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Miscellaneous Wells County, Indiana Obituaries (2002)

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Andrew G. Swanson, 90
Andrew G. Swanson, 90, of Ossian, a retired electrician and farmer, died Friday Nov. 29, at Ossian Health Care. Mr. Swanson was a veteran of U.S. Army service during World War II. Mr. Swanson was born at Donovan, Ill., Sept. 27, 1912, a son of Emil and Carrie Hafstrum Swanson. He was married at Van Wert, Ohio, on May 8, 1978 to his wife, Maxine, who survives. Additional survivors are a stepdaughter, Anita Haddix of Craigville; two stepsons, Chris A. Stier of Ossian and Gregory L. Stier of Fort Wayne; a sister, Elbe Johnson of Chicago. Ill.; six stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Three brothers and three sisters are deceased. Services will be at 11 p.m. Wednesday at Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton with Pastor Gary Aupperle officiating. There will be no calling hours. Memorials to the church or to Ossian Health Care.

Lucile Miller, 93
Mother of Dr. Gerald L. Miller of Markle, Lucile Miller, 93, of Goshen died at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Greencroft Gables Healthcare in Goshen. Mrs. Miller retired in 1971 as a teacher in the Elkhart School System. She also had taught in Africa prior to and after her retirement. She had moved in 1955 from Shipshewana to Goshen. She was a member of the College Mennonite Church, local, state and national chapters of the Retired Teachers Association, and Phalo Club and was a volunteer for Wheels to Meals and Choice Books. She was born June 8, 1909, a daughter of Harry D. and Edith P. Wiler Miller. Her marriage at Shipshewana on May 15, 1932 was to Perry J. Miller, who died Feb. 21, 1992. Surviving, in addition to the son at Markle, are two daughters, Mrs. Leon (Jewel E.) Schlatter of Leo and Mrs. Ron (Sally Jo) Milne of Goshen; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Three sisters are deceased. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at College Mennonite Church in Goshen with Pastors Klaudia Smucker and Firman Gingerich officiating. Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Koinonia Room at the College Mennonite Church. A prayer service will be conducted at the church at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Shore Cemetery at Shipshewana. Yoder-Culp Funeral Home in Goshen is in charge of arrangements. Memorials to the Goshen College International Students Fund.

Ruth Pratt, 89
A graveside service for Ruth Pratt, 89, formerly of Andrews, was held at 2 p.m. today at Riverside Cemetery in Andrews. Miss Pratt, who was a resident of the United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren, died Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center. She was a member of the Andrews United Methodist Church. She was born Feb. 27, 1913, a daughter of Lewis and Ethel Brewer Pratt. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Homer (Jane) Kline of Huntington. A brother, Thomas Pratt, and a sister, Bethel McVay, are deceased. Visitation was held today at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the graveside service. Rev. John Wallace presided at the cemetery interment.

Marvin R. Curtis, 64
A retired operating engineer, Marvin R. Curtis, 64, of Fort Wayne, died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mr, Curtis had retired from Operating Engineers Union 103 in Fort Wayne. He was a member of the Bethel Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Wayne and his interests included hunting, fishing and playing the banjo and guitar. He was born at Thealka, Ky., June 7, 1938, to Hobart and Hattie Ward Curtis. His marriage at Huntington on Dec. 20, 1982 was to Shirley “Sue” Bollenbacher, who survives. Surviving also are six sons, Thurman of Montpelier, Hobart of Redkey, Kenneth C. of Bryant, Robert of Portland, Joe of Poneto and Hubert of Ridgeville; a daughter, Deborah Renner of Berne; three brothers, Lloyd of Petroleum, Fred of Indianapolis and Joel of Stafford, Ariz.; 22 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A brother and a sister are deceased. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne with Pastor Lorenza Hurd officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Berne. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time for services. Memorials to Bethel Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Wayne.

