James Morton (Jim) Fraser, 79, Plymouth

James Morton (Jim) Fraser, 79, Plymouth, IN, went home to our Lord and Savior, Friday, April 9, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center/Mishawaka, IN after a brief, but hard-fought, battle against lung cancer.


Jim is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 25 years, Joan Betz Fraser of Plymouth, IN; two sons, David James (Maureen) of Collierville, TN, and Jeffrey Alan (Lou) of Columbus, OH; step-daughters, Michelle Irwin of Plymouth, Monica Betz of Argos, IN, and step-son, Earl Betz (Sarah) of Plymouth. Jim is also survived by grandchildren, Brittany of Little Rock, AR, Andrew of Collierville, TN, and Abigail of Columbia, SC; and step grandchildren, Michael Jr., Matthew, and Merrill Fishburn; Keith, Craig, and Amanda Irwin; Tyler, Payton, and Braxton Betz, and 11 step great grandchildren. Jim is also survived by his older brother, Robert, of Fort Wayne, IN; nephew, Steve (Susie) and family; niece, Karen Wilgus and family.


Jim was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife, Sharon Sue and parents, Fred and Mary Fraser.


Born September 3, 1941, in Rochester, IN, Jim graduated Rochester High School in 1959; B.S. Agricultural Education, Purdue University, 1963; and M.S. Agronomy, Purdue University, 1965.


Jim began his high school Vocational Agriculture/FFA Advisor teaching career in August 1965, then continued in 1968 at Heritage High School in Monroeville, IN.


Jim’s greatest joy, outside his family, was the success so many of his ag students achieved in their lives as professional and community leaders and parents across the United States.


Jim retired from teaching in 1989. He then started his second career at Wilson’s Feed & Grain, Lakeville, IN, as the area livestock feed sales representative. After several years, he then moved to Tractor Supply Company (TSC) retail location in Plymouth, where he loved every day, serving all his farmer friends and customers—Jim, never, ever, met a stranger. Jim and Joan achieved Jim’s life-long dream of buying a dairy farm outside Argos—though you would have to ask Joan if that was really her life-long dream!


A member of Poplar Grove Church, final arrangements are being handled by Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Visitation will be Friday, April 16, 4:00-7:00 pm, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, followed by transport to St. John Lutheran Church-Flatrock, Monroeville, for visitation, Saturday, April 17, 10:00 am-Noon, followed by a service. A graveside service and interment in Monroeville Memorial Cemetery will immediately follow.


The family respectfully requests all visitors wear face masks and socially distance when possible.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts to Purdue University College of Agriculture “In Memory of James Morton Fraser.” A donation basket (checks only, please), will be available during both visitations. You may also donate online:


Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, Indiana

Gordon L. Tatman, 77, of Rochester

Mr. Gordon L. Tatman, 77, of Rochester, passed away at 3:45 PM on Thursday, April 8, 2021at Mason Health Care Center of Warsaw.


On April 28, 1943, Gordon Lee was born in Logansport to Raymond O. and Margaret M. Casper Tatman. Growing up near Royal Center he shared his childhood with a sister, Lois.  Gordon was a member of the Royal Center High School Class of 1961.


As a butcher, Gordon worked at Wilson's of Logansport for 26 years.  He later moved to Elkhart where he was responsible for shipping for Sun Downer trailers.  Rochester has been his home for the past nine years.  While in Rochester, he enjoyed going to the Senior Center. Sitting with his friends, visiting, playing BINGO, cards, dice and dominos was always a great time. He also followed the local high school sports teams and college basketball games. An avid NASCAR fan, Big Dale Sr. and Dale Jr. were his favorite drivers. 


Gordon also enjoyed being outside, whether he was fishing or hunting. With a green thumb he was especially proud of his tomato container gardening. He often shared the harvest with his friends and family.


Left to cherish Gordon's memory are four daughters, Margaret (Margi) Pontius and husband John of Silver Lake, Donna Davis and husband Brad of Chalmers, Jackie Johnson and partner Dominick Marini of Chesterton, Jenny Zarse and husband Bill of Logansport and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Preceding Gordon in death are his parents and sister Lois Tatman Tinkle Crowe.


A celebration of the life of Mr. Gordon L. Tatman will be at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 13, 2021,  in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., of Rochester.  Chaplain Tim Lee will officiate.  Friends may visit with his family from 5:00 - 7:00 PM on Monday, April 12, 2021 in the funeral home and an hour prior to his service on Tuesday.  Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Logansport.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at

Jeannetta [Houston] Davis, 90, of Indianapolis, formerly of Francesville

Jeannetta [Houston] Davis, 90, of Indianapolis, IN (formerly of Francesville, IN) passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Community Health North Hospital in Indianapolis. 


She was born on September 29, 1930 in Monticello, IN to the late Andrew and Vera [Timmons] Houston.  She grew up on a farm in Francesville and was the oldest of seven children.  Jeannetta worked on the farm with her father and he always said, “she was the best tractor driver; she never took out a fence.” 


After high school, Jeannetta moved to Medaryville, IN where she lived with her mother’s parents, Grammy and Grand Dad Timmons.  While working in the fields Jeannetta met Kenny Davis, who worked for her father.  On July 29, 1950, they were married at the Methodist Church in Medaryville.  They had two loving children, Tim Davis and Rachelle Fay.


Jeannetta worked at both the Francesville grain elevator and Peoples State Bank in Francesville.


Jeannetta continued taking American Institute of Banking classes and became an Officer at Lafayette National Bank, Lafayette, IN. She loved volunteering in her community and was always busy helping with the Francesville town wide garage sale and the Francesville Fall Festival. Jeannetta was a longtime member of the Methodist Church.  She was a writer, always sending her family little notes and poems.


When Jeannetta and Kenny retired, they purchased a second home in Florida where they spent the winters for several years. They enjoyed the weather, community and being close to Kenny’s brother, Bill and Jeannetta’s sister, Norma. They always enjoyed when their children and grandchildren were able to come and visit during spring break.  Several years ago, they moved to Indianapolis to be closer to their daughter so she could provide the care they needed.

Jeannetta was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who will be dearly missed.


