Obituaries

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 mckeemortuary.com

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. 

Floyd Allen Podell, 89, of Winamac

Floyd Allen Podell, 89, of Winamac, IN passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Hickory Creek Healthcare in Winamac.

 

He was born on November 10, 1931 in Winamac to the late Isadore L. and Martha Lucille [Hendry] Podell, Sr.  

 

He graduated from Winamac High School in 1949 and was an alternate for the Marshall Carper Scholarship Award.  

 

Floyd was a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force.  He served for four years during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Kimpo Air Base in Japan.  In 1956, Floyd received an honorable discharge at Westover Air Force Base in Springfield, MA. 

 

During this time, Floyd met the love of his life while attending a big band dance with his military buddies.  He decided to stay and take a job at United Aircraft and attend Western New England College.  On Thursday, November 28, 1957 (Thanksgiving Day), Floyd married Jeanette Cargel in Agawam, MA.  In the spring of 1958, they moved to Winamac where they dedicated their life to farming. Together, they raised three children, Annette, Ted, and Cheryl.  Just last year, they celebrated 63 years of marriage.

 

Floyd was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denham, IN.  He was also a member of the Pulaski County Aviation Board, Pulaski County Farm Bureau, and Eastern Pulaski School Board.  He served as Franklin Township Trustee and Pulaski County Commissioner.  Floyd was a founding member and Past President of the Kankakee Valley Workforce Development Services.  He was a lifetime member of the Winamac VFW Post #1728 and the Winamac American Legion Post #71. 

 

Floyd had a passion for flying and owned his own aircraft, a Cessna 170 (Charlie).  He truly enjoyed being a member of the Indiana Flying Farmers organization, giving airplane rides, and flying over his farm to check out his crops. 

 

Floyd loved his family very much, especially his grandchildren.  He will be sadly missed.

 

 

He is survived by:

Jeanette M. [Cargel] Podell, Winamac, IN Wife

Annette (Jeff) Dixon, Calico Rock, AR Daughter

Cheryl McGovern, Winamac, IN Daughter

Stefanie McGovern, Granddaughter

Quinn McGovern, Grandson

 

Lois Alfeld, Sister

Arlene Luehrs, Sister

Thelma Pace, Sister

Phyllis Wall, Sister

Kenneth (Shelley) Podell, Brother

Robert (Marsha) Cargel, Jr., Brother-in-law

Many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins


 

Preceded in death by:

Isadore L. and Martha Lucille [Hendry] Podell, Sr., Parents

Theodore “Ted” Podell, Son

Richard Podell, Brother

Carl Podell, Brother

Isadore L. Podell, Jr., Brother

Robert and Mary [Kielec] Cargel, In-Laws

 

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EST Friday, January 22, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Mark Fakih officiating.

 

Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac, IN.  The VFW and American Legion will conduct Military Graveside Services.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. 


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

 

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

Johnny L. Bradshaw, 78, of Winamac

Johnny L. Bradshaw, 78, of Winamac, IN (formerly of Knox, IN) passed away unexpectedly at 1:03 PM Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Northwest Health Starke Hospital in Knox. 

 

He was born on April 6, 1942 in High Point, NC to the late Paul and Iva Lee [Mills] Bradshaw. 

 

Johnny served in the US Army and US Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He retired from Polygon Manufacturing in Walkerton, IN in 2006.

 

Johnny enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing solitaire, and going back to the pond to fish. 

 

He also enjoyed playing the lottery.   Johnny loved his family very much, especially his grandchildren.  He will be deeply missed.

 

Survivors include:

Jeffrey John Bradshaw, Bruce Lake, IN Son

Lynn (Wes) Terry, Winamac, IN Daughter

Joaunpaey Davis, Logansport, IN Granddaughter

McKenzie Terry, Winamac, IN Granddaughter

John Terry, Winamac, IN Grandson

Cora Linback, Logansport, IN Great Granddaughter

Patricia Proctor, Thomasville, NC Sister

Paul Richard Bradshaw, Thomasville, NC Brother

Many Nieces and Nephews

Dianna [Swayze] Wilder, Winamac, IN Former Spouse

 

Preceded in death by: 

Paul and Iva Lee [Mills] Bradshaw, Parents

Darrell Bradshaw, Brother

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 2 PM EST Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EST Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Edward Clark officiating. 

 

Burial will take place at Pro Cemetery in Winamac, IN.  The American Legion and VFW will conduct Military Graveside Services. 

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Pro Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Lois K. Gorton 76, Plymouth

Lois K. Gorton 76, Plymouth, Indiana, passed away 5:10 A.M.  Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her residence.

 

She was born on October 16th, 1944 in Allen Park, Michigan the daughter or Gordon Laatz and Kathleen Laatz. She married Thomas G. Gorton in June of 1963 in Detroit, Michigan.

 

Lois had worked as an Executive Secretary for Alexander Hamilton for ten years and had done specialty advertising sales. Her and her husband owned and operated Gorton House Bed and Breakfast for thirty years as well as acting as buiosness manager for Good News River Lodge in Alaska. She also worked a few years as Medicare Representative Surveyor and President of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce and owned and operated Pine Tree Quilt Shoppe. Her hobbies include quilting, sewing, and cooking.

