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  • Debra S. Randall, 60, Peru, took the Lord’s hand and went home on Feb. 20, 2017. 
    She was born Oct. 26, 1956, in Ionia, Mich., to Robert Edwin and Sherilyn Gayle Rusmisel Randall. 
    Heaven gained a beautiful angel when she passed away. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and friend. While she may have given birth to only one child, she was a mother to many. She loved kids dearly, didn’t know a stranger and adopted any stray animal she saw. She loved to crochet, watch old movies, and spend time with her son, Robert. 
  • GOSHEN — Hazel B. Rarick, 98, died the evening of Feb. 22, 2017, at Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen.
    She was born April 28, 1918, in Milford, to Chauncy and Bertha Ulery Weybright.
    On Feb. 27, 1937, she married Dane W. Rarick in New Paris. He died June 11, 1991.
  • James Edward "Jim" McCleary, 73, Warsaw, passed away at 3:03 p.m. Feb. 21, 2017, at Sycamore Village Healthcare, Fort Wayne. 
    Arrangements are pending at Cremation Services of Kosciusko County, Warsaw. 
     

  • COLUMBIA CITY — Luella P. Adams, 97, Columbia City, died at 5:50 p.m. Feb. 22, 2017, at her home.
    She was born Oct. 20, 1919, in Noble County, a daughter of Scott and E. Mildred Ritter Rider. Her formative years were spent in Noble County. She graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1937.
  • Joyce I. Zolman, 73, Warsaw, passed away at 3:39 a.m. Feb. 21, 2017, in Parkview Randallia Hospital, Fort Wayne. 
    She was born March 10, 1943, in Warsaw, to Edward and Betty Hamman Ewing.
    A lifetime Kosciusko County resident, she was united in marriage to Jan Zolman on Nov. 28, 1970, in Warsaw. 
    She had 32 years of service with J.C. Penney, Warsaw, and retired as a floor manager.
  • SYRACUSE — Michael Pena, 21, Richmond, formerly of Syracuse, passed away Feb. 20, 2017, at his home. 
    He was born Sept. 13, 1995, in Goshen, to Felix and Heather Byrd Pena. 
  • Roger Francis Bayak, 79, Goshen, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 5:32 a.m. Feb. 20, 2017. 
    He was born Dec. 31, 1937, in South Bend, to Walter Bayak and Kathleen Brooks Lyons. He married Marilyn L. Ferverda on Oct. 6, 1963.
  • NAPPANEE — George F. Sheets, 82, Nappanee, died at 3:40 a.m. Feb. 19, 2017, at Good Shepherd Hospice, Sebring, Fla., after an illness of three weeks. 
    He was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Nappanee, to Charles L. and Eileen Harman Sheets. On Dec. 28, 1952, he married Patricia Richmond in Nappanee. She died May 9, 2001. 

