Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries


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Grove G. Lautzenhiser

Grove G. Lautzenhiser, 75, died June 9, 1997 in the Apple Valley Care Center, Apple Valley, CA. Born Nov. 27, 1921 in North Manchester, he lived in California 46 years, the past years in Apple Valley.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a traffic manager for the Port of Anchorage and the Port of Los Angeles from which he retired in 1975.

Survivors include his wife, Marion; son, John of Whit-tier, CA; siblings Virginia Hipsher of Indianapolis, IN, Marjorie Sincroft and John of North Manchester, and Eileen Johnston of Wilmette, IL.

A memorial service was held June 24, 1997 at Rose Hills, Whittier, CA.

James L. Ballschmidt

James Lee Ballschmidt, 29, of 6207 E. Division Rd., Lagro, IN, died June 30, 1997 at his home. He was born at Wabash, May 31, 1968 to Jensowe and Peggy Ann (Schlemmer) Ballschmidt. He never married.

He worked as a pipefitter for the Public Works Department in the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, CA. He was a 1985 graduate of Northfield High School, and served in the U.S. Navy after high school for five years. He served two tours of duty in Guam, two tours in Spain and served in Desert Storm.

Survivors include his parents, Jensowe and Peggy Ann Ballschmidt of Lagro; a brother, Eric P. Ballschmidt, Lagro; and grandparents Elfriede Ballschmidt of Lagro and Bernice Schlemmer of Lagro.

Friends may call at Manchester Avenue Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service today (Wednesday) from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral will be at Lagro United Methodist Church Thursday, July 3, 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Allen T. Goebbert officiating. Burial will take place in the Lagro Cemetery.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth E. Shanahan
Ruth E. Shanahan, 84, of Fort Wayne, died July 19, 1998 at the Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. She was born August 29, 1913 at Huntington, IN. She was married to Joe Shanahan, and he preceded her in death in 1986.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne, and belonged to the Indiana State Teachers Association. She had been employed as a teacher for 25 years in Huntington Township, Clear Creek, Wabash County, North Manchester, and Elkhart Community Schools.
She is survived by a son, J. Michael Shanahan of Hudson, Ohio, and a daughter Mary L. Campbell of Fort Wayne.
Funeral service was held today (Wednesday) July 22, 1998 at the McMillian Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Wayne. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, where graveside service was held at 1 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to the Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, American Heart Association, or the First Presbyterian Youth Group. D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Donald C. Miller
Donald C. Miller, 73, passed away on June 23, 1998 in Kissimmee, FL. He was born in Wabash County, Indiana to Esta and Dora Miller on August 30, 1924.
He was a 1942 graduate of Chester High School and married Norma Bechtold on September 8, 1945.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; a son, Mark Miller of Golden, Colorado and a daughter, Mrs. James (Dora) Schember of Cranbury, New Jersey; also three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Carl (Pete) Miller and a sister, Louise Zimpelman.
Memorials may be sent to the Good Samaritan Endowment Fund at 1550 Aldersgate Drive in Kissimmee, FL 34746.


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