Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1996


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Jean W. Zimmerman

Jean Warstler Zimmerman, 55, of 805 East Seventh St., North Manchester, died Friday, Oct. 25, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Oct. 1, 1941 at Syracuse, IN to Paul and the late Ruby L. (Eisenhour) Warstler.

She married Gary Zimmerman July 25, 1964 in New Paris, IN. She was a mother and a homemaker. Jean was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren, Indiana State Teachers Association, American and Indiana Counseling Association, National Association for Mediation in Education, and National Organization of Women.

She was a 1960 graduate of Milford High School, earned the B.S. degree from Manchester College in 1964, the M.S. degree from Purdue in 1968, and a Counseling Certification from IPFW in 1991.

She was DeKalb County Extension Agent from 1964-1967, State Extension Specialist in Child and Family Development at Purdue 1968-1970, was lecturer in Home Economics at Manchester College 1971-78, lecturer in Child Development at IPFW 1979-87, and Home Economics Teacher at Manchester High School from 1987-1991.

She was presently Elementary School Counselor at Warsaw Community Schools since 1991. She was a workshop leader: parent education, family communication, celebrating diversity, peer mediation, counseling. Jean witnessed for peace at Rocky Flats Colorado nuclear weapons plant for several months in 1978.

Survivors include her father, Paul Warstler of Goshen; her husband Gary of North Manchester; daughters, Dr. Lori Zimmerman of Owosso, MI and Kristi Zimmerman of North Manchester; grandchild, Connor Eichenauer of Owosso, MI and a brother, Jerry Warstler of Sturgis, MI.

Memorial service was held Tuesday evening, October 29, 1996 at the Manchester Church of the Brethren with Pastor Susan Boyer officiating. Disposition will be later.

Preferred memorials are to Susan G. Comen Breast Cancer Founda-tion, Camp Alexander Mack, Heifer Project, UNICEF, or United Negro College Fund, Education for Con-flict Resolution, Inc Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Clarissa L. Walker

Clarissa L. Walker, 88, formerly of 1925 Vernon St., Wabash, IN, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996 at Millers Merry Manor West, Wabash. She was born in Kosciusko County, IN March 19, 1908 to Walter and Amanda A. (Roberts) Barber.

She married Galen O. Walker May 25, 1929 in Gilead, and he died Sept. 12, 1984. She was a member of Ijamsville United Methodist Church and a graduate of Akron High School. 

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Arta) Phillips of Wabash and a son, Merl Walker of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral was held Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Ijamsville United Methodist Church with Rev. Donald Crabill officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery.

Preferred memorial is to Ijamsville United Methodist Church and/or Christ United Methodist Church in Wabash.

Roann Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Donald M. Souder

Donald M. Souder, 87, died Friday, October 25, 1996 at Peabody Retirement Community where he had been a resident for the past three years.

He was born in Richland Township, near Larwill, on August 27, 1909, a son of Floyd C. and Nora Esther (Hartman) Souder. He started his schooling in Larwill, then his family moved to Columbia City where he graduated from high school in 1927.

On November 4, 1933, he married Marjorie Aileen Strong and they made their home in Warsaw for a year where they owned and op-erated a grocery store. After selling the Warsaw store, they returned to Columbia City where he was em-ployed by the Blue Bell Company. In addition to working at Blue Bell, they operated the William Miller Grocery Store in Columbia City. Later, they moved the store to their home on N. Walnut Street and op-erated this location for several years. In later years, he worked at the Weatherhead Company and re-tired in 1980 from Williams Super Dollar Store.

He had been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia City for more than 60 years and a former deacon of the church.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Marjorie; two sons, Dennis C. Souder and Peter D. Souder, both residing in Ohio; two grandchildren, David Souder and Pamela Jo Manders; two great grandsons, Michael David and David Lee Souder and a sister, Betty Jane Shoemaker, Baltimore, MD.

Funeral service was held Monday at Peabody Retirement Community Chapel with the Rev. David E. Tilly officiating. Burial was in Union Township Cemetery, Coesse.

Funeral arrangements were by Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.

William "Bud" Baker

William "Bud" Baker, 47, formerly of Rushville, IN, died October 7, 1966 in Memphis, Tennessee, as a result of being hit by an automobile. He was a construction worker.

