School, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital.
The Fort Wayne native worked for National Tube Form Co. Surviving are his son, LaVaughn; his parents, Patrick and Tanya; a brother, Tyan; sisters Kiesha and Tosha Byrd; grandmothers Mary Bryant and Luella Williams, both of Fort Wayne; and grandfathers Riley Morgan of St. Louis and Roosevelt Warren of Fort Wayne. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Turner Chapel AME Church, 836 E. Jefferson Blvd. Calling is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Micheaux Funeral Home, 1338 Eliza St. Burial will be at Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials are to the family. 
Information provided by Micheaux Funeral Home, 1338 Eliza St., 426-8813. 

Marie E. Dent
Fort Wayne -1916-2002 
Marie E. Dent, 86, of Fort Wayne, a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Lutheran Home.
The Fort Wayne native retired from Lutheran Hospital. Surviving are her daughters, Jacquelin R. Clark of Gurnee, Ill., and Roberta A. Culp of Fort Wayne; a sister, Ruth Plattner of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Home Chapel, 6701 S. Anthony Blvd., with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hockemeyer& Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens. 
Information provided by Hockemeyer& Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road 485-8500. 

Leland F. Berning
Fort Wayne -1927-2002 
Leland F. Berning, 75, of Fort Wayne, a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at home.
The Fort Wayne native was a World War II Navy veteran and retired in 1989 from American Electric Power after 40 years of service. He had volunteered at several area organizations, including Freimann-Foellinger Botanical Conservatory and Lutheran Home. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn J.; daughters Sharon K. Hudson of Huntertown and Patricia A. Trier of Fort Wayne; sons Daniel E. and James M. , both of Fort Wayne; and sisters Marguerite McDaniel of Crawsfordsville, Althea Koenig of Defiance, Ohio, and Abita Schroer of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by a brother. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr St., with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hockemeyer& Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials are to the church, Parkview Home Health and Hospice, Camp Lutherhaven, Lutheran Home or Trinity Lutheran Church in Ligonier. 

LaVerne M. "Cy" Harader
Fort Wayne 
LaVerne M. "Cy" Harader, 90, of Fort Wayne, an Embassy Theatre volunteer, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Parkview Hospital.
The Jewell, Ohio, native was a teacher and a principal, retiring in 1977. Surviving are his wife, Marjorie; daughters Carol Ewing of New Haven and Dayna Simpson of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, William H., and a brother. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb& Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials are to Simpson United Methodist Church. 

Lawrence E. Schooley
Fort Wayne - 1913-2002 
Lawrence E. Schooley, 89, of Fort Wayne, a member of First Baptist Church, Muncie, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Kingston Care.
"He was an avid gardener and woodworker." The Missaukee County, Mich., native had been superintendent at Central Indiana Gas Co. for 35 years before retiring in 1978. Surviving are his wife, Betty J.; a daughter, Phyllis S. Thompson of Fort Wayne; a sister-in-law, Nina Schooley of Bluffton; and several nieces and nephews. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Elm Ridge Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, Muncie, with calling one hour before services. Memorials are to the church or Northeast Indiana Hospice Home. 

Clarence Horner
Fort Wayne 
Clarence Horner, 77, of Fort Wayne, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at home.
"Beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards and painting." The Elton, Pa., native retired in 2000 from Scott's Foods as a meat cutter. Surviving are his son, Lee G. of Tennessee; daughters Leona D. Brimm and Lelia D. Steup, both of Fort Wayne, and Lynne D. Horner of Decatur; brothers Dean, Richard and Raymond, all of Johnstown, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie E., and a son, Clarence Jr. Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb& Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 296 will be at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Memorials are to the World War II Veterans Memorial. 
Information provided by D.O. McComb& Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140Lake Ave., 426-9494. 

Margaret Louise Griffith
Fort Wayne - 1920-2002 
Margaret Louise Griffith, 82, of Fort Wayne, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital.
The Lafayette native was a homemaker. Surviving are her sons, David of Wabash and Donald of Peru; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul H., four sisters and two brothers. Services are 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash, with calling from 4 p.m. until time of services. Memorials are to Lutheran Hospital Intensive Coronary Care Center. 
Information provided by Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash, 1-260-563-8879 

Robert A. Miller
Fort Wayne - 1922-2002 
Robert A. Miller, 80, of Fort Wayne, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Saint Anne Home.
The Fort Wayne native retired in 1985 after 43 years as a tool-and-die repairman at General Electric. He had been a member of American Legion Post 31. Surviving are his son, Larry E. of Fort Wayne; daughters Roberta A. Anweiler of New Haven and Mary A. Stetler of Fort Wayne; a sister, Virginia Rosenberger of Gainesville, Fla.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes A. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11337 U.S. Highway 27 S., Hessen Cassel, with calling one hour before services. Calling will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at E. Harper& Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 E., New Haven. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery. Memorials are to Masses or Cancer Services of Allen County. 

