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Blake Scroggs, 36, of Delong

Blake Scroggs, 36, of Delong, passed away at 2:04 PM on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

 

On January 29, 1986, William Blake was born in Plymouth to William H. and Judy Ann Stevens Scroggs.

 

Growing up he shared his childhood with an older sister, Ashley and a younger brother, Levi.  He was a member of the Class of 2004 at Culver Community High School. Representing the Cavaliers, he played football and baseball.

 

Uncle Blake cherished the time playing with his nieces and nephews. Being very social, he always enjoyed being around people to visit and catch up on their lives. To relax, he read Stephen King novels and played video games. Blake worked as a cook in area restaurants.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Blake are his mother Judy Scroggs and companion; Mark Pratt of Delong; sister, Ashley Buschman and husband Michael of Culver;  brother, Levi Scroggs and wife Mikaela of Ora; six nieces and nephews, Ryane Buschman, Kael Buschman, Oliver Buschman, Ayden Minix, Clay Scroggs, Norah Scroggs and numerous aunts, uncles,  and cousins.

 

Preceding Blake in death is his father.

 

A celebration of the life of William Blake Scroggs will be at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM on Monday, May 16, 2022 and one hour prior to the services in the funeral home on Tuesday.

 

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Beverly J. "Bev" Hooper, 72, of Rensselaer, formerly of Star City

Beverly J. “Bev” Hooper, 72, of Rensselaer, formerly of Star City, passed away Monday, May 9, 2022 at Franciscan Health Hospital in Lafayette, IN. 

 

She was born August 23, 1949 in Lafayette, IN to the late Lee E. and Merlene F. [Linback] Kiser.  Bev graduated from Star City High School in 1968 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1970.  

 

On May 31, 1969, she married Layne Hooper in Pulaski, IN.He survives. 

 

Bev enjoyed cooking, antiquing, and attending auctions.  She enjoyed meeting new people and spending time with her friends.  She especially enjoyed traveling to see her kids and grandkids. 

 

As a phenomenal cook, she could conjure warmth and love through food and baked goods.  Cakes, cookies, and large meals were a labor of love and something that was always being prepared to delight anyone lucky enough to be close when they were fully prepared. 

 

Bev was a kind and compassionate mother, and her children felt a special bond with her well into their adult years.  To know Beverly was to know a friend.  She could strike up a conversation with anyone, at any time, on any topic, and they were left with the warmth of her humor and kindness. 

 

Bev will be tremendously missed by all who were privileged enough to know her…rest peacefully Bev.

 

She is survived by:

Layne Hooper, Rensselaer, INHusband

Shannon (Jennifer) Hooper, Thornton, COSon

Trisha Giombetti, Lindenhurst, IL Daughter

Peyton Hooper, Granddaughter

Chase Hooper, Grandson

Andrea L Childs, Florida Sister

 

She was preceded in death by:

Lee E. and Merlene F. [Linback] Kiser, Parents

 

Visitation will be from 11 AM - 1 PM EDT on Friday, June 3, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1 PM EDT Friday, June 3, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Leroy Kinnamanofficiating. 

 

The VFW and Legion will conduct military honors following the services at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Pulaski Animal Center.

 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Charles M. Easton, 88, of Rochester

Charles M. Easton, 88, Rochester, passed away at 10:37 A.M. Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Indiana.

He was born on December 30, 1933 in Rector, Arkansas, the son of Charles and Louise (Tyler) Easton. On July 1, 1953, in Hernando, Mississippi, he married Linda Lou Sommers and she survives.

Charles was an Auto Technician and had owned and operated Shell Service Stations in Kokomo, Indiana, South Bend, Indiana, Greentown, Indiana, Tipton, Indiana and Roselawn, Indiana. He had been a member and Elder at Christ Chapel and the Christian Center Church, South Bend, Indiana, and a member of the Gideon International. He had performed missionary work in Nepal and Honduras. Other than the love for his family, he was a dedicated fisherman, participating in many fishing tournaments, and enjoyed golf.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Easton, Rochester, Indiana, children, James A. Easton, Kokomo, Indiana, Jeffrey (Linda) Easton, Elkhart, Indiana, grandchildren, Michelle (Frank) Hilbert, Osceola, Indiana, January Easton, Muncie, Indiana, Lacey (Christopher) Sinnett, Washington D.C., Eric (Destiny) Easton, Edwardsburg, Michigan, Matthew Easton, Fort Wayne, Indiana, great grandchildren, Angelica Sharp, Logan Hilbert, Peyton Hilbert, Austin Briscoe, Ethan Pharis, Elliana Sinnett, Easton Sinnett, Elias Sinnett, Chloe’ Leemon. Brother, Gene Easton, Kempton, Indiana, and sister, Cleta Bell, Amboy, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Lonnie Easton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Private graveside services will be conducted at the Springdale Cemetery, Bunker Hill, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Feed the Nations. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Richard Ted "Dick" Myers, 85, of Monticello

Richard Ted “Dick” Myers, 85, of Monticello, passed away 3:05 PM Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Franciscan Health Hospital in Crown Point.

 

He was born on December 20, 1936 in Francesville, IN to the late Ted and Lura [Weltzin] Myers.  Dick graduated from Francesville High School in 1955.  On October 27, 1956, he married Wanda May “Sis” Shidler in Francesville.  She passed away on February 13, 2011.

 

Dick was a lifelong iron worker and member of the Ironworkers Local #379 in Lafayette, IN which later merged with Local #22 in Indianapolis, IN.  He also owned and operated Dick & Wanda’s Restaurant and Bar in Chalmers, IN for several years. 

 

Dick was a member of the White County Farm Bureau, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2570, Sons of The American Legion Post #81 and the VFW Auxiliary Post #2231 all of Monticello.  He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, Pheasants Forever, and the international Moose Lodge.   He enjoyed racing, hunting, and fishing as well as gambling and playing cards.  He especially enjoyed family gatherings and was well-known for his relish trays and shrimp platters.   Dick cherished the many breakfasts brought to him daily by his brother, Jim.  Most of all, Dick loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He will be deeply missed. 

