Obituaries

William (Bill) Leo Pea, 76

William (Bill) Leo Pea, 76, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side in his home in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 4, 2024.

Cherishing Bill's memory are his wife Debbie (Nix) Pea and two daughters, Jackie King (John) and Beth Bickle. Also surviving are three brothers:  Dick (Patty), Dexter (Marilyn) and John; sister-in-law Rhea Pea; eight grandchildren: Jordan King, Jeremey King (Madelyn), Jason King, Renae Bickle, Jaimee King, Bradly Bickle, Jennifer King and Janna King; as well as brother-in-law Dave Nix, sisters-in-law Deanna (David) Easterday and Donna Cummings; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; cousins; and many friends who love him dearly.

Preceding Bill in death are his parents Arnold and Betty Pea, a brother Dan Pea, brother-in-law Danny Nix, and Bill’s first wife Sharon Downey.

On April 13, 1947, Bill was born in Vincennes, Indiana. He grew up in southern Indiana where he worked as a young boy on his uncle’s melon farm and on a pig farm. He actually loved that pig farm job and had fun stories to tell about it! After high school he went to Indiana Vocational Technical School in Indianapolis and learned skills which led him to jobs in drafting and designing in various manufacturing companies. 

Bill was proud of his career because he was able to achieve more than he ever dreamed a man with no formal college degree could achieve. He was curious, observant, intelligent and it served him well. He worked for McCord Corporation in Plymouth, Indiana for 17 years as a draftsman first and later as a designer of radiators. Later, in Grenada, Mississippi, Bill worked as an inside sales engineer for Heatcraft Corporation for 3 years and then transferred to Minnesota as an outside sales engineer/manufacturer’s representative for Heatcraft, a company which later became known as Luvata. He was successful in his work and was able to enjoy some wonderful traveling adventures with Debbie and friends and family. He retired from working in 2011 and he and Debbie finally figured out they needed to move to a warmer climate (to Knoxville) in 2015.

Bill and Debbie were married in Oahu, Hawaii in 1985. Over their 39 years together, they embraced the geographical moves, the career changes, and the life changes with optimism. They were a good team. If one of them thought they needed a new sofa or a new car, the other one would consider it for a minute (or maybe more) and then be “all in”! But material possessions aside, they were also on the same page with the important stuff.

Early in their marriage Bill developed culinary skills and enjoyed cooking gourmet meals.  He jokingly claimed that he learned to cook out of “self-preservation” since Debbie didn’t always get dinner ready in a timely manner.  The family still enjoys cooking his signature Jambalaya, Chicken Piccata and Beef Chili recipes, among others. He loved watching cooking shows, live horse racing and You Tube music videos, and he really loved playing guitar, although he always humbly said that he was not very good at it. He and his brother Dan enjoyed playing guitar together when they were in their 30s and 40s. He and brother-in-law Dave have also shared special guitar playing moments over the years. Some of Bill’s grandchildren have inherited his passion for music and Bill was so happy about that.

Bill had a great sense of humor, although sometimes you really had to be paying attention to appreciate it. He was confident, yet humble. He was generous, gentle, and not judgmental or critical. He was a good listener. He was patient, accepting, and brave. He loved his family, his music and his “happy hours”. And he had a quiet faith in God which, no doubt, transported him to his new home.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Bill’s birthday, April 13, 2024, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester, Indiana.

The family will receive visitors from 11:30-1:00 and the service will begin at 1:00. 

A private family burial will follow at the Poplar Grove - Lake Maxinkuckee IOOF Cemetery.

Another celebration will be held at Debbie’s church, Concord United Methodist in Knoxville, at a later date. 

Nelson Cox, 76, of Rochester

Nelson Cox, 76, of Rochester, passed away at 4:00 AM Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at his residence.

On March 18, 1948, Nelson Edward was born in Rochester to Henry N. and Pauline N. Heishman Cox.  He shared his growing up years with his sister, Darlene.  In 1966 he proudly graduated from Rochester High School.

Answering the call of patriotism, SP4 Cox served in the army during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged in 1974.

Nelson and Gloria Jo Floyd were married on January 18, 1994 in Rochester and have shared 30 years of life's adventures.

As a professional truck driver, Nelson often was on a long haul, traveling coast to coast to his destination.  His memberships include The LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post # 36, The Veterans of Foreign Wars # 1343 and the Fraternal Order Of Eagles # 852, all of Rochester.

Nelson is survived by his wife Gloria; three daughters: Shannon Yochum and husband Rob of Winslow, Ark; Wendy Goodman of Rochester; Bobbie Jo Stewart, of Etna Green; two sons: Nelson Cox Jr., of Rochester; Jason Ray Goodman, of Lafayette; 12 grandchildren; a sister: Darlene Boyd of Evansville and numerous great grandchildren and nieces and a nephew.

Preceding Nelson in death are his parents, grandson Jacob Goodman and his mother-in -law, Olivia Kleine.

A graveside service for Nelson Edward Cox will be at 10.00 AM on Monday, April 15, 2024 at the Athens Hoover Cemetery. 

Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team.

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

 

Diana K. Hattery, 75, of Rochester

Diana K. Hattery, 75, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 7:10 AM on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

On March 1, 1949, Diana Kay Dawson was born in South Bend to Richard E. and Rosemary Pietrzak Dawson. She went to South Bend Schools and graduated with the Class of 1967 from John Adams High School.

An accomplished vocalist, Diana loved to participate with friends singing karaoke. She was a competitive member of a darts league and a bowling league in Niles.  As a QMA, she assisted many in area nursing homes.

Left to cherish Diana's memory are a daughter, Kristine Clevenger and husband Jim of Rochester and son James Kraus III and wife Patty of Niles; five grandchildren, Heather Kraus, James Kraus, Timothy Kraus, David Clevenger and wife Kori, Laura Beiderman and husband Justin; ten great-grandchildren, Sierrya Clevenger, the Beiderman children, Abby, Macy, Julian, Callen and Raelyn, the Kraus children, Aubry, Christopher, Ellie and Jaxson and her first husband and father of her children, James Kraus JR.

Preceding Diana in death are her parents, husband William Clifford Hattery and  grandson Nicholas Clevenger on March 4, 2019.

A celebration of the life of Diana K. Hattery will be at noon on Saturday, April 20, 2024, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Martin Furrow will officiate.

Friends may visit with the family from 10-12 on Saturday in the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Celebrate Recovery at The Cross, 100 W. 3rd. St., Rochester, IN 46975 

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com .

Norman Bathke, 87, lifelong farmer from Medaryville

Norman Bathke, 87, lifelong farmer from Medaryville, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Franciscan Health Hospital in Rensselaer, IN.

