Joyce Ross, 94, of 1810 Stitt St., Wabash, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 1997 at Wabash Health Care. She was born Oct. 8, 1903 at Mansfield, IL to Charles Monroe and Sarah (Yarger) Dauberman. She married Frank Cline Ross July 4, 1922; he preceded her in death April of 1968.
Mrs. Ross was owner of Ross Jewelry Store for 26 years. She also worked for the FBI for 11 years in Anderson, IN. She was a life member of Eastern Star, Wabash, IN. She was one of the founders of the Frances Slocum Bank & Trust Co. of Wabash. She was a former secretary for the Wabash Chamber of Commerce. She worked with her father in the Dauberman Elevator in Mansfield, IL. She was a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Elks, and the Wabash Garden Club. She attended the University of Illinois.
Survivors include a son, Charles A. (Chuck) Ross of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Ray (Martha) Hood of Richvalley, IN; two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A sister preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997 at Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, Wabash, IN, with Eastern Star services held prior to the funeral. Burial was held at Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, IL with graveside service Monday afternoon, Nov. 17.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash Masonic Temple. Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
Florence I. Bagwell
Florence I. Bagwell, 98, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1898 at Miami County, IN to Henry F. and Mary Ann (Stewart) Minnick.
She married Charles Winfield "Winnie" Bagwell June 20, 1926 in Grant County, IN. He died September 2, 1975. She taught school for four years. She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren in North Manchester, and she was a member of the North Manchester Garden Club for several years.
She is survived by a son, David B. Bagwell of Ellicott City, IN; daughters Mrs. Lois M. Davis of North Manchester and Mrs. Tom (Mary Alice) Dillman of Delaware, OH; 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. A son, two brothers, a sister, and a grandchild preceded her in death.
Memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997 at the Manchester Church of the Brethren with Pastor Susan Boyer officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Manchester Church of the Brethren. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Helen L. Harnish
Helen L. Harnish, 83, of Peabody Retirement Com-munity, North Manchester, died Tuesday, February 10, 1998 at Saint Joseph's Medical Center in South Bend, IN. She was born March 6, 1914 in Wabash, IN to Andrew and Maude (Woodward) Kilander, both deceased.
She was married December 23, 1933 in Wabash to Paul W. "Dimmer" Harnish and he died May 1, 1984. Helen was a 50 year member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church, and was a volunteer in the chaplain program at the Wabash County Hospital. She retired from Honeywell/MarkHon, Wabash in 1979, after several years.
Survivors include a daughter - Mrs. Jack (Paula) Todd of Elkhart; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were three brothers and one sister.
Friends may call Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Manchester Avenue Chapel, 1177 Manchester Ave., Wabash. Funeral service will take place at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Friday, February 13, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Jeffrey D. Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Falls Cemetery located in Wabash.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash Presbyterian Church or to the Peabody Foundation.
Ruby H. Parker
Ruby H. Parker, 92, of Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, IN, formerly of Monroe Township, died Friday, February 6, 1998 at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, IN in Kosciusko County. She was born January 5, 1906 in Monroe Township, Kosciusko County, IN to Marion L. and Estella (Barnard) Hossler, both deceased.
She married Francis Marion Parker Jr. June 10, 1927 and he died May 6, 1971. Ruby was a legal secretary, bookkeeper, and also a cook for the former Alfran Nursing Home in Warsaw. She was a member of Spring Creek Church Of The Brethren in Sidney. She was Valedictorian of Sidney High School Class of 1924, a graduate of Inter - national Business College in 1926, Past District Command - er of the Mothers of World War II, Spring Creek Church Of The Brethren Ladies Aid, and a member of the Monroe Township Hill Toppers Home Economics Club.
Survivors include: seven sons - Francis Marion Parker III and Alden E. Parker, both of Barbee Lake, Kenton A. Parker of Ft. Wayne, Opie G. Parker of San Ysindro, CA, Martin B. Parker of Warsaw, Jon J. Parker of Marion, Larry W. Parker of So. Whitley; two daughters - Mrs. Fred (Susan) Kinch of Claypool and Mrs. Robert (Merry Carol) Riemersma of N. Manchester; 25 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding her in death are one sister - Bertha Brubaker, two sons and one daughter.
Funeral service was held Sunday, February 8, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary in No. Manchester, IN with burial in Spring Creek Cemetery, Sidney, IN.
Shirley Hughes, 51, of 510 W. Fourth St., North Manchester, died Thursday, February 5, 1998 at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne in Allen County. She was born November 7, 1946 in Kosciusko County to Asberry and Nazzie (Bailey) Prater, both deceased.
