Obituaries

Prince Gardner Jr, 68

Prince Gardner Jr, 68 was born on January 1, 1952 in Montgomery, Alabama, the son of Prince Sr. and Maggie Lee (Harris) Gardner. (Prince Gardner Sr. preceded him in death).  

Prince was the first of ten children.  He and his parents moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1953, there he attended Burnside Elementary Scholastic Academy, Chicago, Illinois until his family moved to Rochester, Indiana in 1968.

Prince graduated from Culver Community High School, in Culver, Indiana on 1970 and had worked at the Culver Military Academy.  Prince grew up knowing about God.  At the age of nineteen, he accepted a job with General Motors in Detroit, Michigan, working there for over thirty years before retiring in 2009.

The oldest of ten, he led by example in helping on his grandparents and parents farms along with his other siblings by planting various crops and attending to the many animals on the farms. Prince was faithful to all the things he did.  He loved to work outside doing landscaping for family and friends.

Prince was a very loving and caring soul, a gentle giant and had a very infectious smile.  He loved his family and took every opportunity to be close to them.  If he heard family was coming in from out of town he would always be one to join and fellowship with them during their visit.  Prince enjoyed helping other people.  He loved watching sports, old westerns and action movies. 

In October 2019 Prince moved to Indianapolis, Indiana to be closer to his mom and sibling’s family. There he enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and his own New Year’s Day birthday party.  His 1st ever birthday party with his family where he cried tears of joy.

During this time, his mother was in constant prayer with him to give his life and soul over to Jesus.  His mom and family took care of Prince and loved on him.

Prince confessed Christ early morning on January 29th, 2020 with his family.  On February 15, 2020 God called Prince home.  The Lord came to welcome him into his loving arms.

Leaving to cherish his fond memories are his mother, Maggie Lee Gardner, (Rochester, Indiana), his son, Prince Gardner III, (Detroit, Michigan), siblings, Gladys (Tommy) Hamer, (Atlanta, Georgia), David Gardner, (Chicago, Illinois), Melinda (Raymond) Salary, (Michigan City, Indiana), Jerome (Annetta) Gardner, (St. Louis, Missouri), Patricia (Jerry) Booth, (Indianapolis, Indiana), Glen Gardner, (Rochester, Indiana), Juanita Gardner, (Indianapolis, Indiana), Duane (Vanessa) Gardner, (Indianapolis, Indiana), Elizabeth Coffey, (Indianapolis, Indiana), and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral homegoing services will start at 11:00 A.M. Saturday February 22, 2020 at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 717 E. 10th Street, Michigan City, Indiana.

Viewing before homegoing at the church from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Saturday.

Repast at Michigan City Elks Lodge, 416 East U.S. Highway 20, Michigan City, Indiana, 46360, Burial will take place at 10:00 A.M. Sunday February 23, 2020 at Leiters Ford Cemetery, Leiters Ford, Indiana.

Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Nathan M. Cloud 34, Rochester, Indiana

Nathan M. Cloud 34, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 2:48 P.M. Saturday February 15, 2020 at his residence.

He was born on January 11, 1986 in Plymouth, Indiana, the son of Michael Cloud and Sondra (Swartz) Brewer.

Nathan had graduated from Rochester High School in 2005. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Nathan had full confidence in the Bible’s promise of being resurrected to an earth where God’s promise of a paradise will replace all sorrow and anguish.

Survivors include his parents, Michael and Laura Cloud, Rochester, Indiana, Sondra Brewer, Monticello, Indiana, sisters, Donna (Robert) Knowlton, Howe, Indiana, Misty Cloud, Peru, Indiana, half -sister, Amy Van Alstine, South Bend, Indiana, nephew, Sean Knowlton, Howe, Indiana, niece, Thea Van Alstine, South Bend, Indiana, grandmother, Harriett Swartz, Florida, step-grandmother, Jeannie Cloud, Rochester, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

A service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 1563 N St Rd 25 in Rochester, Saturday Feb 22. Visitation will take place at 2:00 with a talk at 3:00. Burial will take place at a later date at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana.

Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Chase Michael Skalon, 32, of Francesville, IN

Chase Michael Skalon, 32, of Francesville, IN passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020.  Chase was born on July 25, 1987 in Lafayette, IN.  He graduated from West Central High School in 2006 and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.   Chase was a kind-hearted soul, who enjoyed life, family, and friends.   He enjoyed landscaping work and was an avid sports fan.  The Michigan Wolverines and New England Patriots were among his favorite teams.   In recent years, he cherished a relationship with Kyndra and their children, Rhaylea and Jagger.  Chase’s family meant the world to him.  He will be truly missed by all those touched by his love and friendship. 

 

He is survived by:

Leesa & Mike Gayer, Francesville, IN Mother

Mike & Paula Skalon, Monticello, IN Father

Kyndra Holliday, Francesville, IN Fiancé

Rhaylea Riyan Holliday, Francesville, IN Daughter

Jagger Hale Skalon, Francesville, IN Son

Shauna & Travis Tiede, Lafayette, IN Sister

Cayden Tiede, Lafayette, IN Nephew

Kinsley Tiede, Lafayette, IN Niece

Travis & Bekky Garner, Winamac, IN Step Brother

Noah Garner, Winamac, IN Nephew

Talen Garner, Winamac, IN Nephew

Tyler & Samantha Garner, Casselberry, FL Step Brother

Zelda Garner, Casselberry, FL Niece

Easter Marie Taylor, Winamac, IN Paternal Grandmother

Many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Autumn Dawn Skalon, Sister

Max & Beverly Odom, Grandparents

Leopold Skalon, Grandfather

Keith Taylor, Step Grandfather

Louis & Wanda Gayer, Step Grandparents

Charles & Fay Frakes, Step Grandparents

Kevin Max Odom, Uncle

Raymond Lee Skalon, Uncle

 

Private Services will be held at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN with Pastor James Ketchen officiating. 

 

Private Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Chase Skalon Memorial Account at any Alliance Bank location.  This Memorial Account is being established by the family for Chase’s children. 

 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville.

