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Dec. 2, 1998

O. Joan Schorey, 68

O. Joan Schorey, 68, retired Magnavox worker, died at 1:47 p.m. Tuesday at her residence at 3275N St. Rd. 1, Bluffton. Death was attributed to cancer.

Mrs. Schorey retired in 1991 after 30 years with Magnavox Corp. in Fort Wayne. She was employed with the Dolly Madison store in Bluffton from 1993 to 1998.

She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Bluffton.

Mrs. Schorey was born in Wells County April 20, 1930 to Charles and Leota Roll Lydy.

Surviving are four sons, Richard K. Jr. and Jeffrey Wayne, both of Fort Wayne, Michael Allen of Manhattan, Kan., and Todd Dale of Bluffton; two brothers, Wayne Lydy of Bluffton and Robert Lydy of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Forrest (Freida Mae) Debolt of Bluffton; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m Friday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, where calling hours will be Thursday from 1 to 9 p.m.

Rev. Karl Korbel will officiate at services and burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials to the Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana.

Agnes M. Gallmeyer, 94

A native of Wells County and a former resident of Decatur, Agnes M. Gallmeyer, 94, died Monday at River Bend Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.

She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Martin F., in 1983 and a son, Maurice.

Surviving are a daughter, Maxine K. Ostermeyer of Fort Wayne; a son, Don D. of Fremont; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services at 11 a.m. Friday will be at St. John Lutheran Church at Bingen. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Calling hours at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home at Decatur will be Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. and at the church Friday for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to Worship for Shut-Ins or to the church.

Nov. 24, 1998

Shannon Wayne Gray, 21

Shannon Wayne Gray, 21, of Avilla, who resided in Bluffton where he was employed, died at 8:53 p.m. Sunday at Caylor-Nickel Medical Center.

He was employed at Snider Tire Company in Bluffton.

He was born in Bluffton on Oct. 31, 1977 to Steve and Eva Melton Gray. His marriage in Bluffton Aug. 27, 1998 was to Angie Foss, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his father, Steve Gray of Avilla; his mother, Mrs. Richard (Eva) Meyer of Decatur; and a stepson, Justin Foss of Bluffton.

Also, four stepbrothers, Darrel Valasquez of Warsaw, Shawn Valasquez of Bluffton, and Michael Meyer and Richie Meyer, both of Decatur; and four stepsisters, Kathy Napier of Cleveland, Ohio, Karie Valasquez of Seattle, Wash., Tina Ridge of Dayton, Ohio, and Amanda Meyer of Decatur.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, where calling will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time for services. Rev. Steve Smith will officiate and burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery.

Memorials to the family.

Elretta 'Ret' Slusher, 86

Elretta "Ret" Slusher, 86, formerly of Jackson Township, Wells County, died at 9:20 a..m. Monday the United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren.

A homemaker, she was born at Van Buren Dec. 12, 1911 to Marvin E. and Caroline Schweikhardt Zoda. Her marriage at Van Buren Dec. 24, 1928 was to Raphael "Johnny" Slusher, who died Dec. 23, 1987.

Mrs. Slusher attended the Dillman School and was a member of the Dillman United Brethren Church and its Ladies Aid.

Surviving are two sons, Frank and Dale Slusher, both of Warren; three daughters, Mrs. John (Gladys) Pinkerton and Mrs. Dewayne (Karen) Keplinger, both of Montpelier, and Mrs. Robert (Jean) Minch of Marion; two sisters, Mrs. Clell (Areba) Myers of Warren and Florence Hinds of Elwood; 13 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

A brother, three sisters and one granddaughter are deceased.

Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday will be at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren, with Rev. Lynn Mefford officiating. Burial will be in Jones Cemetery in Wells County.

Visitation hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m.

Memorials to Dillman United Brethren Youth Group.

Hazel Marie Webb, 89

Hazel Marie Webb, 89, formerly of Hamilton County, died at 8:20 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Home at Warren.

She was born in Hamilton County May 23, 1909 to Everet and Eva Coffman Willits. Her marriage April 21, 1928 in Hamilton County was to Arley Russell Webb, whose death occurred April 21, 1992.

