Miscellaneous Wells County, Indiana Obituaries


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Oct. 6, 1999

Luzerne Fishbaugh, 90

A former resident of Bluffton, Luzerne Fishbaugh, 90, of Venice, Fla., died Sunday in Florida.

He retired in 1980 as supervisor at Super Valu Inc. and earlier was supervisor at the former Bluffton Grocery Co.. while it was located in Bluffton and in Fort Wayne.

A native of Wells County, he formerly resided also in the Leo-Cedarville area and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth of Leo-Cedarville, and David of Mineral, Va.; a brother, Rex Fishbaugh of Pinehurst, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

A private service will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Venice, Fla.

Juanita M. Weibel, 70

A sister of Marceil Harris of Bluffton, Juanita M. Weibel, 70, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.

She was born in Fort Wayne and was a homemaker.

Surviving, in addition to the sister at Bluffton, are her husband, Dallas L. Jr.; three sons, Barry L. of New Haven and Terry L. and Todd L., both of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Patricia A. Cook and Bonnie Weibel, both of Fort Wayne; a brother, Frank Saalfrank of Fort Wayne; and six grandchildren.

Services at 11 a.m. Friday will be at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, and burial will be in Concordia Cemetery Gardens.

Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd., and at the church Friday for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana or to Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Oct. 9, 1999

Eugene Pennington, 75

Retired former owner and operator for 17 years of Pennington's Appliance Store in Marion, Eugene Pennington, 75, of 801 Huntington Ave., Townhouse Apartment 14, Warren, died a t home at 2:55 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Pennington had been active for a number of years in his church, the First Church of God in Marion, serving during various years on the board of trustees and as church treasurer. He was a member of the Christian Men's Group and the South Marion Business Men's Association.

In addition, he was known as an avid pool player and dedicated fan of the Chicago Cubs along with his devotion to his grandchildren.

He was born Nov. 19, 1923, in Bloomington to Joseph and Ruth Black Pennington. His marriage was on Aug. 29, 1943, to Judy D. Barker, who survives.

Mr. Pennington was a 1941 graduate of Marion High school and a 1942 graduate of Marion Business College,

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Connie Jean Boggs of Huntington and Mrs. Edward (Rita) Yeager of Marion; one sister, Mrs. Richard (Marie) Carl of Leesburg, Fla.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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

Calling will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Home in Warren. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Applegate Chapel of the United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren, with Rev. Bill Fulda officiating, assisted by Rev. John Bellante. Burial will be in Grant Memorial Park Cemetery at Marion.

Memorials to the First Church of God at Marion or Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana, 1521 West Main St., Berne 46711.

Ethel Marie Durnell, 101

Mother of Ruth Hisner of Ossian and a lifelong resident of Allen County, Ethel Marie Durnell, 101, died Friday in Fort Wayne.

Born May 18, 1898, in Allen County, to James W. and Catherine Sutter Mallo, her marriage was to Harry W. Durnell, who died April 4, 1982.

Mrs. Durnell was a homemaker and farmer's wife, as well as an active church worker for years in the Nine Mile United Methodist Church, of which she was a member. She also was an avid crocheter.

Surviving, in addition to the Ossian daughter, are another daughter, Norma Jean Burley of Alto, Mich.; two sons, Donald Durnell of Fort Wayne and Glen Durnell of Las Vegas, Nevada; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Calling will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals, Fort Wayne, and one hour before the funeral services on Monday at the church. Funeral services will be at11 a.m. Monday at Nine Mile United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Nine Mile Cemetery.

Memorials to the Nine Mile United Methodist Church.

Oct. 7, 1999

Dale E. Byerly, 78

A retired, self-employed contractor, Dale E. Byerly, 78, of Bluffton, died at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Community Hospital.

He had resided in Bluffton for the past 15 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of the Intercontinental Church of God.

Mr. Byerly was born in Well County Aug. 15, 1921 to Henry Clinton and Theo Barger Byerly. His marriage on May 31, 1941 at Defiance, Ohio, was to Edith F. Shady, who survives.

In addition to his wife, other survivors are two sons, Billy D. of Markle and Danny C. of Bluffton; a daughter, Radee Boyle of Churubusco; two brothers, Wendell of Angola and Leon of Ossian; four sisters, Alta Brubaker of Indianapolis, Doris Merriman of Fort Wayne, Maxine Smith of Florida and Wanda Carpenter of Auburn; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Fayelee Byerly, died in 1960, and a brother, Donald, also is deceased.

