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Feb. 25, 2000
 
Alice Vivian Carney, 88

Alice Vivian Carney, 88, of Yoder, a former Kitco worker in Bluffton, died at 5:25 a.m. today at Wells Community Hospital.

She was a homemaker and was employed 13 years at Kitco Inc. as a manufacturing inspector. She was a member of the Tillman Road Church of God.

She was born in Bluffton Jan. 22, 1912 to Merritt C. and Arla M. Drum Abbott. Her marriage on May 6, 1939 in Fort Wayne was to Arva Carney, who died in November 1992.

Surviving are a daughter, Martha Ann Gordon of Griffin, Ga.; a son, Stanley A. Carney of Yoder; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A brother is deceased.

Services at 1 p.m. Monday will be at Elzey & Haggard Funeral Home, Ossian Chapel, with Rev. Clifford Black officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery at Craigville.

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

Memorials to the League for the Blind or to the donor's choice.

 

Rosalind R. Kirchhofer, 61

Rosalind R. Kirchhofer, 61, president of Yager Furniture at Berne, died at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at her residence in Berne.

She also was the firm's principal buyer and an interior designer and was a graduate of Wheaton College.

Mrs. Kirchhofer was a charter member of the South Adams Arts Council, serving as its secretary, member of the First Mennonite Church in Berne, member of the Jubilate Group of the church, former member of the First Mennonite Choral Society and a former Sunday School teacher.

A native and lifetime resident of Adams County, she was born July 9, 1938 to J. Jerome and Mabel D. Massinger Yager. Her marriage in Berne on May 27, 1962 was to John A. Kirchhofer, who survives.

Surviving also are a daughter, Laura L. Kirchhofer of Berne; a son, Timothy J. Kirchhofer of Wapakoneta, Ohio; a brother, Jay Yager of Berne three sisters, Mrs. Glen (Judy) Scholer of Berne, Jan Yager of Boca Raton, Fla., and Jeremi Yager; and one grandson. A sister is deceased.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Mennonite Church in Berne with Rev. Craig Maven, Rev. Ray Keim and Marie Nussbaum as the officiants. Burial will be in the MRE Cemetery at Berne.

Calling hours at the Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and at the church for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to the First Mennonite Youth Group or to Great Lakes Discipleship Center in New Haven.

 

Dorothy Kershner, 80 -- Rites Pending

Dorothy Kershner, 80, rural Poneto, died this morning at Meadowvale Health & Rehabilitation Center in Bluffton. Arrangements are pending at Glancy Funeral Home, Walker Chapel, at Montpelier.

 

Ruth E. Raver, 88

A graveside service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday at Elm Grove Cemetery in Bluffton for Ruth E. Raver, 88, of Lima, Ohio, who died at 11 p.m. Tuesday at Lima Manor Nursing Home.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, 920 North Cable Rd. in Lima, where visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Raver was president and owner of the Raver Real Estate Co. in Lima from 1961 to 1982 and later was an associate broker at the McNamara Realty Co.

She was a member of the Lima Board of Realtors, past president of the Lima Business & Professional Women's Club; past president of the Lima Shrine Auxiliary, past president of the Lima Area Apartment Association, and member of the Altrusa Club, Lima Chamber of Commerce and Elks Lodge 54 Auxiliary. She attended the Lima Baptist Temple.

She was born at Huntington, Ind., June 14, 1911 to Price W. and Margaret B. Shock Foust. Her husband, Loren C. Raver, died Dec. 4, 1973.

Surviving are a stepson, Judson Lorin Raver of Fort Wayne; a brother, Russell Foust of South Bend; four stepgrandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew. A stepson, a sister and two brothers are deceased.

Rev. Ronald B. Cannon will officiate at services.

Memorials to the donor's choice.

 

Norma Jean Wamsley, 69

A burial committal service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Cemetery at Markle for Norma Jean Wamsley, 69, who died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at her residence in Monticello, Ind.