Bernard F. Horn, 80
Bernard F. “Barney” Horn, 80, of Fort Wayne, father of John Horn of Ossian, died Saturday, Nov. 30, at Englewood Health and Rehab Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he had worked in auto sales at Don Ayres, Heffner Chevrolet and McCormick Chevrolet. Mr. Horn was a World War II Army veteran. In addition to the son at Ossian, he is survived by his wife, Helen E.; another son, Mike of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Debbie Judkins of Wolcottville; three sisters, Alice Canfield of Florida, Phyllis Fanger of Fort Wayne and Bonnie Wier of Georgia; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1910 Hale St., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour before services. Calling hours also Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 South Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to VA Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Dec. 3, 2002

Delvia W. Stickler, 89
A retired machinist, Delvia W. Stickler, 89, of Huntington died at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at his home. Mr. Stickler was a machinist at General Electric for 37 years, retiring in 1978. He was a member of the Markle United Methodist Church and attended the Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntington, where he sang with both church choirs. He volunteered in Missions in Mexico and was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club and the GE Camping Club and the Markle Historical Society. He participated with his wife, Alice, in her bubble show presentations. Mr. Stickler, a 1931 graduate of Huntington High School, earned both the associate and the bachelor degrees in Biblical studies from the Anchor Theological Seminary in Texarkana, Texas, and served two years with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho and California. He was a member also of the National Amateur Press Association. He was born in Markle July 3, 1913, a son of Aaron and Velta Brickley Stickler. A first marriage on Aug. 1, 1937 in Markle was to Talitha F. Mounsey, who died Nov. 14, 1985; his second marriage in North Webster on April 23, 1992 was to Alice M. Plasterer Jacobs, who survives. Additional survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Dan (Marjoria) Dafforn of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Ron (Jane) Helzerman of Riverdale, Mich., and Mrs. Larry (Judith) Park of LaVista, Neb.; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Robert (Patricia) Simmons of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Robert (Juanita) Schaeffer of Milwaukee; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A sister, a brother and a great-grandson are deceased. Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Markle United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Allen and Rev. David Arnold officiating. Burial will be in the Markle Cemetery. Calling at Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

Connie J. Sark, 63
Connie J. Sark, 63, of Fort Wayne, who worked as a hostess at Carlos O’Kellys in Fort Wayne, died at 1:55 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Hospice of Northeast Indiana in Fort Wayne. She was born in Adams County Nov. 1, 1939 to Thurman and Sarah E. Bebout Douglas. Her father is deceased and her mother survives and resides in Berne. Surviving also are her husband, William Sark of Fort Wayne, to whom she was married July 5, 1991; her former husband, Alan Bogner of Florida; a son, Greg Bogner of Decatur; three daughters, Mrs. Walter (Jill) Fairchild of Decatur, Mrs. Ricardo (Julie) Morales of Sarasota, Fla., and Mrs. James (Jennifer) Morton of Orlando, Fla.; a stepson, Robert L. Sark of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Ted Douglas of Decatur and Jerry Douglas of Pleasant Mills; a sister, Mrs. Leland (Beverly) Welker of Bemidji, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. A grandson is deceased. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur with Rev. Greg Clark officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery southeast of Berne. Visitation hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials to Hospice of Northeast Indiana.

Agnes M. Slagle, 75
Mother of John Robert Slagle of Bluffton and Sandy Miller of Craigville, Agnes M. Slagle, 75, of Decatur died at 10:24 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Slagle retired in 1986 as a supervisor for United Teck in Lexington, Ohio, and moved to Indiana in 1993. She was born Oct. 2, 1927 in Brush, Colo., where she spent her childhood before moving to Van Buren, Ind., and finally to Decatur for the last 10 years. She was the daughter of William F. and Martha Yunkon Fisher. Her marriage in 1942 was to John Slagle, who died in 1992. Surviving, in addition to the son and daughter in Wells County, are two other sons, William F. “Kelly” Slagle of Marion and Michael Slagle of Cleveland, Ohio; another daughter, Jean Simpson of Lincoln, Neb.; a sister, Inez Vermillion of Ignacio, Colo.; a brother, Bill Bennett of Lake Tahoe, Nev.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A brother and a sister are deceased. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ferguson Funeral Home in Van Buren, where calling hours are today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 12 noon until time for services. Rev. Brad Garrett will officiate and burial will be in Van Buren Cemetery.

Carol J. Ehrman, 66
A retired secretary and resident of Berne, Carol J. Ehrman, 66, died at 6:23 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Chalet Village in Berne. Mrs. Ehrman formerly worked as a secretary for Balsiger Motors in Berne and for Yager Furniture, also in Berne. She was a member of the the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Berne and a former choir and Ladies Aid member, and member of the Merrier Monday’s Home Economics Club and served for many years as a Cub Scout leader. She was born in Adams County, a daughter of Wilman and Gladys Augsburger Yoder. Her mother survives and resides in Berne. A first marriage was to Leroy Nussbaum, who died in 1988, and her second marriage in Berne on Aug. 3, 1996 was to Hugh Ehrman, who survives. Additional survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Phillip (Lisa) Martin and Mrs. Gregg (Lana) Gerber, both of Berne; two sons, Gary Nussbaum and Todd Nussbaum, both of Berne; two brothers, Carl and Earl Yoder, both of Berne; a sister, Mrs. Rev. Allen (Gloria) Sprunger of Saginaw, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild. A sister is deceased. A burial committal service will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Evangelical Mennonite Church Cemetery. Services will follow at the church at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with Rev. Allen Sprunger and Rev. David Bocker officiating. Memorials to the church’s building fund or to Youth for Christ.