A private funeral service will be conducted Saturday at Elzey & Haggard Funeral Home at Ossian, where public visitation hours will be Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Pastor Vernon Steury will officiate and burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Ossian.

Isabel A. Booker, 91

Isabel A. Booker, 91, formerly of Huntington, died at 9:12 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren.

Mrs. Booker worked as a riveter at the Schacht Rubber Company in Huntington until she retired in 1972. She was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church.

She was born in Huntington March 5, 1908 to Emery E. and Edith Wood Hosler. Her marriage on June 25, 1928 was to Ray L. Booker, who died Sept. 9, 1976.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Phyllis) Grimes of Huntington; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A son, Robert D., four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St. Burial will be in Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery in Huntington.

Memorials to Bethel United Methodist Church, 625 Riverside Dr., Huntington, IN 46750.

Oct. 11, 1999

Rev. Nigel Everett - Rites Pending

Rev. Nigel Everett of Warren died today at her home. Rites are pending at Glancey Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel at Warren.

Joe Rogers - Rites Pending

Joe Rogers of rural Montpelier died at 7 a.m. today at Blackford County Hospital in Hartford City. Funeral arrangements are pending with Glancy Funeral Homes, Walter Chapel, in Montpelier.

Carly Grace Reish - Rites Pending

Carly Grace Reish, daughter of Ray L. and Donna Reish of Tocsin, was stillborn at 10:47 p.m. Saturday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Goodwin Memorial Chapel in Bluffton.

Darrell Gene Drayer, 54

Darrell Gene Drayer, 54, of rural Wabash, formerly of Wells County, died at 5:25 p.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He worked for White's Residential and Family Services for 25 years, the first 10 years as a house parent and the last 15 as grounds supervisor. He and his wife, Kathleen, received in September an award from the Indiana Residential Child Care Association for 25 years of service in child care.

He was a member and active in the Wabash Friends Church and with the Friends Men's Quartet.

Mr. Drayer was born in Adams County Dec. 23, 1944 to Charles and Eva Groh Drayer. His marriage at Bethel Brethren Chapel in Jay County on Aug. 15, 1970 was to Kathleen Grile, who survives.

He was a graduate in 1963 of Ossian High School and attended Huntington College.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Troy of Warren; two brothers, Herman of Bluffton and David of Hoagland; a sister, Mary Ellen Cable of Port Orange, Fla. He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Friends Church in Wabash with Pastor Duane L. Houser officiating. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery at Wabash.

Calling hours at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel in Wabash will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Memorials to White's Residential and Family Services.

Garl William Brooks, 75

Garl William Brooks, 75, of rural Huntington, died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at his residence.

A lifetime Huntington County resident, he retired from farming in Clear Creek Township in 1989. He was a 1942 graduate of Clear Creek High School.

Mr. Brooks attended Faith Chapel United Methodist Church in Huntington and was a member and Sunday school superintendent for several years at the former Shock Church of the Brethren.

He, along with his wife, Mary, were active with the Forks of Wabash Pioneer Festival since its start 24 years ago. For the last several years they co-chaired the Pioneer Village area. He was a member of the Indiana Hoosier Bells in Indianapolis and the Ageless Iron Club of Roanoke.

Mr. Brooks was born in Huntington County July 21, 1924 to Theodore and Catherine Rupley Brooks. His marriage in Markle on Aug. 22, 1954 was to Mary Ethel Taylor, who survives.

Surviving also are a son, Gary of Huntington; three brothers, Denver, Robert and Donald, all of Huntington; two sisters, Mrs. John (Norma) Pohler of Huntington and Geneva Stetzel of North Manchester; and two grandchildren. A son, Carter Allan, and a brother are deceased.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Robert Jarboe officiating. Burial will be in Shock Cemetery.

Calling times are today from 2 to 8 p.m. at Bailey-Love Mortuary at Huntington and at the church Tuesday from 1 p.m. until time for services.

Memorials to Faith Chapel United Methodist Church, 2978W 1100N, Huntington, IN 46750.

Doris Bromley Dreitzler, 86

Doris Bromley Dreitzler, 86, of Noblesville, mother of former Bluffton resident Donald Dreitzler, died on Oct. 7 in Noblesville.

