Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1999


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Laurance B. Rager

Laurance B. Rager, 88, of 801 Huntington Ave., Warren, IN, died Friday Feb. 19, 1999 at the United Methodist Memorial Home where he had been a resident since 1990. He was born Feb. 28, 1910 in Wabash County to Clyde and Laura (Bruckart) Rager.

He married Esther Manges on Dec. 24, 1930 in North Manchester. She preceded him in death Oct. 25, 1995. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Manchester College in 1931 and a Master's degree from the University of Buffalo in 1933 in the field of mathematics and physics.

Mr. Rager retired in 1972 from Chrysler's New Castle plant as an engineer after 30 years. He had also taught industrial arts at Wabash schools from 1940-42. He was a 50-year member of the F.& AM #91, and Knights Templar, both in New Castle, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, and the Warren United Methodist Church. He enjoyed piloting his own plane for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Bertha Reish of Shelbyville, and Mrs. Jack (Phyllis) Apple of Syracuse; a brother, George Rager of Crawfordsville; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held at a later date. His ashes were interred at Lisbon Cemetery of Union City, Indiana. Jones-Smith Funeral Home of 259 N. Main St., Upland, IN 46989 was in charge of arrangements.

Walter F. Davis

Walter F. Davis, 95, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Friday, Feb. 19, 1999 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Sept. 20, 1903 at Durand, WI to Edwin and Hulda (Belden) Davis. He married Della P. Deardorff on Sept. 7, 1930.

He retired after 40 years with Uniroyal Rubber of Eau Claire, WI. They were residents of Sarasota, FL in their early retirement years, where they served as deacon and deaconess in the First Brethren Church. They moved to North Manchester in 1988, and he became a member of North Manchester First Brethren Church.

In addition to his wife of 68 years, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. James (Polly) Baker of North Manchester, and a son, Gordon Davis of Fountain Hills, AZ; a sister, Mattie Montgomery of Mondovi, WI; seven grandchildren and three step grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral service was held Monday afternoon, Feb. 22, 1999 at Timbercrest Chapel with Pastor Kurt Stout officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery of North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to the First Brethren Church Handicapped Fund. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Ann M. Fratus

Ann M. Fratus, 59, of 411 W. Fifth St., North Manchester, IN died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. She was born Nov. 4, 1939 at Whitesburg, TN to Lloyd and Thelma (Earl) Smelser, both deceased. She married LaVerne H. Fratus Dec. 8, 1956, and he preceded her in death Aug. 19, 1997.

She was employed in the dietary department of Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.

Survivors include three sons - Randy and Barry Fratus, both of North Manchester, and Dennis Fratus of Shepherdsville, KY; three daughters, Mrs. Jonathon (Beth) Carroll and Megan Fratus, both of North Manchester, and Mrs. Dale (Rena) Moore of Green Cove Springs, FL.; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Caring Circle of Peabody Retirement Community.

Robert E. Frantz

Robert E. Frantz, 69, of 211 Lark Ave., Sebring, FL, and formerly of Warsaw, IN, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999 at Florida Hospital of Orlando, FL. He was born June 18, 1929 in Kosciusko County, IN to Elmer and Trilba (Fruitt) Frantz, both deceased. He married Doris Gareiss Oct. 27, 1984 and she survives.

He was a 1947 graduate of Sidney High School, and was owner of Robert Frantz Construction of Warsaw, IN for 42 years. He was a member and past president of Home Builders Association of Warsaw. He was a member of West Eel River Church of the Brethren.

In addition to his wife, Doris, he is survived by a son, Steven Frantz of Warsaw; three step sons, Neal Gareiss of Columbia City, Lantis Gareiss of Sebring, FL and Roger Gareiss of Charlotte, MI; a daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Janet) Wiseman of Warsaw; a step daughter, Mrs. Don (Beverly) Hanft of Warsaw; a sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Carol) Davis of Tipp City, OH; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with the Rev. Lester Young officiating. Burial was in the North Manchester Old German Baptist Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Carol L. Roth

Carol Lynn Roth, 45, of 643 Berkley Dr., Wabash, IN, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999 at Parkview Hospital of Fort Wayne. She was born May 21, 1953 at Wabash, IN to Robert E. and Dorothy Joan (Ply) Holley Sr. She married Paul E. Roth in Wabash on March 24, 1973. 

She worked at the Wabash Village Pantry for the past 11 years, and also worked at Wabash K-Mart for the past six years.

In addition to her husband, Paul, she is survived by her father, Robert E. Holley, Sr. of Wabash; a son, Steven Paul Roth of Lafayette, IN; a sister, Mrs. Steve (Marcia) Weesner of Wabash; and three brothers, Robert E. Holley, Jr., Keith Holley, and Chester S. Holley III, all of Wabash.

Funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 19, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with Dr. Bill Moon officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

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

Richard B. Olinger

Richard B. Olinger, 53, of 720 N. Clinton St., Defiance, OH, died Monday, Feb. 22, 1999 at Defiance Hospital, Defiance, OH. He was born Nov. 20, 1945 at Middletown, OH to Robert and Mae (Strunk) Olinger. He married Gloria Heater July 11, 1940, and she survives.

