Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1999

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Penny M. Deal

Penny M. Deal, 54, of 204 Wild Cherry Lane, North Manchester, died at Indian River Memorial Hospital of Vero Beach, FL Thursday, March 11, 1999. Penny was born July 24, 1944 at Wabash, IN to the late John T. and Nora M. (Tschantz) Speicher of North Manchester. She married Joseph G. Deal, who survives, along with a son, Joseph L. and his wife, Jenny, Deal of Fort Wayne.

Other survivors include her mother, Nora M. Speicher, a brother, Jim Speicher of North Manchester and a sister, Peggy Bernardin of Wabash.

Penny was a graduate of Sidney High School, and was a member of the United Methodist Church of North Manchester. She was also a member of Ivy Chapter #69 Order of Eastern Star. She had previously been employed part time at the News-Journal, Timbercrest Retirement Community, and Eldon Metzger Real Estate. She had been a volunteer at the Town Life Center.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at the United Methodist Church with Revs. David Inskeep and William Hemmig officiating. Burial was in South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society, 5 Maple Court, North Manchester. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Todd Schroll

Todd Schroll, 69, of 8691N 400E, North Manchester, IN, died at his residence Thursday, March 11, 1999. He was born Sept. 16, 1929 in Wabash County to Stuart and Rhea (Klutz) Schroll. He married Doris E. Lefforge who died May 30, 1986.

Survivor includes a son, Randy Schroll of North Manchester.

Mr. Schroll was retired as a repair technician for Allen Business Machines of Fort Wayne. He was a graduate of Chester High School and received the B.A. degree at Indiana University. He was an agent for Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

R. Paul Overly

Russell Paul Overly, 90, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Monday, Jan. 25, 1999 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester. He was born May 26, 1908 in Miami County, IN to William F. and Gertrude (Whitney) Overly. He married Vera Viola Wilson Aug. 20, 1933 in Wabash County; she died July 26, 1998.

Paul was a 1926 graduate of Chili High School. He was a retired farmer, having farmed in Wabash and Whitley counties for many years. He was an avid fisherman in his retirement years. He was a member of the North Manchester First Brethren Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Joyce Annette) Tschantz of Wabash, and a son, Stephen Omar Overly of Grove City, OH; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded him in death.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel today (Wednesday, Jan. 27) from 3 to 8 p.m, and one hour prior to funeral at Timbercrest Chapel. Funeral service will be held at Timbercrest Chapel Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Marlin McCann officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials may be made to Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home, or First Brethren Church, North Manchester, IN.

Ruby D. Swihart

Ruby D. Swihart, 85, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. She was born at Sidney, IN June 6, 1913 to Elmer and Mary Alice (Montel) Pyle.

Micky Lee Baker

Micky Lee Baker, 43, of 330 Webster St., Lagro, IN, died Monday, March 8, 1999 at the home of his sister, located at 281 Walnut St., Wabash. He was born Sept. 10, 1955 at Wabash, IN to Glen and Florence (Leach) Baker.

He was a 25-year employee at the Ford Meter Box Company in Wabash.

Survivors include two sons - Joshua and Jeremy Baker, both of Lagro; a daughter, Heather Baker of North Manchester; a sister, Mrs. Jerry (Christine) Lehman of Wabash; and a brother, Terry L. Baker of North Manchester. He was preceded in death by one son.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Manchester Avenue Chapel today (Wednesday) from 2 - 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday, afternoon, March 11, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at the Manchester Ave. Chapel with Rev. Mike Weaver officiating. Burial will take place in Lagro Cemetery, located at Lagro, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Hospital Oncology Department.

Leila Mae Dingman

Leila Mae (Betty) Dingman, 92, of 125 Grant St., Wabash, IN, died Friday, Mar. 5, 1999 at Millers Merry Manor East of Wabash. She was born Mar. 13, 1906 at Elwood, IN to Manasseh G. and Caroline S. Garard. She married Oscar Dingman in Peru, IN on June 5, 1940 and he died June 29, 1989.

