Obituaries

Nathaniel P. "Nate" Gutwein, 94, of Francesville

Nathaniel P. “Nate” Gutwein, 94, of Francesville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at home surrounded by his family. 

Nate was born on January 23, 1930 in Francesville to the late Carl P. and Mary L. [Farney] Gutwein. 

He graduated from Francesville High School in 1948.  Nate married Adeline May Novotny on October 7, 1950 in Francesville and they had five children. Adeline passed away March 11, 1990.

Nate married Rhonda K. Yaggie on April 12, 1992 in Francesville. She survives.

Nate was a lifelong resident and involved member of the Francesville community.  He dedicated his working life to the Gutwein Milling Company.  Nate was a devoted member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville and faithfully served Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

He is survived by:

Rhonda K. [Yaggie] Gutwein, Francesville, IN Wife

Charlene (Phil) Feldman, Eden Prairie, MN Daughter

Jeff (Wendy) Gutwein, Forrest, IL Son

Monica (Mike) Fritz, Kingston Springs, TN Daughter

Corinne (Michael) Dornhecker, St. Paul, MN Daughter

23 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren

Edison (Chrisann) Gutwein, Francesville, IN Brother

Phil (Carol) Gutwein, Francesville, IN Brother

Juanita Norman, Monon, IN Sister

Elden (Mary Lee) Gutwein, Monticello, IN Brother

Rodney (Donna) Gutwein, West Lafayette, IN Brother

Art Novotny, Francesville, IN Brother-in-law

Karl (Donna) Westfall, Francesville, IN Brother-in-law

Yvonne Gutwein, Francesville, IN Sister-in-law

Jim Denton, Francesville IN Brother-in-law

Fred Yaggie, Monticello, IN Brother-in-law

Nadine Tucker, Lafayette, IN Sister-in-law

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

 

He was preceded in death by:

Carl P. and Mary L. [Farney] Gutwein, Parents

Adeline May [Novotny] Gutwein, Wife

Timothy Wayne Gutwein, Son

Maxine Novotny, Sister

Mary Louise Westfall, Sister

Carl L. Gutwein, Brother

Sharon Denton, Sister

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM EDT Saturday, April 20, 2024 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville with ministers of the church officiating.

Burial will take place in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 PM EDT Friday, April 19, 2024 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville and from 9:00 to 9:45 AM EDT on Saturday at the church.

The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville or Humanitarian Distribution Center in Francesville.

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

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

Melinda J. Cohee, 84, Rochester

Melinda J. Cohee, 84, Rochester, passed away surrounded by family at 6:17 P.M., Monday, April 15, 2024, at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Melinda was born on July 11, 1939 in Rochester, Indiana, the daughter of Forrest Ivan and Frances Ruth (Conrad) Grogg.  Melinda attended school in Fulton, Indiana until the tenth grade and then graduated from Richland Center High School in 1957. On July 30, 1963, in Rochester, Indiana, she married Phillip L. Cohee, and he survives.

Melinda worked for twenty years as a Ward Clerk at Woodlawn Hospital. She had also worked at Hart, Schaffner and Marx, and helped on the Bob Kern’s Christmas Tree Farm. She had been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for many years and currently attended Grace United Methodist Church. She volunteered as a Grey Lady at Woodlawn Hospital, Compassionate Health Care Center and was a member of the Eagles Lodge. She enjoyed cooking to the extreme making family meals an event to behold, sewing, tending to her flower garden, and was passionate about all animals being an advocate for animal rescue and  providing a lifelong example to everyone  with all her adopted dogs and cats.   She truly, from childhood, loved her horses and reached a  life dream of owning a Tennessee Walker ‘Izzy”.  

Survivors include her husband, Phillip L. Cohee, Rochester, Indiana, daughter, Melodie (Ron) Thompson, Anderson, Indiana, son, Eric (Teresa) Cohee, Urbana, Indiana, four grandchildren, Brandi (Blackburn) and husband Brian Haberer, Fishers, Indiana, Brittany (Blackburn) and husband Shawn Foreman, Fishers, Indiana, Bree Anna Blackburn and partner Randy Hayes , Plainfield, Illinois, Erin (Cohee) and husband Tim Hickman, LaFontaine Indiana, eight great grandchildren, Lilly and Lukas Haberer, Zella and Charlee Foreman, Aiyana Carr and Rai’Ana Hayes , Kali and Lydia Hickman, niece, Bernadine (Conley) Nicodemus, Syracuse, Indiana, and nephew, Jack Conley, Syracuse, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jeanette Causey.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 A.M. Monday, April 22, 2024, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Kurt Nichols officiating.