Sharon Kay Thompson, 60
Sharon Kay Thompson, 60, of Fort Wayne, a native of Union City, died Saturday, Nov. 30, at her residence in Fort Wayne. She was a nursery school teacher at Peace Lutheran Church for 25 years and an organist for 10 years at Waynedale United Methodist Church. She founded and directed the Adoration Singers at Waynedale United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Lynn E. of Fort Wayne; a son, Bradley L. of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Sondra Kay Mall of Ossian; her parents, Ralph and Reva Horine of Indianapolis; and three grandchildren. A brother is deceased. Services at 10 a.m. Thursday will be at Waynedale United Methodist Church, 2501 Church St., Fort Wayne, where calling will be for one hour prior to services. Visitation also will be at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Lisbon Cemetery at Union City. Memorials to Waynedale United Methodist Church’s music fund, to Cancer Services of Allen County, or to Parkview Home Health Care & Hospice.

Dec. 4, 2002

Albert F. Heiser, 81
Owner and operator of a service station at Poe, Allen County, Albert F. Heiser, 81, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, at his Poe residence. Mr. Heiser owned the Heiser Service Station in Poe for 35 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, 50-year member of the Poe Volunteer Fire Department and attended Calvary United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne Dec. 28, 1920, a son of Marshall and Ethel Phelps Heiser. His marriage at Ossian on May 3, 1942 was to Marguerite Reinhard, who died Nov. 3, 1999. Surviving are a son, Neal K. Heiser of Fort Wayne, and a sister, Geraldine Hershberger of Fort Wayne. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Rd., Fort Wayne, with Rev. Chris Madison officiating. Burial will be in Williamsport Cemetery at Poe. Visitation hours at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian will be Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and at the church Friday for one hour before services. Memorials to the church or to the Poe Volunteer Fire Department.

Josephine Tedford, 94
A former resident of Markle, Josephine Tedford, 94, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the home of a granddaughter in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Tedford was a homemaker and in her younger years in Markle was a chemist for a tomato cannery through the 1940s and 1950s. She also served as a lifeguard at the Markle Pool and as a volunteer at the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren. She was a member of the Markle United Methodist Church and active in its ladies groups and a member of the Markle Order of Eastern Star Chapter 567, having served as a grand worthy matron. She was born in Woodland, Ill., Nov. 3, 1908, a daughter of Frederick and Carrie Cavitt West. Her marriage in Baltimore, Md., on June 1, 1942 was to Clare Tedford, who died Jan. 4, 1989. Surviving are a daughter, Joanne Pequignot of Fort Wayne; a brother, Kenneth West of Metarie, La.; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Services at Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel will be at 2 p.m. Friday, with visitation hours for two hours prior to the services. Interment will be in Markle Cemetery. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Garth N. Haines, 78
Garth N. Haines, 78, a native of Wells County, died at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at his residence in Naperville, Ill. Mr. Haines retired as maintenance supervisor at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. He was employed also by the Indiana Conference North of Evangelical United Brethren Church at Syracuse, where he once resided. He was an active member of the Community United Methodist Church in Naperville and in the Naperville Heritage Society. He was born in Wells County Dec. 25, 1923 to Charles and Goldie Nussbaumer Haines. His marriage in 1948 was to Shirley R. Custer, who survives. Additional survivors are an adopted daughter, Ann Poullard of Navarre, Fla.; a brother, Jesse Haines of Ossian; a sister, Mary De Vries of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandsons. Four brothers are deceased. Services at 10 a.m. Saturday will be Nine Mile United Methodist Church, 6202 Winters Road, Fort Wayne, where calling will be for one hour prior to services. Rev. Tom Babler will officiate and burial will be in Nine Mile Cemetery. Memorials to the church, to Naperville Heritage Society, to Community United Methodist Church, or to North Central College. Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur is in charge of arrangements.

