|Helen Hofstetter, 90
A former cook at two restaurants in Berne and former co-owner of a
Geneva auto agency, Helen Hofstetter, 90, died Tuesday at Chalet Village
in Berne. - Published Mar 28, 2001
Born in Geneva, she was a cook at Parkway and Palmer House in Berne
for 20 years and was co-owner for 25 years at Geneva of Hofstetter Motor
Sales. Her husband, Walter, died in 1992.
Surviving are a son, Robert of Berne; a daughter, Susann Baker of Berne;
a stepson, Keith Hofstetter of Geneva; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren;
and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Downing Funeral Home in Geneva
and burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery at Geneva.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday for one
hour prior to services. Memorials to Cross United Church of Christ in Berne
or to Gideon Society. - Published Mar 28, 2001
Amy Elizabeth Stout, 27
Amy Elizabeth Stout, 27, of 810 Avondale Dr., died at 6:55 a.m. Wednesday
at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
She was employed as a prep cook at the Corner Depot and formerly at
the Dutch Mill restaurant.
A native of Wells County, she was born July 24, 1973 in Bluffton to
Hobert C. and Carolyn S. Sills Stout, both of whom survive.
Miss Stout was a 1992 graduate of Norwell High School.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are two brothers, Daniel L.
Tarr of Bluffton and Dale L. Tarr of Fort Wayne, and an aunt, Connie Sills
A private family graveside service will be held at Mossburg Cemetery
with Larry Sprinkle officiating. Viewing will be private. Memorials to
Goodwin Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. - Published
Mar 29, 2001
Sharon L. Wall, 69
Sharon L. Wall, 69, of Hartford City, died at 7:50 a.m. Thursday at
Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.
Mrs. Wall retired in 1991 from Sheller Globe Corp. in Montpelier after
many years of employment. She had been a lifetime resident of the Montpelier
and Hartford City areas. She was born in Hartford City July 25, 1931 and
was married at Coldwater, Mich., on May 21, 1954 to Chester “Chet” L. Wall,
who died March 28, 1990. Her parents, Kenneth Richard Ort and Treva Weaver
Ort Neff, are deceased also.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Montpelier.
Surviving are a son, Gregory J. Wall of Hartford City; two brothers,
Wallis N. Ort of Hartford City and Richard V. Ort of Nashville, Tenn.;
and two grandsons.
Services at 2 p.m. Sunday will be at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel,
in Montpelier, where calling hours will be Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Rev. Steve Gray will officiate and burial will be in Brookside Memorial
Park at Montpelier. Memorials to the Montpelier-Harrison Township Cancer
Society. - Published Mar 30, 2001
Beulah N. Murray, 73
Mother of Frederica DeBolt of Poneto, Beulah N. Murray, 73, of Lake
City, Mich., died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac, Mich. She was
born in Redkey, Ind., June 25, 1927 to Carl Russell and Mamie Joseph.
Surviving, in addition to the daughter at Poneto, are two sons, Russell
Earl Murray of Decatur and Timothy Murray of Lake City; a sister, Bertha
Reber of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Young Funeral Home in Lake City
with Rev. Edrye Eastman Sealey officiating. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery.
Visitation hours are today from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorials to donor’s
choice. - Published Mar 30, 2001
Walter ‘Bud’ Schindler, 85
Retired Indiana State Police detective and former Bluffton insurance
agent, Walter “Bud” Schindler, 85, of Delaware, Ohio, died at 11:52 a.m.
Thursday at Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware.
Mr. Schindler was a former resident of Berne and served from 1942 to
1966 as a state trooper and subsequently as a state police detective. After
retirement from the law enforcement agency, he became engaged as an insurance
representative with the Business Men’s Assurance office in Bluffton. He
was a member of the First Missionary Church at Berne.
He was born in Adams County Dec. 13, 1915 to Amos and Sarah Winteregg
Schindler. His wife, Geraldine “Gerri,” to whom he was married on Nov.
23, 1938, died in 1995.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Don (Anita) Dyck of Delaware, Ohio,
and Mrs. Steve (Nan) Habegger of Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister, Edith Crumpton
of Ridgeway, S.C.; a brother, Clarence Schindler of Statesville, N.C.;
four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers and three
sisters are deceased.
