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Obituaries Archives for 2021-10

Ellen Mae (Frush) Reed-Smith, 86 of rural Fulton County

Ellen Mae (Frush) Reed-Smith, 86 of rural Fulton County, Indiana passed away on October 15, 2021 at 9:55 a.m. at her residence. On January 3, 1935 in Warsaw, Indiana she was born to Robert Frush and Princess Marie (Rathbum) Frush. Ellen had lived most of her life in Marshall County, Indiana.

 

On May 14, 1955 in Warsaw, Indiana she married Thomas R. Reed they shared the next 48 years before he passed in 2003. On January 26, 2008 at the Walnut Church of the Brethren she married Donald E. Smith.

 

Ellen was an abstractor working for First Federal Savings Bank as an Escrow Processor. She retired in 1997.

 

She was a member of the Walnut Church of the Brethren. Ellen served Gideons International where she was Indiana President of Gideons Auxiliary. She served many years as a 4-H leader in Fulton County and always enjoyed the Sheep project. Ellen was a graduate of Warsaw High School with the class of 1952.

 

Ellen is survived by her Husband – Donald Smith of Rochester, Indiana.

 

Daughter – Cheryl Lynn Leininger of Merrill, Wisconsin

 

Son – Robert L. Reed and wife Jamie of Plymouth, Indiana

 

Grandchildren – Aaron Leininger; Seth Leininger; and Latosha Reed

 

3 Great Grandchildren

 

Brother – James Frush and wife Charlene of Sanatobia, Mississippi

 

She is preceded in death by her: Parents, Husband – Thomas Reed

 

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday October 20, 2021 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Walnut Church of the Brethren,5975 19th Road, Argos, Indiana.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday October 21, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. at the church with Rev. Robert E. Rice Jr. Burial will follow at the Walnut Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Argos, Indiana.

 

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

Richard (Dick) Jacob Kreft, 83, of Tippecanoe

Richard (Dick) Jacob Kreft, 83, of Tippecanoe IN left his earthly home and took his final trip to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ on October 13, 2021. He will be missed dearly. His family rejoices that he is whole and that they will see him again.

 

Richard was born to William and Bessie Kreft in Lisle, Illinois. He grew up with 9 brothers and 2 sisters. He leaves behind: his wife Nancy, his four sons and daughters-in-law (Larrie/Ruth , Rod/Marla, Wade/Dawn, and Curt/Sue) and his daughter Jill (Jeremiah Reichert). He has 38 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren.

 

Dick was a good husband. He married Nancy Jane Blackford in 1957. He enjoyed her cooking and her looks and could often be heard complimenting both. They were married for 64 years. He loved and provided for her and the family faithfully and sacrificially. Every Friday night after a long week of trucking between Wisconsin and Chicago, he would make the additional trek home to Indiana to be with Nancy and the family and on many occasions he would bring her roses. In 1984, Dick and Nancy decided to move to Platteville, Wisconsin so he could be home every night. This was not an easy move, but Richard was thoughtful and sacrificed to bring Nancy back to Tippecanoe at least one weekend a month so as to continue building strong family memories.

 

Richard was a good father. As a young dad, he would race the four boys home from church and was always the winner! As a young family, they could be found eating mom's fried chicken on the backstretch of the Warsaw Speedway and visiting the pits with dad before and after the races. As he grew older there were many Friday nights when he could be found toting a grandchild or two, or a son/daughter to Gas City to enjoy the dirt track or on Saturday night it would be Plymouth Speedway's asphalt track. He made a huge effort to get to the kids athletic events, even pulling up last minute in his semi rig!

 

Dick Kreft was a good worker. Some of his past places of employment include: Morman's Feed Mill, he worked for Will Erwin, and Dickerhoff. His main occupation was a truck driver. He trucked for over 40 years for employers like: Niff-Core, Paige-Cox, Corl Bath, Advance Transformers, and retired from Steel Warehouse. He was awarded Trucker of the Month and Trucker of the Year from various employers. In all his years on the road trucking he was accident free; a fact he was proud of. Dick was an ideal employee as He was dependable and gave each job his all. As a trucker, his handle was Junkman as he often would pick up “finds” along the side of the road. He had the respect of his employers and fellow truckers alike; he was a man that could be trusted. He spent hours in his truck listening to Christian radio and singing along. In a career that often doesn't lend itself to family, Richard Kreft was a family man.

