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Flossie B. Drudge
July 23, 1911 – June 16, 2001
Former Akron resident Flossie B. Drudge, 89, Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died at 10:04 a.m. Saturday at Wabash County Hospital.
Born in Marshall County to John and Ora Fear Martin, she married the late Clifford Lahman. She married Wayne Drudge in 1943. He died in 1974.
Mrs. Drudge, a homemaker, attended Akron Church of God.
Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn Stafford and husband DeWitt, Akron; two stepdaughters, Ella Mae Bowman and husband James, Roann, Louise Haneline, Huntington; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; 14 stepgreat-grandchildren; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husbands were two sisters, Ola Mae and Trella, one brother, Virgil, and one stepdaughter, Jean Hively.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial is at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Martha J. Hayes
Sept. 22, 1923 – June 16, 2001
Former Rochester resident Martha J. Hayes, 77, died at 10:20 a.m. Saturday at Wesley Manor Health Care Center, Frankfort.
Born in Crawfordsville to Foster R. and Virginia Oldshue Glover, she married Arthur Hayes Aug. 28, 1949 in Frankfort. He died Aug. 10, 1987.
Mrs. Hayes, a 1941 Frankfort High School graduate, attended Gulf Park College and graduated from Drake University. She was an elementary school teacher in Dubuque, Iowa, Emporia, Ks., and Lafayette.
Survivors include one sister-in-law, Virginia Glover, Frankfort, and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death with her husband were two sisters and one brother.
Family graveside services are at Greenlawn Cemetery, Frankfort, with Rev. Gary Allen officiating. Memorials may be made to Rochester First Presbyterian Church. Miller-Weston Funeral Home, Frankfort, is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine Stayton
March 27, 1923 – June 15, 2001
Josephine Stayton, 78, 813 Monroe St., Rochester, died at 10:58 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Born in Logansport to Theron and Beatrice Titus Grogg, she married Raymond Craig. He preceded in death. She then married Dale Felts. He preceded in death. She then married Guy Stayton in August 1976 in Leiters Ford. He survives.
Mrs. Stayton was the manager of Wiles Dept. Store in Rochester for 15 years and a homemaker. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and loved to travel. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Rochester.
Surviving with her husband, Rochester, are two daughters, Judith Shepherd and husband Delmor, Warsaw, Sue McFarland and husband Michael, Rochester; one stepdaughter, Jan Reddick and husband Harry, Hot Springs, Ark.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Arthur Grogg and wife Maxine, Fishers, Va; and two sisters, Kathleen Nicodemus and husband Robert, Akron, Virginia Lane, Chicago, Ill.
Preceding with her husbands were her parents and one sister, Marilyn Gutwein.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Church of the Nazarene, Rochester, with Rev. Don Meyer and Rev. Wanda Meek officiating. Burial will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Memorials may be made to Gideon Bible, Larry Jones Feed the Children or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Erica L. Bowen
June 12, 2001
Erica LeAnne Bowen was stillborn at 5:10 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Survivors include her parents, Kim Beck and Eric Bowen, both of Fulton; two brothers, David Schakel, Twelve Mile, Dale Beck, Fulton; two sisters, Shelby Troyer, Fulton, Tabatha Bowen, Twelve Mile; paternal grandparents, Brenda Bowen and Joe Reffitt, Fulton; maternal grandparents, Kay Beck and Scott Young, Rochester; paternal great-grandmother, Betty Reffitt; two uncles, Tim Smith, Rochester, Eric Lewis, Tennessee; one aunt, Ellen Bowen.
Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Monday at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru, with Captain Carl Davis officiating. Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, is in charge of arrangements.

Judith L. ‘Judy’ Roe
May 21, 1944 – June 14, 2001
Judith L. “Judy” Roe, 57, 2878 N. Knoll Drive, Macy, died at 5 a.m. Thursday.
Born in Logansport to Paul and Mary Miller, she married Ronald L. Roe Sept. 11, 1965. He survives.
Mrs. Roe, a 1962 graduate of Logansport High School and Wedekind Beauty College, was a beautician for years and worked at Galveston Elementary School. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and her family.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are two sons, Clark Roe and Dane Roe and wife Kim, all of Galveston; five grandchildren, Sarah Allen, Brianne Baker, Cierra Roe, Caley and Brannan Popp, all of Galveston; two sisters, Jolene Lewis and Sue Parker, both of Logansport; two brothers, Don and Tom Miller, both of Logansport.
Preceding in death was one brother, Charlie Miller.
Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Murray Funeral Home, Galveston. Burial is at Galveston Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Nyona-South Mud Lakes Booster Association.

Kathryn I. Moore
Jan. 11, 1915 – June 11, 2001
Kathryn I. Moore, 86, 2791 N. Fulton County Road 400 W., Rochester, died at 2:55 p.m. Monday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.
Born in Tiosa to William and Margaret Dudgeon Foster, she married C. Lee Moore Jan. 12, 1935 in Goblesville. He died July 3, 1984.
Mrs. Moore, a lifetime Rochester area resident, retired from Hart Schaffner & Marx, Rochester, after 22 years. She was a member of Burton United Methodist Church and a 16-year member of the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary.
Survivors include four sons, James and wife Jane, Delphi, Joe and wife Terry, John and wife Nancy, all of Rochester, Jack and wife Sandy, Mesa, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Kistler, Rochester; one brother-in-law, Roger Kent, Fulton.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents; four sisters, Jean Kent, Ruth Branstrator, Ethel Kirkpatrick, Mabel Drew, five brothers, Ora A., Herb A., Charles, George R. and Louis A. Foster.
Services were today at Foster & Good Funeral Home. Revs. Dave Mills and Jill Walley officiated. Burial was at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Burton United Methodist Church.

Glenn L. Coplen
Oct. 7, 1905 – June 14, 2001
Glenn L. Coplen, 95, formerly of 9B Road, Plymouth, died at 9:02 p.m. Thursday at Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake.
Born near Richland Center, Fulton County, to Jesse and Lenora Iler Rohrer, she married Leroy G. Coplen June 17, 1923 near Richland Center. He died July 21, 1999.
Mrs. Coplen, a homemaker, moved to Grace Village in 1989, formerly living in North Fort Myers Beach, Fla., Plymouth and Carmel. She was a member of Plymouth Church of the Brethren.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathryn Jean Stewart and husband Morris, Syracuse; one son, Carl Coplen and wife Betty, Plymouth; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one son, Everett Lowell Coplen in 1932 and an infant sister.
Graveside services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Walnut Church of the Brethren, southeast of Argos, with Rev. Glenn Byers officiating. Burial is at Walnut Church of the Brethren Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos. Memorials may be made to Grace Village Retirement Community. 