She is survived by:

Rachelle (Richard) Fay, Indianapolis, IN Daughter

Tayler Mikosz, Indianapolis, IN Granddaughter

Emily Davis, Minneapolis, MN Granddaughter

Luke Seitz, Step Grandson

Audrey Weltzin, Sister

Roberta Geyer, Sister

Norma (Herman) Smidler, Sister

Robert (Sharon) Houston, Brother

Nancy Dickinson, Sister

David (Jill) Houston, Brother

Many Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

Andrew and Vera [Timmons] Houston, Parents

Kenneth Davis, Husband

Timothy Davis, Son


Visitation will be from 10-11 AM EDT Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.


Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN with Pastor Douglas Thompson officiating. 


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


Memorial Contributions may be made to the Francesville Fall Festival. 


Online Tributes may be offered at


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

Sandra Perez Blanco, 39, of Winamac

Sandra Perez Blanco, 39, of Winamac, IN passed away surrounded by her loved ones Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at her home in Winamac. 


She was born on February 18, 1982 in Los Reyes de Juarez, Puebla, Mexico the youngest of seven children. 


She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester, IN. 


Sandra was a hardworking woman and set a good example for others.  She enjoyed painting, doing puzzles, and traveling.  Most of all, she loved animals, especially cats.  She was a good friend, excellent daughter, and loving sister who will be dearly missed. 


She is survived by:

Indalecio Perez Flores and Esperanza Blanco Machorro, Parents

Teodulfa Noemi Perez Blanco, Sister

Jose Raul Perez Blanco, Brother

Jaime Perez Blanco, Brother

Georgina Perez Blanco, Sister

Miguel Angel Perez Blanco, Brother

Analia Perez Blanco, Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews


Services will be held in Mexico at a later date.


Memorial Contributions may be made in the form of Mass Intentions to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester, IN.


Online Tributes may be offered at


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

Gladys Bird, 90, of Rochester

Mrs. Gladys Bird 90, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 12:32 PM, Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Lifecare Center, Rochester. 


Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Catherine Gladys Harrison was born on July 30, 1930.  She was the cherished daughter of Willie Thomas and Irene Lawrence Harrison.  Growing up near Towson, Maryland, she graduated from Towson High School with her class in 1949.


During her Indianapolis years, Gladys founded a homeless shelter in 1984.  She and Ron were a members of the St. Alban Episcopal Church.


On November 19, 1983, Gladys and Mr. Ronald C. Bird were married in Knoxville, Tennessee.  They shared 38 years of life's adventures.  With a love for exploring and cruises, Gladys and Ron enjoyed over 48 cruises navigating waters all over the world.  At home they looked forward to cruising around Lake Manitou and watching the sunset.  They also shared a passion, cheering for Indiana University Men's Soccer Team.  From 1982 - 2008 they did not miss a game and traveled to all venues wherever they played.  The Bird's were recognized for their contributions and support of the team.


As entrepreneurs, the Birds founded the Ameri-Can Engineering Company in Argos 1988.    Their firm engineers and develops premier quality luxury restroom and shower trailer systems.  In 2018, Ameri-Can celebrated their 30-year anniversary.  For many years Gladys served on the board of directors of the Portable Sanitation Association International.  She was also a member of the Rochester Lion's Club.


Gladys inspired people to enjoy life to the fullest.  She could light up a room with her twinkling eyes and radiant smile bringing all who met her happiness and excitement.



Left to cherish Gladys' memory is her loving husband Ron at home,  her children David R. Harling (Renee) of Culver, Thomas A. Harling (Elizabeth) of Fishers, Patricia Harling Lontz of Greenfield,  Garry A. Harling (Angie) of Cicero; daughters-in-law Debby Harling and Kathy Harling; 23 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren.


Preceding Gladys in death are her parents, first husband Ambler A.  Harling on April 1976, sons Robert S. Harling on March 26, 2011 and Warren S. "Butch" Harling March 1, 2021.


A celebration of the life of Mrs. Gladys Bird will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 10, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester. A Lion's Club Memorial service will be held at 12:45 PM.  Gladys' family will receive friends at 11:00 AM until the time of the services. Mr. Garry A. Harling will officiate. 


Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM, on April 17, 2021 in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.   Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.   Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at   

Dr. Frank Alan Utes, 69, of Winamac

Our beloved Dr. Frank Alan Utes, aged 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at his home in Winamac.  He was born on April 20, 1951 in Chicago, IL to Frank E. and Esther [Rowoldt] Utes.  Alan graduated from Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL in 1969 and University of Illinois in 1973.  He earned his doctorate at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1978.  On June 23, 1973, Alan married Karen M. Younker in Rochester, IL.  In 1979, they moved to Winamac where they raised their three daughters, Christy, Julie, and Laurie.


Alan was a board certified family practice physician for 46 years, retiring from the Pulaski Memorial Hospital Clinic in December 2019.  He served most his medical career alongside his faithful staff at Utes Family Practice.  He also served on the medical staff of Pulaski Memorial Hospital since 1979 and on the PMH Board of Trustees for several years.


Alan was a dedicated member of First Christian Church in Winamac, where he served many roles including elder, trustee, and deacon as well as a longtime board member and former chairman of Guidance Nursery School.  Throughout the years, he enjoyed being a part of the church choir, musical productions, and bell choir.  He was a talented Sunday school, VBS, and Junior Church teacher.  Alan will always be remembered for his lively children’s sermons and entertaining stints as worship leader. 


Throughout his life in Winamac, Alan was involved in numerous community activities, which usually started with his loving support of his daughters.  For many years, Alan coached softball and baseball.  He spent many summer nights in the town park as the commissioner of the summer softball league as well as many Friday nights in the fall on the sidelines serving as team doctor for the Winamac Warrior football team.   Alan was a former member of the Winamac Kiwanis Club and recently became a board member of the Pulaski Animal Center. 


Alan had various hobbies and interests, including gardening, fishing, horsemanship, tennis, swimming, and cross country skiing.  Many did not know that he was a talented artist and that his oil paintings rivaled those of Bob Ross.  He also dabbled in gem cutting and stained glass creations. 


More than anything else, Alan loved his family very much, especially his grandchildren.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.


