Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997

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Wilma G. Niccum
Wilma G. Niccum, 87, of 1334 S. Helms Dr., Wabash, IN, died Friday, Nov. 21, 1997 at Millers Merry Manor-East, Wabash. She was born Dec. 28, 1909 at Bedford, IN to Charles and Bertha (Thomas) Gresham. She married Kenneth D. Niccum March 31, 1927 in Wabash County. Mrs. Niccum was a member of the Roann Christian Church. 

At age one, she was adopted and raised by Albert and Sarah Elizabeth (Fosnough) Scott. She worked in the produce department at Clark's Finer Foods in Wabash, and as a sales clerk at Oppenheim's Department Store in North Manchester. She was a homemaker for 70 years.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth of Wabash; daughters Charlene Roberts of Wabash and Marca Snook of Olathe, KA; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, three grandchildren, a great-grandchild, five brothers and a sister.

Friends may call at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash today (Tuesday) from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Lee Kantenwein officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash-Miami County Home Healthcare and Hospice. Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel.

Perma M. Hammons
Perma M. Hammons, 88, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester, IN, died Friday, Nov. 21, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. Corcilius) Widman. She married Hubert Hammons in Central City, Nebraska on March 31, 1929 and he died Feb. 11, 1990.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Center United Methodist Church of Silver Lake, IN. She had lived at Peabody since 1995, coming from Rt. 2, Silver Lake, IN.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Marilyn) McDonald of Silver Lake; a sister, Mrs. Evvard (Frances) Chader of Central City, NE; three grandsons and five great grandchildren. Six brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held today (Tuesday), Nov. 25, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester, with the Rev. Michael Kelly officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, N. Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to Center United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral.

Lola L. Vice
Lola Loretta Vice, 90, of 11 Ulen Dr., Wabash, IN died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997 at Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash. She was born Apr. 29, 1907 at Somerset, IN to Charles S. and Myrtle (Weimer) Slusser. She married James W. Vice in Wabash Feb. 19, 1927 and he died March 19, 1994.

She was a member of the Wabash Woman's Clubhouse Association and Wabash Chapter Indiana Symphony Society. She was a 1925 graduate of LaFontaine High School. She was active in Indiana State Democratic Party for years.

She is survived by a son, James W. Vice of Chicago, IL; daughters Jean Washam of Hollywood, CA and Joan Haag of Wabash, IN; a brother Jack Slusser of Resedo, CA and a sister Helen Thompson of LaFontaine, IN; also a grandchild and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, a sister, a brother and her husband.

Friends may call Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, 86 E. Main St., Wabash. Funeral will be held Friday, Nov. 28, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel. Burial will take place in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorials are W. Scott Wakefield Scholarship Fund or Wabash County Hospital Oncology Department.
 

Wilma G. Niccum
Services for Wilma G. Niccum, 87, 1334 S. Helms Drive, Wabash, were Wednesday morning at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel.

Dr. Lee Kantenwein officiated. Organist was Phyllis Kantenwein. Stephen Lewis and Mrs. Kantenwein were the vocalists. Brad Roberts was the reader. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robin Roberts, Brad Roberts, Cory Roberts, Tim Roberts, Sam Unger, Craig Charlton, Stephen Lewis and Michael Niccum. Jennifer Roberts and Mikila Niccum were honorary pallbearers.

Elizabeth L. Seaberg
Elizabeth Lou "Webb" Seaberg, 47, Silver Lake, died at Kosciusko Community Hospital Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997.

She was born Aug. 16, 1950 in Fresno, Calif. to Granville and Marie Faye Webb. They preceded her in death. She married Thomas George Seaberg Sr., Silver Lake on Feb. 11, 1970 and he survives.

Mrs. Seaberg was a homemaker.

She is also survived by three daughters, Mrs. Teresa Dohner, Warsaw; Elizabeth Seaberg, Silver Lake; and Cynthia Seaberg, Fontana Calif; a son, Thomas George Seaberg Jr. of Warsaw; five sisters, Mrs. Lena Robinson of Nappanee, Mrs. O'Neita Hetzel of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. Janie Hall of Fontana, Calif., Mrs. Carline Givens of Warsaw, and Mrs. Geraldine Edwards of San Bernardino, Calif; three brothers, Jimmy Ray Webb of Leesburg, Granville "Pee Wee" Webb of Warsaw, and Allen Webb of Warsaw; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997 at the Casey Lloyd Funeral Home of Silver Lake. Pastor Donald Williams officiated. Burial was at Mount Pleasant Cemetery of Claypool.

Kathryn F. Scheibel
Kathryn Friedersdorf Scheibel, 83, of 335 Wilson St., Wabash, died at her residence Friday, Nov. 28, 1997.