 

Dick was very involved in church and faithfully attended and served. He was a Trustee, He drove church bus for years, and he faithfully mowed and maintained church yards never desiring any acknowledgment.

 

Random things that make us smile as we think of Dad. He was a fan of the Chicago White Sox's and the Bears and you could often hear him yelling at the tv. He was extremely organized. On every trip he made he kept a notebook of every penny he spent and when and where he spent it. If he was frustrated you might hear him holler, “Lousy booger” or “Pete's sake.” He loved the cheapness of the McDouble.

 

Dick was a deeply contented man who chose to live a simple life so he could give generously to others. While he was a good man, a good worker, a good husband, and a good father he realized when he was a young man in high school that He wasn't good enough and he needed a Savior and so he made the biggest and best decision of his life – to put his faith in Jesus Christ.

 

The family would like to express a huge thank you to Kindred Hospice of Rochester for their excellent care for Richard over the last three years; words cannot express our gratitude.

 

Friends may visit with the family on Monday October 18, 2021 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Bourbon Bible Church, 2002 12th Road, Bourbon, Indiana.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday October 19, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the church with Rev. Ryan Petgen.

 

Burial will follow at the Tippecanoe Cemetery, Tippecanoe, Indiana.

Gary L. Minix III, 31, of Rochester

Gary L. Minix III, 31, of Rochester, passed away at 12:33 PM on October 8, 2021 at his residence.

 

On August 3, 1990, Gary Lee was born in Plymouth to Gary L. Jr and Tabitha Little Minix. Growing up he shared his childhood with four siblings. Gary was a member of the Tippecanoe Valley High School class of 2008.

 

As a truck mechanic, Gary worked for Galbreath LLC of Winamac for the past four years customizing trucks from electrical to engine work.  At home he enjoyed tinkering in his garage on his truck or friend's vehicles.

 

A true American sportsman, Gary loved the outdoors.  He hunted deer, duck and turkey.  For several summers it was an annual event to travel to Ohio's Maumee River near Lake Erie.   They shared family time making memories fishing for walleye on the weekends with three generations.  Back in Indiana he and Tyler fished for mammoth catfish.  Most important to Gary was being with his family and playing with his kids were times he greatly treasured.

 

Left to cherish Gary's memory are his fiancé, Kayla Nicole Shultz; mother Tabitha Minix of Rochester; father and step mother, Gary L. Minix Jr and wife Terra of Culver; four children: Hayden Lee Hardel, Calvin James Minix, Cameron Kane Minix, Kami Lynn Eaton; four siblings: Tyler Minix of Silver Lake, Katelinn Gagnon of Rochester, Allison Minix of Knox, Devin Minix of Culver; paternal grandparents, Gary Lee Minix Sr and Bonnie Mae; and numerous aunts uncles and cousins.

Preceding Gary in death are his maternal grandparents, Jim L. Little and Sue A. Miller.

A celebration of the life of Gary Lee Minix III will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St. Rochester. Pastor Terry Metheny will officiate.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM on Monday, October 18  and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Tuesday.  

 

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. 

Pamela J. Parker 55, Delong

Pamela J. Parker 55, Delong, Indiana, passed away at 8:26 A.M. Tuesday October 12, 2021 at St. Joseph Health System, Plymouth, Indiana.

She was born on September 27, 1966 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Curtis and Patricia (Bye) Peacock. On July 28, 1984 in Tyner, Indiana, she married Ernest Parker Jr. and he survives.

Pamela had been a homemaker, but most of all was a dedicated mom to her three children.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest Parker Jr., Delong, Indiana, children, Cassandra Jefferies, Muncie, Indiana, Deborah Roe, Rochester, Indiana, Ernest Parker III, DeLong, Indiana, grandchildren, Draven Jefferies, Muncie, Indiana, Logan Roe, Samantha Roe, Sera Roe and Lucas Roe, all of Rochester, Indiana, Ernest Parker IV, Eliot Parker, Eoin Parker, and Ethan Parker, all of Delong, Indiana, father, Curtis Peacock, Plymouth, Indiana, siblings, Sheryl Gordon, Michigan, Steven (Carol) Peacock, Florida, James (Lanette) Peacock, Elkhart, Indiana, Barb (Pat) Franklin, Florida, Patricia Peacock, Plymouth, Indiana, David Peacock, Plymouth, Indiana, Rebecca (Sam) Maddox, Michigan, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, sister, Brenda Clemons and brother, Danny Peacock.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Leiters Ford Cemetery, Leiters Ford, Indiana.