 

He is survived by:

Richard Ted “Rick” (Mary) Myers, Jr., Rensselaer, IN Son

Brad L. Garling, Winamac, IN Son-in-law

Richard James (Savannah Eldridge) Myers, Grandson

Christopher Patrick (Tori) Myers, Grandson

Nicholas Anthony Myers, Grandson

Kathryn Mae Myers, Granddaughter

Leslie Marie (Aaron) Disinger, Granddaughter

Matthew Lee Garling, Grandson

5 Great Grandchildren: Mason, Hayden, Kaylee, Emmalynn, and Lucy (And one on the way.)

James Myers, Monon, IN Brother

Rose (Mike) Salyer, Francesville, IN

Bill Davis, Francesville, IN Brother-in-law

Ralph Shidler, Lafayette, IN Brother-in-law

Richard “Bick” Shidler, Argos, IN Brother-in-law

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Ted and Lura [Weltzin] Myers, Parents

Wanda May “Sis” Shidler, Wife

Shelia Kay Garling, Daughter

Sue Allen, Sister

Nina Davis, Sister

Helen Wilson, Sister

 

Visitation will be from 10 AM - 12 Noon EDT Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 Noon EDT Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Jeff Seger officiating. 

Burial will take place at Buck Cemetery in Thornhope, IN. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Memorial Swinging Bridge Project.

Online Tributes may be made at www.frainmortuary.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

 

Virginia M. "Ginny" Barr, 91, of Winamac

Virginia M. “Ginny” Barr, 91, of Winamac, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo, IN. 

 

She was born on April 13, 1931 in Chicago, IL to the late Arthur and Alice [Friedland] Olson.  A few years later, the Olson family moved to a farm in Jefferson Township in rural Pulaski County, IN.  Virginia attended Brush College Elementary School and graduated from Winamac High School in1949. 

 

After high school, she earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from South Bend College of Commerce. 

 

Virginia married David W. “Dave” Barr II on April 7, 1951 in Winamac.  Together they operated Winamac Cleaners and Snow White Laundry for 34 years, which they purchased from Dave’s father in 1959.  Virginia had previously been employed as a bookkeeper for Von Tobel’s Lumber Co.
 

Virginia was a devoted member of Bethel Bible Church in Winamac where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years.  She was also a member of Alpha Iota International Honor Society, Lambda Sigma Chi, and Kitchen Kadettes Home-Ec Club.  Virginia was an avid Purdue Basketball/Football fan and lifetime member of the John Purdue Club.  She enjoyed traveling, gardening, and sewing.  Many wonderful summers were spent at the family cottage on Bass Lake where family and friends have gathered since 1904.  Most of all, Virginia loved spending time with her family.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

She is survived by:

 Randy (Debbie) Barr, Willis, TX Son

Christine (Michael) Gilman, Winamac, IN Daughter

Craig (Pam) Barr, Kokomo, IN Son

Chad (Kristy) Gilman, Grandson

Natalie Gilman, Granddaughter

Justin (Megan) Barr, Grandson

Heather (Ronald) Perry, Granddaughter

Angela (Travis) Kovar, Granddaughter

Lauren (Zach) Decker, Granddaughter

Emily Barr, Granddaughter

Landon Barr, Great Grandson

Aubrey Barr, Great Granddaughter

Kylie Barr, Great Granddaughter

Blair Perry, Great Granddaughter

Hudson Perry, Great Grandson

Parker Kovar, Great Granddaughter

Kipton Kovar, Great Grandson

Charlene (Ralph) Fritz, Winamac, IN Sister

Marjorie Barr Thompson, Sister-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Arthur and Alice [Friedland] Olson, Parents

David W. “Dave” Barr II, Husband

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Friday, May 13, 2022 at Bethel Bible Church in Winamac, IN with Pastors Ron DeGraaff and Don Whipple officiating. 

Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, IN.

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EDT Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Bethel Bible Church.

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

Judith E. West Horner, 80, Greentown

Judith E. West Horner, 80, Greentown, passed away at 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Community North Hospital, Indianapolis. 

Born March 24, 1942, in Kokomo, Indiana, she was the daughter of W. James and Helen Wanita (Hutchins) West.  On June 17, 1960, in Kokomo, Indiana, she was married to Johnny L. Horner, and he survives. 

Judy was a 1960 graduate of Kokomo High School and was an active member of the Greentown United Methodist Church.  She retired as a librarian from Delco Electronics where she had worked for thirty years.  She loved being around antiques.  She had worked for auctioneers, co-owned an antique store, and managed resale booths at antique shops.  Saturday’s were often spent with Johnny and Judy heading out to antique malls and auctions to see what treasures they could bring home. She loved collecting glass, especially water pitchers and any Greentown-made items.

Judy loved keeping busy.  She spent hours making greeting cards or crocheting keepsakes for her family.  She spent hours volunteering at her church, the Nearly New Shop, the National Greentown Glass Association, and the Greentown Glass Museum.  Several years ago, she spearheaded the renovation of the glass museum, taking her vision for a redesigned and educational space and turning it into a reality.  Just recently, she took on a new role with the NGGA as an administrator who was charged with organizing decades of disheveled records and research materials.  This was one task in which she truly excelled, and she delighted in organizing items that would help preserve the history of her hometown.  

Judy loved spending time in the kitchen and preparing meals and sweet treats for her family to share, making sure to always have something on hand for whoever stopped in to visit.  While she loved collecting antiques, she would not hesitate to tell you that her greatest treasure of all was her family!