Joan ‘Jody’ L. Harman
Dec. 4, 1933 – June 13, 2001
Joan “Jody” L. Harman, 67, 3419 S. Indiana 19, Mentone, died at 1:53 p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital emergency room, Fort Wayne.
Born in Circle, Mont. to Artley D. and Ruth C. Gardner Cullum, she married Thomas W. Harman Sept. 6, 1952 in Warsaw. He survives.
Mrs. Harman, a Mentone resident most of her life, was a homemaker and member of Christian Fellowship, Atwood, and active at the Mentone Nutrition Site.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Lisa Gothan, Bourbon; two sons, Timothy and wife Rita, Warsaw, Joel and wife Tiffanie, Argos; two grandchildren, Rebecca Harman and Zachary Gothan; one brother, Jon Cullum and wife Martha, Parker City.
Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. William McPhail officiating. Burial is at Mentone Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Christian Fellowship of Atwood.

Vanis Marcum
Jan. 4, 1937 – June 13, 2001
Vanis Marcum, 64, 5652 W. Partridge Drive, Mentone, died at 12:53 p.m. Wednesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
Born in Banner, Ky. to Crit and Bertha Hall Marcum, he married Jeanettte Lewis Oct. 28, 1961 in Wise, W.V. She survives.
Mr. Marcum was a 10-year Mentone resident, coming from Kentucky. A monument engraver, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one son, Vanis, Jr., Rochester; three daughters, Deborah Shepherd, Charlotte Marcum, both of Mentone, and Tammy Remfrey, Akron; three grandchildren, Eric, Carrie and Samantha Shepherd; five brothers, Gilbert Marcum, Larry Bentley, both of Banner, Ky., Omer Bentley, Martin, Ky., Reece Bentley, Delaware, Ohio, Bobby Bentley, Maytown, Ky.; three sisters, Lois Hamilton, Wanda Conley, Banner, Ky., May Cooper, Sunbury, Ohio.
Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Palestine Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at King Memorial Home, Mentone, and after 9 a.m. Friday.

Timothy M. Schmucker
Dec. 4, 1994 – June 13, 2001
Timothy Martin Schmucker, 6, 14088 N. Indiana 19, Macy, died at 4:18 p.m. Wednesday from injuries suffered in a farm accident.
Born in South Bend to Devon Jay and Anna Sue Borkholder Schmucker, he was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Survivors include his parents, Devon and Martha Hochstetler Schmucker, at home; three sisters, Sue Ann, Malinda Diane and Lois Elaine, all at home; three brothers, Nathan Dean, Luke Allen and Harvey Tobias, all at home; paternal grandparents, Mahlon and Mary Stutzman Schmucker, Rochester; maternal grandparents, Noah and Carolyn Miller Borkholder, Nappanee, and Monroe and Ruby Miller Hochstetler, Arthur, Ill.
Preceding in death was his mother, Anna Sue Schmucker.
Services are at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dave Stutzman residence, Akron. Burial will be at Bockover Amish Community Cemetery, near Akron. The body will lay in state at the family residence from 3 p.m. today and all day Friday. Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, is in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn I. Moore
Jan. 11, 1915 – June 11, 2001
Kathryn I. Moore, 86, 2791 N. Fulton County Road 400 W., Rochester, died at 2:55 p.m. Monday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.
Born in Tiosa to William and Margaret Dudgeon Foster, she married C. Lee Moore Jan. 12, 1935 in Goblesville. He died July 3, 1984.
Mrs. Moore, a lifetime Rochester area resident, retired from Hart Schaffner & Marx, Rochester, after 22 years. She was a member of Burton United Methodist Church and a 16-year member of the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary.
Survivors include four sons, James and wife Jane, Delphi, Joe and wife Terry, John and wife Nancy, all of Rochester, Jack and wife Sandy, Mesa, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Kistler, Rochester; one brother-in-law, Roger Kent, Fulton.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, three sisters, Ruth Branstrator, Ethel Kirkpatrick, Mabel Drew, five brothers, Ora A., Herb A., Charles, George R. and Louis A. Foster.
Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Revs. Dave Mills and Jill Walley 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 Burton United Methodist Church.

Helen L. Gordon
Sept. 4, 1916 – June 12, 2001
Helen Louise Gordon, 84, formerly of 530 Madison St., Rochester, died at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Rochester to Thomas D. and Grace M. Lowe Sanders, she married Arthur L. Gordon July 26, 1934 in Kokomo. He survives.
Mrs. Gordon lived most of her life in Rochester, where she was a homemaker and a deaconess in the First Christian Church.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Patricia L. Perry and husband Alton, Akron; one son, William J. and wife Joan, Rochester; six grandchildren, Pam Gordon, Macy, Valerie Metzger and husband Mark, North Manchester, Ryan and Brandon Perry, Akron, Jayne Kohls and husband Donnie, Rochester, James Perry and wife Angie, Mentone; 11 great-grandchildren, Melissa, William and Morgan Metzger, North Manchester, Michelle Kohls, Rochester, George Bonin, South Bend, Jessica, Justin L., Justin K., Kelsey, Steven and Eric Perry, Mentone; two sisters, Nina Kepner, Bradenton, Fla., Betty Rentschler and husband Howard, Fulton.
Preceding in death were her parents and one sister, Irene Ewer.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Woody Slade 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 Fulton County Cancer Fund, First Christian Church, Foster Parent Association Scholarship Fund in care of Fulton County Community Foundation.

Max J. Gearhart
March 11, 1930 – June 9, 2001
Max J. Gearhart, 71, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at his 413 E. Rochester St., Akron, residence.
Born in Laketon to Frank Tib and Edna McPeak Gearhart, he married Mary Jane Phillipy April 11, 1951 in Akron. She survives.
Mr. Gearhart was a meat cutter at Lynn’s and Wilt’s Food Stores, Rochester, retiring in 1992. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. An Akron resident most of his life, he was a longtime Akron volunteer fireman.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Shelly Bahney, Mentone, Melea Kamp and husband Steve, Akron; two sons, Michael and wife Terry, Rochester, Marty and wife Becky, Akron; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five sisters, Joan Harris and husband Tom, Fulton; Opal Gearhart, Ruth Miller and husband Charles, Dorothy Alger and husband Ogden, all of North Manchester, Sharon Meenen, Macy; six brothers, Floyd, Indianapolis, Harold and wife Bonnie, Bill and companion Sue Daine, Roger and wife Janet, all of Akron, Larry and wife Donna, Fulton, Dick and wife Helen “Mickey,” Winamac; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were his parents, two infant sisters, four brothers, Ray, Leonard, Donald and Leo.
Services were Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Akron. Revs. Steve Fleck and Terry McGarrity officiated. Burial was at Akron Cemetery, where the American Legion Post 36 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1343 conducted military graveside rites. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Hope Hospice, the American Diabetes Fund or Fulton County Cancer Society.

