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Jan. 27, 1999

Lewis J. Ruel, 43

Lewis J. Ruel, 43, of Kalamazoo, Mich., stepson of Mrs. Marjorie Ruel of Bluffton and son of the late Lewis E. Ruel, died Jan. 23 at a VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Death was attributed to pneumonia and followed a brief illness.

He was employed as a male nurse at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was a veteran of service with the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Ruel was born in Kansas on March 2, 1955 to Lewis E. and Jo Ann Roach Ruel.

Surviving, in addition to his stepmother in Bluffton, are his mother, who resides in St. Joseph. Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Rick (Debra) Cain of Middleton, Ky.; two brothers, Douglas and Scott Ruel of Coloma, Mich.; a stepsister, Mrs. Barry (Rita) King of Bluffton; and two stepbrothers, Keith Nestleroad of Montpelier and Rick King of Bluffton.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at Northshore Chapel at Hagar Shores, Mich., and interment will be in Northshore Memorial Gardens.

Memorials to Midway Baptist Church Youth Mission at Watervliet, Mich.

B. Joan Wright, 65

B. Joan Wright, 65, of Warren died at 9:35 p.m. Monday at her residence.

She was employed in the laundry department of United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren and formerly owned a store at Dillman in Jackson Township in Wells County.

Mrs. Wright was a 1951 graduate of Marion High School.

She was born in Marion on March 8, 1933 to Lowell and Lea Rae Hicks Peterson.

Surviving are four sons, Larry Jo of Upland, Rickie Allen of Van Buren, Michael Lynn of Dillman and Richard Lee of Warren; a daughter, Mrs. Lee (Becky) Poulson of Warren; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Grand Memorial Park in Marion with Rev. Terry Galloway officiating.

There are no calling hours.

Glancy Funeral Homes H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials to the family for funeral expenses.

Marvel Hoover, 78

Marvel Hoover, 78, of Lake Alfred, Fla., who has relatives in the Montpelier and Fort Wayne areas, died Monday at Heart of Florida Nursing Center.

She had resided at Lake Alfred since moving there in 1989 from Camarillo, Calif. A homemaker, she was born in Bryan, Ohio, on Feb. 6, 1920.

Surviving are her husband, James H. Hoover of Lake Alfred; three sons, Michael Carroll and Philip Hoover, both of Montpelier, Ind., and Dale Hoover of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Carol Kay Miller of Crawford, Tenn., Sadonna Cruz of Morgan Hill, Calif., and Sharon McCune of Orange, Calif; 15 grandchildren ; and 17 great-grandchildren. One grandchild and one great-grandchild are deceased.

Surviving also are four brothers, James Bosserman of Colorado Springs, Colo., Maynard Bosserman and John Bosserman, both of Fort Wayne, and Willis Bosserman of Columbia City; and two sisters, Marinell Fry and Vernice Moore, both of Fort Wayne.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home in Auburndale, Fla., where calling will be for one hour prior to the services.

Thetus S. Foughty, 59

A brother of Herman L. Foughty of Ossian, Thetus S. Foughty, 59, died Tuesday at Miller's Merry Manor in Huntington.

He was born in Huntington and worked for the City of Huntington Street and Sanitation Department, retiring in 1987 after more than 30 years.

Surviving, in addition to the brother at Ossian, are two other brothers, Charles E. of Huntington and Russell E. of Kokomo.

Services at 1 p.m. Friday will be at Bailey-Love Mortuary in Huntington and burial will be in Markle Cemetery.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Margaret Adair McBride, 75

Margaret Adair McBride, 75, of Fort Wayne, mother of David McBride of Ossian, died Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born in Belfast in Northern Ireland and had lived in Fort Wayne for 45 years. She was a homemaker.

In addition to the son at Ossian, she is survived by her husband, John; a daughter, Patricia McBride-Brown of Fort Wayne; four other sons, Thomas and Michael, both of Roanoke, Samuel of Fort Wayne and Albert of Leo; two sisters, Mary Ann Thompson and Agnes Kirkwood, both of Belfast; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A son,John, is deceased.

Services at 11 a.m. Friday will be at Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals, 6910 Old Trail Rd., Fort Wayne, with burial in Covington Memorial Gardens.

Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials to Avalon Missionary Church or to Northeast Indiana Kidney Center.

Jan. 28, 1999

Galen R. Simon, 89

Galen R. Simon, 89, of Ellenton, Fla., former manager of manufacturing at Franklin Electric Co. in Bluffton, died Tuesday at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.

Born in Huntington County and a former resident of Fort Wayne, he retired as vice president and general manager of Easy Heat Wirecraft in South Bend.

He also was superintendent of manufacturing at General Electric for 22 and became manager of manufacturing of Franklin Electric.

