May 6, 2000
Carl William Shelley, 75
A native of Wells County, Carl William Shelley, 75, died Friday at
his Fort Wayne residence.
He was a school teacher for 35 years at John Irwin Elementary and Kekeionga
Middle School in Fort Wayne prior to his retirement in 1985. He was a member
of the Southside Optimist Club, IOOF Harmony Lodge, 50 Masonic Lodge and
Gideons. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving the
Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Born Feb. 10, 1925 in Bluffton to Carl and Ila Mae Oswalt Shelley,
he is survived by his wife, Marceille, a son, Kevin K. of Mooresville;
three daughters, Karen Jean Robertson of Westminister, Colo.; Kathy Kay
Slick of North Richland Hills, Tex.; Karlene S. Byrd of Avon; a sister,
Betty Hoopingarner of Ellentone, Fla.; and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by a brother, Robert.
Calling will be Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Elzey & Haggard
Home for Funerals in Waynedale.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Waynedale
United Methodist Church, with burial in Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton.
Preferred memorials to Waynedale United Methodist Church, Trinity Methodist
Church, Vista Care or Gideons.
Marilyn P. Habegger, 55
Marilyn P. Habegger, 55, rural Poneto, died at 6:25 p.m. Friday at
Wells Community Hospital.
Mrs. Habegger graduated from Huntertown High School in 1965 and was
a graduate of Ravenscroft Beauty College. She was a homemaker.
She was born March 7, 1945 in Ann Arbor, Mich., to Alvin and Elfie
Nofsiger Bechler. Both parents survive.
Her marriage Feb. 9, 1968, in Fort Wayne, was to Rick Habegger, who
In addition to the parents and her husband, Mrs. Habegger is survived
by two daughters, Kimberlee Everett, Poneto, and Karla Kay Gallagher of
Bluffton; a brother, Kenneth Bechler of Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Thoma-Rich, Hewitt and
Chaney Funeral Home with the Rev. Dan White officiating. Burial will be
in the MRE Cemtery in Berne.
Calling will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and one
hour before services Monday.
Memorials are to the family.
W. Henry Bay, 86
A native of Wells County, W. Henry Bay, 86, died Friday at Parkview
Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born in Liberty Center, he was employed with Allen Dairy (Prairie Farms)
for 33 years, retiring in 1976. He also performed “civil service” with
the Civilian Conservation Corp. after high school. He was a member of the
Trinity United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Fort Wayne; two sons, William
of Decatur and Don of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two step-sons, George Parker
and Robert Parker, both of Fort Wayne; a step-daughter, Nancy Bell of Fort
Wayne; two sisters, Pauline Gerken of Yoder and Margaret Mossburg of Fort
Wayne; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a brother and sister.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside
Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue. Calling at the funeral home Sunday
from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne.
Memorials to Trinity United Methodist Church, American Red Cross or
American Lung Association.
Gladys M. Bowman, 90
Gladys M. Bowman, 90, died at 7 a.m. Friday at the Warren United Methodist
Memorial Home, where she had resided the past 15 years.
A former resident of Rock Creek Township, she graduated from Lancaster
High School in 1928 and from Manchester College in 1932. She taught at
the Warren Elementary School in the 1930s and at East Union and East Rock
Creek from the 1950s until she retired in 1974.
She belonged to the Rock Creek Homemakers Club, Women’s Fellowship,
and the Loon Creek Church of the Brethren, where she was also a deacon
and board member.
Bon Jan. 31, 1910 in Majenica, she was a daughter of Rollie and Anna
McMullen Rittenhouse. Her first marriage on April 27, 1935 was to Charles
F. Ralston, who died in 1975. Her second marriage on March 25, 1978 was
to Robert L. Bowman, who died in 1991.
Survivors include two sons, Harold L. Ralston of Fort Wayne, Marvin
D. Ralston of Warren; four daughters, Mrs. Jerald (Carmen) Vaught of Angola,
Mrs. Robert (Ladonna) Jackson and Mrs. James (Gloria) Hudlow, both of Fort
Wayne, and Mrs. Terry (Wanda) Hesler of Oneonta, N.Y.; ten grandchildren,
five great-grandchildren, two stepsons, two step-grandchildren and two
step-great grandchildren. Four great grandchildren are deceased.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9 at Warren United Methodist
Memorial Home Chapel, with calling one hour prior to the services and also
from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Myers
Funeral Home, Markle Chapel.
