Miscellaneous Boone County, Indiana Obituaries


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Melanie E. Farris
Melanie E. Farris of Lebanon died Wednesday, Jan 19. She was 41.
Born in Princeton Nov. 17, 1958, she was the daughter of the late William Farris and Vera Adelaine (Sly) Farris. Vera Farris survives. 
She moved to Lebanon in the second grade. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1977.
Farris worked as a beautician, at the Koala facility in Lebanon, in the kitchen at Ulen Country Club, and as an office worker in Indianapolis. For the past four years, she worked as a receptionist for the Boone County Prosecutor in Lebanon.
She was devoted to her family and enjoyed her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed music, singing and playing euchre. She was fond of pets and collected koala bears, angels and snowmen.
Farris was a member of First Community Church in Lebanon where she at one time sang in the choir. She also attended Countryside Church, north of Lebanon, and was a former member of the Sweet Adelines of Indianapolis and a Lebanon euchre club.
Other survivors include brothers Larry Farris, Sharpsville, and Randy Farris, Lebanon; nieces and nephews Terry L. Farris, David Harrison, Lindsey Robertson, Erin Farris and Nikki Farris; and great-nieces and nephews Taylor Farris, Haley Farris, Lane Harrison, Graydon Robertson and Stephen Cawthon.
Visitation was Jan. 21 in Myers Mortuary in Lebanon. Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 22, in Myers Chapel of Memories, with the Rev. Jeff Singletary and Pastor Stephen Brown officiating. Entombment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Community Church, 701 N. Lebanon, or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 9302 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis.
Published Feb. 2, 2000

Mary H. Saalwaechter
Mary Helen Saalwaechter of Lebanon died Tuesday, Jan. 18. She was 75. 
Born in East St. Louis, Ill. Sept. 12, 1924, she was the daughter of late Allie Edward and Julia Belle (Jeffery) Freels.
She married the Rev. Jacob Justus Saalwaechter Jan. 16, 1943, in Evansville. He survives.
Saalwaechter grew up on a dairy farm near Evansville and was a 1942 graduate of Evansville Reitz High School. Before she was married, she worked for Western Union Telegraph in Evansville.
She and her husband lived in various Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky communities as her husband served in various capacities in his ministry. 
From 1965 to 1969, she was a quality control clerk at the Columbia Plant in Terre Haute, and for several years was a church secretary, assisting her husband. She was also a HUD housing manager in Cannelton and most recently worked with the Community Action Program for Seniors in Perry and Spencer counties.
After retiring, she and her husband resided in Yuma, Ariz., from 1989 until 1994, when they moved to Lebanon.
Saalwaechter was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker who enjoyed her family, home and church.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and a 50-year member of Order of Eastern Star. She was also a volunteer at Witham Memorial Hospital and a member of Witham Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Other survivors include sons Dr. John J. Saalwaechter, Lebanon, and Samuel L. Saalwaechter, Hobart; daughters Maribeth Smith, Orlando, Fla., Ruth Ann Price, Merrillville, and Rebecca S. Kline, Lebanon; sister Altie I. Thomas, Evansville; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
No funeral services are planned. Myers Mortuary in Lebanon is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boone County Cancer Society, 210 E. Main St., Suite 100, First Presbyterian Church, 128 E. Main St., Lebanon, or to a charity of donor's choice.
Published Feb. 2, 2000

Verne K. Harvey 
Dr. Verne K. Harvey of Boone County died Monday, Jan. 17. He was 101.
He was born in Indianapolis Nov. 6, 1899.
He was married to Gladys Osborn, who preceded him in death. He was a 1929 graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and a 1933 graduate of Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Harvey served as the Indiana State Health Commissioner from 1933 to 1940, and as medical director of the U.S. Civil Service from 1940 to 1958. He transferred to the Veteran's Hospitals in Indianapolis and retired from the federal service as director of the hospitals in 1964.
During his service, he received a Distinguished Service Certificate from the President's Committee on the Employment of the Physically Handicapped.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 
He was a member of American, state and local medical associations, a 75-year member of the Broad Ripple Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Crestview Christian Church and American Legion.
Funeral services were held Jan. 21 in Crestview Christian Church. Burial was at the Union Chapel Cemetery in Indianapolis.
He is survived by son Verne K. Harvey Jr., four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Cross or a charity of donor's choice. 
Published Feb. 2, 2000

