Amber Marie Williams, 19, a resident of Vernon Manor Children's Home, Wabash, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998 at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Huntington, IN. She was born Dec. 31, 1978 at Alexandria, IN to Chris E. and Julian Kay (Millinax) Williams, She lived in Indianapolis from 1982 -1984 and in Wabash since 1984.
Survivors include her mother, Julie Kay Secondino of Rochester, WI, her father Chris E. Williams of Indianapolis; two sisters - Laura Jenkins of Indianapolis and Ruby Calandrelli of Alexandria; a brother, Jason Calandrelli of Alexandria; grandmothers Darlene Mullinax of Houston, TX and Betty Williams of Indianapolis; and foster parents Dick and Judy Carpenter of Anderson, IN.
Friends may call one hour prior to funeral service which will be held Thursday, Jan. 15, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, 86 E. Main Street, Wabash. Rev. Jeff Hierholzer will officiate.
Marvel I. Swartz
Marvel I. Swartz, 81, of 4380 E 850 S, Claypool, IN, died Saturday, January 17, 1998 at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN. She was born Nov. 29, 1916 at Algona, Iowa to Emra and Edith (Hardman) Mowan. She married Karl Swartz at Sidney, Indiana March 21, 1940 and she resided in the Sidney, IN area for 57 years.
A homemaker, she was a 1934 Sidney High School graduate. She was a member of the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, Sidney, IN, where she was a long-time Sunday School teacher, and former superintendent of the children's department. She was also a member of the Jackson Township Junior Home Economics club.
Survivors include her husband, Karl Swartz of Claypool, IN; two daughters - Mrs. John (Shirley) Dome of Sidney, and Mrs. Fred (Jeannine) Homburg of Warsaw, IN; a son, Stanley Swartz of Warsaw; a sister, Marjorie Revis of Fort Wayne, IN and a brother Robert Mowan of Churubusco, IN; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998 at the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, Sidney, IN with Pastors Sam Han and David Doudt officiating. Burial was in Spring Creek Cemetery, Sidney.
McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel of Warsaw was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society, or the charity of the donor's choice.
Robert E. France, Sr.
Robert Eugene France, Sr., 68, of 324 Ferry St. Wabash, IN, died Saturday, January 17, 1998 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash, IN. He was born Oct. 4, 1929 at Wabash to Roy and Lola Marguerite (Bundy) France.
A resident of Wabash County all of his life, he married Ila Vay Smith Oct. 6, 1956 in Huntington. He was a retired truck driver for Pierceton Trucking. He retired in October, 1991 after 30 years service. He was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church in North Manchester and the Wabash Moose Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Ila Vay France of Wabash; a son, Robert E. France Jr. of Servia, IN; a stepson Jerry D. Newman of North Manchester; a daughter Shirley France of North Manchester; six brothers - Jack, Howard, and Jim, all of Wabash, Ronnie of North Manchester, Roger of Roann, and Rex of Urbana; two sisters, Juanite Gaines and Sharon Kay France, both of Wabash; eight grandchildren and three great grand-children. A son Tommy Dale and daughter Sandra Kay preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, 86 E. Main St., Wabash, IN with Pastor J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Frances Slocum Cemetery in Wabash County.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
Peter W. Newcomb
Peter "Pete" William Newcomb, 21, of 4704N 600E, Urbana, IN died Friday, January 16, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born March 6, 1976 at Muskegon, MI to Claud W. and Linda (Lorenz) Newcomb, both of whom survive.
Peter worked at C.M.I. in Wabash. He was a 1994 graduate of Northfield High School. He attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Wabash. He was active in a Wabash Bowling League.
In addition to his parents who reside at Urbana, he is survived by a brother, Claud W. Newcomb Jr., also of Urbana; grandparents, Peter J. and Mary E. Newcomb of Holton, MI and Charles W. and Jean L. Lorenz, also of Holton, MI.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manches-ter Avenue Chapel, 1177 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN with Dr. Jim D. Walker officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery, located at Lagro, IN.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel was in charge of arrange-ments. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association.