Mrs. Wamsley had been in ill health for five years.

She had been a resident of Monticello for 37 years, moving there from Lafayette, where she graduated in 1948 from Jefferson High School.

Mrs. Wamsley was a homemaker and worked at the New Life Bible Book Store in Monticello until her retirement. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and of Presbyterian Women. She served also as a Scout leader and as a volunteer for Contact Help.

She was born at Lafayette March 19, 1930 to Cecil and Mary Watson. Her marriage in Lafayette on June 25, 1950 was to Robert G. "Bobbie Gene" Wamsley, who died Dec. 3, 1979.

Surviving are two sons, Don Wamsley of Monticello and Ron Wamsley of Rensselaer; two daughters, Cheryl Fry of Augusta, Ga., and Pam Cole of Muncie; and four grandchildren. A brother and a sister are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Monticello.

Visitation hours at Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home in Monticello are today from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday at the church for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to the White County Ag Association 4-H.
 

Feb. 29, 2000
 
Robert W. Guthrie, 87

Funeral services for Robert W. Guthrie, 87, who died Monday, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Guthrie died at 8:45 a.m. Monday at his residence at 351 East Dustman Rd. of a heart attack. He had been ill several years.

He retired in 1972 from Plumbers & Steam Fitters Local 166 in Fort Wayne.

He was a 50-year member of the Park United Brethren Church and had served on several of its boards. After his retirement, he was an active dealer in gold, silver and coins.

Mr. Guthrie was born in Clay City Feb. 20, 1913 to Daniel and Ella Haberloy Guthrie. His marriage at Muncie on Feb. 18, 1938 was to Ellen Bennett, who survives.

Surviving also are two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Judith) Gish and Mrs. Richard (Janice) Hahn, both of Bluffton; a brother, George Guthrie of Bedford; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Rev. Larry Taylor will officiate at the services and burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Cyril Joseph Doyle, 81

A resident of Wells County the past seven years, Cyril Joseph Doyle, 81, died Monday at his home at 501 McArthur Dr. in Bluffton.

He was a truck driver for 30 years for Ashland Chemical.

Mr. Doyle saw service with the U.S. armed forces from July 1944 to November 1945.

He was born in Fowler Oct. 25, 1918 to Donnely and Anna Kargus Doyle. His marriage on May 8, 1972 at Nashville, Tenn., was to Lorraine Simmons, who survives.

Others surviving are 10 sons, Dan Doyle of Kentucky, James Doyle of Royal Center, Jerry Doyle of Crawfordsville, David Doyle of Morris, Ill., Joseph Doyle of Kimmell, Steven Olson of Waukesha, Wis., Terry Doyle of Orfordville, Wis., Scott Olson of West Allis, Wis., George Doyle of Edgerton, Wis., and Michael Doyle of Muskego, Wis.; nine daughters, Mrs. Richard (Darlene) Dawson of Oak Park, Ill., Sharon Olson of New Lisbon, Wis., Mrs. Glenn (Sandra) Saal of Gleason, Wis., Mrs. Otto (Sheryl) Griffen of Bluffton, Mrs. Jay (Laura) Pace of Waukesna, Wis.; Mrs. Arthur (Mary) Brink of Janesville, Wis., Mrs. Michael (Susan) Gilbert of Decatur, Ruby Kellogg of Monon, and Mrs. Jeffrey (Barbara) Plummer of Monticello.

Also surviving are a sister, Gladys DeLaney of Morocco; a brother, James Doyle of Meca, Ariz.; 50 grandchildren; and 55 great-grandchildren. Three brothers and a sister are deceased.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Randle-Dable Funeral Home in Waukesha, Wis. Burial will be in Prairie Home Cemetery.

Arrangements here are by Goodwin Memorial Chapel, where visitation hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. Calling at the Wisconsin funeral home will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
 
Feb. 26, 2000
 
Dorothy M. Kershner, 80

A Chester Township resident, Dorothy M. Kershner, 80, of 9841S 300W, Poneto, died at 8:45 a.m. Friday at Meadowvale Health & Rehabilitation Center, Bluffton.