 

Survivors include husband Thomas Gorton, children Karen Gorton, Wasilla, Alaska, Timothy Gorton, Chicago, Illinois, Koreen (David) Immen, Napa California, and Michael (Dawn Vincent) Gorten, Sugarloaf Key, Florida. She is also survived by brother Arthur (Cathy) Laatz of Harrisville Michigan, thirteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

No services are scheduled at this time.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Vicki Sue (Curtis) Harrold, age 65, of Akron

Vicki Sue (Curtis) Harrold, age 65 of Akron entered eternal rest at 9:56 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne after a six-week battle with Covid-19.

 

Vicki was born on February 5, 1955 in Rochester to Ralph E. and Peggy L. (Wagoner) Curtis.  She graduated from Akron High School in 1973 and furthered her education at Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

 

Vicki and Richard Harrold joined their life together 43 years ago on May 21, 1977 at Beaver Dam United Methodist Church in Akron.  She and Richard shared a hope and faith in Jesus Christ, and this was the foundation on which they built their life.  They were blessed with the birth of a son, Jason who with his wife Tonia gave the couple their three beloved grandchildren who were the light of Vicki and Richard’s life.

 

Family traditions and her home were of great importance to her.  She cherished days spent with her grandchildren watching their soccer games, swimming in the pool and going on their home school field trips.  The family enjoyed many trips to attend tractor shows.  A walk through Vicki’s home reveals many of her passions.  She was a collector from Jason and Dick’s John Deere tractors and Indy 500 memorabilia, to Longaberger baskets and cherished antiques, which included many family pieces.

 

Vicki loved music of all kinds from sacred to rock and roll.  Even in high school, she was known as a wonderful soloist in the choir and in school musicals.  The love of music continued as she become active in the church again singing solos for all events and duets with Lori Miller.

 

The music for VBS and the Kings Kids program at Beaver Dam Church was another great love in her life.  She spent hours putting together music for the children that would be fun and inspiring as her desire was to have EVERY child know about Jesus and have music touch their hearts in a very special way.  She was also in charge of the music ministry for the church, selecting music for services and special occasions.

 

In addition to her love for music, Vicki loved children and taught Sunday school classes for many years.  Her desire to serve God in any way that she could led her to lead the UMW ladies in the annual “Apple Dumpling Day” at church.  She organized the project where they often made 700 apple dumplings.  Vicki was also well known for her yearly gifts of homemade Christmas rings to friends and family.  The production of which had involved every member of the family over the years, and was carried on by her family, in her honor during her hospital stay.

 

Vicki worked several years for many businesses and organizations:  Farmers State Bank, First United Methodist Church, Harris Drugs, Webbs Pharmacy, Tippecanoe Valley Middle School and Fulton County United Way.  From these associations she made many life-long friends.  Friends were valued by Vicki and she was always willing to do anything she could to come to their aid, until you were challenging her in a game of cards or a dance off to Chubby Checkers’ 1960’s song “The Twist”.  Then it was every man for themselves.

 

Surviving Vicki is her husband Richard Harrold of Akron; son: Jason (spouse Tonia) of Akron; (3) grandchildren: Noah, Madelyn and Sophia Harrold of Akron; sister: Marsha Arnett of Rochester; brother: Steve (spouse Johanna) Curtis of Rochester; nieces: Shannon (spouse Fred) McGlothin of Rochester; Lindsey (spouse Ryan) Reese of Rochester; Kim (spouse Danny) Hodge of Oklahoma; nephews: Nathan Arnett of Silver Lake; Eric (spouse Lisa) Gray of Kokomo.

 

Vicki was preceded in death by her father, Ralph E. Curtis, Jr. (November 23, 2018) and her mother, Peggy L. Curtis (December 8, 2020).

 

A public graveside service will be conducted at Nichols Cemetery, 950 South (off of State Road 19 N.), Akron, on January 16, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. officiated by Pastor Butch Troke of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church.  There will be a celebration of life held at a late date.

 

For those who wish to honor the memory of Vicki, memorial contributions may be made to  “Wheels on Fire” c/o Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, 9798 W. 1000 S., Akron, Indiana 46910 or Fulton County United Way, 720 Main St., Rochester, Indiana 46975.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at earllovefuneralhome.com

 

The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Vicki S. Harrold.

Frances Baxter, 93 of Rochester

Frances Baxter, 93 of Rochester was welcomed joyously into Heaven when she passed away at 3:42 AM, Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Wynnfield Crossing.

 

On October 3, 1927, Frances Castleman was the first born of the Castleman girls. She was a cherished daughter of Vernon "Bill" and Gladys Garner Castleman. Growing up in the Burton neighborhood with her little sister Carolyn "Ginger," the girls attended Burton Elementary School. Fran graduated from Rochester High School in 1945. In pursuit of her dream to become a teacher she graduated from Manchester College with a bachelors degree in secondary education in 1949.

 

On August 14, 1949, Fran married the love of her life, Mr. E. Parke Baxter at the Burton Methodist Church. They enjoyed over 63 years of life's adventures. From their union came two wonderful children Doug and LeeAnn. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of 3 grandsons and 6 great-grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Baxter's teaching career spanned over three and a half decades and was initiated at the Richland Center High School. Her next teaching stint was at Columbia Elementary. At Rochester Middle School she taught science and typing and served as guidance counselor. Mrs. Baxter also coached 6th and 7th grade girls' basketball. She retired in 1987 and was honored with a lifetime pass to all Rochester Athletics.

