Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998

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Helen M. Schuler

Helen Margaret Schuler, 89, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 at Timbercrest. She was born Dec. 2, 1908 at Huntington, IN to Charles A. and Pearl (Renbarger) Williams. She married Clarence B. Schuler Aug. 25, 1935 in Huntington; he died May 25, 1975.

Mrs. Schuler was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Manchester. She was also a member of Pleasant Township Club, and was active in the Republican Party and Republican Women. She was formerly a member of the Retired Teachers, the Wabash Eastern Star and White Shrine of Jerusalem.

She was a 1925 graduate of Huntington High School, and of Manchester College. She taught at the John Tipton Elementary School in Huntington for seven years.

She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Eppley of Wabash; three sons - Ned, James, and Jack Schuler, all of North Manchester; a brother, Donald Williams of Huntington; nine grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson and a brother.

Funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, Roann, IN with the Rev. Jeffrey L. Hawkins officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery, located at Roann.

Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association and Zion Lutheran Church. Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Deloris J. Young

Deloris, J. Young, 75, of 106 S. Buffalo St., North Manchester, died at her residence Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998 at her residence. She was born March 12, 1923 at Akron, IN to Otis and Pearl (Hart) Whittenberger. She married Donald S. Young Feb. 26, 1942 and he died Dec. 10, 1981.

She graduated from Beaver Dam High School in the Class of 1941. She was a retired crossing guard for Maple Park School for 18 years.

Survivors include five sons, namely Larry Young of Williston, FL, Allen Young of Akron, IN and from North Manchester - Dennis Young, Randy Young and David Kline; three daughters - Karen Chandler of Mishawaka, Mrs. Jim (Marcia) Kline of North Manchester, and Mrs. Gene (Martha) Shepherd of Warsaw; two brothers - Robert and Donald Whittenberger, both of Akron; a sister, Mrs. Bernard (Pauline) Kuhn of Burket, IN; 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother.

Funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 30, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with Rev. Don Poyser officiating. Burial was in Gilead Cemetery, Gilead, IN. 

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Joy D. Huffman

Joy Dorothy Huffman, 87, of 1304 W. Beechwood, Muncie, IN, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 at Ball Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 13, 1911 at North Manchester, IN to John and Jenny (Dunbar) Reiff. She married John Paul Huffman in North Manchester in 1935, and they have been married for 63 years.

She was a member of the Congregational Christian Church in North Manchester. She graduated with highest honors in 1929 from Huntington High School. She then attended Manchester College and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1933, receiving degrees in Latin, English, and Social Studies. She taught and directed plays in North Liberty, North Manchester, Lagro, and at Manchester College. She was a member of several clubs in Muncie and Anderson, including Alcott, Halycon, Latreian, and Ladies Lions. She was very active in the church in North Manchester and the other cities in which she resided.

Her husband, John Paul Huffman of Muncie, survives, along with two sons, James of Topsfield, MA and John of Rowland Heights, CA; six grandsons and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel with Pastor Jeff Freeman officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, located at Servia, IN.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Jay E. Anderson

Jay E. Anderson, 70, of 800 E. Curtis St., Tampa, FL, formerly of North Manchester, IN, died Nov. 13, 1998 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, FL. He was born Dec. 29, 1927 at Ulrichsville, OH to William and Mae (Donaldson) Anderson. He was a retired construction worker.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mark (Cindy) Roser of North Manchester; two sons, Mark (Jennifer) Anderson of Warsaw and Michael (Vera) Anderson of South Bend; five grandchildren - Caitlin Louise Anderson of Warsaw; Logan Jay and Casey Lee Anderson, both of Warsaw; Brad and Keela Roser of North Manchester. Also surviving is his friend and companion, Mrs. Frances Embich of Tampa, FL; seven sisters - Ethel Seals of Columbus, OH, Ruth Harler of Toledo, OH; Esquelen Burnett and Mary Jane Bryant both of Tampa, FL, Jackie Hock and Judy Cragle, both of Wintersville, OH and Betty Saltsman of Steubenville, OH.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 4, 1998 at 1:30 p.m. at the Missionary Church of North Manchester. Rev. Daniel Binkley will officiate and burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Hubert J. Pattison

Hubert J. "Pat" Pattison, 65, of 602 N. Elm Street, North Manchester, IN, died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born June 25, 1933 in Grant County, IN to Carl and Arvella (Chappel) Pattison, both deceased. He married Barbara E. Wall Nov. 27, 1952 and she survives.

He served with the National guard from 1952-1955. He was employed with Sutter's Dairy of Marion, IN from 1960-1978, and was retired from United Technologies in 1995 after 18 years service.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons - Dale (Karen) Pattison of VanBuren, In, Michael (Teresa) Pattison of Wabash, IN and Brian (Jennifer) Pattison of North Manchester; four daughters _ Mrs. Doug (Sondra Kay) Wooten of Indianapolis, Mrs. Dale (Diana) Geistler and Mrs. Tom (Della) Fields, both of Marion, and Mrs. Chad (Teresa) Callahan of Sidney, IN; a brother, Corda Pattison of Fairmount, IN; 24 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary today (Wednesday) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. William Thompson officiating. 