She leaves behind her husband Johnny Horner, Greentown; two sons, Jim Horner, Greentown; and John Horner, Kokomo; daughter-in-law, Patty Horner, Greentown; eight grandchildren, Stephanie (Kevin) Shidler, Kokomo; Michael (Brittany) Horner, Kokomo; Holly Hancock (Gabe Guardado), Greentown; Sara (Brad) Myers, Sellersburg; Wesley (Lexi) Horner, Westfield; John Horner, Greentown; Levi Horner (Ashleigh Chelf), Greentown; and Lileigh Horner, Kokomo; thirteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Cindy Badham, Kokomo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Mark E. Horner; and one sister, Linda Parker.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Kokomo Zion United Methodist Church, 5051 E. 400 N, Kokomo, with Pastor Brian White officiating.  Burial will follow in Mast-Hensler Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greentown Glass Museum.

Alyce Cassandra Dale, age 48, Akron

Alyce Cassandra Dale, age 48, Akron, died on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Stillwater Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was born on July 12, 1973 in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada to Tedd W. and Barbara M. (Daniels) Curry.  Alyce lived in Akron for 16 years coming from Superior, Wisconsin.

Alyce had worked at the Argos and Rochester McDonalds, KFC and Subway in Rochester.  She was also employed by Fairmont Homes in Nappanee, Indiana.  She loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and camping.

Surviving Alyce is her partner: Laura Watson of Akron; (5) children: Stoney Dale of Akron; Francis Dale of Peru; Yolanda Dale of New York; Amanda Watson of Hamlet; Haley Watson of North Judson; (2) sisters: Barbara Curry of South Dakota; Crystal Dirks of Winamac; (2) brothers: Tedd Curry of North Dakota; Bradley (spouse Melissa) Curry of Fairmont, Minnesota; father: Scott Cairns of Superior, Wisconsin; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Preceding Alyce in death were her grandparents, parents, (mother-in-law) Karen Sleighter, (granddaughter) Kali Reed

A gathering of friends and family to honor and remember the life Alyce will be at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester Street, Akron, Indiana.  Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Alyce C. Dale.

Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome.com

Teresa Hammel, 63, of Rochester

Teresa Hammel, 63, of Rochester passed away at 5:59 PM on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

On October 27, 1958, Teresa Sue was born in Rochester to George E. Jr. and Catherine “Mick” Kirkpatrick Barnett. Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters and two brothers. Proudly she graduated from Rochester High School  with the Class of 1977.

Teresa and Jon M. Hammel were married on November 1, 1986 in Sanibel, FL. They have shared 35 years of life’s adventures.  The Hammel’s enjoyed traveling.  They went to Look Out Mountain while in Colorado and most recently went to Florida.

As the co-owner of the Hammel Wrecker Service, Teresa served as the office manager and the Vice President for 24 years. She took great pride in working on and completing expansions projects for the business.

Planting flowers to enhance her lawn and maintaining her huge vegetable garden was a favorite hobby. Hunting mushrooms was a highlight of the spring season.  

Family time around the dinner table was a treasured time. There was nothing better than her sloppy joes, steamy vegetable and potato soups, and the delicious pineapple upside down cake.  Usually, Beatles music could be heard in the background during these times.

Left to cherish the memories of Teresa are her husband, Jon; daughter Hali Warnick and husband Mark of Indianapolis; son Ian Hammel and wife Samantha of Rochester; two sisters: Sheila Banush and husband Rick of Rochester, Tami Harrah and husband Max of Rochester; two brothers: Mike Barnett and wife Rhonda of Rochester, Pat Barnett of Craig, CO; in-laws: Bill and Vicki Hammel of Rochester, Mike Hammel of Rochester, Lois Hammel of Rochester, Loretta and Tom Blessing of Goshen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Teresa in death are her parents.

A celebration of the life of Teresa Sue Hammel will be at 1:00 PM, Friday on May 13, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St. Rochester.  Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM on Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Marguerite H. "Midge" Mohr, 93, of Winamac

Marguerite H. “Midge” Mohr, 93, of Winamac, passed away at 9:06 AM Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Hickory Creek in Winamac. 

 

She was born on August 8, 1928 in New Troy, MI to the late Walter and Mabel [Black] Casto.  Midge was a graduate of Buchanan High School.  On July 1, 1949, she married William L. “Bill” Mohr in Monticello, IN.  He passed away on July 22, 2003.

 

Midge was a member of the Winamac First United Methodist Church and Winamac VFW Auxiliary.  She enjoyed bird watching as well as flower gardening and had a knack for making floral arrangements.  Midge was a proud homemaker who loved caring for her family.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

She is survived by:

John (Rita) Mohr, South Whitley, IN Son

Mary (Kevin) Brown, North Judson, IN Daughter

Jim (Lynn) Mohr, Ft. Wayne, IN Son

Mollie (Bob) Podell, Tavares, FL Daughter

Melissa (Gabe) Hamelman, Granddaughter

Michelle (Chris) Cahoe, Granddaughter

Megan (Chris) Hittle, Granddaughter

Annie Podell, Granddaughter

Nick Podell, Grandson

Josh (Holly) Mohr, Grandson

Ben (Julie) Mohr, Grandson

Kevin (Beth) Peters, Grandson

Amie (Dan) Laven, Granddaughter

24 Great Grandchildren

Shirley (Gale) Reese, Plymouth, IN Sister

Howard (Anne) Casto, Myrtle Beach, SC Brother

Linda (Ed)Bope, LaPaz, IN Sister

Vera Casto, Niles, MI Sister-in-law

Mary (Kenneth) Reutebuch, FL Sister-in-law

Donna (Ed) Gates, IN Sister-in-law

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

 

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Walter V. Casto, Sr., Father

Mabel [Black] Casto Dowd, Mother

Everett Dowd, Step Father

William L. “Bill” Mohr, Husband

Walter V. Casto, Jr., Brother

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 2 PM EDT Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EDT Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac, IN. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Memorial Swinging Bridge Project.  For more information or to donate online, please visit https://memorialswingingbridge.com/donate/.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Linda Kay Madeford-Earwood, 78, of Rochester (formerly of Akron)

Linda Kay Madeford-Earwood, age 78, of Rochester (formerly of Akron) died on April 30, 2022 at 6:56 a.m. at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, IN.

