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Obituaries Archives for 2021-07

Michael H. Nesbit, 65, of Rochester

Michael H. Nesbit, 65, of Rochester passed away at 2:55 AM  on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Visiting Nurse Hospice of Fort Wayne due to a sudden illness.

 

On January 24, 1956, Michael Harold was born in Kokomo to W. Harold and Mildred L. Jameson Nesbit. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister and two brothers. He was the best brother.

 

In 1974 Mike graduated from Eastern High School of Greentown.  As a well-rounded student, he was strong academically, active in sports and was a member of the student council.  Playing fullback, for the Eastern Comets, he set a football record that was held for about 50 years. Mike’s record was 47 touchdowns from 1971-1973. During his sophomore year, he was a forward on the basketball team. In track he threw the shot put and discus.  

 

His high school sweetheart was a cheerleader, Julia Etchison. They would soon become life partners.

 

Water skiing was a great way to spend the summers. Joining the Manitou Ski Club, in the ‘70s, Mike perfected barefoot, jumping, slalom and trick skiing. He could perform all aspects flawlessly.

 

To relax, Mike enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and enjoying nature. He was a huge fan of NASCAR, the Indianapolis 500 and Sprint Car racing.  His favorite drivers were Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson.

 

With a strong work ethic, Mike was the owner of Rain Creek Construction.  Building new homes, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms exceeding his customer’s expectations was his way of life.

 

Mike and Julia married on June 10, 1978 in Greentown. They shared 43 years of life’s adventures. Their favorite time was being home together listening to John Prine and Bob Dylan.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Mike are his wife, Julia, father and step-mother Harold and Laura of Branson, MO, sister Linda Schmitt of Rochester, brother Jeffrey Nesbit and companion Brian Delancey of Fort Ogden, FL; feline companion Beldar a rescue cat, canine companion, Lola an Australian Red Healer; father and mother-in-law Donald and Arlene Etchison of Greentown; three brothers-in-law Greg Etchison of Elwood, Gary Etchison and wife Sharon of Greentown, Terry Etchison and wife Anna of Greentown and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Mike in death are his mother Mildred Nesbit on January 18, 2009 and his brother Dennis R. Nesbit on January 2, 2016. A

 

memorial service for Michael Harold Nesbit will be at 2:30 PM on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 4992 S. Wabash Rd, Rochester.

 

After the service, there will be a dinner and celebration of Mike’s life at the home of Barb Lutterbein.

 

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975 of Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 843, Rochester, IN 46975.

 

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

Richard C. Alderfer, 71, of Rochester

Richard C. Alderfer, 71, of Rochester, passed away at 6:20 PM on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

On March 5, 1950, Richard Clinton Alderfer was born in Rochester.  He was a treasured son of Frederick and Elizabeth G. Davidson Alderfer. Growing up he grew up with two brothers Charles and Stephen.  He was a life time resident of Fulton County.

Answering the call of patriotism, Rich served in the Vietnam War with the United States Marine Corp and was honorably discharged in 1970.

For 42 years, Rich was a truck driving professional, transporting goods from coast to coast.  To relax he enjoyed fishing in waters around the county. He was proud to ride his Harley-Davidson, enjoying the freedom of the ride.  Rich was a member of the Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1343.  Grandpa Rich found great happiness with being with his grandchildren.  He attended their games, school activities and simply loved celebrating birthdays and being together at the holidays.

Left to cherish Rich's memory are four daughters:  Sabrena Simpson and husband Norman and Seanita Siple and husband Jaymin, Lisa Franklin all of Rochester, Jeri McKinney and husband Bryan of Hastings, FL;  11 grandchildren: Brooke, Damion, Grady, Jacob, Abby, Katie, Selby, Riley, Parker, Baylee, Easton; two brothers: Charles Alderfer and wife Sharon and their sons Christopher and Timothy of Rochester, and Stephen Alderfer of Plymouth; and special friends Pat, Roger and Terry.

Preceding Richard in death are his parents.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Richard C. "Rich" Alderfer will be at 1:00 PM on Monday August 2, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

Friends may visit with the family from 11-1 PM on Monday in the funeral home.  

Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran's Honor Guard and the United States Marine Corps Honors Team.  

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Veterans, DAV Vehicle Fund, 815 Main Street, Rochester, IN  46975.   

Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.

 

Dan DuBois, 68, of Palmer, AK, formerly of Lawton, IN

Dan DuBois, 68, of Palmer, AK (formerly of Lawton, IN) passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in Alaska following a brave battle with cancer. 

He was born on December 25, 1954 in Winamac, IN to the late Joseph and Madonna [Reinholt] DuBois.  Dan graduated from Culver High School. 

On May 25, 1976, he married Marsha Reinholt.   

For many years, Dan worked at the A & P Store in Winamac and spent most of his life working on the Alaska pipelines.  He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting.  Dan loved his family very much and cherished time spent with his grandchildren.

 

He is survived by:

Marsha [Reinholt] DuBois, Palmer, AK Wife

Eric (LeighAnn) DuBois, Wasilla, AK Son

Danielle Hodgson, Palmer, AK Daughter

4 Grandchildren: Chandler, Kiersten, Donavin, and Dylan

1 Great Grandson: Deklan

DeyoneJenkins, Sister

Jody Goodale, Sister

Donald DuBois, Brother

Jim DuBois, Brother

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Joseph and Madonna [Reinholt] DuBois, Parents

David DuBois, Brother

Marcie Williamson, Sister

Wanda Dockendorf, Sister

Paula Layton, Sister

 

The family will host a Celebration of Life at 1 PM EDT Sunday, August 1, 2021 at the home of Fred and Beth DuBois (7505 S. 450 W. Star City, IN 46985).

Lisa Jean Haley, 56 of Winamac, formerly of Rushville, Illinois, and Iowa

Lisa Jean Haley, 56 of Winamac, formerly of Rushville, Illinois, and Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 27 at the Pulaski Health Care Center
in Winamac due to cancer.

Lisa was born on Jan. 3, 1965, in Terre Haute to Harold B. and Patricia Kay (Goldman) Needham. Lisa graduated from
Winamac High School in 1983.


Lisa was a lifelong caretaker for the elderly and children. She loved
animals and made friends everywhere she went. Lisa will be sadly missed
by all those who loved her.


She is survived by her adoptive father Doug F. Haley of Winamac;
sisters: Elizabeth M. Haley of Austin, Texas,  Kari F. Haley of Chicago,
Illinois and Tiffany Crappo of Terre Haute; brothers: John C. Haley of
Winamac and James A.C. Haley of Los Angeles, California; and many nieces
and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her mother Patricia Kay (Goldman) Haley in
1976; biological father Harold B. Needham; fiance Curt Gouran; paternal
grandparents William “Bill” and Betty (Christman) Gulas; and maternal
grandparents Everett H. and Glen Lucille (Dildine) Goldman.


No services will take place.


Burial will take place next to her mother in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville.


