Thomas A. Guthrie
Thomas A. Guthrie, 66, of 2804 Manitou Park Dr., Rochester, IN, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997 at Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, IN, following a short illness. He was born March 10, 1931 at Kalamazoo, MI to Robert and Nina Guthrie, both deceased. He had resided in Rochester since 1973, coming from Chicago, IL.
He married Marilyn Murphy Dec. 18, 1954 at Oak Park, IL. She survives in Palm Springs, CA. He was the establisher, owner and President of Jobsite Trailer Corp. of Rochester since 1971. He was a bee keeper, and he had invented a mobile honey kitchen. He was first to establish a Chamber Office for the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Rochester, of which he helped establish the Mission of Mary from the Church. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and Elks Lodge, both of Rochester. He was a veteran of U.S. Airforce and a 1956 graduate of the University of Illinois.
Survivors include four sons - Glenn of Portland, Maine, James and wife Lisa of San Diego, CA, Jack of Rochester, and William and wife Laura of Los Angeles, CA; four grandchildren - Aloma, Leona and Ryan Guthrie of Portland, Maine and Grant Guthrie of Los Angeles.
Private services were held this morning (Wednesday) at the Foster & Good Funeral Home in Rochester, and they were follows by a public memorial mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester; a gathering was held at the Parrish Hall of the Church after the mass. Father John Zahn officiated, and burial was in Rochester I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Rochester.
J. Fred Blocher
J. Fred Blocher, 93, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, and formerly of Laketon, IN, died Monday afternoon at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. He was born July 15, 1904 at Norwich, N.D. to John and Anna (Brown) Blocher. He married Mildred Mae Mohler Dec. 24, 1931 and she preceded him in death May 8, 1992.
Mr. Blocher was a farmer, and retired from General Tire of Wabash after 28 years.
Survivors include daughters Mrs. Clarence (Ardis) Reavis and Mrs. Otto (Barbara) Basore, both of North Manchester; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Clement (Virginia) Skiles of Bringhurst, IN; a sister, Dora Hadler of Norwich, N./D.; 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. A son, Taurel Blocher preceded him in death in 1978; also two brothers and five sisters.
Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, which is in charge of arrangements, Thursday, Oct. 23 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 24, at 10:00 a.m. at the North Manchester Old German Baptist church with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial will be in Old German Baptist Cemetery of North Manchester.
Ira Cook Jr.
Ira Ernest Cook, Jr., 72, of 1609 Hardee Road, Kinston, N.C., died Oct. 9 at Duke University Hospital. Services were held at Queen Street United Methodist Church October 13th with the Rev. M. Whitfield Warren Jr. officiating.
Mr. Cook was a retired banker and member of the Queen Street United Methodist Church as well as the Golden Age Kiwanis club.
Survivors include his wife, Helen F. Cook; a niece, Mary Beth Cannon of Martinsville, VA; a nephew, David Draper of Martinsville, VA and a brother-in-law, Norval Faurot, Jr. of North Manchester.
Memorial contributions may be made to Queen Street United Methodist Church Trust Fund or Lenoir County Unit of American Cancer Society. Edwards Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Icie R. Smith
Icie R. Smith, 83, of 9656S 100E, Claypool, IN died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997 at ExtendaCare Nursing Home, Rochester, IN. She was born Sept. 23, 194 at Prestonburg, KY to Tom and Alice (Hackworth) Adams. She married Earl Smith Sept. 12, 1931 in Prestonburg, and he died July 6, 1983.
She was a homemaker, and had operated a grocery store in Packerton, IN. She was a member of the Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God of Silver Lake, IN.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Carmel (Opal) Manns, of Silver Lake; two sons - Tom (wife Marlene) Smith of Akron, IN and Paul (wife Carol) Smith of Claypool; a sister, Eva Smith of Akron, IN; 10 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and nine great-great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, Curtis and a brother, Ortie Adams.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997 at the Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God of Silver Lake, with the Revs. Frank and Albert Whitaker officiating. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery of Claypool, IN. Hartzler Funeral Home of Akron was in charge of arrangements.
Anna M. Baker
Anna Marie Baker, 83, a resident of Community Care Center of Wabash, IN, died Oct.. 18, 1997 at Community Care Center. She was born Jan. 14, 1914 at Ashtabula County, OH, to John A. and Rosa Alice (Friermood) Sharp. She was a homemaker, married to Paul Corder Baker July 25, 1931; he preceded her in death Jan. 20, 1980.