Born June 9, 1919, in Jay County to Russell L. and Sarah Anna Albertson, her marriage was on Oct. 31, 1936, at Geneva, to Glen E. Kershner, who preceded her in death on May 14, 1995.

A graduate of Pennville High School, Mrs. Kershner was a member of the Montpelier First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the United Methodist Women's Group and the Alethia Chapter 206 of Eastern Star at Montpelier.

Surviving are two sons, Lee Kershner of Ellenton, Fla., and Larry Kershner of Montpelier; two daughters, Mrs. Steve (Sharon) Smoot of Eaton and Mrs. Neil (Karen) Mowery of Bluffton; nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Calling will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Glancy Funeral Homes Walker Chapel in Montpelier where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday with Rev. Steve Gray officiating. Burial will be in Pennville IOOF Cemetery, Pennville. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church, 215 East Green St., Montpelier, Indiana 47359.

 

Lee W. Anderson, 59

A CWC Foundry worker in Michigan for 15 years and also a self-employed carpenter, Lee W. Anderson, 59, died at 12:10 p.m. Friday at his Ossian residence.

Born Nov. 21, 1940, at Muskegon, Mich., to Paul and Florence Luloft Anderson, he resided at Shelby, Mich., for a number of years and Ossian for four years.

Surviving are his wife, Sondra Anderson of Ossian; one daughter, Vicki Anderson of Hesperia, Mich.; two sons, Ty Anderson of Germany and Steve Anderson of Manistee, Mich.; four stepchildren, Tony May of Indianapolis, Leslie Hasty of Shelbyville, Mich., David May of Markle and Matt May of Indianapolis; one sister, Loraine Chingman of Muskegon, Mich.; four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Elzey & Haggard Funeral Home at Ossian is in charge of arrangements, which were pending.
 

Feb. 23, 2000
 
Mearl Elizabeth Franks, 83

Mearl Elizabeth Franks, 83, a native of Huntington and resident of rural Columbia City, died Tuesday afternoon at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

A homemaker, she was born Oct. 29, 1916 to Robert and Rita Sloan Johnson. Her marriage on May 15, 1942 at Huntington was to Ray E. Franks, who died June 17, 1981.

Surviving are a son, Douglas E. Franks of Columbia City; a sister, Pauline Tumbleson of Huntington; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son, David Eugene, a twin brother, another brother, and two sisters.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, with Rev. Bill Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Star of Hope Cemetery in Huntington.

Visitation hours at the funeral home will be Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Memorials to the donor's choice.

 

James Robert Hitchens, 73

Father of Tony Randall Hitchens of Poneto, James Robert "Hitch" Hitchens, 73, of Dunkirk, died Tuesday at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

He was an inspector of automobile parts manufacturing at Warner Gear in Muncie for 30 years. He had resided at Dunkirk for 50 years, moving there from Shiedler.

Mr. Hitchens was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was born at Muncie Oct. 23, 1926 to Lotchiel and Nina Cruea Hitchens.

He was a member of a member of Calvary United Methodist Church at Dunkirk, American Legion Post 227 and VFW Post 7081, both at Dunkirk, and a life member of Portland DAV Post 24.

Surviving are his wife, Dora Evelyn; another son, Charles David of Monterey; a sister, Elsie Jennings of Cambridge City; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Deceased are his stepmother, Ruth Hitchens, a sister, a stepsister, three stepbrothers; and a grandson.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at MJS Mortuaries, DW Jones Chapel, at Dunkirk, where calling will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Rev. Jerry Nelson will officiate and burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery at Dunkirk.

 

Jeane J. Helfrick, 79

Jeane J. Helfrick, 79, of Fort Wayne, died Monday at Ossian Health Care.