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


Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Carolyn J. Cords, 93, of Francesville

Carolyn J. Cords, 93, of Francesville, IN passed away on Monday, July 26, 2021 at Digby Place in Lafayette, IN. 

She was born on February 26, 1928 in Francesville to the late John and Frieda [Kaupke] Kopka.  Carolyn graduated from Medaryville High School in 1946. 

On April 3, 1949, she married Arthur W. Cords.  He passed away on May 28, 1982.  Carolyn worked at Fagen’s Pharmacy (formerly Sullivan’s Drug Store) in Francesville for 67 years.   She was always busy working or helping others. 

Carolyn was a member of Francesville First Christian Church where she served many years as a Deaconess and cherished her Tuesday morning ladies’ Bible study.  She was also a member of the Red Hat Society, Bunco Club, and Aim-Hi Home Ec Club. 

Carolyn enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, and sewing as well as family fishing vacations.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

She is survived by:

Gene (Kay) Cords, Lafayette, IN Son

Jill (CJ) Collins, Lafayette, IN Daughter

Travis (Cassie) Cords, Lafayette, IN Grandson

Tara (Chad) Dahlenburg, Reynolds, IN Granddaughter

Brant (Miranda) Cords, Lafayette, IN Grandson

Holly Collins, Lafayette, IN Granddaughter

Noah Dahlenburg, Great Grandson

Kinley Dahlenburg, Great Granddaughter

Devyn Dahlenburg, Great Granddaughter

Quinn Dahlenburg, Great Granddaughter

Ryker Cords, Great Grandson

Berkley Cords, Great Granddaughter

Irene Kopka, Lafayette, IN Sister-in-law

1 Niece and 2 Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

John and Frieda [Kaupke] Kopka, Parents

Arthur W. Cords, Husband

Lynn (Alice) Kopka, Brother

Jon Kopka, Brother

Richard (Phyllis) Cords, Brother-in-law

 

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EDT Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.   

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Friday, July 30, 2021 at Francesville First Christian Church with Pastor James Ketchen officiating. 

The family requests that all guests to the funeral home and church please follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to Francesville First Christian Church.

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

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

Richard Ellison Hagan, 91 of Autumn Trace, Plymouth

Richard Ellison Hagan, 91 of Autumn Trace, Plymouth, Indiana passed away at 7:30 a.m. on July 9, 2021 at his residence.

On October 31, 1929 in Argos, Indiana he was born to William Clarence Hagan and Velma C. (Grossman) Hagan. He had most of his life in Argos community.

 

On April 9, 1949 in Rochester, Indiana he married Carolyn Ruth Wynn. With each other they shared the past 41 years before she passed away on October 14, 1990.

 

He was a Brick and Stone Mason, and a Seed Dealer for CISCO Seed.

 

Richard was a member of the Brick Layers Union of South Bend, Indiana, and a past member of the Moose Lodge in Plymouth, Indiana. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

 

Richard was a graduate of Argos High School with the class of 1947.

 

Richard is survived by his Daughter – Deborah Sue Powell of Westfield, Indiana

 

Sons – Stephen Richard Hagan and wife Dorothy of North Liberty, Indiana; Charles William Hagan and wife Susan of Brentwood, Tennessee; Gregory Maurice Hagan and wife Michelle of Carrollton, Georgia; and Timothy Raymond Hagan and wife Debbie of Castle Rock, Colorado.

 

Son-in-Law - Philip Weybright of Plymouth, Indiana

 

15 Grandchildren    14 Great Grandchildren

 

Sisters – Carolyn Sherwood of Hartselle, Alabama; Beverly Eich and husband Leo of Mesa, Arizona; and Suzanne Hagan of Australia.

 

Brothers – Max Hagan of Ramona, California; Jarrell Hagan and wife Ann of Beaver Creek, Ohio 

 

Sister-in-Law - Darle Hagan of Auburn, Indiana; and Alice Hardesty of Mentone, Indiana

 

Brother-in-Law - Donald Wynn of New Paris, Indiana

 

He is preceded in death by his Parents; Wife; Daughter – Cynthia Weybright; and Brother – Maurice Hagan; and Sisters – Joyce Kesler and Julia Ann Hagan 

 

The family will welcome friends and family at Opie's Deli, 114 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, Indiana from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on August 5, 2021.

Darrell O'Dell, 82, of Rochester

Darrell O’Dell, 82, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he  passed away at 2:33 PM on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at his home.


On January 30, 1939, Donald Darrell was born in Mishawaka to Donald “Butch” and Erma Mae Fletcher O’Dell. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister Patty and two brothers Gary and Wade. In 1957, Darrell graduated from Argos High School.  A stellar athlete he played guard on the Dragon's basketball team, baseball and still holds the school record for the 400-yard dash.


Patriotism beckoned with Darrell answering the call serving our country with the United States Army.   On August 1, 1959,  Darrell and Rose Ann Snyder were married in Argos. From their union came six children.  She passed away on January 2, 1999.


In the early years Darrell worked climbing towers for Bontrager's Construction.  Returning from the Army he began his career as a professional chauffer for Dr. Dean K. Stinson MD.  During those years he was trained and served as Doc's phlebotomist during the days house calls were made.  In 1976 Darrell transitioned to the United Parcel Service and was known for his reliable, prompt delivery of parcels. Darrell was revered by his fellow colleagues and was always there to assist the rookies on the job.  After more than two decades, he delivered his last package and hung up this khaki brown uniform on Labor Day weekend in 2001.  


As a local legend, for nearly a decade, it was said he could be seen in November and December attired in a red velvet suit with a fluffy white beard taking requests from "Good" little girls and boys.  He allowed them to be seated on his lap, while Mrs. Claus distributed candy canes.  Santa was observed visiting area schools, libraries, special events, homes and once at a wedding.  On the evening of December 24th, he loaded the sled, took to the skies behind eight beautiful reindeer, making many special deliveries to the delight of many children.


On July 16, 1999, Darrell and Susan Carol Meadows Zartman were married in the Superior Courtroom of Judge Rosemary Burke.  They shared 22 years together and enjoyed wintering in Ft. Myers, Florida for 19 years.  While in Florida, Darrell enjoyed the camaraderie. with the new friendships he garnered especially those buddies at the men’s breakfasts.

 

With an appetite for travel and a passion for Amtrack trains, Darrell and Susan were accompanied by brother Wade and wife Liz on many adventures out west.  Favorite destinations were Tombstone, Arizona and Glacier National Park.  There were trips to Vancouver and Victoria.  One very special vacation was a train trip to Portland to visit Darrell’s special friend Larry Castleman.


To relax, Darrell enjoyed reading historical fiction and western novels. His favorite authors were Louis L'Amour and Bill O'Reilly.  He also took great satisfaction with mowing and manicuring lawns with great care and precision.  Darrell will always be remembered for his charisma, kindness and ice blue eyes that sparkled. Once introduced to a new person, he always regarded all he met as a friend.