Services at 2 p.m. Sunday will be at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home
in Berne with Rev. Robert Dye officiating. Burial will be in MRE Cemetery.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. and
Sunday for one hour prior to services. Memorials to Miracle Hill Ministries
in Greenville, S.C. - Published Mar 30, 2001
Ruth Hoover Finney, 98
A retired Ossian teacher, Ruth Hoover Finney, 98, died Sunday at Golden
Years of Fort Wayne.
She taught for 25 years in the Ossian Elementary School, retiring in
She was a member of the Emerald Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star
and the Sargasso in Ossian and a Red Cross volunteer in Wells County for
She was born in Milltown March 27, 1902 to Charles Albert and Bessie
Holland Hostetter. A first marriage was to Nelia Hoover, who died in 1935;
her second marriage was to Alfred Finney, who died in 1973.
Surviving are a son, David Hoover of New Albany; two daughters, Patricia
Sheets and Bessie Bea Schannen, both of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren;
and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Elzey & Haggard Funeral
Home in Ossian, where calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to
8 p.m. and Wednesday for one hour prior to services. Burial will be in
Oak Lawn Cemetery at Ossian.
Memorials to the Ossian Presbyterian Church.Edith Marie Pace, 61
Edith Marie Pace, 61, a certified food services supervisor, and a resident
of 1304 West Washington St., died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bluffton Regional
Medical Center of congestive heart failure. She had been in ill health
the past four years.
Mrs. Pace, a 1957 graduate of Bluffton High School, completed a one-year
course at Ivy Tech to become a certified food services supervisor.
She worked at the former Davis Nursing Home on Clark Ave. in Bluffton
for 18 1/2 years, retiring in 1990. In addition to her food services responsibilities
there, she was a Qualified Medical Assistant (QMA) and worked short periods
of time at Markle Health Care and at a Huntington nursing home.
She was born in Whitley County Sept. 21, 1939 to Robert S. and I. Helen
Surviving are a son, Rolland Dean Jines of Fort Wayne; a daughter,
Mrs. Tina Marie Miller of Poneto; a brother, Robert Davis of Fort Wayne;
two sisters, Mrs. Anna Beth Music of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Irene Sue Goodman
of Parker City; and four grandchildren. A sister, Margaret Davis, died
Calling hours at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home will
be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The body will be cremated after calling hours
and interment will be in Mossburg Cemetery at Liberty Center.
A memorial service will be conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. at the funeral
home. Memorials to the Diabetes Association or to the Heart Association.
- Published Mar 26, 2001
Frederic E. Divelbiss, 88
Frederic E. Divelbiss, 88, formerly of Huntington, died at 9:15 a.m.
Saturday at the United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren.
He was a tool and die maker for General Electric for 31 years retiring
Mr. Divelbiss was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in
Huntington for more than 60 years and 1932 graduate of Markle High School.
He was a member also of Amity Masonic Lodge 483 and the Fort Wayne Scottish
Rite and served in the DeMolay for 20 years at local and state levels.
He was born in Huntington County July 29, 1912 to Harry and Elsie Elick
Divelbiss. His marriage at Markle on Nov. 2, 1934 was to Olive J. Pence,
who died Oct. 15, 1985.
Surviving are two sons, Ronald E. of Leo and Steven F. of Huntington;
a sister, Mrs. George (Leah) Gearhart of Fort Wayne; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington
Chapel. Interment will be in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Huntington
County. Visitation hours at the funeral home are today from 2 to 4 and
6 to 8 p.m.. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. today.
Memorials to the donor’s choice. - Published Mar 26, 2001
Nancy J. Heffelmire, 77
Mother of Lewis Heffelmire of Bluffton, Nancy J. Heffelmire, 77, of
Tipton, died at 8:40 p.m. Saturday at Miller’s Marry Manor in Tipton.
She was a registered nurse and had worked at Tipton County Memorial
Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo, Caylor-Nickel Clinic in Bluffton,
and Jay County Memorial Hospital in Portland before retiring in 1984.
She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church at Tipton.
She was born at Kokomo Aug. 31, 1923 to George Dewey and Fannie Thomas
Beatty. Her marriage on March 27, 1948 was to Raymond H. Heffelmire, who
died March 2, 2001.