Laurel K. Mattax, 82
Funeral services for Laurel K. Mattax, 82, former Adams Central School Board member, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Springhill Methodist Church in rural Berne. Visitation hours at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne will be Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and at the church Friday for one hour prior to services. Mr. Mattax died at 3:48 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Besides having served as a member of the Adams Central School Board, Mr. Mattax was retired as former owner of Mattax Electric Co. and from farming. He was a member of the Springhill Methodist Church, having held several church offices. He was born in Adams County Nov. 7, 1920, a son of Vance and Coral Myers Mattax. His marriage at Wabash on March 12, 1944 was to Virginia Flueckiger, who survives. Additional survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Keith (Saundra) Minger, Mrs. Keith (Linda) Keller and Mrs. Tony (Susie) Braun, all of Berne, and Mrs. John (Rita) Carroll of Decatur; a brother, Robert Mattax of Bluffton; a sister, Rowena Hurst of Decatur; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Two brothers and four sisters are deceased. Rev. Gene Wilson will officiate at services and burial will be in Backesto (Springhill) Cemetery in rural Berne. Memorials to the church or to National Parkinson Foundation.

Alton C. Bittner, 91
A lifetime dairy farmer in Preble Township, Adams County, Alton C. Bittner, 91, of rural Decatur, died at 12:46 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur. He had been in failing health for the past year. Mr. Bittner retired from dairy farming in August 2001. He had worked previously also at Decatur Casting Co. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church at Preble and a former member of Zion Lutheran Church, serving in each church as a Sunday school teacher and holder of various offices. He was born in Adams County’s Kirkland Township Sept. 1, 1911, a son of Charles H. and Emma Bieberich Bittner. His marriage at Decatur on Aug. 21, 1934 was to Alice Marie Reinhart, who survives. Other survivors are two sons, Ronald K. and Frank D., both of Decatur; a daughter, Mrs. Robert E. (Faye) Keuneke of Decatur; a brother, Herman Bittner of Decatur; a sister, Leota Jensen of Elmhurst, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. A brother and a great-grandson are deceased. A prayer service will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Friday at the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur, followed at 10 a.m. by a funeral service at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Preble by Rev. Daniel Brege and Rev. Donald Biester. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery. Visitation hours at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials to the church at Preble or to Wyneken Expansion.

Dec. 5, 2002

Gerald V. Houtz, 89
Funeral services for Gerald V. Houtz, 89, of Ossian will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral home in Ossian. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Ossian. Visitation hours at the funeral chapel, 120 West Mill St., will be Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Mr. Houtz died Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. He had worked at Phelps Dodge, Wayne Metals and G&L Corp. as a machinist, was an avid fisherman and hunter and a member of the Ossian United Methodist Church. He was born in Wells County July 21, 1913, a son of William Henry and Ida Blanche Sale Houtz. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; a daughter, Sandra Imel of Uniondale; a son, Gerry Houtz of Ossian; a sister, Gladys Fuhrer of Bluffton; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters are deceased. Memorials to the United Methodist Churches at Ossian or Uniondale.

Anna Lou McMullen, 92
A homemaker who made airplane instrument panels during World War II, Anna Lou McMullen, 92, died at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren, where she had been a resident since May 11, 1984. Mrs. McMullen was a native of Colquist County, Georgia, and had resided in Georgia, Tampa, Miami and Key Largo, the latter her residence just prior to entering the Warren home. She was born Sept. 10, 1910, a daughter of Benjamin H. and Mecie Ellen Mullis Stripling. Her marriage in Miami on Nov. 9, 1929 was to Alva H. McMullen, who died Nov. 16, 1987. Surviving are two daughters, Eloise Bryans of Keystone Heights, Fla., and Sonya McMullen of Grand Junction, Colo.; a sister, Pauline Bryan of Sebring, Fla.; a brother, Henry Cecil Stripling of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a future date in Colorado. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery at Warren, Ind. Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel, in Warren is in charge of arrangements.

