Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1996


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Donald E. Yike

Donald Edward Yike, 81, of Roann, IN, died Saturday, May 25, 1996 at Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash. He was born Jan. 4, 1915 at Logansport, IN to Floyd and Lulu (Martindale) Yike.

He married Wanda Jean Courter in Wabash, April 23, 1950 and she preceded him in death Sept. 16, 1988. He was a retired rural mail carrier for the Roann Post Office. Prior to being the rural mail carrier he worked for General Tire in Wabash and the Mayer Grain Company in Roann. He was a World War II Army Veteran, serving in the 38th Infantry Division; he was a part of the Avengers of Bataan. He was a member of the Roann American Legion, Wabash American Legion, Wabash VFW, and the Peru Moose. He was a 1934 graduate of Roann High School, and was an avid fisherman, golfer, bowler, and pool player.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. David (Debbie) Williams of Roann, and a grandson. Three sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 29 at Roann Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to Disabled American Veterans.

Janis S. Sutter

Janis S. Sutter, 59, of Huntington, died Thursday, May 23, 1996 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born Sept. 29, 1936 in Hunting-ton, IN to Carl and Helen (Harvey) Clipp[. Her marriage was on July 8, 1955 in Middlebury, IN to Donald E. Sutter, who preceded her in death Dec. 8, 1994.

A 1954 graduate of Huntington High School, she was a member of the Central Christian Church in Huntington. She was special events coordinator for Homier Distributors Headquarters of Huntington.

Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Mitchell (Kendall) Overmyer of Fort Wayne, Mrs. DeWayne (Leslie) Wolf and Mrs. Tim (Heidi) Engleman both of Huntington; two sons: Donald E. Sutter Jr., of Claypool and Matthew C. Sutter of Akron; her father, Carl Clipp of Huntington; a sister, Mrs. Nelson (Rosemary) Schoeff of Huntington; seven grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, with Rev. Cameron Douglas officiating.

Burial was in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association.

V. L. "Bud" Burch

Voris Lester "Bud" Burch, 85, of 2526 W SR 114, North Manchester, died May 23, 1996 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born July 21, 1910 in Miami County, IN to Donald C. and Nona (Tracy) Burch. He married Mabel Lenora Milam July 4, 1933 in Columbia city. He was a 1926 graduate of Laketon High School. In 1937 he started the Burch Shell Station in North Manchester. He owned and operated the station and the Corner Cupboard Restaurant until his retirement in 1975. He served as Wabash County Councilman from 1966 to1974. He was a member of South Pleasant United Methodist Church, the North Manchester Eastern Star, Deming Lodge #88 F&AM of North Manchester where he was past Master of the Lodge. He was a member of the Fort Wayne Scottish Rite and Fort Wayne Mizpah Shrine. He was a member of the Chester Chapter Royal Arch Masons.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Thomas Burch of North Manchester; two brothers, Harvey L. Burch of North Manchester and Gene Burch of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. Gaylen (Geneva) Groninger of Plainfield, IN and Mrs. Robert (Nina Marie) DeFord of Wabash; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 25 at Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service with the Rev. Kent Maxwell officiat-ing. Burial was in Oaklawn Ceme-tery, North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Kenneth D. Brown

Kenneth Dale Brown, 66, of 13 Harley St. Apr. 9, Huntington, IN, died May 23, 1996 at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Huntington, IN. He was born Aug. 15, 1929 in Huntington County to Charles F. and Mildred M. (Bower) Brown. 

Kenneth worked at Schaaks Rubber Company in Huntington for many years; then he worked for Shuttleworths in Huntington for eight years, retiring in 1994. He was a Korean War Army Veteran, and was a member of the American Le-gion Post #85 in Huntington.

He is survived two brothers, Richard E. Brown of Huntington and Charles Edwin Brown of North Manchester; and a sister, Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Hamilton of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by one brother.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 26, at Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service with Pastor Patrick Powers officiat-ing. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to the Huntington County Cancer Society.

Madeline Conrad

Madeline L. Conrad, 74, of 906 Norwood Dr., North Manchester, died Thursday, May 23, 1996 at her home. She was born Sept. 16, 1921 to Lamoine and Mildred (Krisher) Bush.

A homemaker, beautician, and former employee at Oppenheim's in North Manchester, she was married to Dwayne Ulrey who died Sept. 24, 1950. She married Joe Conrad Aug. 19, 1955 and he survives. 

She was a 1939 graduate of Chester High School. She was a member of First Brethren Church, North Manchester; Ivy Chapter #69 Order of Eastern Star, 39er's Club, and Epsilon Sigma Alpha Gamma Chapter.

Other survivors include a son, Barry Conrad of Marion, IN; daughters, Mrs. Richard (Sara) Whitinger of Warsaw and Mrs. Ralph (Sally) James of North Manchester; and six grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 26, at First Brethren Church with the Rev. Marlin McCann officiating, assisted by Rev. Woodrow Immel. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia.

Preferred memorials are to First Brethren Church or American Lung Association. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Clarice Kinzie

Clarice Pontius Kinzie, 88, a resident of Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home, North Manchester, died Tuesday, April 30,1996, 2:35 p.m. at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Feb. 25, 1908 in Hartville, OH to Henry and Laura Pontius.

