Charles A. Dluzak
Charles A. Dluzak, 79, of 603 1/2 N. Mill St., North Manchester, IN, died Monday, April 12, 1999 at his brother's home at 537 N. Wabash St., Wabash, IN. He was born in Wabash, IN to Charles H. and Alice H. (Carver) Dluzak.
He was a member of St. Roberts Catholic Church of North Manchester, and was a retired farmer. He was a graduate of Chippewa High School in 1937. From 1958 to 1961 he had the John Deere dealership in North Manchester. He worked at Butterbaugh Oil Company from 1961 to 1984.
Survivors include his brother, William Dluzak of Wabash; and sisters Martha Shoemaker and Mrs. Russell (Alice "Katie") Barnett, both of Wabash. He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.
Friends may call Thursday, from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary.
A Bible Service/Rosary will be held Thursday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary. Funeral will be held Friday, April 16, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Roberts Catholic Church, North Manchester, with Fr. Ron officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash, IN.
Preferred memorials are to Wabash-Miami County Home Health Care or St. Roberts Catholic Church.
Helen F. Alter
Helen F. Alter, 85, of 209 Willow Way, Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Retirement Com-munity, died Sunday morn-ing, April 13, 1997 at Timber-crest Healthcare, North Manchester, IN. She was born April 7, 1912 at Columbia City, IN to Oliver E. and Iva F. (Doane) Long, both deceased.
Helen grew up on the Long farm west of Etna. She went to school in Etna and graduated from Columbia City High School and Indiana University. She married Leon B. Alter at the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia City on May 28, 1939, and they resided most of their married life in Columbia City, until moving to Timbercrest in 1984. They spent their winters in Venice, FL. Mr. Alter survives, residing at 209 Willow Way.
Mrs. Alter taught high school at Coesse, Columbia City, Huntertown and Carroll in Northwest Allen County. She taught for approximately 15 years at Irene Byron Tuberculo-sis Hospital in Allen County. She retired from teaching in June, 1974, from Carroll High School. She was a member of Tri Kappa in Columbia City, Retired Teach-ers Association, and Manchester Church of the Brethren.
Surviving in addition to her husband is a son, James D. (Phyllis) Alter of Boise, Idaho, and a daughter Mrs. Ronald (Jane) Yohe of Columbia City; six grandchildren - Capt. Shane Sullivan, USAF, Cheyenne, WY; Jeff Sullivan, Indianapolis; Clin-ton Alter, Portland, OR; Rachael Alter, Boise, ID; Shelley and Mandy Yohe of Columbia City.
Funeral services were held to-day (Wednesday, April 16, 1997) at Timbercrest Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Hostetler officiating. Graveside service was held at West Etna Cemetery in Whitley County, IN.
Preferred memorials are to ei-ther Timbercrest Retirement Community or Manchester Church of the Brethren. De-Laughter-McKee Mortuary handled arrangements.
V. LaRetta Alice Adams
V. LaRetta Alice Adams, 93, of 353 N. Chauncey St., Columbia City, IN died Saturday morning, April 12, 1997 at Extenda-Care Nursing Home of Columbia City. She was born June 19, 1903 at Chicago, IL to Allen J. and Viola E. (Perry) Pierce. She was reared in Hammond and Wabash, IN and moved to Indianapolis as a young lady and resided there until moving to Columbia City in 1986.
She was married to Charles Edgar Adams Aug. 4, 1924 in In-dianapolis, and He preceded her in death July 20, 1953. She was employed as a nurse's aide at Methodist Hospital of Indi-anapo-lis for almost 20 years.
She was a member of the Uni-versity Heights United Methodist Church, Otterbein Ave., Indianapolis, where she had previously served as Presi-dent of the Women's Society. She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Southport Lodge #442, Indi-anapolis. She was also an avid oil painting artist.
Survivors include brothers, Arnold Otto Hipskind of Urbana and Jack P. Hipskind of Osgood, IN; a sister, Gladys K. Holy-cross of Urbana; several nieces and nephews, among which is Mrs. Wayne (Sally) Gerard of Columbia City, IN. A brother, Hilton Hipskind pre-ceded her in death.
Funeral service was held today, 3 p.m., (Wednesday, April 16, 1997) at the DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Funeral Home in Columbia City, IN, with the Rev. Jack E. Scott officiating. Family visita-tion was held immediately following the funeral service. Graveside services will be conducted by the Southport Eastern Star Lodge at 11:00 a.m. Satur-day, April 19, 1997 at the Memo-rial Park Cemetery, 9350 East Washington St., Indianapo-lis, IN.
Memorials may be given in Mrs. Adam's memory to the Foster Children Scholarship Fund, c/o Foster Care Service, Inc., 1016 West Seventh St., Auburn, IN 46706.
R. Duane Myers
R. Duane Myers, 44, a Cleveland Township, Whitley County resident, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Huntington Memorial Hospital where he was taken by ambulance after becoming ill while traveling with his wife to Huntington from their home Saturday afternoon.
