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Caleb J. Blount
Dec. 26, 1997 – Jan. 21, 2001
Caleb J. Blount, 3, Walkerton, died Sunday at Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis, following a year-long battle with cancer.
He was born in South Bend to Josh and Tracy Heims Blount.
Surviving with his parents, of Walkerton, are one brother, Logan, at home; maternal grandparents, Craig and Sandy Heims, Plymouth; paternal grandparents, Bill and Alice Blount, Lapaz; maternal great-grandparents, Bob and Grace Irwin, Knox, Carolyn Heath, North Liberty, Ralph and Maxine Heims, Francesville; paternal great-grandparents, Bob and Vicki Guhse, Rochester, Pat Blount, Lapaz and Myrtle McFarland, Plymouth; several aunts and uncles.
Services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Walkerton United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Arnold Smith officiating. Burial is at Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Rannels Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel, and two hours prior to services at the church.

Charlotte A. Bechdolt
Charlotte A. Bechdolt, 64, New Port Richey, Fla., died Monday at Windsor Woods Convalescent Center, Hudson, Fla.
Mrs. Bechdolt was born in Cass County and moved to New Port Richey from Logansport four months ago. She was a department manager at Wal-Mart and a member of Rochester Church of the Nazarene.
Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Ronald, at home; three sons, Robert Shine, Clearwater Beach, Fla.; Jimmie Shine, Rochester; David Bechdolt, Indianapolis; seven daughters, Lotte Toney, Logansport; Donna Shine, Logansport; Nancy Claauseen, New Port Richey, Fla.; Sheri Galimore, Camden; Melissa Ousley, Macy; Kristi Gochenour, New Port Richey, Fla.; Aimee Morris, Macy; nine grandchildren; one brother, Lewis Rose, Churubusco; three sisters, Mary Wilburn, Logansport; Phyllis Burke, Sun City Center, Fla.; Janis Knowles, Logansport.
Arrangements are being handled by Faupel Funeral Home, Inc., New Port Richey, Fla.

Ruby L. Pugh
Sept. 10, 1916 – Jan. 22, 2001
Ruby L. Pugh, 84, Rochester, died at 4:50 p.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Miami County to Charles and Iva Schroll Confer, she married Cameron Thomas Pugh Sept. 21, 1931 in Plymouth. He died Dec. 24, 1954.
Mrs. Pugh was a homemaker.
Survivors include four daughters, Linda Fisher, Macy; Zalla Working and husband Larry, Moyock, N.C.; Connie Hummerickhouse and husband Dwight, Nyona Lake; Brenda Gundrum and husband Mark, Fulton; one son, Jim and wife Becky, Lucerne; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Esther Shipman, Peru; two sister-in-laws, Louanna Pugh, Rochester; Delores Pugh, Peru.
Preceding in death with her husband were five sons, Lowell, Morris Stanley, Danny, Thomas O. and Ward C., two brothers, Herb and Charles Confer, three grandsons and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Greg Peck officiating. Burial is at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

James L. Ihnen
Dec. 24, 1930 – Jan. 20, 2001
James L. Ihnen, 70, Akron, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at his home.
Born in Disko to Bennett and Thelma May Kline Ihnen, he married Doris Silvius Aug. 24, 1954. She survives.
Mr. Ihnen was a retired tool and die maker and a disabled veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one son, Steve E., Akron; two daughters, Janet Martin, Ligonier; Debra Hartzler and husband Jerry, Akron; seven grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; two brothers, Walter and Richard, North Manchester; one sister, Patsy Fairchild, Huntington.
Preceding in death were his parents, one son, James Lyn, and one sister.
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester Chapel, with Rev. Ronald Purkey officiating. Burial is at South Pleasant Cemetery, rural Silver Lake. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wabash or Fulton County Cancer Society.

Florence I. Luey
Aug. 3, 1906 – Jan. 20, 2001
Florence I. Luey, 94, Lucerne, died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.
Born in Lucerne to Floyd and Ollie Clinger Burton, she married Russell J. Luey June 27, 1925 in St. Joseph, Mich. He died July 21, 1978.
Mrs. Luey was a homemaker and, for 17 years, a Wayne Township school bus driver. A 1924 graduate of Lucerne High School, she was a member of Indian Creek Christian Church, where she was church women’s fellowship secretary for 10 years, Harrison Township Extension Homemakers secretary for 24 years, and a member of Wayne Township election board for 50 years. She enjoyed reading and making quilts and afghans.
Survivors include two sons, Charles E. and Francis R., both of Logansport; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husband were two sisters.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger’s Royal Center Chapel with Rev. Bob Cree officiating. Burial is at Indian Creek Christian Cemetery, Lucerne. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and 8 a.m. until time of service Tuesday. Memorials may be made to Indian Creek Christian Church.

Andrew J. Kuhn
Dec. 4, 1904 – Jan. 19, 2001
Former Grass Creek resident Andrew James Kuhn, 96, died Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport, where he had been a patient since December.
Born in Wayne Township, Fulton County, to William H. and Mara Savanna Goodner Kuhn, he married Ruth Loretta Crimmons October 11, 1926. She died July 3, 1971. He married Mary Alice Seybold Hardy Dec. 12, 1975. She survives.
Mr. Kuhn attended schools in Fulton, Cass and Pulaski counties until age 16 when he quit to pursue farming. He worked for Pennsylvania Railroad from 1921-1928. He was in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1924-1925. He then worked for Studebaker Corp. and returned to farming in 1930, settling near Grass Creek. He moved to Logansport in July. He attended Grass Creek United Methodist Church for 60 years and was involved in the Fulton County Historical Society.
Surviving with his wife are one daughter, Maurine Young, Burkittsville, Md.; one son, J. Doyle Kuhn, Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, Robert and Michael Young, Jeffrey and David Kuhn; three great-grandchildren, Nancy, Natalie and Christopher A.J. Kuhn; two stepdaughters, Jean Morphet, Lucerne; Dorothy Sparks, Michigan City; several stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren and stepgreat-great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Leo Crimmins, Lucerne, and Harold Crimmins, Logansport.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger’s Royal Center Chapel with Rev. Cheryl Stratton officiating. Burial is at Mount Hope, Logansport. Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 8 a.m. until time of service Tuesday. Memorials may be made to Grass Creek United Methodist Church.

Rae Ann Elizabeth Shafer
Rae Ann Elizabeth Shafer, 1101 Dogwood Dr., Rochester, was stillborn at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Survivors include her parents, Daniel and Jennifer Wade Shafer, Rochester; maternal grandparents, Allen and Marilyn Wade, Rochester; paternal grandmother, Penni Shafer Brovont, Rochester; maternal great-grandparents, Joan Bunn, Rochester, and Fred Mitchell, Bradenton, Fla.
Preceding in death were her paternal grandfather, Pete Shafer and maternal great-grandmother, Sue Ann Mitchell.
Private services and burial were today at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Pastor Dan Mundt officiated.

Jean L. Sheppard
Dec. 6, 1922 – Jan. 20, 2001
Jean L. Sheppard, 78, Winamac, died at 9:23 a.m. at Home Hospital, Lafayette.
Born in Peru to Guy and Emma Mahala Clingaman Deeds, she married John S. Sheppard April 15, 1941 in Delphi. He survives.
Mrs. Sheppard worked at Pulaski County Surveyor’s office for 10 years and at Russell’s Trading Post. She was executive secretary of Pulaski County Chapter of American Red Cross for 15 years and was former co-owner of Sheppard Excavating Co., Inc. She lived in Winamac most of her life. She was a member of Winamac Church of the Nazarene, past Worthy Matron of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 96 and former deputy for District 17 of OES, mother advisor for Rainbow, past president of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1728 Auxiliary, a Girl Scout leader and member of Bunco Club.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Judy Kopka and husband Carl, Francesville; two sons, Robert and wife Kathy, Winamac; David and wife Jo, Gainesville, Fla.; six grandchildren, Kimberly and Christopher Kopka, Michelle Smith, Richard, Bob and Cindy Sheppard; two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Kenneth Austin Smith; two sisters, Delores Lowe and husband Roy, Dunkirk; Sandra Miller and husband Chester, Peru; four brothers, Dale and wife Vi, Rochester; Lyle Dean and wife Lela, Denver; Guy “Bill” and wife Jane and Jerry and wife Sianna, all of Macy.
Preceding in death was one brother, William Carter Deeds.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Winamac Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Paul T. Commons officiating. Burial is at McKinley Memorial Gardens, Winamac. Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, and one hour prior to services at the church. The OES Chapter 96 will conduct a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Winamac Church of the Nazarene building fund.

