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Charlotte Deavel

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - Charlotte B. (Schutz) Deavel, 68, of Traverse City, died Saturday, April 4, 1998 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

Born Jan. 27, 1930 in North Manchester, IN, she was the daughter of J. Raymond and Salena (Schumacher) Schutz. Charlotte married R. Gary Deavel on May 16, 1953, in North Manchester.

Charlotte was the definition of all that is fine in human na-ture; she was a woman of kindness, grace, and intelli-gence. She was a steadfast wife, mother, and friend; an excel-lent teacher; a deft musician; a diligent volunteer for many groups; a devoted PEO sister; and an engaged and engaging member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Grand Traverse.

She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Manchester College. Her teach-ing career spanned more than 20 years with the Indiana pub-lic schools.

In 1991, she and her hus-band moved to Crystal Lake, residing there until October of 1996, when they moved to Traverse City.

She is survived by her hus-band, R. Gary Deavel, of Traverse City. Other survivors include her children, a son, Col. R. Philip (Cindy) Deavel and their daughter, Charlotte's beloved grand-daughter, Hayley Deavel, all of Montgomery, Ala; a daughter, C. Christine Deavel and her husband, John Marshall of Seattle, Wash. Four brothers preceded her in death, namely J. Raymond (Jack) Schutz, Jr. of Racine, WI, Don Schutz and Richard Schutz of North Manchester, and Harold Schutz of Portland, IN.

Services were held today (Wednesday, April 8, 1998) at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 6726 Center Road. The Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher officiated.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Women's Resource Center, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for the food pantry, or to the Children's Division of the Probate and Juvenile Court of Grand Traverse County.

Arrangements were by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Purvis Dennison

Purvis M. Dennison, 66, of 3480S Old SR 15, Wabash, IN, died Sunday, April 5, 19098 at Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash, IN. He was born Nov. 3, 1931 in Johnson County, KY to James (Jimmy) And Maxie (Daniel) Dennison, both deceased.

He married Thelma Dennison on March 4, 1953 in Paintsville, KY. He retired from Ford Meter Box Co. in Wabash, IN. He was a member of the Erie St. Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Thelma, he is survived by a daughter, Linda Noderer, also of Wabash; two sons - Jim Dennison of Marion and Keith Dennison of Wabash; five grandchildren, one great grandchildren and seven brothers and sisters. Three brothers and four sisters pre-ceded him in death.

Funeral service was held this morning, (Wednesday) April 8, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with the Rev. Bill Bowling officiating. Entombment was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Martha R. Schmalzried

Martha Ruth Schmalzried, 97, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Saturday, April 4, 1998 at Peabody Retirement Community. She was born July 23, 1900 at Rensselaer, IN to Dr. Silas Curtis and Ruth (Russell) Johnson. 

She married Carl Otto Schmalzried May 7, 1921 and he died July 19, 1986. She was a member of the Wabash First United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. Martha had lived at Peabody Retirement Community since 1988 and in Wabash, IN for 65 years.

She is survived by a half sis-ter, Carolyn Lerche of Wheaton, IL; several nieces and nephews, among which is Berniece Weaver of North Manchester.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 7, 1998 at Peabody Chapel with Dr. Bill Moon and Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery of Urbana, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Caring Circle at Peabody Retirement Community. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Marion J. Hipskind

Marion June Hipskind, 80, Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, April 1, 1998 at Millers Merry Manor West of Wabash, where she had been a resident. She was born June 19, 1917 at Wabash, IN to Charles and Laura (Palmer) Armstrong. She married Karl E. Hipskind Jan. 6, 1934 and he died Jan. 4, 1977. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and she was a homemaker.

She is survived by three sons - Thomas K. and Richard Same, both of Wabash, and Michael of Deedsville, IN; three daughters - Mrs. Robert (Mary) Davidson of Muncie, Mrs. Hoyt (Elizabeth) Summerland of North Manchester, and Mrs. Larry (Margaret) Case of Lagro; 28 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. She was pre-ceded in death by a grand-child, a brother, and three sis-ters.

A vesper service was held Sunday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, Wabash. The funeral was held Monday, April 6, 1998 at St. Bernard Catholic Church with Father Tim Wrozek offi-ciating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

James C. Bain

James Clyde Bain, 73, of 582 State St., Wabash, IN died Friday, April 3, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. He was born Feb. 4, 1925 at North Judson, IN to Clyde and Julia (Wert) Bain.