Floyd "Jay" Wireman, Jr., 73, of Knox, IN

Floyd “Jay” Wireman, Jr., 73, of Knox, IN passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.  Jay was born on May 29, 1946 in Salyersville, KY to the late Floyd and Goldie Wireman Wireman. He moved to Indiana with his family as a child.  Jay was a welder for many years at Allis Chalmers in LaPorte, IN and also worked as a welder in the oil fields in Louisiana.  He lived in Seattle, WA before moving back to Indiana to retire.  He enjoyed vegetable gardening and canning, but his favorite thing to do was fish.  Jay attended the Medaryville Assembly of God Church. He was a kind man who never knew a stranger. Jay will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

 

He is survived by:

Laura (Travis Whitlock) Wireman, Lafayette, IN Daughter

Randal Wireman, Medaryville, IN Son

7 Grandchildren

2 Great Grandchildren

Betty Jo (David) Williams, Medaryville, IN Sister

Donna Wireman, Medaryville, IN Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews & Great Nieces and Nephews

Numerous Cousins

Ed and Pam Sparks, Knox, IN Special Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Floyd and Goldie Wireman Wireman, Sr., Parents

Diana Hendershot Wireman, Former Spouse

Opal Clark, Sister

Ethel Wireman, Sister

Jean Ann Wireman, Sister

Mac Arthur Wireman, Brother

James Wireman, Brother

Alice Fay Wireman, Infant Sister

Patsy Sue Wireman, Infant Sister

Auadeen Wireman, Infant Sister

Henry Wireman, Infant Brother

 

Visitation will be from 3-5 PM EST Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Assembly of God Church in Medaryville, IN.

 

A Memorial Service will be held at 5 PM EST Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Assembly of God Church in Medaryville, IN with Pastor Tom Dewlen officiating.

 

Private Burial will take place at White Post Cemetery in Medaryville, IN.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

 

 

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.

Elizabeth A. Weldon, 69, of Winamac

Elizabeth A. Weldon, 69, of Winamac passed away at 10:15 a.m., Monday, February 10, 2020 at her residence surrounded by family.

Born on September 12, 1950 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Catherine (Stringer) Bauer.

On May 14, 1983, she married Richard A. Weldon at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Logansport, IN. In the years that followed she became a member of St. Peters Catholic Church, enthusiastically tended her vegetable garden, colored the farm with many beautiful flowers, learned to make wine, spent the evenings with her crochet, and raised her children with a happy, generous heart.

She is preceded in death by 2 brothers and survived by her husband, Richard, her children: Lisa, Genevieve, David, Emmy, Jacob, and Lukas, and by her 7 grandchildren.

A Rosary Service will be at 9:30 AM, Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Winamac followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:00 AM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help cover funeral costs and/or the Red Cross.

Please sign Elizabeth’s online guestbook or leave a condolence for the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Harrison Chapel, 304 S. Chicago St., Royal Center.

 

Michael D.  Shafer, 57 of Rochester

Michael D.  Shafer, 57 of Rochester passed away 2:31 PM on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at his residence.  He had been in failing health.

On February 21, 1962, Michael David Shafer was born in Los Angeles County , CA to Peter Stanton and Penni Lee Zilhaver Shafer. Growing up he shared his childhood with three brothers Mark, Dan and Rob.  As a Zebra he enjoyed a stellar career as a member of the  RHS men's golf team. In 1980 he graduated from Rochester High School.

For many years Mike was the assistant professional at Polly's Plantation & Golf Country Club, Polly's Island, South Carolina.

Left to cherish Mike's memory  are four children including twin daughters, Erin Phillips and husband Al of Walhalla, SC, Amanda Wahley and husband Pat of Lufoff, SC,  a son Andrew Shafer and wife Andrea of Spartanburg, SC, and daughter Megan Kicklighter and husband Davie of West Columbia, SC; three brothers: Mark Shafer  and wife Brenda of Bondurant, Iowa, Dan Shafer and wife Jenny, and Rob Shafer, all of Rochester; and the mother of his children, Lee Ann Gerrich Shafer, of  Rochester.

Preceding Mike in death are his parents Pete and Penni Shafer.

A celebration of Mike's life will be held later this year.  

Sharon Doran, 84, formerly of Burket, Indiana

Sharon Doran, 84, formerly of Burket, Indiana passed at 8:30 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at her son’s residence.

Sharon was born on Aug. 3, 1935 in Warsaw, Indiana to the late E. Ward and Phyllis (Hire) Williamson.

She married on Nov. 2, 1957 in Burket to Marshall Brooke Doran, he preceded her in death on Aug. 7, 2015.

Survivors include her son Trent Doran of Claypool, Ind., a grandson Keagan and wife Brittani Ann Doran, and a great granddaughter Marleigh.

Preceding her in death are her parents and her husband. 

No service will be held at this time.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana.

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William E. "Bill" Gearhart, 91, of Akron, Indiana

William E. "Bill" Gearhart, 91, of Akron, Indiana left to be with his Lord on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Being 1 of 18 children, Bill understood what it meant to be a family. Growing up together in a big household, Bill and his siblings have many stories to share of mischief, laughter, and lots of love. Still carrying on the Gearhart legacy are his sisters, Dorothy, Ruth, Sharon, and Joan, and his brothers, Larry and Roger.

In February of 1951, Bill married Phyllis Gearhart, whom he loved dearly. They planted roots in Akron where they shared their life and love with 3 wonderful daughters, Lynne (Larry) Kline, Janice (James) Saner, and Patti (Robert) Newman, whom all still live close by.

Of all the things he had done, he was most proud of his daughters and their families. He was faithful at stopping by for a quick visit, showing up on every family birthday, and listening to or watching various sporting events while cheering on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helping to carry on those traditions are grandchildren Bridget (Chuck) Bussard, Melissa (David) Belcher, Keith (Dacy) Newman, Tara Ott, Andrew Parker, Kristen (Tracy) Horrell, Jayme (Ashton) Patterson-Boocher, Amy Craig, Kayla (Kris) Hughes, and Alex (Breanna) Newman, along with 20 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Bill served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was proud of his duty and service to the country. Upon returning home, he began working on the Erie Lackawanna railroad and fondly recalled his days of hard work. He was proud to be such a part of history.

After his days on the railroad, Bill took up construction. He began building many houses in Akron, all which still look beautiful today and are a reminder to family and friends of his craftsmanship and legacy.
In his later years, Bill also shared his life with his partner, Sue Daine, where he raised large gardens of vegetables and fruit to share with others, much like his parents did when he was growing up.

He loved in such quiet ways, unless it was rooting on his faithful Cubbies or Indiana Hoosiers. You never talked to Bill or stopped by for a visit without a sports game being heard loudly throughout the house. Bill also had a fondness for taking his chances at scratch-off tickets and the casino.