Harold K. Wakeland
Jan. 20, 1925 – Jan. 21, 2001
Harold Keith Wakeland, 76, 510 Clay St., Rochester, died at 4:56 p.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born in Carroll County to Walter Earl and Bessie Mummert Wakeland, he married Margaret L. Wermes Aug. 31, 1946 in Logansport. She survives.
Mr. Wakeland was an operating engineer for the former McMahan-O’Conner Construction, Rochester. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II in the Pacific Theater on the U.S.S. Harris. He was a member of American Legion Post 36, Moose Lodge Post 1107, Operating Engineer Union 841, Terre Haute and Operating Engineer Union 103, Chicago.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Elaine Marie Wakeland, Brownsville, Penn.; three sons, Bruce E. and wife Jane, Culver; Neal K. and wife Keri, Rochester; Daniel E. and wife Janet, Grandview, Texas; seven grandchildren, George, Christine and Rebecca Brownfield, Jennifer, Nicole, Keith and Hailly Wakeland; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Erin Brownfield; one brother, Rev. Lewis Wakeland and wife Mary Lou, Tehachapi, Calif.
Preceding in death were his parents, two brothers, Merle and Jean, and one sister, Opal Wakeland.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Father John Zahn officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery, where the VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the Mylenoma (cancer) Foundation.

Rae Ann Elizabeth Shafer
Rae Ann Elizabeth Shafer, 1101 Dogwood Dr., Rochester, was stillborn at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Survivors include her parents, Daniel and Jennifer Wade Shafer, Rochester; one sister, Jessica Shafer, Rochester; one brother, Josh Shafer, Rochester; maternal grandparents, Allen and Marilyn Wade, Rochester; paternal grandmother, Penni Shafer Brovont, Rochester; maternal great-grandfather, Fred Mitchell, Bradenton, Fla.
Preceding in death were paternal grandfather, Pete Shafer; maternal great-grandmother, Sue Ann Mitchell.
Private services and burial will be held Monday at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, with Rev. Dan Mundt officiating. There will be no visitation.

Maribel J. Jones
Jan. 25, 1924 – Jan. 19, 2001
Maribel J. Jones, 76, Mexico, died at 2:55 a.m. Friday at Dukes Continuing Care Center, Peru.
Born to Chalmer D. and Elizabeth Nixon Kern in Oakville, she married Marvin L. Jones on March 16, 1946, in Muncie. He survives.
Mrs. Jones graduated from Cowan High School in 1941 and attended Ball State University, Muncie. She was a homemaker and a member of Mexico Church of the Brethren, Mexico, and the church’s Women’s Fellowship.
Survivors include her husband, Mexico; two sons, Kerny C. Jones and wife Mary Kaye, Peru, Kenny L. Jones, Peru; two brothers, Lee Kern, New Castle, Myrus Kern, Muncie; four grandchildren, Keenan Jones, Marvin Jones, Sean Jones, Samantha Jones.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Eldon Krider and Rev. Don Ritchey officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mexico Church of the Brethren, Mexico.

Anthony Eberly
Nov. 20, 1984 – Jan. 17, 2001
Anthony Eberly, 16, 8088 S. Beaver Dam Road, Claypool, died at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday in Goshen in a snowmobile accident.
Born in Marshall County, he was the son of Mark and Sandra Miller Eberly. He lived in the area for 10 years, coming from Goshen. He was a farmer.
Survivors include his parents, of Claypool; maternal grandparents, Orie and Anna Miller, Goshen; paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Mary Eberly, Orrville, Ohio; maternal great-grandmother, Sarah Martin, New Paris; two brothers, Alfred and Nelson Eberly, at home; five sisters, Audrey, Marcella, Janita, Delores and Jessica Eberly, all at home.
Preceding in death was his natural father, Elmer Eberly.
Services are at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Yellow Creek Wisler Mennonite Church, Elkhart County Roads 38 and 11, Goshen. Burial is at Yellow Creek Frame Cemetery, Goshen. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. A prayer service will be held at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Emma M. Johnson
April 17, 1918 – Jan. 18, 2001
Emma Maxine Johnson, 82, Logansport, died at 12:07 a.m. Thursday at Logansport Memorial Hospital.
Born in Cass County to Clinton and Grace Condon Beecher, she married Kenneth W. Johnson Nov. 29, 1941. He died Aug. 29, 1966.
Mrs. Johnson retired in 1978 from assembly at RBM Production.
Survivors include one son, Randall Lee, Logansport; one daughter, Nancy Brown and husband Frank, Rochester; four grandchildren, Cindy Brown, Hebron; Kathy Brown, Little River, S.C.; Kevin Brown and wife Emily, Rochester; Mike Brown and wife Richelle, Rochester; three great-grandchildren, Kara, Laura and Zachary Brown; two brothers, Everett Beecher, Wanatu; Harold Beecher, Twelve Mile; three sisters, Elaine Shafer, Royal Center; Harriet Morris, Logansport; Jean Grable, Twelve Mile.
Preceding in death with her husband were three brothers.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fisher Funeral Chapel, 1801 Chase Road, Logansport, with Rev. Paul Reeder officiating. Burial is at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Marilyn Murphy (Guthrie)
Jan. 28, 1935 – Jan. 17, 2001
Marilyn Murphy (Guthrie), 65, 920 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at her home.
Born in Lakewood, Ohio to Ralph F. and Ethel Reilly Murphy, she married Thomas A. Guthrie Dec. 18, 1954 in Oak Park, Ill. He died Oct. 19, 1997.
A Rochester resident for 13 years, she recently returned from Palm Springs, Calif. She helped organize the Rochester & Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce and retired from there as a volunteer.
Survivors include four sons, Glenn, Portland, Maine; James and wife Lisa, San Diego, Calif.; Jack, Rochester; William and wife Laura, Saugus, Calif.; four grandchildren, Aloma, Leona Marie and Ryan Guthrie, all of Portland, Maine; Grant Samuel Guthrie, Saugus, Calif.; two sisters, Janet Murphy, Oceanside, Calif.; Eileen Schultz and husband Robert, Lawndale, Calif.; two brothers, Paul and wife Doris, Canyon Lake, Calif.; George and wife Francine, Sacramento, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Doris Murphy, Sun City, Calif.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents and one brother, Jack, in 1999.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Frances L. Anderson
Oct. 13, 1918 – Jan. 13, 2001
Frances L. Bertram Anderson, 83, Kewanna, died Saturday at Palos Community Hospital, Palos, Ill.
Mrs. Anderson was born in Frankfort. She married Charles Anderson. He died in 1988. She was a waitress.
Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Flamini and husband John, Schaumburg, Ill.; Judy Reynolds and husband Don, Chicago Heights; two sons, Jim and wife Nancy, Schaumburg, Ill.; Charles, Steger, Ill.; four grandchildren.
Services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Kewanna. Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.

Allie W. Johnson
Sept. 3, 1924 – Jan. 14, 2001
Allie W. Johnson, 76, Montpelier, died at 9:10 a.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born in Morehead, Ky. to Ollie and Linda McGraw Johnson, he married Martha “Eloise” Umberger May 24, 1944 in Yorktown. She died June 16, 1989.
Mr. Johnson graduated from Morehead, Ky. High School and God’s Bible School, Anderson. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, stationed in Fort Knox. A former resident of Muncie, Yorktown and Marion, he was a self-employed painter and carpenter, working for many foundries. He was a minister at Free Methodist Church, Muncie. He was a member of the American Legion Byron Thornburg Post 10, Marion.
Survivors include one son, Jonathon and wife Brenda, Tippecanoe; one daughter, Patricia L. Dunica and husband Mike, Marion; four grandchildren, Erick Johnson, Tippecanoe; Gary Johnson, Bourbon; Kristi and Shea Dunica, Marion; one great-grandson, Grant Johnson, Bourbon; one brother, Clint and wife Lou, Morehead, Ky.; two sisters, Carrie Mae Bradley, Muncie; Adda Stanley and husband Chester, Morehead, Ky.
Preceding in death with his wife were his parents, one son, David, three brothers and two sisters.
Services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Glancy Funeral Home, Walker Chapel, 109 W. Windsor St., Montpelier, with Rev. George Cole officiating. Burial is at Jones Cemetery, Muncie. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Robert W. McClelland
Dec. 22, 1924 – Jan. 9, 2001
Robert W. McClelland, 76, 800 Pontiac St., Rochester, died at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Life Care Center of Rochester, where he had been a patient for two weeks.
Born in Paulding, Ohio to Owen and June Stump McClelland, he married Maryann Haig April 3, 1966 in Terre Haute. She survives.
Mr. McClelland was a mechanical engineer at ITP Aerospace, Fort Wayne, for 28 years.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two sisters, Alice Hatfield, Powell, Ohio; Evalyn Preston, Manchester, N.H.
Arrangements were handled by the Cremation Society of Indiana.

