Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998

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Irma G. Snavely

Irma G. Snavely, 77, of 31 Oak Drive, North Manchester, IN died Friday, Sept. 18, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Nov. 22, 1920 in Miami County, IN to Earl D. and Flo (Miller) Fisher. She married Conrad L. Snavely June 6, 1943 and he survives.

Mrs. Snavely graduated from Chili High School in 1938 and from Manchester College in 1942. She taught school at Chili High School, and was retired from Manchester College. She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren.

In addition to her husband Conrad, she is survived by two sons - James L. Snavely of North Manchester and Brent A. Snavely of Sterling Heights, MI.; three sisters - Helen Davis of Bethany, MO., Elizabeth Miller of Peru, IN., and Mrs. Peter (Kathryn) Tjart of Anderson, IN. She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Funeral service was held Monday morning, Sept. 21, 1998 at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester, with the Rev. Susan Boyer and Rev. Helen Beery officiating.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials may be made to Heifer Project International, PO Box 767, Goshen, IN 46527-0767.

Robert E. Trowbridge

Robert E. Trowbridge, 52, a resident at 11161N, 175E, North Manchester, died at his home Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998 following an extended illness. He was born Aug. 4, 1946 at Plymouth, IN to the late Welcome E. Trowbridge and Maxine (Gochenauer) Trowbridge. He married Susan J. Snyder in 1967, and she survives.

He was a 1964 graduate of Triton High School in Bourbon, IN and a 1968 graduate of Manchester College where he received a B.S. in Business. He was owner of Trowbridge Roofing since 1972. He was a Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the VFW Post #2215 and a member of the American Legion Post #402, both of North Manchester.

He is survived by his mother, Maxine Trowbridge of Etna Green, IN; his wife Susan J. Trowbridge of North Manchester; a son, Chris (Shelley) Trowbridge of Hobart, IN; daughters Erin R. Trowbridge of New York, NY and Amy B. Trowbridge of Champaign, IL; brothers Richard A. Trowbridge of Mentone, Max E. Trowbridge of Atlanta, GA; sisters Mrs. David (Kathryn) Kistler of Kokomo, Mrs. Michael (Evelyn) Scott of Warsaw, and Mrs. Lenny (Maxine) Berkey of Bourbon; also a granddaughter, Lindsay R. Coe and grandson, Austin Robert Trowbridge.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, with Pastor J. P. Freeman officiating.

Preferred memorials are to the Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice of North Manchester. Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.

Dorothy M. Huston

Dorothy Mae Huston, 76, of 456 Stitt St., Wabash, IN died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998 at Wabash Skilled Care Center of Wabash, IN. She was born Oct. 17, 1921 at Wabash to Howard and May (Trindle) Haines. She married Merlin L. Huston in Wabash on February 29,1940, and he died March 28, 1977.

Mrs. Huston was a graduate of Hinsdale, IL School of Practical Nursing and the Indiana University Administrator Program. She was a nursing home administrator, retiring in 1996. She most recently worked at the Camelot Children's Care Center in Logansport, IN, and had also worked as administrator of the Tioga Pines Nursing Home of Monticello, IN. After retirement she held several positions at J and K Aquariums & Pets of Wabash.

She held offices in the American College of Healthcare Administrators, serving as president from 1987-1989. She was selected as Indiana's Administrator of the Year in 1981, and the Distinguished Administrator of the year in 1992. She also served on the board of directors for the Cass & Newton Counties child abuse and United Way organizations. She was also on the Selective Service Board for Wabash and Miami Counties, and served on the Board of Directors for the Handicapped Boy Scouts of America. She was active in the Marion, IN Seventh Day Adventist Church, and served on the board of directors of the Indiana executive Conference Committee of the Seventh Day Adventists.

She is survived by three daughters - Nancy Axelson and Karen Childers, both of Wabash, Christina Williams of Flora; a sister, Mrs. Irvin (Amy) Huston of Delphi; two brothers - Richard Haines of Garden Grove, CA and Lawrence Haines of Paramount, CA; two grandsons - John Huston of Wabash and Jim Williams, Jr. of Waterford, MI; a granddaughter, Tricia Williams of Indianapolis; and two great grandchildren. A daughter, Patricia Ann Huston, and a brother preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with the Pastor Curtis DeWitt officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society or the National Kidney Foundation. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Mildred M. Dillard

Mildred Marie Dillard, 80, of 1555 Liberty St., Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Sept. 16,1998 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash. She was born Nov. 17, 1917 at Janeville, MN to Gustav and Clara W. (Rabell) Stephani. She married Bernard D. Dillard on Aug. 18, 1983 in Van Wert, OH.

She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Missouri Synod. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Wabash, and the Wabash American Legion Auxiliary. She worked at the Wabash Country Club as a waitress for 28 years, retiring in 1980.

Survivors include her husband, Bernard D. Dillard of Wabash; a son Burton (Janet) Myers of Wabash; a brother, Oscar Stephani of Gladstone, MI; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998 at the Wabash Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Manfred W. Fremder officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the Zion Lutheran Building Fund. Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel.

Kenneth D. Niccum

Kenneth D. Niccum, 90, of 1334 S. Helms Dr., Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born Jan. 25, 1908 in Wabash County to Ovid and Nora (Long) Niccum. He married Wilma G. Scott on March 31, 1927 in Wabash County, and she died Nov. 21, 1997.

Mr. Niccum was a member and trustee of the Roann Christian Church. He lived most of his life in Wabash County, but lived 12 years at Lake Tippecanoe in Kosciusko County. He worked at Container Corporation of America of Wabash for 44 years, retiring in 1973. He was also a farmer and worked in construction.