Bill was a master gardener. He was known for his many rows of vegetables that he not only ate himself, but gave away to family and friends. Most people would find a pint or two of tomatoes or a couple dozen ears of sweet corn sitting on their front porch steps and they knew that Bill had been there.

Bill was a giver. He helped his friends, his neighbors, and his family. Whether it was showering his family with an abundant amount of gifts for Christmas when the grandchildren were little, or showering anyone with vegetables, or conversation, or a game of cards, or the simple candy dish that sat on his side table, he showed his love best when he gave to others.

Family and friends may stop by and share their love and memories of Bill on Sunday, February 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Akron Community Center 815 Rural Street Akron, Indiana. A Memorial Service will follow at 3:00 pm with military honors performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made in Bill’s memory to Tippecanoe Valley Middle School Viking Vittles Program.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana.

Judith E. "Judy" Stinemetz, 77, of Winamac, IN

Judith E. “Judy” Stinemetz, 77, of Winamac, IN passed away unexpectedly on February 8, 2020 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.  She was born on August 30, 1942 in Winamac to the late Harold and Iris Fern Kersey Shannon.  Judy graduated from Winamac High Schooligh High Sch in 1961.  On June 23, 1984 Judy married George Joseph Stinemetz. George survives.

Judy was retired from Pulaski Memorial Hospital after 37 years. She had worked as the Dietary Manager and Environmental Services Manager.  She was currently employed at Refined in Winamac.

She had a lifelong history as a volunteer.  Judy managed the food pantry at Pulaski County Human Services, and served on the Hospital Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary . She had served as bartender and bar manager at the Winamac Moose for many years. She was a member of the Eagles in Winamac. Judy was active in the Winamac High School Alumni organization. She was active in Republican Party politics in Pulaski County and had served as an election officer for many years. She often volunteered for fund raisers in the community. Judy received the HJ Halleck Community Service Award in 2015.

Judy enjoyed raising flowers, playing cards and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was a wonderful caregiver to her husband George.

 

She is survived by:

George Stinemetz,  Husband

Burke (Sonya) Tarble Lt Col, Retired, Son

Brenda (Robert Coble) McIntosh, Daughter

Gerry Jo (Kenny) Whitehead, Daughter

Missy Rehm, Daughter

Susan (Paul) Stearns,   Daughter

Mike Stinemetz, Son

14    Grandchildren

16    Great Grandchildren

Joan Ryder, Sister

Jack (Brenda) Shannon, Brother

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Harold  and Iris Fern Kersey Shannon, Parents

Daniel Reedy, Grandson

Alivia Stahl Great-grand Daughter

Julia Shannon Sister

Betty McCord, Sister

Janet Willis, Sister

Jerry Shannon, Brother

 

Visitation will be  from 3-8 PM EST on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Funeral services will be at 11 AM EST on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Michelle White officiating.

Burial will be in the Mt. Zion-Franklin Township Cemetery in Winamac, IN.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Daniel Reedy.

 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Jeff Good, 56, Rochester, Indiana

Jeff  Good was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 2:59 PM at his home.  This followed a fierce yet valiant battle with cancer for the past 19 months.
 

 

On September 8, 1963, Jeffrey Duane Good was born in Rochester's Woodlawn Hospital.  He was a treasured son of Junior D. and Joyce A. Burkett Good. Growing up as the youngest of the Good kids, he shared his childhood with Jeri, Jon and Jayne.  With fleet feet he ran for the Zebras' cross country and distance events in track.  His cross-country team mates nick-named him Cecil, a name he still answers to today.  Jeff was also a member of the Zebra swim team swimming distance events and as a member of the relay teams.  He graduated from Rochester High School in 1982.

 

During his early years Jeff was an avid skier who enjoyed pushing himself to negotiate great challenges.   On  Lake Manitou  he was a talented bare foot skier executing   perfect beach starts, jumping out of his skis and enjoyed taking flight off the  big jump.  As a motorcycle enthusiast, he owned a couple of Harley's, finding great joy with the freedom a great ride would bring on a warm summer day.

 

On November 1, 1986, Jeff married Sandy Scherbing at the Grace United Methodist Church.  From their union came four handsome sons, Landon, Layton, Jeffrey II and Jakob.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of  grandchildren Larson and Laylynn.

 

An avid sportsman, Jeff always followed the Chicago Bulls, Cubs and Bears, the Indianapolis Colts and all Notre Dame teams. Jeff, Jon, Loren and his Dad J.D.  witnessed the Chicago Bulls ring celebration following their first championship during the Michael Jordan years.  In recent years Jeff became a Boston Red Sox fan,  cheering for  them at Ft. Myers during spring training.  Jeff's memberships include the Fraternal Order of the Eagles # 852, Manitou Moose Lodge  # 1107, Sons of the American Legion Post # 36 and the Manitou VFW  Post  # 1343.

 

With a strong work ethic instilled by his Dad, Jeff began his work career while in the single digits helping his Dad sweeping the walks daily and washing cars at Foster & Good Funeral Home.  In the early years it was natural as he resided in the upstairs of the funeral home with his family. During his RHS years worked at Kroger's as a stocker and carryout.  Jeff  worked for the concrete division of McMahan - O'Connor's bridge crew for many years,  and as a full time fireman for Rochester Fire Department for 8 years.  As an entrepreneur, Jeff founded the Good and Sons Concrete.  Skilled with the abilities to finish concrete to perfection he poured basements, flatwork and custom jobs.  During his career he built four homes during the winters.  He returned to the funeral home to assist with comforting families and working meticulously to keep the premises up to the family standard.

 

 

Jeff's recent stint with Leading Edge Fabrication of Milford  was another job  he expressed true passion, working as a fabricator of countertops, fireplaces and other custom work utilizing granite and quartz.  He truly loved and appreciated his L.E. family team.  With his illness, he was unable to work consistently with the demands of the treatments, tests and medical care.  He returned to the funeral home filling many gaps and during specialty work like power washing, painting, tinkering with the cars and clearing the fence rows that were overgrown.

 

 

In a nearly fatal motorcycle accident while traveling to work at L.E. in the early morning hours on July 11, 2016,  Jeff's faith was solidified by surviving the accident.  Prior to this he established a daily routine  taking time for  spiritual study by reading the Bible,  daily devotions, the works of Joyce Meyer and Tim Tebow, while he was  a resident of the Serenity House in Warsaw.

