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CHRISTIAN D. DAVIS-BOONE, an infant, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital. Survivors include mother, Tristan D. Davis; father, Rashawn L. Boone; sister, Jy-ahyrah R. Boone; maternal grandmother, Bryanita Davis; maternal grandfathers, Cressie Fowlkes and Walter Underwood; paternal grandmother, Ella M. Boone, all of Fort Wayne; paternal grandfather, Gordon J. Booker of Uniontown, Ala.; and several great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents. Graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday at Covington Memorial Gardens, 8408 Covington Road . Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.

JEAN C. DUNIFON, 77, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital. A native of Omaha, Neb., she had spent most of her life in Fort Wayne. Former co-owner of Gasoline Equipment Service Co., she was past president of the Fort Wayne Woman's Club. Surviving are her husband, Jack Sr.; two sons, Jack Jr. and Rich, both of Fort Wayne; a half-brother, Jack Stiffler of Omaha, Neb.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services at 10:30 a.m. at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road. Calling from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to American Lung Association or Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.

MARJORIE JEAN ESSE, 62, died Monday at her home in Young, Ariz. Born in Philadelphia, she was a secretary. Survivors include her mother, Eileen Nolan of Fort Wayne; and a half-sister, Donna Baker of Huntertown. Services Saturday in Young.

GARLAND L. PHILLIPS FLICKINGER, 94, died Tuesday at Miller's Merry Manor. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Lawrence E. died in 1964. Survivors include four daughters, Mary Feaser of Frankfort, Ill.; Joyce Stabler and Connie Platt, both of Fort Wayne and Sharon Moffett of Sellersburg; two sons, Theodore Phillips of Griffin, Ga., and Darrell Phillips of Palmer, Ark.; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren ; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Memorials to West Creighton Christian Church or SPCA.

RANDY S. HAGAR, 43, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a dispatcher for Steve Mox Trucking Co. in Rockford, Ohio, for about 10 years. Survivors include his father, Thomas Hagar of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Nanette Reed of Fort Wayne and Carolyn Brewer of Aiken, S.C. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne.

REV. CHRISTOPHER J. HINCKLEY, 87, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital. The Reading, Ohio, native was ordained into the priesthood in Fort Wayne in 1939. He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force from 1944 to 1971, was highly decorated in his 28 years of military service and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was also appointed pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in South Bend and then the pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Fort Wayne and later served parishes in Bluffton, Plymouth, Syracuse and Geneva. Survivors include nephews and nieces. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 S. Fairfield Ave. Calling from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Calling also from 11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the church. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to Masses or donor's choice. Arrangements by Mungovan & Sons Memorial Chapel, 2114 S. Calhoun St.

GENEVIEVE M. LINDLEY, 78, died Wednesday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne. The Geneva native was a homemaker and a longtime Fort Wayne resident. Survivors include nieces and nephews. Graveside services at 2 p.m. Monday at Lindenwood Cemetery, 2324 W. Main St. No calling. Memorials to Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. Arrangements through Mungovan & Sons Memorial Chapel, 2114 S. Calhoun St.

IDA H. MACKEY, 84, died Sunday at Miller's Merry Manor in Columbia City. Born in Antwerp, Ohio, she worked as a hairdresser and lived in Monroeville for most of her life, moving to Fort Wayne in 1990. She was also a registered massage therapist and a registered beautician. Surviving are a daughter, Jeannie R. Mullins of Columbia City; a sister, Martha A. Pierce of Hoagland; and two grandchildren. No services or calling. Arrangements by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville.

ELLIS L. MILLER, 76, died Tuesday at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Warsaw, he retired in 1997 as service technician with Postage/UPS Computer Systems and retired in 1984 from Litton Industries after 32 years as a technician/manager. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis M.; a son, Rick E. of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Peggy J. Tittman of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Mattie Schwartz and Ida L. Yutzy, both of Bloomfield, Iowa, and Fanny L. Yutzy of Ellsinore, Mo.; two brothers, Calvin L. Miller of Perry, Iowa, and Ora L. Miller of Fairplay, N.C.; seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Road. Calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Burial at Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to The Chapel or Visiting Nurse Services Hospice Home.