Survivors include four daughters, Angela Baker Davis, Alina Baker, Anna Baker, and Amanda Baker, all of Wabash; three sons - Israel Baker of Evansville, IN, Nathaniel Baker and Daniel Baker, both of Wabash; two sisters - Phyllis Louise Nail and Virginia Leigh Gephart, both of Milroy, IN; brothers Phillip Baker of Rushville, IN and Everett Baker Jr. of Milroy, IN.

Memorial services were held Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996 at Main Street Chapel, Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash, which was in charge of arrangements. The Rev. Neil Jeffrey officiated.

Mae Ellen Metzger

Mae Ellen Metzger, 84, of North Manchester, IN, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996 at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw. She was born Feb. 9, 1912 in Wabash County to Albert and Mary (Karn) Niccum. She married Orville E. Metzger Feb. 27, 1932 in Wabash County and he died Feb. 6, 1988. She was a lifetime Wabash County resident and a homemaker. She was a member of the North Manchester Old German Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughters Catherine Metzger and Mrs. Billie (Esther) Blocher, both of North Manchester, and Mrs. Ernest (Leona) Acord Jr. of Atlanta, GA; sons Leon Metzger, Eldon Metzger, Wilmer Metzger and Mark Met-zger, all of North Manchester and Max Metzger of Silver Lake; broth-ers Edward Niccum and Walter Niccum of North Manchester; sis-ters Mrs. Levi (Fern) Long, of Rochester, Mrs. Dean (Dorothy) Byers and Mrs. Doris Boocher, both of North Manchester; 25 grandchildren, 29 great grandchil-dren, and three step great grand-children. She was pre-ceded in death by a son and three grand-sons.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996 at the Old German Baptist Church with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial was in the Old German Baptist Cemetery, North Manchester.

Arrangements were by Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service.
Josephine Barker

Josephine Barker, 86, of Countryside Drive, Orange City, FL, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996 at Volusia Medical Center in Orange City.

Born in Celina, OH., she moved to Orange City in 1980 from North Manchester, Indiana. She was a su-pervisor for 32 years for Heckman Bindery in North Manchester.

Survivors include two daughters - Barbara Piper of Howe, Indiana and Geraldine Chamberlain of Orange City, FL; a son, Robert Barker of Orange City, FL; a sister, Mary Katherine Tucker of Orange City, FL, eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the ARC Opportunities, 0995 N. 250 W. LaGrange, IN 46761. Lankford Or-ange City Chapel,(904) 734-2244, is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Mae Hansing

Anna Mae Hansing, 80, of 4181S 800W, Peru, IN, died Tuesday, October 29, 1996 at Wabash Skilled Care Center.

She was born May 27, 1916 at Alexandria, IN to Oliver and Iva (Eisnhour) Richardson. A homemaker, she married Marcus D. Hansing Sept. 29, 1934 and he passed away Aug. 30, 1979. She served as houseparent at White's from 1962-1979. She was a member of Richvalley United Methodist Church. She was a ladies' aide at Richvalley United Methodist Church and also a member of the Missionary Society of the church.

Survivors include a son, Leonard Trinkle of North Webster, IN; daughters Mrs. John (Joanne) Votaw of Peru, Mrs. David (Bertie) Schuler and Mrs. Wayne (Mona) Rees, both of Wabash, and Mrs. Louis (Thelma) Jones of Indianapo-lis; 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Two brothers preceded her in death.

Friends may call at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be Friday, Nov. 1, 1996 at 1:00 p.m. at Eddingfield-De-Laughter Mortuary, Wabash., with the Rev. Bruce Mowery officiating. Burial will be in Speicher Ceme-tery.

T. (Hugh) Fleming

T. (Hugh) Fleming, 93, of 7716 South SR 13, Wabash, IN died Monday, Oct. 28, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born May 24, 1903 in Wabash County to Samuel (John) and Martha Ellen (Cogshall) Fleming.

He was a chef who was married first to Loretta Eltzroth, and then to Kathryn Meyers Jan. 29, 1929 for his second marriage; she died in 1972. He was a member of the Ea-gles Lodge of Wabash for 72 years.

Survivors include a son, Jack H. Fleming of Wabash, Lawrence Fleming of Montpelier, IN, and Vern Fleming of California; a daughter, Mrs. Earl (Mary) Cullum, of Kansas City, MO. Two sons, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, Wabash, with the Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Mississinewa Cemetery.