 

 

In July of 2018 Jeff was given a grim diagnosis, with no chance to neutralize the cancer only to be  given comfort and palliative care. Jeff was showered with many prayers over the last 19 months allowing him to enjoy many things including the birth of his granddaughter, watching Larson's soccer games, more time to fish with the boys, overseeing more LG Concrete jobs, cruising the waters on Lake Manitou with Bailey Mae, riding around in the early morning with Bailey to bring fresh donuts to his Mom.   He planted a beautiful truck patch garden and shared the harvest with family and friends, helped Larson pick pumpkins, hunted mushrooms and enjoyed early Sunday morning drives and  driving around looking at the twinkling Christmas lights.  Jeff and our family are grateful to the Parkview Cancer Center Care team for their professional and state of the art cutting edge, medical care to extend his life.  The team dubbed Jeff as the "Miracle  Man, " a title he truly appreciated.

 

During his lifetime Jeff was an accomplished chef, making many specialties that were in demand by his family including delicious chili, Italian spaghetti, sloppy and joes.  As a grill-master he made amazing burgers, steaks and chicken.  Jeff deep fried turkey, fresh fish he and the boys caught and alligator tails.

 

Known to his grands as  Grandpa Cee-zee he was delighted with their visits, celebrating special family events and the holidays.  In the earlier years  his sons  enjoyed many family vacations,  spring break at Treasure Island, visits to Cedar Point, Brown County, Disney World and packing up the car and heading north to  German Lake in Cleveland, MN for fishing trips.

 

 

Remembering Jeff are four sons: Landon J. Good and companion Lexie Olinger, Layton J. Good and wife Shana Jo, Jeffrey D. Good II and companion Emily Tyler and Jakob D. Good;   two grandchildren: Larson Thomas Good (4), Laylynn Jo Good (3 mo), his mother Joyce A. Good, sister Jeri D. Good and brother Jon D. Good;  2 nieces Corinna Jayne Ann Good and Cassidy Jo Good, mother of his sons Sandy Good, treasured canine companion, his  partner in crime the rescued Australian  Cattle Dog blend Bailey Mae.

 

Preceding Jeff in death are his father J.D. Good, October 18, 2005, sister Jayne Ann Good, July 11, 1983, grandparents Otis and Beulah Burkett, O'Dell and Bessie Good and his miniature Schnauzers  Elvis, Patty and Pepper.

 

A celebration of the life of Jeff D. Good will be at 1:00 PM Sunday, February 9,  2020 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester.  Friends may visit with his family on Saturday, February 8 from 4:00 - 8:00 and an hour prior to services.  Teri White will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  Preferred memorials may be made to Fulton County H.O.P.E.  P.O. Box 735, Rochester, IN  46975  or The Jayne A. Good Memorial Scholarship Fund thru the Northern Indiana Community Foundation  227  East 9th Street, Rochester, IN  46975.  Online expressions may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

Robert W. Weaver, 87, of Rochester

Mr. Robert W. Weaver, 87, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 3:10 AM, Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Woodlawn Hospital.

 

On July 26, 1932, Robert William Weaver was born in Gary.  He was a treasured son of  Earl L. and Mary Catherine Considine Weaver. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister and four brothers.  In 1950 Bob graduated from Gary Wirt High School where he was a stellar athlete playing football and running track as a Trooper.  In 1955 he graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington with a bachelor's degree in business marketing.

 


At Lake Station, Bob and Elizabeth "Betty"  Jean Donaghey were married on July 30, 1955.  They enjoyed 42 years of life's adventures.  From their union came six wonderful children.   The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of  two more generations.  Sadly, she passed away on February 2, 1998.

 

Bob answered the call to serve our country as a member of the United States Air Force ROTC. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. upon graduation.   His tour of duty included a stint of service during the Vietnam War as he flew over 200 missions on board the RB - 57 as a  reconnaissance navigator and camera operator. Prior to that he served as navigator on the Boeing B - 52 bomber.  His career spanned from  1956 - 1977  when he was honorably discharged as Lt. Col. Robert W. Weaver on April 1, 1977 from Grissom AFB.

 

 

On July 13, 2001, Bob and Nancy Taylor were married.  They enjoyed 18 years of many good times, making memories.  Their blended family added two daughters.   Bob and Nancy enjoyed hosting many special family celebrations from their Lake Manitou home.

 

A man of strong faith, Bob was a devoted member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church for more than four decades.  Other memberships include the Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club, Manitou Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge all of Rochester.

 

Left to cherish Bob's memory are  his wife, Nancy; children, Kathy Good and husband Brad of Rochester;  Rick Weaver and wife Ashley of Walton, Mike Weaver and wife Barb of Noblesville, Dan Weaver and wife Judy of Kokomo, Tom Weaver of Carmel,  John Weaver and wife Amy of Menomonee Falls, WI, Kelly Hiatt and wife Lauren of Indianapolis,  Keri Calhoun of Indianapolis; 21 grandchildren, Cory, Casey, Maggie, Libby, Ryan, Justin, Brandon, Ben, Kelly, Autumn, Allison, Aaron, Austin, Lily, Nate, Jack, Quinn, Kira, Ellie, Hiatt, and Cameron; eight great-grandchildren, Brionna, Bella, Jaydon, Amelia, Aiden, Bailey, Charley, Palmer; sister, Judy Lewis of Columbus OH; two brothers, Bucky Weaver and wife Marge of Amelia Island, FL, Tom Weaver of Rochester and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Bob in death are his parents Earl and Catherine Weaver, wife Elizabeth "Betty", two Weaver brothers, Jim and Dicky as a toddler and great grandson Jaxon.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM, Friday, February 7, 2020 and from 9:30-10:30 on Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

The Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Honors Team will conduct graveside military rites.  Interment at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.   Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1310 Main St. Rochester, IN 46975 or Compassionate Care Health Center  740 N. State Road 25, Rochester       Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Sharon R. Witt, 76, of Sebring, FL

Sharon R. Witt, 76, of Sebring, FL (longtime resident of Francesville, IN) passed away on January 24, 2020.  She was born on August 1, 1943 in Culver, IN to the late Lawrence and Martha Welch Lindvall. She married Norman Witt on July 14, 1962.  They owned Witt Insurance Agency in Francesville and were both very active in the community for over 35 years.  Norman passed away on May 3, 2016.

 

Sharon enjoyed living in Sebring for the past 20 years and never knew a stranger. She loved to dance, socialize, and enjoyed the warm sunshine. She always had a smile and will be missed. 