He was born on July 14, 1936 at the farmstead home in White Post Township to the late Otto and Hilda [Liersch] Bathke. Norman graduated from Medaryville High School in 1954 and attended Purdue University.

On August 20, 1960, he married Judith Mendenhall at Pulaski Presbyterian Church. Judith passed away on June 28, 2015.

Norman was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Medaryville where he served several decades as treasurer. He worked hard all of his life and was proud to be part of a successful generational farming legacy. Norman enjoyed his annual trips to Minnesota/Wisconsin where he made lifelong friends that became family.

Norman was faithful to help his family, friends, and neighbors. He loved attending his grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s events. Norman will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

He is survived by:

Doug (Sandy) Bathke, Son

Diana (David) Ricks, Daughter

Chuck (Sally) Bathke, Son

Trevor (Ashley Cox) Bathke, Grandson

Trent (Betsy) Bathke, Grandson

Spencer Ricks, Grandson

Bryan (Jade VanMeter) Bathke, Grandson

Michael (fiancé: Allison Hunt) Bathke, Grandson

Emerson Cox, Great Granddaughter

Hudson Bathke, Great Grandson

Austin Bathke, Great Grandson

Jackson Bathke, Great Grandson

Leighton Bathke, Great Granddaughter

Arden (Phyllis) Bathke, Brother

Karen Mendenhall, Sister-in-law

Melissa Alexander, Niece

 

Preceded in death by:

Otto and Hilda [Liersch] Bathke, Parents

Judith [Mendenhall] Bathke, Wife

Alex Douglas Bathke, Infant Grandson

Ron Mendenhall, Brother-in-law

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EDT Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Medaryville with Pastor Don Embree officiating.

Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Medaryville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Memorial Fund.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville.

Phyllis J. Lemmon 89, Lucerne, Indiana

Phyllis J. Lemmon 89, Lucerne, Indiana, passed away at 7:02 P.M. Friday, April 5, 2024 at her residence.

She was born on November 18, 1934 in Kokomo, Indiana, the daughter of Alvin and Stella (Heinemann) Butler. On December 21, 1952 in Logansport, Indiana she married Howard C. Lemmon. He preceded her in death on October 11, 1996.

Phyllis retired from Federal Mogul, Logansport, Indiana in 1996 and had worked on the family farm with her husband. She had been a member of the Fletcher’s Lake Church, attending there for over seventy years and loved belonging to the Ladies Aid Society and served on many committees. She loved gardening, mowing her yard, and doing cross word puzzles. She crocheted many baby hats and donated the majority to Logansport Hospital where she spent thousands of hours volunteering. She was always ready for lunch with her siblings. She could often be found spending time on her deck talking to her dogs and enjoying the flowers in her yard. Phyllis had a great love of Nativity Sets, collecting over a thousand sets from all over the world. Her children and grandchildren would often bring her back Nativity sets from their travels around the world including from Iraq, Germany and even the Vatican.

Survivors include her four children, Richard Lemmon, Red Oak, Texas, Jane (Rich) Herbst, Austin, Texas, Susan (Cliff) Kinzer, Auburn, Indiana, William Lemmon, Lucerne, Indiana, four grandchildren, Emily Herbst, Austin, Texas, Adrianne (Cory) Scanlon, Cedar Park, Texas, Kevin Kinzer, Augusta, Georgia, Craig (Jessica) Kinzer, Auburn, Indiana, great grandchildren, Adaleigh Rain Kinzer, James Jillian Scanlon, Charlotte Helen Scanlon, brothers, Harry (Vicki) Butler, Logansport, Indiana, Paul (Brenda) Butler, Cutler, Indiana, step-brother, Gerald Dillman, Delphi, Indiana, sisters-in-laws, Betty Muinzer, Lucerne, Indiana, Jean Gilbertson, Renton, Washington, Mary Butler, Beaufort, South Carolina, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters and spouses, Linda (Benny) Magnett, Sue (Ed) Wyrick, Rose (Don) Lemmon, brother, Robert Butler, step-siblings, Kenneth Dillman, Dallas Dillman, Richard Dillman, Myron Dillman, Jana Culp and step-mother, Lucille Plank Dillman Butler.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana, with Rev. Dave Sommers officiating.

Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday and one hour prior to service Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fletcher’s Lake Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com .

Debbie Schaffer, 62, of Rochester

Debbie Schaffer, 62, of Rochester, passed away at 12:30 AM on Sunday, April 7, 2024 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

On May 16, 1961, Debra Ann was born in South Bend to Stuart and Janet Leazenby Shippy. Growing up she shared her childhood with three sisters and a brother. Proudly she graduated with the Class of 1980 from Rochester High School.

Debbie worked for Superior Samples of Rochester. As a CNA, Debra worked at Hickory Creek of Rochester, leaving in 2006 due to health reasons. She beat cancer and vibrantly outlived the five-year life expectancy by 15 years.

As a nature lover, Debbie loved camping at France Park, walking the trails, going to the beach and keeping her lawn manicured. Her home was her “Little House on the Prairie.”  She watched her feathered friends and squirrels and kept their feeders full of tasty treats. To relax, she could often be found reading Amish books. She cherished the time with her nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Debbie enjoyed cruising the country side in her 1975 blue cutlass. She enjoyed vacationing with Brian to Florida. Going to the zoo with her grandchildren was a  great way to make memories.

Left to cherish the memories of Debbie are her mother, Janet Shippy of Rochester;  two daughters, Jessica Patton and fiancé Joseph Brown of Rochester, Morgan Strunk of Nappanee; two sons, Jason Brown of Rochester, Travis Nicholas of Rochester; 15 grandchildren, Alexander, Elizabeth, Briana, Cadence, Olivia, Emma, Riley, Ciara, twins Hayden and Hunter who were born on their great grandpa’s birthday, Charlotte, Ava, Athena, Aria, Micah; two sisters, Brenda Hughes of Rochester, Candace K. Patton and husband Bobby of Rochester; brother Brian D. Shippy and wife Pamela of Rochester; nieces and nephews, James David Hughes and wife Autumn, Lindsey Randall, Tara Zimmerman and husband Aaron, Britney Flory and husband Nathan, Brandon Shippy, Bobby Lee Patton II and wife Darci, Amanda Sue Patton, Jonathan Stuart Patton; great nieces and nephews, Krystal, Shayde, Rosalie, Aaden, Kendall, Brayson, Kinley, Caedra, Zhayden, Haisley, Makenna, Wyatt and her three feline companions, Opossum, Willow and Jasper.

Preceding Debbie in death are her father, Stuart Milton Shippy on July 5, 2017, Grandma Mildred and Grandpa Emmett Shippy and Grandma Bernice and Grandpa Paul Leazenby.

