Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997


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Sarah L. Sullivan

Sarah L. Sullivan, 63, of 1008 Beckley St., North Manchester, IN died Sept. 21, 1997 at her residence. She was born April 9, 1934 in Minneapolis, MN to George R. and Dee A. (Allison) Peterson. She married John C. "Jack" Sullivan July 19, 1958.

Mrs. Sullivan graduated from Wabash High School in 1952, and received her B.S. degree and M.A. degree from Ball State University. She began teaching in Albion, MI; taught at W. C. Mills School in Wabash, and retired after 35 years with Manchester Community Schools. She was a member of Tri Kappa, Eagles Lodge Auxiliary, American Legion Post #286 Auxiliary, all of North Manchester. She was Past President and member of Fifth District American Legion Auxiliary; also a member of Indiana State Teachers Association.

In addition to her husband, Jack, she is survived by a son John A. Sullivan of North Manchester; a brother Tom Peterson of Wabash; and five grandchildren. She was preceded by a sister in death.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, 11:00 a.m. at Gardens of Memory Chapel, Huntington County, IN. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Huntington. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society, Maple Court, North Manchester, IN.

William A. Strasser

William A. Strasser, 85, of 193 W. Wayne St., Laketon, IN, died Oct. 11, 1997 at the Ft. Wayne Veterans' Administration Medical Center. He was born June 15, 1912 at Logansport, IN to Brazier E. and Jessie (Henderson) Strasser, both deceased. He was a retired farmer and retired from Eaton Controls of North Manchester.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

Survivors include a son, John Strasser of Laketon; daughters Barbara Jean Miller of Wabash; Shari Bice of Turkey; Ermah Sparks of North Manchester; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997 at the DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.

Willie "Bill" Rose

Willie "Bill" Rose, 70, of 160 N. Bass Road, Silver Lake, IN, died Friday, Oct.. 10, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born March 19, 1927 at Prestonsburg, KY to James and Lulu (Shepherd) Rose, both deceased. He was a self employed painter, and attended the House of Prayer of Akron, IN.

Survivors include two sons - Dale Rose of Point Pleasant, W.V., and Dave Rose of Mason, W.V.; daughters Mrs. Steve (Joann) Brubaker of Lagro, IN; Mrs. George (Patricia) Thorton and Mrs. James (Sandra) Thorton, both of Gallipolis, OH; Mrs. Roger (Brenda) Wallace of Silver Lake, IN and Norma Rose of North Manchester, IN; a brother, Ballard Rose of Wabash; two sisters - Martha Nelson of Wabash, IN and Mrs. Henry (Maggie) Shaker of Andrews, IN; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One son and a brother preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary Monday, Oct. 13, 1997 with the Rev. Danny Honeycutt officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortu-ary was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Gauer III

Joseph August Gauer III, 35, of Harker Heights, TX, died Oct. 7, 1997 at Troy, Texas as the result of an auto accident. He was born Dec. 15, 1961 at Chicago, IL to Ralph and Mary Gauer, and had lived in the Harker Heights area since 1977. He was a software engineer for computers.

He graduated from Ellison High School in 1979, and from Texas A&M College of Engineering in 1985. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National engineering Honor Society, and was recipient of Distinguished Student and Outstanding Academic Awards at Texas A&M.

Survivors include his parents, Ralph and Mary Gauer of Harker Heights; brothers Ralph Gauer, Jr. and his wife, Karen Carr of North Manchester, IN and Todd Gauer of Friendswood, TX; a sister, Laura Jane Marie Gauer of Smyrna, GA. Joe is the uncle and godfather of Jo Gauer, of North Manchester.

A wake service was held Friday with Father Richard O'Rourke officiating. The funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 11 at the 58th Street Chapel, Ft. Hood with Fr. Carl Pferiffer officiating. The body was cremated.

Mr. Gauer received his Eagle Scout award Oct. 3, 1979 at Ft. Hood, and the family requests memorials be given to Camperships Program Leon Valley Boy Scouts, c/o Heart of Texas Boy Scouts, P.O. Box 7127, Waco, TX 76714. Note: donations should be marked as given in memory of Joseph Gauer III. 

Arrangements are by Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen.

