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Obituaries Archives for 2022-01

Deborah Gregory, 69, of Rochester

Deborah Gregory, 69, of Rochester, passed away at 6:30 AM, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Life Care Center of Rochester.

On March 5, 1953, Deborah Kay was born in Rochester to Harry and Virgie Patton Gregory. Growing up she shared her childhood with a brother Danny.   She attended Argos High School with the Class of 1971.

As a seamstress, Deb worked for Hart Shaffner and Marx for 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and drawing.  Her family lovingly called her the cat lady, but she had a passion for all animals.

Left to cherish the memories of Deborah are a brother, Danny Gregory and wife Jeannie of Rochester, a niece Dawn Gregory, a nephew Daniel Gregory and several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

Preceding Deborah in death are her parents.

Private family services will be at a later date. Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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

Larry E. Mowrer, 84, formerly of Rochester

Larry E. Mowrer, 84, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 11:45 PM on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 in Plymouth.

 

On May 22, 1937, Larry Eugene was born in Macy to Rev. C. J. and Anna Marie Kerschner Mowrer. Growing up he shared his childhood with four sisters.  

 

In 1955, he graduated from Warsaw High School. After graduation, Larry answered the call of patriotism and joined the US Navy. His basic training was at Bainbridge, Maryland and his schooling continued at the Great Lakes Naval Station. As an MM Class 2,  Larry served on two ships, the USS Roanoke and the USS Ebersole while in the South Pacific and traveled all over the world.   After receiving his honorable discharge, Larry came home to Rochester.

 

Larry and Carol Jane Bilyew were married on September 3, 1961 in the 1st Church of God of Rochester. They shared 60 years of life’s adventures.

 

Larry was a family man, he cherished the times he shared with them. The Mowrer’s enjoyed traveling all over the United States and Europe. Their favorite destinations were Maine, Florida and Branson, MO. As an armchair quarterback, Larry was an avid Notre Dame fan.

 

As a machinist, Larry retired from Sealed Power after 34 years. He was on the Pension Board for Sealed Power for 30 years.   Larry served on the advisory board for the Beacon Credit Union.

 

Over his lifetime, Larry was very active in church activities and served as a youth director, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Riverview Community Church.  

 

Left to cherish the memories of Larry are his wife, Carol; daughter, Laura West and husband Gary of Plymouth, two grandsons, Zachary West of Chicago, Landon West and wife Kirianna of Plymouth; four sisters, Phyllis Daniel of Fort Wayne, Loretta Inman of Fort Wayne, Marty Holland of Sarasota, FL, Lois Mongosa and husband John of Peru; brother-in-law, Don Bilyew and wife Joanne of Honeybrook, PA and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Larry in death are his parents and step mother Relna Mowrer.

 

A celebration of the life of Larry Eugene Mowrer will be at 11:00  on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the Riverview Community Church, 3780 St. Rd. 110, Tippecanoe.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 3-6 PM on Friday January 21, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester and one hour prior to the service in the church.

 

Masks are preferred to keep everyone safe.

 

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to the Riverview Community Church, 3780 St. Rd. 110, Tippecanoe, IN, 46570 or to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St. Ste. 800, Miami, FL.

 

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

Pamela M. DeBruler Napier, 77, Rochester

Pamela M. DeBruler Napier, 77, Rochester, passed away at 5:05 P.M. Sunday January 16, 2022, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was born on November 26, 1944 in Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of Robert L. and Martha (Pollock) DeBruler. In August 2006 in Rochester, Indiana, she married Carlo Bob Napier and he survives.

Pam had been a homemaker for many years raising her children. After raising her children, she became a realtor, had owned a restaurant while living in Colorado and owned Everyday Gourmet Store in Rochester. She was a full time nanny to her grandchildren, great grandchildren and even their friends, always supporting them in all of their sports and extra- curricular activities. Her friends and members of the community look forwarded to her daily Facebook posts. She was a dedicated Notre Dame Football fan, and enjoyed having coffee with friends, gardening and camping.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Napier, Rochester, Indiana, children, Kellette (Bob) Lease, Rochester, Indiana, Kristin (Paul) Wolfe, Economy, Indiana, Kymberly (Aaron) Bausback, Greensburg, Indiana, grandchildren, Meghan (Kyle) McLochlin, Rochester, Indiana, Mallory (Mike) Smith, St. Joseph, Michigan, Lauren (Andrew) Piper, Westfield, Indiana, Kayleigh Jenkins and fiancé Aaron Paschal, Westfield, Indiana, Karlee Wolfe, Economy, Indiana, Kate (Mervin) Schwartz, Greensburg, Indiana, Abby Bausback, Greensburg, Indiana, Ben Bausback, Greensburg, Indiana, Tyler Darnell, Georgia, seven great grandchildren, sisters, Linda (Roy) Simpson, Greensburg, Indiana and Denise Sisinger (Bill) Mulvaney, Rochester, Indiana, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert DeBruler and Martha Von der Lehr.

Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Private services with interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana will be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rochester Youth Little League. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Bonnie Louise [Mathias] Montgomery, age 92

Bonnie Louise [Mathias] Montgomery, age 92, passed away January 14, 2022 at Wynnfield Crossing in Rochester, Indiana from natural causes. 

 

She is proceeded in death by her husband of 66 years Junior Herold and her parents Ernest and Ruth (Strebe) Mathias.

 

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Fulton.  She loved sewing and traveling.  She is survived by daughters Debbie Lee, Fort Myers, Fl.; Jann Williamson, Columbus, Oh.; Kristi Alber, Rochester, In.; Jill Kelley, Broaddus, Tx.  Sister Sue Mitchell Logansport, In., and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. 

 

Celebration of Life will be June 25, 2022, 2: 00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. at the Fulton Community Center. 

 

Donations may be made to Caston Closet, Kindred Care Hospice, Fulton United Methodist Church, or Red Cross Blood Donation.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Merle Larry Ezra, 78, Winamac

Merle Larry Ezra, 78, lifelong farmer from Winamac, IN, passed away at his home on Monday, January 17, 2021. 

 

He was born on August 22, 1943 in Winamac to the late Merle Emory and WanettaEmaline [Allen] Ezra.  Larry graduated from Winamac High School in 1961 and served in the US Army National Guard.  He was a member of the Indiana American Legion.

 

Larry was a hardworking farmer and was very knowledgeable about raising sheep and hogs.  For many years, he owned and operated a Christmas tree farm.  He enjoyed the outdoors and attending the annual Power Show at the Winamac Town Park.  Larry imparted a lot of wisdom to his children and grandchildren.  He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

 

He is survived by:

Timothy (Kelly Samson) Ezra, Indianapolis, IN Son

Stephanie (Chad) Watts, Winamac, IN Daughter

Benjamin Watts, Grandson

Molly Watts, Granddaughter

Carolyn Knebel, Indianapolis, IN Sister

Betty Shorter, Winamac, IN Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Merle Emory and WanettaEmaline [Allen] Ezra, Parents

Bene Franklin Ezra, Brother

Shirley Peters, Sister

Loren Knebel, Brother-in-law

Jim Shorter, Brother-in-law

Geraldine Rose [Lewis] Ezra, Former Spouse

 

Visitation will be from 3-7 PM EST Friday, January 21, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 3 PM EST Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, IN.  The American Legion and VFW will conduct Military Graveside Services. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Pulaski Animal Center.

