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
Arnola A. Fetrow
Jeffrey D. Layton
John H. Keim
Jeremy R. Cole
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
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, 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.