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April 13, 1999

Dorothy E. Shady, 84

Retired school teacher Dorothy E. Shady, 84, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Christian Care Retirement Center, where she had resided the last two and one-half years.

Mrs. Shady retired from a teaching career in 1978 after 30 years. She taught art, business and physical education in the Northern Wells Schools. After her retirement, she worked in the Chapter One reading program at Lancaster and Ossian Elementary Schools.

She was involved in the Wells County Literacy Council and earlier in her life, from 1931 to 1941, taught dancing in the Bluffton area.

In 1993, Mrs. Shady was the recipient of the Wells County Older Woman Award.

She was a graduate in 1932 of Bluffton High School and in 1936 of Ball State University.

Mrs. Shady was a member of the Lancaster Chapter United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She also was a member of the Wells County Historical Society and a participant in the "Alley Kats" senior citizen dance troupe.

She was born in Bluffton Oct. 27, 1914 to Cloyd and Edna Markley Farling. A first marriage at Franklin on Dec. 12, 1936 was to Carl Shewalter, who died July 21, 1941. Her second marriage on April 21, 1944 at Craigville was to Dwight Shady, whose death occurred April 29, 1979.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Len (Nancy) Gerber of Ossian, Mrs. Sally Gomez of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Gary (Linda) Gearhart of Richfield, Minn., and Mrs. Gary (Terri) Worden of Craigville; two sisters, Mrs. Lois Louck of Dunkirk and Mrs. James (Betty) Krill of Bluffton; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Marcia Kay Blair, died in 1974 and she was preceded in death by two brothers, Cloid Farling Jr. in 1994 and Harold Farling in 1976.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lancaster Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Lloyd Miller officiating. Burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery.

Calling hours at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home in Bluffton will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. and at the church Thursday for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to Christian Care or to Lancaster Chapel United Methodist Church.

Winston D. Moser, 72

Winston D. Moser, 72, of Berne, a retired truck driver, died at 2:25 p.m. Monday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was a driver for B&L Trucking for more than 30 years. He presently was president of the Alumni Association of the former Hartford High School.

Mr. Moser was a member of the Evangelical Mennonite Church and was active in the church, serving as head usher for many years. He was involved also in Project Share and Swiss Heritage and was a volunteer for the Red Cross Bloodmobile.

He was born in Adams County Feb. 4, 1927 to Palmer and Florence Sprunger Moser. His marriage on Nov. 14, 1953 in Adams County was to Delores Graber, who died in December 1996.

Surviving are four sons, Bill of Orange, Calif., John of Maywood, Ill., Ron of Tulsa, Okla, and Todd of Berne; a daughter, Mrs. Steven (Brenda) David of New Haven; a sister, Mrs. Wilbert (Ruby) Neuenschwander of Berne; 25 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A brother, Merle Sr., and a sister, Beverly Neuenschwander, are deceased.

Services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday will be at the Evangelical Mennonite Church with Rev. David Bocker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation hours at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne will be Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. and at the church Thursday for one hour prior to services. Memorials to the church.

Tammy A. Benedict, 37 - Rites Pending

Funeral arrangements are pending at Thoma/Rich,Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home for Tammy A. Benedict, 37, of 5887S, State Road 1, Bluffton, who was killed in an auto accident Monday night south of Bluffton.

April 16, 1999

Robert B. McLean, 84

A remembrance service will be held for Robert B. McLean, 84, of Markle, during the regular 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 2, service of the Church of the Brethren at Markle.

Mr. McLean died Tuesday, April 13, at Markle Health Care, where he had been a resident since December 1998.

He retired in 1976 after 36 years as a buyer's assistant at International Harvester. He was a 1934 graduate of Bloomington High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1938 at DePauw University.

He was a member of the Markle Church of the Brethren.

Mr. McLean was born in Portland, Maine, on March 7, 1915, to William Henry and Jennie Mae Freeman McLean. His marriage on Aug. 13, 1940 in Plymouth, Mass., was to Mary "Eulala" Martin, who survives.

Surviving also is a brother, Edwin H. of Oceanside, Calif. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

There will be no calling or visitation and burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are provided by Myers Funeral Home, Markle Chapel.

Memorials to the Markle Church of the Brethren.

Dorothy B. Dillon, 84

Funeral services for Dorothy B. Dillon, 84, who died at 3:05 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Glancy Funeral Homes H Brown & Son Chapel in Warren.