Esther Joan Daugherty
Fort Wayne - 1926-2003 
Esther Joan Daugherty, 76, of Fort Wayne, a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Lutheran Hospital.
The Bluffton native was a beautician at Century Beauty Salon for 50 years and retired in 2000. Surviving are her husband, Joe Earl; a daughter, Janet Burniston of Garrett; sisters Eva Davis and Lillian Herron, both of Bluffton; a brother, Russell Ripple of Ossian; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, with calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials are to the church or American Lung Association. 

James H. Wurtsmith
Fort Wayne - 1950-2003 
James H. Wurtsmith, 52, of Fort Wayne, who enjoyed golf and playing guitar, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at home.
The Detroit native was vice president of metals trading at Omni Source for 18 years. He also loved music and enjoyed collecting art. Surviving are his former wife, Martha S.; a daughter, Patricia K. Wurtsmith of Fort Wayne; sons Joseph J. and Daniel S., both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Eileen Borg of Canton, Mich.; and brothers Jerry of Detroit and Mike of Alpena, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial will be at Highland Park Cemetery. Memorials are to the American Heart Association. 

Georgia A. Mehlhop
Fort Wayne 
Georgia A. Mehlhop, 81, of Fort Wayne, a telephone operator, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at Heritage Park Health Care Center.
"She enjoyed antiques, gardening and travel." The Chili native worked at General Telephone for 10 years, as well as at Catherine's Dress Shop and General Electric. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Surviving are her husband, Victor A.; daughters Patricia A. Mehlhop of Jacksonville, Vt., and Diana D. Kolakauskas of Fort Wayne; and a grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, William J. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 7710 E. State Blvd., with calling one hour before services. Calling will also be from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Burial will be at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are to the church endowment fund. 
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home,4017 Maplecrest Road, 426-9494. 

Mary Jane Rockhill Garvin
Fort Wayne - 1918-2003 
Mary Jane Rockhill Garvin, 84, of Fort Wayne, a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at Parkview Hospital.
"She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother." The Fort Wayne native had worked at Allen County government offices for 20 years. She enjoyed going to the lake and playing bridge. Surviving are her sons, John H., James K. and David M., all of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles J. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Jude Catholic Church, State Boulevard and Randallia Drive, with calling one hour before services. Calling will also be from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Burial will be at Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are to the church or Cancer Services of Allen County. 

Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home,1140 Lake Ave., 426-9494. 

Victoria Hobson
Fort Wayne - 1929-2003 
Victoria Hobson, 73, of Fort Wayne, a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and its Women's Society, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at home.
The Fort Wayne native was a homemaker. Surviving are her son, David of Fishers; a daughter, Diane Hobson of Midland, Mich.; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and a brother. Services and calling were this morning. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials are to the church. 
Information provided by Covington Memorial Funeral Home,8904 Covington Road, 432-2508. 

Robert Hobson
Fort Wayne - 1930-2003 
Robert Hobson, 72, of Fort Wayne, a Korean War Navy veteran, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Lutheran Hospital.
The Fort Wayne native retired from Slater Steel after 41 years of service. He was a member of American Legion Post 82 and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, and had been a board member of the Veterans Memorial and Shrine. Surviving are his son, David of Fishers; a daughter, Diane Hobson of Midland, Mich.; a sister, Mary Smoak of Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren. His wife, Victoria, died Friday, March 28, 2003. Services and calling were this morning. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials are to Korean War Veterans Association Indiana Chapter 1. 
Information provided by Covington Memorial Funeral Home,8904 Covington Road, 432-2508. 

Evelyn L. Newton
Fort Wayne - 1923-2003 
Evelyn L. Newton, 80, of Fort Wayne, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Roselawn Nursing Home, Spencerville, Ohio.
The Fort Wayne native is survived by her daughter, Carolyn DeWeese of New Haven; sons Thomas P. of Harlan and Larry O. of New Haven; sisters Mildred Howey of Ohio, and Helen Egolf and Erma Aven, both of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas O., and four brothers. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Eel River Cemetery. Memorials are to the donor's choice. 
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home,1140 Lake Ave., 426-9494. 

