Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997


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Wilma E. Nellans

Wilma E. Nellans, 83, a resident of Timbercrest Retire-ment Community, North Manchester, and for-merly of Mentone, IN, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997 at Timbercrest. She was born Sept. 25, 1914 in Marshall County to Raymond and Clara (Shivley) Sponseller. She married Frank H. Nellans Feb. 27, 1940 and he died Nov. 27,1989.

She was a homemaker. She attended the Akron Church of God, and attended Manchester College two years.

She is survived by two sons - Gale D. Nellans and wife Patricia of Hawaii, and Miles L. Nellans and wife, Rose, of Warsaw, IN; two grandchildren, Melissa and Eric Nellans.

Friends may call Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the King Memorial Home, Mentone, IN where funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. James Malbone of the Akron Church of God will officiate and burial will be in Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, IN.

Doris Badertscher

Doris Badertscher, 78, of Woodspoint #24, North Manchester, IN died Oct. 3, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Nov. 1, 1918 at Bluffton, IN to Robert and Caryl (Goodspeed) Lee. She married Francis Badertscher Dec. 12, 1943 in Bluffton, IN.

She was a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church and an honorary member of Tri Kappa Sorority.

Survivors include her husband Francis; a son, Richard of Indianapolis; and a daughter Mrs. Ted (Caryl) Straiger of North Manchester; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers.

Funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 6, at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel with Rev. William Hemmig officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Daisy M. Davidson

Infant Daisy Marie Davidson died on the day of her birth, Oct. 2, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born to Daniel Wayne Davidson and DeLila Ann Noland, both of North Manchester. 

Paternal grandparents are Donald and Jill Davidson of North Manchester and Billy and Freda Patton of Wabash. Paternal great grandparents are Laura Etta Davidson and Terry Zintsmaster, both of Wabash. Maternal grandparents are Charles and Beverly Noland of Marion, and Larry Noland of Wabash. Maternal great grandparents are Jack and Ruth Sizemore of Swayzee, Clifford and Helen Noland of Wabash, and Robert and Doris Stambaugh of Huntington.

Graveside service was held Monday, Oct. 6, 1997 at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. 

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Paul S. Porter

Paul S. Porter, 78, of 3564 W SR 124 Wabash, IN, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997 at Marion General Hospital, Marion, IN. He was born May 17, 1919 to Owen and Alice (Bond) Porter. He married Colene Wilson in Phoenix, AL on August 25, 1942. He retired from Diehl Machine in 1981 after 36 years. He was an army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Colene of Wabash; daughter Mrs. John (Karen) Scott of Kokomo; a sister, Inez Harrell of Florida; a half-sister Mrs. Richard (Polly) Timmons of Defiance, OH; a brother Donald Porter of Florida and a grandchild. Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash, with Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial was in Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service of Wabash was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare & Hospice.

Jerry D. Harris

A private family service was held for Jerry D. Harris, 51, of Colera Oklahoma, who died Sept. 25, 1997 at Texoma Medical Center, The son of Robert and Vera Parson Harris, he was born July 9, 1946 in Brawley, Calif.

Mr. Harris married the former resident Becky S. Brubaker July 27, 1968 in Vista, Calif.

Survivors include his wife of the Calera home; son Jerry Don Harris of Coleman, Oklahoma; daughter Jennifer Rebecca Busby of Denison, Texas and one granddaughter.

Richard Workman

L. Richard "Dick" Workman, 64, of 1260E SR 13N, North Manchester, died Monday, May 26, 1997, at Miller's Merry Manor, Huntington, IN. He was born Oct. 3, 1932 in Wabash County to the late Martin Luther Workman and Mabel (Sommers) Workman, a resident of Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home.

He married Peggy Baker in North Manchester June 8, 1952. He was a member of the North Manchester First Brethren Church. He was a Korean War Army Veteran and had lived most of his life in the North Manchester area.

Mr. Workman was employed in the maintenance department of Heckman Bindery, North Manchester, and had been a dispatcher for Pierceton Trucking Company of Laketon, IN for 10 years. He was a patrolman with the North Manchester Police Department from 1967-1970, and a volunteer fireman with Chester Township Fire Department for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Workman of North Manchester; his mother, Mabel Workman of North Manchester; sons Kent A. Workman of Peru and Kyle J. Workman of south Whitley; daughters Mrs. Stanley (Kathy) Singpiel and Mrs. William (Kim) McKenzie, both of North Manchester; a brother, Kenneth Workman of Auburn, IN; four sisters - Mrs. James (Bonnie) Lauer and Mrs. Richard (Janet) Miller, both of North Manchester, Mrs. Jerry (Jane) Murphy of Butler, IN and Mrs. Jim (Barbara) Krichbaum of Chelsea, MI; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel Wednesday (today) from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel Thursday, May 29, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Kurt Stout officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society, or the North Manchester First Brethren Church.