Robert E. Adcock
April 2, 1927 – Jan. 11, 2001
Robert E. Adcock, 73, 1372 N. Lake Shore Dr., Kewanna, died at 6:46 p.m. Thursday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.
Born in Indianapolis to Jesse and Lela Adams Adcock, he married Karen Jane Reed June 26, 1980 in Beech Grove. She survives.
Mr. Adcock served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Korean conflict. He moved to Lake Bruce in 1990, coming from the Kokomo and Indianapolis areas. He retired after 41 years at Mechanics Laundry, Kokomo and Indianapolis, where he was general manager. He was a member of the Winamac Church of the Nazarene, Kokomo American Legion Post 6, Cumberland Masonic Lodge Post 726 and was treasurer of the Lake Bruce Association.
Surviving with his wife are one daughter, Suzanna Osborne and husband Tim, Indianapolis; five sons, Bob, Dennis and wife Joyce, Kevin and wife Cathy, Duane and wife Pennye, all of Indianapolis; Paul, Cookeville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Don and wife Shirley and Darrell and wife Artie, all of Indianapolis.
Preceding in death were one brother and two sisters.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Winamac Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Paul T. Commons officiating. Burial is at Bruce Lake Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Frain Mortuary, 305 E. Main St., Winamac, and after 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Masonic services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

L. Randall Roberts
Aug. 4, 1946 – Jan. 11, 2001
L. Randall Roberts, 54, a former resident of South Whitley, died Thursday at his home in Franklin.
Born in Warsaw to Lawrence and Betty Tschantz Roberts, he graduated from South Whitley High School and attended Phoenix Junior College in Phoenix, Ariz. He was employed as a plant manager and operations manager at Power Investments for the past 18 years. His previous employment included Production Credit Association in Columbia City and Williams Mobil Office in South Whitley. He was a member of Church of God and Eel River Masonic Lodge #510 F. & A.M. in South Whitley.
Surviving are his parents, South Whitley; three sons, Rodney Roberts, North Manchester, Bryan Roberts, Franklin, Brad Roberts, Franklin; one daughter, Randee Sue Reiff, South Whitley; fiance Mandy Young and her daughter Kristen Young, Franklin; four grandchildren; one brother, Wayne Roberts, South Whitley; one sister, Julia Rowland, South Whitley; former wife Sue Roberts, North Manchester.
Preceding in death was one brother, Kenton Roberts.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at South Whitley United Methodist Church, 6685 W. State Road 14, South Whitley. Burial is at South Whitley Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin and from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. A service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, Franklin. Memorials may be made to Melanoma Research, Indiana University Foundation, Indiana Cancer Pavilion, Indianapolis.

Vivian L. Grove
July 14, 1929 – Jan. 12, 2001
Vivian L. Grove, 71, 305 Westwood Lane, Rochester, died at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Hickory Creek Health Care Center.
Born to Carl and Vada (Oden) Zartman, she married Howard Meyer. She then married Robert G. Grove in 1976. He survives.
Mrs. Grove was the former manager of the Baxter Drugs snack bar. She attended First Christian Church, Rochester.
Surviving with her husband are one daughter, Diana Bradley, Rochester; one son, Michael and wife Vicki Meyer, Rochester; one brother, Victor and wife Kathy Zartman, Hot Springs, Ark.; three sisters, Erma and husband Roy Rodewald, Rochester, Faye and husband Dan Enyart, Mountain View, Mo., Wanda Nye, Hot Springs, Ark., three step-sons, Robert L. Grove, Rochester, Stanley C. Grove, Fort Wayne, Dean K. Grove, Goshen; one step-daughter, Nancy L. Clark, Rocky Mount, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were one brother, Darrell Zartman; and two sisters, Dorothy Volpert and Sharon Zartman.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, 1101 Jefferson St., Rochester, with Rev. Lawrence See officiating. Burial is at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester.
Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Mabel S. Baaler
Nov. 17, 1907 – Jan. 11, 2001
Mabel Susie Dell Baaler, 93, 621 E. Ninth St., Rochester, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.
Born in Niles, Mich. to Archer B. and Susie A. Thomas Hicks, she married Ira Dell in 1922 in South Bend. He preceded in death. She married Joseph Baaler in October 1952 in Peru. He preceded in death.
Mrs. Baaler retired from Hook’s Drug Store, Indianapolis. She came to Rochester from Indianapolis in 1999. She also lived in Peru.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruth M. Nelson, Fresno, Calif.; two sons, Leo R. Dell and wife Mary Ann, Green Cove Springs, Fla.; Robert Dell and wife Nancy, Rochester; eight grandchildren, Dennis Dell and wife Debra, Rochester; Cindy Goodman and husband Bob, Rochester; Diana Harrell and husband Don, Bellview, Fla.; Paul Dell and wife Carol, Bloomington; Mark Dell and wife Brenda, Marion; Patricia Palmer and husband Danny, Marion; Cynthia Wampler and husband James, Indianapolis; Stacia Alexander and husband Curtis, Fort Wayne; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husbands were her parents, one son, Richard, one grandson, Lance, and one sister, Marcie.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. David Dittman officiating. Burial is at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru. 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 Heart Association.

Margaret L. Smith
June 21, 1914 – Jan. 10, 2001
Margaret Lucile Smith, 86, Greenwood, died at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Regency Place, Greenwood.
Born in Richland Township, Miami County, to Andrew and Florence Keim Crippen, she married Garland Smith. He died April 25, 1978.
Mrs. Smith lived in Richland Township, Miami County, for 80 years before moving to Greenwood. She was a member of Chili United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a homemaker and cook at Chili and North Miami elementary schools.
Survivors include one son, Galen D. Smith and wife Joyce, Rochester; one daughter, Sue Myers and husband Curt, Greenwood; five grandchildren; five great-granddaughters; one brother, Robert Crippen, Fort Wayne.
Preceding in death with her husband were five sisters and four brothers.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, 335 S. Chippewa St., Roann, with Rev. Brent Myers officiating. Burial is at Chili Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Chili United Methodist Church.

Jerry L. Fouts
Oct. 10, 1963 – Jan. 10, 2001
Jerry L. Fouts, 37, 9753 N. Old U.S. 31, Macy, died at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday at his residence.
Born in Wabash to David and Carol Betzner Fouts, he married Cindy Engle June 18, 1988 in Peru. She survives.
Mr. Fouts was a 1982 graduate of North Miami High School and a 1987 graduate of Tri-State University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree. He was a member of Center Chapel First Brethren Church and a civil engineer at E & B Paving, Rochester.
Survivors include his parents, of Deedsville; his wife, Macy; two sons, Michael and Isaac, at home; one daughter, Emily, at home; one sister, Debbie Fouts, Macy; two brothers, John, Hartford City; Dan, Crawfordsville.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Revs. Al Peck and Rick Stone officiating. Burial is at Deedsville IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Fouts Children’s Fund through the funeral home.

Gladys E. Hall
March 3, 1913 – Jan. 7, 2001
The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 70 of Rochester will conduct a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, at 10:15 a.m. Saturday for Gladys Ethel Mays Hall, 87, who died Sunday at St. James Hospital, Tinley Park, Ill. Rev. Robert Crytzer will conduct services at the church at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Evelyn L. Heishman
Jan. 20, 1930 – Jan. 10, 2001
Evelyn L. Heishman, 70, 300 E. Fourth St., Apt. 2D, Rochester, died at 12:37 a.m. Wednesday at LifeCare Center, Rochester.
Born in Logansport to Walter and Opal Finney Shaver, she married Guy Heishman, Jr. June 13, 1948 in Logansport. He died July 31, 1995.
Mrs. Heishman retired from Edmonton Manufacturing and Heishman’s Bakery, both in Rochester. She was a member of First Church of God, Rochester.
Survivors include her companion, Dairl Border, Rochester; four sons, Stephen R. and wife Dina, Plymouth; Gary W. and wife Kay, Fort Wayne; Kenny G. and wife Debbie, Rochester; Mark and wife Mary Anne, Rochester; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Walter “Sonny” Shaver and wife Shirley, Royal Center; Dick Shaver and wife Ann, New Jersey.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, three sisters and one granddaughter.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at First Church of God, Third and Main Streets, Rochester, with Rev. David Dittman officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to First Church of God.