She is survived by her friend, Hazel Hooten of Peru.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, and burial took place in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Mildred M. Shull

Mildred (Morgan) Shull, 91, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died at Timbercrest Monday, March 22, 1999. She was born Dec. 16, 1907 at Oxford, WI to Arthur A. and Grace (Galloway) Morgan. She married W. Russell Shull June 24, 1972, and he preceded her in death Nov. 6, 1985.

She graduated from Whitewater State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Education degree; she later earned a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

She was a retired science teacher after having taught 37 years at Ottawa (IL) Twp. High School. She was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren. She was a charter member of Chapter EH of Illinois PEO; a charter member of Chapter DK of Indiana PEO. She also held membership in Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa 
Gamma (Illinois) and Alpha Zeta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (Indiana). She was active in the Illinois and Wabash County (IN) Retired Teachers Associations, and American Association of University Women.

Survivors include two stepdaughters - Iris Zieger of Michigan and Bonnie Schulz of Flossmore, IL; a sister, Mrs. Betty Sanderson of Wichita, KS; six step grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren.

Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service which will be held Saturday, April 3, 1999, 2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel. The Rev. Charles Lunkley will officiate. Graveside services will take place at 10:00 a.m. April 3 at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Ileana M. Brandenburg

Ileana M. ("Jake") Brandenburg, 69, of 437 So. First St., Pierceton, IN, died April 11, 1999 at her residence. She was born Sept. 4, 1929 at Liberty Mills, IN to Robert and Evelyn (Calhaun) Fitch in Kosciusko County where she was a resident since 1950.

She was married Feb. 4, 1950 to Harold Brandenburg, who preceded her in death April 6, 1999. She retired from Heckman Bindery in 1991 after 34 years service.

She is survived by three daughters - Bonnie E. Brandenburg and Linda Renschler, both of South Whitley, and Kay Miller of Warsaw; two sons - Harold Brandenburg of North Manchester and Robert Brandenburg of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; three sisters - Phyliss Dobea of Pierceton, Jean Verona of Hartford City, and Peggy Walker of North Manchester. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday, April 14, 1999) at the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel of Pierceton, with Pastor Ron Sheranko officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery of Pierceton.

Preferred memorials are to the Pierceton Community Citizens Service Agency.

Maudie E. Sturgill

Maudie Ellen Sturgill, 81, of 235 Ohio St., Roann, IN, died Saturday, April 10, 1999 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. She was born June 8k 1917 at Letcher County, Kentucky to James and Leer (Bolling) Sturgill. She married Woodrow Sturgill in Whitesburg, KY Dec. 31, 1934, And he preceded her in death May 31, 1984.

Maudie was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church, and lived in Roann since 1960. She was a homemaker who loved quilting and crocheting, but most of all, she loved her family.

Surviving family includes four daughters - Beulah Coots and Pearl Sturgill, both of Roann, Peggy Castle of Wabash, and Patsy Wendell of Portland, IN; two sons - Billy Sturgill of Roann and Teddy Sturgill of Eolia, KY; a daughter-in-law, Anna Sue Sturgill of Corbin, KY; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Three sons, three sisters, and four brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held today, (Wednesday, April 14, 1999) at Baker Funeral Home, Pound, VA with the Revs. Bobby Mullins and Jimmy Hubbard officiating. Burial was in Adams Cemetery, Eolia, KY.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Gail Triplett

Gail Griplett, 87, of 728 Indiana St., Wabash, IN died Thursday, April 8, 1999 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. She was born May 30, 1911 at Knott County, KY to Wess and Sally Wicker. She married Savalls Triplett Dec. 27, 1929 in Prestonsburg, KY; he died April 9, 1985. 

She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. She lived in Wabash 44 years, and enjoyed her garden and flowers; most of all, she loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons, Boyd J. Triplett and Charles Ray Triplett, both of Wabash, and Willy Dean Triplett of Houston, TX; six daughters, all of Wabash - Audra Mae Hensley, Billy Fay Porter, Glinda Lay Trusty, Ella Zae Dials, Maureen Saulmon and Pauline Arnett; 24 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren. A son, five brothers, and four sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 10, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash, with the Rev. Danny Honeycutt officiating. Burial was in the Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Lamoin A. Montel

Lamoin A. Montel, 79, of 1107 W. State Road 114, North Manchester, died Thursday, April 1, 1999 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born Aug. 7, 1919 in Kosciusko County, IN to Emery and Mary (Metzger) Montel. He married Mary M. Callahan Sept. 25, 1942, and she survives.