 

 

She is survived by:

Rebecca (David) Baker, Daughter

Allen (Jane) Witt, Son

5 Grandchildren: Christopher Baker, Nathan (Hannah) Baker, Lauren Baker, Sarah Witt and Emma Witt 

Janet Lindvall, Sister-in-law

Barb Donley, Sister-in-law

John Banning, Brother-in-law

Dorajean Keller, Sister-in-law

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Lawrence and Martha Welch Lindvall, Parents

Larry Lindvall, Brother

Doug Lindvall, Brother

Marsha Banning, Sister

 

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date this summer. 

 

Private Entombment will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN. 

 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

 

Local Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

David B. Frazier, Sr., 55, of Winamac, IN

David B. Frazier, Sr., 55, of Winamac, IN (formerly of North Judson, IN) passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso, IN.  He was born on December 16, 1964 in Huntington, IN.  David attended North Judson High School.  He worked most of his life as a truck driver.  David was a member of Free United Baptist Church in North Judson.  He was an avid pool player and enjoyed playing his guitar. David loved his dog, Sugar Poo, who went everywhere with him.  More than anything, he loved his children and grandchildren very much. 

He is survived by:

David B. (Kennedy Grandstaff) Frazier, Winamac, IN Son

Shayla (Devan) Northcutt, Winamac, IN Daughter

Makenzie (Michael Kellems) Frazier, Star City, IN Daughter

3 Grandchildren: Brayden, Josephine and Hannah

Janet Colleen (John) Farman, Florida  Sister

Tim Frazier, Arizona  Brother

Dale (Judy) Frazier, Florida  Brother

Lori (Don) Smith, Indiana  Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

Traci (Tammi) Smith, North Judson, IN Former Spouse

 

Preceded in death by:

James (Alma) Frazier, Father

Phil (Tina) Frazier, Brother

Larry Frazier, Brother

 

Visitation will be from 5-6 PM EST Friday, February 7, 2020 at Free United Baptist Church in North Judson, IN.

Services will be held at 6 PM EST Friday, February 7, 2020 at Free United Baptist Church in North Judson, IN with Pastor Ed Trusty officiating.

Memorial Contributions may made to funeral home to assist the family with final expenses.

Online Tributes may be made at www.frainmortuary.com.

 Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

Mrs. Patricia J. Eriks, 81, of Rochester

Mrs. Patricia J. Eriks, 81, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she  passed away at 05:19 AM, Thursday, January 30, 2020 at her home.

 

On September 7, 1938, Patricia Janet Wright was born in Hammond.    She was the treasured daughter of  Jesse and Marie  Potter  Wright.  Growing up as the youngest in a family of the five Wright children she shared her childhood with Jimmy, Chuck, Ret and Barbara.  She graduated from Thornton Fractional Township High School in 1956 in Calumet City, IL.

 

At the Lansing Bible Church in Lansing, IL. Patricia Wright married the love of her life  Mr. Robert Andre Eriks  on September 28, 1957. They shared 45 years of life’s adventures.  From their union came seven wonderful children.  Her legacy, a beautiful and amazing family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three more generations.

 

The Eriks family moved to Akron in 1976.  After raising her family Pat returned to school at Indiana University at South Bend, achieving her life dream of becoming a registered nurse.   She devoted most of her life as a caregiver to her family, patients, as a hospice volunteer and visiting nursing home residents. Prior to this she was also a devoted farmer's wife assisting Bob in all aspects of their family farming operation.

 

Pat was a member of the Olive Branch Church, Roann.  After moving to Richland Township, she began attending The Cross.  Pat enjoyed spending time with her family and gardening her flowers, listening to Christian music along with showing everyone the awesomeness of our heavenly Father’s grace in all of our lives.

 

 

Left to cherish Pat's memory are five daughters, Jackie Powlen and husband Jay of Kewanna, Gwen Lee and life friend Gilbert  Lee of Rochester,  Deborah L. Kuchel and husband Brett of Huntsville, AL, Teri L. Utter and husband Rick of Rochester, Jennifer W. Kimble and husband Michael of Burket; two sons,  Robert A. Eriks, Larry A. Eriks and wife Kelly all of Rochester; 20 grandchildren, 38   great-grandchildren, five great -great-grandchildren; a sister Ret Auburn of FL and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Pat in death are her parents Jesse and Marie Wright, beloved husband Bob on January 22, 2003 and granddaughter, Gwyn Eriks in 1991, sister, Barbara O’Donnell, two Wright brothers, Jimmy and Chuck.

 

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Patricia "Pat" Eriks will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 4, 2020, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from  4-8 PM on Monday, February 3, 2020  and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.  A Nightingale Memorial Nursing Serice will be held at 7:30 PM, Monday.     Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.   Memorials may be made to Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 East 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975.   Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Larry Dean Galbreath, 77, of Winamac, IN

Larry Dean Galbreath, 77, of Winamac, IN passed away at 6:37 AM Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Center for Hospice Care in South Bend, IN.  He was born on August 23, 1942 in Winamac to the late Virgil L. and Zelma P. Russell Galbreath.  Larry graduated from Winamac High School and studied electronic engineering at DeVry.  Larry worked many years as a milkman for Dean’s in Rochester, IN and as a delivery man for Kent Elevator in Winamac.  He was retired from Tippecanoe Beverage in Winamac where he was a delivery man for over 40 years. 

 

Larry was a longtime member of the Winamac Conservation Club.  He was a firearms instructor for Pulaski County 4H Shooting Sports Club and for Boy Scouts of America at Camp Buffalo.   Larry also was an active volunteer with the Eric Corey Foundation Turkey Tracks Hunt .  He was a former member of the Winamac Eagles.  Larry was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing softball.   He also enjoyed playing cards with the crew at McDonalds.  Larry dedicated much of his retirement time to genealogy at the Pulaski County Public Library. 

 

Larry was a friend to many and did not know a stranger.  Most of all, he was a loving dad, grandpa and great grandpa.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

 

He is survived by:

James (Jacalyn) Galbreath, Winamac, IN Son

William Galbreath, Winamac, IN Son

Laura (Jeff) Wolfe, Winamac, IN Daughter

Damen Galbreath, Grandson

Devon Galbreath, Grandson

Dakota Galbreath, Grandson

Lucas Hibshman, Grandson

Rylan Hibshman Galbreath, Grandson

Lillian Wolfe, Granddaughter

Leah Galbreath, Great Granddaughter

Olivia Galbreath, Great Granddaughter

Many Cousins

 

Preceded in death by:

Virgil L. and Zelma P. Russell Galbreath, Parents

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 6 PM EST Sunday, February 2, 2020 and 10 AM – 2 PM EST Monday, February 3, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EST Monday, February 3, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Edward Clark officiating.