She was a sales clerk at G.C. Murphy for 40 years.

She was born at Ravenna, Ohio, Jan. 7, 1921, to Allen and Bessie Moore Helfrick. She was a member of Hope United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two nephews, Dan Harkless of Fort Wayne and David Harkless of Ossian, and a niece, Diane Harkless of Littleton, Ohio. A sister, Marcille Harkless, is deceased.

Services at 10 a.m. Thursday will be at Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Rd., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Williamsport Cemetery at Poe.

Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorials to Hope United Methodist Church.

 

Byron Eldon Ginzel, 62

Byron Eldon Ginzel, 62, of Logansport, died at 12:50 Monday at Memorial Hospital in Logansport.

He was the owner and manager of Anoka Acres residential community.

He was a realtor and owned Ginzel Real Estate in Logansport and was a past president of the Cass County Board of Realtors. He also was a former board member of Woodlawn Center in Logansport and a member of St. James Lutheran Church. He had served in the Indiana National Guard.

Mr. Ginzel was born in Fort Wayne Feb. 18, 1938 to Levi R. and Elizabeth Feichter Ginzel. His marriage in Fort Wayne on Aug. 20, 1960 was to Esther Joanna Harrold, who survives.

Surviving also are two sons, Michael of Holcomb, Ill., and Matthew S. of Logansport; two daughters, Mrs. Dal (Leah C.) Cook of Lexington, N.C., and Mrs. F. Vincent (Beth M.) Hernly of Indianapolis; a brother, John A. of Bloomfield, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Frank (Phyllis A.) Ashinger of Franklin, Mich.; and seven grandchildren. A sister, Sharon, is deceased.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. James Lutheran Church in Logansport with Pastor Marvin Hinkle officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Logansport. Visitation time will be at the church for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to Woodlawn Center or to the church.

Arrangements are by Kroeger Funeral Home in Logansport.

 

Mearl Elizabeth Franks, 83

Mearl Elizabeth Franks, 83, a native of Huntington and resident of rural Columbia City, died Tuesday afternoon at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

A homemaker, she was born Oct. 29, 1916 to Robert and Rita Sloan Johnson. Her marriage on May 15, 1942 at Huntington was to Ray E. Franks, who died June 17, 1981.

Surviving are a son, Douglas E. Franks of Columbia City; a sister, Pauline Tumbleson of Huntington; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son, David Eugene, a twin brother, another brother, and two sisters.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, with Rev. Bill Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Star of Hope Cemetery in Huntington.

Visitation hours at the funeral home will be Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Memorials to the donor's choice.

 

James Robert Hitchens, 73

Father of Tony Randall Hitchens of Poneto, James Robert "Hitch" Hitchens, 73, of Dunkirk, died Tuesday at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

He was an inspector of automobile parts manufacturing at Warner Gear in Muncie for 30 years. He had resided at Dunkirk for 50 years, moving there from Shiedler.

Mr. Hitchens was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was born at Muncie Oct. 23, 1926 to Lotchiel and Nina Cruea Hitchens.

He was a member of a member of Calvary United Methodist Church at Dunkirk, American Legion Post 227 and VFW Post 7081, both at Dunkirk, and a life member of Portland DAV Post 24.

Surviving are his wife, Dora Evelyn; another son, Charles David of Monterey; a sister, Elsie Jennings of Cambridge City; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Deceased are his stepmother, Ruth Hitchens, a sister, a stepsister, three stepbrothers; and a grandson.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at MJS Mortuaries, DW Jones Chapel, at Dunkirk, where calling will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Rev. Jerry Nelson will officiate and burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery at Dunkirk.

 

Jeane J. Helfrick, 79

Jeane J. Helfrick, 79, of Fort Wayne, died Monday at Ossian Health Care.

She was a sales clerk at G.C. Murphy for 40 years.