Surviving, in addition to the son in Bluffton, are a daughter, Sarah
Heffelmire of Anderson; another son, Dan Heffelmire of Pleasant Plains,
Ill; two brothers, Richard Beatty of Auburn and Charles Beatty of Gainesville,
Fla; two sisters, Helen Hiat of Richardson, Texas, and Mary Rose Butterfield
of Plano, Texas; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition, a daughter, Carolyn, died in 1995 and Nancy and Raymond
raised her daughter, Dawn Tillet, who now resides in Jacksonville, Fla.
A brother also is deceased.
Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday will be at Emanuel Lutheran Church in
Tipton with Rev. Kurt Gremel officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery
at Tipton. Viewing hours at Young-Nichols Funeral Home in Tipton will be
Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church Wednesday for one
hour prior to services.Bernis Elzey, 91
Bernis Elzey, 91, of Berne, died Sunday at Adams County Memorial Hospital
She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
She was born in Saybrook, Ill., Nov. 12, 1909 to Fred and Edith Crawford
Blum. Her marriage was to Gerald Elzey, who died in 1981.
Surviving are a son, Jan, Elzey of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter, Jill
Elzey of Berne; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A brother
and sister are deceased.
Services at Trinity United Methodist Church will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday
with Rev. Don Wilks officiating. Burial will be in MRE Cemetery at Berne.
Visitation hours at the Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne will
be Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday at the church for one hour prior
to services. Memorials to the church. - Published Mar 26, 2001
Lois E. Bedford, 67
Lois E. Bedford, 67, of Linn Grove, died at 8:35 a.m. Sunday at her
She worked at Dunbar Furniture in Berne for several years, served as
a van driver for the Christian Mission Fellowship School and was a volunteer
at the Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne.
In addition, she engaged in racing stock cars in Florida.
She was born in Detroit, Mich., Dec. 29, 1933 to Harold T. and Elinor
M. McCammon Beattie. Her mother survives and resides in Berne.
Other survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Terry (Dawn) Wanner and Mrs.
Fred (Janice) Smith, both of Geneva, Mrs. Dan (Laura) Hockin of Berne and
Ms. Joann Bedford Thornton of Estill Spring, Tenn.; a brother, Larry Beattie
of Flacklick, Ky.; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the West Missionary Church
in Berne with Minister Maynard Nisly officiating. Burial will be in Studebaker
Cemetery at Geneva.
Visitation hours at Downing Funeral Home in Geneva will be Tuesday
from 2 to 9 p.m. and at the church Wednesday for one hour prior to services.
Memorials to Christian Mission Church School in Geneva. -
Published Mar 26, 2001
Robert M. Mills, 82
A retired dairy farmer and native of Wells County, Robert M. Mills,
82, died March 23 at Venice, Fla.
He was in management of Greenview and Fairways of Capri Isles Condominums
at Venice. He was a featured Dairy Herd Improvement Award winner by Prairie
Farmer magazine, secretary and board member of the former Allen Dairy and
a seven-gallon blood donor.
He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
at Venice. He was born in Wells County Feb. 13, 1919.
Surviving are three daughters, Wilma Johannson of Grand Rapids, Mich.,
Mary Lou Krick of Fort Wayne and Jeanette Humphries of Kenton, Ohio; three
sons, R. Michael of Harrisburg, Pa., Fred of Venice and John of Bluffton;
a brother, Wayne S. of Bluffton; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
The body is to cremated.
Services are to be announced for a future date. - Published
Mar 26, 2001
Cleo S. Harrold, 74
Cleo S. Harrold, 74, of Montpelier, who had served in a number of law
enforcement positions, died at 1:40 p.m. Friday at his home.
He served as police officer and as chief of police at Montpelier and
had been fire chief. He also served a time as town marshal at Eaton and
as a Delaware County deputy sheriff.
Mr. Harrold was director of civil defense for Blackford County and
served two terms as treasurer of the Indiana Civil Defense. In 1996, he
was named Volunteer of the Year for the City of Montpelier. He attended
the First Baptist Church at Montpelier.
