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Lena Clinker
Lena Clinker, 93, Akron, died at 10:50 p.m. Thursday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Joan Hudkins
April 23, 1935 – July 30, 2001
Joan Hudkins, 66, Carthage, Mo., died at 8:43 p.m. Monday.
Born in Rochester to Arthur and Helen “Toby” Thompson, she married Jerry H. Hudkins June 19, 1954 in Rochester. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Hudkins, a Rochester High School graduate, was a homemaker and worked at Lilly Pad in Carthage. She was a patron of Art Central and a member of First United Methodist Church in Carthage, Mo., the PEO Sisterhood, LF Chapter of Carthage, the Investment Club and Broadview Country Club Friday Nighters.
Survivors include three sons, Vincent K., Diamond, Mo., Jerry M., Houston, Texas, Bruce E., Tulsa, Okla.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, David Thompson, Rochester; three sisters, Donna Bowyer, New Carlisle, Pat Kingery, Fulton, and Lorraine Norman, Akron.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Carthage, Mo. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage, Mo. Friends may call from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at Ulmer Funeral Chapel, Carthage, Mo.

William J. Baldwin
Sept. 7, 1909 – July 31, 2001
William J. Baldwin, 91, West Trails End Road, died at 10 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.
Born in Fountain, Mich. to William L. and Emma Walters Baldwin, he married Lois A. Heeter Dec. 24, 1937 in South Bend. She survives.
Mr. Baldwin came to Rochester from South Bend in 1974. He moved to South Bend from Fort Wayne in 1950. He also lived in Dade City, Fla. He retired in 1974 from the engineering department of Indiana & Michigan Electric Co., South Bend, after 37 years. He was a 50-year member of River Park United Methodist Church, South Bend, a member of Rochester Masonic Lodge 79, Free and Accepted Masons, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend, Wally Byum AirStream Club International for 30 years, a board member of Fulton County Historical Society and of IMECO of I & M Credit Union. He was involved in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. He and his wife were avid travelers. He helped build churches in Tennessee and Kentucky, researched and wrote the Baldwin family genealogy and co-wrote a cookbook “Grandma’s Berry Patch,” with proceeds being donated to the Fulton County Historical Society.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Wilma Melchiorre and husband Richard, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Roxanna Smith and husband Steven, South Bend; one son, William D. and wife Carolyn, South Bend; eight grandchildren, Dr. Erik Melchiorre, Greencastle, Dina Wofford, Denver, Colo., William Robert Baldwin, Rochester, Bradley David Baldwin, South Bend, Brooke Suzanne Baldwin, San Diego, Calif., Aaron and Molly Smith, Indianapolis, and Sarah Smith, Chicago; one sister, Bernice Henderson, Rochester; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were one brother, George, and five sisters, Mildred Baldwin, Ethel Williams, Bessie Voorhees and twin infant sisters.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Palmer Funeral Home, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, with Rev. Phil Abrahm of River Park United Methodist Church officiating. Graveside services and burial will be at noon Saturday at Leiters Ford IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Palmer Funeral Home, South Bend, where a Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to River Park United Methodist Church, 920 South 23rd St., South Bend, IN 46615, or Fulton County Historical Society, 37 E. Fulton County Road 375 North.

George E. Barnett, Jr.
May 5, 1928 – Aug. 2, 2001
George E. Barnett, Jr., 73, died at 3:10 a.m. today at his 4735 W. Olson Road residence following a six month illness.
Born in Griffith to George E. and Mary F. Buzzard Barnett, he married Catherine “Mick” Kirkpatrick Nov. 22, 1953 in Rochester. She survives.
Mr. Barnett, a Rochester resident most of his life, was a far-mer and owner and operator of Barnett’s Backhoe Service, retiring in 1983. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Arm-ed Forces, F Com-pany 38th Infantry Regimen, a recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, National Defense Service Medal and two Purple Hearts. He was a prisoner of war of the Korean War for 28 months. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Teresa Hammel and husband Jon and Sheila Banush and husband Rick, all of Rochester, Tamara Harrah and husband Max, Indianapolis; two sons, Mike and wife Rhonda, Rochester, and Pat, of Rochester; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Reba Honkomp and Francis Norris, both of Macy, Alice Dommer, Portage; one brother, Robert, South Bend; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were his parents, one brother, Tom, and one granddaughter.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Jill Walley officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery, where the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Hope Hospice or Burton United Methodist Church, Rochester.

Billy G. Presson
Feb. 28, 1933 – July 31, 2001
Billy Gene Presson, 68, 280 S. 775 East, Akron, died at 2:44 p.m. Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was in failing health several years.
Born in Henry County, Tenn. to Ira Lee “Buddy” and Lizzie Russell Presson, he married Helen Marie Johnson June 13, 1953 in Corinth, Miss. She survives.
Mr. Presson retired from Pike Lumber Co., Akron, in 1997 and worked at lumber companies in Mason, Mich. and Henry, Tenn. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the National Rifle Association.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Bonnie Nickell, Remington; two sons, Jeffery and wife Julia, Paris, Tenn., and Douglas, Akron; six grandchildren, Shane and Joshua Nickell, Remington, Jeremy and Tyler Presson, Rochester, and Crystal and Grace White, Paris, Tenn.; one sister-in-law, Bernice Presson, Paris, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were his parents, four sisters, Margie Presson, Hattie Mae Barrow, Evelyn Petty and Joyce Meadow, four brothers, Roland, James, Johnny and Bomar.
Services are at 3 p.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Berlie Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Theresa I. Jasiewicz
April 7, 1924 – July 30, 2001
Theresa I. Jasiewicz, 77, South Bend, died at 2:10 a.m. Monday at Hospice House, South Bend.
Born in South Bend to Louis and Rose Katona Horvath, she married Stanley W. Jasiewicz Sept. 7, 1946 in South Bend. He died in December 1977.
Mrs. Jasiewicz retired after 20 years as manager of food services for Bingham, North Side and Mary Phillips Schools of Mishawaka and worked part-time at Notre Dame for the Quarter Back Club Luncheons. She was a volunteer at St. Joseph Medical Center and a member of Friends of the Library.
Survivors include four daughters, Christine Parman and husband Terry, Decatur, Mich., Linda Wiedlocher and husband Carl, Las Cruces, N.M., Victoria Achterberg and husband Kent, Osceola, and Sandra Rose and husband Roger, Rochester; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Louis Horvath and wife Weddad and Steve Horvath and wife Martha, all of South Bend.
Preceding in death with her husband were one daughter, Mary Jasiewicz, and one son, John Jasiewicz.
Services are at noon Wednesday at Bubb Funeral Chapel North, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Friends of the Library, 209 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN 46544.

James M. Wilson
Oct. 2, 1915 – July 26, 2001
James Merl Wilson, 85, 112 N. Morgan St., Mentone, died at 5 p.m. Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.
Born in Mentone to John Orville and Nellie Mae Lash Wilson, he was a Mentone resident most of his life.
Mr. Wilson, a painter and wallpaperer, attended Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Survivors include one sister, Mary O’Neal, Rochester.
Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Phillip Pratt officiating. Burial is at Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green. Friends may call from 11 a.m. Friday until time of services at the funeral home.