Mr. Olinger was a meat cutter for Kroger Company and department manager in Defiance. He was an Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons - Gary Bruce Olinger of Oneida, TN and Terry Edward Olinger of New York City; a daughter, Mrs. Kent (Tammie) Reynolds, Oneida, TN; a step-daughter Stephanie Shultz of Porter, IN; brothers Gary Olinger of Waveland, IN, David Strunk of Oneida, TN, Worley Olinger of Middletown, OH, Kelly Stanfill of New Carlisle, OH and Joe Stanfill of Redline, OH; sisters Mrs. John (Dorothy) King of Oneida, TN, Mrs. Clell (Sue) Reed of Hellenwood, TN, Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Hubbard of Pendleton, SC, Mrs. Eugene (Becky) Daugherty of Wabash, IN and Bobbie Bell of Oneida, TN; and three grandchildren.

Friends may call two hours prior to funeral service which will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. at Liberty Mills United Methodist Church. The Rev. Edward French will officiate, and burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery of North Manchester.

DeLaughter McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Parks M. Adams, Sr.

Parks Madden Adams, 88, a retired industrial engineer, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999 in Chatham, Massachusetts. He was the husband of Dorothy W. (Doty) Adams for 67 years.

Born in Los Angeles, CA, Mr. Adams lived in Baltimore for many years before moving to Harwich Port, MA in 1975. He was a 1934 graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and received a master's degree in business from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Mr. Adams worked as an industrial engineer for the Glenn L. Martin Co., a manufacturer of airplanes. He later worked for Westinghouse Corp. in Baltimore, doing value engineering until his retirement in 1975.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Dr. Parks M. Adams, Jr. of North Manchester; two brothers, Stephen Adams of Reading, CA and Emerson Adams of N. Hollywood, CA; four grandchildren, Krista, Sara, Will and Dan, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also the father of Carl W. Adams, who died in 1988.

A memorial service was held Feb. 11 at the Pilgrim Congregational Church of Harwich Port, MA.

L. Dawn Haupert

Lillian Dawn Haupert, 72, of 9643N 325W, Roann, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born June 15, 1926 in Miami County to Claude Lyndel and Marie (Tracy) Burns. She married Delbert E. Haupert in Miami County on Jan. 16, 1946.

Dawn was a member of the Laketon United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and had also served as chairperson of the Pastor-parish and Trustee committees of the church. She was the Women's leader of the Wabash County Farm Bureau from 1996-1998, and was secretary of the Pleasant Township Farm Bureau, and member of Laketon Pleasant Township Association. She was also a member and past zone chairperson of the Laketon Lions Club, and was a past secretary of the Indiana Corn Huskers Association.

A 1944 graduate of Gilead High School, she worked at G.C. Murphy Store in North Manchester for 16 years, and retired from Heckman Bindery in North Manchester in 1992 after 16 years service, and worked on the family farm.

Dawn is survived by her husband Delbert E. of Roann; four daughters - Mrs. Jay (Janet) Clevenger of Roann, Mrs. Alan (Diane) Binkerd of North Manchester, Kathy Sue Kline of Warsaw, and Mrs. Thomas (Shirley) Smith of New Carlisle, IN; a sister, Mrs. Robert (Marjorie) Ihnen of North Manchester; a brother, Harvey Dean Burns of Macy, IN; eight grandchildren, two step grandchildren, a great-grandson, and five step-great grandchildren. A son, Max Edward Haupert, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday), Feb. 3, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester, with Pastor Randall Webb officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery.

Preferred memorials may be made to Laketon United Methodist Church or Laketon Lions Club. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Ruby M. Tate

Ruby M. Tate, 84, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Friday, Jan. 29, 1999 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. She was born Mar. 1, 1914 in Wabash County, IN to Virgil and Clara (Houser) Allisbaugh. A lifetime North Manchester area resident, she married Von B. Tate April 6, 1937; he preceded her in death Feb. 1, 1994.

A homemaker and farm wife, Ruby was a member of the North Manchester First Brethren Church, a 50-year member of the North Manchester Order of Eastern Star, and the Town and Country Club. She was a 1932 graduate of Chester High School, and graduated from International Business College in Fort Wayne in 1933. She was a former owner of Allisbaugh Monument Sales in Servia, IN.

Survivors include two sons - Roger E. Tate and Neil A. Tate, both of North Manchester; grandsons Eric and Andrew Tate, and granddaughters Angela Tate Eugenio and Jessica Tate.

Funeral service was held Monday morning, Feb. 1, 1999, with the Revs. Robert Schmeiser and Marlin McCann officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, located at Servia, IN.

Preferred memorials may be made to the Peabody Retirement Community. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Norman E. Watson

Norman E. "Norm" Watson, 75, a resident of 1312 Park Road, Rochester, IN, died Friday, Jan. 29, 1999 at Woodlawn Hospital of Rochester, where he had been a patience since Tuesday, Jan. 26. He had been in failing health since July.