W.F. ‘Pete’ Powell
June 12, 1908 – Dec. 31, 2001
Word has been received of the Dec. 31 death of former Rochester resident Wilbur Franklin “Pete” Powell.
Born in Converse, he married Edith Leighton, who survives. He graduated from Rochester High School and earned an art degree from Chicago Training School for City, Home and Foreign Missions, a bachelor‘s degree in religion from Illinois Wesleyan University, a divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Seminary, a master’s of education and a master’s in school administration. He served 22 Methodist pastoral appointments.
After 25 years of ministry, he pursued an education career, teaching English, history, literature and math to junior high and high school students in Campo, El Cajon, Indio, Imperial Valley and Ojai, Calif.
He wrote two autobiographies and a newspaper column published in the Midwest and southern California. He traveled in and lectured about South America and the former Soviet Union.
Surviving with his wife of 70 years, of El Cajon, Calif., are three daughters, Jerres Jane Mills, Harlem, Mont.; Kimberly Wilton, El Cajon, Calif.; Devereux Swing, New York, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ercel Myers, Rochester.
His daughter Shauna died of breast cancer in 1989.
Memorials may be made to The Preachers Aid Society, 1919 Broadway, Mt. Vernon, Ill., 62864-2912.

Karen A. Garver
Nov. 19, 1948 – Jan. 8, 2001
Karen Anne Garver, 52, 9445 20 B Road, Argos, died at 11:42 p.m. Monday at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, following a brief illness.
Born in LaPorte to Edward and Levieta Long Finch, she married Kenneth E. Garver July 14, 1995 in Argos. He survives.
Mrs. Garver was a customer service representative for Aker Plastics, Plymouth, for 20 years.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are three sons, Robert E. Espich, Bremen; Andrew W. Espich, Indianapolis; Corey L. Espich and wife Stephanie, Marboro, Mass.; one stepdaughter, Mandy K. Garver, Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Blake, Mackenzie, Keaton and Sidney Espich; two sisters, Judy Haines and husband Larry, Horn Lake, Miss.; Jackie Gregory and husband Doug, Houston, Texas; one brother, Dennis Finch and wife Carol, Stevensville, Mich.; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Preceding in death were her parents.
Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos. A gathering of family and friends begins at noon Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

Gladys E. Hall
March 3, 1913 – Jan. 7, 2001
Former Rochester resident Gladys Ethel Mays Hall, 87, Tinley Park, Ill., died at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights, Ill.
Born in Crandon, Wisc. to A.C. and Illa Eve Birch Mays, she married Kenneth W. Hall April 14, 1936 in Tazwell, Tenn. He died Dec. 10, 1994.
Mrs. Hall retired from Rochester Telephone Co., where she was an operator. She graduated from Stanton High School, Stanton, Ky, and attended Berea College, Berea, Ky., earning her teaching certificate at the University of Eastern Kentucky. She taught until she married. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, past worthy matron of Order of the Eastern Star Post 70, and the Rider Womens Club, all of Rochester. She lived most of her life in the Rochester community, coming from Nada, Ky.
Survivors include one daughter, Donnasu Hall Moody and husband James P., Tinley Park, Ill.; one daughter-in-law, Joan Hall, Spring Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren, Denise Simmons, San Diego, Calif.; Lauren Morgan and husband John, Pittsburgh, Penn.; Brenda Nydam and husband Len, San Diego, Calif.; Kenneth Hall, San Diego, Calif.; Erick Moody, Streamwood, Ill.; 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents and one son, William K. Hall, Sept. 2, 1994.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 530 Jefferson St., Rochester, with Rev. Rob Crytzer officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. The Macy Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a memorial service at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. A gathering for family and friends is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made in her name to First Presbyterian Church.

Alice E. Mollenhour
Aug. 20, 1913 – Jan. 7, 2001
Alice E. Mollenhour, 87, 7769 Tippecanoe Shores, Tippecanoe, died at 11:45 p.m. Sunday at Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Born in Rensselaer to Samuel and Gladys Nevill Perkins, she married Ralph A. Mollenhour June 20, 1931 in Rensselaer. He died Feb. 21, 1993.
Mrs. Mollenhour, a homemaker, moved to this area in 1945. She was a member of Mentone United Methodist Church and Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester.
Survivors include two sons, James and wife LaRue, Jacksonville, Fla.; Roger and wife Patricia, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Vera Neeley and husband Willard, Rensselaer.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Will Lawson Sr. officiating. Burial is at Mentone Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Merl D. Kroft
April 26, 1914 – Jan. 8, 2001
Former Akron and Denver area resident Merl D. Kroft, 86, died at 4:18 a.m. Monday at Good Samaritan Center, Olathe, Kan.
Born in Fulton County to Anthony W. and Emma Dickerhoff Kroft, he married Helen Ruth Fisher May 20, 1935 in Bryan, Ohio. She survives.
Mr. Kroft was a retired tool and die maker and a member of Church of God, Anderson.
Surviving with his wife, Olathe, Kan., are two daughters, Judi Behny and husband Ron, Denver; Carol Lytle and husband Randy, Olathe; three grandchildren, Kristen Carter, Peru; Cassandra and Cory Lytle, Olathe, Kan.; one brother, Joseph and wife Gladys, Akron.
Preceding in death was one brother, Edward.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Forrest Richey officiating. Burial is at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Sarah A. Kincaid
April 1, 1911 – Jan. 6, 2001
Sarah Annabel Kincaid, 89, died at 1:10 p.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Fulton County to Harley and Melvina Vawter Woodcox, she married Austin Kincaid Feb. 20, 1932 in Rochester. He died March 14, 1995.
Mrs. Kincaid was a homemaker and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Rochester.
Survivors include one sister, Betty Quigley and husband William “Bill,” Peru; one niece, Sharon VanMeter, Rochester; several nephews and nieces.
Preceding in death with her husband were two sisters, Louise Polk and Mary Tyler, and two brothers, Ben and Ulrich Woodcox.
Services were at 11 a.m. today at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Ed Clark officiating. Burial is at Citizens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Deverl N. ‘Dee’ Van Dalsen
Nov. 16, 1913 – Jan. 7, 2001
Deverl N. ‘Dee’ Van Dalsen, 87, Macy, died at 12:13 a.m. Sunday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.
Born in Logansport to Russell A. and Della Abbott Van Dalsen, he married Margaret Lucille Fitzpatrick Aug. 20 , 1938. She died Jan. 20, 1986.
Mr. Van Dalsen retired in 1975 from Essex Wire Corp., Peru. He was an avid raccoon hunter, fisherman, mushroom hunter and gardener. He raised registered Walker Coon Hounds.
Survivors include one son, Harry D., Macy; one daughter, Janice K. Prior and husband James, Peru; eight grandchildren, Jewel Van Dalsen, Troy Prior, Junior Van Dalsen, Lori Rusie, Jill Young, Missy Cripe, Haley Van Dalsen and Jane Mullikin; one brother, Kenneth, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Preceding in death with his wife were two brothers, Joseph M. and Richard R. Van Dalsen.
Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Steve Fleck officiating. Burial is at Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sarah A. Kincaid
April 1, 1911 – Jan. 6, 2001
Sarah Annabel Kincaid, 89, died at 1:10 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Fulton County to Harley and Melvina Vawter Woodcox, she married Austin Kincaid Feb. 20, 1932 in Rochester. He died March 14, 1995.
Mrs. Kincaid was a homemaker and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Rochester.
Survivors include one sister, Betty Quigley and husband William ‘Bill’, Rochester; one niece, Sharon VanMeter, Rochester; several nephews and nieces.
Preceding in death with her husband were two sisters, Louise Polk and Mary Tyler, and two brothers, Ben and Ulrich Woodcox.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Ed Clark officiating. Burial is at Citizens Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Mary R. Smith
March 26, 1919 – Jan. 6, 2001
Mary Rue Smith, 81, 18670 Ironwood Road, Argos, died at 12:05 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth Campus. She had been in failing health for five years.
Born in Ariton, Ariz., to Matthew and Mary Elizabeth Trawick Golden, she married Dale S. Smith June 29, 1944 at the home of his parents, Ivory and Flossie Smith. He survives.
Mrs. Smith was a Civil Service stenographer in Montgomery, Ala., during World War II, where she met her husband who was a pilot for the Army Air Corps. She lived in the Argos community for 45 years, coming from Panama City, Fla. She was a homemaker and attended Walnut Church of the Brethren and was a member of Body of Christ.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are two daughters, Shannan Biery and husband Michael, Plano, Texas; Judy Hall and husband Lowell, Argos; five grandchildren, Erica, Alexander and Nicholas Biery, Plano, Texas; Justin and Statia Hall, Argos; one sister, Dorothy Gates and husband Jim, Panama City, Fla.; one brother, Paul Golden, Panama City, Fla.
Preceding in death were her parents, one sister, Pauline Golden, four brothers, J.K., Q.P., D.C. and Doyle Golden.
Services were at 11 a.m. today at Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos. Rev. Tony Schnieders and Rev. Robert Rice officiated. Burial was at Walnut Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Walnut Church of the Brethren.