Jack E. Warner
Jan. 6, 1932 – July 30, 2001
Jack E. Warner, 69, Delton, Mich., died at 5:25 a.m. Monday at Pennock Hospital.
Born in Burr Oak to Fred E. and Ada Burns Warner, he married Ila L. Herrin Oct. 10, 1954. She survives.
Mr. Warner, a 1950 Argos High School graduate, served in the U.S. Marines from 1951 to 1954. He moved to Hastings, Mich. from Cassopolis, Mich., in 1961. He was manager of Hastings Country Club, worked at J-Ad Graphics, Hastings, Mich., owned and operated Span-Master Buildings, Hastings, Mich., was a salesman and sales-manager traineee at Moriarty Buildings and had owned and operated a restaurant in Argos. He was a member of Hastings Elks Lodge, Hastings Country Club, member and past commander of Argos American Legion, past president of Argos Chamber of Commerce and was an avid golfer and enjoyed boating.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Lisa Warner and friend Michael Bastian, Richland, Mich.; three sons, Dr. Ned Warner, Los Angeles, Calif., Tod and wife Brenda, St. Joseph, Mo., Del and wife Candy, Union City, Mich.; three granddaughters; two sisters, Phyllis Slagle and husband Richard, South Bend, Hazel Roudebush, Winamac; two brothers, Glenn and wife Charlotte, Argos, Carl, Osteen, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were his parents, three sisters, Alma Bishop, Bea Osborn, Norma Porcher, and two brothers, Roy and Howard Warner.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Wren Funeral Home, Hastings, Mich., with Mr. Jack Walker officiating. There is no visitation. A reception will follow at Hastings, Mich., Elks Lodge. Memorials may be made to a children’s charity of choice.

Kent D. Jefferies
Aug. 14, 1945 – July 29, 2001
Kent D. Jefferies, 55, 633 Chapman Lake Drive, Warsaw, died at 12:50 a.m. Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
Born in Rochester to Deveral “Doc” and Martha Kalmbacher Jefferies, he married Sue Ellen Metzger May 25, 1984 in Clintwood, Va. She survives.
Mr. Jefferies, an Akron High School graduate, was a record clerk at R.R. Donnelly & Sons, Warsaw, for 38 years. He was a member of Moose Lodge 1423, John C. Peterson American Legion Post 49 and Chapman Lake Conservation Club, all of Warsaw.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are his parents, “Doc” and Martha Jefferies, Rochester; two stepsons, Troy Henderson, Homestead, Fla., Tony Henderson, Jacksonville, Fla.; one granddaughter, Kaira Henderson, Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Janelle Green and husband Brian, Rochester.
Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rochester IOOF Cemetery with Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Kosciusko County Cancer Fund or Kosciusko County Hope Hospice.

Sandra ‘Sandy’ J. Salts
Feb. 12, 1944 – July 29, 2001
Sandra “Sandy” J. Salts, 57, died at 12 a.m. Sunday at her 329 Jefferson St. residence.
Born in Edmonton, Ky. to Edwin and Nora Pruitt Lawson, she married Barry L. Salts June 20, 1962 in Covington. He survives.
Mrs. Salts came to Rochester in 1977 from Fountain County. She was a 1962 Attica High School graduate.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are two daughters, Lori Thomas and husband Brad and Leslie Howdeshell and husband Todd, all of Rochester; two sons, Tim and wife Sharon, Indianapolis, and Matt, Rochester; seven grandchildren; one sister, Sue Crowder and husband Larry, Williamsport.
Preceding in death were her parents.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the family residence, 329 Jefferson St., with Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial will take place at Rochester IOOF Cemetery at a later date. A gathering of family and friends will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the family residence.

Miriam J. Elliott
Oct. 14, 1923 – July 28, 2001
Miriam J. Elliott, 77, died at 2:15 a.m. Saturday at her 18475 East St., Tippecanoe, residence following an illness.
Born in Tippecanoe to William and Lois Lewallan Baugher, she married Charles Elliott Jan. 7, 1942. He died Nov. 27, 1999.
Mrs. Elliott was a homemaker and lifetime Tippecanoe resident. A 1941 graduate of Tippecanoe High School, she was an avid gardener.
Survivors include two sons, Bill and wife Sue and Roger and wife Rhonda, all of Tippecanoe; one daughter, Cheryl Thompson, Tippecanoe; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Tippecanoe Cemetery with Rev. Tony Schneider officiating. There will be no visitation. Cremation will take place. Memorials may be made to Walnut Church of the Brethren. Deaton Funeral Home, Bourbon, is in charge of arrangements.

Roger D. Conley
July 1, 1955 – July 25, 2001
Roger D. Conley, 46, 302 S. West St., Akron, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Whitley County.
Born in Paintsville, Ky. to Charles and Betty Blanton Conley, he married Sylvia Owens Dec. 24, 1976. She survives.
Mr. Conley, formerly of Claypool, worked at Dalton Foundry, Warsaw, for 15 years.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, April Renee Conley, Akron; his father, Charles Conley, Oil Springs, Ky.; seven brothers, Anthony and Marcus Paul, both of Oil Springs, Ky., Lester, Silver Lake, Paul, Pierceton, Gary, Warsaw, Darrel, Burkett, Robin, LaFollette, Tenn.; six sisters, Sheila Conley, Oil Springs, Ky., Julie Conley, Alabama, Easter Conley and Berniece Miller and husband Jeff, both of Plymouth, Edith Damer and husband Kenneth, North Muskegeon, Mich., Sarah Reichert and husband Mike, Stockbridge, Mich.; one aunt, Barbara Whitaker, Silver Lake; two uncles, Bob Blanton, Claypool, and Paul Blanton, North Manchester.
Preceding in death were his mother, one sister and one son, Willie Dean Conley, in 1977.
Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, 1401 Indiana 114 West, North Manchester, with Rev. Chad Burkhart officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruby F. Howard
Sept. 20, 1951 – July 25, 2001
Ruby Fay Howard, 49, Delong, died Wednesday at her residence following an illness.
Born in Breathitt, Ky. to Alonzo and Anna Miller Howard, she was a waitress at Pat’s Place, Rochester.
Survivors include one son, Jeffery “Tommy” Craft, Delong; two grandchildren; one sister, Susie Clingler, Delong; five brothers, Lloyd and Skeeter, Culver, Clyde and Shelfy, Delong, and Buck, Leiters Ford.
Preceding in death were her parents and one brother, Lewis.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Delong Gospel Lighthouse Church with Revs. James Ritchie and Floyd Allen officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Monterey. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Sunday at the church and from 9 a.m. until time of service. Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn N. Fisher
A memorial service for former Kewanna resident Evelyn N. Fisher, 90, who died July 11 in Edinburg, Texas, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Faith Outreach Center, 1125 E. Ninth St., with Elder Terry Leininger officiating. Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, is in charge of arrangements.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Meadow Lake Cemetery, Wolcott, with Rev. Dan Mundt officiating. Memorials may be made to Faith Outreach Center.

Pauline E. Hartisch
Feb. 23, 1923 – July 24, 2001
Pauline Edna Hartisch, 78, Lancaster Calif., died at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Lancaster.
Born in Logansport to Charles L. and Johanna C. Adempski Beasey, she married Karl Herman Hartisch in June, 1944. He died in 1986.
Mrs. Hartisch, formerly of Peru, was a homemaker and was of the Lutheran faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Lee Cobb and husband Steven, Lancaster, Calif., Carol Pier and husband Mark, Peru; two sons, Karl and wife Jacqueline, Rochester, Charles J. and wife Kathryn, Peru; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Charlott Belcher, Lafayette, Lydia Hunt, Sun City, Ariz.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery Chapel, Peru, with Rev. George McCarty officiating. Burial is at Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru. There will be no visitation.

