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Nov. 3, 1999

Charles 'Chuck' Gooley, 57

A former Bluffton restaurant owner and operator, Charles "Chuck" Gooley, 57, of Cuero, Texas, died at 1 p.m. Monday at Cuero.

He was an over-the-road truck driver and a veteran of four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 3 at Cuero.

He was born at Huntington, Ind., Feb. 12, 1942 to Gene and Charlotte Gooley. His mother is deceased.

Surviving are his wife, Genevieve Tam Gooley of Cuero; his father, Gene Cooley of Huntington; a daughter, Melissa Gooley of Cuero; a sister, Alice Wiley of Huntington; and a brother, Bill Gooley of Huntington. A brother, Dave, also is deceased.

Services were to be today at 2 p.m. at Freund Funral Home with Rev. Rod Tate officiating. Burial was to be in Hillside Cemetery with graveside military rites by American Legion Post 3 and VFW Post 3972.

Calling hours were Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society.
 
 

Violet Pearl Burgess, 97 - Rites Pending

Mrs. Violet Pearl Burgess, 97, a former resident of Huntington County, died at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday at Timbercrest Home in North Manchester. Arrangements are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren.
 

Nov. 4, 1999

Mildred L. Kipfer, 79

Mildred L. Kipfer, 79, of Bluffton died at 3:15 a.m. today at Caylor-Nickel Extended Care Unit. She was the widow of James Kipfer.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, where visitation will be Friday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Full obituary to follow Friday.
 
 

Pearl Eckman Burgess, 97

Pearl Eckman Burgess, 97, formerly of Jefferson Township, Huntington County, died at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday at Timbercrest Home of the Church of the Brethren at North Manchester, where she had resided since 1989.

Mrs. Burgess worked at the Presbyterian Settlement House in Detroit, Mich. She was a 1925 graduate of Manchester College and a 1929 graduate of Bethany Bible Seminary in Chicago.

She was born in Randolph County June 28, 1902 to Benjamin and Hannah Deardorff Jackson. A first marriage was to Charles E. Eckman, who died in 1950, and her second marriage was to Paul Burgess, who died in 1984.

She was a member of the Salamonie Church of the Brethren on rural Warren.

Surviving are a stepson, Charles Eckman of Fort Wayne, and two grandchildren, Charles Eckman of Berkeley, Calif., and Catherine Eckman of Columbia, S.C.

Services will be at 12 noon Friday at Glancy Funeral Homes H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren with Rev. Mark Bendes officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Nettle Creek Cemetery at Hagerstown.

Calling time at the funeral home will be for one hour prior to the noon services Friday.

Memorials to Timbercrest Home at North Manchester or to the Salamonie Church of the Brethren near Warren.
 
 

Marguriete R. Heiser, 78

A sister of Emma Pennington of Ossian, Marguriete R. Heiser, 78, died Wednesday at Select Specialty Care at Poe.

She was born in Adams County and was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Albert F.; a son, Neal of Fort Wayne; and three other sisters, Isabelle Clark of Lucerne Valley, Calif., Eva Reiger of Columbia, Mo., and Goldie Applegate of Hightstown, N.J.

Services at 11:30 a.m. Saturday will be at Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Rd., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Williamsport Cemetery at Poe.

Calling hours at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday at the church for one hour before services.
 

Nov. 8, 1999

Vergie Mae Pace, 76

Vergie Mae Pace, 76, retired Kitco Company worker, died at 3:22 p.m. Saturday at Meadowvale Care & Rehab Center. Death was attributed to heart problems and followed an illness of two years.

She worked as a quality controller for Kitco Company, retiring in 1984 after 30 years.

She was born in Bluffton May 12, 1923 to Charles and Arva Lash Perry. Her marriage at Bluffton on Aug. 12, 1939 was to Carl Pace Sr., who died Feb. 15, 1996.

Surviving are two sons, Carl Jr. of Bluffton and Terry of Chino Valley, Arizona; a daughter, Mrs. Ron (Linda) Sneed, also of Chino Valley; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Melching, died in 1987, and three brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home with Rev. Arley Higginbotham officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Irene E. Kaehr, 77

Irene E. Kaehr, 77, of 1407 Deerbrook Court, and widow of Ervin "Kelly" Kaehr, died at 3:10 p.m. Sunday at Christian Care Center.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Apostolic Christian Church North.

She was born in Trenton, N.J., March 17, 1922 to Henry and Lillian Judge Adams. Her marriage in Trenton on Dec. 16, 1945 was to Ervin "Kelly" Kaehr, who died March 22, 1999.

Surviving are two sons, Robert and Richard Kaehr, both of Bluffton; a daughter, Patty Kaehr of Bluffton; and two grandchildren.

Services at 10 a.m. Tuesday will be at the Apostolic Christian Church North with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery.

