Maxine E. Thomas
January 17, 1923 - May 8, 2001
Former LaPaz resident, living in Marshall County most of her lifetime,
Maxine Thomas, 78, 12833 Walnut Hill Drive, Lakeville, died at 11:40 a.m.
on Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at the Nephrology Inc. unit, 6201 Nimitz
Parkway, South Bend. Maxine died of an apparent stroke during dialysis.
Maxine was born in LaPorte, Ind., on January 17, 1923, the daughter
of Vern and Mabel Barber Dipert. She graduated from Plymouth High
School in the class of 1941.
On September 13, 1941, Maxine and Paul "Bill" DeVon Thomas were married
in Nappanee. Paul died on June 30, 1980.
Maxine had worked as the Food Service Director for the Plymouth Community
School Corp. for twenty-three years. She retired in 1993.
Her main hobby was reading and collecting cook books and she enjoyed
trying out new recipes. She liked cooking for a large crowd and catered
weddings receptions in the area. After Bill died, for many summers
she cooked at the Kiwanis Crippled Children's Camp.
An active and caring person, Maxine was a member of the Plymouth Church
of the Brethren and was past-president of the Plymouth Hospital Auxiliary,
the Happy Homemakers and the Home Demonstration Club.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Larry Weiss
of Lakeville, with whom she lived and her two grandsons and their families:
Kirk and Christy Weiss and their daughters Kailyn and Kiley of Lakeville
and Jeff and Donna Weiss of Indianapolis.
Three sisters and two brothers also survive. The sisters, all
from Plymouth, are: Betty and Carl Coplen, Marian Paton and Ruth Ann and
Don Anders. Her brothers are: Paul Dipert, Avon Park, Florida, and
Gail and Jan Dipert of Michigan.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers: Deane,
Richard, Robert and Roger and an infant granddaughter.
Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, May 10, 2001, from
4 to 8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St.,
Funeral services for Maxine will be at 11 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2001,
in the Plymouth Church of the Brethren, 1130 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
The Rev. Dave Kerkove, pastor of the church, will officiate.
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Maxine's memory may be made to the Plymouth church
of the Brethren.
Robert L. Hileman
April 2, 1922 - May 10, 2001
people who called Bob Hileman teacher, coach, counselor and
friend, speak of him the first things they talk about is his honesty, high
moral standards and hard work.
Bob Hileman, 79, former athletic director of Plymouth High School,
died, in the loving company of his family, at 2:15 a.m. Thursday morning
at his home, 1401 Lake Avenue. He had been ill for a number of months.
Jack Edison, head PHS basketball coach, worked for Hileman for twenty
years. " Bob had a total commitment to his family and his school,"
Edison said. "A tireless worker, he took care of all the minute details.
"Whatever respect Plymouth athletics have earned must be attributed
to Bob Hileman's leadership."
Bob was born in Michigan City, the son of Harve and Martha Peo
Hileman, on April 2, 1922. The family moved to Plymouth when he was
eight years old. He attended Washington Elementary and graduated
from Lincoln High School in 1940, where he was an outstanding basketball
player, scoring over 120 points in both his junior and senior years. He
also played football, was class president and was involved in the school
drama productions .
Bob was at Butler University for two years. When World War II
erupted, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, spending three and
one-half years serving his country, a year of that on Saipan Island in
the South Pacific.
On his return from the service, he re-entered Butler and graduated
in 1948, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He later
earned a master's degree from Indiana University and a Supervisor of Guidance
certificate from Purdue University.
Bob and Marian V. Furry were married at her home near Plymouth on June
His first teaching job was at Logansport's Franklin Elementary School.
He then moved to Argos High School where he was a teacher and coach for
In 1957, he came back to Plymouth High School as a teacher and coach.
He served as Athletic Director at Plymouth High School for 24 years, 1962
Bob was instrumental in founding the Northern Lakes Conference and
maintaining its current competitive status.
During his tenure as AD, in addition to all of the girls' sports, he
was instrumental in adding swimming, wrestling, golf, tennis and soccer.
He was an ardent supporter of Plymouth athletics and followed them
faithfully. He loved all sports and was, in particular, a Chicago
Cub fan. He enjoyed his grandchildren's sporting events and other
activities. He liked to read and work various types of puzzles.
Since the early 50s, the family has attended Trinity United Methodist
Church. He served as a director in the Indiana High School Athletic
Directors Association and was a member of the National Educational Association
and the Indiana State Teacher's Association. He was a former president
of the Marshall County Coaches Association and was on the North Central
Civic-minded, Bob was a Summer Recreation Director, had assisted with
Special Olympics programs, and A.A.U. swim events. He chaperoned
at Boy Scout Camps and assisted in community sponsored athletic programs.
Bill Nixon said that Bob Hileman had influenced his life in many ways.
" I remember him as a coach. I remember him as my boss when I was
a coach. When I became Assistant Athletic Director, he taught me
the ins and outs of being an A.D. Without his help," Nixon continued,
" I would have been lost when I became A.D.
"Most importantly, I remember how well he treated me and how patient
he was with me.
