Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998

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Clara M. Fisher

Former Wabash resident Clara Marie Fisher, 78, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. She was born Oct. 17, 1920 at Meir Town, IN to Charles and Jessie (Drook) Walls. She married Waymond E. Fisher Dec. 31, 1938 and he preceded her in death June 3, 1990.

Mrs. Fisher was co-owner of Fishers Restaurant in Wabash for 30 years.

Survivors include sons, Jimmie Fisher and Gregg Fisher, both of North Manchester; two grandsons, Jeffrey and Neil Fisher, both of Indianapolis; sisters Millie Cable of LaFontaine, IN and Evelyn Baker of Florence, KY; also one great-grandchild. One brother preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998) at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary of Wabash, with Rev. Steve Parks officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.

Florence L. Emrick

Florence L. Emrick, 81, of 4714 S. Colonial Oaks Drive, Marion, IN, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998 at Mission Hospital, Mission, TX. She was born Aug. 25, 1917 at Berne, IN to Lee Bishop and Metta (Hershey) Sharp. She married H. Charles Emrick May 10, 1941 in Hamilton, IN.

She was a member of Wabash First United Methodist Church and Gusta Robinett Circle. She taught Adult Fellowship Sunday School Class for 14 years. She was a member of Indiana Personnel and Guidance Association and a retired member of the Indiana State Teachers Association. She retired in 1975 as a Guidance Counselor, English and Home Ec and Physical Ed teacher at Somerset, LaFontaine, and Southwood schools. Her winter address was 512 Sagittarius, Mission, Texas.

Survivors include her husband, H. Charles Emrick of Marion; sons Daniel Lee Emrick of Marion and Michael Ray Emrick of Marysville, MI; a daughter, Sherry Greentree of Owensville, IN and a brother, Earl Wayne Sharp of Fishers, IN. A brother preceded her in death.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel today (Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral will take place Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor James MacDonald officiating. Entombment will take place in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Marion, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Adult Fellowship Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church of Wabash. Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jay E. Anderson

Jay E. Anderson, 70, of Tampa, FL died at 4:30 a.m. Friday, November 13, 1998. He was born the son of William and Mae Anderson on December 29, 1927 in Urichsville, OH.

Mr. Anderson was a 1945 graduate of Steubenville High School, Steubenville, OH and was also active with Cub Scouts there. He lived in North Manchester from 1961 until 1980 and was affiliated with the Missionary Church. In 1980, he moved to Tampa, FL where he was a retired construction worker.

Surviving are seven sisters - Ethel Seals of Columbus, OH, Ruth Harler of Toledo, OH, Esquelen Burnett and Mary Jane Bryant, both of Tampa, FL, Betty Saltsman of Steubenville, OH, Jackie Hock of Wintersville, OH and Judy Cragle of Wintersville, OH. Also surviving are three children - Mrs. Mark (Cindy) Roser of North Manchester, Mark Anderson of Warsaw and Michael Anderson of south Bend and five grandchildren. A companion and friend, Francis Embich of Tampa, FL also survives. Three brothers, a sister and a son preceded him in death.

Memorial services are pending.

Edward F. Ley

Edward F. Ley, 90, of 94 W. Lakeside Dr., North Manchester, IN, died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Ft. Wayne, IN. He was born May 11, 1908 at North Vernon, IN to Edward and Mary (Glatt) Ley. He married Eleanor M. Hering Jan. 29, 1930, and she preceded him in death June 1, 1993.

He was a member of St. Robert's Catholic Church of North Manchester. He was a retired farmer, as well as from L&N Railroad. He retired also from American Hoist in 1973.