She was born at Ravenna, Ohio, Jan. 7, 1921, to Allen and Bessie Moore Helfrick. She was a member of Hope United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two nephews, Dan Harkless of Fort Wayne and David Harkless of Ossian, and a niece, Diane Harkless of Littleton, Ohio. A sister, Marcille Harkless, is deceased.

Services at 10 a.m. Thursday will be at Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Rd., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Williamsport Cemetery at Poe.

Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorials to Hope United Methodist Church.

 

Byron Eldon Ginzel, 62

Byron Eldon Ginzel, 62, of Logansport, died at 12:50 Monday at Memorial Hospital in Logansport.

He was the owner and manager of Anoka Acres residential community.

He was a realtor and owned Ginzel Real Estate in Logansport and was a past president of the Cass County Board of Realtors. He also was a former board member of Woodlawn Center in Logansport and a member of St. James Lutheran Church. He had served in the Indiana National Guard.

Mr. Ginzel was born in Fort Wayne Feb. 18, 1938 to Levi R. and Elizabeth Feichter Ginzel. His marriage in Fort Wayne on Aug. 20, 1960 was to Esther Joanna Harrold, who survives.

Surviving also are two sons, Michael of Holcomb, Ill., and Matthew S. of Logansport; two daughters, Mrs. Dal (Leah C.) Cook of Lexington, N.C., and Mrs. F. Vincent (Beth M.) Hernly of Indianapolis; a brother, John A. of Bloomfield, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Frank (Phyllis A.) Ashinger of Franklin, Mich.; and seven grandchildren. A sister, Sharon, is deceased.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. James Lutheran Church in Logansport with Pastor Marvin Hinkle officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Logansport. Visitation time will be at the church for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to Woodlawn Center or to the church.

Arrangements are by Kroeger Funeral Home in Logansport.
 

Feb. 28, 2000
 
Celia Belle Lane, 75

Celia Belle Lane, 65, wife of Finley Lane of Poneto, died at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, where she had been a patient since Jan. 7. She had been in ill health since Nov. 3.

A homemaker, she was employed also in the pit office at the Winchester Speedway track at Winchester.

She was born in Gilman Oct. 4, 1934 to Henry and Thelma Kiser Pederson. Her marriage to Finley H. Lane, who survives, was at Daleville on Feb. 10, 1957.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Randy J. Lane of Poneto; three brothers, Bruce D. Pederson of Daleville, Lavern S. and Bob B. Pederson, both of Anderson; three sisters, Mrs. Wayne (Catherine) Zimmer of Markleville, Julia Koger and Mrs. Jerry (Cindy) Cole, both of Anderson; and one granddaughter. Three sisters are deceased.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m.Tuesday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home in Bluffton, where calling hours are today from 2 to 8 p.m.

Rev. Michael Smith will officiate at rites and burial will be in Grove Cemetery.

Memorials to Lutheran Hospital or to the American Lung Association.

 

Robert W. Guthrie, 87 -- Rites Pending

Robert W. Guthrie, 87, died of a heart attack this morning at his residence at 351 East Dustman Rd., Bluffton. Arrangements are pending at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home.

 

Earl D. Hiner, 59

Earl D. Hiner, 59, a rural Warren farmer, died at 6:40 a.m. Saturday at his residence in Jefferson Township, Huntington County.

He formerly was employed at IMC in Warren. He was a member of the Gospel Community Church in Huntington and had attended the Huntington County schools.

Mr. Hiner was born in Huntington County June 19, 1940 to Vern and Mary Hoover Hiner. His marriage at Lawton, Okla., on Dec. 20, 1996 was to Beulah "Boots" Elswick, who survives.

Surviving also are a son, Chris Hiner of Warren; a daughter, Mrs. James (Vanessa) Webb of Mt. View, Ark.; a stepson, Ivan Hall of Lawton, Okla., two stepdaughters, Debra Hess of Lawton, Okla., and Sharon Brooks of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Other survivors are two brothers, Charles Hiner of Grabill and Homer Hiner of Huntington, and three sisters, Crystal Essex of Indianapolis, Mrs. Max (Dorothy) Andrews of Buckland, Ohio, and Mrs. Bob (Marjorie) Tubbs of Cape Coral, Fla.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Glancy Funeral Homes H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren with Rev. Elzie Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory at Marion.