"He was truly a nice man."
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Marian, a son David L. Hileman
and two daughters and their families, all of Plymouth. They are:
Linda S. and Larry Mann and their son, Eric: Judy K. and Mike Delp and
their children Erica, Michael and Adam.
A daughter, Karen A. Erbse, died on January 3, 2001. Her two
children are Andy and Betsy Erbse.
In addition to Karen, Bob was preceded in death by his parents and
a granddaughter, Krista Delp. Two brothers, Howard and Russell Hileman
and a sister, Lois Coote have also died.
Visiting with the family will be on Saturday, May 12, 2001, from 3
to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St.,
Funeral services will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2001,
in the funeral home. The Rev. Maurice Grindle, pastor of the Trinity
United Methodist Church will officiate.
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts may be given in Bob Hileman's memory to the Trinity
United Methodist Church or the Marshall County Hospice.
Joseph W. "Joe" Kreighbaum
November 19, 1923 - May 12, 2001
Joseph W. "Joe" Kreighbaum, 77, a resident of Shady Rest for 31 years,
died of natural causes at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2001. Joe
had lived at Walnut Creek Nursing Home, 309 Kingston Ave., for the past
Born in West Twp., Plymouth, the son of Archie Ray and Irene Alfa Ringer
Kreighbaum on Nov. 19, 1923, Joe attended West High School.
Never married, he worked for the Marshall County Farm Bureau Co-Op,
was a farm laborer and had worked at Markley's Meat Processing plant.
As a pastime, Joe enjoyed playing checkers and watching baseball games.
Since the early 40s, he was a member of the Plymouth Wesleyan Church
and attended Sunrise Chapel.
Joe is survived by a brother, Dale and his wife Melba Kreighbaum of
Plymouth. A brother-in-law, Bill Gottschalk, Sun Lakes, Ariz. and
sister-in-law, Kathryn Kreighbaum, of Plymouth.
Several nieces and nephews, also survive.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Ray Kreighbaum, a brother,
Arthur Kreighbaum, an infant brother and Violet Gottschalk a sister.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, May 14, 2001,
from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan
Funeral services, officiated by the Rev. Rustin Krapfl, pastor of the
Sunrise Chapel, will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, May 15, 2001,
at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Joe's memory may be made to the World Missionary
Press, The Gideons or Sunrise Chapel.
Rose Marie Fox
August 16, 1920 - May 14, 2001
Rose Marie Fox, 80, formerly of 9680 Union Road, and since 1997,
a resident of the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, died, following a
lengthy illness at 7:21 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2001, in the Catherine
Rose was born in Chicago on August 16, 1920, the daughter of Richard
and Anna B. Buettner Ehrlicher. She graduated from Chicago's St.
Augustine High School in 1937.
On September 13, 1941, in Chicago, Rose and Joseph J. Fox were married.
Joseph died on December 22, 1999.
A homemaker, Rose operated "God's Garage Sale" at her home for 25 years.
Proceeds benefited the sisters of Ancilla Domini.
Her heart and her interests were always with the needy. She enjoyed
working with migrant programs and wrapped dozens of Christmas gifts for
A devout Roman Catholic, Rose was a member of St. Michael's Roman Catholic
parish. She was a member of Harvest House, an associate member of
Ancilla Domini Sisters, St. Vincent's Aid in Plymouth, and president of
the Mother's Club of Divine Heart Seminary. In Chicago she served
as a District Chairman of Our Lady's Volunteers and Chairman of Spiritual
Development and Secretary of St. Anne's Society.
Rose is survived by two sons and a daughter. Her sons are James
J. and Judy Fox, Reno, Nevada, and Kenneth J. and Jeanne Fox, South Bend,
Ind. Her daughter is Sister Sharon Marie Fox, PHJC, Donaldson.
Four grandchildren also survive: Dale Fox and his wife, Kelly, San
Leandro, Calif., Kathy Fox, Lafayette, Colorado and Greg and Amanda Fox,
Two sisters, Ann Lindsey and Betty Rogala, and Richard and Marie Ehrlicher,
a brother, all of Chicago, together with several nieces and nephews, survive
Rose was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse and two sisters:
Marie Schergan and Josephine Ehrlicher.
Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May
17, 2001, at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson. A Vigil Service
will be held in the chapel at 7 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Rose will be at 11 a.m. on Friday,
May 18, 2001, in the Catherine Kasper Home. Father Edward Konerman,
pastor of Ancilla Domini and Father Anthony Gillespie, pastor of St. Michael's
Catholic Church, will officiate.
Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery on the grounds of Ancilla Domini,
Memorial gifts in Rose's memory may be made to the Ancilla Domini Sisters.
Mary Lou Balmer
February 28, 1921 - May 16, 2001
Mary Lou Balmer, 80, a resident at 900 W. Harrison St., Plymouth for
7 1/2 years, formerly of Conyers, Georgia, and Mesa, Arizona, died of natural
causes following an illness in Miller's Merry Manor on Wednesday, May 16,
at 8:10 p.m.