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

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

Phyllis E. Tomlinson, 77, of Monon

Phyllis E. Tomlinson, 77, of Monon, went home to be with the Lord and joined her husband in Heaven on January 16, 2022. 

 

She passed away peacefully at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville, IN.  

 

Phyllis was born on June 21, 1944 in Francesville to the late Lewis V. and Doris A. [Kruger] Fritz.  She graduated from Francesville High School in 1962. 

 

Phyllis married Harlen E. Tomlinson in Winamac, IN.  He passed away on January 20, 2019.

 

Phyllis enjoyed playing Bunco and a variety of card games.  She also enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles.  Phyllis was an avid reader and loved music.  Most of all, Phyllis was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She absolutely adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Phyllis will be sadly missed by all.

 

She is survived by:

Harlen R. (Amber) Tomlinson, Rensselaer, IN Son

Lori A. (Thomas) Harper, Muncie, IN Daughter

Cheyenne N. (Rob) Golik, Rensselaer, IN Granddaughter

Timothy R. Breen, Monticello, IN Grandson

Calla D. Tomlinson, Rensselaer, IN Granddaughter

Kate R. Tomlinson, Rensselaer, IN Granddaughter

Timothy R. McAlister, Atlanta, IN Step Grandson

Coy M. McAlister, Springfield, MO Step Grandson

4 Great Grandchildren: Madison, Jayden, Bentley, and Caylee “Mouse”

1 Step Great Grandson: Ezra

Karen J. Fritz, Monon, IN Sister

Alan L. (Kay) Fritz, Winamac, IN Brother

Stephen V. Fritz, Francesville, IN Brother

Several Nieces and Nephews

Sam, Pomeranian Companion

 

Preceded in death by:

Lewis V. and Doris A. [Kruger] Fritz, Parents

Harlen E. Tomlinson, Husband

 

Visitation will be from 10 AM – 12 Noon EST Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 Noon EST Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN with Ed Clark and Alan Fritz officiating.

Entombment will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN at a later date.

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 Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

Kurste Henderson, 52

Kurste Henderson, 52, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at her home at 7:22 PM on Saturday, January 15, 2022. 

 

On March 26, 1969 Kurste Maddox was born in Keywest, Florida.  Growing up near Danville, Illinois, she shared her childhood with a sister Marci. She graduated in 1987 from Westville High School near Danville where she was on the lady Tiger softball and volleyball teams.  Kurste continued her education at Danville Area Community College and earned an associates degree in accounting.

 

As a detailed accounts analyst, Kurste worked in the offices of Smokercraft Corporation of New Paris.  Her greatest attributes were her strong, dedicated work ethic, the devotion to her children and the grands, always there for them and providing them with the best.  When family needed care, she delivered the most amazing love and care, doing all she could to provide comfort.  Family was Kurste's greatest passion.

 

Summertime brought on a time to relax floating in the pool.  A sports enthusiast, Kurste followed Da' Bears, Chicago Cubs and Notre Dame Football.   She enjoyed gathering with her sisters on "Wine Wednesday," the day prior to Thanksgiving to sip wine and make noodles for the Thanksgiving Feast.

 

Later in life, Kurste was able to connect with her long-lost sister, Carol, whom she and Marci were made aware of through DNA testing.

 

Left to cherish Kurste's memory are her companion Kevin Caudill, four children Kaighla White, Ariel Ward, Emily Henderson and Garrett Henderson all of Danville, IL;  2 sisters: Marci Smith (Scott) of Danville, Carol Moody (Steve) of Yuciapa, CA; 4 grandchildren: Dayo, Saji, Rumi and Izzy;  best friend Dennis Kinser, her loving Smokercraft family and Bear, her custom blend canine companion.

 

Preceding her in death are her parents, and best friend Annette Wells-Howe.

 

Family services are planned at a later date. 

 

The Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with her arrangements. 

 

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Kurste's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

Darlene J. Ames, 82, of Francesville

Darlene J. Ames, 82, of Francesville, IN went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 14, 2022.  She passed away at Franciscan Health Hospital in Lafayette, IN. 

 

She was born on August 20, 1939in North Judson, IN to the late Lloyd Frederick William and Lavada Mae [Cawby] Hanke.  She was a 1957 graduate of North Judson High School. 

 

On September 24, 1960, Darlene married Donald H. Ames in North Judson.  He passed away on December 21, 2007.  They owned and operated the Francesville Tribune from 1971-2005.

 

Darlene was an active member of the Francesville First United Methodist Church and the Francesville American Legion Auxiliary Unit #228.  She served on numerous committees and held several offices in each organization.   Darlene was a longtime member of the Classy Red Prairie Chicks of the Red Hat Society where she served as the club’s photographer (aka the Red Snapper).  She proudly served as Co-Grand Marshall of the Francesville Fall Festival Parade in 1999 and 2007 alongside her husband, Don. 

 

Darlene enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, traveling, and rock collecting.  She was an outgoing person with a great sense of humor.  Most of all, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She faithfully attended the many events of her children and grandchildren.  Darlene will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

She is survived by:

Drinda S. (Kris) Obermeyer, West Lafayette, IN Daughter

Deneen J. (Brian) Bartlett, Crawfordsville, IN Daughter

Donita L. (Michael) Stimson, Francesville, IN Daughter

Austin Bartlett, Grandson

Collin (Lauren) Bartlett, Grandson

Megan Stimson, Granddaughter

Adam Stimson, Grandson

Nathan Stimson, Grandson

Several Nieces and Nephews

Lois (Charlie) Comer, Medaryville, IN Aunt/Sis

Numerous Cousins

 

Preceded in death by:

Lloyd Frederick William and Lavada Mae [Cawby] Hanke, Parents

Donald H. Ames, Husband 

Richard LloydHanke, Brother

 

Visitation will be from 3-7 PM EST Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville.

Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Francesville United Methodist Church or to the family for a charity to be determined at a later date. 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

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

 

Mary L. Brandenburg 87, Rochester

Mary L. Brandenburg 87, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 8:00 A.M. Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

On December 9, 1942, Mary Louise was born to Milford English and Reba (Stockton) English. She grew up in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

On September 16, 1951 in Crawfordsville, Indiana, she married the love of her life the late Forrest Dean Brandenburg. He preceded her in death on October 3, 2002. Together, they created a brood of children, six to be exact. She loved and cherished her children and eventually her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was an avid Bible reader and attended First Christian Church, Rochester, for many years. Later on, she then attended Faith Outreach Center. She often enjoyed doing Bible study with her family members. She loved to travel with Forrest across the country. After retirement, they would flock to Fort Myers, Florida and spend their winters basking in the sun.