Mrs. Dillon, who was born in Chester Township, Wells County, and attended the Chester Center School, was employed for 21 years as a nurse's aide at the United Methodist Memorial Home and also worked at the B&L Restaurant in Warren.

She was a member of the Loon Creek United Brethren Church.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1915 to Charlie and Della Spaulding Pond. Her marriage Dec. 28, 1936 was to Raymond Dale Dillon, who died Nov. 28, 1988.

Surviving are a son, Darell Jay Dillon of New Castle; two daughters, Mrs. Phillip (Darlene) Grodrian of Huntington and Mrs. Ervin (Diann) Hall of Marion; two brothers, Forest Pond of Warren and Frank Pond of New Haven; two sisters, Agnes Fordyce of Warren and Girthie McCoy of Mt. Etna; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. A son, Don, is deceased.

Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday for one hour prior to services.

Rev. George Dorsett will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Warren.

Memorials to the Huntington County Cancer Society.

April 14, 1999

Tammy Terry Benedict, 37

Tammy Terry Benedict, 37, of rural Bluffton died of injuries sustained in an auto collision at 9:20 p.m. Monday south of Bluffton.

Mrs. Benedict, who had recently started working at Burger King in Bluffton, had been employed earlier at Walbro Company in Ossian. She had moved to the Bluffton area in 1992.

She was born at Muncie Oct. 24, 1961 and had attended Blackford County High School at Hartford City. She was a member of the Westside United Baptist Church in Muncie and the American Legion Post Auxiliary in Bluffton.

Surviving are her father, Fred Dolen of Muncie; her mother and stepfather, Betty (Waters) Stevens and Don Stevens of Montpelier; a companion, David Schocke of Bluffton; three children, Joshua and Melissa Terry of Vernon Hill, Va., and Tonya Terry of Bluffton; two brothers, Barry Dolen and Rodney Dolen, both of Montpelier; and her grandmother, Mrs. Mae Waters of Stearns, Ky.

A son, Jeremiah W. Terry, died in 1996.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Waters officiating. Burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery at Bluffton.

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

Memorials to the family.

Wayne Thomas Mitchell, 86

A native of Bluffton, Wayne Thomas Mitchell, 86, of Fort Wayne died Tuesday at the home of a son in Fort Wayne.

He was a meat cutter for Maloley Grocery, retiring in 1976 after 16 years. He also worked at Pio Meat Market for nine years and at Kroger for 10 years.

His wife, Nina Lucile, died in 1993.

Surviving are two sons, John A. of Fort Wayne and Daniel L. of LaGrange; a daughter, Merilyn R. Brincefield of Osceola; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services at 10 a.m. Saturday will be at Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, where calling will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Fort Wayne. Memorials to Heartland Hospice.

Vivian Pauline Wardrip, 71

A former employee at Corning Glass Works at Bluffton, Vivian Pauline Wardrip, 71, of Hartford City died Monday at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

She had retired in 1982 from Corning Glass after 13 years.

Her husband, John E., died in 1984 and a son, Gary E., died in 1976.

Surviving are two daughters, Sheila R. Freel of Upland and Julia D. Hutchinson of Indianapolis; a son, Michael W. of Dunkirk; two brothers, Robert L. and Harold Turner, both of Hartford City; a sister, Katherine May Turner of Hartford City; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Keplinger Funeral Home in Hartford City, with calling there on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. and on Friday for one hour prior to services.

Burial will be in Gas City Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials to Kappa Cancer Fund of Blackford County at Hartford City.

April 17, 1999

John R. 'Dick' Thieme, 80

A former Bluffton resident and businessman, John R. "Dick'' Thieme, 80, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital.

He resided in Bluffton from 1947 to 1970. During part of that span, he managed the International Harvester Agency and automobile dealership of his father-in-law, Ware Baker. He also was active in the Bluffton Rotary Club and civic service here. He was a member of the Allen-Wells Red Cross board.

A native of Fort Wayne, Mr. Thieme was married to the former Bonnie Baker, who survives.

He was a graduate of North Side High School in Fort Wayne, an Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne since 1927.

After moving from Bluffton, he was with J.C. Penney Co. for 12 years until retiring in 1982.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Richard Thieme and John W. Thieme, both of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Laura Lee of Bainbridge Island, Washington, and Linda Schwartz of Webster Groves, Mo; one brother, James Thieme of Tucson, Ariz., and five grandchildren.

Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes Wayne Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. There will be no calling. A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials to the Parkinson's Foundation.

Levart L. Roush, 83

A farmer in Wells and Blackford Counties for 60 years, Levart L. Roush, 83, of 7643N 200W, Hartford City, died at 2:50 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren. He had entered the home at Warren in 1996.

Mr. Roush was born March 12, 1916, in Monroe Township of Grant County to Frank and Lulu Silver Roush. He was graduated from Jefferson Township High School at Upland in 1934.

His marriage was in 1938 to Nellie B. Endsley, who survives.

Mr. Roush attended the McNatt United Methodist Church in Wells County. He was a member of the Indiana Pony Pullers Association.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are five sons, James Roush of Montpelier, Melvin Roush of Marion, Ronald Roush of Van Buren, and Phillip Roush and Richard Roush, both of Hartford City; a sister, Mrs. Lester (Zonda) Endsley of Van Buren; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Roush, and a sister, Lela Crump.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Van Buren, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday with Rev. Robert Gearheart officiating. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery, Lancaster, Ind.

Memorials to the McNatt United Methodist Church in care of Ferguson Funeral Home, 201 West Main St., Van Buren, IN 46991.

April 15, 1999

Kenneth J. Denton, 78

Retired truck driver Kenneth J. Denton, 79, of rural Uniondale died Wednesday noon at Caylor-Nickel Medical Center in Bluffton.

He was a semi-truck driver and worked for Over The Road and other companies. He retired in 1985.

Mr. Denton was born in Greentown on April 4, 1921 to L. Harrison and Loretta M. Hale Denton.

Surviving are a son, Kent A. of Bloomington; a sister, Irene Rice of Uniondale; two brothers, William Roy and Jack L. Denton, both of Marion; and two grandchildren. A brother, Don, is deceased.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Elzey & Haggard Funeral Home in Ossian, where calling hours will be Saturday from 12 noon until time for services. Burial will be in Thrailkill Cemetery at Mier.

Clarence E. Amstutz, 73

Clarence E. Amstutz, 73 of rural Geneva, who retired from farming in 1991, died at 4:15 a.m. today at Adams County Memorial Hospital Extended Care in Decatur.

He retired also in 1980 from Dunbar Furniture at Berne.

Mr. Amstutz was a member of the Church of the Nazarene at Geneva.

He was born in Allen County on Aug. 19, 1925 to Christian and Alvina Hanni Amstutz. His marriage Sept. 18, 1958 was to Imogene E. Shively, who died July 25, 1994.

Surviving are two sons, William D. of Geneva and Robert W. of Berne; three daughters, Rebeca S. Amstutz and Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) Garner, both of Berne, and Mrs. Burley (Barbara J.) Hough Jr. of Geneva; four brothers, Gilbert Franks of Berne, Weldon Amstutz of Geneva, Raymond Dau of Detroit, Mich., and Robert Tracy of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Evelyn Tucker of Manila, Ark; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. One grandchild is deceased.

Services at 1:30 p.m. Saturday will be at Downing Funeral Home in Geneva with Pastor Jessie Klingaman officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery at Bryant.

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

Memorials to the American Cancer Society or to American Diabetes Association.

Evelyn Lucille 'Becky' Hull, 78

Mother of Wayne Hull of Ossian, Evelyn Lucille "Becky" Hull, 78, died Wednesday at her home in Fort Wayne.

She was born in Fort Wayne and was a 1939 graduate of South Side High School. She was a member of the First Missionary Church and a homemaker, whose hobbies were cooking and fishing.

Surviving, in addition to the son at Ossian, are her husband, L. Harrison; another son, Kenneth Hull of Goshen; a stepbrother, Thomas Beck of Fort Wayne; and four grandchildren.

Services at 11 a.m. Saturday will be First Missionary Church, 701 West Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens.

Calling hours at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., will be Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and at the church Saturday for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice or to Sunshine Network at First Missionary Church.

Irene Bender, 90

Irene Bender, 90, whose stepdaughter, Belva Patterson lives at Ossian, died April 5 at Englewood, Fla., where she resided.

Formerly of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Bender worked at the Undergarment Co. and the Fort Wayne State Development Center.