  • Terry L. Winteregg, 66, Warsaw, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Feb. 18, 2017, in Mason Health Care and Rehabilitation, Warsaw.
    Arrangements are pendin
  • Joyce I. Zolman
    Joyce I. Zolman, 73, Warsaw, passed away at 3:39 a.m. Feb. 21, 2017,  in Parkview Randallia Hospital, Fort Wayne.
    Arrangements are pending with McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
  • SYRACUSE – Betty Jane Finney, 91, Syracuse, passed away at 5:03 a.m. Jan. 26, 2017 at Goshen Hospital.
    She was born July 30, 1925, in Huntington, to Earl F. and Edna Shivley Garretson.
    On June 23, 1946, in Huntington, she married Gail E. Finney, who preceded her on July 23, 1989.
    She graduated in 1943 from Huntington High School and was a World War II Navy veteran. 
  • Farrell “Butch” Eugene Stout, 75, Warsaw, died Feb. 19, 2017, at Warsaw Meadows Care Center.
    He was born March 17, 1941 in Yorktown, to Farrell and Katherine Warner Stout.
    On March 16, 1962, in Anderson, he married Myrna Richman.
    He was retired from General Motors where he worked for more than 30 years.
  • Francis John “Jack” Fitzwilliam, Warsaw, passed away at 12:10 a.m. Feb. 19, 2017, at Miller’s Merry Manor of Warsaw at the age of 87.
    He was born June 19, 1929, in Tengyueh, China, to missionary parents Francis Julius Fitzwilliam and Jennie Eliza Kingston Fitzwilliam. On March 24, 1951, in Wheaton, Ill., he was married to Alice Ruth Larson, who survives in Warsaw.
  • Farrell “Butch” Eugene Stout, 75, Warsaw, died Feb. 19, 2017, at Warsaw Meadows Care Center.
    He was born March 17, 1941 in Yorktown, to Farrell and Katherine Warner Stout.
    On March 16, 1962, in Anderson, he married Myrna Richman.
    He was retired from General Motors where he worked for more than 30 years.
    He spent most of his life in Yorktown and Delaware County before moving to Warsaw in 2011. He enjoyed fishing and hunting mushrooms. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Muncie, and was a AWANA leader for more than 20 years. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with family, friends and neighbors.
  • MENTONE – Betty J. Miller, 89, formerly of Mentone, passed away at 7:08 a.m. Feb. 20, 2017, at Mason Health Care of Warsaw.
    She was born March 30, 1927, in Fulton County, to Max and Leoma Heminger Anderson. On Feb. 2, 1947, in Koontz Lake, she married Harold L. Miller, who preceded her on July 26, 1997.
  • JEFFERSON, Ga. – Margaret Ring Miller, 94, a native of Pierceton, died Feb. 17, 2017, in a nursing home at Griffin, Ga.
    She was born in Pierceton on April 10, 1922, the daughter of Scott P. and Rosa V. Goodrich Ring. She graduated from Pierceton High School in 1940. After moving from Indiana, she lived in Jefferson and Milner, Ga., and volunteered with the Jackson County Senior Citizens Center for 18 years after her retirement. She was a member of the Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson.
  • DENVER, Ind. – Arthur Wayne Wilmoth, 80, North Manchester, a poet and author of several books (unpublished), passed away Feb. 16, 2017, at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.
  • NORTH WEBSTER – Phyllis Anne Bauer, 90, North Webster, passed away at 12:17 a.m. Feb. 19, 2017, at Parkview Hospital, Warsaw.
    She was born Dec. 3, 1926, in Fort Wayne, to Charles Burton and Frances Marie Wagner Moore. On Jan. 26, 1963, in Fort Wayne, she married Albert A. “Bert” Bauer, who preceded her in death Sept. 25, 2012.
  • NORTH MANCHESTER – Billy E. Kline, 78, died at 3:38 p.m. Feb. 17, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
    He was born March 18, 1938, in Wabash, to Everett and Grace Maidford Kline.
    He was a retired foreman for the Wabash County Highway Department.
    He attended Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake.
  • ROANN – Marilyn Anne Zinsmeister, 79, Roann, died at 4 p.m. Feb. 19, 2017, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.
    She was born Oct. 13, 1937, in Wabash, to Hugh and Mones L. Meyer Slee.
    She married George Zinsmeister at the Roann First Brethren Church on Feb. 16, 1957, and they just celebrated their 60th anniversary with an open house on Thursday. He survives in Roann.
  • Francis John Fitzwilliam, 87, Warsaw, passed away at 12:10 a.m. Feb. 19, 2017, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.
    Arrangements are pending with Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw.
     