Friends may visit from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Sunday, April 21, 2024 and one hour prior to service Monday at the funeral home.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Magical Meadows, Warsaw, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

John B. Tombaugh 82, Rochester

John B. Tombaugh 82, Rochester, passed away at 4:05 P.M. Monday, April 15, 2024 at the Center for Hospice Care-Raclin House, Mishawaka, Indiana.

He was born on January 16, 1942 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of Wendell C. and Jean (Cragun) Tombaugh. John graduated from Rochester High School and served with the United States Army during the early 1960’s.

John had worked professionally as Tower Climber, constructing towers and refurbishing towers. John enjoyed model building, military memorabilia and coin collecting. John’s dedication toward history led him to create a museum at his residence called the Tombaugh Research Center. The Tombaugh Research Center is now part of the Fulton County Historical Society.

Survivors include close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private interment will take place at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Willie Miller, 96, of Francesville, formerly of Bailey's Corner

Willie Miller, 96, of Francesville, formerly of Bailey's Corner, IN, passed away at 4:10 AM Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.

He was born on January 31, 1928 in Arthur Mable, KY to the late Will and Dovie [Howard] Miller. Willie worked as a lumberjack in Kentucky before moving to Indiana in 1968 and going to work for the Monon Railroad (now CSX). He retired from the railroad after 23 years of service.

Willie was a member of the United Baptist Church of Bailey's Comer. He was an animal lover and especially enjoyed raising horses and mules. Willie loved his family very much and will be dearly missed.

 

He is survived by:

Radie (Corleen) Miller, Medaryville, IN Son

Wilma (Kenneth) Saylor, Florida/Michigan Daughter

Marcus (Rhodora) Miller, West Lafayette, IN Son

Willie Miller, Jr., Francesville, IN Son

Sally (Marion) Landrum, Knox, IN Daughter

John (René) Miller, Freemont, IN Son

Bonda (Richard) Wetmore, Pleasant Lake, MI Daughter

Christine (Scott) Donovan, Delphi, IN Daughter

Josh Hale, Indianapolis, IN Son

Mitchell Bailey, Medaryville, IN Son-in-law

Danny Wireman, Wheatfield, IN Son-in-law

Joe Dean Hopkins, Rensselaer, IN Son-in-law

25 Grandchildren

58 Great Grandchildren

12 Great Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by:

Will and Dovie [Howard] Miller, Parents

Mildred Bailey, Former Spouse

Ruthene Bailey, Daughter

Joyce Wireman, Daughter

Ethel Miller, Daughter

Rodney Miller, Grandson

Marlana Miller, Granddaughter

Maverik Garcia, Great Great Grandson

Pairott Wireman, Sister

Sam Miller, Brother

Lana Shepherd, Sister

Victoria West, Sister

Mitchell Miller, Brother

Arnold Miller, Brother

Visitation will be from 6-8 PM EDT Thursday, April 25, 2024 at the Frain Mortuary Querry­Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM EDT Friday, April 26, 2024 at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN with Pastor Alvin Allen officiating.

Graveside Services will be held at 2:30 PM EDT Friday, April 26, 2024 at Kingsbury Cemetery in Kingsbury, IN.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Little Dove Baptist Church or Parkview Haven Retirement Home.

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

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

Madie Lee Oberg 88, Macy

Madie Lee Oberg 88, Macy, passed away surrounded by family at 4:35 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2024, at her residence.

Madie was born on October 8, 1935, in Damascus, Arkansas, the daughter of Jack and Becky (Herring) Winfrey.

Madie worked various jobs in her life time, The Turkey Ranch, United States Postal Service, farming on the family farm, caregiver in nursing homes and retired from Peabody Retirement Home in North Manchester, Indiana. She enjoyed reading, working puzzles, playing cards and loved having a green thumb with her plants.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Oberg, Macy, Indiana, sons, Russell (Connie) Oberg, Macy, Indiana, Robert (Shawn) Oberg, South Whitley, Indiana, Emil (Denise) Oberg, South Bend, Indiana, brothers, Tommy (Carleen) Winfrey, Kingman, Arizona, Gary Winfrey, Tucson, Arizona, sisters, Mary Bogart, Portland, Oregon, Judy Winfrey, Lebanon, Oregon, Teresa Robinson, Lebanon, Oregon, fourteen Grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren, nine great- great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and her beloved canine companion, Bella. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Carl Winfrey, Donnie Winfrey and granddaughters, Stephanie Oberg, Shyanne Oberg and Ashley Oberg.