Visitation hours at Goodwin Memorial Chapel are today from 1 to 9 p.m. and at the church Tuesday for one hour prior to services.
 
 

William A. Hall, 61

A former resident of Bluffton and real estate agent here, William A. Hall, 61, died Saturday at his residence in Noblesville.

He was engaged as a mortgage banker with Freedom Mortgage in Plainfield. Mr. Hall was born in Bluffton June 11, 1938 to Walter A. and Mildred Shady Hall.

Surviving are his wife, the former Karen Kreigh; a son, Tad of Broad Ripple; two daughters, Tiffan Cain of Fortville and Tisha Jackson of Carmel; a sister, Mildred Dunmore of Albany; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home in Noblesville with Rev. Jeff Murray officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery at Bluffton.

Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society.
 
 

Raymond R. Heyerly, 88

Raymond R. Heyerly, 88, a baker and grocer in Wells County for more than six decades, died at 8:46 p.m. Saturday at Caylor-Nickel Medical Center.

Mr. Heyerly, who resided at 3274 East State Road 124, owned and operated since 1931 Heyerly's Bakery in Ossian until his retirement in 1997. In 1959, he purchased, along with brothers Luster and Herman, the Ratliff Market on Main Street in Bluffton, now known as Heyerly's Market.

He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church.

He was born in Wells County Dec. 15, 1910 to Albert and Aldine Aschliman Heyerly. His marriage in Bluffton on April 17, 1938 was to Amelia Ringger, who survives.

Surviving also are four sons, Ronald and Galen, both of Ossian, and Stan and Lynn, both of Bluffton; three daughters, Mrs. David (Anita) Davis of Huntington, Mrs Edwin (Denise) Steffen and Mrs. Curtis (Jeanette) Tonner, all of Bluffton; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Others surviving are four brothers, Herman, Homer, Luster and Simon, all of Bluffton, and five sisters, Mrs. Henry (Ada) Gerber, Dula Heyerly, Rosella Heyerly and Mrs. Melvin (Bernice) Maller, all of Bluffton, and Mrs. Floyd (Gladys) Gerber of Craigville.

A brother and a sister are deceased.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Apostolic Christian Church East (Vera Cruz) with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation hours at Goodwin Memorial Chapel are today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 12 noon until 9 p.m. and at the church Wednesday for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to the Christian Care Retirement Home.
 
 

Scotty F. Huffman, 60

A former Huntington County sheriff, town marshal and security guard for several decades, Scotty F. Huffman, 60, of Huntington died at 9:58 p.m. Friday at his home.

In addition to serving a period as sheriff, Mr. Huffman was a jailer and dispatcher and served as deputy town marshal for Warren and Van Buren, and with security units at Shepards Ford in Huntington and Omniplex World Services Security of Columbia City. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard Reserve at Fort Wayne.

He was born at Warren April 12, 1939 to Harry F. and Faye E. Walden Huffman. His mother survives and resides at Warren. A first marriage at Huntington on July 23, 1977 was to Barbara DeWitt, who died Oct. 26, 1997; a second marriage at Huntington on May 1, 1998 was to Elsie Hahn, who survives.

Surviving also are four sons, James of Huntington, Gary and Rex, both of Van Buren, and Jerry of Swayzee; a daughter, Mrs Duane (Sue) Ellis of Marion; a brother, David of Bluffton; two sisters, Mrs. Walt (Judy) Yoder of Markle and Mrs. Dennis (Joyce) Stahl of Huntington; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. One brother is deceased.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Deal-Robbins & VanGilder Funeral Home Huntington Chapel with Rev. Jonathan Heaslet officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory in Huntington County.

Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 2 to 8 p.m.

Memorials to American Heart Society, c/o Cindy McCoy, 1215 Etna Ave., Huntington, IN 46750.
 

Nov. 5, 1999

Mildred L. Kipfer, 79

Funeral services for Mildred L. Kipfer, 79, of Bluffton, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel.

Visitation hours at the funeral home are today from 2 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Kipfer died at 3:15 a.m. Thursday at Caylor-Nickel Medical Center.

Mrs. Kipfer worked in the kitchen of the Caylor-Nickel Medical Center for 20 years, retiring in 1985, and was a member of the Bluffton Moose Lodge and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She was born at Decatur June 19, 1920 to Paul and Mary Egleston Wheeler. Her marriage at Bluffton on Nov. 26, 1969 was to James H. Kipfer, who died Aug. 13, 1988.

Surviving are three stepdaughters, Mrs. Jerry (Karen) Jordan of Petroleum, Mrs. Nick (Sherrie) Narvaez of Texas and Mrs. James (Veda) Taylor of Montpelier; a stepson, Jerry Kipfer of Montpelier; and eight grandchildren.