  • ROCHESTER – Mary A. Jones, 97, formerly of Rochester, passed away Feb. 18, 2017, in Michigan.
    Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.
  • Ned Carter VerHage, Winona Lake, answered the call from his Lord at 7:20 p.m. Feb. 16, 2017, at the age of 90. He passed away at Grace Village Health Care of Winona Lake and sends his best wishes to his many friends and descendants. 
  • Paul David Dwyer, 82, known by most as “PD,” passed away at 9 a.m. Feb. 16, 2017, in his Chapman Lake home.
    He was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Fort Wayne, to David John and Mary Elizabeth Runkle Dwyer. He married Sondra “Sonnie” King on July 26, 1958, in St. Paul Catholic Parish, Marion.
  • SOUTH WHITLEY – Lawrence A. Roberts, 94, South Whitley, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 16, 2017, at Miller’s at Oak Pointe where he had been a resident since September 2013.
    He was born Aug. 3, 1922, in Wabash County, a son of Elmer and Ethel Stoner Roberts. A lifelong resident of rural South Whitley, he graduated from South Whitley High School.
    On Nov. 25, 1942, he was inducted into the United States Army, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 23, 1943.
    On Nov. 4, 1944, he was united in marriage to Betty L. Tschantz. They celebrated 71 years of marriage. Mrs. Roberts passed on May 31, 2016.
    He owned and operated Roberts Body Shop in Collamer for over 50 years.
    He was a member of Collamer Christian Church.
    Surviving relatives include two children, Wayne Roberts and Julia (spouse Dan) Rowland, all of South Whitley; two daughters-in-law, Judy Roberts Egolf, Columbia City, and Sue Roberts, North Manchester; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 
    He also was preceded in death by two sons, Randall Roberts and Kenton Roberts; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Roberts; a brother, Charles Roberts; and a sister, Dorothy McDonald.
    The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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    Memorials are to American Heart Association or Collamer Christian Church.
    Online condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
  • Joe Claude Simmons, Winona Lake, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Feb. 14, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis, at the age of 65.
  • Judith E. “Judy” Osha, 75, passed away Feb. 15, 2017, at her home in Syracuse.
  • Ned C. Ver Hage, 90, Winona Lake, passed away at 7:20 a.m. Feb. 16, 2017, at Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake.  
  • Martha L. “Marty” Meade, 68, Silver Lake, died at 7:25 p.m. Feb. 12, 2017, at Parkview Randallia Hospital, Fort Wayne.
  • Richard L. Hershberger, 68, Syracuse, died Feb. 14, 2017, unexpectedly of natural causes at Goshen Hospital.
  • Paul David “PD” Dwyer, 82, Warsaw, died Feb. 16, 2017, in his Chapman Lake home.
  • Pearl West, 85, formerly of North Manchester, died at 4:40 p.m. Feb. 15, 2017, at Parkview Wabash Hospital.
  • Joe Claude Simmons, Winona Lake, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Feb. 14, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis, at the age of 65. 
    He was born Aug. 6, 1951, in Bedford, to Vivian A. and Neva Owens Simmons. On April 16, 1977, in Servia, he was married to Sue Elaine Kreider Simmons, who survives in Winona Lake.  
    He was a resident of Kosciusko County for th
  • Stephen Homer Johnson, 70, Fort Wayne, was ushered into the arms of his Savior on Feb. 14, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. 
    He was born in Huntington on April 6, 1946, to Wayne and Mary Ahlfeld Johnson. The second of four children and the son of a minister and homemaker, he grew up in Claypool. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business at Manchester University, North Manchester. He later was awarded a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He spent years in the field of human resources and in the pastorate of several churches.
    He was a loving father to two children: Jeffrey (spouse Jenna) Johnson, Hershey, Pa., and Jennifer (spouse Nathan) Peterman, Bloomington; and seven grandchildren: Sullivan, Lia and Evie Johnson and Deacon, Hudson, Vivian and Maeve Peterman. Steve’s children and grandchildren were the source of his greatest pride and joy and the recipients of his undying love and affection. 
    He is also survived by his mother, Mary Johnson, Winona Lake; his brother, Jerry (spouse Lois) Johnson, Claypool; and his two sisters, Janet (spouse Bud) Lentz, Mount Pleasant, N.C., and Barbara (spouse Mike) Wolfe, Mesa, Ariz. 
    He was preceded by his father, Wayne Johnson. 
    He was a gifted teacher of God’s word and shepherd of God’s people, compassionate counselor to many, ardent pipe organ enthusiast, voracious reader, avid Indy car and sprint car racing fan, and bicyclist on the Fort Wayne River Greenway. He had an endearing way of bringing joy to others through his ability to see the humorous side of life. 
    The family will receive friends from noon until the 2 p.m. celebration of life service Saturday at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw. Burial will follow the service at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. 
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    Expressions of sympathy may be made as gifts to the Hannah Center, 808 N. College Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404.
    Condolences may be sent to the family at www.TitusFuneralHome.com.
  • WABASH — Zella "Mae" Edmonds, 76, Beaver Dam, died at 9:36 p.m. Feb. 10, 2017, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
    She was born Oct. 3, 1940, in Van Lear, Ky., to Thomas Jefferson and Oshie Mae Collins Martin.
    She attended Wabash High School. She worked 19 years at Shirt Shed, Wabash. She attended the Wabash Free Will Baptist Church. She was a huge NASCAR fan and loved Dale Earnhardt and the Kentucky Wildcats. 
  • BREMEN — Norma Leismer, 90, Kouts, formerly of Leesburg, passed away Feb. 13, 2017, at home. 
    She was born March 30, 1926, in Waterville, Ohio, the daughter of Clarence and Letta Studer Brown.
    She graduated from DeVilbiss High School in Toledo, Ohio. On April 7, 1947, she married Allen Leismer in Petosky, Mich., and they later moved to Chicago. Together they raised two sons in Hammond, where Norma worked as a clerk at Mina’s in downtown Hammond for many years. 
    In 1992, she and her husband retired to Leesburg. She loved to do crafts and travel to crafts shows with her husband. She was a member of Living Gospel Church, Nappanee, and loved to spend time with her family.
  • ROCHESTER — Edwin W. Reeves I, 66, Leesburg, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 13, 2017, at his residence.
    On Dec. 2, 1950, Edwin Warren Reeves was born in Anniston, Ala. He was the treasured son of Columbus and Bertha Lecroy Reeves. As the second youngest, growing up he shared his childhood with four brothers and three sisters.

