Terry L. Smitley
Terry L. Smitley, 52, rural Decatur, a lifelong Adams County resident, died at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday at his business, Sir Lunch-a-Lot, in Decatur.
He was born on June 27, 1947 in Decatur to Herbert and Virginia Worden Smitley, who live in Decatur. He married Sylvia Buettner on October 15, 1972; she also survives.
He was a deputy sheriff with the Adams County Sheriff's Department from January, 1971 to March, 1999, when he retired. He was named by Sheriff Bill Crone as the director of the Adams County Community Corrections Center at the county jail after he ended his service as a deputy sheriff.
During his law enforcement career, he served with Sheriffs Harold August, Tom Coolman, Kerry Uhrick, and Bill Crone; was deputy chief for four years; was in charge of the sheriff's reserves for many years; and became the first canine officer in the county. He also was a candidate for the Democratic nomination to be sheriff in 1986.
In 1987, Mr. Smitley and Tom Coolman founded Sir Lunch-A-Lot and operated it jointly until 1990, when Smitley bought Coolman's share of the business.
Prior to joining the sheriff's department, he worked at the Fruehauf Trailer plant in Fort Wayne.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Berne and had been active in jail ministries for many years.
Other survivors are a daughter, Dianna D. Smitley of Decatur; three brothers, Nick Smitley of Fort Wayne and Mike and Ronnie "Sam" Smitley, both of Decatur; four sisters, Arlene Wallace of Fort Wayne, Sandy Stevens of Bradenton, Florida; Mrs. John (Joyce) Buck of Muncie; and Mrs. Mick (Becky) Gage of Decatur; and a granddaughter.
Two sisters are deceased, Sharon Smitley and Brenda Duff.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, with burial in Salem United Church of Christ Cemetery at Magley.
Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
Preferred memorials are to the jail ministry of Bethel Brethren in Christ Church at Berne or to the Harley Smitley Education Fund.
Marcelene T. Gorrell
Marcelene T. Gorrell, 85, Grabill, died Friday in St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Among survivors are a daughter and two sons, including David P. Gorrell of Berne.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Harlan United Methodist Church, with burial in Scipio Cemetery at Harlan. Visiting hours are 3-8 p.m. Tuesday in Hockemeyer Funeral Home, Harlan.
Elizabeth Eicher, 87, rural Berne, died at 11:17 a.m. Monday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born on April 30, 1912 in Adams County to Jacob P. and Elizabeth Schwartz Schwartz and married Amos Eicher on September 26, 1932; he died in December of 1973.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish.
Surviving are four sons, Ben A. and Harvey A. Eicher, both of rural Berne; Amos A. Eicher of rural Bluffton; and Leroy A. Eicher of rural Quincy, Michigan; five daughters, Mrs. Jesse (Emily) Yoder of rural Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Mrs. Solomon (Salome) Wengerd and Mrs. Jake (Mary) Christner, both of rural Berne; Mrs. Dan (Delila) Wickey of rural Phoenix, Arizona; and Mrs. David (Rosie) Wickey of rural Milroy, Indiana; a sister, Rose Yoder of rural Geneva; a brother, Jacob E. Schwartz of rural Berne; 49 grandchildren; 195 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
A son, Jacob A. Eicher, is deceased. Three sisters are also deceased; Caroline Christner and Kate and Maggie Schwartz. Seven brothers are also deceased: Menno E., Reuben E., Noah E., Joe E., Enos E., Joel E., and Sam E. Schwartz.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Mrs. Eicher's home, 7267 S. County Rd., 150 East, rural Berne. Burial will be in Schwartz Cemetery, rural Monroe.
Visiting hours are until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday in the residence.
Funeral arrangements were by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Eldonna M. Amstutz
Eldonna M. Amstutz, 64, Berne, died at 3:15 a.m. Saturday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born on October 15, 1934 in Adams County to Edgar and Savilla Roth Habegger and married Richard E. Amstutz on November 8, 1956. He survives.
She was a former employee at the CTS Corp. plant in Berne, with 20 years of service, and attended First Missionary Church in Berne.
Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Dale (Debra) Wilson of Fort Wayne; two sons, Randall L. Amstutz of Berne and Michael W. Amstutz of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Hannah Schaadt of Berne, Mrs. William "Mac" (Katherine) Smith of Geneva, and Mrs. Robert (Sarah) Amstutz of Granada Hills, California; three brothers, Ben Habegger of Bluffton, Paul Habegger of Geneva, and Alvin Habegger of Berne; and six grandchildren.
Two brothers are deceased: Chester and Howard Habegger.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in First Missionary Church, Berne, with burial in MRE Cemetery, west of Berne.
Visiting hours are until 9 p.m. today and 8-9 a.m. Tuesday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church for mission projects.
Ralph C. Jolley Jr.
Ralph C. "Bud" Jolley Jr., 84, Lima, Ohio, died October 27 in St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. Among survivors are a son and two daughters, including Mrs. Donald (Madge) Wilson of Convoy, Ohio.