Survivors include her children, David (Sherri) Brandenburg, Peru, Indiana, Cheryl Sue (Ted) Middleton, Ocala, Florida, Linda (Rick) Stutzman, Douglasville, Georgia, Howard (Dorothy) Brandenburg, Rochester, Indiana, Keith (Pam) Brandenburg, Rochester, Indiana, twenty five grandchildren, forty three great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Becky Brandenburg, grandchildren, Kristi and Renee Stutzman and two sisters and two brothers.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Monday, January 17, 2022 at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana.

Friends may visit from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Outreach Center.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Chester Eugene "Chet" Hintz, 82, of Medaryville, formerly of Fortine, MT

Chester Eugene “Chet” Hintz, 82, of Medaryville, formerly of Fortine, MT, passed away at home on January 13, 2022. 

 

He was born on May 7, 1939 in McLeansboro, IL to the late Edward Stanley and Frieda Geraldine [Ledbetter] Hintz. 

 

Chet served in the US Navy aboard the USS Forrestal from 1956-1960.  After receiving an honorable discharge, he went to work as a union pipefitter.  Chet was a proud member of the Medaryville American Legion Post #96 and Chicago Pipe Fitters Union Local #597.

 

On October 31, 1996, Chet married Diane Susan Matthies in Las Vegas, NV.  They enjoyed 25 years of marriage together. 

 

Chet always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, as well as being outdoors.  He will be dearly missed.

 

He is survived by:

Diane Susan [Matthies] Hintz, Wife

Eugene (Kacy) Hintz, Son

Ronald Hintz, Son

William Stephenson, Step Son

Jason Pennington, Step Son

2 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren

 

Preceded in death by:

Edward Stanley and Frieda Geraldine [Ledbetter] Hintz, Parents

Diane [Awe] Hintz, Former Spouse

 

Visitation will be from 1-3 PM EST Friday, January 21, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN. 

Services will be held at 3 PM EST Friday, January 21, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN. 

The American Legion will conduct Military Honors at the funeral home following services.

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

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

Arrangement have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.

Doris A. Turnpaugh, 79, of Nyona Lake

Doris A. Turnpaugh, 79, of Nyona Lake, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 4:52 AM on Friday, January 14, 2022 at her daughter’s home in Avilla.

 

On October 24, 1942, Doris Ann Ogle was born in Rochester to Russell Eldon and Helen Marie McClaran Ogle. She was the oldest of eight children sharing her childhood with a brother and six sisters..

 

With a strong work ethic, Doris worked at Chamberlains Products of Akron, Robertsons Transformer and later retired from, Quick Clean Laundry-Mat.

 

As an avid gardener, Doris planted beautiful flower and vegetable gardens annually. Baking delicious cakes and pies were always appreciated by family and friends. Doris could often be found quilting blankets, gifts of warmth while she watched her favorite TV westerns. She was an expert at solving word search puzzles.  For a change of pace, she enjoyed shopping adventures with her best friend Joan.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Doris are daughter Tina LaRowe and companion Phillip Duncan   of Avilla two sons, Tim Depoy and wife Misty of Rochester and Jason Turnpaugh of Nyona Lake; five grandchildren, Tyler LaRowe, Alyssa LaRowe, Miranda Turnpaugh, Kane Turnpaugh, Bailey Turnpaugh, a great-granddaughter Opalynn Jones; two sisters, Barb Thompson and husband Ron of Rochester, Shirley Cook and husband Jim of Denver; brother Tom Ogle of Mexico; special friend Joan Bender, several nieces and nephews and her treasured canine companion, Muffy a tan and gray Shih-Tzu.

 

Preceding Doris in death are her parents, four sisters, Karen Stuber, Diane Mitchell, Patricia Powell and Betty Miller.

 

A celebration of the life of Doris Turnpaugh will be at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

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

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

Stephina Watkins, 97, of Winamac

Stephina Watkins, 97, of Winamac, IN passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac. 

 

She was born on August 23, 1924 in Stickney, IL to the late Albert and Agnes [Pavlak]Mroczek.   Stephina attended Catholic School in San Pierre, IN and North Judson, IN. 

 

On May 29, 1944, she married William “Bill” Watkins in Winamac.  Bill passed away on November 26, 1987.

 

Stephina worked at a factory in downtown Winamac for many years, where she sewed zippers into blue jeans.  She was a longtime member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.  Stephina crocheted many afghans, scarfs, and hats for her family and friends.  She enjoyed playing Pinochle at the Bass Lake Community Center as well as at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Knox, IN.  Stephina was the “Queen of Scrabble” in her family. 

 

Stephina was the last of 9 siblings. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother.  Stephina will be dearly missed.

 

She is survived by:

Joyce (Mark C.) Faulstich, Plymouth, IN Daughter

Josephine (David) Ramp, Columbia City, IN Daughter

Jacqualine Owens Terry, Winamac, IN Daughter

Emzie (Kathy) Watkins, Nappanee, IN Son

Jason (Angie) Faulstich, Grandson

Mark J. (Kara) Faulstich, Grandson

Jeffrey (Dr. Valerie Lake) Faulstich, Grandson

Wayne (Patsy) Watkins, Grandson

Nicklos Watkins, Grandson

Paul Ramp, Grandson

Sheila Jackson, Granddaughter

Billy Owens, Grandson

Michael (Shelley) Owens, Grandson

Lisa (Dominic) Ricci, Granddaughter

Jenny (Tony) Schmucker, Granddaughter

Jaime Watkins, Granddaughter

Debra Jo (Jason) Harmon, Granddaughter

Many Great Grandchildren

3 Great-Great Grandchildren

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Albert and Agnes [Pavlak] Mroczek, Parents

William “Bill” Watkins, Husband

James Faulstich, Grandson

3 Brothers and 5 Sisters

 

Visitation will be from 3-7 PM EST Monday, January 17, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

The Rosary will be recited at 7 PM EST Monday, January 17, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Frain Mortuary with Rev. Andrew DeKeyser officiating.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Michael Catholic School in Plymouth, IN. 

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

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

Rocky David Gourley, 68, of Winamac

Rocky David Gourley, 68, of Winamac, IN went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. 

 

He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. 

 

Rocky was born on October 3, 1953 in Winamac, IN at Carneal Hospital to the late Robert W. and Phyllis E. [Nice] Gourley. 

 

He was a 1971 graduate of Kankakee Valley High School in Wheatfield, IN; the first graduating class from the new school after consolidation. 

 

Rocky married the love of his life, Laurie Ann Lewis, on June 20, 1987 in Wheatfield at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church.  Wedding rites were conducted by the late Rev. Roger Sculley.  Rocky retired from North White High School after 28 years where he worked as a custodian.  In his younger years, he served as Deputy Town Marshal in Wheatfield; working under his dad. 