A celebration of the life of Debra Schaffer will be at 12 noon on Monday, April 15, 2024 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

Friends may visit with the family from 12 noon to 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 14, 2024 and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Monday.

A graveside service will be at 2:30 PM in the Lakeview Cemetery of Kendallville.

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

Christine M. "Christy" Hague, 47, of Winamac

Christine M. “Christy” Hague, 47, of Winamac, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 7, 2024. 

She was born on February 16, 1977 in Chicago, IL to Alan and Karen [Younker] Utes. 

Christy grew up in Winamac and graduated from Winamac Community High School with the class of 1995.  Christy enjoyed playing softball, swimming, and participating in school activities such as Sunshine Society, Beta Club, and National Honor Society.  Christy was a member of the inaugural Winamac Girls Softball high school team and spent several summers lifeguarding at the Bass Lake Beach. 

She attended Indiana University in Bloomington where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1999.   The summer between her freshman and sophomore year at IU, Christy met the love of her life, Jason Hague.  On July 22, 2000, Christy and Jason were married at the First Christian Church in Winamac.They lived in Indianapolis for a year before moving to Winamac in 2001.

Christy was a devoted member of the First Christian Church.  She was currently serving as the Church Secretary and an Elder.  She had formerly served as a Deaconess and Youth Group Leader.  Christy was a volunteer for the Winamac Chiefs and served on the board for the Winamac Girls Softball League, Pulaski County EMS, and Pulaski Animal Center.

Christy was the Credentialing Coordinator and Physician Liaison at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.  Prior to working at PMH, she was the office manager at the Clinic for Women and Family Health in Winamac.  She had also formerly worked as the Pulaski County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.  Christy’s first job after moving back to Winamac was as the office manager at Pulaski County ExPRESS.

Christy was an avid supporter of her children’s activities and sports.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt.  Christy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

 

She is survived by:

Jason L. Hague, Winamac, IN Husband

Ella M. Hague, Winamac, IN Daughter

Alex L. Hague, Winamac, IN Son

Karen M. [Younker] Utes, Winamac, IN Mother

Julie (Mike) Warner, Anderson, IN Sister

Laurie Utes, Greenville, SC Sister

Blake Warner, Anderson, IN Nephew

Emily Warner, Anderson, IN Niece

Frank E. Utes, Des Plaines, IL Paternal Grandfather

Many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins

John (Peg) Hague, Brookston, IN Father-in-law

Tony (Angie) Hague, Glen Lyn, VA Brother-in-law

TJ (Kelly) Hague, LaPorte, IN Brother-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Dr. Frank Alan Utes, Father

Mary Ann [Rasborshek] Hague, Mother-in-law

Esther [Rowoldt] Utes, Paternal Grandmother

William and Dorothy [Hargis] Younker, Maternal Grandparents

 

Cremation will take place at Frain Crematory in Winamac, IN.

Memorial Services will be held at 2 PM EDT Friday, April 12, 2024 at the First Christian Church in Winamac, IN with Pastor Jeff Seger officiating.

A Celebration of Life will be from 3-6 PM EDT Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Celebration Station (Opera House) in Winamac, IN.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Jason Hague to support Ella and Alex’s higher education. 

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

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

 

Michael "Mike" Link, 76, of Monticello, formerly of Winamac

Michael “Mike” Link, 76, of Monticello, formerly of Winamac, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2024 at IU Health Hospital in Lafayette. 

Born on March 28, 1948, he was the eldest child of the late Donald Paul and Mary Ellen [Parker] Link.  Mike was raised on the family farm west of Star City where he learned all about hard work at a young age.  He attended the Pulaski and Star City Schools. While in high school, Mike was a member of FFA and played basketball.  On July 28, 1967, he married Sue “Susie” Smith from Monterey at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski.  Susie passed away in a tragic car accident on April 19, 1998. 

Mike drove semi for Tim Powers for many years and most recently drove for Adam Loehmer until his retirement. 

He is survived by:

Stacey Ingram, Greenwood, IN Daughter

Aaron (Christi) Link, Winamac, IN Son

Daniel (Nicole) Ingram, Plymouth, IN Grandson

Allen (Hali) Ingram, Tipton, IN Grandson

Michael (Yvette Bernardo) Ingram, Ingalls, IN Grandson

Addisyn and Eryn Ingram, Twin Great Granddaughters

Kayson Ingram, Great grandson

Cindy (Bill) Scott, Pulaski, IN Sister

Pat Ringen, Danville, IN Sister

Ron (Karen) Link, Star City, IN Brother

Don (Tammy) Link, Winamac, IN Brother

Richard (Pauline) Smith, Winamac, IN Brother-in-law

Mike (Peggy) Smith, Ohio Brother-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Donald Paul and Mary Ellen [Parker] Link, Parents

Sue “Susie” [Smith] Link, Wife

Marie Ann Link, Infant Sister

Walter and Eva [Bridegroom] Smith, In-laws

Cindy Smith, Infant Sister-in-law

Everett Smith, Brother-in-law

Kenny Smith, Brother-in-law

Ryan Smith, Nephew

Andrew Smith, Nephew

Private services will be held at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Private burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation or Turners Syndrome Foundation.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

 

Janice Irene (McIntire) Wynn, 84 of Spartanburg, South Carolina and formerly of the Culver community

Janice Irene (McIntire) Wynn, 84 of Spartanburg, South Carolina and formerly of the Culver community, passed away April 1, 2024, at 11:10 p.m. at Spartanburg Regional Hospice House, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

On January 25, 1940, in Wyatt, Indiana she was born to Floyd McIntire and Grace (Buss) McIntire. She lived in Culver, Indiana for 48 years, spending the past several years in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

On July 17, 1959, in Stockton, Illinois she married Nelson Lee Wynn and for 43 years they shared the joys, worries, tenderness, and companionship of their married life. Nelson preceded her on December 21, 2002.

Janice was a cook at the Corner Tavern in Culver, Indiana for 32 years and was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Culver, Indiana.

Janice is survived by her Daughter – Karen Hoover of Spartanburg, South Carolina

Daughter-in-Law – Sandra Wynn of Monterey, Indiana

Granddaughters – Jessica Wynn, Heather Wynn both of Monterey, Indiana, and Amber Gilbert of Monterey, Indiana

6 Great Grandchildren

Sisters – Esther Ecker of LaPaz, Indiana; Pat Jennings of Virginia, Sharon Vasquez of San Antonio, Texas

Brother – Darrell McIntire and wife Mary of Argos, Indiana

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Daughter – Kathy Bridge, Son – Kevin Wynn, Sister – Mildred Tom, Brothers – Eugene McIntire, Devon McIntire, and Warren (Red) McIntire

Graveside Services will be Monday April 8, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at the Poplar Grove Cemetery.

