Hezekiah "Heze" Vanlandingham, 90, a resident of Indiana Veterans Home, West Lafayette, IN, died Sunday, May 5, 2002 at the Home. He was born Dec. , 1911 at Owingsville, KY to Charles and Frankie D. (Purvis) Vanlandingham. He was an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II, and never married.
He worked for the State Highway Department and was a WWII Army Air Corp Veteran. He was a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15. He lived at the Veterans Home in West Lafayette 35 years, going there from Wabash.
Survivors include three brothers - Morgan and William "Bill" Vanlandingham both of Wabash, and Eugene Vanlandingham of Nicholasville, KY; two sisters - Mrs. Omer (Jessie) Thompson of Lincolnville, IN and Mary Howard of Wabash, IN. Two brothers preceded him in death.
Graveside services were held Saturday, May 11, 2002 at Falls Cemetery. Friends were invited to gather at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel on Friday evening. The memorial guest book for Hezekiah can be signed on-line at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.
Geraldine "Jerrie" McLaughlin, 81, of 1069 Mitten Dr., Wabash, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at Wabash Skilled Care Center. She was born July 4, 1920 at North Manchester, IN to Loyd and Bertha (Weinberger Bush) Jefferson. She spent her formative years in Indianapolis, returning to Wabash County in 1932 where she lived the rest of her life. She was a 1938 graduate of Urbana High School. She married John E. McLaughlin July 19, 1941 in Urbana, IN.
She was an active member of the Wabash First United Methodist Church and the Gusta Robinette Circle at the church. She was a member of the Wabash Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of several social, card and craft clubs. She retired in 1983 from Wabash Magnetics after 25 years.
She is survived by her husband John of Wabash; daughters Kathryn Hipskind of South Bend and Judith Lehman of Denver, IN; grandsons Steve (Allison) Lehman of Fort Wayne, James (Tracey) Lehman of Brookston, IN, Brian Hipskind of South Bend and Collin (Christy) Hipskind of Mishawaka; granddaughters Mrs. Tony (Jennifer) Mull of Fowler, IN and Mrs. Miguel (Melinda) Oviedo of South Bend; and 11 great grandchildren. A half sister preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Saturday, May 11, 2002 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, and burial took place in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.
Memorial guestbook for Jerrie can be signed on-line at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.
Robert O. Witham
Robert O. Witham, 25, of 504 Fifth St., North Manchester, IN, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at his residence. He was born April 2, 1977 at Rochester, IN to Brad Witham and Barbara Gearhart. He had lived in the North Manchester, Akron and Mentone areas.
He was employed at Hardee's in North Manchester, and attended Manchester High School. He played in a softball league in Warsaw.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara Gearhart of Silver Lake and his father, Brad Witham of Mentone; brothers Randy Witham of Palestine, IN and James Gearhart of Silver Lake; paternal grandmother, Sandra Witham of Palestine and maternal grandfather, Roberet Gearhart of Akron.
Friends were invited to pay their respects Friday, May 10 at King Memorial Home of Mentone and prior to the graveside service on Saturday at Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake. Rev. Scott Pratt and Rev. Steve Fleck officiated.
Velma R. Smith
Velma R. Smith, 89, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. She was born May 4, 1913 at Wayland, Iowa to Christian J. and Ida Mae (Wyse) Roth. She married Rev. Emory C. Smith on May 29, 1951; he died January 6, 1996.
She was a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in Flint, MI and in Fostoria, OH.
She was a member of the Manchester Church of he Brethren.
Survivors include a son, E. Timothy Smith of Miramar, FL; a sister Beulah Barron of North Manchester; and two grandchildren. Two step brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Monday, May 13, 2002 at Timbercrest Chapel, North Manchester, with Chaplain Joan Deeter officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorial are to Manchester Church of the Brethren.
Elsworth P. Lochner
Elsworth P. Lochner, 98, died Wednesday at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Leo, he was a self-employed carpenter, avid fisherman and hunter and loved gardening.
Survivors include two daughters - Judith A. Kanning of Fort Wayne and Phyllis J. Russell of North Manchester; a son, Stanley C. Goff of Fort Wayne; a brother, Thomas Clair Lochner of Fort Wayne; a sister Mary Jane Leitch of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette Eby Lochner.
Service was held Saturday, May 11, 2002 at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., Ft. Wayne, IN. Burial was in I.O.O.F. Cemetery of New Haven.
Preferred memorials are to Kingston Care Center or Forest Park United Methodist Church.
Mary Ellen Bolen
Mary Ellen Bolen, 82, a resident of Millers Merry Manor West, 1720 Alber St., Wabash, IN, formerly of 1308 Creekside Dr., Apt. 22, Wabash, died May 9, 2002 at Millers Manor. She was born Oct. 15, 1919 at Porter County, IN to William and Ethel (Steller) Eubank. She married John Bolen December, 1980; he died in 1985.
She was a member of the Grand Street Baptist Church, and was retired from United Technologies.
She is survived by a son, Timothy Eubank of Wabash; and a sister, Dortha Davis of Franklin Park, IL. Four brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Saturday, May 11, 2002 at McDonald Funeral Home Eddingfield Chapel, Wabash; burial was in Fairview Cemetery of Servia. Preferred memorials are to Miller's Merry Manor West Activity Fund.
