Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998

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William T. Russell

William Thornton Russell, 83, of 475 W. Hill St., Wabash, IN, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born June 4, 1915 at Elkhart, IN to Lawrence M. and Harriette A. (Dobbins) Russell. He married Barbara Naugle in Naples, FL on Dec. 21, 1978 and she survives.

Mr. Russell attended Manchester College and Olivet (MI) College. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters Dana Russell of Asheville, NC and Sally Russell of Seymour, IN; a son, Hugh Russell of Toronto, Canada; step daughters Nancy O'Connor of Indianapolis, Jan Gebhart of Wabash; and Barbara Hildebrandt of Logansport; brothers Charles Russell of Yalaha, FL and Roger V. Russell of Memphis, TN; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one brother.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Wabash Senior Center, 239 Bond St., Wabash, where a memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. The body was cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash-Miami Home Health Care and Hospice. Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Annette V. Gant

Annette Varney Gant, 36, of 57 N. Holmes, Indianapolis, IN died Aug. 16, 1998 at St. Francis Hospital of Beech Grove, IN. She was born Mar. 10, 1962 at Williamson, WV to Carole Varney. 

She was an employee of Kroger Express No. 108 in Beech Grove, IN.

She is survived by her mother, Carole Varney of Garrett, IN; her husband of Arizona; a sister, Jennifer Varney of Indianapolis; and daughters, Ivy Poole and Stacey Poole, both of Indianapolis.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel today (Wednesday) from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Main St. Chapel Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place in the Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Bertha B. Kline

Bertha Barbara Kline, 72, of Laketon, IN, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 1998 at Woodlawn Hospital of Rochester, UIN. She was born in Wabash County Jan. 27, 1926 to Andrew and Hattie (Overlander) Betten, both deceased. She was a homemaker, married to Ray Kline on Sept. 2, 1945.

Survivors include her husband, Ray; sons Allen Kline of South Whitley, Roger Kline of Servia, Ronald Kline of Laketon, and Steven Kline of North Manchester; daughters Mrs. Randall (Sandra) Buss of Laketon; Mrs. William (Susan) Fisher of Brighton, TN, Mrs. Fae (Sara) Cripe and Mrs. Mark (Sally) Dyson, both of North Manchester; brothers, Clarence Betten of Laketon and Clifford Betten of North Manchester; sisters Marie Betten, Mrs. Herbert (Dora) Moyer and Mrs. Frank (Evelyn) Clark, all of North Manchester; 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A daughter, a brother, two grandsons and a granddaughter preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 17, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, with Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery of Servia.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Richard L. Pottenger

Former North Manchester resident Richard L. Pottenger, 75, of 57 Greenway Dr., Goshen, IN, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 1998 at Goshen General Hospital, where he had been hospitalized since Aug. 9. He was born Jan. 30, 1923 in Miami County, IN to George and Marie (Clingaman) Pottenger.

Mr. Pottenger formerly owned the Poultry Processing Plant in North Manchester; in 1969 he co-owned and managed the Super Steer Steakhouse in Goshen, retiring in 1987. He was a World War II Air Force veteran, having flown 35 missions out of Italy. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Goshen.

He married Beulah M. Grossnickle May 20, 1944. She survives along with two sons - Don of Rochester Hills, MT and Larry of Goshen; five grandchildren; and a sister, Doris Saner of Akron, IN.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 15, at First Baptist Church of Goshen, Pastor Greggory Lanzen officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home of Goshen was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the First Baptist Church of Goshen.

Charles E. Wood

Charles Elmo Wood, 88, of 1900 Randallia, Fort Wayne, IN, died Monday, Nov. 2, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Dec. 21, 1909 in Miami County to Everett and Bessie (Myers) Wood.

He married Florence Beeler on January 9, 1932 in Chili, Indiana. He lived most of his life in Miami County and worked as a farmer. He was a member of the Chili Baptist Church and the Miami County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife, Florence E. of Fort Wayne; daughters Mrs. Ned (Marjorie) Gaskill of Fort Wayne and Mrs. David (Patsy) Salisbury of Roanoke; a son, Herman L. Wood of Hancock, NY; seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and a granddaughter.

Friends may call Thursday afternoon, Nov. 5, 1998, from 12 to 2:00 p.m. at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, where memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. William Shewman officiating. Burial will be in the Chili Cemetery, Chili, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Chili Baptist Church of Chili, IN. Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Martha E. Sullivan

Martha E. Sullivan, 77, of 299 N. Allen St., Wabash, IN, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1998 at Millers Merry Manor West, Wabash. She was born Sept. 8, 1921 at Wabash, IN to Claude and Donna B. (White) Ridenour.