Mary E. Rinehart

Mary E. Rinehart, 95, of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996 at Timber-crest Healthcare Center. She was born Nov. 4, 1900 at Anderson, IN to Frank E. and Clara (Replogle) Hay.

She married George Mahlon Rinehart June 8, 1921 in Hagerstown. He died April 25, 1976. Mary was a member of the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren at Hager-stown where she was a deaconess and Sunday School teacher and had a tenure of 20 years as Children's Director for South Indiana District of the Church of the Brethren. She was a student at Manchester Academy. She and her husband moved to Timbercrest Jan. 31, 1976.

Survivors include daughters He-len Miller of Monroe, IN, and Dorothy Coplen and Esther Hamer, both of Fort Wayne; eight grand-children and four great grandchil-dren.

Friends may call at Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service Wednesday (today) from 4 to 8 p.m.; funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, 1996 at 10 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel with Pastors Susan Boyer and Byron Miller officiating.

There will also be calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Culbertson Funeral Home in Hagerstown, IN and a second funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren in Hagerstown, with Pastors Sam Detwiler and Byron Miller officiating.

Preferred memorials are to Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren and Timbercrest Crestwood Project.

Arrangements were by Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service.

Elsie G. Fisher

Elsie Gray Fisher, 103, of rural Wabash, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996 at Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash. She was born June 11, 1893 in Delaware County, IN to George Franklin and Anna Belle (Moore) Gray.

She married J. Glenn Fisher Dec. 26, 1911 in Newport, KY. He died February 28, 1971. She was a homemaker, and they lived in Wabash County since 1930. She was a member of Niconza Baptist Church, rural Roann, and the Ladies Missionary Society of the church. She later attended Roann First Brethren Church.

Survivors include a son, Garland Fisher of Wabash; a brother Forest Gray of Andrews; a grandson, Jonathan Fisher of Fort Wayne and a granddaughter, Mrs. Robert (Penelope) Galley of Wabash; six great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. She was pre-ceded in death by a sister and seven brothers.

Funeral service was held Wednesday (today) Oct. 30, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service Roann Chapel, which was in charge of arrangements. Pastor Philip Medsger officiated. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery.

Wilbur B. Stine

Wilbur B. Stine, 83, of Village Hamlet #16, North Manchester, IN died Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996 at Peabody Healthcare, North Manchester. He was born June 27, 1913 in Colfax, Iowa to Arthur M. and Alice A. (Kulp) Stine. 

He was a farmer, who married Opal J. Williams Oct. 16, 1944, and she survives along with sons Marvin L. Stine of Silver Lake, James W. Stine of Elkhart, And Larry R. Stine of Poway, CA; a brother, Arthur I. Stine, New Castle, IN; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and one step great-grandchild. A brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

He was a 1931 graduate of Laketon High School, and was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, (today) Oct. 30, at De-Laughter-McKee Mortuary, which was in charge of arrangements. Rev. Susan Boyer officiated and was assisted by Rev. David Wolfe. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.

Preferred memorials are to that of the donor's choice.

Charles E. Neal Jr.

Charles Edgar Neal Jr., 38, of 1160 Columbus St., Wabash, IN died Friday, Oct. 25, 1996 at Luray, VA. He was born Dec. 16,1957 at Wabash, IN to Charles Edgar Neal Sr. and Sandra Darlene McCune Haggard.

Charles worked at Ford Meter Box for 18 years. He was a member of the Wabash Nazarene Church, and a member of the TransAmerica Radio group.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Henry Haggard of Wabash; his stepmother, Nora Neal of Wabash; step father, Henry Haggard of Wabash; a son, Cory Alan Neal of Wabash and daughters Hope Alaine Neal of Wabash and Kara Marie Neal of Kokomo; a sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Teresa) Stanley of Warren, IN; a step brother, Ronnie Hawkins of Wawpecong, IN; step sisters Misty Hawkins and Jacquelin Breeman, both of Wabash; Christy Cavanaugh and Julia Ekright, both of Peru; Ginny Hawkins of Carmel; and Scarlet Montgue of Akron; and a step brother, Wayne Haggard of Louisville, KY.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, (today), Oct. 30, at Manchester Avenue Chapel Grand-staff-Hentgen with Rev. Gary Cun-ningham officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association. Manchester Ave. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen was in charge of arrangements.


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