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Inez L. Mangus
Bluffton - 1918-2003
Inez L. Mangus, 84, of Bluffton, who worked in physical therapy for Caylor-Nickel Clinic for 30 years, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. The Grand Forks, N.D., native was an associate member of Elks Lodge, and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving are a son, Jerry Christianson of Bluffton; daughters Janice Scheiferstine of Travis, Fla., and Joan Jackson of Richmond; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C., a son, Larry Christianson, and three sisters. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton, with calling one hour before services and also from 2 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Elm Grove Cemetery. Memorials are to American Heart Association.
Information provided by Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton, 1-260-824-3850.

James Edward Priest
Columbia City - 1934-2003
James Edward Priest, 68, of Columbia City, a member of Dunfee Missionary Church, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
The Allen County native had worked for Wabash Magnetics in Huntington for three years and also on the family farm. Surviving are brothers Ray L. of Fort Wayne and Maurice of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lois L. Rittenhouse, and a brother, Kenneth. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City, with calling one hour before services. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Fort Wayne. Memorials are to the donor's choice.
Information provided by DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City, 1-260-244-5122.

Nicholas Klutka
Van Wert, Ohio - 1921-2003
Nicholas Klutka, 82, of Van Wert, Ohio, a retired teacher, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Van Wert County Hospital.
The New Brighton, Pa., native retired in 1998, and had taught at Van Wert High School and Thomas Edison School. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, American Legion and Elks Lodge, and a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He also played football for East Florida State College and the Buffalo Bisons of the Professional Football League. Surviving are his wife, Hannah; sons Max of Ontario and Mike of Van Wert; a daughter, Kerry Klutka of Santa Fe, N.M.; a brother, Frank of New Brighton, Pa.; a sister, Millie Chieco of Florida and Helen Capo of Los Angeles; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, Van Wert. Calling is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial will be at Bunners Ridge Cemetery, Fairmont, W.Va. Memorials are to the church.
Information provided by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, Ohio, 1-419-238-1112.

Dennis L. Stephan
Andrews - 1948-2003
Dennis L. Stephan, 55, of Andrews, a member of the Andrews Town Board for 7 years, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at home.
The Huntington native worked for Koorsen Fire & Protection Services in Marion and was a member of Loyal Order of Moose in Huntington. Surviving are his wife, Missy L.; a daughter, Destiny A. Wilburn of Andrews; sons Paul J. of Andrews and Chase E. at home; his stepmother, Sue Stephan of Warsaw; sisters Shirley Fisher and Sharon Biehl, both of Andrews; a stepsister, Kim Shivley of Huntington; brothers Mike of Huntington, Henry of LaPorte and Laurence of Marion; a stepbrother, Steve Walker of Warsaw; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Deal-Robbins & Van Gilder Funeral Home, Andrews Chapel, Andrews, with calling from 2 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Andrews. Memorials are to Chase E. Stephan Memorial Fund.
Information provided by Deal-Robbins & Van Gilder Funeral Home, Andrews Chapel, Andrews, 1-260-356-2720.

Harriett M. Osborne
Ossian
Harriett M. Osborne, 83, of Ossian, a member of Holy Scripture Lutheran Church, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Lutheran Hospital.
The Lapel native was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Eugene F.; a son, Daniel E. of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Carol J. Harmon of Bluffton; a sister, Helen Ewald of Anderson; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., with calling one hour before services and also from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., 426-9494.

Helen Lucille Linn
Warsaw - 1917-2003
Helen Lucille Linn, 85, of Warsaw, a former beautician in the New Paris area, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, in Warsaw. The Syracuse native was a homemaker, member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and involved with United Methodist Women. She was a 1937 graduate of New Paris High School. Surviving are a daughter, Donna Fox of Warsaw; a son, Gerry of Warsaw; a sister, Sarah E. Olsen of New Paris; a brother, Lawrence Watkins of New Paris; one grandchild; three stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, and four brothers. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Memorials are to Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice or the church Building Fund.
Information provided by Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, 1-574-267-3104.