She has been a resident of Timbercrest since 1982, coming from Des Moines, Iowa where she was an elementary school music teacher in the Des Moines school system for 14 years, retiring in 1973.

She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren, a 1930 graduate of Manchester College with a B.S. degree in Music Education, a member of the National Education Association, and was choir director of Stover Memorial Church of the Brethren of Des Moines for 34 years.

She married Galen W. Kinzie June 9, 1934 in Hartville, OH, and he survives along with a son, Larry K. Kinzie of San Antonio, TX, a daughter Beth Looker of Columbus Junction, Iowa, a brother Sherman Pontius of Canton, OH, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death.

Friends may call Friday, May 3, 1996 one hour prior to the memorial service which will be held at Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Chapel; the Revs. Susan Boyer and Bruce Hostetler will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Merle Hay Cemetery in Des Moines.

Preferred memorials are to Manchester Church of the Brethren or Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home.

Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Zara D. Welch

Zara D. Welch, 80, of 3401 Soldiers Home Rd., West Lafayette, IN, died at 9:15 p.m. Monday, April 29, 1996 at Heritage Healthcare of West Lafayette. He was born in North Manchester, IN on June 28, 1915 to the late Dee and Mabel (Harshman) Welch. He graduated from Manchester College in 1937, received his Master Degree from Purdue in 1939, and his PhD from Purdue in 1942. He was a Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at Purdue University; he was with Purdue for 41 years.

Mr. Welch was a member of the North Manchester First Brethren Church. He participated in the Manhatten Project during World War II. He was a member of Lafayette Lions Club, Phi Lambda Upsilon, IN Academy of Science, American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, American Association for the Advancement of Science, John Purdue Club and the Purdue Presidents Council.

He is survived by three nephews - Alan H. Welch of Lafayette, IN, Fred D. Baker of Rome, Italy, and Brian C. Welch of Brownsburg, IN; four nieces - Sharon R. Baker of Angola,IN, Becky A. Baker of Tippa Passes, KY, Cathy M. Conrad of Winona Lake, IN and Deanna K. Hughes of Lawrenceburg, IN. Also surviving are eight great nephews and two great nieces. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Harold (Lucile) Baker, a brother George Welch, a nephew, Mark Baker, two great nieces and a great nephew.

Friends may call at Hippensteel Funeral Home in Lafayette, IN from 7 to 9 p.m. today (Wednesday) with a Lions Club service at 8:15 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Hippensteel Funeral Home Chapel Thursday, May 2, 1996 at 2:30 p.m.

Those desiring may contribute in memoriam to Graduate Fellowships, Dept. of Chemistry, c/o Purdue University in W. Lafayette, IN.

Berniece E. Ebert

Berniece E. (Kline) Ebert, 91, a resident of Timbercrest Home, North Manchester, IN and former resident of Van Buren, IN, died Thursday, April 25, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born March 24, 1905 to Frederick Lawrence and Blanche (Anderson) Marsh. 

A homemaker, she was first married to Ray L. Kline who preceded her in death Dec. 10, 1976. She married George T. Ebert Sept. 26, 1981 at Warren, IN, and he survives along with a son, Tex Kline of Coatesville, IN; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A son, Rex and daughter Dixie Lee preceded her in death. She had been a resident of Indianapolis, IN from 1939-1947.

She was a member of the Church of Christ, Warren, IN; she was a 50-year member of Order Eastern Star Ivy Chapter #69 which held a memorial service Saturday evening April 27, at the Bergman-Glancy H. Brown & Son Funeral Home. 

Funeral service was held Sunday, April 28, at the funeral home in Warren, with the Rev. John Gasser officiating. Burial was in Van Buren Cemetery, Van Buren, IN.

Howard Adams III

Howard W. Adams III, 47, of 12600 S SR 13, North Manchester, IN died Tuesday, April 30, 1996 at his residence. He was born Nov. 15, 1948 at Philadelphia, PA, to Howard Ward and Grace Adams, Jr., both deceased. He married Merry S. Martin Dec. 30, 1982 in Warsaw, and she survives.

Mr. Adams was an employee at Biomet Inc. of Warsaw since 1989, having moved to Kosciusko County from Homeland, CA., where he completed his formal education. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam era, and was discharged July 15, 1966.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Megan K. Adams and Zachary W. Adams, all of North Manchester; two nieces and a nephew. A sister, Adina Mae Moorhouse, preceded him in death.

Friends may call at the DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City Thursday, May 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Society.

Ruby K. Cauffman

Ruby K. Cauffman, 96, of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Friday, April 26, 1996 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born Sept. 12, 1899 at Atwood, IN to Elias and Mary E. (Wright) Klinger. 

She married Samuel Russel Cauffman Oct. 30, 1918 in Atwood; he died May 26, 1964. She was a member of the Packerton United Methodist Church, Claypool, IN.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Evelyn) Knight and Mrs. Robert (Louise) Partridge, both of North Manchester; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two step great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral service was held Monday, April 29, at the Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, North Manchester, with the Rev. Fred Orr officiating. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the Packerton United Methodist Church.


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