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Obituaries Archives for 2021-04

Eric Scott Wallace, 38 of rural Fulton County

Eric Scott Wallace, 38 of rural Fulton County, Indiana passed away on April 28, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. at his residence in Fulton County, Indiana. On January 28, 1983 in Plymouth, Indiana he was born to Donald L. Wallace and Judith L. (Sherow) Wallace. Eric lived most of his life in the Rochester community.

 

Eric worked at the Argos McDonald’s for 6 years and the past year at Rochester Metal, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Eric was a graduate of Rochester High School with the class of 2001. He served in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Field Machinist’s Mate – MM3 E4. He received his Honorable Discharge on April 16, 2003.

 

Eric is survived by his Parents – Donald and Judith Wallace of Rochester, Indiana

 

Brothers – Donald Wallace II of Rochester, Indiana; and Jesstin Wallace and wife Samantha of Nappanee, Indiana

 

Sister – Angela Tucker and husband Josh of Rochester, Indiana

 

Grandmother – Shirley Sherow of Warsaw, Indiana

 

Many Aunts and Uncles and numerous Nieces and Nephews

 

He is preceded in death by his Grandparents – David Wallace, Betty Bailey, June Sherow and Albert Sherow; Uncles - Frank Wallace, Bob Barcus, and Bill Martz; Aunt - Judy Wallace.

 

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday May 2, 2021 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, Indiana.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Monday May 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home with burial to follow at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery, Richland Center, Indiana

 

Memorial donations may be made to: Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran's Center, 747 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601

James R.  "Jamie Rose" Oden 51, Mentone

James R.  “Jamie Rose” Oden 51, Mentone, Indiana, passed away on April 21, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

He was born on October 3, 1969 in Langley, Virginia, the son of James M. and Linda (Masterson) Oden. He was a Tippecanoe Valley High School graduate.

 

He had been a truck driver previously working for Moran Trucking out of Warsaw, Indiana and had been a large machine operator.  He had been active in his Mentone Community and enjoyed cooking, watching movies, comic books, supporting the LGBTQ community and time with his daughter.

 

 

Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Marie (David) Gilbert, Bloomington, Indiana, sister, Ellen (Ray) Boardman, Rochester, Indiana, niece, Nicole Lin Boardman, Rochester, Indiana, nephew, Martin William Boardman, with the U.S. Navy in Hawaii, several great niece and nephews, Uncle, Fred Oden, Rochester, Indiana, cousins, Michelle (Don) Rairigh, Jacksonville, Florida, Kimberly (Denny) Sentor and children, Culver, Indiana, Fred Oden and children, Rochester, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. Friday April 30, 2021 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Friends may visit from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Burial will be in Sycamore Memorial Park, Mentone, Indiana.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Donor’s Favorite Charity.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

David Michael "Mike" Howard, 63, of Macy

David Michael "Mike" Howard, 63, of Macy, passed away of natural causes at his home on April 23, 2021.

 

In Rochester, Mike was born on February 28, 1958.  He was a treasured son of Carl R. and Barbara Ann Floyd Howard.  Growing up he shared his childhood with three brothers Rick, Tim and Todd and two sisters Teresa and Christina.  During his formative years he attended the Mentone, Talma and North Miami Schools.

 

A lifetime resident of Rochester and northern Miami County, Mike enjoyed taking walks around town, supervising the city's progress and talking with friends catching up on the latest.  Gifted with his hands he spent many hours tinkering on cars and trucks in his garage employing his skills as an automotive mechanic.  He loved to scrap and play scratch off lottery tickets, once hitting a big jackpot!  The weekends brought on his passion for speed and heading to the dirt tracks around the area.  Mike was seated in the bleachers cheering for his favorite drivers at Plymouth, New Paris, Kokomo and South Bend Speedways. 

 

Left to cherish Mike's memory are his daughters Bri Lynn Howard of Barto, Florida and Kariann Howard of Tampa, Florida: four grandchildren Mary, Tamya, Jackson and Gavin, his father Carl R. Howard of Macy,  three brothers Rick Howard (Rebecca) of Rochester, Tim Howard  (Betty) of Tippecanoe, Todd Howard (Deb) Rochester, two sisters Teresa Freidman of Jasper, Christina Miller and companion Rodney Talbott of Rochester.

 

Preceding Mike in death is his mother Barbara DePoy on January 20, 2014.

