|Susie E. Burns, 94
Susie E. Burns, 94, of Bluffton, died at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ossian
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
She was born in Robert County, South Dakota, Jan. 24, 1907 to Herbert
and Cora L. Robbins Mussetter. Her marriage at Browns Valley, Minn., on
Sept. 15, 1926 was to Edmund T. Burns, who died July 14, 1991.
Surviving are three sons, Virgil J. of Ossian, Edmund C. of Romeo,
Mich., and Ronald T. of Poneto; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Stein of South
Dakota and Mrs. Lillian Yates of Bluffton; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren;
and one great-great-grandchild. A son, Merlin J., died in 1991.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church
with Father Larry Kramer officiating. Burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery.
Visitation hours at Goodwin Memorial Chapel will be Thursday from 2
to 9 p.m. and at the church Friday for one hour prior to services.
A prayer vigil will be conducted at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Goodwin
Memorials to the church’s building fund. - Published Mar 7,
Gerald E. DeBolt, 74
Gerald E. DeBolt, 74, of Markle, died Monday at Highlands Hospital
in Sebring, Fla.
He was an inspector on the motor line at International Harvester for
34 1/2 years, retiring in 1980.
Mr. DeBolt was born at Berne Sept. 24, 1926. He was a member of the
Church of Christ at Markle.
Surviving are his wife, Marjorie F.; two daughters, Tonya Cossairt
of Markle and Wanda Frantz, wife of Bluffton Police Chief Bob Frantz; four
sons, Eugene DeBolt of Battle Creek, Mich., Gary A. Myers of Decatur, Westly
DeBolt of Hagerstown and Jerry DeBolt of Churubusco; two brothers, Marion
L. DeBolt of Decatur and Floyd Wayne DeBolt of Bluffton; 16 grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Markle Church of Christ
and burial will be in the Hoverstock Cemetery at Zanesville.
Calling hours at Elzey & Haggard Funeral Home at Ossian will be
Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church Saturday for one hour
prior to services. - Published Mar 7, 2000
Harold L. Shepherd, 56
Harold L. Shepherd, 56, of Connersville, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday at
Meadowvale Care Center, where he had resided since July 2000.
He was born at Hazard, Ky., and had resided at Connersville for 20
A son of the late Bazle and Hettie M. Tipton Shepherd, he was born
June 2, 1944. He never married.
Surviving are sister, Mrs. Antonio (Nannie) Quinones of Bluffton, and
three brothers, Bazle Shepherd Jr. and Wilson Shepherd, both of Bluffton,
and Felix Shepherd of Mera Mar, Fla.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel and
burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Bluffton.
Visitation hours at the Goodwin Chapel will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Memorials to the family. - Published Mar 8, 2000
Guinivere M. ‘Sally’ Bute, 87
A native of Bluffton, Guinivere M. “Sally” Bute, 87, died Wednesday
at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding, Ohio.
She retired in 1996 as office manager at Culligan Water Conditioning
Surviving are her husband, W. Glen; two daughters, Beth Bute of Jackson,
Mich., and Kathy Messick of Fort Wayne; a son, Alan of Payne, Ohio; two
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Services at 10 a.m. Saturday will. be at St. Joseph Catholic Church
in Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery at Paulding.
Calling hours at DenHerder Funeral Home in Paulding will be Friday
from 2 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary service at 7 p.m.
Memorials to Paulding County Area Visiting Nurses Association.
- Published Mar 8, 2000
David B. McCracken, 66
Father of Virginia Vogel of Bluffton, David B. McCracken, 66, of Fort
Wayne, died Thursday in Fort Wayne.
He was the owner and director of McCracken Camps for 39 years.
Mr. McCracken was a member and Sunday school teacher at Grace Presbyterian
Church, member of American Camping Association, named Paul Harris Fellow
in Rotary and was presented the God & Service Award by the Girl Scouts
of America and the Presbyterian Church.
Born in Muncie, he is survived, in addition to the daughter in Bluffton,
by his wife, Louise; two other daughters, Cathy German and Mary Tyndall,
both of Fort Wayne; and seven grandchildren.