Evelyn C. Hunter
Fort Wayne 
Evelyn C. Hunter, 79, of Fort Wayne, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Riverbend Health Care Center.
The Fort Wayne native had been a member of St. Henry's Catholic Church. Surviving are her husband, David A.; sons David A. Jr., Michael E., Joseph A. and Timothy P., all of Fort Wayne, Gregory J. of Columbia City and Bradley P. of Angola; daughters Deborah A. Greene, Susan M. Stalter and Beth A. Hunter, all of Fort Wayne, and Sharon K. Westrick of Morocco; sisters Rita Leeuw and Myra Nichter, both of Fort Wayne, and Mary Holthouse and Esther Hinen, both of Huntington; 19 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Henry's Catholic Church, 2929 Paulding Road, with calling one hour before services. Calling will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Tom Mungovan Funeral Home, 2221 S. Calhoun St., where a Rosary service will be at 7:30 p.m. Entombment will be at Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials are to the church. 

Esther Loraine Hendrickson
Fort Wayne - 1916-2003 
Esther Loraine Hendrickson, 86, of Fort Wayne, a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at home.
"She enjoyed her family and especially liked spending time with her grandkids." The Summit, S.D., native enjoyed reading, crocheting and knitting. Surviving are her daughters, Christine Magdich and Mary Anspach, both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Frances N. Jenkins of Crosby, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl W. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 518 E. Dewald St., with calling one half-hour before services. Calling will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Elzey Patterson Rodak Funeral Home, 6810 Old Trail Road. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials are to the League for the Blind. 

Geneva Wire
North Manchester - 1916-2002 
Geneva Wire, 86, of North Manchester, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at Rolling Meadows Health Care Center, LaFountaine.
The Wabash County native worked at Wabash County Hospital as a nurse's aide. Surviving are a son, Willard L. Collins, Jr. of Wabash; a brother Jack L. Miller of Wabash; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Services are 6 p.m. Wednesday at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester Chapel, with calling two hours before services. Burial will be at Mount Etna Cemetery. Memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society. 

Wiley J. Phillips
Auburn - 1916-2002 
Wiley J. Phillips, 86, of Auburn, a member of Cedar Lake Church of Christ, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at home.
Th Billings, Mont., native owned Phillips Buildings since 1970 and had been a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge 614. Surviving are his wife, Lurah J.; daughters Nancy P. Kirchner of Presque Isle, Mich., and Linda P. Colbart of Auburn; stepsons Ronald C. DeVoe of Big Bear City, Calif., and Phillip W. DeVoe of Melbourne, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Kathy D. Crooks of Lansing, Mich.; a brother, Ralph of Waterloo; four grandsons; four stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Dixie Phillips; two sisters; and a brother. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at McComb, Dilgard& Cline Funeral Home, Auburn, with calling from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. A Masonic service will follow calling at the funeral home. Burial will be at Waterloo Cemetery. Memorials are to DeKalb Memorial Home Health and Hospice or to the church. 

Rex E. Keezer
Defiance, Ohio - 1933-2002 
Rex E. Keezer, 69, of Defiance, Ohio, a self-employed handyman, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding, Ohio.
The Paulding County native retired in 1991. Surviving are his wife, Lucille; daughters Nancy Keezer of Antwerp, Ohio, Judy Jones of Cecil, Ohio, and Marie Coressel of Defiance; and sons Jerry of Defiance, Dennis of Mark Center, Ohio, and Paul of Antwerp. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, Ohio, with calling from 8 a.m. until services and also from 2:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials are to the family. 

Walter M. Gallup
Kendallville - 1915-2002 
Walter M. Gallup, 87, of Kendallville, a member of First Baptist Church, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Shepherd of the Hill, Kendallville.
The Wolcottville native was a longtime farmer who taught Sunday school and enjoyed singing. Surviving are his wife, Josephine; daughters Barbara Chandler of Fort Wayne and Deborah Kerr of Indianapolis; sons James of Wolcottville and Phillip of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathryn, and two brothers. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Wolcottville, with calling one hour before services and also from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery. Memorials are to the church or Gideon's International. 