Ann Q. Meyers
July 17, 1934 – June 9, 2001
Ann Q. Meyers, 66, 921 Clover St., Rochester, died at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.
Born in Toronto, Canada to Dr. Joseph A. and Patricia D. Dorey Quigley, she married Ronald K. Meyers Sept. 12, 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He survives.
Mrs. Meyers earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s College, Cincinnati, Ohio, and a master’s degree in theological studies from St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, Wisc. An avid gardener and knitter, she was a parish council member, past director of religous education and Eucharistic minister at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester. She was on the board of directors of Birthright of Fulton County, co-director of Fulton County Leadership Academy, Rochester High School Stakeholders Committee, Rochester Kiwanis Club and Toastmasters.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are two daughters, Kathryn Hawley and husband Chris, South Bend, Karen Meyers Holzer and husband Mark, Cincinnati; two sons, Ronald L. and wife Mary Kaye, Cincinnati, Joseph G. and wife Susan, Windsor, Conn.; three grandchildren, Alexander and Connor Holzer and Taylor Meyers; special friends Rick and Elaine Wappenstein, Brookville, Ohio.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1310 Main St., Rochester, with Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, where a vigil service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Max J. Gearhart
March 11, 1930 – June 9, 2001
Max J. Gearhart, 71, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at his 413 E. Rochester St., Akron, residence.
Born in Laketon to Frank Tib and Edna McPeak Gearhart, he married Mary Jane Phillipy April 11, 1951 in Akron. She survives.
Mr. Gearhart was a meat cutter at Lynn’s and Wilt’s Food Stores, Rochester, retiring in 1992. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. An Akron resident most of his life, he was a longtime Akron volunteer fireman.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Shelly Bahney, Mentone, Melea Kamp and husband Steve, Akron; two sons, Michael and wife Terry, Rochester, Marty and wife Becky, Akron; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five sisters, Opal Gearhart, Ruth Miller and husband Charles, Dorothy Alger and husband Ogden, all of North Manchester, Sharon Meenen, Macy; six brothers, Floyd, Indianapolis, Harold and wife Bonnie, Bill and companion Sue Daine, Roger and wife Janet, all of Akron, Larry and wife Donna, Fulton, Dick and wife Helen “Mickey,” Winamac; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were his parents, two infant sisters, four brothers, Ray, Leonard, Donald and Leo.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, 808 E. Rochester St., Akron, with Revs. Steve Fleck and Terry McGarrity officiating. Burial is at Akron Cemetery, where the American Legion Post 36 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1343 will conduct miltary graveside rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Hope Hospice, the American Diabetes Fund or Fulton County Cancer Society.

J. Vernon Schell
Sept. 20, 1910 – June 8, 2001
J. Vernon Schell, 90, died at noon Friday at his 2298 E, Fulton County Road 300 North, Rochester, residence.
Born in Pikeville, Ohio to James and Rosa M. Nusbaum Schell, he married Alma Lou Knowlton June 1, 1937 in Logansport. She survives.
Mr. Schell, a Rochester resident since 1947, when he moved from Logansport, retired from Dean Foods Co, Rochester, where he was the first cheese maker. He worked at IGA and Berkway Food Store, Rochester. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he was treasurer for 21 years, and American Legion Post 36. A Logansport High School graduate, he was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two sisters, Lenora Hipsher, Logansport, Betty Brackemyre and husband Paul, Thorntown; one brother, Herman Schell, Thoms River, N.J.
Preceding in death were his parents, two sisters and three brothers.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, corner of Fourth and Jefferson Streets, Rochester, with Rev. Steven J. Resner officiating. Burial is at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, or one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Robert E. Davenport
March 23, 1922 – June 7, 2001
Robert Eugene Davenport, 79, Wabash, died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor East, Wabash.
Born in Wabash to Roscoe E. and Rose Miller Davenport, he married Mary Louise Polk in Wabash on May 30, 1941. She survives.
Mr. Davenport was a construction worker for Davenport Construction, Wabash, He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Wabash, Hanna Masonic Lodge, Wabash, and a World War II navy veteran. He was a volunteer for the Wabash County Hospital Chaplain’s Service. He formerly lived in Rochester, Ligonier and Kendallville.
Surviving with his wife, Wabash, are two sons, Michael Davenport, Wabash, David Davenport, Fort Wayne; four grandsons, Robert Lawson, Kendallville, Scott Lawson, Ligonier, Keith Davenport, Wabash, Mark Davenport, Chicago, Ill.; one granddaughter, Shelly Neal, Wabash; two sisters, Pauline Bowman, Muskegon, Mich., Dorothy Ball, Arizona; and six great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death were his parents; one daughter, Karen Lawson; and three brothers.
Cremation will take place. Services will be at 2 p.m. June 17 at Christ United Methodist Church, Wabash, with Rev. L. Michael Wilson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior for services at the church. Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, Wabash. Arrangements were made by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Robert J. Goss
June 7, 1934 – June 6, 2001
Robert J. Goss, 66, died Wednesday at his 1430 Jefferson St., Apt. 1, Rochester, residence.
Born in Plymouth to Howard J. and Ethel M. Slonaker Goss, he married Vecita L. James April 16, 1975 in Rochester. They divorced. She survives.
Mr. Goss retired as co-owner of Sportsman’s Inn. A 1952 graduate of West High School, near Plymouth, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He came to Rochester from Oklahoma in 1975.
Survivors include one daughter, Bobbi Jo Meagher and husband Chaun, Logansport; one sister, Joyce Baillieul and husband Ron, Rochester; one brother, David Goss and wife Gaylo, Rochester; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Preceding in death were his parents.
Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Monday at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military rites. No visitation is planned. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Cause for Paws, Logansport. 

James F. Thorrington
Sept. 9, 1933 – June 5, 2001
James F. Thorrington, 67, 6385 N. Lakeshore Drive, Nyona Lake, died Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Born in Macy to Emmett D. and F. Mae Roberts Thorrington, he married Virginia Mills Nov. 25, 1967 in Rochester. She survives.
Mr. Thorrington, a U.S. Army veteran, retired from Torx Products, Rochester.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one son, Wayne, Rochester; three stepdaughters, Lonnie Markley and husband Jeff, Logansport, Tonnie Vigar and husband Tom, Roann, Jodi May, Peru; ten step grandchildren; one brother, David, Macy; two sisters, Mary Ann Beck and husband Eugene, Rochester, Joyce Clemans, Twelve Mile.
Preceding in death was one grandson, Matt Stout.
Graveside services were Thursday at Fulton Cemetery. Rev. George Hapner officiated. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce L. Ferguson
Jan. 5, 1927 – June 5, 2001
Joyce L. Ferguson, 74, died at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday at her Peru residence.
Born in Peru to Clyde and Earnestine “Pegg” Beatty, she married Homer S. Ferguson Sept. 19, 1945. He survives.
Mrs. Ferguson, a lifetime Peru resident, was a retired bank teller at First Federal Savings & Loan, Peru. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Peru, Peru Fireman’s Auxiliary, Eastern Star, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, director of Circus Hall of Fame, 34-year director of Circus City Festival and was named Sagamore of the Wabash 1999 by Gov. Frank O’Bannon.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are three daughters, Sandy Ploss and husband Rick, Candace L. Alfrey and husband Jeff, and Tammy Cooper, all of Peru; four grandchildren, Shelley Ploss, Simon Alfrey, Cameron and Tarrin Cooper; two brothers, Harold Jones, Peru, Clyde Beatty, Jr., Carpinteria, Calif.; one niece Christy Wouster and husband Jeff, Peru; one cousin, John Pryor and wife Rhea, Rochester; one great-niece, Heather Flora; one great nephew, Jeff Douglas.
Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, with Rev. Robert Adelsperger officiating. Burial is at Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where Beta Sigma Phi will conduct a memorial service at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Circus City Festival or Hall of Fame, Peru.