Deverl N. ‘Dee’ Van Dalsen
Nov. 16, 1913 – Jan. 7, 2001
Deverl N. ‘Dee’ Van Dalsen, 87, Macy, died at 12:13 a.m. Sunday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.
Born in Logansport to Russell A. and Della Abbott Van Dalsen, he married Margaret Lucille Fitzpatrick Aug. 20 , 1938. She died Jan. 20, 1986.
Mr. Van Dalsen retired in 1975 from Essex Wire Corp., Peru. He was an avid racoon hunter, fisherman, mushroom hunter and gardener. He raised registered Walker Coon Hounds.
Survivors include one son, Harry D., Macy; one daughter, Janice K. Prior and husband James, Peru; eight grandchildren, Jewel Van Dalsen, Troy Prior, Junior Van Dalsen, Lori Rusie, Jill Young, Missy Cripe, Haley Van Dalsen and Jane Mullikin.
Preceding in death with his wife were two brothers, Joseph M. and Richard R. Van Dalsen.
Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Steve Fleck officiating. Burial is at Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bernice J. Arthur
April 16, 1911 – Jan. 4, 2001
Bernice J. Arthur, 89, 302 E. Rochester St., Akron, died at 11:20 a.m. Thursday at her home.
Born in Fulton County to Harvey and Ida Achey Walker, she married Elwood ‘Slim’ Arthur Sept. 7, 1935. He died April 29, 1985.
Mrs. Arthur was a homemaker and a member of Paw Paw United Methodist Church, Miami County.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Zartman and husband David, Twelve Mile; Mary Frances Wood and husband Richard, Akron; one son, Harvey and wife Peg, Akron; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Kenneth Walker, Melvin Walker and wife Jewell, all of Wabash; Clifford Walker and wife Hazel, Donald Walker and wife Doris, all of Peru; two sisters, Gladys Deeds, Rochester; Mary ‘Kate’ Campbell, Akron.
Preceding in death with her husband were an infant son, Jack, two sisters, Beulah Winningham and Eathel Mongosa, six brothers, Ralph, Wayne, Russell, Arthur, Eugene, and Robert Walker.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Richard Fox officiating. Burial is at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Paw Paw United Methodist Church, Miami County.

LaVerne R. Kochenderfer
Feb. 22, 1915 – Jan. 3, 2001
LaVerne R. Kochenderfer, 85, 1605 Madison St., Apt. 2, Rochester, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Born in Chicago, Ill. to Jacob and Cecilia Spychaj Lewandowski, she married Dr. Edison W. Kochenderfer Jan. 6, 1962 in Chicago. He died Aug. 19, 2000.
Mrs. Kochenderfer came to Rochester from Bellwood, Ill. in 1972. She was a secretary for Royal Insurance Co., Chicago, and a member of First Christian Church, Rochester.
Survivors include two stepdaughters, Pat Ridler, Carrollton, Texas; Nancy Triebes and husband Kenneth, San Jose, Calif.; three stepgrandchildren, Robyn Ridler, Boston, Mass.; Karl Triebes, Santa Clara, Calif.; Steve Triebes, Tokyo, Japan; one sister, Henrietta Ceebin and husband Gilbert, Westmont, Ill; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, two brothers, Raymond and Elvin, two sisters, Eleanore and Isabelle, one stepbrother, Horian Lipinski, one stepsister, Eugenia.
Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Council on Aging Senior Mini Bus, 625 Pontiac St., Rochester.

Louise M. Lambert
Aug. 12, 1937 – Jan. 4, 2001
Louise M. Lambert, 63, Silver Lake, died at 10:36 a.m. Thursday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
Born in Urbana to Albert and Verna Gaston Monce, she married Ted Lambert April 6, 1957 in Urbana. He survives.
Mrs. Lambert was a homemaker, a member of Olive Branch Church of God, rural Roann, and a 1955 graduate of Urbana High School.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are two sons, Steven M. and wife Julia, Danville; Jay, Silver Lake; one daughter, Robin Lambert, Silver Lake; two grandchildren, Tiffany Dazey, North Manchester; Jon Lambert, Warsaw; two brothers, Ronald Monce, Baton Rouge, La; Richard Monce, Fort Wayne; five sisters, Marjorie Wolfe and husband Donald, Grand Rapids, Mich; Elaine Monce, Seattle, Wash.; Marilyn Hiscott and husband Gilbert, Toms River, N.J.; Evelyn Jordan and husband David, Stevens Point, Wisc.; Brenda Monce, Fort Wayne.
Preceding in death were her parents, one son and one daughter.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Olive Branch Church of God, rural Roann in Miami County, with Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial is at Enterprise Cemetery, Roann. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, 335 S. Chippewa, Roann. Memorials may be made to Kosciusko Home Healthcare and Hospice or the American Diabetes Association.

Irene J. Harrison
Dec. 13, 1937 – Jan. 2, 2001
Irene J. Harrison, 63, 1713 Monroe St., Rochester, died at 6:42 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital. She had been in failing health for several years.
Born in Lapaz to Raymond and Gladys Knapp Davenport, she married Robert Lee Harrison April 20, 1958 in Lapaz. He died April 6, 1991.
Mrs. Harrison was a grinder at Rochester Metal Products for 23 years, retiring in June of 1998. She moved to the Rochester area in 1958. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
Survivors include five daughters, Sue Doan and husband Chien, Wabash; Sharon L. Harrison, Janet K. Harrison, Betty Kendall and husband Jim, all of Rochester; Bonnie L. Sells, Fountain Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Cecil Davenport and wife Janet, Bourbon; nieces and nephews; two brother-in-laws, John Harrison, Rochester; Charles Harrison, Auburndale, Fla.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents and one sister, Naomi Bradley.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Delmas Stiles officiating. Burial is at Rochester I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church.

Donald E. Price
Oct. 28, 1915 – Jan. 2, 2001
Donald E. Price, 85, Plainfield, formerly of Muncie, died Tuesday in Marion.
Born in Lynn to Ernest Earl and Ruth Huffman Price, he married Erma Estes. She preceded in death.
Mr. Price was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was self-employed in sales for the automotive industry. He was a member of Lakeview Christian Center and was director of Muncie Civil Defense.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Ann Schulz; two sons, Dick and Stephen Price; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three brothers, James and Earl Price, and Denzel Price, Rochester.
Services are at 2:30 p.m. Monday at McQuiston Funeral Home, Fountain City, with Rev. James Shulz officiating. Burial is at Willow Grove Cemetery, Fountain City. Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. Sunday at Conkle Funeral Home, Hendricks County Chapel, Avon. Memorials may be made to Brownsburg Cheer Committee, Attention Mack Moore, 1 E. Main St., Brownsburg. Conkle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Samuel Wright
Dec. 16, 1918 – Jan. 1, 2001
Samuel Wright, 82, 423 Railroad St., Argos, died at 3 a.m. Monday at his home. He had been in failing health for three months.
Born in Perry County, Ky. to Rev. Moses and Elizabeth Kendrick Wright, he married Audrie Hensley Oct. 30, 1943 in Salyersville, Ky. She survives.
Mr. Wright came to Argos in 1950. He was a saw mill laborer at the former Eley’s Saw Mill, Argos. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, Argos.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are six daughters, Helen Epley and husband John, Russellville, Ky.; Sandra Shori and husband Kenneth, Tippecanoe; Elizabeth Wright, Plymouth; Wanda Lloyd and husband Fred, Culver; Rita Pennington and husband David, Argos; Janice Wright, Lewisburg, Ky.; five sons, Harold and wife Joyce, Argos; John, Argos; Jack and wife Sarah, Culver; Jamie and wife Brenda, Greenville, N.C.; Joseph, Greenville, N.C.; 35 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Nannie Vires, Argos.
Preceding in death were his parents, one daughter, Lorena Fritter in 1998, three sisters, Mildie, Mary and Martha, and three brothers, William, Morton and Charlie.
Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at The Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Road, Argos, with Rev. Lloyd Howard officiating. Burial is at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is in charge of arrangements.

Willis Dunnuck
Sept. 6, 1912 – Dec. 31, 2000
Former Denver resident Willis Dunnuck, 88, died at 6 p.m. Sunday in Pine River, Minn.
Born in Peru to Henry J. and Pearl Benner Reaves, he married Esther Copeland Nov. 3, 1930 in Peru. She died May 21, 1999.
Mr. Dunnuck was a train conductor for Nickel Plate Railroad, retiring in 1974. He then moved to Minnesota, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking. He was a member of the Macy Order of the Eastern Star and Mexico Masonic Lodge Post 347.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Ann Steckert, Manitowoc, Wisc.; Jayne Taylor, Whitney, Texas; two sons, Joe, Bacus, Minn.; James, Peru; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with his wife were two sons, Warren Lee and Phillip, and one sister, Margaret.
Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. George McCarty officiating. Burial is at Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where Masonic services will be conducted at 8 p.m.