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

William H. Justice

William Hagen Justice, 60, of Twin Lakes 57 N. Perch Dr., Silver Lake, IN, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne, IN. He was born April 19, 1938 at Prestonsburg, KY to Joe and Anna (Johnson) Justice, both deceased.

He married Ethel Eubank Aug. 27, 1977, and she survives. He was a truck driver for Pride Lines of Wakarusa, IN. He attended Sweetwater Assembly of God Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Steve Justice of South Whitley and Joseph Justice of Warsaw; step sons Lewis Moore of Laketon and Ricci Moore of Warsaw; daughters Mrs. Jon (Belinda) Lukens of Warsaw, Brenda Hein of Indianapolis, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Blair of Warsaw, and Sandra Mailand of Ft. Smith, Ark.; step daughters - Debbie Kline of North Manchester and Kelli Jackson of Columbia City; brothers - E. Ray Justice of Frankfort, IN, Robert L. Justice of Bluffton, IN, James R. Justice and John C. Justice, both of Wabash; sisters - Mrs. Dave (Pearl) Kessinger of Marion, Mrs. Amos (Polly) Cantrell of LaFontaine, Mrs. Jerry (Peggy) Orr of Wabash, Mrs. Don (Betty Jo) Kerr of Marion and Mrs. Jim (Mary) Frasure of North Manchester; and 18 grandchildren. One son preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998) at the Sweetwater Assembly of God Church, SR 114 E, No. Manchester with the Rev. Don Fisher officiating, assisted by the Rev. Chad Burkhart. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia L. Hegel

Patricia Louise Hegel, 51, of 1918N 100W, Wabash, IN died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998 at her home. She was born Sept. 2, 1946 at Wabash to Howard and Betty Frances (Burns) Culver. She married James E. Hegel in Wabash on March 20, 1965.

She worked at Indiana Lawrence Bank in North Manchester from 1965-1989. She was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church and a 1964 graduate of Wabash High School.

Survivors include her husband James of Wabash; a son, John Hegel of Lagro; a sister Joyce Eubank of Longview, TX; a brother William Culver of Austin, TX; and two granddaughters. A sister preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with the Rev. Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery located at Lagro, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Lupus Foundation of America. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 896 E. Main St., Wabash, IN was in charge of arrangements.

Jay L. Pretorius

Jay L. Pretorius, 77, of 1238N 100E, Wabash, IN died Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. She was born May 9, 1921 at Wabash, IN to Christian G. and Lerreenia (Ryall) Lehman. She married Marvin G. "Mike" Pretorius Oct. 4, 1947 in Indianapolis.

She was a member of St. Matthews United Church of Christ, and was a 1939 graduate of Wabash High School. She was an army veteran of World War II with the 100th EVAC Hospital, and served in the 1st, 3rd and 9th Army. She retired in 1974 from the Pharmacy Department at Wabash County Hospital. She was a registered nurse, and a lifetime county resident.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Marvin G. "Mike" Pretorius II of Doylestown, PA; a daughter Mrs. Don (Peggy Lynn) Shepard of Wabash; three sisters - Mary Strickler of Wabash, Bessie Custer of LaFontaine, and Pat Tarter of Akron; a brother, John Lehman of Wabash, and eight grandchildren. Two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, with Pastor Richard Rensner officiating. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Minnie S. Flanagan

Minnie Sophia Flanagan, 105, a resident at Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash, IN died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998 at the Healthcare Center. She was born March 21, 1893 at Wilmore Camache, KS to John William and Emily C. (Weddle) Kindred. She married Ben Flanagan on Feb. 18, 1928 and he died Feb. 18, 1959. 

She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Wabash, and had been a resident of Wabash since 1963.

Survivors include a son, Mervel Flanagan of Wabash; seven grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. Two stepsons, four brothers and six sisters preceded her in death.

Graveside service was held Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998 at Hamilton Cemetery of Decatur County, Iowa. The Slade-O'Donnell Funeral Home of Leon, Iowa was in charge of the Iowa services; Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service of Wabash made local arrangements.

Emery E. Eltzroth

Emery E. Eltzroth, 85, of 1542S 700W, Wabash, IN died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born Aug. 14, 1913 in Wabash County to Cleve and Edith (Bowers) Eltzroth. He married Eileen Rudig in Niles, Michigan on April 27,1935. He retired as the Maintenance Supervisor at the Wabash City Park. He also worked at General Tire, Diehl Machine Shop, and Henderson Farm Equipment, all of Wabash.

He was a member of the Richvalley United Methodist Church, the Richvalley Lions Club, Wabash Hanna Masonic Lodge, and the Travelers Protective Association.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen, of Wabash; a son, Robert L. (Mary Louise) Eltzroth of Fort Myers, FL; a half brother, Terry Eltzroth of Denver, CO; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Richvalley United Methodist Church. with the Rev. Bruce Mowery officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's U.C.C. Cemetery, located at Andrews, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Richvalley United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service of Wabash.

