Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998
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John L. Blakely
John L. Blakely, 48, of 750 Cement Ave., Lagro, IN died Tuesday, June 9, 1998 at his residence. He was born June 28, 1949 at Muncie, IN to Jay C. and Martha (Hawley) Blakely, both deceased. He married Connie L. Bodenhorn in Elkton, Maryland on Nov. 27, 1968.
He was a member of the Wabash Trinity Lutheran Church, a member of the Indiana Sheriff's Association, and the National Sheriff's Association. John was a deputy sheriff for the Wabash County Sheriff's Department for 14 years. He also worked for the Muncie Police Department from 1973-1979 and the North Manchester Police Dept. from 1979-1983.
He is survived by his wife, Connie, of Lagro; a son, Jon "Doug" Blakely of Wabash; two daughters, Mrs. Rodney (Marty) Haupert and Mrs. Jamie (Kayla) Fawley, both of Wabash; a brother, Phillip Blakely of Portland, IN; and three grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death.
Friends may call Thursday, June 11, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel in Wabash from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Grandstaff-Hentgen, Manchester Ave. Chapel Friday, June 12, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. with the Pastor James Engel officiating. Burial will take place in the Memorial Lawns Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.
Beverly Ann Richardson, 68, of Elkhart, IN and Palm City, FL, died Thursday, June 4, 1998 at Hospice of Martin, St. Lucie in Stuart, FL following an extended illness from can-cer.
A 49-year resident of Elkhart, she and her husband, Robert, have wintered at Pipers Landing, Stuart, FL since January 1988. Prior to this they were winter residents of Marathon, FL for 11 years.
Mrs. Richardson was born in Detroit, MI, moving to North Manchester, IN in 1935. The daughter of Charles and Esther Jane Sheller, who pre-deceased her in 1949 and 1993, she also had a sister, Barbara Spencer, who passed away in 1989. A son, William, died in 1985. In 1949 she married Dr. H. R. Swihart in North Manchester; he died in 1972. In 1974 she married Robert Richardson, also in North Manchester. He survives, along with three children - Stephen Swihart of Bloomington, IN; Susan Jayroe of Tucson, AZ; Jane Hagale of Houston, TX; and three stepchildren, Leslie Simpson of Ladue Missouri; Mark Richardson of Greenwood Village, CO, and Matt Richardson of Madison, WI. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren.
For many years Mrs. Richardson was active in community affairs, including serving as a director of the Elkhart YMCA with a special interest in their youth camp; also the Elkhart and Indiana Medical Auxiliary, and the Elkhart Civic Theater. While in Florida she was most active in her community as well as having a strong interest in art in which she either organized or participated in many work-shops.
Cremation will be in Palm City with a memorial service to take place in Elkhart Friday, June 12, 2 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church.
If desired, memorials may be given to the Beverly Richardson Student Aid Fund, Hillsdale, College, Hillsdale, MI 49242; The Hospice of Martin, St. Lucie, 2030 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996; Elkhart Community Hospice, 600 East Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46515, or the charity of choice. No flowers please.
Frederick L. Rantz
Frederick L. Rantz, 72, of 937 Cambridge Cr., Wabash, IN, died Saturday, June 6, 1998 at Miller's Merry Manor East of Wabash. He was born June 18, 1925 at Roann, IN to Loren and Thelma (Sarber) Rantz. He married Alice Cramer in August 1949.
Mr. Rantz was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church, a life member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15 and a member of the Wabash Elks Lodge. He retired from Container Corp/Jefferson Smurfit in Wabash in 1987 after 35 years. He was the Wabash Community Service Athletic Director for softball and basketball for 40-plus years, and a dis-trict director for the Amateur Softball Association. He was a World War II Marine Corp veteran.
Survivors include his wife Alice of Wabash; a son, Gary F. Rantz of Lafayette, IN; a sister, Mrs. Charles "Wally" (Doris) Hunt of Wabash; and a granddaughter. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held to-day, June 10, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel with the Rev. Jeffrey Smith officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery of Roann. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association.
Jean E. Martinez
Jean Ellen (Parrett) Martinez, 6, of 1745 S. Wabash St., Wabash, IN died Friday, June 5, 1998 at Community Care Center of Wabash. She was born Jan. 30, 1930 at Lagro, IN to Jesse and Agness (Ballard) Parrett. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by a son, Mitchel Howard Jr. of Wabash; a brother, Carl Parrett of Wabash; and a sister Evelyn Richards of Marion; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Four brothers and six sisters preceded her in death.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 9, 1998 at the Falls Cemetery of Wabash, IN with Raymond Rhoads offici-ating.
Margaret D. Hart
Margaret D. Hart, 81, of Rolling Meadows Health Care, Lafontaine, IN, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998 at the Healthcare Center. She was born Oct. 2, 1916 at Washington, PA to William and Anna Mary (Powell) Howell.
Mrs. Hart was widowed; she has been a resident of Wabash County since June, 1993. She lived with her son, Ray Hart, prior to moving to Rolling Meadows Healthcare Center. She was a homemaker and at-tended the Avery Methodist Church in Washington, PA before moving to Wabash.
Survivors include the son, Ray, of Wabash; three grand-children, and five great grandchildren. Two sisters preceded her in death.
Graveside service was held in Washington Cemetery, Washington, PA with Dr. Allyn L. Ricketts officiating on June 6, 1998.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
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