Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998

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Ardith D. Smith
Ardith Delene Smith, 78, of 1770 McKibben St., Wabash, IN, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born in Wabash County, IN to Philip H. and Emma (Stouffer) Roser. She married Ansel E. Smith on August 28, 1940 in Wabash; he died March 12, 1994. 
She was a member of the Wabash Christ United Methodist Church. She had worked for several years at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Wabash, IN.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Terry (Dixie Ann) Staggs of Fairfax, VA, and Mrs. R. Dean (Sandra Kay) Speicher of LaFontaine, IN; two grandsons - Brian David Keaffaber of Huntington, IN and Dustin Aaron Staggs of Fairfax, VA; four brothers - Verne, Donald and Robert Roser of Wabash and Philip (Dan) Roser, Jr. of North Manchester; and eleven sisters - Martha Shaffer of Urbana; Katherine Clupper, Betty McKillip, Helen Hoppes, Shirley Atkinson, Marcella Houlihan and Mary Reed of Wabash; Lois Fleshood of Sharonville, OH; Phoebe Ridenour of North Manchester; Peggy Riggs of Greentown, IN; Mary Reed of Roann; and Carolyn Everest of Marion. A brother James Roser preceded her in death.
Friends may call today (Tuesday, Dec. 22) from 2 - 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel in Wabash, IN. Funeral service will be held at the Main St. Chapel Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Don Crabill and Rev. Don Wilks officiating. Burial will take place in Grant Memorial Park of Marion, IN.

George F. Veverka
George F. Veverka, 71, of 597S 325E, Lagro, IN died Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998 at the Cleveland Clinic of Cleveland, OH. He was born Jan. 26, 1927 at Newton, IA to Raymond and Mamie (Leck) Veverka. He married Doris Kinert in Newton, IA Sept. 19, 1948. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
He retired from Wabash Alloys as Executive Vice President in February, 1992. As part of the original management team that began Wabash Smelting in 1958, Veverka was instrumental in the growth and success of the company. At his retirement, it was noted, "His ideas, knowledge, and energy forged relationships with many customers Wabash Alloys relies upon today." Through national associations, "Veverka greatly influenced the increased use of recycled aluminum in the casting industries."
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1944 as an aviation cadet. In 1945 he transferred to Naval Aviation as a midshipman. After attending several colleges while in the Navy, he graduated from Fenn College in Cleveland, OH with a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering.
Mr. Veverka was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, Wabash Elks, Wabash American Legion, American Contract Bridge League, and was an avid flyer, and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. 
In addition to his wife, Doris, of Lagro, he is survived by three daughters - Lavonne Sparling of Lagro; Barbara Drook of Brecksville, OH, and Susan Veverka of Carmel, IN; four sons - Steve Veverka of Dixon, TN, Larry Veverka of Wabash, Robert Veverka of Pella, IA, Ronald Ververka of Granger, IN, and Kenneth Veverka of Hotchkiss, CO; a sister, Donna Martin of Xenia, OH; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother.
Friends may call Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel from 2 to 8 p.m. Private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a food basket be given to a needy family or contributions made to the Wabash Community Foundation.

Arnola A. Fetrow
Arnola Alice Fetrow, 83, of 1500E 700S, Wabash, IN, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998 at her residence. She was born April 26,1915 at Wabash, IN to Roy V. and Hazell Estelle (Hummer) Tudor. She married Leonard G. Sample who preceded her in death; she later married Russell Fetrow April 26, 1968, and he survives.
She was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ and the Wabash American Legion Auxiliary. She worked for General Tire in Wabash for 30 years, retiring in 1976.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Leonard R. Sample of Fort Wayne; daughters Shirley A. Paul of Wabash and Margaret Roselin Whitesel of Bluffton, IN; step daughters Jane Carol Bond of Urbana and Sharon Virginia Floyd of Swayzee; a brother, Roy W. Tudor of Wabash; and sisters Doris Brown of Akron, IN and Mary E. Marsh of Bromfield, CO; nine grandchildren, five step grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, a brother, and a sister.
Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 21, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel with Mark McKinney and John Leinbaugh officiating. Burial was in LaFontaine IOOF Cemetery, located at LaFontaine, IN. 
Preferred memorials are to Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice and Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.