He married Marlene Harris on March 17, 1973 in Lagro, IN. He was a member of the Wabash Southside Freewill Baptist Church. He retired from General Tire in Wabash, where he worked in the Tool & Die Department.

In addition to his wife, Marlene of Wabash, he is sur-vived by three sons - James Thomas Bain of Lancaster, KY, Daniel J. Bain of Indianapolis, IN, and Paul D. Bain of Seoul, Korea; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 7, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with the Rev. Cledies Holbrook offi-ciating. Burial was in the Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Edward Mettler

Edward Mettler, 71, of 796N 100E Lot 1, Wabash, IN died Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at his residence. He was born May 14, 1926 at Wabash, IN to David Robert and Marie (Zook) Mettler, both deceased.

He married Margie Connell on June 9, 1945 in Marion, IN. He was a Marine in World War II. He was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church and the American Legion Post 15 in Wabash.

In addition to his wife Margie Mettler, he is survived by three daughters - Barbara Eltzroth and Cathy Baker-Mettler, both of Wabash, and Jody Wilson of Frankfort, IN; two brothers - Charles Mettler and Harold Mettler, both of Wabash; four sisters - Imogene Bland, Linda Wilson, Jackqueline Pilgrim, all of Wabash, and Anna Sutherland of Wenatchee, WA; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Two brothers and three sisters pre-ceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Friday, April 3, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Father Tim Wrozek officiat-ing. Burial was in Gardens of memory Cemetery of Marion, IN. 

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash/Miami County Home Health Care. Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Henbgen Manchester Ave. Chapel of Wabash.

Jon P. Harris

Jon Philip Harris, 59, of 3 W. Canal St., Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, April 1, 1998 at his residence. He was born Sept. 26, 1938 in Wabash, IN to Kenneth and Helen (Halderman) Harris, both of whom are deceased.

He was a member of the Lagro American Legion, and was an Army veteran. He worked at General Tire in Wabash.

He is survived by two sons - Jeffrey L. Harris of Wabash and Brian Keith Harris of Elkhart; a daughter, Teresa Zimmerman of Wabash; two brothers - Jack Harris of Fontaine and Jerry Harris of Wabash; two sisters - Helen Jean Snyder and Marguerite Stouffer, both of Wabash; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, two brothers, and a sister.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 4, 1998 at Grandstaff-hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Dr. Bill Moon officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Martha B. Miller

Martha B. Miller, 73, a resi-dent of Millers Merry Manor West, Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, April 1, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born January 4, 1925 in Wabash County to John and Lena (Drabenstot) Reed, both de-ceased.

She married Lewis H. Miller in August of 1945, and he pre-ceded her in death May 11, 1976. She was employed as a cook at Rock City Cafe. She at-tended the Friends Church of Wabash.

She is survived by four sons - Larry Miller of Marion, IN, Jim Miller and Ron Miller, both of Fort Wayne, and Donnie Miller of Wabash; a daughter, Patti Spencer of Sweetser; and a sister, Mrs. John (Mary) Taylor of Wabash; nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. A son and a sister preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 4, 1998 at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary with the Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the Friends Church Building Fund. Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Max E. Slack

Max E. Slack, 66, of 407 Rivercove Lane, North Manchester, died Thursday, April 23, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne. He was born Oct. 22, 1931 in Wabash County, IN to Earl and Florence (Miller) Slack. He married Beverly J. Schroll Sept. 18, 1954 in North Manchester.

He was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post #286, both of North Manchester. He was an army veteran of the Korean War. He was a 1949 graduate of Laketon High School. He retired in 1990 from the North Manchester Post Office after 30 years. He then worked part time for seven years at the Stonehenge Golf Club in Warsaw. He was currently employed part time with Chestnut Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne.

In addition to his wife, Beverly, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Stan (Jennifer) Dziabis of Columbia City; a son, Andy Slack of Campbell, CA; sisters Mrs. Mildred Salmon of Warsaw and Mrs. Phil (Carolyn) Enyeart of North Manchester; and three grand-children. He was preceded in death by a brother.

Funeral service was held Sunday, April 26, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester, with Pastor J. P. Freeman offi-ciating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association or to the Wabash County Cancer Society. Grandstaff-Hentgen, Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth O. Leach

Ruth O. Leach, 84, of 1175 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN died Friday, April 24, 1998 at her residence. She was born Sept. 16, 1913 in Wabash County to Albert and Amanda (Porter) Cook. She married Manual H. Leach in Wabash County on Aug. 9, 1932 and he died Jan. 23, 1997.

Mrs. Leach was co-owner, along with her husband, of Leach's Ice House in Wabash.