Friends may visit from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

James L. Coplen 77, Mentone

James L. Coplen 77, Mentone, Indiana, passed away at 4:05 P.M. Thursday, October 7, 2021 at his daughter’s residence in Rochester, Indiana.

He was born on August 11, 1944 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of James LeRoy Coplen Sr. and Mary Lee (Crispen) Coplen.

Jim had worked as a tool and die maker. He previously worked for Zimmer’s in Warsaw, Indiana, Wynn’s in Akron, Indiana and for the Torin Corporation (Lau Industires) in Rochester. In his spare time, he enjoyed being with his cat and was an avid reader of the Bible. Jim loved to talk to people about his Savior, Jesus, and all the wonderful things he was going to do when he went home to be with his Savior!

Survivors include his, daughters, Dawn (John) Nicodemus, Rochester, Indiana, Jennifer (Roger) Johnson, Rochester, Indiana, four grandchildren, Jared (Kasee) Brady, Rochester, Indiana, Tyler (Staci) Peterson, Middlebury, Indiana, Aaron (Arin) Johnson, Rochester, Indiana, Adrienne Johnson, Rochester, Indiana,  five great grandchildren, siblings, Randy Coplen, Sun Valley, Arizona, Don Coplen, Syracuse, Indiana, Pat Doran, Rochester, Indiana, Perry (Jeanie) Coplen, Rochester, Indiana, Pam Seidle, Greenwood, Indiana, Tim Coplen, Rochester, Indiana, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, John Doran and nephew, Victor Coplen.

Private family services will be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center or the American Cancer Society. Arrangement by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Charles "Charlie" Cannon, 70

Charles “Charlie” Cannon, 70, passed away at 11:11 AM on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at his residence.

On January 5, 1951, Charles David was born in Delong to Charles H. and Dorothy Cooper Cannon.

As a Cavalier, Charlie was a proud member of the first graduating class of Culver Community High School in 1969.  He also served our country as a member of the United States Army and the Indiana National Guard for 22 years.  Most recently he was a member of the Rock Steady Boxing Team at the Rochester Wellness Center where he made many new friends while he worked on skills to neutralize Parkinson’s. 

Charlie and Nancy L. Kirkland were married on July 3, 1971 in the Culver Bible Church. They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Their union produced three daughters and a son. Another generation has been added to the family tree with the addition of 11 grandchildren.

With a meticulous effort, Charlie manicured his lawn each week.  Gifted with his hands he was able to help friends and neighbors with home improvement projects like roofing, decks and updating bathrooms.  Charlie was a NASCAR racing fan and loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  On September 5, 2021 he was baptized in the Tippecanoe River by Pastor Bob Metzger.

Charlie’s greatest accomplishment was his legacy.  He was so very proud to oversee three generations.  There was nothing better than relaxing and making memories with his family at the holidays and special family celebrations.

Left to cherish Charlie’s memory are his wife, Nancy; three daughters; Jessica Ringer and husband Rodney of Culver, Cara Lee Robertson of Rochester, Courtney Lustig and husband Ben of Elverson, PA; and son Jared Cannon of Rochester; 11 grandchildren: Gage, Mia, Emma, Liam, Charley, Maggie Jo, Mary, Lindsey, Jacob, Emerson, Evelyn; sister, Janet Harrover and husband Doug of Jacksonville, FL; sister-in-law, Robin Minix;  brother-in-law. Leslie Kirkland; aunt Katherine Cooper; uncle Harry Cannon and wife Linda; nephew Jim Kulchar; and two nieces: Beth Oldfather, Julie Putchainen and husband Lars.

Preceding Charlie in death are his parents; granddaughter, Elsie Maude Ringer; two sisters: Betty Kulchar, Lorraine Fry; and niece Jeanann Kirby.