He was born Oct. 18, 1923 in Shelby County, IN to Arlie and Edna (McNeely) Watson, both deceased. He had been a resident of Fulton County area since 1966, having moved from North Manchester.

He was married Dec. 12, 1970 in Akron, IN to Geraldine (Jerry) Smith who survives. He retired as Vice President of the Rochester Telephone Company in 1986 following 20 years of service. Previously, he was employed by General Telephone for 18-1/2 years. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Atlantic and South Pacific areas. He was a member of the Rochester American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles and Elks Lodge, all of Rochester, and was past Commander of the North Manchester American Legion. He was past director of the Indiana Wildlife Federation, Indiana Lakes Management Society, Lake Manitou Association and past President of the Lake Manitou Association. He was an avid Purdue Basketball fan.

In addition to his wife, Jerry, he is survived by two sons - Steve (Becky) Watson of Warsaw, and Bruce (Paula) Watson of Columbus, IN; four grandchildren - Nicole and Curt of Warsaw and Josie and Gabriel of Columbus; a sister, Wilma Williams of Shelbyville, IN; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Kenneth, preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday morning, Feb. 1, 1999 at the Foster & Good Funeral Home of Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. American Legion and V.F.W. conducted military graveside service at the Rochester I.O.O.F. Cemetery of Rochester, where he was buried.

Dorothy S. Winegardner

Dorothy S. Winegardner, 86, of 1540 Avon Place, IN died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999 at Cornwall Regional Hospital. Formerly of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Mrs. Winegardner was a housewife married to Donald E. Winegardner at Ft. Wayne, IN Aug. 28, 1937. He preceded her in death July 27, 1984.

She was born Feb. 23, 1912 in Huntington County to George and Novella Belle (Briner) Sanders, both deceased. She was a member of Huntington (IN) Trinity United Methodist Church and its Friendship Class for 50 years. She was affiliated with Huntington College and was a volunteer for Salvation Army.

Survivors include a son, David Winegardner of Midland, MI; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Ann) McGaw of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Lou Peters of Seattle, WA and Ida Briegel of Fort Wayne; and a brother Stan Sanders of North Manchester. Five brothers - Arnold, George, Kenneth, Donald and Deloris Sanders - and a sister, Kathleen Briegel, preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999 at Trinity United Methodist Church of Huntington, with the Rev. Steven N. Ailes officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery Memorial Park of Fort Wayne.

Deal-Robbins & Van Gilder Huntington Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Guilford St., Huntington, IN 46750, or Salvation Army, 1424 E. Market St., Huntington, IN 46750.

Mary P. Roberts

Mary Pauline (Pratt) Roberts, 95, formerly of 142 Shady Lane Dr., Wabash, IN, died Feb. 1, 1999 at Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash, IN. She was born July 31, 1903 at Wabash, IN to Hugh and Rosa (Miller) Pratt. She married Vern Roberts Feb. 14, 1959 and he died Nov. 23, 1959. 

She was a member and former Sunday School teacher at the Wabash Christ United Methodist Church. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross. She was also a member and past president of the Wabash Altrusa Club, a member since 1928 of the Wabash Rebekah Lodge #304 where she served as secretary for a number of years, and was a member of the Women's Clubhouse Association.

A lifelong resident of Wabash County, she was a 1925 graduate of Chippewa High School; she retired from the F.W. Woolworth Company in Wabash after six years. She owned and operated Pratt Studios in Wabash for 30+ years.

Survivors include three sisters - Ruth Huskey of Sault St. Marie, MI, Mrs. Howard (Emma) Enyeart of Wabash, and Mrs. Don (Bessie) Hoover of Syracuse, IN; and several nieces and nephews, including Jim and Carol Hoover of Peru, IN. Two sisters and a brother preceded her in death.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel in Wabash today (Wednesday) from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Main St. Chapel Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Don Crabill officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, located at Wabash, IN.

Preferred memorials are to American Red Cross or Christ United Methodist Church.

Edna L. Gurtner

Edna Lucille Gurtner, 90, a resident of Rocky Nol Retirement Community of Akron, OH, died at the Retirement Home Monday, Feb. 1, 1999. She was born Jan. 30, 1909 at Marion, IN to Ora and Cloe (Burkhart) Horton. She married Wendell J. Gurtner on Dec. 16, 1954 in Peru, IN and he died June 29, 1996. 

She was an executive secretary at General Tire in Wabash. 

She is survived by a nephew, Jerry (Ramona) O'Brian of Reading, MI; and a sister-in-law, Betty Ann Retherford of LaFontaine, IN. She was preceded in death by a sister.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Main Street Chapel, 86 E. Main St., Wabash, IN on Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Main Street Chapel Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial will take place in Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

There will be a memorial service held at the Carroll Center at Rocky Nol Retirement Community in Akron, OH on Monday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m.


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