Dennis N. ‘Grizzly’ Ross
Memorial services for Dennis N. “Grizzly” Ross, 55, Logansport, will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Gundrum Funeral Home.
He died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009, in his residence.
Born July 6, 1953, in Logansport, he was the son of Neal and Gracie Norman Ross. He was married Dec. 28, 1994, in Logansport, to Cindy Lee Robison, who survives.
Dennis was the former owner of Hard Times Custom Cycle and was also a former mechanic and driver for Gangloff Industries.
He was a life member of the North American Fishing Club. Dennis enjoyed motorcycles his entire life, not just riding them but also working on them. Dennis was a 1971 graduate of Pioneer High School.
Also surviving are daughter, Erin Smith and husband David, Arizona; stepsons, Joshua Slusser and wife Lori, and Patrick Slusser, all of Logansport; brother, Ron Ross and wife Cally, Missouri; several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The Rev. Scott Ellison will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Guardian Angel Hospice or the American Diabetes Association.
Fred E. Hartle
ROCHESTER — A funeral Mass for Fred E. Hartle, 87, Rochester, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester.
He passed away at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2009, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 4, 1922, in Burrows Camp, the son of Fred and Maude Passmore Hartle. On May 16, 1946, in San Antonio, Texas, he was married to Agnes Imogene Foerg. She preceded in death on March 6, 2009.
He a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps of World War II.
Mr. Hartle retired from Libby’s in Kokomo, and had also worked as an optician.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed flying, woodworking, yard work, gardening and reading.
Survivors include his sons, Wes and wife Jean Hartle, Logansport, and Ken and wife Ellen Hartle, Riverside, Calif.; daughter, Chris Sewell, Macy; grandchildren, Tracy Cochrane, Ocoee, Fla., Shawn Hartle, Corona, Calif., and Jon Hartle, Stafford, Va.; four stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat- grandchildren; half brothers, Keith Mills, Michigan City, and Ralph Mills, Ohio; half sister, Iris Nova, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, one half brother and one half sister.
The Revs. Bert Woolson and Joseph Jacob will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Winamac.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.
Steven Leslie Royer
CAMDEN — Burial for Steven Leslie Royer, 64, Camden, will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Musselman Cemetery in Camden. Services will follow at 10 a.m. in Deer Creek German Baptist Brethren Church, one mile south of Camden.
He passed away at 11:40 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2009, as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at his home, 3710 N. Ind. 75, Camden.
Reinke Funeral Home, Flora, is in charge of arrangements.
Geneva L. Russell
PERU — Services for Geneva L. Russell, 95, Peru, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home.
She died at 11:05 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2009, in Chase Center in Logansport.
Born Jan. 24, 1914, in Clayborn, Tenn., she was the daughter of Elick Walker and Sally Ann Hansard. She was married May 4, 1935, to R.A. “Red” Russell, who preceded in death Feb. 6, 1997.
Geneva was a longtime member of the Butler Happy Homemakers Club. She was a Christian lady and loved canning, gardening and raising flowers. She loved to write poems and stories and loved to sing. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Geneva was the youngest of 13 children.
Surviving are grandchildren, Alisa (Curtis) Appleton, Burrows, Debbie (Donnie) Wilson, and Sherri (Donald) Storey, all of Logansport, and Steven (Linda) Russell, Rossville; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Austin, Zachary, Ashley, Rachel, Phillip, Loren, Holly, Rodney and Andrea; and very special friends, John and June Troyer.
She was preceded in death by a son, R.A. Russell Jr.; five brothers; and seven sisters.
Pastor Charles Azbell will officiate. Burial will be in Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County.
Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Butler Happy Homemakers Club.
Dorothy L. Ratliff Smith
DELPHI — Services for Dorothy L. Ratliff Smith, 94, formerly of rural Carroll County, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Radnor United Methodist Church, where she will lie in state one hour before the service.
She died at 9 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2009, in her residence in Camden.
The Revs. Edwin Selvidge, Dr. William Selvidge and Jeremy Selvidge will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Carroll County.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Abbott Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International, St. Elizabeth Hospice, and Radnor United Methodist Church.
Private services for Pauline Lynch, 90, Goshen, formerly of Logansport, will be held at a later date.
She died at 4:12 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at The Maples at Waterford Crossing, Goshen.
Born Dec. 12, 1917, in Logansport, she was the daughter of Ernest and Mary Fosler Shanks. She was married Oct. 5, 1957, in Logansport, to William Richard “Dick” Lynch, who preceded her in death on July 29, 1991.
A 1938 graduate of Logansport High School, Mrs. Lynch had been employed at RBM Manufacturing in Logansport. She had been a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Goshen.
Surviving are sister-in-law, Dorothy Allen, Indianapolis; one niece, Virginia Lynch, New York; three nephews, Phillip Durbin, Florida, Gerald Durbin, Alabama, and J. Richard Allen, Virginia; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ernestine Shanks and Dolores Shanks; and one brother, Carl Shanks.
Kroeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ray Allen Steele
MEDARYVILLE — Services for Ray Allen Steele, 86, Crown Point, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Frain Mortuary, Querry-Ulbricht Chapel.
He died at 2:54 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2008, in St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point.
Don Nedza will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery, Medaryville.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Medaryville Lions Club.
Betty P. McFatridge
Services for Betty P. McFatridge, 85, Logansport, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Gundrum Funeral Home.
She died at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2008, in Homewood Health Campus in Lebanon.