A celebration of the life of Charles David Cannon will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 15, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Bob Metzger will officiate.  Friends may visit with the family from 11-1 on Friday in the funeral home.

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

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, PO Box 61420, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Yvonne D. Foster Keitzer, 64, of Rochester

Yvonne D. Foster Keitzer, 64, of Rochester passed away at 11:43 AM on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at her residence.

On July 31, 1957, Yvonne was born in St. Louis, MO to Lemus and Delores Brown Foster.

Yvonne and Frank Paul Keitzer were married on September 3, 2019 in the Rochester Courthouse.

An avid gardener, Yvonne added color to the landscape of her home with the many flowers she planted each spring. She also enjoyed planting flowers in containers around the deck.   Yvonne will be truly missed by her family and a great host of friends including special friends Bonnie Faye and Teen.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Kingdom Hall.

Left to cherish Yvonne's memory are her husband, Frank; four children: Erica Grace and husband Lorenzo of Springfield, IL., Yolanda Cole Fowler of Jacksonville, IL, Prentiss G. Kelly Jr. and wife Dawn of Jacksonville, IL, Ronald E. Cole Jr. and wife Kandice of Wheatfield;  ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Beatrice Roberts and husband William Burke of Kings Lake; a brother, Joe Foster and companion Melvin of Mississippi; aunt Cynthia Dowls; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Yvonne in death are her parents;  two grandchildren: Latronze E. Kelly, Eric James Cole; and brother Harold Dowls Jr.

A celebration of the life of Yvonne Delores Keitzer will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.  Friends may visit with the family from 12-2 on Thursday in the funeral home.  A repass will be at the home of RT Roberts Jr.

Dennis Dee Fulton, 64, of Bourbon

Dennis Dee Fulton, 64, of Bourbon, Indiana passed away peacefully at the Center for Hospice in Mishawaka, Indiana on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 11:55pm.

 Dennis was born on January 6, 1957 to Arthur and Shirley Fulton in Rochester, Indiana. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1975. Acknowledging he had a knack for working with his hands, Dennis went on to be a lifelong machinist and worked in the foundry for most of his days. 

In April of 1982, Dennis married Karen MacLain (Liedtky) and resided in Plymouth, Indiana. They had a daughter, Brooke and a son, Mason. In May of 1994, Dennis and Karen divorced. Dennis would later move to Bourbon, Indiana and marry Debra Hawkins (Fulton) in June of 2000. Dennis and Debbie were married for 16 years before they went their separate ways. 

Dennis enjoyed his family and friends. He loved running, biking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, gardening, and attending auctions. If there was an adventure to be had, he was up for the challenge. His crazy, contagious laugh and warm-hearted smile is one that is sure to be missed.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father and mother, Arthur and Shirley Fulton and his brother-in-law Glenn Buttrum Sr. 

He is survived by his daughter Brooke (Josh) Carlton, their children, Chloe, Payton, and Tyler, of Plymouth, Indiana as well as his son Mason (Rebecca) Fulton, and their children, Logan, Allison, and Gracelynn, of Muncie, Indiana. He is also survived by his two brothers, Alan (Vicki) Fulton of Rochester, David (Linda) Fulton, of Warsaw, and three sisters, Vicki (Jim) Onstott of Rochester, Ronna (Ralph) Graham of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Jill Buttrum of Purdy, Missouri, both of his ex-wives to whom he remained close with, Karen Liedtky and her other two children, Taylor Fulton and Erin Liedtky of Plymouth, Indiana, and Debra Fulton and her son Christopher Hawkins, of Bourbon, Indiana, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services celebrating the life of Mr. Dennis D. Fulton, will be held at 10:00 am at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery on Friday, November 5, 2021. 

Charles "Charlie" Cannon, 70

Charles “Charlie” Cannon, 70, passed away at 11:11 AM on Friday, October 9,  2021 at his residence.

On January 5, 1951, Charles David was born in Delong to Charles H. and Dorothy Cooper Cannon.

As a Cavalier, Charlie was a proud member of the first graduating class of Culver Community High School in 1969.  He also served our country as a member of the United States Army and the Indiana National Guard for 22 years.  Most recently he was a member of the Rock Steady Boxing Team at the Rochester Wellness Center where he made many new friends while he worked on skills to neutralize Parkinson’s. 

