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Obituaries Archives for 2021-09

Orvan Deweight "O.D." Fitz, Jr., 76, of Huntsville, TX

Orvan Deweight “O.D.” Fitz, Jr., 76, of Huntsville, TX went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 16, 2021.  He passed away at his home in Huntsville. 

O.D. was born on August 24, 1944 in Liberal, KS to the late Orvan and Laura [Pilgrim] Fitz, Sr.  He graduated from Star City High School in 1962. 

O.D. served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.  Once out of the service, he moved to Texas to attend college.  O.D. earned a Bachelor of Science from Sam Houston State University in 1974. 

He worked at the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville for 34 years before retiring.  O.D. was a Past Master of John Sims Lodge #458 F&AM in New Waverly, TX. 


He is survived by:

Heather (Scott) Dolezal, Daughter

Shane Fitz, Son

Hailey Bagby, Granddaughter

Hannah Dolezal, Granddaughter

Garry (Marsha) Fitz, Brother

Beth (Jerry) Brooks, Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews


Graveside Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Paul’s Chapel Cemetery in Winamac, IN with Rev. David Broad officiating.


The American Legion and VFW will conduct Military Graveside Services.


Burial of Cremated Remains will take place at Paul’s Chapel Cemetery in Winamac, IN.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Memorial Swinging Bridge Project or a charity of the donor’s choice. 


Online Tributes may be offered at


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

Dennis R. Scholl, 74, of Rochester

Dennis R. Scholl, 74, of Rochester passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at his home.

On December 2, 1946, Denny was born in Warsaw to Wildon H. and Sylvia Sellers Scholl.  Proudly he graduated from Rochester High School with the class of 1965.  During his years at RHS, he played baseball and held the state record in hurdles for many years. As a member of the Zebra marching band, he played the tenor saxophone and was a drum major.

Answering the call of patriotism, Denny was honorably discharged after serving our country during the Vietnam War with the United States Navy on the USS Constellation and USS Ranger as an aircraft avionics technician.

As an entrepreneur, Denny owned the Woodbutcher's Mill.  As a woodworking craftsman he restored vintage, heirloom wood furniture to perfection and created custom pieces. He was also accomplished in the skill of many electronic and mechanical trades.

Left to cherish Denny's memory are his mother, Sylvia Scholl of Rochester; brother Steven Scholl and wife Melinda of Noblesville; Laura Todd's daughter Jennifer and her 2 children of Olympia WA; nephews Eric Scholl and wife Andrea, and Adam Scholl and wife Sarah and their 3 children; and many friends.

Denny was preceded in death by his father and life partner Laura Todd.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Dennis R. Scholl will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 18, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service in the funeral home.  

Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Navy Honors Team.

Interment will be in the Mentone Cemetery at a later date. 

Billy Joe Wireman, 69, of Medaryville

Billy Joe Wireman, 69, of Medaryville, IN passed away at 9:37 AM Monday, September 13, 2021 at the Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.


Billy was born on September 1, 1952 in Salyersville, KY to the late William and Julie Mae [Salyers] Wireman.  He worked as a farm hand and laborer. 


Billy enjoyed watching football and NASCAR.  He also enjoyed loved working on cars and spending time with his family.

He is survived by:

Teresa Ann Wireman, Daughter

McKenzie Wireman, Granddaughter

Anessa Wireman, Granddaughter

Paisley Wireman, Granddaughter

Oaklynn Darrell, Granddaughter

Carlie Lewandowski, Granddaughter

Haiden Lewandowski, Grandson

Leonardo Figueroa, Great Grandson

Ronnie Wireman, Brother

Harold Wireman, Brother

Marietta Moss, Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

Jacqueline Wireman, Former Spouse

Billie Jo Wireman, Step Daughter


Preceded in death by:

William and Julie Mae [Salyers] Wireman, Parents

Melissa Sue Wireman, Daughter

Aaron Wireman, Brother


Graveside Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the Winamac Cemetery (Town Addition) in Winamac, IN with Pastor Heath Hiatt officiating.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

Online Tributes may be offered at

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



Marlana Danielle Aviles, 37, of South Bend

Marlana Danielle Aviles, 37, of South Bend, IN went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.   She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. 

Marlana was born on May 13, 1984 in Rensselaer, IN.  She was a 2002 graduate of Oregon-Davis High School in Hamlet, IN.  Marlana attended IUSB and Ancilla College. 