Burial will follow the service at the cemetery.

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

Terry "Fuzz" Lynn Ellis, 78, of Argos

Terry "Fuzz" Lynn Ellis, 78, of Argos, passed away April 2, 2024, at 4:20 a.m. at his son's residence in Argos.

On March 13, 1946, in Argos, Indiana Terry was born to Marion A. Ellis Sr. and Clara Lavina (Thompson) Ellis. He lived most of his life in the Argos community.

On March 7, 1969, Terry married Diana Lynn Smiley and for 55 years they shared the joys, worries, tenderness, and companionship of their married life.

Terry worked at Delco Electronics in Kokomo, Indiana as a carpenter and enjoyed farming.

He was a graduate of Plymouth High School with the class of 1964. Terry was a member of Walnut Church of Argos and had been involved with Lake City Wings Motorcycle Club and Brotherhood Ministries. He was a member of UAW Local 292, Kokomo, Indiana. He served from 1966 – 1969 in the United Stated Navy and received his Honorable discharge on September 26, 1969.

Terry is survived by his Wife – Diana Ellis of Argos, Indiana

Children – Cheryl (Jeff) Shoup, Huntington, Indiana; Tammy Tuley, New Palestine, Indiana; Craig (Christen) Ellis, Argos, Indiana; Jason (Kori) Ellis, Clayton, Indiana; Jody (Matt) O’Dell, New Palestine, Indiana

Grandchildren – Wyatt Ellis, Alexis O’Dell, Caleb Ellis, Carly Ellis, Aurora Ellis, Audrey O’Dell, Ava Tuley, and Sawyer Ellis

Sisters – Shirley Farkas of South Bend, Indiana, and Sharon (Tim) Schretzle of Bourbon, Indiana

Brothers– Gary Ellis of Live Oak, Texas, Marion Ellis Jr. and Randy Ellis of South Bend, Indiana

He is preceded in death by his Parents and Brother – Larry Ellis

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday April 9, 2024, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Walnut Church, 5975 19th Rd., Argos.

Funeral Service will be Wednesday April 10, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at Walnut Church with Rev. Robert E. Rice Jr officiating. 

Burial will follow at Walnut Church Cemetery.

 

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

David R. Livengood, 87, Peru

David R. Livengood, 87, Peru, passed away at 12:48 P.M. on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Stillwater Hospice, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

David was born on January 22, 1937, in Miami County, Indiana, the son of Walter and Blanche (Heckaman) Livengood. He graduated from Chili High School in 1955. where he had been a member of the school’s sports teams. On August 11, 1978 in Peru, Indiana, he married Betty J. Houk. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2013.

David had worked for McGill Ready Mix and had managed McGill Lumber Company. He later owned and operated his own lumber yard. From 1992 to 1996 he served as Mayor of the City of Peru. After leaving the Mayor’s office, he worked for Centennial Wireless, AT&T and for Sears. He had been a member of the Chili Baptist Church, Denver Brethren Church, and the Elk’s Lodge. David enjoyed NASCAR and wood working.

Survivors include children, Kevin (Georgetta) Livengood, Muncie, Indiana, Kimberly (Ronald) York, Russiaville, Indiana, Karla (Michael) Hack, Peru, Indiana, Kraig (Dara) Livengood, Mentone, Indiana, stepchildren, Rick (Michelle) Gay, Knoxville, Tennessee, Reja Enyart, Peru, Indiana, grandchildren, Jeremy Lennon, Jesse Lennon, Karma Holland, Kendra St. John, Spencer Livengood, Sydney Livengood, step-grandchildren, Jessica Gay, Ian Gay, Austin Gay, Alicia Fetters, Shelley Pugh, Metea Osborne, Nick Enyart, Taylor DeWitt, fifteen great grandchildren, ten step great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, brother, James L. Livengood, Denver, Indiana, sister, Nancy (Tom) Clouse, Rockford, Ohio, several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife,  and a brother, John Livengood.

Memorial services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana.

Friends may visit from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at a later date at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport, Indiana.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Stillwater Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814. Online condolence may be expressed at www.mcclainfh.com

Teresa L. Gates, 71, of Rochester

Teresa L. Gates, 71, of Rochester, passed at 2:57 pm, Sunday, March 31, 2024 at her residence. 
Teresa was born on July 19, 1952 in Logansport, Indiana to the late Thomas and Marsha (Dillman) Gates.  In her early life she was a devout Catholic. She graduated from Rochester High School and furthered her education at Ancilla College attaining her nursing certification. 
Teresa served as a LPN for LifeCare and Hickory Creek both of Rochester. Lastly she was the nurse for the South Bend Juvenile Justice Center.  She was an independent woman who enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing and collecting religious items such as crosses and angels.  
She is survived by her sons Tony and wife Jessica Gates and Harley Gates both of Rochester; 7 Grandchildren; and a Great Grandson.
Teresa was preceded in death by her parents, 2 Sisters, and a Brother.  Following her wishes no services will be held at this time.
The arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana.

 

Brenda K. Brandt Dietrich, 79, of Culver

Brenda K. Brandt Dietrich, 79, of Culver, passed away at the Pulaski Health Care Center surrounded by her family on Monday, March 25, 2024. 

She was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Charles Junior “Chuck” and Edna Marie Jenkins Baker. 

She was a graduate of Culver Community High School in Culver, IN.

Brenda enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed her dogs and living on Lake Maxinkuckee. 

 

She is survived by:

Jeffrey D. (Tammy) Brandt, Monterey, IN   Son

Joseph U. (Annette) Brandt, Winamac, IN  Son

Gerry A. (Shannon) Brandt, Culver, IN   Son

Cortney Brandt  Granddaughter

Jordan Brandt  Granddaughter

Austin Brandt Grandson

Beau Brandt  Grandson

Mackenzie Brandt (Nathan) Allen Granddaughter

Taylor Brandt (Gary) Lockridge  Granddaughter

Jessica Brandt  Granddaughter

Colten Brandt  Grandson

Brooklyn Brandt  Great Granddaughter

Preston Lockridge   Great Grandson

Cassidy Allen  Great Granddaughter

Brandt Allen  Great Grandson

Linda Ripperger(Tad)  Delay, Bloomington, IN      Sister

Barbara Schemel , Jupiter, FL        Sister

Michael (Pauline) Baker, Greenfield, WI    Brother

Nieces and Nephews

Susan Mahler, Eddie Mike Mahler and Lisa Mahler

Mark Ripperger, Steven Baker. Bobby, Beth and Gregory Schemel

 

Preceded in death by:

Charles Junior “Chuck” and Edna Marie Jenkins Baker   Parents

Rodney Allen Brandt      Son

Sharon (Larry) Mahler  Sister and brother-in-law

Visitation will be from 11 AM EDT-2 PM EDT Friday, March 29, 2024 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM EDT Friday, March 29, 2024 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery-McKinley Addition.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulaski Animal Center or Marshall County Humane Society.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary.