Mabel L. Burch

Mabel Lenora Burch, 86, of Miller's Merry Manor East, and formerly of SR 114W, North Manchester, died Friday, May 23, 1997 at Miller's. She was born Jan. 4, 1911 in Wabash County to Levi and Bertha (Oswalt) Milam. She married Vores Lester Burch July 4, 1933 in Columbia city; he preceded her in death May 23, 1996.

She was a 1929 graduate of Laketon High School, and in 1937 she and her husband started the Burch Shell Station located at the intersection of SR 15 and SR 114W. She also owned and operated the Corner Cupboard Restaurant adjacent to the Shell Station until retiring in 1974.

She was a member of the South Pleasant United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, was a Past Worthy Matron of Ivy Chapter of the Eastern Star, past district deputy of District 18 and past Grand Martha of the Indiana Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star, and past president of Indiana Business and Professional Women Inc.

Survivors include a son, Thomas L. Burch, North Manchester; a sister, Mrs. Homer (Caroline) Sampsel of Rochester; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Four brothers and a sister are deceased.

Services were held Monday, May 26, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service Bender Chapel, Rev. Kent Maxwell officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Portia I. Haupert

Portia I. Haupert, 91, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Saturday, May 24, 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was formerly a resident at 1015 Erie Street in Wabash prior to moving to Peabody. She was born Dec. 6, 1905 in Wabash County to Frederick and Georgia O'Dessa (Owen) Johnson. She married Howard Haupert in Plymouth, IN July 25, 1934 and he died June 1950. Mrs. Haupert was a retired teacher, retiring in 1971 from Wabash High School where she taught 17 years. She also taught 15 years at McCulloch Jr. High in Marion, four years at Linlawn in Wabash and two years at Somerset in Wabash County.

She was a member of St. Matthew's United Church of Christ in Wabash, the Dorcas Circle of the church, and the Wabash County Teachers association. She was a former member of the Latreian Club (a literary club), and the Wabash Women's Clubhouse Association. She was a graduate of Marion High School and Marion College, received her master's degree from Ball State University, and also attended Lewis & Clark College of Portland, OR and Indiana University.

Survivors include a son, William F. Haupert of Ovid, MI and a sister, Lola Soward of Escondido, CA; three grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. A sister and four brothers preceded her in death.

Graveside service and burial was held today (Wednesday), May 28 at Falls Cemetery of Wabash, with the Rev. Carl Hanser officiating.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Main Street Chapel, Wabash was in charge of arrangements.

Ray Hoover

Ray Hoover, 85, of 50 S. Main Street, Laketon, IN died Friday, May 23, 1997 at Community Care Center, Wabash. He was born Aug. 9, 1911 in Wabash County to George and Pearl (Butler) Hoover. He married Ella Haas Aug. 12, 1950 and she survives.

A retired farmer, Mr. Hoover was a member of the Laketon United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ella of Laketon; a son, James R. Hutton of Wabash; a brother, Donald Hoover of Westland, MI; a sister, Lena Thomas of Bunker Hill, IN; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 26, 1997 with the Rev. David Inskeep officiating. Burial was in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.

Susan E. Rife

Susan Elaine Rife, 44, of 545 E. Washington St., Lagro, IN died Thursday, May 22, 1997 at her residence. She was born June 5, 1952 at Wabash, IN to Theodore and Marilyn (Hileman) Schlemmer. She married Clyde Rife in Wabash Jan. 8, 1977.

She had worked at Wabash Magnetics in Huntington for three years, and was a member of the Lagro American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde Rife of Lagro; her parents Theodore and Marilyn Schlemmer of Wabash; a son, Roger Rife, of Wabash; daughters Mrs. William (Shelly) Davidson of North Manchester and Kelly Rife of Lagro; brothers Philip Schlemmer of Fort Wayne and Steven Schlemmer of Wabash; a sister, Charlotte Coburn of Wabash; and five grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, May 24, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manches-ter Ave. Chapel with the Rev. Tony Thomas officiat-ing. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.


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