Lois M. DeFord
March 20, 1932 – June 5, 2001
Lois M. DeFord, 69, Waterhaven Apt. 6F, Rochester, died at 4:14 a.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Peru to Ernest P. and Mauna F. Piatt Shultz, she married Raymond J. DeFord Oct. 5, 1952 in Peru. He died Sept. 13, 1987.
Mrs. DeFord moved to Rochester from Peru in 1991. She was a retired certified nurse’s aide at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru, and Life Care Center, Rochester. She attended New Life Church, Rochester.
Survivors include one daughter, Lora Mikesell and husband Kem, Rochester; two granddaughters, Brooke and Celeste Mikesell, Rochester; six sisters, Alma Sease, Redding, Calif., Sarah Mikesell, Pauline Wahab, Delore “Penny” Stapleton, all of Peru, Teresa “Margaret” Sixbey, Chili, Karla Wolfe, Mexico; four brothers, Edward, Huntington, Eldon “George,” Mexico, Donald, Deedsville, Malcolm “Tony,” Arcola, Ill.
Preceding in death with her husband were her father, April, 1967, her mother, April 5, 1996, one brother, Marion, in childhood.
Memorial services are at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Life Church, Highway 31 and Fulton County Road 50 North, Rochester, with Rev. Brian J. Tammany officiating. Private family burial will be at Clymers Cemetery, Cass County. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert R. Porter
July 29, 1944 – June 4, 2001
Robert R. Porter, 56, Wabash, died at 2:15 a.m. Monday at Wabash County Hospital.
Born in Huntington to Lee and Sarah King Porter, he resided most of his life in the Rock Lake area, coming to Rochester in 1993. He moved to Wabash in January.
Mr. Porter was active at Manitou Center, Rochester, and was a member of the Optimist Club. He enjoyed bowling, golf and the Special Olympics.
Survivors include three sisters, Patricia Davis and husband David, Wabash, Anna M. Podell and husband Robert, Sr., Winamac, Betty Carl and husband J.C., Goshen; two brothers, William F. and wife Paula, Quebec, Canada, Michael J. and wife Patricia, Hanover Park, Ill., and several nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were his parents.
Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Melissa Rice officiating. Burial is at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Marshal-Starke Development Rochester Men’s Residence, 1522 Sunset Dr., Rochester.

Bernard L. Fisher
May 13, 1924 – June 4, 2001
Bernard L. Fisher, 77, 851 Cherry Tree Lane, Rochester, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday at South Bend Memorial Hospital.
Born in Packerton to James and Maude Denny Fisher, he married Katherine L. Kinsey Feb. 16, 1946 in Warsaw. She survives.
Mr. Fisher, formerly of Logansport, came to Rochester in 1999. He owned and operated Frontier Adjusters of Logansport and retired in 1988. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of McAllen, Texas, Rochester American Legion, and past president of Indiana Adjusters Association. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army Transportation Corps in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during World War II.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Sereta Dornick and husband Richard, Columbia City; two sons, Barry and wife Terri, Reno, Nev., Terry Fisher, Rochester; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth Fisher, Sydney.
Preceding in death were one great-granddaughter, one brother and two sisters.
Private graveside services are at Eel River Cemetery, east of Silver Lake. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the American Diabetes Association.

Amy N. Miller
April 4, 1972 – June 2, 2001
Amy Nicole Brown Miller, 29, 770 S. Indiana 19, Akron, died at 1 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born in Anderson to David L. and Deborah L. Rector Brown, she married James L. Miller June 16, 1991 in Anderson. They divorced.
Ms. Miller came to Akron in 1996 from Anderson. A 1990 graduate of Highland High School and a 2000 graduate of the University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, she was a registered nurse at Woodlawn Hospital.
Survivors include one daughter, Tiffany L. Miller, at home; mother and stepfather, Deborah L. and Daniel Kidd, Claypool; father and stepmother, David L. and Pamela J. Brown, Kissimmee, Fla.; one sister, Amber N. Brandt and husband Richard “Butch,” Gig Harbor, Wash.; maternal grandmother, Margaret Owens, Anderson; paternal grandparents, Everett and Marguerite Brown, Graysville, Tenn.; two nieces, Danielle and Brooke Brandt, Gig Harbor, Wash.; two nephews, Richard “Buddy” Brandt, Gig Harbor, Wash., Skyler Kidd, New Castle; two stepdaughters, Brenna and Brittany Bryer, Winona Lake; one stepbrother, Matthew Kidd, New Castle; two step sisters, Carol Bell, Indianapolis, Kathy Hoaglund, Clarksville, Tenn.; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding in death were her maternal grandfathers, William Stevenson and Lee Owens.
Services are at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with elder Everett Brown officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Anderson, where there will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Hospital.

Dennis D. Bradway
Jan. 9, 1954 – June 4, 2001
Dennis D. Bradway, 47, died at 3 a.m. today at his 4909 E. Fulton County Road 650 North, Rochester residence. He had been in failing health one year.
Born in Rochester to David and Loretta Stubbs Bradway, he married Linda D. Heins Dec. 24, 1996 in Rochester. She survives.
Mr. Bradway worked in maintenance at Talma Fastener Corp. for 15 years. He was a member of Lake Manitou Moose Lodge 1107. He was a lifetime resident of Fulton County.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Stacey Houser and husband Michael, Rochester, Babette Geller, Rochester, Nanette Sylvain, Twelve Mile; four sons, Anthony L. Bradway and wife Jodi, U.S. Army, Germany, Paul M. Sylvain, Rochester, Aaron L. and Samuel D. Sylvain, both of Fulton; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Gary L. and wife Karen, and Rick L., all of Munising, Mich.; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Preceding in death were his parents.
Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial is at Athens Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