She was the widow of Marion Dreitzler. In addition to the son, who is now a resident of Lexington, Virginia, she is survived by one daughter, Diana Wright; two sisters, Margaret Penwell and Francis Colquist; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Christ Lutheran Church in Noblesville with graveside services and burial today, Oct. 11, in the Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville.

Oct. 8, 1999

Robert G. Steffen, 69

Robert G. Steffen, 69, founder of Star Engineering & Machine Co. in Bluffton, died at 11 p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Steffen, who resided at 726 Sycamore Lane, had developed numerous patents and remained as engineering consultant at Star Engineering.

He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church.

He was born in Adams County April 3, 1930 to Emil and Roselena Kipfer Steffen. His marriage at Markle on June 19, 1982 was to Betty Bertsch, who survives.

Other survivors are four sons, Randall G. and Mitchell R., both of Fort Wayne, Craig R. of Ossian and Duane A. of Bluffton; two daughters, Mrs. Kenton (Amy) Worthman of Bluffton and Mrs. Rex (Vivian) Drennen of Marion; four stepchildren, Bradley Compton of Spencerville, Joe A. Compton of Warren, Gary W. Compton and Mrs. Ken (Juanita) Crump, both of Bluffton; two brothers, Leroy W. and Ramon D., both of Bluffton; a sister, Dina Fae Moser of Bluffton; 29 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A son, Kelly B., is deceased, as are three siblings, Lenard Steffen, Luella Aschliman and Lorene Barger.

Services at 10 a.m. Saturday will be at the Apostolic Christian Church North with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery at Vera Cruz.

Calling hours will be at Goodwin Memorial Chapel today from 12 noon to 9 p.m., and at the church Saturday for one hour prior to services. Memorials to World Relief/Apostolic Christian Church.

Genevieve G. Shady, 89

A native of Bluffton, Genevieve G. Shady, 89, died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Orlando, Fla.

She had moved from Bluffton to Central Florida in 1993 and worked as a customer service clerk.

Mrs. Shady was a member of the Order of Eastern Star at Indianapolis and the American Legion Auxiliary at Brownsburg.

Surviving are a daughter, Karen L. Toney of Orlando; two sisters, Maxine Curry and Mary Williams, both of Bluffton; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation or services. The body will be cremated.

Arrangements are in charge of Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home in Orlando.

Jason Lynn Smitley, 24

Jason Lynn Smitley, 24, of New Haven, was injured fatally at 4:34 p.m. Wednesday in an accident on I-69 near Anderson.

He was employed the past two years as a machinist at Zollner in Fort Wayne and previously worked at Peyton Northern at Bluffton. He was a member of the 4x4 Club at Decatur, serving as its president.

He was born in Fort Wayne Feb. 22, 1975. His marriage Nov. 8, 1997 was to Stacey R. Vaughan, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Kris Reed Smitley of Decatur, and a brother, Thomas L. Smitley of Decatur.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur, where calling will be today from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday for one hour prior to services.

Rev. Joe McInnis will officiate and burial will be in Decatur Cemetery.

Memorials to the family or to the donor's choice.

Oct. 12, 1999

Matthew D. Waters, 22 & Beth A. Waters, 31

A combined funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Portland for Redkey residents Matthew D. Waters, 22, and his wife, Beth A. Waters, 31, who died Sunday evening in an auto accident in rural Blackford County.

The service will be conducted in the United Pentecostal Church in Portland with Rev. David Wade, Rev. John Grover and Rev. Joshua Grimes officiating. Burial will be in the Black Cemetery southwest of Albany.

Calling hours for the family will be at the Williamson & Spencer Funeral Homes in Portland from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at the church Thursday for one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Waters, who was a 1995 graduate of Jay County High School and had attended Vincennes University, was a plumber's apprentice with Local 661 of the Plumbers, Pipefitters & Sprinklerfitters Union of Muncie.

He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church at Portland, where he served as a leader of the Wednesday Evening Nursing Home Ministry, with the church's Outreach Department and as an associate leader of youth and a member of the church choir.

Mr. Waters was born in Lafayette Nov. 29, 1976 to Larry A. and Patricia Shultz Waters. The marriage of the couple, Matthew and Beth, took place March 13, 1998.