He was born June 13, 1952 at Murphy Medical Center in War-saw, a son of Garland V. and Joan (Werstler) Myers. His for-mative years were spent in Etna-Troy Township, Whitley County, and he was educated in the Etna-Troy School and grad-uated from Columbia City High School in 1970.
After completing his education, he was first employed by Whitley County Highway De-partment for several years, then drove semi trucks for several dif-ferent trucking companies, and also farmed. He had been em-ployed as a tester for the Dairy Herd Improvement Asso-ciation for the last four years.
June 22, 1989, he was united in marriage to Angela Loe and they made their home near North Manchester until their recent move to a home in Cleveland Township near South Whitley.
Survivors include his wife, Angela; his mother, Joan Myers; three brothers, Galen, Glenn and Lester Myers, and a sister, Rebecca Damron, all of Larwill. His father, Garland, died in 1989.
Funeral service was held today, Wednesday, April 16, 1997, in the Smith & Sons Funeral Home of Columbia City, with the Rev. J. Phillip Blake and the Rev. Thomas Beers officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Ceme-tery, Etna-Troy Town-ship, Whitley County.
For those who wish, memori-als may be made to the family.
Geraldine O. Bowman
Geraldine O. Bowman, 88, of Somerset, IN, died April 10, 1997 at Community Care Center, Wabash, IN. She was born Dec. 18, 1908 in Wabash County to Otto and Bertha (Means) Little. She married Guy Bowman who died in 1985.
She was a graduate of Somer-set High School and Manch-ester College. She taught at Somerset and Southwood Ele-mentary Schools. She and her husband managed Bowman's Grocery from 1930 to 1948 in Red Bridge. They also farmed from 1948 to 1965, moving then to New Som-erset.
Survivors include a daughter, Pam Ballard of Wabash, IN; a son, Gary Bowman of Warner Robbins, GA; two grandchil-dren and two great-grandchil-dren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, three brothers and a grandson.
Funeral service was held Sat-urday, April 12, 1997 at Grand-staff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, with Pastor Scott Makin officiating. Burial was in Mis-sissinewa Cemetery, lo-cated near Somerset. Preferred memorials are to Wabash Miami Home Health Care and Hospice.
Lois C. Fitzgerald
Lois C. Fitzgerald, 70, of 407 Villa Court, North Manchester, died Wednesday, April 9, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN. She was born April 9, 1920 at Laketon, IN, daugh-ter of Alfred R. and Ruby P. (Rinehart) Steele, both deceased.
She married Allen C. Clark Nov. 6, 1943 and he died Sept. 14, 1974. Her second marriage was to Bill Fitzgerald Dec. 29, 1977, and he survives. Other survivors include daughters, Mrs. John (Charma) Burton and Mrs. Leonard (Jean) Good, both of North Manchester, Mrs. Ernest (Kathy) Johnson of Servia, and Mrs. Harry (Sheila) Burton of Vista, CA; a brother, Robert Steele of North Manchester; sisters Lorena Lee of Vista, CA and Mrs. Lewis (LaDonna) Gale of North Manchester; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A sister preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester. Funeral ser-vice was held Sunday, April 13, 1997 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with the Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Katherine Rose Gearhart
Katherine Rose Gearhart, 67, a resident of Life Care Center of Rochester, Rochester, IN, died Wednesday, April 9, 1997 at the Life Care Center of Rochester. Formerly a Fulton CR 1600E, Disko, IN resident, she had been in failing health for 17 years.
She was born Jan. 6, 1930 at Plymouth, IN to Daniel and Marie (Liska) Harris. She lived in Plymouth prior to moving to Disko where she lived for 22 years, then moved to Rochester.
She married Robert D. Gearhart May 5, 1957 in Plymouth; he survives at Akron, IN. Other survivors include a daughter, Barbara Jean Gearhart, Disko; grandsons Randy Witham of Palestine, Robert Witham, and James Gearhart of Disko; a brother, Daniel Harris of Lafayette, IN and a half brother, Richard Harris of Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was pre-ceded in death by a brother and a sister, as well as her parents.
Graveside services were held Friday, April 11, 1997 at the Sil-ver Creek Cemetery, northeast of Akron, with the Rev. Steve Fleck officiating. Foster & Good Funeral Home of Akron was in charge of arrangements.
Helen Louise Alger
Helen Louise Alger, 79, of 2641 E. Singer Rd., North Manchester, died Monday, April 14, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born July 21, 1917 at Plymouth, IN to Fred and Hazel (Oswalt) Gurtner, both de-ceased.
She married Leo Bert Alger May 1, 1945 in Lafayette, IN and he died Feb. 2, 1997. Helen was a homemaker and seamstress; she was a member of the Ijamsville United Methodist Church where she was the church pianist. She was formerly a member of the Country Women's Club of North Manchester, and was a volunteer with the Mental Health Adopt-A-Patient program of Wabash County. She was a 1935 graduate of Urbana High School.