 

A graveside service celebrating the life of Mr. Mike Howard will be at 10:00 AM Friday, April 30, 2021 at the Akron Cemetery.  Chaplain Jason See will officiate. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Animal Education and Adoption Center, 1540 Wentzel Street,  Rochester, IN  46975.  The Good Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

Randy Holloway, 68, of Rochester

Randy Holloway, 68, of Rochester passed away at his home on April 24, 2021. 

 

On November 11, 1952, Randall J Holloway was born in South Bend.   He was the second son of George Dale and Bette Lou Priser Holloway.  Randy shared his childhood with his older brother Jeff.  He attended Rochester Schools and graduated in 1971 from Rochester High School.

 

With a strong work ethic Randy began his +30-year career in telecommunications with the Rochester Telephone Company as a lineman.  For many years he worked on new installations and repair before retiring from RTC in 2002.

 

In his early years, Randy spent several summers at the Rochester Little League Park, coaching and umpiring youth baseball.  He also loved spending time on Lake Manitou fishing and water skiing.  Randy is remembered for the meticulous manner he kept his lawn and landscape manicured to perfection.  His car and truck detailed with a showroom appearance.   As a grill master, Randy always served the juiciest, best burgers, chicken and steaks.  He also made amazing loaded chocolate chip cookies from scratch and shared them with family and friends at the holidays. An avid animal lover, Randy was the proud Dad to Calvin the Boston Terrier and a few other Bostons along the way. 

 

Left to cherish Randy's memory are his brother Jeffrey D. Holloway and wife Carole of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico;  nephew Nicholas Holloway of Arizona; and special cousins: Pat and Phil Thompson of Rochester, Brent and Tura Thompson of Palatka, FL,  Barry and Sara Thompson, Brad and Loraine Thompson all of Rochester.  Also surviving is Lucy his feline companion.

 

Preceding Randy in death are his parents George and Bette Holloway and a niece Danielle Holloway.

A private family graveside service celebrating the life of Mr. Randy Holloway will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Patricia J. McMillen, 76, Rochester

Patricia J. McMillen, 76, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 11:35 A.M. on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Rose Senior Living, Carmel, Indiana.

 

She was born on December 8, 1944, in Rochester, Indiana, the daughter of John Robert and Marie K. (Richardson) McLochlin. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1962. After high school, she attended St. Mary’s of the Woods College, Terre Haute, Indiana, for two years before transferring to Indiana University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in 1966.

 

She received her Master’s degree from Indiana University in 1981. On July 2, 1966, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, she married Billy “Bill” McMillen. He preceded her in death on January 28, 2017.

 

Patricia had taught at Griffith High School, Triton High School, and North Miami High School before retiring from Rochester High School after 23 years as a beloved Spanish teacher. She had been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Tri-Kappa. Patricia enjoyed walking, playing golf and bridge, following her family’s sporting events, watching basketball, and spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Survivors include her children Colleen Wood, Fishers, Indiana; Brad McMillen, Indianapolis, Indiana; Sheila and husband Too Keller, Carmel, Indiana; grandchildren Alyssa Wood, Bloomington, Indiana; Grant Wood, Notre Dame, Indiana; Gabbi Pinegar, Bloomington, Indiana; Luke, Lauren, and Karli Keller, all of Carmel, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Richard A. McLochlin.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 23, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Andrew DeKeyser officiating.

 

Friends may call from 4-7 P.M. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Visitors are reminded to follow COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing and mask wearing while attending.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Haley Marie Fox, 21, of Winamac

Haley Marie Fox, 21 of Winamac, IN gained her angel wings at 7:01 AM Tuesday, April 13, 2021 after a courageous battle with leukemia.  She passed away surrounded by her family at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN. 

 

Haley was born on January 24, 2000 in Winamac to Darrell and Angie [Nelson] Fox.  She was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski, IN. 

 

Haley graduated from Winamac High School in 2018.  She was active in cross country, volleyball, track, and cheerleading as well as Sunshine Society, Athletic Leadership, and National Honor Society. 

 

Haley worked at Dairy Queen in Winamac as well as MJ’s Sweets and Sally’s in Culver, IN.  She was currently attending University of Indianapolis where she was studying nursing. 

