|Melville C. Blumenhorst, 84
Funeral services for Melville C. Blumenhorst, 84, of Montpelier, who
died at 9:20 p.m. Monday at Meadowvale Care Center in Bluffton, will be
held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel, in Montpelier.
Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 4 to 7 p.m.
Mr. Blumenhorst retired in 1984 from Indiana Glass Co. at Dunkirk after
49 years. He was a member of American Flint Glass Workers Union 501. He
attended the Chester Center Church in Wells County and had attended the
public schools at Millgrove and Dunkirk.
Mr. Blumenhorst was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving from
March 12, 1943 to March 20, 1946.
He was born in Lima, Ohio, Aug. 1, 1916 to Julius E.W. and Luetta F.
Slife Blumenhorst. His marriage in Jay County on May 8, 1937 was to Geraldine
Michael, who survives.
Surviving also are two sons, James A. of Roll and Gary D. of Montpelier;
a sister, Dorothea Clapper of Dunkirk; a daughter-in-law, Phyllis Blumenhorst
of Montpelier; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A son,
Duane, is deceased.
Rev. Steve Gray will officiate at services Thursday and burial will
be in Hill Side Cemetery at Pennville. - Published Oct.
Forrest A. Pond, 80 -- Rites Pending
Forrest A. Pond, 80, died at 2:15 a.M. today at his residence in Warren.
Arrangements are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel,
in Warren. - Published Oct. 18, 2000
Earldean Budd, 66
Father of Kimberly K. Richardson of Ossian, Earldean Budd, 66, died
Monday in Fort Wayne.
Born in Liberal, Kan., he was the owner and operator of Volume Auto
Surviving, in addition to the daughter at Ossian, are a son, Dana A.
of Fort Wayne; his mother, Leota L. Budd of Fort Wayne; a brother, Max
L. of Fort Wayne; and a grandchild.
Private family services with no calling hours.
Arrangements are by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home,
Fort Wayne. - Published Oct. 18, 2000
Forrest A. Pond, 80
A member of the Warren Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years and its
chief for 19 years, Forrest A. Pond, 80, died at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday at
his residence at 414 East First St., Warren.
A self-employed carpenter most of his life, Mr. Pond never missed a
meeting of the volunteer firemen in his 26 years. He was a member of the
Indiana Volunteer Fireman’s Association, was awarded its Samuel Jones Award
in 1999 and given the key to the city.
He served for many years on the Warren Town Board and Huntington County
Civil Defense and was a member of the Sportsman Club. In addition, he was
an honorary member of Sams.
Mr. Pond was a veteran of U.S. Army service during World War II, seeing
duty from Oct. 29, 1942 to Feb. 21, 1946. He attended Chester Center High
He was born in Wells County Sept. 21, 1920 to Charles M. and Della
Spaulding Pond. His marriage in Wells County on Oct. 7, 1944 was to Alice
Crawford, who survives.
Surviving also are a daughter, Mrs. Ted (Becky) Foreman of Bluffton;
two sisters, Agnes Fordyce of Warren and Girthie McCoy of Mt. Etna; a brother,
Frank Pond of New Haven; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A sister and a brother are deceased.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown
& Son Chapel, in Warren, with Rev. Joe Haney officiating. Burial will
be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Warren.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. Members
of the Warren Fire Department will convene at the funeral home at 6:30
Memorials to the Warren Fire Department, P.O. Box 373, Warren, IN 46792.
- Published Oct. 19, 2000
Herbert ‘Paul’ Gearhart, 81
A former member of the Markle Fire Department and former member of
the Town Board, Herbert “Paul” Gearhart, 81, died Wednesday morning at
his home in Markle.
He worked as a machinist at Navistar in Fort Wayne before retiring
in 1979. He also worked for Luther Baker Lumber Co. in Markle for 20 years
and was a graduate of Markle High School.
Mr. Gearhart was a member of the Markle United Methodist Church, Masonic
Lodge at Markle, Masonic Lodge 145 at Bluffton, Scottish Rite at Fort Wayne
and was a cubmaster for the Markle Boy Scout troop from 1968 to 1969.
He served for 35 years as volunteer for the Markle Fire Department
and served a time as a member of the Markle Town Board.
Mr. Gearhart was a veteran of service with the U.S. Air Force.
He was born at Markle Aug. 31, 1919, a son of George William and Minnie
Mae Barnheisel Gearhart. His marriage in Uniondale on Nov. 20, 1941 was
to Martha Ake, who survives.
Surviving also are a son, Gregg of Markle; a daughter, Cindy Stoffel
of Roanoke; a sister, Wanda Schoeff of Tecumsch, Mich.; two brothers, Everett
Gearhart of Lima, Ohio, and Roscoe Gearhart of Fort Wayne; and four grandchildren.
