Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998


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Vilma E. Ault-Miller
Vilma E. Ault-Miller, 88, of 6 Wisteria Lane, North Manchester, died Monday, March 9, 1998 at Peabody Health Care Center, North Manchester. She was born August 20, 1909 in Union Township, Miami County, Indiana to Willard C. and Nellie (Cunningham) Kinley. She was first married to Charles W. Ault June 29, 1929 at Twelve Mile, IN and he died Jan. 9, 1969. She married Ray R. Miller, and he died Jan. 25, 1990. 
Vilma retired from the Denver Post Office Jan. 19, 1973, where she was a Civil Service Postal Clerk for 20 years and was interim Poastmaster at Denver for 18 months. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Denver, a member of the Denver Baptist Church 64 years, and was a Past Matron of Vashti Chapter Order of Eastern Star of Mexico, IN. She was Volunteer of the Month at Peabody Gift Shop in June 1994.
She is survived by a daughter, Marna L. Cunningham of Mary Esther, FL; a son, Jerry M. Ault and his wife Christina of Wabash; stepchildren Lee Miller of Peru, Louise Davis of Denver and Louella Teel of Sun City, FL; three grandchildren - Lori Draper of Wabash, Chris Cunningham of Mary Ester, FL and David Ault of Indianapolis; and seven great grandchildren - Brian and Janelle Draper, both of Wabash, David and Richard Cunningham, both of Mary Esther, FL; and Aaron, Amanda, and Alexander Ault of Indianapolis; and several step grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by a sister, Maria Stingle; three brothers - Gilbert, Fred, and Harry Kinley; and a son, Robert Gene Ault.
Friends may call Thursday, March 12, 1998 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McClain Funeral Home of Denver, IN.
Funeral service will be held Friday, March 13, 1998, 11:00 a.m. at the McClain Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Bate officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico, IN.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Community Foundation, the Vilma E. Ault-Miller Denver Baptist Church Building Trust Fund.

Amos P. Jackson
Amos Perry Jackson, 62, of 606 South 475 West LT-1, Wabash, IN, died March 9, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born June 30, 1935 at Jewel Ridge, VA to Ira and Ethel (Cooper) Jackson. He married Reba Jean Ray in Richlands, Virginia on Sept. 17, 1955.
He was retired from Gen Corp in 1992 after 30 years. He was a member of the United Rubber Workers Local 628 and a member of the Wabash Freewill Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Reba Jean, of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Melvin (Vickie) Shafer of Wabash; a grandson, Matthew Lee Shafer of Wabash; sisters, Mrs. Clell (Peggy) Mullins and Mrs. Andy (Shirley) Martin, both of Jewell Ridge, VA; and brothers Kirby Jackson of Roanoke, VA, Ira (Jack) Jackson Jr. of Jewell Ridge, VA and Don Jackson of Fredericksburg, VA. One brother preceded him in death.
Friends may call Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, Wabash. Funeral will be held at the Wabash Freewill Baptist Church, 1056 Erie St., Wabash, IN Friday, March 13, 1998 at 2 p.m. Rev. Tim Webb and Rev. Cledies Holbrook will officiate, and burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice and Wabash Skilled Care Center.

Alice Curless
Alice Curless, 80, of 5394S St. Rd. 15, Lot 3, Wabash, IN, died Friday, March 6, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. She was born May 15, 1917 at Wabash, IN to Edward and Maud (Glazier) Putnam. She married Willis C. Curless Jan. 22, 1938 and he died Nov. 5, 1978.
She was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church; she worked for White's Institute for 27 years. 
She is survived by three sons - C. Edward Curless of Wabash; Donald E. and James L. Curless, both of Lagro; a sister, Martha Byers of Toledo, OH; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son and a half sister.
Funeral service was held Monday, March 9, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with the Rev. Pat J. Tobin officiating. Burial was in Matlock Cemetery, Wabash, IN.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Man-chester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society.