 

Haley had a big heart, was always helping others, and never knew a stranger.  She touched so many people in so many ways – from childhood to her most recent time spent at Riley’s.  Despite the recent trials in her life, she continued to inspire everyone with her courage, her contagious smile, and zest for life.  Haley deeply cherished her friendships, especially the special love she shared with Dylan who was a guiding light to Haley in her darkest times.  Haley loved her family very much, especially her brother, Parker.  She made a lot of good memories with her many cousins, aunts & uncles, and grandparents.   Haley enjoyed mushroom hunting, cooking, kayaking the Tippecanoe, and traveling.  

 

Upon receiving her diagnosis at age 19, Haley had a conversation with a dear friend and they came to this revelation, “disappointment isn’t proof that God is withholding good things from us, sometimes it’s His way of leading us Home.” 

 

The family wishes to thank Haley’s entire health care team and the community for all of their love, prayers, and support. 

 

She is survived by:

Angie (fiancé: Matt Taberski) Fox, Granger, IN Mother

Darrell Fox, Winamac IN, Father

Parker (girlfriend: Michaela Ingram) Fox, Winamac IN, Brother

Taylor Fox, Cannelton, IN Half-Brother

Jim Scott, Clearwater, FL Paternal Great Grandfather

Brenda Hadley, Winamac, IN Maternal Grandmother

Mike Nelson, Fish Lake, IN Maternal Grandfather

Melissa Hanson, Winamac, IN Paternal Grandmother

Fran (Marlene) Fox, Winamac, IN Paternal Grandfather

Many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins

 

Preceded in death by:

Paul and Mary Lou Bonnell, Maternal Great Grandparents

Lindy and Barb Nelson, Maternal Great Grandparents

Joe and Noan Fox, Paternal Great Grandparents

Cleona Scott, Paternal Great Grandmother

Marilyn Nelson, Maternal Grandmother

Gary Hanson, Paternal Grandfather

Jason Fox, Uncle

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 8 PM EDT Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Monday, April 19, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Teri White officiating.

 

Burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery West in Pulaski, IN with Rev. Daniel Shine officiating. 

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Pulaski Christmas Lights or Haley Fox Memorial Scholarship at Alliance Bank.  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.

Edith R. Browning, Rochester

Edith R. Browning, Rochester, passed away at noon on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne.

 

Born October 10, 1957 in Baltimore Maryland, she was the daughter of Lloyd Lambert, Sr., and the former Ethel Thomas Lambert.  She had worked at United Technologies, which became Lear Corporation, and also as a bartender at Putt’s Bar and Grill and the Fulton Pub.  She enjoyed playing Bingo on her phone and spending time with her canine companions.  She was a member of the Macy Christian Church, Macy, Indiana. 

 

Survivors include one daughter, Denella (Maya)  Garcia, Watkins, Iowa; one step-daughter, Sandra russet, Bremen, Indiana; grandchildren, Sage Smith, Watkins, Iowa; Alysina Carillo, Quincy, Illinois; Tabitha (Felipe) Olivares, Twelve Mile, Indiana ; and Noah Nick, Watkins, Iowa; siblings, Susan (Dave) Shambarger, Macy; Allen Lambert, Rochester; John (Holly) Cattin, Mexico; Larry (Andrea) Cattin, Macy; Pam Harper, Winamac; Glen (Karen) Cattin, Winamac; and companion, James Miniear, Macy; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Lamber; mother and step-father, Ethel and Richard Cattin, and five siblings, Cindy Cattin, Lloyd Lambert, Mike Lambert, Debra Yerk, and Lennie Lambert; and one niece, Jessica Lambert.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, with Pastor Dave Welsh and Skip Shambarger officiating.  

 

Burial will follow in Five Corners Cemetery, rural Macy.

 

Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directed to McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, to assist with final expenses.

 

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

Deborah Lou (Rogers) Flannery, 71, rural Denver

Deborah Lou (Rogers) Flannery, 71, rural Denver, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at her residence. 

 

Born June 27 1949, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Paul H. Rogers and the former Ruth L. Miller.   On June 18, 1978, in Peru, Indiana, she was married to Dean Wayne Flannery, and he preceded her in death on March 8, 2011.

 

She was a graduate of Bound Brook High School in Bound Brook, New Jersey, and she worked alongside her husband Dean in their businesses Machine Company and Lanjax Trophies and Engravings, both in rural Denver. 

