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Miscellaneous Wells County, Indiana Obituaries (2004)

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Infant Sarah Von Ulmer
Graveside services were held Thursday, June 10 in Etna Green for infant Sarah Von Ulmer, daughter of Jerry L. and Jessica Robin Zaugg Ulmer, of Etna Green. The infant was born and died Monday, June 7. Additional survivors include paternal grandparents David and Tina Zaugg of Tippecanoe, formerly of Bluffton; maternal grandparents Melissa Ulmer of Bourbon and Jerry Ulmer of Etna Green. Great-grandparents are Robert and Virginia Zaugg of rural Ossian; Raud and Lynn Estep and Jerry Ulmer, all of Bourbon. Deaton Funeral Home in Bourbon was in charge of arrangements.

June 8, 2004

Donald C. Basen, 62
A retired carpenter for the Department of Defense, Donald C. Basen, 62, of Yoder died Sunday, June 6 at his residence. He retired in 1995 after 22 years of service. Born June 8, 1941 in Conneaut, Ohio, to Francis C. and Laura May Rich Basen, he and his wife, Patricia, who survives, were united in marriage on March 5, 1969 in Fort Wayne. He served with the U.S. Air Force and was a member of American Legion Post 241 in Waynedale. He was an avid golfer and fisherman. In addition to the wife, other survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Jeff (April) Schwartz of Clemson, S.C., Mrs. Timothy (Dawn) Williams of Bluffton, and Kelly; a sister, Joane Peterson of Seven Lakes, N.C., and four grandchildren. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, Ossian Chapel, with burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Calling at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Preferred memorials to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.

Jackelynn A. Dubach, 75
A deputy in the Huntington County Auditor’s Office for 25 years, Jackelynn A. Dubach, 75, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday, June 6 at Hospice Home of Fort Wayne. She retired from the Huntington County Auditor’s Office in 1992. She was a member of the Dorcas Circle at Trinity English Lutheran Church. Born Aug. 7, 1928 in Battlecreek, Mich., to Carol and Charlotte Littlefield, she married Lester L. Dubach on June 30, 1950 in Bluffton. Survivors include a son, Brent Dubach of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Mrs. Mitchell (Judy) Sheckler of Goshen and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Murial Stowell and Elinor Shimkus and a brother, Albert Littlefield. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at D.O, McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road. Calling at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Trinity English Lutheran Church or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.

Susan L. Edwards, 50
A former resident of Montpelier, Susan L. Edwards, 50, of Fort Wayne died Sunday, June 6 at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Hartford City, she was a special ed teacher at Homestead High School and New Haven over a 12-year period. She was a graduate of both Ball State and the University of St. Francis and was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Doug Edwards of Fort Wayne; daughters Chelsea Edwards-Armstrong of Coral Springs Fla., and Lindsay Edwards, at home; a son, Zachary Edwards at home; her father, Ken Neff of Montpelier; two brothers, David and Brad Neff, both of Montpelier; and a sister, Julie Woodward of Raleigh, N.C. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Neff. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at D.O, McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd., with graveside services at 3 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Montpelier. Calling at the funeral home will be today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Preferred memorials to the Lance Armstrong Cancer Research Livestrong Foundation.

Della E. Kem, 84
Della E. Kem, 84, of rural Huntington, died Saturday, June 5 at 2 a.m. at her residence. A native of Wabash County, she assisted her husband, Harold H. Kem, in his farm management business, which included ties to Wells County. Born Feb. 14, 1920 in Wabash County to Daniel and Philipbena Keaffaber Grimm, her marriage to Mr. Kem, who survives, was on March 15, 1941. Also surviving are a son, Stephen R. Kem of Huntington; two daughters, Paula Kem, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Connie Kem of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a sister, Dorothy Beall of Marion. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kay Banister, two brothers, four sisters and a grandchild. She was a member of Banquo Christian Church and the Huntington Home Ec Club. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home, LaFontaine Chapel at 104 South Main St. in LaFontaine. Burial will be in Mt Etna Cemetery.Calling at the funeral home will be today from 2 to 8 p.m. Preferred memorials to Banquo Christian Church.