 

Initially formed in 1975, Mrs. Baxter was the first sponsor of the RHS girls huddle for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her memberships include Rochester Adult Chapter of the FCA and the Grace United Methodist Church. She was a 66-year member of the Beta Mu Chapter of Tri-Kappa. Fran and Parke were inducted as members of the RHS Athletic Hall of Fame in June of 2011 for their many years of financial support and encouragement to the RHS Athletic programs, which extended for many years beyond when their children and grandsons were participating. She also enjoyed many years of league bowling at Quick's Lanes. Most recently she was a Wii bowler at Wynnfield Crossing where she resided since October of 2016.  

 

Fran and the Baxter Family have been great supporters of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation with the Baxter Inc, M & M Fund and most recently the Fulton County Cancer Fund Endowment Fund and the Baxter Pharmaceutical Scholarship Fund.

 

The "Patch," a special home away from home in the country, is a rustic locale that offered the family an opportunity to enjoy nature, wildlife and the changing seasons. Fran savored the time spent there with family making memories. She enjoyed the cabin, fishing on O'Blenis Lake, mushroom hunting and gator rides with Parke and the grandsons. Holidays were special there with Easter Egg Hunts and Christmas in the cabin. In later years the great-grandkids joined the memories with campfires, s'mores and feeding the birds.

 

Left to treasure Fran's memory are a daughter LeeAnn Pollock and husband Buddy of Rochester; a grandson, Dr. George E. "Chip" Pollock IV, Ph.D. and wife Amy of Colorado Springs, CO; 6 great-grandchildren: Imogen Pollock, George E. "Jory" Pollock V, Felix Pollock, and Calvin Pollock all of Colorado Springs, Austin Baxter and Eva Baxter of Edmond, OK; daughter-in-law Christina Baxter of Green Valley, AZ; Janet West of Rochester; and a nephew, Jeff Hunter and wife Kim of Rochester and their children Raeann and Caleb. Others who will miss Fran are her beloved caregivers and her Wynnfield family.

 

Preceding Fran in death are her parents Bill and Gladys Castleman; beloved husband Parke Baxter November 13, 2012; son Doug Baxter on September 29, 2014; 2 grandsons:  Josh Baxter on April 7, 2015, Chad Baxter on September 2, 2020; and her sister Carolyn "Ginger" Heeter on October 24, 2019.

 

A remembrance gathering celebrating the life of Mrs. Frances "Fran" Baxter will be held during summer 2021, when family and friends will be able to share fellowship and memories safely.

 

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Rochester Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 1713 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, IN 46975; Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 East 9th Street, Rochester, IN  46975; or the Grace United Methodist Church, 207 West 7th Street, Rochester, IN  46975

Robert Eugene "Bob" Peterson 90, Rochester

Robert Eugene “Bob” Peterson 90, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 9:30 A.M. Saturday, December 19, 2020, at his residence.

 

Robert Eugene (“Bob”) Peterson was born in Newcastle Township, Fulton County, on March 8, 1930 to Beulah Russell Barkman Peterson and Clarence Cleveland Peterson.  He was raised on his family’s farm.

 

He graduated valedictorian from Talma High School in 1948.  He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1952, where he belonged to the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.  At Purdue, he was on both the livestock and dairy judging teams.

 

A member of ROTC at Purdue, Bob was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army and joined the 52nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 24th Infantry Division, serving in Japan and Korea in 1953-54.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in reorganizing the Battalion Communications Section.

 

After farming in Fulton County, Bob received his law degree from Indiana University in 1964.

 

On September 12, 1965, Bob married Martha Ann Coplen in Rochester’s First Baptist Church.  Their son, Matthew, was born in 1966, and their daughter, Elaine, in 1970.

 

In 1956, Bob was elected Fulton County Auditor, and in 1960 he was elected a member of the Indiana State Senate.  He was re-elected in 1964 and again in 1976.  In the Senate, he was chairman of the Roads and Transportation Committee and, in 1979-1980, served as Assistant Minority Leader.  He also served on the Education Study Commission that led to the first state funding for public school kindergartens.  In 1980, he was the Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee for Indiana.

 

Bob started his solo law practice in Rochester in 1965.  He was a founding partner in the Peterson, Waggoner and Perkins, LLP law firm.  He retired from the practice of law in 2012.

 

Bob remained involved with his alma mater.  He was President of the Indiana University Law Alumni Association in 1978.  In 2003 he was appointed to serve as a member of the Purdue Board of Trustees by Governor Frank O’Bannon, serving until 2006.

 

Bob was active in civic activities in both his community and state.  He was lieutenant governor of Indiana Kiwanis and a member of the Board of Managers of the Indiana Association of American Baptist Churches.   He served on the Board of Managers of the Indiana State Bar Association and as Chairman of the Bar’s State Legislation Committee.   Governor O’Bannon named him a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2001.

 

In Fulton County, he was Chairman of the Courthouse Needs Study Committee in 1992 and the Courthouse Centennial Committee in 1995.    He was on the board of the Fulton County Airport for sixteen years.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Fulton County Historical Society.   He was a moderator, trustee and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Rochester.  In 2001, he was presented with the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.