He is survived by:

Karen M. [Younker] Utes, Winamac, IN Wife

Christy (Jason) Hague, Winamac, IN Daughter

Julie (Mike) Warner, Anderson, IN Daughter

Laurie Utes, Greenville, SC Daughter

Ella Hague, Winamac, IN Granddaughter

Alex Hague, Winamac, IN Grandson

Blake Warner, Anderson, IN Grandson

Emily Warner, Anderson, IN Granddaughter

Frank E. Utes, Des Plaines, IL Father

Gary (Marci) Utes, Brother

Glen Utes, Brother

Karen (Jim) Chelsvig, Sister 

Several nieces and nephews


He is preceded in death by:

Esther [Rowoldt] Utes, Mother


Visitation will be from 2-8 PM EDT Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.


Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Thursday, April 1, 2021 at First Christian Church in Winamac, IN with Pastor Jeff Seger officiating.


Memorial Contributions may be made to First Christian Church, Guidance Nursery School, or Pulaski Animal Center.


Online Tributes may be offered at


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

Chloeann (Chloe Ann) Choate, 65, of Rochester

Chloeann (Chloe Ann) Choate, 65, of Rochester, passed away on March 24, 2021 at her cherished home at Sandhill Church. She was surrounded by Frank, her husband, Jace, her son and Kara, her stepdaughter.


Chloeann was born on February 20, 1956 in Rochester, Indiana, the daughter of Calvin R. and Frances Elizabeth (Wood) Mummert.


She married Tim Hoppes on June 28, 1974. Their son, Jace Q. Hoppes, was born on December 2, 1979. They later divorced but remained friends. She married John Jones on August 28, 1983, and they divorced. In January of 2001, she met the love of her life, Frank Choate. They remained together until the time of her death and had been married since August 7th, 2010.


Chloeann highly valued education. She graduated from Indiana University, South Bend with a Masters of Public Administration. She was a lifelong and voracious reader and was a professional writer for the South Bend Tribune.


Chloeann had a passion for work and did so for as long as possible. She worked for the Center for Mental Health and was manager of the Supported Employment Department at Four County Counseling. She worked for many years at the Fulton County Library as a Reference Librarian. She and her husband owned and operated Decisions Psychological Services since 2006. She worked for the practice until her passing. She was a charter member of Fulton County Crime Stoppers. She actively served as an Elder at First Christian Church, Rochester.


Chloeann had a love for animals her entire life. She especially loved flamingos. She had many furry kids, which are typically referred to as cats. Merlin, Artie, Buddy and Tuxedo currently survive.


She is survived by her husband, Dr. Frank Choate and they enjoyed traveling. They visited Denver, Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans, Hawaii and most recently China. Chloeann also took several Road Scholar trips with friends.


She is also survived by her son, Jace Hoppes, Minneapolis, Minnesota and step- daughter, Kara (Kenny) Dowell, Fowler, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Prudence Hott.


Her wish was to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a future date at First Christian Church, Rochester. In lieu of flowers the family asks you make a donation to your local library or animal shelter in her memory. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at

John Thomas "J.T." Reffitt, 79, Peru

John Thomas “J.T.” Reffitt, 79, Peru, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

Born May 23, 1941, is Risner, Kentucky, he was the son of Clyde and Dorothy Stephens Reffitt. He was married to Karen S. Bowman, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 28, 2013.
He was retired from Dyer Construction, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator. He served in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam. He loved to hunt, fish, watch westerns, collect coins, and in his younger years, riding motorcycles. He was a hard worker who enjoyed life and kept on working even when his health tried to restrict him.

Survivors include four children, Billy Joe (Donna) Reffitt, Columbia City; Jaclyn (Jeff) Nelson, Macy; Clayton (Marrianne) Reffitt, Rochester; and Brandon Reffitt, Peru; eleven grandchildren; one sister, Mary Lou (Lee) Bradley, Denver; one brother, Clifford (Candy) Reffitt, Rochester; and many great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three siblings; Clyde Hershel Reffitt, Larry Dean Reffitt, and Harold Reffitt; daughter, Jami Reffitt; and one grandson, Nicholas Reffitt.

A time of visitation will be from 3 - 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana. Military Rites will be presented at the funeral home at 6 p.m.
McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Former Rochester resident, Richard "Dick" Alber, 89

Former Rochester resident, Mr. Richard "Dick" Alber, 89,  was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away on March 20, 2021 at 6:10 PM in his Winamac home.


On February 25, 1932, Richard Lee Alber was born in Rochester.  He was a treasured son of  Norvannah and Lillian Marie Barnhart Alber.  Growing up as the sixth of the Alber kids Dick shared his childhood with a sister Margie and five brothers Wayne, Larry, Phillip, Raymond and Addison.  As a Richland Center High School Wildcat, his basketball team was led by legendary Coach Paul “Rocky” Rockwell. The team ascended to the Semi-State during Dick's senior season in 1950.  He played at the forward and guard positions while getting out of his farm chores he said, was the best. Dick graduated as a proud member of the top ten scholars of his class. A stellar baseball player, after high school, Dick was invited to try out for Chicago Cubs baseball team.


Dick worked  at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant for a few months, then when patriotism beckoned; he answered the call by joining the United States Navy.  He served as a radio man aboard the USS Juneau CLAA-19 also known as the "Galloping Ghost.".  It was the second largest warship sailing at that time. During the Korean War he was stationed in Korea on board USS Juneau and completed his tour of duty on Bermuda Island.  He was honorably discharged returning home to Rochester in 1955.


In Richland Center, Dick and Shirley Ann Clay were married on September 9, 1951.    Sadly, she passed away on November 22, 1974.  On January 17, 1976, Dick and Helen “ Jeanie” Fagan were married. They have shared over 45 years of life’s adventures.


With a strong work ethic, Dick began his career at Studebaker in South Bend. An opportunity to join the Dean’s Milk Company arose. He worked with great dedication for 40 years,  28 years he served as the plant manager. Dick was a hard worker,  great boss and was known for his cussing “Lesson” to each plant employee during the  “evaluation meeting.”  The office girls learned to leave the office and go outside until he taught them the correct way to do their job. But at the end of the day, you could count on finding him and that employee at the bar drinking a beer.  Dick retired in 1996.


Dick was known by many names to his inner most circle. "Babe," to his beloved wife Jeanie, Dad and Grandpa to his family.  He also answered to Capt. Dick, Leatherhead, Dickie Bird and a few other choice names by other friends. 