Betty L. Fisher
Jan. 23, 1922 – July 25, 2001
Betty Lou Fisher, 79, 1707 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, and Anna Marie Island, Fla., died at 5 a.m. Wednesday at her Rochester residence.
Born in Rochester, she married Don Fisher Dec. 24, 1969 in Rochester. He survives.
Mrs. Fisher retired from Torx Products, Rochester. She enjoyed her Lake Manitou home and wintering in Florida.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one son, Dennis D. Hayden, Fairfax, Va.; one stepson, Roy Fisher, Rochester.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Roxie F. Dawald
Dec. 3, 1915 – July 23, 2001
Roxie F. Brewer Dawald, 85, Sevierville, Tenn., died at 9:30 p.m. Monday at Fort Sanders Medical Center, Sevierville, Tenn.
Born in Wabash County to Esta S. and Sarah Long Frantz, she married Orville P. Dawald Sept. 19, 1968 in Columbia City. He survives.
Mrs. Dawald, formerly of Laketon and also Hernando, Fla., was a retired registered nurse at Wabash County Hospital. She graduated from Laketon High School and received her RN license from St. Magaret School of Nursing, Hammond. She received the Laketon Outstanding Citizen Award in 1975 and attended First Baptist Church.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one son, John Brewer and wife Jan, Clyde, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Betty Miller and husband William, Sevierville, Tenn.; two granddaughters; two step-granddaughters; seven step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were two sisters and two brothers.
There will be no visitation or services. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is in charge of arrangements.

David R. Clark
July 17, 1955 – July 24, 2001
David R. Clark, 46, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday at his 200 W. Fifth St. residence. He had been in failing health one year.
Born in Rochester to George and Wilma Jean Robinson Clark, he was a lifetime Rochester resident.
Mr. Clark had worked for the City of Rochester and was an auto parts sales clerk in the Rochester area. He attended First Assembly of God, Rochester.
Survivors include three daughters, Kathryn Eriks and husband Larry, Rochester, Jamie Rogers and husband Steve, Peru, Brandi Clark, Peru; one son, Josh Clark; four grandchildren; two sisters, Vicki Halfacre and husband Steve, Winona Lake, Georgia Norman, Akron; two brothers, Jack Beck and wife Haydee, Rochester, Russell Clark and wife Phyllis, Hartsville, S.C.
Preceding in death were his parents and an infant son, David Martin Clark.
Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Rochester IOOF Cemetery with Rev. David Dittman officiating. Burial will follow. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

Betty L. Fisher
Jan. 23, 1922 – July 25, 2001
Betty Lou Fisher, 79, died at 5 a.m. today at her 1707 Mitchell Drive residence.
Born in Rochester, she married Don Fisher Dec. 24, 1969 in Rochester. He survives.
Mrs. Fisher retired from Torx Products, Rochester. She enjoyed spending time on the lake and wintering in Anna Marie Island, Fla.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one son, Dennis D. Hayden, Fairfax, Va.; one stepson, Roy Fisher, Rochester.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Ida K. Burwell
Dec. 23, 1918 – July 21, 2001
Ida Kathryn Burwell, 82, died at 12:15 a.m. Saturday at her Grace Village Retirement Home, Winona Lake, residence. She had been in failing health four years.
Born in Burton Community of Rochester to Fred and Mae Mathias Moore, she married Robert G. Burwell June 20, 1943 at Burton United Methodist Church, Rochester. He survives.
Mrs. Burwell, a lifetime Burton Community resident until moving to Grace Village four years ago, was a kindergarten teacher over 30 years at Rochester Community Schools. Her contribution to the field of education spanned over four decades. She was a member of Burton United Methodist Church, Indiana State Teachers Association, National Educators Association, Classroom Teachers Association and Phi Delta Kappa. She was a Manchester College graduate and was co-winner with her husband in 1995 of the Rochester & Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Rev. Susanne L. Burwell, Monona, Wisc.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Preceding in death were her parents and two brothers, John, in infancy, and Lee Moore, in 1984.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Revs. Jill Walley and Laurence Smith officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday. Memorials may be made to Burton United Methodist Church, the American Diabetes Association or the Memorial and Honors Program.

Frances E. Koch
Jan. 6, 1918 – July 23, 2001
Frances E. Koch, 83, 912 Sunflower Lane, died at 1:40 p.m. Monday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born in Bourbon to Orval and Nancy Stackhouse Martin, she married James Russell “Ted” Koch Sept. 24, 1942 in Marshall County. He died Jan. 30, 1994.
Mrs. Koch was a practical nurse and a cook at Talma School. She retired from Hart Schaffner & Marx in 1967.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Ellen Trump and husband Robert, Tippecanoe; one son, Eugene Arthur Koch and wife Janice, Rochester; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Joy Miller, Mentone.
Preceding in death with her husband was one brother.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Joe Olson officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Nellie Bennitt
July 5, 1918 – July 20, 2001
Nellie Bennitt, 83, died at 11 p.m. Friday at her Miller’s Merry Manor residence, Walkerton.
She was born in Fulton County to John W. and Carrie Utter Kindig.
Mrs. Bennitt, formerly of LaPorte, worked at Austenal-Howmet over 25 years and was a member of the Quarter Century Club of Howmet Corporation and many bowling leagues.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra J. Garab and Nancy Walter, both of Clearwater, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dortha Patee, Wabash.
Preceding in death were one son, John W., one daughter, Karen, one sister, Pauline “Patsy” Swick, three brothers, Byron, Gerald and Herman Kindig.
A private family memorial service will be held with Rev. Buff Nemeth officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Mill Creek.

Nannie Vires
Sept. 1, 1911 – July 23, 2001
Nannie Vires, 89, Argos, died at 8:05 p.m. Monday at her residence. She had been in failing health three months.
Born in Perry County, Ky. to Rev. Moses and Elizabeth Kendrick Wright, she married Pierce Vires April 30, 1926 in Allock, Ky. He died July 31, 1970.
Mrs. Vires, an Argos resident for 52 years, coming from Hazard, Ky., was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, spending time with her family and reading. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ, Argos.
Survivors include four daughters, Betty Houin and husband Bernard, Rhoda Hensley, all of Argos, Delores Doody, Culver, Anetta Ritter and husband Richard, Rochester; seven sons, Ewen and wife Shirley, James R., Vires, Argos, Haroldean and wife Sandy, Granger, Pierce Vires Jr. and wife Carol, Argos, Charles Vires and wife Stella, Argos, Bernard and wife Marsha, Bloomington, Larry Vires and wife Rhonda, Argos; 71 grandchildren; 80 great-grandchildren; 46 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, an infant son, James Arthur, one grandson, Kenneth Vires, three sisters, Mildie, Mary and Martha, four brothers, William, Morton, Charlie and Sam Wright.
Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at Church of Jesus Christ, Argos, with Revs. Lloyd Howard and Ron Hensley officiating. Burial is at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to Church of Jesus Christ, Argos.

Velma Amburgy
Aug. 25, 1932 – July 20, 2001
Velma Amburgy, 68, 401 W. Washington St., Mentone, died at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Prairie View Health Care, Warsaw.
Born in Floyd County, Ky. to Perry and Nolia Sword Newsome, she married Charles D. Amburgy Dec. 4, 1954 in Martin, Ky. He died Oct. 15, 1996.
Mrs. Amburgy came to Mentone in 1965 from Tram, Ky. She worked at M & R Egg Co., Mentone, was a homemaker and an accomplished poet.
Survivors include one daughter, Willa Jean Pitts, North Manchester; four sons, Harlan, Pierceton, John, Burket, Phillip, Talma, Rick, Fort Wayne; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elvia and Zelvia; five brothers, Clifford, William, Cornelius, Arquillis and John Henry Newsome.
Preceding in death with her husband were three sisters and one brother.
Graveside services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Mentone Cemetery with Rev. Clifford Newsome officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Richard S. ‘Rick’ Scharnhorst
Sept. 30, 1962 – July 20, 2001
Richard S. “Rick” Scharnhorst, 38, 1100 Park Road, died at 2:30 a.m. Friday at his residence.
Born in Seattle, Wash. to Floyd and Betty Lou Hewett Scharnhorst, he married Connie Foster Oct. 23, 1999 in Rochester. She survives.
Mr. Scharnhorst was a self-employed truck driver.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are his mother, Rochester, one stepson, Chad Gaines, Rochester; two granddaughters, Emily and Ashley; one sister, Virginia Patterson and husband James, Rochester; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Preceding in death was his father.
Private family services will be held Tuesday at IOOF Cemetery with Rev. Terry Baldwin officiating. Burial will follow. There is no visitation. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