Mrs. Webb attended the United Methodist Church at Warren.

Surviving are a sister, Ethel Bowman of Warren, and a niece, Catherine Hudson of Noblesville.

Glancy Funeral Homes, Butler Chapel, at Warren, is in charge of arrangements and there will be no visitation hours.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Cicero Cemetery at Cicero, Ind., with Rev. John Wallace officiating.

Berniece E. Dubach, 82

A former Adams County clerk's office employee and bookkeeper, Berniece E. Dubach, 82, died at 11:19 a.m. Monday at Chalet Village in Berne.

Mrs. Dubach was employed in the Adams County clerk's office in the late 1930s and then as a bookkeeper for Eastern Indiana Oil and Supply Co. in Geneva for 35 years and finally at Dunbar Furniture Co. in Berne in the payroll department before retiring in 1984.

She was a member of the Cross United Church of Christ at Berne.

She was born in Wells County Aug. 29, 1916 to Eli and Bertha Frauhiger Dubach. She never married.

Surviving are a brother, Robert J. Dubach of Portland, and a sister, Mrs. James (June) Meyer of Decatur.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne with Rev. Jerry Flucckiger officiating. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery at Vera Cruz.

Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 2 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time for services.

Memorials to the Cross United Church of Christ Assistance Fund.

James Wheeler - Rites Pending

James Wheeler, resident of Nottingham Twp., Wells County, was found dead at his home Monday evening. Arrangements are pending at Glancy Funeral Home, Walker Chapel in Montpelier.

Nov. 25, 1998

James Isaac Wheeler III, 51

Franklin Electric Co. employee James Isaac Wheeler III, died at 8:55 a.m. Monday at his residence in Keystone. He was age 51.

He had worked for Franklin Electric for 23 years.

A former resident of Pennville, he was a graduate in 1965 of Pennville High School.

Mr. Wheeler served in the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War, from 1966-68, with the 1st Cavalry.

He was born Jan. 30, 1947 at Portland to James Isaac and Wilma Freed Wheeler II, who survive and reside at Pennville. His marriage Aug. 14, 1987 at Morristown, Tenn., was to Ann Harris, who survives also.

Surviving, in addition to his parents and wife, are a son, James Isaac IV of Bluffton; three daughters, Mrs, Timothy (Sarah Ann) LeMaster of Pennville, Mrs. Keith (Cassandra Kay) Hall of Montpelier and Katherine Leigh Wheeler of Keystone; a stepson, Jarrod Hahn of Keystone; two brothers, Daniel Stephen Wheeler of Pennville and John David Wheeler of Geneva; three sisters, Mrs. Ronnie (Mary Jean) Hawk of Hartford City, Mrs. Michael (Miriam Kay) Southerland of Montpelier and Mrs. Larry (Deborah Ann) Farmer of Pennville; and one grandson.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel, at Montpelier with Rev. Gene Betts officiating. Burial will be in Stahl Cemetery in Wells County with graveside military rites by Pennville American Legion Post.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Memorials to Wells County Society for Crippled Children & Adults.

Helen L. Raber, 87

Mother of Lawrence E. Raber of Ossian, Helen L. Raber, 87, of Fort Wayne died Tuesday at Applewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne.

She was born in Fort Wayne and worked for Fort Wayne Community Schools, retiring in 1976 after 15 years as a matron.

Her husband, Sylvester Ray, died in 1992.

Surviving, in addition to the son at Ossian, are a daughter, Carol Stanek of Fort Wayne; two other sons, Robert E. and Lester D., both of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Stella Slater and Mary Fulghum, both of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday will be at Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, with burial in Covington Memorial Gardens.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorials to Applewood Health and Rehabilitation Center or to United Faith Presbyterian Church.

Nov. 27, 1998

Irene E. Eckert, 92

Irene E. (Miller) Eckert, 92, of Huntington died at 1:05 a.m. Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor in Huntington.