 

Survivors include her two sons, Donn Fredrick Whitenight and his wife Laura, Rochester; and Jason Scott Whitenight, Lafayette; six grandchildren, Cheyenne, Dakota, Cherokee, Caitlyn, Emily, and Alexis Whitenight; two great-grandchildren, Bella and Evie Whitenight; and five siblings, Steve (Eileen) Siegel, Kathie (Rick) Cleveland, Marsha (Bill) Carrescia, John (Karen) Siegel, and Jim (Stacey) Siegel, all of Pennsylvania.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, with family friend Mike Sheehan officiating.  

 

Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Denver, Indiana.

 

Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. on Monday, at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to The Scratching Post Cat Rescue.

 

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

Toni Suzanne Click, 42, Denver

Toni Suzanne Click, 42, Denver, Passed away at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at her residence. 

 

Born July 18, 1977, at Wabash County Hospital, she was the daughter of Randy J. and Barbara Beals Click. 

 

Toni was a 1997 graduate of North Miami High School. She was a member of Denver Baptist Church.  She was known for her sunny disposition, friendly smile, and her warm loving hugs.

In addition to her parents, Randy and Barb Click, Denver, she is survived by one brother, Bryan W. Click, Denver; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and one sister, Shelly Suesakul.

 

Private family services will be held at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana.  

 

Burial will be in Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County. 

 

A gathering to celebrate the life of Toni will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at the Denver Baptist Church, Denver, Indiana.  

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  

 

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.  

 

Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com. 

Lee "Tavis" Bradley, 87, Denver

Lee “Tavis” Bradley, 87, Denver, passed away at 11:38 a.m. on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at his residence. 

 

Born February 15, 1934, in Risner, Kentucky, he was the son of Henry and Nona (Ousley) Bradley.  On January 28, 1955, in Martin, Kentucky, he was married to Mary Lou Reffitt, and she survives.

 

Lee worked in many different professions over the years, starting at a young age shoeing horses and later working in the coal mines of Kentucky.  He then made his way to Miami County, Indiana, where he worked at the Peru Foundry, and the local oil wells.  He retired from the Miami County Highway Department. Lee was an avid mushroom hunter, bee keeper, fisherman, and gardener, raising the best and biggest tomatoes in the county. He was the president of the local Coon Hunters Association in the 1980’s. He enjoyed hunting and was known to take down two deer in one shot…twice!  He was a very smart, self-education man who was the advisor to many on his gardening, ice fishing strategies.  His words of advice helped many over the years. 

 

Survivors include his wife Mary Lou Bradley, Denver; children, Douglas (Debra) Bradley, Syracuse; Lisa (Ron) Simpson, Flat Gap, Kentucky; Connie Tyler, Peru; Lugina (Joe) Benner, Peru; fourteen grandchildren, Jason and Nicholas Bradley, Aaron and Jeremy Fox, Dalton Bradley, Amanda Hall, Mitch Stewart, Travis Stewart, Bambi Kowalenko, Jessica Monce, Jake Williams, Kayla Friend, Sherese Rizo, and Nick Benner and Taylee Benner; twenty-one great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one sister, Mimie Howard, Kentucky; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Also surviving are special friends adopted into the Bradley family, Dwight “Fats” and Laura Burgess, Doyle “Worm” and Melanie Burgess, Wayne H. Houlihan; and Terry  and Sherry Burns.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Mike Bradley and Glenn Bradley; one son-in-law, John Tyler, one granddaughter, Kathy Whetsone; five brothers: Mont Bradley, Dennis Bradley, Adam Bradley, Leo Bradley and Cleo Bradley; six sisters: Loretta Hurd, Aggie Click, Sabra Bradley, Renis Baldridge, Biddie Reffitt, and Arvilla Slone.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru. 

 

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

 

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.  

 

Condolences may be sent online at www.McClainFH.com. 

Former Rochester resident, Mr. Earl "Dean" Damron, 73, currently of North Manchester

Former Rochester resident, Mr. Earl “Dean” Damron, 73, currently of North Manchester passed away at 1:20 PM on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

 

On October 15, 1947, Dean was born in Rochester to Carl and Rachel Bumgardner Damron. He shared his childhood with a brother, Rodney. After high school, patriotism beckoned, with Dean answering the call, serving with the United States Army in Nuremberg, Germany.  Following his stint of service, he was honorably discharged known officially as Spec. 4 Earl Dean Damron. 