He served on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries in St. Joseph County for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife, Denise; three sons, Wayne Simon of Grand Rapids, Mich., DeVon Simon of Lancaster, Pa., and Michael Cooper of South Bend; a daughter, Karel Anne Brummitt of Leesburg, N.C.; a brother, James of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. His first wife, Etta, died in 1967.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, where calling will be for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Memorials to Florida United Methodist Children's Home, P.O. Box 6299, Deltona, Fla. 32728.

Dr. Mark F. Kilty, 72

Dr. Mark F. KIlty, 72, of Hartford City, a retired Blackford County dentist, died at 3:02 p.m. Tuesday at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, where he had been admitted Jan. 19.

Dr. Kilty practiced dentistry from 1959 to 1994, when he retired.

He was a graduate of Huntington High School, IUPUI of Fort Wayne, and the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and life member of the Hartford City Amvets and American Legion.

Dr. Kilty served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, seeing duty from March 1961 to March 1953 and again from June 1956 to June 1958.

He was born in Huntington Feb. 24, 1926 to Paul Francis and Catherine Frances Friedman. His marriage at Fort Hamilton, N.Y., on June 6, 1953 was to Mary Elaine "Marilane" Smith, who died Nov. 22, 1983.

Surviving are two sons, David M. of Hartford City and Daniel AS. of Louisville, Ky.; four grandchildren; and a companion, Henrietta Caylor of Bluffton.

Surviving also are nine brothers and sisters, Bernadette Schomburg and Ruth West, both of Huntington, Gertrude Beemler of San Antonio, Texas, Paul A. Kilty of LaFontaine, Ind., Harold Kilty of Machesney Park, Ill., Angie Schreck of Porter, Texas, Pat Roebuck of Dublin, Calif., Rosie Atwell of Westfield, Ind., and Shirley Griffith of Fort Wayne.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Rev. Robert E. Moran officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery at Muncie.

Calling hours are today from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Keplinger Funeral Home in Hartford City, where a Christian wake service will be at 7 p.m. Graveside military services will be conducted by the Hartford City American Legion Post. Memorials to Tri Kappa Cancer Fund of Blackford County.

Robert E. Starr, 65

A native of Wells County, Robert E. Starr, 65, formerly of Payne, Ohio, died Dec. 28 in San Diego, Calif.

He was retired from Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. after 36 years.

He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Following retirement, he was employed at Pleasant Valley Golf Course at Payne.

He was a life member of the American Legion, a reporter for the Panhandle Lines News, and member of the Triangle Club, Hoosier Turf Association and Paulding County Humane Society.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jodi; a daughter, Stacy of San Diego, and a stepson, Dan Oradat of North Webster, Ind. Services were held in San Diego.

Memorials to the Paulding County Humane Society, c/o Wava Colley, 8576 Co. Rd. 95, Paulding, OH 45879.

Wendell D. Murphy, 58

Wendell "Murph" D. Murphy, 58, died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home at 312 East Horton St.

He was employed in the maintenance department of Active Products at Marion and previously worked at Corning Glass Works at Bluffton for 17 years.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge.

Mr. Murphy was born in Jay County on March 15, 1940 to Ernest and Opal Roberts Murphy. His father and mother survive and reside at Bryant. His marriage at Bluffton on Feb. 27, 1971 was to Beulah Thompson, who survives also.

Surviving, in addition to the parents and wife, are two sons, Steve Murphy of Poneto and Terry Ivans of Bluffton; three daughters, Judy Clark of Hudson, Susan Nunley of Huntington and PamVeitch of Machesney Park, Ill.; two brothers, Tom and Randy Murphy, both of Bryant; two sisters, Pat Runkle of Andrews and Barb Bebout of Decatur; and 13 grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, where calling hours will be Friday from 2 to 9 p.m.

Rev. Steve Hill will officiate and burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery.

Memorials to Hospice of Berne.

Jan. 29, 1999

Norma Davis, 76

Norma D. Davis, 76, who resided formerly at 613 South Indiana St., died at 3:02 a.m. today at Caylor-Nickel Medical Center.

A homemaker, she was born in Wells County on April 28, 1922 to Raymond E. and Essie E. Sliger Johnson. Her marriage at Huntington on Jan. 6, 1951 was to Robert S. Davis, who died March 24, 1988.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Paul (Violet) Noonan, Mrs. Betty Rockwell and Mrs. Marcia Conley, all of Bluffton, and three grandchildren.

A daughter, Janet Carr, is deceased.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, where calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m.

Rites will be conducted by Rev. Kenneth Noonan and Rev. Tony Robles and burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Fort Wayne.

Memorials to Adams-Wells Bi-County Services or to St. Jude's Children's Research.