Tyler W. Roth
May 1, 1982 – June 1, 2001
Tyler William Roth, 19, 640 South Landing, Winamac, died at 10:30 p.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born in Winamac to Timothy Paul and Melinda A. Webb Roth.
Tyler was a student athlete and 2001 graduate of Winamac High School. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and youth group, a 10-year member of Monroe 76er’s 4-H Club, the Horse and Pony Club, three-year member of the WHS Student Council, Student Council President and Student Body President for 2000-2001, three-year member of drama club and a 10 varsity letter award winner. He received the Judge Jack Richert Memorial Scholarship and Eastern Pulaski Teacher’s Association Scholarship. In high school football, he was a two-year member of the Midwest Conference All Conference Football Squad, Midwest Conference Most Valuable Player, 2000 MVP of Winamac High School football team, a 1998 and 2000 Most Valuable Back, two-time South Bend Tribune Athlete of the Week, AP All-State Football Team, Bloomington Herald-Times Special Mention All-State, two-year Indiana Football Coaches Association First Team All-State, Indiana Sports Network Athlete of the Week, two-year All Loganland First Team, 2000 Loganland Player of the Year, 2000 Indianapolis Colts Player of the Week, and co-captain of Regional Champion 2000 football squad. He lettered in football four years, baseball three years, basketball two years and track one year. He was 2000 Honorable Mention All-Conference in baseball and co-captain of the 2000-2001 basketball sectional champions.
Survivors include his parents, Timothy and Melinda Roth, Winamac; two sisters, Sara Elizabeth, West Lafayette, Ashley Marie, Winamac; one brother, Parker Timothy, Winamac; maternal grandparents, William and Louanna Webb, Winamac; paternal grandmother, Mildred Roth, Winamac; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding in death were his maternal grandmother, Mary Webb, and paternal grandfather, Howard Roth.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac, with Rev. John Hoying officiating. Burial is at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Winamac. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. today at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, and after 8 a.m. Tuesday. The Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a scripture wake service at 8:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to a scholarship fund being established in his memory.

Leroy ‘Roy’ Cooper
Sept. 24, 1925 – June 2, 2001
Leroy “Roy” Cooper, 75, 14390 S. Nutmeg Road, Plymouth, died at 9:15 p.m. Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.
Born near Argos to Robert E. and Hazel A. Johnson Cooper, he married Mary Lou Stayton Sept. 5, 1964 in Argos. She survives.
Mr. Cooper retired in 1983 after 32 years at Bendix Corp., South Bend.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Debra Sutalo and husband Richard, Plymouth, Denise Snyder and husband Tony, Grayslake, Ill., Deanna Cooper, Columbia City; four sons, Gary, Deltona, Fla., Kevin and wife Holly, Logansport, Randy and wife Tammy, Indianapolis, Shawn, South Bend; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice Toth, Rochester, Eunice Leffert, Etna Green; one brother, Eugene and wife Janice, Argos; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were his parents, one daughter, Marcia J. Cooper, one grandson, Archie Leroy Cooper.
Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, with Rev. Don Nunemaker officiating. No visitation is planned. Memorials may be made to Marshall County Cancer Society. Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is in charge of arrangements.

Nola Emlin Burns
Aug. 10, 1918 – June 1, 2001
Nola Emlin Burns, 82, Denver, died at 11:18 a.m. Friday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., to Jerre W. and Mary Hemmen Cammack, she married Richard O. Burns on Feb. 13, 1943, in Peru. He survives.
Mrs. Burns was a homemaker and a member of Denver Baptist Church, Denver.
Surviving with her husband are three daughters, Barbara E. Mikesell and husband Wade, Rochester, Sharon R. Hartzell and husband Ronald, Winchester, Jayne M. Walker and husband John, Peru; eight grandchildren, Elaine Howdeshell, Carl Hartzell, Richard Mikesell, David Hartzell, Holly Alber, Jennifer Lowe, Scott Hartzell, Janet Lowe; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Bayard Cammack, Mount Vernon, Ill.
Preceding in death was one brother, William W. Cammack.
Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at Denver Baptist Church, Denver, with Rev. Steve Bate officiating. Burial is at Westlawn Cemetery, Denver. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Memorials may be made to the Denver Baptist Church Building Fund.

Lillian G. Brucker
Aug. 24, 1920 – June 1, 2001
Lillian G. Brucker, 80, Monterey, died at 5:45 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Health Care, Kokomo.
Born in Monterey to Richard and Ruth Reinhold Overmyer, she married Charles H. Brucker. He preceded in death.
Mrs. Brucker was a homemaker. A lifetime resident of Monterey, she was a member of Monterey United Methodist Church, a 4-H leader for 36 years, a 4-H Council member since 1964, a member of the Pulaski County Foremost Farms Co-Op Association and a recipient of the Friends of Extension award.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara A. Brucker, Winamac, Charlotte R. Rymph, Monterey; one brother, Charles Overmyer, Winamac; one sister, Lenore Kline, Monterey.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Bonine Funeral Home, Culver. Burial is at Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Monterey. Memorials may be made to the Tippecanoe Industrious Boys and Girls 4-H Club.

Mary J. Singer
July 15, 1948 – May 31, 2001
Former Rochester resident Mary Jane Singer, 52, Huntington, died at 1:25 p.m. Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born in Peru to James F. and Melba M. Rhoades Rupp, she worked at Dana Corp., Andrews, where she was union chairman. She was a member of East State Church of God, Huntington. She enjoyed her grandchildren.
Survivors include one son, Rick W. Honkomp, Huntington; two grandchildren, Anthony W. and Ashley M. Honkomp, both of Huntington; her parents, James F. and Melba Rupp, Rochester; three sisters, Barbara Hart and husband Ralph, Rochester, Norma Easterday and husband Raymond, Winamac, Cindy Eastwood, Bremen; four brothers, Chuck and wife Jane, Akron, Jim and wife Vickie, Logan, Ohio, Paul and wife Lori, Terre Haute, and Frank, Goshen; one half brother, Bill Lee, Vacaville, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death was one brother, Kenny Rupp.
Services are at 3 p.m. Sunday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Steve Stull officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

Billie D. Van Doren
February 3, 1923 – May 11, 2001
Billie D. Van Doren, 78, Halingen, Texas, died at 3:45 p.m. May 11 at Valley Baptist Hospital, Harlingen.
Born in Elkhart to Harold D. and Ethel Miller Van Doren, he married Patricia Rohler Dec. 23, 1942. She preceded in death.
A Warsaw High School graduate, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps and flew 87 missions over the Himalayan Mountains “Hump” during World War II. He worked at the Warsaw U.S. Postal Service, retiring and moving to Texas in 1983. He was a lifetime member of the Confederate Air Force, American Legion, Hump Pilots Association and the Texas Air Museum.
Survivors include one son, Louis, Harlingen, Texas; one daughter, Susan Fretz and husband Wayne, Warsaw; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one half sister, Iva Nelson and husband Dick, Silver Lake; one half brother, Byron Van Doren, Akron.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Home, North Buffalo St., Warsaw.