Graveside services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2024 at the Swedish Cemetery in Donaldson, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

William (Bill) Leo Pea, 76

William (Bill) Leo Pea, 76, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side in his home in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 4, 2024.

Cherishing Bill's memory are his wife Debbie (Nix) Pea and two daughters, Jackie King (John) and Beth Bickle. Also surviving are three brothers:  Dick (Patty), Dexter (Marilyn) and John; sister-in-law Rhea Pea; eight grandchildren: Jordan King, Jeremey King (Madelyn), Jason King, Renae Bickle, Jaimee King, Bradly Bickle, Jennifer King and Janna King; as well as brother-in-law Dave Nix, sisters-in-law Deanna (David) Easterday and Donna Cummings; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; cousins; and many friends who love him dearly.

Preceding Bill in death are his parents Arnold and Betty Pea, a brother Dan Pea, brother-in-law Danny Nix, and Bill’s first wife Sharon Downey.

On April 13, 1947, Bill was born in Vincennes, Indiana. He grew up in southern Indiana where he worked as a young boy on his uncle’s melon farm and on a pig farm. He actually loved that pig farm job and had fun stories to tell about it! After high school he went to Indiana Vocational Technical School in Indianapolis and learned skills which led him to jobs in drafting and designing in various manufacturing companies. 

Bill was proud of his career because he was able to achieve more than he ever dreamed a man with no formal college degree could achieve. He was curious, observant, intelligent and it served him well. He worked for McCord Corporation in Plymouth, Indiana for 17 years as a draftsman first and later as a designer of radiators. Later, in Grenada, Mississippi, Bill worked as an inside sales engineer for Heatcraft Corporation for 3 years and then transferred to Minnesota as an outside sales engineer/manufacturer’s representative for Heatcraft, a company which later became known as Luvata. He was successful in his work and was able to enjoy some wonderful traveling adventures with Debbie and friends and family. He retired from working in 2011 and he and Debbie finally figured out they needed to move to a warmer climate (to Knoxville) in 2015.

Bill and Debbie were married in Oahu, Hawaii in 1985. Over their 39 years together, they embraced the geographical moves, the career changes, and the life changes with optimism. They were a good team. If one of them thought they needed a new sofa or a new car, the other one would consider it for a minute (or maybe more) and then be “all in”! But material possessions aside, they were also on the same page with the important stuff.

Early in their marriage Bill developed culinary skills and enjoyed cooking gourmet meals.  He jokingly claimed that he learned to cook out of “self-preservation” since Debbie didn’t always get dinner ready in a timely manner.  The family still enjoys cooking his signature Jambalaya, Chicken Piccata and Beef Chili recipes, among others. He loved watching cooking shows, live horse racing and You Tube music videos, and he really loved playing guitar, although he always humbly said that he was not very good at it. He and his brother Dan enjoyed playing guitar together when they were in their 30s and 40s. He and brother-in-law Dave have also shared special guitar playing moments over the years. Some of Bill’s grandchildren have inherited his passion for music and Bill was so happy about that.

Bill had a great sense of humor, although sometimes you really had to be paying attention to appreciate it. He was confident, yet humble. He was generous, gentle, and not judgmental or critical. He was a good listener. He was patient, accepting, and brave. He loved his family, his music and his “happy hours”. And he had a quiet faith in God which, no doubt, transported him to his new home.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Bill’s birthday, April 13, 2024, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester, Indiana.

The family will receive visitors from 11:30-1:00 and the service will begin at 1:00. 

A private family burial will follow at the Poplar Grove - Lake Maxinkuckee IOOF Cemetery.

Another celebration will be held at Debbie’s church, Concord United Methodist in Knoxville, at a later date. 

Nelson Cox, 76, of Rochester

Nelson Cox, 76, of Rochester, passed away at 4:00 AM Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at his residence.