Jan. 23, 1999

Jeroham Yoder, 75

Jeroham Yoder, 75, who resided at 3690 SE St. Rd. 116, Bluffton, died of an unexpected heart attack at 7:45 a.m. Saturday in the emergency room of Wells Community Hospital.

He retired in 1987 from Blount Manufacturing Co.

Mr. Yoder was born in Adams County on Jan. 25, 1923 to Jacob A. and Kattie Moser Yoder. His marriage at Martinsville on Feb. 15, 1946 was to Patricia Mitchell, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Steven K. Yoder of rural Bluffton; two daughters, Mrs. Lowell (Susan) Elzey and Mrs. Fred (Linda) Fornwalt, both of Bluffton; a sister, Mrs. George (Lois) Zuercher of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Brenda, died in infancy.

Services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday will be at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery.

Calling hours are today from 1 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials to the Heart Fund.


I. Helen Jackson, 85

A former owner and operator of a nursing home in Bluffton, I. Helen Jackson, 85, died at 9:50 a.m. Sunday at Regency Place in Fort Wayne, where she had resided six years. She had been ill failing health for several years.

Mrs. Jackson retired in 1983 after 36 years as owner and operator of the Davis Nursing Home in Bluffton. She had resided several years in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Jackson was born on Aug. 24, 1913 in Huntington County, a daughter of Orville and Anna Mounsey Fudge. Her marriage at Bluffton on Dec. 19, 1964 was to Rolland Jackson, who died in July 1966.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Anna Beth) Music of Fort Wayne, Mrs.William (I. Sue) Goodman of Parker City, and Edith M. Pace of Bluffton; a son, Robert D. Davis of Urbana, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Margaret L. Davis, and a sister, Maxine Jones, are deceased.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, where calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Rev. Daniel White will officiate at rites and burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Jeanette Chambers, 70

Jeanette Chambers, 70, a resident of Warren for the past five years, died at 4:25 p.m. Saturday at Caylor-Nickel Medical Center in Bluffton.

Mrs. Chambers had resided in Owosso, Mich., for 32 years before moving to Warren. She was a 1947 graduate of Sweetser High School.

She was born on Dec. 29, 1928 at Marion to Lowell and Cecil Ring Johnson. Her marriage at Mt. Etna on July 1, 1949 was to Richard Chambers, who survives.

Surviving also are a daughter, Patricia Darlene Chambers of Bay City, Mich.; two sisters, Jackie Malone of Burr Oak, Mich., and Janet Fox of Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren. A son, Donald Ray, is deceased.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Glancy Funeral Homes H. Brown & on Chapel in Warren with Rev. John Pattison officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Warren.

Calling hours are today at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m.

Fred A. Lykins, 64

Fred A. Lykins, 64, of Winchester and with a brother and sister residing in Bluffton, died late Saturday evening at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie following an extended illness.

He retired in 1990 from Overmyer Mold Corp., where he had worked 37 years.

He was born in Jay County on Nov. 22, 1934 to Arch and Pearl Ludy Lykins. His marriage on April 18, 1953 was to Phyllis Creamer, who survives.

Surviving also are a son, Jack D. of Portland; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Robin E.) Dykes of Winchester; two brothers, Robert of Portland and Jim of Bluffton; two sisters, Mary Osborne of Muncie and Sarah Shafter of Bluffton; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Portland Chapel of Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Brumfield officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery southeast of Portland.

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

Memorials to the Ball Memorial Hospital Kidney Foundation.

Jan. 25, 1999

Mary Helen Norris, 76

Mary Helen Norris, 76, of Decatur died at 7:16 a.m. Monday at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur.

Mrs. Harris was a retired bookkeeper for the Allen County Welfare Department at Fort Wayne. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene at Decatur.

She was born in Adams County, Ohio, on March 25, 1922 to Elvis and Frances Davis Freeland.

Surviving are three sons, Charles E. Norris of Wayland, Mich., Tom A. Norris of Stephenville, Texas, and Gary E. Norris of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Patty A. Norris and Mrs. Dan (Peggy S.) Garwood, both of Decatur; two sisters, Nellie Imes of Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Greg (Rebecca) Morales of Decatur; four brothers, Elvin Freeland of Twinsburg, Ohio, Robert Freeland of Pendleton, Paul Freeland of Decatur and John Freeland of Cherry Fork, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Three sons, Robert, Donald and Ronald, and a sister are deceased.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur with Rev. Carl Clark officiating. Burial will be in Ray Cemetery at Monroe.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials to the First Church of the Nazarene.

Robert Junior Keller, 72

Father of Kevin Keller of Ossian, Robert Junior Keller, 72, died Saturday at the home of a daughter in Fort Wayne.