She was an employee of Eaton Controls, No. Man - chester, for 25 years.
Survivors include three sons - Richard Hughes and David Hughes, both of No. Manchester, and Lonnie Hughes of Silver Lake; two brothers - Leonard Prater and Stacey Prater, both of Athens, AL; two sisters - Mrs. Paul (Rosalie) Blanton and Mrs. Lonnie (Rachel) Harmon, both of No. Manchester; and three grandchildren. Preced - ing her in death were two brothers and one sister.
Funeral service was held Monday, February 9, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary in No. Manchester with Pastor Barry Drudge officiating. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery in Silver Lake, IN.
Ruth Lucille Petry
Ruth Lucille Petry, 101, of Peabody Retirement Com - munity in North Manchester, IN, died Wednesday, February 4, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born July 20, 1896 in Wabash County, to Charles F. and Florence (Brewer) Petry, both deceased.
She worked for General Tire in Wabash for 22 years, retiring in 1958. She was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, 50 year member of Wabash Chapter #90 Eastern Star, CWF of the Church, Loyal Workers Class of the Church, and a Volunteer (Gray Lady) of Wabash County Hospital.
A brother, Stewart Petry of Wabash, survives. Preceding her in death were two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral service was held Saturday, February 7, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel in Wabash, IN with the Rev. Ron Zorn officiating. Burial was at Falls Cemetery in Wabash and preferred memorials are to Wabash Christian Church.
John M. McLain
John Milford McLain, 69, of Marion VA Medical Center in Marion, IN, died Wednesday, February 4, 1998 at Marion General Hospital, Marion. He was born April 30, 1928 in Lee Co., VA to John Tolbert and Sarah Elizabeth (Burke) McLain, both deceased.
He was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash, and an Army & Marine Corp. Veteran. John worked at the Ford Meter Box Co. in Wabash for seven years.
Survivors include a son - Greg McLain of No. Man - chester; two daughters - Teresa Storm of Wabash and Shelly McLain of Houston, TX; two brothers - Sam McLain of Blue Rock, OH and Everett McLain of Virginia; and five grand - children. Preceding him in death were one brother and one sister.
Funeral service was held Saturday, February 7, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel in Wabash, IN with the Rev. Tony Thomas officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery in Wabash.
Ben F. Whitaker
Ben F. Whitaker, 65, of 106 Wells Street, Silver Lake, IN, died Wednesday, February 4, 1998 at the Veterans Roude - bush Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN. He was born April 13, 1932 in Prestonsburg, KY to Rueben and Velia (Jenkins) Whitaker. He married Sylvia Hunley January 28, 1954.
Ben was a retired foreman from Gatke Corporation, War - saw, after 44 years, and a resident of Kosciusko County for 44 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of Free Will Baptist Church (Packerton, IN), and a past member of the Lion's Club in Claypool, IN.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia of Silver Lake, IN; one son - Harvey Whitaker of Columbia City; two daughters - Mrs. Keith (Wilma) Hale of Akron and Mrs. John (Rhonda) Perkins of Warsaw; three brothers - Grover Whitaker of Pierceton, Paul Whitaker of Ellijay, Georgia, and Charles Whitaker of Myrtle Beach, SC; five sisters - Fanny Helton of Sidney, Nancy Konkle of Warsaw, Margaret Anderson of Statesville, NC, Bethel Padgett of Leesburg, FL, and Hazel Bragg of Statesville, NC; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one daughter, three brothers and one sister.
Funeral service was held Saturday, February 7, 1998 at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw , with Pastor Chad Burkhart and Pastor Jerry Travis officiating. There was an American Legion Service at graveside in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, IN. Preferred memorials are to Disabled American Veterans, c/o Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw, IN 46580.
Louis Eugene "Gene" Eltzroth
Louis Eugene "Gene" Eltzroth, 62, of 311 Emmet St., Urbana, IN, died Wednesday, February 4, 1998 at his home in Wabash County. He was born January 26, 1936 in Wabash, IN to Sam and Flossie (Warfield) Eltzroth, both deceased.
He married Karla Kay King January 11, 1964 in Andrews, IN and she survives. He was a member of No. Manchester Christian Fellowship Church and he was a janitor at United Technologies in No. Man - chester for 11 years.