On March 18, 1948, Nelson Edward was born in Rochester to Henry N. and Pauline N. Heishman Cox.  He shared his growing up years with his sister, Darlene.  In 1966 he proudly graduated from Rochester High School.

Answering the call of patriotism, SP4 Cox served in the army during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged in 1974.

Nelson and Gloria Jo Floyd were married on January 18, 1994 in Rochester and have shared 30 years of life's adventures.

As a professional truck driver, Nelson often was on a long haul, traveling coast to coast to his destination.  His memberships include The LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post # 36, The Veterans of Foreign Wars # 1343 and the Fraternal Order Of Eagles # 852, all of Rochester.

Nelson is survived by his wife Gloria; three daughters: Shannon Yochum and husband Rob of Winslow, Ark; Wendy Goodman of Rochester; Bobbie Jo Stewart, of Etna Green; two sons: Nelson Cox Jr., of Rochester; Jason Ray Goodman, of Lafayette; 12 grandchildren; a sister: Darlene Boyd of Evansville and numerous great grandchildren and nieces and a nephew.

Preceding Nelson in death are his parents, grandson Jacob Goodman and his mother-in -law, Olivia Kleine.

A graveside service for Nelson Edward Cox will be at 10.00 AM on Monday, April 15, 2024 at the Athens Hoover Cemetery. 

Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team.

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

 

Diana K. Hattery, 75, of Rochester

Diana K. Hattery, 75, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 7:10 AM on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

On March 1, 1949, Diana Kay Dawson was born in South Bend to Richard E. and Rosemary Pietrzak Dawson. She went to South Bend Schools and graduated with the Class of 1967 from John Adams High School.

An accomplished vocalist, Diana loved to participate with friends singing karaoke. She was a competitive member of a darts league and a bowling league in Niles.  As a QMA, she assisted many in area nursing homes.

Left to cherish Diana's memory are a daughter, Kristine Clevenger and husband Jim of Rochester and son James Kraus III and wife Patty of Niles; five grandchildren, Heather Kraus, James Kraus, Timothy Kraus, David Clevenger and wife Kori, Laura Beiderman and husband Justin; ten great-grandchildren, Sierrya Clevenger, the Beiderman children, Abby, Macy, Julian, Callen and Raelyn, the Kraus children, Aubry, Christopher, Ellie and Jaxson and her first husband and father of her children, James Kraus JR.

Preceding Diana in death are her parents, husband William Clifford Hattery and  grandson Nicholas Clevenger on March 4, 2019.

A celebration of the life of Diana K. Hattery will be at noon on Saturday, April 20, 2024, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Martin Furrow will officiate.

Friends may visit with the family from 10-12 on Saturday in the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Celebrate Recovery at The Cross, 100 W. 3rd. St., Rochester, IN 46975 

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

Norman Bathke, 87, lifelong farmer from Medaryville

Norman Bathke, 87, lifelong farmer from Medaryville, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Franciscan Health Hospital in Rensselaer, IN.

He was born on July 14, 1936 at the farmstead home in White Post Township to the late Otto and Hilda [Liersch] Bathke. Norman graduated from Medaryville High School in 1954 and attended Purdue University.

On August 20, 1960, he married Judith Mendenhall at Pulaski Presbyterian Church. Judith passed away on June 28, 2015.

Norman was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Medaryville where he served several decades as treasurer. He worked hard all of his life and was proud to be part of a successful generational farming legacy. Norman enjoyed his annual trips to Minnesota/Wisconsin where he made lifelong friends that became family.

Norman was faithful to help his family, friends, and neighbors. He loved attending his grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s events. Norman will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

He is survived by:

Doug (Sandy) Bathke, Son

Diana (David) Ricks, Daughter

Chuck (Sally) Bathke, Son

Trevor (Ashley Cox) Bathke, Grandson

Trent (Betsy) Bathke, Grandson

Spencer Ricks, Grandson

Bryan (Jade VanMeter) Bathke, Grandson

Michael (fiancé: Allison Hunt) Bathke, Grandson

Emerson Cox, Great Granddaughter

Hudson Bathke, Great Grandson

Austin Bathke, Great Grandson

Jackson Bathke, Great Grandson

Leighton Bathke, Great Granddaughter

Arden (Phyllis) Bathke, Brother

Karen Mendenhall, Sister-in-law

Melissa Alexander, Niece

 

Preceded in death by:

Otto and Hilda [Liersch] Bathke, Parents

Judith [Mendenhall] Bathke, Wife

Alex Douglas Bathke, Infant Grandson

Ron Mendenhall, Brother-in-law

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EDT Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Medaryville with Pastor Don Embree officiating.

Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Medaryville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Memorial Fund.

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

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

Phyllis J. Lemmon 89, Lucerne, Indiana

Phyllis J. Lemmon 89, Lucerne, Indiana, passed away at 7:02 P.M. Friday, April 5, 2024 at her residence.

She was born on November 18, 1934 in Kokomo, Indiana, the daughter of Alvin and Stella (Heinemann) Butler. On December 21, 1952 in Logansport, Indiana she married Howard C. Lemmon. He preceded her in death on October 11, 1996.

Phyllis retired from Federal Mogul, Logansport, Indiana in 1996 and had worked on the family farm with her husband. She had been a member of the Fletcher’s Lake Church, attending there for over seventy years and loved belonging to the Ladies Aid Society and served on many committees. She loved gardening, mowing her yard, and doing cross word puzzles. She crocheted many baby hats and donated the majority to Logansport Hospital where she spent thousands of hours volunteering. She was always ready for lunch with her siblings. She could often be found spending time on her deck talking to her dogs and enjoying the flowers in her yard. Phyllis had a great love of Nativity Sets, collecting over a thousand sets from all over the world. Her children and grandchildren would often bring her back Nativity sets from their travels around the world including from Iraq, Germany and even the Vatican.

Survivors include her four children, Richard Lemmon, Red Oak, Texas, Jane (Rich) Herbst, Austin, Texas, Susan (Cliff) Kinzer, Auburn, Indiana, William Lemmon, Lucerne, Indiana, four grandchildren, Emily Herbst, Austin, Texas, Adrianne (Cory) Scanlon, Cedar Park, Texas, Kevin Kinzer, Augusta, Georgia, Craig (Jessica) Kinzer, Auburn, Indiana, great grandchildren, Adaleigh Rain Kinzer, James Jillian Scanlon, Charlotte Helen Scanlon, brothers, Harry (Vicki) Butler, Logansport, Indiana, Paul (Brenda) Butler, Cutler, Indiana, step-brother, Gerald Dillman, Delphi, Indiana, sisters-in-laws, Betty Muinzer, Lucerne, Indiana, Jean Gilbertson, Renton, Washington, Mary Butler, Beaufort, South Carolina, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters and spouses, Linda (Benny) Magnett, Sue (Ed) Wyrick, Rose (Don) Lemmon, brother, Robert Butler, step-siblings, Kenneth Dillman, Dallas Dillman, Richard Dillman, Myron Dillman, Jana Culp and step-mother, Lucille Plank Dillman Butler.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana, with Rev. Dave Sommers officiating.

Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday and one hour prior to service Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fletcher’s Lake Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com .

Debbie Schaffer, 62, of Rochester

Debbie Schaffer, 62, of Rochester, passed away at 12:30 AM on Sunday, April 7, 2024 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

On May 16, 1961, Debra Ann was born in South Bend to Stuart and Janet Leazenby Shippy. Growing up she shared her childhood with three sisters and a brother. Proudly she graduated with the Class of 1980 from Rochester High School.

Debbie worked for Superior Samples of Rochester. As a CNA, Debra worked at Hickory Creek of Rochester, leaving in 2006 due to health reasons. She beat cancer and vibrantly outlived the five-year life expectancy by 15 years.

As a nature lover, Debbie loved camping at France Park, walking the trails, going to the beach and keeping her lawn manicured. Her home was her “Little House on the Prairie.”  She watched her feathered friends and squirrels and kept their feeders full of tasty treats. To relax, she could often be found reading Amish books. She cherished the time with her nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Debbie enjoyed cruising the country side in her 1975 blue cutlass. She enjoyed vacationing with Brian to Florida. Going to the zoo with her grandchildren was a  great way to make memories.