Frank Howard Arven
Marion - 1918-2002 
Frank Howard Arven, 84, of Marion, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at VA Northern Indiana Healthcare, Marion.
"He was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed fishing." The Lafontaine native was a member of American Legion and Moose Lodge. He was a mechanic for 40 years before retiring. Surviving are his sons Jim of Van Buren and Lee of Marion; daughters Janet Marshall and Janice Henchon, both of Marion, Marsha Snell of North Manchester, Cherie May of Akron and Jolene Hewitt of Andrews; sisters Wilma Guenin of Lafontaine and Helen Wycoff of Wabash; his special friend, Tracy Charette of Gas City; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lafontaine IOOF Cemetery. There is no calling. Memorials are to the Grant County Cancer Society. 

James R. Hurst
Kendallville - 1927-2002 
James R. Hurst, 74, of Kendallville, a member of True Church of God in Jesus' Name in Lisbon, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at VA Hospital, Fort Wayne.
"He played the steel guitar at church, was an artist and loved gardening." The Yeager, Ky., native worked at Fort Wayne Foundry before retiring in 1990. Surviving are his wife, Gladys; sons Jim of South Milford and Larry of Kendallville; daughters Linda Taylor, Sherry Paulus and Rhonda Lange, all of Kendallville, Wanda Watts of Avilla and Sandie Benedict of Huntertown; a brother, Chester Hurst of Bartley, W. Va.; 12 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville, with calling from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery. 

Donney E. Rodgers
Rome City - 1949-2002 
Donney E. Rodgers, 53, of Rome City, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
The Mayfield, Ky., native retired from Consolidated Freight Line as a dock worker. Surviving are his wife, Sue; a daughter, Debbie of Angola; sons Danny of Petosky, Mich., and Raymond of Pleasant Lake; his parents Raymond E. and Estella of St. Louis; a brother, Herbert of St. Louis; and a grandchild. There are no services or calling. Memorials are to the family. 

C. Wendell Johnson
Mendon, Ohio -1918-2002 
C. Wendell Johnson, 84, of Mendon, Ohio, a farmer, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, Ohio. 
The Muncie native taught for 34 years before retiring in 1980. He was a member of Mendon First Church of God. Surviving are his wife, Annette; sons Jerry of Lima, Rick of Mendon, and Tom of Celina, Ohio; daughters Diana Griggs of St. Louis and Patricia Shindollar of Troy; brothers Rex of Mendon, Preston of Poneto, Jay and Ross, both of Geneva, and Leon of Bluffton; sisters Lucille Elam of Celina, Ina Mote of Ludlow Falls, Gaye Turner of Huntington Beach, Calif, Jean Oxender of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Patty Adams of Florida; and nine grandchildren. Services and calling were this morning at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, Ohio. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. Memorials are to the church. 

Georgia M. "Jo" Price
Auburn - 1920-2002 
Georgia M. "Jo" Price, 72, of Auburn, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, at home.
The Overton County, Tenn., native was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Robert T.; sons Robert T. Jr. of Auburn, Donald of Waterloo, and Philip of Garrett; a daughter, Julia Rice of Garrett; a sister, Geri Pro of Florida; half sisters Nora Tharp of Union City and Mary Alice Layman of Florida; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters. Services were held Friday. Burial is at Christian Union Cemetery, Garrett. Memorials are to the American Cancer Society or a church of the donor's choice. 

Tawana R. Knox-Goings
Kendallville - 1963-2002 
Tawana R. Knox-Goings, 39, of Kendallville, a Parkview-Noble Hospital Auxiliary volunteer, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
The Kendallville native also volunteered at South Side Elementary School. Surviving are her husband, Robert D.; her parents, Arnold and Mary Knox of Kendallville; a son, Nathan Terry of Kendallville; a daughter, Taylar Knox of Kendallville; a brother, Tim of Wawaka; her twin sister, Tawnya Strouse of Kendallville; her former husband, Rick Terry of Kendallville; and a niece. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville, with calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Sweet Cemetery near Albion. Memorials are to the family. 

Katherine M. "Marilyn" Whitacre
Decatur - 1931-2002 
Katherine M. "Marilyn" Whitacre, 71, of Decatur, a homemaker, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at home.
The St. Louis native was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen. Surviving are her husband, Ollis; sons Edward of Albion and Clayton D. of Decatur; a daughter, Cynthia K. Whitacre of Columbia City; a sister, Carolyn Menze of St. Anne, Mo.; a brother, Willard Glen Farmer Jr. of Arizona; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen, with calling one hour before services. Calling will also be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Zwick& Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are to the family. 