Survivors, including his wife Karla Kay Eltzroth of Urbana are a son - Meredith Eltzroth of Urbana; a daughter - Candy Martin of Andrews; a sister Dorene Deneve of N. Manchester; a half sister - Dorothy Ulshafer of Wabash; and four grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Saturday, February 7, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Man - chester Ave. Chapel in Wabash, IN with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating. Burial took place in the Memorial Lawns Cemetery located in Wabash and preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society.
Ardith D. Smith
Ardith Delene Smith, 78, of 1770 McKibben St., Wabash, IN, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born in Wabash County, IN to Philip H. and Emma (Stouffer) Roser. She married Ansel E. Smith on August 28, 1940 in Wabash; he died March 12, 1994.
She was a member of the Wabash Christ United Methodist Church. She had worked for several years at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Wabash, IN.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Terry (Dixie Ann) Staggs of Fairfax, VA, and Mrs. R. Dean (Sandra Kay) Speicher of LaFontaine, IN; two grandsons - Brian David Keaffaber of Huntington, IN and Dustin Aaron Staggs of Fairfax, VA; four brothers - Verne, Donald and Robert Roser of Wabash and Philip (Dan) Roser, Jr. of North Manchester; and eleven sisters - Martha Shaffer of Urbana; Katherine Clupper, Betty McKillip, Helen Hoppes, Shirley Atkinson, Marcella Houlihan and Mary Reed of Wabash; Lois Fleshood of Sharonville, OH; Phoebe Ridenour of North Manchester; Peggy Riggs of Greentown, IN; Mary Reed of Roann; and Carolyn Everest of Marion. A brother James Roser preceded her in death.
Friends may call today (Tuesday, Dec. 22) from 2 - 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel in Wabash, IN. Funeral service will be held at the Main St. Chapel Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Don Crabill and Rev. Don Wilks officiating. Burial will take place in Grant Memorial Park of Marion, IN.
George F. Veverka
George F. Veverka, 71, of 597S 325E, Lagro, IN died Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998 at the Cleveland Clinic of Cleveland, OH. He was born Jan. 26, 1927 at Newton, IA to Raymond and Mamie (Leck) Veverka. He married Doris Kinert in Newton, IA Sept. 19, 1948. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
He retired from Wabash Alloys as Executive Vice President in February, 1992. As part of the original management team that began Wabash Smelting in 1958, Veverka was instrumental in the growth and success of the company. At his retirement, it was noted, "His ideas, knowledge, and energy forged relationships with many customers Wabash Alloys relies upon today." Through national associations, "Veverka greatly influenced the increased use of recycled aluminum in the casting industries."
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1944 as an aviation cadet. In 1945 he transferred to Naval Aviation as a midshipman. After attending several colleges while in the Navy, he graduated from Fenn College in Cleveland, OH with a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering.
Mr. Veverka was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, Wabash Elks, Wabash American Legion, American Contract Bridge League, and was an avid flyer, and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
In addition to his wife, Doris, of Lagro, he is survived by three daughters - Lavonne Sparling of Lagro; Barbara Drook of Brecksville, OH, and Susan Veverka of Carmel, IN; four sons - Steve Veverka of Dixon, TN, Larry Veverka of Wabash, Robert Veverka of Pella, IA, Ronald Ververka of Granger, IN, and Kenneth Veverka of Hotchkiss, CO; a sister, Donna Martin of Xenia, OH; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother.
Friends may call Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel from 2 to 8 p.m. Private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a food basket be given to a needy family or contributions made to the Wabash Community Foundation.
Arnola A. Fetrow
Arnola Alice Fetrow, 83, of 1500E 700S, Wabash, IN, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998 at her residence. She was born April 26,1915 at Wabash, IN to Roy V. and Hazell Estelle (Hummer) Tudor. She married Leonard G. Sample who preceded her in death; she later married Russell Fetrow April 26, 1968, and he survives.
She was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ and the Wabash American Legion Auxiliary. She worked for General Tire in Wabash for 30 years, retiring in 1976.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Leonard R. Sample of Fort Wayne; daughters Shirley A. Paul of Wabash and Margaret Roselin Whitesel of Bluffton, IN; step daughters Jane Carol Bond of Urbana and Sharon Virginia Floyd of Swayzee; a brother, Roy W. Tudor of Wabash; and sisters Doris Brown of Akron, IN and Mary E. Marsh of Bromfield, CO; nine grandchildren, five step grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, a brother, and a sister.
Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 21, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel with Mark McKinney and John Leinbaugh officiating. Burial was in LaFontaine IOOF Cemetery, located at LaFontaine, IN.
Preferred memorials are to Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice and Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.