Interment will be at the Mt. Etna Cemetery.
Preferred memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Loon Creek
Brethren Church, c/o the funeral home.
May 3, 2000
Don E. Fosnaugh, 81
Don E. Fosnaugh, 81, of Geneva, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday at Chalet
Village Health Center in Berne.
He retired in 1981 from Central Soya in Decatur, where he was employed
Mr. Fosnaugh was a veteran of World War II and was a member of the
American Legion in Willshire, Ohio, and the High Street United Methodist
Church in Geneva.
He was born in Wells County April 14, 1919 to Charles A. and Clara
M. Johnson Fosnaugh. His marriage in Hartford Township, Adams County, on
Sept. 4, 1945 was to Betty Helen Thurman, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Nelson (Donna Ann) Clark of Berne;
a son, David Lee of Geneva; a brother, Garth A. of Willard, Ohio; two sisters,
Mrs. Norman (Ann Lucille) Duke of Mio, Mich., and Mrs. Oscar (Lorene) Andrews
of Bluffton; and three grandchildren. A son Michael, and three brothers
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Downing Funeral Home
in Geneva with Rev. John Randall officiating. Burial will be in West Lawn
Cemetery at Geneva.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m.
and Friday for one hour prior to services.
Memorials to the High School United Methodist Church in Geneva.
May 8, 2000
Robert ‘Rob’ Apple, 30
Robert “Rob” Apple, 30, son of Keith and Lynne Apple of Bluffton and
a special agent for the FBI, died at 5:02 p.m. Sunday at his residence
Death was attributed to cancer and followed an illness of 18 months.
Mr. Apple graduated in 1987 from Bluffton High School and in 1991 from
Purdue University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He
earned a master’s degree from North Carolina State in 1998 while working
as a detective for the university’s police department.
He subsequently was an officer for the Garner (N.C.) Police Department,
where he received in 1997 the Officer-of-the-Year Award. He attended the
FBI Academy in March 1998 and graduated in July with an award for the highest
academic achievement. He served as a FBI special agent in Idaho Falls before
being transferred first to Fort Wayne and then to Indianapolis.
He had made trips into Canada several times with the Explorer Scouts.
He was born at Chicago Heights, Ill., June 2, 1969 to Keith and Lynne
Puterbaugh Apple. In Bluffton, he attended the First United Methodist Church.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Kristen Apple
of Chicago and Heather Apple, a student at Purdue; and his grandmothers,
Helen Apple of Fort Wayne and Fran Holyoke of Dayton, Ohio.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist
Church with Rev. William Shannon officiating. Burial will be in Elm Grove
Calling hours at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home will
be Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m. and also one hour prior to services Thursday.
Memorials to the Wells County Foundation for the Rob Apple Memorial
Fund, which will be used to enhance children’s health and education.
T. Maureen Krauss, 85
A sister of Mary Leggett of Ossian, T. Maureen Krauss, 85, of Fort
Wayne, died Friday at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
A homemaker, she also was employed at W&D Tea Room and as a bookkeeper
for the Fort Wayne Umpires Association.
She was born at Ossian Dec. 2, 1914. Her husband, LaVerne L. Krauss,
died in 1992. She was a member of the Trinity English Lutheran Church.
Surviving, in addition to the sister in Bluffton, are two nieces, Rosalyn
Brickley of Markle and Connie McBride of Bluffton; and a nephew, Dr. Evan
Yager of Macon, Ga.
Services were at 10:30 a.m. today at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Winchester
Road Chapel and burial was in Lindenwood Cemetery. Visitation hours were
Preferred memorials to Trinity English Lutheran Church.
Ashleigh Nicole Parks
A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery at Warren at
2 p.m. Wednesday for Ashleigh Nicole Parks, the unborn child of Crystal
Parks of Warren.