A gifted wood craftsman, Dick could be found in his woodshop working on projects and creating custom gifts.  He made lanterns, various trucks, cabinets, carving out pocket knives for friends and family. If the kids had a request, he would make it. One Christmas he made boxes for the grandkids with their names on each box. By the end of the day, they all fell apart, we never let him forget that.  Annually Dick planted two truck patch gardens.  With a green thumb he yielded a bountiful harvest that was shared with family, friends and usually enough to feed a small village. His produce was in demand and Dick delivered.  


Paramount in Grandpa Dick's life was his family.  As the patriarch he was proud to oversee four generations. His family loved him immensely. Grandpa was an amazing role model, teaching us to celebrate life and to love. His influence and memories will be carried on by all of us. He looked forward to our holidays and special celebrations with family and friends. We looked forward to his authentic, acclaimed, forever turkey call! Shared with family and friends, he never denied his followers and obliged when anyone asked. He loved a good party!  We will miss you Babe, Dad and Grandpa, you will continue to live within all of us: in our hearts and through the memories we made!


Left to cherish Dick's memory are his wife, Jeanie, children, Pam Locke of Winamac, Rick J. Alber and wife Karna of Rochester, Debbie Girton of Winamac, John Ingram and wife Carrie of Winamac,  Denise Hiatt and husband Troy of Kewanna, Mike Ingram and wife Holly of South Bend; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne Alber and wife Mary of Plymouth, Larry Alber and wife Sharon of Brookfield, Ohio, Phillip Alber and wife Dian of Fort Wayne.

Preceding Dick in death are his parents, first wife, Shirley, a grandson, Jeremy Locke, a great grandson, Tyler Thomas, son-in-law Tim Girton; sister Margie Minark, three Alber brothers,  infant Norvannah, Raymond and Addison.


A celebration of the life of Richard “Dick” Alber will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday,  March 25, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Chaplain Jason See will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, March24, 2021. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the US Navy Honor's Team.  Memorials may be made to the Fulton County DAV Van Fund, 815 Main Street, Rochester, IN  46975.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at .

Paul Dean Reed, age 67, rural Akron

Paul Dean Reed, age 67, rural Akron, died unexpectantly at his home on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 1:31 pm.


He was born on April 24, 1953 in Rochester, Indiana to Lloyd F. and Francis “Grethel” (Hutchison) Reed. 


Dean had lived all of his life in the Akron area.  He retired on July of2014 from DePuy(Synthes) Orthopaedics, later Johnson & Johnson in Warsaw, Indiana where he worked as a polisher.  He was married to Velvet Mannies and later divorced.  Together, they had four children.  He was a former member of the Akron Masonic Lodge.


Surviving Dean are (2) sons: John Dean Reed of Akron; Joseph Aland (spouse Kayla) Reed of Columbus, (2) daughters: EmileaArine (Reed) (spouse Ron)Kenworthyof Poneto; Ashlynn Nicole Reed of Fort Wayne, (7) grandchildren: John Wyatt, Cody Dean, Emma Elise, Kora Jo, Cleyton Lane, Connor Aland, Faith Brooklyn,

(2) brothers: Michael (spouse Mary Lou) Reed of Akron; David Reed of Austel, Georgia, (3) sisters: Marcille Needham of Wabash; Joyce Greer of Peru; Wanda Wildermuth of Rochester, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Preceding Dean in death are his parents, (1) brother, James “Jim” Reed; (2) sisters:Marilyn Maynard and Carol Leedy; (1) granddaughter: Kali Marie Reed


A public visitation with the family will be on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Silver Creek Church of God, 6504 W. 1300 S., Silver Lake, Indiana from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m. officiated by Pastor Dave Philips with burial and committal service at the Silver Creek Cemetery.


Online condolences may be sent to


The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Paul Dean Reed.

Kendra L. Fuentes, 51, Rochester

Kendra L. Fuentes 51, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 12:50 A.M. Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, Indiana.


She was born on April 5, 1969 in Rochester, Indiana, the daughter of Darrell and Kay (Newman) Creviston (Jeff Brubaker). On February 3, 2007, in Rochester, Indiana, she married Reinaldo O. Fuentes and he survives.


Kendra had been a homemaker and previously worked at Wendy’s and the Dam Landing. In her free time, she enjoyed camping and spending time with her family and friends.


Survivors include her husband, Reinaldo Fuentes, Rochester, Indiana, children, Skyler Creviston and fiance’ Robert Hardesty, Rochester, Indiana, Ember (Jacob Williams) Lambert, Miami, Indiana, Ebony Lambert, South Bend, Indiana, Raven (Miguel Gomez) Lambert, Silver Lake, Indiana, Quincy Lambert, Rochester, Indiana, bonus children, Cortnie Tuttle, Delong, Indiana, Ayriel Eytcheson, Montgomery, Texas, grandchildren, Emery Lambert, Jayce Williams and Sawyer Williams, Tileasha, D.J., Ciarra , and Noah, sisters, Julie (Shanan) Shafer, Rochester, Indiana, Michelle (Paul) Shanklin, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Donald (Crystal) Creviston, Rochester, Indiana, several nieces and nephews.


Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.


Online condolences may be expressed at

Margaret Clay Burkett, 94, of Rochester

Margaret Clay Burkett, 94, of Rochester was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at her home on March 13, 2021.


In Fulton County, Margaret Clay was born on October 5, 1926.  She was the treasured daughter of Roscoe and Mildred Hearn Clay. Margaret was the oldest of the three Clay children.  She shared her childhood with a brother Max and sister Shirley.   Most of her childhood was spent near Talma.  She attended Talma High School for two years then moved with her family to Richland Township.  A young spirited woman with great enthusiasm, Margaret was a cheerleader during all of her high school years at both Talma and Richland Center. She graduated in 1944, as a Richland Center Wildcat.


On September 22, 1944,  Margaret Clay married the love of her life and best friend,  Mr. Richard "Dick" Haggerty Burkett in Marshall County. Their union spanned 67 years and produced 2 handsome sons, David and Randy. The family tree continued to grew over the years with the added blessings of two more generations.


In the early years Dick and Margaret began raising baby chicks who later produced eggs.  Their start in poultry came from Uncle Bert Leedy.  Enjoying life in Richland Township they proudly oversaw a fine herd of 50 crossbred beef cows, sheep and a few Holsteins.  They also looked forward to spring when they tapped for maple syrup.  Passionate environmentalists, Dick and Margaret planted over 34,000 trees during their lifetime.