Louis E. Kieser, 81
Father of Dan Kieser of Bluffton, Louis E. Kieser, 81, of Lexington, Ill., died at 12:40 p.m. Monday, June 7, at his residence. Born June 7, 1923 at Morton Ill., to Carl and Hilda Menold Keiser, he married the former Jean E. Shipp in Peoria, Ill., Nov. 29, 1947. She survives. A lifelong farmer and a member of the Gridley, Ill., Apostolic Church, he served in the United States Navy during WW II. In addition to his wife and the son in Bluffton, he is survived by four other sons, Robert, David and Paul, all of Bloomington, Ill., and Carl of Gibson City, Ill.; four daughters Bonnie Kaeb, Paxton, Ill., Mary Kuenzi of Silverton, Ill., Emily Maurer, Saybrook, Ill., and Barbara Spencer, Bloomington, Ill.; three brothers, Richard of Pekin, Ill.; Alfred of Tremont, Ill., and Albert of New Port Ritchie, Fla.; three sisters; Gertrude Kieser of Pekin; Anna Kieser of Peoria, and Alice Snodgrass of Walnut Ridge, Ark.; 40 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Marie, preceded him in death, as well as three brothers, two sisters, a granddaughter and one great-grandson. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday will be held at the Gridley Apostolic Church. Ministers of the church will officiate and burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Scoggin Hill Cemetery near Bloomington, Ill. Calling at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso, Ill., will be held Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to the church or to BroMenn Hospice.

June 9, 2004

Earl G. Johnson, 83
A brother of Leona Mahnensmith of Ossian, Earl G.Johnson, 83, of Fort Wayne died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born May 23, 1921, in Wells County, he was a son of Ralph and Tollass Leonard Johnson. His marriage was on June 21, 1952, in Columbia City to Lois Mills, who survives. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving three years in Iran. Mr. Johnson retired from Transport Motors Express in 1980 after 29 years of service. He also worked at General Electric for 11 years and at Mail Inc. Surviving, in addition to his wife and the Ossian sister, are three sons, Greg Johnson of New Haven, Kevin Johnson of Edwardsport and Noel Johnson of Syracuse; one daughter, Cheryl Lauer of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Johnson. Calling will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday at Covington Memorial Funeral Home in Fort Wayne, where services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials to the American Lung Association.

Nelda S. Davisson, 90
A former resident of Fort Wayne, Nelda S. Davisson, 90, died Tuesday, June 8 at Christian Care Retirement Center in Bluffton. She had been a resident at Christian Care for the past three years. Born June 6, 1914 in Crawfordsville to Harley and Loma Wood Bruce, her marriage on Nov. 6, 1937 in Elwood was to Wayne Davisson, who preceded her in death on June 30, 1992. She was a 1931 graduate of Rensselaer High School and a graduate of Ball State Teacher’s College. She began her teaching career at Center School in Rensselaer and later taught at several schools in the Rensselaer area. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Rensselaer, United Methodist Women and the Day Circle. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Coterie, the Rensselaer Pantry Pals Extension Homemakers Club and an active volunteer with the Meals on Wheels. Survivors include two daughters, Janet D. Patterson of Decatur and Kathy A. Stringer of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer with Pastor Rick Hawks officiating and interment at Weston Cemetery. Calling at the funeral home will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be made to The Chapel in Fort Wayne.

Elmer Elswick, 81
Brother of Velma McDonald of Warren, Elmer Elswick, 81, died at the Veterans Administration Northern Indiana Health Care Center in Marion at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. Born in McDowell, Ky., June 21, 1922 to Jim Bob and Cora Lee Estep Elswick, he was a WWII veteran serving from March to December of 1943. He was retired from General Motors in Bay City, Mich. In addition to the Warren sister, he is survived by a son, Ronald, of Denver, Col.; a daughter, Leah Rae Hodges, Birmingham, Ala.; two brothers, Clayton and Hershell, both of Taylor, Mich.; and three other sisters, Boots Hiner of Huntington, Jewell Turner of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Annabelle Reid, Pikeville, Ky. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald, four brothers, Delmer, J.B., Birchell, and Larry, and a sister, Jeanette Martin. Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday will be at Glancy Funeral Homes-H. Brown & Son Chapel, Warren. Pastor Jimi Staton will officiate and burial will follow at the Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Marion. Calling hour are 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to New Life Baptist Church, Huntington.