Left to cherish Darrell's memory are his wife, Susan;  two daughters: Debbie Friar and husband Tom of Plymouth, Stephany Edwards and husband Elvis of  Plymouth; four sons:  Bill O’Dell and wife Kathy of  Grinnell, Iowa, Don O’Dell and wife Kim of Argos, John O’ Dell and wife  of Jessica of Warsaw, Jeff O’Dell and wife Bobbie of Plymouth;  13  grandchildren:  Kristin, Michael, Matthew,  Ryan, Paige, Peyton, Dustin, Amberly, Brandon, Jonathon, Hannah, Staci, Jordan; 9 great-grandchildren:  Kaiden, Wes, Sawyer, Rylan, Rori, Scarlett, Grayson, Olivia, Lukas;  sister, Patty Rowe and husband Gene of Argos; two brothers:  Gary O’ Dell and wife Sheila of Mishawaka, Wade O’Dell and wife Liz of Argos; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Preceding Darrell in death are his parents and his first wife.


A celebration of the life of Mr. Darrell O’Dell will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in The Cross Church, 100 W. 3rd St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 9-11 AM in the church.  Interment will be in the Richland Center Cemetery.  Graveside military honors will be conveyed by the Argos, James Lowell Corey American Legion Post # 68 Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United States Army Honors Team.  Memorials may be made to Matthew’s Market, 100 W. 3rd St., Rochester, IN 46975 or Kindred Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975.  Arrangements

 

John D. "JD" Matthews, 79, of Knox

John D. “JD” Matthews, 79, of Knox, IN passed away at 6:28 PM Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Winterson Village in Knox. 

He was born on January 15, 1942 in East Prairie, MO to the late Charlie B. and Helen [Fleming] Matthews. 

JD worked his entire life in the steel mill industry.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren. 

 

He is survived by:

Reathey [Flippo] Matthews, Knox, IN Wife

John Matthews, Beardstown, IN Son

Charles (Al) Stamper, Winamac, IN Son

Connie Clemans, Winamac, IN Daughter-in-law

Kimberly Matthews, Winamac, IN Granddaughter

Tyson Matthews, Medaryville, IN Grandson

Natasha Matthews, Winamac, IN Granddaughter

Katie Matthews, Wheatfield, IN Granddaughter

ShiannClemans, Winamac, IN Granddaughter

Samantha Matthews, Winamac, IN Granddaughter

Elijah Matthews, Winamac, IN Grandson

Shawn Matthews, LaPorte, IN Grandson

Charlie Matthews, Winamac, IN Grandson

Daniel Matthews, Winamac, IN Grandson

14Great Grandchildren: Isaac, Brycen, Bryleigh, Khloe, Lilian, Tylor, Natalie, JoJo, Rowan, Gracie, Hunter, Adalynn, Aiden, and Jayden

Robert (Linda) Alfont, Brother

Margaret (Johnny) Dilts, Sister

Linda Weakley, Sister

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

James Matthews, Son

Terry Matthews, Son

Bentley Wayne Button, Infant Great Grandson

Leyton Leroy Matthews, Great Grandson

Isabella Sue Ann Day, Infant Great Granddaughter

Billy Matthews, Brother

Wanda Carpenter, Sister

Shirley Wilson, Sister

 

Graveside Services will be held at 3 PM EDT Friday, July 30, 2021 at The Alexander Heinemann Memorial Cemetery in Ora.

 

Burial will take place at The Alexander Heinemann Memorial Cemetery in Ora.

 

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


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


Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Evelyn L. Burns 91, Rochester

Evelyn L. Burns 91, Rochester, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 2:09 A.M. Monday, July 19, 2021 at her residence.

She was born on November 27, 1929, in Pulaski County, Indiana, the daughter of William and Mabel E. (Irvin) Edington. On September 18, 1949 in Rochester, Indiana, she married Howard A. Burns. He preceded her in death on July 16, 2006.

Evelyn had been a homemaker. She was a member of Solid Rock Church where she was baptized on August 24, 2004. She had also been a member of the Reiter School Club, and had been a poll worker for many years on election days. Pinnacle to her life was the time she spent with her family. She often hosted family gatherings of forty or more people. In the kitchen, she was known for her expertise in frying eggs as well as being known for her ham, ham gravy, and sweet potatoes. She will also be remembered for her contagious laugh, to know her was to love her.

Survivors include her children, Dianna (Earl) Roe, Rochester, Indiana, Darlene Houser (Rod Runyan), De Motte, Indiana, Patty (Joe) Brady, Rochester, Indiana, grandchildren, Todd (Rachel) Rhymer, Kewanna, Indiana, Scott Roe, Rochester, Indiana, Brandy Burns, Lowell, Indiana, Tara Bright, Lowell, Indiana, Elizabeth (Matt) Ventura, Lutz, Florida, Matthew Houser, Rochester, Indiana, Daniel Houser, San Diego, California, Adam Cheek, Mishawaka, Indiana, Andrea (Jeremy) McKee, Rochester, Indiana, Abby Cheek, Cassidy Brady and companion Tyler Coffing, Rochester, Indiana, Adyson Cheek-Brady, Rochester, Indiana, Brantlyn Cheek-Brady, Rochester, Indiana, great grandchildren, Jessamyn, Samuel, Linda, Nick, Brian, Sharon, Bobby, Hayden, Gavin, Makenna, Kinlee, Griffin, Dreyden, Roman, Kolson, great-great grandchildren, Imanauella, Ammara, Jacob, Logan and Winter, and one great grandchild and great- great grandchild soon to arrive this fall, sisters, Louise Grube, North Manchester, Indiana, Ruby Armstrong, Lafayette, Indiana, brother, Ralph “Dink” Edington, Rochester, Indiana, several nieces and nephews, and dear friend, Marie Nicklaus, Rochester, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Howard “Joe” Burns, sister, Margaret Carpenter, brothers, Lester Edington, George Edington, and Carl Edington, and son-in-law, Ben Houser.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Friday July 23, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

Friends may visit from 4- 8 P.M. Thursday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Kewanna I.O.O. F. Cemetery, Kewanna, Indiana.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Roger Dale Hughes, 65, of Macy

Roger Dale Hughes, age 65, of Macy, Indiana died at 2:49 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana on Sunday, July 18, 2021.

 

He was born to Clyde Hughes, Jr. and Mary Alice (Sartin) Hughes on October 19, 1955 in Peru, Indiana.  He graduated from Peru High School in the class of 1974.

 

Roger married Rita K. Mathias on October 22, 1973 in Mexico, Indiana.  They were blessed with three children and made their home in Macy, Indiana for 45 years coming there from Peru, Indiana.

 

Among some of Roger’s jobs included;being a produce manager, factory worker at BendixAbrasives of North Manchester for 12 years and 17 years at Peru Hardwood.

Roger was an IU sports fan and Indianapolis Colts fan.