Left to cherish the memories of Debbie are her mother, Janet Shippy of Rochester;  two daughters, Jessica Patton and fiancé Joseph Brown of Rochester, Morgan Strunk of Nappanee; two sons, Jason Brown of Rochester, Travis Nicholas of Rochester; 15 grandchildren, Alexander, Elizabeth, Briana, Cadence, Olivia, Emma, Riley, Ciara, twins Hayden and Hunter who were born on their great grandpa’s birthday, Charlotte, Ava, Athena, Aria, Micah; two sisters, Brenda Hughes of Rochester, Candace K. Patton and husband Bobby of Rochester; brother Brian D. Shippy and wife Pamela of Rochester; nieces and nephews, James David Hughes and wife Autumn, Lindsey Randall, Tara Zimmerman and husband Aaron, Britney Flory and husband Nathan, Brandon Shippy, Bobby Lee Patton II and wife Darci, Amanda Sue Patton, Jonathan Stuart Patton; great nieces and nephews, Krystal, Shayde, Rosalie, Aaden, Kendall, Brayson, Kinley, Caedra, Zhayden, Haisley, Makenna, Wyatt and her three feline companions, Opossum, Willow and Jasper.

Preceding Debbie in death are her father, Stuart Milton Shippy on July 5, 2017, Grandma Mildred and Grandpa Emmett Shippy and Grandma Bernice and Grandpa Paul Leazenby.

A celebration of the life of Debra Schaffer will be at 12 noon on Monday, April 15, 2024 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

Friends may visit with the family from 12 noon to 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 14, 2024 and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Monday.

A graveside service will be at 2:30 PM in the Lakeview Cemetery of Kendallville.

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

Christine M. "Christy" Hague, 47, of Winamac

Christine M. “Christy” Hague, 47, of Winamac, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 7, 2024. 

She was born on February 16, 1977 in Chicago, IL to Alan and Karen [Younker] Utes. 

Christy grew up in Winamac and graduated from Winamac Community High School with the class of 1995.  Christy enjoyed playing softball, swimming, and participating in school activities such as Sunshine Society, Beta Club, and National Honor Society.  Christy was a member of the inaugural Winamac Girls Softball high school team and spent several summers lifeguarding at the Bass Lake Beach. 

She attended Indiana University in Bloomington where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1999.   The summer between her freshman and sophomore year at IU, Christy met the love of her life, Jason Hague.  On July 22, 2000, Christy and Jason were married at the First Christian Church in Winamac.They lived in Indianapolis for a year before moving to Winamac in 2001.

Christy was a devoted member of the First Christian Church.  She was currently serving as the Church Secretary and an Elder.  She had formerly served as a Deaconess and Youth Group Leader.  Christy was a volunteer for the Winamac Chiefs and served on the board for the Winamac Girls Softball League, Pulaski County EMS, and Pulaski Animal Center.

Christy was the Credentialing Coordinator and Physician Liaison at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.  Prior to working at PMH, she was the office manager at the Clinic for Women and Family Health in Winamac.  She had also formerly worked as the Pulaski County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.  Christy’s first job after moving back to Winamac was as the office manager at Pulaski County ExPRESS.

Christy was an avid supporter of her children’s activities and sports.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt.  Christy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

 

She is survived by:

Jason L. Hague, Winamac, IN Husband

Ella M. Hague, Winamac, IN Daughter

Alex L. Hague, Winamac, IN Son

Karen M. [Younker] Utes, Winamac, IN Mother

Julie (Mike) Warner, Anderson, IN Sister

Laurie Utes, Greenville, SC Sister

Blake Warner, Anderson, IN Nephew

Emily Warner, Anderson, IN Niece

Frank E. Utes, Des Plaines, IL Paternal Grandfather

Many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins

John (Peg) Hague, Brookston, IN Father-in-law

Tony (Angie) Hague, Glen Lyn, VA Brother-in-law

TJ (Kelly) Hague, LaPorte, IN Brother-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Dr. Frank Alan Utes, Father

Mary Ann [Rasborshek] Hague, Mother-in-law

Esther [Rowoldt] Utes, Paternal Grandmother

William and Dorothy [Hargis] Younker, Maternal Grandparents

 

Cremation will take place at Frain Crematory in Winamac, IN.

Memorial Services will be held at 2 PM EDT Friday, April 12, 2024 at the First Christian Church in Winamac, IN with Pastor Jeff Seger officiating.

A Celebration of Life will be from 3-6 PM EDT Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Celebration Station (Opera House) in Winamac, IN.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Jason Hague to support Ella and Alex’s higher education. 