David L. Weaver
Angola -1937-2002 
David L. Weaver, 64, of Angola, a member of the Fremont Moose Lodge, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at Cameron Memorial Hospital, Angola. 
The Mishawaka native worked for Consolidated Freight Way as a truck driver. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of Orland American Legion. Surviving are his wife, Julie; sons Marc of Salt Lake City, Brian of Fremont and Eric of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a daughter, Monica Ladig of Fort Wayne; a brother, Donald of Syracuse; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Services are 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, with calling one hour before services. Military graveside services by Orland American Legion will be at Jamestown Cemetery. Memorials are to the American Heart Association. 

Leland D. Speer
Garrett - 1928-2002 
Leland D. Speer, 74, of Garrett, a Korean War Navy veteran, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
The DeKalb County native retired in 1974 from Garrett Foundry after 25 years of service. He was a member of Garrett American Legion Post 178 and VFW. Surviving are his wife, Elnora; sons Dewayne and Tim, both of Garrett, and Gary of Florida; daughters Sandra Terry of Florida, Kathy Kraft of Utah, and Lisa Hatzell and Mary Jenkins, both of Garrett; a brother, Dorsey of Auburn; sisters Norma Larue of Garrett and Dolene of Angola; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett, with calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Military graveside services by Post 178 will be at Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials are to the family. 

Cleatus J. "Jerry" Moffett
Diamond Lake 
Cleatus J. "Jerry" Moffett, 68, of Diamond Lake, a former Fort Wayne resident, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
‘‘He hath said I will never leave thee or forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5 The Morris Chapel, Tenn., native had been one of the longest living recipients (16 years) of a heart transplant. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Wilson Freight in 1980. Surviving are his wife, Carol; daughters Elizabeth, Carol Ann, Tina, Normie and Kathy; sons John Keith, Tim, Jim and Don; a brother, Sam; a sister, Joyce Blankenship; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb& Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, with calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials are to Independent Full Gospel Church of Ashley building fund. 

Mary Katherine Stump
Wolf Lake - 1916-2002 
Mary Katherine Stump, 86, of Wolf Lake, a member of Wolf Lake Baptist Church, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Goshen General Hospital.
The Noble County native had been a nursing assistant for many years. Surviving are her husband, Raymond; sons Kenneth of Ligonier, Ned of LaGrange, Thomas of Avilla, and Daniel and Kevin, both of Wolf Lake; a daughter, Sue Ann Emerson of Rome City; brothers Lee Mahnensmith of Terre Haute and Carmen Mahnensmith of South Bend; sisters Sarajane Conrad of Columbia City and Betty Saggars of Ligonier; 22 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother. Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Wolf Lake Baptist Church, Wolf Lake, with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Smith& Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial will be at Thorn Cemetery in Ormas. Memorials are to the church or Gideons Society. 

Richard D. Roberts
Angola -1933-2002 
Richard D. Roberts, 69, of Angola, a former Michigan resident, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at VA Northern Indiana Health Care, Fort Wayne.
The Rockford, Ohio, native was a Korean War Air Force veteran and owned Round-Up Truck Stop and R&R Welding& Repair. He was a former member and captain of Metz Volunteer Fire Department and had been affiliated with Angola Motor Speedway for 27 years. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn; sons Michael of Hamilton, Jeffery of Angola and Joseph of Luck, Wis.; a stepson, Dennis Beattie of Albuquerque, N.M.; stepdaugters Linda Beattie of Hamilton and Robin Taylor of Kalamazoo, Mich.; two sisters; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, with calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Memorials are to the family. 

Vernell V. "Hobby" Habegger
Convoy, Ohio - 1924-2002 
Vernell V. "Hobby" Habegger, 78, of Convoy, Ohio, a member of Wren United Methodist Church, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert, Ohio.
The Adams County native retired in 1980 from International Harvester after 36 years. Surviving are his wife, Connie; a daughter, Charlene Price of Decatur; sons Randy J. of Willshire, Ohio, and Gale V. of Convoy; a sister, Deloris McCagg of New Haven; a brother, Waynard of Decatur; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Zwick& Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, with calling from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Decatur Cemetery. Memorials are to the church, Wren EMS or Wren Historical Society. 

Mary B. Arnold
Bluffton - 1906-2002 
Mary B. Arnold, 96, of Bluffton, a member of First United Methodist Church, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
The Wells County native taught for seven years at Chester Center School and had been a bookkeeper at Miller Roofing Co., where she retired in 1975 after 17 years. Surviving are her sons, Dean K. of New Albany and Richard A. of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt& Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton, with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Memorials are to the church.


 
 

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