Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997


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Joe K. Leckrone

Joe K. Leckrone, 85, of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Saturday, Mar. 29, 1997 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. He was born July 20, 1911 in Kosciusko County, IN to Herman and Cora (Keister) Leckrone. He married Helen Swartz on March 12, 1932 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Swartz, near Sidney, IN by the Rev. Moyne Landis.

Joe was a retired farmer and carpenter and worked 25 years at Schutz Brothers in North Manchester. He was a member of the Eel River Church of the Brethren, a 50-year member and past president of the Eel River Cemetery Board, and a 1930 graduate of Sidney High School. Joe was a horse lover and was active in the North Manchester Saddle Club. He lived at Rt. 2, Silver Lake, for 65 years prior to moving to Timbercrest in Jan-uary 1997.

Survivors include his wife, He-len; a brother, Robert Leckrone; and a sister, Mrs. Ralph (Blanche) Spangle, all of North Manchester. A son preceded him in death.

Funeral services was held Tuesday, April 1, 1997 at the Eel River Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Martha Cory offi-ciating. Burial was in Eel River Cemetery, located five miles east of Silver Lake on SR 14.

Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. Pre-ferred memorials are to the Eel River Church of the Brethren or American Heart Association.

Robert D. Minnicus

Robert Dean Minnicus. 71, of 152 Grant, Wabash, IN died March 27, 1997 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash. He was born July 20, 1925 at Francisville, IN to Leon Robert and Bernice (Carson) Minnicus, both deceased. He married Wilma L. Oswalt Sept. 1, 1950 in Roann.

He was a World War II Navy veteran, and a member and past Commander of the Wabash V.F.W. Post 286, member and past Chef De Gare of Wabash 40/8 Club, Wabash American Legion Post 15, Hanna Masonic Lodge, District 5 VFW Chief of Staff 1989-1996. He retired in 1978 as a security guard of Fisher Body in Marion.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma of Wabash; daughters Rita K. Stensland of Wabash and Nita Rae Minnicus of Lakewood, CO; a son, Randall Minnicus of Broomfield, CO; a brother Don-ald E. Minnicus of Freemont, CA; sisters Janet Larimer of Monticello, IN and Mrs. Jim (Carol) Mason of Michigan City, IN; a half brother, Richard Min-nicus of Seminole, FL; and four grandchildren. A brother preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, March 31, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash, with the Rev. Brad Cooper officiating. Preferred memorials are to Cardiac Care Unit of Wabash County Hospital.

Kathleen M. Walker

Kathleen M. Walker, 64, of 463 N. Cass St., Wabash, IN died March 27, 1997 at her residence. She was born Oct. 15, 1932 at Mt. Etna, IN in Huntington County, IN to John and Cleo (Hale) Voris, both deceased. She married Russell L. Walker July 31, 1949 and he died June 17, 1985. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Miami.

Survivors include sons Jerry Walker of Palmcoast, FL and Terry Walker of Wabash, IN; a brother, Glenn Voris of Laketon, IN and a sister Mrs. Tom (Jean) Blackwell of Claypool, IN; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 1, 1997 at the Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortu-ary, Wabash, with the Rev. Don-ald Siders officiating. Burial was in Chili Cemetery.

Ethel M. Frey

Ethel Mae Frey, 94, of Wabash, and formerly of Roann, died at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash, March 27, 1997. She was born Sept. 1, 1902 in Wabash County to Frank and Sadie (Siders) Trisler. She was first married to Howard Ulrey, then she married Jack Gillespie. Her third marriage was to Paul Frey. All are deceased.

She was a member of the Roann United Methodist Church, and the Happy Homemakers Home Ec Club. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include three daughters - Dorothy Bowman of Roann, Betty Hilligoss of South Whitley, and Doris Bechtold of Columbia City; a brother Roy Trisler of Wabash; 12 grand-children, 21 great grandchil-dren, and four great-great grandchildren. A brother pre-ceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 29, 1997 At the Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, with the Rev. Brad Cooper officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery of Roann. Preferred memorials are to the Roann United Methodist Church.

Inez T. Moore

Inez Troutner Moore, 87, of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died March 25, 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born Oct. 14, 1909 in Adams County, IN to Linzy L. and Eva Anne (Rash) Troutner. She married Leonard L. Moore June 15, 1929 and he died in 1986.

She was retired from Heckman Bindery of North Manchester. She was a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two daugh-ters - Phyllis Penrod of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Dean (Jeanette) Bunce of Hagerstown, IN; sisters Opal Andrews and Grace Foor, both of Decatur, IN; six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Graveside service was held today (Wednesday), April 2, 1997 at Oaklawn Cemetery, with the Rev. William Hemmig offici-ating. A memorial service was held later this afternoon at the North Manchester United Methodist Church. The family received friends following the memorial service at the church. 

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements, and preferred memorials are to Peabody Retirement Community or United Methodist Church.

Katharyn E. Swaim

Katharyn Emma Swaim, 92, of Peabody Retirement Community, died Saturday, July 12, 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. She was born June 1, 1905 at North Manchester, IN to Amasa Church and Elizabeth (Krumanaker) Willis. She married Ernest J. Swaim Oct. 2, 1925 in Bremen, IN and he preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1986.

The couple managed an A&P store in northern Indiana, and worked and lived in South Bend until moving to Fort Wayne in 1938. Katharyn worked for many years in the dry goods department of Wolf & Dessaur's, teaching sewing and tailoring dresses. In the late 50's, she worked as a bookkeeper and parts department manager at a Fort Wayne automobile agency, retiring in 1973. Katharyn and Ernest then moved to Urbana, IN. They were married 60 years. She moved to Peabody Retirement Community in 1991. She was a member of Trinity Methodist Church, Fort Wayne, and the Urbana Yoke Parish.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jane Daicoff of Tucson, AZ; granddaughter, Mrs. Robert (Susan) Baskin Jr. of Columbus, OH and great-grandson, Arizona Gray Baskin, also of Columbus, OH. She was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.