 

Even though Dean was addressed by his best friends and family as Dean he reserved his first name "Earl," as his business name.

 

In Springfield, Tennessee, Dean married the love of his life, Paula Bonewitz on July 6, 1973. They have shared 48 years of life’s adventures.  From their union came four wonderful children:  Beth, Eric, Harold and Chris.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations!

 

Growing up he acquired an interest in mules and horses, specifically Appaloosas.  He had an authentic Indian costume, that he wore riding his Appaloosa known as "Dixie," as a Native American in area parades.

 

With a strong work ethic, Dean worked for many years at Rochester Metal Products.  His memberships include the American Legion, V.F.W., ABATE, and Moose of North Manchester.   He socialized with friends at Putt's and the Moose.

 

Gifted with his hands, Dean was an accomplished woodworker.  He loved welding and fabricating special projects for himself and his family.  In his early years, as a mechanic he did engine work, once placing the engine in a closet.  Dean was a huge NASCAR fan and the proud owner of a unique collection of NASCAR die cast cars.  His love of die-cast expanded and he acquired several other special die-cast to scale vehicles.

 

With a passion for the freedom of riding his cycle, Dean and Paula enjoyed many road trips on the 1996 Maroon Harley-Davidson Sportster.  They took many day trips around northern Indiana and special trips to Tennessee.  Dean was currently invested in a project to modify the golf cart for cruising the streets of North Manchester with Paula.

 

As the patriarch of the Damron family,  Papa Dean was proud to oversee four generations.  He looked forward to the holidays and special family celebrations.  His greatest attribute was his kindness.  Papa Dean treasured the closeness of his family.

 

Left to cherish Dean's memory are his wife, Paula; daughter, Beth Starkweather and husband Keith of South Whitley; two sons:  Eric Damron and wife Lori of Rochester, Chris Damron and wife Missy of  North Manchester;  eight grandchildren: Erin Starkweather, Jillian Starkweather, Morgan Hite, Alexis (Alex) Hale, Josiah Damron, Madi Damron, Sarah Damron, Courtney Jones and husband Aaron; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Rodney E. Damron of  IL; and several nieces and nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles. 

 

Preceding Dean in death are his parents, Carl and Rachel Damron; son, Harold Damron on October 31, 2002 ;and brother, Paul Junior Eytcheson, June 21, 1968.

 

A celebration of the life of Mr. Earl Dean Damron will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 18, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Terry Baldwin will officiate.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 12, noon to 2:00 PM in the funeral home on Sunday.  

 

Military Honors will be accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the US Army Honors Team.  

 

Burial will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  

Former Rochester resident, Margaret E. Zumbaugh 82, of New Albany

Former Rochester resident, Margaret E. Zumbaugh 82, of New Albany passed away at 3:15 PM, Thursday, April 15, 2021 in the Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

 

On December 5, 1938, Margaret Ellen Jarred was born in Swannington, Norfolk England.  She was a treasured daughter of Arthur and Louisa Eastoe Jarred.  Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters Hazel and Dorcas and a brother Keith.

 

Margaret met the love of her life, Mr. Wayne S. Zumbaugh while he was stationed in England with the United States Air Force. Their romance flourished and they married on December 30, 1961 in England.  The young couple returned to the US following his stint in the service.  Margaret later received her United States citizenship.  She and Wayne shared 24 years together.  Sadly, he passed on November 10, 1985.  From their union came two daughters Julie and Celena.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

 

With a lifelong passion for ALL animals, Margaret had a reverence for ALL things in nature, including trees, the air, & the land.
She would say that her Church was outside in a pasture and that her favorite hymns were the birdsong (the choir) and gentle breezes through the leaves on the trees (the woodwinds).


As a young girl, Margaret loved & cared for Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, cats and anything else she could smuggle home. As a teenager, she would ride her bicycle to a nearby horse stable, working for the owner,  in return to learn about horse care, and later horseback riding and show jumping. 

 

Margaret meticulously wrote in her journal's everything she learned. Many years later, she bought her very own horse, when she and Wayne bought a small farm in Fulton County, where they raised Arabian horses, cows, pigs, geese, ducks, chickens & rabbits.  Margaret even bottle fed, raised by hand, around the clock, an orphaned, newborn colt. Injured, ill or unwanted animals, fur or feathered, received her love, comfort & gentle care, 365/24/7.  Margaret also loved deer, squirrels, raccoons, possums, birds...especially hummingbirds that came annually to the kitchen window sugar-water feeder.  Margaret felt her calling in life was to be one of God’s animal caretakers and we know she was one of the very best.