 

Charlie and Nancy L. Kirkland were married on July 3, 1971 in the Culver Bible Church. They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Their union produced three daughters and a son. Another generation has been added to the family tree with the addition of 11 grandchildren.

 

With a meticulous effort, Charlie manicured his lawn each week.  Gifted with his hands he was able to help friends and neighbors with home improvement projects like roofing, decks and updating bathrooms.  Charlie was a NASCAR racing fan and loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  On September 5, 2021 he was baptized in the Tippecanoe River by Pastor Bob Metzger.

 

Charlie’s greatest accomplishment was his legacy.  He was so very proud to oversee three generations.  There was nothing better than relaxing and making memories with his family at the holidays and special family celebrations.

 

Left to cherish Charlie’s memory are his wife, Nancy, three daughters, Jessica Ringer and husband Rodney of Culver, Cara Lee Robertson of Rochester, Courtney Lustig and husband Ben of Elverson, PA, and son Jared Cannon of Rochester; 11 grandchildren, Gage, Mia, Emma, Liam, Charley, Maggie Jo, Mary, Lindsey, Jacob, Emerson, Evelyn; sister, Janet Harrover and husband Doug of Jacksonville, FL; sister-in-law, Robin Minix; brother-in-law. Leslie Kirkland; aunt Katherine Cooper, uncle Harry Cannon and wife Linda; nephew Jim Kulchar, two nieces Beth Oldfather, Julie Putchainen and husband Lars.

Preceding Charlie in death are his parents, granddaughter, Elsie Maude Ringer, two sisters, Betty Kulchar, Lorraine Fry and niece Jeanann Kirby.

A celebration of the life of Charles David Cannon will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 15, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Bob Metzger will officiate.  Friends may visit with the family from 11-1 on Friday in the funeral home.

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

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, PO Box 61420, Staten Island, NY 10306

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

Ronald L. Nickell, 65, of Rochester

Ronald L. Nickell, 65, of Rochester passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at his residence.

On October 1, 1955, Ronald Lee was born in Rochester to Harvey and Vandetta P. Melton Nickell. Growing up he shared his childhood with an older brother, Richard.  Ron was a member of the Rochester High School class of 1974.

Answering the call of patriotism, Ron served our country with the United States Navy. During his stint with the Navy he was a crew member of the USS Enterprise and the USS Ranger.

On August 11, 1983, Ron married the love of his life, Miss Tina Renee Refitt in Rochester. They shared 37 years of life’s adventures.  Their union produced beautiful two daughters, Melissa and Alisha. Two more generations have been added to the family tree with the blessings of seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.   Sadly, she passed away on September 2, 2020.

With a strong work ethic, Ron worked in the RV home industry for nearly four decades.  He worked for Greyhound Luxury Bus.  More recently Ron worked for Farimount/Gulfstream Coach where he earned a perfect attendance award for his dedicated service of 10 continuous years.

To relax, Ron enjoyed taking Tina cruising around on day trips on his Honda Black Shadow.  They were affectionately known as Hog and Hogette by their best riding buddies. An extraordinary woodworker, Ron made many unique creations for his family to use in their homes.  With an ice-cold Bud in hand, Ron enjoyed cheering for the Indy Colts and NASCAR's the Earnhardt's Sr. & Jr.  

Papa Ron was so very proud to oversee four generations.  He looked forward to the holidays and special family celebrations making memories and being with the grands and now with his great-grand Kingston.

Left to cherish Ron's memory are two daughters: Melissa Lett and husband Eric of Rochester, Alisha Miller and husband Justin of Lafayette; seven grandchildren: Alexis Nolen, Owen Lett, Jordan Lett, Kelton Lett, Arianna McKee, Layney Miller, Caiden Miller; a great-grandson, Kingston Allen Laird;  several nieces and nephews; and his treasured feline companions Winston and Boomer, the orange tabbies.

Preceding Ron in death are his parents, wife Tina, brother Richard, “Rick” Nickell, and son-in-law Travis Nolen.

A graveside service will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 15, 2021 in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Military Honors will be conducted by the US  Navy Honors Team. Arrangements have been entrusted to Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

Shelly Ann Johnson, 62, of Winamac

Shelly Ann Johnson, 62, of Winamac, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 2, 2021. 