Services at 11 a.m. Monday will be at First Presbyterian Church, 300
West Wayne St., Fort Wayne.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m at D.O. McComb
& Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne,
and Monday at the church for one hour prior to services. Burial will be
at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at Hall, Ind.
Memorials to David B. McCracken Camp Scholarship, to Grace Presbyterian
Church or to Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. -
Published Mar 2, 2000
Frieda M. Williamson, 72
Frieda M. Williamson, 72, of Decatur, died at 5:31 p.m. Wednesday at
Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur following an extended illness.
She retired in 1988 from NIPSCO after 361ò2 years and was a
former officer of NIPSCO Credit Union.
She was a member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Decatur
and the United Methodist Women, Decatur Christian Women Club and a former
volunteer at Adams County Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Adams County June 25, 1928 to Lawrence L. and Glenn
I. Grover Williamson. She never married.
Surviving are two brothers, DeWitt Williamson of Centerberg, Ohio,
and Nile Williamson of Decatur. A sister and two brothers are deceased.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home
in Decatur with Rev. James M. Patch officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn
Cemetery at Warren.
Visitation hours at the funeral home will be Saturday from 2 to 4 and
6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until time for services.
Memorials to Union Chapel United Methodist Church, to Arthritis Foundation,
or to donor’s choice. - Published Mar 2, 2000
Olen A. Murchland, 88
Olen A. “Tony” Murchland, 88, of Fort Wayne, brother of Eugene Murchland
of Ossian, died Thursday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He retired in 1979 as a repairman from Fruehauf Trailer Co. after 37
Surviving, in addition to the brother in Ossian, are three daughters,
Carole Waltmire of Decatur, Katherine Essex of North Canton, Ohio, and
Barbara Murchland of Fort Wayne; a son, John of Fort Wayne; another brother,
William of Parowan, Utah; three sisters, Edith Siders of Florida, Glenna
Murchland of Fort Wayne and Jean Renier of Monroeville; seven grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren.
His wife, Ruth M., died in 1973, and a son, Paul, died in 1943.
Services at 11 a.m. Saturday will be at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster
Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., where calling hours are today from
2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery.
Memorials to American Lung Association or to American Heart Association.
- Published Mar 2, 2000
Sue Colson Skinner, 52
Sue Colson Skinner, 52, of Bluffton, died at 4:25 a.m. Saturday at
Caylor-Nickel Medical Center. She had been in failing health one and one-half
She was a partner with her mother, Martha Colson, in the Kitchen Witch
Gift Store until they closed the business.
Mrs. Skinner, who was born in Bluffton, was a 1967 graduate of Paris,
Ill., High School and attended Southern Illinois University. She returned
to Bluffton in 1974.
She was a past treasurer of Tri Kappa Sorority and served as chairman
in 1981 of the Tri Kappa Follies. She was named in 1982 as Tri Kappa of
the Year for her many fundraising projects for the sorority. She was a
member also of First Presbyterian Church.
She was born Sept. 25, 1948 in Bluffton to U. Gordon and Martha Cline
Colson. Her father died in 1986. Her marriage in Paris, Ill., on April
25, 1970 was to Donald K. Skinner, who survives also.
Other survivors are a son, G. Scott Skinner of Bluffton; a daughter,
Sara E. Skinner of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. John (Anne) Meo of
Sarasota, Fla.; and an uncle, William L. Cline of Bluffton. She was preceded
in death by a son, Robert W. Skinner, in 1976
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church
with Rev. Robert Heimach officiating. Burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery.
Calling hours at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home are today
from 2 to 8 p.m. A Tri Kappa service will be conducted at 8 p.m. The body
will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service Tuesday.
Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Wells County Foundation.
- Published Mar 5, 2000
Russel Jauregui, 82
Russel Jauregui, 82, of rural Decatur and Corning Glass Co. retiree,
died Saturday in Decatur.
Mr. Jauregui retired in 1983 after 17 years with Corning Glass..
He was a veteran of U.S. Navy service in the South Pacific during World
War II and was a member of American Legion Post 111 and St. Mary of the
Assumption Catholic Church.
He was born in Renfro, Okla., Oct. 8, 1918 to Simon and Apalonia Conde
Jauregui. His marriage on Nov. 23, 1938 was to Ruth I. Blount, who survives.