  • GOSHEN — Laura Adams Haney, 79, passed away Feb. 13, 2017, at her home surrounded by loving family members and supported by Goshen Home Care and Hospice.
    She was born June 28, 1937, in Akron, to Leo and Mary Ball Adams.
    On May 8, 1957, she married Leslie E. “Doc” or “Bugs” Haney in Muncie.
  • Maurice Guiff, 67, Akron, passed away, at 7:31 a.m. Feb. 14, 2017, in his home.
  • Joe Simmons, 65, Winona Lake, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Feb. 14, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis.
  • David D. “Dave” Clayton, 80, Warsaw, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Feb. 13, 2017, at Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center,
  • M. Lynn Atwood, 70, Syracuse, passed away at 2:44 a.m. Feb. 13, 2017, at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
  • Dave B. Fulkerson, 78, Warsaw, passed away at 9:41 a.m. Feb. 13, 2017, in Warsaw.
  • Walter Mann, 56, Murfreesboro, formerly of Warsaw, passed away Jan. 29, 2017, at St. Thomas West Hospital.
  • Gregory Lantz, 62, Cromwell, passed away on Feb. 13, 2017.
  • Arthur David “Art” Needler, 73, Warsaw, peacefully passed away with his loving family by his side at 9:19 p.m. Feb. 13, 2017, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
  • David W. Goss, 76, Rochester, passed away Feb. 13, 2017, at St. Joseph Hospital, Plymouth.
  • Sandra K. “Sandy” Groninger, 75, passed away at 3:12 a.m. Feb. 14, 2017, in Avalon Village, Ligonier, after being afflicted by dementia/Alzheimer’s disease for eight years.
  • Darlene Evelyn Slusher, 89, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Feb. 15, 2017, in Miller’s Oak Point, Columbia City.
  • Edwin W. Reeves I, 66, Leesburg, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13, 2017, at his residence.
  • Sandra K. Groninger, 75, Warsaw, died Feb. 14, 2017, in Avalon Village, Ligonier.
    Arrangements are pending at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw.
     
  • NORTH WEBSTER — David D. “Dave” Clayton, 80, Warsaw, formerly of North Webster and Kimmell, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Feb. 13, 2017, at Mason Health & Rehabilitation in Warsaw. 
    Arrangements are pending at Owen Family Funeral Home, North Webster. 
     
  • Hallie J. Self, 87, Warsaw, passed away at 10:03 p.m. Feb. 11, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
    He was born March 19, 1929, to Jessie “Hall” and Viola “Odie” Howerton Self in Hitchita, Okla.
    He and his wife have lived in Warsaw since 2004. On July 10, 1952, he married Leda Murry in Okmulgee, Okla., and on July 10, 2017, they would have been married 65 years.
    He honorably served in the artillery in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was employed by Rockwell International as a machinist.
    He enjoyed NCAA basketball, gardening and fishing.
    He is survived by his wife, Leda Self, Warsaw; a son, Barry (spouse Cynthia) Self, Warsaw; daughters, Linda (spouse Dwayne), Warsaw, and Shirley (spouse John) Hepler, California; a sister, Joyce (spouse Floyd) Baldridge, Okmulgee; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 
    He was preceded by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
    Services will be private. Burial will be in his hometown of Hitchita.
    McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, is entrusted with arrangements.
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    To sign the guestbook or send a condolence, go to www.mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.
     
