Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997


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Walter E. Kiser

Walter E. Kiser, 78, of 14275N 300W, Silver Lake, IN, died Monday, March 17, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born Dec. 14, 1918 at Lafayette, IN to Alonzo and Sarah (Richmond) Kiser, both deceased. He mar-ried Maxine Weimer April 9, 1939 and she survives.

Mr. Kiser was a farmer and school bus driver for Manchester Community Schools for 48 years. He enjoyed being of ser-vice to his community and served on the Wabash County 4-H Fair Board, the Soil Conserva-tion Advisory Board, and the Wabash County Zoning Board of Appeals for 25 years. He was a member of the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Maxine, include three sons - Phillip Kiser of Terre Haute, Stephen Kiser of Clarks Summit, PA, and Patrick Kiser of Indi-anapolis; a daughter, Mrs. Ken (Rebecca) Vanderpool of Fort Wayne; three sisters - Mrs. R.J. (Estella) Seymour of Sheridan, IN, Mrs. Garl (Dorothy) Ervin of Marion, OH, and Mrs. Lois Maxine Rakoczy of Huntington, IN; and nine grandchildren. Preceding him in death were two brothers and a daughter.

Friends may call Thursday, Mar. 20, 1997 from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 21, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. at De-Laughter-McKee Mortuary with the Revs. John Kreps and Sam Hann officiating. Burial will be in Mississinewa Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to Torron Mission of Cuba, New Mexico, and the Manchester Bible Christian School.

L. Marie Miller

L. Marie Miller, 95, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died at Timbercrest Jan. 10, 1997. She was born at Vir-den, IL to Amos O. and Alice A. (Smith) Brubaker, both de-ceased. She married Walter D. Miller Aug. 23, 1935 and he died March 1, 1994.

She was retired from Milford Elementary School as a teacher. She was a member of the Lib-erty Mills Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by daughters Wanda E. Miller of North Manchester and Carol J. Miller of Elgin, IL; and two grandchil-dren. A brother preceded her in death. Memorial service will be held Sunday, March 23, 1997, 3:30 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel with the Revs. Mark Flora-Swick and Bruce Hostetler offi-ciating. Burial is in Pleasant Hill Ceme-tery, North Manch-ester. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary handled arrange-ments.

Preferred memorials are to Timbercrest Endowment Fund.

William "Bob" Roy

William "Bob" Roy, 57, of 3645W 1200N, Columbia City, IN died March 14, 1997 at Reha-bilitation Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born Sept. 13, 1939 at Cabell, W.V. to Dennis and Normal Gay (Hodge) Roy. He married Mari-lyn Sue Richard May 29, 1964 and she survives.

Mr. Roy was employed as a service technician at Blue Flame of North Manchester for 21 years.

He was a veteran of the Korean conflict.

Survivors in addition to his wife include a son, William "Bob" Roy Jr. of North Manch-ester; daughters Mrs. Ron (Debbie) Flaugh of Hunting-ton, IN and Miss Misty D. Roy, at home; brothers Dennis Jr. Roy and Ernest M. Roy, both of Lesage, W.V.; sisters Mrs. Jim (Marlene) Smith of Hunting-ton, W.V. and Mrs. David (Shirley) Armstrong of Chesa-peake, OH; and three grand-children. A sis-ter preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 17 at DeLaugh-ter-McKee Mortuary with the Rev. Thomas Turner officiating. Burial was in Oak-lawn Ceme-tery, North Manch-ester.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer So-ciety. DeLaughter-McKee Mor-tuary was in charge of arrange-ments.

Robert W. White

Robert W. White, 92, of 7337W 200N, Wabash, IN died Satur-day, March 15, 1997 at Commu-nity Care Center of Wabash. He was born Dec. 22, 1904 in Wabash County to William and Nora (Melick) White, both deceased.

He married Bernice Engelman April 11, 1930 and she died March 5, 1997. He was a retired farmer, a member of the Bache-lor Creek Church of Christ, and a 50+ year member of the Roann & Hanna Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include a son, Robert D. White of Wabash; grandsons Dean and Michael White, both of Wabash; a granddaughter, Cynthia Stude-baker of Beaver Dam Lake; and seven great grandchildren. A daughter, two granddaughters, three sisters and a brother pre-ceded him in death.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday), March 19, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with the Revs. John Leinbaugh and Tony Thomas officiating. Burial was in Mississinewa Memorial Cemetery, located at Somerset, IN. 

