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Wabash County, Indiana Obituary Collection

Wabash County, Indiana Obituary Collection - 74

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Date: Wednesday, 5 May 2010, at 4:26 p.m.

Raymond Lester Sr.
Services for Raymond Lester Sr., 67, of Community Care Center, Wabash, IN were held Monday afternoon, Feb. 11, 2002 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with the Rev. Ralph Johnson officiating.
Burial will take place in Mississinewa Memorial Cemetery at a later date. Honorary pallbearers are Jessica Lester, Jennifer Lester, Betty Campbell, Bobbi Lewis, Kristy Hite, Billy Noland, D. J. Ross, Lee Ross, Gypsy Shelton, Punky Easthom, Travis Easthom, Kaitlyn Mollett, and Hanna Mollett.
Arrangements were by DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary North Manchester Chapel.

Kenneth L. Baublit
Services for Kenneth L. Baublit, 86, of Silver Lake, IN were held Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, Silver Lake Chapel with the Rev. Chad Burkhart officiating. Leona Leckrone was organist.
Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery of Pierceton, IN with pallbearers Rick Speigle, Mike Speigle, Terry Speigle, Kyle Allen, Kip Allen, and Bob Speigle serving.

Marie E. Coe
Services for Marie E. Coe, 100, of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, were held Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2002 at Timbercrest Chapel, with Rev. Kelly Beutler and David Lawrenz officiating. Grace Voorheis served as organist.
Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester, IN with Keaton Patrick, Jason Coe, Marvin Michael, Ben Michael, Jason Barrett, Phil Enyeart, and Jeff Walters serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Lindsay Coe, David Coe, and Kaleigh Patrick.
Arrangements were by DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester Chapel.

Curtis E. Whitmore
Services were held for Curtis E. Whitmore, 45, of rural North Manchester, Thursday evening, February 14, 2002 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester. Pastor Susan Boyer officiating, and music was provided by pianist Richard Jones and violinist Marilyn Jones.
Burial was held Friday morning at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, with honorary pallbearers Craig Werking, Dan Hartog, Terry Hutchison, Doug Harvey, Tom Reed, and George Bumgardner serving.

Okie Lester
Okie Lester, 85, of 602 W. Second Street, North Manchester, IN, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002 at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, IN. She was born April 9, 1916 at Buchanan Co., Virginia to George W. and Bessie (Looney) Bailey. She married Lawrence Lester Oct. 5, 1940, and he died Nov. 27, 1993.
She was a homemaker, and was retired from United Technologies after 25 years service. She was a member of the Northern Little Dove Old Regular Baptist Church of Sidney, IN.
She is survived by four sons - Jerry, Andrew and Randy Lester of North Manchester, and Ray Lester of Bremen; five daughters - Mrs. Max (Pauline) Cordill, Mrs. Jack (Cathy) Rupley, and Nadine Penn, all of North Manchester, and Mrs. Ron (Patsy) Lambert of Akron, IN and Mrs. Jim (Janie) Combs of Silver Lake; a brother, Bruce Bailey and a sister, Jean Crozer, both of West Virginia; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A son, two daughters, three brothers, two sisters, and two grandchildren preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 22, 2002 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester Chapel with Rev. Moses Griffey officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.

Herbert M. Gaerte Sr.
Herbert M. Gaerte Sr., 85, of 3867 W SR 114, North Manchester, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002 at Peabody Healthcare Center of North Manchester. He was born May 11, 1916 at Miami County, IN to Ray M. and Anne (Schipper) Gaerte. He married Betty Kilander on April 9, 1941, and she survives.
He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Manchester, He was a 1936 graduate of Laketon High School, and was formerly a member of Laketon Lions Club. He was retired from McMahan Construction Company.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Betty, are sons Herbert M. Gaerte Jr. and Joe D. Gaerte, both of North Manchester; daughters Mrs. Jim (Trudy) Rule and Mrs. Michael (Georgianna) Hileman, both of North Manchester, and Sherian Pence of Colorado Springs, CO; a brother, John E. Gaerte of Macy, IN and a sister Patricia Lucas of Warsaw, IN; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester Chapel, with Deaconess Sabine Thomas officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
Preferred memorials are to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Manchester.

Kenneth Cripe
Kenneth (Reiff) Cripe, 87, of Spokane, WA. died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002 at Holy Family Hospital of Spokane. He was born March 5, 1914 to Curtis and Emma (Reiff) Cripe in Wabash County, IN; he married Juanita Badskey Aug. 6, 1938 and she survives.
Mr. Cripe graduated with the Chester High School Class of 1932. He electrically wired many homes in Whitley County when REMC was first started. He farmed in Whitley County, then moved to Colorado in 1947, where he was an electrical engineer and carpenter.
Other survivors include sons Dr. Lloyd Cripe of Sequim, WA, and Gene Cripe of Pendleton, OR; daughter Rosalie Graves of Spokane, WA; four grandchildren; three brothers - Guy and Paul Cripe of Claypool and North Manchester, Indiana, respectively, and Quentin of San Jose, CA; two sisters - Mrs. Walter (Doris) Niccum of North Manchester and Mrs. C. T. (Gladys) Price of Scottsdale, AZ. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held in the Spokane Church of God.
Friends may send cards to Rosalie Graves, 3319 N. Nevada, Spokane, WA 99207.