 

Surviving Roger is his wife: Rita Hughes of Macy, Indiana; (1) son: Ryan Dale Hughes (spouse Julie) of Macy, Indiana; (1) daughter: Rachel Kay Hester (spouse Matt) of Rochester, Indiana; (5) brothers: Rick (spouse Alice) Hughes of Peru, Indiana; JR (spouse Sandy) Hughes of Peru, Indiana; Charlie (spouse Jean) Hughes of Peru, Indiana; Tim (spouse Marion) of Kentucky; David Hughes of Peru, Indiana; (7) sisters: Sue Warth of Florida; Jane VanCamp of Missouri; Beth Scavo of Des Moines, Iowa; Sarah Mensing of Ohio; Lana (spouse Ken) Green of Des Moines, Iowa; Sharon (spouse Rudy) Crabtree of Nashville, Indiana; Jovanna (spouse Bill) Weeks of South Carolina; (1) sister-in-law: Mary Hughes of Michigan; (4) grandchildren.

 

Preceding Roger in death are his parents; son, Randy Lee Hughes; brother, Jack Hughes

 

There will be no services at this time with burial in the Gilead Cemetery at a later date.

 

For those who wish to honor the memory of Roger Hughes, memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Community Foundation directed to the Randy L. Hughes Scholarship Fund.  Address:  13 East Main Street, Peru, Indiana  46970.

 

Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome.com

 

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

 

David R. Nolte 74, of Rochester

David R. Nolte 74, Rochester, Indiana and formerly of Connersville, Indiana, passed away at 8:07 A.M. Friday, July 16, 2021 at his residence.

He was born on October 19, 1946 in Indianapolis, Indiana the son of Robert William and Mildred Alberta (Neidenberger) Nolte. David graduated from Connersville High School in 1964 and served with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Following his military service, he graduated from Indiana State University where he obtained his Bachelor and Master Degrees. On December 18, 1982 in Plymouth, Indiana, he married Linda (Fisher) Lucas and she survives.

Mr. Nolte was a retired High School Industrial Arts Teacher having taught at Triton High School, Oregon- Davis High School, Pike High School, Indianapolis as well as schools at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Hampton, South Carolina and Cheatham County Schools in Tennessee. He had attended Calvary Church, Plymouth, Indiana and had been an active volunteer for Boy Scouts.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Nolte, Rochester, Indiana, children, Denise (Joe) Shawver, Columbia City, Indiana, Laura (Chris) Tolle, Katy, Texas, step-children, Michele (Kevin) Vanlue, Plymouth, Indiana, Jennifer (Brian) Brewer, Argos, Indiana, thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Roberta Wesner and Rebecca Martin.

No services are scheduled.

Private interment will take place at Dale Cemetery, Connersville, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Cecil Ray Wireman, 80, of Medaryville

Cecil Ray Wireman, 80, of Medaryville, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 18, 2021.  He passed away peacefully at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville, IN. 

Ray was born on October 16, 1940 in Rensselaer, IN.  He graduated from Wheatfield High School in 1959. 

On February 28, 1981, Ray married Shelia Burns at the Medaryville Christian Church.  Shelia passed away on July 16, 2020. 

Ray retired from Bethlehem Steel where he worked many years a crane operator.

Ray was a kind and generous man who was known to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  He often gave people rides to their doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, or wherever they needed to go.   Ray knew everyone and everyone knew Ray.  Years ago, he was known as the “mayor of Medaryville”.

Ray enjoyed going to flea markets and was acollector of many things.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  Ray will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.


Survivors include:

Wendy (Jeremiah) Kopka, Winamac, IN Daughter

Gavin Wireman, Medaryville, IN Son

Tony Wireman, Wheatfield, IN Son

Sandra Garling, Wheatfield, IN Daughter

Cindi (Jason) Grigsby, Wheatfield, IN Daughter

9 Grandchildren: Gracie, Kole, Anna, Jena, Carly, Candice, Adam, Paige, and Teal

6 Great Grandchildren

Goldie Roberts, Sister

Jeannie (Scott) Lacey, Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Lester and Haley [Wireman] Jones, Parents

Shelia [Burns] Wireman, Wife

Nellie Howard, Mother-in-law

 

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EDT Monday, July 26, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville with Pastor Tom Dewlen officiating.

Burial will take place at White Post Cemetery in Medaryville.

Memorial Contributions may be made toThe West Central Backpack Pantry or  Medaryville Assembly of God Church or United Baptist Church of Gilliam Township (Bailey’s Corner Church).

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

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

 

Randy E. Baker, 67, of Winamac

Randy E. Baker, 67, of Winamac, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 18, 2021. 

He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. 

Randy was born on January 26, 1954 in Lafayette, IN to the late Ralph W. and Dorothy A. [Weaver] Baker.  He graduated from Winamac High School in 1972. 

On April 28, 1984, Randy married the love of his life, Brenda S. Crider.  

Randy was a lifelong farmer.  He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the Knights Columbus in Winamac.   Randy was also a member of the Hoosier Cobra Club.  He enjoyed farming, driving his Cobra, fishing, hunting, and photography.  Randy was a proud supporter of Pulaski County 4H.

Randy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.  He will be greatly missed.

 

He is survived by:

Brenda S. [Crider] Baker, Winamac, IN Wife

Eugene (Angela) Baker, Rochester, IN Son

John Baker, Evergreen, AL Son

Stacy (Todd) Hargis, Ft. Wayne, IN Daughter

Kaelan Baker, Grandson

Isobel Baker, Granddaughter

Sabina Baker, Granddaughter

Richard Hargis, Grandson

Bernadette Hargis, Granddaughter

Kim Baker, Winamac, IN Brother

Debby (Jody) Stillwell, Winamac, IN Sister

Alvin Stamper, Winamac, IN Brother-in-law

Carol Shidler, Winamac, IN Sister-in-law

Bob Crider, Logansport, IN Brother-in-law

Karen (Gary) Graves, Winamac, IN Sister-in-law

Steve Crider, Winamac, IN Brother-in-law

Bill (Deb) Crider, Star City, IN Brother-in-law

Linda (Mario) Lopez, Indianapolis, IN Sister-in-law

Mike Crider, Winamac, IN Brother-in-law

Sam Crider, Winamac, IN Brother-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews

Many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins

 

Preceded in death by:

Ralph W. and Dorothy A. [Weaver] Baker, Parents

Brenda Baker, Infant Sister

Monica Stamper, Sister

 

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EDT Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

A Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 8 PM EDT Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Frain Mortuary with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating in Winamac followed by a Rosary Service. 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2 PM EDT Thursday, July 22, 2021 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac, with Rev. Andrew DeKeyser officiating.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

 

Elizabeth A. "Betty" Wallace, 82, of Winamac

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Wallace, 82, of Winamac, passed away at 3:40 PM Saturday, July 17, 2021 at her home. 

Betty was born on November 9, 1938 in Winamac to the late Clement A. and Bernice B. [Kuhn] Braun.  She graduated from Winamac High School in 1957. 

On September 18, 1982, Betty married the love of her life, Walter G. “Walt” Wallace at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.  Walt passed away on June 20, 2020. 