Survivors include a son, William M. Baker of Wabash; a sister, Mrs. Mary E. Park of Natatia, TX; two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Three brothers and seven sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Eddingfield--DeLaughter Mortuary of Wabash, and burial was in Garden of Memory in Huntington County, IN. Pastor Steve Parks officiated the services.
N. Ritter Lavengood
N. Ritter Lavengood, 90, of 100 James Blvd., Signal Mountain, TN, died October 14, 1997 at Alexian Village of Signal Mountain, TN. He was born May 26, 1907 at Roann, IN to N.P. and Lulu (Ritter) Lavengood.
Mr. Lavengood married August Downey May 12, 1934 and she died Dec. 22, 1983. He married Ethel Jones Dec. 28, 1984 and she died February 1994. He attended Wabash Schools, Indiana University and Detroit City College. After banking experiences in both Detroit and Wabash, he was with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. for 38 years, having served as District Agent for 27 years in Wabash, IN. He received the National Quality Award from the National Association of Life Underwriters, with membership in the Million-Dollar Round Table. He was president of the Marion-Wabash Life Underwriters Association and in 1972 was given its Life Underwriter-of-the-Year Award.
His community activities included Boy Scout leadership; Presbyterian Church membership where he was a Sunday School teacher and participated both on the elder and the deacon's board. He served on the Wabash City School Board for six years, was a charter member of the Wabash Exchange Club, serving as its second president, as well as being a state president. He served on the Community Service Board for 15 years, serving as its president for two years. He also had membership in the Associated Charities for 26 years.
He was a member of the Wabash Christian Church and was a member of the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club. He was active in the Lone Oak Community Center in Signal Mountain TN, which added needy persons with food and household goods.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. F. Roberts (Susan) Hanning of Cedarburg, WI' a son, N. Peter Lavengood of Nashville, IN; and five grandchildren. Two sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Manchester Avenue Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen, with Rev. Ron Zorn officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash. Preferred memorials are to Wabash Christian Church and Wabash County Cancer Society.
Alfred L. Young
Alfred Lee Young, 46, of 503 1/2 South Street, North Manchester, died Sunday, January 25, 1998 at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis. He was born Jan. 28, 1951 at Mishawaka, IN to the late Luther F. Young and Zelpha Marie (Becraft) Young of Akron, IN.
He was an employee of Hi-Grade Processors of North Manchester, IN for ten years.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two brothers - Floyd Eugene Young of Palm Bay, FL and Gerald Young of Santa Fe, TX; and two sisters - Mrs. Howard (Joyce) Day of Roann, and Geraldine Friend of North Manchester.
Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester today (Wednesday) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral will be held at the Mortuary Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Don Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.
Tressia Mae Crist Butcher
Tressia Mae Crist Butcher, 88, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. She was born Mar. 3, 1909 in Huntington County, IN to John and Alice (Bolinger) France.
She married John Marshall Crist Sr. on Feb. 12, 1927 and he died Nov. 5, 1969; her second marriage was to John C. Butcher Jan. 27, 1973 and he died April 29, 1978. She was a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Fisher of Clearwater, FL; three sons - John Crist of Roann, IN, Clifford Crist of North Manchester, and James Crist of Silver Lake; a step daughter, Charlotte Hoff of Whitee, WI; four step sons - Fred Butcher of Rochester, IN, Bob Butcher and Ronnie Butcher, both of Denver, IN, and David Butcher of Peru, IN; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, two step daughters, a sister and a brother.
Friends may call Wednesday (today) from 2 to 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, 335 S. Chippewa, Roann. Funeral service will take place at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998 at 10P:30 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial will be in Roann Community Cemetery.
Preferred memorial is to the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.
Patsy C. Hathaway
Patsy C. Hathaway, 53, of 10357 S. Edgewater Dr., Silver Lake, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998 at her residence. She was born May 13, 1944 at Warsaw, IN. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Hathaway of Silver Lake; her mother, Violet Baublit and stepfather, Kenneth Baublit of Silver Lake, IN; two daughters - Kimmie Graham of Warsaw and Jaclyn Denney of Silver Lake; a step daughter, Kelly Hathaway of Silver Lake; two sons - Kyle W. Allen of Silver Lake and Kip D. Allen of Warsaw; a stepson, Jeff W. Hathaway of North Manchester; a step sister, Dawn Kay Baublit of Minnesota; two brothers, Larry Speigle of Warsaw and James Speigle of Plymouth; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral was held today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998 at Casey Lloyd Funeral Home, Strong Chapel, of Silver Lake, IN with the Rev. Chad Burkhart officiating. Burial was in Lake View Cemetery of Silver Lake, IN.