Dorothea J. Stotler
Dec. 27, 1916 – Jan. 1, 2001
Dorothea Jane Stotler, 84, Winamac, died at 9:15 p.m. Monday at St. Anthony Hospital, Michigan City. She was in failing health for one year.
Born in Francesville to Thomas N. and Maude Pearl Culp Logan, she married Ralph Irwin Stotler May 5, 1936 in Jasper County. He died May 8, 1994.
Mrs. Stotler was a homemaker and avid gardener. She lived in Winamac since 1981, coming from Fulton County. She was a member of Winamac Church of the Nazarene, Gilliam Ladies Aid and Rennselear Home Club.
Survivors include one daughter, Donna Jean Jones, Walkerton; one son, Donald Larry Stotler, Linden, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mable Vogt, Francesville; three brothers, Foster Logan, Portage; Orville Logan and wife Sunny, Brookston; Lloyd Logan, Francesville.
Preceding in death with her husband were one grandson, one sister, Elsie Trader, four brothers, Wilson L., George, Clifford, Gaylord Logan.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Frain Mortuary, 305 E. Main St., Winamac, with Rev. Paul T. Commons officiating. Burial is at McKinley Memorial Gardens, Winamac. Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. today at the funeral home and after 8 a.m. to time of service Thursday. Memorials may be made to the heart fund or cancer fund.

Elizabeth A. Gudeman
Dec. 31, 1928 – Jan. 1, 2001
Elizabeth A. ‘Betty Anne’ Gudeman, 72, died at 4:20 p.m. Monday at her Kewanna home.
Born in Medaryville to Clifford and Mary Rodgers Emerich, she married William Roe Gudeman at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Medaryville on Feb. 14, 1950. He died Jan. 2, 1972.
Mrs. Gudeman, a 1946 graduate of Medaryville High School, received an associate of art degree at Ancilla College in 1980. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Kewanna, where she was in the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of Kewanna Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, a Fulton County Emergency Medical Technician and a Cub Scout den mother. An avid seamstress who enjoyed painting and drawing, she traveled to Rome and received Communion from the pope.
Survivors include two sons, Craig and wife Beth, Plymouth; David, Rochester; two daughters, Rebecca Gudeman, Kewanna; Angela Ridenour and husband Roger, Plymouth; seven grandchildren, Adam and Jennifer Gudeman, Rachael and Charlotte Ridenour, Alexander Gudeman, Sarah Gudeman Moriarty and Aaron Border; one sister, Rachel Emerich, Francesville; two brothers, James Emerich, Michigan City, and Allen Bosse, Lowell.
Preceding in death with her husband were one son, Dennis, one sister, Ruth Ryan and one brother, Harold Emerich.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann Catholic Church, Kewanna, with Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. Burial is at St. Ann Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to Mary Knoll Mission and Hospice.

Richard Powell Baker
March 6, 1919 – Dec. 29, 2000
Richard Powell Baker, 81, 386 W., Fulton County Road 500 S., died at 10:55 p.m. Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.
Born in Macy to Virgil G. and Rachel D. Powell Baker, he married Vonda M. Rentschler Feb. 1, 1948 in Fulton. She died Feb. 24.
Mr. Baker owned and operated Baker Vault Co., Fulton, and was a licensed embalmer and a farmer. He was a 1937 graduate of Fulton High School and graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He served in Europe during World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a member of Rochester I.O.O.F. Lodge.
Survivors include three sons, Richard L. and wife Joan, Rochester; Gene R. and wife Shelley, Rochester; Jerry L. and wife Deborah, Rochester; one daughter, Beverly S. Hill and husband Dan, Marysville, Mich.; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; several cousins.
Preceding in death with his wife were one grandson, Richard Andrew Baker, one sister, Dorothy Maher, one brother, Louis Baker.
Services were at 10 a.m. today at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton, with Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial was at Fulton Cemetery.

Janice M. Coffing
April 6, 1929 – Dec. 31, 2000
Janice M. Coffing, 71, died at 10:10 a.m. Sunday at her Macy home following a year-long illness.
Born in Rochester to Otto and Gertrude Mork Miller, she married Winston ‘Wink’ Coffing Dec. 31, 1948. He died Sept. 19, 1996.
Mrs. Coffing, a lifetime resident of the Rochester and Macy areas, delivered mail in the Macy area for 23 years until retiring in 1990. She was a 1948 Rochester High School graduate. She was active in the Miami County Republican Women and a member of Macy Christian Church, Fulton County Chorus, Fulton County Players, Macy Order of the Eastern Star Post 124, Tri-Kappa Sorority, Rochester, where she was past vice-president of the Indiana State Pork Producers Association Ladies Organization.
Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Hammond and husband Dwight, Gilead; two sons, Dale D. and wife Judith, Macy; Chris and wife Denise, Macy; six grandchildren, Brent Coffing and wife Debbie, Amy Copeland and husband Mike, Chad Garrison and wife Kristen, Sean Garrison and wife Sarah, Trevor Hoagland and Chelsey Coleman; five great-grandchildren; two sister-in-laws, Sarah Miller, Rochester; Ruth Burke, Monticello.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one sister, Albiona Hutton, one brother Richard Miller.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. David Welsh officiating. Burial is at Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Macy Order of the Eastern Star Post 124 will conduct a memorial service at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Richard D. LaGarde
Jan. 4, 1916 – Dec. 30, 2000
Richard D. LaGarde, 84. Silver Lake, died at 5:22 a.m. Saturday at his home.
Born in Russiaville to Jess and Sofrona Smith LaGarde, he married Marjorie Krichbaum Aug. 7, 1965 in Watseka, Ill. She survives.
Mr. LaGarde was a manager at Farm Bureau Co-op, Warsaw, and a manager of First National Bank of Claypool. He was also with the public relations department at Explorer Vans, Warsaw. He was a member of Warsaw United Methodist Church, Warsaw, the Scottish Rite, Shrine Club, Warsaw Moose Lodge, a 52-year member of Masonic Lodge Post 73 and was active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marshall County.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Sheila Burner, Warsaw; one son, James LaGarde, Florida; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Beatrice Grimme, Claypool.
Preceding in death were one sister, Phyllis Grimme, and two brothers, Lowell and Robert LaGarde.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Terry McGarrity officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Masonic Lodge Post 73 conducting a memorial service at 8 p.m.

Helen M. Eckrote
March 22, 1922 – Jan. 1, 2001
Former Rochester and New Castle resident Helen Mae (Talbert) Eckrote, 78, Pendleton, died Monday morning at Rawlins House Convalescent Center following an extended illness.
She was born in Indianapolis to Guy Raymond and Susie Clay Talbert.
Mrs. Eckrote retired from Woolworth’s Department Stores in Anderson and Logansport after 27 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Sidwell and husband Junior, Pendleton; Beverla Tuterow and husband Gerald, Bradenton, Fla. two sons, Jerry and wife Darlene, Akron; Jerald and wife Kris, Pendleton; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death were her husband, Joe Eckrote in 1986, one granddaughter, Tamera Tuterow in 1984 and one sister, Beatrice Mattews.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Main and Frame Funeral Home, 2011 Broad St., New Castle. Burial is at Mt. Summit Cemetery, New Castle. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Patricia A. Burk
Nov. 9, 1936 – Dec. 30, 2000
Patricia Ann Burk, 64, 7416 W., Fulton County Road 400 N., died at 3:50 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.
Born in Hammond to Dexter R. and Winsome Robinson, she married Billy Leroy Burk Nov. 19, 1966 in Lake County. He survives.
Mrs. Burk, a homemaker, lived in Fulton County since 1991, coming from Hammond.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Debra Ann Akes, Rochester; one son, Jerry Fouts, Florida; five grandchildren; one sister, Geri Brew and husband Al, Hammond; two brothers, Rob Robinson and wife Joyce, Cedar Lake; Don Robinson and wife Nancy, Mississippi.
Preceding in death were her parents and one son, William E. Akes on Dec. 14, 2000.
No services or visitation are planned. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

Roy A. Hibner
Sept. 6, 1907 – Dec. 29, 2000
Roy A. Hibner, 93, 6758 N., Fulton County Road 150 W., died at 12:43 a.m. Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.
Born in Elwood, Ill. to Albert W. and Elizabeth Kurtz Hibner, he married Georgia Beatrice Miller April 16, 1932 in Joliet, Ill. She survives.
Mr. Hibner, a Fulton County resident since 1944, was a retired farmer and former employee of Kingsbury Ordance Plant, Kingsbury. He was a member of Richland Center United Methodist Church, Fulton County Farm Bureau Co-op, Indiana Farm Bureau, American Association of Retired Persons and over 50 years in the Richland Center I.O.O.F. Lodge Post 435.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Carol Smith and husband Larry, Cheryl Bright and husband Steven, all of Rochester; four sons, Laverne and wife Eileen, Plymouth; Dr. Dan and wife Rebecca, Summerville, S.C.; Don and wife Etta, Kewanna; Dr. Robert and wife Kris, Woodland, Calif.; 32 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lois Milo, Elwood, Ill.
Preceding in death were one son, Richard Joe Hibner, Rochester, four granddaughters and one brother, William A.
Services are at 1 p.m. Monday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Jill Walley officiating. Burial is at Richland Center Cemetery, northwest of Rochester. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where Richland Center I.O.O.F. Lodge Post 435 will conduct a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to Richland Center United Methodist Church.