 

 

Rocky was a dedicated member of Tippecanoe Christian Church in Winamac where he taught adult Sunday school and served as a deacon and trustee.  He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, Boone and Crockett Club, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Future Farmers of America. 

 

Rocky was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He held the unofficial title of “Champion Noodler”. 

 

He was an avid Indiana University Basketball Fan (Go Hoosiers!) and strong supporter of North White High School Athletics.  Rocky was always proud of the fact that he scored a three-pointer for the Pulaski Yellow Jackets team in the Memory Lane Basketball Tournament. 

 

Rocky was a loving husband, brother, and uncle.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.  Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain.

 

He is survived by:

Laurie Ann [Lewis] Gourley, Winamac, IN Wife

Daisy (Don) Hahn, Star City, IN Sister

Connie (Stan) Myers, Monterey, IN Sister

J. Douglas Gourley, Sr., Winamac, IN Brother

R. Clyde (Lena) Gourley, Winamac, IN Brother

Vickie Pence, Anderson, IN Sister-in-law

Dennis (Carole) Lewis, Hobart, IN Brother-in-law

Karen Lewis, Lake Station, IN Sister-in-law

Kathy (David, Sr.) Davis, Schererville, IN Sister-in-law

Tom (Carolyn) Lewis, Wanatah, IN Brother-in-law

Patty (Matt) Fancher, Brazelton, GA Sister-in-law

Mike (Mary) Lewis, Hebron, IN Brother-in-law

Many Nieces and Nephews (too many to count!)

 

Preceded in death by:

Robert W. and Phyllis E. [Nice] Gourley, Parents

Ellwood and Bonnie [Rusk] Lewis, Sr., In-laws

Beulah Gourley, Sister-in-law

Joel Pence, Brother-in-law

Ellwood Lewis, Jr., Brother-in-law

Curtis Ellwood Lewis, Brother-in-law

 

Visitation will be from 2-8 PM EST Friday, January 14, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Ed Clark officiating.

 

Burial will take place Tippecanoe Cemetery in Winamac, IN.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Tippecanoe Christian Church, North White Athletic Department, or Guardian Angel Hospice.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Lee D. McFarland, 44, Rochester

Lee D. McFarland, 44, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 9:23 A.M. Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at his sister Jean’s residence in Rochester.

He was born on January 26, 1977 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of Lowell D. and Evelyn M. (Swango) McFarland.

Lee enjoyed watching professional wrestling, walking his dog and listening to music, especially Guns & Roses.

Survivors include his siblings, Sandra Clark, Rochester, Indiana, Arden (Debra) McFarland, Warsaw, Indiana, Virginia McFarland, Rochester, Indiana, Jean (Kent) Denny, Rochester, Indiana, Lori McFarland, Rochester, Indiana, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lisa McFarland.

 

Private services will be observed.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Patrick John Leslie, 67, Rochester

Patrick John Leslie, 67, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 9:51 P.M. Friday December 31, 2021 at his residence with the love of family at his side.

 

Don’t cry for me just always remember that I am now free.

 

He was born on September 14, 1954 in Hastings, Minnesota, the son of Ralph and Betty (Morgan) Leslie.

 

Mr. Leslie had been a truck driver throughout his career working for DART Trucking and Transport America. In his spare time.  He had a passion for cars.  He liked working on them, taking them to car shows, racing and also collecting many diescast replica models. The only passion greater than that is the endless love he has for his grandchildren.  As they would say “papa rocks!” Spending time with his grandchildren is what he lived and fought for.

 

Survivors include his children, Melinda Cuper, Blaine, Minnesota, Jackie Cummins (Matt Brown), Rochester, Indiana, Ryan (Megan) Leslie, Logansport, Indiana, nine grandchildren, Skyler Sullivan, Zane Cummins, Brantlee Cummins, Matthew Brown, Matilyn Brown, Jesse Brown, Alexis Brown, Cody Cuper, Tyler Cuper, siblings, Colin Leslie, Minnesota, Perry Leslie, Michigan, Judy Mead, Indiana, William Leslie, Arizona, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Memorial contribution may be made to the Patrick J. Leslie Memorial Fund.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

James E. "Jim" Hudkins, 68, of Rochester

James E. “Jim” Hudkins , 68, of Rochester, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022 at his residence.

 

On August 22, 1953, James Edward was born to Richard and Lillian L. Mahler Hudkins. Growing up he shared his childhood with a brother, Dick.  In 1971, he graduated from Rochester High School.  As a Zebra Jim played on the RHS baseball team and was a four-year member of FFA. After graduation he continued his education at Ball State University. He spent many years helping his dad on the family farm and worked several years as plant manager at Good Earth Horticulture.

 

As an avid golfer, Jim enjoyed his time with friends at the local golf courses . On the banks of secluded ponds, he fished with his cane pole or casting rod.  Jim's memberships include the Sons of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge #2120, both of Rochester.

 

Left to cherish Jim's memory are his father, Richard Hudkins and companion Jean Simpson; a half-sister Jane Schulburg (Don) a niece Becky Peterman (Ryan) a nephew Jeremy Hudkins (Lexi); many loving cousins,  also Brad Kelly, Ben Daulton and Bob Hudkins who were like brothers.

 

Preceding Jim in death are his mother, Lillian on August 7, 2001 and brother Richard “Dick” Hudkins on May 5, 1996.

 

A celebration of the life of James A. Hudkins will be at 1:00 AM Monday, January 17, 2022 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.  

 

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  

 

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

Steven P. Sundine, 73, of Rochester

Steven P. Sundine, 73, of Rochester, passed away with his wife Mary at his side, at 12:03 PM on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Woodlawn Hospital.

 

On November 6, 1948, Steven Paul was born in Rockford, IL to Harry R. and Jean C. Calacurcio Sundine.  Growing up, he attended the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Rockford.  Later the family moved to Kentucky and proudly Steve graduated from Greenville High School of Greenville, KY with the class of 1967.

 

On October 11, 1980, Steve and Mary Elizabeth Bryant were married at the Bethlehem Baptist Church.   Rev. Junior Bose was their officiant. They have shared 41 years of life’s adventures while making many memories.

 

Steve worked for Pike Lumber as a materials handler for 14 years, retiring in 2013.  Prior to this he worked at Moore's Business Forms till their closure of the Rochester plant.   As a member of the Eagles Lodge # 852 of Rochester, he earned the distinction of Golden Eagle.

 

Prior to covid, Steve and his buddies met at the truck stop for coffee to catch up on all of the latest news.  Observing the domestic backyard habitat, Steve enjoyed feeding the squirrels and the birds.  An avid golfer, he liked to tee off at various courses around the area.