Survivors include two sons - Don Leach and Steve Leach, both of Wabash; a brother, Harold Cook of Lagro; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. Two brothers and a grandchild preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, April 27 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns. Preferred memorials are to Alzheimer's Association.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Alma J. Miller

Alma J. Miller, 74, of 1466 Garfield, Wabash, IN, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998 at Millers Merry Manor West, Wabash, IN. She was born July 6, 1923 at McDowell, KY to Fred and Loan (Hall) Stumbo, both deceased.

She married Donald Miller May 29, 1942 and he survives at Wabash, IN. She was employed at Honeywell for 25 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Wabash.

Additional survivors include two sons - Mick Miller of Roann, IN and Jack Miller of Las Vegas, NV; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be held Friday, May 1, 1998, 1:00 p.m. at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, Wabash, with Pastor James Engel officiating. Burial will be in Garden of Memory Cemetery of Huntington County, IN. 

Preferred memorials are to the Kidney Foundation.

Bertha Howard

Bertha (Granny) Howard, 94, of 9831 N 250 W, Laketon, IN, died at her residence Tuesday, April 14, 1998. She was born Aug. 29, 1903 at Salyersville, KY to Hatcher and Sinia (Whitaker) Allen. She was a homemaker, and married Fred Howard Dec. 31, 1923; he preceded her in death April 14, 1990. She was a mem-ber of the Free Will Baptist Church of Kosciusko County.

She is survived by four sons - Lawrence and Eddie, both of North Manchester, Mitchel of Wabash, and Wade of Anderson, IN; four daughters - Mrs. Earl (Opal) Meck of Warsaw, Oralee Gillend of Richmond, VA, Lula Owens of North Manchester, and Dorothy (Jeannie) Johnson of Laketon; a brother, Kindle Allen of North Manchester; 21 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 37 great-great grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren. Three sons, a sister and two grand-sons preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Friday, April 17, 1998 at the DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of North Manchester, with the Rev. Chad Burkhart officiat-ing. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.

Howard Wolf

Howard Wolf, 83, a resident of Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash, IN, died Sunday, April 19, 1998 at the Manor. He was born Sept. 15, 1914 in Wabash County to Louis and Cora (Pretorius) Wolf. He first married Mary E. Murphy Oct. 15, 1943 in Silver Lake. She died October 1961. He then married Virginia Hippensteel June 6, 1964 in North Manchester. She died Dec. 29, 1997.

He was a 1932 graduate of Urbana High School and at-tended Purdue University. He was a farmer, and drove Vice President Richard Nixon around the National Plowing Contest in 1954. He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Urbana, the Urbana Lions Club, Hannah Lodge F&AM #61 of Wabash, Ivy Chapter #69 OES of North Manchester, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, and Wabash Shrine Club.

He is survived by two daughters - Mrs. John (Elizabeth) Krom of Noblesville, IN and Rebecca Zolott of San Diego, CA; a step son, David McHarry of Indianapolis; a sister, Janet Carmack of Sarasota, FL; and three grandchildren - Aaron and Amy Krom of Noblesville, IN and Sara Zolott of San Diego, CA.

Friends may call today (Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester. Funeral service will be held at the Bender Chapel Thursday, April 23, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Ken Parsons officiat-ing. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel is in charge of ar-rangements. Preferred memo-rials may be made to the St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Urbana, IN.

Lester V. Ray

Lester V. Ray, 78, of 645 Washington St., Wabash, IN died Monday, April 20, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Nov. 2, 1919 at Wabash, IN to Frederick and Catherine Iva (Crousore) Ray, both deceased.

He was a member of Wabash Moose, Eagles, American Legion, and VFW. He was a World War II Army Veteran, serving in the Normandy Invasion. He retired in 1981 from Vice Brothers Foundry in Wabash.

He is survived by two sisters - Marian Dewart of Wabash and Virginia (Maxine) Sporleder of Schiller Park, IL. He was preceded by two broth-ers and a sister in death.

Friends may call at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel in Wabash today (Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Main St. Chapel Thursday, April 23, 1998 at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Terry Canfield offici-ating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorials may be made to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

LeRoy H. Young

LeRoy H. Young, 65, of 802 S. State Street, South Whitley, IN, died Sunday, April 19, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Sept. 8, 1932 at Servia, IN to Henry George and Sylvia Rose (Vandermark) Young, both deceased. He was married to Alonda F. Ford Nov. 2, 1958 in Wabash, IN; she survives. He was reared and spent his entire lifetime in the Wabash, North Manchester and South Whitley, IN Areas. He lived in South Whitley since 1981.