Louis Shepherd
Louis E. Shepherd of Indianapolis died Thursday, Jan. 20. He was 88.
He was born in Indianapolis Oct. 30, 1911, the son of Carl and Edna (Hitzelberger) Shepherd.
He married to Eva Vesh Shepherd of Indianapolis. She survives. 
He was a 1929 graduate of Cathedral High School and attended Butler University and the Herron School of Art. 
He worked at Eli Lilly and Co. for 35 years, retiring as a supervisor in dry products finishing in 1972.
He was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Indianapolis, where he was a member of Young at Heart Club and Blue Army. 
He was also a member of the Pike Township Lions Club, and was democratic precinct committeeman in Trader's Point. 
He loved gardening, and as founder of Ace Coon Hunting Club, he raised championship coon dogs.
Other survivors include daughters Ann Lankford of Martinsville, Rosalie Shepherd of Palo Alto, Calif., Marjorie Runion of Las Vegas; son Louis E. Shepherd Jr. of Indianapolis, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at St. Monica Catholic Church Jan. 21, with Fr. Patrick Beidelman officiating. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Monica Catholic Church Building Fund, 6131 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46228.
Published Feb. 2, 2000

John L. Woolling
John L. Woolling of Indianapolis died Wednesday, Jan. 19. He was 76. 
He was married to Jean Audrey Holtson Woolling. She survives. 
He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue University and was a graduate of Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. 
He was a partner with Baker & Daniels law firm in Indianapolis for 25 years. He retired in 1975 and moved to Zionsville, where he and his wife lived until 1997.
He was a member of the American Association of Chemical Engineers, the American and Indiana State Bar Associations and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He was a past board member of the English Foundation and the Indianapolis Foundation. He was a charter member and past president of Crooked Stick Golf Club.
Other survivors include daughters Kaarta J. Nemeth of Zionsville and Letitia L. Lynch of Carmel, brother Dr. Kenneth R. Woolling of Indianapolis and five grandchildren.
Visitation was Jan. 23 at Leppert & Hensley in Indianapolis, with private services Jan. 24. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Indianapolis Foundation or a charity of donor's choice.
Published Feb. 2, 2000

JOSEPHINE BOJRAB , 87, died Friday at Parkview Hospital. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she retired in 1982 as a cafeteria worker at St. Joseph Central School after 21 years. Her husband, Charles, died in 2000. Surviving are a son, Kenneth C. of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Janice M. Shelton and Sharon Jo Bojrab, both of Fort Wayne; and a grandchild. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Bojrab. Services at 11 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Memorials to Matthew 25 or St. Albans Episcopal Church.

Berne The following obituary is being republished to correct a Journal Gazette reporting error. ROBERT E. HUNT , 74, died Thursday at Adams County Memorial Hospital, Decatur. Born in Wells County, he retired from Northern Indiana Public Service Co. after 40 years and was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Edna; three daughters, Carolyn Hicks and Deborah J. Hunt, both of Berne, and Brenda Hunt of Geneva; three sons, Stanley E. of Willshire, Ohio, Terry of Geneva and Robert E. Jr. of Berne; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. today at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, with calling after 9 a.m. until services. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Geneva, with military graveside rites by Berne American Legion Post 468. Memorials to High Street United Methodist Church or Adams County Community Foundation Cancer Fund.

Celina GLADYS DAVIS , 92, of Urbana, formerly of Celina, died Wednesday at her daughter's home in Urbana. Born in Maywood, Ill., she was a homemaker. Her husband, Ervin S., died in 1975. Surviving are a son, Stan of St. Marys; two daughters, Carol Detrick of Urbana and Judy Davis of Celina; two sisters, Edythe Brooks of Santa Clara, Calif., and Eleanore Finkbeiner of LaGrange, Ill.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her caregiver, Sharon Shumaker of Springfield. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jacquelyn Joyce Davis. Services at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina. Calling from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Burial in State Line Cemetery, Mercer County. Memorials to Mercy Hospice, Urbana.

CHANDLER, Vernice B.: Services at 11 a.m. today at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 E., New Haven. Memorials to Salem United Church of Christ or Cancer Services of Allen County.

COL. FRANCIS "GABBY" GABRESKI , 83, who for many years was known as "America's Greatest Living Ace," died Thursday at his home in Dix Hills, on Long Island. Mr. Gabreski, who recorded 37 1/2 kills as a fighter pilot in both World War II and the Korean War, joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. He was credited with a record 31 downings of enemy planes in World War II. He added 6 1/2 more kills, sharing credit for one, during the Korean War, his daughter said. Mr. Gabreski was shot down over Europe and spent the last eight months of the war in a German prisoner of war camp. After the war, he spent several years in flight testing and in command of fighter units before being assigned as commander of the 51st Fighter Wing. Mr. Gabreski wrote about his military career in his autobiography, "Gabby, A Fighter Pilot's Life."

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