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Wabash County, Indiana Obituary Collection

Wabash County, Indiana Obituary Collection - 54

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Date: Friday, 12 February 2010, at 1:08 p.m.

Leo F. Powell
Leo Fredrick Powell, 66, of 1399 Adams St., Wabash, IN died Tuesday, June 16k, 1998 at Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash, IN. He was born May 1, 1932 at Wabash, IN to Meade Glenn and Sarah Ellen (Badger) Powell.
Mr. Powell was retired from Wabash Metal Products after 23 years. He also worked in the printing room at the Wabash Plain Dealer for 16 years.
He is survived by a son, Brian Powell of Roann; brothers Everett M. Powell of North Manchester, Richard N. Powell of Indianapolis, and Rev. John E. Powell of Odon, IN; two sisters - Mrs. Tom (Audrey Pearl) Harris of Wabash and Mrs. Leo (Juanita Ellen) Sarten of Scottsdale, AZ; and a granddaughter. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Friday, June 19, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, and burial was in Mississinewa Cemetery, located at Somerset, IN..

Don Gans
Don Gans, 88, of Strathmore, CA, died Sunday, June 21, 1998 at Porterville, CA. He was born Dec. 18, 1911 at Dryden, Washington.
Mr. Gans was a member of Lindsay Church of the Brethren where he had served as a Deacon in the Church. He was a member and Past President of AARP, Lindsay, and also a member of Golden Age Chorus.
From 1946 to 1960 he lived south of Sidney, IN, where he was a member of the South Whitley Church of the Brethren. He was a teacher, having taught at Woodville Elementary School.
He was a resident of Strathmore since 1962, previously having resided in Indiana.
He is survived by a daughter, Donna Shimer of Strathmore, CA; a stepson, Robert Kirk of Halsey, OR; and three sisters, Grace Long of North Liberty, IN, Alice Whitledge of Lavern, CA and Mary Nash of Ballard, WA; eight grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Gans in 1969; he also was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Graveside service will be held Thursday, June 25, 1998, 10:00 a.m. at the Lindsay-Strathmore Cemetery with Rev. Timothy Snell of the Lindsay Community Church of the Brethren, officiating. A memorial service will be held in Lindsay, CA, at the Lindsay Community Church of the Brethren, next week.
Myers Funeral Service of Porterville, CA was in charge of arrangements.

Misha Monce
Misha Monce, 24, of 214 S. Sycamore St., North Manchester, died at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in rural Miami County.
She was born Feb. 24, 1974 in Wabash to Jeffery and Susan (Huffman) Singleton. They survive in North Manchester. She married Shawn Monce Oct. 24, 1997; he survives.
She graduated from Manchester High School in 1993, and was a homemaker. She attended the Missionary Church, North Manchester.
Other survivors include a son, Kayson Monce, and a daughter, Keesa Monce, both at home; two brothers, Jason and Joshua Singleton, both of North Manchester; grandpar-ents, Elmer Singleton of Wabash, and Sally Betten of North Manchester; a great-grandmother, Ester Eakright of LaFontaine. A brother is de-ceased.
Services were held Sunday at the DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary with the Rev. Daniel Binkley officiating. Burial was in South Pleasant Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Kayson and Keesa Monce Fund. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of ar-rangements.