She enjoyed spending time with her family, making candles, and decorating her home.  Marlana will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.


She is survived by:

Christopher Aviles, Mishawaka, IN Son

Autumn Aviles, Mishawaka, IN Daughter

Christopher Aviles, Mishawaka, IN Former Husband

Mike and Cathy [Harris] Burger, South Bend, IN Parents

Chambler Wireman, Wheatfield, IN Brother

Matthew (Sara) Miller, Eglin AFB, CA Brother

Finas Ray Conley, Rensselaer, IN Brother

Rebecca (Michael) DeFranco, Lakeville, IN Sister

LaShena Andrew, Rensselaer, IN Sister

Janena Conley, Rensselaer, IN Sister

Freda (Tony) Marshall, Leslie, MI Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

Many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins

Steve Boyle, Hamlet, IN Best Friend (of 20 years)


Preceded in death by:

John and Thelma [Wireman] Harris, Maternal Grandparents


Marlana’s wishes were to be cremated and no services will be held at this time.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice of Elkhart, IN.

Online Tributes may be offered at

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

Donovan Lynn Nelson 41, Rochester

Donovan Lynn Nelson 41, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 3:53 A.M. Sunday, September 5, 2021 at his residence.

He was born on August 21, 1980 in San Luis Obispo, California the son of Steven J. Nelson and Augusta (Hanno) Kiene and grew up in Cambria, California.

Donovan loved to travel. After high school, he lived with his brother in Seattle and San Francisco before living in Manchester, New Hampshire, Landshut, Germany and Cambridge, England. Donovan moved to Rochester to be with his mother and sister. He had worked for Gulf Stream in Etna Green and was proud to be a part of the making of the trailers for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina in 2006. He enjoyed hanging out with his family, listening to music and animals. He loved playing basketball with his niece, Arabella and playing at the park with his young nephews, Aydin and Milo. He was dedicated to the care of his two Chinese Shar Pei dogs, Zoidberg and Su Zin and his alligator snapping turtle, Nelson.

Survivors include his mother, Augusta Kiene, Rochester, Indiana, sister, Joline (Phillip) Taylor, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Shaun Nelson, Wilmington, North Carolina, niece, Arabella Taylor, Rochester, Indiana, nephews, Aydin Taylor and Milo Taylor, both of Rochester, Indiana, uncle, Scott Nelson, Fredonia, Arizona and his longtime friend from elementary school, Hernan Castellano, Santiago, Chile. He was preceded in death by his father, paternal grandparents, Roseann and Jim Nelson, maternal grandparents, Eddie and Juanita Hanno.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

Online condolences may be expressed at 

Cpl. Humberto "Bert" A. Sanchez, 22 of Logansport

Cpl. Humberto “Bert” A. Sanchez, 22 of Logansport passed away on August 26, 2021, while serving his country at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.


“Bert” was born on December 2, 1998, in Logansport, Indiana, and is the son of Coral Briseño and Humberto Sanchez.


Cpl. Sanchez was a 2017 graduate of Logansport High School where he excelled in academics and athletics. “Bert” was well liked by his soccer teammates, classmates, coaches, and teachers.


After graduating, “Bert” enlisted and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. He was then called to serve as an Embassy Guard in Jordan before being re assigned to the Kabul airport.


Cpl. Sanchez was honored to serve his country as a Marine and the example of his willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice has made him a hero to his family, community, and the United States of America.


Surviving “Bert” is his mother Coral Briseño (Alan Doolittle) of Logansport; his father, Humberto Sanchez; sister, Carol “Abi” (Giovanny) Sanchez of Logansport; brothers, Ariel Loran and Axel Loran, both of Logansport, niece, Dahlia G. Cardenas of Logansport, stepfather, Ariel N. Loran of Logansport; girlfriend, Taylor Duncan, of Hawaii; and a numerous amount of extended family members.


Visitation for Cpl. Sanchez will be held from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Monday, September 13, 2021 at LifeGate Church, 831 Burlington Ave, Logansport, IN 46947.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 also at LifeGate Church in Logansport.


Burial with full Military Graveside Rites will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

The family requests that memorial contributions may be best expressed with a gift to the Cpl. Humberto Sanchez Memorial Scholarship Fund, through the Cass County Community Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 441, Logansport, IN 46947. Envelopes will be available.