Dec. 6, 2002

Earl R. Michel, 93
Earl R. Michel, 93, a lifelong Huntington County farmer, died at 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Heritage of Huntington. Mr. Michel, who engaged in farming in Lancaster, Warren and Polk Townships, also worked for 20 years at John Reed Tractor in Huntington. He was a member of St. Peter’s First United Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon and an elder. He was born Aug. 19, 1909 in Huntington County, a son of William and Clara Pflieger Michel. His marriage at Huntington on Feb. 26, 1935 was to Pauline K. Meitzler, who died April 23, 1995. Surviving are a son, Larry D. Michel of Huntington; a daughter, Mrs. William (Linda) Pfister of Munster; a sister, Marjorie Cook of Huntington; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A son, Loyd, two brothers and two sisters are deceased. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel with Pastor Jonathan Heaslet officiating. Interment will be in the St. Peter’s First United Church of Christ Cemetery in Huntington. Visitation hours will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Memorials to the church.

Nancy M. Crowe, 60
Mother of Chris Crowe of Bluffton, Nancy M. Crowe, 60, of Auburn, died Thursday, Dec. 5, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Crowe was an accounts payable clerk at the Auburn city clerk-treasurer’s office. She was born in Wauseon, Ohio. Surviving, in addition to the son in Bluffton, are her husband, David A.; her parents, Walter S. and Mary Helf of Auburn; two other sons, Brent of Dover, Ohio, and Timothy of Dallas; a sister, Karen S. Smith of Waterloo; and four grandchildren. There will be no funeral service or calling hours. Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Home in Garrett. Memorials to Indiana Organ Procurement Organization in Indianapolis.

Marie E. Thompson, 81
Marie E. Thompson, 81, of Bluffton, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Meadowvale Health Care Center in Bluffton. Born in Geneva, she resided formerly in Portland and Pennville. Her husband, Forrest E., died in 1982, and a son, Bobbie E., in 2001. Surviving are four sons, Richard E., Robert E. and Lonnie W., all of Portland, and Donald L. of Middleton; four daughters, Betty A. Fancil, Mary C. Elliott, Mary L. Dailey and Kathy A. Sprunger, all of Berne; two brothers, John Duer and Virgil Duer, both of Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home, Portland Chapel, where calling hours are today from 2 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, west of Portland.

Ralph S. Sample, 92
Burial will be Sunday afternoon in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Ossian for Ralph S. Sample, 92, of Hudson, who died Thursday, Dec. 5, at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Johnson Funeral Home in Hudson, with visitation for two hours prior to the services. Mr. Sample, born in Marvel, Ark., retired in 1972 from General Electric in Fort Wayne after 42 years. His wife, Opal E., died earlier this year and a son, Ralph Jr., died in 2000. Surviving are two grandchildren, Kathy Chambers of Muncie and Keith Sample of Fort Wayne; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Memorials to Helmer United Methodist Church.

Nov. 30, 2002

Josephine P. “Jo” Barnes, 90
A lifelong resident of Wells County, Josephine P. “Jo” Barnes, 90, died at 2:20 a.m. Friday at Christian Care Retirement Community. Mrs. Barnes retired from K-Mart Distribution Center in 1972 after 20 years of service as an order clerk. Prior to moving to Christian Care, she had lived in Petroleum for 55 years, in Bluffton for 14 years, and spent winter months in Osprey, Fla., for 25 years. She was a member of the Petroleum United Methodist Church. Born Aug. 25, 1907 in Wells County to Charles Dennis and Stella Grove Markley, her marriage on Aug. 12, 1933, in Saratoga, Ind., was to Claude O. Barnes, who died Jan. 11, 1999. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. William (Betty) Mann of Bluffton; a son, Charles Ray Barnes of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Bernice Baker of Bluffton and Charleen Roberts of Marion; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Victor Eugene Markley, who died in infancy, and Lewis Markley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Heimach officiating. Burial will be in the Stahl Cemetery. Calling at the funeral home will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. and for one hour prior to services on Monday. Preferred memorials are to Christian Care Retirement Center and Petroleum United Methodist Church.

Hubert V. Dowty, 90
A native of Wells County and retired township deputy assessor in Allen County, Hubert V. Dowty, 90, of Fort Wayne died at 2:35 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. He had been in declining health for some time and seriously ill for the past month. Mr. Dowty retired in 1976 after 16 years as the deputy assessor for Wayne Township in Allen County. Earlier, he had worked for several years as a route driver for Coverall Rental Service. He was born in Lancaster Township, Wells County, July 14, 1912, a son of James W. and Lena Carrosott Dowty. His marriage in Wells County on Oct. 17, 1933 was to Velma R. Van Anda, who died Oct. 24, 2001. The couple had lived in Ossian until moving in 1946 to Fort Wayne. Mr. Dowty was a member of the Simpson United Methodist Church and the Wayne Masonic Lodge 25. Surviving are a son, Don A. of Churubusco; a daughter, Mrs. Perry (Karen L.) Cross of Fort Wayne; a sister, Marjorie Sorg of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren. Three brothers and four sisters are deceased. There will be no public funeral service or calling hours. Shields & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of arrangements. Memorials to Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