Ruth V. Bernard
Former Talma resident Ruth V. Bernard died Wednesday at Fairview Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, where she had been a patient since Dec. 2.
Mrs. Bernard was the daughter of Harry and Blanch Wagoner. She graduated from Talma High School.
Survivors include two sons, Duane and Dennis, both of Cleveland; two nieces and one nephew.
Preceding in death was her husband, Wayne, in 1978 and one brother, Dale Wagoner, in 1993.
Graveside services are at 2 p.m. today at Rochester I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Services were held Friday in Cleveland at Jenkins Funeral Home.

Randle L. Hewitt
Feb. 11, 1952 – Dec. 29, 2000
Randle Lee Hewitt, 48, Fort Wayne, died at 6:20 p.m. Friday at Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne.
Born in Kendallville to Lila Lavern (Burns) and Hershel Leroy Hewitt Sr., he married Patricia Ann Wagner on July 22, 1995 in Kendallville. She survives.
Mr. Hewitt was a resident of Fort Wayne since 1995, coming from Kendallville. He was employed by the B & O Railroad until he was disabled as a result of an auto accident. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife; two sons from a previous marriage; two brothers, Hershel Hewitt Jr. and Michael Hewitt, both of Kimmell; and three sisters, Linda Hewitt, Rochester, Karen Weaver, Goshen, and Penny Owsley, Rome City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Virgie and Vickie.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ulery-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier with Rev. Linda Hewitt officiating. Burial will be at Sparta Cemetery, Kimmell. Friends may call two hours prior to the service on Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Sharron L. Heyvaert
Jan. 20, 1940 – Dec. 28, 2000
Sharron L. Heyvaert, 60, Mentone, died at 11:05 a.m. Thursday at her home.
She was born in Mishawaka to Lloyd J. and Martha Jewell Long.
Ms. Heyvaert formerly owned and operated Sharron’s Broadway Tavern, Mentone. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Warsaw, where she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include her father, Lloyd L. Long, Mishawaka; one daughter, Michelle Baxter and husband Dennis, Etna Green; three sons, Jeffrey Willard, South Bend; Thomas Willard, Etna Green; Michael Heyvaert and wife Denise, Granger; six grandchildren; two sisters, Victoria Dale and husband Dennis, Elkhart; Janet Kowalewski and husband Tom, South Bend; three brothers, Michael Long and wife Sharon, Stephen and David Long, all of Mishawaka.
Preceding in death was her mother, Martha Long, on June 10, 2000.
No services or visitation are planned. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Kosciusko County Hospice, 902 Provident Dr., Warsaw, or the American Cancer Society.

Lewis Cameron
May 25, 1918 – Dec. 28, 2000
Lewis Cameron, 82, Logansport, died at 12 p.m. Thursday at Logansport Memorial Hospital.
Born in Kokomo to Nathan Lindley and Lillie Marie Garbert Cameron, he married Betty Clarkson March 2, 1946. She survives.
Mr. Cameron was a former administrator of Caston School Corp. He was a 1937 graduate of Kokomo High School and a 1941 graduate of Manchester College with a bachelor of science degree in education. He graduated from Indiana University with a master’s of science degree in education. He taught school and was a principal for 32 years, most of those at Caston and Fulton schools. In 1942, his first year teaching, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in the European Theater during World War II until Dec. 6, 1945. He served in the 83rd Chemical Warfare Battalion and received a battlefield commission of First Lieutenant. He received three Purple Heart medals for wounds during battle and one Bronze Star. He was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, Logansport, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and a 50-year member of Howard County Masonic Lodge Post 93.
Surviving with his wife, of Logansport, are four daughters, Catherine Cameron Roy, St. Louis, Mo.; Celia Cameron Jones, Walton; Jenny Cameron Bauman, Logansport; Jane Cameron, Lafayette; one son, Donald W., Logansport; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death were his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Fisher Funeral Chapel, 1801 Chase Rd., Logansport, with Rev. Ross Cook and Rev. Donald Ruhl officiating. Burial is at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport, with military graveside rites being conducted. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Twelve Mile First Responders or Main Street United Methodist Church, 19 E. Main St., Logansport.

Eldon E. Click
Jan. 27, 1914 – Dec. 25, 2000
Eldon Earl Click, 86, Denver, died at 3 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo.
Born in Grass Creek to James Ernest and Clarissa Button Click, he married Mabel Marie Thompson Oct. 27, 1945 in Akron. She died July 20, 2000.
Mr. Click was a retired carpenter and North Miami Community School custodian. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Denver United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, Thomas Eugene, Newport, Penn.; two daughters Carol Jean Robinson, Warsaw; Clara Joan Larrick, Indianapolis; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert, Denver.
Preceding in death with his wife were three sisters, Hazel Sutton, Mary Ramsey, Martha Ault, and four brothers, Wayne, Donald, Russell and Max.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Bill Shewman officiating. Burial is at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lydia E. Broadley
March 21, 1907 – Dec. 27, 2000
Lydia Ellen Broadley, 93, died at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.
Born in Adams County to George W. and Edna V. Gross Bennett, she married Carroll O. Broadley Dec. 6, 1924 in Kokomo. He died March 23, 1991.
Mrs. Broadley was a homemaker and upholsterer. A former resident of Gilead, she was a member of Gilead United Methodist Church.
Survivors include four daughters, Wanda Berlin and husband Venix, Saucier, Miss.; Martha Harding and husband Rick, Roann; Rosalene Young and husband James, Roann; Carol Ann Beenblossom and husband Douglas, Saucier, Miss.; three sons, Jack and wife Nancy, Hamilton, Mont.; James, Hamilton, Mont.; Michael and wife Kemi, Redmond, Ore.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, David Boring and wife Becky, Kokomo; one brother-in-law, Frank Kelly, Greentown; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death with her husband were one daughter, Helen Boring, one grandson, one great-granddaughter, one stepgreat-grandson, four sisters and one brother.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. George Hapner and Rev. Stan Owens officiating. Burial is at Gilead Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Donald W. Barton
March 23, 1927 – Dec. 26, 2000
Lt. Col.David W. Barton, Ret. USAF, 73, died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester, where he had been a patient for the last three years. He had been in failing health for the past six years.
Born in Pontiac, Mich. to Jessie and Berdie Neighbors Barton, he married Ruth Laidlaw June 3, 1952 in Orange, N.J. She survives.
A former Peru resident and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he retired as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 31, 1977. He was one of a family of 10 children.
Surviving with his wife of Peru are one daughter, Sandra Jo Skarstedt and husband Lt. Col. Vance R., Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sons, Sherman Lee and wife Deborah, Edgewater Park, N.J.; Donald W. III, Peru; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth McMurty, Evansville; Patricia Goodale, Spokane, Wash.
Preceding in death were his parents and seven brothers and sisters.
Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Brian Smith officiating. Burial is at the Wassom Family Cemetery in southern Illinois. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military rites at the funeral home Saturday. Friends may call from noon Saturday until time of service. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Alzheimer’s wing at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Florence Katz
Florence Katz, 79, Akron, died Wednesday at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was a member of Congregation B’Nai Jacob.
Survivors include one son, Aaron and wife Jerry, Homewood, Ill.; two grandchildren; three sisters, Jeanette Lewis, Warsaw; Lucille Kain, Long Island, N.Y.; Alice Solotkin, Indianapolis.
Preceding in death were one daughter, Carolyn Polakoff in 1993, and one son, Michael Katz in 1983.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, Fort Wayne. Burial is in Jewish Cemetery, Fort Wayne. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to Congregation B’Nai Jacob, Fort Wayne, or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Orville E. Babbs
Dec. 26, 1927 – Dec. 25, 2000
Orville E. Babbs, 72, Peru, died at 11:25 a.m. Monday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.
Born in Indianapolis to Bruce and Lola Jackson Babbs, he married Barbara Brown June 2, 1957. She survives.
Mr. Babbs served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Peru, retired from General Motors and a Miami County Deputy Sheriff.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are three sons, Jim and wife Jane, Peru; Jerry and wife Kim, Chenoa, Ill.; Jody and wife Kelly, Kokomo; two daughters, Jeana Mowery and husband Rick, Macy; Julie Riffe and husband Buddy, Kingsland, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; one brother, Melvin, Whiteland; three sisters, Betty Hodson, Chili; Delores Young, Bradenton, Fla.; Barbara Furniss, Fort Wayne.
Preceding in death were one grandchild, two brothers and two sisters.
Services are at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at First Church of the Nazarene, 331 W. Sixth St., Peru, with Revs. Tony Winter and Ron Shaner officiating. Burial is at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County. Graveside military service will be conducted. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru. Memorials may be made to First Church of the Nazarene.

