Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998


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George H.A. Keffaber

George H.A. Keffaber, 90, of 2900 N. Apperson, Lot 58, Kokomo, IN, formerly of Wabash, IN, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998 at St. Joseph Hospital of Kokomo. He was born May 1, 1907 at Wabash, IN to Charles and Anna (Hettmansperger) Keffaber.

He was retired from Container Corporation of America after 35 years employment, and was a World War II Army Airforce veteran. He was a member of the American Legion and Eagles Lodge of Wabash.

He was first married to Emma May Hensen Feb. 9, 1946; she died March 18, 1976. His second marriage was to Delphine Carter May 26, 1979 and she died May 18, 1983. His last marriage was to Martha Shelton Feb. 1, 1993, and she survives at Kokomo, IN.

Survivors include a son, Duane Keffaber of Wabash, and a daughter, Sandra Holley of Marion; six grandchildren, and a great grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Graveside service only was held Tuesday, March 3, 1998 at Garden of Memory Cemetery in Huntington County, IN. The Rev. Kevin Stirratt officiated.

Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary of Wabash was in charge of arrangements.

John M. Crist Jr.

John M. Crist Jr., 70, of 10582 N. State Road 15, Roann, IN died Saturday, Feb. 28,1998 at Wabash Healthcare Center. He was born Feb. 8, 1928 in Huntington County to John M. and Tressia (France) Crist Sr. He married Sadie Whitaker Oct. 20, 1946 and she died Dec. 29, 1995.

He was a member of the Erie Street Freewill Baptist Church of Wabash, was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, and was retired from Ford Meter Box after 39 years employment.

Survivors include a son, Robin Lee Crist of Roann; brothers Clifford Crist of North Manchester and James Crist of Silver Lake; and a sister, Mrs. Dennis (Martha) Ackers of Clearwater, FL. One son preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held today, Wednesday, March 4, at the Erie Street Freewill Baptist Church with the Pastor Bill Bowling officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery of Silver Lake, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Erie Street Freewill Baptist Church of Wabash. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, was in charge of arrangements. 

Chella A. Juillerat

Chella A. Juillerat, 84, of 1580 N. LaFontaine St., Huntington, died at 1:26 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN.

She was born January 2, 1914 to Myrtus A. and Addie (Crull) Howenstine in Huntington, Indiana. Her marriage was to Rev. Virgil Juillerat on Dec. 30, 1934 in Indiana; he survives.

Mrs. Juillerat was a homemaker, and a member of Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren in Tunker, IN; member of Washington Homemaker's Extension Club; and Faith Partner with Old Time Gospel Hour.

In addition to her husband, other survivors include four sons - V. Kenneth Juillerat, Jr. of North Manchester, Victor Juillerat of White House, TN, Van Juillerat of Andrews, IN, and John Juillerat of Columbia city, IN; three daughters - Mrs. Thomas (Janet) Karst, Mrs. Robert (Janice) Schroeder both of Huntington, IN, and Mrs. Donald (Jarice) Davenriner of Warren, IN; 22 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; one brother, Glen Howenstine of Huntington, and a sister, Mrs. Richard (Pauline) Stanley of Scottsdale, AZ. She was preceded in death by a sister, Miriam Clark, and a brother, Lyle Howenstine.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998) at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, IN. Burial was in Beech Grove Cemetery in Huntington County, Indiana.

Preferred memorials are to Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren of Tunker, IN.

Winifred M. McConnell

Winifred Marie McConnell, 73, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. She was born Mar. 1, 1925 at Los Angeles, CA to George and Marie Victoria (Hatter) Gessling. 

She married James Nevil McConnell who preceded her in death in 1982. She has been a Wabash County resident since February 1992, coming from Riverside, CA. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Wabash, and was former President of the League of Women Voters (Democratic Party) in Fullerton, CA.

Survivors include two daughters - Mrs. Alan (Katy) Stewart of Wabash and Judith McConnell of San Diego, CA; three sons - Michael McConnell of Yorba Linda, CA, John McConnell of Riverside, CA, and James "Jake" McConnell of Aurora, CO; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998) at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash, IN, with Rev. Jeffrey Smith officiating. Burial will take place Sept. 18, 1998 in the Riverside National Cemetery, located at Riverside, CA.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer's Association.