She passed away peacefully at her home.  Shelly was born on January 14, 1959 in Gary, IN to the late Ted and Edith [Patterson] Revers. 

 

On November 29, 1979, she married George Willard Johnson in Gary.  He survives.

 

Shelly was retired from Braun Ability after more than 20 years of service.  She enjoyed being with her friends, whether it was a trip to Bailey’s or going out to eat.  Shelly was a loving wife and mother.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.


She is survived by:

George Willard Johnson, Winamac, IN Husband

Gary Wayne Johnson, Winamac, IN Son

1 Sister: Shirley

Several Nieces and Nephews

Elizabeth A. [Zacker] Johnson Maugherman, Gary, IN Mother-in-law

 

Preceded in death by:

Ted and Edith [Patterson] Revers, Parents

Twin Sister: Susan

1 Brother: Steve

 

No Services will be held.

 

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.

 

 

Manuel Conley, 70, of Plymouth

Manuel Conley, 70 of Plymouth, Indiana passed away on October 4, 2021 at 11:35 p.m. at his residence following an illness since March of 2021.

 

On May 22, 1951 in Plymouth, Indiana he was born to Rasho Conley and Goldie (Hall) Conley. Manuel had lived most of his life in Marshall County, Indiana.

 

He was a Truck Driver for D&L Trucking and retired in 2005.

 

Manuel is survived by his Sisters – Virginia Cole of Danville, Illinois; Dolores Egolf and husband Lee of Plymouth, Indiana; and Elaine Cole of Warren, Illinois

 

Brother – Charles Conley of Arkansas

 

Many nieces and nephews

 

He is preceded in death by his: Parents, sisters – Barbara McLean, and Thelma Burns

 

No services are scheduled at this time.

 

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

Audra R. "Obby" Bryant, 97, of Rochester

Audra R. "Obby" Bryant, 97, of Rochester, passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at his residence.

On February 22, 1924, Audra Ray Bryant was born near Athens to Oliver R. and Fern T. Rush Bryant. As one of five children, he shared his childhood with three sisters and a brother. Proudly he graduated from Fulton High School with the class of 1942.  Answering the call of patriotism, Obby served during World War II with the US Army. He was honorably discharged in 1943.

On February 25, 1945, Obby married the love of his life, Miss Wilma Jean Wagoner.  They have shared 76 years of life’s adventures while making many memories.  From their union came six wonderful children.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

Obby attended the Fulton Baptist Temple.  He was a 60+ year member of the IOOF Lodge #47.  With a strong work ethic, Obby was a lifelong farmer.  He oversaw a fine herd of registered Black Angus and a milking operation.  He annually planted corn and soybeans.  

In the early years he worked at General Tire in Wabash for 5 years.  He also worked at the Rochester Sale Barn for many years.  Mr. Bryant drove the school bus for Fulton Schools.  Obby was manager for the Fulton County Farm Bureau elevator.  With his diverse interests he always made time to help Wilma with raising their five children and lending a helping hand to a neighbor in need.    

As the patriarch of the Bryant family, Grandpa was proud to oversee four generations and his legacy.  He looked forward to the holidays and special family celebrations, getting together making memories.  Obby and Wilma enjoyed relaxing while wintering in Florida for over four decades.

Left to cherish Obby's memory are his wife, Wilma; five children:  Roger Bryant and wife Margaret of Rochester, Susan Widman and husband Jim  of Rochester, Tim Bryant and wife Susan of Rochester, Rodney Bryant and wife Lisa of Macy, Barbara Zeider Hites of Fulton; 10 grandchildren:  Michael Bryant and wife Betsy, Jennifer Ann Korous and husband Michael, Sid Stremiecki and husband Scott,  Lori Wiley and husband Brad, Ben Bryant, Scott Bryant and wife Ashley, Mathew Zeider, Jason Zeider and wife Summer; step grandchildren:  Amber Smallbone, Joseph Smallbone; 14 great-grandchildren:  Andrew Bryant, Hannah Korous, Levi Korous, Evelyn Wiley, Christopher Bryant, Bryce Bryant, Trevor Megedoht,  Grayson Bryant, Addison Bryant, Easton Bryant, Maddux Zeider, Jaden Zeider, Kade Zeider, Talon Zeider; and three step great-grandchildren;  two sisters-in-law:  Mary Dee Bryant of LaGrange, KY,  Mary Murphy and husband Don of Fort Wayne;  two brothers-in-law: Paul L. Wagoner and wife Peggy of  TX , Kenneth Wagoner of  MA,  and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Obby in death are his parents; infant daughter Shelby Jean Bryant in 1946; three sisters: Freida Zeller, Catherine Hoge, Donna Jean Long; and brother Milo Bryant.