Jeffrey D. Layton
Jeffrey D. Layton, 36, of 95 Walnut St., Wabash, IN died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998 at Wabash Healthcare Center of Wabash. He was born Sept. 8, 1962 in Wabash, IN to Larry Layton and Betty Bashore Temple. 
Mr. Layton was an auto salesman at Thomas Ford of Wabash.
He is survived by his father and mother, both of Wabash; a son, Clay Jeffrey Flanagan of Wabash; sisters Angie Suddarth and Kris Shidler, both of Wabash; paternal grandmother, Annabelle Layton of Wabash and maternal grandmother, Freida Bashore also of Wabash.
Friends may call today (Tuesday, Dec. 22) at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998 at 3:00 p.m. at the Manchester Ave. Chapel located at 1177 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Rev. Tim Prater officiating. Burial will take place in the Falls Cemetery of Wabash, IN.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

John H. Keim
John H. Keim, 70, of 301 Kosher Ave., North Manchester, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. He was born May 17, 1928 at Chicago, IL to Dr. C. Ray and Annie (Keim) Keim. He married Mamie A. Smith June 10, 1951, and she survives.
John was a member of First Brethren Church of North Manchester. He graduated from Central High School in 1946 and from Manchester College in 1950. He received his Masters Degree from Indiana University in 1953. He had been a teacher and administrator for 23 years, and a driver for American International Drive Away and Morgan Drive Away for 12 years. He was a life member of the National Education Association, member of Indiana Teachers Association and former member of Lions International.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons - Charles R. Keim of North Manchester, William E. Keim of San Antonio, TX and Wallace E. Keim of The Woodlands, TX; and a daughter Janis A. Keim of Kansas City, MO; five grandchildren and one step grandchild and one step great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Funeral service was held Monday morning, Dec. 21, 1998, at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary. The Revs. Marlin McCann, Raymon Eller and Woodrow Immel officiated.
Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the First Brethren Church or Manchester College.

Jeremy R. Cole
Jeremy Ryan Cole, 23, of 1233S 800W, Wabash, IN, died Friday, Dec. 18, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital of Fort Wayne. He was born June 24, 1975 at Wabash to Michael and Jane (Wilson) Cole.
Jeremy was a 1994 graduate of Northfield High School, a member of the Richvalley United Methodist Church, and attended Vincennes University. He worked at Ford Meter Box Co. in Wabash.
Survivors include his parents of Wabash; a brother, Troy Cole of Wabash; a sister, Michelle Brickley of Kokomo; and grandparents Gene and Eleanor Wilson and Charles and Olive Snyder, all of Wabash; and four nephews.
Funeral service was held this morning (Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998) at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Mowery officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.
Preferred memorials are to Richvalley United Methodist Church.

Marilyn Beam
Marilyn Beam, 65, of 950 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Dec. 30, 1932 at South Bend, IN to Walter and Pauline (Ball) Mendenhall. She was first wed to John Waggoner Feb. 18, 1950; she later married Edward E. Beam May 26, 1972 and he died April 8, 1990.
She was a retired physician's assistant to Dr. Robert LaSalle after 30 years service. She was a member of Town and Country Home Ec Club, Wabash Lady Elks, Wabash American Legion Auxiliary. She was a certified nurses' assistant at Timbercrest Retirement Community in North Manchester. She was a volunteer at Wabash County Hospital, and for many years she lived in Roann.
Survivors include a daughter, Paula Stephens of Somerset, IN; a son, Keith Waggoner of Kingston, TN; daughters Lottie Waggoner of Wabash, Donna Myers of Roann, and Judy Beam of Fort Wayne; three brothers, Walter Mendenhall of Boulder, CO, Phillip Mendenhall of LaFontaine, IN and Ralph Mendenhall of Van Wert, OH; two sisters - Donna McCarthy of Muncie, IN and Charlene Owen of Paradise, CA; a friend, James Stefanatos of Wabash; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral was held Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel located in Roann, IN, with Rev. Paul Horine officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery.
Preferred memorial is to the Oncology Department of Wabash County Hospital.