Survivors include two daughters - Charlene Roberts of Wabash and Marca E. Snook of Olathe, KS; a brother, Marion Niccum of Wabash; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was a son, three brothers, five sisters, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Dr. Lee Kantenwein officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the Roann Christian Church. Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel. 

Alice E. Hoover

Alice E. Hoover, 92, a resident of Harbour Manor, Noblesville, IN, and formerly of Laketon, IN, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998 at Riverview Hospital of Noblesville. She was born March 15, 1906 at Columbia City, IN to Monroe and Anna (Smith) Castator. She was married to Walter H. Hoover Sr. April 21, 1929, and he preceded her in death March 14, 1955.

She was a member of the Laketon Wesleyan Church, and a charter member of the AARP. She was employed 20 years in home nursing.

Survivors include a son, Walter M. Hoover Jr. of North Manchester; a daughter, Mrs. Dale (Martha) Godby of Noblesville; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great grandchild. A son, Donald D. Hoover and two brothers - Dr. Floyd W. Castator and Maurice B. Castator and two sisters, one of whom was Edith May Gray, preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held at the North Manchester Missionary Church, and burial was in Green Hill Cemetery of Columbia City, IN. The Rev. Harold Bardsley officiated, and was assisted by Rev. Daniel M. Binkley and Rev. Dereck Hansen. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

James G. McAllister

James Grieve McAllister, 73, of 49 Broadmoor Dr., Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Nov. 7, 1924 at Menstrie, Scotland to John S. and Janet (Grieve) McAllister. He married Alison Crawford Sept. 26, 1953 in Wabash.

He was a World War II Scottish Army Veteran, serving with the King's Own Scottish Borderers in Europe. He was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church, the Wabash Hanna Masonic Lodge #61, the York Rite Chapter 26, and the Fort Wayne Scottish Rite & Mizpah Shrine. He was also a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15, the A.A.R.P. Wabash Chapter, and C.P.C. Sympathy Club of Marion.

In addition to his wife, Alison, he is survived by a son, Robert McAllister of Indianapolis; and three sisters - Mrs. John (Caroline) Devine of Wabash, Mrs. Arthur (Sarah) Etchey of Cambria, MI, and Mrs. Ian (Christina) Goldie of North Berwick, Scotland. Two brothers, a sister and two step-sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel with Rev. Jeffrey D. Smith officiating. 

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash Presbyterian Church or the Springside Life Care Center at the Wabash County Hospital.

Darrell L. Hamilton

Darrell Lee "Ham" Hamilton, 88, of Briarwood Nursing Home, Stowe, OH, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998 at the nursing home. He was born Dec. 14, 1909 at Kokomo, IN to Clarence F. and Minnie B. (Azbill) Hamilton. A former Wabash resident, he first married Mildred Adams in Wabash, and she died in 1969; he then married Wanda Marie Gaines in Wabash on July 12, 1974; she died in 1995. 

He was a master tool and die maker at Honeywell in Wabash, being a 48-year employee. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Wabash, and a member of the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. For 12 years he sang with the Tunesmiths Quartet. He was active in golf, bowling, baseball and basketball.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by a daughter, Mrs. John (Jane Ann) Chickos of Mogador, OH; two sons - Robert L. "Bus" Hamilton of Chicago, IL and John Roger (Julaporn "Vic") Hamilton of Oakland, CA; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998) at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash, and burial was in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, located at Marion, IN.

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

James H. DeVore

James Howard DeVore, 79, of 7742S 300W, Wabash, IN, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 1998 at Methodist Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN. He was born April 25, 1919 at Metcalf County, KY to Moss and Minor (Connor) DeVore. He married Bea Gilley on February 3, 1945 in Edmonton, KY.

He was retired from Ford Meter Box in 1985, after 36 years where he was a supervisor. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Randolf, KY.

Survivors include his wife, Bea, of Wabash; a daughter, Twyila Devore of Wabash; a brother, Bernice "Bunk" DeVore of Mulberry, IN and a sister, Mrs. George (Dovie) Reynolds of Xenia, OH. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call today (Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash. Funeral will be held at the Manchester Avenue Chapel Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor David Taylor officiating. Burial will take place in the Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Arrangements are by Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association.

Louis D. Reimer

Louis Dale Reimer, 63, a retired Whitley County farmer, died Tuesday, October 6, 1998 at The Oaks Living Center, Columbia City, where he had been a resident since May 1997.

He was born Oct. 8, 1934 in Union Township, Whitley County, a son of Paul and Sarah Annabelle (Steele) Reimer. He completed his education at Washington Center High School. With the exception of a few years, he spent his lifetime in Whitley County.

In addition to general farming, he was employed at J. I. Case from 1956 to 1960, LML Engineering from 1966 to 1980 and Apple Tree Construction from 1988 to 1989. He retired from farming in 1992.

He was a member of the Eagles #1906.

He is survived by four sons - Louis D. Reimer Jr. of North Manchester, Tim Reimer of Great Lakes, IL2, Ron Reimer of Grand Rapids, MI and Curtis Reimer of Servia; a daughter, Melody Shepherd of North Manchester; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; eight brothers - Harry Frederick Reimer of Fort Wayne, Richard I. Reimer of Columbia City, Franklin Reimer of Bippus, Robert William Reimer, Price Reimer, Brice Reimer and Delmar D. Reimer, all of Columbia City; and three sisters, Betty Treece of Boyton Beach, FL, Patricia Hartman of South Whitley and Judith Elizabeth Thompson of South Whitley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Reimer Jr. and Larry Reimer.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with the Rev. Richard Dickerman, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. The burial will be in the Eberhard Cemetery, Columbia Township. Smith and Sons Funeral Home of Columbia City is in charge of arrangements.


 
 

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