 

Alice "Kat" Ousley 75, Rochester

Alice “Kat” Ousley 75, Rochester, passed away at 9:40 P.M. Sunday, March 24, 2024 at the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Ernestine M. Raclin House, Mishawaka, Indiana.

She was born on February 27, 1949 in Lackey, Kentucky, the daughter of Mart and Dora (Owens) Reed. Alice moved to Indiana from Kentucky in the late 1980’s and had worked at various factories.

Survivors include her children, Cleisa (Jerry) McCoy, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Melissa (Al) Oulsey, Logansport, Indiana, Lenville Dean (Michelle) Ousley, Bourbon, Indiana, Marti (Billy) Ellis, Rochester, Indiana,  fifteen grandchildren, twenty eight great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, brothers, Jack (Glenda) Reed, Rochester, Indiana, Joe (Billie) Reed, Knox, Indiana, sisters, Sue (Ray) Shepherd, Gunlock, Kentucky, Bernice Filbeck, Louisville, Kentucky, Sandy (Larry) Childers, Martin, Kentucky, several nieces and nephews and her two canine companions, Pixie and Little B. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Michael Reed, brothers, David Reed and Phillip Reed, and great granddaughter, Makena Whybrew.

A celebration oflLife will take place at a later date with interment in the family cemetery in Kentucky.

Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Beverly Sue (Helton) Mays, 63, of Argos

Beverly Sue (Helton) Mays, 63, of Argos, passed away March 20, 2024, at 8:52 p.m. in Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

On May 13, 1960, in Dayton, Ohio she was born to Winford “Roy” Helton and Nancy (Maxon) Helton.

She’s lived in Argos community since 1985 have lived in Dayton, Ohio, and Texas.

On July 28, 2016, she married Mark Mays and together they shared the next 18 years.

Beverly worked at TOPPS Argos Plant as the Shipping Manager.  

She was a hard-working lady dedicated to her family and is survived by her Husband – Mark Mays of Argos, Indiana

Sons – Dennis Helton of Plymouth, Indiana; and Kevin Cole of Argos, Indiana

Sisters – Crystal Smith and of Dayton, Ohio; Lois Helton of Dayton, Ohio.

Brother – Roy Helton of Texas  

She is preceded in death by her Parents, and first husband Kim L. Cole who passed September 27, 2008.

No services are planned currently.

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

Barbara Enyart, 84, of Rochester

Mrs. Barbara J.  Enyart, 84, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 9:47 AM on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at her home.

On April 22, 1939, Barbara Jean Emigh was born in Knox.  She was a cherished daughter of Chester and Lillian Byrne Emigh. Growing up Barbara shared her childhood with three sisters, Gerry, Betty and Bonny.  In 1957 she graduated from Knox High School.

In Rochester, Barbara married the love of her life Mr. Emerson W. Enyart on September 27, 1970. They shared 49 years of life’s adventures blending their beautiful families and adding a legacy of the blessings of two more generations. Sadly, he passed away on September 21, 2019.

As entrepreneurs Barbara and Emerson founded Enyart's Discount Store in 1975 on the south edge of Rochester.  With a vision for the future, three years later they acquired the "True Value" distinction, and their hardware was known as Enyart’s True Value Hardware.  

With Emerson at her side, Barbara witnessed and was a part of a great evolution of change in the retail hardware industry.  She was on the cutting edge, with a vision for the future embracing success with strategic planning,  unparalleled customer service and hard work!  The business has prevailed and offers the customers supplies from electric, plumbing, paint and a variety of home improvement projects.  

Barbara, Emerson and their work family were there to make suggestions on the most effective methods of completing projects.   Revered and loved by her customers, with a professional demeanor,  she greeted everyone with a warm smile and was ready to share her knowledge and willing to assist them by answering questions they asked.  If the item of need wasn't in stock, Barbara would pencil it in for the next delivery truck in a few short days.  After 45 years of life in the hardware, Barbara semi-retired in 2020, but continued to oversee the daily operations until her passing.

The legacy and principles of the Enyarts are noted when every customer enters their store.  The Enyart Family work team rolls in to operation of assistance, kindness and direction in a homelike, family atmosphere.  Both Emerson and Barbara are greatly missed, but the traditions and hospitality they established and offered as a part of their core philosophy continue to be a great part of the success of their iconic hardware that has supported our community with all of our home improvement endeavors.

In the early days, Barbara rolled many games of bowling at Knox's Bowl-Away Lanes.  More recently she enjoyed Bunco and the challenges of Sudoku.  Barbara followed Purdue Men's Basketball team - - Boiler Up! A favorite past time was looking out the living room picture window and watching traffic on US 31.

Barbara will be lovingly remembered by six children; Janet Daake and life companion Trent Powell, Keith Eskridge and wife Misty all of Rochester, Sherry Wisler of Elkhart, Linda Rasnick of Brookston, Cathy Enyart-Prewitt of Copley, OH, Gary Enyart and wife Gina of Rochester; 15 grandchildren,  Grace Daake, Isaac Michael “Zak” Daake, Abigail Powell, Ivy Powell, Mitchell Powell, Jennifer Oliver and significant other Jay Schlosser, Larry Green and wife Jessica, Angelique Wisler, Megan Martin and husband Bradley, Jocelyn Rasnick, Gretchen Longfellow and husband David, Margot Beesley and husband Bob, Lisa Rupple and partner Tim, Adam Wayne Enyart and wife Amber, Audrey A. Enyart, ; numerous great grandchildren; sister, Gerry Trigg of Knox; two sisters-in-law Norma Becker of Rochester, Patricia Enyart of South Bend and several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by the many friends, clients and her loving work family who truly adored and treasured her.

Preceding Barbara in death are her parents, beloved husband Emerson, son Michael Eskridge, grandson David Eskridge, two sisters, Betty Keiser and Bonny Olson.

A celebration of the life of Barbara Jean Enyart will be at 1:00 PM on Monday, March 25, 2024, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Mr. Mike Murphy will officiate. 

Friends may visit with the family from 10 -1 on Monday in the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

Robert "Bob" Powers, 85, a lifelong farmer from Winamac

Robert “Bob” Powers, 85, a lifelong farmer from Winamac, passed away Monday, March 18, 2024 peacefully at his home from natural causes. 

He was born on May 28, 1938 in Winamac to the late Albert and Hazel [Zellers] Powers.  Bob graduated from Winamac High School in 1956. 