Jeremy K. Jackson

Jeremy Kyle Jackson, 17, of 7316 West SR 114, South Whitley, IN, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, the result of an accident. He was born Oct. 1, 1980 at Wabash, IN to Michael Evan Jackson and the late Cheryl Jean (Blanchard) Jackson, who died August 20, 1997.

Jeremy Jackson was reared in North Manchester, IN and then he and his family moved to his Cleveland Township home on SR 114 in 1987. He was a senior student at Whitko High School, South Whitley.

He was a member of the South Whitley United Methodist Church and the Youth Group of the church. He currently was serving as the Vice President of Membership for the Indiana State FHA/HERO High School organization.

He is survived by his father, Michael Jackson of South Whitley; two brothers - Christopher R. Jackson and Nathan A. Jackson, both of South Whitley; grandparents Robert R. and Helen M. Blanchard of North Manchester, and Dale E. and (Janet L.) Jackson of Lafayette, IN; great grandmother, Irene A. Geiger of Columbia City; two aunts - Cindy J. Anglin of Claypool and Sheryl Hinton of Lafayette; and cousins Stephanie Dawn Anglin and Amanda Leigh Anglin, both of Claypool and Sharla McDaniel of Lafayette. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by several great grandparents.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 12, 1998 at the South Whitley Elementary School Gym, with the Rev. Dr. August W. Lundquist, pastor of the United Methodist Church of South Whitley, officiating. Burial was in South Whitley Cemetery.

Memorial bequests may be given in Mr. Jackson's memory to the National Kidney Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home in charge of arrangements, the DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Funeral Home, P.O. Box 328, Columbia City, IN.

Richard Clevenger

Richard Clevenger, 83, of 515 W. Fourth St., North Manchester, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998 at Whitley Memorial Hospital of Columbia City. He was born Nov. 19, 1914 at Wabash, IN to Archer and Bertha (Campbell) Clevenger. He married Betty Jean Dilsaver on June 11, 1948 in Gilead, IN.

He was a member of the Congregational Christian Church in North Manchester, the American Legion Post #253 in North Webster, and was a graduate of Chester High School in North Manchester. He was a World War II Army Veteran. He retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968. He then worked for Eaton Controls in North Manchester where he retired in 1978 after 10 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean. He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will take place Friday, Sept. 18, 1998 at 2 p.m. with the Pastor J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial will take place in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to the Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Eugene Stouffer

Robert (Bob) Eugene Stouffer, 77, of 225 E. Pike St., Roann, died Friday, July 3, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born June 30, 1921 at Urbana, IN to Mahlon and Pauline (Karns) Stouffer. He married Marguerite Harris June 1, 1943 in Urbana.

Mr. Stouffer was the clerk-treasurer for the Town of Roann 23 years. He was also the custodian at Roann Elementary School for 19 years, worked at Honeywell, Inc. in Wabash for 12 years, and was a self-employed car-penter.

He was a member and past commander of the Roann American Legion, and a World War II army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Marguerite, of Roann; daugh-ters Mrs. Jay (Barbara) Sullivan, Linda Spence, and Mrs. Larry (Jennifer) Faust, all of Wabash; a brother, John Stouffer of Lagro; and sisters Mrs. Wayne (Ruth) Moyer of Roann, Mrs. John (Phyllis) Lehman and Mrs. Larry (Judith) Sellers, both of Wabash, and Mrs. Jerry (Carolyn) Rogers of Urbana; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, two brothers, and two sis-ters.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 7, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel was in charge of arrange-ments. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association.

John F. Walter

John Frederick Walter, 85, of 37 Pawling St., Wabash, IN died Saturday, July 4, 1998 at Wabash Skilled Care, Wabash, IN. He was born Dec. 2, 1912 at Wabash to Fred B. and Jean (Graden) Walter. He married Helen Cowles in Wabash on June 13, 1936.

