Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997


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Sharon L. Knechel

Sharon L. Knechel, 41, of 520 S. Maple, McPherson, KS 67460, was killed Monday, Sept. 8, 1997 in a one-car accident on a sand road located six miles north and one and one-half miles west of the intersection of U.S. 56 and the Rice County Line, KS. She was born Feb. 29, 1956 at Gettysburg, PA to Robert W. and Martha J. (Jacoby) Knechel. She married Kenneth Queen on Nov. 20, 1983 in Bridgewater, VA.

She was formerly Vice Preesident of Student Services at McPherson College (on administrative leave). She formerly resided in Minneapolis, MN. She was a member of the McPherson Church of the Brethren, American Psychology Association, was Past Moderator of the Western Plains District of the Church of the Brethren, past President of Harrisburg, VA Mediation Center.

She is survived by her husband, at home; her mother, Martha J. Knechel of North Manchester, a sister, Ruthann Johansen of Granger, IN, and brothers Bob Knechel of McPherson, KS and Dave Knechel of Allendale, NJ, and four nieces and three nephews.

Friends will be received at Friendship Hall on the campus of McPherson College from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 1997 at the Church of the Brethren with Dr. Don Booz officiating. The body will be cremated following the service. 

Preferred donations are to McPherson College. Ball & Son Funeral Home of 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460 is in charge of arrangements.

John H. Fricke

John H. Fricke, 33, of 109 N. Line St., South Whitley, died Monday, Sept. 8, at his home. He was born Feb. 25, 1964 in Whitley County to Norman Fricke Sr. of Phillips, WI and Janine Dorthy Zanda of Florida.

He was an engineer at Flare Machine, Ft. Wayne. He was a 1982 graduate of Whitko High School. He married Kelli Rager April 15, 1995.

Survivors include his wife, brothers Harold Fricke of Mentone and Norman Fricke Jr. of Grifton, N.C., a sister Charlene Roderick St. Gabriel, Louisiana.

Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, Thursday, Sept. 11 from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 12, 1997 at 10 a.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with Rev. Junior Rose of-ficiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery, Whitley County.

Reuben Whitaker Jr.

Reuben Whitaker Jr., 63, of 3100 Frontage Rd., Warsaw, IN, died Friday, Sept. 5, 1997 at his residence. He was born Sept. 21, 1933 in Floyd County, KY to Reuben and Velia L. (Jenkins) Whitaker, Sr., both deceased. He married Beverly VanDyke Oct. 14, 1982 and she survives.

He was former owner of the Mobile Service Station of Warsaw. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict, and a member of First Freewill Baptist Church of Kosciusko County.

In addition to his wife he is survived by sons James, Timothy, and Thomas Whitaker, all of Las Vegas, NV; a step son Jeff VanDyke of Warsaw; daughters Mrs. Steven (Joyce) Farmer of Warsaw, Florence Whitaker of Flagstaff, AZ, Mrs. John (Frances) Glen, Mrs. Anthony (June) Soliz, Patricia Davis, and Donna Whitaker, all of Las Vegas, NV; brothers Grover Whitaker of Pierceton, Ben Whitaker of Silver Lake, Paul Whitaker of Ellajay, GA, and Charles Whitaker of Myrtle Beach, SC; sisters Mrs. Smith (Fanny) Helton of Sidney, Nancy Konkle of Warsaw, Mrs. Charles (Margaret) Anderson of Troutman, NC, Mrs. Herbert (Hazel) Bragg of Statesville, NC, and Mrs. Gene (Bethel) Packett of Leesburg, FL; 32 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. One son, two brothers, a sister, and a great-grandchild preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 8 at First Freewill Baptist Church of Kosciusko County, with Pastor Tim Harris officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Kathy A. Biggs

Kathy A. Biggs, 35, of Oakley, CA died in Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Walnut Creek, Sept. 3, 1997, following an illness of three years. She was born July 15, 1962 to Ed Rice of North Manchester and Luannia Johnson of Antioch, CA.

A native of Antioch, CA, and resident of Oakley, she grew up and attended schools in Antioch and North Manchester, IN where she graduated in 1980 from Manchester High School. She returned to Antioch in 1980 and moved to Oakley three years ago. She worked for two years as Senior Administrative Support Specialist for PeopleSoft Company in Pleasanton, and had previously worked for Brunswick Delta Bowl in Antioch for five years as a bookkeeper. She enjoyed trips to Reno, Bowling, vacations, family time, and collecting frogs.

She is survived by her husband of 10 years, Mike Biggs of Oakley; a daughter, Michelle Nicole Riodan of Oakley; her father Ed Rice of North Manchester, her mother and step father, Luannia and Al Johnson of Antioch; sisters Karen Mello of San Marcos, CA and Bonnie Freeman of Antioch.