Mary Lou was born in Fulton County, Ind., on Feb. 28, 1921. She
was the daughter of Jesse W. and Ruth M. Allen Vice. She attended
On Nov. 4, 1943, in Bremen, IN., Mary Lou and Kenneth L. Balmer were
married. Ken died on Sept. 20, 1978.
Mary Lou was a homemaker. She read a lot, but crocheting was
her main hobby. She fashioned lovely pieces and gave them and other
craft handiwork to friends and family. She collected hummingbird
pieces and solving word search puzzles. She also enjoyed playing
A great cook; she loved to bake for her family and devoted a lot of
time to her nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Mary Lou attended a Methodist Church in Arizona and also was a member
of an Arizona book club that exchanged books among themselves.
She is survived by four daughters and a son. Her daughters are
Bonnie R. and Gary Veney, LaPaz, Ind., Kathryn L. Nine, Plymouth, Anna
L. and George Christenson, Mesa, Ariz. and Cynthia L. Bunch, Charleston,
S.C. Her son, James L. Balmer, lives in Peragon, Ind.
Nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and
nephews also survive together with two brothers, Jesse Vice, Jr., Leiters
Ford, Ind., and L. Wayne Vice, Mesa, Ariz.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, a sister,
Opal Warner and Wallace Vice, a brother.
Visitation with the family will be held Friday, May 18, 2001 from 5
- 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 - 11 a.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral
Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Funeral services will follow
visitation Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, Rev. Charles Krieg,
Pastor of Pretty Lake United Methodist Church will officiate.
Burial will be in the Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale,
Ariz. where graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23,
Memorial gifts in Mary Lou's name may be made to a charity of the donor's
Gerald R. "Jerry" Lehman
May 26, 1912 - May 18, 2001
A lifetime resident of Marshall County, Gerald R. "Jerry" Lehman, living
at 12307 11th Rd., Plymouth, for the past 16 years, died of natural causes
at 3:32 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2001, eight days shy of his 89th birthday.
Jerry, a patient for five days, died at the Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.
He was born in Wakarusa, Ind., on May 26, 1912, the son of Lloyd and
Zola Truex Lehman. He graduated from LaPaz High School with the class
of 1932. He attended barber school and later had a barbering shop
On August 5, 1933, Jerry and Emma Josephine Becker, a high school classmate;
were married in Elkhart, Ind.
Jerry first worked as a farm laborer. He barbered for awhile
and then went into residential construction as Lehman's Construction.
He became a union carpenter and worked at the Bridgeman Power Plant, at
that same time he operated a mower repair service. Following his
retirement, he worked at Miller's Coast to Coast and then Ace Hardware
as a floor salesman where he was known to many in the area.
Jerry loved gardening, both flowers and vegetables. He enjoyed
watching birds, fishing and working with wood and stained glass projects.
He had attended the Sunrise Chapel.
Jerry is survived by his wife of almost sixty-eight years, a son, Douglas
D. Lehman, San Antonio, Texas, and a daughter, Linda J. and Larry Gibson,
Five grandchildren also survive. They are: Shane Lehman, Lance
Lehman, Jacqueline Richardson, Kenneth Gibson and Suzanne Gibson.
Two great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Juanita Lehman, Plymouth,
survive as well.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, a great-grandson, Michael
Richardson and a brother, Donald Lehman.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, May 20, 2001,
from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan
Funeral services for Jerry will be in the funeral home at 1:30 p.m.
on Monday, May 21, 2001. The Rev. Charles Krieg, pastor of the Pretty
Lake Trinity United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts in Jerry's memory may be made to World Vision, P.O.
Box 78481 Tacoma, Washington 98481-8481.
Rose M. Webb
November 12, 1905 - May 18, 2001
Lifetime resident of the Marshall County area, Rose M. Webb, 3113 Quince
Rd., Walkerton, where she had lived for sixty years, died after an extended
illness, at 12:20 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2001. Rose died in Miller's
Merry Manor, Walkerton, where she had been a patient since August of 2000.
She was 95 years old.
Born in Plymouth on Nov. 12, 1905, Rose was the daughter of Charles
W. and Mary Alice Lowery Stiles. She attended Marshall County schools.
On Christmas Eve of 1941, Rose and Glenn T. Webb were married.
Glenn died on May 23, 1967.
She was a homemaker and assisted her husband in his farming operation.
Rose loved to cook, garden and she enjoyed crocheting. She liked
to fish with her family in Wisconsin.
A sister, Dorothy A. Orr and a brother, Elmer M. Stiles, both of Plymouth,
survive Rose's death. Numerous nieces and nephews, including greats
and great-greats, also survive.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents and her spouse, two sisters;
Bessie Cappus and Velva Hedges, and six brothers; Willis, Ellis, James,
Robert, Arthur and Howard Stiles.
Visitation with the family will be on Monday, May 21, 2001, from 5
to 7 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St.,
Following calling at 7 p.m., funeral services, officiated by her nephew,
Rev. Delmas Stiles, will be held in the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Tyner Cemetery, Tyner, Ind.
Memorials in Rose's memory may be made to the Marshall County Cancer
John B. Reeder Sr.
