Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998
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Marvel I. Swartz
Marvel I. Swartz, 81, of 4380 E 850 S, Claypool, IN, died Saturday, January 17, 1998 at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN. She was born Nov. 29, 1916 at Algona, Iowa to Emra and Edith (Hardman) Mowan. She married Karl Swartz at Sidney, Indiana March 21, 1940 and she resided in the Sidney, IN area for 57 years.
A homemaker, she was a 1934 Sidney High School graduate. She was a member of the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, Sidney, IN, where she was a long-time Sunday School teacher, and former superintendent of the children's department. She was also a member of the Jackson Township Junior Home Economics club.
Survivors include her husband, Karl Swartz of Claypool, IN; two daughters - Mrs. John (Shirley) Dome of Sidney, and Mrs. Fred (Jeannine) Homburg of Warsaw, IN; a son, Stanley Swartz of Warsaw; a sister, Marjorie Revis of Fort Wayne, IN and a brother Robert Mowan of Churubusco, IN; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998 at the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, Sidney, IN with Pastors Sam Han and David Doudt officiating. Burial was in Spring Creek Cemetery, Sidney.
McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel of Warsaw was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society, or the charity of the donor's choice.
Robert E. France, Sr.
Robert Eugene France, Sr., 68, of 324 Ferry St. Wabash, IN, died Saturday, January 17, 1998 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash, IN. He was born Oct. 4, 1929 at Wabash to Roy and Lola Marguerite (Bundy) France.
A resident of Wabash County all of his life, he married Ila Vay Smith Oct. 6, 1956 in Huntington. He was a retired truck driver for Pierceton Trucking. He retired in October, 1991 after 30 years service. He was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church in North Manchester and the Wabash Moose Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Ila Vay France of Wabash; a son, Robert E. France Jr. of Servia, IN; a stepson Jerry D. Newman of North Manchester; a daughter Shirley France of North Manchester; six brothers - Jack, Howard, and Jim, all of Wabash, Ronnie of North Manchester, Roger of Roann, and Rex of Urbana; two sisters, Juanite Gaines and Sharon Kay France, both of Wabash; eight grandchildren and three great grand-children. A son Tommy Dale and daughter Sandra Kay preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, 86 E. Main St., Wabash, IN with Pastor J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Frances Slocum Cemetery in Wabash County.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
Peter W. Newcomb
Peter "Pete" William Newcomb, 21, of 4704N 600E, Urbana, IN died Friday, January 16, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born March 6, 1976 at Muskegon, MI to Claud W. and Linda (Lorenz) Newcomb, both of whom survive.
Peter worked at C.M.I. in Wabash. He was a 1994 graduate of Northfield High School. He attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Wabash. He was active in a Wabash Bowling League.
In addition to his parents who reside at Urbana, he is survived by a brother, Claud W. Newcomb Jr., also of Urbana; grandparents, Peter J. and Mary E. Newcomb of Holton, MI and Charles W. and Jean L. Lorenz, also of Holton, MI.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manches-ter Avenue Chapel, 1177 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN with Dr. Jim D. Walker officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery, located at Lagro, IN.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel was in charge of arrange-ments. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association.
Homer C. Kerr
Homer C. Kerr, 77, of 105 S. Main Street, Laketon, IN, died Sunday, January 18, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born January 6, 1921 at Wabash, IN to the late Jacob Kerr and Ada (Burnsworth) Kerr of Wabash, IN.
Mr. Kerr had been employed by Manchester Foundry for 32 years. He was a member of the Moose and Eagles Lodges of North Manchester.
He married Mary Jane Jacoby Jan. 22, 1940 and she survives along with three sons - Larry Kerr of Houston, TX, John Kerr of Fort Wayne, and Tom Kerr of North Manchester; also three daughters - Mrs. Lindle (Patricia) Wiley of Buffalo, MO, Mrs. Clarence (Cynthia) Betten and Mrs. Norman (Anglia) Smith, both of Laketon, IN; three sisters - Mrs. Leonard (Maxine) Novak, Mrs. Clyde (Bernice) Sanders, and Deloris Tait, all of Wabash, IN; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One granddaughter preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held today (Wednesday), Jan. 21, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114W, North Manchester. Burial was in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortu-ary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana.
He married Winona Chalfant on April 7, 1960 in Falcon, KY. He worked at General Tire for 33 1/2 years, retiring in 1981. He also owned and operated Blanton Antenna Service for 20 years. He attended Wabash Freewill Baptist Church. He was a Navy veteran during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Winona of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Mark (Debbie) Henderson of Wabash; his stepmother, Norma Blanton of Salyersville, KY; three brothers - John Blanton of Ashland, KY, Willie Blanton of Walton, KY and Tyra Blanton of Marion, OH; and four sisters - Hazel Boyd of Louisville, KY, Ethel Colvin of Oil Springs, KY, Ada Caudill of Ashland, KY, and Shelly Litteral of Salyersville, KY; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Blanton and a sister, Virginia Battista.
Friends may call today (Wednesday) 4-8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Manches-ter Avenue Chapel. Funeral service will take place Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, 1177 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN with the Revs. Tim Prater and Bill Bowling officiating. Burial will take place in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.
John C. Burkhart
John Charles Burkhart, 86, of North Manchester, died at 8 p.m. Monday, January 19, 1998 at the Hospice Care By The Sea in Boca Raton, FL. He was born in Langlade, Wisconsin on March 30, 1911 to Jesse and Nora Huffman Burkhart. He married Margaret Girsmore in 1933.
He worked for 20 years at the Peabody Seating Co. in North Manchester and was self-employed as monument engraver for 20 years. After retiring in 1973 the Burkharts moved to Fort Myers, FL.
Survivors include his wife Margaret E. Burkhart; two daughters, Apryl Wiese of Boca Raton, FL and Vivian Strickler of Decatur, IL; four grandchildren - Tyler Strickler of Detroit, MI, Kami Coventry of Decatur, IL, Vivia Shelbourn of Indianapolis, and Christian Berian of Light House Point, FL; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Friday, Jan. 23, 1998 at 11:30 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Servia, with Rev. William Hemmig officiating. Johnson Funeral Home, Hudson, IN is in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Hospice.