Bob loved and was dedicated to his family, his community, his church, the practice of law and his farms.  Everyone who knew him witnessed his kindness, his friendliness and his integrity.

 

He is survived by his wife, Martha, by his children, Matthew Peterson (Elizabeth Rambeau) of Pittsburgh and Elaine Goebel (Ernie) of Columbia, Maryland, and by three grandchildren, Sophie, Ben, and Ellie Peterson, all of Pittsburgh.  Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother, Chloris Barkman, and sister, Maleta Borden.

 

Private services will be conducted at First Baptist Church, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Public graveside services will be conducted at Noon Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or the Fulton County Historical Society.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com A webcast of Bob’s funeral can be viewed starting at 10:55 A.M. Wednesday, December 23, 2020 on Bob’s obituary page on the funeral home’s website.

Jim A. Rentschler 89, Lucerne

Jim A. Rentschler 89, Lucerne, Indiana, passed away at 6:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at his residence.

 

He was born on March 24, 1931 in Fulton County, Indiana, the son of Elgy V. and Mervine C. (Hubert) Rentschler. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1949 and on November 25, 1951 at the Fulton Evangelical United Brethren Church, he married Doneta Riemenschneider and she survives. He served with the United States Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954.

 

Mr. Rentschler had been a farmer and had worked at the Sale Barns in Rochester and Logansport on the weekends. He had been a member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge, Shrine Club, American Legion and attended the Metea Baptist Church. He enjoyed reading, playing golf, woodworking, playing cards, computers, basketball, visiting, and most of all enjoyed his family.

 

Survivors include his wife, Doneta Rentschler, Lucerne, Indiana, sons, Wayne A. Rentschler, Houston, Texas, Dale B. Rentschler, Fulton, Indiana, granddaughter, Ryvrle, Houston, Texas, great granddaughter, Ariya Rose Salazar, Houston, Texas, brothers, Ned (Juanita) Rentschler, Rochester, Indiana, David (Nancy) Rentschler, Paris, Missouri, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelly Kay Rentschler, brother, Phillip Rentschler and his parents.

 

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Sunday December 20, 2020, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Friends may visit from 2-5 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home and one hour prior to service.

 

Burial will follow in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans’ Honor Guard.

 

State guide lines for COVID-19 including, mask wearing, social distancing, and a limited amount of visitors allowed in the facility will be followed.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Metea Baptist Church, Parkinsons’ Foundation or Donor’s Favorite Charity. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Steven R. "Duffy" Duff, 75, formerly of Rochester

Steven R. “Duffy” Duff, 75, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 5:00 AM on Friday, December 18, 2020 at his son’s home in Plymouth.

 

On December 30, 1944, Steven was born in Fulton County to Harold and Doris Dillman Duff. He was a graduate of Caston High School.

 

Steve and Donna Harper married on December 29, 1963. Their union produced four children. They later divorced but remained friends over the years.

 

For over 30 years, Steve worked in industrial maintenance at Kralis Brothers Foods of Mentone. To relax he enjoyed watching westerns and Christmas movies on TV.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Steve are a daughter, Erin Trusty and husband Mike of Rochester; two sons:  Keith A. Duff and wife Tina of Plymouth, Shane Duff of Rochester; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Donna Good of Rochester.

 

Preceding Steve in death are his parents, son Steven “Stevie” Duff on March 25, 2014 and daughter-in-law Kristine K. Lemler Duff.

 

Private services will be held for Steven R. Duff. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Kathryn Ann Parris, 67, of Rochester

Kathryn Ann Parris, 67, of Rochester passed away at 10:28 AM, on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Majestic Care of New Haven.

 

On June 4, 1953, Kathryn was born in Detroit, MI to Paul Steven and Jennie Habrick Damer.

 In Rochester, in April 2002, Kathryn and Lester Parris were married. Sadly, he passed away on September 22, 2008.

 

Many will remember, Kathryn as a cashier at Ames and Advanced Auto Parts of Plymouth. She also worked at Ristance of Argos and retired from Pizza Hut of Rochester in 2019.  Reading a James Patterson thriller novel was a great way to spend a weekend. Listening to Clint Black, Ronnie Millsap and Elvis was always enjoyed.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Kathryn are six daughters, Christina Rhoads and husband John of Plymouth, Lorelei Whittington of Dayton, TN, Rebecca Trayer and husband Scott of Martinsville, WV, Peggy Guzzo of Oregon, Cheryl Bower and fiancé Sam Williams of North Judson, Tanya Pine and husband Michael of Rochester; two sons, Thomas Guzzo Jr and wife Jessica of Plymiuth, Jamie Guzzo and wife Tinisha of Rochester; a brother, David Damer and wife Jackie of St. Clair Shores, MI,

 

Private family services for Kathryn Ann Parris will be held.

 

Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

John "Johnny"/ "JT" Thomas 74, Rochester

John “Johnny”/ “JT” Thomas 74, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 7:27 A.M. Sunday, December 13, 2020 at his residence, after a courageous battle with liver disease. He was surrounded by his loving family as he was welcomed into Heaven.

 

He was born on August 31, 1946 in Berrien Springs, Michigan the son of John Monroe and Jessie Elizabeth (Groves) Thomas. On August 1, 1987 in Rochester, Indiana, he married the love of his life, Sandra Pugh and she survives.