Mr. Young was a profes-sional bricklayer during his career, working for Local #4 Indiana-Kentucky Bricklayer's Union. He spent most of his years working in northern Indiana. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, hav-ing served in the Korean con-flict from 1953-1955.

In addition to his wife, Alonda F. Young of South Whitley, he is survived by three daughters - Mrs. Scott (Melody M.) LaShelle of Savanna, IL, Mrs. Rickle (Tina A.) Moore of South Whitley, and Mrs. Kenneth (Lauralee R.) Bankston of Corpus Christi, TX; two sons - Dale D. Young of Jacksonville, FL and Rory L. (Yvette) Young of South Whitley; South Whitley granddaughters Melissa and Kristie Young, Christina and Jennifer Moore, and Korissa O'Neil; Corpus Christi, TX grand-daughters Brittany and Tiffany Bankston; Savanna, IL grandsons Blake, Cody and Cameron LaShelle, South Whitley grandsons Christopher and Jason Moore; brothers Daniel and Henry Lawrence Young, both of South Bend, and Harold Young of Laketon; and sisters Sylvia Howard and Beulah Badskey of North Manchester, and Dora Fisher, a mission-ary in Australia. He was pre-ceded in death by two brothers, Luther and Delbert Young, and a grandson, Michael D. Young.

Funeral service was held to-day (Wednesday), April 22, 1998 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Funeral Home of Columbia city, IN, with Pastor Jonathan Damon of First Baptist Church of So. Whitley officiating. Burial was in Servia Cemetery, Servia, IN.

Rev. Clarence R. Bowman

Rev. Clarence Rufus Bowman, 94, of 301 N. Second St., Bridgewater, VA. died Sunday, April 19, 1998 at the Bridgewater Nursing Home after an extended illness. Born Sept. 19, 1903 in Franklin County, VA, he was a son of the late Joseph Benjamin and Mary Susan (Barnhart) Bowman. He was the husband of Mary Idell (Cover) Bowman.

Rev. Bowman was gradu-ated from Bridgewater College in 1929 and Bethany Biblical Seminary in 1932. After being ordained in the Church of the Brethren, he served congrega-tions in Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California and Florida. He re-tired as a pastor in 1976 after 43 years of service and has been a member of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Beverly Ann Boyd of Sagertown, PA; two sons, Rev. Robert Cover Bowman of North Manchester, IN and Rev. John David Bowman of Lititz, PA and formerly of North Manchester; two sisters, Annie M. Heisey of Denver, PA and Essie C. Grossnickle, near Johnsville, MD; nine grand-children and nine great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Hartzler Funeral Home, 6 E. Broadway, Union Bridge, MD on Friday, April 24, from 9 a.m. until departure for grave-side services at Pipe Creek Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the chapel of Bridgewater Home.

Preferred memorials are to the Memorial Fund of Bethany Theological Seminary, 615 National Rd. West, Richmond, IN 47374-4095, in his memory.

Florence Pittman

Florence Ida Pittman, 89, died Tuesday, April 14, at the Royal Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Terre Haute., IN. She formerly resided at Meridian Towers. She was born Feb. 9, 1909 near Patricksburg, in Owen County, IN to Preston and Burilla (Crabb) Newport. She was a 1926 graduate of Patricksburg High School. She worked in Indianapolis at Real Silk Hosiery Mill and Blocks Department Store before going to Brazil in 1934. She married Harry Pittman Feb. 13, 1937; he preceded her in death March 24, 1972.

She was a homemaker and devoted wife and mother. She was a member of the Berea Christian Church, the William Oard Chapter of the DAR; the Brazil Chapter No. 80 OES; Clay County Hospital Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary Post 1126, and was active at the Brazil Senior Citizen Center.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law - Mrs. Bill (Mary) Earle of North Manchester; Mrs. Steve (Margaret) Crabb of Crawfordsville, and Jean Flak of Terre Haute; a daughter-in-law Carol Jean Pittman of Indianapolis; two sisters - Alice Kay of Highland, CA and Grace Hauser of Bowling Green, IN; and a brother, Kenneth Newport of Spencer, IN; 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a son Kenneth Pittman who died Feb. 23, 1995.

Services were held Friday, April 17, 1998 at the French Funeral Home with the Rev. Ernie Rush officiating. Burial was in Clearview Cemetery.