Gundrum Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.


You may sign “Bert’s” guestbook and leave condolences for the family at



Sunday Sept 12, 2021 Route from Grissom ARB to Gundrum Funeral Home:

 Leaving Grissom Air Reserve Base heading West on State Road 218 towards US 35 (Walton)

Turning North on US 35 and proceeding to Logansport.

Exiting onto Main Street from US 35 and continuing towards Burlington Ave.

Turning North onto Burlington Ave and proceeding to the intersection of 3rd and Market St.

Turning East onto Market Street and proceeding to 18th Street.

Turning North on 18th Street and proceeding to Broadway

Turning West on Broadway and arriving at Gundrum Funeral Home.



Tuesday September 14, 2021 Route from LifeGate Church to Mt. Hope Cemetery

Leaving LifeGate Church and turning North onto Burlington Ave.

Proceeding on Burlington Ave to the intersection of 3rd and Market Street

Turning East onto Market Street to 6th Street

Turning North onto 6th Street and proceeding to Hanna Street

Lola F. Riddle, 91, of Rochester

Mrs. Lola F. Riddle,  91  of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 7:22 AM on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Wynnfield Crossing of Rochester.


On September 24, 1929, Lola Frances Pierce was born in Rochester.   She was a treasured daughter of James Francis and Gracie Belle Cook Pierce. Growing up she shared her childhood with a sister Carol and brother Gene. Proudly she graduated with the class of 1948 from Rochester High School. During her high school years Lola took wood shop class and built a beautiful heirloom quality bookcase.


In the First Baptist Church of Rochester, Lola and Charles Lee Riddle were married on June 27, 1951 . They shared 64 years of life’s adventures. From their union came four wonderful children Ron, Douglas,  Duane and Denise.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.


Initiating her professional career, Lola was a dental assistant with Dr. Harold Iler DDS for four years, then took a time out to raise her children.  Lola returned to the workforce as deputy auditor for Fulton County.  She later was elected as Fulton County's first female auditor and later retired serving Fulton County citizens for more than two decades in the Auditor's office.


Lola was  devoted to the First Baptist Church for over 70 years. Prior to her years at First Baptist, she was a member of Tiosa Brethren where she taught Sunday School Class and provided musical accompaniment to the congregation on Sunday mornings. Lola was a member of the Fulton County Extension Board, What Not Home Ec Club and more recently the Busy Belles Home Ec Club.   She also was a member of the Fulton County Republican Women, Fulton County Friends of the Library and the Fulton County Historical Society where she worked for many years.


Gifted with the arts and creativity, Lola baked and decorated many wedding cakes and special birthday cakes over the years.  She enjoyed collecting Longenberger baskets and Fiesta Ware. She and Charlie looked forward to many spirited games of canasta with friends.  With a great passion for music Lola and Charlie made music playing duets for church.


Left to cherish  Lola's memory are a daughter, Denise Williams and husband Randy, two sons, Ronald Riddle and wife Judy, Duane Riddle and wife Donna all of Rochester; daughter-in-law, Peggy Riddle of Akron; ten grandchildren, Alan Riddle and wife Jennifer, Brook Nieter and husband Aaron, Amy Mast and husband Jay, Melissa Riddle, James Riddle, Charles Owen Riddle, Andrew Michael Riddle, Jeremiah Riddle, Stephen Williams, Robert Williams and wife Samantha; 13 great-grandchildren with another blessing due to arrive on January 22, 2022 and numerous nieces and nephews.


Preceding Lola in death are her parents, beloved husband Charles Lee on April 10, 2016, infant daughter, Janice Louise, son Douglas Riddle, sister, Carol Hill, brother Gene Pierce who passed on April 3, 1974 as a result of the tornado.


A celebration of the life of Mrs. Lola F. Riddle will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Dr. Mark Spencer will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 PM on Monday, September 13, 2021 and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Fulton County Historical Society through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 E. 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at

Carmen Josephine Ellis Smith, 97

Carmen Josephine Ellis Smith, 97, passed away at 11:40 AM on February 23, 2021, in Rochester, Indiana.  She was born February 22, 1924, at her Ellis grandparents’ family farm in Fulton County, Indiana, to Clair and Ruby (Black) Ellis.  Carmen graduated from Akron High School in 1942 and continued her education at Manchester College and Butler University, where she completed her BS degree in 1946.  Working for Dr. Dick and Dr. Dean Stinson in Rochester, Carmen met Glen Smith of Macy, and they married in 1954.  Together, Carmen and Glen raised three children, Steve, Nancy and Dean, and celebrated 48 years together before Glen’s death in 2002. 