He was born in Roll Oct. 11, 1926, the son of Sherman and Victoria
Drabenstott Harrold. His marriage in Hartford City on Aug. 23, 1944 was
to Betty Roberts, who survives. He was a 1944 graduate of Chester Center
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons, David and Donnie,
both of Montpelier, and Michael of Augusta, Ga.; three daughters, Mrs.
William (Connie) Wyatt of Warren, Candy Irelan of Montpelier and Mrs. Todd
(Betty) Shady of Bluffton; 24 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.
Two sons, Daniel and Dennis; a daughter, Sandra Harrold; two brothers;
a sister; and three great-grandchildren are deceased.
Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Waters Funeral
Home in Hartford City with Rev. Frank Rodgers officiating. Burial will
be in Brookside Cemetery at Montpelier.
Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 2 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday
after 9 a.m.
Memorials to the Montpelier Fire Department or to the Blackford County
Civil Defense/EMA. - Published Mar 26, 2001
James P. Johnson, 40
James P. Johnson, 40, who resided at 1028 West South St., died suddenly
at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
He was an employee in the maintenance department at Sterling Casting
for 22 years.
He was born in Bluffton July 9, 1960 to James and Patty Miller Johnson,
both of whom survive. His marriage at Bluffton on Dec. 9, 1983 was to Mary
Jo Arnold, who survives also.
Other survivors are a daughter, Adia Johnson, and a son, Chad Johnson,
both of Bluffton; two brothers, Jeffrey L. Johnson of Syracuse, Ind., and
Kevin S. Johnson of Uniondale; and three sisters, Cathy Johnson and Rhonda
Johnson, both of Bluffton, and Shirley Johnson of Tucson, Ariz.
Services at 10 a.m. Thursday will be at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney
Funeral Home with Rev. James Poling officiating. Burial will be in Fairview
Visitation hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 2 to 8
p.m. and Thursday for one hour prior to services. Memorials to the family.
- Published Mar 27, 2001
Dale D. Bird, 68
Father of Douglas D. Bird of Ossian, Dale D. Bird, 68, of Fort Wayne,
died Monday at Parkview Hospital.
Born in Paulding, Ohio, he retired from Zollner Corp. after 20 years.
Surviving, in addition to the son at Ossian, are his wife, Norma L.;
three other sons, Jerry D. of Saint Joe, and Lester E. and Lynn D., both
of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Karen S. Palmer of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren;
eight great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and a stepgreat-grandchild.
Services at 11 a.m. Thursday will be at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood
Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Covington
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 2 to 5 and
7 to 9 p.m. Memorials to New Haven EMS. - Published Mar 27, 2001
Richard O. McIntire, 84
Richard O. McIntire, 84, a farmer and retired Marion factory worker,
died at 2:35 p.m. Thursday at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Mr. McIntire,
who resided in rural Warren, retired in 1979 from Dana Corp., where he
had worked 23 years. He also had engaged in farming in Huntington County
most of his life. He was a veteran of U.S. Army service during World War
II, from July 15, 1941 to June 23, 1945, seeing action in the European
Theater Campaign with the 3rd Armored Division, 1st Army. Mr. McIntire
was a 1935 graduate of Chester Center High School. He was born in Jackson
Township, Well County, July 18, 1917 to Charles A. and Edna Byall McIntire.
His marriage at Hartford City on Dec. 19, 1941, was to Francile Kariger,
who survives. Other survivors are three daughters, Cheryl Alevizon of Warren,
and Mrs. Ed (Susette) Moore and Mrs. Stuart (Beth) Morris, both of Huntington;
two sons, Joe K. and Jon R., both of Warren; a brother, Charles Hugh McIntire
of Wabash; a sister, Martha Bronson of Escondido, Calif.; eight grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren. A brother and two sisters are deceased. Mr.
McIntire was a member of American Legion Post 368 in Van Buren and the
United Methodist Church in Warren. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday
at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel, in Warren, with Rev.