A vibrant leader of the Fulton County Republicans, Margaret served as vice-chairman with chairman Jim Heyde during the years of President Ronald Reagan.  She was also elected as county treasurer.  Margaret owned the License Branch for 4 years and later was appointed as supervisor.


A great memory was in the early years when Margaret raced horses with her brother Max at the Rochester Racetrack (City Park). Aboard her horse Dan, Margaret consistently beat Max and others who challenged her.  She had a love and appreciation for antiques. Paramount in Grandma Margaret's life was her family.  There was nothing better than gathering for the holidays and special family celebrations, making memories.


Left to cherish Margaret's memory are 2 sons:  David Burkett, Randy Burkett and wife Beth all of Rochester;  2 grandchildren: Dustin Burkett and wife Jennifer, and Jessie Burkett;  3 step-grandchildren: Terry, Andrea, & Debra; 4 great-grandchildren:  Alexa, Kamrynn, Avery and Lola; 7 step great-grandchildren:  Adrian, Breanne, Ayden, Haylin, Cole, Abby, and Delany; a brother, Max Clay of Florida; a sister-in-law, Jackie Burkett of Rochester; 2 nieces and 4 nephews: Pam Alber Locke, Jeralyn Burkett Hines, Rick Alber, Jay L. Burkett,  Bill Burkett, and Pat Burkett.                                                       

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents. Roscoe and Mildred Clay,  beloved husband Dick, sister Shirley Alber, and daughter-in-law Linda Burkett.


A graveside celebration of life for Margaret Clay Burkett will be held in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, March 17, 2021. 


Rev.  Steve Hartman will officiate.  

Carol Ann Grandstaff, 75, of Winamac

Carol Ann Grandstaff, 75, of Winamac, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 at her home in Winamac. 


She was born on August 24, 1945 in Winamac to the late Lewis and Viola [Hettinger] Grant, Sr.  Carol was a graduate of Star City High School.   She worked many years as a cook at the Pulaski County Justice Center and most recently, she worked at Casey’s in Winamac. 


Carol was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.  She loved spending time with her family and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.


She is survived by:

Paul (Shannin) Grandstaff, Winamac, IN Son

Melissa Hurlburt, Winamac, IN Daughter

Donnetta (Keith) Ernest, Winamac, IN Daughter

Kyle (Shannon) Grandstaff, Grandson

Sean Grandstaff, Grandson

Dakota Heims, Granddaughter

Julie Heims, Granddaughter

Cassie (Kevin Bowman) Hurlburt, Granddaughter

Cheyenne Hurlburt, Granddaughter

Savannah Hurlburt, Granddaughter

Madilynn Conley, Granddaughter

Hunter Conley, Grandson

7 Great Grandchildren

Wanda Wagner, Winamac, IN Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

Lewis and Viola [Hettinger] Grant, Sr., Parents

Lester Hurlburt, Jr., Son-in-law

Ryan Grandstaff, Grandson

Faye Handy, Sister

Lewis Grant, Jr., Brother

Donna Robinson, Sister

Norma Jean Grant, Sister

Julia May Grant, Infant Sister


Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EDT Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.


Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Ryan Eaton officiating. 


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


Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.


Online Tributes may be offered at


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

Carmen Josephine Ellis Smith, 97

Carmen Josephine Ellis Smith, 97, passed away at 11:40 AM on February 23, 2021, in Rochester, Indiana. 


She was born February 22, 1924, at her Ellis grandparents’ family farm in Fulton County, Indiana, to Clair and Ruby (Black) Ellis. 


Carmen graduated from Akron High School in 1942 and continued her education at Manchester College and Butler University, where she completed her BS degree in 1946. 


Working for Dr. Dick and Dr. Dean Stinson in Rochester, Carmen met Glen Smith of Macy, and they married in 1954.  Together, Carmen and Glen raised three children, Steve, Nancy and Dean, and celebrated 48 years together before Glen’s death in 2002. 


Active in homemaking and the family farm throughout her long life, Carmen was beloved by her family and close friends.  As an only child on her father’s farm, Carmen was a quick study who embraced learning at all levels.  Excellent in her school work, Carmen also learned farm skills as apprentice to her father, Clair, taking care of livestock and helping with the seasonal crop work. 


From her mother Ruby, Carmen learned the basics of housekeeping along with an appreciation for art and music.  Throughout her life, Carmen excelled at gardening from tomatoes and asparagus to roses and daylilies.  She used her growing skills well and generously shared with others. 


Carmen was also an avid reader, a skilled seamstress, and music lover.  In all seasons, Carmen’s children recall at-home adventures that featured pets, books, and practical projects. 


With Glen, Carmen traveled throughout the continental United States and especially enjoyed trips to visit friends and relatives near and far.  Carmen continued to travel after Glen’s death, driving herself throughout Indiana until she chose to quit driving at 92. 


Carmen served as family hostess for decades.  From birthday parties and holiday meals to her parents’ 70th wedding anniversary reception, Carmen diligently brought loved ones together. 

Carmen lived the last years of her life in Rochester, in her own home and later at Wynnfield Crossing.  She was member of Eastern Star through much of her life. 


After moving to town, Carmen enjoyed being part of the Notables music group.  Carmen said she couldn’t sing, but she could read music and her skill with some basic choreography was fun for her.  


Carmen is survived by her children: Steve (Laurel) Smith of Vincennes, Nancy Smith of Rochester, and Dean Smith of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and by her granddaughters, Glenda Smith and Alicia (Stephen) Chappo. 


The family will meet privately at a later date to share memories and celebrate Carmen’s life. 


We are grateful to the community at Wynnfield Crossing for their support of our mother during her residence there and to Kindred Hospice personnel for care during Carmen’s final days. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Fulton County Animal Center and Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975 or to the Fulton County Public Library, 320 West 7th St., Rochester, IN 46975.


Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at

Elizabeth J. "Betty" [Kuhn] Graves, 93, of Winamac

Elizabeth J. “Betty” [Kuhn] Graves, 93, of Winamac, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac. 


She was born on March 27, 1928 in Pulaski, IN to the late Martin and Theresa [Nies] Kuhn.  Betty was a 1946 graduate of Pulaski High School. 