He was graduated from Sidney High School in 1937 and attended Manchester College. He was co-owner of International Harvester Dealership from 1952-68 at North Manchester. 

He was a member of the Eel River Church of the Brethren; and a former member and Past President of North Manchester Kiwanis Club. He was also a member of Deming Lodge #88 F & AM and Ivy Chapter #69 Order of Eastern Star, both of North Manchester, and Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne. He and his wife had served as volunteers with the Church of the Brethren in New Windsor, MD, Camp Ithiel, Orlando, FL, and Bethany Seminary of Oakbrook, IL. He was retired from Manchester College Maintenance Department after 16 years employment. Survivors include his wife, Mary; a son, Gary (Dee) Montel of North Manchester; two grandchildren - Mrs. Dennis (Beth) Beckner of North Manchester and Barth (Dr. Angie) Montel of Bluffton, OH; a brother, John Montel of North Manchester; two sisters - Wretha Jenkins of South Whitley and Blanche Fisher of North Manchester; two great-granddaughters - Deanna and Alaina Beckner, both of North Manchester.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 18, 1999 at 4:00 p.m. at the Eel River Church of the Brethren, located on SR 14, in Koskiusko County; Rev. Martha Cory will officiate, and friends will be received following the services. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements, and preferred memorials are to either Manchester College, the Eel River Church of the Brethren, or to that of the donor's choice.

James L. Andrews

James Lee Andrews, 70, of 1925 Vernon St., Apr. 2, Wabash, IN died Friday, April 9, 1999 at Wabash Healthcare Center of Wabash. He was born March 19, 1929 at Marion, IN to Charles E. and Murl (Miller) Andrews, both deceased. He married Martha Gray in Marion Sept. 10, 1955.

James was a 1947 graduate of Marion High School, was a millwright with Dana in Marion for 24 years, retiring in 19486. He was active in Marion Little League coaching the Sutter's Pure Milk team. He also coached Little League in LaFontaine. He was an avid fisherman, a veteran of Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He spent his entire life in Grant and Wabash Counties.

He is survived by his wife, Martha at Wabash; three sons - Timothy of Marion, Gary of Wabash, and Charles of Syracuse; a daughter, Brenda Smith of Wabash; a sister, Norma Piper of Marion and a brother, Edward Andrews of Somerset; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held today (April 14, 1999) at 11:00 a.m. at the Marion National Cemetery of Marion, IN, where he was buried.

Grandstaqff-Hentgen Funeral Service of Wabash was in charge of arrangements.

Michael W. Bixby Jr.

Michael W. Bixby Jr., 27, of 662 W. Market St., Wabash, IN, died Sunday, April 11, 1999 at his home. He was born April 22, 1971 at Wabash to the late Michael W. Bixby Sr. and Alice (Beeman) Bixby of Wabash. He married Kelly Wright Aug. 29, 1992, and she survives.

He was employed at Eften of North Manchester and Midwestern Pallet Service, Inc. of Wabash.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by daughters Jessika, Kaylee, and Marissa Bixby at home; his grandparents, Sam and Joan Bixby of Elwood, IN; sisters Grace Young and Mrs. Randy (Carrie) Grossnickle of Wabash.

Friends may call at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary of 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, IN one hour prior to the memorial service to be held Thursday, April 15, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. j. P. Freeman will officiate and burial will be in Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, IN.

Marie R. Dolsen

Marie R. Dolsen, 84, of 1158B Alber St., Wabash, IN, died Sunday, April 11, 1999 at Community Care Center of Wabash. She was born Dec. 2, 1914 in Wabash County to Lewis E. and Estella (Bidwell) Rice. She married Alfred L. Dolsen Nov. 17, 1935 in Huntington; he died Sept. 20, 1975. She was a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, Tri-Chi Sorority, and Wabash County Hospital Auxiliary. She was a graduate of Huntington High School, and moved to Wabash in 1978. She was employed by All State Insurance in Indianapolis for 26 years.