 

Camping for the Sundines was always a way to relax and embrace adventure whether it was in the camper or a cabin.  Memories were made in Indiana at Broken Arrow and Pla-Mor campgrounds. Cozy Bear Cabin in Nashville was a favorite destination that conveyed rustic charm and black bear decorations.  Locally, unique treasures could always be found at garage sales.  Sundines owned booths at Northern Traders and Craft Crossing sharing their special finds.

 

The past two years provided time for the Sundine family room to evolve into a wilderness forest. Steve was proud to spearhead the project and display his collection of black bears and an assortment of birds as accents around the room.  To relax, Steve enjoyed listening to country music performed by Alan Jackson, George Strait or Trace Adkins.

 

 

Left to cherish Steve's memory are his wife, Mary; mother Jean Sundine and sister Becky Sundine both of Brownsburg; brother Cal Sundine and wife Teri of Plainfield; sister and brother-in-laws Janice Koch and Ron Bryant and wife Shawn ; several nieces,  nephews and cousins.

 

Preceding Steve in death are his father, Harry Sundine on January 13, 2011, his father and mother-in-law Kenneth and Rowena Bryant; brother-in-law Gene Koch; grandparents, Thor and Esther Sundine, William and Sophie O’Bryant and Marino and Ruby Calacurcio and his feline companion, Tigger.

 

A celebration of the life of Mr. Steven P. Sundine will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 15, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. 

 

Masks preferred to keep everyone safe. 

 

Friends may visit with the family from 11-2 on Saturday in the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  

 

Memorials may be made to Wheels on Fire, % Beaver Dam United Methodist Church  9798 S. 1000 W. Akron, IN 46910 or the donor’s choice.  

 

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

Barry A. Griswold, 71, of Rochester

Barry A. Griswold, 71, of Rochester passed away at 12:47 AM on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Woodlawn Hospital.

 

On May 19, 1950, Barry Alan was born in Plymouth to Kenneth and Martha Crocker Griswold. Growing up, he was raised on a farm in German township and shared his childhood with a sister, Carol and a brother Richard.  Proudly he graduated from Bremen High School with the class of 1968.

 

With a strong work ethic, Barry started to work in 1973 for the Bearing Plant in Bremen. The plant moved to Plymouth and was known as RBC Bearing, Barry continued to serve until his retirement in 2016.

 

Fulton County became home soon after retiring.  He loved going to air shows and battle re-enactments.  As a senior patrol leader, he assisted at the Grissom Air Force Base with civil air patrol from 1996 – 2005.

 

Left to cherish Barry's memory are his sister, Carol Griswold Housouer of Rochester; sister-in-law, Judy Crum Griswold; nephews, Chris Griswold and wife Robin of Bremen, Jeremy Housouer of Rochester, Kenny Griswold and wife Ashley of Plymouth; niece, Anglea Griswold DeValt and companion Jeremy Jameson of Royal Center; great nephews, Dustin Griswold, Garrott Griswold, Edward Griswold, Jessie DeValt, Zane DeValt, Vannon DeValt; great nieces, Jelayne Griswold, Maggie Griswold and Mariska Griswold.

 

Preceding Barry in death are his parents and brother, Richard “Dick” Griswold.

 

A celebration of the life of Barry Alan Griswold will be at 11:00 AM  on Saturday, January 29, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.  Rev. Luke Vasicek  will officiate.

 

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

 

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

Sherrill Marcel Wells, age 89, of Akron

Sherrill Marcel Wells, age 89, of Akron, Indiana, peacefully passed away on January 10, 2022.

 

She was born August 6, 1932 in Odon, Indiana to Ray and Hazel (Marshall) Tarvin.  Sherrill moved from Linton, Indiana five years ago, and made Akron, Indiana her home.

 

In 1950, she graduated from Odon High School as class Salutatorian.

 

Sherrill married Darrell Gene Clodfelder on Dec. 30, 1951 in Odon, Indiana.  After his passing, she was married Billy G. Wells in 1992 until he passed away in 2016.

 

She worked several places as a secretary, and retired from Crane Naval Service Warfare Center.

 

Sherrill was a member of the Akron Church of God, First Christian Church of Lyons, Indiana and previously,Odon Christian Church of Odon, Indiana.  She spent her life in service to others and volunteered many places.  She loved her grandchildren, enjoyed cooking, sewing and flower gardening.

 

Surviving Sherrill are (3) children: Debra (Brian) Potter of Akron, IN; David Clodfelder of Punta Gorda, FL;Peggy (Don) Roberts of Sarasota, FL.  Sherrill and Darrell also cherished and cared for an “adopted” daughter, Carole (Phil) Richardson of Paragon, IN and Carole’s children, Jama and Brian.  She has (5) grandchildren: Laurel (Scott) Whetstone, Heather (Zack) Kelley, Ashley Potter, Dallas Roberts, Brian (Therese) Roberts.  She has(13) great-grandchildren

 

Preceding Sherrill in death were her parents, husbands, son: Dan Clodfelder (2009), (2) brothers: Lee and Carl Tarvin and (2) sisters: Lucy Eisenmann and Grace Baird.

 

Funeral arrangements are Saturday, January 22, 2022 with visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the service starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Akron Church of God officiated by Pastor Kathy Nelson.  Burial is at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022 at Walmut Hill Cemetery in Odon, Indiana.  The public is invited to the visitation, service and burial.  The funeral will also be live streamed on the Akron Church of God’s Facebook page.

 

For those who wish to honor the memory of Sherrill, memorial contributions can be made to “Project Hope” through the Akron Church of God (P.O. Box 66, Akron, IN 46910); United We Stand Ministries Food Pantry (P.O. Box 173, Akron, IN 46910); Lyons Food Pantry (P.O. Box 251, Linton, IN 47443).

 

Online condolences may be sent to earllovefunerlhome.com

 

The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Sherrill M. Wells.

 

 

 

Stephina Watkins, 97, of Winamac

Stephina Watkins, 97, of Winamac, IN passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac. 

 

She was born on August 23, 1924 in Stickney, IL to the late Albert and Agnes [Pavlak]Mroczek.   Stephina attended Catholic School in San Pierre, IN and North Judson, IN. 

 

On May 29, 1944, she married William “Bill” Watkins in Winamac.  Bill passed away on November 26, 1987.

 

Stephina worked at a factory in downtown Winamac for many years, where she sewed zippers into blue jeans. 

 

She was a longtime member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.  Stephina crocheted many afghans, scarfs, and hats for her family and friends.  She enjoyed playing Pinochle at the Bass Lake Community Center as well as at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Knox, IN.  Stephina was the “Queen of Scrabble” in her family. 

 

Stephina was the last of 9 siblings. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother.  Stephina will be dearly missed.