Eugene Halvorson

Eugene A. (Bud) Halvorson, 82, a resident of Community Care Center, Wabash, died Friday, April 17, 1998 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Sept. 3, 1915 at Menominee, WI to Harry and Bessie (Sprinks) Halvorson. He married Christine Olson in 1940; she died in 1979. His second marriage was to the former Bonnie Crist Nov. 20, 1990. He was Chief Personnel Director (retired) of the Downey IL VA Hospital. He was a member of Elks in Miles City, Montana, American Legion in Menominee, WI, Masonic Lodge and Shrine in Middleton, WIS. He was a graduate of Stout University in Menominee, and was a World War II Army veteran. He was raised by Helen and Ernie Halvorsen (sic), an aunt and uncle.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie of Wabash; a son, Gerald Halvorsen of Avoca, MI; step son Dan Crist of New Bern, NC ; step daughters, Diana Maloy of Kansas City, KS and Debbie Chenoweth of LaFontaine, IN; a half sister, Eileen Bleckner of Minneapolis, MN; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. A daughter, a brother and a half brother preceded him in death.

There are no visitation hours. Cremation and services took place at the Halvorson Cemetery in Menominee, WS. April 21, 1998.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of local arrangements.

Robert E. Gackenheimer

Robert Emanuel Gackenheimer, 80, of 950 

Abler St., Wabash, IN died Saturday, April 18, 1998 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash, IN. He was born Sept. 6, 1917 at Wabash to Emanuel and Me (Stemmed) Gackenheimer. He married Betha White in Fort Wayne, IN on May 24, 1947.

He was a lifetime member of the St. Matthews United Church of Christ of Wabash. He was a licensed pharmacist and a partner in Gackenheimer Pharmacy for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Indiana Pharmacist's Alliance, a past president and 50+ year member of the Wabash Lions Club. He was a past president of the Wabash Community Service Board of Directors, a member of the Travelers Protective Association, AARP, Indiana Historical Society and Wabash County Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife, Betha of Wabash; a daughter, Jean Teune of Warsaw; sons James Gackenheimer of Wabash and Jerry Gackenheimer of Warsaw; a brother, Paul Gackenheimer of Wabash and sisters Agnes Hentrich and Mary Helen Friermood, both of Wabash; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at St. Matthews United Church of Christ with Pastor Richard Rensner officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to St. Matthews United Church of Christ.

Wayland E. Robinett

Wayland E. Robinett, 82, of 485 Manchester Ave., Wabash, died Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born Sept. 14, 1915 in Steuben County, IN to George L. and Ida J. (Ransburg) Robinett. He married Jane Alice Bible on Oct. 20,1940 in Montpelier, OH and she died March 30k 1996.

He was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church since 1950. He was a member of Wabash Chapter AARP, Wabash American legion, Retired Teachers of Indiana, Base Air Depot 2 of Worton England. He worked for Robinett Buick 1949-1956, owned Wayland's 66 Service 1956-66, taught auto mechanics at Upper Wabash Valley Vocational School 1965-76, and was a mechanic for the City of Wabash from 1976-80 when he retired. He was an Army Air Corps veteran, serving in World War II.

Survivors include two sons - Richard Robinett of North Webster, IN and Robert L. Robinett of Denton, TX; two sisters - Evelyn Herron of Cleveland, OH and Lenore Mansfield of Bryan, OH/ A brother preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, April 20, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Rev. Jeffrey Smith officiating. Burial was in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery located at Marion, IN. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Catherine M. Metzger

Catherine M. Metzger, 63, of 302 Colonial Lane, North Manchester, IN, died April 15, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Nov. 1, 1934 in Wabash County to Orville E. and Mae Ellen (Niccum) Metzger.

She was a member of the North Manchester Old German Baptist Church, and had worked for Heckman Bindery for 43 years.

Survivors include five brothers - Leon E., Eldon D., Wilmer R., and Mark W. Metzger all of North Manchester, and Max L. Metzger of Silver Lake; two sisters - Mrs. Billie ()Esther L. Blocher of North Manchester and Mrs. Ernest (Leona K.) Acord Jr. of Atlanta, GA.