REV. JESSE L. MOORE, 62, died Saturday at Beverly Rehab Center. A native of Marion, Ala., he came to Fort Wayne in 1956 and worked for General Electric for a number of years before retiring in 1972. He was a member of Kingdom Door Christian Worship Center. Surviving are his wife, Fleta; five sons, Ronnie Moore and Danny Moore, both of Miami, Jeffery Moore and Mylan Moore, both of Fort Wayne, and Ricky Moore of Minnesota; a daughter, Regina Faye Moore Tiller of Miami; four sisters, Corrine Mayhand of Greensboro, N.C., and Ella B. Calland, Thelma Russell and Mary Louise Mattox, all of Fort Wayne; four brothers, Arthur of Greensboro, N.C., Henry Edward of Philadelphia and Willie and Mac Oscar, both of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kingdom Door Christian Worship Center, 1004 E. Pontiac St. Calling from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St. Burial at Lindenwood Cemetery.

BERNEICE E. "GEPHART" NEWER, 84, died Tuesday at University Park Nursing Center. Born in Fort Wayne, she was an inspector with General Electric for 25 years. Her husband, Roy E., died in 1983. Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte J. Bacon of Leo; three sisters, Helen B. Witmer of Fort Wayne, Betty Sgarlata of Orland Park, Ill., and Dorothy Ross of St. Joe; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, New Haven. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association Northeast Indiana Chapter, 919 E. Jefferson Blvd., #01, South Bend, IN 46617-3119.

HAROLD P. PARKER, 91, died Wednesday at Beverley Rehab, in Fort Wayne. Born in Colon, Mich., he owned and operated the Shell Oil station in New Haven for 10 years, retiring in 1973. He also worked as lead man of Maintenance for Hardware Wholesalers, New Haven, for eight years and was a former member of the I.O.O.F. Cemetery board. His wife, Opal Bernice, died in 1995. Surviving are four sons, Harold P. Jr. of Fremont, Howard N. of Fort Wayne, Glen E. of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Terry S. of Hallandale, Fla.; a daughter, Thelma L. Bremer of New Haven; two sisters, Lucille Schumacher of Athens, Mich., and Eda Herrick of Albion, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 E, New Haven, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, New Haven. Memorials to New Haven United Methodist Church.

LOUISE RICKERT, 89, died Tuesday at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie. A resident of Albany most of her life, she established the Albany Town Pump in 1948 and retired in 1953. Survivors include a son, Ervin Rickert of Fort Wayne; and a grandson, David Rickert of Fort Wayne.. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 1982. Services Saturday in Albany. Burial in Strong Cemetery, Albany. Memorials to Albany United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 277, Albany, IN 47320-0277.

ELLIS THOMAS SR., 74, died Tuesday in his home. A native of Greensboro, Ala., he moved to Fort Wayne in 1998 and was a member of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Greensboro. Surviving are two daughters, Ollie Smith and Ethel Williams, both of Fort Wayne; two sons, the Rev. Ellis Thomas Jr. of Fort Wayne and Nathaniel W. Thomas of Marion, Ala.; three sisters, Bessie Edwards of Greensboro, Mary White of Holt, Ala., and Katherine Phillips of Marion; two brothers, Eugene Frank Jr. of Newbern, Ala., and Albert Frank of Greensboro. Services Saturday at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. Burial at the church cemetery. Local arrangements by Micheaux Funeral Home.



VELDA MAE WEAVER, 84, died Tuesday at Ossian Health Care. Born in Ironton, Ohio, she was the owner of Joe's Cafe in Bluffton for 35 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oren, in 1967. Surviving are two sons, Gerald Ray Weaver and Ronnie Kay Weaver, both of Bluffton; two daughters, Barbara J. Wolf of Fort Wayne and Beverly J. Barnes of Bluffton; a stepson, Carl Bailey Jr. of Japan; 18 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Graveside services at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Elm Grove Cemetery. Memorials to donor's choice.


EVELYN E. DETTER, 90, died Wednesday at her home. Arrangements are pending at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.


BETTY JANE ROBINSON, 82, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Minneapolis, she was a partner with her husband running Robinson Stables and Riding Camp for 50 years. They also ran Pigeon River Raceway. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, in 1991. Surviving are two daughters, Sally Jo Robinson of Howe and Jean Bordner of Elkhart; a brother, Charles Porter; and two grandchildren. Memorial services May 20 at Robinson Stables, Howe. Memorials to LaGrange County Council on Aging or Clothes and Food Basket of LaGrange. Arrangements by Shoup-Carney-Frost Funeral Home, Howe.


