Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998

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Vivian J. Welborn

Vivian June Welborn, 83, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Friday, August 7. 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Dec. 3, 1914 at Canton, OH to John Harrison and Della Pearl (McDaniel) Kahler. She married Raymond W. Welborn on Jan. 2, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA; he died August 19, 1991.

She was a member of the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren. She was an elementary school teacher for more than 25 years, with the majority of that time at South Bend Community Schools. She was a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, a former member of the Business & Professional Women's Club in North Manchester, and a former China Painting Teacher. She received a two-year degree from Manchester College, her B.S. degree from Bethel College, and her Masters in Library Science from Purdue University. She has been a North Manchester resident since 1978, and has lived at Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home since 1989, previously of South Bend.

Survivors include two sons - James R. Welborn of Fort Wayne and Michael R. Welborn of North Manchester; a brother, Jack Reining of Phoenix, AZ; five grandchildren and one great grandson. She was preceded in death by a daughter Nancy L. Matz.

Funeral service was held Sunday, August 9, at Timbercrest chapel, and burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home, or to the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren.

Rev. Donald O. Siders

Rev. Donald O. Siders, 73, of 767 N. Spring Street, Wabash, ION, died Friday, Aug. 7,1998 at Wabash Skilled Care Center. He was born Nov. 10, 1924 at Peru, IN to Edmund Andrew and Lilly Mae (Harsh) Siders. He married Mary E. Brinson in Wabash County Dec. 28, 1949.

Rev. Siders was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He worked at Honeywell factory, Stone Industries, and retired from Swingline Mfg. in 1989. For nine years he was minister of the Wabash First Brethren Church where he was ordained June 24, 1990.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. of Wabash; sons Duane (Carole) Siders and Phillip (Peggy) Siders both of Lagro, Ed (Kathleen) Siders of Spring, TX, and Dr. Mark (Camille) Siders of Midlothian, VA; a daughter, Mrs. David (Janet) Jones of Taylor, TX; brothers Paul Siders, Jean Siders, and Rev. W. Fred Siders, all of Wabash; a sister Mrs. Lowell (Luella) Ambers of Richvalley, IN; 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with the Rev. Gerald Zook officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery.

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

Ronnie E. Coots

Ronnie Ellis coots, 51, of 205 Walnut St., Wabash, IN died Monday, Aug. 10, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Dec. 22, 1946 in Letcher County, KY to James R. and Maude L. (Boggs) Coots.

He married Dorothy Wagner, and was an Army Veteran having served three years and was an MP. He worked 28 years at Preferred Technical Group in Andrews. H liked his kids, grandkids and hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Wabash; sons John, Jeff, and Ronnie Coots, all of Wabash; sisters Grace Short of Mayking, KY, Oma Hollon of Taswell, TN, and Mildred Mullins of Michigan City, IN; brothers Solomon Coots of Davis, MI, Jones Coots of Roseville, MI, Dewey Coots of Richmond, MI, Ralph Coots of North Clinton, Twp., MI, Howard Coots of Wabash, and Jackie Coots of Fort Wayne; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, 1177 Manchester Ave., Wabash on Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral will be held at the funeral home Friday, August 14, 1998, at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Robert McCarty officiating. Burial will take place in Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Marion, IN.

Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

John H. Porter

John H. Porter, 78, of Bloomington, IN, died Wednesday August 5, 1998 at Bloomington Hospital. He was born March 2, 1920 in Peru, IN to Ernest E. and Bertha (Troxel) Porter. He graduated from Peru High School in 1937 and Manchester College four years later. He holds the master's degree in commercial science and the doctor of business administration degree, both from Indiana.

He was Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, had been Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Profess of Business Administration, IU School of Business from 1947-1984. He served on the Manchester College Board of Trustees from 1970-1981; the Bloomington Common Council from 1980-19898; and the Board of Trustees of the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH from 1983-1986. He served on the National Board of Directors of the Beta Gamma Sigma Fraternity, an honorary business fraternity.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as lay leader from 1972-1989, and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Indiana United Methodist, and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Dorcas M. (Showalter) Porter of Bloomington; two sons - Douglas Porter of Bloomington and Philip A. Porter of Oakland, CA; three grandchildren - Amy Porter of Atlanta, GA, Bridge and Megan Porter, both of Bloomington.

Funeral service was held Saturday, August 8, at the First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Howard Boles officiating. Burial was in Valhalla Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to the Bloomington Hospital Foundation.

Day Mortuary of 2701 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47401 was in charge of arrangements.

