Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1996


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Mildred Brubaker

Mildred P. Brubaker, 85, of 507 N. Beckley St., North Manchester, IN, died Monday, Sept. 9, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Nov. 8, 1910 in Cass County, IN to Edward and Ida Mae (Frantz) Fraling. She married Calvin O. Brubaker April 6, 1931, and he preceded her in death Feb. 26, 1960.

Mrs. Brubaker was a member of World War II Mothers, and as a dedicated WW II Mother, she provided the annual list of deceased veterans to be remembered on the News-Journal's Memorial Day page.

She was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester, and was retired from Heckman Bindery after 14 years service.

Survivors include sons Robert Brubaker and Wilmer Brubaker, both of North Manchester, Dean Brubaker of Peru, and a foster son, Jim George of North Manchester; 19 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 8 p.m.; World War II Mothers service will be held Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary Thursday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m. with the Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Old German Baptist Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Fund.

Cecil E. Silveus

Cecil Earl Silveus, 77, of 3386 W. Neher Rd., Silver Lake, IN died Friday, Sept. 6., 1996 at Peabody Retirement Community, following a 14-year illness. He was born April 18, 1919 at Akron, IN to Ernest and Bertha (Young) Silveus, and spent most of his life in the Akron and Silver Lake communities. He married Mary D. Oatess June 21, 1966 at Silver Lake, and she survives.

Mr. Silveus was a retired farmer and former employee of R.R. Donnelley & Sons of Warsaw, IN where he was a shipping clerk and security guard, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake.

Survivors in addition to his wife include three daughters - Mrs. Richard (Patricia) "Patsy" Goshert of Warsaw, Mrs. Vernon "Bud" (Diane) Zolman of Mishawaka, Mrs. Bill (Peggy) Gilger of McHenry, IL; two stepdaughters - Mrs. Carl (Carolyn) Haddox of California and Mrs. Richard (Mary Elaine) Beaty of Simi, CA; a stepson, Charles (and Isela) Wendler of El Paso, TX; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren and 11 step great-grandchildren; a sister, Esther Ruth Silveus of Warsaw and a nephew, Devon (and Marsha) Smith of Akron. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant brother, Paul DeVerl Silveus.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996 at the Silver Creek Church of God with the Revs. Randy Samuels and Phil Blake officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Foster & Good Funeral Home, Inc. of Akron was in charge of arrangements.

Cecile H. Wagoner

Cecile H. Wagoner, 92, of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. She was formerly of Rossville, IN. She was born Oct. 29, 1903 in Clinton County, IN to Albert F. and Addie A. (Jacoby) Cripe.

A homemaker, she was married to Marvin C. Wagoner Oct. 27, 1923 and he preceded her in death July 18, 1948.

She was a 1922 graduate of Rossville High School, a member of W.C.T.U., the Rossville Church of the Brethren Ladies Aid, and was past superintendent of Children's Sunday School at Rossville Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include a son, Morris E. Wagoner of North Manchester; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Wilma) Anderson of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and eight step grandchildren. A son, a daughter, and a brother preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Wednesday (today) Sept. 11, 1996 at 2 p.m. at the Rossville Church of the Brethren, Rossville, IN; burial was in Rossville Cemetery. Local services will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Vernon Skeans

Vernon Skeans, 58, died Friday, August 30, 1996 in Jacksonville, FL from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident.

Born in Prestonburg, KY, he lived in Akron, OH for 25 years before moving to Jacksonville. He worked with CSX Transportation for 44 years and was the General Chairman and an Executive Board member of the American Train Dispatcher Association.

His family includes his wife Nancy, daughter and son-in-law Shirley and Michael LaVole; three sons and daughters-in-law Vernon Michael and Maureen Skeans, Bruce Anthony Taylor Skeans and Tammy, and David Wayne and Renee Skeans; 11 grandchildren, Lisa and Patrick LaVole, Matthew, Sara, Kristen, Lantz, Weston, Eli, Faye, Jessie and Emil Skeans; four brothers Ted, Sol, Bill and Floyd; three sisters Sarah Stone, Rhoda Herman Wade, and Bessie Skeans; many loving nieces and nephews, and many union and railroad friends. He was preceded in death by sisters and brothers.