 

She is survived by:

Joyce (Mark C.) Faulstich, Plymouth, IN Daughter

Josephine (David) Ramp, Columbia City, IN Daughter

Jacqualine Owens Terry, Winamac, IN Daughter

Emzie (Kathy) Watkins, Nappanee, IN Son

Jason (Angie) Faulstich, Grandson

Mark J. (Kara) Faulstich, Grandson

Jeffrey (Dr. Valerie Lake) Faulstich, Grandson

Wayne (Patsy) Watkins, Grandson

Nicklos Watkins, Grandson

Paul Ramp, Grandson

Sheila Jackson, Granddaughter

Billy Owens, Grandson

Michael (Shelley) Owens, Grandson

Lisa (Dominic) Ricci, Granddaughter

Jenny (Tony) Schmucker, Granddaughter

Jaime Watkins, Granddaughter

Debra Jo (Jason) Harmon, Granddaughter

Many Great Grandchildren

3 Great-Great Grandchildren

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Albert and Agnes [Pavlak] Mroczek, Parents

William “Bill” Watkins, Husband

James Faulstich, Grandson

3 Brothers and 5 Sisters

 

Visitation will be from 3-7 PM EST Monday, January 17, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

The Rosary will be recited at 7 PM EST Monday, January 17, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Frain Mortuary with Rev. Andrew DeKeyser officiating.

 

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

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Michael Catholic School in Plymouth, IN. 

 

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

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

 

 

Rick Allen White 53, Fort Wayne

Rick Allen White 53, Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away at 6:21 P.M. Thursday, January 6, 2022, at his residence.

He was born on April 11, 1968 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of Lester W. and Lou Ann (Dice) White.

Rick had worked for Phelps Dodge in Fort Wayne, had worked in commercial cleaning for medical buildings and had been a caregiver for a few years. He had attended Taylor University and the Eel River Baptist Church. His passion in life was music. He enjoyed playing the guitar, piano, singing and writing music.

Survivors include his children, Andrew White, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ashlyn White, Fort Wayne, Indiana, mother, Lou Ann White, Fort Wayne, Indiana, grandchildren, Graciella Turnbull, Jericho White, Joselynn White, all of Fort Wayne, Indiana, cousin, Kim (Mike) Spoor, Rochester, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 14, 2021 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Friends may visit from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimemrmanbrosfh.com

Darlene Kay Rock Harwood, 23, of Medaryville

Darlene Kay Rock Harwood, 23, of Medaryville, IN passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

 

She was born on October 18, 1998 in Merrillville, IN to Paul and Judy Harwood.

 

Darlene was a 2017 graduate of West Central High School. She received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Purdue University.

 

Darlene was employed as a greeter at Wal-Mart in Monticello, IN.

 

Darlene enjoyed social media and sharing time with her friends and family.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

She is survived by:

Judy Harwood,   Medaryville, IN   Mother

Paul Harwood, Francesville, IN   Father

Many Aunts, Uncles and cousins

 

Proceeded in death by:

Kimberly J. Harwood    Sister


Visitation will be Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 11 AM- 1PM EST at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM EST, Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN with Rev. Rick Prater officiating.

 

Burial will be at the Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso.

 

Masks will be available at the funeral home if needed.

 

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

 

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

 

Dean Devon Pelsy, 75, of Francesville

Dean Devon Pelsy, 75, of Francesville, passed away January 8, 2022 at Franciscan Alliance Hospital in Crown Point, IN. 

 

He was born October 13, 1946 in Francesville, IN.  He graduated from Francesville High School in 1964. 

 

He served in the Indiana National Guards and was a farmer in Francesville for more than 50 years. 

 

In September 2012, he married Dianna Hunter (deceased). 

 

He is survived by three step children:  Necola Kidwell, Gary Hunter, and Tanya Hunter along with Allen Pelsy, his brother, and Barbara Pelsy Little, his sister.

 

Private graveside burial services will be conducted at Roselawn Cemetary in Francesville, IN.

John W. Dudgeon, 79, of Rochester

John W. Dudgeon, 79, of Rochester passed away at 6:33 PM on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

 

On May 12, 1942, John Wayne was born to John M. and Ruth Esther Largen Hinkle.  He grew up in Richland Township and raised by his mother and Dewey Dudgeon. 

 

With great pride John graduated with the class of 1961 from Richland Center High School.  He played basketball for the Wildcats.   Later, John continued his education studying communications at Purdue University.

 

John and Miss Arlene Ranstead married and their union produced two daughters, Lisa and Jacqueline. Later John and Sue Stallard married and they raised a son, Michael. The family tree has continued to grow with added blessings of seven grandchildren.

 

With diverse interests, John initiated his professional career as an agent for Prudential Insurance Company.  He transitioned to Sealed Power for many years, then he was a foreman at Lobdell-Emery where he retired after several years of service. He was a past president of the UAW.  The Purdue Boilermakers were his favorite team.  John also followed the Chicago Cubs and the Indianapolis Colts.  To relax he enjoyed listening to classic rock especially the Rolling Stones of which he collected every album, the Eagles and Pink Floyd.

 

 

 

As a lifelong resident of Fulton County, John enjoyed cutting wood and preparing bonfires to share with family and friends. Being outdoors was the best place to be. With great passion, John was an advocate for all animals.

 

Left to cherish John's memory are two daughters, Lisa K. Wynn, Jackie Murray and husband Joe all of Rochester; son Mike Dudgeon and wife Mollie of Fairfax, CA; seven grandchildren, CJ Wynn, Zach Wynn, Mike Harris,  Christina Mast, Isla Dudgeon, Oliver Dudgeon, Milo Dudgeon; two custom blended canine companions, Smiles and Jack.

 

Preceding John in death are his parents and his treasured feline companion, Jack.

 

A gathering to celebrate the life of Mr. John W. Dudgeon will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday, January 13, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.  

 

Memorials may be made to The Fulton County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975.  

 

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

Daniel C. "Dan" Vanaman, 69, of Winamac

Daniel C. “Dan” Vanaman, 69, of Winamac, IN passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. 

 

He was born on May 8, 1952 in Knox, IN Claude E. and Mildred [Sims] Vanaman.  Dan graduated from Winamac High School in 1970. 

 

Following graduation, took a job with INDOT that turned into a career that spanned 38 years during which time he also farmed with Darrel Gudeman for 18 years. 

 

Most recently, Dan was the proud owner and operator of Dan’s Mowing; a mowing and snow removal business he started in 2008. 

 

Dan attended the Winamac Church of the Heartland.  He was a longtime member of FOE Lodge #2580 in Winamac and Pulaski County React.  Dan served 8 years on the Winamac Town Board and 2 years on the Winamac Cemetery Committee. 

 

Dan was an outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening and mowing.   He also enjoyed visiting with friends and strangers.   Dan was kind, friendly, and most of all…very hardworking. 