Surviving also are a son, Russel “Sonny” Jauregui of Decatur; a daughter,
Mrs. Jerry (Mariane) Tharp of Decatur; a brother, Michael Jauregui of Ossian;
12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A daughter, Nancy Lambert, a brother, a sister and a great-grandson are
A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Haggard &
Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial
at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church with Father John
Gillig as the officiant.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Decatur with military
graveside rites by American Legion Post 111.
Visitation hours at the funeral home are today from 4 to 9 p.m. A Rosary
service will be conducted at 8 p.m.
Memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.
- Published Mar 5, 2000
Juanita Faye Lindemann, 94
A former Bluffton business woman, Juanita Faye Lindemann, 94, of South
Whitley, died at 8:06 p.m. Friday in Whitley Memorial Hospital in Columbia
She formerly owned and operated in Bluffton the Jack & Jill Children’s
Clothing Store and later was employed as a sales clerk for Sears &
She was born in Wells County July 22, 1906 to Delbert and Ivah Shady
and completed her education in the Craigville School. She was a member
of the Collamer Christian Church.
Her marriage near Tocsin in 1926 was to Ralph J. Lindemann. The couple
resided in Fort Wayne and in 1965 moved to South Whitley. Mr. Lindemann
died Nov. 11, 1975.
Surviving are a daughter, Joyce C. Nestel of South Whitley; a sister,
Mrs. Violet Albertson of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Five sisters are deceased.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith and Sons Miller Chapel
in South Whitley with Pastor David Wagner officiating.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the services.
Memorials to the Collamer Christian Church. - Published
Mar 5, 2000
Mildred L. Kemplen, 45
Mildred L. Kemplen, 45, of Montpelier, died at 2:55 a.m. Sunday at
St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was a homemaker and member of the Ladies Lift at the Olive Branch
Church of the Nazarene in rural Hartford City. She was a graduate in 1973
at Clinton County High School at Albany, Ky.
She was born in Burksville, Ky., June 14, 1955, to Love B. and Maude
Gilbert Brown. Her marriage at Birdstown, Tenn., on May 12, 1972 was to
Wendell L. Kemplen, who survives. Her parents and a foster daughter are
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two adopted sisters, Karen
Tarr of Montpelier and Rebecca Pauley of Hartford City, and her adopted
parents, Jack and Phyllis Speece.
Visitation hours at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel, in Montpelier,
will be Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. with a services there at 7 p.m. with Rev.
Jessie Klingaman officiating.
Burial will be at Cave Springs Cemetery at Albany, Ky., with arrangements
there pending at the Stephen M. Talbott Funeral Home in Albany, Ky.
Memorials to the family’s funeral expenses. - Published
Mar 5, 2000
Carl G. Beitler, 82
Father of Karen Beitler of Bluffton, Carl G. “Pappy” Beitler, 82, died
Saturday at his home in Decatur.
He was born in Mercer County, Ohio, and was retired from Decatur Casting.
In addition to the daughter in Bluffton, he is survived by five sons,
Jerry and Ed, both of New Haven, Ronald and Brian, both of Decatur, and
Mike of Fort Wayne; another daughter, Marlene Beitler of New Haven; two
stepdaughters, Gloria Gonzales and Tammy Neilands, both of Fort Wayne;
a brother, Alford of Geneva; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday will be at Haggard & Sefton Funeral
Home in Decatur, where calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6
to 8 p.m. Moose Lodge memorial services will be at 6 p.m. and Redmen’s
services at 8 p.m.
Burial will be in MRE Cemetery at Berne. Memorials to Moose Heart.
- Published Mar 5, 2000
Clark J. DeWalt, 84
Clark J. DeWalt, 84, of Fort Wayne, died Friday at Riverbend Health
Born in Huntington County, he retired in 1978 from farming and was
a school bus driver for 26 years in Wells County.
His wife, Verdella M., died in 1996.
Surviving are two daughters, Marjorie Viehland of St. Louis and Carolyn
A. Egolf of Fort Wayne; a sister, Helen Smuts of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren;
and a great-grandchild.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Elzey & Haggard Home for
Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Rd., Fort Wayne, where calling hours are today
from 4 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery in Wells County.