 

Left to cherish Margaret's memory are her daughters:  Julie Lewis and husband Christopher of New Albany, Celena Watson and husband Tom of Argos; three granddaughters: Lisa Malloy and husband AT, Shelby Foster and husband Andrew, Meghan Watson; three great-grandchildren with another blessing due to arrive in September; a sister Hazel Massingham and husband Herbert of England; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Margaret in death are her parents, beloved husband Wayne a sister Dorcas Downs and a brother Keith Jarred.

 

A graveside service celebrating the life of Margaret Ellen Zumbaugh will be at 3:30 PM, April 16, 2021 at the Richland Center Cemetery.  Chaplain Jason See will officiate.  Memorials may be made to your local animal shelter.  Please spay and neuter your pets.

Dinzeal Adams, 69, Kewanna

Dinzeal Adams 69, Kewanna, passed away at 6:31 P.M. Sunday, April 11, 2021, at his residence.

 

He was born on April 5, 1952 in Welch, West Virginia, the son of Leonard Manuel and Mary Elizabeth (Blankenship) Adams. On September 19, 1978 in Tazewell, Virginia, he married Joe Anna (Pack) Thomas and she survives.

 

Mr. Adams had worked at various jobs throughout his career including working in the restaurant industry as well as working in tree trimming service. He had been a member of the Baptist Church and enjoyed raising his children.

 

Survivors include his wife, Joe Anna Adams, Kewanna, Indiana, children, Darsha Livesay, Delphi, Indiana, Sharon Renee Wallace, Kewanna, Indiana, Clyde Wesley Thomas, Vine, Arkansas, Jackie Roylee Thomas, Florida, Jason Frazier, Kewanna, Indiana, J.D. Wallace, North Carolina, April Wallace, North Carolina, Philip Wallace, North Carolina, Sharon Ruth Wallace, North Carolina, Shannon Wallace, North Carolina, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, sister, Dora Breeden, West Virginia, Marshall Adams, Monticello, Indiana, Roy Adams, North Carolina, Danny Adams, West Virginia, several nieces, nephews, and cousins and his four fur-babies. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Jerry Wallace Jr., brothers, Harvey Adams and Robert Adams, sisters, Betty Hughes and Pearl Hughes.

 

No services are scheduled at this time.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

James Morton (Jim) Fraser, 79, Plymouth

James Morton (Jim) Fraser, 79, Plymouth, IN, went home to our Lord and Savior, Friday, April 9, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center/Mishawaka, IN after a brief, but hard-fought, battle against lung cancer.

 

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 25 years, Joan Betz Fraser of Plymouth, IN; two sons, David James (Maureen) of Collierville, TN, and Jeffrey Alan (Lou) of Columbus, OH; step-daughters, Michelle Irwin of Plymouth, Monica Betz of Argos, IN, and step-son, Earl Betz (Sarah) of Plymouth. Jim is also survived by grandchildren, Brittany of Little Rock, AR, Andrew of Collierville, TN, and Abigail of Columbia, SC; and step grandchildren, Michael Jr., Matthew, and Merrill Fishburn; Keith, Craig, and Amanda Irwin; Tyler, Payton, and Braxton Betz, and 11 step great grandchildren. Jim is also survived by his older brother, Robert, of Fort Wayne, IN; nephew, Steve (Susie) and family; niece, Karen Wilgus and family.

 

Jim was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife, Sharon Sue and parents, Fred and Mary Fraser.

 

Born September 3, 1941, in Rochester, IN, Jim graduated Rochester High School in 1959; B.S. Agricultural Education, Purdue University, 1963; and M.S. Agronomy, Purdue University, 1965.

 

Jim began his high school Vocational Agriculture/FFA Advisor teaching career in August 1965, then continued in 1968 at Heritage High School in Monroeville, IN.

 

Jim’s greatest joy, outside his family, was the success so many of his ag students achieved in their lives as professional and community leaders and parents across the United States.