  • Dave Fulkerson, 78, Warsaw, passed away at 9:41 a.m. Feb. 13, 2017, in Warsaw.
    Arrangements are pending with McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
  • ROCHESTER — David Goss, 76, Rochester, passed away at 3:06 p.m. Feb. 13, 2017, at St. Joseph Hospital, Plymouth.
    Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

  • Virginia Elizabeth King, 94, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 9, 2017, in Kosciusko Community Hospital.
    She was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Warsaw, to Hubert Victor and Lauretta Marie Eiler Short. On July 7, 1965, she married Ralph A. King in Columbia City.
    She was a 1940 graduate of Warsaw High School and a lifetime resident of the Warsaw and Larwill areas.
  • SYRACUSE — Martha L. "Lynn" Atwood, 70, Syracuse, passed away at 2:44 a.m. Feb. 13, 2017, at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. 
    Arrangements are pending at Owen Family Funeral Home, Syracuse.
     
  • NORTH WEBSTER — James S. “Jim” Shepherd, 88, Warsaw, passed away Feb. 12, 2017, at his home. 
    He was born May 10, 1928, in Bippus, to George and Blanche Spicer Shepherd. 
    He graduated from Bippus High School and in 1952 from Indiana University in Bloomington with his B.A degree. He was a United States Navy veteran and was married Sept. 9, 1952, to Phyllis J. Wall, who preceded him Aug. 6, 2001. 
  • NORTH WEBSTER — Rita Ann Beeson, 87, North Webster, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Feb. 12, 2017, at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Milford. 
    She was born April 19, 1929, in Gas City, to Lawrence E. and Lucille I. Harshman Richards.
    She graduated in 1947 from Gas City High School. On June 26, 1948, in Gas City, she married Hermer Franklin “Dick” Draper, who preceded her in 1950. She married Royce Beeson in 1954; they later divorced but remained close friends. 
  • Jeanette Alwine, 96, Warsaw, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Feb. 12, 2017, in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester. 
    She was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Patterson, N.J., to Thomas and Jessie Dykstra Korenstra.
    She was united in marriage to Phil Alwine on Feb. 1, 1947, in Michigan City; he preceded he
  • PERU — Jeffery Allen Baker, 43, Roann, passed away Feb. 10, 2017, after a long battle with cancer.
    He was born in Peru on Oct. 5, 1973, to Charles and Judith Sutton Baker. He was a 1993 graduate of Peru High School. He married Christina Fountain, formerly of Muscatine, Iowa, on Jan. 21, 2009. 
    He was employed by Medtronic in Warsaw. He loved fishing and playing pool with his brother, and enjoyed watching the IU Hoosiers and the New York Yankees.
  • NAPPANEE — Steven A. Martin, 47, Nappanee, died Feb. 12, 2017, unexpectedly from natural causes at his residence.  
    He was born July 6, 1969, to Richard and Deborah Martin.  On Feb. 14, 1990, he married Melissa Egolf in Nappanee. She survives.
    He will be cremated. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Yellow Creek Cemetery.
    Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. 
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    Memorials to the Steve Martin Memorial Fund to help with funeral expenses.
  • Marjorie E. St. John,  87, Rochester, passed away Feb. 8, 2017, at Lakeland (Fla.) General Hospital.
    She was born Aug. 24, 1929, in Peru, to Albert and Winifred Brach Becker. On Feb. 2, 1952, in Kokomo, she married  Fred St. John. He survives.
  • Stephen H. Johnson, 70, Fort Wayne, died at 12:55 a.m. Feb. 14, 2017, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
    Arrangements are pending at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw.
     
  • ROCHESTER — Joseph E. Felke, 66, Claypool, passed away at 8:10 p.m. Feb. 11, 2017, at his home.
    He was born on Nov. 25, 1950, in Plymouth, the son of Francis Edward and Evelyn Joan Owens Felke. On April 8, 2004, in Claypool, he married Marsha Welch; she survives.
  • George E. Jones Jr. passed away and went home to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 60 at 2:23 a.m. Feb. 8, 2017.
    He resided in Battle Creek, Mich., but was formerly a resident of Syracuse. 
  • Jeanette F. Alwine, 96, Warsaw, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Feb. 12, 2017, in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.
    Arrangements are pending with McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
  • NORTH WEBSTER — Rita Ann Beeson, 87, North Webster, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Feb. 12, 2017, at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare, Milford.
    Arrangements are pending at Owen Family Funeral Home, North Webster. 
  • NORTH WEBSTER — James S. “Jim” Shepherd, 88, Warsaw, passed away on Feb. 12, 2017, at his home. 
    Arrangements are pending at Owen Family Funeral Home, North Webster. 
     