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

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

 

Michael "Mike" Link, 76, of Monticello, formerly of Winamac

Michael “Mike” Link, 76, of Monticello, formerly of Winamac, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2024 at IU Health Hospital in Lafayette. 

Born on March 28, 1948, he was the eldest child of the late Donald Paul and Mary Ellen [Parker] Link.  Mike was raised on the family farm west of Star City where he learned all about hard work at a young age.  He attended the Pulaski and Star City Schools. While in high school, Mike was a member of FFA and played basketball.  On July 28, 1967, he married Sue “Susie” Smith from Monterey at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski.  Susie passed away in a tragic car accident on April 19, 1998. 

Mike drove semi for Tim Powers for many years and most recently drove for Adam Loehmer until his retirement. 

He is survived by:

Stacey Ingram, Greenwood, IN Daughter

Aaron (Christi) Link, Winamac, IN Son

Daniel (Nicole) Ingram, Plymouth, IN Grandson

Allen (Hali) Ingram, Tipton, IN Grandson

Michael (Yvette Bernardo) Ingram, Ingalls, IN Grandson

Addisyn and Eryn Ingram, Twin Great Granddaughters

Kayson Ingram, Great grandson

Cindy (Bill) Scott, Pulaski, IN Sister

Pat Ringen, Danville, IN Sister

Ron (Karen) Link, Star City, IN Brother

Don (Tammy) Link, Winamac, IN Brother

Richard (Pauline) Smith, Winamac, IN Brother-in-law

Mike (Peggy) Smith, Ohio Brother-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Donald Paul and Mary Ellen [Parker] Link, Parents

Sue “Susie” [Smith] Link, Wife

Marie Ann Link, Infant Sister

Walter and Eva [Bridegroom] Smith, In-laws

Cindy Smith, Infant Sister-in-law

Everett Smith, Brother-in-law

Kenny Smith, Brother-in-law

Ryan Smith, Nephew

Andrew Smith, Nephew

Private services will be held at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Private burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation or Turners Syndrome Foundation.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

 

Janice Irene (McIntire) Wynn, 84 of Spartanburg, South Carolina and formerly of the Culver community

Janice Irene (McIntire) Wynn, 84 of Spartanburg, South Carolina and formerly of the Culver community, passed away April 1, 2024, at 11:10 p.m. at Spartanburg Regional Hospice House, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

On January 25, 1940, in Wyatt, Indiana she was born to Floyd McIntire and Grace (Buss) McIntire. She lived in Culver, Indiana for 48 years, spending the past several years in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

On July 17, 1959, in Stockton, Illinois she married Nelson Lee Wynn and for 43 years they shared the joys, worries, tenderness, and companionship of their married life. Nelson preceded her on December 21, 2002.

Janice was a cook at the Corner Tavern in Culver, Indiana for 32 years and was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Culver, Indiana.

Janice is survived by her Daughter – Karen Hoover of Spartanburg, South Carolina

Daughter-in-Law – Sandra Wynn of Monterey, Indiana

Granddaughters – Jessica Wynn, Heather Wynn both of Monterey, Indiana, and Amber Gilbert of Monterey, Indiana

6 Great Grandchildren

Sisters – Esther Ecker of LaPaz, Indiana; Pat Jennings of Virginia, Sharon Vasquez of San Antonio, Texas

Brother – Darrell McIntire and wife Mary of Argos, Indiana

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Daughter – Kathy Bridge, Son – Kevin Wynn, Sister – Mildred Tom, Brothers – Eugene McIntire, Devon McIntire, and Warren (Red) McIntire

Graveside Services will be Monday April 8, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at the Poplar Grove Cemetery.

Burial will follow the service at the cemetery.

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

Terry "Fuzz" Lynn Ellis, 78, of Argos

Terry "Fuzz" Lynn Ellis, 78, of Argos, passed away April 2, 2024, at 4:20 a.m. at his son's residence in Argos.

On March 13, 1946, in Argos, Indiana Terry was born to Marion A. Ellis Sr. and Clara Lavina (Thompson) Ellis. He lived most of his life in the Argos community.

On March 7, 1969, Terry married Diana Lynn Smiley and for 55 years they shared the joys, worries, tenderness, and companionship of their married life.

Terry worked at Delco Electronics in Kokomo, Indiana as a carpenter and enjoyed farming.