In addition to the stepdaughter at Ossian, she is survived by her husband, J. Louis; a son Milton F. McCormick of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Dorothylou Wolford of Englewood; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. A son, Darold, died in 1996.

There will be no services or calling.

Arrangements are by the National Cremation Society at Port Charlotte, Fla.

Dorothy B. Dillon, 84; Rites Pending

Dorothy B. Dillon, 84, died at 3:05 a.m. today at the United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren, where she resided. Rites are pending at Glancy Funeral Home H. Brown & Sons Chapel in Warren.

Robert B. McLean, 84; Rites Pending

Robert B. McLean, 84, of Markle died at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at Markle Health Care, where he had been a resident since December 1998. Services and arrangements are pending at Myers Funeral Home, Markle Chapel.

April 19, 1999

Coulson C. Edington Jr., 80

An employee of the Bluffton Electric Department for 42 years, Coulson C. Edington Jr., 80, died at 8:44 a.m. Sunday at his residence at 6361 Clearwater Dr. in Spring Hill, Fla.

He had retired in 1981 from the electric department and in the same year ended 22 years as a member of the Bluffton Volunteer Fire Department.

He was a 1936 graduate of Bluffton High School and a member of the Bluffton Elks Lodge and the Fellowship Wesleyan Church at Spring Hill.

Mr. Edington was born in Bluffton Nov. 2, 1918 to Coulson C. and Grace Markley Edington Sr. His marriage at Bluffton on July 31, 1942 was to Betty Mosure, who survives.

Surviving also are a brother, Eugene Edington of Bluffton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home in Bluffton with Rev. Mark Umfleet officiating. Burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery.

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

Memorials to Fellowship Wesleyan Church.

Hilbert L. Ross Sr., 81

Hilbert L. Ross Sr., 81, who resided at 515 West Lancaster St., died at 6:15 a.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He had worked at Bluffton's Corning Glass Works for 14 years and was self-employed as a contractor.

He was born in Vevay, Ind., on March 6, 1918 to Elza R. and Estella Bennett Ross. His marriage on Feb. 12, 1971 at Montpelier was to Verna M. VanEmon, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Hilbert "Skip" Ross Jr. and John Thomas, both of Bluffton, David Ross of Upland and James Thomas of Elgin, Ill.; three daughters, Mrs. Michael (Dreama) Hamilton and Mrs. Larry (Vicky) Miller, both of Alexandria, and Mrs. Jay (Julia) Biberstine of Liberty Center; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. One son, Danny Lee Ross, and two grandchildren are deceased.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel in Bluffton with Elder Green officiating. Burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery.

Visitation hours at the funeral home will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to Primitive Baptist Church.

Frances M. Walsh, 71

Frances M. Walsh, 71, died at 2:14 a.m. today at her residence at 5629S Meridian Rd. in Poneto. Death was attributed to cancer.

Mrs. Walsh was employed 20 years at Hall's Catering in Fort Wayne.

She was a native of Fort Wayne but had resided in Wells County most of her life.

She was born Dec. 19, 1927 to Arch and Dale Buckner Davis. A first marriage was to Robert Tarr, who died in 1954.

She was a former member of the Indiana Trotters and Pacers Association.

Mrs. Walsh is survived by a son, David Walsh of Poneto; a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Camela) Mount of Fort Wayne; a brother, Donald E. Davis of rural Poneto; and three grandchiildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Elm Grove Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Sarrazine of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roanoke officiating.

Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and viewing will be private.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Gary D. Caylor, 45

Gary D. Caylor, 45, of Pennville, a former Sterling Casting Co. employee at Bluffton, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon at the home of a son in Salamonia.

Mr. Caylor additionally worked at Pre-Mix in Portland for several years and was employed annually for the State of Indiana as a tomato inspector.

He graduated in 1972 from Pennville High School and in 1976 from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in horticulture.

He taught at Fort Recovery (Ohio) High School for one year.

Mr. Caylor attended the Asbury United Methodist Church at Portland.

He was born Feb. 19, 1954 at Portland to Gene and Mable Jean Platt Caylor.

He is survives by his mother, who resides at Pennville; two sons, Jarrod Heath Caylor of Portland and Gary Dean Caylor II of Salamonia; two brothers, Randy L. Caylor of New Castle and Michael G. Caylor of Fishers; a sister, Mrs. Darin (Brenda Sue) McIntosh of Monroeville; and nine nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Portland Chapel of William & Spencer Funeral Home. Rev. Fred Kellogg will officiate and burial will be in Salamonia Cemetery.