Betty was retired from Pulaski Memorial Hospital where she had worked as a cook for 28 years.  She was an active member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church as well as the Ladies of Charity and Christian Mother’s.  She was also a member of the Red Hat Society, Pulaski Memorial Auxiliary, Eagle’s Auxiliary, and American Legion Auxiliary.  Betty was a volunteer and board member of Pulaski County Human Services and enjoyed spending time at the Von Tobel Senior Center. She also enjoyed gardening and bird watching.

Betty loved her family very much.  She especially adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Betty will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

 

She is survived by:

Diana (Tom) Thompson, Winamac, IN Daughter

Elaine (Dave) Crissinger, Winamac, IN Daughter

Vickie (Herb) Purtee, Winamac, IN Daughter

Michael (Alisha) Wright, Winamac, IN Son

Eugene (Angela) Baker, Grandson

John Baker, Grandson

Rachel (Sean) Rohr, Granddaughter

Richard (Bonnie) Penn, Grandson

Timothy (MacKenzie) Crissinger, Grandson

Lisa Crissinger, Granddaughter

Matthew (Doralee) Shidler, Grandson

Michael (Jaime) Shidler, Grandson

Mark Shidler, Grandson

Miles Shidler, Grandson

Elizabeth (Kerry) Wright, Granddaughter

Michael (Dakota) Wright, Grandson

Emily Greer, Granddaughter

Many Great Grandchildren 

Jan (Paul) Meyer, Sister

Dorothy Braun, Sister

Margaret Shegas, Sister

Tony (Joy) Braun, Brother

Andy Braun, Brother

Ruth (Mike) Robbins, Sister

Jerry Braun, Brother

Clara Braun, Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Clement A. and Bernice B. [Kuhn] Braun, Parents

Walter G. “Walt” Wallace, Husband

Donald Wright, Infant Son

Amber Wible, Infant Granddaughter

Pat Braun, Sister

Rosemary Cottrell, Sister

Terry Braun, Brother

 

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EDT Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

A Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 8 PM EDT Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating followed by a Ladies of Charity and Christian Mother’s Service.

 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM EDT Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.

 

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


Memorial Contributions may be made to the Von Tobel Senior Center. 

 

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

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Corey Andrew Loveless, 47, of Winamac, formerly of Valparaiso

Corey Andrew Loveless, 47, of Winamac, formerly of Valparaiso, passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021 at his home. 

He was born on August 3, 1973 in Hobart, to the late William Wayne and Kathleen Sharon [Stocker] Loveless.  Corey graduated from Wheeler High School in 1992. 

He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.  Corey will be dearly missed by his friends and family. 

 

He is survived by:

Caleigh Loveless, Ft. Wayne, IN Daughter

Talan Loveless, LaPaz, IN Son

Richard (Kelly) Loveless, Valparaiso, IN

Amy (Ronald) Holland, Valparaiso, IN

Alex Loveless, Nephew

Aaron Holland, Nephew

Clayton Holland, Nephew

Audrey Holland, Niece

 

Preceded in death by:

William Wayne and Kathleen Sharon [Stocker] Loveless, Parents

 

The family will host a Memorial Service at a later date. 

 

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


Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

Penny Kayleen Craft, 70, of Winamac

Penny Kayleen Craft, 70, of Winamac, passed away at her home on Friday, July 16, 2021.  

She was born on July 13, 1951 in Lafayette, IN to Charles Kern and Glenna Dean [Kirts] Leming.  Penny grew up and graduated in Battleground, IN. 

She worked many years at Thermo Products in North Judson, IN.  She also worked as a dispatcher for a private trucking company in DeMotte, IN. 

Penny was currently enjoying retired life and living on the Tippecanoe River with her husband, Jim.  She loved her dogs, watching Jeopardy, and collecting figurines.  More than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her family whom she loved dearly.  Penny will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

She is survived by:

James D. Craft, Winamac, IN Husband

Brigette (Dean Leazenby) Fairchild-Leazenby, Bristol, IN Daughter

Steven Fairchild, West Lafayette, IN Son

Ryan (Carrie) Fairchild, Medaryville, IN Son

Eric (Lesley) Craft, Knox, IN Step Son

Tyson Leazenby, Grandson

Kya Leazenby, Granddaughter

Breanna Fairchild, Granddaughter

Taylor Fairchild, Grandson

Cali (Canaan) Mahaffey, Granddaughter

Lucas Fairchild, Grandson

Dalton Craft, Grandson

Ashten Craft, Granddaughter

Maisie Mahaffey, Great Granddaughter

Aurora Craft, Great Granddaughter

Glenna Dean [Kirts] Jeffries, Lafayette, IN Mother

Cheryl (Kenny) Mikels, Lafayette, IN Sister

Leslie (Steve) Norman, Lafayette, IN Sister

Cindy (Scott) Rickard, Battle Ground, IN Sister

Phyllis Herget, Battle Ground, IN Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews

Steve Fairchild, Medaryville, IN Former Spouse

 

Preceded in death by:

Charles K. Leming, Father

Jeff Jeffries, Step Father

Dixie Wray, Sister

 

Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EDT Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Private Burial will take place at a later date. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

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

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

 

Raleigh Shepherd, 77, of Knox

Raleigh Shepherd, 77, of Knox, IN went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 16, 2021. 

He passed away peacefully at his home.  Raleigh was born on August 22, 1943 in Prestonsburg, KY to the late John Henry and Mary [Ousley] Shepherd.  His family moved to Warsaw, IN when he was young. 

Raleigh served as a Military Policeman in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the American Legion and VFW.  On April 15, 1988, Raleigh married Lillie Mae [Young] McGuffie in Nappanee, IN. 

Raleigh worked hard his entire life.  He enjoyed playing golf, going to the boat, and watching football.  Raleigh was a quiet man with a big heart.  He will be deeply missed.

 

He is survived by:

Lillie Mae [Young] Shepherd, Knox, IN Wife

Raleigh J. (Nicki) Shepherd, Goshen, IN Son

Eric Shepherd, Elkhart, IN Son

Vicki Watson, Knox, IN Step Daughter

Daniel McGuffie, Knox, IN Step Son

3 Grandchildren

Brenda (Stan) Ratliff, Fresno, CA Sister

Bessie Blue, Warsaw, IN Sister

Carson Shepherd, Warsaw, IN Brother

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

John Henry and Mary [Ousley] Shepherd, Parents

Jerome Shepherd, Brother

 

Private Burial with Military Honors will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, IN.

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

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

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

Christian Alan "Chris" Mueller, 43, of Gary, formerly of Francesville

Christian Alan “Chris” Mueller, 43, of Gary, IN (formerly of Francesville, IN) passed away on Monday, July 5, 2021. 

He was born on December 14, 1977 to Alan Charles and Rebecca Ann [Lewis] Mueller.  Chris graduated from West Central High School in 1996. 

He was currently employed as a plumber in Gary.  Chris was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking, as well as putting together models. 

