Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997


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Wayne E. Ruse

Wayne E. Ruse, 83, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born May 23, 1913 in Chester Township, Wabash County, to Harvey Leroy (Roy) and Hazel H. (Shively) Ruse. He married Kathleen L. Briner Sept. 20, 1936 and they resided on a farm, located on Philbaum Road, south of North Manchester prior to moving to Timber-crest.

Mr. Ruse was a member of N. Manchester First Brethren Church where he has served on the Board of Deacons for 50 years. He was a retired farmer, drove school bus for 21 years for Manchester Community Schools, and was co-owner of the former Ruse & Badskey Standard Station in North Manchester. He was a 1932 graduate of Chester High School.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, at Timbercrest; two sons - Gene L. Ruse of Fort Wayne and Donald W. Ruse of Sweetser, IN. He also has three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A brother, Dale Ruse, preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Wednesday (today), Feb. 26, 1997 at Timbercrest Chapel, North Manchester, with Pastors Marlin McCann and Kurt Stout officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.

Bessie E. Wampler

Bessie Ethel Wampler, 98, of 533 Superior St., Wabash, IN, died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997 at Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash, IN. She was born Oct. 20, 1898 at Lagro, IN to Robert and Anna (Webb) Collins. She married P. Elmer Wampler in Wabash April 20, 1918 and he died June 20, 1975. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Wabash North Wesleyan Church.

She is survived by four daugh-ters - Barbara Haskins of Wabash, Dorcas Hayes of Frankton, IN, Marilyn Slagle of Pella, IA, and Bonitta Michaels of Wabash; two sons - Donnas Wampler of Haywood, CA and Jim Wampler of Warsaw; 13 grandchildren, 20 great grand-children, and 10 great-great grandchildren. A son, three brothers, a sister, two grand-children, two great grandchil-dren and two great-great grand-children preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held at the Wabash North Wesleyan Church Monday, Feb. 24th with the Rev. Robert L. Brown Sr. of-ficiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. 

Eva L. Gale

Eva L. Gale, 86, of North Manchester, died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997 at Peabody Home in North Manchester. She had resided with her son and daugh-ter-in-law in North Manchester for the past 15 years. Prior to that, they lived just north of South Whitley.

Mrs. Gale was born July 30, 1910 in Whitley County, Indiana, a daughter of George and Lula (Ward) Betzner. Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township, Whitley County; she completed her education in the Thorncreek School.

She married Robert Clay Gale in 1931. With the exception of a few years in Kosciusko County, they had spent their married life in Whitley County where she was a homemaker. Mr. Gale preceded her in death in 1966.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Lewis and LaDonna Gale of North Manch-ester; a daughter, Elizabeth Stanfield of California City, CA; five grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She was pre-ceded in death by a son, Carl Gale; a brother, Earlin Betzner; and a sister, Bonita Graves.

Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 24th, 1997 at Smith & Sons Miller chapel, South Whitley with Pastor Robert Schmeiser, chaplain of Peabody Retirement Community, officiating. Burial was in the Nolt Cemetery, south of Columbia City.

James R. Leazenby

James R. Leazenby, 17, of 480 Elm St., Wabash, IN, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. He was born April 24, 1979 at Wabash, IN to James A. Leazenby of Wabash, and Mary (Wycuff) Evers of Fort Recov-ery, OH. He was a 10th grade student at Wabash High School.

Survivors include his parents, his step father, Michael Evers of Ft. Recovery, OH; his grand-mother, Mrs. Hazel Wycuff of Macedon, OH, and step grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Evers of Ft. Recovery, OH. Also grandparents Frank and Norma Jean Leazenby of Fort Wayne, IN, and great grandparents, Mrs. Mary Hurt of Wabash and Ben and Betty Calhoun of Gas City, IN; a half brother, Matthew Evers of Ft. Recovery, OH; a sis-ter, April Leazenby and a half sister, Michelle Evers, both of Ft. Recovery, OH.

Friends may call today (Wednesday) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, IN. where funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Thomas Eggold officiating. Burial will be in Mississinewa Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Fund.