 

She was born on October 21, 1943 to Joseph and Eletha “Lee” (Young) Madeford in Denver, Colorado.

 

Linda was a 1961 graduate of Akron High School and attended Airline School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was married to James Earwood who died in 2013.  She grew up in Akron, Indiana and moved to Greenup, Kentucky and lived there for 50 years. 

 

Her work career included being a receptionist for Dun & Bradstreet, operating the Akron Café for two years and worked most of her life at Applegates Grocery Store in Greenup, Kentucky where she retired in 2016.  She then moved back to the Akron area in 2016.

 

Surviving Linda is her companion: Kenton L. Kroft of Rochester, IN; (1) daughter: Sandra Hackworth of Greenup, KY; (1) son: Randall Bradford of Wurtland, KY; (3) grandchildren; (5) great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Linda in death are her parents, husband James Earwood and brother Joey Madeford.

 

Graveside services and burial will be Monday; May 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Akron IOOF Cemetery officiated by Pastor Kathy Nelson.

 

The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Linda K. Earwood.

 

Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome.com

Janice Fay Stansberry, 81, of Star City

Janice Fay Stansberry, 81, of Star City, passed away at Hickory Creek at Winamac on Saturday, April 30, 2022. 

 

She was born on December 20, 1940 in Valparaiso, to the late Dale and Mary Tilton Garling. On April 13, 1957 Janice married George Mack Stansberry in Rensselaer, IN.

 

She is survived by:

George Mack Stansberry, Star City, IN Husband

Robbi(Marina) Stansberry, Monterey, IN Brother

Debbie (Robert) Wertz, Fort Wayne, IN Sister

George (Robin) Stansberry Jr., Pennsylvania Son

Samantha Jean Hendon, Catiz, KY Daughter

20 Grandchildren

Many Great-grandchildren and Great-great-grandchildren

Judy Pate, Wheatfield, IN Sister

 

Preceded in death by:

Dale and Mary Tilton Garling, Parents

Tami Iverson, Daughter

Brian StansberrySon

Stephani Iverson,Granddaughter

1 Sister

2 Brothers

 

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Online Tributes may be offered www.frainmortuary.com.

Sandra Kay Weldy, 74, of Winamac

Sandra Kay Weldy, 74, of Winamac, IN passed away at her home on Friday, April 29, 2022. 

 

She was born on May 16, 1947 in Logansport, IN to the late Joseph D. and Dorothy F. Morrison Ross.

 

On June 28, 1996 Sandra married Robert C. Weldy in New Orleans, LA. Sandra had worked as a travel agent. She had owned travel agencies in Winamac and Logansport.

 

Sandra was known for her handmade and decorated cards that she frequently sent to family and friends. She was a great baker, especially her pies. Sandra enjoyed walks in the woods and spending time  at the family cabin by the river. Sandra will be remembered for her one of a kind, spunky attitude. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

 

She is survived by:

Robert C. Weldy, Winamac, IN Husband

Kenan L. (Tom Weida) Mayhew, Pinellas Park, FlDaughter

Lisa (Rusty) Long,Pond Creek, OK   Daughter

5 Grandchilden

Paige (Ty)

Lainie

Lillie

Isabella

Makaela

1 Great-grandson

Link

Carolyn (Michael) Teyner,   Largo, FL Sister

 

Preceded in death by:

Joseph D. and Dorothy F. Morrison Ross, Parents

Donna Ross,   Sister

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Winamac VFW on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 1-5 PM EDT..

 

Private burial will be in Winamac Cemetery at a later date.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

 

Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Online Tributes may be offered www.frainmortuary.com.

 

 

Barry D. Day, 42, of Winamac

Barry D. Day, 42, of Winamac, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Franciscan Healthcare in Indianapolis, IN.

 

He was born on May 29, 1979 in Monticello, IN to Kerry and Dana [Ruhl] Day.

 

Barry was the Wastewater Treatment Superintendent of Winamac. He was a 1998 graduate of Winamac Community High School. Barry was all-conference and Loganland in football. He was a state qualifier in wrestling his senior year of high school.

 

He was a ten year member of the Pulaski County 4-H, and recently a member of the 4-H Council.

 

He is a member of the Star City United Methodist Church.

 

Barry coached track, football and wrestling at Winamac schools. He enjoyed doing anything outside, including hunting, gardening, fishing, hiking and planting trees. Barry loved caring for his farm animals. He especially enjoyed watching his children play sports.

 

Barry was a major ice cream enthusiast. He was extremely witty and never met a stranger. He could light up a room with his smile.Above all, Barry loved spending time with his family and friends.

 

“There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.”

 

He is survived by:

Aiden Day, Winamac, INSon

Brenna Day, Winamac, IN Daughter

Shailyn Day, Winamac, IN Daughter

Keenan Day, Winamac, IN Son

Lori Jones, Shipshewana, IN Fiancée

Kullen (Toni) Day, Winamac, IN Brother

Travis Day, Winamac, IN Brother

Dana (Kathy Hamalian) Ruhl, Delphi, IN Mother

Kerry (Angela) Day, Monon, INFather

Dean and Bonnie [Deam]Ruhl, Star City, IN Maternal Grandparents

Many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins

 

Preceded by:

Victor and Carol [Brust] Day, Paternal Grandparents

Jeremy Day,Cousin

 

Visitation will take place from 2 PM -8 PM EDT on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the Star City United Methodist Church and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Star City United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris and Rev. Jodi Kosary officiating.

 

Online Tributes may be made at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Memorial Contributions can be made to the funeral home to help the family with funeral expenses.

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Hannah L. Gerrich, 86, of Rochester

Hannah L. Gerrich, 86, of Rochester passed away at 10:15 PM on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Woodlawn Hospital of Rochester.

 

On December 5, 1935, Hannah Lee Williams was born in Jenny’s Creek, KY to Mervin L. and Gladys Blair Williams. She graduated with the class of 1953 as valedictorian from Flat Gap High School in Kentucky.