Survivors include a nephew, Larry Rice of Wabash; nieces Janet Fitch of Huntington and Patricia Holtzberg of Albion, IN. A brother and a sister preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held today, April 14, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel with the Rev. John Leinbaugh officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery of Huntington, IN.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements, and preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society.

Hans D. Wuensch

Hans Dieter Wuensch, 69, of 186S 750E, Lagro, IN died Sunday, April 11, 1999 at his residence. He was born at Berlin, Germany May 19, 1929 to Alfred Bruno and Gertrude (Hemmerle) Wuensch, both deceased. He married Judith Ann Rehak Nov. 3, 1961, and she survives.

He was a member and Elder of the Huntington Church of Our Glorious King of the Great Lake Diocese of the C.E.C. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and worked for more than 30 years as a road driver for Yellow Freight, retired in 1994 with a near perfect safety record. He was a member of Bargersville Masonic Lodge, and of the Indianapolis Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine Temple, and Murat Police Club.

After working as a civilian employee for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force he migrated to the United States in 1960. Upon gaining U.S. Citizenship, he became a member of the Wabash County Sheriff's Department Mounted Patrol. When that was disbanded he joined the Wabash County Sheriff's Reserve as a Special Deputy; he served for more than 20 years as a volunteer for the Sheriff's Department.

He is survived by his wife, Judith; three sons - 
Robert Anthony of Lagro, Timothy Ray of Huntington and Thomas Alfred of Andrews; a sister, Marliese Hirscht of Lubeck, Germany, and eight grandchildren. A son preceded him in death.

Friends may call today (Wednesday, Apr. 14, 1999) at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 15, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Fr. John Manning and Fr. Rick Leone officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery of Andrews, IN.

Evelyn Futrell

Evelyn Futrell, 69, of 330 S. Washington St., Roann, IN, died Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash, IN. She was born Mar. 10, 1930, at Andrews, IN to Henry and Martha (Snow) Miller. She married Leo W. Futrell, Jr. in Andrews September 17, 1949; he died Nov. 4, 1996.

Mrs. Futrell was a member of Washington Street Wesleyan Church of Wabash, and was employed for 27 years at Vernon Manor Home for Children in Wabash.

Survivors include two daughters - Mrs. Don (Martha) Merrell of Wabash and Mrs. Keith (Mary) Koch of Roann; a son, William (Beth) Futrell of Lagro; three sisters - Mrs. Ted (Eileen) Rittenhouse of Huntington, Mrs. Roy (Rosemary) Quakenbush of Andrews, and Mrs. Wilma Bitzel of Wabash; two brothers - Russell "Bud" Miller of Necedah,WI and Henry "Perk" Miller of Andrews; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Main Street Chapel, Wabash, Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral will be at Grandstaff-Hengen Main St. Chapel Friday, April 16, 1999 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Steve Hudson officiating. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Marion, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society.

Charles A. Dluzak

Charles A. Dluzak, 79, of 603 1/2 N. Mill St., North Manchester, IN, died Monday, April 12, 1999 at his brother's home at 537 N. Wabash St., Wabash, IN. He was born in Wabash, IN to Charles H. and Alice H. (Carver) Dluzak.

He was a member of St. Roberts Catholic Church of North Manchester, and was a retired farmer. He was a graduate of Chippewa High School in 1937. From 1958 to 1961 he had the John Deere dealership in North Manchester. He worked at Butterbaugh Oil Company from 1961 to 1984.

Survivors include his brother, William Dluzak of Wabash; and sisters Martha Shoemaker and Mrs. Russell (Alice "Katie") Barnett, both of Wabash. He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

Friends may call Thursday, from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary. 

A Bible Service/Rosary will be held Thursday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary. Funeral will be held Friday, April 16, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Roberts Catholic Church, North Manchester, with Fr. Ron officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash-Miami County Home Health Care or St. Roberts Catholic Church.


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