Howard R. Johnson

Howard Ray Johnson, 40, of 9831N 250W, Laketon, IN, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, Indiana. He was born May 6, 1958 at Wabash, IN to Ernest Johnson, Sr. of Servia, IN and Dorothy Jeannie Johnson of Laketon, IN.

A lifelong resident of Laketon, IN, he was a1976 graduate of Manchester High School; and a construction worker for 15 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Wabash; a member of Labor Union Local 213 of Ft. Wayne, IN, son of the American Legion Post #248 of Lagro, IN; and a member of the Abate of Indiana, Inc.

Survivors include his parents; nephews Ernie Johnson III, Dustin Allen Johnson and Kendall Dee Johnson. He was a grandson of the late Fred and Bertha (Granny) Howard of Laketon. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ernie Johnson, Jr..

Funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998 at the Christian Fellowship Church, SR 114E, North Manchester, with the Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Serving as pall bearers were Billy Howard, Ralph Howard, Mickey Howard, Jay Lambert, Bill Howard and Duane Holle. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Joanne E. Spann

Joanne E. Spann, 71, of 309 Rustic Lane, North Manchester, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Sept. 27, 1927 in Wabash County to the late Ray and Hanna Ruth (Neher) Werking. She married Phil A. Spann May 16, 1947.

A 1945 graduate of Central High School, she was employed as bookkeeper with Heckman Bindery for 10 years, and was owner of Mode O'Day Dress Shop for five years. She was a member of the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren, and the former E.S.A. Sorority.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons - David and Mark Spann, both of North Manchester; a daughter, Mrs. Steve (Susan) Eckert of Columbia City, IN; two brothers - Jay and John Werking, both of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters - Mrs. Bill (Jeanne) Runkel of North Manchester and Mrs. Gary (Pat) Bonam of Huntington; and three grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998 at the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Kelly Beutler officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to Youth for Christ. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Bertha R. Hawbaker

Bertha R. Hawbaker, age 103, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester. She was born Feb. 2, 1895 at Hagerstown, IN to Levi and Ella (Widows) Dilling. A homemaker, she married Merlin O. Hawbaker in 1920, and he died in 1949.

She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include two sons - Maurice Hawbaker of Cedar Park, TX and Lyle Hawbaker of Cape Coral, FL; a daughter, Mrs. Arnold ()Eileen) Souder of Santa Fe, N.M.; four grandchildren and four step grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A brother, a sister, and a son preceded her in death.

Burial was in South Lawn Cemetery, South Bend, IN. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Janet R. Crumley

Janet R. Crumley, 55, of Fort Wayne, IN, died Monday, Dec. 21, 1998 in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born Aug. 6, 1943 to Russell and Martha (Cripe) Bollinger; she was a native of Ashland, OH. 

She was a member of Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, Ft. Wayne, and of the church choir. She was employed as group health claims processor for 20 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Tina Tarr of New Haven, IN and Crystal Baker of Howe, IN; four sisters - Retha Bechtelheimer of Sebring, FL, Anita Cline of Falls Church, VA, Karen Hand of Claypool, IN and Christine Beery of North Manchester; four brothers - Rex Bollinger of Pomona, CA, Wade Bollinger of Tucson, AZ, Lynn Bollinger of Goshen, IN, and John Bollinger of North Manchester, IN; three grandchildren - Clay Crumley, Kyle Baker and Aaron Baker.

Graveside service was held Thursday morning, Dec. 24, 1998 at the New Paris (IN) Cemetery; memorial service was held Thursday afternoon at the Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, 2810 Beacon St., Fort Wayne, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren and/or the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, IN was in charge of arrangements.

Virginia M. Smith

Virginia May Smith, 75, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Feb. 25, 1923 in Whitley County, IN to Virgil Glenn and Opal May (Lehman) Little. She married John Lester Smith on April 3, 1942 in Wabash County; he preceded her in death on August 27, 1990.

She was a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church and the Faith Circle of the church. She was a 50+ year member of the Jolly Janes Extension Homemakers Club. She was active in Pleasant Township 4-H work, serving as a 4-H leader and with the 4-H Council Advisory Board. She was a longtime resident of the Disko/Roann area.

Survivors include two daughters - Barbara Amiss of North Manchester and Mrs. John (Beverly) Fitzpatrick of Albion, IN; a sister, Mrs. Harold (Margaret) Morford of North Manchester; a brother, Maurice Little of Bippus, IN; grandsons David Amiss of North Manchester and Sean Fitzpatrick of Albion; and granddaughter, Sarah Fitzpatrick of Albion. 

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998 from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral will be held at Peabody Chapel, Peabody Retirement Community on Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. with the Revs. William Hemmig and Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery of Servia, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the North Manchester United Methodist Church or to the Wabash County Hospital Oncology Department. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


 
 

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