Elmo C. Lee

Elmo C. Lee, 74, of North Manchester, died at his residence at 503 W. Second St., Saturday, August 8, 1998. He had been a resident of North Manchester for the past 26 years, and was formerly of Pekin, IN. He was born June 6, 1924 at Pekin, IN to James B. and Tina McCoskey Lee. He was retired from United Technology Company in North Manchester.

He is survived by three sons - Charles Lee of Peoria, IL, Alden Lee of Seymour, IN and David Albertson of New Albany, IN; four daughters - Tina McCleery of Scottsburg, IN, Eva Sturgill of Medora, IN, and Geraldine Cornett and Janice Lambert, both of North Manchester; a brother, Alvin Lee of Salem, IN; five sisters - Iverna Albertson of Paoli, IN, Elsie Sullivan and Irene Richardson, both of Salem, IN, Geneva Albertson and Jean Hacker, both of Pekin, IN; 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, a daughter, a grandson, a granddaughter and three brothers.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Dawalt Funeral Home of 204 E. Market Street, Salem, IN; burial was in Conway Cemetery, Salem, IN.

Helen E. Williamson

Helen E. Williamson, 79, of 1160 Indian Hills Dr., Wabash, IN, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born May 24, 19190 in Wabash to William and Dessie(Parks) Gephart. She married Robert W. Williamson June 5, 1938 in Wabash.

A graduate of Noble High School, she was a member of the New Life Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Robert W. of Wabash; daughters Darlene E. Davis of Wabash and Debbie Curtis of Fortville, IN; a sister, Viola Cooper of Wabash; a grandchild and a great grandchild. A sister and four brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held today, Aug. 12, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with the Rev. Steven Parks officiating. Burial was in Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Marion, IN.

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

Emma L. Mabee

Emma Lucille Mabee, 84, of 509 Bryan Ave. Apt. A, Wabash, IN died Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998 at Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash. She was born Feb. 15, 1914 at Wabash to Charles and Sarah Ellen (Lower) Grimm.

Emma Lucille Mabee was a lifetime resident of Wabash County. She married Gilbert Miller on June 26, 1936 in Wabash; he died May 28, 1962. She then married Samuel E. Mabee on Aug. 19, 1967 in Wabash; he died June 13, 1985. She was a member of St. Matthews United Church of Christ, the Deborah Circle of St. Matthews, and the Women's Guild. She retired in 1958 from New Products Engineering in Wabash. She was the first resident in Crestview Village 20 years ago.

Survivors include a sister, Pauline Stone of Warsaw; a step daughter, Mrs. Dave (Sandra) Kunkel of Wabash; and three step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, a brother and a sister.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1998) at St. Matthews United Church of Christ with the Pastor Richard Rensner officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentge, Main Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to St. Matthews United Church of Christ.

Susan R. Hubbard

Susan R. Hubbard, 31, of rural Roann, IN (Box 58A), died Friday, August 7, 1998 at Dukes Memorial Hospital of Peru, the result of an auto accident on U.S. 31. She was born Mar. 23, 1967 at Ft. Campbell, KY to David W. and Margaret (Krebs) Thomas.

She married James A. Hubbard Oct. 24, 1987 in Peru. She was a homemaker who attended Olive Branch Church of God. She was a member of the Peru YMCA and was a devoted mother.

She is survived by her husband, James of Roann; her father, David W. Thomas of Roann; sons Clayton J. Hubbard and Jonathan Hubbard, and a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hubbard, all of Roann; brothers Michael Thomas of Birmingham, MI and Richard Thomas of Roann; and a sister, Cynthia Townsend of Arcadia, OK.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998 at Olive Branch Church of God, with the Rev. Lawrence See officiating. Burial was in Enterprise Cemetery of Roann.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret M. Thomas

Margaret M. Thomas, 57, of rural Roann, IN (Box 58), died Friday, Aug, 7, 1998 at Dukes Memorial Hospital of Peru, the result of an auto accident on U.S. 31. She was born Feb. 9, 1941 at Williamsport, PA to Lowell and Polly (Lindley) Krebs. She married David W. Thomas Dec. 17, 1961.

A graduate of the Labratory School of the University of Minnesota, she owned and operated The Book Store in Peru from 1980-1994. She attended the Olive Branch Church of God.

Survivors include her husband, David of Roann; two sons, Michael Thomas of Birmingham, MI and Richard Thomas of Roann; a daughter, Cynthia Townsend of Arcadia, OK; a sister, Sue McMahan of Holiday, UT; and nine grandchildren. A daughter preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998 at Olive Branch Church of God with the Rev. Lawrence See officiating. Burial was in the Enterprise Cemetery of Roann.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel of Wabash was in charge of arrangements.


 

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