Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1999

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Bernice Hively

Bernice Hively, 83, of 12711N 100W, North Manchester, IN, died Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at her residence. She was born Dec. 14, 1915 at Silver Lake, IN to Edward and Ethel L. (Cripe) Rautenkranz. She married George Lawrence Hively July 16, 1971 and he survives.

Mrs. Hively was a member of the West Manchester Church of the Brethren, and was a retired second grade teacher at Chippewa and Metro Schools for 20 years. She graduated from Laketon High School in 1933 and from Manchester College. She was a member of the Wabash County Retired Teachers Association and the Wabash County Cancer Survivors Club.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two step sons - Larry Hively of Roann and Kenneth Hively of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Tom (Janis) Leckrone of North Manchester, and a step daughter, Mrs. Paul (Joann) Zintsmaster of Roann; a brother, Donald Rautenkranz of Richland Center, WI; four grandchildren and eight step grandchildren; two great grandchildren and 17 step great grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death.

Friends may call Thursday, April 1, at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 2, 1999, at 10:00 a.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, No. Manchester Chapel, and burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, N. Manchester. The Rev. Joan Deeter and Rev. David Rogers will officiate. 

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

Nancy J. Clevenger

Nancy Joan Clevenger, 59, of 351 E 190 N, Lot 37, Wabash, IN, died Monday, March 29, 1999 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. She was born Jan. 10, 1940 at Wabash, IN to Robert and Mildred (Fraustein) Harvey. She married James Victor Clevenger July 1, 1966; he died July 6, 1996.

Mrs. Clevenger was a nursing assistant for 25 years.

She is survived by sons Billy Miller of Houston, TX, Ty Miller of North Manchester, Mark Miller of Wabash, Gary Miller of Knoxville, TN, James Scott Clevenger of Peru, and step son Jeff Clevenger of Kimmel, IN; daughters Mrs. Doug (Debbie) Stacy of Akron, IN, Mrs. Heath (Robin) Newsome of Huntington, IN and step daughter, Mrs. Roger (Jody) Ruch of Kimmel, IN; a sister Margaret Holland of Houston, TX; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One sister preceded her in death.

Friends may call today (Wednesday, March 31, 1999) at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 1, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, the Rev. Worlie Newsome Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Z. Mel Blickenstaff

Zera Mel Blickenstaff, 82, a resident of Grace Village, Winona, Indiana, died Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw, IN. He was born June 15, 1916 at North Manchester, IN to Jesse L. and Rosa M. (Metzger) Blickenstaff. He married Mary Metzler June 1, 1942, and she survives.

Mr. Blickenstaff was graduated from Central High School of North Manchester, and earned the B.S. degree from Manchester College, the Masters and P.E. degrees from Indiana University.

He served as a coach and teacher in several Northern Indiana high schools, and was athletic trainer at Columbus High School from 1951-1962, and Indiana State University from 1962-1978. He served as an athletic trainer in the Pan American Games at Mexico City, Summer Olympics at Montreal, Olympic Gymnastic Tour of China, World Games in Gymnastics in both Strasbourge, France and Ft. Worth Texas, and International Invitational Meet in Gymnastics that did not compete in Moscow Olympics in 1980.

He has written many articles, and received N.A.T.A. awards, and delivered speeches and lectures throughout his teaching career.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Warsaw; he served three years in the Army Air Force during World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons - James J. of Glenview, IL, John R. of Martinsville, IN, and William J. of Greenville, SC; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of North Manchester, with the Rev. Lester Young officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery of North Manchester. Memorials may be made to that of the donor's choice.

Arthur W. Garrison

Arthur W. Garrison, 69, of 13326N 100E, North Manchester, IN, died Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash, IN. He was born Dec. 20, 1929 in Wabash County to Dwayne and Oma (Hiner) Garrison, both deceased. He married Patricia Hathaway Nov. 24, 1950 in North Manchester.

Mr. Garrison was a 1949 graduate of Central High School in North Manchester. He was a member of the N. Manchester United Methodist Church. He was well known in the North Manchester community working many years with his father at the Liberty Mills Sale Barn until beginning his own business as a painter. He was also founder and co-owner of The Village Hamlet Corp. until 1998.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons - Timothy of Noblesville, IN, James of Lanesville, IN and Rodney of Carmel, IN; three granddaughters - Michelle Rich of Lanesville, IN, Minette Agnew of New Albany, IN and Hannah Garrison of Carmel, and grandson Alexander Garrison of Carmel; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a sister.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 31, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel of North Manchester, with the Rev. William Hemmig officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, N. Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to North Manchester United Methodist Church. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Marvaleen B. Huddleston

Marvaleen (Brady) Huddleston, 99, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, and formerly of 79 N. Cass St., Wabash, IN, died Sunday, March 28, 1999 at Peabody Health Care unit. She was born at Wabash, IN to Oscar and Maude Ellen (Reid) Brady. She married Del H. Huddleston Jan. 20, 1919 and he preceded her in death May 15, 1966.

She was retired from General Telephone after 49 years employment. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Wabash.