Joseph L. Catterton

Joseph Lansing Catterton, 75, of 230 Dover St., Lagro, IN, died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997 at his residence. He was born Aug. 18, 1921 at Lawrenceville, IL to Franklin L. and Della (Turner) Catterton, both deceased. He was retired from Celotex Corpo-ration in October of 1985 after 42 1/2 years employment. He was a member of the Lagro Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by three sons - Joseph Allen Catterton of Frank-fort, IN, David Catterton of La-gro, and James C. Catterton of Wabash; two daughters - Lana Brosman of Huntington, IN and Jane Tucker of Wabash; a sister, Ethel Outler of Lawrenceville, IL and a brother, Byron Catterton of Griffith, IN; nine grandchil-dren and six great grandchil-dren. He was preceded in death by two daughters - Lenore Wiley and Jean A. Catterton, and a son, Dyler Catterton.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday) Feb. 26, 1997 at Lagro Presbyterian Church with Pastor Richard Long offici-ating; burial was in Falls Ceme-tery, Wabash.

Manchester Ave. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen was in charge of arrangements.

Richard M. McElveen Jr.

Richard Marvin "Rick" McElveen, Jr., 43, of 21 Northcliff Dr., Wabash, died Wednes-day, Feb. 19, 1997 at his home. He was born Aug. 17, 1953 at Yoakum, TX to Richard M. McElveen, Sr. of Baytown, TX and Joyce (Reynolds) Hiatt of Wabash. Both survive.

A resident of Wabash County since 1968, coming from Texas, Mr. McElveen, Jr. was a 1971 graduate of Northfield High School. He married Julia Paschall Aug. 17, 1993 in Wabash. He worked as a shipping supervisor for Jefferson Smurfit in Wabash for 20 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972-1975, and was a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15, and the Indiana Sheriff's Association.

Survivors include his wife, Ju-lia, his parents; a son, Troy McElveen of Wabash; a daughter Jennifer Rocha of Kerrville, TX; a step son Robert Netro of Wabash; a sister, Mary Catherine McElveen of Wabash; his stepfather, Morton Hiatt of Wabash and stepmother, Lillian McElveen of Baytown, TX; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997 at Manchester Ave. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen, and burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery.

Preferred memorial are to the American Heart Association.

Miriam Lavengood

A resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, Miriam J. Lavengood, 90, died at Peabody Healthcare Center Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1997. She was born Feb. 3, 1907 in Wabash County, IN to Otto and Carrie (Hiner) Jack. She married Bert B. Lavengood April 5, 1930 and he died July 25, 1974. 

She was a member of the Wabash First United Methodist Church, a charter member of the North Manchester Fine Arts Club, and a member of the North Manchester Tri Kappa Sorority. She gave piano lessons in her home in Wabash for many years, and she and her husband owned and operated a restaurant in North Manchester from 1945 to 1953. She lived at 2 Elmwood Dr. in Wabash for many years prior to moving to Peabody Retirement Community.

She is survived by a daughter, Martha Graham of Sumter, SC; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 24, 1997 at Roann Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Fu-neral Service with Dr. Bill Moon officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery, Roann, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the First United Methodist Church.

Verlin E. Haupt

Verlin Eugene Haupt, 76, of 523 W. Hill St., Wabash, IN died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997 at Mar-ion VA Medical Center, Marion, IN. He was born Mar. 14, 1920 at Wabash, IN to John and Olive Marie (Cory) Haupt.

He married Garnet Roth in Wabash, IN on Dec. 15, 1951. He worked for 18 years in the trucking industry as a dock worker for Pacific Mountain Express, in Los Angeles, CA. He was a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a mem-ber of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, Wabash. He was a World War II army veteran.

Survivors include his wife at Wabash, IN; a daughter, Mrs. William (Helen) Lewis of Cleve-land, TN; a sister, Evelyn Parker of Logansport, IN; five grand-children and six great grand-children. He was preceded in death by a son and six brothers.

Funeral service was held at Main St. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service Friday, Feb. 21, 1997 with the Rev. John Leinbaugh officiating. Burial was in Marion National Cemetery, Marion, IN. 

Preferred memorials are to the family of Verlin Haupt.


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