 

Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, IN. 

 

Memorial Contributions may be made the Eric Corey Foundation Turkey Tracks Hunt (turkey hunting for special needs hunters). 

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.


Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

Jane Louise Burkett, 90, of  Rochester

Jane Louise Burkett, 90, of  Rochester passed away12:10 AM, Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Life Care Center of Rochester.

In Fort Dodge, Iowa on January 17, 1930, Jane was born to John and Alma Peters  Crosby.

Jane was a member of Faith Outreach Center of Rochester. She read her Bible daily. Playing board games with her grandkids was always enjoyed. Grandma was very good at Yahtzee and Chinese Checkers.  Jane could often be found working word search puzzles.

Jane is lovingly remembered by two daughters, Mary Lou Swanson, Tina VanSpeybroek  both of Rochester; two sons David John Burkett and wife Ann of Plainfield, Paul Burkett and wife Jaime of Warsaw;  18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren.

Preceding Jane in death are her parents, her twin Jack Crosby in infancy, two sisters, Lucille Karney, Grace Locy, four Crosby brothers, Richard, Robert "Bob", Howard and William "Bill".

A celebration of the life of Jane Burkett will be at 6:00 PM on Monday, February 3, 2020 in the Faith Outreach Center, 1125 E. 9th St., Rochester. Pastor Terry Baldwin will officiate. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the Faith Outreach Center, 1125 E. 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

 

Duane "Hack" Hackworth, 65, Akron

Duane “Hack” Hackworth, 65, of Akron, passed away at 3:10 AM, Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 at his home.

  

On March 30, 1954, Duane was born in Kosciusko County.  He was a treasured son of  Oliver and Ora Lee Marsillett Hackworth. Growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters and a brother. Hack was a proud member of  the Akron High School class of 1972.

 

In the Akron United Methodist Church, Duane married his high school sweetheart  and best friend, Miss Janet L. Sheetz, on August 25,  1973. They have shared 46 years of life’s adventures.  From their union came a handsome son Marcus Duane.  Sadly at age 21, Marcus  passed away from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

 

An iconic public servant,  # 9, Hack served the Henry Township  Fire Department as it's Chief for many years.  He currently was leading the group as Assistant Chief. Always there for his community in tough and challenging times whether it was a fire or rescue from a motor vehicle accident or farming  Hack was a quiet laid back leader who conveyed a calm demeanor.  He is the longest continuous servant in the group's history.

 

Reliable, consistent and dependable are some of the attributes, Mr. Hackworth possessed, with a sweet temperament as he climbed on board bus # 38 each morning to chauffeur his kids to  the Tippecanoe Valley Schools.  With a tender heart he was there for all of them, exhibiting a keen interest on hearing  about their  day as they shared their successes and  accomplishments.

 

Driving the same route for nearly four decades, Duane drove 6 families for two generations.  Maintaining excellent discipline and safety, if the bus became a little too noisy,  like sometimes happens, a shrill whistle would silence his riders, his method of reminding them it was time to quiet down.  He and Janet always saw to it that everyone that rode his bus had a treat bag before Christmas and  took them for treats to celebrate the end of each school year. Additionally, Duane owned a Mobil Oil distributorship from 1977 - 2000, delivering petroleum products to residents and businesses.

 

A man of strong faith, Duane was a member of the Olive Branch Church.  He led a small group Bible studies. Over the years he and Janet a dynamic team, conveyed their love, understanding and compassion by leading  many grief support groups for parents who  lost children.

 

In the early years, Duane, Marcus and Janet would head to Florida to enjoy the surf, sand and sun on spring break.  They loved the excitement and speed of snowmobiling.  Hack also shared his love for Harley's with Marcus, enjoying many rides together.  During the holidays they established a family tradition of seeking out the perfect Christmas tree,  cutting it down and decorating it to perfection.  Fishing was another sport they all enjoyed. 

 

Janet and Hack enjoyed fun and adventures making memories with their extended family the Mills Crew and Bowers.  It was a new tradition, Janet and Hack would prepare breakfast on Christmas morning with Hack overseeing the preparations  and cooking the Belgian Waffles, while Janet handled the trimmings.  The entire day was enjoyed watching sporting events, story telling  and playing games.  The Hackworths were always seated in the stands to cheer the kids on, attending dance recitals and concerts.   They all attended many Purdue University Women's basketball games. 

 

Thanksgiving 2019, the Hackworths traveled to Florida to watch Duane's niece play in the Gulf Coast Showcase at Estero, FL. featuring  the Purdue women.  Many memories were made as his sisters Becky and Barbara, were also there making it a great family event, while cheering wildly for the lady Boilermakers.   

 

The Hackworths were  members of the Blacktop Cruisers Car Club.  The summertime brought on an opportunity to enjoy many rides on his shiny fire engine red  Harley-Davidson Firefighter Special Edition.  Hack drove while Janet hung on tightly, both catching the warm breeze and freedom only a Harley ride can provide.

 

As a grill-master, Hack was known for his sizzling juicy hamburgers.  He used his mother-in-law's coleslaw recipe to duplicate the tasty salad to perfection.  Hack loved his role  Santa Claus entertaining family and friends,  making all of the kid's day during the holiday season.  For fun he loved walking the dogs, cruising around on the Ranger, watching NASCAR and baseball.  

 

Many will remember seeing Janet and Hack seated at Jarrety's tall table enjoying coffee each morning and sometimes at lunch.  They always sat with a variety of friends who engaged in solving the world's problems while catching up on the latest local news.  

 

 

Left to cherish  Hack's memory are his wife Janet, two sisters, Barbara Whitaker and husband James,  Becky Whitaker and husband Rick all of Warsaw; two canine companions, Zoie the Golden Retriever and Lucy the Golden Doodle;  special extended family, Mike and Ruby Bowers, Shannon and Chrissy Mills, Ryan Bowers and the Mills kids,  Kennedy, Payton and Sydney,  special cousin Larry Sheetz and Susan, the students who rode bus # 38, his Olive Branch Church  family, his fellow fire family and the many families he befriended during a rescue, a fire or even recipients of his many a simple random act of kindness.