 

Jim retired from teaching in 1989. He then started his second career at Wilson’s Feed & Grain, Lakeville, IN, as the area livestock feed sales representative. After several years, he then moved to Tractor Supply Company (TSC) retail location in Plymouth, where he loved every day, serving all his farmer friends and customers—Jim, never, ever, met a stranger. Jim and Joan achieved Jim’s life-long dream of buying a dairy farm outside Argos—though you would have to ask Joan if that was really her life-long dream!

 

A member of Poplar Grove Church, final arrangements are being handled by Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Visitation will be Friday, April 16, 4:00-7:00 pm, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, followed by transport to St. John Lutheran Church-Flatrock, Monroeville, for visitation, Saturday, April 17, 10:00 am-Noon, followed by a service. A graveside service and interment in Monroeville Memorial Cemetery will immediately follow.

 

The family respectfully requests all visitors wear face masks and socially distance when possible.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts to Purdue University College of Agriculture “In Memory of James Morton Fraser.” A donation basket (checks only, please), will be available during both visitations. You may also donate online: https://connect.purdue.edu/s/givenow?dids=012891.RF0099.013132.014037.999999&sort=1&appealcode=12943

 

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

Gordon L. Tatman, 77, of Rochester

Mr. Gordon L. Tatman, 77, of Rochester, passed away at 3:45 PM on Thursday, April 8, 2021at Mason Health Care Center of Warsaw.

 

On April 28, 1943, Gordon Lee was born in Logansport to Raymond O. and Margaret M. Casper Tatman. Growing up near Royal Center he shared his childhood with a sister, Lois.  Gordon was a member of the Royal Center High School Class of 1961.

 

As a butcher, Gordon worked at Wilson's of Logansport for 26 years.  He later moved to Elkhart where he was responsible for shipping for Sun Downer trailers.  Rochester has been his home for the past nine years.  While in Rochester, he enjoyed going to the Senior Center. Sitting with his friends, visiting, playing BINGO, cards, dice and dominos was always a great time. He also followed the local high school sports teams and college basketball games. An avid NASCAR fan, Big Dale Sr. and Dale Jr. were his favorite drivers. 

 

Gordon also enjoyed being outside, whether he was fishing or hunting. With a green thumb he was especially proud of his tomato container gardening. He often shared the harvest with his friends and family.

 

Left to cherish Gordon's memory are four daughters, Margaret (Margi) Pontius and husband John of Silver Lake, Donna Davis and husband Brad of Chalmers, Jackie Johnson and partner Dominick Marini of Chesterton, Jenny Zarse and husband Bill of Logansport and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Preceding Gordon in death are his parents and sister Lois Tatman Tinkle Crowe.

 

A celebration of the life of Mr. Gordon L. Tatman will be at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 13, 2021,  in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., of Rochester.  Chaplain Tim Lee will officiate.  Friends may visit with his family from 5:00 - 7:00 PM on Monday, April 12, 2021 in the funeral home and an hour prior to his service on Tuesday.  Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Logansport.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Jeannetta [Houston] Davis, 90, of Indianapolis, formerly of Francesville

Jeannetta [Houston] Davis, 90, of Indianapolis, IN (formerly of Francesville, IN) passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Community Health North Hospital in Indianapolis. 

 

She was born on September 29, 1930 in Monticello, IN to the late Andrew and Vera [Timmons] Houston.  She grew up on a farm in Francesville and was the oldest of seven children.  Jeannetta worked on the farm with her father and he always said, “she was the best tractor driver; she never took out a fence.” 

 

After high school, Jeannetta moved to Medaryville, IN where she lived with her mother’s parents, Grammy and Grand Dad Timmons.  While working in the fields Jeannetta met Kenny Davis, who worked for her father.  On July 29, 1950, they were married at the Methodist Church in Medaryville.  They had two loving children, Tim Davis and Rachelle Fay.

 

Jeannetta worked at both the Francesville grain elevator and Peoples State Bank in Francesville.

 

Jeannetta continued taking American Institute of Banking classes and became an Officer at Lafayette National Bank, Lafayette, IN. She loved volunteering in her community and was always busy helping with the Francesville town wide garage sale and the Francesville Fall Festival. Jeannetta was a longtime member of the Methodist Church.  She was a writer, always sending her family little notes and poems.

 

When Jeannetta and Kenny retired, they purchased a second home in Florida where they spent the winters for several years. They enjoyed the weather, community and being close to Kenny’s brother, Bill and Jeannetta’s sister, Norma. They always enjoyed when their children and grandchildren were able to come and visit during spring break.  Several years ago, they moved to Indianapolis to be closer to their daughter so she could provide the care they needed.

