Dr. John R. Wagoner, M.D.
Dr. John R. Wagoner, M.D., 78, a resident of Timbercrest Re-tirement Community, and for-mer Anderson, IN resident, died Feb. 14, 1997 at Community Hospital, Anderson following a brief illness. He was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana May 29, 1918 to John E. and Mary A. (Studebaker) Wagoner, both deceased. He was a resi-dent of Anderson since 1959, moving from Texas; he moved to North Manchester in May 1994.
Dr. Wagoner was a graduate of Calgary High School in Alberta, Canada; he received the B.A. degree from Manchester College in 1939 and a Masters of Secondary Education from Indi-ana University in 1942. He re-ceived medical training and graduated from Western Reserve University in 1948. His in-ternship from 1948-49 was at St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Lafayette. He served his residency in Urol-ogy in Houston, TX from 1955-59, then went to Anderson and practiced as a Urologist until 1990.
Dr. Wagoner served as princi-pal at Richland Township High School near Rochester from 1942-44; he taught school in Carroll County from 1939-42. He had a family practice in Delphi, IN from 1949-1955, and from 1960-1993 he worked for Ander-son University Student Health Services.
He was a member of the Anderson Church of the Brethren. He also was an ordained minis-ter and pastored the Pittsburg, IN Church of the Brethren from 1939-42.
Dr. Wagoner was a member of the American Medical Assoc., the American Urological Assoc., and the Madison County Medi-cal Assoc. He served as Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery and President of the Staff of both St. John's and Community Hospitals in Anderson. He also served as president of the Mounds Kiwa-nis Club for a year.
He was a trustee for Manchester College from 1970-80; was a member of the Board of Lib-erty Christian School for many years, and was Moderator for five of the Churches of the Brethren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Stoffer Wagoner, May 17, 1995. He is survived by three children - daugh-ters Mrs. John (Helen) Wenger of Anderson, Mrs. Douglas (Colleen) Miller of West Salem, WI; and a son John D. Wagoner and wife, Betsy of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren - Greg, Adam and Megan Wenger; John Michael and Katie Wagoner; and Cole and Clay Miller; a sister, Mary A. Catron of Pyrmont, IN; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Dwight D. Wagoner preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 17, 1997 at Rozelle Johnson Funeral Service with Dr. John Bunch and Rev. Eldon Petry officiating; graveside ser-vice was held at Pyrmont Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Brethren, or Liberty Christian School.
Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service is located at 229 S. Rangeline Road, Anderson, IN 46012.
Harold D. Miller
Harold David Miller, 84, of 13615N 100E, North Manchester, died February 13, 1997 at Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash, IN. He was born Sept. 26, 1912 at North Manchester, IN to Ellis and Elizabeth (Albright) Miller, both deceased.
He married Eleanor Gable in North Manchester on August 9, 1936 and she survives. He was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren, and a 1931 graduate of Chester High School. He has lived on the same farm in North Manchester all his life.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard E. Miller of Syracuse, IN; and daughters Mrs. John (Rosemary) Rouch of Milford, IN, Carol Miller of Fort Wayne, IN, and Joann Miller of Portage, MI; 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son and two sisters.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester, with the Rev. Byron Miller and Rev. Bruce Hostetler officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society or the Manchester Church of the Brethren.
Hatcher Howard, 69, of 1275 Chapman Lake Dr., Warsaw, IN, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born Jan. 28, 1928 at Salyersville, KY to Fred and Bertha (Allen) Howard. He married Mary Rit-tenhouse January 8, 1968 and she preceded him in death Nov. 11,1995. He was retired from General Tire of Wabash after 38 years employment. He was a part-time employee for Lewis Oil of Warsaw. He had been a resi-dent of Warsaw for 15 years.
