Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998


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Lester H. Binnie

Lester H. Binnie, 90, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Sunday, March 15, 1998 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. He was born April 23, 1907 at Norcatur, KS to Earl L. and Bernice (Wertenberger) Binnie.

He married Doris Ireland Sept. 11, 1932 and she died in 1984. His second marriage was to Ruth (Miller) Kraning Sept. 1, 1985 and she preceded him in death on April 13, 1994.

Mr. Binnie was a 1925 graduate of Laketon High School. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in horticulture, and received his M.S. degree in 1961 from the University of Colorado.

He retired in 1967 after a long career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Soil Conservation Service in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Following retirement. he authored many articles and books on his family history and local history. He recorded and published names and dates from the cemetery stones of Kosciusko County and northern Wabash County. He was the author of "Early Brethren Families in the Eel River Congregation".

Mr. Binnie was a member of the North Manchester Historical Society and the Soil Conservation Society. He was a member of the Manchester United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three sons - Larry J. Binnie of Greenwood, IN, David E. Binnie of Pittsburgh, PA, and Stanley W. Binnie of Waukesha, WI; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Donald (Sherrill) Barr of Waverly, Iowa; and a brother, Rex Binnie of Tucson, AZ; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Friends may call Friday, March 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, and also two hours prior to the service on Saturday at Timbercrest Chapel.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 21, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, with Dr. William Hemmig and Rev. Joan Deeter officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and preferred memorials are to Timbercrest Charitable Assistance Fund.

Carl W. Heater

Carl W. Heater, 74, of 121 E. Main St., Liberty Mills, IN died Sunday, March 15, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Sept. 29, 1923 at South Bend, IN to John W. and Leila (Clemans) Heater. He married Iva Z. Snyder Nov. 25, 1942 and she survives.

He was retired in 1977 as a supervisor for International Harvester of Fort Wayne. Since 1978 he has been a star route contractor for the U.S. Postal Service. He graduated from Central High School in 1941 and from Manchester College in 1949 with a B.S. Degree in Chemistry. He was a member of American Legion Post #286 of North Manchester.

Survivors include his wife, Iva of Liberty Mills; a son, Clark Heater of Claypool; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Gloria) Olinger of Defiance, OH; a sister, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was a World War II Navy veteran. He attended Liberty Mills United Methodist Church.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday, March 18, 1998) at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of North Manchester, with Pastor Ed French officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Wabash County.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortu-ary handled arrangements, and preferred memorials are to Wabash County Heart Fund, c/o DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary.

Janice E. Brubaker

Janice E. Leiter Brubaker, 56, a rural North Manchester resident, died Saturday, March 14, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, where she was admitted March 12; she had been in failing health since September.

She was born August 24, 1941 in Huntington County, Indiana, a daughter of Ray and Velma (Sours) Gressley. She was a graduate of Clear Creek High School of Huntington County. After high school she began her employment with Dinius Insurance Agency as an insurance agent and secretary. In 1990 she joined Denney Insurance Agency as an insurance agent and office manager.

She was united in marriage to Douglas E. Leiter Feb. 23, 1963; they resided in South Whitley, IN. Mr. Leiter died in January 1965. She married DeWayne W. Brubaker March 23, 1992; they have made their home on 700 East, North Manchester.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in South Whitley, attended Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren and was a member of the American Business Women's Association Kilsoquah Chapter in Huntington.

She is survived by her husband, DeWayne; a daughter, Mrs. David (Shelley) Calhoun of South Whitley; three step children, Jeff (Rebecca) Brubaker of North Manchester, Tim (Sally) Brubaker of Goshen and Mrs. David (Sue) Stackhouse of Bourbon; three grandchildren - Krista, Kelli and David Andrew Calhoun; four step grandchildren - Ashley, Tristan and Laura Brubaker and Trenton Stackhouse; her father and step mother, Ray and Evelyn Gressley of Huntington; her mother, Velma Hamilton of Huntington; a sister, Alice Carr of Arkansas; and a brother, Ronald W. Gressley of Roanoke.