J. Galen Dickey
J. Galen Dickey, 88, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died at Timbercrest Healthcare Center Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2002. He was born May 19, 1913 at Marshall County, IN to Howard B. and Effie (Neher) Dickey. He married Martha E. Bowers on July 24, 1938, and she survives.
Galen grew up in North Manchester, and graduated in 1935 from Manchester College with a B.S. Degree in Music Education. He earned an M.S. degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University. After teaching music and business education at Fowler, Pierceton, and Portage Township, he was a teacher and administrator in the South Bend Community Schools from 1946 until his retirement in 1977.
Galen was a member of the Crest Manor Church of the Brethren of South Bend for 45 years, where he served on many commissions, taught Sunday School, and sang tenor in the church choir and quartet. He developed an interest in photography while serving as faculty sponsor of the yearbook at Clay High School, South Bend. He also enjoyed reading, singing, and traveling.
In addition to his wife, Martha of North Manchester, he is survived by two sons - Philip Dickey of Seattle, WA and Bruce Dickey of Sala Bolognese, Italy; brothers James Dickey of South Bend and Dr. John Dickey of Knightstown, IN; a sister, Evadean VanDyke of Iowa City, IA; and a granddaughter, Elisa Smith-Dickey of Sala Bolognese, Italy.
Friends may call Sunday, March 3, 2002 at Timbercrest Chapel from 2 to 3 p.m.. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Timbercrest Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 108 N. Main, Suite 707, South Bend, IN 46601-1617.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel of North Manchester, is in charge of arrangements.

H. Francis Cain
H. Francis Cain, 88, formerly of Connersville, died Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2002 at the Timbercrest Retirement Center, North Manchester, IN where he had been a residence sine June 1997. He was born Sept. 29, 1913 in Connersville, one of two children of Robert M. and Mattie (Offutt) Cain, and had lived there all of his life prior to moving to North Manchester In 1997. He married Edrie William on July 26, 1936, and she preceded him in death Jan. 19, 1992.
A graduate of Connersville High School in 1931, he had been employed at Rex Manufacturing, Western-Southern Life Insurance, and McQuay-Norris of Connersville, prior to joining his father in their sheet metal business, which later became Cain Heating and Air Conditioning. He ran the company until his retirement in 1978.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and B.P.O.E. 379, of which he was a Past Exalted Ruler.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Leon (Sarah) Bazzoni of North Manchester; a son, John R. Cain and wife Candace of Connersville; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In 1959, Shahla Zandi Fisher came from Iran to live with the Cains, and hey were her host family through her high school years, 1959-1963. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Jean Cain, who died in 1942.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Bill Helms Monday, Feb. 25, 2002 in Miller, Moser, Robbins Funeral Home, where friends were received up until the time of the funeral service. Burial was in the Dale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Association.

Sarah C. Wolf
Sarah C. Wolf, 86, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Saturday morning, Feb. 23, 2002, at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born July 8, 1915 at Wabash County, IN to Solomon L. and Lydia E. (Buckingham) Blocher. She married Elmer E. Wolf July 11, 1937; he died April 22, 1997.
A homemaker, she was a member of the Ijamsville United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son Richard E. (Pam) Wolf of Woodville, OH; daughters Mrs. Kent (Carolyn) Harting of North Manchester, Mrs. Charles (Rosemarie) Barnes of Bronson, MI, and Mrs. Roy (Catherine) Mitten of San Jose, CA; a daughter-in-law Mary Ann Wolf of Origon, OH; 13 grandchildren and five step grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. A son, Steve L. Wolf died in 1996; also three brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, No. Manchester Chapel with Pastor Randell Webb officiating. Burial was in Old German Baptist Cemetery, North Manchester.
Preferred memorials are to Peabody Retirement Community Caring Circle.

Miriam Clouse
Mother of North Manchester resident, Mrs. Mark (Cheryl) Huntington, Miriam Clouse, 86, died Sunday, Feb. 24th at Hubbard Hill Estates, Elkhart, IN following a brief illness.
She is survived by three sons, two daughters, 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, as well as a sister and two brothers. She was preceded in death by her husband Howard, two brothers, and a great grandson.
Preferred memorials are to Hubbard Hill Chapel fund, or United Cancer Service of Elkhart County.

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