Before she was married, Betty worked as a telephone operator for Indiana Bell Telephone Co and as a bookkeeper at the Winamac Elevator.


On September 21, 1948, she married John E. Graves at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.  Together, they worked on the family farm for 62 years.  John passed away on October 2, 2010.  


Betty was a proud homemaker and was well-known for her huge garden and open kitchen.  


She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, and cooking as well as entertaining friends and family.  She also enjoyed playing Euchre.   Betty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. 


She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, and Daughters of Isabella.  She enjoyed traveling - especially when she was John’s co-pilot in the Tri Pacer.   Betty will be dearly missed.


She is survived by:

Sandra Graves, Portland, OR Daughter

Gary (Karen) Graves, Winamac, IN Son

Roberta Graves, Winamac, IN Daughter

Beverly (Thomas) Bachota, Winamac, IN Daughter

Tricia (Damian) Flaherty, Granddaughter

Shannon Farmer, Grandson

Brenda (Richie) Croom, Granddaughter

Sharon (Eric) McCann, Granddaughter

John (Cheryl) Graves, Grandson

Troy (Synde) Hamman, Grandson

Brittni (Micheal) Lovelace, Granddaughter

Hannah (Raul) Tejada, Granddaughter

16 Great Grandchildren

Victor Kuhn, Brother

Norbert Kuhn, Brother

Joseph (Carole) Kuhn, Brother

John (Karen) Kuhn, Brother

Alberta (James) Wieand, Sister

Virginia Cooke, Sister

Cecilia Cripe, Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

Martin and Theresa [Nies] Kuhn, Parents

John E. Graves, Husband

Cobert Arthur Graves, Son

Theresa Kuhn, Infant Sister

Rita Raderstorf, Sister

Ann Hoover, Sister

Mary Shellhart, Sister

Genevieve Scheffer, Sister


A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 AM EST Monday, February 15, 2021 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Daniel Shine officiating.


Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Online Tributes may be offered at


Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Jerry Patton captained the first soccer team at Argos HS; passed away Saturday

Argos is certainly known for soccer.  A member of the first Argos HS soccer team has passed away.


Jerry Patton, 73, of Bourbon, passed away on February 6, 2021 at 11:52 a.m. following a very sudden illness.


On August 7, 1947 in Rochester, Indiana he was born to Mart C. Patton and Janet (Nesmith) Patton. Jerry lived all of his life in the Marshall County area. 


On December 31, 1999 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee he married Kimberly Welty, and together they shared the past 22 years.


Jerry worked for Valley Sanitation after retiring from Fairmont Homes in Nappanee, Indiana.


He graduated from Argos High School with the class of 1965 and was co-captain of the first Argos High School soccer team. In his younger days Jerry enjoyed scuba diving, motorcycle racing, fishing, spending time with family, and teaching them to enjoy the outdoors and how to play sports.


He was also a valued member of the Argos Izaak Walton League and of the American Legion Post #424, Bourbon, Indiana. To this day he enjoyed spending time with his wife, Kim and with his family.


Jerry is survived by his wif,  Kimberly Patton.


Daughters – Tana Garver and husband Patrick of Forest, Indiana; Tracy Williams and husband Michael of Rochester, Indiana; and Lisa Patton of Plymouth, Indiana


9 Grandchildren    5 Great Grandchildren


Mother – Janet Patton of Argos, Indiana

Sisters – Barbara Carlson of Rochester, Indiana; and Linda Ransom of South Bend


Brother – Mark Patton of Argos


Step-Children  Andrea Allen of Warsaw, Indiana; Melissa Dowell and husband John of Plymouth, Indiana; 

and Bryan Long of Bourbon, Indiana; 15 step grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren


He is preceded in death by his father; and brothers – Darrel, Randy, Jeff, and David Patton


Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, Indiana.


A post on the Argos Boys Soccer Twitter page reads:  The thoughts and prayers from everyone in the Argos Soccer community are with the family, friends, and colleagues of our first co-captain and MVP Jerry Patton, following his passing. Patton helped lead the Dragons in our second ever season to an undefeated finish in 1964.

Evelyn May (Wysong) Crabb, 92 of Rochester

Evelyn May (Wysong) Crabb, 92 of 8th Street, Rochester, Indiana; and formerly of the Argos community passed away on February 6, 2021 at 9:05 p.m. at her residence.


On December 16, 1928 in Rochester, Indiana she was born to Lloyd Wysong and Sarah Faye (Brubaker) Wysong. Evelyn had lived in the Culver, Argos, and Rochester communities.


On February 23, 1947 in Culver, Indiana she married Herbert Lee Crabb. They shared 52 years togethe until his passing in August, 1999 .


Evelyn had spent her life being a devoted wife and mother to her children. She was a member of Cornerstone Church of Argos, Indiana; formerly the First Baptist Church of Argos, Indiana. 

Evelyn is survived by her Daughters – Donnabelle Stotler and husband Lester of Monterey, Indiana; and Diana Crabb of Rochester, Indiana

Sons – Dale Crabb of Argos, Indiana; and Donald Crabb and wife Rose of Osceola, Indiana

4 Grandchildren    10 Great Grandchildren


She is preceded in death by her Parents; Husband; Son – David Crabb; and Brothers Lloyd Wysong and Merl Wysong


Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Friday February 12, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at the Washington Cemetery, State Road 117, Culver, Indiana with Chaplain Todd Wilson.


Burial will follow. 


Memorial Contributions may be made to:  Fulton County Animal Adoption an Education Center, 1540 N. Wentzel St., Rochester, Indiana 46975


Gloria J. Miller 68, Rochester

Gloria J. Miller 68, Rochester, Indiana, and longtime Jackson, Kentucky, passed away at 4:59 A.M. Saturday January 30, 2021, at her residence.


She was born on February 2, 1952 in Jackson, Kentucky the daughter of Robert and Lorean (Strong) Bowling.


Gloria had worked opening and closing graves for cemeteries in Jackson, Kentucky, for many years. She had also worked raising alligators while living in Florida. She enjoyed watching Christian broadcast shows, crossword puzzles, enjoyed playing cards, flowers and raising her garden.