He is survived by three sons - Donald E. Ley of West Palm Beach, FL, James F. Ley of Mishawaka, IN and Robert E. Ley of Huntington, IN; four daughters - Mrs. Paul (Betty) Hammond of Huntington, IN, Mrs. Laxmi (Marilyn) Nagaich of Worthington, OH, Joan Robel of Denver, CO, and Mrs. Allen (Dorothy) Stetzel of Roanoke, IN; a brother, Robert Ley of Florida, and five sisters - Delores Riteman of North Vernon, IN, Helen Hill of Madison, IN, Frances Mater, Mrs. Alford (Marie) Mater, and Mrs. Ralph (Agnes) Rancort, all of Indianapolis, IN; 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 16, 1998 at St. Robert's Catholic church of North Manchester, with Rev. Ron Ramenaden officiating. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery of Huntington, IN.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Calvin E. Votaw

Calvin E. Votaw, 78, of 84 Cottonwood Lane, Naples, FL, died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998 at Naples Community Hospital. He was formerly a resident of 268 N. Thorne St., Wabash, IN. He was born Sept. 4, 1920 at Marion, IN to Jabe and Opal (King) Votaw. He married Kathryn E. Boles in Wabash, IN on Sept. 14, 1941.

Mr. Votaw retired in 1983 from the Container Corporation in Wabash after 45 years of employment. He was a World War II Army Air Corps Veteran, a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15, and V.F.W. Post 286. He was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, the Wabash Elks Lodge, and the Hibiscus Country Club in Naples, FL. He was active in football and basketball while in school, and helped organize the Wabash American Legion baseball team.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn E. Votaw of Naples, FL, two sons - Jay Votaw of East Liverpool, OH and Jeff Votaw of Bridgeport, W.V.; a brother, James Votaw of Fort Wayne, IN; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother.

Funeral service was held today, November 18, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Rev. Ron Zorn officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash. 

Preferred memorials are to the Spinal Cord Society of Fergus Falls, MN or Oncology Dept. at the Wabash County Hospital. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Barbara J. Osborn

Barbara Joyce Osborn, 64, of 762 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN, died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Nov. 12, 1934 at Dunkirk, IN to Michael and Millie (Smiley) Johnson. She married Jerry Osborn on July 23, 1966 in Muncie, IN.

She was a member of the Wabash VFW Auxiliary and the Wabash American Legion Auxiliary. She worked at the Shirt Shed in Wabash and owned and operated Family Ceramics in Wabash.

Survivors include her father, Michael Johnson of Wabash; her husband, Jerry Osborn of Wabash; five daughters - Mrs. Philip (Teresa) Norris of Moreland, IN, Mrs. Tim (Julie) Creasey, Mrs. Terry (Valerie) DeTurk, Mrs. Dan (Tonya) Middleton and Mrs. Tom (Tina) Crull, all of Wabash; a son, Thomas (Faith) Ogden of Wabash; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Cremation took place Monday, Nov. 16 at Northern Indiana Crematory of Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash Healthcare Center.

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

Harvey L. Burch

Harvey Lewis Burch, 86, of 4 Wisteria Lane, North Manchester, IN died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. He was born June 2, 1912 at Miami County, IN to Donald and Nona (Tracy) Burch. He married Freda Hill on August 16, 1933 in Hartford City, IN.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the American Legion both of North Manchester. He was also a member of the South Whitley VFW. He was a 1931 graduate of Laketon High School, and he owned and operated Burch Upholstery Shop in Wabash. He was a World War II Navy Veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Freda, of North Manchester; a son, Roger Lee Burch of North Manchester; a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Connie) Brookins of North Manchester; a brother, Eugene Burch of Rochester, IN; two sisters - Geneva Groninger of Plainfield, IN and Mrs. Robert (Nina) DeFord of Wabash; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Preceding him in death were six brothers and one great grandchild.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998 from 1 to 3 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel with the Rev. Marlin McCann officiating. 

Preferred memorials are to the Arthritis Foundation. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel of North Manchester is in charge of arrangements.

Edd Allen

Edd Allen, 77, of PO Box 1362, Warsaw, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 12, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN. He was born April 11, 1921 at Salyersville, KY to Buddy and Lula (Carpenter) Allen. He married Betty Howard July 10, 1941, and she preceded him in death August 20, 1997.

He was a member of the Free United Baptist Church of Packerton, IN. He was retired from Norfolk & Western Railroad after 33 years employment.

Survivors include a son, Robert Allen of Pierceton; two daughters - Mrs. Ken (Belva) Shepherd and Mrs. Carl (Avadean) Morrison, both of Claypool, IN; a sister, Emojean England of Marshall, MI; seven grandchildren and two step grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and 10 step great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998 at the Free United Baptist Church of Packerton with the Revs. James Rowe and Willie Collins officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery of Pierceton, IN.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Charles H. Shroyer

Charles Harvey Shroyer, 88, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born June 19, 1910 at Wabash, IN to Charles L. and Lucy (Sypolt) Shroyer. He first married Helen Bent on June 15, 1932 in Columbia City; she died in September, 1976. He then married Berta Charles in August 1977; she died in November 1981.