Elverna ‘Vernie’ Wilkes
Feb. 13, 1922 – July 22, 2001
Elverna “Vernie” Wilkes, 79, 630 W. Ninth St., died at 12:22 p.m. Sunday at Logansport Memorial Hospital.
Born in Westgate, Iowa to John and Martha B. Reuckert Lange, she married James Wilkes Aug. 30, 1941 in Rochester. He died Jan. 30, 1989.
Mrs. Wilkes retired in 1983 from Public Service Indiana, now Cinergy, after 28 years. An avid bowler, she was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and the Lutherans, United Ministries, long-time board member of local Federal Housing Authority, American Legion Auxiliary, Fulton County RSVP, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, charter member of Women of the Moose, Rochester Elks Lodge.
Survivors include one daughter, Diane Jones and husband Mark, Rochester; one son, Larry, Buena Park, Calif.; three grandchildren, Jennifer Wilkes, San Diego, Calif, Ann Jones and Kristi Bixler and husband Troy, all of Rochester; three great-grandchildren, Sabrina, Jace and Caden Bixler; one sister, Elaine Adams, Indianapolis; one brother, Don Lange, Phoenix, Ariz.
Preceding in death with her husband were two brothers, Arthur and Wilbert Lange.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. James Kreft officiating. Burial will be at Rochester Citizens Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.

Ida K. Burwell
Dec. 23, 1918 – July 21, 2001
Ida Kathryn Burwell, 82, died at 12:15 a.m. Saturday at her Grace Village Retirement Home, Winona Lake, residence. She had been in failing health four years.
Born in Burton Community of Rochester to Fred and Mae Mathias Moore, she married Robert G. Burwell June 20, 1943 at Burton United Methodist Church, Rochester. He survives.
Mrs. Burwell, a lifetime Burton Community resident until moving to Grace Village four years ago, was a kindergarten teacher over 30 years at Rochester Community Schools. Her contribution to the field of education spanned over four decades. She was a member of Burton United Methodist Church, Indiana State Teachers Association, National Educators Association, Classroom Teachers Association and Phi Delta Kappa. She was a Manchester College graduate and was co-winner with her husband in 1995 of the Rochester & Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Rev. Susanne L. Burwell, Monona, Wisc.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Preceding in death were her parents and two brothers, John, in infancy, and Lee Moore, in 1984.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Revs. Jill Walley and Laurence Smith officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday. Memorials may be made to Burton United Methodist Church, the American Diabetes Association or the Memorial and Honors Program.

V. Edith Carpenter
Jan. 12, 1916 – July 20, 2001
V. Edith Carpenter, 85, Macy, died at 6:13 a.m. today at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Russiaville to William and Bertha Ann Mendenhall Doran, she married Sid Carpenter in the 1950s in Las Vegas, Nev. He died in September, 1996.
Mrs. Carpenter was a waitress at various locations. She enjoyed gardening, reading and playing the lottery. She was a World War II veteran, serving in the Women’s Army Corps.
Survivors include one sister, Barbara June Miller and husband Art, Modesto, Calif.; four nieces, Bonnie Jean Cottingham and husband Paul, Kokomo, Judy Ann Roe and husband Ken, Macy, Kitti Le Ailes and husband Tim, Twelve Mile, Maggie Doran, Rochester; one nephew, Bill Nicholson and wife Pat, Rochester.
Preceding in death were her parents, two sisters, Bobbie Nicholson, June, 1977, Rene Albright, September, 1999, and two brothers, Max Doran and Dee Doran, December, 2000.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Ron Purkey officiating. Burial is at New London Cemetery, New London. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Hope Hospice.

Anna M. Montague
Dec. 31, 1922 – July 16, 2001
Former Bourbon resident Anna Marie Montague, 78, 719 37th St. West, Bradenton, Fla., died at 9:55 p.m. Monday at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Carmel.
Born in Plymouth to Harry Wallace and Fay McCollough King, she married Winston G. Montague March 10, 1942, in Columbia, S.C. He survives.
Mrs. Montague, a 1940 Plymouth High School graduate, was a member of First United Church of Christ, Bourbon, and past Worthy Matron of Bourbon Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling to visit her family.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are eight daughters, Sally McPeak and husband Roger, Pittsburgh, Texas, Jeanene McGuire and husband Troy, Bothell, Wash., Aleta Montague, Warsaw, Karen Horoho and husband Randy, Kokomo, Elaine Wetzel and husband Bud, Pierre, S.D., Debra Eberly and husband Marvin, Warsaw, Cheryl McDonald and husband Richard, Warsaw, Nancy Rockhill, Westfield; three sons, Tom and wife Valentina, Englewood, Colo., Richard and wife Becki, Westfield, Michael and wife Karen, Downers Grove, Ill.; 37 grandchildren; 38 great- and great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Phyllis Markwith and husband Roscoe, Reelsville, Carol Verrill and husband Larry, Carmel, Doris Barnett and husband Harold, Lost Creek, Ky., Sara Grumbacher and husband Rudy, Carmel; two brothers, Charles W. and wife Virginia King, Lakeville, Glen M. and wife Wanda King, Kokomo; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were her parents, one son, Jimmy Montague, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother, Malcolm King, and one sister, Rowena Kemery.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, with brother-in-law Harold Barnett, minister of Lost Creek, Ky. Brethren Church, officiating. Burial will be at New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or a charity of donor’s choice.

Maxine V. Bahney
Sept. 16, 1917 – July 14, 2001
Former Akron resident Maxine V. Bahney, 83, Peabody Retirement Home, North Manchester, died at 5:47 a.m. Saturday at Wabash County Hospital.
Born in Cass County to Grover and Nellie McMillan Farley, she married Joseph H. Bahney. He died July 4, 1981.
Mrs. Bahney was a homemaker. She and her husband owned Bahney Chevrolet, Akron. She was a member of Akron United Methodist Church, Phi Beta Phi Sorority and Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include two nieces, Myrna K. Hoch, Arizona City, Ariz., Jane Carter, Clayton, Del.; one nephew, Kelly Farley, Prescott, Ariz.
Preceding in death with her husband were two brothers, Edwin L. and Castle G. Farley.
Services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Steven Haiflich officiating. Burial is at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Lucille I. Overmyer
Feb. 2, 1927 – July 14, 2001
Lucille I. Overmyer, 74, Kewanna, died at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.
Born in Pulaski County to Walter Lloyd and Cora Warmbrod Peters, she married DeVon Overmyer April 20, 1946, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Lake Bruce. He survives.
Mrs. Overmyer, a homemaker and retired bookkeeper, was a member of Kewanna United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 70, Rochester. She was a 1945 graduate of Star City High School and graduated from Indiana Business College.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one son, DeVon Jr. and wife Maria, Ridge Manor, Fla.; one daughter, Jane Johnson and husband Tom, Kewanna; two granddaughters, Karrie Johnson and Desiree Overmyer; four sisters, Olive Master, Winamac, Ellen Horn, Kewanna, Norma Master, Peoria, Ill., Lulu Belle Walker, Kokomo; one brother, Willard Peters, Winamac.
Preceding in death were her parents and one grandson.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Rev. Todd Wilson officiating. Burial is at Bruce Lake Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until time of service Tuesday. There will be an Eastern Star service at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Kewanna United Methodist Church.