Survivors include her siblings, Carolyn Howard, Rochester, Indiana, William (Helen) Bowling, Sarah Faye Robinson, Robert “Bob” Bowling, Kenneth (Sarah) Bowling, all of Jackson, Kentucky, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Beth Getson, brothers, Al Bowling, Charles Bowling, and Gary Bowling.


Private services will be observed. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery, Knox, Indiana.


Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.


Online condolences may be expressed at

Marlene June Kline, 88, Mexico

Marlene June Kline, 88, Mexico, passed away at 3:35 a.m. on Saturday morning, January 30, 2020, at her residence. 

Born October 3, 1932, in Deedsville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Thomas “John” J. and Blanche H. (Grock) Fitzpatrick.  On June 8, 1952, she was married to Robert E. “Bob” Kline, and he preceded her in death on October 4, 2015. 

She was a member of the Oakdale Baptist Church in Peru and was a graduate of Deedsville High School.  She enjoyed playing bingo, Euchre, and other card games.  She loved her family and cherished the times they gathered around her table for a meal and card games.  Over the years, she faithfully supported her husband and his membership in the Mexico Lions Club, where she volunteered many hours fixing pies and helping with fundraisers.

She is survived by two daughters, Theresa Hight, Rochester; and Annette “Andy” Raider, and husband Fred, Denver; eight grandchildren, Tim Hight, Christopher Hight, Alicia Fuller, Ashley Yearling, Ryan Raider, Tyler Kline, Erica Kline, and Christina King; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Roberta “Bobbi” Roth, Ft. Wayne, and Kay Fisher, Peru.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, David A. Kline, and sisters, Patricia Allman, Margaret VanDalsen, Katherine Thomson, Lavanche “Sue” Dillman, and brothers, Leonard, Leon, Thomas, and Richard Fitzpatrick.

Funeral services will be private with Pastor Eric Alwine officiating.  The service will be live-streamed at at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 5, 2021.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico, Indiana.

Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at the funeral home.  Facemasks must be worn at all times by visitors inside the funeral home.  

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.  

Condolences may be sent online at Memorial contributions may be made to Greenlawn Cemetery Association.

Biddie Jean Reffitt, 84, Peru

Biddie Jean Reffitt, 84, Peru, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.  


Born February 11, 1936, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Henry Bradley and Nona Ousley Bradley.  On April 20, 1952, in Martin, Kentucky, she was married to Harold Reffitt, and he preceded her in death on March 30, 2018.


She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Harold and Biddie were well known for their garden, she spent many long hours tending to their crop, snapping beans, and putting up food for the rest of the year.  


Survivors include one son, Carl (Jill) Reffitt, Peru; two daughters-in-law, Brenda Reffitt,

Rochester; Connie J. Reffitt, Rochester; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, one brother, Lee (Mary Lou) Bradley, Denver; and one sister, Mimie (Monroe) Howard, Martin, Kentucky.


She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Marcus J. Reffitt, and Harold W. Reffitt; one granddaughter, Stephanie Jo Reffitt; and one grandson, David Schakel; five brothers: Mont Bradley, Dennis Bradley, Adam Bradley, Leo Bradley and Cleo Bradley; five sisters: Loretta Hurd, Aggie Click, Sabra Bradley, Renis Baldridge, and Arvilla Sloan.


Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Fulton Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 1-3:00 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home.  


McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.  


Condolences may be sent online at 

Ray J. Crisler, 84, of Buffalo, IN (formerly of Kentland)

Ray J. Crisler, 84, of Buffalo, IN (formerly of Kentland, IN) passed away at 4:30 PM Monday, January 25, 2021 at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac, IN. 


He was born on April 2, 1936 in Kentland, IN to the late Charles L. and Anna Ruth [Spangle] Crisler. 


When Ray was in the fourth grade, his father fell ill with Dropsy, causing Ray to have to quit school and work on the farm.  Needless to say, he learned how to work hard at a young age.  Ray was a farmer and bridge builder.  He lived most of his life in Kentland until he retired to Buffalo in 1998. 


Ray was an avid fisherman and coon hunter.  He had a special gift for training coon dogs.  Although Ray never had any children or grandchildren, he adopted Jenni at a young age and would later adopt her children, all of whom he loved as his own.  He was a kind and patient man who will be sadly missed. 


He is survived by:

Jenni (Rob) Richie, Winamac, IN Daughter

Travis Foulks, Buffalo, IN Grandson

Ryan (Brittany) Foulks, Royal Center, IN Grandson

Kara Richie, Noblesville, IN Granddaughter

6 Great Grandchildren

Esther Emory, Sister

Barbara Remick, Sister


Preceded in death by:

Charles L. and Anna Ruth [Spangle] Crisler, Parents

Roy J. Crisler, Twin Brother

Daril Richie, Grandson


In keeping with Ray’s wishes, cremation will take place.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Indiana DNR.

Online Tributes may be offered at

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

Delvona M. Davis 66, Rochester

Delvona M. Davis 66, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 5:45 P.M. Sunday January 24, 2021 at her residence.


She was born on July 23, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Melvin and Frankie (Snell) Davis.


Delvona had worked many years as a machine operator for Riddell Football Company and had attended the Mount Pilgrim Church both in Chicago. In her spare time she enjoyed visiting with friends, playing cards and collecting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse memorabilia and spending time with her family.


Survivors include her son, Antonio (Kate) Davis, Rochester, Indiana, grandchildren, Trey Davis, Kendal Davis, Cheyenne McIntire, Antonio “A.J.” Davis, Jr., Brendan Sutton, Harper Davis, all of Rochester, great grandchild, Dragan Bowens, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Melvin (Lynn) Davis, Rochester, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter and infant son, Derrick Davis.


Private services will be observed. Friends may visit from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.


Visitors are reminded to follow State COVID-19 guidelines while at the funeral home including social distancing and wearing a mask.


Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana.


Memorial contribution may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago, Illinois.


Online condolences may be expressed at


Michael A. "Mike" Casper, 56, Rochester

Michael A. “Mike” Casper, 56, Rochester, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 16, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.


One of five children, Mike was born on Nov. 22, 1964, in Wabash to Lawrence A. “Larry” and Sharon Kay (Cormany) Casper.


After graduating from Manchester High School in 1983, Mike married Kimberly Kaye “Kim” Creager on Aug. 23, 1986. The two began dating when Mike was 18 and were wed for 34 years. After their wedding, Mike and Kim moved to the Mentone/Rochester area where Mike became a member of Indiana Freemasons Masonic Lodge 576, Mentone, Indiana.