Services were held in the chapel of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 4115 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL with the Rev. Father Dan Cody officiating.

Gerald E. Miller

Gerald E. Miller, 62, of Rt. 1, Denver, IN died Thursday, Sept. 5, 1996 at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born May 29, 1934 in Miami County, IN to Roy W. and Agness Fewell. He married Geneva (Jenny) Cagle Sept. 12, 1954 in Bunker Hill.

He was a member of the Roann Church of the Brethren. He was a 1953 graduate of Bunker Hill High School, was a Vietnam Army Veteran, and was an employee of Carnation in Kokomo for 10 years, served Peru Schools for six years in maintenance, and Timbercrest for six and one-half years.

Gerald was a farmer in the Bunker Hill area. He was a volunteer fireman and an EMT for Bunker Hill, and assisted at the Allen Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. He moved to the Roann community in August of 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Jenny, of Denver; a daughter, Mrs. Marlin (Cindy) Ash of Wabash; a son, Andy Miller of Amboy; a brother Russell Miller of Peru and a sister Mrs. Ronnie (Joy) Boswell, also of Peru; five grandchildren - Jeremy and Shane Miller of Amboy, and Beth, Lucas and Amber Ash of Wabash. A brother preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 9, at the Roann Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Bruce Hostetler officiating. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery, Bunker Hill.

Preferred memorials are to the Roann Church of the Brethren Building Fund or Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. Roann Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral, Roann, IN was in charge of arrangements.

Mary A. Whinery

Mary Alice Whinery, 78, of 681 W. Maple St., Wabash, IN died Thursday, Sept. 5, 1996 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born Jan. 7, 1918 in Wabash County to J. B. and Edna Ghloe (Blevins) DeFord. She married Don L. Whinery Oct. 24, 1941 in Anderson, IN.

She had worked at the First National Bank in Wabash, and was affiliated with the Christian Science Church and the Wabash Friends Church.

Survivors include her husband, Don at Wabash; a son, Joseph Mark Whinery of Wabash; a daughter Blythe A. Whinery of Salamonie Reservoir; a brother, Robert J. "Bob" DeFord of North Manch-ester; and granddaughters Kristine and Kaitlyn Whinery of Wabash.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 8, at Main St. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash, with the Rev. David Phillips officiating.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Animal Shelter.

Rex E. O'Hara

Rex E. O'Hara, 73, of 2930N-080E LaGrange, IN, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1996 at Miller's Merry Manor, LaGrange, IN. He moved from South Whitley, IN to La-Grange, IN in 1970. He was born August 29, 1923 in Wabash County to Clyde F. and Grace Blanche (Flora) O'Hara, both deceased.

He married Betty E. Bussard May 2, 1942 at Alexandria, IN, and she survives along with a son, Gail E. O'Hara of Howe, IN; five grand-children and 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, William L. O'Hara of Silver Lake and a half-brother, Claude Haupert of Akron, IN

Mr. O'Hara was a retired salesman for Warner Corporation of North Manchester. He attended the Scott United Methodist Church, Scott, IN; he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion of Columbia City, and the VFW at South Whit-ley.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996 at the Frurip-May Funeral Home of LaGrange, IN with Rev. Mildred McCan officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, where mili-tary services were conducted by the LaGrange American Legion Post 215.

Preferred memorials are to the LaGrange County Council on Aging (Van Fund).

Harvey R. Callahan

Harvey Raymond Callahan, 71, of 11 Mallard Lane, Sandy Beach, North Manchester, IN, died Tuesday, Oct.1, 1996 at his residence. He was born Feb. 13, 1925 in Wabash County to John J. and Ruth (Anderson) Callahan. He married Trula Faye Penrod Nov. 24, 1954 in North Manchester.