Margaret R. Carpenter
Margaret R. "Peggy" Carpenter, 66, of 347 Linwood Lane, Wabash, IN, died Thursday, May 9, 2002 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born May 27, 1935 at Wabash to Clifford and Charlotta (Webber) Hettmansperger. She married Curt D. Carpenter in Wabash on June 22, 1957. She worked at Spurgeon's in Wabash 10 years, and as a teller at Frances Slocum Bank Wabash 15 years.
She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Lady Elks, both of Wabash.
Survivors include her husband Curt of Wabash; a daughter, Jo Ann Carpenter of Huntington, IN; a son, Craig (Teresa) Carpenter of Richmond Hill, GA; three granddaughters - Jenna, Taylor, and Heather Carpenter, all of Richmond Hill, GA; two brothers - James (Betty) Hettmansperger of Beaver Dam, IN and Thomas (Judy) Hettmansperger of Hilton Head, SC; two sisters - Jane Hahn of Wabash and Dorothy Nichols of Lintz, PA.
A rosary service was held Sunday evening at the funeral home. Funeral was held Monday morning, May 13, 2002 at St. Bernard Catholic Church with Fr. Sextus Don officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.
Preferred memorials are to the Honeywell Foundation of Wabash. The memorial guest book for Peggy can be signed on-line at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Howard E. Stone
Howard Earl Stone, 89, of 210 W. Walnut St., Roann, IN, died Friday, May 10, 2002 at his residence. He was born Jan. 5, 1913 in Wabash County to Thomas Henry and Laura Etta (Troxel) Stone. He married Melba Hamilton in Roann on June 18, 1938; she died May 11, 1992. He was the Standard Oil Bulk Dealer in Roann for 32 years, retiring February 1971.
He lived in Roann since 1938, coming from Lagro. He was a 1931 graduate of Lagro High School. He was a member of the Roann United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Hanna Masonic Lodge, and an avid Horse Pulling enthusiast.
He is survived by a brother, Donald Stone of North Manchester; and three sisters - Ruth Ellen Stone of Lagro, Mrs. John (Lois) Klinger of Mount Vernon, OH and Mrs. Robert (Emmalou) Rice of Lagro; and many nieces and nephews. A brother, Russel Glen Stone preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday morning, May 14, 2002 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, with Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association.
Memorial guest book for Howard can be signed on-line at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.
Max W. Frye
Max W. Frye, 65, of North Manchester, IN, died Friday, May 10, 2002 at his residence. He was born at Harlan, IN July 14, 1936 to Lester and Doris Frye, both deceased. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-1957. He was married to Janice Hidy Kindy on May 12, 1984. He was retired from Roadway Express, Indianapolis, in September 2000.
He was a member of the Congregational Christian Church of North Manchester. Prior to Roadway, he worked at Summit City Trucking of Fort Wayne for 13 years.
Survivors include his wife, Janice; a son, Daniel Frye of Fort Wayne; step sons Matthew (Lynn) Kindy of Port Orange, FL and Craig (JoJeanna) Kindy of Fort Wayne; daughters Mrs. Richard (Julie) Hayward of LaGrange, IN and Mrs. David (Lisa) Royer of Fort Wayne; step daughters Susan Kindy of Salinas, CA and Beth Kindy of Crawfordsville, IN; brothers Randy Frye of Urbana and Larry Frye of Auburn; nine grandchildren and five step grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Tuesday morning, May 14, 2002 at Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, with Pastor J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Servia.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Congregational Christian Church Building Fund or Wabash/Miami County Hospice.
Donald B. Brittain
Donald Bryan Brittain, 86, of 214 Willow Way, North Manchester, IN died suddenly Friday May 10, 2002 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. He was born Feb. 17, 1916 at Frankfort, IN to Hezekiah and Iva (Hutchison) Brittain. He first married Genevieve Johnson in Wabash on Oct. 6,1940; she died March 7, 1998. He then married Mary (Roberts) House in North Manchester on Feb. 15, 200.
He lived in Peru, IN until 1946 when he moved to Wabash. He was co-owner of F.J. Rettig Co. in Wabash from 1956-1984, retiring in 1985. He also worked at Diehl Machines in Wabash five years, and American Rock Wool of Wabash six years.
He was a member of the Wabash Christian Church and an associate member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Hanna Masonic Lodge #61 F.& A.M., a member and past patron of the Wabash Order of the Eastern Star, and a former member of the Wabash Kiwanis Club serving as secretary seven years. He was a former Meals on Wheels volunteer, and an avid pool player and loved model trains.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of North Manchester; a daughter, Mrs. Mike (Carol Sue) Gray of Aurora, IN; a step daughter, Mrs. David (Ruth) Swanson of Huntington; a brother, Robert Brittain of Peru; six grandchildren, three step grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, six step great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held this morning, Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of North Manchester. Burial will take place in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel is in charge of arrangements, and preferred memorials are to the North Manchester United Methodist Church. Memorial guest book for Don can be signed on-line at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.