 

John, a man of many talents and trades had been a truck driver, worked for Rochester Metals and his most treasured occupation had been as sexton for Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. A man of God, he had attended Rochester Church of God where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Wednesday night bible study. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing, drawing, fishing and camping. He was always ready for a “roadtrip” with his wife and looked forward to trips to Menards to simply browse the aisles. He was known as the “Neighborhood Grandpa” sitting on his front porch visiting with neighbors and conversing with any passerby out and about. He enjoyed grabbing his favorite Dunkin Donuts cake donuts and coffee and taking long drives in the country every Tuesday with his daughter, stopping to talk to every cow and horse they passed by. He was known for being a man of great advice and always looked forward to the frequent phone calls he received from his son. The most cherished part of his life was simply being a family man. To know him was to love him and he spent his time with those that loved him the most. 

 

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Thomas, Rochester, Indiana, children, Derek John (Christina) Thomas, Peru, Indiana, Jessica Louann (Jason) Urbin, Rochester, Indiana, Lonnie Thomas, Michigan, Tammy Anders, Michigan, grandchildren, Brayden John Thomas, Peru, Indiana, Emma Audrey Marie Thomas, Peru, Indiana, Sophia Louann Urbin, Rochester, Indiana, Macie Jo Urbin, Rochester, Indiana, Caleb Thomas, Mikayla Thomas, Cynthia Moody, sisters, Janet (Jerry) Beaird, Rochester, Indiana, FayAnn (Alton) Mitchell, Princeton, Kentucky, “Neighborhood son and daughter” Jeremy and Kellie Jo Swango, Rochester, “Neighborhood Grandchildren”, Elizabeth, Noah, Aaron and Eli Swango, all of Rochester, Indiana, feline friend, Annie Lou and canine friend, Lucy Lou. He was preceded in death by his parents, and four sisters and five brothers, and one grandchild, and canine pals, Buffy Lou and Baby Bear Bear.

 

Friends may call or visit from 4-8 P.M. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. 

 

State guide lines for COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing, and a limited amount of visitors allowed in the facility will be followed.

 

Private services will be observed. Public graveside services will be conducted at approximately 10:45 A.M. Friday December 18, 2020 at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Jane Sturgeon, 99

Jane Sturgeon,  99 years, 1 month and 1 day departed this life on Friday, December 4, 2020 at The Estelle Peabody Memorial Home of North Manchester.

 

On November 3, 1921, Betty Jane Sturgeon was born in Richland Center to Clyde Orland and Fannie Krathwohl Sturgeon. Growing up she shared her childhood with a sister, Mary Ruth.  

After graduating from Richland Township High School in 1940, she furthered her education at the Chicago College of Commerce. For 18 years she worked for Swift & Co. and then retired after 13 years of service at Hart Schaffner & Marx in 1984.

 

Prior to moving to North Manchester, the Fulton County community had been her home.  While residing in Chicago for 14 years and in Texas for 4 years, she was always happy to return to familiar faces.

 

Jane served as President of the Board of Directors for the Council of Aging from 1983 to 2003.  She also served as President of the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary from1983 to 2003 and assisted with the Woodlawn Volunteers.

 

While in Rochester, Jane was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Currently, she had been a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church. The Caring Circle at Peabody was also dear to her heart.

 

To relax Jane enjoyed trying out new recipes.  Her specialty and ALWAYS in demand was her AMAZING fudge!   Only those who were lucky enough to try it and savored this delicious treat can attest to her greatness with fudge! 

 

Left to cherish Jane's memory are her nephew Gary Overmyer of California, her treasured friends from the Richland Center and Burton communities, the Senior Center, Woodlawn Hospital and her Peabody family, especially her friends from the Caring Circle. 

 

Preceding Jane in death are her parents and sister Mary Ruth Overmyer.

 

A celebration of the life of Miss Jane Sturgeon will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 10, 2020,  in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

 

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to her services in the funeral home. 

 

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Council on Aging, 625 Pontiac St., Rochester, IN  46975.   

 

Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.

Laurie A. Richards 61, Rochester

Laurie A. Richards 61, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 12:32 P.M. Friday November 27, 2020 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Indiana.

 

She was born on January 30, 1959 in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of James and Emma (Ottey) Kochis.

 

Laurie grew up in New Jersey and had worked in the banking industry for many years before moving to Florida where she was employed in the same industry. She moved to Rochester, Indiana about ten years ago and was currently working her favorite job at Walgreen’s. She enjoyed gardening, arts and crafts, and had a passion for cooking.

 

Survivors include her sons, Thomas (Kristy) Richards, Rochester, Indiana, Michael (Marina) Richards, West Palm Beach, Florida, grandchildren, Zoe Richards and Remy Richards, West Palm Beach, Florida, Colin Snook and Brayden Snook, Rochester, Indiana, sister, Kathy Higgins, West Palm Beach, Florida, brothers, Jimmy Kochis, Rocky Hill, New Jersey, Shawn (Elaina) Kochis, New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

No services are scheduled at this time. Burial will take place at a later date in Rocky Hill, New Jersey.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Trenton J. Goff 58, Macy (Nyona Lake)

Trenton J. Goff 58, Macy (Nyona Lake), Indiana, passed away at 9:59 A.M. Friday, December 4, 2020, in Rochester, Indiana.