Active in homemaking and the family farm throughout her long life, Carmen was beloved by her family and close friends.  As an only child on her father’s farm, Carmen was a quick study who embraced learning at all levels.  Excellent in her school work, Carmen also learned farm skills as apprentice to her father, Clair, taking care of livestock and helping with the seasonal crop work.  From her mother Ruby, Carmen learned the basics of housekeeping along with an appreciation for art and music.  Throughout her life, Carmen excelled at gardening from tomatoes and asparagus to roses and daylilies.  She used her growing skills well and generously shared with others.  Carmen was also an avid reader, a skilled seamstress, and music lover.  In all seasons, Carmen’s children recall at-home adventures that featured pets, books, and practical projects.  With Glen, Carmen traveled throughout the continental United States and especially enjoyed trips to visit friends and relatives near and far.  Carmen continued to travel after Glen’s death, driving herself throughout Indiana until she chose to quit driving at 92.  Carmen served as family hostess for decades.  From birthday parties and holiday meals to her parents’ 70th wedding anniversary reception, Carmen diligently brought loved ones together. 

Carmen lived the last years of her life in Rochester, in her own home and later at Wynnfield Crossing.  She was member of Eastern Star through much of her life.  After moving to town, Carmen enjoyed being part of the Notables music group.  Carmen said she couldn’t sing, but she could read music and her skill with some basic choreography was fun for her.  

Carmen is survived by her children: Steve (Laurel) Smith of Vincennes, Nancy Smith of Rochester, and Dean Smith of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and by her granddaughters, Glenda Smith and Alicia (Stephen) Chappo. 

A graveside service celebrating Carmen's life and sharing memories will be held at 1:00 PM EST on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Athens-Hoover Cemetery.  Chaplain Todd Wilson will officiate. We are grateful to the community at Wynnfield Crossing for their support of our mother during her residence there and to Kindred Hospice personnel for care during Carmen’s final days.    

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Fulton County Animal Center and Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975 or to the Fulton County Public Library, 320 West 7th St., Rochester, IN 46975. 

Troy E. Murphy, 56, Warsaw

Troy E. Murphy, age 56, Warsaw, died at 5:11 p.m. on Monday, September 6, 2021 at Miller’s Merry Manor where he had been residing for the past eight weeks. 

Before being admitted there, he lived at Cardinal Services for six years in Warsaw.

He was born on June 18, 1965 in Warsaw, Indiana to Paul L. and Beverly Sue (Horn) Murphy.  He lived all his life in the Akron area with his mother up until six years ago when he moved to Cardinal Services in Warsaw, Indiana.  He graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1983 where he earned a letter jacket and was a proud Viking.

Troy worked at Viking Foods in Akron, Indiana and loved to talk about it.  He was employed at that job for 27 ½ years and was well known and beloved by customers and members of his community.  He was described as a sweet, kind and generous gentleman.  He would often ask if there was anything he could help you do and was a joy to be around.  He loved cheeseburgers and pizza and would eat them every day if he could.  Troy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Troy was a member of the Silver Creek Church of God in Silver Lake, Indiana.  He was a member of the Akron Lions Club and was very helpful in any task asked of him.  He was in the Special Olympics of Fulton County where he earned many medals.  He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and the New York Jets.  He enjoyed bowling and shooting baskets.  Troy also attended “Camp We Can” in Rochester from the beginning until just a few years ago.

Surviving Troy is his mother: Sue Murphy of Warsaw; (3) brothers: Jeff (spouse Tami) Murphy of Warsaw; Bryan (spouse Tracy) of Akron; Ryan (spouse Becky) of Rochester; (6) nephews: Josh, Joe, Morgan, Andrew, Seth and Austin.  He also had several great nieces and nephews.

Preceding Troy in death was his father, Paul Murphy who died on December 4, 1988.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 East Rochester St., Akron, Indiana  46910

The funeral service will immediately follow visitation at the funeral home officiated by Pastor Tom Craig.  Burial will be in the Silver Creek Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to

Memorial contributions can be made to Cardinal Services, 504 North Bay Drive, Warsaw, Indiana  46580. Or they can be made to Special Olympics, c/o Bonita McPherson, P.O. Box 22, Macy, Indiana  46951.