Bill D. Geyer
May 5, 1929 – July 14, 2001
Bill D. Geyer, 72, 1 W. Overmyer Blvd., Winchester, died at 5:55 p.m. Saturday at Winchester Hospital.
Born in Fort Wayne to Marvin D. and Edith Smith Geyer, he married Barbara McCulloch. She survives.
Mr. Geyer, a Fort Wayne Central High School graduate, owned and operated Geyer Chevrolet, Winchester, for 24 years. A member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Winchester, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was past president of Winchester Rotary Club with 35 years perfect attendance, member of Randolph County Civil War Round Table, past president of Art Association of Randolph County and past president of Winchester Chamber of Commerce.
Surviving with his wife of 50 years, at home, are two daughters, Julia Ann Owens and husband Jerry, Winchester, Cynthia Sue Bair and husband Thomas, Rochester; six grandchildren, A. Scott Wolfe, James R. Wolfe, Christopher R. Bair, Matthew T. Bair, Jill E. and Tessa S. Bair; one great-granddaughter, Alexandra Wolfe; his mother, Edith Smith Geyer, Columbia City; three sisters, Ruth Klopfenstein and husband Richard, Columbia City, D. Jean Hamman and husband Al, Warsaw, Sharon Hyde and husband Bruce, Warsaw; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death was his father.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Winchester United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Schumacher officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Funeral Home, 240 E. South St., Winchester. Fort Wayne visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hockmeyer & Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hockmeyer & Miller Funeral Home. Burial will follow that service at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne.

Marie L. Coon
June 11, 1914 – July 13, 2001
Marie Lola Coon, 87, died at 8:25 a.m. Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor West, Wabash, where she had been a resident since 1989.
Born east of Gilead to Charles E. and Clara Smith King, she married Charles Ege, Arthur Warren and Larry Coon, all of whom preceded her in death.
Mrs. Coon lived most of her life in the Gilead/Roann area. She was a homemaker and a member of Roann Methodist Church.
Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Rosemary Flenner and husband Galen, Gilead; one grandson, Leland P. Ege and wife Pam, Akron; three granddaughters, Sheila L. Fitzpatrick and husband Kevin, North Manchester, Sharon K. Pararo and husband David, Lilburn, Ga., Sandy F. Ege, Roann; and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husbands were one son, Kenneth W. Ege on June 3, 1996, and two sisters, Lavonne King and Gladys Hopkins.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial will be at Gilead Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Evelyn N. Fisher
April 5, 1911 – July 11, 2001
Former Kewanna resident Evelyn N. Fisher, 90, died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Edinburg Nursing & Rehab Center, Edinburg, Texas.
Born in Erskine, Minn. to Christopher and Dortea Madson Nelson, she married Woodward Fisher Aug. 31, 1944. He died Dec. 7, 1979.
Mrs. Fisher was a secretary at Kewanna Lumber Co. for 28 years. She was a member of Kewanna Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and attended the Lutheran Church.
Survivors include two sons, John A. and wife Jeannine, Henderson, Nev., James E. and wife Mary, Rochester; four grandchildren, Kathy Fisher, Rochester, Matt Fisher, Middlebury, Ryan Fisher, Las Vegas, Nev., Trevor Fisher, Henderson, Nev.; one great-granddaughter, Jordan Fisher, Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, Floyd Nelson, Leesburg, Fla., Ray Nelson, Minneapolis, Minn.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents and two brothers.
Graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Faith Outreach Center, Rochester. Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, is in charge of arrangements.

Sadie M. Hoesel
July 3, 1906 – July 12, 2001
Sadie M. Hoesel, 95, Culver, died at 6:15 a.m. Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.
Born in Kewanna to Marion and Mabel Norris Carter, she married Evert B. Hoesel. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Hoesel, a Kewanna High School graduate, came to Culver in 1925 from Kewanna. She was co-owner and operator of El Rancho Theater, Culver, over 40 years and former owner of Culver City Drug Store. She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Culver, Culver City Club, Culver Homemakers Club and Emily Jane Culver Chapter Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include one son, John and wife Gwen, Culver; one daughter, Sandra Middleton and husband John, Culver; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death with her husband were one son, Richard, and her parents.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Grace United Church of Christ, Culver. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Bonine Funeral Home, Culver, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to Grace United Church of Christ, Culver.

Vickie L. Baker
June 11, 1957 – July 11, 2001
Vickie Lynn Baker, 44, 4927 W. Miami County Road 450 North, Peru, died at 5:32 a.m. Wednesday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.
Born in Ironton, Ohio to Carl and Lola Bailey Miller, she married David Allen Baker Dec. 21, 1974 in Hockbridge, Mich. He survives.
Mrs. Baker worked at Leers Corp., Peru, for nine years.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one son, Scott Allen and wife Raven, Noblesville; two daughters, Mist Dawn and Nicole Lynn Baker, Peru; mother-in-law, Marjorie L. Baker, Peru; six brothers, Wedd Miller, Silver Lake, John, Curtis, Carlos, Cecil, Joe Miller, all of Leslie, Mich.; four sisters, Annabelle Cassidy, Wabash, Immagene Story, Huntington, Martha “Marty” Burnsworth, Roann, Mary Sue Nickels, Florida.
Preceding in death were her parents and one brother, Ricky Miller.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Tom Robbins officiating. Burial is at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

Walter B. Miller
June 3, 1923 – July 9, 2001
Walter B. Miller, 78, died at 3:15 a.m. Monday at his son’s Kewanna residence.
Born in a cabin in Ora to Charlie and Helen Sterling Miller, he married Sadie Mae Riggleman June 2, 1947 in Royal Center. She survives.
Mr. Miller, a lifetime Delong resident, retired from Culver Academies after 42 years as a boiler-fireman. He worked for Erie Railroad until drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in France during World War II. He was a 1941 graduate of Leiters Ford High School.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one son, Roger S. and wife Deborah, Kewanna; five grandchildren; three brothers, Bill, Elkhart, Art, Rochester, Rock Beerwert, Culver; three sisters, Alice Lutz, Culver, Kate Herrell, Rochester, Francis Smith, Winamac.
Preceding in death were one daughter, one son, one brother, one sister and one grandchild.
Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Revs. Ed Clark and Dan Huhn officiating. Burial is at Riverbank Cemetery, Monterey, where military graveside rites will be conducted. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Arphelia A. Sheetz
Feb. 2, 1924 – July 7, 2001
Arphelia Ann Sheetz, 77, died at 11:50 a.m. Saturday at her San Diego, Calif. residence.
Mrs. Sheetz lived most of her life in Rochester, retiring to New Orleans, La. several years before moving to San Diego.
Survivors include two sons, Vince and Kent Sheetz; one grandson, Lawrence Sheetz; one great-grandson, Austin Sheetz.
Preceding in death were three sisters, Arzona, Iona and Treva, and one brother, Kline.
There will be no services held. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Donald E. Clark
April 14, 1950 – July 8, 2001
Donald Eugene Clark, 51, 8642 W. Fulton County Road 400 North, Rochester, died at 8:20 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital. He had been in failing health 10 years.
Born in Rensselaer to Paul and Luella Wagoner Clark, he married Patsy Ann Messer Sept. 30, 1971 in Rensselaer. She survives.
Mr. Clark operated an agricultural business, retiring due to ill health. He was president of Bittersweet Cultural Center, Leiters Ford, president of Supporters To Oppose Pollution, secretary of Fulton County Hazardous Substances Committee, and a prominent environmental activist.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two sons, Sheldon and Anthony and wife Janeen, Rochester; four grandchildren, Aaron, Guy, Donny and Hannah; his father, Paul Clark, Remington; one sister, Carolyn Clark, Indianapolis; two brothers, Robert Clark and wife Dawn, Richard Clark and wife Kathy, all of Remington; one stepson, Gordon Ritchie and wife Marijana, Elliston, Va.; one stepdaughter, Jane Ritchie, Rochester.
Preceding in death was his mother.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Bittersweet Cultural Center, Leiters Ford.

