Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998

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Misha Monce

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 was born Feb. 24, 1974 in Wabash to Jeffery and Susan (Huffman) Singleton. They survive in North Manchester. She married Shawn Monce Oct. 24, 1997; he survives.

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

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.

Ernest E. Latour
Ernest E. Latour, 90, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Saturday, January 31, 1998 at the Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. He was born February 22, 1907 in Providence, RI to Dolfice and Adelia (Martin) Latour, both deceased.
He married Alice M. Leeson June 27,1936 and she died April 10, 1987.
Mr. Latour was a retired supervisor for Nicholson File Co., Anderson, IN. He was also a member and Past Master of Providence, RI Masonic Lodge, a member and Past Worthy Patron of Providence, RI Order of Eastern Star, and a founding member of Rainbow Girls, Garden City, RI. He was a member of the Largo, FL Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include three sons - Robert W. Latour of Pendleton, IN, Dennis B. Latour of Springfield, VA, James E. Latour of Conway, SC; one daughter - Mrs. Chandis (Donna) Boomershine of No. Manchester; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 3, 1998 at Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, Anderson, IN. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Anderson, IN with Pastor Ed Priest officiating.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements and preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.

Ralph M. Delk
Ralph M. Delk, 80, a resident of 312 Sunset Crt., North Manchester, IN, died Thursday, January 29, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. He was born May 16, 1917 in Miami County, OH to Cletus E. and Lola Mae (Klepinger) Delk, both deceased.
He married Pauline E. Smith December 28, 1941 in Greene, Iowa. He was a member of the North Manchester Church of the Brethren, the Shepherd's Center, and the North Manchester Rotary Club. He received a B.S. Degree from Manchester College in 1940, and an M.A. Degree from Ohio State University in 1955. Mr. Delk was a coach and business teacher at several high schools in Ohio, and was the Principal at Mifflin H.S. in Columbus, OH. He was also the superintendent at the Lykens School in Crawford County, OH & Spencerville Schools in Allen County, OH. He worked for the Church of the Brethren promoting their publication, was business manager of Christian Century Foundation in Chicago, IL, and worked 10 years as administrator of the Morrisons Cove Home in Martinsburg, PA, retiring in 1983.
Survivors include his wife Pauline E. Delk, North Manchester; a son - Philip Douglas Delk of Chicago, IL; two daughters - Mrs. Robin (Francine) Gratz of North Manchester and Mrs. Roger (Linelle) Dickinson of Barrington, IL; a sister - Mrs. Donald (Esther) Arnett of Laura, OH; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother.
Memorial services were held Saturday, January 31, 1998 at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Manchester with Pastor Susan Boyer officiating. The body was cremated and preferred memorials are to Manchester Church of the Brethren or the Heifer Project International, P.O. Box 808, Little Rock, AR 72203.
Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel.

Glenn E. Powell
Glenn E. Powell, 76, of 3762 W. Old U.S. 30, Warsaw, IN, formerly of 107 E. Jackson Street, Mentone, IN, died Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at Prairie View Health Care Center in Warsaw.
He was born April 1, 1921 in Akron, IN to Benjamin and Kitty (Bowen) Powell, both deceased.
He married Julie Bell Reffitt March 23, 1966 in Plymouth, IN and she survives. Mr. Powell had been failing in health for five years. He had lived in Warsaw for two and a half years, coming there from Mentone where he had resided for 31 years. He had been an employee of Kralis Brothers Foods, Inc., Mentone, IN for 18 years and had worked on several area farms.. He was a World War II, U.S. Army Veteran who had served in the Pacific Theater.
Survivors include his wife Julie B. Powell, at home; one step-daughter - Mrs. Jim (Barbara Sue) North of North Manchester; one brother - Boyd and wife Edith Powell of Akron, IN; and nieces and nephews. 
Funeral service was held Saturday, January 31, 1998 at Foster & Good Funeral Home in Akron, IN with the Rev. Glenn Hughes officiating. Burial was at Omega Cemetery near Akron.

Lucille Custer
Lucille Custer, 85, of 425 Chinworth Court, Warsaw, IN, died Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at her residence in Kosciusko County. She was born December 5, 1912 in Cass County, IN to George and Elizabeth (Fraling) Rush, both deceased.
She married Rev. Leonard M. Custer November 7, 1930 and he died March 11, 1996.
She was a retired bookkeeper for Woodcraft Co. in North Manchester for 23 years. She was a member the West Eel River Church of the Brethren, Silver Lake, IN and also a member of the Pleasant Township Home-Ec Club. She also taught music lessons for 20 years.
Survivors include: a son - Joe K. Custer of Wawaka, IN; two daughters - Mrs. James (Joanne) Sims of Warsaw, IN and Mrs. Dwight (Jane Ellen) Hoffman of Hoopeston, IL; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Friday, January 30, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary and burial was at Old German Baptist Cemetery, North Manchester with the Rev. Lester Young officiating.

Harriet Elizabeth Haupt
Harriet Elizabeth Haupt, 80, of Miller's Merry Manor West in Wabash, IN, died Sunday, February 1, 1998 at Miller's Merry Manor. She was born July 11, 1917 in Wabash County to George and Marie (Coan) Winer, both deceased.
She married Cecil Maxwell Haupt June 27, 1942 and he is deceased. She was a member of Wabash Christian Church, Wabash Women of the Moose, Eagles Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She worked at Data View and Vernon Manor Children's Home in Wabash.
Survivors include: two daughters - Mrs. Lawrence (Shirley Jean) Kessler of LaFontaine, IN and Mrs. James (Diana) Kirby, Jr. of Wabash, IN; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son and two brothers.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 4, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, Wabash, IN with the Rev. Ron Zorn officiating. Entombment took place February 4, 1998 in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, located at Marion, IN. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.


 
 

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