Belva E. Kreighbaum
Aug. 24, 1912 – May 27, 2001
Belva E. Kreighbaum, 88, Akron, died at 10:25 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Born in Miami County to Urius and Alsadie Landis Madlem, she married William N. Kreighbaum Feb. 15, 1930 in Akron. He died Feb. 5, 1984.
Mrs. Kreighbaum, a lifetime Akron and Gilead resident, retired in 1976 from General Tire, Wabash. She attended Silver Creek Church of God, Akron.
Survivors include four daughters, Shirley Hunter, North Manchester, Bonnie Slone, Warsaw, Jackie Whitaker and husband Earl, Warsaw, Karen Leiter and husband Ted, Akron; one son, Jerry R. Kreighbaum, Wabash; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one brother, John Madlem and wife Alta, Rochester; one daughter-in-law, Betty Kreighbaum, Logansport; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one son, Bill, one granddaughter, two grandsons and two brothers, Wilbur and George Madlem.
Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Thomas Craig officiating. Burial is at South Pleasant Cemetery, south of Silver Lake. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Marie Lowery
May 7, 1920 – May 26, 2001
Marie Lowery, 81, 1080 W. Fulton County Road 200 North, Rochester died at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at her daughter’s Peru home.
Born in Lucerne to Walker and Ora Crispen Batty, she married Raymond S. Lowery Aug. 23, 1941 in Winamac. He died March 19, 2000.
Mrs. Lowery moved to Rochester from Winamac in 1955. A homemaker and seamstress, she enjoyed oil painting, baking and decorating cakes and reading. She was a member of Burton United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women’s Group.
Survivors include six daughters, Gladys Sheetz and husband Steve, Galveston, Doris Stahl, Tennessee, Connie Baker and husband Mickey, Rochester, Lorna Holloway and husband Rich, Rochester, Joyce Rasmussin, Peru, Barbara Hileman and husband Mike, Peru; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lovie Hettinger and husband Don, Ladysmith, Wisc., Ruthalea Sparks and husband Walter, Monticello, Jean Smith and husband Keith, Harligen, Texas, Verla Rexstrew, Walkerton.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents and two sisters, Eunice Rans and Maxine Taylor.
Public graveside services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rochester IOOF Cemetery with Rev. Jill Walley officiating. Memorials may be made to Burton United Methodist Church. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

Keith O. Hisey
March 5, 1922 – May 25, 2001
Keith O. Hisey, 79, 2047 N. Old U.S. 31, Rochester, died at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital, where he had been a patient for five days.
Born in Marshall County to James Wilfred and Sadie C. Young Hisey, he married Mary Kathryn Beck March 14, 1952 in Rochester. She survives.
Mr. Hisey was a carpenter, working at Ritz Craft, Argos, and Rochester Homes. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He lived most of his life in the Rochester area.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two brothers, Gerald Hisey and wife Eva, Macy, and Lowell Hisey and wife Shirley, Rochester.
Preceding in death were his parents, one infant daughter, Sara J. Hisey, one sister, Chloa M. Hisey, three brothers, Glen, in infancy, and Dale and Doyle.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Edwin Clark 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 charity of choice.

Harry S. Eaton
Aug. 9, 1922 – May 28, 2001
Harry Stewart Eaton, 78, 906 W. Main St., 1B, Peru, died at 7:05 a.m. Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.
Born in Akron to Harry T. and Zora Summe Eaton, he married D. Loise Thompson Aug. 25, 1947 in Louisville, Ky. She survives.
Mr. Eaton was a field mechanic at McMahan-O’Connor Construction, Rochester. He was a member of the International Operating Engineers Local 150, Country-Side, Ill., Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rochester, and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Barbara Wiggs, Miami; two grandchildren, Wesley and Brandy Wiggs; one great-granddaughter, Casie Wiggs; one brother, Billie Eaton and wife Gloria, Rochester; one sister, Betty Gearhart and husband Lee, Akron.
Preceding in death were his parents, one son-in-law, James Wiggs, and two brothers, Emmett and Charles Eaton.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will conduct military rites following the service. Private burial will be at Akron Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Matthew E. Stout
March 23, 1981 – May 27, 2001
Matthew Everett Stout, 20, 4854 N. 375 West, Royal Center, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Logansport Memorial Hospital following a bicycle accident.
Born in Wabash to Duane and Yulana Martin Stout, he was a 2000 graduate of Logansport High School, where he was a member of the track, football and wrestling teams.
Mr. Stout was a night stocker at Marsh Supermarket, Logansport. He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, Cass County Youth for Christ and Vineyard Christian Fellowhsip Church.
Survivors include his mother, Yulana Markley and husband Jeff, Royal Center; his father, Duane Stout, Roann; one sister, Kirsten Edwards, Peru; one stepsister, Autumn Markley, Royal Center; maternal grandparents, Ginny and Jim Thorrington, Nyona Lake; paternal grandparents, Paul and Hazel Stout, Roann; stepgrandparents, John and Carolyn Markley, Mexico, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Vineyard Christian Church, with Rev. Bruce Vernon officiating. Burial is at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at McCloskey-Hamilton-Gundrum Funeral Home, 1603 E. Broadway, Logansport, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to Cass County Youth for Christ.

Rhoda J. Miller
Oct. 21, 1941 – May 26, 2001
Rhoda Joyce Miller, 59, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at her Perrysburg residence.
Born in Peru to Galen LaVere and Mary Elizabeth Pearce Miller, she married Woodrow Ashby, Jr.
Mrs. Miller was a member of Skinner Chapel Church and a 1959 graduate of Deedsville High School. She retired from the Miami County Museum after 13 years. She wrote a column in the Peru Tribune and hosted the Peru Cable show “Miami County Moments.” She enjoyed Miami County history.
Survivors include one son, Jeffrey Woodrow Ashby, Fort Wayne; one daughter, Lucinda Lee Ashby, Perrysburg; two grandchildren, Shane Michael and Erika Lynn Ashby, Fort Wayne; three brothers, Larry Gene, Perrysburg, Gregory Eric, Peru, and Kevin Roscoe, Gilead.
Preceding in death were her parents, one sister, Bobbie Jo Miller, and two brothers, Randy Lew and Curtis Lynn Miller.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Skinner Chapel Church with Rev. Tom Robbins officiating. Burial is at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Gloria Krise Heckathorn
Nov. 5, 1923 – May 25, 2001
Gloria Foust Krise Heckathorn, 77, Kokomo, formerly of Nyona Lake, died at 4:55 a.m. Friday at Manor Health Care Services, Kokomo.
Born in Bennett Switch to William R. and Opal W. Waymire Foust, she married James R. Krise July 1, 1944 in Kokomo. He died in June, 1981. She married Kirch Heckathorn Sept. 9, 1984 in Rochester. He died in June, 1999.
Mrs. Heckathorn worked at Stellite and in receiving at Sears Roebuck & Co., Kokomo, retiring in 1967. She was a member of Fulton United Methodist Church, where she was active in the women’s and bible study groups and the choir.
Survivors include two sons, Jack L. Krise and wife Phyllis, Kokomo, Fred Krise and fiancee Janice Etherington, Logansport; ten grandchildren, Kim and Bill Elliott, Cayuga, Mona and Bill Walters, Piqua, Ohio, J.D. and Sally Krise, Lake in the Hills, Ill., Scott and Debra Bitner, Berwyn, Ill., Jocelyn and David Harmon, Ossian, Steven and Penny Bitner, Anthony and Phyllis Bitner, Stephanie and Scott Purvis, Mike Krise, all of Kokomo, and Greg Krise, Windfall; 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald E. Foust and wife Kathryn, Kokomo; one sister, Betty Cagley and husband Richard, Goshen; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death with her husbands were one daughter, Constance Sue Krise Bitner, one grandchild, one great-grandchild, and one brother, Keith R. Foust.
Services are at 7 p.m. Sunday at Fenn & Shirley Mortuary, Colonial Chapel, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, with Rev. George Hapner officiating. Cremation will follow. Friends may call from 3 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to Fulton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 115, Fulton, IN 46931, or to Mary Bryant Home for the Blind, 2960 Stanton St., Springfield, IL 62703.