He was reared by his father and stepmother, Eva (Kellis) Baumbauer Shroyer. He was a 1928 graduate of Wabash High School. He attended DePauw University and graduated from International Business College of Fort Wayne. He was president of the Lafontaine Bank from 1964 to 1979, when he retired. He also was employed at the First National Bank of Wabash from 1932 to 1936 And was the financial comptroller at Minneapolis-Honeywell from 1936 to 1964.

He was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church, and was a life member of the Wabash Elks Lodge where he was exalted ruler in 1948. He was also a world traveler.

He had lived in Wabash 1910-1964; in Lafontaine from 1964-1977, in Marion from 1977-1985, and in Fort Wayne from 1985-1996 when he moved to North Manchester, IN.

Survivors include a son Charles B. "Chuck" Shroyer of Roann, and Mrs. William (Jane) Skeans of Wabash; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a great grandson and a step sister.

Memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 13, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel with Rev. Jeffrey Smith officiating.

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

Ruth N. Crandall

Ruth N. Crandall, 73, of 1820 Stitt St., Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1998 at her residence. She was born Aug. 29, 1925 at Wabash, IN to Wilber and LouCeil (Cross) Wigner. She married Leroy I. Crandall in Wabash, IN on Dec. 24, 1943; he died June 3, 1963.

Mrs. Crandall worked at the Turner & Moore Veterinary Hospital of Wabash for 30 years. She was also a self-employed beautician and a waitress at the Wabash Elks Lodge. For the past several years, she drove the Wabash Senior Citizen bus. She was a member of the Wabash American Legion Auxiliary, the V.F.W. Auxiliary, and the Wabash Women of the Moose.

She is survived by two nieces - Kara Highley and Debbie Coburn, both of Wabash. A sister preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Pastor Mark Zerkel officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash, IN.

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

Obituaries for 11/18

Margaret E. Bradshaw

Margaret Esther Bradshaw, 83, of Colonial Oaks Healthcare Center, Marion, IN, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1998 at Colonial Oaks Healthcare Center, Marion, IN. She was born Dec. 20, 1914 at Greentown, IN to Burr W. and Flossie G. (Sanders) Maple.

She married Frank Mackey Nov. 9, 1939; he died Feb. 17, 1966. A homemaker, she was a member of the Marion First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Edna Pell of Royal Palm Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Gerald O. Parker, Jr.

Word has been received that Gerald O. (Jerry) Parker, Jr. 70, of South Bend died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 2, 1998. He was born Oct. 18, 1927 in North Manchester, where he spent most of his youth, but moved to Panama with his parents when he was a teenager and then returned to Manchester several years later. He had been a South Bend resident for the past 47 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peggy (Frye) and Gerald O. Parker, Sr.; a sister, Colleen Parker; and by his wife LaVerne (Barney) Parker formerly of South Whitley.

Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann Gorman Parker, who he married in 1985; a daughter, Pamela DeCola of South Bend; two sons, Steven Parker of Orlando, FL and Christopher Parker of Newport Beach, CA; two stepdaughters, Kathleen Jurkaites of South Bend and Barbara Schuler of Versailles, KY; a stepson Jeffrey Gorman of South Bend; eight grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

He started his business career in North Manchester, first managing a restaurant and then working in the men's department at Oppenheim's. He then was manager for Kroger Corporation for 25 years, starting out in Logansport, Indiana and in stores throughout Indiana and in Coldwater, MI where he later ran a men's store. In 1966, he founded and owned the Lion's Den Clothing Stores in Fort Wayne, Elkhart and South Bend. He took great pride in his opportunity to provide jobs and training for his employees, and quality merchandise and service for his customers. Prior to his death, he managed the men's department at Montgomery Ward in South Bend.

He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, the Elks Club, the South Bend Country Club, the Humane Society of St. Joseph County and the Summit Club.

Burial was at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN.


 

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