Visitation hours at the funeral home will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday prior to the service.

Memorials to Gospel Community Church at Huntington.

 

Stephen Wojciechowski, 66

Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. today for Stephen Wojciechowski, 66, rural Markle, who died at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Rites were to be in Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel with B. Keith Eldridge officiating. Burial was to be in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery at Huntington with military graveside services.

Mr. Wojciechowski was a self-employed carpenter and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a graduate of New Haven High School and a member of the National Rifle Association.

He was born in Fort Wayne July 31, 1933 to Joseph and Gladys Williams Wojciechowski.

Surviving are two sons, Gregory D. of Little Rock, Calif., and Bradley C. of Acton, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Keith (Stephanie) Eldridge of McAlaster, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Felix (Joan) Johnson and Mary Anne Greeno, both of Markle; a companion, Robyn Weaver of Markle; and five grandchildren. Two brothers are deceased.

Calling hours were today from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Edna I. Smith, 93

A resident of Yoder, Edna I. Smith, 93, died Saturday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was a homemaker and had been employed at General Electric in Fort Wayne.

She was born in Allen County April 28, 1909 to William H. and Nellie D. Dalman Dafforn. Her marriage was to Gerald H. Smith, who died April 4, 1974.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Nine Mile United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a son, Halery W. Smith of Yoder; a daughter, Andrea Croft of Albion; a brother, Lester Dafforn of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals in Fort Wayne and burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Ossian. Visitation times at the funeral home are today from 2 to 8.

Memorials to Nine Mile United Methodist Church maintenance fund.

 

Howard E. Habegger, 84

Howard E. "Hobby" Habegger, 84, of the Swiss Village in Berne, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur.

He was a former resident of Monroe and a member of the Monroe United Methodist Church, having served on many boards. He also was a member and past president of the Monroe Lions Club and its secretary for 24 years and former Lions zone chairman and past deputy district governor. He was a volunteer for 12 years with the Monroe Fire Department.

Mr. Habegger was a former owner of Monroe Grain and Supply from 1954 to 1974 and owner of Hobby's Rat Bait for 15 years.

He was born in Adams County Jan. 24, 1916 to John J. and Eltie Rose Habegger. His marriage at Berne on Nov. 28, 1946 was to Frema B. Poling, who survives.

Surviving also are a son, Kenneth L. of Naperville, Ill; two sisters, Elsie Affolder and Mrs. Maurice (Edith) Miller, both of Berne; and three grandchildren. A brother, Ralph, died Nov. 23, 1999 and a sister, Marjorie Daugherty, also is deceased.

Services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday will be at the Monroe United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Mabry officiating. Burial will be in Backesto/Springhill Cemetery at Monroe.

Calling hours at Swiss Village Auditorium will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church Thursday for one hour prior to services.

Memorials to the church or to the Monroe Lions Club.

Arrangements are in charge of Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home.

 

Elsie L. Buuck, 82

Elsie L. Buuck, 82, rural Decatur, died at 1:40 p.m. Saturday at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur, where she had been a patient one week.

She had retired in 1985 from Fort Wayne Wire Die after 25 years and also served as janitor of the Zion Lutheran Church, Friedheim, for many years.

Mrs. Buuck was a member of the church, its Ladies Aid and Altar Guild and of the Sunny Circle Home Ec Club.

She was born in Union Township, Adams County, March 29, 1917 to Anton and Louise Selking Thieme. Her marriage May 11, 1941 was to Alfred Buuck, who died Feb. 15, 1979.