Four brothers and three sisters are deceased.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Markle United Methodist
Church with Rev. Tim Dilley officiating. Interment will be in the Markle
Visitation hours at Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel will be Friday
from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church Saturday for one hour prior
Memorials to the church or to the North Eastern Family Hospice.
- Published Oct. 19, 2000
Mary Catherine Spangler, 79
Sister of Mrs. Thomas (Rosemary) Williams of Bluffton, Mary Catherine
Spangler, 79, of Decatur, died at 6:45 a.m. Thursday at Woodcrest Nursing
Center in Decatur.
She had worked as an abstractor for the G. Remy Bierly Abstract Co.
and the Schurger Abstract Co. in Decatur.
Miss Spangler was a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic
Church, Women of St. Mary’s, Catholic Ladies of Columbus, Guardian Angels
Study Club, 50-year member of Business & Professional Women’s Club,
Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Harvest House, and American Legion Post 43 Auxiliary.
She was born in Adams County Jan. 19, 1921 to Peter J. and Mary C.
In addition to the sister in Bluffton, she is survived by three nieces
and several nephews. A brother, Robert J. Spangler, is deceased.
Services at 10 a.m. Monday will be at St. Mary’s of the Assumption
Catholic Church in Decatur with Fr. John Gillig officiating. Burial will
be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Decatur.
Visitation hours at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur will
be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
A Rosary service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday and a prayer service
at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic School or to Masses. - Published
Oct. 20, 2000
Larry D. Stromberg, 51
Larry D. Stromberg, 51, a pharmacist/manager, died at 9 p.m. Thursday
at his home at 1425 Deerbook St. in Bluffton.
He was a pharmacist and manager for 23 years, which included employment
at Kroger and at Peyton’s Northern Distribution Center for 16 years.
He was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church and a resident of Wells
County for the past 16 years.
Mr. Stromberg was a 1972 graduate of North Dakota State University,
where he earned his pharmaceutical degree. He was a member of the Optimist
Club. He was a soccer coach and coached basketball at the PAL Club and
was leader in the grades 3 to 6 basketball program.
He was born in Minot, N.D., June 19, 1949 to Douglas and Caryl M. Johnson
Stromberg, both of whom survive and reside at Minot. His marriage at Gackle,
N.D., on Sept. 2, 1972 was to Susan K. Mayer, who survives also.
Other survivors are a son, Joshua S., at home; two daughters, Mrs.
Tyler (Jodi S.) Blevins of Fort Wayne, and Jamie L. Stromberg of Bluffton;
two brothers, Tom D. of Manhattan, Mont., and Danny D. of Minot; and three
sisters, Cheryl A. Moore and Mrs. Randy (Iona Rae) Gowin, both of Bismark,
N.D., and Mrs. Andy (Darla J.) Fimrite of Minot.
Services at 11 a.m. Monday will be at the Calvary Lutheran Church with
Rev. Otto Dorsch officiating. Burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Goodwin Memorial Chapel
and Monday at the church for one hour prior to services.
Memorials to the church. - Published Oct. 20, 2000
Margie Blevins, 88
Former longtime co-owner and operator with her husband of the Pennville
Northside Cafe in Pennville, Margie Blevins, 88, a resident of Millers
Merry Manor Nursing Center at Dunkirk, died early Friday afternoon at Caylor-Nickel
Medical Center in Bluffton.
Born March 1, 1912, in Wise County, Virginia, she was a daughter of
Charles and Eliza (Mooris) Moore. Her marriage was on Feb. 1, 1942, to
James C. Blevins, who preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1998.
Mrs. Blevins was a member of the Pennville American Legion Auxiliary.
Surviving are three sons, Ronald C. Blevins of Bluffton, Thomas L.
Blevins of Montpelier and J. Wayne Blevins of Pennville; three sisters,
Virgie Garrison of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Elise Miller and Velma
Wilson, both of Kingsport, Tenn.; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Calling will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Pennville Chapel of
the Williamson & Spencer Funeral home, where funeral services will
be at 11 a.m. Monday with Rev. Bob Heimach and Jeff Thayer officiating.
Burial will be in I.O.O.F. (Twin Hills) Cemetery east of Pennville.
- Published Oct. 14, 2000
Gay Lynn Huffman, 55
Gay Lynn Huffman, 55, who resided in Wells County on a Huntington rural
route, was injured fatally in an auto accident on St. Rd. 124 at 7:40 p.m.
She had been employed since 1982 in the pharmaceutical department of
Peyton’s Northern Distribution Center west of Bluffton.
Born in Fort Wayne, Mrs. Huffman had resided in Wells County all of
her life. She was a member of Boehmer United Methodist Church.