Rev. Otto Dorsch will officiate at services and burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery. Memorials to the donor's choice.
 
 

Ethel L. 'Peg' Bolinger McClain, 80

A native of Bluffton, Ethel L. "Peg" Bolinger McClain, 80, of Fort Wayne, died Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was a sales clerk with Wolf & Dessauer and L.S. Ayres for 27 years before retiring in 1981.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale O.

Surviving are four daughters. Cecile "Ceil" Tomlinson and Marilyn DeCamp, both of Fort Wayne, Sally K. Spies of Humble, Texas, and Janice "Jan" M. Bradley of Conway, Ariz.; three sisters, Mabel Mercer of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Helen Masanz and Frances Vannatter, both of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services at 11 a.m. Monday will be at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, with calling from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens.

Memorials to Cancer Services of Allen County and to YWCA Domestic Violence Program.
 

Nov. 9, 1999

Norma Jean Howell, 60

Norma Jean Howell, 60, a former resident of the rural Dunkirk area, died Monday morning at Miller's Merry Manor in Dunkirk following a long illness.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of the Nazarene at Fort Recovery, Ohio.

Mrs. Howell was born July 12, 1939 in Mercer County, Ohio, to Sherman and Carrie Williamson Enyart. Her marriage Oct. 5, 1957 was to Joshua Howell, who survives.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Cynthia) McCollum of Geneva, Mrs. Adelbert (Rebecca Jean) Harshman of Albion and Mrs. Brian (Dawn R.) Givens of Upland; three sisters, Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Flore and Mrs. John (Ada) Fast, both of Celina, and Mrs. Eugene (Mary) Steiner of Rockford, Ohio; three brothers, Donald Enyart of Rockford, Ohio, Mike Enyart of Van Wert, Ohio, and Jerry Enyart of Celina, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Dunkirk Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Dave Boots and Rev. Verl Ballmer officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF (Twin Hills) Cemetery at Pennville.

Calling hours at the Pennville Chapel of the Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until time for services.
 
 

Paul E. Young, 69

Paul E. Young, 69, formerly of Marion, Ind., died Nov. 1 at Kirby, Ark., where he resided.

He was retired from General Motors Co.

Mr. Young was born June 10, 1930 to Oakus and Pearl Murphy Young.

Surviving are his wife, Velron; two daughters, three sons, and several grandchildren.

Other survivors, all residing in Indiana, are three sisters, Jeanne Geesaman of Bryant., Betty Poling of Portland and Mrs. Ralph (Lavada) Zeek of Muncie, and one brother, Jerry D. Young of Bryant.

Two brothers, Robert and Edward, are deceased.

Don H. Mylin, 59

Brother of Mrs. George (Karen) Merkle of Bluffton, Don H. Mylin, 59, of North Manchester, died at 9:14 p.m. Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw.

He was plant manager at Cyclone Manufacturing Co. in Warsaw, where he had worked since 1976. He was a 1958 graduate of Laketon High School and a member of the First Brethren Church in North Manchester.

A native and lifelong resident of Wabash County, he was born July 19, 1940 to Glenn F. and Anna H. Leffel Mylin. His marriage on April 8, 1961 at North Manchester was to Ruth Ann Warren, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and the sister in Bluffton, are a son, Rick of Warsaw; a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Kris) Cultice of Warsaw; a brother, Myrl L. of Florida; and four grandchildren. A brother is deceased.

Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday will be at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel in North Manchester with Rev. Kurt Stout officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery at North Manchester.

Visitation hours at the funeral chapel will be Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. 

Memorials to the First Brethren Church at North Manchester or to the American Heart Association.

 

Rita Joice Ball, 58

Rita Joice Ball, 58, a resident of rural Upland in Grant County, died at 4 p.m. Monday at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

She was a homemaker and formerly employed at the 3M Co. in Hartford City. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Hartford City, its Naomi Circle, Heritage Club of First State Bank, AARP, and past member of the Lions Club at Upland.

Mrs. Ball was active with the Wapahani Girl Scout Council for 15 years.

She was born at Upland Oct. 18, 1941 to Noah L. and Inez Lucille Jenkins Sargent-Blair. Her marriage at Hartford City on Nov. 5, 1960 was to Lew Thomas Ball Sr., who survives. The mother survives also and resides in Hartford City.

In addition to her husband and mother, other survivors are a son, Lew Thomas Jr. of Upland; two daughters, Libby L. Ball and Cindy E. Ball-Southwick, both of Hartford City; a brother, Harold N. Sargent of Hartford City; one grandchild; three stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. One grandchild is deceased.

Services at 10 a.m. Thursday will be at Keplinger Funeral Home in Hartford City with Rev. Steve Kaehr officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery at Montpelier.

Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. until time for services.

Memorials to Grace United Methodist Church or to American Diabetes Association, Indiana Affiliate.


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