August 9, 1916 - May 19, 2001
John B. Reeder Sr., 84, died, after an extended illness, at 2:45 a.m.
on Saturday, May 19, 2001, in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South
Bend. He had made his family's home at 801 S. Michigan St., Plymouth.
John was born on August 9, 1916, in Florence, Alabama, the son of Dr.
& Mrs. F. B. Reeder. He graduated from Florence State Teachers
College, now the University of North Alabama.
He was thought of by his friends as the epitome of a perfect Southern
gentleman; he was kind, thoughtful and soft-spoken.
He first joined Montgomery Ward at Huntsville, Ala., then serving at
Blytheville, Ark., thus beginning a forty-five year period of service with
Wards, interrupted only by World War II.
He was married on March 28, 1936, in Iuka, Miss., to Kathleen K. Kinnibrugh,
the couple were devoted to one another for over sixty-five years.
After three years in the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific
Theater, he returned to Wards in Paris, Ill., then later to Poplar Bluff,
Missouri, and Nashville, Tenn., followed by Bluffton, Marion and Greencastle
After coming to Plymouth in 1956, he requested that no more moves be
made. He appreciated the high quality of the schools and other important
considerations of life in Plymouth. A highly respected and competent
executive, his wishes were honored. He managed the local store for
seventeen years until it was closed.
John was then transferred to the Grand Rapids, Mich. facility and the
Ludington, Mich. store which he managed until he took early retirement
in 1979. He and Kathleen then returned to Plymouth, their chosen
During his life in Plymouth, John was a member of the Kiwanis Club,
the Plymouth Kilwinning Masonic Lodge #149, the Scottish Rite Consistory
and the Toastmaster's Club. A member of the First United Methodist
Church, he served as a volunteer treasurer for sixteen years.
He was an avid reader and interested in the growth of the Plymouth
Public Library. The Young Adult Room, a first for Plymouth, will
be in the new section of the library and will be named the John B. Reeder
Family Young Adult Room.
Susie Reinholt, director of the library said " we are so grateful.
It is so amazing to me," she said," that the family, in the middle of this
very difficult time, thought so much of the community that they wanted
to give us all a gift."
In presenting the gift, John's last statement was that the family wanted
to publicly express their appreciation of the quality of life that they
have enjoyed in Plymouth.
John is survived by his spouse and their two children, a daughter,
Ann R. Powell, Indianapolis, Ind., and a son, John B. Reeder, Jr., of Bryan,
Three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren survive as well.
His parents and a brother preceded John in death.
Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, May 22, 2001, from 5
to 7 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St.,
Plymouth, and on Wednesday, May 23, 2001, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the First
United Methodist Church, 400 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Larry Houseman, pastor of the
church, will be held at 11 a.m. following visitation in the church.
A burial service will be held at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville,
Alabama at 3 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2001 with Rev. John Johnston officiating.
The Spry Funeral Home, 2411 Memorial Parkway NW, Huntsville, Alabama is
in charge of local arrangements.
Preferred memorials in the memory of John Reeder may be made to the
First United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
July 2, 1915 - May 22, 2001
Rosemary "Rosie" Delaney, 86, a nearly 50-year resident of Shady Rest,
living since May 21, 1996, in the Walnut Creek Nursing Home, 309 Kingston
Rd., Plymouth, has died.
Rosie, remembered as " a little angel, beloved by everyone," had been
in failing health for the past six months. She died at 7:10 p.m.
on Tuesday, May 22, 2001.
Never married, Rosie was born on July 2, 1915, in Detroit, Mich.
She was the daughter of William and Mable Donovan Delaney.
Her father was a railroad man and when he died she came to Shady Rest.
She helped to feed, bathe and assist the older people at the Home.
For many years, the petite little lady worked in the kitchen of Shady
Rest . She loved Shady Rest and her fellow residents often expressing
concern for its' future.
"I used to get up t 5 a.m." she said in an interview in 1990, " to
start cooking. Everybody like my cooking and I sure like everybody
At Shady Rest, she picked strawberries, hoed the garden, milked cows
and made her own cottage cheese and butter. She remembered carrying
water for resident's showers and baths in big marble bowls.
When Mrs. Harold Kruger, a past administrator of the Home, organized
a trip to the Holy Land, Rosie , who had never been anywhere....went."
She had a wonderful time. Later she visited England, Scotland and Ireland.
She loved to visit with folks and to show-off her collection of angel
and cat figurines. She was especially fond of cats.
She loved to attend Mass at St. Michael's, and have lunch with the
Harvest House group. Rosie enjoyed summer retreats at Ancilla Domini,
and was a member of Christian Women.
Rosie is survived by a nephew, Michael Pavack of Crestwood, Ky.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Denise Kusk
and Marie Howard and a step-sister, Myrtle Kirkwood.