Jeannetta was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who will be dearly missed.

 

She is survived by:

Rachelle (Richard) Fay, Indianapolis, IN Daughter

Tayler Mikosz, Indianapolis, IN Granddaughter

Emily Davis, Minneapolis, MN Granddaughter

Luke Seitz, Step Grandson

Audrey Weltzin, Sister

Roberta Geyer, Sister

Norma (Herman) Smidler, Sister

Robert (Sharon) Houston, Brother

Nancy Dickinson, Sister

David (Jill) Houston, Brother

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Andrew and Vera [Timmons] Houston, Parents

Kenneth Davis, Husband

Timothy Davis, Son

 

Visitation will be from 10-11 AM EDT Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN with Pastor Douglas Thompson officiating. 

 

Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Francesville Fall Festival. 

 

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

 

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

Sandra Perez Blanco, 39, of Winamac

Sandra Perez Blanco, 39, of Winamac, IN passed away surrounded by her loved ones Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at her home in Winamac. 

 

She was born on February 18, 1982 in Los Reyes de Juarez, Puebla, Mexico the youngest of seven children. 

 

She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester, IN. 

 

Sandra was a hardworking woman and set a good example for others.  She enjoyed painting, doing puzzles, and traveling.  Most of all, she loved animals, especially cats.  She was a good friend, excellent daughter, and loving sister who will be dearly missed. 

 

She is survived by:

Indalecio Perez Flores and Esperanza Blanco Machorro, Parents

Teodulfa Noemi Perez Blanco, Sister

Jose Raul Perez Blanco, Brother

Jaime Perez Blanco, Brother

Georgina Perez Blanco, Sister

Miguel Angel Perez Blanco, Brother

Analia Perez Blanco, Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Services will be held in Mexico at a later date.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made in the form of Mass Intentions to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester, IN.

 

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

 

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

Gladys Bird, 90, of Rochester

Mrs. Gladys Bird 90, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 12:32 PM, Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Lifecare Center, Rochester. 

 

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Catherine Gladys Harrison was born on July 30, 1930.  She was the cherished daughter of Willie Thomas and Irene Lawrence Harrison.  Growing up near Towson, Maryland, she graduated from Towson High School with her class in 1949.

 

During her Indianapolis years, Gladys founded a homeless shelter in 1984.  She and Ron were a members of the St. Alban Episcopal Church.

 

On November 19, 1983, Gladys and Mr. Ronald C. Bird were married in Knoxville, Tennessee.  They shared 38 years of life's adventures.  With a love for exploring and cruises, Gladys and Ron enjoyed over 48 cruises navigating waters all over the world.  At home they looked forward to cruising around Lake Manitou and watching the sunset.  They also shared a passion, cheering for Indiana University Men's Soccer Team.  From 1982 - 2008 they did not miss a game and traveled to all venues wherever they played.  The Bird's were recognized for their contributions and support of the team.

 

As entrepreneurs, the Birds founded the Ameri-Can Engineering Company in Argos 1988.    Their firm engineers and develops premier quality luxury restroom and shower trailer systems.  In 2018, Ameri-Can celebrated their 30-year anniversary.  For many years Gladys served on the board of directors of the Portable Sanitation Association International.  She was also a member of the Rochester Lion's Club.

 

Gladys inspired people to enjoy life to the fullest.  She could light up a room with her twinkling eyes and radiant smile bringing all who met her happiness and excitement.

 

 

Left to cherish Gladys' memory is her loving husband Ron at home,  her children David R. Harling (Renee) of Culver, Thomas A. Harling (Elizabeth) of Fishers, Patricia Harling Lontz of Greenfield,  Garry A. Harling (Angie) of Cicero; daughters-in-law Debby Harling and Kathy Harling; 23 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren.

 

Preceding Gladys in death are her parents, first husband Ambler A.  Harling on April 1976, sons Robert S. Harling on March 26, 2011 and Warren S. "Butch" Harling March 1, 2021.

 

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Gladys Bird will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 10, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester. A Lion's Club Memorial service will be held at 12:45 PM.  Gladys' family will receive friends at 11:00 AM until the time of the services. Mr. Garry A. Harling will officiate. 

 

Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM, on April 17, 2021 in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.   Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.   Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com   

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