Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1996


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Dale Smith

Dale Smith, 87, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, formerly of Rt. 2, Silver Lake, IN, died Sunday, April 14, 1996 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. He was born March 21, 1909 in Pleasant Township, Wabash County, to Joseph and Ora (Oldfather) Smith.

Mr. Smith enjoyed raising Belgian horses, along with his farm operation. He married Pauline B. Pottenger Feb. 14, 1943 and she preceded him in death July 1, 1993. 

He was a 1927 graduate of Laketon High School, member of First Brethren Church, the Wabash County Farm Bureau, and former member of South Pleasant Cemetery Board.

Survivors include a son, Larry Smith of LaPorte, IN; two daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Alayne) Gothe of LaPorte, IN and Mrs. Jay (Janean) Edwards of Greencastle, IN; and eight grandchildren. One grandchild and a brother preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 17, at Timbercrest Chapel with the Revs. Marlin McCann and Kurt Stout officiating. Burial was in South Pleasant Cemetery. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to First Brethren Church or Timbercrest Retirement Community.

Ivan L. Fry

Ivan L. Fry, 71, of Larwill, IN, died Monday, April 15, 1996 at Columbia City, IN. He was born July 22, 1924 at Akron, OH to Elson and Bessie (Hershberger) Fry.

Mr. Fry was retired in 1988 after 30 years as a teacher for the Fort Wayne Community Schools and was a minister for 50 years with the Church of the Brethren.

He was a member of the Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren (Ft. Wayne), interim Director of Brethren Volunteer Services, Project Director of Brethren Disaster Services and a teacher in China for World Ministries Commission.

Survivors include his wife, Dorotha; son Randy J. Fry of Larwill; daughters Kathy Fry-Miller of Fort Wayne and Rebecca Herder of Claremont, CA; and sisters Ethel Cable of North Manchester, Arlene Showalter of Doylestown, OH and Doris Hardie of Rancho Pales Verdes,CA; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial calling will be held Thursday, April 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Beacon Heights. Memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, Rev. Joel Kline officiating.

Preferred memorials are to Brethren Disaster Relief Service or Brethren Volunteer Services, c/o Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, 2810 Beacon St., Ft. Wayne, IN.

D.O. McComb & Sons, Maplewood Park Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Sherron Jr.

Donald Ray Sherron Jr., 42, of 1313 Briarwood, Garland, TX, died Tuesday, April 9, 1996 at Baylor Medical University, Dallas, TX. He was born Jan. 2, 1954 at Marion, IN.

He was a self-employed contractor, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his mother, Charlene R. Sherron of Marion; a son, Brad A. Sherron of Moore, OK; seven sisters, Mrs. Wayne (Janona R.) Hunt of Gas City, IN, Mrs. George (Rhonda) Bush of Marion, Mrs. Steven (Mary) B. Kikendall of Jonesboro, IN; Rita J. Sherron of Marion, Becky L. Sherron of Con-verse, Mrs. Tony (Judy) Columbus of Marion, and Linda Aldridge of Marion; a brother, Dickie L. Sher-ron of Marion; and a grandchild.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 16, 1996 at the Casey Lloyd Funeral Home, 2901 S. Washington St., Marion, IN, with the Rev. Paul Daniel officiating. Burial was in Marion National Cemetery.

Robert C. Combs

Robert "Bob" C. Combs, 51, of Edgewater Drive, Silver Lake, IN, died at his home Friday, April 12, 1996. He was born June 7, 1944 at Washington, IN . 

Mr. Combs was employed as custodian at Lake View Middle School, and had been an auto mechanic for many years. He attended Silver Lake Wesleyan Church.

He was married Nov. 13, 1964, and his wife, Carolyn, survives at Silver Lake. Other survivors include daughters Mrs. John (Missy) Hel-ton and Annie Combs, both of Sil-ver Lake; a son, Michael Combs of Bloomington, IN; and a sister, Mary Dennison of Fort Wayne.

Funeral service was held Monday, April 15, 1996 at the Casey Lloyd Funeral Home Strong Chapel, Silver Lake, with the Rev. Jimmy Robbins officiating. Burial was in Lake View Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Casey Lloyd Funeral Home, Strong Chapel of Silver Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis P. Kusiak

Phyllis Purdy Kusiak, 76, of 1189 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN died Sunday, April 14, 1996 at her residence. She was born Mar. 19, 1920 at Wabash, IN to Harley Michael and Jessie (Riddile) Purdy. She married Walter Kusiak April 19, 1941, and he survives.

