Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997
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Juanita J. Pitt
Juanita Johnson Pitt, 87, a former South Whitley and North Manchester resident, died October 25th, at the home of a daughter in Clermont, FL.
She was born Sept. 6, 1910 in Fort Wayne to Edwin and Estella (North) Pullin. After her father's death, her mother was married to Jim Bowers. Mrs. Pitt's formative years were spent in the South Whitley area.
Following her graduation from South Whitley High School in 1928, she married Frank C. Johnson of Sidney and they operated the Johnson Bakery in North Manchester for many years.
Mrs. Pitt was a member of the Collamer Christian Church as a youth, then the Church of the Brethren while a North Manchester resident, and presently a member of the Clermont First Christian Church.
Surviving relatives include four daughters - Bonnie Woodworth of Sun City, AZ, JoAnn Burch of Wabash, Sally Cosby of Clermont, FL, and Jacqueline Wilson of Winter Garden, FL; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. A son, Max Arden Johnson, was killed in action in Viet Nam in 1969. Also preceding her in death were three grandchildren, two step brothers, Roy Bowers and Joe Bowers, and a step sister, Mary Kreider.
Graveside service and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the South Whitley Cemetery. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at the Collamer Christian Church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. David Wagner, pastor, officiating.
Funeral arrangements are by the Smith & Sons Miller Chapel in South Whitley.
Harry L. Davis
Harry L. Davis, 82, of 11381S 100W, Silver Lake, died Friday, Oct. 31, 1997 at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN. He was born Nov. 26, 1914 at Akron, IN to Charles and Myrtle (Bemenderfer) Davis. He married B. Donnabelle Slusher Feb. 12, 1946, and she preceded him in death.
He was employed as a farmer, was a World War II Army veteran, and a member of the Akron Church of God. Mr. Davis was active in nursing home ministry.
Survivors include a son Dewayne (Dewey) Davis of Silver Lake; daughters Carolyn Montel of Silver Lake and Mrs. Gary (Barbara) Lawless of Boonville, MO; a sister, Pearl Horn of Mentone; and six grandchildren. A grandson, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 3, 1997 at the Akron Church of God with the Rev. James Malbone officiat-ing. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake. Preferred memorials are to the Akron Church of God.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Alice B. (Knable) Steinbaugh
Alice Berniece (Knable) Steinbaugh, 90, a resident of Rolling Meadows Health Care Center, LaFontaine, IN, died Oct. 30, 1997 at the Health Care Center. Formerly of Andrews, IN, Mrs. Steinbaugh was born July 24, 1907 in Miami County, Indiana to George Mortimer and Ada Louise (Sheldon) Crandall.
She was a homemaker, first married to Governor (Duke) Knable who preceded her in death in 1926. She then married Carol Steinbaugh in 1962 and he died in 1978. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Wabash for 53 years.
Survivors include sons Donald E. (and Ruth) Knable of Gaylord, MI, and Harry R. (and Jean) Knable of Wabash, IN; daughters Mrs. Murrell (June B.) Caudill of Marion, IN and Mrs. Robert (Carolyn S.) Bitzer of Andrews, IN; 16 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren; several step grandchildren and great grandchildren. A brother and a sister, and a granddaughter preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 3, 1997 at the Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary in Wabash, with the Rev. Clarence Hand officiating. She was buried in Friends Cemetery of Wabash.
Violet F. Haupert
Violet Fern Haupert, 85, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Oct. 29, 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. She was born Mar. 5, 1912 in Wabash County, IN to George and Lydia (Tyner) Zimpelman, both deceased.
She married Ralph Haupert Feb. 6, 1935 in Cass County, IN. and was a lifetime Wabash County resident.