Leonard A. Whiting
June 23, 1920 – July 9, 2001
Leonard A. Whiting, 81, died at 7:13 a.m. Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.
He was born in Chicago, Ill. to Henry Allen and Lela L. Leonard Whiting.
Mr. Whiting retired in 1983 as a teacher and assistant principal at Logansport schools. He taught at Jefferson, Fairview, Daniel Webster and McKinley Schools. He was a member of The Calvary Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir, for 50 years. He was a member of the Logansport Noon Kiwanis Club, Tipton Masonic Lodge 33, Free & Accepted Masons, Elks Lodge 66, Cass County Retired Teachers Association, Indiana Retired Teachers Association and National Retired Teachers Association. He was a 1938 graduate of Kewanna High School, a 1951 graduate of Indiana University and received his master’s degree in 1956.
Survivors include one sister, Emagene Troutman, Carmel; three nieces, Barbara Pell, Fishers, Nancy Werner, Carmel, Marigene Stone, Monroe, Mich.; several great-nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death was one sister.
Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Presbyterian Church, Logansport, with Rev. Doug Mankell officiating. Burial is at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport, with full military graveside rites. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. McCloskey-Hamilton-Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to The Calvary Presbyterian Church.

Irene Rouch
Nov. 11, 1904 – July 8, 2001
Irene Rouch, 96, died at 11 p.m. Sunday at her Kewanna residence.
Born in Noble Township, Cass County, to William L. and Flora Hershberger Johnston, she married Lester Rouch Feb. 6, 1924 in Kewanna. He died Oct. 11, 1955.
Mrs. Rouch, a retired farmer and homemaker, was a member of Grass Creek United Methodist Church, where she was in the Ladies Aid, a 60-year member of Extension Homemakers Club, Wayne Township Progressive Homemakers Extension Club, Kewanna Worthwhile Extension Homemakers Club, Fulton County Historical Society and a past 4-H leader. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She was a 1923 Kewanna High School graduate.
Survivors include four daughters, Wilma Thomas, Kewanna, Janece Herrold and husband Bob, Grass Creek, Marjorie Fee, Kokomo, Carita Brown, Rochester; one son, Gerald L. Rouch, Thorntown; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death were one granddaughter, two sisters and two brothers.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Grass Creek United Methodist Church with Rev. Cheryl Stratton officiating. Burial will be at Grass Creek Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to Grass Creek United Methodist Church or Fulton County Historical Society.

Dean Richter
Nov. 9, 1930 – July 8, 2001
Dean Richter, 70, 2520 Park Place, Rochester, died at 12:40 a.m. Sunday at Indiana University Medical Center. He had been in failing health one year.
Born in Fulton to Ernie and Jennie Gundrum Richter, he married Marjorie I. Wideman Nov. 18, 1951 in Rochester. She died Jan. 15, 1988. He married Helen Brown Nov. 29, 1991. She survives.
Mr. Richter was a retired plant manager of Lau Industries, Rochester, and president of Fulton County Council for five years. A lifetime Fulton County resident, he was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served on the Deaconate trustee and finance boards and was an usher. He was a member of the Fulton Economic Development Corp. board of directors, Fulton County Republicans, Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Tracey Beeman and husband David, Elwood, Lee Ann Meyer and husband Chris, Lawrence; two sons, Charles A. and wife Dion, Austin, Texas, Tim and wife Rhonda, Denver; two stepsons, James Rans, Rochester, Jack Rans and wife Pam, Indianapolis; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; three sisters, his twin, Donna Carvey and husband Dee, Macy, Mary Ross and husband Bob, Flora, Helen Brutcher and husband Frank, Logansport; two brothers, Frank, Fulton, Harry and wife Dorothy, Rochester; several nieces and nephews.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 1000 Main St., with Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or Fulton County Cancer Fund.

Barbara L. Lawson
Aug. 24, 1929 – July 6, 2001
Barbara L. Lawson, 71, died at 7:50 p.m. Friday at her 3515 Gregory Farm Village residence.
Born in Indianapolis to George E. and Lenore Steger Tridle, she married Rev. William Lawson, Sr. Feb. 3, 1951 in Greenwood. He survives.
Mrs. Lawson, a homemaker and retired secretary for Lawson Family, Inc., lived in many surrounding areas while Rev. Lawson served his ministry. She was a member of Mentone United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star 494, Carmel, United Methodist Women, Fulton County Council on Aging, Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary and Mentone Lions Club.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are two daughters, D. Lynn Fritz, Goshen, Loretta Lee Lawson, Wawaka; one son, Rev. Bill, Jr. and wife Cheryl, Mayfield, Ky.; four grandchildren, Tony, Dania, Kelly and Ryan; three great-grandchildren, Shelby, Haley and Tatiana.
Preceding in death were her parents, two brothers and one sister.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mentone United Methodist Church with Revs. Jack Thompson and Ed Clark officiating. Burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Indianapolis. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at King Memorial Home, Mentone, and one hour prior to services at the church. There will be a Lions Club memorial service at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. There will be a graveside memorial service at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Indianapolis. Memorials may be made to Indiana University Medical Center, Indiana Lions Cancer Control Center, Mentone United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Barbara A. Alber
Jan. 29, 1945 – July 7, 2001
Barbara Allen Alber, 56, 25 Scott St., Athens, died at 3:25 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital. She had been in failing health seven years.
Born in Fulton County to Herman A. and Edith Lowe Alber, she was a lifetime Fulton County resident.
Ms. Alber retired from Lau Industries in 1999 after 25 years. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary, all of Rochester, and United Auto Workers Union.
Survivors include two sisters, “Sis” Mathias and husband J.D., Darlene Bay and husband Bill, all of Rochester; one brother, Manford Alber and wife Alice, Morris, Okla.; special friend, Jeanette; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were her parents and one brother, Roy.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial is at Athens Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Cancer Fund.

Benjamin F. Smith
Dec. 19, 1925 – July 7, 2001
Benjamin F. Smith, 75, Lecanto, Fla., died Saturday in Crystal River, Fla.
Born in Macy to Benjamin and Frances Emma Ward Smith, he moved to Lecanto, Fla. from Peru 10 years ago. He was a dairy farmer and fuel tank driver.
Mr. Smith attended Lecanto Baptist Church and was past master of Free & Accepted Masons Lincoln Lodge, Macy, past patron of Order of the Eastern Star, Macy, and was a member of Shriner Club of Fort Wayne, Scottish Rite of South Bend and Miami County Farm Bureau.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ethel M. Smith, at home; one son, Charles D. and wife Rebecca, Macy; one daughter, Beverly Brown and husband Charles, Denver; five grandchildren, Jeffery and Jerry Smith, Macy, Chris Smith, Denver, Brian Raber, Macy, Haley Raber, Indianapolis; two great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Caleb Smith, both of Denver; two brothers, R. Wayne Smith, Rochester, Harold L. Smith, Warsaw; one sister, Marjorie Miller, Richmond; several nieces and nephews.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills, Fla.

Robert R. Morris
July 21, 1910 – July 7, 2001
Robert R. Morris, 90, died at 10:40 a.m. Saturday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.
Born in Marion to Kiger S. and Julia Glenn Getz Morris, he married Dorothea Rittenhouse Jan. 19, 1929 in Marion. She died Feb. 19, 2000.
Mr. Morris, formerly of Claypool, Beaver Dam, Grabill and Marion, retired from ITT Corp., Fort Wayne. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 224, where he was a past master, and Scottish Rite, Fort Wayne.
Survivors include four daughters, Joan Dunbar, Fort Wayne, Patricia Lewis and husband Don, Marion, Roberta “Bert” Lyon, Beaver Dam Lake, Jean Payne and husband Mike, Marion; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death were two brothers, Wayne D. and Charlie, and one grandson.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Revs. Robert Seewald and Evelyn Taylor officiating. Burial is at Grant Memorial Park, Marion. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Beaver Dam United Methodist Church.