For the last 38 years, Mike worked for MPS Egg Farms, most recently as Director of Service. He was proud of the fact that he could say he only ever received a paycheck from one place.


Mike was a family man and dad, first and foremost, who enjoyed coaching his children in various sports. His children were his best friends and he enjoyed teaching them lessons in hunting, sports, and life like being humble and passionate. Mike had high expectations for his children and expected them to live their lives with integrity. “Pap Mike”, as his grandchildren called him, loved being with his grandkids. To his wife, children, and family, Mike was the best and was always there for anyone who needed him. Mike’s caring nature didn’t stop at his family, though, as he had a great love for his dogs as well. To Mike, they were more than pets.

Mike loved to hunt deer, which was more of a passion for him than a hobby. He enjoyed working for the upcoming deer season and making sure everything was ready to go. Mike loved teaching his grandchildren to hunt as well. He found joy in sharing something he loved with them and watching them enjoy it for themselves.


The loving memory of Mike Casper will be forever cherished by his mother, Sharon Casper, North Manchester; wife, Kim Casper, Rochester; son, Blake (Emily) Casper, Rochester; daughter, Corinna Kaye (Tyler) Bruner, Rochester; brothers, Mark (Sage) Casper, North Manchester, Gary (Yvonne) Casper, East Troy, Wisc., and Adam (Angie) Casper, North Manchester; sister, Kristi (Dan) Renz, North Manchester; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


Mike was preceded in death by his father, Larry Casper, who passed away on Oct.10, 2020.


Family and friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 at 10 a.m.


Burial will be held at Mentone Cemetery, South Morgan Street, Mentone, at a later date. Pastor Hedgel “Lee” Perry will officiate.


For those who wish to honor the memory of Mike A. Casper, memorial contributions may be made to Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House, 7922 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804.


Due to the CDC and Wabash County Health Department mandates, masks are required


The family of Mike A. Casper has entrusted McKee Mortuary with final arrangements.

Condolences may be emailed to

Linda K. Rhoads, 74, of Rochester

Linda K. Rhoads, 74, of Rochester was surrounded by her loving family, when she passed away at 12:30 PM, January 15, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne.


On September 1, 1946 Linda Kay Sickmiller was born in Mansfield, Ohio.  She was a treasured daughter of Merle and Anna Katherine McLeod Sickmiller.  Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters, Julie and Marta.  Linda graduated with the class of 1964 from Ashland High School, Ashland, OH.  She continued her education to achieve her life dream of becoming a registered nurse at Ashland's Samaritan School of Nursing graduating in 1967.   Linda initiated her nursing career specializing in trauma at the Ashland Samaritan Hospital emergency department.  


In Ashland, Ohio Linda married Mr. Thomas C.  "Tom" Rhoads on July 12, 1986.   Following their move to Rochester, she volunteered for Kindred Hospice as a care giver.  In 2009 Hope Hospice conveyed the coveted "Hope Hospice Service Award" to Linda with sincere appreciation for distinguished service to Hope Hospice and our community.


Left to cherish Linda's memory are her husband Tom at home; seven children:  Jeff Talsma (Michelle) of the Upper Peninsula, MI, Chad Spangler (Misty) of Cape Coral, FL,   Shawn Spangler (Vicki) of Crestline, OH, Jennifer Fisher (Tommy) of Toano, VA, Stephanie Berry (Shawn) of Albuquerque, NM, Nancy Rhoads, of Richmond, VA, and Jessica Rhoadmond (Chris) of Staunton, VA;  12 grandchildren: Jordan, Caden, Bella, Anthony, Cameron, Evan, Caulen, Braden, Norah, Lucas, Kylee and Arbor;  two sisters: Julie Hinz  and Marta  Moore both of Lexington, OH; and many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.  Also surviving is her treasured canine companion Sam, the yellow Lab.


A celebration of the life of Mrs. Linda K. Rhoads will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, on February 20, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester, IN  46975.  Memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice,  1476 West 18th Street, Rochester, IN  46975. 

John Scott Moore,  56, of Noblesville

John Scott Moore,  56, of Noblesville; husband of Marie, father of Melissa, Scott and twins Giuli and Marcy, passed away at 8:09 PM Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Ascension St. Vincent's Hospital-Indianapolis.   This followed a valiant six-week battle from complications of pneumonia and COVID-19.


John's formative years were spent in California near the city of Lynwood. In 1982 he graduated from Downey High School, Downey CA.  John served a short stint with the US Army during 1984 until he was honorably discharged.  After a job transfer and returning to Indiana, he worked primarily for loan institutions.


On November 29, 2003, John married the love of his life Miss Marie Guevara at Upland, CA.  They have shared over seventeen years of life's adventures.  In the early years John shared his passion for nature, introducing Marie to camping expeditions.  A few years later came their beautiful twin daughters and an opportunity to share their enthusiasm for camping, building a great campfire, enjoying S'Mores, telling stories and fishing.


An outdoorsman, fishing and spending time on the shooting range were John's primary ways of relaxing.  He also always enjoyed a good round of golf.  An American patriot, John loved his country and to fly the flag.  He was an avid Colts fan, either attending games with his family or watching together on TV.   John enjoyed listening to the Eagles, 70's classic rock and AC-DC.

Survivors in addition to the earlier mentioned family include his parents,  Frankie and Richard Oldenburg  of??? Tehachapi, CA,  Joe and Terry Moore of Rochester; siblings: Rusty Moore (Connie) Rochester, Cris Moore of Rochester, Mindy Martynowicz of North Manchester; brothers & sisters-in-law, the seven Guevaras:  Jasmine and fiancée' Ricky Tapia,  Kenia, Daniel, Adolfo, Martha and husband Kevin,  Delmi and husband Alex; his mother-in-law Elena Guevara of Greenwood; and his treasured canine companion Luna, the black Miniature Schnauzer.


Private family services will be held at 12:00/Noon EST to celebrate John S. Moore's life, on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. 


His services will be live streamed.  Go to Facebook and search "JD Good" to view the service.  Mr. Daniel Guevara will officiate. 


Memorials may be made to the John S. Moore Trust Fund for his twin daughter's education. 

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