The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Troy E. Murphy.

Pat A. Calvert, 77, of Rochester

Mrs. Pat A. Calvert, 77, of Rochester passed away at 7:01 PM on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Woodlawn Hospital. 

On December 25, 1943, Patricia Ann Ullery was born in LaPorte to Lester and Edna Wallace Ullery. Growing up she shared her childhood with a sister, Carol and two brothers Vernon and Robert.  As a young lady, Pat moved with her family from Marshall County to Rochester in 1951. Proudly she graduated with the Class of 1962 from Rochester High School.

In the Talma United Methodist Church, Pat married the love of her life, Mr. Roy Dale Calvert on July 4, 1963. They shared 51 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, Roy passed away on October 9, 2014. Their union produced three wonderful children, Jennifer. Jeffery and Gary. Two more generations have been added to the family tree with the blessings of 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

With an appetite for adventure, Pat and Roy toured all over exploring most of the 48 United States.  They enjoyed cruising the Caribbean and taking a train trip thru Canada.  The Calverts  floated the Tippecanoe and went 4-wheeling around the property.

Pat was a former member of the Talma United Methodist Church and currently attended the Burton-Richland Center United Methodist Church. As a life-long conservative,  Pat was currently President of the Fulton County Republican Women. She was also a precinct committeeman for Newcastle Township, campaigned with those seeking office and served as a consultant and strategist.  For the last several years she worked as a poll worker at the Courthouse during pre-election day voting. Pat was also a devoted member of the Royal Center Eastern Star #375,  holding many leadership roles including Past Worthy Matron. 

Many will remember Pat at Farmers and Merchants Bank where she worked for 25 years. More recently, Pat worked as a secretary for Rick Brown our prosecuting attorney for 12 years. Since retirement, she had enjoyed visiting, traveling and going for coffee with the girls.  To relax, Pat enjoyed listening to the music of The Elderly Brothers.

As the matriarch of the Calvert family, Grandma Pat was proud to oversee four generations.  She cherished the time spent with her family, making noodles with the grandchildren were the best of times. She annually planted a bountiful vegetable garden, sharing the harvest with her family. Pat was proud of the colorful flower gardens that highlighted the landscape. Sometimes she would plant new peach trees to increase the crop output.  

Many good times making memories with family and friends were had at the pavilion built by Roy, embracing the east edge of the Tippecanoe River.  Pat loved hosting birthday parties, family reunions and special family celebrations here and as an extraordinary cook delivered the best buffets many times serving her specialty chicken and noodles. 

Left to cherish  Pat's memory are her daughter, Jennifer Pryor and husband Dan; two sons: Jeffery and wife Jennifer, Gary and wife Laura all of Rochester; ten grandchildren: Jessica Berlasty, Jonah Berlasty, Jeremy Sheetz and companion Chris Beaman, Jordan Sheetz Huffman and boyfriend Michael  Kistler, Jarod Sheetz and wife Lisa, Amber Snelling, Amanda Floyd and husband Andrew, Alyssa Calvert, Austin Calvert, Cody Long and wife Jessica; 14  great-grandchildren; sister Carol Wilson and husband George of Peru; two brothers: Vernon Ullery and wife Dee of Niles, MI, and Robert Ullery of Marion; sister-in-law Judy Calvert of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Pat in death are her parents, beloved husband Roy Dale, son-in-law Jeff Berlasty, and a great-granddaughter, Genna Snelling.

Private family services will be on Thursday, September 9, 2021.  Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.   Please note that we will be limiting the number of friends in the funeral home to 25 at one time.  Those attending are asked to mask up.  Pastor Steve Hartman will officiate. Interment will follow in the Reichter Cemetery, northeast of Rochester.  Memorials may be made to the Roy D. Calvert Scholarship Fund for Law Enforcement Training through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 E. 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975  

Fredrick Richard Van Duyne

Mr. Fredrick Richard Van Duyne, 93, of Rochester, passed away at 10:55 AM on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Wampler Senior Retirement of Bourbon.