Graveside service was held Wednesday, March 31, 1999 at Falls Cemetery of Wabash. The Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiated.

Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Oncology Department of Wabash County Hospital.

Lola Ann Wilcox

Lola Ann Wilcox, 46, of 494 N. Miami St., Wabash, IN died Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Sept. 6, 1952 at Paintsville, KY to Mitchell T. and Eva (Trusty) Berry. She married Ricky Wilcox July 5, 1998 in Wabash.

She lived in Wabash most of her life, and attended the Grant Street Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Ricky of Wabash; her mother Eva Berry of Wabash; a daughter, Veronica Kay Honeycutt of Wabash, two sons - Larry Dwayne Easterday and Mark Shane Easterday, both of Wabash; two brothers, Tom Berry of Wabash and Michael Berry of Andrews; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 31, 1999 at Grandstaff-YHentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel of Wabash, with Pastors Tim Prater and Troy Trusty officiating. Burial was in the Friends Cemetery, located at Wabash.

John E. Lehman

John Edward Lehman, 71, of 696 Indiana St., Wabash, died Thursday, March 25, 1999 at Select Specialty Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. He was born March 29, 1927 at Wabash to Christian and Lerreenia (Ryall) Lehman. He married Phyllis Stouffer in North Manchester, IN Sept. 15, 1946. He retired from Conrail Railroad in 1986 after 42 years employment. He was a World War II Navy veteran, a member of the Wabash V.F.W. Post 286, and the Roann American Legion.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons - Jerry A. (Christine) Lehman of Wabash, Joe E. Lehman of Klamath Falls, OR, and Daniel L. (Nanci) Lehman of Silver Lake; three sisters - Pat Tarter of Akron, IN, Mary Strickler and Bessie Custer, both of Wabash; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral service was held Monday, March 29, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

Cloid D. Swartz

Cloid D. Swartz, 92, of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Thursday, March 25, 1999 at Peabody Health Care. He was born Aug. 8, 1905 in Kosciusko County, IN to Walter G. and Lena (Shriver) Swartz. He married Bernice McVicker in 1954, and she survives.

Mr. Swartz was a farmer. He was a member of the South Creek Community Church of the Brethren. He was secretary for the Horse and Pony Association at the Kosciusko County Fair Grounds for 15 years; also secretary-treasurer for the N. Manchester Saddle Club for 10 years, and a 4-H leader for five years for Monroe Township. He played the organ for various organizations and for the Church for more than 70 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons - Mike Swartz of Warsaw and Roger Hamilton of Silver Lake; a brother, Karl Swartz of Claypool; a sister, Helen Leckrone of North Manchester; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Two brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 28, 1999 at the South Creek Community Church of the Brethren, Kosciusko County, and burial was in Spring Creek Cemetery of Kosciusko County. The Rev. Byron Miller officiated the services.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Conrad F. Driesen

Conrad "Connie" F. KB9QAN Driesen, 55, of 4972 S. Bailey Rd., Wabash, IN died Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at Parkview Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. He was born Aug. 24, 1943 at Charleroi, PA to Rene and Hannah Jean (Johnston) Driesen, both deceased. He married Linda Palmer in Canonsburg, PA on June 1, 1968. He had lived in Wabash County the past 19 years.

He attended the Wabash Friends Church. He was a member of the Wabash H.A.M. Radio Club, and taught basic electricity classes at Ivy Tech in Wabash, and at one time taught at the Heartland Career Center in Wabash.

"Connie" was the assistant Plant Engineer at Ford Meter Box Co. in Wabash, and he received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. 

In addition to his wife, Linda, he is survived by a daughter, Kristy L. Carsten of Fort Wayne; a son, Gary P. Driesen of Indianapolis; a brother, Lloyd Driesen of Charleroi, PA; a sister, Mary Jean Driesen of Monessen, PA; a grandson, Zachary A. Driesen of Indianapolis; and an aunt, Mary Johnston of Monessen, PA.

The funeral was held Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Wabash Friends Church of Wabash, with the Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial was in the Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements; preferred memorials are to Wabash Friends Church.

D. Mignon Bahney

D. Mignon Bahney, 102, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born Jan. 25, 1897 in Wabash County to Charles William and Amanda (Niccum) Anderson. She married Guy Bahney on April 1, 1951; he died Sept. 9, 1971. 

She attended school at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa and graduated from Manchester College. She taught home economics at Culver and later served as Dean of Girls at Anderson High School until her marriage to Mr. Bahney. They spent their winters in Florida and their summers at Lake Manitou, but also maintained an apartment in Akron where Mr. Bahney and his son, Joe, operated Bahney Chevrolet Sales.

A resident of Peabody Retirement Community since 1981, previously of Akron, Mrs. Bahney was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church and the Rochester Garden Club.

Survivors include a step daughter-in-law, Maxine Bahney of North Manchester; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Anderson of Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were a step son, three brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Peabody Chapel with the Rev. Stevan Haiflich officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery of North Manchester.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel of North Manchester was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Caring Circle at Peabody Retirement Community, or to the Akron United Methodist Church.


 

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