Mike Beall officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Warren with
graveside military rites by the Van Buren American Legion. Visitation hours
at the funeral chapel will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. Memorials to the
Colin McIntire Muscular Dystrophy Fund through the Warren United Methodist
Church. - Published Aug 3, 2001
Herschel W. Kershner, 79
Herschel W. Kershner, 79, of Montpelier, died at 2:15 a.m. Thursday
at Blackford County Hospital in Hartford City. He was retired from 3M Corp.
in Hartford City and formerly had worked at Warner Gear in Muncie. Born
in Harrison Township, Blackford County, April 20, 1922, to Alfred and Lena
Spears Kershner, he resided in his early years in Wells County, attending
Chester Center High School. He was married on June 18, 1940 to Opal Marie
Norton and the couple had lived for many years at a lake cottage on Irish
Lake. Mrs. Kershner died Jan. 17, 1992. Mr. Kershner was a veteran of the
U.S. Marines during World War II, serving from March 2, 1944 to Nov. 29,
1945. Following his Marine service, he returned to Montpelier, where he
lived most of his lifetime. Surviving are three sons, Jerry A. of Montpelier,
Thomas W. of Nineveh, and Stephen of Cartersville, Ga.; two daughters,
Mrs. Daniel (Sharon L.) Gelatt of Elkhart and Mrs. Jerry (Cathy E.) Craig
of North Webster; two brothers, Alfred of Muncie and Paul of Hartford City;
two sisters, Blanche Dennis of Muncie and Naomi Smith of Hartford City;
10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
A brother is deceased. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Glancy Funeral
Homes, Walker Chapel, in Montpelier, with Rev. Frank Criswell officiating.
Burial will be in Brookside Memorial Park in Montpelier with Montpelier
American Legion Post 156 performing graveside military rites. Calling hours
at the funeral chapel will be Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. There will be no
visitation hours on Sunday. Memorials to Montpelier-Harrison Township Cancer
Society. - Published Aug 3, 2001
Dorothy Beilke, 96
Mother of Mrs. Stan (Phyllis) Makowski of Bluffton, Dorothy Beilke,
96, died Thursday at the Golden Age Nursing and Rehab Center in Tomahawk,
Mrs Beilke resided in Indiana from 1969 to 1988, when she returned
to Tomahawk, where she was born and resided much of her lifetime.
She was a former member of the Gray Ladies and the Book Review Club.
From Tomahawk, she had moved to Wausau and to Minneapolis until 1962 when
she retired and moved back to Tomahawk.
Mrs. Beilke was born June 9, 1905 to James P. and Leta Smith. Her marriage
in Waukegan, Ill., on June 18, 1923 was to Arthur H. Beilke, who died in
Surviving, in addition to the daughter in Bluffton, are another daughter,
Mrs. Jerry (Jean) Sadlon of Racine, Wis.; 26 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
and two nieces and two nephews. An infant brother and two sisters are deceased.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church
in Tomahawk with Rev. Edward Powell officiating. Interment will be in the
Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau.
Calling hours at the St. Mary’s Church Corpus Christi Center will be
Monday from 9 a.m. until time for services.
The Krueger & Sons Funeral Home in Tomahawk is in charge of arrangements.
- Published July 27, 2001
Infant Donalee Jo Lathem
Infant Donalee Jo Lathem, daughter of Matthew Glenn and Amy Suzette
Lathem of Muncie, died Wednesday at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.
Surviving also are her grandparents, Allen L. and Donna L. Bole of
Hartford City and Robbie Lee Lathem of Muncie; and her great-grandmother,
Pauline Holeman of Selma.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Asbury Cemetery
in Wells County. There will be no calling.
Memorials to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Arrangements are by Keplinger Funeral Home in Hartford City.
- Published July 27, 2001
Esther L. Pease, 75
Esther L. Pease, 75, a private instructor in piano and organ for many
years who resided at 411 West Wiley Ave., died at 11:20 p.m. Friday at
Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Pease instructed numerous students of the community, sometimes
as many as 40 to 60 per week. She also was the full time pianist and organist
for First Baptist Church for more than 50 years, dating back to 1940.
Born in Decatur, she had resided most of her life in Wells County.
She was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church, Psi Iota Xi,
and the Order of Eastern Star Crescent Chapter 48.
She was born Aug. 22, 1925, a daughter of Harvey H. and Agnes Dutcher
Ginter. Her marriage at Bluffton on April 14, 1946 was to John J. Pease,
Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Noel (Gloria) Phegley of Columbia
City and Mrs. Herb (Janet) Heyerly of Bluffton; a son, Tom R. of Carrollton,
Texas; a sister, Mrs. Marjorie Myers of Bluffton; two grandchildren; two
stepgrandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. A son, James Alan,
died in 1963, and a brother, Irvin Ginter, in 1982.