M. Maxine Rickert
M. Maxine Rickert, 87, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Feb. 22, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born March 9, 1910 in Wabash County to Riley and Clara (Welker) Elliott. She married Lawrence Rickert May 31, 1931 and he died Jan. 9, 1978.
She was a graduate of Central High School in 1928. She was retired from Magnavox, Ft. Wayne, IN af ter 45 years employment. She was a member of the North Highland Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Warren (Jane) Lewis of Lima, OH, Mrs. Wendel (Diane) True of Port Orange, FL, five great nieces and nephews and 15 great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, March 12, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Memorial service will be held Thursday, at 1 p.m. at Peabody Chapel, North Manchester, with Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Peabody Retirement Community, 400 W. Seventh St., North Manchester, IN.

Velma F. Adams
Velma F. Adams, 86, of 1316 Creekside Dr., Apt. #17, Wabash, IN, died Saturday, March 7, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Dec. 31, 1911 at Speicherville, IN to Earl and Mabel (Murphy) Rife. She married Everett F. Adams Nov. 7, 1934, and he died February 1978. 
She was an employee of Hirsch's Department Store in Wabash for 23 years. She was a member of the Wabash First Christian Church.
Survivors include a brother, Marvin Rife of Dallas, TX; two sisters, Mrs. Don (Frieda) Fraustein of Wabash and Ms. Mildred Harden of Phoenix, AZ. She was preceded in death by one son and a sister.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary with the Rev. Ron Zorn officiating. Burial was in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.
Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Thelma Tucker
Thelma Tucker, 89, of 4814W 100S, Wabash, IN 46992, died Monday, March 9, 1998 at Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash, IN. She was born June 20, 1908 in Kosciusko County, IN to Phillip and Mary (Sellers) Brown. She married Mahlon A. Tucker in Claypool, IN on May 31, 1935 and he died Oct. 21, 1986.
A 1928 graduate of Warsaw High School, she was retired from Wabash Magnetics. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Wabash.
Survivors include two granddaughters - Lisa Hearn and Angie DeLauter, both of Wabash, IN; and five great-grandchildren. A daughter, three sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.
Friends may call at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel in Wabash Wednesday (today) from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Main Street Chapel, 86 E. Main St., Wabash, Thursday, March 12, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. J. Dean Gifford will officiate and burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Marion, IN.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Fun-eral Service is in charge of arrangements, and preferred memorials are to Calvary Baptist Church.

David A. Parker 
David Allan Parker, 54, of 2714 N. Richmond Drive, Muncie, IN, died Monday, Mar. 9, 1998 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, following an illness. He was born April 17, 1943 at Akron, IN to Dr. Philip J. and the late Patrica L. (Troutman) Parker. He married Carolyn B. Heltzel April 9, 1966 in Los Angeles, CA.
He had been a resident of Muncie since 1979, having lived at North Vernon, IN prior to that. He graduated from Akron High School and earned his B.S. in Education from Manchester College, and his Masters Degree from Indiana University. He taught high school in the Sturgis, (MI), North Vernon (IN) and Yorktown (IN) school systems. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Indiana State Teachers Association.
He is survived by a daughter, Leslie G. Parker of Ft. Pierce, FL; a son, Eric E. and wife, Catherine Parker of Indianapolis; a grand-daughter, Darcy Parker of Indianapolis; two step grandsons, John and Joshua Boone of Indianapolis; his father, Dr. Philip J. Parker, Ph.D. of Warsaw; a sister, Sandra Denton and niece, Tricia Denton, both of Rochester, IN. His mother preceded him in death in 1981.
Friends may call Thursday, Mar. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. or one hour prior to services Friday at the Foster & Good Funeral Home, of Rochester. Funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home Friday, March 13, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Juanita Kuhn officiating. Burial will be in Athens Cemetery, Athens, IN. 

Richard L. Sparrow

Richard L. Sparrow, 65, of 308 N. Market St., North Manchester, IN, died May 12, 1998 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN. He was born in Marshall County, IN Nov. 29, 1932 to George W. Sparrow and Martha "Peggy" White of Atwood, IN. He married Marlene Hatfield Aug. 31, 1952.