Merrell D. Geible
Merrell D. Geible, 75, of 7 Maple Court, North Manchester, died Sunday, May 31, 1998 at his residence. He was born at Wabash, IN July 10, 1922 to Fred and Leonora (Burgener) Geible, both deceased. He married Lois Fulton June 17, 1945 and she survives.
Merrell Geible was a retired minister with the United Methodist Church. He gradu-ated from Indiana Central and the United Theological Seminary of Dayton, OH. He earned the B.A. degree from University of Indianapolis, M.D. Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, and an Honorary D.D. Degree from the University of Indianapolis. He served parishes at Richvalley, Hammond, Warsaw, Lafayette, and Winchester, all in Indiana.
He served as director of Christian Education & Program for the Indiana North Conference EUB Church; Logansport District Superintendent for United Methodist Church; was a member of the Board of Trustees of United Theological Seminary, and as its president for five years; and was a mem-ber of the Board of Publications of the United Methodist Church for eight years, and had been elected a member of the General Conference several times.
He was a member of the North Indiana Conference United Methodist Church, the North Manchester Historical Society, and Manchester Shepherd's Center.
In addition to his wife, Lois, he is survived by two sons, David Geible of Atlantic City, WY and Norman Geible of Kernersville, N.C.; daughters Mrs. Dennis (Elizabeth) Shoemaker of Colorado Springs, CO, Katherine Geible of Wabash, IN and Rebecca Geible of Roanoke, IN; a brother, Harry Geible of Sebring, FL and a sister Frieda Anderson of Wakarusa, IN; also four grandchildren, two step grandchildren; one step great grandchild.
Funeral service was held this morning (Church with the Revs. William Hemmig, Larry Ray, Lorin Clemenz, and David Byrum officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. Preferred memorials are to Oakwood Spiritual Life Center Foundation, 702 E. Lakeview Rd., Syracuse, IN 46567 or the United Theological Seminary Scholarship Fund, 1810 Harvard Blvd., of Dayton, OH 45406. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Walter D. Shireman
Walter D. "Duco" Shireman, 87, of Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, and former resident of North Manchester and Silver Lake, died Saturday, May 30, 1998 at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN. He was born March 10, 1911 at Silver Lake, IN to Douglas and Minnie (Perry) Shireman. He married E. Evelyn Blair Sept. 11, 1944, who survives.
He had worked for the Big Four Elevator and Rollin Smith Plumbing & Heating.
He was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; was a member of American Legion Post #286, North Manchester, and umpired for local baseball and soft-ball games for many years.
In addition to his wife, sur-vivors include a daughter, Mrs. Chester (Judy) Clampitt of Warsaw; three grandchil-dren, five step grandchildren, 11 step great-grandchildren. A brother and four sisters pre-ceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 2, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, which was in charge of ar-rangements. Rev. J.P. Freeman officiated, and burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Preferred memorials are to the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester.

Margaret F. Stewart
Margaret F. Stewart, 71, of 302 E. Ninth St., North Manchester, died Friday, May 29, 1998 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Goldie (Hamilton) Bowman, born March 19, 1927 at Tyner, IN. She married Robert D. Stewart Nov. 2, 1955 and he survives.
Mrs. Stewart, a 1945 gradu-ate of Laketon High School, was retired from Heckman Bindery, North Manchester af-ter 29 years employment.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two broth-ers - Gale Slater of Fulton, IN and Owen Slater of Apache Junction, AZ; and a sister, Mrs. George (June) Reed of Mentone, IN. Three brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Monday, June 1, 1998, with Pastor Thomas Craig officiat-ing. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
Preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association of Indiana, c/o DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, which was in charge of arrangements.