Memorial services were held Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997 at Higgins Chapel, Antioch; cremation followed. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer society, P.O. Box 4295, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-0295. Higgins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Clara B. Frantz

Clara Blocher Frantz, 83, of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Friday, Sept. 5, 1997 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. She was born Dec. 13, 1913 in Clinton County, IN to Ray and Mary (Reavis) Wolf. She married Delbert Blocher on March 19, 1938, and he died on March 15, 1965. She then married Glen R. Frantz Sept. 5, 1972. She lived in North Manchester for several years, previously of Clinton County. She was a member of the North Manchester Old German Baptist Brethren Church. She lived at Timbercrest since 1981. She worked for Heckman Bindery from 1965-1972.

Survivors include her husband, Glen of North Manchester; a son, Morris E. Blocher of Delphi, IN; daughters Mrs. Ralph (Mary Evelyn) Karstedt of Bremen, and Mrs. Jerry (Kathleen Lucy) Cable of Rossville, IN; brothers Clarence and Wilbert, both of Rossville, IN; stepdaughters Mrs. Dennis (Ruth) Landes of New Carlisle, OH, Velma Frey, and Carolyn Frantz, both of North Manchester; step son Virgil Frantz of North Manchester; seven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren, 34 step great grandchildren, and five step great great grandchildren. One grandchild and three step great great grandchildren preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 8 at the Old German Baptist Brethren Church with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial was in the Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel.

Deloris I. Smith

Deloris I. Smith, 80, of 12 Wisteria Lane, North Manchester, died Friday, Sept. 5, at her residence. She was born June 2, 1917 at Randolph County, IN to Ernest and Inez (Wise) Bolinger. 

She married the Rev. A. Leon Smith on Aug. 31, 1940 in Elwood, IN. She was a 1935 graduate of Elwood High School; she graduated from the I.U. School of Nursing in 1939 and received her B.S. in Education from I.U. in 1959. and her Masters from I.U. in 1974. She retired as a teacher and was a registered nurse. She taught elementary education in schools in North Carolina, Georgia, and Indiana. 

She was a member of the Ashley Order of the Ashley Chapter #229 Order of the Eastern Star in Ashley, IN. She was a member of the Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe, IN. She was a lifetime member of the National Teachers Association, a member of the I.U. Nursing Association and the Indiana State Teachers Association.

She is survived by her husband; a son, Charles E. Smith of El Paso, TX; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.

Memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 15, 1997 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial was held Sept. 8 in the Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.

Preferred memorials may be given to the Caring Circle at Peabody Retirement Community.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Harold Keefer

Harold Keefer, 79, of 360 E. Harreld Rd., Marion, IN, died Sept. 4, 1997 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. He was formerly of 470 Alena St., Wabash, IN. He was born May 6, 1918 at Somerset, IN to Harry and Myrtle (Stelts) Keefer. He married Katherine Marie Sutphen Jan. 2, 1946, and she preceded him in death April 3, 1994. 

He was formerly employed in the Records Department at VA Hospital of Marion for 30 years. He was a WW II Army veteran.

Survivors include a son, Ralph Keefer of Huntington, IN; a daughter Teresa Keefer of Marion; brothers Gilbert Keefer of Elwood and Milford Keefer of Fairmount, IN; a sister, Ruby Auckerman of Wabash; three grandchildren. A brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral was held Monday, Sept. 8 at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary of Wabash, with Rev. Delmar Fenwick officiating. Burial was in VA National Cemetery of Marion .

Ruth A. Clupper

Ruth A. Clupper, 88, of 541 N. Miami St., Wabash, IN died January 26, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Dec. 21, 1908 in Wabash County to Charles Wesley and Martha Alma (Edgerton) Southwich both deceased.

She married Cyril (Cy) L. Clupper Sr. Oct. 26, 1927, and he preceded her in death May 22, 1988. She was a member of the Wabash Art Guild.

There is one surviving son, Cyril (Cy) L. Clupper Jr. of Wabash, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mor-tuary is in charge of arrange-ments. Burial will be in Garden of Memory at a later date.

Hannah M. Heasley

Hannah M. Heasley, 82, a Peabody Retirement Community resident of North Manchester, died Jan. 25,. 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born May 29, 1914 at Akron, OH to Thomas and Hannah (Roberts) Morgan. She married Frederick H. Heasley Sept. 17, 1931 in Akron, OH and he sur-vives.

She was a resident of Peabody Retirement Community since 1995, previously of Huntington, IN. She was a cost accountant for Goodyear in Akron, OH for several years, and a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and needle-point work. She attended Garfield High School in Akron, and was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Wabash, and active in the E.C.W. of the church. She was a former member of the Church of the Redeemer in Avon Park, FL.