A lifetime Wabash County resident, Mr. Callahan was employed at Ford Meter Box for 18 years until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church, the Laketon American Legion Post #402, and was a World War II Army Veteran. 

Survivors include his wife, Trula Faye; three sons, Vaughn J. of Ur-bana, Chad Alan of Sidney, and Brad Evan of North Manchester; a daughter, Dawn Callahan of Hol-land, OH; brothers Charles of North Manchester and John of Winamac; three sisters - Mrs. Lamoin (Mary) Montel of North Manchester, Francis Callahan of Winamac, and Mrs. Maurice (Berdene) Azbell of Rochester; five grandchildren, and three step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, two brothers and a sister.

Funeral service will be held at the North Manchester United Methodist Church Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996 at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. William Hemmig and Chaplain Jeana Bodart officiating. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN. 

Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, which is in charge of arrangements. Calling also available one hour prior to funeral service.

Preferred memorials are to the Heartland Hospice, Fort Wayne or the North Manchester United Methodist Church.

Bunola N. Card

Bunola N. Card, 96, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born at Claypool, IN in Kosciusko County Sept. 6, 1900 to the late Charles and Edith (Gunter) Nichol-son. She married C. Maynard Card Sept. 27, 1923 and he preceded her in death Jan. 8, 1965.

She was former owner of Card's Greenhouse, North Manchester, from 1935-1945. Prior to owning Card's Greenhouse, she was a school teacher at Kreider School, a one-room schoolhouse in Whitley County, IN. She was a member of the Navesink Methodist Church of Navesink, N.J.

There are no survivors; only one sister preceded her in death.

Private graveside services will be held at the Fairview Cemetery of Red Bank, N.J. where burial will take place. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Sarah I. Nitzschke

Sarah I. Nitzschke, 74, of 92 W. Skyline Dr., North Manchester, died at her residence Friday, Sept. 27, 1996. She was born at Tablegrove, IL Oct. 31, 1921 to William and Chlora (Hamm) English, both deceased. She married Howard E. Nitzschke June 27, 1943 and he preceded her in death Feb. 8, 1978.

She retired after 18 years employment at United Technologies, North Manchester. She was a member of the Wabash Church of God.

Three grandchildren survive; a daughter and two brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral services took place Sunday, Sept. 29, 1996 at the Table-grove Community Church, Table-grove, IL with the Rev. Howard Self officiating. Burial was in Harris Cemetery, Tablegrove, IL. De-Laughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Edith I. Stauch

Edith I. Stauch, 92, formerly of 230 W. High Street, Huntington, IN, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996 in the Timbercrest Retirement Home, North Manchester, where she had resided since 1992. She was born June 11, 1904 in Whitley County, IN to Charles H. and Martha A. (Poore) Miller. She married Wilbur Stauch June 25, 1927 in Huntington; he preceded her in death April 1974.

Mrs. Stauch was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter's First United Church of Christ in Huntington.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Helen) Mansbarger Settlemyer of Fort Wayne, IN; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 27, 1996 at the Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington with Rev. Raymond Scribner and Rev. Mark Peters officiating. Burial was in St. Peter's First United Church of Christ Cemetery, Huntington.

Preferred memorials are contributions to the St. Peter's First United Church of Christ, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington.

David L. Bolinger

David Lee Bolinger, 49, of 408 E. Sixth Street, North Manchester, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1996 at his residence. He was born April 26, 1947 at Huntington, IN to Paul L. and Eileen (Brubaker) Bolinger of North Manchester.

He was a self-employed printer.

Survivors include a brother, Paul Richard Bolinger of Fort Wayne, and a sister, Mrs. Robert (Rose-lene) Brown of Davenport, FL.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with William L. Miller of the Wabash Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery of Wabash County.


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