Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1999

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Robert M. Speicher

Robert M. Speicher, 78, of 112 S. Maple Street, North Manchester, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999 at his residence to which he had moved in recent years from a farm located on SR 13S of North Manchester. He was born July 6, 1920 at North Manchester to Joseph L. and Inez M. (Morford) Speicher. He married Deloris E. Schroll July 29, 1944 and she died October 28, 1981.

Bob was retired from farming and he was also retired from the Manchester Foundry. In recent years he had worked part-time as a chef in several area restaurants. He was currently assisting part-time in the circulation department of the News-Journal.

He was a member of the North Manchester First Brethren Church.

He is survived by three daughters - Mrs. Ian (Melanie) MacGregor of Defiance, OH; Claudia Speicher of New Orleans, LA; and Bobbie Dee Speicher of Muncie, IN; a brother, Paul Speicher of North Manchester and a sister, Mrs. Eva Snyder of Laketon; and two grandsons - Kirk Robert MacGregor and Scotty Dana MacGregor, both of Defiance, OH. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Funeral service was held Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, 1999 at the First Brethren Church with the Rev. Kurt Stout officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Heart Fund, or First Brethren Church.

Donald R. Farthing, Sr.

Donald R. Farthing, Sr., 75, of 218 N. Main St., Warren, IN, died Friday, Feb. 12, 1999 at Marion General Hospital, Marion, IN. He was born Jan. 26, 1924 in Huntington County, IN to Claud and Florence (Emley) Farthing. He married Helen J. Alyea on April 5, 1975 in Marion, IN, and she survives.

Mr. Farthing was retired in 1982 as the leading operator machinist for General Electric Co. at the Winter Street Fort Wayne plant where he had been employed since 1970. He owned and operated his own construction Company from 1948-1970 in the Huntington, Marion and Ft. Wayne areas and was a dealer for Varco Metal Buildings.

A 1942 graduate of Huntington Township High School, he was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He was a member of the Salamonie Church of the Brethren of Warren, and a member of the Van Buren, IN American Legion Post #368.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his stepmother, Madelyn Farthing of Wabash; a son Donald R. (Christy) Farthing, Jr. of Portland, OR; two stepsons - Thomas K. Chenoweth of Gas City, IN and David H. (Katie) Chenoweth of New Bern, N. Carolina; four daughters - Mrs. Nelson (Judy) Lauer of Bippus, IN, Mrs. Gary (Janice) DeCamp of Hilliard, OH, Mrs. Alex (Jackie) Ramsey of Fishers, IN and Marsha Neeley of Elkins, W. Virginia; two sisters, Mrs. John (Mary) Schoeff of Roanoke, IN and Betty Jacobs of Beaufort, N. Carolina; 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Farthing and a brother, Rex Farthing.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999 at the Bailey-Love Mortuary of Huntington, IN, with the Rev. Mark Bendes officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery in Huntington County.

Preferred memorials are to the Salamonie Church of the Brethren, 2662 W. 600 S, Warren, IN 46792.

Herman G. DeTurk

Herman Glenn DeTurk, 76, of 7161E, 350S, Akron, IN, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 at Life Care Center of Rochester, IN, where he was a patient. He had been in failing health for two years.

Born Nov. 20, 1922 at Fort Wayne, IN, his parents were Walter M. and Terzah (Alhouse) DeTurk, both deceased.

He had been a resident of Fulton County area since 1940, having come from Cromwell, IN. He was retired from Safeway Steel Corp., of Rochester, IN where he was a punch press operator for 22 years. He was a member of Lake Manitou Moose Lodge #1102, and the North American Hunting Club, as he was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing.

He is survived by two daughters - Mrs. Randy (Connie) Miller of Claypool, IN and Darlene DeTurk of Alabama; a son, Byron David DeTurk of Tampa, FL; 12 grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Reed of Wabash; five brothers - Clarence DeTurk and wife Bernice of Mission, TX, Richard "Dick" DeTurk and wife, Rosie of North Manchester, Guy DeTurk and wife Martha of Rochester, Ralph DeTurk and wife Marjorie "Jean" of Wabash and Lewis DeTurk and wife Lilly of Peru; also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was held Wednesday (this morning) at the Foster & Good Funeral Home of Akron, IN. Burial was in Akron Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association or the Leukemia Foundation.

Donald E. Armstrong

Donald Edward Armstrong, 67, of 6704 S, St. Rd. 13, Wabash, IN, died Friday, Feb. 12, 1999 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. He was born April 5, 1931 at Van Buren, IN to Vernon C. and Dencil (Bartaway) Armstrong. 