Funeral service was held Sunday, April 19, 1998 at the Old German Baptist Church with the Home Brethren o officiating. Burial was in the Old German Baptist Cemetery, located at N. Manchester.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy L. Kirk

Dorothy L. Kirk, 72, of 3871 Hanging Rock Road, Lagro, IN, died Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Nov. 28, 1925 at Anderson, IN to Charles A. and Mattie (Fink) Sirk. She married Roy O. Kirk in Benton Harbor, MI on Feb. 13, 1945 and he died Oct. 24, 1991. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by two sons, Roy Leon and Norman Wayne, both of Wabash, ION; a daughter, Mrs. Jeff (Sharon) Glaze of Lagro; a sister, Mrs. Elmer (Evelyn) Miller of Adarisville, KY; and four brothers, Carl of Tucson, AZ, James of Benton Harbor, MI, Vern of Coloma, MI and Joe Sirk of Alexandria, IN; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Five sisters, three brothers and a granddaughter preceded her in death.

Friends may call Thursday, April 23, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel in Wabash where funeral service will be held Friday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. with Evangelist Paul Travis officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Marion, IN.

Randy Cooper

Randy Cooper, 37, of 44 N. Surf Dr., North Manchester, IN died Wednesday, April 8, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born Nov. 21,1960 at Eaton Rapids, MI to the late Emery Cooper and Levine (Newsome) Cooper of Springport, MI.

He married Irene Harvey August 26, 1980 and she survives. He was an employee of Pierceton Equipment of Laketon, IN.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons - Shawn Randall Cooper of Springport, MI and Nathan Earl Cooper, at home; a sister, Mrs. Michael (Susanne) Fetter of Wabash. A son preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 11, 1998 at the Christian Fellowship Church with the Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Randy Cooper Memorial Fund, c/o DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, which was in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie E. Daub

Bonnie E. Daub, 71, of 7727 Camadaw Park Lane, Akron, IN 46910, died Tuesday, April 7, 1998 at her residence. She was born Dec. 15, 1926 at Wabash, IN to Ray and Effie (Sirk) Benson.

Mrs. Daub lived most of her life in Van Buren and North Manchester, IN areas; she had been a resident of Akron for 28 years. She married Ralph Daub in 1967, and he died in 1980. For many years, Mrs. Daub was a waitress in many area restaurants. She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International for 23 years.

Survivors include a son, Gary (Judy) G. Miller of Upland, IN; sisters Pauline Tucker of Wabash and Mrs. Ernest (Dorothy) Rumple of Gas City; and a grandson, Mark Miller of Upland.

Funeral service was held Friday, April 10, 1998 at the Ferguson Funeral Home of Van Buren, IN, with the Rev. Mike Helms officiating. Burial was in Van Buren Cemetery, located at Van Buren, IN.

Gladys M. Zink

Gladys M. Zink, 89, of Montgomery, IN died April 9, 1998 at the home of her son at Montgomery, IN. She was formerly of Indianapolis, Wabash, and Andrews, IN. She was born Sept. 5, 1908 at Crawfordsville, IN to Leroy and Maggie (Christie) Pavey. 

A homemaker, she was married to O. Glen Zink June 29, 1929, at Indianapolis, IN, and he preceded her in death July 11, 1994.

She was a member of the Dora Christian Church of Lagro.

Survivors include a son, Frederick T. Pavey of Montgomery, IN; and a daughter, Patricia G. Cole of LaFayette, IN. Three brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at the Deal-Robbins & Van Gilder Andrews Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Pefley officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery of Argos, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Dora Christian Church of Lagro.

David W. Henthorn

David W. Henthorn, 75, of 400 W. Seventh St., North Manchester, died April 9, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born Feb. 11, 1923 at Crawfordsville, IN to Everett I. and Grace (Willis) Henthorn, both deceased.

He married Thelma Smith Nov. 16, 1946 in South Bend, IN. They have been residents of Peabody Retirement Community since January, 1998. He was a quality control supervisor for Wabash Alloys for 17 years, and was retired. He had been a member of the Allentown, PA Presbyterian Church and was presently a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He had been an Urbana resident for many years.

In addition to his wife at Peabody's, he is survived by sons Scott W. Henthorn of Silver Lake, IN and David E. Henthorn of Vacaville, CA; a daughter, Sue Ann Shennan of New Zealand; and five grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manches-ter Avenue Chapel, Wabash, which was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Kelly G. Mays

Kelly Gene Mays, 30, of 565 Stineman St., Wabash, IN died April 11, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born Jan. 5, 1968 at Marion, IN to Henry and Esther (Conliff) Mays.

He married Susie Ragon on March 8, 1995 in Georgia. He worked for Glen Voris Construction of Laketon, IN. He was a member of the North Manchester Eagles Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Susie Mays of Wabash; his father Henry Mays of Marion, IN and his mother and stepfather, Esther and Ronald France of North Manchester; a sister, Shelly Robinson of Liberty Mills, IN; a step brother and step sister, Ronnie and Missy France, both of Warsaw; six step children; 12 step grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday), April 15, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with the Rev. Lee Garrard and Rev. James Rowe officiating. Burial was in Converse Cemetery, located at Converse, IN.