Services will be at First Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with
Pastor Bud Abrams officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Calling hours at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home are today
from 1 to 8 p.m. and at the church Tuesday for one hour prior to services.
Memorials to the church. - Published July 30, 2001
Wallace P. Smith, 82
Former mayor of Huntington, Wallace P. Smith, 82, died at 8 p.m. Friday
at his residence in huntington.
Mr. Smith served as Huntington’s mayor from 1976 to 1979. Prior to
his election as mayor, he served for 20 years with the Huntington Police
Department, holding the ranks of patrolman, detective and chief, the latter
position served in 1956 under Mayor Roy Howell and from 1960 to 1968 under
Mayor Robert Ambler.
He was a 1939 graduate of Huntington High School and served with the
U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippines and later in stateside
service with the Military Police.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77 in Huntington,
secretary/treasurer of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 2689, American Legion Post 7, Exchange Club and Huntington
County Historical Society. He attended the East State Street Church of
Mr. Smith was born in Huntington July 25, 1919, the son of Tine and
Florence Snearley Smith. His marriage in Anderson on March 6, 1944 to Ila
Mae Gorman, who survives.
Additional survivors are a son, Wallace P. Jr. of Fort Wayne; two daughters,
Gail Nix of Fort Wayne and Nolene Smith, who is serving with the Merchant
Marines; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A brother is
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington
Chapel and interment will be in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery at Huntington.
Visitation times at the funeral home are today from 2 to 4 and 6 to
Memorials to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77, Huntington.
- Published July 30, 2001
Roscoe A. Rohrer, 87
A resident of Liberty Center most of his lifetime, Roscoe A. Rohrer,
87, died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Memorial Home in
Warren. He was retired from Dana Corp. in Marion and had attended schools
Mrs. Rohrer was born at Peru Sept. 5, 1913 to Wayne and Cora Keller
Rohrer. His marriage at New Haven on Jan. 2, 1943 was to Wahilla Merriman,
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fairview Cemetery
in Bluffton with Pastor Herbert Edwards officiating.
Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel, in Warren, is in charge
of arrangements. There are no calling hours. - Published
July 30, 2001
Cindy Lynn Jackson, 44
A nurse practitioner, Cindy Lynn Jackson, 44, died at 4:34 p.m. Friday
at her residence in Fort Wayne, where she had resided 10 years.
She was engaged as a nurse practitioner at Lutheran Hospital in Fort
Wayne and previously worked at Caylor-Nickel Hospital in Bluffton and at
Huntington Memorial Hospital.
Miss Jackson was a 1975 graduate of Huntington North High School and
attended St. Francis School of Nursing in Fort Wayne. She was a member
of ISNA, CAPNI and Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing.
She was born in Blackford County May 23, 1957 to Wayne Lee and Mary
Ann Hunnicutt Jackson, both of whom survive and reside at Warren. She never
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her maternal grandmother,
Delores Hunnicutt of Montpelier; three sisters, Mrs. Dan (Peggy) Whinery
and Mrs. David (Jo Ellen) Keller, both of Warren, and Cristina Jackson
of Clearwater, Fla.; two nephews and two nieces.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Glancy Funeral Homes, H.
Brown & Son Chapel, in Warren, where calling hours are today from 4
to 8 p.m.
Rev. Kathie Jones will officiate at services and burial will be in
Woodlawn Cemetery at Warren.
Memorials to the Lutheran School or Nursing or to American Diabetes
Association. - Published July 30, 2001
Tom E. Jackson, 54
Tom E. Jackson, 54, of rural Huntington, died at 5:40 p.m. Saturday
at the Veterans Administration Northern Indiana Health Care Facility in
Marion. He was a factory worker for Magneteck in Huntington and Wayne Metals
He was born in Fort Wayne March 26, 1947 to Frank and Eileen DePugh
Jackson. His marriage in Fort Wayne on Nov. 17, 1979 was to Betty Leist,
Additional survivors include his mother, Elaine Johnson of Fort Wayne;
two brothers, Ray Jackson of Zanesville and Robert Jackson of Fort Wayne;
two sisters, Rosie Jackson and Karen Mertz, both of Fort Wayne. He was
preceded in death by his father and a brother, Edward.