Preferred memorials are to Bachelor Creek Church of Christ. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Charles L. Horner

Charles Lewis Horner, 97, of 643 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN died at his residence Sunday, March 16, 1997. He was born Jan. 25, 1900 at Fredericksburg, IN to Edward T. and Martha E. (Whitehead) Horner. Mr. Horner's ancestors came to In-diana in 1815 from Virginia, after having lived in Jamestown, VA and Williams-burg, VA the previ-ous 200 years. He had lived in Wabash since 1919, coming from Fredericksburg, IN. He also lived 27 years in Detroit, MI.

He was first married to Wilma F. Odle April 21, 1919; she died June 19, 1958. He then married Violetta F. Worrell Dec. 31, 1961 and she died Nov. 23, 1965. His last marriage was to Helen J. Griffith Bartram on March 14, 1970, and she survives.

He was a 67-year member of Wabash Hanna Masonic Lodge #61 F./&A.M., Wabash Ameri-can Legion Post 15, and was a World War I Army Veteran. He was retired from Wabash Gen-eral Tire and Rubber in 1965 and from Wabash Instruments in 1986 where he worked as a machinist. 

In addition to his wife, Helen, of Wabash, he is survived by sons Charles E. Horner of Palatka, FL and James F. Horner of Henderson, NV; step sons Bobby Griffith of Coving-ton, KY, and Harold L. Griffith and Max E. Griffith, both of Andrews, IN; stepdaughters Mrs. Richard (Helen) Shanefelt of Andrews, IN and Mrs. Dean (Kay) Eakright of Wabash; three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, 15 step grandchildren and 22 step great grandchildren. Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Masonic services were held Tuesday evening at the Grand-staff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel of Wabash, and funeral services were held there today (Wednesday) with the Rev. Bruce Mowery officiating. Burial was in Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Arrangements were by Main St. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service of Wabash.

Edith Birk

Edith Birk, 85, of Huntington Beach, CA, died Sunday, March 9, 1997 at Costa Mesa Convales-cent Home, Costa Mesa, CA.

She was born Nov. 6, 1912 in Huntington County to Irvin and Ethel (French) Walters. She married Paul Birk August 18, 1937; he died November 14, 1995.

She was a former member of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church, north of Bippus and a 1930 graduate of Bippus High School.

Survivors include a brother, Galen Walters of Bippus, and a sister, Mrs. Clem (Doris) West-afer of North Manchester. A brother, Raymond, is deceased.

There was no visitation or fu-neral services held. Donation of the body was to the College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, CA.

Helen F. Alter

Helen F. Alter, 85, of 209 Willow Way, Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Retirement Com-munity, died Sunday morn-ing, April 13, 1997 at Timber-crest Healthcare, North Manchester, IN. She was born April 7, 1912 at Columbia City, IN to Oliver E. and Iva F. (Doane) Long, both deceased.

Helen grew up on the Long farm west of Etna. She went to school in Etna and graduated from Columbia City High School and Indiana University. She married Leon B. Alter at the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia City on May 28, 1939, and they resided most of their married life in Columbia City, until moving to Timbercrest in 1984. They spent their winters in Venice, FL. Mr. Alter survives, residing at 209 Willow Way. 

Mrs. Alter taught high school at Coesse, Columbia City, Huntertown and Carroll in Northwest Allen County. She taught for approximately 15 years at Irene Byron Tuberculo-sis Hospital in Allen County. She retired from teaching in June, 1974, from Carroll High School. She was a member of Tri Kappa in Columbia City, Retired Teach-ers Association, and Manchester Church of the Brethren.

Surviving in addition to her husband is a son, James D. (Phyllis) Alter of Boise, Idaho, and a daughter Mrs. Ronald (Jane) Yohe of Columbia City; six grandchildren - Capt. Shane Sullivan, USAF, Cheyenne, WY; Jeff Sullivan, Indianapolis; Clin-ton Alter, Portland, OR; Rachael Alter, Boise, ID; Shelley and Mandy Yohe of Columbia City.

Funeral services were held to-day (Wednesday, April 16, 1997) at Timbercrest Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Hostetler officiating. Graveside service was held at West Etna Cemetery in Whitley County, IN. 

Preferred memorials are to ei-ther Timbercrest Retirement Community or Manchester Church of the Brethren. De-Laughter-McKee Mortuary handled arrangements.