The fetus died at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne as a result of injuries
of an auto collision in Huntington County Thursday, May 4.
In addition to the mother, surviving are the maternal grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. David Parks of Warren; paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Parks of Peru; maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Mullens of Warren; a brother, Zachary Parks of Warren; an uncle, Michael
Parks of Warren; seven great-uncles; and 11 great-aunts.
Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel, in Warren, is in charge
of arrangements. Rev. Bob Hammond will officiate at rites.
Visitation hours at the funeral home are today from 2 to 4 and 6 to
Carol R. Fulk, 76
Carol R. Fulk, 76, a cook for the Huntington County School System for
10 years, died at 9:05 a.m. Friday at her residence in Warren.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church and its Women’s Society
She was born at Jasonville May 19, 1923 to Richard and Mary Langston
Wasnidge. Her marriage on March 27, 1947 was to Rev. Basil Fulk, who died
May 31, 1995.
Mrs. Fulk is survived by two sons, James L. Fulk of Moreno Valley,
Calif., and Gary Fulk of Warren; a daughter, Mrs. Dale (Debra) Stroud of
Warren; two sisters and six grandchildren. Two sisters and three brothers
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown
& Son Chapel, in Warren, with Rev. Bob Hammond officiating. Burial
will be in Woodland Cemetery at Warren.
Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8
Memorials to First Baptist Church at Warren.
Elmer E. Armantrout, 82
Elmer E. Armantrout, 82, of Huntington, died at 5:50 a.m. today at
Wells Community Hospital in Bluffton.
He was employed at the Majestic Co. in Huntington.
Mr. Armantrout was a member of the First Brethren Church and Amity
Masonic Lodge 483 at Huntington and the Fort Wayne Scottish Rite. He was
an Army veteran of World War II.
He was born in Marshall County June 26, 1917 to Valorous A. and Mary
L. Hite Armantrout. His marriage at Liberty Center on Aug. 24, 1944 was
to Wanda Maggart, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Richard of Huntington and Dennis of Anchorage,
Alaska; a daughter, Sue Armantrout of Huntington; a sister, Mary Haines
of Ossian; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Deal-Robbins & Van
Gilder Huntington Chapel with Pastor Wesley Glass officiating. Burial will
be in Gardens of Memory in Huntington County.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
A funeral home military service will be conducted after the 11 a.m.
services. A Masonic Lodge memorial service will be at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday
at the funeral chapel
May 4, 2000
Allen Edwin Bradford, 46
A nativer of Bluffton, Allen Edwin Bradford, 46, of Kendallville, died
Wednesday at Community Hospital of Noble County at Kendallville.
He was a certified public accountant at Tower Automotive in Kendallville.
Surviving are his wife, Michelle; two daughters, Kristie and Sara,
both of Kendallville; two sons, Jacob and Brett, both of Kendallville;
a sister, Susan Campbell of Blanco, N.M.; and six brothers, Gene of Auburn,
Stanley of Marion, and Richard, William, Wendall and Ronald, all of Warren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral
Home in Kendallville and burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 6
to 8 p.m.
Memorials to Faith United Methodist Church or to American Heart Association.
May 9, 2000
Charles Lee Clanin, 53
Charles Lee Clanin, 53, of 4728SE St. Rd. 116, died at 7:33 p.m. Monday
at Wells Community Hospital of a heart attack. He had been in ill health
Mr. Clanin retired in December 1999 after 27 years with the maintenance
department at Wells Community Hospital.
He was born in Bluffton Sept. 15, 1946 to Russell and Mary Brown Clanin.
Surviving are a son, Adam Wade Clanin of Markle; seven sisters, Mrs.
Forrest (Deloris) Cutler of Garrett, Mrs. Harry (Mary) Wolf of Celina,
Ohio, Nancy Bailey, Mrs. John (Lalonnie) Hacha and Joyce Clanin, all of
Bluffton, Mrs. Frank (Helen) Adams of Picton, Texas, and Janet Pinkerton
of Glenwood, Ark.; and two brothers, William and Frank Gene, both of Bluffton.
