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March 3, 2000

Blanche L. Jones, 87

Blanche L. Jones, 87, a lifelong resident of Wells County, died at 2:05 p.m. Thursday at Ossian Health Care. She had been ill five months.

She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church at Liberty Center and a member for more than 50 years of the UYB Home Economics Club of Liberty Township.

She was born in Liberty Center March 14, 1912 to Roy and Ada O. Johnson Shields. Her marriage at Anderson on May 25, 1935 was to Von Jones, who died Aug. 27, 1999.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Wilma Anna) Love of rural Liberty Center; a sister, Mary Shewalter of Bluffton; two grandsons, Jeffrey Love of Liberty Center and Gregory Love of Negaunee, Mich.; and four great-grandchildren.

Services at 1:30 p.m. Sunday will be at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, where calling hours will be Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sunday after 10 a.m.

Rev. Steve Bard will officiate and burial will be in the Mossburg Cemetery in Liberty Township.

Memorials to the Liberty Center United Methodist Church.

Brant Lyon, 41

Brant Lyon, 41, who resided at 328 South Jersey St., Bluffton, died this morning at Ossian Health and Rehab Center.

He was born Feb. 10, 1959 in Lansing, Mich., to Peter and Suzanne Lyon. His father is deceased.

His marriage to Tina Davis of Bluffton, who survives, took place Jan. 5, 1983.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and his mother, are three children, Brittany, Amanda and Zach, all at home.

Funeral arrangements are pending with D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home in Fort Wayne.

Olive L. Rittenhouse, 91

Mother of George E. Rittenhouse of Bluffton, Olive L. Rittenhouse, 91, died Thursday at Community Care Center in Winchester.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Winchester Moose Lodge and the Main Street Christian Church at Winchester.

A native and lifelong resident of Randolph County, she was born Sept. 2, 1908 to Horace and Mildred Harmon Collins. Her marriage in 1930 was to George Rittenhouse Sr., who survives.

Surviving, in addition to the son in Bluffton, are another son, Delbert Rittenhouse of Winchester; four daughters, Jennalee Thurston of Tucson, Ariz., Mrs. Byron (Mary Louise) Smithson of Ridgeville, Mrs. Raymond (Joann) Howell and Diana Sayers, both of Farmland; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Mary Platt, is deceased.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Thornburg/Lightner Funeral Home in Parker City with Rev. Greg Rittenhouse and Rev. Jeff Owens officiating. Burial will be in Lawndale Cemetery at Ridgeville.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. and after noon on Sunday.

Chester S. Heppeard, 85

Owner and operator of the former Celina Radio Hospital, Chester S. Heppeard, 85, of rural Celina, Ohio, died at 1 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Hospital in Lima, Ohio. Death was attributed to leukemia.

He had operated the radio hospital for 48 years prior to retirement.

Mr. Heppeard was a member of the Celina Masonic Lodge 241 and St. Paul United Methodist Church.

He was a 1932 graduate of Mendon (Ohio) Union High School and attended Indiana Tech before transferring to the U.S. Navy Department of Sonar in Hawaii in 1943.

He was born in Mendon Oct. 25, 1914 to John M. and Mary E. Plummer Heppeard. A first marriage was to Lillian Jane Demais, who died in July 1993; a second marriage on Oct. 11, 1998 was to Genevieve "Peg" Saunders Thees, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Tom (Susan) Carroll of Wilberforce, Ohio, and Mrs. Charles (Marjorie) Papp of Van Wert, Ohio; a stepson, Fred Thees Jr. of Coldwater, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Karen Andrews of Celina and Kathy Hymer of Coldwater, Ohio; a brother, Richard of North Carolina; two grandsons; four stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Four brothers are deceased.

Services at 11 a.m. Saturday will be at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home in Celina, Ohio, where calling hours are today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Rev. Robert Methany will officiate and burial will be in Mendon Cemetery.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society, Mercer County Unit.

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.

March 1, 2000

Raymond Heckber, 82

Raymond Heckber, 82, a rural Ossian area farmer, died at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born in Wells County Sept. 20, 1917 to Charles and Letha Travis Heckber. His marriage at Hoagland on Dec. 24, 1940 was to Mary L. Caston, who survives.

Mr. Heckber attended the United Methodist Church at Ossian.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Don Heckber of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Mrs. Ted (Sharon) Kaufman of Decatur; a sister, Carol Sue Drudge of Claypool; three grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren.

A brother, Dale, is deceased.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Elzey & Haggard Funeral Home Ossian Chapel with Rev. Jerry Stout and Rev. Michael Heinbaugh officiating. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Ossian.

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

Memorials to the American Cancer Society, or to Ossian United Methodist Church building fund, or to donor's choice.

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.

March 2, 2000

Thomas R. Berry, 69

A former resident of the Montpelier area, Thomas R. Berry, 69, of Marion, died at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at McAllen Heart Hospital in McAllen Texas.

He lived in the Marion area for 30 years, moving there from Montpelier. He was the former president of Concrete Inc. and former area manager for Living Materials Inc.

He saw service in the U.S. Air Force and was a past member of the Montpelier American Legion, past president of the Lions Club at Sweetser and a member of the Morris Chapel United Methodist Church, Hart Senior Golf League and the Masonic Lodge and Order of Eastern Star at Montpelier.

He was born in Hartford City Oct. 19, 1930 to Forrest R. and Lora E. Basey Berry. His marriage in Poneto was to Norma R. Beavans, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Pamela Berry of Indianapolis and Mrs. Wilson (Patty L.) Hunt of Sweetser; a son, Steven Berry of Marion; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Calvin (Billie) Grover of Fort Wayne.

One granddaughter is deceased.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Needham-Storey Funeral Service North Chapel in Marion. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory in Huntington County.

Calling hours at the funeral chapel, 1341 North Baldwin St., Marion, will be Friday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Memorials to the Morris Chapel United Methodist Church or to the Sweetser Lions Club.

Laurence A. Kethcart, 87

Laurence A. Kethcart, 87, of Huntington, died at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor in Huntington.

He worked as a deliveryman for Pure Milk in Huntington for more than 10 years and also worked in maintenance and repair at Huntington Lab, retiring in 1978.

He was a graduate in 1930 of Huntington High School.

Mr. Kethcart was born in Gas City Jan. 18, 1913, a son of Elmer and Irene Wertenberger Kethcart. His marriage in Indianapolis on June 7, 1936 was to Lavida A. Clapp, who survives.

Surviving also are three sons, John R. of Old Town, Fla., Robert W. of Warsaw, and Thomas E. of Warren; two daughters, Janice A. Smith of Huntington and Jane Cramer of Fort Wayne; a sister, Grace Rooley of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Frank Kethcart of Chicago; 14 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. Two sisters are deceased.

Private family services will take place at a later date.

Memorials to the donor's choice in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, IN 46750, which is in charge of arrangements.


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