 

He is survived by:

Daylan Mueller, Son

Madison Mueller, Daughter

Cameron Mueller, Son

AlanCharles Mueller, Father

Darin Mueller, Brother

Kim (Sam) Stotler, Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Rebecca Ann [Lewis] Mueller, Mother

 

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 10 AM – 1 PM EDT at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

 

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

 

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

Steven J. Johnson, 57, of Rochester

Steven J. Johnson, 57, of Rochester passed away 4:11 PM on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at his residence.

 

On March 28, 1964, Steven Jay Johnson was born in Glendale, California to Eugene Ronald and Sharon Gist Johnson. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister Deanne and two brothers Howard and Rick. In 1982 Steve graduated from Rochester High School.  

 

With a strong work ethic, Steve was employed by Lau Industries for 21 years.   To relax he enjoyed riding his Harley, hunting deer, squirrel and rabbits or fishing on the Tippecanoe River.  Steve was an avid lover of fast muscle cars and lifted trucks.  Gifted with his hands he was able to fix almost anything.  

 

Left to cherish Steve's memory are his fiancé Amy Hiers of Rochester; son, Cory Johnson and wife Chizuru of Tokyo, Japan; mother and step father Sharon and Jim Miller; two brothers Howard Johnson, Rick Johnson; sister Deanne Stults and husband Matt all of Rochester and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Steve in death are his father Eugene Johnson on August 8, 2000 and his grandparents.

 

Private family services will be held.  The Good Family Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

 

Merrill "Butch" Gerrich, 79, of Rochester

Mr. Merrill “Butch” Gerrich, 79, of Rochester was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 8:48 PM on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at his home.

 

On September 12, 1941, Merrill Butch Gerrich was born in Rochester to Harold M. and Beatrice A. Kirby Gerrich. Growing up he shared his childhood with a brother Oscar. In 1959 Butch graduated from Rochester High School. He played the trumpet in the RHS band and achieved perfect attendance throughout his high school years.  Butch reminisced about "cruising," Rochester and driving on the ice with friends during his high school years. 

 

On December 1, 1963, Butch and Hannah Lee Williams were married in the First Baptist Church. They have shared 58 years of life’s adventures. Together they raised three wonderful children.  The family tree has grown with the added blessings of two more generations.

 

An avid reader, Butch was the proud owner of a vast library of mystery novels.  Many were authored by his favorite Clive Cussler. He followed Notre Dame, Da' Bears, Cubbies and Dale Jr.  The Food Channel was often watched.  To relax Butch enjoyed old western movies, especially those  starring John Wayne.  Listening to music was a source of enjoyment, he especially enjoyed Willie's Roadhouse channel that plays classic country and western music.

 

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

 

Preceding Butch in death are his parents and his treasured feline companions Smokey and Junior.

 

Friends and family will gather to celebrate of the life of Mr. Merrill “Butch” Gerrich from 1:00 - 3:00 PM  on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home.  Preferred memorials may be made to https://www.thedalejrfoundation.org    Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

Michael H. Nesbit, 65, of Rochester

Michael H. Nesbit, 65, of Rochester passed away at 2:55 AM  on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Visiting Nurse Hospice of Fort Wayne due to a sudden illness.

 

On January 24, 1956, Michael Harold was born in Kokomo to W. Harold and Mildred L. Jameson Nesbit. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister and two brothers. He was the best brother.

 

In 1974 Mike graduated from Eastern High School of Greentown.  As a well-rounded student, he was strong academically, active in sports and was a member of the student council.  Playing fullback, for the Eastern Comets, he set a football record that was held for about 50 years. Mike’s record was 47 touchdowns from 1971-1973. During his sophomore year, he was a forward on the basketball team. In track he threw the shot put and discus.  His high school sweetheart was a cheerleader, Julia Etchison. They would soon become life partners.

 

Water skiing was a great way to spend the summers. Joining the Manitou Ski Club, in the ‘70s, Mike perfected barefoot, jumping, slalom and trick skiing. He could perform all aspects flawlessly.

 

To relax, Mike enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and enjoying nature. He was a huge fan of NASCAR, the Indianapolis 500 and Sprint Car racing.  His favorite drivers were Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson.

 

With a strong work ethic, Mike was the owner of Rain Creek Construction.  Building new homes, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms exceeding his customer’s expectations was his way of life. In the last few years, he focused mainly on cabinetry construction.

 

Mike and Julia married on June 10, 1978 in Greentown. They shared 43 years of life’s adventures. Their favorite time was being home together listening to John Prine and Bob Dylan.

 

 

Left to cherish the memories of Mike are his wife, Julia, father and step-mother Harold and Laura of Branson, MO, sister Linda Schmitt of Rochester, brother Jeffrey Nesbit and companion Brian Delancey of Fort Ogden, FL; feline companion Beldar a rescue cat, canine companion, Lola an Australian Red Healer; father and mother-in-law Donald and Arlene Etchison of Greentown; three brothers-in-law Greg Etchison of Elwood, Gary Etchison and wife Sharon of Greentown, Terry Etchison and wife Anna of Greentown and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Mike in death are his mother Mildred Nesbit on January 18, 2009 and his brother Dennis R. Nesbit on January 2, 2016.

 

A memorial service for Michael Harold Nesbit will be at 2:30 PM on Saturday, August 14, 2021 across from 4992 S. Wabash Rd, Rochester. After the service at 4:00 PM there will be a dinner and  celebration of Mike’s life at the home of Barb Lutterbein.

   

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975 of Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 843, Rochester, IN 46975.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

 

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

Robert Harold "Bobby" Price Jr., 71, of Francesville (formerly of Winamac and LaPorte)

Robert Harold “Bobby” Price Jr., 71, of Francesville, IN (formerly of Winamac, IN and LaPorte, IN) passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Lafayette, IN. 

He was born on June 22, 1950 in Hot Springs Arkansas to Robert Harold and Pat Cook Price. He graduated from LaPorte High School. 

In 1988, he received his Black Belt in Tae-Kwan-Do. 

Bobby worked in the steel mill his entire life.  He was an avid golfer and had the honor of being a driver for the Senior PGA Tour.  He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed baseball and boxing. Bobby also enjoyed fishing.

 

He is survived by:

Matthew (Sue) Price, Albemarle, NC   Son

Ryan( Kelli) Price,  LaPorte, IN    Son

Samantha McClaran     Granddaughter

Phillip Price   Grandson

Blake Price   Grandson

Nolan Price   Grandson

Dylan Price   Grandson

2 Great Grandsons   Oliver and Myles Price

Rick (Pat) Price, Eldon, IA  Brother

Cindy Brown, Ft Worth, TX   Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Robert Harold Price, Sr., Father

Pat Cook Price, Mother

David Price, Brother

Kathy Carter,    Sister

Sherry Gonzales,    Sister

 

No services will be scheduled.

Final disposition will take place at a later date.

Cremation arrangements are in charge of the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

Steven J. Johnson, 57, of Rochester

Mr. Steven J. Johnson, 57, of Rochester passed away 4:11 PM on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at his residence.