Funeral service was held today, Wednesday, March 18, at First Baptist Church of South Whitley with Pastor Jonathan Damon and Pastor Mark Flora-Swick officiating. The burial was in South Whitley Cemetery.

Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley wasin charge of arrangements. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mildred P. Eads

Mildred P. Eads, 82, of 4196E 400N, Lagro, IN, died Thursday, Mar. 12, 1998 at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1915 in Kosciusko County, Indiana to Ralph and Ozola (Freed) Montel. She married James C. Eads March 30, 1940 in rural Lagro.

She was a 1933 graduate of Silver Lake High School. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ in Urbana, IN.

She is survived by her husband, James C. Eads of Lagro; two sons - Ronald Eads of Lagro and Thomas Eads of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Char (Peggy Sue) Dilling of North Manchester; four sisters - Marie Bouse and Mabel Enyeart, both of Silver Lake, Alice Shoemaker of Carmel, IN, Florence Shipley of Goshen, IN; two brothers - Ralph Montel of Warsaw and Merle Montel of Pierceton; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. A son and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 15, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, with Pastor Ken Parsons officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery, Lagro, IN.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements, and preferred memorials are to St. Peters United Church of Christ and Wabash-Miami Home Health Care and Hospice.

Jack N. Brewer

Jack N. Brewer, 77, of 102 Meadow Dr., LaFontaine, IN died Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born April 24, 1920 at Wabash to William and Mabel (Newberry) Brewer. He married Marjorie M. Shoemaker June 29, 1940 and she survives.

He was a farmer and worked for the Wabash County Highway for 17 years and was a school bus driver for eight years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons - Don Brewer of North Manchester and James Allen Brewer of Somerset, IN; a daughter, Ms. Sally A. Clay of Marion, IN; a sister, Mrs. Bob (Mae) Price of Goshen; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

Funeral service was held March 14, 1998 at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary of Wabash, with Rev. Melissa Rice officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memory Cemetery, Huntington County, Indiana.

Kevin R. Bice

Kevin Ryan Bice, 22, of 5238N 400W, Wabash, IN died Thursday, March 12, 1998. He was born April 11, 1975 at Wabash, IN to Bobby L. and Mary (Fordyce) Bice. He married Billie Jo Sumpter Sept. 6, 1997.

He was a 1994 graduate of Wabash High School. He was a member of Wabash Moose Lodge and affiliated with First Church of God. He worked at Jefferson Smurfit in Wabash.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his father, Bobby L. Bice of Wabash; his mother, Mary Welsh of Wabash; brothers Arnie Bice of LaFontaine and Bobby L. Bice II of Urbana; step father William Welsh of Wabash; grandparents Mrs. Arthur (Cleo) Fordyce of Wabash, Irene Welsh of Eaton, IN and Harvey J. Welsh of Albany, IN.

Funeral service was held Monday, March 16 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel with the Rev. Terry Canfield officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Paul R. Rife

Paul R. Rife, 81, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community and formerly of Silver Lake, died Tuesday, March 17, 1998 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. He was born March 12, 1917 in Northern Miami County to Wilford and Jennie (Weller) Rife. He was a farmer, and was mar-ried to Esther M. Young March 5, 1944; she died Nov. 19, 1993.

A 1935 graduate of Chili High School, he was a member of the West Eel River church of the Brethren, and the Chain of Lakes Barbershop Chorus (Columbia City Chapter). 

Survivors include three sons - Ronald E. Rife of Celina, OH, Allan D. Rife of Jeffersonville, IN, and Randall E. Rife of Atlanta, GA; a daughter, Mrs. Frank (Melody) Reeves of Plainfield, IN; broth-ers Lamoine Rife of Indianapolis and Lorraine Rife of Kokomo; and a sister, Mrs. Harold (Nadine) McAllister of Chili, IN; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A brother preceded him in death.

Friends may call Thursday, Mar. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel and from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeLaughter McKee Mortuary, as well as one hour prior to funeral service. Funeral will be held Friday, March 20,1998 at 10:00 a.m. at West Eel River Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Lester Young officiating, and as-sisted by Pastor Paul Tinkel. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of ar-rangements. Preferred memo-rials are to the Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home.


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