Friends may pay their last respects to Rosie from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday,
May 24, 2001, at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St.,
Plymouth. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church
of which she was a devoted member, will be on Friday, May 25, 2001, at
11 a.m. Father Anthony Gillespie, pastor of the church, will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts in Rosie's memory may be made to the St. Michael's Mission
Henry C. Bollhoefer
May 5, 1926 - May 31, 2001
Henry C. "Hank" Bollhoefer, 75, 4821 French St., Tyner, Ind., an area
resident since he was discharged from the Marines, has died. Hank
passed away in the Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home, Plymouth, at 2:34 p.m. on
Thursday, May 31, 2001.
Born the son of Mark Lester and Pearl L. McDaniel Bollhoefer on May
5, 1926, in Huntington County, Ind., Hank attended Jefferson High School
He joined the United States Marine Corps and served in the Southwest
Pacific during World War II until February of 1946.
On Sept. 14, 1947, in Argos, Hank and Virginia Jean Grossman were married.
Hank was a self-employed mechanic for 33 years, from 1960 to 1993.
He had also worked for eight years as a John Deere mechanic for James Morrissey.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking and was a collector of
miniature John Deere tractors.
A member of the Blissville Church of the Brethren, Hank had served
on the Tyner Volunteer Fire Department. He was a Marshall County
4-H leader for a number of years and a member of the Marshall County Fair
Board, serving as president in 1978.
Hank is survived by Virginia, his wife of nearly 54 years, a daughter,
a son and their families.
His daughter is Linda and her husband, Douglas Cannan, Brandon, Florida.
His son and daughter-in-law is David and Emilia Bollhoefer, Tyner, Ind.
Five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a step-great-grandchild,
also survive together with a brother, Phillip and Ardille Bollhoefer, Rancho
Cordova, Calif., and a sister; Alta Keifer, Huntington, Ind. A step-sister
and step-brother, both living in Texas, survive as well; they are Nina
and Reever Morris and Harold Reding.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Margaret Decker,
three brothers and two sisters.
Friends may call on the family on Monday, June 4, 2001, from 4 to 8
p.m. at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
Funeral services for Hank will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5,
2001, in the Blissville Church of the Brethren, 6250 Spruce Trail, Plymouth.
The Rev. Jimmy Baker, pastor of the Blissville Church, will officiate.
A military service, conducted by the Plymouth V.F.W., Post 1162, will
honor Hank at the graveside in Tyner Cemetery, Tyner, Ind.
Memorials in Hank's memory may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation.
Lulu I. Kamp
June 7, 1928 - June 11, 2001
A Plymouth resident most of her life, Lulu I. Kamp, 73, 222 Parkview
St., Plymouth, Indiana, died of natural causes at 9:45 a.m. on Monday,
June 11, 2001, in the Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home.
Lulu, a graduate of Lincoln High School, was born in Plymouth on June
7, 1928. She was the daughter of Oral and Daisy Fear Haynes.
Retired from American Optical, now A.O. Safety, she had also worked
as a waitress for Casey Jones.
An avid reader and a consummate Pepsi drinker, she enjoyed being with
and often baby-sat for her nieces and nephews.
Lulu is survived by her son, Danny Kurtz and grandson, David Kurtz,
both of Tampa, Fla. A brother, Raymond Haynes of Leesburg, Fla.,
a sister, Edith Maxon, Plymouth, and several nieces and nephews survive
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Roy and Kenneth
Haynes and two sisters, Martha Stiles and Dorothy Richardson.
There will be no visitation. Graveside funeral services will
be held in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June
13, 2001. The Rev. Charles Krieg, pastor of the Pretty Lake Methodist
Church, will officiate.
Memorial gifts in Lulu's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's
John R. Robinson
June 9, 1928 - June11, 2001
John R. (Jack) Robinson, 73, of 5206 Michigan St., a Plymouth resident
since 1954, coming from Delphi, Ind., died, following a short illness,
at 4:35 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2001, in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center,
South Bend, Ind.
Born in Chicago, Ill., the son of Raymond and Ann Kalis Robinson on
June 9, 1928, John graduated from St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School
in Delphi and from Delphi High School in 1946, where he ran track and pole
vaulted. In 1964, he received his diploma from LaSalle Extension
University. He later took computer and data processing courses at
John was a Corporal in the National Guard from 1948 to 1952 serving
as a light weapons infantryman and rifle sharpshooter. He was a member
of the LaPaz American Legion Post 385.
On September 8, 1952, in Delphi, John and Janet A. Boyer were married.
Janet died on July 5, 1996.
Employed for 38 years on the railroad, John retired in 1990 from Conrail.
For the past thirty years, he operated a part-time income tax service.
John loved stock car racing and owned a race car for twenty years.
He was an avid golfer. He loved gardening and was a part-time bee
He is survived by a daughter and two sons. His daughter, Jane
A. Robinson, lives in Springfield, Va. Son Michael A. and wife Jennie
Robinson, live in Huntsville, Ala., and son Jim Robinson of Plymouth.
Five grandchildren also survive: Lexie, Cassie, Christine, Cyndie and
John R. Robinson, all of Huntsville, Ala. A brother and sister-in-law,
Arthur and Mary Ann Robinson, of Delphi, together with four nieces and
a nephew, survive as well.
John was preceded in death by two sisters: Mary and Jean Robinson.
Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June
15, 2001, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St.,
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Charles Krieg, pastor of the
Pretty Lake Trinity United Methodist Church, will be held at 10 a.m. on
Saturday, June 16, 2001, in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth, Ind., where military
honors will be provided by the LaPaz American Legion Post 385.
Memorial gifts in John's memory may be made to the Marshall County
or the American Cancer Fund.
Betty L. Kahn
March 27, 1930 - June 12, 2001
Seventy-one year old Betty Kahn, 7719 Redwood Road, Plymouth,
died of natural causes at 4:08 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2001, in St. Joseph's
Regional Medical Center, South Bend. A former Michigan City resident,
Betty had lived in Sebring, Fla., for the past several winters.
Born in Plymouth, Indiana, on March 27, 1930, she was the daughter
of Henry and Jennie Harbaugh Bixel. She graduated from Lincoln High
School with the class of 1948.
On March 5, 1949, in Plymouth, she was married to Albert "Abe" Kahn.
Betty was an assembler for the Milton-Roy Corporation in Michigan City,
retiring in 1992.
She liked to crochet and enjoyed playing cards and going to yard sales
and flea markets. For 21 summers she enjoyed being in Jellystone
Mostly though she loved her children and grandchildren and spending
time with them.
She and Abe were members of the Moose Lodge # 980 in Michigan City.
Betty is survived by Abe, her husband of 52 years, a daughter and two
sons. Her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jim Meece, live in Plymouth.
Her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Cindy Kahn, are in Michigan City
and Jeffrey Kahn lives in South Bend. Six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren
and Guy, her brother, and, his wife, Diane, Bixel, Covington, Georgia,
survive as well.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Willadean Towne
and a brother, Richard Bixel.
Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June
15, 2001, and Saturday, June 16, one hour prior to the service, in the
Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Rev. Jimmy
Baker, pastor of the Blissville Church of the Brethren where Betty attended,
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts in Betty's name may be made to the American Heart Association.
Ray L. Snyder
October 30, 1920 - June 17, 2001
Ray L. Snyder, 80, a lifetime LaPaz resident and known to many in the
area as "Snyder the Decorator", has died. Ray, who resided at 13010
W. 1st. Road, died following an illness at the home of his daughter Pam,
in Bristol, Ind.
Born on October 30, 1920 in Lapaz, Ind., he was the son of Solomon
F. and Cacelia M. Boone Snyder. He attended Lapaz schools and served
his country in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Philippines where he received
the Bronze Star.
At the early age of sixteen, Ray joined his father in the painting
and decorating business which he continued until his retirement in 1998.
Ray was known for quality work and having a friendly disposition.
On February 11, 1950, in South Bend, he and Marcia L. Hostetler, were
married. Marcia died suddenly, one year ago, May 10, 2000.
Ray took pride in helping others by fixing and repairing things, sometimes
a challenge, but eager to try. He also enjoyed gardening, cooking
A member of the Nappanee First Church of God, where he was involved
in the W.H.O. 'We Help Others', adult Bible class. And had also served
as a Sunday School teacher. He was a former member of the LaPaz First
Community Church of God.
He is survived by one son, Dean R. and Theresa Snyder of Defiance,
Ohio, two daughters, Pam J. and Terry Garber of Bristol and Deb K. Snyder
of Goshen. Eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren survive
along with one sister and two brothers. They are, Betty and Rev.
Hilton Bryant of Hammond, Roy and Lorena Snyder of Plymouth and Paul
and Eyvonne Snyder of Bremen. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Ray was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jean Fay, a twin to
son Dean, his parents, spouse and two brothers, Leo and Don Snyder.
Friends may visit with the family today Tuesday, June 19, from 4 -
8 p.m. in the Johnson - Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St. Plymouth.
Funeral services for Ray will be conducted by the Rev. Emeritus Robert
Fields, of the Nappanee First Church of God and family friend Bro. Dave
VanCuren. The funeral will be held in the LaPaz First Community Church
of God, 601 S. Michigan St. LaPaz at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20,
2001, where friends may call one hour prior services.
Burial will be in Fair Cemetery, northwest of LaPaz. Military
graveside services will be accorded Ray by the Lapaz American Legion Post
Memorial gifts in Ray's memory may be made to the Nappanee First Church
of God, LaPaz First Community Church of God or the Goshen Hospital Community
Flossie I. Denney
January 11, 1913 - June 17, 2001
Eighty-eight year old Flossie I. Denney, affectionately called Penny
by her spouse, died, following an illness, at 10:03 p.m., on Sunday, June
17, 2001. Flossie who lived at 308 E. Plum St., Argos, died in the
Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home, Plymouth, where she had been a resident for
She was born on January 11, 1913, in Plymouth, the daughter of George
Jackson Yeazel and Nancy Loretta Harrell Yeazel. She attended Plymouth
On August 15, 1934, in Plymouth, Flossie and Robert Eugene Denney were
married. Robert died on Sept. 12, 1978.
A homemaker, she was a former employee of Ball Band in Mishawaka.