Grace Wright
Grace Wright, 89, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community since 1983, died at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN Monday, Dec. 21, 1998. She was born Nov. 9, 1909 at North Manchester to Marion and Elizabeth (Houser) Wright.
Miss Wright was a charter member of the North Manchester Missionary Church. She was a lifetime resident of North Manchester. She worked for the lawyer, Don Mote, for several years; served as church secretary for several years; and worked as the secretary for Indiana Lawrence Bank in North Manchester from 1963 until her retirement in 1974.
She is survived by a niece, Betty Hamlin, of North Manchester and a great nephew, Michael Monahan of Fairborn, OH. Two brothers, a half brother and a sister preceded her in death.
Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. at the North Manchester Missionary Church with the Rev. Dan Binkley officiating. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery, located at Servia, IN.
Preferred memorials are to the North Manchester Missionary Church. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Helen L. Harnish 
 

Helen L. Harnish, 83, of Peabody Retirement Com-munity, North Manchester, died Tuesday, February 10, 1998 at Saint Joseph's Medical Center in South Bend, IN. She was born March 6, 1914 in Wabash, IN to Andrew and Maude (Woodward) Kilander, both deceased.

She was married December 23, 1933 in Wabash to Paul W. "Dimmer" Harnish and he died May 1, 1984. Helen was a 50 year member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church, and was a volunteer in the chaplain program at the Wabash County Hospital. She retired from Honeywell/MarkHon, Wabash in 1979, after several years.

Survivors include a daughter - Mrs. Jack (Paula) Todd of Elkhart; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were three brothers and one sister.

Friends may call Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Manchester Avenue Chapel, 1177 Manchester Ave., Wabash. Funeral service will take place at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Friday, February 13, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Jeffrey D. Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Falls Cemetery located in Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash Presbyterian Church or to the Peabody Foundation. 
 

Ruby H. Parker

Ruby H. Parker, 92, of Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, IN, formerly of Monroe Township, died Friday, February 6, 1998 at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, IN in Kosciusko County. She was born January 5, 1906 in Monroe Township, Kosciusko County, IN to Marion L. and Estella (Barnard) Hossler, both deceased.

She married Francis Marion Parker Jr. June 10, 1927 and he died May 6, 1971. Ruby was a legal secretary, bookkeeper, and also a cook for the former Alfran Nursing Home in Warsaw. She was a member of Spring Creek Church Of The Brethren in Sidney. She was Valedictorian of Sidney High School Class of 1924, a graduate of Inter - national Business College in 1926, Past District Command - er of the Mothers of World War II, Spring Creek Church Of The Brethren Ladies Aid, and a member of the Monroe Township Hill Toppers Home Economics Club.

Survivors include: seven sons - Francis Marion Parker III and Alden E. Parker, both of Barbee Lake, Kenton A. Parker of Ft. Wayne, Opie G. Parker of San Ysindro, CA, Martin B. Parker of Warsaw, Jon J. Parker of Marion, Larry W. Parker of So. Whitley; two daughters - Mrs. Fred (Susan) Kinch of Claypool and Mrs. Robert (Merry Carol) Riemersma of N. Manchester; 25 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding her in death are one sister - Bertha Brubaker, two sons and one daughter.

Funeral service was held Sunday, February 8, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary in No. Manchester, IN with burial in Spring Creek Cemetery, Sidney, IN. 

Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes, 51, of 510 W. Fourth St., North Manchester, died Thursday, February 5, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne in Allen County. She was born November 7, 1946 in Kosciusko County to Asberry and Nazzie (Bailey) Prater, both deceased.

She was an employee of Eaton Controls, No. Man - chester, for 25 years.

Survivors include three sons - Richard Hughes and David Hughes, both of No. Manchester, and Lonnie Hughes of Silver Lake; two brothers - Leonard Prater and Stacey Prater, both of Athens, AL; two sisters - Mrs. Paul (Rosalie) Blanton and Mrs. Lonnie (Rachel) Harmon, both of No. Manchester; and three grandchildren. Preced - ing her in death were two brothers and one sister.

Funeral service was held Monday, February 9, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary in No. Manchester with Pastor Barry Drudge officiating. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery in Silver Lake, IN. 