Mandalene B. Waggoner
Mandalene Bechdol Waggoner, 80, of 114 E. Harrison, Wabash, IN died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998 at her residence. She was born Nov. 23, 1917 at Peru, IN to William and Kie (Overly) Martin.
She married Raymond (Peanut) Bechdol July 7, 1937; he died Dec. 19, 1972. Her second marriage was to John Waggoner April 8, 1976. She was a member of the Wabash Women of the Moose and a 1935 graduate of Peru High School. She was retired from Gackenheimer's in 1977.
Survivors include her husband, John Waggoner of Wabash; three daughters - Mrs. Bill (Sandra) Conley of LaFontaine, IN, Mrs. Leon (Kie Ann) Kirk of Wabash, and Mrs. Robert (Mary) Snyder of Cornelius, NC; a step son, Keith Waggoner of Kingston, TN; three step daughters - Lottie Waggoner of Wabash, Paula Stephens of Somerset, and Donna Myers of Roann; 20 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash, with the Rev. L. C. Schuchardt officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.
Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society or the Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice.
Arnold O. Hipskind
Arnold O. Hipskind, 88, of 111N 2nd St. Box 115, Urbana, IN, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998 at his home. He was born Nov. 15, 1909 in Wabash County, IN to Ernest P. and Emma (Lachmann) Hipskind. He was a 1927 graduate of Urbana High School, and had lived in Urbana since 1924.
He married Edith Metzger May 12, 1948 in Urbana. He retired in 1974 after 43 years with Peabody Seating Company of North Manchester. He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, and a charter member of Urbana Lions club which was founded in 1952. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Hipskind of Urbana; four daughters - Mrs. Wayne (Sally) Gerald of Columbia City; Mrs. John (Mary Lou) Prahl of Elkhart, Mrs. Cecil (Jo Ellen) Weaver of Wabash, and Mrs. Mark (Jill) Guthrie of Claypool; a brother, Jack Hipskind of Warsaw and a sister Mrs. David (Gladys) Holycross of Urbana; and seven grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Pastor Ken Parsons officiating. Cremation will take place with a private committal service at a later date.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Fern L. Benson
Fern L. Benson, 91, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. She was born Oct. 21, 1906 in Wabash County to William B. and Grace (Hower) Lambert. She married Lyman H. Benson on Jan. 29, 1942 in Hartford City, IN; he died April 9, 1991.
She was a member of the Christian Church in Majenica. She has been a North Manchester resident since 1953.
Survivors include four sisters - Jeanette Welling of North Olmsted, OH, Bernice Mindala of North Manchester, Joanna Close of Huntington, and Lenora Norris of Larwill; four brothers - Wayne Lambert of Waynedale, Maynard Lambert of Flint, MI, Raymond Lambert of North Manchester, and Ted Lambert of Disko, IN. Nine brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998 at Peabody Chapel, Peabody Retirement Community, with the Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Peabody Foundation.
Gerald H. Miller
Gerald H. Miller, 87, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998 at Parkview Hospital. A native of Marshall County, IN, he had been a Fort Wayne resident since 1969.
He became involved in music early in his life. After graduating from Manchester College with a Public School music degree, his first job was with Chester High School, North Manchester where he taught both vocal and instrumental music. In 1943-45 he moved to New Haven where he continued involvement with music, but came back to North Manchester where he taught band, orchestra, glee clubs, and led choirs in United Methodist Church and the Church of the Brethren. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren.
He was President of the NISBOVA organization in 1958. Other cities at which he taught were schools in Huntington and Fort Wayne and retired from school teaching in 1978. He continued his music by directing choirs at the New Haven Methodist Church, First Christian Bell Choir, First Presbyterian Church, Bethel Methodist Choir, and retired in 1996 to "pass it on", as he wrote, to other musicians.
He is survived by his wife, Esther Miller of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Rosmarin K. Miller and Sharyl D. Crow, both of Erlanger, KY; a brother, Floyd Miller of Granger, IN; eight sisters, Ilo Schultz of Lovington, IL, Lucille Grabill and Velma Kensinger, both of Goshen, IN, Olive Snyder of Fountain, MI, Erma Hisey of Union, MI, Charlene Bloom of Michigan, Frances Kirby of Elkhart, IN, Peggy Zeiger of Atlanta, GA; a son-in-law, Steven Crow; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two brothers - LeVon and Robert Miller, and a sister, Fern Tomaszewski.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 24, 1998 at Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, Ft. Wayne. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, located west of North Manchester, IN.
D. O. McComb, 1140 Lake Ave., Ft. Wayne, IN was in charge of arrangements.