He was a graduate of Plymouth High School with the class of 1964. Terry was a member of Walnut Church of Argos and had been involved with Lake City Wings Motorcycle Club and Brotherhood Ministries. He was a member of UAW Local 292, Kokomo, Indiana. He served from 1966 – 1969 in the United Stated Navy and received his Honorable discharge on September 26, 1969.

Terry is survived by his Wife – Diana Ellis of Argos, Indiana

Children – Cheryl (Jeff) Shoup, Huntington, Indiana; Tammy Tuley, New Palestine, Indiana; Craig (Christen) Ellis, Argos, Indiana; Jason (Kori) Ellis, Clayton, Indiana; Jody (Matt) O’Dell, New Palestine, Indiana

Grandchildren – Wyatt Ellis, Alexis O’Dell, Caleb Ellis, Carly Ellis, Aurora Ellis, Audrey O’Dell, Ava Tuley, and Sawyer Ellis

Sisters – Shirley Farkas of South Bend, Indiana, and Sharon (Tim) Schretzle of Bourbon, Indiana

Brothers– Gary Ellis of Live Oak, Texas, Marion Ellis Jr. and Randy Ellis of South Bend, Indiana

He is preceded in death by his Parents and Brother – Larry Ellis

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday April 9, 2024, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Walnut Church, 5975 19th Rd., Argos.

Funeral Service will be Wednesday April 10, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at Walnut Church with Rev. Robert E. Rice Jr officiating. 

Burial will follow at Walnut Church Cemetery.

 

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

David R. Livengood, 87, Peru

David R. Livengood, 87, Peru, passed away at 12:48 P.M. on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Stillwater Hospice, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

David was born on January 22, 1937, in Miami County, Indiana, the son of Walter and Blanche (Heckaman) Livengood. He graduated from Chili High School in 1955. where he had been a member of the school’s sports teams. On August 11, 1978 in Peru, Indiana, he married Betty J. Houk. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2013.

David had worked for McGill Ready Mix and had managed McGill Lumber Company. He later owned and operated his own lumber yard. From 1992 to 1996 he served as Mayor of the City of Peru. After leaving the Mayor’s office, he worked for Centennial Wireless, AT&T and for Sears. He had been a member of the Chili Baptist Church, Denver Brethren Church, and the Elk’s Lodge. David enjoyed NASCAR and wood working.

Survivors include children, Kevin (Georgetta) Livengood, Muncie, Indiana, Kimberly (Ronald) York, Russiaville, Indiana, Karla (Michael) Hack, Peru, Indiana, Kraig (Dara) Livengood, Mentone, Indiana, stepchildren, Rick (Michelle) Gay, Knoxville, Tennessee, Reja Enyart, Peru, Indiana, grandchildren, Jeremy Lennon, Jesse Lennon, Karma Holland, Kendra St. John, Spencer Livengood, Sydney Livengood, step-grandchildren, Jessica Gay, Ian Gay, Austin Gay, Alicia Fetters, Shelley Pugh, Metea Osborne, Nick Enyart, Taylor DeWitt, fifteen great grandchildren, ten step great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, brother, James L. Livengood, Denver, Indiana, sister, Nancy (Tom) Clouse, Rockford, Ohio, several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife,  and a brother, John Livengood.

Memorial services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana.

Friends may visit from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at a later date at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport, Indiana.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Stillwater Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814. Online condolence may be expressed at www.mcclainfh.com

Teresa L. Gates, 71, of Rochester

Teresa L. Gates, 71, of Rochester, passed at 2:57 pm, Sunday, March 31, 2024 at her residence. 
Teresa was born on July 19, 1952 in Logansport, Indiana to the late Thomas and Marsha (Dillman) Gates.  In her early life she was a devout Catholic. She graduated from Rochester High School and furthered her education at Ancilla College attaining her nursing certification. 
Teresa served as a LPN for LifeCare and Hickory Creek both of Rochester. Lastly she was the nurse for the South Bend Juvenile Justice Center.  She was an independent woman who enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing and collecting religious items such as crosses and angels.  
She is survived by her sons Tony and wife Jessica Gates and Harley Gates both of Rochester; 7 Grandchildren; and a Great Grandson.
Teresa was preceded in death by her parents, 2 Sisters, and a Brother.  Following her wishes no services will be held at this time.
The arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana.

 

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