Enedina M. Hesse, 77
Mother of Mrs. Allen (Linda) Brinneman of Warren, Enedina M. Hesse, 77, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at Wesleyan Health Care Center in Marion. Born July 17, 1926 in the Dominican Republic to Luis and Maria Alvarez Pomalas, her marriage to George E. Hesse took place in Biningham, N.Y., Nov. 1, 1952. He preceded her in death Aug. 7, 1995. She was a member of the Bethel Worship Center, Marion, and a former real estate agent. In addition to the daughter in Warren, she is survived by two other daughters, Gretchen Yanes of Marion and Gail Robinson, Sweetser; two sisters, Brunilda Gotos and Yolanda Pagan of San Juan, Puerto Rico; a brother Luis Pomalas of San Juan; and three grandchildren. Services at 3 p.m. Sunday will be at Bethel Worship Center with calling at the center one hour prior to services. Rev. Michael Henson will officiate. Arrangements are in charge of Glancy Funeral Homes-H. Brown & Son Chapel, Warren.

Edward L. Taylor, 73
Brother of Imogene Roebuck of Zanesville, Edward L. Taylor, 73, died Wednesday, June 16, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne. A resident of Fort Wayne he retired in 1995 as supervisor in the circulation department of Fort Wayne Newspapers. He was an army veteran of the Korean War. In addition to the sister in Zanesville, he is survived by two sons, Kent of Fort Wayne and Kevin of Maumee, Ohio; two daughters, Brenda Babits and Linda Bender, both of Fort Wayne; the children’s mother, Doris J. Conn of Fort Wayne; a brother, George, of Muncie; step-sisters Judy Mullen, Mirle Smith, Jean Kloer and Marge Walters; and eight grandchildren. Services Friday at 11 a.m. will be at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home in Fort Wayne with calling from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery, Roanoke. Memorials may be made to Thirteen Step House.

June 12, 2004

Irene M. Burkholder, 77
A resident of Decatur, Irene M. “Granny” Burkholder, 77, died at 2:25 p.m. Thursday, June 10 at Adams County Memorial Hospital. She retired in 1987 from Clark’s Gas Station at 5 Points after 15 years of service. Born April 2, 1927 in Adams County to Milo and Mary Hirschy Fuchs, her marriage on Dec . 20, 1947 was to John Burkholder, who preceded her in death on July 25, 1986. Surviving are six sons, Marvin J., Arnold D., Rickie L., Anthony C., and Jared J. Burkholder, all of Decatur, and Rodney L. Burkholder of Coloma, Mich.; one daughter, Mrs. Norman (Edith) Ellenberger of Berne; a sister, Mrs. Dale A. (Dolores M.) Harvey of rural Bluffton; three brothers, Ivan Fuchs of Geneva, Herman Fox of Fort Wayne and Delbert Fuchs of Monroe; 22 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. Calling will be at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Jeff Taylor officiating and burial in Decatur Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to the Adams County Community Fondation Angel Cancer Fund.

June 14, 2004

Rev. Robert W. Cahoon Jr., 56
Rev. Robert W. “Bob” Cahoon, Jr., 56, of Ossian, died at 8:56 p.m. Sunday, June 13 at his home after an extended illness. Rev. Cahoon had been involved in the ministry for 34 years, serving several churches, including Zanesville, Epworth and Petroleum United Methodist Churches. His most recent ministry was with the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, where the chapel there was named after him. Born Dec. 22, 1947 in Anderson to Robert W. Sr. and Margaret Cahoon, he was married to his wife, Karen S. Cahoon, on May 1, 1970 in Anderson. Rev. Cahoon graduated with a business degree from Anderson University in 1970 and earned his Masters of Divinity in 1974 from United Theological Seminary. He was a member of the Wells County Ministerial Association. He had been a resident of Wells County since 1985. Surviving in addition to the mother and wife are two sons, John M. Cahoon of Bluffton and Philip D. Cahoon of Bloomington and a sister, Elizabeth “Liz” Dunn of Fillmore. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Epworth United Methodist Church in Bluffton with Rev. Don Wilks officiating and burial in Elm Grove Cemetery. Calling at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. Preferred memorials are to the Epworth United Methodist Church, Petroleum United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana and Hope Lodge.