Mr. Howard was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester, and at-tended Warsaw Wesleyan Church of Warsaw. He was vet-eran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include two sons - Ralph Howard of North Manchester and Bill Howard of Liberty Mills, IN.; a stepson, Michael Lee Bowers of Leesburg, IN; his mother Bertha Howard of Lake-ton; four sisters - Lou Owens of North Manchester, Opal Meck of Warsaw, Ora Lee Guillend of Richmond, VA and Jeannie Johnson of Laketon; four brothers - Mitchell Howard of Wabash, Wade Howard of Alexandria, IN, and Lawrence and Eddie Howard, both of North Manchester; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ken and Fred Howard, Jr.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997 at Titus Fu-neral Home of Warsaw, with the Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Ceme-tery of Warsaw.
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society, the North Manchester Christian Fellowship Church or the War-saw Wesleyan Church.
Ellis George Cox
Ellis George Cox, 85, of 414 N. Line St., Columbia City, IN, died February 13, 1997 at Whitley Memorial Hospital, Columbia City. He was born Feb. 22, 1911 at Collamer, IN to George W. and Myrtle I. (Pugh) Cox, both deceased.
Mr. Cox was united in marriage with Pearl Irene Bair, a Thorncreek Township native on April 5, 1933, and she survives, along with a son, Keith De-Wayne Cox and a daughter, Mrs. Rick (Linda) Wood, both of Columbia City; a brother, Cleon L. Cox of North Manchester; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his par-ents, his step father, Schuyler Thompson, and brothers Alva, Lester, Howard and Weldon Cox.
Mr. Cox resided on his Columbia Township farm for 27 years before moving in 1969 to Columbia City. After moving from his farm, he was employed for three years with the Columbia City Street Mainte-nance department. He was a member of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church of Columbia City, and he served four years as a member of the Columbia Township Trustee's Advisory Board.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Fu-neral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Andy Martin officiating. Burial was in Eberhard Lutheran Cemetery of Columbia City.
Preferred memorials are to the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, North SR 5, Larwill IN 46764.
Phyllis H. Conliff
Phyllis H. Conliff, 68, of 701 E. Main St., Peru, IN, died Feb. 17, 1997 at Community Care Center, Wabash, IN. She was born at Lagro, IN to Jess and Agnes (Ballard) Parrett, Sr. She mar-ried William E. Armstrong, who preceded her in death.
A homemaker, she was a member of the Church of the Nazarene of Wabash.
Survivors include sons Greg Armstrong of Georgia, Bill Armstrong of Peru, IN, Michael E. Armstrong of Greentown, IN and Philip Scott Armstrong of Indianapolis; a daughter, Tammy Long of Peru; a brother Carl Parrett of Wabash; and sisters Ethel Eckelbarger of Peru, Mildred Music and Jean Martinez, both of Wabash, and Evelyn Richards of Marion; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. at the Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, with the Rev. Gary Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery.
John M. Blocher
John M. Blocher, 77, of Community Care Center, Wabash, IN and formerly of Warsaw and North Manchester, died at Community Care Center Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997. He was born in Wabash County June 10, 1919 to Samuel and Mary Gertrude (Eiler) Blocher, both deceased.
A retired farmer, he is survived by sons Larry L. Lotz of Fairmount, IN, Samuel G. Blocher of Warsaw, and John Blocher of Wabash; daughters Debra Blocher of Rochester and Diane Blocher of Arizona; a sister, Mrs. Ronald (Louella) Wrightsman of Sidney, IN; 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. A son, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary from 3 to 8 p.m today, (Wednesday), Feb. 19th. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, 1:00 p.m. with Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Old German Baptist Cemetery.
Laurance B. Rager
Laurance B. Rager, 88, of 801 Huntington Ave., Warren, IN, died Friday Feb. 19, 1999 at the United Methodist Memorial Home where he had been a resident since 1990. He was born Feb. 28, 1910 in Wabash County to Clyde and Laura (Bruckart) Rager.
He married Esther Manges on Dec. 24, 1930 in North Manchester. She preceded him in death Oct. 25, 1995. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Manchester College in 1931 and a Master's degree from the University of Buffalo in 1933 in the field of mathematics and physics.
Mr. Rager retired in 1972 from Chrysler's New Castle plant as an engineer after 30 years. He had also taught industrial arts at Wabash schools from 1940-42. He was a 50-year member of the F.& AM #91, and Knights Templar, both in New Castle, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, and the Warren United Methodist Church. He enjoyed piloting his own plane for many years.