Homer C. Kerr
Homer C. Kerr, 77, of 105 S. Main Street, Laketon, IN, died Sunday, January 18, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born January 6, 1921 at Wabash, IN to the late Jacob Kerr and Ada (Burnsworth) Kerr of Wabash, IN.
Mr. Kerr had been employed by Manchester Foundry for 32 years. He was a member of the Moose and Eagles Lodges of North Manchester.
He married Mary Jane Jacoby Jan. 22, 1940 and she survives along with three sons - Larry Kerr of Houston, TX, John Kerr of Fort Wayne, and Tom Kerr of North Manchester; also three daughters - Mrs. Lindle (Patricia) Wiley of Buffalo, MO, Mrs. Clarence (Cynthia) Betten and Mrs. Norman (Anglia) Smith, both of Laketon, IN; three sisters - Mrs. Leonard (Maxine) Novak, Mrs. Clyde (Bernice) Sanders, and Deloris Tait, all of Wabash, IN; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One granddaughter preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held today (Wednesday), Jan. 21, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114W, North Manchester. Burial was in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortu-ary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana.
Herbert Blanton, 65, of 1628N SR 15, Wabash, died Jan. 19, 1998 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born May 5, 1932 at Paintsville, KY to Manford and Shelly Jayne Blanton.
He married Winona Chalfant on April 7, 1960 in Falcon, KY. He worked at General Tire for 33 1/2 years, retiring in 1981. He also owned and operated Blanton Antenna Service for 20 years. He attended Wabash Freewill Baptist Church. He was a Navy veteran during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Winona of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Mark (Debbie) Henderson of Wabash; his stepmother, Norma Blanton of Salyersville, KY; three brothers - John Blanton of Ashland, KY, Willie Blanton of Walton, KY and Tyra Blanton of Marion, OH; and four sisters - Hazel Boyd of Louisville, KY, Ethel Colvin of Oil Springs, KY, Ada Caudill of Ashland, KY, and Shelly Litteral of Salyersville, KY; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Blanton and a sister, Virginia Battista.
Friends may call today (Wednesday) 4-8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Manches-ter Avenue Chapel. Funeral service will take place Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, 1177 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN with the Revs. Tim Prater and Bill Bowling officiating. Burial will take place in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.
John C. Burkhart
John Charles Burkhart, 86, of North Manchester, died at 8 p.m. Monday, January 19, 1998 at the Hospice Care By The Sea in Boca Raton, FL. He was born in Langlade, Wisconsin on March 30, 1911 to Jesse and Nora Huffman Burkhart. He married Margaret Girsmore in 1933.
He worked for 20 years at the Peabody Seating Co. in North Manchester and was self-employed as monument engraver for 20 years. After retiring in 1973 the Burkharts moved to Fort Myers, FL.
Survivors include his wife Margaret E. Burkhart; two daughters, Apryl Wiese of Boca Raton, FL and Vivian Strickler of Decatur, IL; four grandchildren - Tyler Strickler of Detroit, MI, Kami Coventry of Decatur, IL, Vivia Shelbourn of Indianapolis, and Christian Berian of Light House Point, FL; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Friday, Jan. 23, 1998 at 11:30 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Servia, with Rev. William Hemmig officiating. Johnson Funeral Home, Hudson, IN is in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Hospice.
Ruth A. Clupper
Ruth A. Clupper, 88, of 541 N. Miami St., Wabash, IN died Jan-uary 26, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Dec. 21, 1908 in Wabash County to Charles Wesley and Martha Alma (Edgerton) Southwich both deceased.
She married Cyril (Cy) L. Clupper Sr. Oct. 26, 1927, and he preceded her in death May 22, 1988. She was a member of the Wabash Art Guild.
There is one surviving son, Cyril (Cy) L. Clupper Jr. of Wabash, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mor-tuary is in charge of arrange-ments. Burial will be in Garden of Memory at a later date.