A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Myers
Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel.
Visitation hours at the funeral chapel will be Tuesday from 6 to 8
Memorials to the Disabled American Veterans Association.
- Published July 30, 2001
Berneice McBride, 88
Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. today for Berneice McBride,
88 of Markle, with burial in Markle Cemetery.
Mrs. McBride died at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort
Wayne. Visitation hours were Sunday and the funeral service was at Myers
Funeral Home, Markle Chapel.
She had worked for Sealtest in Huntington, retiring in 1968. She was
a graduate in 1931 of East Union High School in Wells County and was a
member of the Markle United Methodist Church.
Born in Wells County July 8, 1913, she was the daughter of Charles
and Hazel Graham Folk. Her marriage in Huntington on July 20, 1935 was
to Kenneth McBride, who survives.
Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Judy) Mower of Markle;
five sisters, Dorma Greene and Faye Wilson, both of Markle, Maxine Collins
of Fort wayne, Margaret Furnas of Florida and Betty Rodenbeck of Huntington;
two grandsons; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Two sisters and a brother are deceased.
Pastor Tim Dilley officiated at services. Memorials to the missions
fund of the Markle United Methodist Church. - Published
July 30, 2001
Frances L. Bradbury Freeland, 86
Frances L. Bradbury Freeland, 86, of Bradenton, Fla., a native of Wells
County, died at 2:40 p.m. Saturday at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.
Mrs. Freeland was a homemaker and had worked at several odd jobs over the
years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Oneco, Fla.,
and was a 1932 graduate of East Union Center High School in Wells County.
She was born Aug. 20, 1914 in Wells County to Ira and Etta Farrell Smuts.
Her first marriage on May 7, 1934 in Zanesville was to Edward R. Bradbury
and her second marriage on May 7, 1978 in Bradenton was to Don O. Freeland.
Both husbands are deceased. Surviving are two sons, Robert Bradbury of
Parrish, Fla., and John Bradbury of Bradenton; a daughter, Louise Sadler
of Uniondale; two brothers, Jake Smuts of Tyler, Texas, and Estal Smuts
of Fort Wayne; a sister, Josephine Crowl of Bradenton; 11 grandchildren;
33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A son, Thomas Bradbury,
died the past May and eight brothers and sisters also are deceased. There
will be no visitation. A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Saturday
at the United Methodist Church in Zanesville. A private burial service
will take place at a separate time at the Hoverstock Cemetery at Zanesville.
Arrangements are by Myers Funeral Home at Markle. Memorials to the church.
- Published July 31, 2001
Robert A. Melching, 86
Robert A. Melching, 86, of Ossian, died today at the Bluffton Regional
He was a retired general contractor and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine
Corps during World War II.
He was a member of Bluffton American Legion Post III and Veterans of
Mr. Melching was born at Ossian June 13, 1915 to Alva and Ethel Roberts
Melching. His marriage at Ossian on Oct. 4, 1942 was to Frances J. Mackey,
Other survivors are two sons, Robert D. of Ossian and Douglas W. of
Muskegon, Mich.; a brother, Dr. Harold W. Melching of El Paso, Texas; and
five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.
Services at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Homes, Ossian Chapel, will
be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Lyle Ewing officiating. Burial will
be in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Ossian with military graveside rites conducted
by Grover Sheets American Legion Post 111.
Visitation hours at the funeral chapel will be Friday from 2 to 4 and
6 to 8 p.m. - Published Aug 1, 2001
Howard R. Smith, 89
A former resident of the Ossian area, Howard R. Smith, 89, died early
today at the Shepherd of the Hills Nursing Home at Kendallville.
A retired farmer, Mr. Smith formerly resided also in the Yoder and
Fort Wayne areas.
He was lifetime member of the IOOF Lodge in Fort Wayne and the United
Methodist Church at Ossian.
He was born in Allen County Sept. 11, 1911 to George H. and Elizabeth
Middaugh Smith. His marriage at Ossian on March 12, 1938 was to Edna M.
Vestal, who died July 5, 1999.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Roger (Connie E.) Lake of Wolcottville;
three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A brother, John, is
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral
Home, Ossian Chapel, with Dr. Robert Priest officiating. Burial will be
in Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne.