Reta J. Long
July 1, 1934 – July 6, 2001
Reta J. Long, 67, Kewanna, died at 2:05 p.m. Friday at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
Born in Peru to Eldo and Dessie Mobley Hartleroad, she married David W. Long May 6, 1961 in Peru. He survives.
Mrs. Long retired from Federal Mogul, Leiters Ford after 22 years. She worked at Green Thumb, Winamac. She enjoyed euchre and had a small part in “Best Man in Grass Creek.”
Survivors include three sons, Jay Hartleroad, Auburn, Harold Bouthot, Peru, Patrick Long, Kewanna; four daughters, Sherry Sterling and Brenda Hartleroad, both of Peru, Pam Long, Logansport, Janet Long, Rochester; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five sisters, Rachel Iona Davis, Firestone, Colo., Naomi Hartman, Carol Townsend, both of Peru, Martha Leona Dillman, Mexico; one brother, Ralph Hartleroad, Peru.
Preceding in death were three brothers, Victor, Ron and Jake Hartleroad.
Services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial is at Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and from 8 a.m. until time of service Wednesday.

Margaret Duhnovsky
Sept. 5, 1911 – July 8, 2001
Margaret Duhnovsky, 89, died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in New York to George and Elizabeth Leiber Hein, she married Bela Duhnovsky Sept. 17, 1929 in Gary. He died Jan. 19, 1989.
Mrs. Duhnovsky was a homemaker and former Gary resident.
Survivors include one son, Bill and wife Marilyn, Rochester; four grandchildren, John Duhnovsky and wife Debbie, Plymouth, Diana Caccavo and husband Paul, Olathe, Kan., Mike Duhnovsky and wife Eugenia, Monticello, Susan Wise and husband Bob, Manilla, Ark.; nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth. Memorials may be made to Faith Outreach Center, Rochester. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

Leona Veenstra
March 25, 1913 – July 8, 2001
Leona Engel Veenstra, 88, 9755 W. Fulton County Road 700 North, Culver, died at 7:05 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Born in Lansing, Ill. to John and Grace Cooper Overmyer, she married Forrest Hatfield in 1929. He died. She married Walter Engle in 1935. he died in 1987. She married Herman Veenstra in 1990. He survives.
Mrs. Veenstra moved to Culver from Monterey in 1944. She retired from Torin Corp., Rochester. She attended Delong Gospel Lighthouse Church and was a member of Local 947.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are four daughters, Lynn E. Klitzman, Winamac, Darlene Johnson, Rochester, Joan McCune and husband Kenneth, and Doris Clark, all of Culver; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death were one, son, one daughter and her parents.
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Delong Gospel Lighthouse Church. Burial is at Ora Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bonine Funeral Home, Culver. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Mary R. L. Morris
Nov. 8, 1921 – July 6, 2001
Mary Ruth Lucille Morris, 79, died at 4:08 a.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Logansport to William and Gertrude Flennar Berger, she married Merlyn P. Morris April 5, 1942 in Denver. He died April 16, 1976.
Mrs. Morris lived most of her life in the areas of Akron, Gilead and Macy. She retired from bookkeeping at Hart Schaffner & Marx, Rochester, in 1984. She had worked at Nickles Bakery and Forest Farms, Rochester. She was a member of Olive Branch Church of God, Roann, where she was active in the senior’s group.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Nicodemus and husband Donald, Akron, Lana K. Weaver and husband Tim, Akron; five grandchildren, Laurie Bowyer, Akron, Dale Bowyer and wife Brandi, Rochester, Brian Nicodemus, Akron, Lanae and Lashell Weaver, Akron; one great-granddaughter, Danay Bowyer, Rochester.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Akron, with Revs. Lowell Burris and Lawrence See officiating. Burial is at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.

Orren D. St. Clair
May 11, 1912 – July 5, 2001
Orren D. St. Clair, 89, 5747 W. Fulton County Road 600 South, Kewanna, died at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.
Born in Cass County to Arthur and Flora Jane Foy St. Clair, he married Josephine Cooper March 14, 1934 in Fulton. She died Dec. 22, 1989. He married Maxine Geier Long Sept. 30, 1994 in Grass Creek. She survives.
Mr. St. Clair was a Wayne Township farmer and had been a member of Olive Branch United Methodist Church and Grass Creek United Methodist Church. He enjoyed yard and garden work, especially flowers.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Dorothy Clauson and husband David, Rochester; one son, Don and wife Marilyn, Kewanna; one stepson, Roger Long and wife Sue, Muncie; one stepdaughter, Dorothy Young, Grass Creek; six grandchildren, Ann Bauman and husband Don, Linda Burton and husband Dennis, Ron Clauson and wife Cindy, all of Rochester, Kathleen Arthur and husband Mart, Twelve Mile, Karen Hutsell and husband Nolan, Kewanna, Tom St. Clair and wife Sharon, Logansport; 12 great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; 12 stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother, Glen and wife Mary Lois, Galveston; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death with his wife were three brothers, George, Edgar and Frank St. Clair, three sisters, Nellie Hoffman, Doris Perry and Mary Erwin.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Grass Creek United Methodist Church with Revs. Cheryl Stratton and Don Reed officiating. Burial is at Fulton Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to Grass Creek United Methodist Church.

Harry K. Mayhew
March 23, 1917 – July 5, 2001
Harry Kermit Mayhew, 84, died at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Lake City, Iowa to Harry A. and Laura Scales Mayhew, he married Mary Catherine Ipock Nov. 6, 1971 in Plymouth. She survives.
Mr. Mayhew was a Rochester and Lake Manitou resident most of his life, coming from Gary. He worked at Wicks Lumber Co., Argos, and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Rochester.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Edith Burns and husband Gerald, Leesville, La., Annetta Mathews and huband Michael, Rochester, Thelma Darlene Snyder and husband Daniel, Syracuse; one son, Marvin and wife Janice, Rochester; 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Phyllis Clemans and husband Robert, Rochester, Pat Bird and husband Ken, Rochester; two stepsons, Daniel White, Rochester, Rickey White, Kewanna; one brother, George Mayhew, Fort Wayne.
Preceding in death were his parents, two sisters, Emma Sammuels, Pauline Miller, and one brother, Keith Mayhew.
Graveside services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rochester IOOF Cemetery with Rev. David Dittman officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

Edna M. Woodcox
Dec. 15, 1907 – July 5, 2001
Edna M. Woodcox, 93, died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday at her South Bend residence.
Born Dec. 15, 1907 in Marshall County to Grover and Hattie Eley Kimble, she married Paul C. Woodcox on May 29, 1926, at LaPaz. He died Jan 30, 1985.
She lived all her life in Marshall and St. Joseph counties. With her husband she owned a restaurant, motel and construction company in South Bend. In 1941, they were instrumental in founding South Side Church of God, with the first service being held in their family living room.
She taught children’s Sunday school for many years, was active in the Ladies Missionary Society and cooked for many church dinners. She was active with the children’s ministries at Yellow Creek Lake Campgrounds, child evangelism and Camp Millhouse. She helped prepare meals at Hope Rescue Mission for many years while her church held services there.
Survivors include three daughters, Norma Feller, Luella and husband Lee Chizum and Verda and husband Allen Mitschelen, South Bend; two sons, Dale and wife Rosalie Woodcox, New Carlisle, and Ken and wife Mary Woodcox, Nappanee; 17 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and one brother, Wilber and wife Sarah Kimble, Semiole, Fla. She was preceded in death by one son, Herschell, and three brothers, Darewood, Homer and Charles Kimble.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in South Side Church of God, 7351 U.S. 31 South, South Bend, with Rev. Greg D. Crump officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Palmer Funeral Home, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, and one hour before services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to South Side Church of God.