Hannah M. Heasley
Hannah M. Heasley, 82, a Peabody Retirement Community resident of North Manchester, died Jan. 25,. 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born May 29, 1914 at Akron, OH to Thomas and Hannah (Roberts) Morgan. She married Frederick H. Heasley Sept. 17, 1931 in Akron, OH and he sur-vives.
She was a resident of Peabody Retirement Community since 1995, previously of Huntington, IN. She was a cost accountant for Goodyear in Akron, OH for several years, and a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and needle-point work. She attended Garfield High School in Akron, and was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Wabash, and active in the E.C.W. of the church. She was a former member of the Church of the Redeemer in Avon Park, FL.
Survivors include her husband, Frederic H. of North Manchester; a son, Frederic T. Heasley of Huntington, IN; daughters Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Corder of Ormond Beach, FL and Mrs. Russell (Margaret) Foight of Marietta, SC; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
The Requiem Eucharist will be held Monday, Feb. 3, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. at Peabody Chapel with Rev. Robert Bizzaro and Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Preferred memorials are to the Church of the Resurrection, Wabash, IN.
Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Manuel H. Leach
Manuel H. Leach, 88, of 1175 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN, died Jan. 23, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash. He was born Dec. 22, 1908 in Wabash County to Samuel A. and Ethel Marie (Hippensteel) Leach. He married Ruth Cook Aug. 9, 1932 in Wabash County. He owned and operated Leach's Ice House for 25 years and was retired. He was a member of the Wabash Chapter-Izaak Walton League.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Wabash; sons Don Leach and Steve Leach, both of Wabash; brothers Hugh Leach of Wabash, Lorin Leach of Mishawaka, and Ralph Leach of North Manchester; sisters Mrs. Wilbur (Bertha) Steele of Wabash and Mrs. Joe (Frances) Nemeth of Abilene, TX; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Three brothers, two sisters and a grandchild preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Sun-day, Jan. 26, at Manchester Av-enue Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen with David Phillips officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.
Manchester Ave. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen was in charge of arrangements.
Richard G. Lambert
Richard G. Lambert, 74, of 1601 Hillcrest Drive, North Manchester, died Jan. 24, 1997 at his residence. He was a San Francisco resident from 1945-1978, and North Manchester since 1978. He was born July 25, 1922 at North Manch-ester to Riley and Ina (Rinehart) Lambert, both deceased. He married Ann M. Parker July 6, 1968 and she survives.
Mr. Lambert was an electrical engineer, having been employed with Pacific Gas & Electric for 30 years. He also worked with REMC, Wabash for seven years. He was a graduate of Central High School, North Manchester and a member of American Le-gion Post #286, North Manch-ester. He attended Manchester Bible Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Survivors in addition to his wife are a son Robert Chandler of Indianapolis; daughters Inell Lambert and Laura Lambert, both of California; a grandson, Quentin Chandler of Indianapo-lis; a brother Max Lambert of North Manchester; sisters Mrs. Milton (Lorelia) Greathouse of Wabash, Mrs. Rosie Winger of Ft. Wayne, and Mrs. Stanley (Beverly) Schnepp of Urbana; and one grandchild. One brother preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with the Rev. David Erdman officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Heart Disease Research Foundation. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of ar-rangements.
Charlotte M. Bowman, 57, of 8574 So. Yellowview Lane, Clay-pool IN, died Jan. 22, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born July 9, 1939 at Chicago, Il.
She was a member of the Silver Creek Church of God, the Eastern Star at Swayzee, and Moose Lodge of North Manchester. She was retired from Heckman Bindery of North Manchester, and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Howard L. Bowman; a daughter, Virginia Holloway, and two sons, Charles Bowman and Benjamin Bowman, all of Claypool, IN.; a brother Charles Troupe of Sims, IN; and two grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Saturday, January 25, 1997 at the Silver Creek Church of God, Sil-ver Lake with Rev. Phil Blake of-ficiating, and burial was in Silver Creek Church of God Cemetery.
Casey Lloyd Funeral Home Strong Chapel was in charge of arrangements.