Russell A. Searles
A retired former employee of Wabash Magnetics of Huntington, Russell A. Searles, 73, of 312 East 11th St., Warren, died at 11:48 p.m. Thursday at his home. He was an Army veteran of service during the Korean War and he served in Germany from 1951 to 1953. Born Jan. 18, 1929, at Huntington, he was a son of Ernest and Edna L. Harriett Searles. Mr. Searles was a 1947 graduate of Warren High School. His marriage was to Betty Buckland, who preceded him in death on Nov. 26, 1966. Surviving are two sons, Russell Allen Searles of Huntington and Ken Searles of Warren; one daughter, Mrs. Bruce (Diana) Marcum of Huntington; one brother, Robert L. Searles of Angola; two sisters, Mrs. Claude (Mary) Williamson of Warren and Irene Books of Franklin, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, are four brothers and four sisters. Calling will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Glancy Funeral Homes-H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren, where the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday with Pastor Greg Stout officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery at Warren. Military gravesite rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2689 of Huntington.

Viva Fayette Schott, 91
A woman who greeted people and served store business customers over a long career in the Bluffton downtown, Viva Fayette Schott, 91, of 1327 Kenwood Drive, Bluffton, died of sudden illness at 3:38 p.m. Friday at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. A native of Wells County and a 1929 graduate of Bluffton High School, she worked from 1948 to 1958 as a meat cutter at Schott’s Meat Market in downtown Bluffton, the business of her husband, Terrell W. “Bud” Schott. She also worked as a clerk for three years at the P.N. Hirsch Company store at Market and Johnson Streets in the downtown, and then as a clerk at the G.C. Murphy on West Market Street in the Bluffton business district before her retirement in 1973. She was born Sept. 30, 1911, to Harry and Blanche Page Chalfant. Her marriage to Terrell W. “Bud” Schott was in Bluffton on Oct. 24, 1932. He died May 30, 1981. Mrs. Schott was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bluffton and Crescent Chapter #48 of Eastern Star, Paradise Rebekah Lodge #83, and was the treasurer of Capri II Friends from 1981 to 1996. For the past six years, she lived at the home of Sam and Margaret McAfee at the Kenwood Drive address. Margaret McAfee was a granddaughter. Surviving is a brother, J. C. Chalfant of North Hollywood, California; five grandchildren, Amanda (Schott) Brown, Margaret (Schott) McAfee, Zachary Schott, Victor Schott and John Douglas Schott, all of Bluffton, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, John Terry Schott, and a brother, Senior Chalfant. Calling will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the funeral service Monday at the Thoma-Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home. Eastern Star services will be at 7 p.m. Sunday by Crescent Chapter #48. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Bud Abrams officiating. Burial will be in Alberson Cemetery in Adams County. Preferred memorials are to the First Baptist Church.

Dorothy M. Songer, 75
Retired since August of 1982 from the Guide Division of General Motors after 33 years of service in production, Dorothy M. Songer, 75, of 801 Huntington Ave., Warren, died at 6:38 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren. Formerly of Anderson, she had entered the United Methodist Memorial Home at Warren in 2000. Mrs. Songer enjoyed reading and singing in the church choir through her active years. She was a member of the 5th Street United Methodist Church in Anderson. A native of Anderson, she was born Jan. 17, 1927, to Earl and Marie Stroup Keesling. She was a 1945 graduate of Anderson High School Her marriage was on June 26, 1947, at Anderson to Robert N. Songer. who survives at Anderson Also surviving are one son, Steve W. Songer of Terre Haute; one brother, James Keesling of Warren; three sisters, Mary Keesling and Mrs. Lloyd (Jean) Bault, both of Warren, and Olive Egan of Las Vegas, Nevada, and three grandsons at Terre Haute. Two brothers and a sister are deceased. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel with Rev. Paul Wohlford officiating. Burial will be in the Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be no calling at the cemetery. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 4204, South Bend, Indiana 46634. Glancy Funeral Homes-H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren, is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Pratt, 89 — Rites Pending
Formerly of Andrews, Ruth Pratt, 89, a resident of the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren, died at 10:08 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel.


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