Born Feb. 3, 1923, in Logansport, she was the daughter of Glen Pearson and Marie Rose Mode. She was married April 5, 1944, in Logansport, to Thomas Wayne McFatridge, who preceded in death Oct. 16, 2003.
Betty retired from the RBM and was a homemaker.
She enjoyed quilting and playing her organ.
Surviving are daughters, Pam Jones and husband, Bill, Carmel, Linda Barr and husband, Gary, Crawfordsville, and Sharon Allen and husband, Rich, Logansport; son, Bob McFatridge and wife, Renee, Tampa, Fla.; sister, Mary Buttice and husband, John, Logansport; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and three great-grandchildren.
Dr. Horace Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Ever-Rest Memorial Park.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association and to the American Alzheimer’s Association.
Robert R. Riewoldt
ROCHESTER — A celebration of life for Robert R. Riewoldt, 77, Rochester, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home.
He died Wednesday, May 7, 2008.
Robert graduated from Logansport High School in 1948. After graduation, he was beckoned to serve our country with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Upon his return, he enrolled at Fort Wayne Business College, where he earned a degree in business. He was a 57-year member of American Legion Post 424 in Bourbon.
As a woodworking craftsman, Robert was delighted to create custom gifts for family and special friends. These beautiful presents included lamps, cabinets, rocking horses and wind mills, and birdhouses are among his most appreciated. He also built model vintage airplanes from balsa wood, ships and carved miniature statues, including a miniature-scale model of himself.
As an avid walker, Robert strode along the Woodlawn Trail with his loving wife, Barbara, or his wonderful canine companion, “Happy,” the Walker Hound. Whenever Robert exclaimed, “Let’s take a drive in the buggy,” his family headed for the car. He will always be remembered for his spicy vernacular and superb sense of humor.
Prior to Barb’s passing on Oct. 27, 2006, she and Robert were like two peas in a pod — inseparable. Friends and family rarely saw one without the other. As a prominent dessert connoisseur, his most favorite delectable delights were peanut butter pie and Fudgesicles. He was noted as a meticulous record-keeper and authored his personal tool and die reference guide.
Bringing Robert great satisfaction was helping others. Many times he would complete residential wiring for friends. An avid NASCAR fan, he cheered for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Television provided an enjoyable pastime — there wasn’t a week without watching “Law & Order.”
The Rev. Woody Slade will officiate. He will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Barbara. Military graveside rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 424 of Bourbon.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and one hour before services Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice.
Eldon Eugene ‘Gene’ Conrad
MONTICELLO — Services for Eldon Eugene “Gene” Conrad, 83, rural Carroll County, Idaville, will be held at noon Wednesday in Hickory Grove Church, 9714N 700W, Delphi.
He died at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008, in his residence.
Pastor Ken Smith will officiate at the services. Burial, with full military rites, will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Carroll County.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to Hickory Grove Church.
Miller-Roscka Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Clara L. Parker
MENTONE — Services for Clara L. Parker, 88, Warsaw and Sebring, Fla., will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in King Memorial Home.
She died at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 10, 2009, in Miller’s Merry Manor in Warsaw.
The Rev. Gail Law will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.
M. Madeline Myers Bryant
ROCHESTER — Services for Margaret Madeline Myers Bryant, 86, Rochester, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home in Rochester.
She died at 2:35 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2008, in Rochester.
Born Jan. 23, 1922, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Omar Patrick and Ethel Vanata McLochlin. In September 1956, she was married to Ray F. Myers, who preceded in death in November 1990. In November 1994, she was married to William Bryant, who preceded in death in 2001.
She was a 1940 graduate of Grass Creek High School.
Mrs. Bryant retired from Delco Electronics in Kokomo, in 1987. She enjoyed the Red Hat Society and loved to play cards.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Pier and husband Paul Grube, Rochester; grandsons, Jeff Grube and Gary Grube, both of Rochester, and Shawn Grube and wife, Brooke, West Lafayette; great-grandchildren, Brad Grube and Ashlin Grube, both of Rochester, Sophie Grube, Kelsey Grube and Ian Grube, all of West Lafayette; sister-in-law, Marquitta McLochlin; and lots of cool cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Eldon “Pat” McLochlin.
The Rev. Timothy Grayless will officiate. Private burial will take place at Bruce Lake Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour before services Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Elizabeth I. Eller
FLORA — Services for Elizabeth I. Eller, 80, Flora, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Living Faith Church of the Brethren.
She passed away at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center in Delphi.
Born Jan. 31, 1928, in Flora, she was the daughter of Basil and Faye Cline Ayres. On May 2, 1947, she was married to Dale L. Eller at the Church of the Brethren in Flora. He preceded her on May 21, 2003.
She was a 1946 graduate of Flora High School. She had been employed at Stephan’s IGA for 16 years, Graham’s Corner and Eller Service Station, all in Flora.
She was a member of the Living Faith Church of the Brethren, and she was one of the local founders of the Delta Theta Chi Sorority, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and had been assistant mother adviser to the Rainbow Girls.
She is survived by four daughters, Shirley Chodorowski and husband, Tom, Florida, Rita Hudelson and husband, Jerry, Lafayette, Janet Kingen and husband, Mark, Ohio, and Susan Denny and husband, Greg, Flora; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded by two brothers.
Pastor Jeff Tomson will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Flora.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Reinke Funeral Home and one hour before services Wednesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Southern Care Hospice or the Living Faith Church of the Brethren.