 

Hannah and Merrill “Butch” Gerrich were married on December 1, 1963 in the First Baptist Church, of Rochester. They shared 56 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, he passed away on July 11, 2021. Together they raised three wonderful children.  The family tree has grown with the added blessings of two more generations.

 

Hannah worked in  building maintenance at General Tire of Wabash. Family visits were treasured times. Her favorite travel destinations were returning home to her family to Kentucky, South Carolina and Arizona. To relax, she enjoyed a good book or watching game shows on TV.

 

Left to cherish  Hannah's memory are two daughters: Lee Ann Wall of Ridgeway, SC, Denise Gerrich of Rochester; son Chuck Williams (Judy) of Nicholasville, KY; seven grandchildren: Heather Watson (Steven), Jonathan Williams, Christopher Williams, twins Erin Phillips & Amanda Whaley (Pat), Andrew "Drew" Shafer (Andrea), Megan Kicklighter; six great-grandchildren: Adam Cole Whaley, twins Peyton and Addison Whaley, Keaton Phillips, Nina Watson, Jimmy Watson; favored nephew, Shawn Gerrich.

 

Preceding Hannah in death are her parents, husband; two sisters Barbara Allen Bently and infant Myra Carolyn Williams, three brothers, Dicky Williams and two infant brothers Millard Leslie and Jerry Wayne Williams and son-in-law Bill Wall.

 

A graveside service celebrating the life of Mrs. Hannah L. Gerrich will be at  2:00 PM EDST on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the  Sheriden Estepp Cemetery of Flat Gap, KY. With the Jones-Preston Funeral Home assisting the family.   Local arrangements have been entrusted to Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com .

Jeffery Lee Kingery, 60, Rochester

Jeffery Lee Kingery 60, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 7:33 A.M. Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Indiana.

He was born on May 29, 1961 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of William J. and Patricia (Thompson) Kingery.

Jeff had worked for Rochester Metals for many years and had done construction work with his uncle, Larry Norman. He had been a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed frisbee golf, golf, shooting guns and was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

Survivors include his son, Anthony Kingery Logansport, Indiana, daughter, Amy Kingery, Bremen, Indiana, granddaughter, Amara Schneider, Bremen, Indiana, brothers, Kenny Kingery Fulton, Indiana, Alan (Lori) Kingery, Kewanna, Indiana, sisters, Bonnie Kingery Logansport, Indiana, Julie (Lynn) Miller, Russiaville, Indiana, several nieces and nephews, and his special feline companion “Tootie”. He was preceded in death by his parents.

No services will be conducted at this time. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com  

Daniel Lee Hamilton, 61, of Plymouth

Daniel Lee Hamilton, 61 of Plymouth, passed away on April 25, 2022 at 10:15 a.m. at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth, Indiana.

 

On February 17, 1961 in Star City, Indiana he was born to Lawrence Hamilton and Delores (Rearick) Hamilton. He spent the past 22 years in Marshall county.

 

On November 8, 1980 in Winamac, Indiana he married Julia LeAn Pine and together they would share the next 41 years. 

 

Daniel was a Drywall Finisher and worked for INDOT as a Truck Driver.

 

He served his country in the United States Army National Guard from 1982 to 1988.

 

Daniel is survived by his Wife Julia Hamilton of Plymouth, Indiana

Daughters – Debra Haschel and husband Greg of Argos, Indiana; Jennifer Hamilton of Plymouth, Indiana

Sons – Daniel Hamilton II and wife Amanda of Plymouth, Indiana; Andrew Hamilton and wife Grace of Osceola, Indiana; William Hamilton and fiancé Leslie of Plymouth, Indiana; and Matthew Hamilton and fiancé Shaylyn of Mishawaka, Indiana.

17 Grandchildren 

Brother – Larry Hamilton of Kentucky; and Sam Hamilton and wife Sharon of Tennessee

Sisters – Brenda Adams of Georgia; Patty Kemp of Florida; and Debbie Stoller and husband Rick of Indiana

 

He is preceded in death by his: Parents, Grandsons – Daniel III and Gideon, Sister – Tammy Floyd

 

Services will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to:  Miller’s Merry Manor, Attn: Danial Hamilton Fund, 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, Indiana 46563

 

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, Indiana

Ronald "Ron" Lee Singrey, 78, of Plymouth

Ronald "Ron" Lee Singrey, 78 of Plymouth, passed away on April 23, 2022 at 11:29 p.m. at the Center for Hospice Care, Mishawaka, Indiana following a very brief illness.

 

On September 21, 1943 in Plymouth, Indiana Ron was born to Arnold H, Singrey and Evelyn (Faulkner) Singrey. He lived all of his life in Marshall County.

 

On September 24, 1967 he married Patsy A. Snyder and together they would share the next 54 years.

 

Ron worked at R.R .Donnelley’s for 35 years before retiring in 2001.

 

Ron was a graduate of Plymouth High School with the class of 1962. He served his Country in the United States Army from December 11, 1963 and on April 2, 1965 he received his Honorable discharge. Ron loved spending time gardening and enjoyed watching NASCAR, his favorite driver being Bill Elliott.

 

Survivors and Place of Residence: Ronald is survived by his Wife – Patsy Singrey of Plymouth, Indiana; and his canine companion Rosie

Daughters –  Debbie Melvin and husband Chris of Sheridan, Indiana; and Darla Hinen and husband Danny of Columbia City, Indiana.

4 Grandchildren –  Natalie, Tyler, Landon, and Kyle

Step Granddaughter - Sydnee

Brother – Lowell Singrey and wife Jean of Greentown, Indiana

Sister – Margie Snyder and husband Steve of Bremen, Indiana

Brother-in-Law – Norm McGuire of Warsaw, Indiana; and Sister-in-Law – Robbie Singrey of South Carolina.

 

He is preceded in death by his: Parents, Brother – Allen Singrey, Sister – Phyllis McGuire, and Sister-in-Law and Brother-in-Law – Ruth and Bob Rinard

 

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday April 28, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Argos United Methodist Church, 570 N. Michigan St., Argos, Indiana.