Lance Cpl. David K. Fribley
Warsaw - 1977-2003
Lance Cpl. David K. Fribley, 26, of Warsaw, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, died Sunday, March 23, 2003, in combat in Iraq. The Warsaw native had served since joining May 14, 2002. He was a 1996 graduate of Warsaw High School, lettered in track and field and football. He was a graduate of Indiana State University and was a member of the Kapp Alpha Order. Surviving are his parents, Gary and Linda of Warsaw; a sister, Ann Bays of Silver Lake; a brother, Steven of the U.S. Air Force; his fiancee, Jenny Theos of Fort Myers, Fla.; and grandparents Evelyn Fribley and Keith and Dortha Gillespie, all of Warsaw. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Warsaw High School Gymnasium, Warsaw, with calling from 10 a.m. until services. Burial with military graveside services by the Marine Corps will be at Etna Green Cemetery, Etna Green. Memorials are to Kapp Alpha Order of Educational Foundation, Marine Corps Law Enforcement Scholarship Foundation or Warsaw High School.
Information provided by Deaton Funeral Home, Bourbon, 1-574-342-5395.

John N. "Jack" McCauley Sr.
Sun Bird, Ariz. - 1923-2003
John N. "Jack" McCauley Sr., 79, of Sun Bird, Ariz., and formerly of Fort Wayne, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, in Gilbert, Ariz.
The Chicago native retired in 1983 from International Harvester Co. in Fort Wayne as a material manager. He was a member of St. Steven Catholic Church, treasurer of Niners Golf Club and a World War II Navy veteran serving as flying boat flight engineer. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Lois M.; daughters Kathy Wright and Dianne M. Edgar; sons John N. Jr. and Robert J.; a sister, Patricia Krupela; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother. Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Steven Catholic Church, Sun Lakes, with calling an hour before services and also a 9:20 a.m. rosary service. Calling is also from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Valley of the Sun Mortuary, Chandler. Burial will be at National Memorial Cemetery.
Information provided by Valley of the Sun Mortuary, Chandler, Ariz., 1-480-895-9232.

Albert H. Pritchett
Akron, Ohio
Albert H. Pritchett, 69, of Akron, Ohio, a veteran, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at St. Thomas Hospital.
He retired from Chrysler Corp. after 25 years of service. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Geraldine; sons Mark, Albert Jr. and Chris, all of Akron; daughters Debra Banks and Marsha Zackery, both of Cartersville, Ga.; and sisters Bertha Gaines of Cartersville, Ga., and Mamie Smith of Fort Wayne. Services are 1 p.m. Monday at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, Akron, with calling one hour before services.
Information provided by Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St., 422-6958.

Dale L. Loutzenhiser Jr.
Garrett - 1931-2003
Dale L. Loutzenhiser Jr., 71, of Garrett, a member of the Baltimore & Ohio Historical Society, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
The Garrett native retired in 1995 from Mossberg Industries as a model maker after 46 years of service and had worked for the Garrett Historical Society. He was a member of First Baptist Church, American Legion and Greater Mid Continental Model Railroad Club. Surviving are his wife, Hilda; a daughter, Paula Conrad of Garrett; a son, Tim of Holland, Mich.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett, with calling from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. Burial will be at Christian Union Cemetery, Garrett. Memorials are to the American Heart Association.
Information provided by Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett, 1-260-356-0444.

Irene M. Townsley
Huntington - 1920-2003
Irene M. Townsley, 82, of Huntington, past president of American Legion Post 7 Auxiliary, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Norwood Nursing Center.
The Whiting native had worked for E-Systems as a laborer for 30 years. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a 1938 graduate of Whiting High School. Surviving are four stepgrandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison M., and a sister, Marjorie Bindas. Graveside services are noon April 12 at Greenlawn Cemetery, Vincennes. Memorials are to the church, Parkview Hospice of Huntington or Huntington American Red Cross.
Information provided by Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington, 1-260-356-1710.

Lucile Benschneider
Payne, Ohio - 1914-2003
Lucile Benschneider, 88, of Payne, Ohio, a member of Payne Grange, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home. The Antwerp native was a homemaker, and a member of St. James Lutheran Church and Order of Eastern Star Hesperian Chapter 281. Surviving are a son, Don of Payne; a brother, Harold Overmyer of Hicksville; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband, Ervin, and a son, Richard, preceded her in death. Services are 11 a.m. (Ohio time) Tuesday at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne. Calling is after 4 p.m. Monday with an 8:30 p.m. Eastern Star service at Slade Funeral Home, Payne. Burial will be at Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Memorials are to the church.
Information provided by Slade Funeral Home, Payne, Ohio, 1-419-263-2812.