Two sisters are deceased.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney
Funeral Home, where calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and
Friday from 9 a.m. until time for services.
Pastors Scott and Stacie Chambers will officiate and burial will be
in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials to the family.
Ellis R. Williamson, 88
Father of Mrs. Joe (Vivian) Ogden of Bluffton, Ellis R. Williamson,
88, of Brookville, Ohio, died Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton,
Ohio, following a brief illness.
A retired farmer and school bus driver, he was preceded in death by
his first wife, the former Beulah Ditmer, in 1979; his second wife, the
former Ruby Gurthet, the past January; his parents, David and Bertha Smith
Williamson; three brothers and one sister.
Surviving, in addition to the daughter in Bluffton, are two sons, Leon
Williamson and Dale Williamson, both of Brookville, Ohio; another daughter,
Mrs. William (Carolyn) Gregory of Bethel, Ohio, three stepchildren, Roger
Gurthet of South Bend, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Beatty of Plymouth, Ind., and
Louis Gurthet of Chicago; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; nine
stepgrandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. Bluffton, Ind. time) Thursday
at the Brookville Church of the Brethren with Pastors Bob Bitner and Joe
Kimbel officiating. Interment will be in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens.
Calling hours at the Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home in Brookville will
be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. (EDT) and at the church Thursday for one
hour prior to services.
Memorials to the Habitat for Humanity project through the Brookville
Church of the Brethren.
Gene ‘Butch’ Felton, 61
A former guidance counselor at Norwell High School for five years,
Gene “Butch” Felton, 61, of Huntington, died at 1:35 a.m. Monday at Lutheran
Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Felton retired in 1993 after 13 years as assistant principal at
Portage Middle School. Following retirement, he became a hardwood floor
installer with Hammel Floor Services until 1998.
He was born in Wells County and was a 1956 graduate of Lancaster High
School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960 at Huntington College and
a master’s degree from Saint Francis College in school psychology and a
master’s degree also in school administration at IPFW.
He was a high school teacher and basketball coach for two years at
Etna Green High School in Kosciusko County and four years at Roanoke High
School before becoming guidance counselor at Norwell. Subsequently, he
was a school psychologist for the Fort Wayne Community School Corporation
for 11 years prior to taking a position at Portage Middle School.
Mr. Felton was a member of the Union Church and served on the Huntington
County Community School Board for 12 years. He was a member of the National
Association of School Psychologists and a member of Phi Delta Kappa educational
The Wells County native was born May 12, 1938 to Howard and Christine
Thayer Felton. His marriage at Markle on Aug. 31, 1957 was to Alice Tyner,
Surviving also are his mother, Mrs. Christine Felton of Huntington;
three daughters, Pam Felton of Warsaw, Kim Clarke of Middlebury and Aimee
Shapley of Uniondale; two brothers, Lawrence Felton of Huntington and Roger
Felton of Fort Wayne; and five grandchildren. A brother is deceased.
Services will be at 1 a.m. Wednesday at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington
Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington. Interment will be in Union Cemetery
in Huntington County.
Calling hours at the funeral chapel are today from 2 to 8 p.m.
Memorials to the Union Church or to the Markle Church of Christ.
May 5, 2000
Wilmer Gene Wilcoxon, 68 Wilmer Gene Wilcoxon, 68, known both as ÒBillÓ
and ÒBaldie,Ó died Thursday at his home at Hartford City.
Born in Hartford City, he was a lifelong resident of Blackford County and
a veteran of Army service during the Korean War. Mr. Wilcoxon retired in
1991 after 30 years at GM Fisher Body in Marion. Surviving are three daughters,
Tiana E. Sebbane and Glory A. Smith, both of Hartford City; two sons, Monty
L. of Muncie and Jimmy Englehart of Montpelier; a sister, Doris Ann Zoll
of Bluffton; a stepsister, Nancy Parker of Hartford City; a stepbrother,
Larry E. DuBois of Wadsworth, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Keplinger Funeral Home in Hartford
City and burial will be in Hartford City Cemetery. Calling hours at the
funeral home will be Sunday from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday for
two hours prior to services. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association,
7363 East 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219.