On May 31, 1958, he married Beverly “Bev” Ludwig at St. Peter Catholic Church in Winamac.  Bev passed away in 2010.

Bob was a devoted member of St. Peter Catholic Church and the Winamac Knights of Columbus Council #1561 (he served as Grand Knight in 1979). He was instrumental in securing the property where the current K of C Hall stands today.  Bob was also a member and Past President of the Winamac Jaycees.  Under his leadership, the Jaycees paid off the financial commitment for the Winamac Town Pool.  In 1964-65, the Jaycees began dressing as Santa’s helpers and delivering presents to underprivileged children.  This program would become known as Toys for Tots.  Bob was a longtime member of Winamac Lion’s Club and for six years, he donated potatoes for use at the Farmer’s Market.  He was incredibly supportive of his children’s involvement in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts with such projects as selling Christmas trees and glass recycling.  He was supportive of his son’s time in the Winamac High School Band.  Bob, and his wife, helped start the Winamac Alumni Association where he served in every office before becoming President in 2006.  Bob served many years on the Pulaski Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Tribal Trails Girl Scout Council, and the Merit Board of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. 

Bob loved farming and driving trucks.  He was very proud that the family farm was recognized as a Hoosier Homestead and has been in the Powers family since 1898.  Bob enjoyed mowing and keeping an eye on the cemetery.  He was an avid coin collector and enjoyed sharing them with others.  He won a heat race at Shadyhill in 1986.  Bob had a great sense of humor and enjoyed visiting with people.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

He is survived by:

Valerie Powers, Winamac, IN Daughter

Kathryn Rodela, Osceola, IN Daughter

Scott Powers, Winamac, IN Son

Rebecca (husband: Charles Min) Rausch, Granddaughter

David Rausch, Grandson

Ryan Rodela, Grandson

Andrew Rodela, Grandson

Melissa (Brandon) Hickle, Granddaughter

SaDonna (Kenny) Mayer, Granddaughter

Tonya (Keegan) Kasten Granddaughter

Rose (Evan) Criswell, Granddaughter

13 Great Grandchildren (courtesy of Scott’s daughters)

Ronald Powers, Brother

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Albert and Hazel [Zellers] Powers, Parents

Beverly [Ludwig] Powers, Wife

Thelma Powers, Sister

Dorothy Watnes, Sister

James Powers, Brother

Lucile Allen Gast, Sister

Richard Powers, Brother

Thomas Powers, Brother

Carol Powers, Infant Brother

Lois Cors Meyer, Sister

Harry Powers, Brother

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EDT Friday, March 22, 2024 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

A Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 7 PM EDT Friday, March 22, 2024 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Saturday, March 23, 2024 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating.

Burial will take place at St. Peter Cemetery in Winamac.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Cemetery or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

James Oliver "Jim" Hahn, 83, of Culver, formerly of Crete, IL and DeMotte, IN

James Oliver ”Jim” Hahn, 83, of Culver, formerly of Crete, IL and DeMotte, IN, passed away following a hard-fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka. 

He was born on November 23, 1940 in Chicago Heights, IL to the late Elmer Arnold and Marie Catherine [Gunther] Hahn. 

Jim was a 1958 graduate of Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights.  On September 14, 1963, Jim married the love of his life, Charlotte Ann “Shotsie” Grimes, in Steger, IL.  They enjoyed traveling together, notably visiting all 50 states and 6 continents (missing Antarctica).  Jim and Shotsie’s love for each other remained steadfast until the end.

Jim enlisted in the US Army in 1959 and served three years of active duty in the United States Army Signal Corps.  He was transferred to the US Army Reserve and after faithfully serving his country, Jim received an honorable discharge on May 20, 1968.It was during his time in the Signal Corps that Jim learned the trade of information technology which would become his life’s work.  He had a distinguished 33 year career at NIPSCO and retired as the Director of Information Technology.Jim was a longtime board member and past-president of the NIPSCO Federal Credit Union. 

After retirement, he worked as a consultant for several small businesses.

Jim was a man of Christian faith and a devoted member of the St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver, IN.  His passion for woodworking together with his devotion to serving the Lord led Jim to undertake a very special project for his parish church.  He lovingly created the beautiful wooden frames for the Stations of the Cross and two wooden candle holders for the altar. 

Jim was always active in the Culver community.  He was a member of the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club andCulver Lions Club.  He served on the Culver Union Township Library Board as a board member and past-president.  Jim enjoyed leisure timeon Lake Maxinkuckee, as well as spending time with his friends in the ROMEO Club and at Wine Time events.  Healso enjoyed building and collecting garden scale trains.  Jim was an avid sports fan and supported Notre Dame Football and Notre Dame Girls Basketball as well as the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox. 

Jim will be dearly missed and forever remembered for his infectious laugh and great stories. 

He is survived by:

Charlotte Ann “Shotsie” [Grimes] Hahn, Culver, IN Wife

Timothy (Jeanne) Hahn, Cary, NC Son

Jeff Hahn, Durham, NC Grandson

Dylan Hahn, Durham, NC Grandson

Judith Hahn, Lisle, IL Sister

William Hahn, Park Forest, IL Brother

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Elmer Arnold and Marie Catherine [Gunther] Hahn, Parents

Tom Hahn, Brother

 

Cremation will take place at Frain Crematory in Winamac, IN.

A Lions Memorial Service will be held at 9:30 AM EDT Friday, April 12, 2024 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver, IN and will be followed by the Praying of the Rosary.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM EDT Friday, April 12, 2024 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver, with Rev. Stephen Felicichia officiating. 

Private Burial will take place at a later date at the Momence Cemetery in Momence, IL.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Center for Hospice Care, Culver Lions Club, or St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Mrs. Ruth E. Gelbaugh, 89, of Warsaw, formerly of Rochester

Mrs. Ruth E. Gelbaugh, 89, of Warsaw, formerly of Rochester, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. 

Ruth Ellen was born on February 6, 1935 in Royal Center, the third of four daughters born to George and Vera G. Brock Conn.

She attended schools in Royal Center, Deedsville, Churubusco and graduated proudly from Rochester High School with the Class of 1953. Continuing her education at the Fort Wayne International Business College, she earned an associate degree in accounting. 

She worked for the Weatherhead Corporation and Midwestern United Life Insurance Company.

On May 21, 1955, Ruth was introduced to a handsome man by the name of Richard Gelbaugh, they were married on September 21, 1957 in the Tiosa Brethren Church. They shared 48 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, Dick passed away on May 23, 2005. From their union came two sons. Jeffery and Michael. After the boys were school age, mom went back to work at the Rochester Greenhouse where she had worked in high school. As a longtime dedicated employee, she was their grower of  mums and carnations.  In the spring, she looked forward to manning the garden plant stand. Being very active in the Republican Party of Fulton County she served on the Richland Township board for a few years. She was a member of the Sew and Sew Club and the 31 Club.  As a member of the Talma United Methodist Church, she served on various boards including administrative head. She was also on the committee to plan her class reunions for many years.  Dick and Ruth worked side by side with projects for the Talma Lions Club including the pancake and sausage dinners.