Berne "Bill" E. Garlets
Mongo - 1923-2003
Berne "Bill" E. Garlets, 79, of Mongo, who lived all of his life in LaGrange County and Sturgis, Mich., died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at Sturgis Hospital.
The Mongo native retired in 1979 from Ross Laboratory in Sturgis, Mich., after 30 years of service. Surviving are a stepdaughter, Betty M. Haverty of Sturgis, Mich.; a sister, Mary Shoff of New Carlisle; a brother, Richard of Wellston, Mich.; two stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice M., a stepdaughter, Nancy Myers, and brothers John P., Monroe and Charles. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, with calling from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be at English Prairie Cemetery, Mongo. Memorials are to the LaGrange County Cancer Society.
Information provided by Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, 1-260-463-3131.

Alvin C. Conley
Hicksville, Ohio - 1913-2003
Alvin C. Conley, 89, of Hicksville, Ohio, a lifelong area farmer, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at home.
The Defiance County native had worked for Dana/Weatherhead for several years and drove truck for Mark Township. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and Masonic Lodge 32nd degree. Surviving are his wife, Emma; a daughter, Margaret Rohrs of Hicksville; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen, sons Alva L. and Jerry G., and a sister. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John Lutheran Church, Hicksville, with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday with a 7 p.m. Masonic service. Burial will be at Lost Creek Cemetery, Hicksville. Memorials are to Parkinson's Foundation or Crippled Children and Adult Society.
Information provided by Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, Ohio, 1-419-542-8065.

Pauline White
Ligonier - 1914-2003
Pauline White, 88, of Ligonier, a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, in Kendallville.
"She enjoyed her work and also watching professional bowling." The Kosciusko County native retired from Kidd's Marshmallow Co. in the lab after more than 30 years of service. She was a 1932 graduate of Ligonier High School. Surviving are a daughter, Bonnie Bryant of Kendallville; stepdaughters Margaret Grass of Goshen and Ruth Kaser of Elkhart; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland R., a daughter, Connie, and two brothers Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier, with calling from 2 to 4:30 and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday. Burial will be at Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier. Memorials are to Alzheimer's Disease Research or American Cancer Society.
Information provided by Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier, 1-260-894-3119.

Fred A. Pearson
LaGrange - 1907-2003
Fred A. Pearson, 95, of LaGrange, a retired district manager, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Life Care Center of LaGrange.
The Carroll County native was retired from United Telephone Co. and was formerly of Union City. Surviving are sons Jack of LaGrange and Larry of Wolcottville; six grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye, and a sister. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange. Memorials are to the American Heart Association.
Information provided by Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, 1-260-463-3131.

Glenn H. Foulk
Auburn - 1923-2003
Glenn H. Foulk, 80, of Auburn, a retired printer, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at Betz Nursing Home.
The Ray native retired in 1985 from Moore Business Forms in Angola and was a World War II Navy veteran. He was formerly of Angola. Surviving are his wife, LaVonne I.; daughters Susan Schroeder of Dayton, Ohio, and Nanette Hiesrodt of Tekonsha, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Vicki Meyer of Auburn; stepsons Gary Greenwood of Butler, Terry Greenwood of Hudson and Jeffrey Filipow of California; a brother, Harold of Angola; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Services are 7 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Funeral Home, Hudson, with calling from 2 to 4 and 5 p.m. until services. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials are to the American Cancer Society.
Information provided by Johnson Funeral Home, Hudson, 1-260-587-3733.

Raymer Wayne Roberts
Warsaw - 1916-2003
Raymer Wayne Roberts, 86, of Warsaw, a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a former POW, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Kosciusko Community Hospital. The North Manchester native had worked for Dalton Foundries Inc. for 37 years, was a member of Dalton 25-Year Club and American Legion Post 49. Surviving are cousins Avis Dunnick and Barbara Deal, both of Warsaw, and Jean Bradway and Margarete Shively, both of Etna Green. He was preceded in death by a brother. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with calling from noon until services. Burial with military graveside services will be at Milford Cemetery, Milford.
Information provided by McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, 1-574-267-7123.


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