 

Preceding Duane in death are his parents Oliver and Ora Hackworth, beloved son Marcus on July 17, 1997, brother Douglas Hackworth and his father and mother-in-law, Dale and Edith Sheetz.

 

A celebration of the life of Duane Hackworth will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 1, 2020, in the Olive Branch Church, 4581 E. 1200 N, Roann, IN 46974.  Pastor Jeff Sumner will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 PM in the church on Friday, January 31, 2020 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. A Fireman's Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM Friday.  Interment will be in the Akron Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Marcus Hackworth and Scott Sechrist Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 East 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975 or the Henry Township Fire Department, 206 West Rochester St., Akron, IN 46910.     Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Alice Lucas, 96, of Wilmington

Alice G. Badger Lucas, 96, of Wilmington, NC passed away at 11:50 PM Monday, January 27, 2020 at Davis Community Nursing Home in Wilmington.  She was born on the Badger family farm in rural Star City, IN on March 16, 1923 to the late Ray A. and Ruth B. Woolington Badger.  Alice was a graduate of Star City High School.  She took her first job working for Harold Stafeldt in the Pulaski County Courthouse.  Alice was married to the late Harold “Doc” Swafford and they made their home in Winamac, IN for a short time before the couple left for a suburb of Detroit, MI where she worked at Chrysler for many years.  They retired to Colorado Springs, CO, however, Alice continued working at the Penrose Catholic Hospital.  Alice and Doc divorced and remained friends until the time of his death.  While living in Colorado Springs, Alice met and married the late Russell Lucas with whom she shared many great memories. 
Alice was raised in the Star City United Methodist Church and was a woman of strong faith.  She was a member of the Eastern Star (in Michigan) and enjoyed playing Pinochle with friends (in Colorado).  Alice enjoyed traveling and was especially proud that she had visited all 50 states in her lifetime!  She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by:
Donna Badger Freeman, Sister
MarilynAdams Hafey, Niece
Steven Freeman, Nephew
Randall (Mary Lou) Freeman, Nephew
Kelly Freeman Wirtz, Niece
Valerie Freeman (Ray) Kokesh, Niece
Jennifer Freeman (Tom) Dowell, Niece
Several Great Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by:
Margaret Badger Adams, Sister
Scott Freeman, Nephew
James Badger, Half Brother

 


Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 1 PM EST Friday, January 31, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.
Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM EST Friday, January 31, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Tom Richards officiating. 

Burial will take place at Star City West Cemetery in Star City, IN.  

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

James Hank Clark, 67, of Francesville

James Hank Clark, 67, of Francesville, IN passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 3:00 AM at Eagle Valley Meadows Assisted Living in Indianapolis, IN.  He was born on March 11, 1952 to the late Rose Marie Clark.  

 

He is survived by:
Nancy Hambree, Aunt
Many Cousins

Preceded in death by:
Rose Marie Clark, Mother
Jewell Mae Karlson, Aunt
Elizabeth Ellen Poore, Aunt
Glenna Clark, Aunt 

 

Private Burial will take place at White Post Cemetery in Medaryville, IN. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to White Post Cemetery. 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com. 

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry Ulbricht Chapel  in Medaryville, IN. 

Beverly Jean Heyde 86, Rochester, Indiana

Beverly Jean (Johnson) Heyde 86, Rochester, Indiana, passed away quietly in her home at 7:10 A.M., Tuesday, January 28, 2020, after a short battle with cancer. 

 

Beverly was born in San Francisco, California on Feb. 16, 1933, to William and Thelma Johnson, along with her twin sister, Shirley (Johnson) Glasson, who preceded her in death. 

 

Beverly grew up in California and enjoyed playing sports and horseback riding. After high school, she worked as a secretary and eventually became and stewardess for American Airlines. She thoroughly enjoyed all the traveling and people she met, especially the time she was able to serve Grace Kelly on one of her flights. She always enjoyed being in airports and “people watching”. 

 

She married Jay A. Heyde in San Jose, California, on Sept. 22, 1956, and became the stay at home mother of four daughters, Melinda Johnson (Paul), Columbus, IN, Tracey Nally (Dan), Holland, MI, Kim Hoppes, (Bob), Indianapolis, IN, and Gwyn Green (Bryan), Brownsburg, IN. She had nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Bev took pride in her daughters and loved the strong women they became. Bev enjoyed playing golf, knitting, and listening to piano music. Her favorite pastime was laughing. All who came into contact with Bev enjoyed her company and her personality. She was loved by many and her smile and witty comments will be missed. 

 

Friends may visit from 4-8 P.M. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Private funeral services will be observed. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, contributions to American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Jerry Allen Zolman, 71, of rural Mentone

Jerry Allen Zolman, 71, of rural Mentone passed unexpectedly at 8:06 pm, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at his residence.

Jerry was born on Feb. 14, 1948 in Warsaw, Indiana to the late Carl D. and Emma W. (Kepler) Zolman. He married on March 11, 1967 in Warsaw, Indiana to Connie J. East, she survives.

He worked for UPS in earlier years and then for Sprint North Supply for over 20 years. He retired from Zimmer Orthopedic in 2013.

He was a 1966 graduate of Mentone High School. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Jerry was a former member of the Mentone Lions Club and the former Mentone American Legion. He attended the Warsaw Community Church.

He enjoyed keeping book and stats for the girls and boys basketball programs at Tippecanoe Valley and had been involved for over 22 years. He was a regular at Teel’s Restaurant socializing with many good friends. He was always a big sports fan and loved fishing with his grandkids. He also enjoyed golfing, hunting, and traveling. Jerry lived life to the fullest.

Survivors and place of residence:
Wife – Connie Zolman – Mentone, Ind.
Daughters – Amy and husband Matt Cohagan – Warsaw, Ind.
Alissa and husband Dean Trippiedi – Warsaw, Ind.
Son – Aaron and wife Kacie Zolman – Warsaw, Ind.
Brother - John and wife Sue Zolman - Mentone, Ind.
Grandchildren – Dayton and wife Tisha, Emmalee, Taylor, Olivia,
Tanner, Gwen, Gia, and Gentry
Nephews and Nieces - Chris, Tina, Chad, Angie, Bruce, Melissa, and Chris

Preceded in Death By:
Parents – Carl D. and Emma W. Zolman
Infant Son - Brent
Infant Brother and an Infant Sister
Father-in-law and Mother-in-law - Harold and Mary East

The funeral service will be at 10:30 am, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Indiana.

The burial will take place following the funeral service in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, Indiana.