 

He was born on August 18, 1962 in Logansport, Indiana, the son of H. Franklin and Roseanne (Beck) Goff.

 

On March 19, 1994 in Galveston, Indiana, he married Jennifer Grube and she survives.

 

Trent worked for United Parcel Service retiring after thirty four years of service. He was currently working for O’Reilly Auto Parts, Rochester. He had been a member of Teamsters #710 of Chicagoand enjoyed doing small engine repair and fishing.

 

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Goff, Macy, Indiana, children, K.C. Sines, New Castle, Indiana, Logan Goff, Indianapolis, Indiana, Jory Goff, Louisville, Kentucky, Jordan Goff, Macy, Indiana, Quinn Goff, Plymouth, Indiana, Wren Chenoweth, Macy, Indiana, Kota Chenoweth, Macy, Indiana, grandchildren, Xander Wicker, Rochester, Indiana, sisters, Michelle Moulton, Galveston, Indiana, Marta (Rob) Hedding, Indianapolis, Indiana, brother, Ted (Paula) Goff, Carmel, Indiana. He was looking forward to the arrival of his grandchild, Baby Uyhelji, this spring. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Skip Moulton.

 

Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Wednesday December 9, 2020 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. State guidelines for COVID- 19 will be required including, masks, social distancing and minimum visitors within the facility.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Manitou Training Center.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Sandra Louise (Parker) Denton 73, Rochester

Sandra Louise (Parker) Denton 73, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 2:21 P.M. Saturday, December 5, 2020, at her residence.

 

She was born on September 29, 1947 in Rochester, Indiana, the daughter of Phil and Pat (Troutman) Parker.  In her youth, she enjoyed being part of the Lake Manitou Ski Club.She graduated from Akron High School in 1965 and attended Manchester College where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education.

 

Sandy began her professional teaching career at Manchester Elementary School where she spent two years. She spent the next thirty four years teaching elementary education in the Rochester Community School system teaching at both Riddle Elementary and Columbia Elementary schools before retiring.

 

She had been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Grace United Methodist Church where she had played the piano and had been active in the Bell Choir, Beta Mu Sorority, Tri Kappa Sorority, Fulton County Retired Teachers Association, FultonCounty Women’s Chorus. Sandy had also been active in the original Fulton County Players, having the lead role in the “Music Man”.

 

In her leisure time she enjoyed singing, playing the piano, reading, was an avid animal lover, and enjoyed supporting Notre Dame’s Women’s Basketball.

 

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Denton, Rochester, Indiana, dear friend, Ted Denton, nephew, Eric and wife Cathi Parker, Portland, Indiana, niece, Leslie Parker, Muncie, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, David Parker.

 

Private funeral services will take place and burial will be in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, Indiana.

 

Public visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. Friday December 11, 2020, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Visitors are asked to follow State COVID – 19 Guidelines, including wearing mask, social distancing, and a minimum allowed of visitors in the facility.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center or the Sandra L. Denton & Patricia M. Denton Music Appreciation Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Jeannette Heltzel, 97, of Rochester

Jeannette Heltzel, 97, of Rochester passed away at 9:37 AM on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Wynnfield Crossing.

 

On October 12, 1923, twins Jeannette and Julia were born in Miami County's Perry Township. They were the precious daughters of Earl and Bertha Penrod. They were so small their parents put them in the same bureau drawer to sleep. Growing up Jeannette helped her father with the cows and the farm. In 1942, Jeannette graduated from Gilead High School. After graduation Jeannette became a telephone operator for Rochester Telephone Company.

 

In Morgantown, Jeannette married the love of her life Gordon E. Heltzel on October 23, 1953. They shared 54 years of life’s adventures. The Heltzel family moved to Rochester in 1978 from Akron.

 

Jeannette and Gordon found joy in traveling. Some of their favorite destinations include, Canada, Mexico, Cancun. They enjoyed having friends over for an evening of euchre or pinochle.

 

Jeannette was a devoted member of Akron Church of God. She was an avid reader who enjoyed reading biographies. She was an accomplished pie baker, baking the most amazing hot blueberry pies fresh from her oven. She would always make fruit pies and freeze them to send home with her grandson so he could have fresh baked pie.

 

Left to cherish Jeannette's memory are: a grandson Gordon Michael Heltzel of Vancouver, British Columbia; daughter-in-law Shirley Zumstein of Floyd Knobs; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Her Wynnfield caregivers had a special place in her heart for all of their friendship over the last 15 years. Especially close to Jeannette during the last year is her nephew Steve, who took over duties when her daughter no longer could.

 

Preceding Jeannette in death are her parents Earl and Bertha Penrod, beloved husband Gordon, her twin sister, Julia Chaddock, daughter Kelly Heltzel, two sons, Kevin in infancy and Michael Gordon Heltzel.

 

A celebration of the life of Jeannette Heltzel will be at 1:00PM on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Akron Cemetery. Memorials may be made to D.A.V. 815 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Randy A. Brown of Rochester

Mr. Randy A. Brown of Rochester was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at Lutheran Hospital at 10:48 AM on November 28, 2020.