V. LaRetta Alice 


V. LaRetta Alice Adams, 93, of 353 N. Chauncey St., Columbia City, IN died Saturday morning, April 12, 1997 at Extenda-Care Nursing Home of Columbia City. She was born June 19, 1903 at Chicago, IL to Allen J. and Viola E. (Perry) Pierce. She was reared in Hammond and Wabash, IN and moved to Indianapolis as a young lady and resided there until moving to Columbia City in 1986. 

She was married to Charles Edgar Adams Aug. 4, 1924 in In-dianapolis, and He preceded her in death July 20, 1953. She was employed as a nurse's aide at Methodist Hospital of Indi-anapo-lis for almost 20 years.

She was a member of the Uni-versity Heights United Methodist Church, Otterbein Ave., Indianapolis, where she had previously served as Presi-dent of the Women's Society. She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Southport Lodge #442, Indi-anapolis. She was also an avid oil painting artist.

Survivors include brothers, Arnold Otto Hipskind of Urbana and Jack P. Hipskind of Osgood, IN; a sister, Gladys K. Holy-cross of Urbana; several nieces and nephews, among which is Mrs. Wayne (Sally) Gerard of Columbia City, IN. A brother, Hilton Hipskind pre-ceded her in death.

Funeral service was held today, 3 p.m., (Wednesday, April 16, 1997) at the DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Funeral Home in Columbia City, IN, with the Rev. Jack E. Scott officiating. Family visita-tion was held immediately following the funeral service. Graveside services will be conducted by the Southport Eastern Star Lodge at 11:00 a.m. Satur-day, April 19, 1997 at the Memo-rial Park Cemetery, 9350 East Washington St., Indianapo-lis, IN.

Memorials may be given in Mrs. Adam's memory to the Foster Children Scholarship Fund, c/o Foster Care Service, Inc., 1016 West Seventh St., Auburn, IN 46706.

R. Duane Myers

R. Duane Myers, 44, a Cleveland Township, Whitley County resident, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Huntington Memorial Hospital where he was taken by ambulance after becoming ill while traveling with his wife to Huntington from their home Saturday afternoon.

He was born June 13, 1952 at Murphy Medical Center in War-saw, a son of Garland V. and Joan (Werstler) Myers. His for-mative years were spent in Etna-Troy Township, Whitley County, and he was educated in the Etna-Troy School and grad-uated from Columbia City High School in 1970.

After completing his education, he was first employed by Whitley County Highway De-partment for several years, then drove semi trucks for several dif-ferent trucking companies, and also farmed. He had been em-ployed as a tester for the Dairy Herd Improvement Asso-ciation for the last four years.

June 22,1989, he was united in marriage to Angela Loe and they made their home near North Manchester until their recent move to a home in Cleveland Township near South Whitley.

Survivors include his wife, Angela; his mother, Joan Myers; three brothers, Galen, Glenn and Lester Myers, and a sister, Rebecca Damron, all of Larwill. His father, Garland, died in 1989.

Funeral service was held today, Wednesday, April 16, 1997, in the Smith & Sons Funeral Home of Columbia City, with the Rev. J. Phillip Blake and the Rev. Thomas Beers officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Ceme-tery, Etna-Troy Town-ship, Whitley County.

For those who wish, memori-als may be made to the family.

Geraldine O. 


Geraldine O. Bowman, 88, of Somerset, IN, died April 10, 1997 at Community Care Center, Wabash, IN. She was born Dec. 18, 1908 in Wabash County to Otto and Bertha (Means) Little. She married Guy Bowman who died in 1985.

She was a graduate of Somer-set High School and Manch-ester College. She taught at Somerset and Southwood Ele-mentary Schools. She and her husband managed Bowman's Grocery from 1930 to 1948 in Red Bridge. They also farmed from 1948 to 1965, moving then to New Som-erset.

Survivors include a daughter, Pam Ballard of Wabash, IN; a son, Gary Bowman of Warner Robbins, GA; two grandchil-dren and two great-grandchil-dren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, three brothers and a grandson.

Funeral service was held Sat-urday, April 12, 1997 at Grand-staff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, with Pastor Scott Makin officiating. Burial was in Mis-sissinewa Cemetery, lo-cated near Somerset. Preferred memorials are to Wabash Miami Home Health Care and Hospice.