A Fort Wayne native, he retired in 1986 from American Hoist. He was a veteran of the Merchant Marine.

Surviving, in addition to the son at Ossian, are two daughters, Cinda Reyes and Debbie Johnson, both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Dorothy Dupont of Huntington Beach, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frieda, in 1986 and by a daughter, Karen Keller, in 1970.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Elzey Home for Funerals in Waynedale, where calling is today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Huntertown Cemetery.

Memorials to Visiting Nurse Services and Hospice Inc.

Edward L. Gaunt Jr., 77

Edward L. Gaunt Jr., 77, of Fort Wayne, father of Nancy Fremion of Ossian, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Born in Fort Wayne, he was a lineman with General Telephone Co., retiring in 1983.

Surviving, in addition to the daughter at Ossian, are his wife, Mary; another daughter, Virginia Merrill of Albion; four brothers, David A. and Darrell P., both of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mark W. and William R., both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Bonnie L. Bryan of Decatur; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services at 1 p.m. Thursday will be at D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, where calling will be Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery. Memorials to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Eugene 'Phil' C. Phillips, 81

Father of Ronald Phillips of Bluffton, Eugene "Phil" C. Phillips, 81, of Fort Wayne died Sunday at Covington Manor Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.

He was a service manager at Means Auto, retiring in 1983 after 35 years.

He was born in Churubusco and was an Army veteran of World War II.

In addition to the son in Bluffton, he is survived by his wife, Margaret V.; two daughters, Beverly Habig of Fort Wayne and Pamela Chilcutt of Hudson; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at North Park Community Church, 7160 Flutter Rd., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery.

Calling hours are today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home Wayne Street Chapel, 420 West Wayne St., Fort Wayne, and at the church Wednesday for an hour prior to services.

Memorials to the church.

Jan. 26, 1999

Mary Helen Norris, 76

Mary Helen Norris, 76, of Decatur died at 7:16 a.m. Monday at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur.

Mrs. Harris was a retired bookkeeper for the Allen County Welfare Department at Fort Wayne. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene at Decatur.

She was born in Adams County, Ohio, on March 25, 1922 to Elvis and Frances Davis Freeland.

Surviving are three sons, Charles E. Norris of Wayland, Mich., Tom A. Norris of Stephenville, Texas, and Gary E. Norris of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Patty A. Norris and Mrs. Dan (Peggy S.) Garwood, both of Decatur; two sisters, Nellie Imes of Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Greg (Rebecca) Morales of Decatur; four brothers, Elvin Freeland of Twinsburg, Ohio, Robert Freeland of Pendleton, Paul Freeland of Decatur and John Freeland of Cherry Fork, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Three sons, Robert, Donald and Ronald, and a sister are deceased.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur with Rev. Carl Clark officiating. Burial will be in Ray Cemetery at Monroe.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials to the First Church of the Nazarene.

Robert Junior Keller, 72

Father of Kevin Keller of Ossian, Robert Junior Keller, 72, died Saturday at the home of a daughter in Fort Wayne.

A Fort Wayne native, he retired in 1986 from American Hoist. He was a veteran of the Merchant Marine.

Surviving, in addition to the son at Ossian, are two daughters, Cinda Reyes and Debbie Johnson, both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Dorothy Dupont of Huntington Beach, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frieda, in 1986 and by a daughter, Karen Keller, in 1970.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Elzey Home for Funerals in Waynedale, where calling is today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Huntertown Cemetery.

Memorials to Visiting Nurse Services and Hospice Inc.

Edward L. Gaunt Jr., 77

Edward L. Gaunt Jr., 77, of Fort Wayne, father of Nancy Fremion of Ossian, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Born in Fort Wayne, he was a lineman with General Telephone Co., retiring in 1983.

Surviving, in addition to the daughter at Ossian, are his wife, Mary; another daughter, Virginia Merrill of Albion; four brothers, David A. and Darrell P., both of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mark W. and William R., both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Bonnie L. Bryan of Decatur; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services at 1 p.m. Thursday will be at D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, where calling will be Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery. Memorials to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Eugene 'Phil' C. Phillips, 81

Father of Ronald Phillips of Bluffton, Eugene "Phil" C. Phillips, 81, of Fort Wayne died Sunday at Covington Manor Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.

He was a service manager at Means Auto, retiring in 1983 after 35 years.

He was born in Churubusco and was an Army veteran of World War II.

In addition to the son in Bluffton, he is survived by his wife, Margaret V.; two daughters, Beverly Habig of Fort Wayne and Pamela Chilcutt of Hudson; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at North Park Community Church, 7160 Flutter Rd., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery.

Calling hours are today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home Wayne Street Chapel, 420 West Wayne St., Fort Wayne, and at the church Wednesday for an hour prior to services.

Memorials to the church.


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