In Fulton County, on February 10, 1928, Fredrick was born to Fred K. and Mildred  Fultz Van Duyne. As one of four children, he shared his childhood with two sisters, Evelyn and Marilyn, his brother Dean passed at the age of three. With great pride he graduated with the class of 1945 from Rochester High School.


Fredrick and Dorcas June Riddle were married on September 11, 1949 in the Brethren Church of Tiosa. They shared nearly 65 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, she passed away on February 27, 2014. They were blessed with a family of seven children and enjoyed the family life on the farm. The blessings continued with the addition of grandchildren and great grandchildren to the family tree.


Fredrick was a farmer all of his life.  He also worked in construction for 16 years and finished working as the maintenance director for the Argos Community School System after 15 1/2 years. Committed to serving his community, he was a mail carrier, Walnut Township Trustee and Argos Community School Board member.  His service continued with his faith, he was a Sunday School Teacher, a Deacon, a Gideon and on the Brethren Retreat Board at Shipshewana.   He would say  “Church is important in my life. I’m a representative to the Kingdom and I do what I think God has for us for our lives.”


Fredrick is lovingly remembered by a daughter, Linda Gates and husband Troy  of Huntington;  six sons; Richard Van Duyne and wife Barbara of Rochester,  Kenneth Van Duyne and wife Sherry of Ashland, OH, Dennis Van Duyne and wife Ann of Warsaw, Michael Van Duyne and wife Cathy of Plymouth, Tim Van Duyne and wife Tracy of  Argos, Kevin Van Duyne and wife Jill of Wabash; 20 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren;  sister Marilyn Masterson and husband Randy of Rochester  and numerous nieces and nephews.


Preceding Fredrick in death are his parents, wife, sister Evelyn Braman and brother Dean Van Duyne.


A celebration of the life of Fredrick R. Van Duyne will be at 10:00 AM   on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Riverview Community Church, 3780 State Road, 110, Tippecanoe, with   Rev. Daniel R.  Van Duyne officiating. Friends may visit with the family in the church from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 and one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The family is requesting that visitors wear masks due to the present increase of COVID-19.  The service will be live-streamed at the You Tube Channel rcctippy church   Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery % Debbie Barts, 3200 S. 500 E., Rochester, IN 46975.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at     The Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Ronald C. Bird, 89, of Rochester

Ronald C. Bird, 89, of Rochester passed away at 10:37 PM on Monday, August 30, 2021 at Compassus Hospice of Indianapolis.


On September 15, 1931, Ronald Copley Bird was born in the General Hospital of Indianapolis.  He was the treasured son of Cecil and Henrietta Copley Bird.  After graduation from Carmel High School in 1949, Ron answered the call of patriotism,  by joining the United States Army Air Corp. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953.  Ron continued his education at Butler University. While there, he was a drummer in the pep band .


On November 19, 1983, Ron and Gladys Harling 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. Hosting the Indianapolis 500 Race party on Memorial Day weekend was always a great opportunity to make memories, being with family and friends.  Ron had diverse interests, including a love of cars and photography.


The Birds 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 of Argos in 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 Ron was a member of the Potable Sanitation Association International.  He was also a member of the Rochester Lion's Club.  In 2017, Ron was recognized as a Melvin Jones Fellow, the pinnacle award in Lionism for his service,  dedication and contributions to the club.


Left to cherish Ron's memory are children, Kimberly Ann Young and husband Elmer of Indianapolis, Sandi Bird Korzen and husband Tim of Glenview, IL, David Copley Bird and wife Kimberly of Carmel, Steven Compton Cook and wife Lisa A Stevens of Indianapolis, David R. Harling and companion Renee of Culver, Thomas A. Harling and wife Elizabeth of Fishers, Patricia Harling Lontz of Greenfield,  Garry A. Harling and wife Angie of Cicero; daughter-in-law Kathy Harling of Fishers;  26 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.


Preceding Ron in death are his parents and his beloved wife Gladys on April 4, 2021 and sons Robert Scott Harling and Warren Sewell Harling.


A celebration of the life of Mr. Ronald C. Bird will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday September 10, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester. Mr. Garry A. Harling will officiate.


Friends may visit with the family from 9-11 AM in the funeral home on Friday.


A Lions Club Memorial Service will be at 10:45 AM on Friday in the funeral home.


Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Army Honors Team.  


Inurnment will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in the St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church Columbarium, 1402 West Main Street, Carmel.


Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at