A homemaker and lifelong resident of Huntington County, she was born in Union Twp. Jan. 15, 1906 and was raised by her grandparents, William and Ida (Smith) Elzroth. Her first marriage Jan. 25, 1924 in Huntington County was to Russell Miller, who died Oct. 15, 1974. Her second marriage in Huntington on May 11, 1976 was to Edward Eckert, who died in December 1989.

Mrs. Eckert was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary in Roanoke, the Rebecca Lodge of Huntington and the Happy Grandmothers Club.

Surviving are a son, Robert L. Miller of Huntington; two daughters, Mrs. Dick (Norma) Williams and Mrs. Charles (Shirley) Didion, both of Fort Wayne; two stepsons, James Eckert and Patrick Eckert, both of Huntington; a stepdaughter, Mrs. George (Patricia) Barnes of Hillsboro, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; 21 stepgrandchildren; 26 stepgreat-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, and burial will be in Union Cemetery in Huntington County.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday for one hour prior to services.

Fern I. Smith, 89

Mother of Marjorie Priser of Bluffton, Fern I. Smith, 89, of Fort Wayne died Wednesday at Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne.

She was born in Huntington County Dec. 12, 1908 and had lived in Fort Wayne 58 years. She was a baker at Fort Wayne Bible College for 10 years.

She was married in Fort Wayne July 3, 1929 to Ralph Smith, who died in 1986.

Mrs. Smith was a member of Westview Alliance Church.

Surviving, in addition to the daughter in Bluffton, are two other daughters, Helen Weber of Louisville, Ky., and Carolyn Smith of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Ruth Hine of Columbia City and Clella Bouman of Huntington; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, where calling will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials to Golden Years Homestead or to the Mission Fund at the Christian Missionary Alliance.

Howard W. Hinshaw, 78

Howard W. Hinshaw, 78 of Portland, whose daughter, Mrs. David (Virginia) Townsend, resides in Bluffton, died this morning at Jay County Hospital in Portland.

He retired in 1978 from Sheller-Globe Corp. after 24 years.

Mr. Hinshaw was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 211 and the DAV Post, both at Portland.

He was born in Randolph County Nov. 28, 1919 to Merle and Alta Rickard Hinshaw. His marriage Nov. 14, 1942 was to Lois Penrod, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and the daughter in Bluffton, are another daughter, Nancy Carter of Muncie; a brother, Riley Lovell of Winchester; a sister, Mrs. Donald (Helen) Snodgrass of New Paris, Ohio; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland with Rev. Charles Cummings officiating. Burial will follow in IOOF Cemetery at Pennville with graveside rites by the American Legion Post.

Visitation at the funeral home will be Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Memorials to the Shrine Crippled Children Fund or to the donor's

Nov. 30, 1998

Edward E. Bushee, 68

Edward E. Bushee, 68, who had engaged in a lifetime of farming, died at 1:35 p.m. Saturday after a extended illness at his home at 3658W Wells County Rd. 1000N, rural Markle.

He was born in Wells County Aug. 24, 1930 to Harley and Letha Webster Bushee. His marriage March 1, 1952 was to Betty DeBaillie, who survives.

Mr. Bushee was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, American Legion Post 111 and Moose Lodge, all in Bluffton, and the IOOF Lodge at Andrews.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Greg Bushee of Uniondale and Jeff Bushee of Zaneville; a brother, Donald Bushee of Huntington; a sister, Mrs. John (Peggy) McKeeman of Fort Wayne; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Raymond.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and burial will be in Hoverstock Cemetery at Zanesville.

Calling hours at the Myers Funeral Home in Markle will be Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m.

Memorials to V-Foundation (Jimmy Valvano Cancer Foundation), 1201 Walnut St., 2nd Floor, Cary, N.C., 27511, or to Family Hospice Swiss City Medical Center, 1521 West Main St., Berne, IN, 46711.

Mae L. Long, 95

Sister of Otho Long of Ossian, Mae E. Long, 95, of Fort Wayne died Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Formerly of Churubusco, she was a beautician and had taught at the Indiana Beauticians College in Indianapolis.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco. Burial will be in Eel River Cemetery south of Churubusco.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.


 
 

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