Mr. Sparrow was a 1950 graduate of Atwood High School, earned the B.S. and M.A. degrees from Purdue University, and taught school at Royal Center, Onward, Claypool, and retired after 29 years at Manchester Community Schools in 1990.

Mr. Sparrow was an F.F.A. advisor, 4-H leader, and worked in the Swine Barn of-fice at the Indiana State Fair. He was President of the Wabash County Retired Teachers Association, Past President of Indiana Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, Past President and member of the North Manchester Optimist Club, member of the Indiana and National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, and member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. 

He served eight years on the Manchester Community School Board and was presently serving as President of the Heartland Career Center Board of Managers. He was a member of the Purdue Alumni Association, member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church where he taught Adult Sunday School and held vari-ous offices within the church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons - Randall J. and wife Janice Sparrow of Grand Rapids, MI, Ryan J. and wife Shelly Sparrow of Manteno, IL; a daughter Mrs. Ricki and husband Keith Neuman of Lenexa, KS; and 10 grandchil-dren. One sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 18, 1998 at the North Manchester United Methodist Church with the Revs. William Hemmig, Carl Lemna and Larry Ray officiat-ing. Graveside services were held at 3:00 p.m. at Etna Green Cemetery, Etna Green, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Richard L. Sparrow Scholarship Fund, in care of DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114W, N. Manchester, which was in charge of all ar-rangements.

Erma L. Plough

Erma Lea Plough, 76, of 1787E 400N, Urbana, IN, died Saturday, May 16, 1998 at her residence. She was born Feb. 14, 1922 at Ray, ND to William B. and Mary (Gehres) Chamness. She married William B. Plough July 25, 1942 in Wabash, IN. 

She was a member of the North Manchester Faith Baptist Church, and worked at Controls in North Manchester.

She is survived by her hus-band, William; a son Rev William B. Plough Jr. of Laceyville, PA; four daughters - Mrs. Charles (Dianna) Karnes of North Manchester, Mrs. Arthur (Coral) Sonier and Mrs. Dale (Sue) Sendelbach, both of Wabash, and Mrs. Christopher (Audrey) Neubecker of Wickliffe, OH; a brother, Ward Chamness of Wabash; 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grand-child, three sisters and four brothers.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 19, 1998 at the North Manchester Faith Baptist Church with Pastor Andrew Gathany officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery, located at Lagro, IN. 

Preferred memorials are to the Faith Baptist Church. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Main Street Chapel, was in charge of arrange-ments.

Arden W. Zobrosky

Arden W. Zobrosky, 75, of 614 Cardinal Lane, Marion, IN died Saturday, May 16, 1998 at Marion General Hospital, Marion, IN. He was born Oct. 8, 1922 at Laketon, IN to Lawrence and Esther (Weitzel) Zobrosky. 

Mr. Zobrosky graduated from Mishawaka High School and was a four-year Rector Scholar at DePauw University, where he gradu-ated with highest distinction and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was a bomber pilot with the Eighth Air Force which flew out of England.

His wife of 50 years is the former Georgia Hale of Van Wert, OH. In 1949 he gradu-ated, with distinction, from the I.U. School of Law in Bloomington. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., where he was an attorney with the R.E.A., which estab-lished co-operatives to bring electricity and phones to rural areas all over the country.

He moved to Marion in 1954 and opened a one-room law of-fice in the Glass Block Building. He has been in con-tinuous practice for the past 44 years, most recently with his daughter, Ann. During those years he was Marion City Attorney, Attorney for the Water Dept., and a member of the Board of Works under Mayors Wert and Blackman. He served as City Judge for four years and was an active member of the Democratic Party, serving as city chair-man at one time. 