 

Funeral Services will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Max Milton. Burial will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, Indiana. Military Funeral Rites will be conducted by the Argos American Legion.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to:  Argos United Methodist Church, 570 N. Michigan St., Argos, Indiana 46501

 

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, Indiana

William A. "Bill" Garten, 74, of Francesville

William A. “Bill” Garten, 74, of Francesville, passed away peacefully from complications of Parkinson’s Disease on Monday, April 25, 2022 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

 

 He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and two longtime friends.  Bill was born on October 17, 1947 in Shelbyville, IN to the late William L. and Mary [Andrews] Garten.  He graduated from Columbus High School in 1965 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Indiana State University. 

 

On August 31, 1968, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer J. “Jenni” Meyer in Columbus, IN. 

 

Bill began his 18 year career in education as an elementary teacher at Francesville Elementary School in 1970 and spent most of his career teaching history at West Central Middle/High School.   In addition to teaching, he was a student council sponsor and coached baseball, basketball, football, as well as track & field.  Bill also coached several championship Babe Ruth teams.  After retirement, he owned and operated PT Monograms in Francesville for many years. 

 

Bill was an avid sports fan and proud supporter of West Central Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears, and Purdue football/basketball.  He enjoyed traveling the world with Jenni.  Bill was a beloved grandfather.  He enjoyed people and had a witty sense of humor.   He will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

 

He is survived by:

Jennifer J. “Jenni” [Meyer] Garten, Francesville, IN Wife

Jaina Jade Garten, Burlington, IN Granddaughter

Mariah Inomata, Japan Granddaughter

Don (Debbie) Meyer, Florida Brother-in-law

Many Nephews and Cousins

 

Preceded in death by:

William L. and Mary [Andrews] Garten, Parents

Ashley N. Garten, Infant Daughter

Jeffrey A. Garten, Son

Frank and Mary [Mobley] Meyer, In-Laws

 

No Services will be held.

Private Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or West Central Athletic Department.

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

Raye Anne Absher, 67, of Winamac

Raye Anne Absher, 67, of Winamac, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. 

 

She was born on January 5, 1955 in Owensboro, KY to the late William B. and Verna J. [Schertzinger] Miller.  She married David L. Absher on October 1, 1977 in Rockport, IN.  In 1986, David and Raye Anne welcomed a baby boy into the world, John, to whom she was a loving and devoted mother. 

 

Raye Anne graduated from South Spencer High School in Rockport in 1973.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University in Muncie, IN and a Master’s Degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  In the fall of 1977, Raye Anne began her celebrated 37-year career in education at Winamac High School teaching Home Economics (later known as Family and Consumer Science).  She taught many years alongside her good friend and colleague, Pam Burger. 

 

Together, they encouraged and inspired students both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities.  Raye Anne was a proud co-sponsor of Sunshine Society and volunteer score keeper at track meets.  She was a beloved educatorand was known to teach from the heart; not just from the book.  She cherished befriending her former students when they returned to the community as young adults. 

 

After retiring in 2014, Raye Anne chose to remain in Winamac and spend time enjoying life.  Her newly remodeled home, beautiful gardens, and the “Abshack” were a source of great pride to her.  She was active with numerous hobbies and interests including gardening, cycling, hiking, and line dancing,as well asvolunteering for numerous community events.  Raye Anne was a member of the Iris Elm Garden Club (current Vice President), Friends of the Panhandle Pathway (current Secretary), Tri-County Kickers and Winamac Rock N Country Rebels, and Pulaski County Retired Teachers’ Association,

Raye Anne will be greatly missed by her family, friends, former students, and colleagues, as well as the entire Winamac Community.

 

Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

 

She is survived by:

John Absher, DeKalb, IL Son

Susan (Ken) Wallach, Indianapolis, IN Sister

Beverly Miller, Rockport, IN Sister

Charlie (Margaret) Schertzinger, Owensboro, KY Uncle

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Extended Family

 

Preceded in death by:

William B. and Verna J. [Schertzinger] Miller, Parents

David L. Absher, Husband

 

A Celebration of Life will take place from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the Winamac VFW.

 

The family recommends that in lieu of flowers and gifts, memorial donations be made to the Friends of the Panhandle Pathway for the purchase of a bench in Raye Anne’s memory and to further the efforts of trail expansion.

 

Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Sybil O. Sutton, 81, of Monterey

Sybil O. Sutton, 81, of Monterey, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. 

 

She was born on April 5, 1941 in Logansport, IN to the late Howard H. and Grace Viola [Weidner] Craigmile.  She lived her entire life on the family farm.  Sybil graduated from Winamac High School in 1959 and Illinois Masonic Hospital School of Nursing in 1963.  On April 29, 1962, she married H. Arthur Sutton in Winamac.  He passed away April 11, 2008. 

 

Sybil began her long and successful career in nursing at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, after which she spent many years as the Industrial Nurse and Personnel Manager at Winamac Steel.  When the plant closed she shifted gears to working at local nursing homes.  Sybil proudly completed her nursing career at Culver Military Academies, retiring in 2007.

 

She was a lifelong member of the Winamac Presbyterian Church, but most importantly had a strong faith in Christ.  Sybil had a passion for the outdoors including spending time in the family woods.  She was an avid gardener and enjoyed her membership in the Iris Elm Garden Club.

 

She is survived by:

Jim (Karrie) Sutton, Star City, IN Son

Reis Sutton, Grandson

Olivia Sutton, Granddaughter

 

Preceded in death by:

Howard H. and Grace Viola [Weidner] Craigmile, Parents

H. Arthur Sutton, Husband

 

No services will be held.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Iris Elm Garden Club. 

 

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

Online tributes may be offered www.frainmortuary.com.

Linda D. Rudd 65, of Rochester

Mrs.  Linda D. Rudd 65, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 11:50 AM, Sunday April 10, 2022.