She was a member of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority and Wabash Presbyterian Church. She, along with her sister Eleanor Cross, were familiar on the tennis courts in the city. She was a violinist. She designed beautiful evening dresses and gowns for weddings for many couples. A lifelong Wabash resident, she was a 1938 graduate of Wabash High School and a gifted athlete.

In addition to her husband, Walter, she is survived by sons Gregory Kusiak of Fair Oaks, CA and Gary Kusiak of Bloomington, IN; sisters Harle Thompson of Kissimmee, FL and Lois Purdy of Great Bend, KS; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister.

Friends may call two hours prior to funeral service which will be held Saturday, April 20, 1996 at 11 a.m. at the Manchester Avenue Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Ser-vice, built on the land that was for-merly Phyllis' father's small farm where she also lived and died. The Rev. Jeffrey Smith will officiate.

Burial will take place in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, located at Marion, IN. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society. Manchester Avenue Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel M. Saltz

Hazel M. Saltz, 81, of 1502 Villa Court, North Manchester, IN died at her residence, where she had lived the past four years. She had previously lived at 274 W. Tenth St., Peru where she was a former employee of Copeland's Grocery, and where she formerly owned and operated Hazel's News Mart, both at Peru.

She was born in Cass County, IN Sept. 29, 1914 to Roy and Ruby (Robertson) Helvie, both deceased. She married Herman D. Saltz Oct. 3, 1931 and he preceded her in death Oct. 9, 1989. She was a member of the First Christian Church, and the Christian Woman's Fellowship.

She is survived by daughters Beverly Jo Trower and Barbara Jane Bridegroom, both of North Manchester; and stepsons, Richard Saltz of Peru and Ronald Saltz of Arcadia, IN; 21 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. Two sisters and two great-grandchildren preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 18, 1996, 10 a.m. at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru, IN. The Revs. Doug Phillips and George McCarty will officiate, and burial will be in Ever-Rest Memorial Park Cemetery of Cass County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Freewill Baptist Church Camp Program Fund through Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home.

Orville Honeycutt

Orville Honeycutt, 68, of RR1 CR 375S, Akron, IN died Thursday, April 11, 1996 at his residence. He had been ill since January 1996.

Mr. Honeycutt was born May 17, 1927 at Paintsville, KY to Valentine and Dollie Honeycutt. A resident of Akron since February 1996, he came from Blaine, KY.

He married Virginia P. Reed April 5, 1945 at Boon's Camp, KY. He was retired in 1971 from Wabash Alloys, Wabash, IN. He was a member of the House of Prayer Church of Akron, IN and Blaine, KY.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Akron; a daughter, Mrs. Darin (Linda) Fields of Wabash, IN; seven sons - Jerry (and Brenda) L. Honeycutt of North Manchester, Danny (and Brenda) J. Honeycutt, Jim (and Kay) Honeycutt, Larry (and Debbie) Honeycutt, Harold (and Roxanne) Honeycutt, all of Wabash, Bill (and Teresa) Honeycutt and Darrell (and Sheila) Honeycutt, both of Akron; 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters - Mrs. Erma Webb and Miss Panzie Honeycutt, both of Boon's Camp, KY. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Funeral service was held Sunday, April 14, 1996 at the House of Prayer, SR 114E, Akron, IN with the Rev. Danny Honeycutt officiating. Burial was in Akron Cemetery, Akron, IN.

Foster & Good Funeral Home of Akron was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret S. Harter

Margaret S. Harter, 74, of 603 W. Third St., North Manchester, IN died Thursday, April 11, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Jan. 8, 1922 in North Manchester to Charles and Eva (Penn) Fitzgerald, both deceased.

She was married to Paul E. Gahl July 3, 1947 and he died June 4, 1969. She then married Ralph R. Harter August. 26, 1972 and he survives, along with a son, Larry Gahl of Danvers, IL; and daughters, Mrs. Don (Madonna) Kistler of Roann, IN and Mrs. Robert (Carolyn) Cougnet of Baltimore, MD.; and 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester. She was a member and Past Worthy Matron of Ivy Chapter #69 OES. She was formerly employed at Eaton Controls and United Technologies of North Manchester.

Order of Eastern Star service was held prior to the funeral service Saturday afternoon, April 13, 1996 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, Rev. J. P. Freeman officiated for the funeral service and burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.


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