She was born Nov. 15, 1914 in New Albany to William K. and Katie (Elliott) Hawley. She was married to John Friedersdorf on May 21, 1938. He died on April 29, 1969. Her second marriage was to Ewald A. Scheibel on July 10, 1976. He died Nov. 4, 1994.

Mrs. Scheibel was a medical assistant at Wabash County Hospital and Wabash Clinic for 50 years. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.

Surviving are two sons, Jake and Douglas Friedersdorf, both of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Koon of Dundee, Ore.; a brother, Karl Hawley of Greensburg; two sisters, Mrs. Carolyn McKenzie of Buffalo Grove, IL and Mrs. Mary Keith of Hartford City; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren. Three brothers, five sisters and a stepdaughter are deceased.

Funeral service was held Sunday at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary. The Rev. Jim Walker officiated, and burial was in Falls Cemetery.

 
Pauline "Polly" C. Richard
Pauline "Polly" C. Richard, 93, 1630 S County Farm Rd., formerly of Silver Lake, died at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, December 2, 1997.

She was born September 6, 1904 in Urbana, IN. She married Ronald Richard on September 14, 1922 and he preceded her in death July 29, 1995.

Mrs. Richard was a homemaker and a member of Silver Creek Church of God.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frank (Betty) Jones of Silver Lake, IN and Garla Taylor of No. Manchester; two sisters, Mrs. Harold (Della) Kem of Mt. Etna, IN and Dorothy Beall of Marion, IN; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Visiting hours will be at Casey Lloyd Funeral Home Strong Chapel in Silver Lake, Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997 from 2-8 p.m. and also from 1:00 p.m. until the funeral service at the church. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, 1997 at Silver Creek Church of God with the Rev. Thomas Graig officiating. Burial will be at Silver Creek Church of God Cemetery.
 

Lynn A. Ford
Lynn Albert Ford, 72, of 11 Elmwood Drive, Wabash, IN, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash, IN. He was born Sept. 19, 1925 at Fort Wayne, IN to Cecil and Velma (Gibson) Ford. He married Marilyn Smith in Kokomo on March 2, 1957 and she survives.

He was retired as Judge of the Wabash County Circuit Court, having served from 1976 to 1988. He was a Wabash City Court Judge for four years, and a lifelong member of the Republican Party. He was a graduate of Indiana University School of Law. He was a member of St. Matthews United Church of Christ. He was an avid outdoorsman. He was a special agent for the FBI for three years, and had a private law practice in Wabash for 20 years. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Airborne in World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons - Stephen Ford of Pendleton, IN and Brian Ford of New Castle, IN; three daughters - Susie Rohr of North Manchester, Reta Klingerman of Noblesville, and Melissa Showalter of Wabash; brothers Byron Ford of Cincinnati, OH and Gerald Ford of Richmond, IN; sisters LaVada Bostwick of Lebanon, IN and Janet Endsley of Delphos, OH; and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother.

Graveside funeral service was held today, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997 with the Rev. Carl Hanser officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Main Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Hospital Oncology Department.

Gladys M. Pfledderer
Gladys M. Pfledderer, 77, of 3370E 1450N, North Manchester, IN, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Feb. 21, 1920 in Kentucky to the late Green Bradley and Ula (Tussey) Bradley of North Manchester. She married Paul F. Pfledderer July 1, 1938 and he died Dec. 25, 1977.

She was retired from Gatke Corporation of Warsaw, IN after 40 years employment.

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Pfledderer of North Manchester;and two sisters, Mrs. Richard (Barbara) Miller of Winona Lake, IN and Mrs. Roger (Sandy) Grossnickle of North Manchester. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of North Manchester, which was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley, IN.

Joel T. Martin
Joel Thomas Martin, 49, of 7711 W. Swick Road, Claypool, IN died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997 at his residence. He was born Feb. 5, 1948 in Johnson County, Kentucky, to Thomas J. and Oshie Mae (Collins) Martin.

Mr. Martin had been ill three years. He lived most of his life in Wabash County, and moved to his current address about three months ago from East Harrison Avenue in Wabash.

Survivors include sisters, Mrs. Zella Mae Edmonds of Claypool, IN and Mrs. Harrison (Minnie) Castle of Beaver Dam Lake;and a brother, Ralph Martin, also of Beaver Dam Lake.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997 at the Manchester Avenue Chapel of Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.

Frona Smith
Frona Smith, 77, of 740 Evans Street, Wabash, IN died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997 at her residence. She was born June 20, 1920 to Floyd and Vinet (Tackett) Howard. A homemaker, she married James Ernest Smith January 3, 1934 in Johnson County, Kentucky. He died May 13, 1985. 