Annie May Bowen

Annie May Bowen, 88, of 841 Mill St., Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997 at her residence. She was born May 10, 1909 at Paintsville, KY to Jack and Viola (Spears) Bowen. She moved to Wabash in February 1997 from Van Lear, KY. 

She is survived by a son, Russell Smith of Wabash, IN; a brother, Raymond Bowen of Van Lear, KY; sisters Norma Young of Van Lear, KY and Gertrude Horne of Staffordsville, KY; eight grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 15 great-great grandchildren.

Friends were received at the Main St. Chapel, Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service in Wabash on Friday. The body was taken to Jones and Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, KY on Sunday, Oct. 12 where the funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 13, 1997 with Rev. Dick VanHoose officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery of Paintsville. 

Local arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service.

Esther L. Jack

Esther Lucille Jack, 71, of 1316 Creekside Drive, Apt. 28, Wabash, IN died Oct. 12, 1997 at Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash. She was born Jan. 31, 1926 in Fulton County, IN to Wallace and Pearl (Lewark) Leonhard. She married Raymond Eugene Jack on April 28, 1949 in Caney, KS; he died in 1954.

Survivors include daughters Mary Lou Heintzelman of Columbia city, IN and Brenda Kay Willits of Kokomo, IN; a son, Charles Stackhouse of Laketon, IN; sisters Mary Brown of Niles, MI and Irene Ford of Wabash; a sister-in-law Martha Leonhard of Wabash; seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Two brothers, two sisters, and a brother-in-law preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held this morning (Wednesday), Oct. 15, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash, with Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Charles "Frank" King

Charles Franklin "Frank" King, 86, of 1659 Grand St., Wabash, IN died Oct. 11, 1997 at his residence. He was born Mar. 8, 1911 at Vincennes, IN to Joseph and Emma (Meredith) King. He married H. Louise Eakin in Wabash on March 29, 1941.

He owned King Pest Control in Wabash and also owned King's General Store at Poor Man's Corner in Wabash. Frank was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash, was a member and past president of the Izaak Walton League of America. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman, was a conservationist and served in the U.S. Army. He received a degree from Purdue University in Entomology.

Survivors include his wife, Louise of Wabash; four sons - Robert L. of Marion, Donald W. of Wabash, Douglas F. of Roann, and Gene L. of Wabash; a daughter, Sarah L. Wilkerson of Wabash; three brothers - James King of Newark, OH, Ronald Flynn of Urbana, IN and Donald Flynn of Wabash; two sisters - Hazel Butler of Indianapolis, IN, and Anne Meyer of Wabash, IN; 19 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. One son, two grandchildren, three brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held this afternoon (Wednesday) Oct. 15, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Rev. John Leinbaugh officiating. Burial was in Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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.

Allan R. Smith

Allan R. Smith, 61, of 1646 Sinclair St., Fort Wayne, IN, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was a native of Kentland, IN, and married Carolyn Metzger, the daughter of North Manchester residents, Eldred and Louise (Penrod) Metzger.

Mr. Smith was a charter member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church; he was a member of United Commercial Travelers, and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He retired from International Harvester in 1982 after 31 years employment.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; a daughter Dawn Seigel of Fort Wayne; sons Mark Smith and Brian Smith, both of Fort Wayne; three sisters - Delores Storer and Ruth Young, both of Fort Wayne and Linda Deam of Churubusco; and an aunt, Dorothy Biddle of Lebanon, IN; two grandsons and a granddaughter. A sister, Barbara England, preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997) at C. M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 Wells St., Fort Wayne 46808. Burial was in Covington Memorial Gardens. 

Preferred memorials are to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne.

William A. James

William A. James, 56, of 50E. Geary St., Ijamsville, North Manchester, IN, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born Oct. 25, 1941 at Wabash, IN to Alvin E. and Vera (Allison) James, both deceased. He married Lois Clark Sept. 17, 1963.

He had been employed as a truck driver for Diamond Trucking of Peru, IN for 33 years. He was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester, and a member of the Sportsman & Farmers Conservation Club of Silver Lake, IN.