Joseph D. Barts
Nov. 19, 1930 – May 23, 2001
Joseph D. Barts, 70, died at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.
Born in Rochester to Howard C. and Maude S. Stull Barts, he married Carol Sue Drudge Feb. 5, 1950 at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester. She survives.
Mr. Barts, a lifetime Rochester resident, retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1973 after 13 years, 11 years as a Rochester city carrier. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, lifetime member of Moose Lodge 1107, LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post 36, all of Rochester, and an 11-year Fulton County 4-H leader of the Horse and Pony Club. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two sons, Dr. David J. Barts, and Monty L. and wife Debbie, all of Rochester; five grandchildren, Gretchen, Landon, Lindsay, Caitlin and Clinton Barts, all of Rochester; two sisters, June Vrana, Rochester, and Alice Sroufe and husband Tom, Macy.
Preceding in death were his parents and one brother, Keith, in 1959.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Revs. Rick Taylor and Dan Mundt 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 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Equestrian Club.

LaVon ‘Tom’ Williams
April 3, 1946 – May 20, 2001
LaVon “Tom” Williams, 55, died at 6 a.m. Sunday at his 1705 Mitchell Drive residence. He had been in failing health several years.
Born in Kokomo to Louis L. and Alberta Williams, he was a 20-year Rochester resident, coming from Argenta, Ill. and Kokomo.
Mr. Williams was a dispatcher at Staley General Transportation, Rochester. He was a member of Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 79, Rochester.
Survivors include one daughter, Kindra Craig and husband Nathan, Rochester; two sons, Shawn Williams, at home, Brent Williams, West Palm Beach, Fla.; one grandson, Brant Gerald, Rochester; one sister, Beverly Damron, Middletown; three half sisters, Linda Pierson, Lois Meacham and Marilyn Meadows, all of Kokomo.
Preceding in death were his parents and one son, Aaron Williams.
Services were Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial was at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Harold E. ‘Gene’ Powell
July 1, 1931 – May 22, 2001
Harold Eugene “Gene” Powell, 69, Kewanna, died at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Born in Peru to Charles Arthur and Goldie Marie Knight Powell, he retired from Rock Industries, Peru, after 26 years.
Mr. Powell, a former Miami County resident, was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a Gilead High School graduate.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Powell, Kewanna; three sons, William J. and wife Chris, Kewanna, Terry Edward “Ed” and wife Kari, Rochester, Larry Dean Hart and wife Phyllis, Denver; one daughter, Trina Messer and husband Everett, Athens; two stepsons, Arthur Gullett and wife Bev, Indianapolis, Mike Gullett and wife Susie, Mexico; one stepdaughter, Vicki Meier and husband Steve, Peru; eight grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; two brothers, Robert and wife Mary, Peru, David and wife Dorla, Hernando, Fla.; one sister, Mary Becker and husband Elwyn, Fulton.
Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Revs. Dave Powell and George Hapner officiating. Burial is at Westlawn Cemetery, Denver, where military graveside rites will be conducted. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

LaVon ‘Tom’ Williams
April 3, 1946 – May 20, 2001
LaVon “Tom” Williams, 57, died at 6 a.m. Sunday at his 1705 Mitchell Drive residence. He had been in failing health several years.
Born in Kokomo to Louis L. and Alberta Williams, he was a 20-year Rochester resident, coming from Argenta, Ill. and Kokomo.
Mr. Williams was a dispatcher at Staley General Transportation, Rochester, since 1978. He was a member of Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 79, Rochester.
Survivors include one daughter, Kindra Craig and husband Nathan, Rochester; two sons, Shawn Williams, at home, Brent Williams, West Palm Beach, Fla.; one grandson, Brant Gerald, Rochester; one sister, Beverly Damron, Middletown; three half sisters, Linda Pierson, Lois Meacham and Marilyn Meadows, all of Kokomo.
Preceding in death were his parents and one son, Aaron Williams.
Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Thursday. Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 79, Rochester, will conduct a memorial service at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Icnotta M. ‘Betty’ Bucher
Nov. 21, 1922 – May 21, 2001
Icnotta M. “Betty” Bucher, 78, Mandeville, La., died at 8:28 a.m. Monday at her granddaughter’s Holiday, Fla. residence.
Born in Whitley County to Frank and Hazel Wilcoxson Crabill, she married Robert H. Bucher Sept. 11, 1943 in Greenville, Texas. He died Jan. 28, 1996.
Mrs. Bucher was a homemaker and worked at First National Bank, Indianapolis.
Survivors include one daughter, Beth Robertson, Slidell, La.; six grandchildren, Beverly Wilson, Rachel Perez, Robert Bucher, Ryan Bucher, David Robertson and Amy Robertson; five great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husband were one son, one sister and one brother.
Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake, with Rev. Carroll McNutt officiating. Burial is at Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Alice A. Sumpter
Nov. 10, 1910 – May 20, 2001
Alice A. Sumpter, 90, Bremen, died at 7:10 p.m. Monday at LuAnn Nursing Home, Nappanee.
Born in Lawrenceville, Ill. to Hugh and May Griffin Frederick, she married Roscoe D. Sumpter April 30, 1934. He died in 1987.
Mrs. Sumpter retired from Borneman Products in 1975. She attended Bremen Missionary Church.
Survivors include two sons, James E., Milford, Jack F., Bremen; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husband were one daughter, Thelma Frederick, five sisters, Alma Loucks, Mary Ball, Catherine Bradbury, Sarah Jenkins and Betty Walker, five brothers, John, Bill, George, Harley and August Frederick, and one great-grandson.
Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen, with Rev. Gary Hinkle officiating. Burial is at Island Cemetery, Milford. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Marshall County Hospice.