Memorials to Prospect United Methodist Church or to Heartland Hospice.
- Published Mar 5, 2000
Margaret A. Gephart, 73
Margaret A. Gephart, 73, a Franklin Electric retiree, died at 5:50
p.m. Monday at her residence at 328 West Central Ave. She had been ill
two and one-half weeks.
Mrs. Gephart retired in 1985 after 37 years from Franklin Electric
Co. in Bluffton. After retirement, she and her late husband, Joseph, moved
to North Webster, where they lived for 15 years. Mrs. Gephart moved back
to Bluffton the past July.
She was active in a number of organizations in the North Webster area
and was a member of the First Church of Christ in Bluffton.
She was born in Wells County Dec. 8, 1927 to LaRoy and Eunice Mosure
Cobbum. Her marriage at Poneto on July 30, 1948 was to Joseph Gephart,
who died Oct. 15, 1990.
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth W. and Gary L., both of Bluffton; two
sisters, Mrs. Jack (Jayne) Schoeff and Mrs. Bertha Jones, both of Bluffton;
five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Two brothers are deceased.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt &
Chaney Funeral Home with Larry Sprinkle officiating. Burial will be in
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m.
and Thursday for one hour prior to services.
Memorials to Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana. -
Published Mar 6, 2000
Ralph E. “Hoop” Widner, 85
A former resident of Warren, Ralph E. “Hoop” Widner, 85, died at 2:30
p.. Monday at Markle Health Care.
Born Oct. 24, 1915 in Pulaski County to William J. and Mary E. Winters
Widner, he was employed by the Indiana State Highway Department until his
retirement in 1980.
Survivors include two sisters, Sattie Sisson of Delphi and Bonnie Whittecar
of Lagrange, plus several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death
by five brothers and five sisters.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grant Memorial
Park in Marion.
Funeral arrangements are through Glancy Funeral Homes — H. Brown &
Sons Chapel in Warren. Preferred memorials to Markle Health Care.
- Published Mar 6, 2000
Fannie M. Hanson, 79
Mother of Jeanette M. Dickey of Ossian, Fannie M. Hanson, 79, of Muncie,
died Sunday afternoon at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie following an
A native of Muncie, she was the daughter of Erskine E. and Scyleesa
Lucas Holt. She attended Muncie Central High School and retired in 1987
after 15 years at Warner Gear (now Borg-Warner).
She moved in 1955 to Marshfield, Mich., returning to Muncie in 1967.
She attended the Full Gospel Temple and was a member of the Muncie Women
of the Moose and the Warner Gear Sympathy Club.
Surviving, in addition to the daughter at Ossian, are two other daughters,
Lois Vlaskamp of Bloomfield, Ind., and Toni Drammeh of Lincoln, Neb.; three
sisters, Katherine Satterfield of Muncie, Clara Busby of Jacksonville,
Fla., and Dorothy Habben of Yorktown; one brother, Fred L. Holt of Muncie;
nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Richard C., four sisters and three brothers are deceased.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Parson Mortuary in Muncie with
Pastor Denny Helton officiating. Burial will be in Lawndale Cemetery in
Ridgeville. Visitation hours are today from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday prior
to services. - Published Mar 6, 2000
Joseph William Corn, 71
A funeral service and burial were held Feb. 27 in Albany, Ga., for
Joseph William “Joe” Corn, 71, who died Feb. 23 at his residence in Albany.
He was an apartment manager for Pointe North Apartments and had lived
in Albany for the past 18 years, moving from Lake Wales, Fla. He was a
50-year member of Masonic Lodge 100 at Homestead, Fla., member of the Covenant
Presbyterian Church and a volunteer for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
He also had served in the National Guard.
Surviving are his wife, Pat; three daughters, Cindy Knauss of Orlando,
Fla., Alline Moorehead of San Francisco, Calif., and Jenny Blackburn of
Albany; a son, Keith of Fayetteville, N.C.; two brothers, Rev. Jack Corn
of Sebring, Fla., and James Corn of Fort Wayne; a sister, Joyce Hadley
of Sebring; and five grandchildren. Memorials to Albany Community Hospice
or to Covenant Presbyterian Church. - Published Mar 6, 2000