He was president of B. Walter & Co., Wabash, retiring in 1974. He was a member and el-der of Wabash Presbyterian Church, member of the Wabash Kiwanis Club, Wabash Elks, and a charter member of the Wabash Country Club. John was also a past Wabash City School Board member, a former direc-tor of the Frances Slocum Bank in Wabash, and had served as a director for the Wabash Cemetery Society Board. John was a 1931 grad-uate of Wabash High School and attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. He was a lifetime Wabash resident.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Wabash; three sons - Graden Walter and John Stanley Walter, both of Wabash and Stephen B. Walter of Seattle, WA; a daugh-ter, Mrs. Arthur (Posy) Jasen of Wabash; three sisters - Mrs. David (Esther) Watkins of Melbourne, FL, Mrs. O. G. (Jean) Bryant of Sanford, FL, and Mrs. Richard (Ann) Brann of Ogden, UT; 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 7, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, Wabash, with Rev. Jeffrey Smith officiating. Private entombment service was held in the Memorial Lawns Cemetery Chapel of Remembrance, located at Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Animal Shelter, or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wabash County.

Ronald E. Hopkins

Private graveside services were held Monday, July 6, 1998 for Ronald E. Hopkins, 56, of 2870W 1000N, Roann, IN. He died Wednesday, July 1, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born Dec. 1, 1941 in Wabash County to John and Mae (Wireman Clever) Hopkins. He married Gloria G. Swygart Sept. 2, 1960 in Covington, KY.

Mr. Hopkins was a diesel mechanic for Pierceton Trucking in Laketon for 25 years. He was a member of the Indiana Conference of Teamsters.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria, of Roann; his mother, Mae Clever of Lakeland, FL; a daughter, Rhonda R. Gheen of North Manchester; a son, Randy E. Hopkins of Roann; two sisters, Mrs. John (Phyllis) Mahlan of Decatur, IN and Mrs. Robert (Sandra) McNary of Cromwell, IN; and four grandchildren.

Pastor J. P. Freeman offici-ated the graveside service held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of ar-rangements. Preferred memo-rials are to the American Heart Association.

Emogene M. Drudge

Emogene Moore Drudge, 71, of 653 High St., Wabash, IN, died Tuesday, June 30, 1998 at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN. She was born May 12, 1937 in Stark County, IN to James Henry and Mary Katherine (Griswald) Moore. She mar-ried Raymond "Ray" Drudge on Oct. 4, 1947, in Roann, IN. She was a member of the Wabash Church of the Nazarene, and a member of A.A.R.P. She was a 1945 gradu-ate of Chippewa High School. She worked for K-Mart for 13 years, retiring in 1988.

Survivors include her hus-band, Ray, of Wabash; two sons, Roland Duane Drudge of Lagro and Larry Eugene Drudge of Huntington; a daughter, Susan Kay Taylor of LaFontaine; a sister, Barbara Ann Evans of Wabash; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Friday, July 3, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel in Wabash, with the Rev. Kevin Stirratt officiating. Entombment was in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Marion, IN. 

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel was in charge of arrange-ments. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

Verling P. Landis

Verling Paul Landis, 87, of 1694 W. Glendale Ave., Apt. 447N, Phoenix, AZ 85021, died Wednesday, July 1, at the Gardener Home Hospice Care of Phoenix. He was born April 13, 1911 in North Manchester to Jesse L. and Josie M. (Almack) Landis. He married Wineferd Baker on March 21, 1937, and she survives.

He had been a member of the North Manchester Church of the Brethren since 1923.

He and Wineferd bought the Burgess Drug Store at the cor-ner of Main and Walnut Streets in May 1938 and it was known as the Landis Drug Store until they sold it to Key Pharmacy in 1963. They worked for Key's until 1976 when they retired.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mary Lou Moseke; a son, Michael Landis; six grandsons, all of Phoenix; and a sister Mildred Kimmel of Ozawkie, Kansas. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathryn Landis and Ruby Yentes, and two brothers, Galen Landis and Harry Landis.

A private family service will be held Friday, July 10, at Rest Haven Cemetery of Phoenix, AZ. Preferred memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014-5669.


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