Visitation hours will be at the funeral chapel Thursday from 2 to 8
p.m. Memorials to the Ossian United Methodist Church.
Frances L. Bradbury Freeland—Memorial Service
A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9 at
the United Methodist Church in Zanesville for Frances L. Bradbury Freeland,
86, a native of Wells County who died July 28 in Florida.
A private burial service will take place at a separate time at the
Hoverstock Cemetery at Zanesville.
Arrangements are by Myers Funeral Home at Markle.
Memorials to the church. - Published Aug 1, 2001
Pauline V. Rogge, 97
A native of Wells County, Pauline “Polly” V. Smith Rogge, 97, of Lafayette,
died at 2:14 p.m. Monday in the emergency room of St. Elizabeth Medical
Center in Lafayette.
She retired in 1974 as a librarian from Bryan, Ohio, Junior High School
after 15 years. She had attended Bluffton High School, DePauw University,
Indiana University and the University of Utah,
Mrs. Rogge was born at Poneto Feb. 4, 1904. A first marriage in 1926
was to Hubert F. Smith, who died in 1962; her second marriage in 1979 was
to Howard W. Rogge, who died in 1987.
Mrs. Rogge was a member and served as a deacon and elder in the First
Presbyterian Church at Bryan and was a member of the Bryan Fortnightly
Study Club, Kappa Kappa Gamma National Sorority, Williams County Panhellenic
Association and Ohio Library Association.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Keith V. Smith of West Lafayette, and two
A private family service will be conducted by Rev. James Dunn and burial
will be in Elm Grove Cemetery at Bluffton.
Memorials to Westminster Village Foundation in West Lafayette.
- Published Aug 1, 2001
Marjorie J. Holmberg, 69
Marjorie J. Holmberg, 69, retired telephone operator, died Sunday at
Community Care Center in Huntington.
Born in Fort Wayne, she retired in 1992 from General Telephone as an
operator after 19 years and also had worked at Indiana Bell Telephone for
Surviving is a son, Robert I. Holmberg II of Ellisville, Mo.
Services at 1 p.m. Thursday will be at Bailey-Love Mortuary in Huntington,
where calling hours will be for two hours prior to services.
Burial will be in Markle Cemetery.
Memorials to Girlstown USA. - Published Aug 1, 2001
Marion B. Urschel Jr., 65
A Huntington County farmer, Marion B. Urschel Jr., 65, died Monday
at his residence in the Bippus area.
In addition to farming, he was a maintenance man with Huntington County
Farm Bureau Co-op for 27 years and also had worked in maintenance at Norwood
Nursing Center in Huntington for 10 years.
Surviving are his wife, Susan A.; two sons, Chris and Eric, both of
Bippus; a daughter, Amy Frick of Zanesville; and three grandchildren.
Services at 10 a.m. Saturday will be at St. John’s United Church of
Christ at Bippus with visitation prior to services. Burial will be in the
Memorials to the church or to Huntington County Hospice & Home
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary in North Manchester is in charge of arrangements.
- Published Aug 1, 2001
Kevin P. Reinhold, 46
A former resident of Bluffton, Kevin P. Reinhold, 46, son of former
Wells County Extension agent Hubert “Hugh” Reinhold, died Tuesday at St.
Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
A resident of Angola, he was a lineman for Northern Indiana Public
Service Co. and was a native of Indianapolis.
Mr. Reinhold lived in Bluffton with his parents, Hubert P. and Marie
P. Reinhold, while his father served from 1958 to 1964 as Purdue Extension
Service agricultural agent for Wells County.
Surviving are his parents, who reside at Goshen; his wife, Cheryl;
four sons, Michael, Daniel, John and Paul, all of Angola; two daughters,
Sarah and Anna Reinhold, both also of Angola; a brother, Mark of Mishawaka;
and a sister, Rachelle Sattler of Two Harbors, Minn.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Missionary Church
at Angola. Burial will be in Circle Hill Cemetery at Angola.
Calling hours at Weicht Funeral Home in Angola will be Friday from
2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials to Reinhold Education Fund in care of Cheryl Reinhold.
- Published Aug 2, 2001