A celebration of the life of Audra R. Obby Bryant will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 8, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th, St., Rochester. Pastor Bruce Russell will officiate.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM on Thursday, October 7, 2021 and 10 - 10:45 AM on Friday in the funeral home.  

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #47 will conduct a memorial service at 10:45 AM on Friday in the funeral home.  

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  

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

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society.  

Charles Hall, 70

Charles Hall, 70, passed away at 4:30 AM on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at his residence.

 

On April 30, 1951, Charles was born in Kokomo to George Robert and Mary Arlene Quick Hall. Growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters and two brothers. As a Wildcat, he proudly graduated with the class of 1969 from Kokomo High School.

 

In 2005, Charles retired from the Delco/Delphi Corporation after 34 dedicated years of service.    This allowed him time to pursue some of his favorite hobbies like painting model airplanes and taking fishing trips to Canada.  At home he liked gardening and watching the birds.  He was the director of Reformers Unanimous Institute, always ready to help others.

 

As an accomplished ham radio operator, Charles handle was KA9PYZ, but had recently changed it to K9DCC.   With a love for technology used 3-D Printers to make custom models. Charles also loved photography with birds and fish as his subjects.    His favorite subject was his   children and grandchildren.  Many times Charles could be seen with his drone in flight photographing a unique perspective.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Charles are five children, Stephen Hall, Emily Hall, Andrew Hall, Laura Runkle and husband Gregory, Rachel Mahan all of Macy; twelve grandchildren, Brianna Hall, Alexendria Runkle, Abigail Runkle, Johnathan Runkle, Andrew Runkle, Nathanial Runkle, Ethan Runkle, Gabriel Runkle, Micah Runkle, Luka Runkle, Aubrey Runkle, Chloe Mahan; two sisters, Rae Alley and husband Jim of Kokomo, Sue Ann Westby of Tuscon AZ; brother Ron Hall and wife Anita of Lake City, FL; his former wife and mother of his children Cheryl Wallace;  several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Charles in death are his parents and a brother Fred Hall.

 

A celebration of the life of Charles Hall will be at  10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 6, 2021  in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St. Rochester. Pastor Jerry Pitman will officiate.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 PM on Tuesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.  

 

Interment will be in the Five Coroners Cemetery.  

 

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

Mary Louise Perez, 76

Mary Louise Perez, 76, passed away with her family by her side on August 18, 2021.

 

Mary was born on August 31, 1944 to Harley and Opal Armentrout Weidner. She was born and raised in rural Indiana. She graduated business college and spent her career as a bookkeeper.

 

In 1964 Mary married Paul Perez resulting in two lovely children, Charlette and Lee. in 1985 they adopted Andrew Muir into their family. Their marriage ended after nearly 30 years, however, they remained friendly. They moved to Arizona in 1980 and she resided there until her passing.

She loved playing cards with family and friends and was an avid poker player making many friends doing so. She loved reading non-fiction, and crocheted many beautiful afghans for family and friends. Mary was quick to make friends and was loved by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harley and Opal Weidner; son PFC Lee Andrew Perez, US Marines; brothers, Wayne Weidner Sr and Harley Weidner;; niece Beverly Jo Perez; and nephew Wayne Weidner Jr. She leaves behind to carry her legacy children Charlette (Lance) Eastridge and Andrew (Trish) Muir; grandchildren: Cory Perez, Jesse and Liam Muir; and sister Martha (Terry) Dain as well as many extended family members and friends.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be at  5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at The Cross, 100 W. 3rd St. Rochester. Pastor Martin Furrow will officiate.

 

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service in the church.  Local arrangements have been entrusted to Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014

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