Mary J. Merrell

Mary J. Merrell, 69, of Marshall, IL died Friday, April 10, 1998 at Union Hospital of Terre Haute, IN. She was born Dec. 17, 1928 at Wabash, IN to Donald and Marguerite (Shrock) Tomson. 

She married Edward Merrell Dec. 17, 1949 in Wabash, and he survives along with a son, Don M. Merrell Sr. of Wabash, two grandsons and six great grandchildren.

Funeral was held today (Wednesday) April 15, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, which was in charge of arrangements. The Rev. Melissa Rice officiated, and burial was in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion, IN.

Kenneth Summers

Kenneth Dwight Summers, 86, of 1229 Meadowbrook Lane, Wabash, IN died Saturday, April 11, 1998 at Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash, IN. He was born June 11, 1911 at Huntington, IN to Ira and Joyce (Armstrong) Summers, both deceased. 

He married Dorothy L. J. Motz May 14, 1939 in Nine Mile, IN. She died March 28, 1992. He was a farmer and a carpenter. He was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of Wabash. 

He is survived by a daughter, E. Diane Starcher of Canton, OH; two sons - Mark Royce Summers of Quito, Equador, and Noel Eugene Summers of Huntington, IN; a sister, Iva Mae Wygant of Markle, IN and five grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church with Dr. James Walker officiating. Burial was in Star of Hope Cemetery of Huntington, IN. 

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service of 86 E. Main St. Wabash, was in charge of arrangements.

Mearl (Jeanie) Maple

Mearl (Jeanie) Maple, 69, of 156 E. Maple St., Wabash, IN died Monday, April 13, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born June 20, 1928 at Red Bridge, IN to Jesse D. and Oma E. (Hott) Sweet, both deceased.

She married Charles (Bud) Maple on July 19, 1946 in Summitville, IN; he died May 7, 1979. She retired from K-Mart in Wabash. She was a member of the Somerset Homemakers Club, and was a 1946 graduate of Somerset High School.

She is survived by a son, Barry W. Maple of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Dena) Hendrix of Wabash; a brother, Robert Sweet of Wabash; and sisters Betty Haines Carr of Greentown, IN and Mrs. Charles (Grace) Flauding of Wabash; and four grandchildren. A daughter preceded her in death.

Friends may call today (Wednesday) at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Main Street Chapel in Wabash. Funeral will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel Thursday, April 16, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Howard Tyner and Dr. Bill Moon officiating. Burial will take place in the Mississinewa Cemetery, located at Somerset, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

Bertha Howard

Bertha (Granny) Howard, age 94, of Laketon, died Tuesday, April 14,1998 at her home. Services are pending at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary.

Ada Kerr

Ada Kerr, 98, of 437 Bent St., Wabash, Indiana, died Sunday, April 5, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Aug. 3, 1899 at Geneseo, Illinois to Jerome and Mary (Briggs) Burnworth.

She was a homemaker, mar-ried to Jacob C. Kerr Nov. 17, 1919; he died April 17, 1991.

Survivors include three daughters - Mrs. Clyde (Evelyn B.) Sanders, Mrs. Deloris Tait, and Mrs. Leonard (Maxine) Novak, all of Wabash; a sister, Helen Scott of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester; 12 grandchil-dren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 28 great-great grandchil-dren. She was preceded in death by a son, a brother and a sister.

Friends may call at the Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash today (Wednesday) April 8, 1998 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.. The funeral will be held at the Mortuary Thursday, April 9, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. David Phillips officiating.

Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.

 

 

Truby G. Isaac

Truby G. Isaac, 39, 549 E. State St., Huntington, died Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne. He was born August 29, 1958 at Hall, KY to Manderd and the late Lizzie (Castle) Isaac.

He was a production employee at Majestic Company of Huntington, IN, married to Drucilla A. Bonewitz Nov. 23, 1986.

He is survived by his wife; four sons - James Cordill, Truby Isaac, Kalem Isaac, and Donald Isaac, at home; brothers, Charlie Isaac, David Isaac, Junior Isaac, all of Jackson, OH and Tommy Castle of Weekberry, KY; sisters Jeanie Isaac of Ohio, Ruthie Castle and Rita Castle of Weekberry, KY.