Roger Fey, 55
Roger D. Fey, 55, of rural Geneva, died at 5:20 a.m. Sunday, June 13 at Bluffton Regional Medical Center of complications of lung cancer. Born on May 2, 1949 in Fort Wayne to Glen and Mary Jackson Fey, Sr., he married Melissa Grandlienard on Jan. 27, 1973 in Linn Grove; she survives. He was self-employed. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Ron Fey of Radcliff, Ky. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Glen Jr., Don and Mike Fey. Calling hours are Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home in Bluffton. After calling hours, Mr. Fey’s body will be cremated. His cremains will be interred with a private family graveside service at a later date. Preferred memorials to American Cancer Society or the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation.

Alice Cray, 98
Alice P. Cray, 98, Warren, died at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren, where she had been a resident since 1981. Born in Warren County, Ky. on Jan. 16, 1906 to J. Thomas and Brilla Phelps Delp, she lived most of her life in Indianapolis where she was a member of the Wallace St. Presbyterian Church, serving on the executive board of the Women’s Association for ten years and taught Sunday school. She was a graduate of Greene Township High School and Lafayette Business College. She was a staff aide volunteer with the American Red Cross for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn B. Cray, who died on May 2, 1969. Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren, with calling for one-half hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery in Warren. Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Gilbert, 84
A Wells County native, Helen Gilbert, 84, of Berne, died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13 at the Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur. Born on Aug. 15, 1919 to Walter and Lela Johnson Brintzenhofe, she married Virgil K. Gilbert on April 17, 1954; he died Aug. 11, 1968. A homemaker, she was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ, where she taught Sunday school. Survivors include two sisters, Ardis Gilbert and Pauline Haggard, both of Monroe. Calling hours are Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur, with services scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Decatur Cemetery. Preferred memorials to the church or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Luella Steiner, 94
A sister of a former Bluffton resident, Luella Steiner, 94, Berne, died at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 12 at Swiss Village in Berne. Survivors include a brother, Weldon A. Steiner of Fort Wayne; and a sister, Esther Friar of Willshire, Ohio. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Melva Steiner and Gene Wagner; and four brothers, Clarence, Carlton, Perl and Emmett Steiner. Services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Swiss Village Chapel, with calling hours beginning at 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in the M.R.E.Cemetery. Preferred memorial to the Swiss Village Endowment Fund or Mennonite Missions. Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne is in charge of arrangements.

June 15, 2004

William K. “Bill” Liby, 60
William K. “Bill” Liby, 60, of Bluffton, died at 7:26 p.m. Monday, June 14, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born May 2, 1944 to Lester and Anna I. Lautzenheiser Liby, his marriage to the former Sharon Lewis took place June 14, 1964 in Bluffton. He was a 1962 graduate of Bluffton High School and attended the Milo Bennett School of Linotype in English, Ind. He worked for more than 20 years as a Linotype operator at the News-Banner. An employee of Franklin Electric and a maintenance worker for the City of Bluffton, he worked many years with his father in the painting business. He was a member of the First United Church of Christ, the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge. Survivors, in addition to the wife, include two sons, Brian of Boston, Va., and Chris of Bluffton; a brother, Jack, of Bluffton; and five grandchildren. Services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday will be at Goodwin Memorial Chapel with Ted Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Calling from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday will be at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cornelia DeLang Syndrome Foundation.

Donna Kay Hiner, 55
Funeral services for Donna Kay Hiner, 55, of Markle, who died Sunday, June 13, in Fort Wayne, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals in Fort Wayne at 6810 Old Trail Road. She was a senior technical support associate for Raytheon Company and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary 1421 in Waynedale. Born Jan. 3, 1949 in Fort Wayne to Dan and Virginia Hiner, who survive in Markle, she is also survived by a son, Christopher Hiner of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Debbie Hiner of Markle; two brothers, Hillard Daniel Hiner Jr. of Harrisburg, Pa., and Hugh Dennis Hiner of Butler, and two grandchildren. Calling at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens. Preferred memorials are to the grandchildren for their education.