Survivors include two daughters, Bertha Reish of Shelbyville, and Mrs. Jack (Phyllis) Apple of Syracuse; a brother, George Rager of Crawfordsville; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be held at a later date. His ashes were interred at Lisbon Cemetery of Union City, Indiana. Jones-Smith Funeral Home of 259 N. Main St., Upland, IN 46989 was in charge of arrangements.
Walter F. Davis
Walter F. Davis, 95, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Friday, Feb. 19, 1999 at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Sept. 20, 1903 at Durand, WI to Edwin and Hulda (Belden) Davis. He married Della P. Deardorff on Sept. 7, 1930.
He retired after 40 years with Uniroyal Rubber of Eau Claire, WI. They were residents of Sarasota, FL in their early retirement years, where they served as deacon and deaconess in the First Brethren Church. They moved to North Manchester in 1988, and he became a member of North Manchester First Brethren Church.
In addition to his wife of 68 years, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. James (Polly) Baker of North Manchester, and a son, Gordon Davis of Fountain Hills, AZ; a sister, Mattie Montgomery of Mondovi, WI; seven grandchildren and three step grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
Funeral service was held Monday afternoon, Feb. 22, 1999 at Timbercrest Chapel with Pastor Kurt Stout officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery of North Manchester.
Preferred memorials are to the First Brethren Church Handicapped Fund. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Ann M. Fratus
Ann M. Fratus, 59, of 411 W. Fifth St., North Manchester, IN died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. She was born Nov. 4, 1939 at Whitesburg, TN to Lloyd and Thelma (Earl) Smelser, both deceased. She married LaVerne H. Fratus Dec. 8, 1956, and he preceded her in death Aug. 19, 1997.
She was employed in the dietary department of Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.
Survivors include three sons - Randy and Barry Fratus, both of North Manchester, and Dennis Fratus of Shepherdsville, KY; three daughters, Mrs. Jonathon (Beth) Carroll and Megan Fratus, both of North Manchester, and Mrs. Dale (Rena) Moore of Green Cove Springs, FL.; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Caring Circle of Peabody Retirement Community.
Robert E. Frantz
Robert E. Frantz, 69, of 211 Lark Ave., Sebring, FL, and formerly of Warsaw, IN, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999 at Florida Hospital of Orlando, FL. He was born June 18, 1929 in Kosciusko County, IN to Elmer and Trilba (Fruitt) Frantz, both deceased. He married Doris Gareiss Oct. 27, 1984 and she survives.
He was a 1947 graduate of Sidney High School, and was owner of Robert Frantz Construction of Warsaw, IN for 42 years. He was a member and past president of Home Builders Association of Warsaw. He was a member of West Eel River Church of the Brethren.
In addition to his wife, Doris, he is survived by a son, Steven Frantz of Warsaw; three step sons, Neal Gareiss of Columbia City, Lantis Gareiss of Sebring, FL and Roger Gareiss of Charlotte, MI; a daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Janet) Wiseman of Warsaw; a step daughter, Mrs. Don (Beverly) Hanft of Warsaw; a sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Carol) Davis of Tipp City, OH; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with the Rev. Lester Young officiating. Burial was in the North Manchester Old German Baptist Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Carol L. Roth
Carol Lynn Roth, 45, of 643 Berkley Dr., Wabash, IN, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999 at Parkview Hospital of Fort Wayne. She was born May 21, 1953 at Wabash, IN to Robert E. and Dorothy Joan (Ply) Holley Sr. She married Paul E. Roth in Wabash on March 24, 1973.
She worked at the Wabash Village Pantry for the past 11 years, and also worked at Wabash K-Mart for the past six years.
In addition to her husband, Paul, she is survived by her father, Robert E. Holley, Sr. of Wabash; a son, Steven Paul Roth of Lafayette, IN; a sister, Mrs. Steve (Marcia) Weesner of Wabash; and three brothers, Robert E. Holley, Jr., Keith Holley, and Chester S. Holley III, all of Wabash.
Funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 19, 1999 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, with Dr. Bill Moon officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.