Friends may call at the DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary Thursday, April 23, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Friday, April 24, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of No. Manchester. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Opal C. Conley

Opal C. Conley, 8280E U.S. 30, Pierceton, IN, died Tuesday, April 7, 1998 at her home. She was born Sept. 16,1945 at Bonanza, KY to Fred and Myrtle (Manns) Conley. She was a machine operator at Preferred Technical Group of Columbia City, IN for nine years.

She was a member of the Free United Baptist Church of Packerton, IN,

She is survived by three daughters - Mrs. Steven (Sheila) Crowe and Mrs. Todd (Renae) Warren, both of Leesburg, IN, and Arvellia Bradley of Warsaw; four brothers - Rev. Amos Conley of Ardmore, AL, Norman Conley of Chattanooga, TN, Alfred Conley of Macy, IN and Jerry Conley of Silver Lake, IN; seven sisters - Zefie Jackson and Mrs. Bill (Christine) Cornell, both of Akron, IN, Mrs. Don (Gracie) Jackson of Roann, Mrs. Bruce (Izinia) Thornton of Peru, Lorene Tesh, Mrs. Junior (Martha) Hancock, and Mrs. Jerry (Nancy) Pennington, all of North Manchester; and seven grand-children.

Friends may call Thursday, April 9 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Free United Baptist Church of Packerton. The funeral will be held Friday, April 10, 1998 at 1:00 p.m. at the Free United Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Rowe officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery of Pierceton, IN. 

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of ar-rangements. Preferred memorials are to the Free United Baptist Church of Packerton.

Edna V. Blocher Garber

Edna V. Blocher Garber, 77, of 11984 Old Dayton Road, Brookville, OH, died Tuesday, April 7, 1998 at Brook Haven Nursing & Care Center of Brookville, OH. She was born May 26, 1920 in Miami County, IN to Lester R. and Nettie (Ulrey) Kinzie.

She married Isaac L. Blocher Jan. 17, 1954 at the home of her parents in Cass County, IN; he died Sept. 12, 1984. She then married Earl Garber Oct. 12, 1986 in North Manchester. From North Manchester, she went to live in Brookville, OH in 1986. She was a homemaker and a member of the Wolf Creek District of the Old German Baptist Church of Brookville, OH.

She is survived by her hus-band, Earl Garber of Brookville, OH; a son, Kevin Blocher of Troutville, VA; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Susan) Hubbard of Troutville, VA; stepsons Eugene Garber and Ronald Garber of Brookville, OH; stepdaughters Mary Ann Balsbaugh and Ella Mae Stutz of Brookville, OH; brothers Edward A. Kinzie of Logansport, John H. Kinzie of North Manchester, Wayne W. Kinzie of Goshen, IN and Ronald C. Kinzie of Cleveland, GA; two sisters, Mrs. Russell (Evah) Rinehart of Lafayette, IN and Mrs. Nina L. Hess of Delphi, IN; eight grandchildren, 16 step grandchildren, and 23 step great grandchil-dren. One brother preceded her in death.

Friends may call Thursday, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rogers Funeral Home, 324 W. Main St., New Lebanon, OH. Funeral service will be held at the Wolf Creek Old German Baptist Church Friday, April 10, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will take place Saturday, April 11, 1998 in the Old German Baptist Cemetery of North Manchester, IN.

Arrangements are being handled by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.

Billy J. Bunch

Billy J. Bunch, 74, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, April 7, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. He had been ill for the past month. He was born August 5, 1923 in North Judson, IN, a son of Lester R. and Violet (Gem Wilcox) Bunch. He graduated from Laketon High School in 1941.

He was employed at Eaton Controls in North Manchester for 11 years. Beginning in 1973, he was employed at Precision Plastics, Columbia City, for a number of years. His last employment was with I.D.M. in Fort Wayne.

On February 5, 1944 he married Betty R. Blickenstaff. They resided in Marion, North Manchester, Columbia City and for the past eight years in Fort Wayne.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; four daughters, Mrs. Douglas (Karen) Stoldt of Somerset, IN, Mrs. Pashalis (Dianna) Evangelidis of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Michael (Judy A.) Rucker of Columbia City, and Mrs. Jeffrey (Toni R.) Vachon of New Haven; a son, John W. Bunch of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Leland (Bonnie) Corbin of Cincinnati, OH. He was pre-ceded in death by a brother, Robert Bunch and two sisters, Betty Amann and Ruth Gray, and a half sister, Helen Russell.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 9, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Rev. Jean Moorman Brindel, pastor of Leo United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to the American Heart Fund.


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