She married Joseph E. Sullivan June 30, 1955 in Las Vegas; he died in 1987. She attended Wabash St. Bernard Catholic Church. She retired as purchasing agent from the Naval Weapons Center in Ridgecrest, CA.

Survivors include four grandchildren. A daughter and a brother preceded her in death.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. There are no services.

Esther O. Nelson

Esther Olivia Nelson, 82, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born April 19, 1916 at Minneapolis, MN to Niels and Kirstine (Bendsen) Esbensen.

She married Cletus O. Deardorff in Chicago, IL on Jan. 1, 1936, and he died August 1967. She later married Robert Nelson in North Manchester, IN on Dec. 29,1974.

She was a member of the North Manchester Church of the Brethren, taught Sunday School and was a song leader and accompanist at various churches. She was a member of the College Women's Club and North Manchester Historical Society. She worked in Food Service Production and Management at St. Francis College in Fort Wayne three years, and at Manchester College in North Manchester for 17 years.

She is survived by her hus-band, Robert; three sons - Richard O. Deardorff of Wakarusa, IN, Kenneth E. Deardorff of Port Orange, FL, and David P. Deardorff of Nottingham, NH; a daughter, Charlotte A. Deardorff of East Lansing, MI; brothers Henry Esbensen of Manhattan Beach, CA and Edwin Esbensen of Modesto, CA; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son and a sister.

Friends may call Thursday, May 7, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester from 4 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to funeral service at Timbercrest Chapel.

Funeral service will be held Friday, May 8, 1998 at 2 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, with Pastors Susan Boyer, Joan Deeter, and Helen Beery offici-ating. Burial will take place in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to Crestwood Project at Timbercrest.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel is in charge of ar-rangements.

Delmar E. Boyd

Delmar E. Boyd, 83, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center. He was born May 19, 1914 at Verdigre, Nebraska to Ira and Bertha (Horst) Boyd. He married Esther L. Wolf Nov. 24, 1938 and she survives.

He was a member of the North Manchester Old German Baptist Church, and was retired from Peabody Company and Woodcraft Company, both of North Manchester.

In addition to his wife, Esther, he is survived by two sons - John Hetzner of Monroe, WI and Paul David Boyd of Lagro; a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Carol Sue) Watts of Laketon, IN; a daughter-in-law, Ivana Epp of Laketon; two brothers - Walter Boyd of Greenville, OH and Calvin Boyd of Camden, IN; a sister, Mrs. Elva Cotner of Plant City, FL; 16 grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary Thursday, May 7, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral will be held Friday, May 8, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. at the North Manchester Old German Baptist Church, with Home Brethren officiating. Burial will take place at the Old German Baptist Cemetery of North Manchester.

Oliver B. Hall

Oliver B. Hall, 67, of 113 N. Maple Street, Converse, IN, died Monday, May 5, 1997 at the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System of Marion, IN. He was born June 18, 1929 at Niles, MI to Louis and Daisy Maxine (Heeter) Hall, both deceased. He lived in the Marion area for 25 years.

He made his home with Helen Clinton Boaz of Converse and Owen and Margaret Smith, also of Converse. He is survived by a daughter, Shelia Kay Sorg of North Manchester, and a sister, Sally Bower of Kalamazoo, MI; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

An Army veteran, having served in the Korean conflict, he was also a member of the Moose Lodge #253, Marion. Graveside military rites were held today (Wednesday) at the Marion Na-tional Cemetery, following funeral service at the Larrison-Martin Duncan Funeral Home of Converse. Rev. Tim Morbitzer officiated the funeral and burial services.

Violet M. Carpenter

Violet M. Carpenter, 91, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, and formerly of 1015 N. Cass St., Wabash, IN, died Thursday, May 1, 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born July 3, 1905 at Clearfield, PA to Frank William and Emma Catherine Johnson, both deceased.

She was a homemaker, married to Charles E. Carpenter Sept. 4, 1925; Mr. Carpenter died Dec. 9, 1980. 

She was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church, Wabash, IN.

Survivors include a son, R. Ray Carpenter of Indianapolis; a sis-ter, Dove McCain of Akron, OH; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services were held at Lindenwood Cemetery, Akron, OH. DeLaughter McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


 
 

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