Funeral services were held today in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with burial there in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Judson J. Carey
Judson J. Carey, 39, Fort Wayne, died Monday in Lutheran Hospial, Fort Wayne.
Among survivors are a son; his mother; two brothers; and a grandmother, Edna Carey of Decatur.
Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday in D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with visitation from 10 a.m.-noon that day.
L. Marie Walker
L. Marie Walker, 87, North Manchester, died Friday in Timbercrest Healthcare Center. Among survivors are two daughters, including Sharon K. Allspaw of Monroe, and a sister.
Funeral services were held today, with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery at North Manchester.
Claire J. Springer
Claire J. Sprunger, 81, Fort Wayne, a native of Berne, died Friday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Among survivors are a son; a daughter; a brother, Ornell P. Sprunger of Berne; and a sister.
Funeral services were held today, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne.
Lawrence E. Nichter
Lawrence E. Nichter, 74, Fort Wayne, died September 22 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Among survivors are his wife, Bethel; two sons; three sisters; and six brothers, including Robert A. Nichter of Poe.
Funeral services were held today, with burial in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
Orlo B. Fox
Orlo B. Fox, 81, South Bend, died there October 28. Among survivors are his wife, H. Irene, and two sons. including Kim R. Fox of Decatur.
Funeral services were held today in Volinia, Michigan, with burial there in Crane Cemetery.
Madonna M. Bricker
Madonna M. Bricker, 83, Celina, died February 17 in Celina Manor Nursing Home.
Among survivors are three daughters; two sons; two sisters; two brothers, including Eugene Fullenkamp of Decatur; a brother-in-law; and two sisters-in-law, including Alice Fullenkamp of Decatur.
Funeral services were held today, with burial in Elm Grove Cemetery at St. Marys, Ohio.
Carl Wyneken, 97, Fresno, California, died September 19 in Fresno. He was a native of Convoy, Ohio. Among survivors are his wife, Lela; a son; and a daughter.
A memorial service was held Saturday in Fresno, with graveside services at 9 a.m. this Friday in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne.
Marge B. Stolz
Madge B. Stolz, 92, Rockford, Ohio, a native of New Corydon, Indiana, died Friday in Shane Hill Nursing Home.
Among survivors are a daughter; two sons; and three sisters, Doris Buckingham of Berne, Clara Walter of Geneva, and Gretchen Snyder of Decatur.
Funeral services were held today in Bryant, Indiana, with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Portland.
Fernand "Keith" Cornelius, 70, Decatur, died at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in the extended care unit of Adams County Memorial Hospital.
He was born on December 5, 1929 in Sullivan County, Indiana, to Camille and Alma Comstock Cornelius. He married Rebecca Price on February 12, 1949; she survives.
He retired in 1985 after a 37-year career with the Fruehauf trailer company in Fort Wayne.
Other survivors are two sons, Gregory Cornelius of Fort Wayne and Joel Cornelius of Kendallville; two daughters, Denise Cornelius of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Stuart (Kelly) Tuttle of Waterloo; two brothers, Arthur Cornelius of Linton and Eugene Cornelius of Dunedin, Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Donald (Martha) Weber of Fort Wayne and Carolyn Morgan of Brownsburg; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A brother, Augie Cornelius, is deceased.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, with graveside services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Dugger Cemetery at Dugger. Visiting hours are 6-9 p.m. Thursday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
Preferred memorials are to the Adams County unit of the American Cancer Society.
Earl E. Case
Earl E. "Whitey" Case, 62, rural Ohio City, Ohio, died at 6:56 a.m. Sunday in Van Wert County Hospital at Van Wert, Ohio.
William J. Baker
William J. Baker, 47, Grabill, a native of Monroeville, died Friday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
R. Dean Wolfe
R. Dean Wolfe, 70, Wolcottville, died January 19 at home.
Adolph F. Dietrich
Adolph F. "Deac" Dietrich, 81, Fort Wayne, died at 12:45 a.m. Saturday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, having been in failing health for several months.
Raymond H. Kolter
Raymond H. Kolter, 80, Decatur, died at 6:15 a.m. today in Woodcrest. Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
Oran A. Watts
Oran A. Watts, 89, rural Decatur, died at 11:54 p.m. Friday in Adams County Memorial Hospital.
Ricarda H. Villagomez
Ricarda H. Villagomez, 93, Berne, died at home at 1 a.m. Thursday.
Margaret E. Whitacre
Margaret E. Whitacre, 62, Fort Wayne, died Thursday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Melvin H. Tinkham
Melvin H. Tinkham, 76, 333 Bollman St., died at 6:06 p.m. Wednesday in Adams County Memorial Hospital.
Juhn P. Jones
Juhn P. Jones, age unavailable, of Atlanta, Georgia, died January 14.
Michael Scott Copsey
Michael Scott Copsey, 40, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, died in South Crest Hospital at Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wednesday.
James E. Back
James E. Back, 73, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, died Wednesday in Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown, West Virginia.
Adrian G. Burke
Adrian G. Burke, 92, rural Decatur, a Democratic member of the Decatur City Council from 1943-51, died at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday in Adams County Memorial Hospital.