Survivors include her husband, Frederic H. of North Manchester; a son, Frederic T. Heasley of Huntington, IN; daughters Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Corder of Ormond Beach, FL and Mrs. Russell (Margaret) Foight of Marietta, SC; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

The Requiem Eucharist will be held Monday, Feb. 3, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. at Peabody Chapel with Rev. Robert Bizzaro and Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Preferred memorials are to the Church of the Resurrection, Wabash, IN.

Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Manuel H. Leach

Manuel H. Leach, 88, of 1175 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN, died Jan. 23, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash. He was born Dec. 22, 1908 in Wabash County to Samuel A. and Ethel Marie (Hippensteel) Leach. He married Ruth Cook Aug. 9, 1932 in Wabash County. He owned and operated Leach's Ice House for 25 years and was retired. He was a member of the Wabash Chapter-Izaak Walton League. 

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Wabash; sons Don Leach and Steve Leach, both of Wabash; brothers Hugh Leach of Wabash, Lorin Leach of Mishawaka, and Ralph Leach of North Manchester; sisters Mrs. Wilbur (Bertha) Steele of Wabash and Mrs. Joe (Frances) Nemeth of Abilene, TX; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Three brothers, two sisters and a grandchild preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Sun-day, Jan. 26, at Manchester Av-enue Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen with David Phillips officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.

Manchester Ave. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen was in charge of arrangements.

Richard G. Lambert

Richard G. Lambert, 74, of 1601 Hillcrest Drive, North Manchester, died Jan. 24, 1997 at his residence. He was a San Francisco resident from 1945-1978, and North Manchester since 1978. He was born July 25, 1922 at North Manch-ester to Riley and Ina (Rinehart) Lambert, both deceased. He married Ann M. Parker July 6, 1968 and she survives.

Mr. Lambert was an electrical engineer, having been employed with Pacific Gas & Electric for 30 years. He also worked with REMC, Wabash for seven years. He was a graduate of Central High School, North Manchester and a member of American Le-gion Post #286, North Manch-ester. He attended Manchester Bible Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a son Robert Chandler of Indianapolis; daughters Inell Lambert and Laura Lambert, both of California; a grandson, Quentin Chandler of Indianapo-lis; a brother Max Lambert of North Manchester; sisters Mrs. Milton (Lorelia) Greathouse of Wabash, Mrs. Rosie Winger of Ft. Wayne, and Mrs. Stanley (Beverly) Schnepp of Urbana; and one grandchild. One brother preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with the Rev. David Erdman officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery. 

Preferred memorials are to the Heart Disease Research Foundation. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of ar-rangements.

Charlotte Bowman

Charlotte M. Bowman, 57, of 8574 So. Yellowview Lane, Clay-pool IN, died Jan. 22, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born July 9, 1939 at Chicago, Il. 

She was a member of the Silver Creek Church of God, the Eastern Star at Swayzee, and Moose Lodge of North Manchester. She was retired from Heckman Bindery of North Manchester, and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Howard L. Bowman; a daughter, Virginia Holloway, and two sons, Charles Bowman and Benjamin Bowman, all of Claypool, IN.; a brother Charles Troupe of Sims, IN; and two grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, January 25, 1997 at the Silver Creek Church of God, Sil-ver Lake with Rev. Phil Blake of-ficiating, and burial was in Silver Creek Church of God Cemetery.

Casey Lloyd Funeral Home Strong Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mary B. Johnson

Mary Bernice Johnson, 83, of 1250E 200N, Wabash, died Jan. 28, 1997 at Community Care Center, Wabash. She was born Aug. 15, 1913 in Wabash County to John Charles and Minnie Catherine (Truss) Trent. She married Franklin Johnson June 1, 1941 and he died May 22, 1974.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Lagro United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a 1931 graduate of Somerset High School. She taught Sunday School classes. She was a 50-year member of Home Eco-nomics Clubs of Wabash County and a current member of the Progressive Homemaker Club. She loved to travel and had vis-ited all 50 states and all but one province of Canada, and five Eu-ropean countries. She worked for the John Ford family for four years and Papa Joe's Restaurant for four years.

Survivors include a son, Byron L. Johnson of Wabash; daughter Mrs. Donald (Joyce E.) Sparling of Wabash; two sisters, Mrs. Eugene (Elsie) Tyner of Wabash and Mrs. Cecil (Carrie) Oswalt of New Haven; and four grandchildren. A sister and two broth-ers preceded her in death.

Friends may call at Manchester Ave. Chapel Grandstaff-Hengen from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Funeral will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Melissa Rice officiating. Burial will be in Mississinewa Memorial Cemetery, Somerset.


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