Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1999


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John T. Speicher

John T. Speicher, 84, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. He was born Oct. 11, 1914 in Wabash County, IN to Joseph L. and Inez M. (Morford) Speicher. He married Nora May Tschantz Feb. 7, 1936, and she survives.

Mr. Speicher was a retired farmer and tool & die maker at Manchester Tool & Die. 

He was a 1933 graduate of Laketon High School. He was a member of United Methodist Church of North Manchester, and a Deming Lodge #88 F & AM member of North Manchester.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Nora, include a son, Jim Speicher of North Manchester; two daughters - Mrs. Joe (Penny) Deal of North Manchester and Peggy Bernardin of Wabash; two brothers - Paul Speicher and Robert Speicher, both of North Manchester; a sister Eva Snyder of Laketon, IN; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death.

Friends may call Thursday, Jan. 7, from 1 to 7 p.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary. Funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 8, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at the North Manchester United Methodist Church with Pastor William Hemmig officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Shriner's Children's' Hospital, or United Methodist Church. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Henry Glade

Henry Glade, 78, of 203 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester, IN, died at his residence Friday, January 1, 1999. He was born Oct. 8, 1920 at Koenigsberg East Prussia, Germany to Bruno and Else (Gottfeld) Glade. He married Shirley A. Hathaway in North Manchester on Nov. 29, 1958.

He was Manchester College Professor Emeritus of German and Russian and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages. He was a visiting Fellow in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. He was a Senior Exchange Scholar with the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia, at the Gorki Institute of World Literature. He also taught at the Slavic Institute of the University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. He was a Fulbright Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, and a Research Fellow at the Deutsche Derschungs - Gemeinschaft.

In 1937, he fled Nazi Germany and arrived in the U.S. on July 4, 1940, after intermediate stays in Italy and Havana, Cuba, where he met Lowel Wright, a North Manchester native working with the Quakers. Impressed with Henry's intellect, Mr. Wright arranged for Henry to get a scholarship at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA, where he received a B.A. in 1942. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He did post-doctoral studies at the Indiana University Summer Language Institute and Yale University. Henry was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Civilian Signal Corp during WW II. He was a member of the Modern Language Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley A. Glade of North Manchester, a sister, Lisa Matsson of Stockholm, Sweden, a stepbrother, Dr. Michael Levin of London, England; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester, Thursday, January 7, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Patricia Helman officiating. Friends may call Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, and one hour prior to the Thursday service. Cremation took place Jan. 5, 1999 at Fort Wayne, IN.

Memorials may be made to A. C. Baugher Fund, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022; U.I.F./Summer Research Laboratory, University of Illinois Foundation, 1308 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801; or Heartland Hospice, 1103 SR 114W, North Manchester, IN 46962.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Olga Bendsen

Olga Bendsen, 86, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. She was born June 27, 1912 at Hordum, Denmark to Niels and Ingeborg (Neilson) Bendsen.

She was a 1938 graduate of Manchester College, receiving a B.A. in Psychology/English. She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren, and the Manchester College Alumni Association. She was personnel director at Bethany Brethren Hospital in Chicago, IL for many years.

She is survived by four sisters - Ellen Keim and Marie Ebersole, both of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, Nell VonEhr of Montgomery, IL, and Ruth Rowe of Nashville, IN. A brother, Victor Bendsen, preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday), Jan. 6, 1999 at Timbercrest Chapel with Pastors Susan Boyer and Charles Lunkley officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.

Preferred memorial contributions are to Crestwood at Timbercrest Retirement Community. Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.

Jane Hostetler

Jane Hostetler, 72, of New Castle, IN, died Monday, January 4, 1999 at Henry County Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. She was born July 23, 1926 at Bremen IN to Gilgan "Gip" Andrew and Verda Elizabeth (Smeltzer) Birkey. The Hostetlers were former North Manchester residents, having established the Hostetler Addition (Orchard Drive area) during their residence here.

