Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997


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Elmer E. Wolf

Elmer E. Wolf, 83, of 118 W. Lakeside Dr. (Sandy Beach) North Manchester, IN, died Tuesday, April 22, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born April 15, 1914 in Wabash County to George E. and Estella P. (Hipskind) Wolf. He married Sarah C. Blocher July 11, 1937 and she survives.

He was a graduate of Linlawn High School in 1935. He was a truck driver for 38 years, having retired from Unger Trucking of Wabash, IN. He also had driven truck for many years for ATL Truck Lines of Grand Rapids, MI. He was a member of the Ijamsville United Methodist Church. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard E. Wolf of Woodville, OH; daugh-ters Carolyn Egner of North Manchester, Mrs. Dan (Rosemarie) Showalter of Bron-son, MI, and Mrs. Roy (Cathrine) Miten of San Jose, CA; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Wolf of Origon, OH; a brother, Robert Wolf of Fort Wayne; sis-ters Mrs. Ray (Helen) Hardman and Mrs. Norval (Anna) Faurot Jr., both of North Manchester, and Mary Margaret Stratton of Lake Charles, Louisiana; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grand-children and one step-great grandchild. One son, Steve L. Wolf, and two brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Sat-urday, April 26, 1997 at the De-Laughter-McKee Mortuary, who were in charge of arrangements at North Manchester. The Rev. David Inskeep officiated, and burial was in the Old German Baptist Cemetery, North Manchester. 

Preferred memorials are to Ijamsville United Methodist Church or Wabash County Heart Fund.

W. Ray Piper

Walter Ray Piper, 92, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Saturday, April 26, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. He was born May 18, 1904 in Grant County, IN to Edward and Ethel Mae (Winger) Piper. He married Ethel Mary Bentz Nov. 4, 1926 and she survives.

He was a retired farmer and owner of Piper Construction Company, North Manchester. He was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren.

Ray was known to his family as a good husband, father, and grandfather. His friends and as-sociates remember him as singing in quartets and cho-ruses. He played on All-Star baseball, softball, and bowling teams, horse shoe pitching, and mushroom hunting. He enjoyed pool, shuffle board, euchre and checkers, but most of all he was a great fisherman. Ray and Ethel have fished in waters from Canada to Florida.

Ray and Ethel lived their early married life in the Warsaw area. Later they farmed east of Liberty Mills and northwest of North Manchester. During the late 1940s, they moved to North Manchester where Ray was en-gaged in construction. He was also a good mason, having built several homes in the area, in-cluding the main building at Koinonia.

Ray and Ethel celebrated 70 years of happy married life Nov. 4, 1996. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Virgil Ray Piper and Max Lamar Piper, both of North Manchester, Paul Dean Piper of Kenton, OH and Duane Eugene Piper of Holly-wood, FL; 20 grandchildren, 44 great-grand children and three great-great grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 29, 1997 at Timbercrest Chapel with the Revs. Lester Young and Helen Beery officiating. Burial was in Pleas-ant Hill Cemetery, N. Manch-ester.

Preferred memorials are to Heifer Project, or to Timbercrest's Crestwood Project. DeLaughter McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Arline R. Kline

Arline R. Kline, 81, of 11372 S. SR 13, Claypool, IN, died Satur-day, April 26, 1997 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Ft. Wayne, IN. She was born April 16, 1916 at Roann, IN to George and Maude (Lowe) Needham. She married Robert S. Kline Nov. 16, 1935 and he preceded her in death Sept. 27, 1993. 

She was a member of the Church of the Brethren. She graduated from Roann High School where she was a member of the girls' basketball team. She had also been a cook at Sidney (IN) High School. She was a 17-year employee of Heckman Bindery, North Manchester.

Survivors include a son, Robert L. Kline of Wabash; daughters Mrs. Sam (Sharon) Thomson of Lagro, Mrs. Archie (Connie) Alger and Mrs. Alex (Kristi) Sparks, both of North Manchester, and Mrs. Dewey (Peggy) Davis of Silver Lake; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A grandson and a brother preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held today, April 30, 1997 at DeLaugh-ter-McKee Mortuary with the Rev. Harry Davis officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery, Roann, IN. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Heart Fund.

Vina Blevins 

Vina Blevins, 93, of Wabash Healthcare, Wabash, IN, died at Wabash County Hospital Sun-day, April 27, 1997. She was born May 23, 1903 in Knotts County, Kentucky, to Andrew and Sarah Ann Tackett. She married Frank Blevins Dec. 1, 1927 and he preceded her in death June 25, 1995.

She had served as a cook at Peabody Home.

She is survived by sons Estill Blevins and Elmer Blevins, both of North Manchester, and Charles Blevins of Portsmouth, OH; daughters Mrs. Betty Perry of Omar, W. Virginia and Mrs. Danny (Minnie) Nickels of North Manchester; 23 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchil-dren. Two sons preceded her in death.

Friends may call at DeLaugh-ter-McKee Mortuary today (Wednesday) from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 1, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mor-tuary with the Rev. J. P. Free-man officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Florence E. Arthur

Florence E. Arthur, 79, of 115 W. Lakeside Dr., North Manch-ester, died Saturday, April 26, 1997 at her home. She was born Dec. 28, 1917 in Franklin County, IN to Harry and Sylvia (Belangee) Alford.

She was an office secretary for 21 years at McCoy & Douglas, Inc. 

There are no immediate sur-vivors; two brothers preceded her in death. 

She was a member of the Church of the Open Bible, Indi-anapolis, IN, the Women of the Moose, and the Eagles Auxil-iary, both of North Manchester.

Graveside service was held Tuesday, April 29, 1997 at the IOOF Cemetery, LaFontaine, IN with the Rev. Dale Kelsey offici-ating. DeLaughter-McKee Mor-tuary was in charge of arrange-ments.

Norman A. Dawald

Norman A. Dawald, 81, of 6143N 400E, North Manchester, died April 27,1997 at Parkview Memorial Hospital of Fort Wayne. He was born Dec.13, 1915 at Deedsville, IN to Sam and Marie (Norman) Dawald, both deceased. He married Catherine E. Allmann Jan. 29, 1949 in Urbana, IN. He was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash, and a retired farmer. Mr. Dawald had lived in the rural Urbana area since 1945.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine E. Dawald of North Manchester, and a daughter Mrs. Jeff (Beverly J.) Peterson of Indianapolis, IN. 

Funeral service was held this morning, Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at Bender Chapel, Grand-staff-Hentgen, North Manch-ester, with the Rev. John Lein-baugh officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.


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