She was born Aug. 9, 1945 to Lewis J. and Juanita Morgan Walker. Her
marriage at Ossian on Oct. 19, 1963 was to Dwight “Ike” Huffman, who survives.
Her mother also survives and resides in Ossian.
Surviving also are three sons, Brent of Bluffton, Greg of Poneto and
Matt of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Donald Walker of Bluffton and Gary Walker
of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mrs. John (Donna) Freds of Huntington; and six
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt
& Chaney Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Humble officiating. Burial will
be in Mossburg Cemetery at Liberty Center.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Tuesday from 1 to 9 p.m.
Memorials to Boehmer United Methodist Church or to the American Diabetes
Association. - Published Oct. 16, 2000
Naomi L. Ringger, 90
Naomi L. Ringger, 90, died at 4:05 p.m. Saturday at her home on rural
She was a homemaker and a member of the Apostolic Christian Church.
She was born in Wells County Oct. 14, 1910, a daughter of Samuel and
Nettie Neuenschwander Gerber. He marriage at Bluffton on Aug. 28, 1938
was to Orville W. Ringger, who survives.
Other survivors are a son, Kent of Bluffton; a daughter, Mrs. Ned (Dixie)
Kipfer of Bluffton; a brother, Arthur Gerber of Berne; three sisters, Mrs.
Sylvia Frauhiger, Mrs. Raymond (Viola) Ringger and Mrs. Freida Steffen,
all of Bluffton; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. A daughter,
Diane Eisamann, is deceased.
Services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday will be at the Apostolic Christian Church
East with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the church
Visitation hours at Goodwin Memorial Chapel in Bluffton are today from
1 to 8 p.m. and at the church Tuesday for one hour prior to services.
Memorials to Christian Care Center or to Family Hospice of Northeast
Indiana. - Published Oct. 16, 2000
James H. Nussbaum, 73
Retired Adams County farmer James H. Nussbaum, 73, died Saturday at
his home in Monroe.
He also was a former Adams Central School bus driver for 42 years and
was a past president of the Monroe Lions Club.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce I.; his mother, Rosella Nussbaum of Berne;
two sons, Jan. E. of rural Monroe and Jed A. of rural Berne; a daughter,
Joni M. Lehman, of rural Geneva; a brother, Curtis of Monroe; a sister,
Corrine Lehman of rural Berne; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Monroe United Methodist
Church, with calling for one hour before services.
Calling also will be today from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Zwick &
Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur.
Burial will be in MRE Cemetery at Monroe. Memorials to Monroe United
Methodist Youth Mission Project or to College and Career Bible Fellowship.
- Published Oct. 16, 2000
Robert F. Kiser, 65
Robert F. Kiser, 65, of Decatur, died at 8 p.m. Saturday at Lutheran
Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he had been a patient since undergoing heart
surgery Tuesday, Oct. 10.
He was an employee of CTS in Berne since Oct. 22, 1963.
Mr. Kiser served in the U.S. Army in the 1950s and was a longtime coach
and umpire in the Little League baseball program.
He was born in Adams County Aug. 11, 1935 to Kenneth L. and Clara L.
Urick Kiser. His marriage at Decatur on June 25, 1960 was to Lorraine Haugk,
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Timothy A. of
Goose Creek, S.C., and Todd A. of Decatur; two daughters, Mrs. John (Tina
A.) Bodner of Ossian and Teresa A. Kiser, at home; three brothers, Kenneth
D. of Fort Wayne, Vernon L. of Ukiah, Calif., and Richard P. of Bluffton;
two sisters, Mrs. Alfred Louis (Norma J.) Dellinger of Fort Wayne and Mrs.
John “Monty” (Phyllis A.) Heller of Decatur; and three grandchildren. A
sister is deceased.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home
in Decatur, where visitation hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m.
Rev. John Fuchs will officiate and burial will be in Decatur Cemetery,
where Adams Post 43 color guard will perform graveside military rites.
Memorials to Decatur Little League or to donor’s choice. -
Published Oct. 16, 2000
Vilaf F. Starkey, 75 -- Rites Pending
Vilaf F. Starkey, 75, died Sunday evening at Caylor-Nickel Medical
Center. His wife survives. Arrangements are pending at Goodwin Memorial
Chapel. - Published Oct. 16, 2000
Carl ‘Blackie’ Braden Jr., 79
A native of Bluffton, Carl “Blackie” Braden Jr., 79, of Martinsville,
died Friday at Vencor South in Greenwood.
He was a teacher and basketball coach at Pinnell High School in Lebanon,
Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Warren Central High School and Southport
High School. He also was the assistant principal at Southport High School
Mr. Braden was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as
a director and was serving as director emeritus.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara J.; two sons, Barton Kemp of Indianapolis
and Bradford Carl of Baltimore; a brother, Harold of Fort Wayne; and two
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Lawn-Wilson Street Pierre
Funeral Home in Greenwood, where calling will be for two hours prior to
Entombment will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
Memorials to the Indiana Basketball Hame of Fame in New Castle.