 

On March 28, 1964, Steven Jay Johnson was born in Glendale, California to Eugene Ronald and Sharon Gist Johnson. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister Deanne and two brothers Howard and Rick. In 1982 Steve graduated from Rochester High School.  

 

With a strong work ethic, Steve was employed by Lau Industries for 21 years.   To relax he enjoyed riding his Harley, hunting deer, squirrel and rabbits or fishing on the Tippecanoe River.  Steve was an avid lover of fast muscle cars and lifted trucks.  Gifted with his hands he was able to fix almost anything.  

 

Left to cherish Steve's memory are his fiancé Amy Hiers of Rochester; son, Cory Johnson and wife Chizuru of Tokyo, Japan; mother and step father Sharon and Jim Miller; two brothers Howard Johnson, Rick Johnson; sister Deanne Stults and husband Matt all of Rochester and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Steve in death are his father Eugene Johnson on August 8, 2000 and his grandparents.

 

Private family services will be held.  The Good Family Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

Pamalea Josephine "Pam" Fitchett, 69, of Winamac

Pamalea Josephine “Pam” Fitchett, 69, of Winamac, IN went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.  She passed away at Northwest Health Porter Hospital in Valparaiso, IN with her daughter by her side. 

Pam was born on August 3, 1951 in Medaryville, IN at her grandparent’s home.  She was a 1969 graduate of Kouts High School in Kouts, IN. 

In 1980, Pam earned an Associate’s Degree from Indiana Business College in Marion, IN.  She retired from CVS in North Judson, IN in 2008 where she had made her career as a pharmacy technician. 

Pam married the love of her life, Rev. Carl S. Fitchett, on August 23, 2008.  They had eleven great years together and enjoyed traveling when they were able.  Carl passed away on October 12, 2019.

Pam was a devoted Christian woman and member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denham, IN.  Her faith led her to sobriety in 1991 and over the years, she proudly sponsored others who struggled with alcohol addiction. 

Pam enjoyed spending time with her friends, especially weekly Bible study.  She loved her family very much, especially spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Pam will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

 

She is survived by:

Josephine M. “Josi” (Terry) Allee, North Judson, IN Daughter

Hali PamaleaHoron, Granddaughter

Sean Merrell, Grandson

Shade Cogdill, Grandson

Andrea Merrell, Step Granddaughter

Adilyn Blanton, Great Granddaughter

Lennon Cogdill, Great Granddaughter

Emma Merrell, Great Granddaughter

Remy Barr, Great Grandson

John “Mike” (Claire) Horon, Brother

Gloria (Dave) Slawnikowski, Sister

Dennis Ross, Brother

Tammy Ross, Sister

Michelle Cole, Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews

Ova Davis, Uncle

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Joseph Horon, Father

Alva Dean [Davis] Philpot, Mother

Rev. Carl S. Fitchett, Husband

Robert Horon, Brother

Joseph Horon, Brother

Annette Jones, Sister

William Ross, Brother

 

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EDT Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

 

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM EDT Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denham, IN with Rev. Joel Zipay officiating.

 

Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery in North Judson, IN.


Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Alcoholics Anonymous. 


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

 

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

 

 

 

Phyllis A.Lowry, 85, of Reynolds

Phyllis A.  Lowry, 85, of Reynolds, IN passed away on Wednesday,July 7, 2021 at her home.  Phyllis was born on February 17, 1936 in San Pierre, IN to Lewis and Theresa SmallfeltKracht.On August 17, 1936, Phyllis married Kenneth F. Lowry in Medaryville, IN.  Kenneth died August 21, 2000.

Phyllis worked as a secretary at Kaiser Agricultural Chemicals and at the Co-op Elevator in Francesville, IN. She worked in the fertilizer industry for over 50 years.

She was a 1954 graduate of Medaryville High School.  Phyllis was a member of the St. James-Salem Church in Francesville.

Phyllis enjoyed spending time with her family especially hosting Sunday dinners for her family. She enjoyed gardening and celebrating Christmas. Each year she and her family set up Christmas lights and decorations for the community at her home.

 

She is survived by:

Karen Lowry,  Reynolds, IN       Daughter

Roger Lowry, Reynolds, IN       Son

Ray (Vicky) Lowry,  Reynolds, IN         Son

Lindsay (Joshua) Yenna Granddaughter

Lauren (Evan) Dimmitt  Granddaughter

Chase (Nicole) Lowry   Grandson

Jeremy (April) Campbell  Grandson

Jessica Campbell   Granddaughter

Adrianna Yenna  Great-Granddaughter

Cameron Campbell  Great-Grandson

AliveahYenna    Great-Granddaughter

Cadence Campbell   Great-Granddaughter

Easton Dimmitt  Great-Grandson

Eli Dimmitt   Great-Grandson

Jaxson Lowry   Great-Grandson

Oaklyn Lowry  Great-Granddaughter

 

Preceded in death by:

Kenneth F. Lowry, Husband

Lewis and Theresa SmallfeltKracht    Parents

Nancy Lowry     Daughter

Visitation will be from 2-7 PM EDT on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 3 PM EDT on Monday, July 12, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN with Rev. Judith Doll officiating.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. James- Salem Church or to Mercy Ships.

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

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

Jane Wieringa, 65, of Knox

Jane Wieringa, 65, of Knox, IN passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN. 

 

She was born on February 15, 1956 in South Bend, IN to Robert and Velma Jean [Bair] Jenkins.  Jane grew up on the Southside of South Bend. 

 

She loved her family very much and will be deeply missed. 

 

She is survived by:

Scott (Vicky) Wieringa, Son

Bradley Wieringa, Son

Steven (Sheila) Wieringa, Son

Kelsy Wieringa, Granddaughter

Matthew Wieringa, Grandson

Troy Wieringa, Grandson

Haley Wieringa, Granddaughter

Baylee Wieringa, Granddaughter

Paislee Wieringa, Granddaughter

Crisma, Great Granddaughter

Karter, Great Grandson

Velma Jean [Bair] Jenkins, Mother

Susan Bowron, Sister

Jeff (Cathy) Wallen, Nephew

Mark Bowron, Nephew

Rachel, Great Niece

Andrew, Great Nephew

 

Preceded in death by:

Robert Jenkins, Father

Larry Wieringa, Former Spouse

Tom Enriguez, Partner

 

Private Family Graveside Services and Burial will be held at Reed Cemetery in Winamac, IN.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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

 

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

Donna Lee (Smith) Louk, 55, of Argos

Donna Lee (Smith) Louk, 55 of Argos, Indiana left this world the morning of July 7, 2021 after a private three and one-third year battle with stage IV colon cancer. 

 

She was born July 3, 1966 in Plymouth, Indiana to Lee R. and Bonnie Lee (Gibbons) Smith. She  was raised in Northern Fulton County, and she shared her childhood with an older sister.