Lois C. Fitzgerald

Lois C. Fitzgerald, 70, of 407 Villa Court, North Manchester, died Wednesday, April 9, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. She was born April 9, 1920 at Laketon, IN, daugh-ter of Alfred R. and Ruby P. (Rinehart) Steele, both deceased.

She married Allen C. Clark Nov. 6, 1943 and he died Sept. 14, 1974. Her second marriage was to Bill Fitzgerald Dec. 29, 1977, and he survives. Other survivors include daughters, Mrs. John (Charma) Burton and Mrs. Leonard (Jean) Good, both of North Manchester, Mrs. Ernest (Kathy) Johnson of Servia, and Mrs. Harry (Sheila) Burton of Vista, CA; a brother, Robert Steele of North Manchester; sisters Lorena Lee of Vista, CA and Mrs. Lewis (LaDonna) Gale of North Manchester; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A sister preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester. Funeral ser-vice was held Sunday, April 13, 1997 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with the Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Katherine Rose Gearhart

Katherine Rose Gearhart, 67, a resident of Life Care Center of Rochester, Rochester, IN, died Wednesday, April 9, 1997 at the Life Care Center of Rochester. Formerly a Fulton CR 1600E, Disko, IN resident, she had been in failing health for 17 years.

She was born Jan. 6, 1930 at Plymouth, IN to Daniel and Marie (Liska) Harris. She lived in Plymouth prior to moving to Disko where she lived for 22 years, then moved to Rochester.

She married Robert D. Gearhart May 5, 1957 in Plymouth; he survives at Akron, IN. Other survivors include a daughter, Barbara Jean Gearhart, Disko; grandsons Randy Witham of Palestine, Robert Witham, and James Gearhart of Disko; a brother, Daniel Harris of Lafayette, IN and a half brother, Richard Harris of Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was pre-ceded in death by a brother and a sister, as well as her parents.

Graveside services were held Friday, April 11, 1997 at the Sil-ver Creek Cemetery, northeast of Akron, with the Rev. Steve Fleck officiating. Foster & Good Funeral Home of Akron was in charge of arrangements.

Helen Louise Alger

Helen Louise Alger, 79, of 2641 E. Singer Rd., North Manchester, died Monday, April 14, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born July 21, 1917 at Plymouth, IN to Fred and Hazel (Oswalt) Gurtner, both de-ceased.

She married Leo Bert Alger May 1, 1945 in Lafayette, IN and he died Feb. 2, 1997. Helen was a homemaker and seamstress; she was a member of the Ijamsville United Methodist Church where she was the church pianist. She was formerly a member of the Country Women's Club of North Manchester, and was a volunteer with the Mental Health Adopt-A-Patient program of Wabash County. She was a 1935 graduate of Urbana High School.

Survivors include daughters Mrs. Joseph (Anita) Krom of Argos and Mrs. David (Teresa) Migliorini of North Manch-ester; a son, Archie Alger and wife, Connie, of North Manch-ester; a brother, Glen Gurtner of Peru; a sister, Ruthanna Chamness of Warsaw; and six grandchildren.

Friends may call today (Wednesday, April 16) from 2 to 8 p.m. at Bender Chapel, Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home Thursday, April 17, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Dave Inskeep officiating. Burial will take place in the Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Ijamsville United Methodist Church.

Billie R. King

ROANOKE - Billie R. King, 54, of 5443 E. SR 114-92, Roanoke, IN, died at his Roanoke apartment Friday, April 11, 1997, He was born July 22, 1941 at Wabash, IN to Robert Sr. and Barbara (Walters) King.

He had been employed for 26 years at A.T.&T. as a systems technician. He was an army veteran, and was a member of the Huntington V.F.W. Post 2689, and the Roanoke American Legion Post #160. He was also a member of the Huntington Moose Lodge #837, the Huntington Masonic Amity Lodge #483, Mizpah Shrine Temple of Ft. Wayne, and 40 & 8.

Survivors include a son, Eric T. King of Valparaiso, IN; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Angela) Flory of North Manchester; two granddaugh-ters; a brother, Robert King Jr., North Manchester; and sisters Beverly Schroll of Warsaw, and Betty Yerkes of North Manch-ester.

Friends may call at the Roanoke Memorial Chapel, 240 Crestwood Dr., Roanoke, today (Wednesday) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will take place Thursday, April 17, 1997 at the Roanoke Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Felts officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley, IN where military graveside services will be led by the Roanoke American Le-gion Post #160. 

Preferred memorials are to the Roanoke American Legion Post #160 Charities.


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