Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998
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Misha Monce, 24, of 214 S. Sycamore St., North Manchester, died at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in rural Miami County.
She graduated from Manchester High School in 1993, and was a homemaker. She attended the Missionary Church, North Manchester.
Other survivors include a son, Kayson Monce, and a daughter, Keesa Monce, both at home; two brothers, Jason and Joshua Singleton, both of North Manchester; grandpar-ents, Elmer Singleton of Wabash, and Sally Betten of North Manchester; a great-grandmother, Ester Eakright of LaFontaine. A brother is de-ceased.
Services were held Sunday at the DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with the Rev. Daniel Binkley officiating. Burial was in South Pleasant Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Kayson and Keesa Monce Fund. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of ar-rangements.
Merrell D. Geible
Merrell D. Geible, 75, of 7 Maple Court, North Manchester, died Sunday, May 31, 1998 at his residence. He was born at Wabash, IN July 10, 1922 to Fred and Leonora (Burgener) Geible, both deceased. He married Lois Fulton June 17, 1945 and she survives.
Merrell Geible was a retired minister with the United Methodist Church. He gradu-ated from Indiana Central and the United Theological Seminary of Dayton, OH. He earned the B.A. degree from University of Indianapolis, M.D. Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, and an Honorary D.D. Degree from the University of Indianapolis. He served parishes at Richvalley, Hammond, Warsaw, Lafayette, and Winchester, all in Indiana.
He served as director of Christian Education & Program for the Indiana North Conference EUB Church; Logansport District Superintendent for United Methodist Church; was a member of the Board of Trustees of United Theological Seminary, and as its president for five years; and was a mem-ber of the Board of Publications of the United Methodist Church for eight years, and had been elected a member of the General Conference several times.
He was a member of the North Indiana Conference United Methodist Church, the North Manchester Historical Society, and Manchester Shepherd's Center.
In addition to his wife, Lois, he is survived by two sons, David Geible of Atlantic City, WY and Norman Geible of Kernersville, N.C.; daughters Mrs. Dennis (Elizabeth) Shoemaker of Colorado Springs, CO, Katherine Geible of Wabash, IN and Rebecca Geible of Roanoke, IN; a brother, Harry Geible of Sebring, FL and a sister Frieda Anderson of Wakarusa, IN; also four grandchildren, two step grandchildren; one step great grandchild.
Funeral service was held this morning (Church with the Revs. William Hemmig, Larry Ray, Lorin Clemenz, and David Byrum officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. Preferred memorials are to Oakwood Spiritual Life Center Foundation, 702 E. Lakeview Rd., Syracuse, IN 46567 or the United Theological Seminary Scholarship Fund, 1810 Harvard Blvd., of Dayton, OH 45406. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Walter D. Shireman
Walter D. "Duco" Shireman, 87, of Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, and former resident of North Manchester and Silver Lake, died Saturday, May 30, 1998 at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN. He was born March 10, 1911 at Silver Lake, IN to Douglas and Minnie (Perry) Shireman. He married E. Evelyn Blair Sept. 11, 1944, who survives.
He had worked for the Big Four Elevator and Rollin Smith Plumbing & Heating.
He was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; was a member of American Legion Post #286, North Manchester, and umpired for local baseball and soft-ball games for many years.
In addition to his wife, sur-vivors include a daughter, Mrs. Chester (Judy) Clampitt of Warsaw; three grandchil-dren, five step grandchildren, 11 step great-grandchildren. A brother and four sisters pre-ceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 2, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, which was in charge of ar-rangements. Rev. J.P. Freeman officiated, and burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Preferred memorials are to the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester.
Margaret F. Stewart
Margaret F. Stewart, 71, of 302 E. Ninth St., North Manchester, died Friday, May 29, 1998 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Goldie (Hamilton) Bowman, born March 19, 1927 at Tyner, IN. She married Robert D. Stewart Nov. 2, 1955 and he survives.