 

In South Bend, Randy was born on September 4, 1957.  He was the treasured son of Robert "Bob" and Linda Hudson Brown.  Growing up as the oldest sibling, he shared his childhood with four sisters Tina, Sandy, Jackie and Debbie.  With great Viking pride, Randy graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1975. 

 

Patriotism beckoned and Randy answered the call serving with the United States Army from 1978 - 1981.

 

With a strong work ethic, Randy was gifted with his hands being an expert diesel mechanic.   He owned and operated the RB & Son Truck - Trailer Repair.  At home he was very proud to possess the greenest, most beautiful, thick lush lawn.  He fertilized and watered it to perfection then manicured it with meticulous care. To relax Randy enjoyed assembling model trucks and cars.  He collected many things including glass bottle, pennies and vinyl.

 

With a taste for speed, Randy could be seen cheering in the stands for his favorite sprint car drivers. He loved classic cars and hot rods. At home he set up HO scale models of trains and race cars creating many configurations of a town or racetrack.

 

Left to cherish Randy's memory are his children: Morgan Brown and fiancé Coty Roe, Cory Brown and fiancée Courtney Houser all of Rochester 6 grandchildren: Ella Roe 6, Lytin Roe 4, Ryland Roe 6 weeks,  Parker Brown 12, Baylee Brown 8, Grayson Brown 2, his mother Linda Walston (Jerry) of Spartanburg SC: father Bob Brown (Janice) of Inman SC: 4 sisters Tina Lawter (Steve) of Chesnee SC,  Sandy Brown of Spartanburg SC, Jackie McQuay (Dennis) of Inman SC, Debbie Jolly of Boiling Springs SC.  Also surviving are many friends including Rodney Wright of Akron.

 

Preceding Randy in death is his former wife Kara Brown on March 23, 2014.

 

A sunset celebration of life for Mr. Randy A. Brown will be at 6:00 PM, Thursday, December 3, 2020 in the Good Family funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester.  Pastor Rod Ruberg will officiate. (Face coverings required)  Friends may visit with his family two hours prior to his service.  Military rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Veteran's Honor Guard and the United States Army Honors Team. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Randy's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

Jeannette Heltzel, 97

Jeannette Heltzel, 97, of Rochester passed away at 9:37 AM on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Wynnfield Crossing.

 

On October 12, 1923, twins Jeannette and Julia were born in Miami County's Perry Township. They were the precious daughters of Earl and Bertha Penrod. They were so small their parents put them in the same bureau drawer to sleep. Growing up Jeannette helped her father with the cows and the farm. In 1942, Jeannette graduated from Gilead High School. After graduation Jeannette became a telephone operator for Rochester Telephone Company.

 

In Morgantown, Jeannette married the love of her life Gordon E. Heltzel on October 23, 1953. They shared 54 years of life’s adventures. The Heltzel family moved to Rochester in 1978 from Akron.

 

Jeannette and Gordon found joy in traveling. Some of their favorite destinations include, Canada, Mexico, Cancun. They enjoyed having friends over for an evening of euchre or pinochle.

 

Jeannette was a devoted member of Akron Church of God. She was an avid reader who enjoyed reading biographies. She was an accomplished pie baker, baking the most amazing hot blueberry pies fresh from her oven. She would always make fruit pies and freeze them to send home with her grandson so he could have fresh baked pie.

 

Left to cherish Jeannette's memory are: a grandson Gordon Michael Heltzel of Vancouver, British Columbia; daughter-in-law Shirley Zumstein of Floyd Knobs; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Her Wynnfield caregivers had a special place in her heart for all of their friendship over the last 15 years. Especially close to Jeannette during the last year is her nephew Steve, who took over duties when her daughter no longer could.

 

Preceding Jeannette in death are her parents Earl and Bertha Penrod, beloved husband Gordon, her twin sister, Julia Chaddock, daughter Kelly Heltzel, two sons, Kevin in infancy and Michael Gordon Heltzel.

 

A celebration of the life of Jeannette Heltzel will be at 1:00PM on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Akron Cemetery. Memorials may be made to D.A.V. 815 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Randy A. Brown

Mr. Randy A. Brown of Rochester was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at Lutheran Hospital at 10:48 AM on November 28, 2020.

 

In South Bend, Randy was born on September 4, 1957.  He was the treasured son of Robert "Bob" and Linda Hudson Brown.  Growing up as the oldest sibling, he shared his childhood with four sisters Tina, Sandy, Jackie and Debbie.  With great Viking pride, Randy graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1975. 

 

Patriotism beckoned and Randy answered the call serving with the United States Army from 1978 - 1981.

 

With a strong work ethic, Randy was gifted with his hands being an expert diesel mechanic.   He owned and operated the RB & Son Truck - Trailer Repair.  At home he was very proud to possess the greenest, most beautiful, thick lush lawn.  He fertilized and watered it to perfection then manicured it with meticulous care. To relax Randy enjoyed assembling model trucks and cars.  He collected many things including glass bottle, pennies and vinyl.

 

With a taste for speed, Randy could be seen cheering in the stands for his favorite sprint car drivers. He loved classic cars and hot rods. At home he set up HO scale models of trains and race cars creating many configurations of a town or racetrack.