Surviving Mr. Waters are his mother and stepfather, Patricia and Michael Moore of Dunkirk; his father and stepmother, Larry and Cindy Waters of Lafayette; a sister, Mrs. Wayne (Angela) Allen of Anderson; two stepsisters, Angela M. Moore of Fort Wayne and Dawn Abadie of Anchorage, Alaska; and his paternal grandparents, Dorwin and Evelyn Waters of Geneva.

Mrs. Waters was born March 25, 1968 at Portland to Gerald and Mary Bailey Bradburn, who survive and reside in Portland. She was a 1986 graduate of Jay County High School and a graduate of Ivy Tech at Muncie. Mrs. Waters was employed for the last five years as a licensed practical nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

She was a lifelong member of the Portland United Pentecostal Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, leader in the Prayer Ministry and as associate youth leader. She was a member of the church choir and the Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving Mrs. Waters, in addition to her parents, are two brothers, Mark A. Bradburn and Timothy L. Bradburn Sr., both of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Mrs. Jerry (Naomi) Boles and Mrs. Lou (Esther) Destouet, both of Portland, and Mrs. John (Rebecca) Wysong of Decatur; her paternal grandmother, Virginia Bradburn of Winchester; and her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Joanna Bailey of rural Portland.

Memorials to the couple may be directed to the United Pentecostal Church at Portland.

Rev. Nigel A. Everett, 81

Services for Rev. Nigel A. Everett, 81, who died Monday in Warren, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Applegate Chapel of the United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren.

Visitation hours at the Warren chapel will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery near Uniondale.

Licensed as the first woman minister in the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, she began her first assignment at the Etna Green and Summit Chapel churches in 1964. Her interest in the ministry began as she served as secretary of the Willow Creek Methodist Church in Mishawaka and in 1956 she began her studies for the ministry.

She served as associate minister at Simpson United Methodist Church in 1968-69, pastor of Wolf Lake and Kimmell United Methodist Churches in 1969-71, and pastor of Ossian and Prospect churches in 1971-77.

From 1977 to 1981, Rev. Everett pastored the Butler and Zion United Methodist Churches and then moved to Monon UM, where she served until her retirement in 1988. Retirement, however, meant becoming chaplain of the UM Memorial Home at Warren, from which she again retired in 1998 to become interim pastor of the Warren and Plum Tree United Churches of Christ.

In September of this year she moved into the Warren United Methodist Home, where she died of kidney cancer.

Rev. Everett was born in Chicago Jan. 23, 1918 to Elbert and Alice Hart Boyden. Rev. Everett's husband of 41 years, Wayne E., died while she was in the pastorate at the Ossian/Prospect churches.

Surviving are a son, Nathan of Bellevue, Wash; five daughters, Mrs. DeOrsay (Lael) Russell of Columbus, Ohio, Rev. Mrs. R. Kenneth (Judy) Stevenson of Big Bear, W.Va., Mrs. James (Sharon) Springer of New Deal, Texas, Kim Hart of Hollywood, Fla., and Kimberlee Everett of Montpelier; a brother, Nathan Lambert of Williams, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials to the Cancer Services of Huntington County, 165 Riverside Dr., Huntington, IN 46792.

C. Joe Rogers, 77

C. Joe Rogers, 77, rural Montpelier, who was retired from Franklin Electric Co. at Bluffton, died at 6:45 a.m. Monday at Blackford County Hospital in Hartford City.

Mr. Rogers retired in 1985 after 19 years at Franklin Electric as a machine operator. He also worked for 20 years as a monument setter for Wearly Monuments.

He was a 1940 graduate of Montpelier High School and was a member of the Pleasantdale United Methodist Church in Blackford County, the American Legion Post 156, the Bro-Shadow Fishing Club, both at Montpelier, and a past member of the Montpelier Lions Club.

He was born in Blackford County March 1, 1922 to Oscar and Belle Reff Rogers. His marriage at Montpelier on April 4, 1970 was to Freida M. Rains, who survives.

Others surviving include three sons, Joe A. of Poneto, and Gary W. and Michael G., both of Montpelier; a daughter, Mrs. Jim (Patricia) Trant of Montpelier; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A brother and a sister are deceased.

Services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday will be at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel, in Montpelier with Rev. Dan Boyd and Rev. Steve Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery east of Montpelier.

Calling hours at the funeral chapel will be Wednesday from 2 to 9 a.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. until time for services.

Memorials to the Montpelier Emergency Medical Service, P.O. Box 63, Montpelier, IN 47359.

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