ESTHER M. BLACK, 72, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital. Born in Mount Forest, Mich., she worked at H.K. Porter in Huntington and at Essex Wire in Andrews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carnell, in 1993. Surviving are two sons, Billy Arquette and Rodger Arquette, both of Huntington; four daughters, Theresa Waikel, Rita Wall, and Cheryl Bannister, all of Huntington, and Joyce Garrison of Warren; two stepsons, Gerald Black and Larry Black, both of Huntington; a stepdaughter, Patricia Middleton of Salt Lake City; five brothers, Jim Helm, Joe Helm and Lyle Helm, all of Pinconning, Mich., Richard Helm of Bay City, Mich., and Sam Helm of Kawkawlin, Mich; two sisters, Cynthia Montgomery of Keego Harbor, Mich., and Mary Lou Troxell of Pinconning; 25 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Black and Robert Black. Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington. Calling from 4 to 9 p.m. today. Burial at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion. Memorials to Riley Children's Hospital, c/o Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, IN 46750.

ELLA RIE "ELLEN" HOWELL, 58, died Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital. Born in McDowell, Ky., she was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Doffie; her mother, Alice Lawson; two sons, Rick Howell of Warren and Dale Howell of Huntington; a daughter, Tamera L. Hysong of Huntington; five sisters, Freda Collier of Columbus, Ohio, Stell Mae Castle of Wayland, Ky., Judy Thornsburg and Edie Hamilton, both of McDowell, and Barb Rietz of Coon Rapids, Minn.; three brothers, Paul Lawson of Pickerington, Ohio, Danny Lawson of McDowell and David Lawson of Columbus, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services at noon Saturday at Bethesda Freewill Baptist Church, Andrews, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Deal-Robbins & Van Gilder Funeral Home, Andrews Chapel. Burial at Riverside Cemetery, Andrews. Memorials to Cancer Services for Huntington County, P.O. Box 51, Huntington, IN 46750.


CRYSTAL GAYLE HOMISTER, 22, was found dead April 6 in Kosciusko County. Born in Kendallville, she was a laborer at Dana in Elkhart. Surviving are her father, Clyde Homister of Kendallville; her mother, Dana Homister of Millersburg; three sons, Isaias Homister of Millersburg and Alex and Kaleb Homister of Syracuse; four brothers, Timothy Fugate and Glenn Ard, both of Wawaka, Riley Homister of Wolcottville and Jeff Homister of Kendallville; and seven sisters, Andrey Coomer of Elwood, Brenda Van Halst of South Milford, Homie Faulkner of Syracuse, Jackie Ard of Wawaka, and Teresa Wade, Donna Homister and Sharon Homister, all of Kendallville. Services at noon Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church, Kendallville, with calling two hours before services. Burial at Orange Cemetery, Rome City. Memorials to her children. Arrangements by Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier.


EUNICE RUTLEDGE PRAY, 104, died Tuesday at Portland Community Care Center East. Born in Leroy, Ill., she was a teacher and retired from Jay Garment in Portland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorin Kincaid, in 1973. Memorial service at 4 p.m. today, with calling from 3 to 7 p.m. at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland. Burial Friday at Oak Grove Cemetery, Leroy. Memorials to donor's choice.

Saint Joe

WILLA GRACE RIVERA, 73, died Tuesday at Laurels of DeKalb, Butler. Born in Greenup, Ky., she was a manager of Beitman & Wolfe Shoe Store in Wabash for 33 years before retiring. Surviving are her husband, Juan; a daughter, Victoria Saunders of Columbus, Ohio; and a sister, Louise Godbey of Charleston, W.Va. Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Free Bible Tabernacle Church, Butler. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carnahan-Baidinger & Walter Funeral Home, Spencerville. Burial at Riverside Cemetery. Memorials to American Cancer Society, DeKalb County Unit, P.O. Box 722, Auburn, IN 46706.


DALE ALLEN WHITESEL, 61, of Wabash, died Tuesday at Wabash County Hospital. Born in Wabash, he worked at Majestic in Huntington and was a co-founder of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group. He was also an umpire in the Wabash Community Service Leagues, district commissioner of the Amateur Softball Association and a Community Service basketball official. Surviving are his wife, Carol; three daughters, Jane Garner and Lisa Lee, both of Wabash, and Kim Bakehorn of Windfall; two sons, Chris Whitesel of Carmel and Ron Whitesel of Eureka, Ill.; a brother, Leslie Whitesel of Wabash; 10 grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. Services at 3 p.m. Friday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, Wabash. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. today. Burial at Falls Cemetery, Wabash.