Survivors include daughters Mrs. Joseph (Anita) Krom of Argos and Mrs. David (Teresa) Migliorini of North Manch-ester; a son, Archie Alger and wife, Connie, of North Manch-ester; a brother, Glen Gurtner of Peru; a sister, Ruthanna Chamness of Warsaw; and six grandchildren.
Friends may call today (Wednesday, April 16) from 2 to 8 p.m. at Bender Chapel, Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home Thursday, April 17, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Dave Inskeep officiating. Burial will take place in the Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.
Preferred memorials are to the Ijamsville United Methodist Church.
Billie R. King
ROANOKE - Billie R. King, 54, of 5443 E. SR 114-92, Roanoke, IN, died at his Roanoke apartment Friday, April 11, 1997, He was born July 22, 1941 at Wabash, IN to Robert Sr. and Barbara (Walters) King.
He had been employed for 26 years at A.T.&T. as a systems technician. He was an army veteran, and was a member of the Huntington V.F.W. Post 2689, and the Roanoke American Legion Post #160. He was also a member of the Huntington Moose Lodge #837, the Huntington Masonic Amity Lodge #483, Mizpah Shrine Temple of Ft. Wayne, and 40 & 8.
Survivors include a son, Eric T. King of Valparaiso, IN; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Angela) Flory of North Manchester; two granddaugh-ters; a brother, Robert King Jr., North Manchester; and sisters Beverly Schroll of Warsaw, and Betty Yerkes of North Manch-ester.
Friends may call at the Roanoke Memorial Chapel, 240 Crestwood Dr., Roanoke, today (Wednesday) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will take place Thursday, April 17, 1997 at the Roanoke Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Felts officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley, IN where military graveside services will be led by the Roanoke American Le-gion Post #160.
Preferred memorials are to the Roanoke American Legion Post #160 Charities.
Joe K. Leckrone
Joe K. Leckrone, 85, of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Saturday, Mar. 29, 1997 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. He was born July 20, 1911 in Kosciusko County, IN to Herman and Cora (Keister) Leckrone. He married Helen Swartz on March 12, 1932 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Swartz, near Sidney, IN by the Rev. Moyne Landis.
Joe was a retired farmer and carpenter and worked 25 years at Schutz Brothers in North Manchester. He was a member of the Eel River Church of the Brethren, a 50-year member and past president of the Eel River Cemetery Board, and a 1930 graduate of Sidney High School. Joe was a horse lover and was active in the North Manchester Saddle Club. He lived at Rt. 2, Silver Lake, for 65 years prior to moving to Timbercrest in Jan-uary 1997.
Survivors include his wife, He-len; a brother, Robert Leckrone; and a sister, Mrs. Ralph (Blanche) Spangle, all of North Manchester. A son preceded him in death.
Funeral services was held Tuesday, April 1, 1997 at the Eel River Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Martha Cory offi-ciating. Burial was in Eel River Cemetery, located five miles east of Silver Lake on SR 14.
Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. Pre-ferred memorials are to the Eel River Church of the Brethren or American Heart Association.
Robert D. Minnicus
Robert Dean Minnicus. 71, of 152 Grant, Wabash, IN died March 27, 1997 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash. He was born July 20, 1925 at Francisville, IN to Leon Robert and Bernice (Carson) Minnicus, both deceased. He married Wilma L. Oswalt Sept. 1, 1950 in Roann.
He was a World War II Navy veteran, and a member and past Commander of the Wabash V.F.W. Post 286, member and past Chef De Gare of Wabash 40/8 Club, Wabash American Legion Post 15, Hanna Masonic Lodge, District 5 VFW Chief of Staff 1989-1996. He retired in 1978 as a security guard of Fisher Body in Marion.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma of Wabash; daughters Rita K. Stensland of Wabash and Nita Rae Minnicus of Lakewood, CO; a son, Randall Minnicus of Broomfield, CO; a brother Don-ald E. Minnicus of Freemont, CA; sisters Janet Larimer of Monticello, IN and Mrs. Jim (Carol) Mason of Michigan City, IN; a half brother, Richard Min-nicus of Seminole, FL; and four grandchildren. A brother preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Monday, March 31, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash, with the Rev. Brad Cooper officiating. Preferred memorials are to Cardiac Care Unit of Wabash County Hospital.
Kathleen M. Walker
Kathleen M. Walker, 64, of 463 N. Cass St., Wabash, IN died March 27, 1997 at her residence. She was born Oct. 15, 1932 at Mt. Etna, IN in Huntington County, IN to John and Cleo (Hale) Voris, both deceased. She married Russell L. Walker July 31, 1949 and he died June 17, 1985. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Miami.
Survivors include sons Jerry Walker of Palmcoast, FL and Terry Walker of Wabash, IN; a brother, Glenn Voris of Laketon, IN and a sister Mrs. Tom (Jean) Blackwell of Claypool, IN; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 1, 1997 at the Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortu-ary, Wabash, with the Rev. Don-ald Siders officiating. Burial was in Chili Cemetery.