Verl R. Provines, 84
Father of Mrs. Thomas (Lois) Garman of Markle, Verl R. Provines, 84, of Auburn, died at Wesley Health Care in Auburn Sunday, June 13. A lifetime farmer in Stafford Twp. in DeKalb County, he was the son of Milo and Lucille Gee Provines. He married the former Letha Weisz in Edgerton, Ohio May 24, 1941. She preceded him in death Sept. 1, 2000. He was a former member of the DeKalb County Fair Board and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau where he had served on the Board of Directors. Additional survivors include daughter Mrs. Patrick (Mary) Crow of Spencerville; two brothers, James of Butler and Darwin of St. Joe; a sister, Melva Eakright of Butler; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Devere, killed in WWII, and a sister Lorene Berry. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday will be held at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo with Rev. Tony Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in the Farmer Cemetery, Farmer, Ohio. Calling will be from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Newville United Methodist Church or to the Mt. Plesant United Methodist Church.

June 16, 2004

Tina M. Worthington Foster, 42
A sister of Mrs. Steve (Julia) Prible and Mrs. Jimmy (Tonya) Ragg, both of Bluffton, Tina M. Worthington Foster, 42, of Huntington, died at 6 p.m. Monday, June 14, 2004, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was a life resident of Huntington and attended Fort Wayne Business College. She worked for the former Eagle-Pitcher Company at Huntington for over 10 years. Born April 11, 1962 in Huntington, she was a daughter of Leroy and Christine Voght Worthington. Her marriage was on July 27,1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Lee Foster, who survives. Also surviving, in addition to the husband and the two Bluffton sisters, are two daughters, Melissa Worthington of Keyes, Calif., and Abby Foster of Huntington; her father, Leroy Worthington of Lakeland, Fla.; her mother, Christine Voght Shenefield of Huntington; two brothers, Scott Worthington and Larry Worthington, both of Huntington; another sister, Mrs.Ronnie (Bonnie) Cole of Huntington; two step-brothers, Jan Shenefield and Billy Shenefield, both of Huntington; two step-sisters, Gail Waters of Huntington and Susie Sonnier of Louisiana, and two grandsons. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Bailey-Love Mortuary at Huntington with Rev. Rob Stamper officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday at the funeral home.Private burial and graveside services will be in the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Huntington County, at a later time.

Eva Wilburn, 96
Former rural Bluffton resident Eva Wilburn, 96, died at 10:20 a.m.Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at the United Methodist Home in Warren. A homemaker, she was member of the Markle United Methodist Church and a 1925 graduate of Markle High School. Born Aug. 23, 1907, in Wells County, she was a daughter of Elmer and Nona Zimmerlee Burnau. Her marriage was on Nov. 27,1927, at Markle to Glen I.Wilburn, who survives and resides in Warren. Also surviving are a son, Larry Wilburn of Bluffton; a daughter, Mrs.Ralph (Marjorie) Mautz of Huntington; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were an infant brother, Gail Burnau, a sister, Faye Anderson, and two grandsons, Roger Mautz and Tim Wilburn. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday at the Myers Funeral Home, Markle Chapel, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Rev. Kaye Patton officiating. Interment will be at the Markle Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Family Hospice of Indiana in care of the funeral home.

Ruth Neuenschwander, 96
A former resident of Bluffton, Ruth Neuenschwander, 96, died Sunday, June 13, at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a homemaker and past national president of Women’s Missionary Fellowship for Missionary Church and a member of First Missionary Church. in Fort Wayne. Her late husband, Rev. Jessie Clair Neuenschwander, was pastor of the Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton in the early 1970s. Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Augsburger of Fort Wayne, a son, Dr. Robert F. Neuenschwander of Evanston, Ill.; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday with calling one hour prior at First Missionary Church, 701 W. Rudisill Blvd. in Fort Wayne. Calling is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road. Burial will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Memorials to First Missionary Church.