Calling hours at the Portland Chapel are today from 3 to 8 p.m.

Memorials to the American Diabetes Association.

George Albert Wilmore, 78

George Albert "Jimmie" Wilmore, 78, of Dunkirk, father of Mrs. James (Annette) Thill of Bluffton, died Saturday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was employed in maintenance glass manufacturing at Indiana Glass in Dunkirk. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 227 at Dunkirk

Mr. Wilmore was a member of First Baptist Church at Dunkirk, serving as a deacon, member of National Campers and Hikers, former troop leader of the Dunkirk Boy Scouts, member of Jay County Hospital Auxiliary and its Prime Time group at Portland, He served on the Jay County School Board and as a City Council member at Dunkirk and was a precinct committeeman for the Democratic Party.

He was a 1938 graduate of Redkey High School and a 59-year resident of the Dunkirk area. He also was a past president of Local 501, AFL-CIO, at Dunkirk.

He was born Nov. 26, 1920 at Saratoga, Ind., to Homer Clarence and Pauline Snyder Wilmore. His marriage was to Charlotte Ann Hiles, who survives.

In addition to his wife and daughter at Bluffton, other survivors are another daughter, Mrs. Edgar (Karen) Williams of Dunkirk; four sons, Michael , Brian and Gregory, all of Dunkirk, and George of Garrett; three half-brothers, Jerry Wilmore of Muncie, Raymond Wilmore of Greenfield and Ernest Wilmore of New Paris, Ohio; two half-sisters, Rebecca Smith of Orlando, Fla., and Roberta Herriford of Farmland; eight grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at MJS Mortuaries, DW Jones Chapel, at Dunkirk with Rev. Jerry Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery at Dunkirk.

Calling hours at the mortuary will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Elmer J. Longworth, 98

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m Tuesday at the United Methodist Memorial Home Chapel in Warren for Elmer J. Longworth, 98, who died at 9:35 p.m. Saturday at the home, where he had resided since March 1, 1993.

A native of St. Marys, Ohio, and a former resident of New Castle, Mr. Longworth was retired from Chrysler Corp. at New Castle, where he had been employed for 33 years.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church at New Castle and its men's organization and a member of the AFL-CIO. He was a graduate of St. Marys High School.

Mr. Longworth was born Jan. 4, 1901 to Arthur and Cora Burris Longworth. His marriage at Muncie on Dec. 3, 1927 was to Gladys May Fenimore, who died in 1985.

Surviving are a son, Harold J. of Urbana, Ill.; a sister, Florence Sourwine of Lantana, Fla.; two grandsons; and four great-grandchilren.

Visitation hours at the Warren home chapel will be for one hour prior to services. Rev. John Walace will officiate and burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery at Warren.

Memorials to the United Methodist Memorial Home or to the Cancer Society.

Glancy Funeral Homes, Butler Chapel, at Warren is in charge of arrangements.

Charles 'Bud' L. Grissell, 59

Charles "Bud" L. Grissell, 59, rural Upland, whose mother, two sons and a brother reside in Wells County, died at 3:40 p.m. Saturday at his home following a brief illness.

He was employed in the maintenance department of Taylor University.

He was a 1958 graduate of Pennville High School and moved to Upland in 1972.

Mr. Grissell was born in Jay County to Charles and Deloris Cart Grissell. His marriage on March 9, 1980 at Union Chapel Baptist Church was to Bettie Dawes, who survives.

Surviving also are his mother, Deloris Grissell of Bluffton; two sons, Charles of Keystone and David of Bluffton; a daughter, Mrs. Tony (Natetta) Wilson of Hartford City; two stepdaughters, Michelle Evans of Upland and Mrs. Isaac (Teashia) Cummins of Hartford City; a brother, Jerry of Bluffton; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Blackford Baptist Temple with Rev. Larry Harvey, Rev. Ralph Rickner and Rev. Jay Kesler officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Cemetery at Upland.

Visitation times are today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jones-Smith Funeral Home in Upland.

Memorials to the Blackford Baptist Temple, rural Hartford City, or to Famly Hospice of Northeast Indiana in Berne.


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