She loved to babysit her grandchildren and a neighborhood child from
time to time. She was active and involved in kitchen duties and was
known as a good cook and bread baker.
A person of many diverse interests and tastes Flossie loved animals,
especially cats. She took an interest in crafts, liked to dance and
was involved in Real Meal activities. She enjoyed all kinds of gardening:
flowers, strawberries and fruit trees.
Flossie was a former member of the Plymouth Chapter 1355 of the Women
of the Moose.
She is survived by three sons and a daughter. They are Gerald
"Tony" and his wife, Susie Denney, Roger D. and his wife, Pam Denney and
Patsy L. Fretz, all of Argos. A third son and daughter-in-law, David B.
and Beth Denney, live in New Haven, Ind.
Eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren survive as well.
Flossie was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, a great-grandson,
Guy Anthony Jacobson, two brothers, Victor and Dale Yeazel and three sisters:
Fern Lyons, Cora Denney and Joy Yeazel.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at
the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, Ind.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2001, in the
funeral home and will be conducted by the Rev. Robert Klatt, retired pastor
of the Argos Wesleyan Methodist Church of which Flossie had attended.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.
Memorial gifts may be made the Cancer, Alzheimer's or Diabetes Association.
Robert L. Romine
April 27, 1949 - June 18, 2001
Robert L. "Bob" Romine, 52, 824 N. Plum St., Plymouth, a resident of
Marshall and Starke Counties all of his life, died, following a lengthy
illness, at 1:52 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2001, in Porter Memorial Hospital,
Bob was born on April 27, 1949, in Ober, Ind. He was the son
of Bernard and Florence Dickson Romine. He attended Ober schools.
Never married, Bob did janitorial work at Culver Academy. He
also mowed lawns and did outside work when he was able.
He enjoyed rebuilding lamps and restoring and collecting antique radios.
He was an enthusiastic Bingo player and enjoyed the games.
Bob attended church in Ober.
He is survived by two sisters and two brothers. They are: Darlene
and her husband, Clifford Merkel, Wanatah, Ind., Inez Earnest, Ron Romine
and Bernard Romine, all of Ober.
Vernon Parrott of Plymouth, whom he raised as a son, also survives.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Donald Romine
and Joy Shepperd, his companion of 21 years.
Visitation with his family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June
20, 2001, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St.,
The Rev. Robert Kirby, pastor of the New Life Pentecostal Church, Hamlet,
will officiate at funeral services at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2001,
in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, North Judson, Ind.
Memorial gifts may be made to the family.
Cyril E. "Cy" Sarber Jr
April 28, 1928 - June 22, 2001
Lifetime Tyner area resident Cyril E. "Cy" Sarber, Jr., 73, living
at 5119 Sage Road, Plymouth, for 41 years, died, following years of chronic
emphysema, at 2:10 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2001, in Miller's Merry Manor,
Born in Tyner on April 28, 1928, Cy was the son of Cyril E. Sarber,
Sr. and Hazel M. Stout Sarber. He graduated from Tyner High School
with the class of 1946.
Cy served as a Sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean
War. He was a member of the American Legion Post #385, LaPaz and
the V.F.W., #1954, North Liberty.
On April 19, 1956, in Tyner, Cy and Carol A. Krieg were married.
A truck mechanic for Shippers Dispatch, South Bend, for 31 years, he
retired in 1986, as the Service Manager.
He loved cars...fixing them and driving them. As a young man
he was a stock car racing driver.
Cy enjoyed being with his family and grandchildren, supporting them
in their 4-H animal projects. He liked to ice fish area lakes.
He was a 50-year member of the Tyner United Methodist Church and a
50-year member of the Tyner Oddfellows Lodge 821.
Cy is survived by his wife and their two daughters and a son.
The daughters are Julie C. Spitznagle of Carlisle, Ind., and Laurie A.
and Steve Weiand, Fishers, Ind. His son, Craig E. and Sandy Sarber
live in Walkerton, Ind.
Five grandchildren also survive: Jay Spitznagle, Morocco, Ind., Andrea
and Brianna Weiand, Fishers, and Cahill and Cole Sarber, Walkerton.
Cy's mother, Hazel M. Skinner, of Tyner, and two brothers, Dean and
Joyce Sarber, Plymouth, and David "Lou" and Nancy Sarber, Anchorage, Alaska,
together with numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Dwight Sarber.
Visitation with the family will be on Monday, June 25, 2001, from 4
to 8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St.,
Plymouth. A Tyner Oddfellows memorial service will take place
following visitation at 8 p.m.
On Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home, Cy's brother-in-law,
the Rev. Charles Krieg, pastor of the Pretty Lake Trinity United Methodist
Church, will conduct the funeral service.
Special military graveside rites will be given by the LaPaz American
Legion Post 385.
Burial will be in the Tyner Cemetery, Tyner, Ind.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Lung Association in memory
Doris L. McFarland
January 15, 1930 - June 25, 2001
Doris Lavern McFarland, 71, a Plymouth resident all of her life, died
at her home, 1018 W. Monroe St., Plymouth, under the loving care of her
family and hospice, at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2001.