He has been a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 40 years, serving on the board and teaching Sunday School. He worked with a Boy Scout Troop; he helped establish the former School for Retarded Children, served as Marion Public Library Attorney for more than 16 years, was a member of the Board of Directors of Family Service Society, the attorney for the Matthews Town Board and the Eastbrook School Board. He was a member of the Marion Lions Club, the Grant County Bar Association, the Indiana Bar Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia, of Marion; two daughters - Ann Zobrosky of Marion and Mrs. Clark (Amy) Zobrosky Fralick of Greenfield, IN; a brother, Tom Zobrosky of Fort Wayne, and two grand-daughters.

Funeral service was held to-day, May 20, 1998 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Schramm officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Red Bird Mission HC 69, Box 700, Beverly, KY 40913 or the First United Methodist Church., 624 S. Adams St., Marion, IN 46953.

Arrangements were by Needham-Storey North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion IN 46952.

Everett F. Kirby

Everett Frank Kirby, 85, of 5257 W. Mill Creek Pike, Wabash, IN, died Sunday, May 17, 1998 at his residence. He was born June 27, 1912 in Wabash County to Frank and Mary (Baldinger) Kirby, both deceased.

He married Ethel Marie Jones in Wabash on March 19, 1938, and she died January 28, 1984. Everett was a retired self-employed carpenter.

He is survived by a son, Robert E. Kirby of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. James (Ruth) Dyson of Peru; a brother, James Kirby of Wabash, and a sister, Mrs. Don (E. Arline) Metzger of Peru, IN; three grandchildren and three great granddaughters. A grandson, a sister, and three brothers pre-ceded him in death.

Funeral services were held today, May 20, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, with the Rev. Bruce Mowery officiating. Burial was in the Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the Richvalley United Methodist Church. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mary A. Gamsby Moore

Mary Ann Gamsby Moore, 56, of 203 N. Adams St., Marion, IN, died Saturday, May 16, 1998 at Marion General Hospital, Marion, IN. She was born Oct. 22, 1941 in Wabash, IN to Russell M. and Edna Mae (Harney) Gamsby Sr., both de-ceased.

She was employed at Custom Magnetics, Wabash, IN and North Manchester Magnetics.

She is survived by sons Kevin Butcher of Marion, Glenn Cox of Jonesboro, IN and Phillip Heeter of Peru, IN; a daughter, Maryann (Chlorisa) Bolin of Wabash; brothers Russell Gamsby Jr. of Silver Lake, Ralph Gamsby of Wabash, and Robert Gamsby of North Manchester; sisters, Mrs. Carl (Barbara) Porter of Syracuse, and Edna Marcum of Goshen; and eight grand-children.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, May 21, 1998 at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, with the Rev. Timothy Tabler officiating.

Arrangements are by the DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of North Manchester, and pre-ferred memorials are to the Family Fund.

Clifford D. Cordes

Clifford D. Cordes, 72,. of 6738 N. Bowman Rd., Roann, IN, died Friday, May 15, 1998 at his residence in Roann. He was born Nov. 22, 1925 at Ulysses, NE to Herman Jacob and Frieda Augusta Hedwig Hinze Cordes, both deceased.

He married Marjorie E. Sack in Ulysses, NE on May 15, 1945, and she died Feb. 28, 1997. He was a retired dairy farmer, a member of the Roann Church of the Brethren, the Indiana Archaeological Society, and the Huntington County Indian Artifact Society.

Cliff and his wife, Marjorie, participated in an archaeologi-cal dig in Jerusalem in 1983. He was an associate supervisor for the Wabash County Soil & Water Conservation District, after serving as the supervisor for 23 years.

He is survived by two daughters - Mrs. John (Gail) Byrum of Twelve Mile, IN, and Mrs. Peggy Morris of Wabash; two sons, Clifton "Corky" Cordes and Kevin S. Cordes, both of Roann; two sisters, Dorothy Byam and Anita White, both of Ulysses, NE; 11 grandchildren and one great grandson. A brother and a sis-ter preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 18, 1998 at the Roann Church of the Brethren with Pastors Kurt Snyder and Bruce Hostetler officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery, Roann, IN.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel was in charge of ar-rangements, and preferred memorials are to the Church of the Brethren Disaster Response Program or Wabash Shalom Place (Foster Care Ministry).