 

On November 15, 1956, Linda Diane Conley was born.  She was a treasured daughter of Oddis and Rebabelle Swango Conley.  Growing up she shared her childhood with four brothers.  Linda was a member of the Rochester High School class of 1975.  She was  a vibrant member of the RHS cheerleading squad and also was a baton twirler.

 

On October 6, 1984, Linda married David Lee Rudd in Rochester.  Together they shared 37 years of life's adventures.  Linda worked at the Logansport State Hospital as a special attendant until her recent retirement.

 

Gifted with her hands, Linda was an artist.  She recreated many items with her special touch.  She also expressed herself utilizing a variety of mediums.  Vincent Van Gogh was her favorite artist.    To relax she enjoyed listening to classic rock.

 

Left to cherish Linda's memory are her husband David;  children: Tara Lease (Mike), Matthew Miller and companion Cassie Carroll all of Rochester; 4 grandsons: Jacob Lease, Joshua Lease, Matthew Lease and Memphis Miller; 3 brothers: Dennis Conley (Laura), Tom Conley (Charlotte), Jim Conley (Kim), all of Rochester; and her treasured canine companion Alis, the beautiful black and tan special blend.  Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Preceding Linda in death are her parents, an infant sister Linda Kay Conley and a brother Larry Ehlinger.

 

The Rudd family will receive friends and celebrate Linda's life from 5:00 - 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in the Good Family Funeral Home 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester. 

 

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center,  1540 Wentzel Street, Rochester, IN  46975.

Bonita "Bonnie" Lou Bruner, age 81

Bonita “Bonnie” Lou Bruner, age 81, died on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Paddock Springs Assisted Living Facility in Warsaw, Indiana at 8:46 p.m.

 

Bonnie was born to Plen I. and Marjorie M. (Madden) Yoder on May 2, 1940 in Garrett, Indiana.  Growing up in a large family, she had four brothers and three sisters.

 

She graduated in 1959 from Churabusco High School.

 

On November 23, 1967, she married Steven Bruner in Warsaw, Indiana.

She moved to Akron in 2009 where she made it her home.

 

Bonnie’s career was working at Biomet in Warsaw, Indiana and retired in 2007.

She also worked in the Mentone school cafeteria for several years.

She loved flowers and enjoyed painting pictures.  She enjoyed watching game shows and old movies.

 

Surviving Bonnie is (1) daughter Kristin (spouse Darrell) Shriver of Akron; (1) grandson: Noah Drake Shriver of Warsaw; (2) sister-in-laws: Doris and Marie Yoder

(2) special friends: Shirley Frantz of Warsaw and Beverly Shriver of Akron.

 

Preceding Bonnie in death were her parents, husband: Steven Bruner (died 2017);

(4) brothers; Harold, Allen, Bobbie and Paul Yoder; (3) sisters: Betty Leamon, Neva Lawson and Janet Crowell

 

As per Bonnie’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.

Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Indiana

 

For those who wish to honor the memory of Bonnie, memorial contributions may be made to the Mentone Elementary School, 301 E. Jackson Street, Mentone, IN  46539.  Signify that you would like the donation to go to the school lunch program for those that may not have money to cover their lunches.

 

The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family of Bonnie Bruner.

 

Online condolences may be sent to www.earllovefuneralhome.com

Richard Lee Dilts, 71, of Winamac

Richard Lee Dilts, 71, of Winamac,  went home to his Heavenly Father on Friday, April 8, 2022.

 

He was born on January 17, 1951 to the late Richard Lewis and Clara Jane [Ballard] Dilts, also of Winamac.

 

Ricky Lee met the love of his life, Becky Kuszmaul, at the age of 14. He pedaled her home from cheerleading practice between his handlebars, and they never looked back. Through Winamac High School (1969) and Purdue University (1973) the two of them traveled this life together, hand-in-hand. From their marriage as young college juniors in 1971 to their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by family in 2021 - they had a love for the ages.  

 

Left to cherish Rick’s memory are his wife, Becky Dilts of Winamac; sons, Jason (Jen) Dilts of Liberty, MO, Jeremy Dilts of Winamac, and Derrick (Emily) Dilts, of West Lafayette, IN and his many grandchildren (each of whom was loved by their doting Pop). It was important to Poppa Rick that they know they were loved and know it they do. He is also survived by his big sisters, Mary Ann (Daryl) Carey of Plymouth, MI and Carolyn (Larry) Hays of Odessa, FL; sister-in-law Rita (Ken) Layton of LaPorte, IN; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Rick was active in the community and in his church. He was a 49-year and 4th generation Master Mason and Past Master of Winamac Lodge #262 F&AM. He so dearly loved his brothers in lodge. He was a lifetime member of Winamac First United Methodist Church, where he sang (he would argue not beautifully) in the choir.  He also served as a church trustee and in numerous other positions.

 

For 40+ years, Rick could be heard playing taps at the Pulaski County Courthouse on Memorial Day and Veterans Day as well as at countless military graveside services in the surrounding area. He did it because it needed done, and he was able to do it. It is why he did so many things.

 

Through his life he was active in Kiwanis Club, United Way, Pulaski County Historical Society, and other community endeavors. He would tell you he played trumpet for the Purdue Marching Band, followed by sub-par backup trumpet for the Tuxedo Junction, followed by 30 years playing trumpet and percussion for BandOver. Those BandOver Sunday afternoon practices were so very precious to him. Ricky Lee secretly rocked.

 

Rick had different jobs throughout his working life - all done well - but none defining him as a man. His life’s greatest work can be found north of Winamac in a meadow in a small woods. It was there that he spent 35 years, steadily working alongside his wife. Together they turned his vision of a place of joy for future grandkids into reality. What began as a few scrub-filled acres was slowly and methodically transformed into a park, complete with a renovated old migrant shack, then a barn and windmill, relocated and improved piece by piece, and finally with the crown jewel, a handmade log cabin for all to enjoy. Rick Dilts, a man of few words, steadfastly went about creating a kid-kingdom of happiness for his grandchildren. It was there that he watched them play, laugh, and grow. It is his greatest personal legacy, and it very much survives him. It will survive us all.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Monday, April 11, 2022 at Winamac First United Methodist Church with Rev. Michelle White officiating.