She was a member of the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren and a member of the SE-DU-GRO Home Ec. Club. She and her husband pastored several area churches, including The White Branch Church of the Brethren, Mooreland North Christian Church, and the Upper Fall Creek Church of the Brethren. She held many different district offices in the Church of the Brethren and had volunteered with the Brethren Disaster Relief and the American Red Cross.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Richard Hostetler whom she married on April 24, 1948; three daughters - Nancy Horst of Hagerstown, Sally Hostetler of Fairfax, VA, and Mrs. Duane (Mary Jane) Dye of New Castle; two sons - Jim Hostetler (wife, Teri) of Anderson and Jerry Hostetler (wife, Cheryl) of New Castle; nine grandchildren - Jennifer Yockey of Smithville, OH, Jackie Bendsen of Wabash, Mark and Erin Hostetler of Anderson, Jill and Laura Hostetler of New Castle, and Mackenzie, Tanner and Bronson Dye of New Castle; four sisters - Mrs. Harry (Betty) Shoup, Mrs. Phil (Glennis) Reidenbach and Mrs. Tom (Carol) Boyer, all of Bremen, IN, and Mrs. Dave (Dottie) Byler of Hickory, NC; a brother and his wife, Bob and Arlene Birkey of Plymouth, IN; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Zachary Dye.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday) Jan. 6, 1999 at the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren with the Revs. John Bunch and Jack Hannum officiating. Burial was in Brick Cemetery. 

Main & Frame Funeral Home of 2011 Broad St., New Castle, IN 47362 was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Disaster Relief Fund through the funeral home.

Ernest Prater

Ernest Prater, 80, of 136 Lafayette St., Wabash, IN, died Friday, Jan. 1, 1999 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born Mar. 30, 1918 at Floyd County, KY to William B. and Ossie (Bays) Prater. 

He first married America Whitt on Sept. 27, 1935 and she died Nov. 11, 1986. His second marriage was to Mary Snowberger on Dec. 5, 1987. He was a member of the Wabash Church of the Nazarene, United Mine Workers Union, and the National AARP. He was retired, after 30 years, as a coal miner, and later worked for Endicott Church Furniture Co. in Warsaw, IN for 17 years.

He is survived by his wife Mary Prater of Wabash; three daughters - Mrs. Mike (Ernestine) Meek and Frances Eckman, both of Urbana, IN, and Mrs. Vearl (Wanda) Culp of Argos, IN; two sons - Rabin J. Prater of South Bend and Raymond (Dottie) Prater of Kokomo, IN; a step son, William (Pat) Helm of Phoenix, AZ; a brother, Ed Prater of Prestonsburg, KY; 11 grandchildren, two step grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A son (Eugene), two sisters and six brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral was held today (Wednesday) Jan. 6, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with Pastor Kevin Stirratt officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash Church of the Nazarene. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Larry L. Richey

Larry Lee "N9TAB" Richey, 55, of 23 Northcliff Dr., Wabash, IN, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born July 14, 1943 at Marion, IN to John David and Ruth Ann (Ancil) Richey.

He was first married to Jean Kaye Kailer on April 23, 1965; she died Aug. 19, 1994. His second marriage was to Kathy Rice Wright at Gatlinburg, TN on April 7, 1998. 

He attended Calvary Baptist Church in Wabash. He was a member of the Wabash American Legion, a past president of the Huntington H.A.M. Club. He was an A.W.A.N.A. (Approved Workmen are not Ashamed) group leader at the Royal Center Baptist Church. He was a product engineer at Ford Meter Box Co. in Wabash for 14 years, and had at one time taught at Ivy Tech in Logansport. He was a 1961 graduate of Marion High School, and a graduate of Indiana/Purdue in Kokomo. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1964.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy, of Wabash; his mother, Ruth Ann Richey of Marion; two sons - Larry Lee Richey, II of South Bend and David Warren Richey of LaFontaine; a step son, Jordan Ellis Wright of Wabash; a brother, Robert Richey of Anderson, IN; and 23 grandchildren.

Friends may call today (Wednesday) at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel from 2 to 7 p.m. Funeral will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor James Stevanus officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Stanley L. Brovont

Stanley L. Brovont, 90, of North Manchester, IN died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999. He was born May 24, 1908 at Covert, MI to Tobias B. and Laura D. (Petry) Brovont. He married Velma N. Coning on April 30, 1939 in North Manchester.

He was a member of the North Manchester Old German Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Velma; a daughter, Mrs. Carl (Esther) Strike of North Manchester; two sisters - Mrs. Kenneth (Lucy) Wilcox of Grand Rapids, MI and Mrs. Howard (Ross) Wilcox of Ada, MI; three brothers - Jesse (Donna) Brovont of Dallas, TX, Sharron (Alice) Brovont of Battle Creek, MI, and Ernest (Neva) Brovont of Galion, OH; a sister-in-law, Thelma Brovont of St. Roberts, MO; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Five brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester, Friday January 8, from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at the Old German Baptist Church of North Manchester, with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial will be in the Old German Baptist Cemetery of North Manchester.

Arrangements are by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel.


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