 

On July 4, 1982, Dan married the love of his life, Connie L. [Fritz] Kistler in Winamac.  He loved his family very much and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.   Dan will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

He is survived by:

Connie L. [Fritz] KistlerVanaman, Winamac, IN Wife

Dana K. (Darrin) Field, Winamac, IN Daughter

Daniel H. (Doug DeCleene) Vanaman, South Bend, IN Son

Dawn M. Vanaman, Daughter

Jeff W. (Trina) Kistler, Winamac, IN Step Son

Daniel R. (Aida) Kistler, Knox, IN Step Son

Brian J. (Amanda) Kistler, Winamac, IN Step Son

12 Grandchildren: Dustin, Emily, Valerie, Eric, Aiden, Aaron, Breanna, Devin, Danica, Santiago, Clay, and Caleb

5 Great Grandchildren: Aiden, Amelia, Axel, Noah, and Beckham

Donna (Bud) Cowger, Half Sister

Betty Good, Half Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

 

 

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Claude E. and Mildred [Sims] Vanaman, Parents

Leon Depoy, Half Brother

Tom Depoy, Half Brother

Katherine Shidler, Half Sister

 

Visitation will be from 2-7 PM EST Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM EST Monday, January 10, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Heath Hiatt officiating.

Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, IN.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Pulaski Animal Center.

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

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

 

Kennetta Kay (Powell) Smith, 71, of Argos

Kennetta Kay (Powell) Smith, 71 of Argos, Indiana passed away on January 6, 2022 at 2;38 p.m. at Vibra Hospital of Northwest Indiana, Crown Point, Indiana.

 

On March 14, 1950 in Argos, Indiana she was born to Kenneth D. Powell and Betty J. (Klingerman) Powell. She had lived in the Argos community all of her life.

 

On September 19, 1969 in Plymouth, Indiana she married Richard E. Smith and together they shared the next 52 years until his recent passing

 

Kennetta worked as a clerk at Holland Hardware, Argos, Indiana; and as a Dental Assistant for Dr. Ward and Dr. Dixon, both of Argos, Indiana.

 

She was a graduate of Argos High School with the class of 1968.

 

Kennetta loved to set on the poach and watch thunderstorms and being at their pond. She was always there for her grandchildren and enjoyed spending days with them each year at the Marshall County Fair.

 

 

 

Kennetta is survived by her sons –Michael Smith and wife Sherry of Argos, Indiana; and Matthew Smith and wife Stacy of Argos, Indiana.

 

8 Grandchildren – Zachery Smith and wife Hannah, Alyssa Howard and husband Chris, Isaiah Smith, Parker Smith, Izabelle Hayn,  Matthew Smith Jr., Meagan Jagnecki, and Monica Crace   3 Great Grandchildren – Addy, Bentley and Teagyhn

 

Sister – Sue Trump and husband Mike of Argos, Indiana.

 

She is preceded in death by her: Parents, Husband, Grandson – Kyle Smith, Granddaughter – Breanna Abbott.

 

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday January 13, 2022 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, Indiana.

 

Funeral Services will follow on Friday January 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Mark Klingerman. Burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, Indiana.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the 4-H Council, c/o Goat Project;  112 W. Jefferson St., Plymouth, Indiana 46563.

 

Jeri Rae (Grossman) Stout, 76, of Warsaw

Jeri Rae (Grossman) Stout, 76 of Warsaw, passed away on January 3, 2022 at 12:33 p.m. at her residence.

 

On January 5, 1945 in Plymouth, Indiana she was born to Harold R. Grossman and Ruth M. (Martin) Grossman. She has lived all her life in Indiana.

 

She was a Social Worker for the State of Indiana in Marshall County.

 

Jeri was a member of Retired Indiana Public Employees Association, and Parents without Partners. She was a graduate of Rochester High School with the class of 1963.

 

Jeri is survived by her Daughter – Heather Thomas and husband Tommy of Mentone, Indiana.

 

4 Grandchildren – Codi Stout, Brooke Espinoza, Jessica Espinoza, and Jose Espinoza III

 

Former Son-in-Law – Jose Espinoza Jr., of Mexico

 

She is preceded in death by her: Parents

 

Services will be held at a later date.

 

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

Gary D. Gordon, 64

Gary D. Gordon, 64, passed away on December 10, 2021 at his residence.

 

On April 26, 1957, Gary David was born in Rochester, then soon adopted by loving parents Lester William and Margaret Mary Maglecic Gordon. Gary grew up and attended the Rochester Schools and graduated with his class in 1975.

 

As a professional truck driver, Gary enjoyed his road trips and the sights along the way. Most recently he drove for Universal Trucking on dedicated runs for General Motors from Ft. Wayne to Detroit.  He was a member of the Teamsters.  

 

Gary was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles # 852, serving as past President for four terms. He currently served the club as Inside Guard.  Playing a game of euchre with friends was always a great time.  Other memberships included: Masonic Lodge # 79, Scottish Rite of South Bend, Mizpah Shrine of Ft. Wayne and the Manitou VFW Post # 1343.

 

An avid collector of vinyl records, Gary was proud of his unique collection.  He enjoyed dining out at the Eagles or Omega on Friday nights for all you can eat Walleye.  An avid reader, he was a frequent visitor to the Library.  Gary looked forward to the annual summer Gordon reunion where he met up with his family.

 

Left to cherish Gary's memory are an Aunt Mary Lou Gordon; cousins, Russell Gordon, Tom Gordon, Jeff Gordon, Bill Gordon, Pat Perry, Robert Warner, David Warner and Dale Cranmer.

 

Preceding Gary in death are his parents, aunts, Josephine Warner, Pauleen Cranmer, Ida Shaffer and Mable Umbaugh; uncles, Arthur Gordon, Carl Gordon and Howard Gordon.

 

A graveside service for Mr. Gary D. Gordon will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, 620 West 3rd St., Rochester.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St. Rochester.  

 

A Masonic Memorial service conducted by Lodge # 79 will be at 7:00 PM on Wednesday in the funeral home.  

 

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to Gary's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com .

 

 

John S. Freeman, 90, of Winamac

John S. Freeman, 90, of Winamac, passed away at 6:15 AM Sunday, January 2, 2022 at Hickory Creek in Winamac. 

 

He was born on October 31, 1931 in Winamac to the late Denzil and Ruth [Lane] Freeman.  After graduating from Winamac High School, he served four years in the US Navy.  While serving, John met and married the love of his life, Nancy S. Dulaney.  She passed away on January 8, 2011.

 

John was a lifetime member of the Winamac VFW Post #1728.   He worked as a salesman at Von Tobel’s in Winamac and retired from Floors and More after many years of dedicated service.

 

John enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening and fishing.  He also enjoyed traveling as well as spending time with his family and friends.  John will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

He survived by:

Linda S. (Chris) Spieller, Gilroy, CA Daughter

Peggy A. (Jeff) Borg, Monterey, IN Daughter

John C. (Nancy White) Freeman, Daytona Beach, FL Son

Cassie M. Borg, Essex, CT Granddaughter

Lucas J. Borg, Monterey, IN Grandson

Sam Spieller, Portland, OR Grandson

Carl Freeman, Winamac, IN Brother

Joan (Mac) Byer, Knox, IN Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Denzil and Ruth [Lane] Freeman, Parents

Nancy S. [Dulaney] Freeman, Wife

Ruth Freeman, Sister

Tom Freeman, Brother

Jerry D. Freeman, Brother

 

Graveside Services will be held at a later date.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Winamac VFW Post #1728.