 

Donna graduated from Culver Community High School in 1984 and Indiana University in 1988 with a  B.S. degree in Business Management and Administration.  She had worked as a human resource manager in multiple, local businesses.  She started her career at Rochester Metal Products, and then moved to Hoosier Racing Tire.   She was instrumental in the start up of the formerly known as Madras Packaging plants in Argos, Indiana and Atlanta, Georgia.  She also was on the management team which started Medallion Cabinetry in Culver, Indiana.  She finished her career with Wiers International at the Plymouth, Indiana location. 

 

It can be said Donna loved her jobs, coworkers, and lived to work.   Donna worked until the very end of her disease, and she sincerely appreciated Tom Weirs and the Weirs team support when she told them she was no longer able to work.  On her July 3rd birthday, the management team came to her house to announce the first annual “Donna Louk Can Do Attitude Award” to be given annually to a Weir’s employee who exemplifies Donna’s positive attitude.

 

She married her high school sweetheart Andy Louk of Culver.  They later divorced, and she met Terry Thompson of Argos. Terry and Donna enjoyed traveling to Nevada, driving their golf cart around town, and supporting the Argos American Legion.   Each year, Donna anticipated the week long Marshall County 4-H fair.  Each night, they could be seen driving the golf cart to the fair.  Her mom would have the front seat next to Donna, and Terry would be riding on the back of it.  Terry passed in 2014, and she then met Gary Stouse.   They also traveled to Nevada and enjoyed many evenings around the fire pit in the backyard, shopping and traveling.

 

Donna was known for her generous heart and her life-long love of cats.  She enjoyed feeding and providing shelter for stray cats.

 

She was a member of the Santa Anna Church, Argos, Indiana.

 

She is survived by her sister Mary Lou Durkes of Culver and Rochester,  Indiana.   Donna is also survived by Gary Stouse of Argos.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, former husband Andy Louk, and Terry Thompson.

 

Graves side services will be Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, Indiana with Rev. Henry Sprunger. 

 

A gathering for friends to reminisce about her life will be held immediately following the service at the American Legion Post 68 in Argos, Indiana. 

 

Earl-Grossman Funeral Home in Argos is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Educational Center, 1540 N. Wentzel Street, Rochester, IN  46975.  

Harley N. Klock 51, of Rochester

Harley N. Klock 51, of Rochester passed away at 8:26 PM of Friday, July 2, 2021 at his residence.

 

On January 6, 1970, Harley Nathan Klock was born in Rochester's Woodlawn Hospital to William and Linda Gambrel Klock. 

 

As an outdoorsman, Harley enjoyed camping and fishing. With a great appreciation of music he enjoyed all genre, from heavy metal to country and opera. Gifted with his hands, Harley possessed a big heart and was always willing to fix things for friends and family. Taking a walk was a great way to relax. Harley was a professional painter who always achieved perfection, bringing great satisfaction to his customers.

 

Left to cherish Harley's memory are his children Misty Cox and husband Allan of Lakeland, Fl, Destiny Ritter and husband Jacob of Lakeland, Fl, DeLisa Woodcox of Logansport, India Woodcox and wife P.J. Binkley of Logansport; three grandchildren; a sister Andrea Shufelt and companion Jim Wheadon of Rochester, two brothers Perry Gentry and wife Ashley Dille of Rochester, Vince Klock of Monticello.

 

Preceding Harley in death are his parents William and Linda Klock and David A. Carr, a sister Cheryl Swango.

 

A celebration of the life of Harley Nathan Klock will from 3- 4 PM on Monday, July 12, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St. Rochester.  Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to his family to assist with final expenses.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com .

Katrina Cantrell 61, Rochester

Katrina Cantrell 61, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 11:01 P.M. Friday July 2, 2021 at her residence.

 

She was born on August 15, 1959, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, the daughter of Luther and Beatrice (Powers) Shell. She grew up in the Prestonsburg area before moving to Paintsville, Kentucky in her early twenty’s. She had also lived in Florida for twenty years before moving to Rochester, Indiana in 2018.

 

Katrina had worked for Vista Products in Jacksonville, Florida and had also worked for a laundromat and movie theater. She loved to play bingo, tending to her flower gardens, helping and caring for others, and enjoyed watching murder and mystery shows, especially Criminal Minds, Law and Order, and Forensic Files.

 

Survivors include her son, Jamie L. (Madeana) Shell, Temple, Texas, grandchildren, Gabriel Shell, Temple, Texas, Kaylee Shell, Temple, Texas, brothers, James (Connie) Shell, Romulus, Michigan, Steven Shell, Macy, Indiana, Jack (Joyce) Shell, Betsy Layne, Kentucky, numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Gladys Daniels, Virginia “Ginny” Freeman, Brenda Bradley, brothers, Robert “Junebug” Shell and Gregory Shell.

 

No services are scheduled at this time.

 

Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Vicki A. Stephen, 74, of Rochester

Vicki A. Stephen, 74, of Rochester passed away at 8:22 AM on Monday July 5, 2021 at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

 

On October 17,1946, Vicki was born in Rochester to Howard  David Miller and Dorothy Aileen Knight.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Vicki are a daughter, Misty Swanson and two sons Dustin Stephen and companion Sharon Loveless, Kevin Pennell of Yellow Creek Lake and a sister Brenda Kirby of Delong.

 

Preceding Vicki in death are her parents and daughter Candi Conley on Oct. 13, 2018.

 

A celebration of the life of Vicki A. Stephen will be between 2-3 PM on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

 

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

John Gregg Ferguson, 76 of Argos

John Gregg Ferguson, 76, of Argos, passed away July 2, 2021 at 4:45 p.m. at Saint Joseph Health System, Mishawaka, Indiana following a short illness.

 

On November 22, 1944 in Argos, Indiana he was born to Melvin D. Ferguson and Dorothy E. (Powers) Ferguson-Swanson. John had lived all of his life in Argos community.

 

On March 26, 1977 in Bremen, Indiana he married Elaine R. Bules.Tand together they shared the past 44 years.

 

He had worked at Del Monte – Plymouth, Indiana having retired in October 2008.

 

John was a member of the Plymouth Church of the Brethren, Plymouth, Indiana. He was a past member of the Argos Lion’s Club and Rural Youth of Marshall County. John was a member of the Marshall County Fair Board and very involved in Marshall County 4-H. He was a graduate of Argos High School with the class of 1963.

 

John is survived by his Wife – Elaine Ferguson of Argos, Indiana

 

Sons – Eric J. Ferguson and wife Amy of Plymouth, Indiana; Gregg M. Ferguson of Argos, Indiana

 

Grandchildren – Aubrey and Bryce Ferguson

 

Brothers – Jerry Ferguson and wife Karen of Onalska, Wisconson; and James Ferguson and wife Rhonda of Argos, Indiana

 

He is preceded in death by his Parents

 

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday July 7, 2021 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Plymouth Church of the Brethren, 1130 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, Indiana.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday July 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the church with Rev. Tom Anders. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, Indiana.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Marshall County 4-H; Camp Mack; Plymouth Church of the Brethren

 

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

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