Visitation hours will be from 2 pm to 8 pm, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at King Memorial Home, Mentone, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made in Jerry’s memory to the Burket Fire Dept. or to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation 733 Third Avenue Ste. 510 New York, NY 10017.


 

Anthony Ray Coplen, 33, of Rochester

Anthony Ray Coplen 33, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 5:46 P.M. Wednesday January 22, 2020 at his residence.


He was born on May 28, 1986 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of Perry Coplen and Jackie (Scott) Horn.

 

Anthony graduated from Rochester High School and from Ball State University with a degree in Science Technology. He was an accomplished C & C Operator having worked at various factories. He was an Eagle Scout, who enjoyed the outdoors, Frisbee golf, gardening and gaming.

 

Survivors include his mother, Jackie Horn, Rochester, Indiana, father, Perry (Jeannie) Coplen, Rochester, Indiana, sister, Amy Rose Coplen, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Kyle Alen (Lindsey) Coplen, Holland, Michigan, grandmother, Carolyn Ness, Rochester, Indiana, two nieces, one nephew, several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

Private services are planned. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

William Howard Case, 64, of New Buffalo, MI

William Howard “Bill” Case, 64, of New Buffalo, MI, passed away Friday, January 24, 2020 at 4:24 PM at the  home of his sister in Winamac. He was born on August 3, 1955in Michigan City, IN, to the lateWillard Duane and Carolyn B. SpechaCase.


Bill had worked as a carpenter most of his life. Bill enjoyed woodworking. He made lawn furniture,  picnic tables and picture frames. He also made shelves and other wooden items. Bill enjoyed morning coffee with his friends in New Buffalo and  going to flea markets. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great niece.

 

He is survived by:
Willard Neal Case, Knox, IN  Brother
Richard Allen ( Edna) Case, Arlington, WA  Brother
Barbara  A. (Jerry) Crosby, Winamac, IN  Sister
Several nieces and nephews

 

Preceded in death by: 
Willard Duane and Carolyn B. SpechaCase  Parents

 

Private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses. Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

Robert L. Forney, 94, of Rochester

Mr. Robert L. Forney  94 of Rochester passed away at 7:40 AM Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.  


On October 10, 1925,  Robert Lee Forney was born in Rossville.  He was the treasured son of Roscoe and Ora Hood Forney.  Growing up as the middle child, Bob shared his childhood with  three brothers and three sisters.  He graduated from Frankfort High School with the class of 1943.  Immediately following his graduation he enlisted with the United States Army to serve our country during World War II.


During his service stint Bob was trained in communications and as a tank destroyer.  He was recognized as a  rifle sharpshooter, expert on the sub-machine gun. Decorations conveyed were American Theater Ribbon,  Good Conduct Medal and Victory medal World War II.  He achieved the rank of technician fifth grade aka technician corporal and was honorably discharged on April 17, 1946.  In April of 2016,  Bob was honored as a member of the Northeast Indiana Honors Flight accompanied by grandson Aaron to Washington, DC.


On July 30, 1945, Bob married the love of his life Miss Rosanna Weaver, at the Shenandoah Baptist Church in Columbia, SC.  From their union came four beautiful daughters and a handsome son.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of six grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.


With a keen interest in customer service, Bob was in retail grocery store management.  He also once managed a Sears store in Michigan. To relax he enjoyed golfing and traveling.  In more recent years he enjoyed tooling around the county taking a drive with his buddy Burns.  


With an amazing and uncanny ability to tell stories, Bob  told  many and recreated them adding a special touch only he could apply.  Occasionally he was accused of border line BS-ing.  He was very loyal to his friends and adored and admired his family, treasuring the many good times they shared.

 

Left to cherish Bob's memory are his five children: Kathy Siders and husband Maurice of Rochester, William Scott Forney and wife Judith of Denton, TX, Suzanne Halsey and husband Denny of Angola, Rebecca Morris and husband Butch of Mexico, Kristie Brooks and husband Chad of Rochester; six grandsons: Marvin Siders, Andrew Halsey, Jason Morris, William Forney, Tyler Brooks, Aaron Brooks, seven great-grandchildren and a sister Shirley Coy Overton of Plainfield.


Preceding Bob in death are his wife Rosanna on January 10, 2015, parents Roscoe and Ora Forney, two sisters Lois Phillips, Phyllis Forney and the three Forney brothers Glenn, Walter and Kenneth and a treasured friend Burns Becht.  

A celebration of the life of Mr. Robert "Bob" Forney will be at 1:00 PM Friday,  January  31, 2020 at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street,Rochester.  Pastor Martin Furrow will officiate.  Friends may visit with his family from 11:00 AM  until the hour of the service. A Masonic memorial service will be held at 12:45  PM.  The Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and US Army Honors Team will accord military graveside rites.  Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Veteran's  DAV Van Fund, % Veteran's Service Office 815 Main Street, Rochester, IN  46975.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Bob's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

Mary Ann Swayze, 75, of Winamac, IN

Mary Ann Swayze, 75, of Winamac, IN passed away Friday, January 10, 2020 at 5:50 PM at Franciscan Health East Lafayettte, IN.  She was born on March 18, 1944 in Joliet, IL. to the late Harold and Clara Stankus Euber.   On April 10, 1962                       married Kenneth E. Swayze in Winamac, IN. Kenneth survives.

Mary was a homemaker and had worked at Winamac Steel and was the manager at the Indian Head Motel in Winamac.

Mary enjoyed Facebook and Farmville. She was a great cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family. Mary also enjoyed gardening. She was a great wife, mother and grandmother. Mary enjoyed watching the Yankees and listening to Elvis.

 

 

She is survived by:

Kenneth E. Swayze, Winamac, IN  Husband

Cletha Fay( James)  Swartzell, Winamac, IN  Daughter

Heather N. (Brandon) Downey, Winamac, IN  Granddaughter

Dylan J. (Alexis) Swartzell, Winamac, IN  Grandson

Matilda (Seldon) Gordon, Frankfort, IL  Sister

Kathy (Mike) Yerion, Wheatfield, IN  Sister

John “Jack” (Gail) Euber, Tuscon, AZ    Brother

Joe (Cindy Stark ) Euber, Elkhart, IN   Brother

Dean Euber, Chicago, IL  Brother

 

Preceded in death by:

Harold and Clara Stankus Euber  Parents

Wayne “Mike” Guthrie     Brother

Pam Gear     Sister

Reva Lesiow   Sister

To honor Mary’s wishes no services will be scheduled.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

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