In addition to his wife, Lois, he is survived by a son Fredrick A. James of Sidney; daughters Mrs. Terry (Deborah) Barrett of Liberty Mills, Diana Wood of Sidney, Lori Conley and Mrs. Robert (Lisa) Haupert, both of North Manchester; brothers Jack Watson of Liberty Mills and Steve James of North Manchester; a sister, Maryann Spangle of Roann; 16 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. One son, a brother, and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral was held Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN with Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Heart Association or Wabash County Cancer Fund. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Catherine L. Fleck

Catherine Lorene Fleck, 86, of 257 E. Main St., Wabash, IN died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997 at Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash. She was born Aug. 20, 1911 in Tipton County, Indiana, to Anthony and Catherine (Dooley) Murphy. She married William L. Fleck Sr. Oct. 10, 1929, and he died Sept. 1, 1988.

She moved to Wabash when she was in the eighth grade. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic church, Rosary Sodality, Women of the Moose Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Wabash Senior Club, Wabash Woman's Clubhouse, Jefferson Club, AARP. She was a member and first President of Wabash Council Area 5 Aged and Aging, served as president and vice president of Wabash County Labor Council, worked as labor leader for several years, worked with AFL-CIO, worked for office of Equal Opportunity program.

Mayor Mike Davis appointed her to Mayor's Advisory Council as resource person for the elderly, was an active member of the Democrat Party. She was retired from Minneapolis Honeywell and Markhon after 22 years. She was recipient of the 1990 Older Hoosier of the Year for Area 5 Council on Aged and Aging. She was Area 5 Queen in 1979. She was a member of the Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force (IJJTF) in 1977 and a member of the Indiana Federation of Older Hoosiers.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. James (Catherine) Wagmer of Wabash; sons William L. Fleck Jr. of Silver Lake and John A. Fleck of Gilbert, AZ; a sister, Alice Lundy of Indianapolis, IN; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and three step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a grandchild.

Funeral service was held today, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 at St. Bernard Catholic Church with Father Tim Wrozek officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, located at Tipton, IN.

Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Main Street Chapel, Wabash, IN.

David W. Roser

Davie Warren Roser, 53, of 5431E 250S, Lagro, IN. died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born June 14, 1944 in Wabash County, IN toVerne Roser of Lagro, and the late Margaret S. (Graves) Roser. He married Carolyn Crandall July 11, 1965 in Somerset, IN.

Mr. Roser was a 1962 graduate of Somerset High School. He was a member of the Treaty Church of Christ, was a farmer and drove a truck for Hurryin' Hoosier Trucking Company of Kokomo for several years.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn of Lagro; his father, Verne of Wabash; a daughter, Deanne Roser Everroad of Indianapolis; and a brother, Jay A. Roser of Rock Island, IL.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. chapel of Wabash, with Rev. Ron Zorn officiating. Burial was in Mississinewa Cemetery, located at Somerset, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash Christian Church. Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel of Wabash was in charge of arrangements.

Barbara J. Saltmarsh

Barbara J. Saltmarsh, 63, of Wabash Community Care Center, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997. She was born August 25, 1934 in Wabash County to John and Geneva (Brane) Harrell, both deceased.

She was a nurse's aide at Wabash County Hospital for 10 years. She was a member of Washington Street Wesleyan Church.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Eakright of LaFontaine, IN; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Cathy) Burkholder of Wabash; two brothers - John Brane and David Brane, both of Wabash; three sisters - Mrs. Bernie (Janet) Howe of Yuma, AZ, Grace Hubbard and Florence Castator, both of Wabash; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. One son preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997 at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, Wabash, with Rev. David Fulton officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery.

Lorraine Brubaker

Lorraine Brubaker, 61, born June 24, 1936, in Glendale, California, joined the Lord on December 7, 1997. Now reunited with older brother never met on earth, Charles Latino, Jr.; mother, Verona; and father, Charles. 

She is survived by husband, Jerry Brubaker of La Puente, California (Jerry was born and raised in North Manchester, IN); daughters Brenda Brubaker of Azusa, CA, and Denise Brubaker-Turek of Arcadia, CA, and grandchild, Gerald Turek; sister, Irene Zakar of Bishop, CA, and brother, Frank Latino, of Landers, CA.

Interment was at Rose Hills, 3888 S. Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA. Preferred memorials are to National Kidney Cancer Association, 1234 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60202 (708-332-1051).

Custer Christiansen Mortuaries of West Covina, CA were in charge of arrangements.


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