Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1999


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L. Lee Lefforge

L. Lee Lefforge, 80, of 408 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999 at his residence. He was found in his residence March 1, 1999. Death was ruled natural causes by the Wabash County Corner's office. He was born Nov. 8, 1918 in Wabash County to Dale E. and Mabel Berniece (Grimes) Lefforge. 

He graduated from Chester High School in 1936, and attended Manchester College. He served in England during World War II where he flew P-51 escort planes in the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from the North Manchester Post office after 25 years of service. He was a member of the N. Manchester United Methodist Church.

He is survived by three brothers - Jesse of North Manchester, Max of Warren, MI, and Donald of San Jose, CA; and a sister, Dorothy Maxwell of Indian Atlantic, FL. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Friends may call Thursday, March 4, from 2 to 7 p.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary. Funeral service will be held Friday, March 5, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. William Hemmig officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.

Kenneth D. Reed

Kenneth Devon Reed, 72, of Rt. 1, Roann, IN, died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999 at Ft. Wayne's Parkview Hospital where he had been a patient since Wednesday, due to a sudden illness.

He was born May 16, 1926 at North Manchester, IN to the late John and Elizabeth (Floor) Reed, and was a lifetime resident of the Roann - Macy areas. He married Ann Marie Lawson Oct. 22, 1949 at Rochester, IN. He was retired from working at the N. Manchester Foundry. He was a member of St. Robert's Catholic Church of North Manchester.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Marie; three sons - Michael J. and wife Maureen Reed of Naples, FL, David D. and wife Pam Reed of Noblesville, IN and Daniel W. Reed of North Manchester; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; three sisters - Mrs. John (Carol) Fike of North Manchester, Mars. Hugh (Rosea) Campbell of Wabash; and Imogene Kock of Larwill, IN; four brothers - Harold and wife Lucille of North Manchester; Donald Reed and Delbert Reed, both of North Manchester, and Glen Reed and wife Bonnie of Wabash. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Kenneth Reed, Jr.; a sister, Ruth Reed; and a brother, Howard Reed.

Funeral mass was held Tuesday, March 2, 1999 at St. Robert's Catholic Church of North Manchester, with Father Ronald Ramenaden officiating. Burial was in Plainview Cemetery of Macy, IN.

Foster & Good Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Harold R. Wood

Harold R. Wood, 67, of 708 Grant St., North Manchester, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999 at Ft. Wayne's Lutheran Hospital. He was born Sept. 22, 1931 in Kosciusko County, IN to the late Dale A. and Florence E. (Gall) Wood. He was retired from General Telephone Company. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict.

Survivors include four sons - Kim and Harold, both of North Manchester, Joe Wood of Seymour, IN and Tom Wood of Findlay, OH; a daughter, Mrs. James (Denise) Baldacci of North Manchester; a brother, Robert Wood of Bremen, IN and a sister, Mrs. Richard (Mary Jane) Robbins of Ft. Wayne, IN; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Service will be held at a later date in the Laketon Cemetery. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Barbaraetta L. Bostic

Barbaraetta Louise Bostic, 80, of 315 Birchwood Ct., Wabash, IN died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999 at Community Care Center of Wabash. She was born Oct. 21, 1918 at Wabash, IN to Franklin O. and Dorothy L. (Wittery) Brown. She married Harold L. Bostic Oct. 3, 1936 in Wabash, and he died Dec. 7, 1991.

Mrs. Bostic was retired from Cyclone Seeder Co. of Urbana, IN in 1980 after 13 years service. She was a lifetime Wabash resident and a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15 Auxiliary.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. D. Duane (Madelyn) Keffaber of Wabash; a son, Frank Bostic of Chicago; a brother Grover Brown of Wabash; three granddaughters and one great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.

Funeral service was held today, March 3, 1999, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel of Wabash, with the Rev. Larry Stevens officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service.

Bessie O. Fetters

Bessie Oleta Feeters, 95, of Rt. 2, Peru, IN, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999 at Dukes Memorial Hospital of Peru. She was born Oct. 22, 1903 in Miami County, IN to Charles and Nora (Davis) Beets. She married John Fetters March 29, 1924 in Miami County, IN; he died Sept. 23, 1989.

She was a 1922 graduate of Kokomo High School. She attended Bennetts Switch United Methodist Church and Paw Paw United Methodist Church, both in Miami County. She and her husband operated the Curve In Filling Station, south of Peru on Old 31 for many years. In recent years, she was known as the "Shell Lady" from shells that she collected in Florida and made into crafts she sold at Heritage Days in Peru and other town street fairs in the area. She was a lifetime resident of Miami County.

She is survived by two daughters - Mrs. Joe (Elinora) Bissnett of Sebring, FL, and Rev. Connie and Jerry Payne of Peru; sisters Nellie Scott of Franklin, IN and Juanita Ascenzia of Waterford, N.Y.; four granddaughters and three grandsons; and 10 great grandchildren. A sister and a brother preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held this afternoon, March 3, 1999 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel with the Rev. Richard K. Fox officiating. Burial was in Rankin Cemetery, located at Bunker Hill, IN. 