  • Hallie J. Self, 87, Warsaw, passed away at 10:03 p.m. Feb. 11, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
    Arrangements are pending at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
     
  • AKRON — Lindley F. Butch Bilby, 75, rural Rochester, died Feb. 9, 2017, at his residence.
    At his request, no visitation or services are planned.
  • Virginia E. King, 94, Warsaw, died at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 9, 2017, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
    Arrangements are pending at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw.
  • NORTH WEBSTER — Larry Jernigan, 59, North Webster, passed away on Feb. 9, 2017, at his home.
  • NORTH WEBSTER — Lorraine L. Curry, 81, North Webster, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Feb. 8, 2017, at Goshen Hospital. 
    Arrangements are pending at Owen Family Funeral Home, North Webster.
     
  • Russell Dale Grindle, 4 hours, passed away Feb. 4, 2017, in Methodist Hospital, Indiana-polis. 
    He was born Feb. 4, 2017.
  • ROCHESTER — Max Lee Hungerford, 89, Rochester, passed away at 7:17 a.m. Feb. 7, 2017, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Miramar Beach, Fla.
    He was born Dec. 27, 1927, in Clinton, to Leo and Lena Houchin Hungerford.
    He served with the U.S. Army for 15 months and was honorably discharged in November 1947. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army Occupational Medal in Japan.
  • Linda Lee McColley, 70, died at 1:49 a.m. Feb. 7, 2017, at her residence in North Manchester.
    She was born June 4, 1946, in Wabash, and was the daughter of Edward and Velma Lewis Graves.
    She was married to Murland Copeland, who died in 1992. On October 3, 1994, she married Jerry E. McColley, who died April 20, 2016.
    Calling hours will be 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at McKee Mortuary, 1401 Ind. 114W, North Manchester. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pastor Dave Cox will officiate.
    Burial will be at the Violet Cemetery in Goshen.
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    Memorials to Wabash Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice, 400 Ash Street, Suite A, Wabash, IN 46992.
    Condolences may be emailed to mckeemortuary.com.
  • Betty J. Baugher, 82, Warsaw, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Feb. 7, 2017, at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.
    She was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Warsaw, to Judson L. and Jettie Thompson Vanator. On May 28, 1954, she married Forrest “Bud” Baugher in Warsaw. 
    She was a 1953 graduate of Warsaw High School and a lifetime Warsaw resident. She worked in the accounts payable department for DePuy for 19 years; she also had worked for Miller and Sons, Silver Lake. 
  • Eugene Leroy Grimm, 83, Claypool, passed away at 9:34 a.m. Feb. 6, 2017, at his home. 
    He was born Nov. 7, 1933, in Mishawaka, to John E. and Helen Mabel Cowan Grimm.
    He moved to the Warsaw area in the 1940s and attended Warsaw High School. On July 17, 1965, in Warsaw, he married Karen Ann Rollings, who survives. 
  • Candace J. Hedington, 79, a faithful servant of God, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 29, 2016, at home. She was surrounded by her husband, Delbert; her children; and her loving dog, Susie. She had been ill the past few months.
    She was born Jan. 31, 1937, in Etna Green, to Harley “Hod” and Lela Fern Taylor Mellott. She was a lifelong resident and attended Etna Green High School. 
  • AKRON — Steven R. Ault, 63, Akron, died at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 7, 2017, in the emergency room at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
    Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.
     