To relax, Ruth could often be found working puzzles, including jigsaw, word search and cross word. As a season ticket holder, Ruth loved to watch the Notre Dame girls basketball games. With her green thumb and her own green house, she raised flowers and vegetable plants, including 100 tomato plants. Ruth enjoyed watching birds, the cardinal was her favorite.

She is survived by her two sons, Jeffery (Joseph Comby) of Warsaw, Michael (Linda) of North Webster; three granddaughters, Ashley Mullins, Arin Gelbaugh Emily Gelbaugh and three great grandchildren, Tanner William Edward Mullins, Dominic Aiden Mullins and Audrey Lanae Mullins.

Preceding Ruth in death are her parents, husband and three sisters, one sister -in-law and three brothers-in-law.

Friends may visit with Ruth’s family from 11- 12 noon on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. 

Visitation will be followed by the celebration of life service. The Rev. Michael Beezley will officiate.

She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Dick in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind through the Lions Club in care of Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 South Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307.

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.good familyfh.com

David E. "Davey" Morrison, 65, of Medaryville

David E. “Davey” Morrison, 65, of Medaryville, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at Northwest Health Porter Hospital in Valparaiso. 

He was born on February 13, 1959 in Blue Island, IL to the late David I. and Lottie [Miller] Morrison.  In 1978, Davey graduated from West Central High School in Francesville, IN.  He worked his entire life as a truck driver.

 

Survivors include:

Kenneth (Pamela) Morrison, Brother

Jacqueline Morrison, Sister

Tiffany Meadows, Step Daughter

6 Step Grandchildren

Christopher Morrison, Nephew

Stacy (Mark) Peterson, Niece

Candice Eisert, Niece

2 Great Nieces

 

Preceded in death by:

David I. and Lottie [Miller] Morrison, Parents

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 2 PM EDT Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at Teaberry Hill Estates Church in Medaryville.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EDT Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at Teaberry Hill Estates Church in Medaryville, with Pastors Elmer Conley and Johnny Miller officiating. 

Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery in North Judson.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Teaberry Hill Estates Church.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville.

Mrs. Mary Jane Beliles, 77, of Bourbon

Mrs. Mary Jane Beliles, 77, of Bourbon, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 11:08 AM on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at her home. 

Taking the hand of our precious Lord, Mary Jane experienced the healing waters.

On August 6, 1947, Mary Jane Bradley was born in Rochester to Rev. Henry and Hildegard Eichler Bradley. Growing up on the farm she shared her childhood with 2 sisters Barb and Joan and two brothers Erve and Chuck.

Mary Jane and Donnie Ray Beliles were married on February 20, 1965, in Silver Lake. They have shared 59 years of life’s adventures. From their union came two daughters and four sons. The added blessings of two more generations have been added to the family tree with arrival of the grandchildren and the great-grands.

As a homemaker, Mary Jane cherished the time with her family. She enjoyed shopping, crocheting gifts of warmth and gardening. Directing the planting and the harvest of the big truck patch was an annual event back in the day. Being self-taught, Mary Jane played the piano and guitar many times adding vocals.   As the matriarch of the family, she was also the lead vocalist for The Beliles Family Singers, sharing the word of the Lord through gospel music.  She was a member and volunteer at God’s Highway to Heaven Pentecostal Church of Warsaw.

Left to cherish  Mary Jane's memory are her husband, Don, two daughters, Cynthia Lynn Robbins and husband David of Warsaw, Pamela Long of Inwood;  three sons, David Allen Beliles and wife Tina of  Mentone, Jason Beliles and wife Julie of Sellersburg,  Adam Beliles and wife Julie of Warsaw; 25 grandchildren;     28 great grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara R. Tam and husband Brad of Fulton, Joan Bradley of Rochester, two brothers, Chuck Bradley and wife Christine of Rochester, Rev. Erve Bradley and wife Dee of Hamlet and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Mary Jane in death are her parents and infant son Donnie Ray Beliles in 1971.

A celebration of the life of Mary Jane Beliles will be at 1:00 PM on Monday, March 18, 2024, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.    Pastor Bob Brown will officiate.  

Friends may visit with the family from 1-3 PM on Sunday, March 17, 2024 and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Sycamore Cemetery. 

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

Chris W. Cummins, 64, of Francesville

Chris W. Cummins, 64, of Francesville, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 12, 2024.  He passed away at Franciscan Health Hospital in Lafayette following a brave battle with cancer. 

Chris was born at home in Jefferson Township, Pulaski County, IN to Roscoe “Bud” and Alice M. [Dahn] Cummins. 

He graduated from West Central High School with the class of 1977.  On March 2, 1990, Chris married Beth [Sutton] Roberts in Francesville. 

Chris was a member of the Francesville First Christian Church.  He was thankful for thesupport of both his church family and friends throughout his cancer journey.  Chris will be remembered for the way in which he served the Lord by serving others. 

Chris worked hard his entire life.  After high school, he worked alongside his father at C & L Motors in Medaryville, IN.  He was supervisor at Monon Trailer in Monon, IN and was a laborer for Houston Davis installing drain tile.  Chris was a longtime employee at Standard Auto Parts in Winamac, IN and enjoyed a special friendship with his employers, Bruce & Jill Brumm.  For over 22 years, he was the manager of the Auto Value Store in Rensselaer, IN. 

Chris was a licensed pilot with a passion for flying and building airplanes.  He was a member and president of Rensselaer Experimental Aircraft Association (EEA).  He was also a member of the Cessna 150 Club and received several awards for being a “Top Gun Pilot”.  He was active in the Young Eagles program.  Chris was afforded a high recognition for his integrity and kindness by his fellow pilots and friends.

Chris was an avid golfer, talented builder and painter, and had a gift for restoring automobiles.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son and brother.  Chris will be dearly missed.

He is survived by:

Beth E. Cummins, Francesville, IN Wife

Nichole (Douglas) Perdue, Fortville, IN Daughter

David (Liana) Clark, Whitestown, IN Grandson

NicScagnoli, Asheville, NC Grandson

Anabelle Scagnoli, Asheville, NC Granddaughter

Lucas (s) Perdue, Indianapolis, IN Step Grandchild

Isabelle and Sophia, Great Granddaughters

Roscoe “Bud” and Alice Cummins, Winamac, IN Parents

Barbara (Steve) Bonnet, North Liberty, IA Sister

Patti (Jim) Wolpert Cummins, Indianapolis, IN Sister

Kim (Kathi) Cummins, Bradenton, FL Brother

Dolly Cummins, New Buffalo, MI Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Cremation will take place at Frain Crematory in Winamac.

