Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1996

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Sondra Sellers

Sondra Sellers, 62, of 11184S 250W, Silver Lake, IN died at her home Sunday, June 23, 1996. She was born Sept. 30,1933 at Silver Lake, IN. She was married to Leslie "Frank" Sellers for 46 years, and he preceded her in death.

She had served as Lake Township Trustee; was retired as a bus driver for 27 years from the Warsaw School systems. She was instru-mental in getting a new fire truck for Lake Township Fire Depart-ment.

She is survived by her mother, Mildred Bridegroom of Silver Lake; a daughter, Marilyn Luecke of Silver Lake; four sons - Roger F. "Vicki" Sellers, Ronald R. Sellers, and Rex A. Sellers, all of Silver Lake, and Robert L. "Peggy" Sellers of Fort Wayne; a sister, Imogene Warren of North Manchester; and two brothers, Marland "Jim" Bridegroom of Wabash and Ronald Bridegroom of North Manchester; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Thursday, June 27, 1996 at 1 p.m. at the Center United Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Kelly officiating. An Eastern Star service will be held at 9 p.m. Wednesday following calling hours from 2-4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Casey Lloyd Funeral Home, Strong Chapel, Silver Lake, which is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Kathryn Lefforge

Kathryn Lefforge, 80, of 10844 N SR 13, North Manchester, died Saturday, June 22, 1996 at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo, Florence (Miller) Aduddell, both deceased. She married Jesse D. Lefforge Nov. 29, 1941 and he survives. She was retired from Heckman Bindery after 15 years employment.

She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren.

In addition to her husband, other survivors include daughters Linda Price of Bunker Hill, IN and Jo Dee Smith of North Manchester; a brother, Edson Aduddell of Washington, D.C.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A brother and four sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday), June 26, 1996 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with Dr. William Hemmig officiating.

Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Preferred memorials are to the Heart Association.

Harold W. Cripe

Harold W. Cripe, 88, of 502 Kech St., North Manchester, IN died Friday, June 21, 1996 at Miller's Merry Manor East, Wabash. He was born May 15, 1908 at Rossville, IN to Curtis E. and Emma (Reiff) Cripe. A retired farmer, he was married to Ethel Michael Oct. 20, 1928 and she survives. He was a member of the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren.

Other survivors include sons Keith Cripe of Columbia City and Ernest Cripe of Laketon; a daughter, Mrs. Dan (Dorothy) May of North Manchester; brothers Guy Cripe of Claypool, Paul Cripe of North Manchester; Kenneth Cripe of Auburn, WA, and Quentin Cripe of Sunland, CA; sisters Mrs. Janet Cullen, Fort Smith, AR, Mrs. Walter (Doris) Niccum of North Manchester, and Mrs. C. T. (Gladys) Price of Scottsdale, AZ; 15 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 25 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, which was in charge of arrangements. Rev. John Whitcraft and Rev. David W. Pinkham officiated. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.

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

Elwood D. Oltman

Elwood D. "Easy" Oltman, 48, of PO Box 27, Liberty Mills, IN, died Friday, June 21, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Dec. 3, 1947 at Beatrice, Nebraska, to the late Dick D. Oltman and Violet (Schoneweis) Oltman of Beatrice, NE. He was an employee of the Indiana State Highway Department.

Survivors include a son David Oltman of the U.S. Marine Corp, San Diego, CA; a companion, Marcella Drudge of Liberty Mills, IN; a brother, Arlin Oltman of Adams, NE; and sisters Mrs. Larry (Sherleen) Miller of Holmsville, NE, Mrs. Paul (Carol) Meints of Cortland, NE, and Mrs. Steve (Rosalee) Gronewold of Pickrell, NE.

Funeral services were held Wednesday (today) at Zion Lutheran Church of Pickrell, NE with the Rev. Reik Danforth officiating. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Pickrell, NE. 

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary handled local arrangements; Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice, NE was in charge of funeral service at Pickrell, NE.

Nashwa W. Melton

Nashwa William Melton was stillborn at Huntington Memorial Hospital June 21, 1996. His parents are Scott and Christina (Vaughn) Melton of 207 W. Fourth St., North Manchester.

Other survivors include brothers Scott Melton, Jr. and Bobby Melton, both at home; a sister, Darian Middleton, at home; the maternal grandmother, Constance Nelson of North Manchester; paternal grandparents, Robert Melton of North Manchester and the late Norma Melton; also maternal great-grandmother, Izoma Knipp of Knoxville, TN; maternal great-grandfather, John Sparulding of Hartford City, IN, maternal great-great-grandfather, Fold Wesco of Knoxville, TN.

Graveside service was held Monday, June 24, 1996 at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. J.P. Freeman officiating. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Opal L. Wiley

Opal L. Wiley, 88, of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. She was born Nov. 17, 1908 in Grant County, IN to Homer H. and Elsie (Pinkerton) Forrester. She married Garl L. Wiley Dec. 25, 1928 and he preceded her in death Feb. 17, 1996.