A 1931 graduate of Urbana High School, she at one time worked for Wabash County Farm Bureau. She was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Urbana, the Women's Guild of the Church, and the Dorcas Sunday School Class.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph of North Manchester; a son, Dennis L. Haupert of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Patricia A. McDaniel, also of Fort Wayne; sisters Ruby Zimpelman and Viola Wright, both of Wabash; and five grandchildren. Four brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 1, 1997 at St. Peters United Church of Christ, Urbana, with Pastor Ken Parsons officiating. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery of Urbana.
Grandstaff-Hentgen, Manchester Ave. Chapel of Wabash was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to St. Peter's United Church of Christ.
Jamie Lee Fawley
Jamie Lee, Fawley, 21, of 1001 W. Ferry St., Wabash, died Oct. 29, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Nov. 2, 1975 at Wabash to Roger Fawley of Lagro, IN and Linda Hughes of North Manchester.
He married Kayla Blakely on Oct. 28, 1995, and was employed at Dalton Foundry, Warsaw.
Survivors include two sons, Jared and Jonathan Fawley, both of Wabash; brothers Eric and Travis Fawley, both of North Manchester; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Chattie) Harrell of North Manchester, paternal grandparent Robert Fawley of Lagro; and maternal great grandparent, Mary Newman of Summerfield, FL.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Wabash.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 1, 1997 at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary with the Rev. James Engel officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Fund.
Lester M. Burnworth
Lester Merrell Burnworth, 75, a resident of Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash, died at the Healthcare Center Oct. 28, 1997. He was born in Wabash County July 4, 1922 to Jacob and Emma (Stiles) Burnworth.
He was a World War II Army veteran; worked for H. K. Porter Company in Huntington for 34 years, and retired in 1983. He never married.
Survivors include a brother, Jacob Burnworth Jr., of Lagro; and sisters Marie Blair and Dorothy Lundeen, both of Wabash. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Oct. 31, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with Dr. James Walker officiating. Burial was in Center Grove Cemetery, located at Wabash.
Preferred memorials are to Alzheimer Association, 919 E. Jefferson Blvd. #01, South Bend, IN 46617-3119.
William L. McNeeley
William L. McNeeley, 57, of 1009 E. Second St. Ext., North Manchester, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997 at the Wabash County Hospital. He was born Jan. 22, 1940 at Wabash, IN to Lee and Wilma (Hawley) McNeeley, both deceased.
The only officer to hold all ranks within the Manchester Police Department, Mr. McNeeley was a Police officer in North Manchester from 1967 - 1985 and served as Chief of Police from 1985-1996.
"What I remember most about Bill, was that during our annual budget sessions, his greatest concern was not for himself, but for all those around him," reported Don Rinearson, who as town council president served ten years as McNeeley's employer.
"He cared deeply about the town, and most of all he cared for those people who depended upon him, his officers."
Rinearson said that McNeeley routinely sacrificed things that would have made his job as police chief easier and pleasanter, to instead spend the resources on the department to make sure the officers had the best in training and equipment to enhance their safety.
"To me, this is what being a 'true person' is all about - putting others' well-being and feelings above your own," continued Rinearson.
Rinearson noted that upon his retirement from the force for health reasons, McNeeley spearheaded the effort to revive the United Fund here. "Once again he was using his talents to put others and their needs above his own," said Rinearson.
"The town of North Manchester is a better place today because of the unselfishness and the willingness of Bill McNeeley to not just do a job, but to make a difference," the town council president added.
Following retirement McNeeley was employed part time at Rod's Sport Shop, North Manchester. He was co-chairman of United Fund of Wabash County in 1996. He was a member and Past President of North Manchester Kiwanis Club, and was active in Fellowship of Churches Food Pantry. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of the Eel River Church of the Brethren.
He married Susan Eberly Aug. 10, 1975 and she survives, along with two sons, William L. McNeeley II and Matthew McNeeley, both of North Manchester; daughters LaVonne McNeeley of Bippus, IN and Debra Reahard of Indianapolis, IN; sisters Kay Cooper of Wabash and Elizabeth McNeeley of Peru; and eight grandchildren.
Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary today (Wednesday), Nov. 19 from 1 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Manchester United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Armstrong, Pastor Martha Cory, and Rev. Dr. William Hemmig officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Bonnie E. Ober
Bonnie Eva Ober, 87, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Nov. 12, 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born Dec. 19, 1909 in Wabash County to Otto and Nora (Helvey) Perry. She was a homemaker, married Oct. 12, 1927 to Harold B. Ober, who preceded her in death Dec. 18, 1969.
She was a member of the Congregational Christian Church of North Manchester.
She is survived by friends, Walter and Jerri Blocher of North Manchester. She was preceded in death by one sister.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997 at the Peabody Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Maxine Gahl, 78, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Nov. 13, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne, IN. She was born at North Manchester, IN to Tom and Alma (Leckrone) Quinn Nov. 14, 1918.
She is survived by a daughter, Beverly Sutton, of North Manchester; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death.
She was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, Ivy Chapter #69 Order of Eastern Star, North Manchester, was a member and Past President of the North Manchester American Legion Auxiliary, a member of the Women of the Moose, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, both of North Manchester.
Ivy Chapter Order of Eastern Star conducted services Sunday evening, Nov. 16 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester. Funeral services were also held at DeLaughter-McKee Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, and burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.
Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society.
Leo C. Walters
Leo C. Walters, 87, Box 65, Liberty Mills, IN, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born April 4, 1910 in Wabash County to Shirley C. and Lydia (Unger) Walters. He was retired from General Tire, Wabash after 26 years service, and was a bicycle repairman since 1977. He was a member of the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren.
He was first married to Florence Waite June 6, 1928, and she preceded him in death. His second marriage was to Esther F. Moore March 14, 1969 and she died Oct. 31, 1990. He was president of the Labor Union Local 22408 in 1950 for two years; he then became Business Agent and Time Study man until his retirement in 1972.
He is survived by one grandchild, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, two brothers, and a sister.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 15 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with Elder Donald Brubaker officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery, Wabash, IN.
Joyce Ross, 94, of 1810 Stitt St., Wabash, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 1997 at Wabash Health Care. She was born Oct. 8, 1903 at Mansfield, IL to Charles Monroe and Sarah (Yarger) Dauberman. She married Frank Cline Ross July 4, 1922; he preceded her in death April of 1968.
Mrs. Ross was owner of Ross Jewelry Store for 26 years. She also worked for the FBI for 11 years in Anderson, IN. She was a life member of Eastern Star, Wabash, IN. She was one of the founders of the Frances Slocum Bank & Trust Co. of Wabash. She was a former secretary for the Wabash Chamber of Commerce. She worked with her father in the Dauberman Elevator in Mansfield, IL. She was a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Elks, and the Wabash Garden Club. She attended the University of Illinois.
Survivors include a son, Charles A. (Chuck) Ross of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Ray (Martha) Hood of Richvalley, IN; two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A sister preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997 at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, Wabash, IN, with Eastern Star services held prior to the funeral. Burial was held at Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, IL with graveside service Monday afternoon, Nov. 17.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash Masonic Temple. Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
Florence I. Bagwell
Florence I. Bagwell, 98, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1898 at Miami County, IN to Henry F. and Mary Ann (Stewart) Minnick.
She married Charles Winfield "Winnie" Bagwell June 20, 1926 in Grant County, IN. He died September 2, 1975. She taught school for four years. She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren in North Manchester, and she was a member of the North Manchester Garden Club for several years.
She is survived by a son, David B. Bagwell of Ellicott City, IN; daughters Mrs. Lois M. Davis of North Manchester and Mrs. Tom (Mary Alice) Dillman of Delaware, OH; 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. A son, two brothers, a sister, and a grandchild preceded her in death.
Memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997 at the Manchester Church of the Brethren with Pastor Susan Boyer officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Manchester Church of the Brethren. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.