Paula A. Murphy
Jan. 10, 1969 – July 1, 2001
Paula Ann Correll Murphy, 32, Peru, died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at her Peru residence.
Born in Peru to Paul J. and Jaunita Sons Correll, she was a 1987 graduate of Winchester High School.
Ms. Murphy, a member of Zion Chapel, Peru, was an assembler at United Technologies, Peru.
Survivors include her parents, Peru; one daughter, Alicia Kay Murphy, at home, fiance, Dave Swihart, Peru; one brother, Paul J. Correll II, Indianapolis; one sister, Melissa Kay Arnold and husband Richard, Mexico; maternal grandmother, Hazel Sons, Peru; paternal grandmother, Goldie Correll, Peru; several aunts, uncles and cousins, including Angela Gilleland.
Services were at 1 p.m. today at Zion Chapel, Denver. Revs. Rod Correll and Gene Correll officiated. Burial was at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Denver. Memorials may be made to the family to benefit her daughter. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, was in charge of arrangements.

Wilma I. Smiley
Aug. 22, 1922 – July 3, 2001
Former Rochester resident Wilma I. Smiley, 78, died at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
Born in Napoleon, Ohio to Robert H. and Estella Durham Walter, Sr., she married Don E. Smiley Dec. 31, 1945 in Rochester. He died March 6, 1977.
Mrs. Smiley, a 1989 retiree of Woodlawn Hospital, taught Sunday School at Rochester’s St. John Lutheran Church for 30 years. She was a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and a Democratic precinct chairman. She enjoyed gardening, visiting nursing homes and the Braille for the Blind program.
Survivors include one daughter, Beth Waldkoetter and husband Fred, Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren, Megan Waldkoetter, Dallas, Texas, and Aaron Waldkoetter, New York City; one sister, Marguerite Sirken, Rochester.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, two brothers, Luther and Robert H. Walter, Jr., two sisters, Lucille Schroeder and Estella Marie Hoffman.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, 404 Jefferson St., Rochester, with Rev. James W. Kreft officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Robert ‘Bob’ E. Saner
Aug. 17, 1928 – July 3, 2001
Robert “Bob” E. Saner, 72, died at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday at Indiana Veterans Home, West Lafayette.
Born in Akron to Homer and Ferrell Schindler Saner, he married Kay D. Karns June 16, 1954 in Rochester. She survives.
Mr. Saner, an Akron and Rochester area resident most of his life, came to Lafayette in January from Indianapolis. A 1946 Akron High School graduate, he was a self-employed refrigeration and heating ventilation and air conditioning contractor over 30 years and former owner of Commercial Refrigeration, Rochester. He enjoyed fishing. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Roberta Combs and husband John, Indianapolis; four brothers, Loyd, Ray and Charles Saner, all of Akron, and Fred Saner, Silver Lake; several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Indiana Veterans Home Cemetery Chapel, West Lafayette. Burial is at Indiana Veterans Home Cemetery, West Lafayette. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the home chapel. Memorials may be made to Indiana Veterans Home, 3851 N. River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

Muriel Verhaeghe
March 30, 1928 – June 11, 2001
Graveside rites were held June 28 at Bruce Lake Cemetery for Muriel Verhaeghe, 73, who died June 11 in Bradenton, Fla.
Born to Fred and Rose Copeland Sheane, she married Richard Verhaeghe in July, 1948. He survives.
Also surviving are one son, John and wife Mary; one daughter, Irene Schuster and husband Ron; two grandchildren, Chris and Jason Verhaeghe; one sister, Alice Plantz and husband Robert, Kewanna; several nieces and nephews.

Donald K. Jenkins
Oct. 4, 1957 – July 4, 2001
Donald Kevin Jenkins, 43, died at 1:38 p.m. Wednesday at his 617 Indiana Ave. residence. He had been in failing health seven years.
Born in Rochester to Donald and Jean Kofford Jenkins, he worked at Rochester Metal Products.
Mr. Jenkins was a member of House of Prayer, Akron, Rochester Eagles Lodge, American Flint Glass Workers Union and AFL-CIO. He served in the U.S. Navy with the SeaBees.
Survivors include two daughters, Brooklyn and Kaylyn Reser, Rochester; two sons, Justin and Braydon Jenkins, Rochester; foster mother, Janet Riffle; two brothers, Ronald “Scott” Jenkins, Lexington, S.C., Jeffrey Jenkins, Indianapolis; two foster sisters, Kelly Franklin and Kerry Nelson, both of Rochester; two foster brothers, Barney and Hank Riffle, both of Rochester.
Preceding in death were his parents and one sister, Tamara Lynn.
Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Danny Honeycutt officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Hope Hospice, House of Prayer, Akron, or Fulton County Cancer Fund.

Geneva M. Castleman
Feb. 12, 1910 – July 2, 2001
Geneva M. Castleman, 91, 2600 Southway 31, died at 2:10 p.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Fulton County to George and Cora Alice Willis Morris, she married Vernon “Bill” Castleman in 1961. He died Sept. 26, 1978.
Mrs. Castleman, a homemaker, was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and its women’s group and was a Gray Lady at Woodlawn Hospital.
Survivors include two daughters, Joanne Albright and husband Robert, Indianapolis, Dolores Hayden and husband Jack, Rochester; one son, Jack Anderson, and wife Donna, Logansport; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one sister and four brothers.
Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Rick Taylor officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from noon Wednesday until time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church or the Arthritis Foundation.

Donald J. Rogan
March 5, 1932 – June 29, 2001
Donald James Rogan, 69, 13255 Hickory Road, Argos, died at 7:45 p.m. Friday at South Bend Memorial Hospital.
Born in Plymouth to Cornelius and Lena Hite Rogan, he married Lily Heidenreich Feb. 17, 1979 in Plymouth. She survives.
Mr. Rogan, a Plymouth and Argos resident most of his life, owned and operated Rogan Sales & Service in Plymouth and was a mechanic. He raced go-carts and stock cars and was a member of Moose Lodge 741, Plymouth. He wintered in Bartow, Fla. and enjoyed spending time with friends.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Karen Deon and husband Bob, Donna Wenzel and husband Jim, both of Plymouth, Dawn Grossman and husband Phil, Argos; one son, Kenny Rogan and friend Kathy Snyder, Plymouth; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Jacox and husband Roger, Plymouth; two brothers, Patrick, Argos, and Lowell and wife Linda, Kenton, Ohio.
Preceding in death were his parents, one brother, Robert, one stepson, Chester Henrikson, and one grandson, Shane Zehner.
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, with Rev. Chuck Krieg officiating. Burial is at New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Home Healthcare Services of Plymouth.

Marvin L. Putman
Jan. 21, 1918 – June 29, 2001
Marvin Lester Putman, 83, Wabash, died at 7:30 a.m. Friday at his residence.
Born in Akron to Folen and Marie Powell Putman, he married Marjorie Daniels on June 27, 1941. She died Feb. 16, 1994. He then married Hilda Leedy Eubank Huffman. She survives.
Mr. Putman was a 1937 graduate of Akron High School. He started the Salamonie Mobile Home Park, rural Wabash County, in 1969, owned and operated the Treaty Saw Mill from 1950-66, and was the head custodian at Southwood Elementary School for 16 years, retiring in 1981. He attended Wabash Church of the Brethren, was a member of the Wabash chapter of the AARP and delivered Meals on Wheels. He lived in Wabash County since 1957.
Surviving with his wife are two daughters, Michele Gilchrist and husband Donald, Dewey, Ariz., Marie Johnson and husband Donnie, Oakville, Conn.; one brother, Doyle Putman, Argos; two sisters, Eva Simms and husband Elston, Rochester, Pauline Doll, Valparaiso; and three grandchildren.
Preceding in death were two sisters.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Brethren organ fund.


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