- Published Oct. 16, 2000
Clifton E. Ross, 54
Clifton E. Ross, 54, stepfather of John L. Ebright of Bluffton, died
Saturday at his home in Decatur.
He was a machinist at Precision Machine at Decatur for 12 years.
He also was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.
Surviving, in addition to the Bluffton stepson, are a stepdaughter,
Peggy L. Ebright of Decatur; another stepson, William L. Ebright of Decatur;
and two brothers, Robert L. “Bud” Ross of Wren, Ohio, and Wallace M. “Howard”
Ross of Mena, Ark.
Services will be at 8 p.m. today at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home
in Decatur, with calling two hours prior to services. Burial will be in
Riverside Cemetery at Geneva.
Memorials to Family Hospice. - Published Oct. 16, 2000
Vilas F. Starkey, 75
Vilas F. Starkey, 75, who resided at 734 McArthur Dr., died at 7:19
p.m. Sunday at Caylor-Nickel Medical Center.
He was a truck driver for Cassens Transport for 35 years at Belvidere,
Ill. He was an avid Packer fan, and engaged in hunting and fishing.
He was born in Richland County, Wis., May 4, 1925, a son of Faye and
Lenore Hannewell Starkey. His marriage in Vernon County, Wis., on Nov.
22, 1950, was to Avis J. Zitzner, who survives.
Surviving also are three sons, Rick Groom of Prairie Duchien, Wis.,
Philip Starkey of Bluffton and Paul Starkey of Ossian; three daughters,
Mrs. James (Debra) Keller of Mercer, Wis., Mrs. Mark (Donna) Steinke and
Mrs. Chris (Edna) Dodge, both of Janesville, Wis.; two brothers, Garland
and Carl Starkey, both residing in Wisconsin; 14 grandchildren; and three
Services will be at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel
with Rev. Stan Hoover officiating.
Visitation hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 6 p.m.
until time for services. - Published Oct. 17, 2000
Melville C. Blumenhorst, 84 -- Rites Pending
Melville C. Blumenhorst, 84, died at 9:20 p.m. Monday at Meadowvale
Care Center in Bluffton. Arrangements are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes,
Walker Chapel, in Montpelier. - Published Oct. 17, 2000
Virginia A. Burke, 85
Virginia A. Burke, 85, an Adams County native, died at 9:10 a.m. Saturday
at Swiss Village in Berne.
She was a former employee at Berco Co., at Swiss Village and also served
as a volunteer at Swiss Village. Her hobbies included quilting and reading.
She was born May 17, 1915, to Jesse and Elizabeth Campbell Callihan.
Her marriage in Adams County on April 1, 1934 was to Herman Burke, who
died Nov. 1, 1999.
Surviving are three sons, Fred of Fort Wayne, William of Huntington
and Don of Berne; three daughters, Mrs. Norman (Elizabeth) Koons of Decatur,
Mrs. Philip (Sue) Wulliman of Berne and Mrs. Roger (Gretchen) Lautzenheiser
of Terre Haute; a sister, Mary Ellen Bauman of Geneva; 16 grandchildren
and 28 great-grandchildren. Three sisters and two grandchildren are deceased.
Services were at 10:30 a.m. today at the Swiss Village Chapel with
Rev. Craig Maven and Chaplain Anita Rediger officiating. Burial was to
be in MRE Cemetery at Berne.
Memorials to Swiss Village Endowment Fund of to First Mennonite Church
Missions. - Published Oct. 17, 2000
William W. Maddox Sr., 95
Father of Jean Riggs of Poneto, William “Bill” W. Maddox, 95, of Hartford
City, died Sunday at Blackford County Hospital in Hartford City.
A lifetime resident of Blackford County, he was a grain and poultry
farmer in both Blackford and Grant Counties.
Surviving are his wife, Mary; four other daughters, Mary E. Gunter
of Portland, Margaret A. Oyler of Hartford City, Joyce M. Jenkins of South
Bend and Linda “Lou” Stroup of Goshen; four sons, Kenneth D. and Chuck
D., both of Hartford City, Don W. of Endicott, N.Y., and Larry D. of Upland;
26 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 9 stepgreat-grandchildren;
and 10 stepgreat-great-grandchildren. A son, William W. Jr., died in 1979.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Keplinger Funeral Home in Hartford
City, where calling hours will be Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m.
and Thursday starting at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Hartford City Cemetery.
Memorials to Indiana Ronald McDonald House or to Riley Hospital Research
for Children, both in Indianapolis. - Published Oct. 17, 2000