She was a member of First Brethren Church, North Manchester, and was a homemaker, and mother to two surviving sons, Alvin L. Wiley of Wabash and Ronald D. Wiley of Urbana; two daughters, Mrs. Herman (Bonnie) Ritenour of Warsaw and Patricia Floor of :Las Vegas, NV. Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. John (Ethel Marie) Shaver of Marion, IN; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 16, 1996 at Timbercrest Chapel- with the Pastor Marlin McCann and Rev. Bruce Hostetler officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, N. Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to First Brethren Church, North Manchester. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Durant

Mary Durant, 69, of 1425 W. James Place, Kent, Washington, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996 at Virginia Mason Hospital of Seattle, WA. She was born June 14, 1927 at Prestonsburg, KY to George W. and Hattie (England) Music. She was married to James Durant, who survives. 

Mrs. Durant was a homemaker, and the mother of a son, Robert Green of Nashville, IN, and a daughter who preceded her in death. In addition, she is survived by brothers, Ben and Charles Music, both of North Manchester, and George and Bill Music, both of Laketon; sisters Mildred Hoffman of LaFontaine, Mrs. Gary (Helen) Yentes of North Manchester, and Ruth Abshire of Illinois; and three grandchildren.

Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., where funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 19, at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Joe Baker will officiate, and burial will be in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.

Helen E. Givens

Helen Elizabeth Givens, 82, of United Methodist Memorial Home of Warren, IN, died Monday, Dec. 16, 1996 at the home's Health Center in Warren. She was born Nov. 17, 1914 in Wabash County to Guy T. and Rosa (Haupert) Friermood. She married the Rev. Arthur E. Givens July 25, 1934 in Wabash, IN.

Mrs. Givens was a member of the Wabash Christ United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and served, along with her husband, under conference appointment in the United Methodist Church a to-tal of 52 years. She was a graduate of Somerset, IN High School and attended Taylor University. She had lived at the United Methodist Memorial Home for six and one-half years, coming from Wabash, IN.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Arthur E. Givens of Warren, IN; sons Larry Givens and Mark Givens, both of Fort Wayne and Guy Givens of Wabash; a brother, Max Friermood of Wabash; a sister Mrs. Peter (Bonnie) Schultz of Mesa, AZ; seven grandchildren, one step grandchild; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother.

Funeral service was held Wednesday (today) afternoon, 2:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, Wabash, with the Rev. Donald Crabill officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash Christ United Church or to the United Methodist Memorial Home of Warren, IN. Manchester Ave. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen, Wabash, was in charge of arrangements.

James F. Beeks

James Franklin Beeks, 71, of 1250 Main St., Lagro, IN, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996 at Millers Merry Manor East of Wabash. He was born Aug. 28, 1925 at Lagro, IN to Levi E. and Helen C. (Baker) Beeks. 

Mr. Beeks was a lifetime resident of Lagro. He retired from the Celotex Corporation in Lagro after 50 years where he was a cupola operator. He married Ellen E. Hendrix Jan. 21, 1956 in Hartford City, IN; she preceded him in death Dec. 18, 1975. He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Survivors include three sisters - Reba Stouffer of Lagro, Mary Mooney and Lois Dye, both of Fort Myers, FL. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996 at Main Street Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, which was in charge of arrangements, with Pastor Richard Long officiating. Burial was in the Lagro Cemetery.

Esther L. Bennett

Esther Louise Bennett, 77, formerly of 641 Erie St., Wabash, IN, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996 at Miller's Merry Manor, Fort Wayne, IN. She was born Aug. 3, 1919 in Wabash County to Carl H. and Rosa M. (Moore) Lower. She married Glenn M. Bennett, who died April 12, 1995.

She was a charter member of the Middle Street Wesleyan Church in Wabash and most recently was a member of the Spring St. Wesleyan church in Fort Wayne.

Survivors include daughters Rosa L. Liston and Rebecca Ann Keppel, both of Ft. Wayne; a son, John L. Bennett of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother Robert Lower of Kokomo, IN; sisters Jackie Pownall of Wabash and Doris Elaine Cook of Warsaw; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Funeral service was held at Middle St. Wesleyan Church Monday, Oct. 14, with the Revs. Ron Johnson and Maurice Pierce officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to either the Middle St. Wesleyan Church or the Spring St. Wesleyan church. Manchester Avenue Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn A. Bird

Kathryn A. Bird, 92, of 1110 Crosspoints Ct., Wabash, IN, died Thursday, Oct. 10,1996, at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. She was born July 24, 1904 in Wabash County to El-wyn W. and Leota (Ridgeway) Arnold. She married Lawrence W. Bird June 15, 1930 in Wabash County, and he died June 12, 1986.

She taught Latin in Roann, Lincolnville, and Wabash. She was a member of the Wabash First United Methodist Church and the Mar-garet Wilson Circle of the church. She was a charter member of the Wabash Musicale, a Past Matron of the Wabash Order of Eastern Star, and a past officer of the Madonna Shrine of Wabash. She was for-merly a member of the Wabash County Choral Club.

She is survived by a son, Richard L. Bird and a daughter, Martha L. Bird, both of Wabash.

Funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 14, at Main St. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service with Dr. Bill Moon officiating. Burial was in Matlock Cemetery, Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Hospital Oncology Dept. or the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children and Burn Institute. Manchester Avenue Chapel Grand-staff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.


 
 

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