Survivors include five daughters - Tina Kiefaber of Wabash, IN, Learlene Brauneller of Greentown, IN, Peggy Dunfee of Safety Harbor, FL, Darlene Caylor of Fremont, CA, and L.J. Smith of Cupertino, CA; two sons - Carlos Smith and Al Smith, both of Wabash; 15 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren; five sisters - Letris Price, Jane Tackett, Norma Cantrell, and Dollie Keeton, all of Chillicothe, OH, and Alice Montgomery of Cleveland, OH; two brothers - Roy Howard and Cecil Howard, both of Chillicothe, OH. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Sunday, December 7, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, Wabash, with the Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial was in Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Robert M. Neeley
Robert M. Neeley, 60, of 4071S 800W, Peru, IN died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Nov. 8, 1937 at Marion, IN to Charles and Julia (Drake) Neeley. He married Sue Smithson Sept. 1, 1956 in Alexandria, IN.

He was a member of the Church of Christ at Wabash, and the National Rifle Association. He was employed at RCA in Marion for 29 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sue, of Peru; daughters Mrs. Gary (Bobbi Sue) Neeley-Gaylourd of Peru and Mrs. Jeffrey (Rita) Lawrence of Columbia Falls, MT; a brother, Francis Neeley of Marion, IN; sister Mrs. Gene (Erma) Swank of Warsaw, IN; sister-in-law Phyllis Neeley of Marion, IN; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997 at the Church of Christ of Wabash, with Evangelist L. C. Schuchardt officiating. Burial was in Center Grove Cemetery of Wabash. Preferred memorials are to the Church of Christ, Wabash.

Dr. Harold A. Pfeifer
Dr. Harold A. Pfeifer, 81, of 885 Crosspoint Ct., Wabash, IN died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997 at Skilled Care Center of Wabash. He was born March 7, 1916 at West Lebanon, IN to William G. and Carrie (Ade) Pfeifer. He married Alene M. Hodge in Reading, MI on May 4, 1941. She died May 9, 1996.

Dr. Pfeifer was a retired optometrist, as of 1996 after 55 years of practice in Wabash. He was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church. He received his preoptometric degree at Purdue University and his Doctor of Optometry from Northern Illinois College of Optometry in 1940.He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was in charge of examination of vision at the 13th Army General Hospital in Pomona, CA. 

He came to Wabash after graduation. He was a member of the Wabash Elks, charter member of the Wabash Country Club, life member of Wabash American Legion, life member of Hanna Masonic Lodge in Wabash, life member Ft. Wayne Mizpah Shrine, life member of Wabash Shrine Club, life member of Wabash Fraternal Order of Police. He was a member of the Indiana Optometric Association, the Wabash Valley Optometric Association and was past treasurer of Omega Delta Optometrical National Fraternity. He worked with the Wabash Little League for 16 years and started the first minor league program.

Survivors include a daughter, Michela Ruehl of Crestview Hills, Ky.; a son, H. Richard Pfeifer of Coloma, MI; sisters Elsie Brelsford of West Lafayette, IN and Pauline Caldwell of Burbank, CA; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash. Entombment took place in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Lucille Brunn
Lucille Brunn, 84, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester, Indiana, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997 at the Peabody Community. She was formerly of 700 Centennial Street, Wabash, IN. She was born May 5, 1913 at Andrews, IN to Charles and Lola (Harnish) Vickrey. 

A homemaker, she was married to Glen Brunn April 30, 1930, and he died June 24, 1991. She was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, Wabash.

Survivors include two sons - Byron Brunn of North Manchester, and John Brunn of Cape Coral, FL; two daughters - Mrs. Glenda Cox of Wabash, and Mrs. Arlyn (Vickie) Woodcox of Waterloo; a brother, Verlin J. Vickrey of Wabash; 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. A son, a daughter, and two sisters preceded her in death.

Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash. Funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 12, 1997 1:00 p.m. at the Eddingfield DeLaughter Mortuary, with the Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial will be in Garden of Memory Cemetery, Huntington County, Indiana.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Fund
 

Homer A. Graffis
Homer Arthur Graffis, 87, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died this morning, Dec. 10, 1997, at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. He was born August 13, 1910 in Fulton County, IN to Clarence and Lela (Metzger) Graffis. He married Lucile Deaton February 4, 1934, and she survives at Timbercrest.

Mr. Graffis was a retired farmer, and had also worked at Peabody Seating Company, North Manchester. He was a member of the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren. He was a 1928 graduate of Talma High School, and was a member of the Wabash County Farm Bureau.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Darrel Dean Graffis of Scotts, MI and Dallas Gene Graffis of Fort Wayne, IN; a sister, Mrs. Lorene Foor of Rochester, IN; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester, with the Revs. Mark Flora-Swick and Helen Beery officiating. Burial will be at Ulrey Memorial Cemetery, Kosciusko County.

The family will receive friends following the services. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements, and preferred memorials are to Timbercrest Crestwood Unit.


 

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