Lois E. Hartsough Leasure

Lois Evelyn Hartsough Leasure, 77, died May 15, 1998 in her home in Rockbridge County, Virginia. She was born July 30, 1920, in Nappanee, IN, the daughter of the late Rev. Harvey Leroy and Clara (Culler) Hartsough. 

She is survived by her hus-band of 57 years, Melvin Norris Leasure, currently of Rockbridge County. Her four children, James Lee Leasure, Glen Evan Leasure, Rita Jane Leasure, and Jo Ellen Parent, six grandchildren and two of her four sisters also survive.

Lois was a life long member of the Church of the Brethren, and her father was a minister of that faith for 40 years. Rev. Hartsough was minister of the Walnut Street Church of the Brethren in North Manchester for many years. Lois graduated from Central High School in North Manchester, and from Manchester College. She was an early elementary school teacher for 30 years and retired to Rockbridge County, Virginia, to be near her chil-dren and grandchildren in 1981.

After her retirement, Lois was the first coordinator of Literacy Volunteers of the Rockbridge Area from 1986 through 1990. She was an ideal person for the job because she truly wanted everyone to be able to read and was very ap-proachable and friendly.

A home burial was con-ducted near her home follow-ing her death. A memorial service will be held at the Quaker Meeting House in Lexington, VA, Saturday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m.

Harmon O. Stensel

Harmon Otto Stensel, 85, a former Cleveland Township farmer, died Tuesday, May 12, 1998 at Clark County Health Center in Owen, WI. He had moved to Wisconsin in 1996. He was born Feb. 28, 1913 in Whitley County, Indiana, a son of Otto and Nora (Vogt) Stensel. His formative years were spent in the Huntington County and Andrews areas.

On April 27, 1957 he married Ila L. Gradeless Miller. They always resided in the South Whitley area. Mrs. Stensel died in 1982.

He engaged in farming jointly with his brothers. Upon his retirement, he worked for Whitley Feeds and later Nutritional Research. He attended the Columbia City Wesleyan Church and Columbia City Church of the Nazarene.

He is survived by a daugh-ter, Mrs. Lloyd (Nora) Engelberth of Greenwood, WI; a step daughter, Mrs. Larry (Nancy) Walters of Roanoke; a step son, Dean E. Miller of Columbia City; nine grandchildren; three great grand-sons; two brothers, Earl Stensel of Silver Lake and Ray Stensel of North Manchester; and a sis-ter, Grace Cullen of Tiffin, OH. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

The funeral service was held Saturday, May 16, 1998 at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel of South Whitley, with Pastor Harold Polk, pastor of Columbia City Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Andrews.

Frieda P. Krom

Frieda P. Krom, 95, a former Shriner Lake resident, died Monday in the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren.

She was born Oct. 31, 1902 in Whitley County, daughter of Charles and Iva Fisher Knoop. Her formative years were spent in the South Whitley and North Manchester communi-ties. She graduated from Chester Township High School.

On Aug. 18, 1921, she mar-ried Milo Oliver Krom and in 1936, they purchased a general store at the west end of Shriner Lake on SR 9. They operated the store until their retirement in 1966. Mr. Krom died March 27, 1981.

In 1989, Mrs. Krom moved to North Manchester, and for the past five years, she has resided at the home in Warren. Her church affilia-tion was with the St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, and she was a former member of the Thorncreek Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

The surviving relatives in-clude two daughters, Mrs. Everett (Louise) Jacoby Shull of North Manchester and Mrs. Gordon (Thelma) Smith of Warren; 14 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchil-dren; and a sister, Ruby Powell, a resident at the Masonic Home in Franklin. A son, Lewis Krom, a daughter, Trischa Herron, and a brother, Paul Knoop, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be held Friday, May 22, 2 p.m. in the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. John Bellante officiat-ing. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. Burial will be in Christian Chapel Cemetery at Merriam.

Preferred memorials are to St. Matthew's United Methodist Church of the United Methodist Home.


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