Mary L. Berry
June 2, 1926 – Dec. 26, 2000
Former Lake Manitou resident Mary Louise Berry, 74, Valley View Health Care Center, Elkhart, died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at her home.
Born in Fulton County to Ernest and Pearl Biggs Irvine, she married Benile N. Berry Sept. 7, 1947 in Rochester. He died June 29, 1992.
Mrs. Berry was a retired secretary at the former Production & Credit Association, Rochester. She was a member of Women of the Moose Lake Manitou Post 1107 and was associated with Rebekah’s Lodge and Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge.
Survivors include three nephews, Bill Wentzel, Elkhart; Ed Jefferies, Rochester; Ernest Jefferies, Santa Cruz, Calif.; two brothers-in-law. Lloyd Jefferies, Rochester; Clarence Wentzel, Elkhart.
Preceding in death with her husband were two sisters, Florence Jefferies and Mildred Wentzel.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Rob Crytzer officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

Iva M. Dittman
April 21, 1909 – Dec. 25, 2000
Iva M. Dittman, 91, died Monday at Hickory Creek Health Care, Rochester.
Born in White County to Lucien and Stella Wilson Clerget, she married Clarence H. Dittman April 17, 1928 in Reynolds. He died Dec. 2, 1974.
Mrs. Dittman, formerly of Fulton and Waterhaven Apartments, Rochester, worked at the former Knotty Pine Cafe, Fulton. She was a charter member of the Rochester Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and formerly attended Fletcher’s Lake United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Harold H. and wife Mary, Rochester; Richard and wife Patricia, Beloit, Wisc.; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one sister, Esther Elston, Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Robert Clerget, Monticello.
Preceding in death were one sister and five brothers.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial is at Fulton 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 Manitou Training Center Group Home, Rochester.

Margaret L. Miller
Oct. 17, 1916 – Dec. 23, 2000
Margaret L. Miller, 84, Rockford, Ill., died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Northwoods Care Center, Belvidere, Ill.
Born in Millersburg, Ohio to Byron and Zoa D. Dorland Linn, she married John A. Miller in June of 1939. He died Oct. 25, 1999.
Mrs. Miller lived in the Mentone area until 1998. She was a homemaker and bookkeeper at Northern Indiana Co-op, Mentone, and a member of Mentone United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, Steve and wife Martha, East Granby, Conn.; three grandchildren, Brian, Jason and Kevin Miller; two great-grandchildren, Malia and Brent Miller.
Preceding in death were two brothers, Harold and Herchel B. Linn.
Services are at 3 p.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Jack Thompson officiating. Burial is at Mentone Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

Tyler D. Fox
Dec. 22, 2000
Tyler David Fox, infant son of David and Judy Fox, Largo, Fla. was stillborn Friday at Largo Medical Hospital, Largo, Fla.
Surviving with his parents are two sisters, Kylie and Bailey, at home; maternal grandparents Jim and Marilyn McHugh, Bell, Fla.; paternal grandparents Jerry and Mary Lou White, Rochester; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding in death was his paternal grandfather, Charles David Fox, Rochester.
Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Serenity Gardens, Largo, Fla. Arrangements are by Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, Largo, Fla.

Ethel M. Keyes
Dec. 7, 1931 – Dec. 23, 2000
Ethel Mae Keyes, 69, Warsaw, formerly of Mexico, died at 3 a.m. Saturday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
Born in Mexico to Fred Blaine and Alice Cary Ditch Keyes, she was a 1950 graduate of Jefferson Township High School and a member of Mexico First Brethren Church.
She retired from United Telephone Co., Warsaw.
Survivors include one sister, Barbara Webb, Gary; one sister-in-law, Joyce Keyes, Mexico; two nieces, Jennifer L. Keyes, Mexico; Katherine Polinovich and husband Michael, Gary; one nephew, Stephen Webb and wife Donna, Raleigh, N.C.; one great-niece and one great-nephew.
Services are at 3 p.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Bill Cook officiating. Burial is at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call from 1 p.m. Wednesday until time of service at the funeral home.

Leona J. Keefer
Jan. 17, 1933 – Dec. 22, 2000
Leona June Keefer, 67, Denver, died Friday at her home.
Born in Hilman, Mich. to Thomas and Fannie Pratt Seymour, she married Burton R. Keefer Sept. 20, 1954 in Hilman, Mich. He died Dec. 20, 2000.
Survivors include two sons, Daniel and Terry, both of Denver; three daughters, Brenda Johnson, Salt Lick, Ky.; Sherry Keefer, Peru; Tammy Keefer, Rochester; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, William, Lloyd, Donald and Stanley Seymour; seven sisters, Dorothy Reine, Frances Seymour, Doris Behring, Evelyn Koenig, Elaine Idowski, Ruth and Jean Seymour.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ever-Rest Memorial Park Chapel, Cass County, with Rev. Steve Fleck officiating. Burial is at Ever-Rest Memorial Park. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the chapel. Arrangements are by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Gertrude B. ‘Trudy’ Pace
April 18, 1926 – Dec. 22, 2000
Gertrude B. “Trudy” Pace, 74, Kendallville, died at 11:45 p.m. Friday at her home.
Born in Portland, Ore. to Freeman and Helen Schumacher Burch, she married Ralph J. Pace April 5, 1945 in Utah. He survives
Mrs. Pace retired from Dana Corp., Churubusco, in 1991, after 28 1/2 years. She was a senior inspector. She graduated from high school in Los Angles, Calif.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are two sons, Dale Meredith Pace, Rochester; Harold Wayne Pace, Bluffton; one daughter, Jane Smotherman, Avilla; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Edith Bennett, Phoenix, Ariz.; Harold Burch, Fort Collins, Colo.
Preceding in death were two brothers, Orville and Emil Burch and two daughters, Rene and Phyllis Pace.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton, with Rev. Jack Scowden officiating. Burial is at Mossburg Cemetery, Bluffton. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Noble County Council on Aging.

Gene E. Huddleston
Oct. 15, 1937 – Dec. 22, 2000
Gene Eldon Huddleston, 63, Peru, died Friday at his home.
Born in Peru to Howard “Toby” O. and Sarah “Sally” Fern Bowerman Huddleston, he married Virginia “Ginny” Sue Masters July 22, 1972 in Mexico. She survives.
Mr. Huddleston retired from Square D Corp., Peru, after 33 years. He was a member of Peru Church of the Brethren and Peru Moose Lodge. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one son, Todd Howard Huddleston and wife Kathy, Peru; two grandchildren, Tiffany and Levi Huddleston, Peru; several aunts and uncles.
Services are at 3 p.m. today at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Private burial is at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, through the funeral home.

Wayne D. Coplen
June 28, 1915 – Dec. 22, 2000
Wayne D. Coplen, 85, 667 Brentwood Dr., Akron, died at 3:35 a.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Fulton County to Lee and Cora Zimmerman Coplen, he married Vada I. King Sept. 17, 1939 in Crown Point. She survives.
Mr. Coplen was a dairy farmer in Fulton and Miami Counties. A former Gilead resident, he was a member of Knights of Pythias and the Pure Milk Association.
Surviving with his wife, of Akron, are one daughter, Judy Kay Harvey, Syracuse; two sons, Larry K., Syracuse; Ronald L., Akron; two grandchildren, Douglas Neal Harvey, Warsaw; Pamela Sue Harvey, Warsaw; two sisters, Ruth Chandler, Indianapolis; June Brown and husband George, Akron; four brothers, Dean and wife Helen, Mesa, Ariz.; Robert and wife Dorothy, Fort Wayne; Ralph and wife Barbara, Logansport; Dale and wife Beverly, Akron.
Preceding in death was one brother, Charles.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Burial is at Gilead Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Gilead Cemetery Association.

Eleanor R. Rowland
Oct. 26, 1912-Dec. 21, 2000
Eleanor R. Rowland, 88, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw.
Born in Wabash to Ivan and Jannie Warren, she married Corliss Rowland, who died in 1972. She was a homemaker and owner of Diamond Lake Resort. She belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary, the Diamond Lake Conservation Club and Silver Lake Weslyan Church.
She is survived by two daughters Mrs. Charles Carol Whittenberger, Akron, and Annettee Kline, Nappanee; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. One brother and one sister preceded in death.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial is in Nichols Cemetery.


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