Doris was born in Plymouth on January 15, 1930, the daughter of Samuel
and Alma Pike Hite. She attended Plymouth schools.
On May 3, 1996, in Plymouth, she and Terry L. McFarland were married.
An industrious lady, Doris cleaned churches, offices and homes.
Everyone was a part of her family and she was known as Grandma Doris.
She loved to crochet and baby-sit. An avid church-goer, Doris
was dedicated to God. She was a member of the Bethel Tabernacle at
She is survived by her husband, Terry, of Plymouth, a daughter, Nancy
and her husband Jim Rogers of Oklahoma City, Okla., and a son, Ken and
Carol Landrie, Plymouth.
Two step-daughters, Tonya and Michael White of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and
Dawn and Dave Birkey of Lewisville, Tenn., and three step-sons, Patrick
and Brenda McFarland, Fairbanks, Alaska, Jerry Lee Morris, Louisville,
Ky., and Grover and Gay Morris, Plymouth, Ind., also survive.
Eight grandchildren, thirteen step-grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren
and two great-great-grandchildren survive as well.
A brother, Chester and Helen Wilcox, two sisters, Sharon and Ray Bope
and Marie Masterson, all of Plymouth, also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and seven brothers.
Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, June 28, 2001, from
4 to 8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St.,
Plymouth, and for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
Doris' funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June
29, 2001, at the Bethel Tabernacle, 17809 S. Michigan Rd., Argos.
The Rev. J. R. Pippenger will officiate. Burial will be in New Oakhill
Memorial gifts in Doris' memory may be made to the Bethel Tabernacle.
Henry W. Price
January 31, 1910 - June 28, 2001
Henry W. Price, 91, died of natural causes at twelve noon on Thursday,
June 28, 2001, in Miller's Merry Manor where he had lived for nearly the
past 2 years. Prior to moving to Miller's he resided at Garden Courts
Downtown and Shady Rest.
Henry was always proud that he and his family had started successful
businesses and created some special landmarks in the Plymouth area.
He said in an interview in 1996, " I have enjoyed every minute of it
Born on January 31, 1910, in Tippecanoe, Henry, one of six children,
was the son of Edward and Daisy Woodfill Price. The family moved
to Plymouth when Henry was four-years-old. He graduated from Plymouth
High School with the class of 1928.
Henry out-lived three wives. His first wife was Viola Peters
Price who he married in Plymouth in 1931. Viola died on Nov. 16,
1989. He and Esther Tyler Price were wed in Michigan in 1971; Esther died
in 1993 and, in 1996, Henry and Lenore Weybright Price were married. Lenore
preceded him in death on October 30, 1998.
His first job was picking strawberries for a penny and a-half a quart.
He said " I could earn 15 cents by noon," thereby attesting to his strong
As a youngster of 10, Henry would harness three large horses and help
with the plowing of a neighbor farmer's fields. A young adult, he
worked at Schlosser Brothers, candling eggs and cutting ice from Dixon
Lake in the winter.
Still in his teens, Henry started in what was to be his lifelong career.
The grocery business. He first worked at the A&P in Plymouth
and then in the meat department at Glaubs G&G.
He was twenty years old when he was made manager of a Kroger store
in South Whitley, Ind. where he worked for 15 years. When Krogers
opened on Water Street in Plymouth, Henry Price was named the manager.
He would be most remembered for the combination grocery store and restaurant
located next to the Centennial Park at Michigan and Klinger Streets known
as Henry's Serv-U, which Henry operated for 35 years. During the
early days of the Blueberry Festival, he remembers having 1,000 customers
in one day.
He also raised cows for processing at the Prices Abattoirs.
He will be recalled as a hard-working, easy-going man who enjoyed selling
things. He'd say " my father taught me a valuable lesson about earning
money to pay for whatever you need."
After his retirement in 1971, his son, Don turned the grocery store
into Price's Village Valet Cleaners.
A Euchre player, he enjoyed playing cards and watching TV, especially
Cubs games and other sports.
For 17 years, he was a winter resident of Plant City, Fla. and was
a Charter member of the Plymouth Lions Club.
Henry is survived by his two sons, Robert A. and Merry Price and Donald
R. and Beverly Price, all of Plymouth, and five grandchildren. The
grandchildren are: Karen L. and Gary Gilbert, Rochester, N.Y.,
David A. Price, Wichita Kansas, Angela L. and Doug Michalak, Matthews,
N.C., Diane M. Price and Christina L. Price, both of Tampa, Florida.
Two great-grandchildren, Ashley Michalak and Joseph Gilbert and several
step-children and families also survive.
Henry was preceded in death by two brothers: Ray and Floyd Price, an
infant sister, Edna, and three grown sisters: Fern Prokop, Leona Fish and
Visitation with the family will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday,
June 30, 2001, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan
Funeral services in the funeral home will follow the visitation at
2 p.m. The Rev. Maurice Grindle, pastor of the Trinity United
Methodist Church of which Henry was a member, will conduct the services.
Interment will be in the Memorial Gardens of New Oakhill Cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Henry's name may be made to the Trinity church Elevator