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

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

 

 

Dennis Earl Pugh, 64, of Rochester

Mr. Dennis Earl Pugh, 64, of Rochester passed away on Monday, December 27, 2021 at his residence.

 

On April 7, 1957, Dennis was born in Peru to Raymond Joseph and Shirley Ann Malott Pugh.  Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister Cindy and brother Carl.

 

Developing a strong work ethic during his youth, Dennis was a lifelong farmer. Years ago, he forged an agricultural partnership with Ruth Anderson, who quickly became like a member of his family.  He was passionate with the care he gave the livestock and was excited each spring to plant.  Autumn brought on the bountiful harvest and Dennis was always ready to run the combine, while carefully monitoring the yield. He loved to observe the playful goats and cattle, just to catch his breath and relax a bit.   For many years he worked as a member of the Advance Magnetic team.  

 

Near the turn of the century, Dennis and Lisa began working at the Blackburn Tire Shop for several years. In about 2010 they bought the business,  a full-service tire shop specializing in automotive and agricultural tires.  In about 2012, Dennis closed the shop. He purchased a service truck to travel around the county to continue to assist farmers with their tire needs.  In the spring of 2020, he sold his truck and retired. He enjoyed his daily hourly phone calls with his brother Carl. Reminiscing of the good times growing up, talking about the weather and catching up on the latest news were the topics of the day.

 

To relax Dennis loved to watch and follow the Kansas City Chiefs.  He loved devouring tenderloins.  Dennis proudly owned a fine collection of toy tractors.  In his younger years he loved garden tractor pulls and an occasional lawnmower race! 

 

Left to cherish the memories of  Dennis are his companion, Lisa Smoker; three daughters: Denee Douglass and husband Charles of Peru, Darci Patton and husband Bobby of Perrysburg, Tara Smoker of Rochester; a son, Tyler Smoker of Rochester; eight grandchildren: Talin, Farrin, Caedra, Zhayden, Haisley, Brantlyn, Keeghan, Sierra; two great grandchildren: Luna and Jensen;  brother, Carl Pugh and wife Kim of Denver; sister, Cindy Maynard and husband Don of Denver; aunt Doris Craig of Wabash; special family member,  Ruth Anderson;  numerous nieces and nephews including a very close nephew Blake Pugh and wife Tristan and great nephew Nolan of Denver.    Dennis leaves behind many good friends he met over the years of tire service and farming. He knew and loved so many people.

 

A celebration of the life of Mr.  Dennis Pugh will be 3:00 PM, Monday, January 3, 2022, at  the Good Family Funeral Home 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester. 

 

Friends may visit with the family an hour prior to his service.  

Velma Sue Rigney 81, Rochester

Velma Sue Rigney 81, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 3:45 P.M. Saturday January 1, 2022 at her residence.

She was born on December 8, 1940 in Fulton County, Indiana, the daughter of Omer “Bob” and Sara “Hazel” (Rockey) Zartman. On April 30, 1960 in Fulton, Indiana, she married James E. Rigney and he survives.

Mrs. Rigney had worked at Hart, Schaffner & Marx, Rochester, Indiana and spent twenty seven years working for Caston Schools, Fulton, Indiana. She had attended the Fulton Baptist Temple and had been a member of the Blacktop Cruisers Car Club for over twenty five years. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening and working in her yard.

Survivors include her husband, James E. Rigney, Rochester, Indiana, children, Dan (Michelle) Rigney, Macy, Indiana, Dennis (Kimberly) Rigney, Rochester, Indiana, Shelly (Terry) Southerton, Kokomo, Indiana, ten grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Virginia Reed and brothers, Von Mike Zartman and Thomas V. Zartman.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home in Fulton, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Glen H. Bartlett, 86, of Macy

Glen H. Bartlett, 86, of Macy, passed away at 2:23 PM on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Life Care Center of Rochester.

 

On September 10, 1935, Glen was born in the town of Birmingham in Miami County to Maurice and Mary Lucille Robins Bartlett. He graduated with the class of 1953 from Macy High School. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister and four brothers.

 

Glen and Donna Alspach were married and from their union came a son, Tony. Later Glen married Sharon Black.

As a plant superintendent, Glen worked for United Technology for nearly four decades. His memberships include the Macy Christian Church and the Masonic Lodge #79.

 

Left to cherish Glen's memory are his wife Sharon and her daughters Brenda and Tracy of Peru, son Tony Bartlett and wife Cindy of Churubusco, grandson, Jacob E. Bartlett and wife Andrea and their son TY Bartlett; granddaughter Antonia Spring Fisher and husband Wade and their children, Astella Fisher, Hawk Fisher, Falon Fisher; brother, Jim Bartlett and wife Viki of Rochester and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Glen in death are his parents, three Bartlett brothers, Wilden, Byron and John.

 

A celebration of the life of Glen H. Bartlett will be at 11:00 AM  on Wednesday, January 5, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

Pastor David Welsh will officiate.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 PM on Tuesday, January 4, 2021 and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

A Masonic Lodge # 79 Memorial service will be at 7:00 PM on Tuesday.  

 

Interment will be in the Plainview Cemetery.  

 

Memorials may be made to the Macy Christian Church, 109 East Commerce St., Macy, IN 46951.  

 

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

Kathleen Y. "Kathy" Hewitt-Hanna, 69, of Star City, formerly of Morocco, IN

Kathleen Y. “Kathy” Hewitt-Hanna, 69, of Star City, formerly of Morocco, IN, passed away Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Methodist Hospital Southlake Campus in Merrillville, IN.  

 

She was born on May 11, 1952 to John and Barbara [Lutz] Williams. As a child, she attended Morocco Elementary School and Morocco Methodist Church.   Her family later moved to New Mexico, and she completed high school there. 

 

Kathy graduated from beauty college and enjoyed being a beautician.  On December 27, 2003, Kathy married Jerry L. Hanna in Logansport, IN. 

Kathy was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac.  She had a soft spot for cats and dogs.  She really enjoyed riding around in the lawn mower and golf cart.  Most of all, Kathy loved her family very much. 

 

She is survived by:

Jerry L. Hanna, Star City, IN Husband

Tammy Eastlund, Crown Point, IN Daughter

Troy (Linda) Hewitt, Kansas City, KS Son

2 Grandchildren: Madisonand Elijah

3 Sisters: Patsy, Mary, and Jennifer

3 Brothers: Johnny, Donny, and Timmy

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Barbara Borrett, Mother

Mike Hewitt, First Husband

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac, IN with Pastor Tom Woodley officiating.

Graveside Services will take place 3:30 PM EST Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco, IN.

Burial will take place at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco, IN.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church.

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

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

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