Memorial Visitation will be held at 11 AM – 1 PM EDT Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville.

Memorial Services will be held at 1 PM EDT Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with Phil Aldrich and Alan Sutton officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family c/o Beth Cummins.

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

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

Jack L. Horn, 85, of Rochester

Jack L. Horn, 85, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he   passed away at 5:05 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at his home.

On December 12, 1938, Jack Lee Horn was born in Warsaw to Clarence Wilbur and Dorothy L. Tobey Horn. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister, Carolyn. Proudly he graduated with the Talma High School class of 1957.

Jack married the love of his life, Helen Deaton on February 22, 1959. They have shared 65 years of life’s adventures.  From their union came two children, Pamela and Jeffrey.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

Jack’s parents were charter members of The Church of Christ.  As a servant to the Lord,  Jack was a member there, serving on various committees and as a past Deacon. A dedicated machine operator, Jack worked at Sonoco Products for 42 years.  Mowing yards with great precision and competing in tractor pulls with his Wheel Horse was always a wonderful way to relax.  He drove his Pontiac Grand Prix with great pride, always keeping it detailed to perfection. Jack and Helen made memorable scenic driving trips to California with Pam and Jeff, seeing the sights of multiple states by taking different routes.  The trips were of great adventure and each on lasted three weeks.

Jack is lovingly remembered by his wife Helen; daughter, Pamela McCoy and husband Joseph of Lancaster, Ohio; son Jeffrey J. Horn of Rochester; four grandchildren: Brad Horn and wife Michelle, Brandon Horn, Jesse McCoy and wife Sarah, Rachel McCoy; four great-grandchildren:  Azalia Horn, Matthias Horn, Milo McCoy, Cooper McCoy; and sister Carolyn Metzger of Greenwood.

Preceding Jack in death are his parents.

A celebration of the life of Jack L.  Horn will be at 6:30 PM on Monday, March 18, 2024, at The Church of Christ, 120 E. 5th St.  Rochester. Pastor Jim Dillinger will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4:30 – 6:30 in the church.  Interment will be in the Graceland Cemetery of Claypool. 

Ruth E. Norman, 89, of Akron

Ruth E. Norman, 89, of Akron, passed peacefully at 10:30 am, Friday, March 8, 2024 at her residence.
Ruth was born on Sept. 29, 1934 in Ivyton, Magoffin County, Kentucky to the late Otto and Elloree (Hopkins) Fletcher. They moved to Indiana when she was just 2 weeks of age. She was a graduate of Burket High School. Ruth married the love of her life, Oren D. Norman on July 11, 1953 in Athens, Indiana. They spent 69 years together until his passing on July 13, 2022.
She and her husband built a family together. Surviving Ruth are her sons Richard Norman, Mike Norman, and Arthur and wife Melissa Norman all of Akron; daughter Becky and husband Gordon Rust of Seymour; granddaughters Leslie Rust and Hailee Norman; daughter-in-law Leisa Norman of Mentone; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters and a brother as well as her parents and husband Oren.
Ruth helped on the farm milking cows, raising chickens, and maintained a large garden to can and freeze produce. She also worked as a data entry clerk for Rochester Metal Products retiring after 9 and a half years.
She was a longtime active member of the Pleasant Hill Church. She enjoyed being in her kitchen making noodles, bread, pies, and cookies and relaxing by reading.
The funeral service will take place at 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana with Rev. Wayne Balmer officiating.
The interment will take place following the service in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, Indiana.
Visitation hours will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, Indiana.
Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Riley Children’s Foundation 500 N. Meridian Street, Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN 46204.

 

James Oliver "Jim" Hahn, 83, of Culver, formerly of Crete, IL and DeMotte, IN

James Oliver ”Jim” Hahn, 83, of Culver, IN (formerly of Crete, IL and DeMotte, IN) passed away following a hard-fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka.

He was born on November 23, 1940 in Chicago Heights, IL to the late Elmer Arnold and Marie Catherine [Gunther] Hahn. Jim was a 1958 graduate of Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights. On September 14, 1963, Jim married the love of his life, Charlotte Ann “Shotsie” Grimes, in Steger, IL. They enjoyed traveling together, notably visiting all 50 states and 6 continents (missing Antarctica). Jim and Shotsie’s love for each other remained steadfast until the end.

Jim enlisted in the US Army in 1959 and served three years of active duty in the United States Army Signal Corps. He was transferred to the US Army Reserve and after faithfully serving his country, Jim received an honorable discharge on May 20, 1968. It was during his time in the Signal Corps that Jim learned the trade of information technology which would become his life’s work. He had a distinguished 33 yearlong career at NIPSCO and retired as the Director of Information Technology. Jim was a longtime board member and past-president of the NIPSCO Federal Credit Union. After retirement, he worked as a consultant for several small businesses.

Jim was a man of Christian faith and a devoted member of the St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver, IN. His passion for woodworking together with his devotion to serving the Lord led Jim to undertake a very special project for his parish church. He lovingly created the beautiful wooden frames for the Stations of the Cross and two wooden candle holders for the altar.

Jim was always active in the Culver community. He was a member of the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club and Culver Lions Club. He served on the Culver Union Township Library Board as a board member and past-president. Jim enjoyed leisure time on Lake Maxinkuckee, as well as spending time with his friends in the ROMEO Club and at Wine Time events. He also enjoyed building and collecting garden scale trains. Jim was an avid sports fan and supported Notre Dame Football and Notre Dame Girls Basketball as well as the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox.

Jim will be dearly missed and forever remembered for his infectious laugh and great stories.

 

He is survived by:

Charlotte Ann “Shotsie” [Grimes] Hahn, Culver, IN Wife

Timothy (Jeanne) Hahn, Cary, NC Son

Jeff Hahn, Durham, NC Grandson

Dylan Hahn, Durham, NC Grandson

Judith Hahn, Lisle, IL Sister

William Hahn, Park Forest, IL Brother

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Elmer Arnold and Marie Catherine [Gunther] Hahn, Parents

Tom Hahn, Brother

 

Cremation will take place at Frain Crematory in Winamac, IN.

A Lions Memorial Service will be held at 9:30 AM EDT Friday, April 12, 2024 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver, IN and will be followed by the Praying of the Rosary.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM EDT Friday, April 12, 2024 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver, IN with Rev. Stephen Felicichia officiating.

Private burial will take place at a later date at the Momence Cemetery in Momence, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Center for Hospice Care, Culver Lions Club, or St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church.

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

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

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