Funeral service was held today, Wednesday, July 16, at Peabody Chapel, Peabody Retirement Community, with the Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. 

Arrangements were by Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service.

Eileen M. Boocher

Arrangements are pending at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, Inc. for Eileen M. Boocher, 83, who died at Mason Healthcare Center, Warsaw, today, July 16, 1997 at 12:45 a.m.

Max J. Royer

Max J. Royer, 80, of 9 Maple Court, North Manchester, IN, died Sunday, July 13, 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. He was born Feb. 11, 1917 at North Manchester to Howard R. and Lydia Betty (Fanning) Royer. He married Neva Eileen Bailey Dec. 25, 1939 in Warsaw.

Mr. Royer was a real estate appraiser for several years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Northview Church of the Brethren, Indianapolis. He resided in Indianapolis for 50 years, and moved to North Manchester in 1993.

Survivors include his wife, Neva Eileen, of North Manchester; a son, Thomas Jay Royer of Canton, MO; and a brother, Dee M. Royer of North Manchester.

Funeral was held today, Wednesday, July 16 at a 10:30 a.m. service officiated by Rev. Lester Young and Rev. Robert Schmeiser. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to the Caring Circle at Peabody, the Wabash County Cancer Society, the Northview Church of the Brethren of Indianapolis, or the North Winona Church of the Brethren, Warsaw. Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Elza R. Gose

Elza Robert Gose, 50, of Servia, IN, a native of Bath County, died June 27 in Franklinton, LA after a fall.

A Bath County native, he was a son of the late George Thomas and Ruby Maw (Purvis) Gose. He was an industrial painter and member of Christian Fellowship Church.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Gose of Servia; two daughters, Lisa Joy of North Manchester, and Lori Ruse of Servia; two sons, Thomas Gose and Billy Hardin, both of Servia; five grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Maxson of Salt Lick and Beatrice Warmouth of Sharpsburg; two brothers, Thomas Gose of Preston and Kenny Goser of Owingsville; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Wednesday, July 2, at Richie Hunt Funeral Home in Owingsville with the Rev. Claude L. Goodpaster officiating. Burial was in Old Virginia Cemetery. 

Ray C. Hardman

Ray C. Hardman, 92, a resident of Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home, died July 9, 1997 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash, IN. He was born May 17, 1905 in Wabash County to Curtis E. and Clara (Miller) Hardman. He married Helen Wolf June 21, 1932.

Mr. Hardman was a 1923 Sidney High School graduate. He received his bachelor's degree from Manchester College in 1931, and his master's degree from Indiana University in 1949. His first teaching job was at Haines Junior High School, teaching seventh and eighth grades while he attended Manchester College. He then taught at Gilead High School from 1931-38, Lagro High School from 1938-42, and Urbana High School from 1942-53. He then came back to North Manchester and served as teacher/principal for 18 years at West Ward, which changed to Martha Winesburg school, and then became Maple Park. He retired in 1971. 

He was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren, the Shepherd's Center, North Manchester Historical Society, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, and the Wabash County Retired Teachers Association. He was also a charter member of the Urbana Lions Club and then transferred in 1956 to the North Manchester Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife Helen Mable Hardman of Timbercrest, North Manchester; sons Donald Hardman of Indianapolis, Karl Hardman of Wynnewood, PA and Kenneth Hardman of Potomac, MD; daughters Mrs. Alice Flitcraft of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Robert (Vivian) Shortreed of Worcester, MA; and Mrs. William (Marilyn) Brinker of Cooksville, TN; 16 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Sunday, July 13, at Timbercrest Chapel with the Rev. David L. Rogers and Rev. Bruce Hostetler officiating. 

Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Timbercrest, or the Manchester Church of the Brethren.

Timothy L. Patton

Timothy L. Patton, 44, of 301 S. Mill Street, North Manchester, IN, died Monday, July 14, 1997 in a traffic accident in Fort Wayne.

Born in Miami County, he was a truck driver at Grandstaff Rendering, North Manchester, for three years, and was an Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; three sons, Joseph, Joshua and Jonathan, all of North Manchester; two stepdaughters, Cindy Shively of Arkansas and Lynn Townsend of Andrews; two stepsons, Roy Huston of Lagro and Duane Huston of Andrews; five brothers, Wayne of West Newbury, Mass., Mike of Elkhart, Bill of Peru, and Robert and Ronnie, both of Layton, Utah; six sisters, Ann Casper of Heber City, Utah, Linda Skinner of Lathrope, MO., Sharon Young and Susie Faiolas, both of Layton, Utah, and Jolene Hartish and Ruth Patton, both of Peru; and nine step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 18, at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials are to Huntington County Cancer Society, Huntington.

Walter Poe

Walter Poe, 78, of 522 N. Line Street, Columbia City, IN, and formerly of Liberty Mills, IN, died Tuesday, July 15, 1997 at Whitley County Memorial Hospital, Columbia City, IN. He was born Sept. 4, 1918 at Prestonsburg, KY to John "Dood" and Emma (Prater) Poe, both deceased.

He is survived by a brother, Cecil Poe, of Liberty Mills, IN. Two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Friends may call Thursday, July 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at DeLaughter-Mckee Mortuary. Graveside service will be held Friday, July 18, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Ralph Dotson officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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