  •  SYRACUSE – Miriam E. “Pat” Benson, 85, Syracuse, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Feb. 7, 2017, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Syracuse. 
    She was born March 2, 1931, in Milford, to James R. and Pauline O. Ringler Losee. 
    She was a lifetime Syracuse area resident and attended Syracuse High School. She was married Jan. 24, 1948, in Syracuse, to Warren G. Benson, who preceded her on Dec. 24, 2013. 
  • PIERCETON — Ada Jean Finken, 91, Pierceton, passed away at 1:55 a.m. Feb. 4, 2017, in Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
    On May 7, 1925, she was born in Fort Wayne to Thurman and Nellie Birtwhistle Busz. She was united in marriage to Carl L. Finken on Nov. 4, 1947, in Orchard Park, N.Y. He preceded her in death on July 10, 1986.
  • SYRACUSE — Terrance L. “Terry” McDonald, 72, New Paris, passed away at 10 a.m. Feb. 4, 2017, at his home. 
    He was born Feb. 15, 1944, in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Francis L. and Olive E. Hunninghake McDonald. 
    He was a lifetime Syracuse/New Paris area resident and graduated in 1962 from Syracuse High School. He was married Aug. 24, 1962, in Syracuse, to Vivian Sue “Susie” Rogers, who survives. 
    He formerly worked at Sellers Manufacturing, Milford; Patriot Homes, Elkhart; Bison Coach, Milford; and was former owner/operator of Shamrock Steel, Goshen. 
    He was a former member of Wawasee Kiwanis Club, Syracuse.
    He is survived by his wife, Susie McDonald, New Paris; three daughters, Kimberly (spouse Robert) Bradtmiller, Indianapolis; Shauna (spouse Jim) Fought, Topeka; and Cathleen (Tim Walker) Krauter, Syracuse; six grandchildren: Amanda, Alyson, Riley, Morgan, Ryan and Devin; a great-granddaughter, Emma Belle; and three brothers: James “Jim” McDonald, Syracuse; Michael (spouse Linda) McDonald, Florence, Ala; and Clair McDonald, Phoenix, Ariz.
    He was preceded by his parents; a grandson, Corey Kneller; a sister, Patricia Hall; and a brother, Harold McDonald.
    Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m.
    Private family burial will be in Syracuse Cemetery. 
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    Memorials to Wawasee Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 372, Syracuse, IN 46567. 
    To send condolences in memory of Terry McDonald, visit www.owenfamilyfuneralhome.com.
  • SYRACUSE — Vaughn W. Atchison Sr., 66, Ligonier, passed away at 1:49 p.m. Jan. 29, 2017, at Avalon Village Nursing Home, Ligonier.
    He was born May 11, 1950, in Springfield, Ohio, to Richard and Jane Eversole Atchison.
    He graduated in 1969 from Tecumseh High School in Donnelsville, Ohio, and was a United States Army veteran. He moved to Syracuse in 1973 from Springfield, Ohio.
    On May 12, 1973, in Pigeon Forge, Va., he married Kathy A. Page Huffenberger, who survives. 
    He was formerly employed at Hart Housing, Nappanee, for six years; Forest River, Goshen; and was a semi driver for Snyder Trucking, Pennsylvania.
    He is survived by his wife, Kathy Atchison, Syracuse; a daughter, Tanisha Atchison, Goshen; two sons, Vaugh W. (spouse Birdie) Atchison Jr., Ligonier, and David Huffenberger, Cromwell; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; his father, Richard Atchison, Tampa, Fla.; a half sister, Tyra Coe, Springfield; and a half brother, Roger Coe, Thailand.
    He was preceded by his mother.
    Cremation will take place at Cremation Services of Kosciusko County, Warsaw. No services are planned. 
    Private family burial will be in Syracuse Cemetery. 
    Owen Family Funeral Home, Syracuse, is in charge of arrangements.
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    Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46260. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 
    To send condolences to the family in Mr. Atchison’s memory, visit www.owenfamilyfuneralhome.com. 
     
  • SYRACUSE — Daniel Griffith, 64, Cromwell, passed away Feb. 3, 2017, at Kosciusko Community Hospital as a result of complications from a stroke. 
    He was born Oct. 10, 1952, in Fort Wayne, to Laurence and Rosemary Schirmeyer Griffith, who both preceded him in death. On Dec. 2, 1995, he married Richele Eicher, who survives. 
  • NAPPANEE — Virgil M. Truex, 86, Nappanee, died at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 4, 2017, at Goshen Hospital.
    He was born Sept. 29, 1930, in Goshen, to Jess and May Sheets Truex. In 1955, he married Linda Housouer in Nappanee. She died March 23, 1977.
    Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and for one hour prior to the funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Nappanee United Methodi