Gerald A. Garrison
Gerald A. Garrison, 75, of 2113E 1200S, Silver Lake, IN, died Saturday, May 30, 1998 at Wabash Health Care Center, Wabash, IN. He was born Oct. 5, 1922 to Arthur and Amanda (Albright) Garrison. He was employed as a farmer, and was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the Eel River Church of the Brethren in Kosciusko County.
Survivors include two step brothers - Wayne Miller of Santa Cruz, CA and Kenneth Miller of St. Louis, MO; a half sister, Ruth Bechtold of Peoria, IL; and a step sister, Mrs. Everet (Phyllis) Grossnickle of North Manchester. A half brother and a half sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held to-day (Wednesday, June 3, 1998) at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, with the Rev. Martha Cory officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, No. Manchester. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Ellis Griffey
Ellis Griffey, 55, of 7780N 400W, Roann, IN died May 28, 1998 at Wabash Skilled Care Center of Wabash, IN. He was born June 20, 1942 at Thomas, KY to Alie and Dulcie May (Roop) Griffey, and married Alberta Clark Oct. 1, 1960 in Pikeville, KY.
He worked 31 years for Gen Corp in Wabash and BTR in Peru, retiring in January 1998. He was a member of Christian Heritage Church of Wabash.
Survivors include his wife, Alberta of Roann; two sons - Randell Griffey of Roann and Rick Griffey of Honolulu, HI; seven brothers - Henry Griffey of Tampa, FL, Paul Griffey and George Griffey, both of Prestonsburg, KY, Ester Griffey of North Manchester, Elmer Griffey, Dean Smith, and Moses Griffey, all of Wabash; and three sisters - Ruth Blankenship of Pikeville, KY, and Marie Skeens and Martha Jane Murphy, both of Prestonsburg, KY; and five grandchildren. A grandson and two sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Monday, June 1, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel in Wabash, with the Rev. Tim Prater officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery, located at Roann, IN. Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Howard C. Sommer
Howard C. Sommer, 86, of 514 Hawthorn Trail, North Manchester, died May 28, 1998 at his residence located in the Timbercrest Retirement Community. He was born at Chicago, IL Dec. 26, 1911 to George W. and Annie (Haase) Sommer.
He married Pauline E. Lambert May 16, 1936 and she survives. He graduated from Oak Park High School, Oak Park, IL and attended Northwestern University. He moved to Wabash, IN in 1957. In 1977, Mr. Sommer retired from General Tire and Rubber Company where he was President of the Industrial Products Division and a Corporate Vice President in charge of industrial products operations. His career in the rubber products industry spanned 46 years. He belonged to the Rubber Manufacturers' Association and served as chairman of the Molded and Extruded Division of that or-ganization.
Mr. Sommer served on the Board of Trustees of Wabash County Hospital from 1966 to 1985, where he was President of the board from 1979 to 1985. He was a past member of the Board of Directors of Frances Slocum Bank. He was a past member of the Wabash Country Club, serving as pres-ident. He was also a past mem-ber of the Wabash Kiwanis Club and the Salamonie Trail Riders Club.
Mr. Sommer was a member and former deacon of the Congregational Christian Church of North Manchester.
In Addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Michael Sommer of San Jose, CA and Carl Sommer of Roann, IN; a daughter, Sharon Beauchamp of Wabash, IN; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.
Funeral service was held Saturday, May 30, 1998 at Timbercrest Retirement Community Chapel, North Manchester, with the Rev. Joan Deeter officiating.
Preferred memorials are to The Community Foundation of Wabash County. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service handled arrangements.

Wilbur E. Steele
Wilbur E. Steele, 80, of 563 Washington St., Wabash, IN, died Monday, June 2, 1997 at his residence. He was born Jan. 10, 1917 in Wabash County to Earl and Clara Mae (Scott) Steele.
He married Bertha L. Leach in Wabash Feb. 28, 1940. He retired in 1980 from U.S. Gypsum in Wabash.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha, at Wabash; three sons - James A., Carl H. and Danny J., all of Wabash; a daughter, Sandra S. Perkins of Wabash; a brother, Robert Steele of Peru; three sisters - Elizabeth Swope of Grandberry, TX, Lula Bookwalter of Peru, IN, and Marguerite Crider of Texas; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, seven brothers, a sister, and a grandchild.
Funeral service will be at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, Thursday, June 5, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Marion.
Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Dorothy M. Leatherman
Dorothy M. Leatherman, 76, of Sebring, FL, died May 26, 1997 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. She was born at Albany, N.Y. and had been a resident of Sebring since 1983, coming from Huntington, IN where she had lived for 17 years, and a former resident of North Manchester, IN for 17 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sebring.
She was a member of the Sebring Golf Association; was active with Girl Scouts; den mother for Cubs; Past President of Newcomers Club in Huntington, Past President of Psi Iota Psi, and founder of HELGA of Huntington.
She was a homemaker, married to John W. Leatherman, who survives at Sebring. Other survivors include daughters, Elizabeth Ann Ehinger of Gaylord, MI, and Joan Ellen French of Warsaw, IN; sisters Judy Grosvenor of Indianapolis, Mary Nette Palmer of Salinas, CA; a brother, William Willson of Denver; and four grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Saturday, May 31, at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gene Snidow officiating. Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer society.
Arrangements were by Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, 2501 Fairmount Dr., Sebring, FL 33870.

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