 

Visitation will take place from 4-8 PM EDT Sunday, April 10, 2022 at Winamac First United Methodist Church and one hour prior to services at the church Monday.

 

Masonic Services will be held at 3:30 PM at the church Sunday.

 

Burial will take place at a later date at Winamac Cemetery.

 

Online Tributes may be made at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Winamac First United Methodist Church or by honoring Rick’s memory with kindness to others. Be nice to each other and respect each other - even if you don’t agree with each other. Tolerate your fellow man. Love your spouse, love your kids, then love their kids, and always love your God. It’s the greatest memorial you can pay to a man who embodied all of these things in a life lived so exceedingly well.

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Robert "Bob" J. Nellans

Robert “Bob” J. Nellans passed on April 3, 2022 surrounded by his family in his home after a long battle with illness.

 

Bob was born on September 22, 1942 at Kelly Hospital in Argos, Indiana, to Robert K. and Margaret C. Nellans, and resided in the area of Marshall and Fulton Counties for all of his life save for his time in the US Army.

 

Bob was drafted into the Army in 1965. After basic training in Fort Knox, KY, Bob was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he spent the remainder of his service.  It was there that he met Dorthy I. Kleier, a school teacher from Crocker, Missouri.  The two immediately hit it off, Bob declaring on their second date that they’d be married, even setting the date.

 

Just six weeks before the wedding day of December 27, 1966, Bob was involved in what should have been a fatal head-on accident with a drunk driver.  Despite the massive injuries incurred, including lasting nerve damage to his right arm, he was able to fulfill the promise he’d made to Dorthy and the two wed on the planned day.

 

Moving back to Indiana, Bob and Dorthy settled down in Argos on the family farm Bob had worked in his earlier years, Bob working in sales at the local Torx Products of Camcar, farming part-time, with Dorthy teaching at Argos Schools.

 

Upon the birth of their first child, Wes, Dorthy took a leave of absence from teaching to be an at-home mother to not just Wes, but their second child Kirk, as well.

 

It was during this time that Bob and Dorthy purchased the motorcycle Bob had always wanted, and he greatly enjoyed his BMW motorcycle until the fateful day that the throttle stuck wide open on the bike, whereupon Bob crashed at approximately 140 mph.  This resulted in a lasting disability due to the massive injuries he received during that wreck.

 

Bob was never one to take anything lying down, including the disability that carried brain damage, seizures, and a host of other medical issues that he’d deal with the rest of his days.  Unable to perform at a full-time job, he still managed to find ways to manage and maintain the family forest and tree farm, leaving the regular farming duties to his relatives the Brights who lived close by.  He even managed to go back to school part-time and attain five college degrees at nearby Indiana University of South Bend, including degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

 

Even though Bob was often confined to being home, he became hugely involved in Amateur Radio, with contacts in over 300 countries.  He was a lifetime member of the AARL.

 

An active member of Richland Center United Methodist Church since 1947, Bob joined the IOOF Richland Center Lodge #435 in 1970, and was a Past Chief Patriarch of the Mt. Horeb Encampment #24 in Rochester, and a Captain of the associated Canton #9 in South Bend.  He was also a Mason and a Shriner.

 

Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorthy; two sisters, Linda “Susie” Nellans of California,  Betty (Nellans) Click of Fort Wayne, Indiana; sons Wes and Kirk Nellans and their spouses Jen and Kathy, of Argos; and five grandchildren - Josiah Nellans, Laci Nellans, Emma (Nellans) Joyner, Isaac Nellans, and Grace Nellans. 

 

A celebration of the life of Mr. Robert "Bob" Nellans will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, April 7, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Steve Hartman will officiate.  Friends may visit with the family from 5:30 -7:30 on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Military graveside honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the US Army Honors Team.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bob’s name to the Richland Center United Methodist Church or to Plant a Tree.

Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Floyd D. Palmer, 90, of Argos

Floyd D. Palmer, 90, of Argos, passed away at 6:15 PM on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Millers Merry Manor of Plymouth.

 

On November 13, 1931, Floyd Duane was born in Talma to Oswald Otis and Mabel Ruth Shelly Palmer. Growing up in Tiosa, he shared his childhood with three sisters and two brothers. Proudly, he graduated with the class of 1949 from Richland Center High School. Answering the call of patriotism, Floyd served in Korea and was a jet  mechanic at the Elmendorf SAC Air Force Base in Alaska during 1952 and 1953.  He was then transferred to Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, TX and received an honorable discharge from there on Dec. 13, 1955.  

 

Floyd and Hazel Beshears were married on January 14, 1956 in Austin, TX. They shared 66  wonderful and happy years together. Their three sons are Wayne and his wife Jenise and Curt and his wife Debbie of Plymouth In, and Alan and his wife Marilyn of Indianapolis.  

 

Floyd had a strong work ethic, Floyd worked at Bendix for many years, retiring in 1988.   As an accomplished woodworker he created many special pieces for his family to treasure. After retiring Floyd enjoyed working in his shop and keeping his yard and gardens in great condition.

 

 

Left to cherish Floyd's memory are his wife Hazel, two sons, Curt Palmer and wife Debbie of Plymouth, Alan Palmer and wife Marilyn of Indianapolis; daughter-in-law Jenise Palmer of Plymouth; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Floyd in death are his parents, a son Floyd “Wayne” Palmer on August 2, 2010, three sisters, Norene Billissitz, Esther Walsh, Lois Burns and two Palmer brothers, Jim and Norman.

 

Graveside services for Floyd Duane Palmer will be at 1:00 PM, on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery, northwest of Rochester. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marshall County Humane Society, 11165 13th Rd., Plymouth, IN 46975 or Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. 

 

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

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