Jean M. Conner, 55
Jean M. Conner, 55, Markle, died at 7:55 p.m. Thursday, June 17 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Huntington on August 24, 1948 to Donald and Eileen Swoverland, she married David A. Conner on July 20, 1968 in Huntington; he died Feb. 1, 2004. Survivors include her mother of Huntington; a daughter, Julie Rennaker of Huntington; a son, Douglas Conner of Markle; three sisters, Janet Ormsby of Markle, JoAnn Hammel of Huntington, and Judy Myers of Tucson, Ariz.; and two grandchildren. Calling hours are Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home in Huntington. Services will be held there Monday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Gerald Moreland officiating. Burial will be in the Markle Cemetery. Preferred memorials to the Kaitlyn Bowling and Jarrett Rennaker Trust Fund or the Hospice of Huntington County.

June 21, 2004

Violet Miller, 84
Violet R. Miller, 84, of Vera Cruz, died at 11:20 a.m. Sunday, June 20 at the Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur. Born in Wells County on Nov. 5, 1919 to Jacob and Florence Jones Howdyshell, she married Irvin J. Miller in Wells County on May 20, 1936; he died Nov. 28, 1979. Mrs. Miller worked at CTS in Berne for over 20 years, was a member at Park United Brethren Church and was a volunteer for Head Start. She is survived by one son, Jerry L. Miller of Vera Cruz; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Janet Kay) Holsinger and Mrs. James (Patricia) Foss, both of Bluffton; two sisters, Betty Mohler and Joan Eubank, both of Bluffton; 13 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and 18 great great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sara Kathryn Miller; a sister, Wilma Myers; and three brothers, Richard, Russell and Robert Howdyshell. Calling hours are Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Goodwin Memorial Chapel in Bluffton, with services there Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Larry Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Head Start.

Richard “Dick” Mayne, 80
Richard D. “Dick” Mayne, 80, Bluffton, died at 7:26 p.m. Friday, June 18 at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Huntington on Aug. 15, 1923 to Cyril F. and Evalyn Dinius Mayne, he married Ellen Adamson in Huntington in 1956; she survives. A graduate of Huntington High School and Michigan State University, he was a retired engineer with International Harvester. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a Wells County resident since 1954. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a member and past Exalted Ruler of the Bluffton Elks Lodge, a member of the Amity Masonic Lodge in Huntington, American Legion Post 111 in Bluffton and the Rubber and Plastics Group of America. Other survivors include three sons, Thomas, Michael and John Mayne, all of Bluffton; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Robert Mayne. Calling hours are today from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home. There will be an Elks Memorial Service at 7 p.m. this evening. Services are Tuesday at the funeral home beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Gary Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Gardens of Memory in Marion. Memorials are to donor’s choice.

Vance Travis, 83
A former Bluffton resident, Vance W. Travis, 83, of Fort Wayne, died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Travisville on Feb. 7, 1921 to Theodore and Laura Romine Travis, he married Martha (Madeline) Reynolds on July 25, 1941 in Bluffton; she died in August of 1979. He attended Poplar Grove School and graduated from Bluffton High School in 1939. A veteran in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was a postal carrier in Bluffton from 1952-1959 and in Fort Wayne from 1959 to 1970. He also worked as a federal police officer at the Federal Building in Fort Wayne from 1970-1985. While living in Bluffton, he was active in various Boy Scout programs. He was a member of Calvary Temple in Fort Wayne, active in the bus ministry. Survivors include a son, Steve Travis, and a daughter, Wendy Gehring, both of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Travis in 1987; and a brother, Vaughn Travis. Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Temple in Fort Wayne, with calling two hours prior at the church. Burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home in Bluffton.

James Schneider, 79
Services for Bluffton native Lt. Col. James M. Schneider, 79, of Fort Wayne, will be held at 2 p.m. Wed. at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne. He died Saturday, June 19 at Parkview Hospital. Born in Bluffton on July 9, 1924, he graduated from Liberty Center High School and Indiana University before enlisting in the Air Force in 1943. His 27-year career included serving as a bombardier and navigator in B-17’s over Europe in World War II and combat service in Vietnam. He returned to Fort Wayne after his military career to manage Zeis Securities and was Parking Administrator of the City Parking Garage. He was a member of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, was a founding member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, and was active in a number of organizations. Survivors include a son, Peter Schneider of Leo; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Anne Perrotta of Pompton Plains, N.J. and Rosemary Dunkin of Oklahoma City, Okla. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Marie (Hogan) Schneider in 2001. Calling hours are Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the D.O. McComb & Son Foster Park Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to the Masses.


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