Aubrey L. ‘Dale’ Polk
March 21, 1962 – May 13, 2001
Former Rochester resident Aubrey L. “Dale” Polk, 39, Pangburn, Ark., died May 13 in Pangburn.
Born in Helena, Ark. to Aubrey and Connie Sue Reed Polk, he was a welder and enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include two sons, Dustin Polk, Pangburn, Ark., Nicholas Polk, Shelbyville, Ky.; one daughter, Maci Polk, Rochester; his parents, Heber Springs, Ark.; two sisters, Donna Westbrook, Fort Hood, Texas, Kerri Fortner, Pangburn, Ark.; maternal grandmother, Alma Reed, Heber Springs, Ark.
Services and burial were May 17 in Arkansas.

Patrick D. McKinley
Feb. 27, 1954 – May 17, 2001
Patrick D. McKinley, 47, 502 E. Black Lane, Royal Center, died at 2:35 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.
Born in Peru to Charles and Norma Bowman McKinley, he married Jeananne DeHaven Sept. 4, 1976. She survives.
Mr. McKinley was assistant manager at Rarick’s Eazy Pay, Rochester.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are his father, Charles McKinley, Macy; three sons, Joshua and Jonathan, Royal Center, and Jason, Indianapolis; one brother, Donald and wife Jennifer, Peru; one sister, Jeanine Waltz, Indianapolis.
Services were at 11 a.m. today at Flower-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru. Rev. James Thomas officiated. Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru. 

Helen Gottschalk
Oct. 20, 1907 – May 20, 2001
Helen Gottschalk, 93, formerly of 1300 Wabash Ave., died at 9:15 p.m. Sunday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.
Born in Rochester to Abraham M. and Sarah C. Weller Shuman, she married Fred O. Gottschalk Jan. 11, 1927 in Rochester. He died Aug. 22, 1983.
Mrs. Gottschalk, a homemaker, was a 1925 Rochester High School graduate and the Indiana High School State Basketball Free-Throw Champion in 1925. She was honored at the Indiana State Basketball Hall of Fame, New Castle, where there is a commemorative brick with her name. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1924 and the Pleasant Hour Club.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ruth Keim and husband Fred, Rochester, Phyllis Bird and husband Jim, Logansport; three sons, Robert O. and wife Elaine, Rochester, William E. and wife Linda, Bonita Springs, Fla., James E., Fort Myers, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one granddaughter, Cathy Gottschalk, one grandson, Richard Gottschalk, one sister, Ruth Westwood, and infant sister, Mabel Esther Shuman, two infant brothers, Albert Beecher and Everett Randall Shuman.
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Edwin Clark officiating. Burial is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Beulah I. Engle
Sept. 7, 1921 – May 18, 2001
Beulah I. Engle, 79, died at 5:30 a.m. Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.
Born in Akron to Chester and Geraldine DeLawter Shriver, she married Estel Engle June 30, 1937 in Rochester. He died Feb. 2, 1982.
Mrs. Engle, a former Akron and Silver Lake resident, was a homemaker.
Survivors include two daughters, Louise Meade and husband Ben, Palestine, Shirley Goble and husband Kenneth, Warsaw; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Jane Kotterman and Virginia Davis, both of Rochester, Loretta Sommers, Kissimmee, Fla.; two half sisters; two half brothers.
Graveside services are at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Gerald R. Lehman
May 26, 1912 – May 18, 2001
Gerald R. Lehman, 88, 12307 11th Road, Plymouth, died at 3:32 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital, where he had been a patient for five days.
Born in Wakarusa to Lloyd and Zola Truex Lehman, he married Emma Josephine Becker Aug. 5, 1933 in Elkhart. She survives.
Mr. Lehman, a 1932 LaPaz High School graduate, was a farm laborer and barber before beginning Lehman’s Construction. He was a union carpenter, worked at Bridgeman Power Plant and ran a mower repair service. After retiring, he worked at Miller’s Coast to Coast and Ace Hardware, Plymouth. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching, fishing, woodworking and stained glass projects. A lifetime Marshall County resident, he attended Sunrise Chapel.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are one son, Douglas D., San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Linda J. Gibson and husband Larry, Plymouth; five grandchildren, Shane Lehman, Lance Lehman, Jacqueline Richardson, Kenneth Gibson and Suzanne Gibson; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Juanita Lehman, Plymouth.
Preceding in death were his parents, one great-grandson, Michael Richardson, and one brother, Donald.
Services are at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, with Rev. Charles Krieg officiating. Burial is at New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to World Vision.

Rev. Rodney W. Ruberg
Oct. 19, 1916 – May 17, 2001
Rev. Rodney W. Ruberg, 84, Virden, Ill., died at 9:44 p.m. Thursday at Sunrise Manor Health Care, Virden, Ill.
Born in Bureau, Ill. to Joe and Eva Dell Ireland Ruberg, he married Evelyn D. Price Jan. 25, 1941 in Harvey, Ill. She died May 24, 1988.
Rev. Ruberg graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, and pastored since 1940 in several churches, mostly in Fulton County, Illinois. After retirement, he continued ministering at several churches.
Survivors include two sons, Rev. Rodney “Chuck” Ruberg and wife Marilyn, Rochester, Rev. Joe Ruberg and wife Pam, Matthews; two daughters, Sherron Vance and husband Eldon, and Dorothy Plunkett, all of Virden, Ill.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Max, Osco, Ill.; two sisters, Eva Dell Ruberg, Osco, Ill., and Opal Johnson, Genesco, Ill.
Preceding in death with his wife were his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Checkrow Community Church with Revs. Joe and Chuck Ruberg officiating. Burial is at Avon Cemetery, all in Illinois.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Saturday at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, Ill., with family visitation from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Ruberg Commemorative Scholarship Fund at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Ill.

Carl I. Warmbrod
Sept. 21, 1928 – May 17, 2001
Carl Ivan Warmbrod, 72, died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at his 3618 W. Olson Road residence.
Born in Winamac to John and Lela Tillotson Warmbrod, he married Carol Koontz April 10, 1955 in Plymouth. She survives.
Mr. Warmbrod, a self-employed dump truck operator and Fulton County farmer, lived in Rochester 46 years, coming from Kewanna and Winamac. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Tammy Divine and husband Joel, Argos, Robin Schmucker and husband Michael, Nappanee; five grandchildren, Darlene, Sarah and Ruth Divine, Argos, Paul and Timothy Schmucker, Nappanee; one sister, Velma Blackburn and husband Floyd, Lafayette; one brother, Kenneth and wife Dorothy, Rochester.
Preceding in death were his parents, one sister, Vera, two brothers, Herbert and Herman.
Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Kenneth Todd 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 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

Beulah I. Engle
Beulah I. Engle, 79, formerly of Akron and Silver Lake, died at 5:30 a.m. today at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.


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