Mrs. Stewart, a 1945 gradu-ate of Laketon High School, was retired from Heckman Bindery, North Manchester af-ter 29 years employment.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two broth-ers - Gale Slater of Fulton, IN and Owen Slater of Apache Junction, AZ; and a sister, Mrs. George (June) Reed of Mentone, IN. Three brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Monday, June 1, 1998, with Pastor Thomas Craig officiat-ing. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
Preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association of Indiana, c/o DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, which was in charge of arrangements.
Gerald A. Garrison
Gerald A. Garrison, 75, of 2113E 1200S, Silver Lake, IN, died Saturday, May 30, 1998 at Wabash Health Care Center, Wabash, IN. He was born Oct. 5, 1922 to Arthur and Amanda (Albright) Garrison. He was employed as a farmer, and was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the Eel River Church of the Brethren in Kosciusko County.
Survivors include two step brothers - Wayne Miller of Santa Cruz, CA and Kenneth Miller of St. Louis, MO; a half sister, Ruth Bechtold of Peoria, IL; and a step sister, Mrs. Everet (Phyllis) Grossnickle of North Manchester. A half brother and a half sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held to-day (Wednesday, June 3, 1998) at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, with the Rev. Martha Cory officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, No. Manchester. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrange-ments.
Ellis Griffey, 55, of 7780N 400W, Roann, IN died May 28, 1998 at Wabash Skilled Care Center of Wabash, IN. He was born June 20, 1942 at Thomas, KY to Alie and Dulcie May (Roop) Griffey, and married Alberta Clark Oct. 1, 1960 in Pikeville, KY.
He worked 31 years for Gen Corp in Wabash and BTR in Peru, retiring in January 1998. He was a member of Christian Heritage Church of Wabash.
Survivors include his wife, Alberta of Roann; two sons - Randell Griffey of Roann and Rick Griffey of Honolulu, HI; seven brothers - Henry Griffey of Tampa, FL, Paul Griffey and George Griffey, both of Prestonsburg, KY, Ester Griffey of North Manchester, Elmer Griffey, Dean Smith, and Moses Griffey, all of Wabash; and three sisters - Ruth Blankenship of Pikeville, KY, and Marie Skeens and Martha Jane Murphy, both of Prestonsburg, KY; and five grandchildren. A grandson and two sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Monday, June 1, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel in Wabash, with the Rev. Tim Prater officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery, located at Roann, IN. Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel was in charge of arrange-ments.
Howard C. Sommer
Howard C. Sommer, 86, of 514 Hawthorn Trail, North Manchester, died May 28, 1998 at his residence located in the Timbercrest Retirement Community. He was born at Chicago, IL Dec. 26, 1911 to George W. and Annie (Haase) Sommer.
He married Pauline E. Lambert May 16, 1936 and she survives. He graduated from Oak Park High School, Oak Park, IL and attended Northwestern University. He moved to Wabash, IN in 1957. In 1977, Mr. Sommer retired from General Tire and Rubber Company where he was President of the Industrial Products Division and a Corporate Vice President in charge of industrial products operations. His career in the rubber products industry spanned 46 years. He belonged to the Rubber Manufacturers' Association and served as chairman of the Molded and Extruded Division of that or-ganization.
Mr. Sommer served on the Board of Trustees of Wabash County Hospital from 1966 to 1985, where he was President of the board from 1979 to 1985. He was a past member of the Board of Directors of Frances Slocum Bank. He was a past member of the Wabash Country Club, serving as pres-ident. He was also a past mem-ber of the Wabash Kiwanis Club and the Salamonie Trail Riders Club.
Mr. Sommer was a member and former deacon of the Congregational Christian Church of North Manchester.
In Addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Michael Sommer of San Jose, CA and Carl Sommer of Roann, IN; a daughter, Sharon Beauchamp of Wabash, IN; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.
Funeral service was held Saturday, May 30, 1998 at Timbercrest Retirement Community Chapel, North Manchester, with the Rev. Joan Deeter officiating.
Preferred memorials are to The Community Foundation of Wabash County. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service handled arrangements.
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