Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1999

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Bessie L. Smith

Bessie L. Smith, 96, a resident at Community Care Center, Wabash, IN, died Monday, January 18, 1999 at the Care Center. She was born Sept. 10, 1902 at Roanoke County, VA to Lee and Margaret (Harris) Arthur. She married Floyd Smith in Centerville, MI June 16, 1919; he died Sept. 20, 1979.

Bessie was a homemaker who formerly lived on Rt. 2, Wabash, and was a member of the Parkview United Methodist Church of Peru.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Carl Samuel (Virginia) Barnett of Wabash and a son, Robert E. Smith, also of Wabash; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, a great-great grandchild, three brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel in Wabash today (Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. J. Robert Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Darlyene W. Wray

Darlyene Wilalee Wray, 67, a resident of Ripon, CA since 1974, died at English Oaks Convalescent Hospital of Modesto, CA. Mrs. Wray was born May 26, 1931 to Howard C. and Gladys (Mohler) Beachler. A native of Surrey, North Dakota, she lived at Laketon, IN from 1936 to 1971, and attended Laketon school. She moved to Modesto, CA in 1971 and then to Ripon, CA in 1974.

She was a member of the Old German Baptist Church. She owned Wray's Variety Store in Ripon, CA for five years, and was one of the charter teachers at Brethren Heritage School.

She is survived by three sobs - Michael A. Wray of Peru, IN, Patrick Wray of Greenville, OH, and Gregory Wray of Salida, CA; two daughters - Ronda Edgecomb of Manteca, CA and Ramma Rosa of Gilroy, CA; two brothers, Elwyn D. Beachler of Laketon, IN and Harlon H. Beachler of Claypool, IN; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held today, Wednesday, January 20, 1999 at the Old German Baptist Church at Ripon, CA; burial was in Wood Colony Cemetery of Modesto, CA.

Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel of Modesto, CA was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Brethren Heritage School, 3549 Dakota Ave., Modesto, CA 95358.

Alvin A. Long

Alvin Anderson Long, 74, of 5 Crescent Dr., Wabash, IN died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999 at his residence. He was born Sept. 21, 1924 at Eureka, KS to Herby and Ala (Thomson) Long. He married Annabelle Miller at North Grove, IN on Jan. 26, 1962, and she survives.

He was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ of Wabash, and was a 1941 graduate of Sparta High School in Sparta Twp., IL. A World War II army veteran, he was in the Normandy Invasion; he also served in northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

He was employed at Egyptian Electric Co-Op in Steelville, IL from 1941-1951. He was a line superintendent for the Miami-Cass REMC from 1951-1966 and the general manager from 1966-1970. He then became the general manager of the Wabash County REMC from 1970 until his retirement in 1987. He was a member and served on many committees of the Wabash Valley Power Association, and served as chairman of the Indiana Statewide Job Training & Safety Committee.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons - Howard (Tina) Long, Michael (Debbie) Long and Dale Long, all of Peru, IN; Scott Long of Wabash and Eric Long of Indianapolis; three daughters - Mrs. Robert (Kay) Radel, Jr. of Peru, Mrs. Tony (Suzy) Peterka of Dayton, OH, and Mrs. Mark (Lori) Vannette of Decatur, IN; four brothers - Herb (Ruby) Long and Robert (Virginia) Long, both of Moberly, MO, David (Kay) Long of Royal Center, IN and Richard Long of Peoria, AZ; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999) at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel of Wabash. The Rev. John Leinbaugh officiated, and burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Assn., or Wabash-Miami County Home Health Care & Hospice. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Opal M. Windoffer

Opal M. Windoffer, 101, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999 at Peabody Health Care. Formerly of Somerset, IN, Mrs. Windoffer was born Feb. 4, 1897 at Celina, OH to William G. and Etta May (Hammond) Spencer. She married Charles O. Windoffer June 29, 1917 at Kokomo, IN and he preceded her in death April 2, 1970.

Mrs. Windoffer was formerly a homemaker, and an Avon representative. She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church of Bippus, IN.

Survivors include a son Oren R. Windoffer of Venice, FL, and a daughter, Mary Kay Shroyer of Wabash, IN; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999 at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary of Wabash, IN; the Rev. Scott Makin officiated and burial was in Peoria Cemetery, Miami County, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester. Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Freida I. Stackhouse

Freida I. Stackhouse, 81, of 718 N. Mill St., North Manchester, died Friday, Feb. 5, 1999 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born Jan. 27, 1918 in Whitley County, IN to Shirley and Lydia (Wendel) Kreider. She married Lloyd D. Stackhouse Oct. 26, 1935 and he preceded her in death Jan. 5, 1982.

A homemaker, she was also a member of the Women of the Moose, Legion Auxiliary, Eagles, and V.F.W. Auxiliary, all of North Manchester.

She is survived by three sons - Jim Stackhouse of North Manchester, Steve Stackhouse of Pratt, KS, and Larry Stackhouse of Bozeman, Montana; a daughter, Mrs. Randy (Debra) Cripe of North Manchester; a brother, Robert Kreider of North Manchester; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a brother.

Private graveside services will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Milburn D. Spacy

Milburn D. Spacy, 87, of 311 N. Market St., North Manchester, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. He was born April 9, 1911 at Bippus, IN to Clifford R. and Ethel (Ruch) Spacy. He married Violet M. Miner Nov. 21, 1938 and she survives.

Mr. Spacy had been chief pit mechanic for the Arnolt Racing Team and retired from S. H. Arnolt Corp.-Solex Division at Warsaw, IN. After retirement he restored antique gas engines and drove escort for Pierceton Trucking Company. He was a member of Tri-State Engine & Tractor Association for 32 years. He was also a member of the Eel River Ramblers Motorcycle Club.

An avid bowler, he was a 60-year resident of North Manchester, and is survived by his wife, Violet; son, Michael Spacy of North Manchester; a brother, Vernon Spacy of Tucson, AZ; and three grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with Pastor Jeffrey Freeman officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 850 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204-1108.

James E. Cash

James Emmitt Cash, 71, of 74 E. Main St., Wabash, IN died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999 at his residence. He was born Oct. 14, 1927 in Jefferson County, KY to John A. and Mary Ann (Coleman) Cash.

James was a veteran of the Army Air Corps. He worked at Celotex in Lagro for nine years.

He is survived by a son, Bobby Cash of Lagro, IN; sisters Rose Bedics of Wabash and Kathleen Brooks of Brazil, IN; three daughters and five grandchildren. A son preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel with Rev. Tim Prater officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Helen M. Mendenhall

Helen Margurite Mendenhall, 77, of 4537 S. Old SR 15, Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999 at 415 E. Hugo St., Yoakum, TX. She was born Oct. 8, 1921 in Wabash County, IN to Oliver R. and Mary (Hodson) Brown. She married Jack Julian Mendenhall in Wabash on March 29, 1941; he died Sept. 1, 1997.

She was a 50-year member of the Wabash Friends Church, the Wabash Chapter of the Pythian Sisters, and was an avid mushroom hunter. She was also a homemaker.

She is survived by three daughters - Mrs. Dennis (Judy) Kramer of Wabash; Mrs. William (Connie) Kruse of Yoakum, TX, and Jerry Mendenhall of Fort Wayne, IN.; three sisters - Mrs. Eugene (Elizabeth) Shaffer of Huntington, IN, Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Bever of Wabash, IN, and Mrs. Ray (Nora) Fearnow of Columbia City, IN; a brother, Orville Brown of Bluffton, IN; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash, IN with Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial was in Friends Cemetery, located at Wabash, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association. Arrangements were in charge of Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Funeral Service.


 
 

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