Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998
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Julie B. Powell
Julie B. Powell, 67, of 3762 W. Old U.S. 30, Warsaw, IN died Sunday, September 27, 1998 at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, shortly after admission following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Powell was born April 19, 1931 in Floyd County, KY to the late Dan and Martha (Marsillett) Reffitt. She lived in the Mentone area 29 years with the exception of the past three years when she resided in Warsaw, having come here from Kentucky.
She married Glenn E. Powell March 23, 1966 at Plymouth, IN and he preceded her in death Jan. 28, 1998. She was a retired food processor for the Kralis Brothers Foods, Inc., of Mentone, IN for 20 years. After retiring she had worked for seven years at Teel's Restaurant of Mentone. She was a member of the Free United Baptist Church of Tippecanoe, IN.
Survivors include three daughters - Mrs. James (Barbara Sue) North of North Manchester, Mrs. Paul (Betty) Stanley of Prestonsburg, KY, and Mrs. Kenneth (Wanna) Stephens of Lexington, KY; a son, Roy and his wife Pat Hackworth of Prestonsburg, KY; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Dewey (Josephine) Yates of Warsaw, IN, Mary J. Shepherd of Litchfield, MI, and Mrs. Monroe (Ollie) Baldridge of Blue River, KY; four brothers, Amos and his wife, Emma Reffitt and Floyd and his wife Ann Reffitt all of Warsaw; Joe Wheeler Reffitt and Jimmie and his wife Edna Reffitt, all of Claypool, IN. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.
Funeral service was held this morning (Wednesday), Sept. 30, 1998 at Foster & Good Funeral Home of Akron, IN, with the Rev. Glenn Hughes officiating. Burial was in Omega Cemetery, southwest of Akron.
John Brecht, 73, a resident of 1027 Park View Dr., Decatur, IN, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998 at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1924 at North Ceder, OH to John D. and Eva (Scaffer) Brecht. He married Margaret Hancher Dec. 27, 1942 at Decatur, IN.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and the Elks Lodge. He was owner of Brecht Jewelry Store from 1955 to 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Brecht of Decatur; a son, Fred Brecht, also of Decatur; two daughters - Mrs. David (Susan) Spiegel of Sebring, FL and Mrs. Dale (Ann) Linnemeier of Fort Wayne; two sisters - Mrs. Vivian Walther of Silver Lake and Mrs. Dorothy Freeman of North Manchester; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A brother, Paul and a sister, Belva Tooman preceded him in death.
Memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998 in the chapel of First United Methodist Church, Decatur, with the Rev. Dexter Garman officiating. Burial will be at Decatur.
Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, 225 W. Adams St., Decatur, IN is in charge of arrangements.
Dora B. Welling
Dora B. Welling, 65, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born April 15, 1933 at Colie, KY to the late Malcolm and Malvrie (Davis) Sparks. She married Homer Welling April 5, 1969 and he died Oct. 22, 1985.
A homemaker, she is survived by two sons - Paul E. Park of Claypool, IN and Ronnie Park of Nappanee, IN; two brothers - German Sparks of Warsaw and Wilfred Sparks of Nappanee; two sisters, Ruby May of Palestine, IN and Adaline Smith of North Manchester; and six grandchildren. Three brothers preceded her in death.
Graveside funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 28, 1998 at Packerton Cemetery, Packerton, IN with the Rev. Albert Whitaker officiating.
Arrangements were by DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of North Manchester.
Edward Spencer, 90, of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center. He was born Sept. 21, 1908 in Breathitt County, KY to the late Isaac N. And Parrish (Carpenter) Spencer.
Survivors include two sons - Charles Ray Spencer of Gulfport, MS and Jesse J. Spencer of Akron, IN; four daughters - Mrs. Clayton (Faye) Holbrook of Gladstone, OR, Mrs. Lawrence (O. Deane) Gehrlein of Gulfport, MS, Mrs. Jerry (A. Jeann) Willour of Crooks, S.D., and Mrs. Les (Anita) Bourne of Redkey, IN; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. One brother and one sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998 at Peabody Chapel, North Manchester, with the Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.
Arrangements were by DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary.
Frank Signs, Jr., 64, of 704 Bond Street, North Manchester, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. He was born March 24, 1934 at North Manchester, IN to the late Frank and Alice (Betten) Signs, Sr. He married Evalee (Shepherd) Manns April 27, 1961 and she survives.
He graduated from Laketon High School and attended Pocatello College at Pocatello, Idaho. He was a U.S.M.C. Korean veteran, and a 45-year member of the Laketon American Legion. He was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester. He was retired as a driver for Ruan Transport of New Haven, IN.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Mick Sagester and his wife, Debbie, of Brookville, OH; two daughters - Mrs. Chris (Desra) Bradford and Mrs. Ed (Deb) Castile, both of North Manchester; a brother, Charles Signs and wife, Wylene of North Manchester; five grandchildren - Asiah and Chandler Bradford, both of North Manchester, Ross Castile of North Manchester, and Josh and Brooke Sagester of Brookville, OH.
Funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998 at the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester, with the Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery of North Manchester. Military rites were provided by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Corps Reserves. Tom Allen presented the flag.
Preferred memorials are to the Christian Fellowship Church. Arrangements were by DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester.
Mary M. Carpenter
Graveside services for Mary Melvina Carpenter were held Monday, Sept. 28, 1998 with Rev. Michael Metz of the Sidney United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, Iowa.
Mrs. Carpenter, 82, died Sept. 22, 1998 at the Michael Manor Nursing Home of Douglas, Wyoming. She was born Dec. 13, 1915 to Wallace and Melvina (Hume) Shirley. She was united in marriage Jan. 16, 1934 to Roger Leroy Carpenter. She spent her entire life on the family farm until poor health caused her to reside near her family.
She is survived by her children, Terry Carpenter and wife, Jane, of Richland, MI; Shirley Cowden and husband Keith of Douglas, WY; sister Irene Nelson; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger, her parents, a sister Martha Baker, and brothers Fountain and Jack.
Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel of 500 S. Main/Box 128, Sidney, IA 51652 was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Sidney Rescue Squad or the charity of the donor's choice.
Lloyd E. Allen
Lloyd Emmett Allen, of 1322S 200E Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998 at his residence. He was born Apr. 24, 1935 at Elwood, IN to Lawrence E. and Greeta (Etchison) Allen Landis. He married Wanda L. McKinley in Wabash on Dec. 29, 1957.
He was a member of the Lagro United Methodist Church, and Lagro Lions Club. He was founder of Allen Feed & Farm Supply. He was a farmer and also worked for the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He lived in Wabash County since 1951 coming from Madison County, IN.
He is survived by his wife Wanda L. Allen of Wabash; his mother Greeta Allen Landis of North Manchester; a son Lalon and wife Tammy) Allen of Lagro; daughters Mrs. Tony (Roxy) Roser of Lagro, Mrs. Brent (Lisa) Paxton of Silver Lake, and Mrs. Brian (Janet) Chamberlain of Urbana; sisters Mrs. Bill (Janet) Kirkpatrick of Andrews, IN and Mrs. Lawrence (Karen) Wagers of Aurora, CO; a step brother, Edwin Landis of Laotto, IN; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 28, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with the Pastors Robert Armstrong and Bill Deisher officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery, located at Lagro, IN.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society, or the Casey Sparling Memorial Athletic Scholarship.
Carl J. Pell
Carl James Pell, 89, of 549 Bryan Ave., Apt. C, Wabash, IN died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born May 31, 1909 at Fairfield, IL to the late Frank and Myrtle (Davis) Pell. He married Anna Warren in Gary, IN on May 1, 1943.
He was a retired farmer and a 74-year member of the Wabash North Wesleyan Church. He attended the Wabash Christian Missionary Alliance Church. He was a member of the Christian Campers Club Fellowship.
In addition to his wife, Anna, he is survived by a son James A. Pell of Roann, IN; three daughters - Ruth Ann Green of Grand Rapids, MI, Mary Sue Fuller of Wabash, and Tracy Sue Music of Peru; a brother, Harold Pell of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and a sister Anna Coleman of Wabash, IN; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services was held Friday, Sept. 25, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with the Rev. Carl Holder and Dr. James Walker officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.
Preferred memorials are to H.O.P.E. Foundation.
Ethel P. Amber
Former North Manchester Rt. 1 resident Ethel Pauline Amber died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Her recent residence was 6511 Hackberry Dr., Fort Wayne. She was born Aug. 16, 1910 in Wabash County to Howard and Mary (Moore) Coon, both deceased.
A homemaker, she married Robert L. Amber in Lagro, IN in 1942; he died March 16, 1988.
Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Ramsey of Fort Wayne; three sisters - Julia Hoover of Nixia, MO, Betty Weesner of Brownstown, IN and Mildred Shook of Lexington, AL; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, which was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the Half Acre Cemetery of Urbana, IN.
Lois L. Crist
Lois L. Crist, 68, of 3335E 800N, North Manchester, IN, died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998 at Wabash Skilled Care, Wabash, IN. She was born Nov. 18, 1920 at Silver Lake, IN to Artie and Clara L. (Lotz) Lowman, both deceased. She married Clifford Crist June 27, 1952 and he survives.
Mrs. Crist was a member of the Servia United Church of Christ. She was employed at Heckman Bindery of North Manchester for 45 years. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, ESA, Eastern Star, World War Mothers, and the Eagles Lodge, all of North Manchester.
Survivors in addition to her husband include a sister, Mrs. Richard (Mary Lou) Feitshans of Chesterton, IN and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary. Memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 2, 1998 at 2 p.m. at Servia United Church of Christ with the Rev. David Pinkham officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.