ALTA ILEAN BROWN, 88, died Tuesday at Prairie View Nursing Home, Warsaw. Born in Kosciusko County, she was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Dean; four sons, Dr. Densil A. Brown of Prospect, Ill., W. Gene Brown of Detroit, Sam D. Brown of Warsaw and Dail L. Brown of Columbus, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Friday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Calling from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.


LOVELLA SLONE BOLEN, 55, of Wolcottville, died Wednesday at her home. Born in Pippa Passes, Ky., she was a housewife. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John W. Slone, in 1988, and by her second husband, Granville Bolen, in 1991. Surviving are five daughters, Reveda Carol Huff and Ruthie Marie Mosley, both of Wolcottville, Tammy Sue Slone of Kendallville, Lisa Ann Bolen of LaGrange and Bobbie Jo Slone of Hindman, Ky.; two sons, Marty Allen Slone and Walter Brian Slone, both of Wolcottville; a sister, Nadine Slone of Pippa Passes; three brothers, Robert Johnson of LaGrange and Granville Johnson and Johnny Johnson, both of Hindman; eight stepchildren; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hindman. Burial in Slone Cemetery, Hindman. Local arrangements by Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville.



BLANCHE M. NEWCOMB, 88, died Wednesday at her home in Bryan. Born in West Unity, she worked as a bookkeeper at West Unity Woolen Mills. Her husband, Leon, died in 1986. Surviving are two daughters, Lynne Springer and Deborah Newcomb, both of Bryan; a son, James of Glendale, Ariz.; two sisters, Grace Partee and Ruth Hemenway, both of Bryan; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A daughter, Beth, preceded her in death. Graveside services at 1 p.m. EDT (noon Fort Wayne time) Saturday at the Floral Grove Cemetery in West Unity. No calling. Memorials to Community Hospital of Williams County Hospice Program. Arrangements by Rice Funeral Home, Bryan.


MARGARET LOUISE TESTER, 79, died Wednesday at her home in Celina. Born in St. Marys, Ohio, she was a retired assembly line worker with Huffy Corp. in Celina. Surviving are her husband, Lloyd; three sons, Lee of Wabash, Ind. and George and Chuck, both of Celina; three daughters, Anita Laux of Coldwater, Sue Eichenauer of Celina and Robin Bornhorst of Troy; a sister, Martha Lauth of New Knoxville; four brothers, Dick Heil of Wapakoneta, Paul Heil of Dover, Fla., Herb Heil of Vandalia, and John Heil of St. Marys; 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Saturday at W.H. Dick & Sons funeral home in Celina. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Friday at the funeral home. Burial at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina. Memorials to Celina Area Visiting Nurses or Hospice of Darke/Mercer Counties.


LETHA M. STAIRHIME, 79, died Wednesday at her home in Hicksville. Born in Allen County, Ind., she retired from the Commercial Shearing Co. in Hicksville in 1988. Her husband, Delmar E., died in March. Surviving are three sons, Kenton D., Norval and Lonnie, all of Hicksville; two daughters Karen Kokovay of Fort Wayne and Sue Taylor of Hicksville; a brother, Neal Ruckman of Harlan; a sister, Nyra Reinking of Fort Wayne; 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A son, Rodney L., preceded her in death. Services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Saturday at Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Calling after 2 p.m. EDT Friday and after 9 a.m. EDT Saturday at the funeral home. Burial at Scipio Cemetery in Allen County, Ind. Memorials to Defiance County Hospice Program or the Hicksville Unit for Crippled Children or Adults.

St. Henry

RITA MARIE BRUNS, 88, died Tuesday at Hospice Home of Fort Wayne. Born in Carthagena, Ohio, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Roman J., died in 1977. Surviving are two sons, Robert A. of Ottoville and John L. of Coldwater; five daughters, Arlene Dierker of Hope, Idaho, Judy Didier, Jean Hahn and Margery Nottingham, all of Fort Wayne, and Beverly Bramstedt of Florissant, Mo.; a brother, Mark Kremer of St. Henry; two sisters, Hilda Albers of Minster and Erma Bruns of St. Rose; 24 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. A son, Gerald, died in 1989. Services at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Saturday at St. Henry Church, St. Henry. Wake service at 8:30 p.m. EDT Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry. Calling from 2 to 9 p.m. EDT Friday and 9 to 9:45 a.m. EDT Saturday at the funeral home. Burial at St. Henry Cemetery, St. Henry. Memorials to St. Henry Church, St. Henry Fire Department or Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.

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