Ruth Lucille Petry

Ruth Lucille Petry, 101, of Peabody Retirement Com - munity in North Manchester, IN, died Wednesday, February 4, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born July 20, 1896 in Wabash County, to Charles F. and Florence (Brewer) Petry, both deceased.

She worked for General Tire in Wabash for 22 years, retiring in 1958. She was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, 50 year member of Wabash Chapter #90 Eastern Star, CWF of the Church, Loyal Workers Class of the Church, and a Volunteer (Gray Lady) of Wabash County Hospital.

A brother, Stewart Petry of Wabash, survives. Preceding her in death were two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service was held Saturday, February 7, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel in Wabash, IN with the Rev. Ron Zorn officiating. Burial was at Falls Cemetery in Wabash and preferred memorials are to Wabash Christian Church. 

John M. McLain

John Milford McLain, 69, of Marion VA Medical Center in Marion, IN, died Wednesday, February 4, 1998 at Marion General Hospital, Marion. He was born April 30, 1928 in Lee Co., VA to John Tolbert and Sarah Elizabeth (Burke) McLain, both deceased.

He was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash, and an Army & Marine Corp. Veteran. John worked at the Ford Meter Box Co. in Wabash for seven years.

Survivors include a son - Greg McLain of No. Man - chester; two daughters - Teresa Storm of Wabash and Shelly McLain of Houston, TX; two brothers - Sam McLain of Blue Rock, OH and Everett McLain of Virginia; and five grand - children. Preceding him in death were one brother and one sister.

Funeral service was held Saturday, February 7, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel in Wabash, IN with the Rev. Tony Thomas officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery in Wabash. 

Ben F. Whitaker

Ben F. Whitaker, 65, of 106 Wells Street, Silver Lake, IN, died Wednesday, February 4, 1998 at the Veterans Roude - bush Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN. He was born April 13, 1932 in Prestonsburg, KY to Rueben and Velia (Jenkins) Whitaker. He married Sylvia Hunley January 28, 1954.

Ben was a retired foreman from Gatke Corporation, War - saw, after 44 years, and a resident of Kosciusko County for 44 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of Free Will Baptist Church (Packerton, IN), and a past member of the Lion's Club in Claypool, IN.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia of Silver Lake, IN; one son - Harvey Whitaker of Columbia City; two daughters - Mrs. Keith (Wilma) Hale of Akron and Mrs. John (Rhonda) Perkins of Warsaw; three brothers - Grover Whitaker of Pierceton, Paul Whitaker of Ellijay, Georgia, and Charles Whitaker of Myrtle Beach, SC; five sisters - Fanny Helton of Sidney, Nancy Konkle of Warsaw, Margaret Anderson of Statesville, NC, Bethel Padgett of Leesburg, FL, and Hazel Bragg of Statesville, NC; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one daughter, three brothers and one sister.

Funeral service was held Saturday, February 7, 1998 at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw , with Pastor Chad Burkhart and Pastor Jerry Travis officiating. There was an American Legion Service at graveside in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, IN. Preferred memorials are to Disabled American Veterans, c/o Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw, IN 46580. 

Louis Eugene "Gene" Eltzroth

Louis Eugene "Gene" Eltzroth, 62, of 311 Emmet St., Urbana, IN, died Wednesday, February 4, 1998 at his home in Wabash County. He was born January 26, 1936 in Wabash, IN to Sam and Flossie (Warfield) Eltzroth, both deceased.

He married Karla Kay King January 11, 1964 in Andrews, IN and she survives. He was a member of No. Manchester Christian Fellowship Church and he was a janitor at United Technologies in No. Man - chester for 11 years.

Survivors, including his wife Karla Kay Eltzroth of Urbana are a son - Meredith Eltzroth of Urbana; a daughter - Candy Martin of Andrews; a sister Dorene Deneve of N. Manchester; a half sister - Dorothy Ulshafer of Wabash; and four grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, February 7, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Man - chester Ave. Chapel in Wabash, IN with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating. Burial took place in the Memorial Lawns Cemetery located in Wabash and preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society.


 
 

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