Following the service, friends may call at the home of Connie and Jerry Payne, Rt. 2, Peru after 5:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to Bennetts Switch United Methodist Church or Paw Paw United Methodist Church. Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Sadie Miller

Sadie Miller, 86, of 285E 950N, North Manchester, IN, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born July 26, 1912 at Pie, W.V. to Leander and Emma (Hatfield) Blankenship. She married Jesse L. Miller June 20, 1929, and he preceded her in death Sept. 8, 1977. 

She was a homemaker, and a member of the Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God of Silver Lake.

Survivors include five sons - Carl R. and Arthur L. Miller, both of North Manchester, Evert J. and Charles S. Miller, both of Charlotte, N.C., and George F. Miller of Lawton, OK; two daughters - Mrs. Paul (Stella) Burgess of Charleston, W.V. and Mrs. Chester (Janice) Chafin of Lenore, W.V.; brothers Willie Lee Blankenship of Chicago, IL and Joe Blankenship of Gilbert, W.V.; and sisters Mrs. Earl (Hazel) Gibson of Wharncliffe, W.V. and Patsy Oberle of Highpoint, N.C.; 49 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. Two sons, a daughter, seven brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 2, 1999 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with the Rev. Frank Whitaker officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, N. Manchester.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Kirk A. Higgins - (RIC; Note, he was a brother to Dr. Pamela Higgins.)

Dr. Kirk A. Higgins, 40, of rural Pickrell, Nebraska, died at his home Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999. He was born on March 18, 1958 at Laramie, WY. He attended St. Pius High in Albuquerque, N.M. and graduated in 1976. He received the B.S. degree from McPherson College in McPherson, KS in 1980. He married Kristen Goodfellow July 25, 1981 at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church at Lyons, KS. He attended Creighton Medical School in Omaha, NE and received his medical degree in 1984.

He did his ob-gyn residency at St. Joseph's Hospital in Omaha from 1984 until 1988. He practiced medicine in Powell, WY from 1988 until 1990, at the Hennepin County Hospital in Minneapolis, MN from 1990 until 1991 And in Alamosa, CO from 1991 until 1993 when he moved to Beatrice, NE to open a private practice. He was a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, an honorary medical society. He was a member of Christ Community Church of Beatrice, NE. He enjoyed biking, had ridden in several biking trips, and had recently completed the Bike Across Kansas ride in June 1998. He also enjoyed woodworking and had assisted with a wood shop class at the Beatrice H.S. in 1998. He loved to play basketball and especially enjoyed watching and coaching his children at sports.

Survivors include his wife, Kristen of rural Pickrell, NE; three daughters, Kathryn, Laura and Kimberly Higgins all of rural Pickrell, NE; two sons - Michael and James of Pickrell; his mother, Eleanor Higgins of Albuquerque, NM; three sisters - Mrs. Andy (Deborah) Alworth of Laramie, WY, Marla Higgins of Albuquerque, N.M. and Dr. Pamela Higgins and husband Steve Naragon of North Manchester; a brother, Michael Higgins and wife Danie of Deaver, WY.He was preceded in death by his father, J. Alan Higgins who died March 19, 1997, and grandmothers Agnes Burns and Lucille Higgins, and a nephew, Joseph Higgins who died Oct. 13, 1989.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 at the Christ Community Church of Beatrice, NE with Pastor Jack Magness officiating. A memorial has been established to the Christ Community Church and the Beatrice YMCA with the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice, NE 68310 in charge.

Donald L. Walker

Donald Lee Walker, 54, of 1457W 200N, Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999 at Parkview Hospital of Fort Wayne. He was born May 17, 1944 at Fort Wayne to Moyne and Eva Belle (Myers) Walker, both deceased. He married Donna R. Wesley in Hobart, IN on April 15, 1967.

He attended Wabash Friends Church. He was the engineering planning manager at Wabash GenCorp Plant the past 23 years. He was the local representative for GenCorp Foundation, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Ivy Tech. He received his B.A. degree from Indiana University in Business Administration. He lived in Wabash since 1973 and was an Air Force veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Donna, of Wabash; three daughters - Lori of Ang Thong, Thailand; Tami and Amy Walker, both of Wabash; a brother, Larry Walker of Fort Wayne; and two sisters - Jackie Lough of South Bend and Marilyn Walker of Fort Wayne. A son, Adam, preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 at Wabash Friends Church with Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorial is to Indianapolis Teen Challenge, Box 19275, Indianapolis, IN 46219-0275. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Loydene Moore

Loydene Moore, 57, of 1158 Stitt St., Wabash, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999 at her residence. She was born Apr. 14, 1941 at Mars Hill, NC to Henry H. and Stella (Woody) Briggs. She was a member of the Mars Hill Baptist Church in North Carolina.

She worked for Wabash Magnetics in Huntington; and also as a cashier at the Wabash K-Mart store.

Survivors include a son, Dene Moore of Ligonier, IN; four sisters - Mrs. David (Anita) Dase of Ashville, AL, Mrs. Margaret Whitehurst of Ligonier, IN, Mrs. Warren (Melba) Etchison of Kentwood, MI, and Mrs. Larry (Becky) Warren of Wabash, IN; a brother, Eddie H. Briggs of Conway, SC and a friend, Sara Brown of Wabash.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society or the Animal Shelter of Wabash County. Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


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