He married Carol Drook in Somerset, IN on Nov. 29, 1953. He was a member of the Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Somerset, the Somerset Masonic Lodge, and the LaFontaine Order of the Eastern Star. He was a 1949 graduate of Wabash High School, was a retired farmer and Marine Corp veteran, having served in the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Carol of Wabash; his mother Dencil Engelman of Wabash; a son, Joseph E. Armstrong of Irving, TX; a daughter, Mrs. Roy (Janel K.) Proffitt of Wabash; a brother, James L. (Diane) Armstrong of Chesterton, IN; a sister, Janet Kay Hess of South Bend; and three granddaughters Jamie, Kacie, and Karie Proffitt, all of Wabash.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with Pastor K. M. Lord officiating. Burial was in Mississinewa Cemetery, located at Somerset.

Preferred memorials are to Woodlawn United Methodist Church of the Wabash County Hospital Cardiac Rehab.

Armor R. Lucas

Armor Ray Lucas, 89, of 245 N. East St., Wabash, IN died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999 at Wabash Skilled Care Center of Wabash. He was born Feb. 22, 1909 at Dungannon, VA to Charles Lee and Laura (Dooley) Lucas. He lived in Wabash since 1960,

He married Beulah B. Mann in Gate City, VA on July 26, 1937, and she died April 7, 1987. He was a World War II Army veteran. He retired from Wabash Alloys in 1974 after 14 years and was a former coal miner in Virginia. He attended the Wabash First Baptist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Earl (Teresa) Shaner of Wabash; a brother, Charles Lee Lucas, Jr. of Martinez, CA; and two sisters, Evelyn Gibson of Dungannon, VA and Lora Howington of Downingtown, PA. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 15, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash, and burial was in the Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Rosella Bedics

Rosella Bedics, 75, of 74 E. Main St., Wabash, IN, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born April 8, 1923 in Jefferson County, KY to the late John A. and Mary (Coleman) Cash.

Rosella was a homemaker and had lived most of her life in Wabash County. 

She is survived by two daughters - Betty Nolin of Wabash, and Janice Kay Snyder of North Manchester; two sons - Paul (Diana) Bedics of Tippecanoe, IN and Larry (Vonnie) Bedics of Peru; two sisters - Betty Piasecki of South Bend, IN and Kathleen Brooks of Brazil, IN; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, two grandchildren and a brother.

Funeral service was held Wednesday (today), Feb. 17, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel in Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the family of Rosella Bedics.

Larry L. Malott

Larry Lee Malott, 62, of 5509 N SR 15, Wabash, IN died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Aug. 15, 1936 in Wabash County, IN to the late Gail and May (Thompson) Malott.

He was a member of the Roann American Legion, having been an army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He is a retired truck driver.

He is survived by his companion Evelyn Irelan of Wabash; a daughter, Lisa Beabout of Pekin, IL.; a sister, Sharon Miltonberger of Roann; a half brother, Ronald Malott of Wabash; two half sisters, Joan Keefer of Champagne, IL and Joan Keefer of Elwood, IN; and two grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel with Pastor Kurt Snyder officiating. Burial was in the Roann Community Cemetery, located at Roann, IN.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Intensive Care Unit at Wabash County Hospital.

Lois S. Humphrey

Lois Sampson Humphrey, 71, of 1923 Fernwood Trails Dr., Florissant, MO, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999 at St. Joseph's Hospital of St. Charles, MO. She was born Oct. 8, 1927 at Wabash, IN to the late 

Willard Brooks and Mazie Ann (Huddleston) Sampson. She was married to Eugene Channing Humphrey.

Lois was a graduate of St. Louis Community College with a degree in Advertising Design and Commercial Art with Academic Honors.

Survivors include her husband of Florissant, MO; two daughters, Beth Ann Humphrey and Mary Sue Humphrey, both of Kansas City, KS; a son, David Channing Humphrey of Murietta, CA; two sisters, Phyllis Sampson Vrooman of Ft. Myers, FL and Shirley Sampson Kuldau of Sun City Center, FL; a brother, James Willard Sampson of Indianapolis; and five grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 at Wabash Friends Church with Pastor David Phillips officiating. Burial was in Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society or to the Wabash Friends Church.

Francis B. Grim

Francis B. Grim, 97, of 1525 W. Timberview Dr., Marion, IN, died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. He was born Jan. 8, 1902 in Grant County, Indiana to Frank and Louise (McCombs) Grim. He married Minnie E. Poe Oct. 29, 1921. He was a former resident of North Manchester, IN.

Mr. Grim was owner of Grim Contracting for 18 years. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife, Minnie; a son, Gerald Grim of Marion; two daughters - Eva Metzger of Pensacola, FL and Mrs. Jerry (Juanita) Boucher of Marion; a sister, Pat Conner of Marion; 12 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 23 great-great grandchildren.

Friends may call today (Wednesday, Feb. 17) at the Rybolt Funeral Home, 314 N. Washington St., Swayzee, IN, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999 at the Rybolt Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Mansbarger officiating. Burial will be in Thrailkill Cemetery of Swayzee.


 

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