Surviving are three sons, Lon R. of Ossian, Gene of San Francisco, Calif., and Jerry L. of Littleton, Colo.; two daughters, Mrs. James (Cheryl L.) Bultemeyer of rural Decatur and Janice Buuck of Fort Wayne; a twin brother, Gilbert Thieme of Decatur; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur and at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church, Friedheim, with Rev. Daniel Dahling officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Friedheim.

Visitation hours at the funeral home are today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

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

 

Charles N. Bair, 48

Charles "Sugar Bair" N. Bair, 48, of rural Huntington, died Saturday at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was employed at Honeywell (Allied Signal/Bendix) at Huntington for 16 years. He was a 1969 graduate of Huntington High School and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntington and the Huntington Right to Life.

Mr. Bair was born in Huntington County June 7, 1951 to Nelson W. and Mary Ellen Suttles Bair. His marriage to Kathleen Smart, who survives, took place on April 6, 1974 in Huntington.

Surviving also are his mother, Mary Ellen Bair of Huntington; three sons, Bart "Chuck" Bair of Huntington, and Michael and Duane, both at home; two daughters, Heather Bair of Huntington and Shanna Bair, at home; two brothers, Richard of Kings Bay, Ga., and Carl of Huntington; two sisters, Mary Jean Bair and Mrs. Jerry (Molly) Leatherman, both of Huntington. A brother, William, is deceased.

Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntington with Father Robert Fusselman officiating. Interment will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Huntington County.

Calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel.
 

Feb. 24, 2000
 
Pamela Jane Bush, 53

Daughter of Robert M. Darrow of Bluffton, Pamela Jane Bush, 53, died at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. In failing health two years, her death was attributed to cancer.

Mrs. Bush was employed at Hudson's Marshall Field Department Store in Fort Wayne.

She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne and a member of its Celebration Ringers. She was an avid needlecraft artist and had an interest in her family genealogy.

She was born in Fort Wayne July 31, 1946 to Robert M. and Emma Jane Eldridge Darrow. Her mother died Aug. 17, 1998. Mrs. Bush was a graduate of Bluffton High School in 1964 and a graduate in 1974 from Indiana University.

Surviving, in addition to her father in Bluffton, are a son, Jason Robert Bush of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Angela Jayne Bush and Sarah Elizabeth Bush, both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mrs. Carey (Susan) Holmes of Fort Wayne. An aunt, Marcella Phegley of Bluffton, and a niece, Emily Holmes of Fort Wayne, also survive.

A service of celebration will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Bluffton with Dr. Brian Witwer and Rev. Bill Shannon officiating. Burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery at Bluffton.

Calling hours will be Monday at the First United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until time for the service.

Arrangements are in charge of Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home in Bluffton.

Memorials to the Hand Bell Choirs of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church or the Bluffton First United Methodist Church, or to the Cancer Society, or to the Women's Cancer Support Group.

 

Lela Avinell Gibson, 85

A resident of Ossian, Lela Avinell Gibson, 85, died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

In addition to being a homemaker, she was president of Rose Ann Heights Inc. and she and her late husband, Robert, a daughter and son developed the Rose Ann Heights housing addition in Ossian.

She was a 50-year member of the United Methodist Church at Ossian and an avid Indiana University basketball fan, and NASCAR and bingo fan.

She was born in Wells County Sept. 6, 1914 to Henry C. and Erma G. Goshorn Bowman. Her marriage near Indianapolis on Aug. 15, 1938 was to Robert S. Gibson, who died Aug. 9, 1968.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Rose Ann) Barrick of Ossian; a son, Steven M. of Ossian; two sisters, Vonette Dunn of Salisbury, N.C., and Garnette Baumgardner of Ashley; and two grandchildren. Two sisters and a brother are deceased.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Elzey & Haggard Funeral Home, Ossian Chapel, where calling will be Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time for services.

Rev. Michael Heinbaugh and Rev. Robert Priest will officiate and burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Ossian.

Memorials to the Ossian United Methodist Church or to the Wells County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.


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