 

Left to cherish Randy's memory are his children: Morgan Brown and fiancé Coty Roe, Cory Brown and fiancée Courtney Houser all of Rochester 6 grandchildren: Ella Roe 6, Lytin Roe 4, Ryland Roe 6 weeks,  Parker Brown 12, Baylee Brown 8, Grayson Brown 2, his mother Linda Walston (Jerry) of Spartanburg SC: father Bob Brown (Janice) of Inman SC: 4 sisters Tina Lawter (Steve) of Chesnee SC,  Sandy Brown of Spartanburg SC, Jackie McQuay (Dennis) of Inman SC, Debbie Jolly of Boiling Springs SC.  Also surviving are many friends including Rodney Wright of Akron.

 

Preceding Randy in death is his former wife Kara Brown on March 23, 2014.

 

A sunset celebration of life for Mr. Randy A. Brown will be at 6:00 PM, Thursday, December 3, 2020 in the Good Family funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester.  Pastor Rod Ruberg will officiate. (Face coverings required)  Friends may visit with his family two hours prior to his service.  Military rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Veteran's Honor Guard and the United States Army Honors Team. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Randy's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

Morse M. Utter Sr., 94

Mr. Morse M. Utter Sr., 94, of Athens passed away at 7:40 AM on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Woodlawn Hospital.

 

On June 3, 1926, Morse Monroe Utter was born in Fulton County   to Robert R. and Bina E. Swartzlander Utter. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister Marguerite and 2 brothers Cedric and Jack. In 1944 Morry graduated from Akron High School. He was a flashy guard on the basketball team and also played softball.

 

Patriotism beckoned and Morry answered the call serving with the United States Army.

 

 At the Rochester Church of God, Morse married the love of his life Miss Patricia “Pat” Jernigan, on December 20, 1954. They shared 64 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three handsome sons Morse Jr, Bill and Todd.   The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

 

An entrepreneur with a strong work ethic Morry owned and operated Morry's Ready Mix for many years.  He was a member of the F & AM Lodge # 79 and the Manitou VFW.  In addition to his concrete business, Morry was a passionate lifelong farmer.

 

Pat and Morry enjoyed many vacations to Branson, Missouri to enjoy the shows and sites.  They visited Ruthie and Todd in Arizona and annually traveled to southwest Michigan during peach season.  Many summer trips were a relaxing escape to the houseboat in Tennessee.   

 

Giving Pat and Morry their greatest joy was being Grandpa and Grandma Utter following the grands as Flyers and Vikings always being seated court side most Friday nights to cheer them on.  The holidays and special family celebrations was a source of making many memories.

 

Left to cherish Morry's memory are three sons, Morse Utter Jr of  Akron,   Todd R. Utter of Rochester, Jack “Bill” Utter and wife Tammy of  Akron; eight grandchildren, Amber Edmonson and husband Bryan, Ashley Utter, Lacey R. Utter, Aimee Utter, Krystal Costello and husband John,  Brandi Utter, Cody Utter and wife Shay, Jack W. Utter Jr.  15 great-grandchildren, with  several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Morry in death are his parents Robert and Bina Utter, beloved wife Pat on March 26, 2019, two daughters-in-law, Francis Utter and Ruthie Utter.

 

A private family graveside service and  burial will take place in the Athens Mt. Hope Cemetery.  Rev. Phil Pratt will officiate.  The US Army Honors Team  and Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard will accord military honors. The Good Family Funeral Home is assisting her family with arrangements.  Online  expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

Diana K. Burge, 73

Diana K. Burge, 73, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 10:00 P.M. Monday November 23, 2020, at her residence.

She was born on September 22, 1947 in Macy, Indiana, the daughter of Thomas Holcomb and Ida (Wagoner) DuBois. She had worked as a customer service representative for NIPSCO.

Survivors include her sons, Shannon Burge, Rochester, Indiana, Jaydren Burge, Rochester, Indiana, brothers, Robert W. DuBois, Akron, Indiana, Thomas David DuBois, South Carolina, Philip M. DuBois, Oregon, Donald DuBois, Texas, Timothy E. DuBois, Peru, Indiana, Daniel L. DuBois, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents.

No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Lillian Ruth Meredith, 93, of Plymouth and formerly of Warsaw

Lillian Ruth Meredith, 93, of Plymouth and formerly of Warsaw passed at 9:05 pm, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 at Pilgrim Manor of Plymouth, Indiana.

Lillian was born on Sept. 30, 1927 in Kosciusko County, Indiana to the late Clyde and Elsie (Douglas) Nettrouer. Lillian was a 1945 graduate of Mentone High School. She had been a homemaker and for many years a babysitter. She was a member of the Etna Green United Methodist Church where she played the piano and directed the choir. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Lillian always enjoyed making candy and baking.

She is survived by sons Dennis and wife Shirley Meredith, Uniondale, Ind., Terry and wife Carolyn Meredith, Plymouth, Ind., David and wife Brenda Meredith, Akron, Ind., Jim and wife Debbie Meredith, Warsaw, Ind., Frank and wife Becky Meredith, Silver Lake, Ind., and Gary and wife Nancy Meredith, Danville, Ind., Wymond Meredith, St. Charles, Missouri; 16 Grandchildren, 2 Step Grandsons, and 24 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Beulah Anderson, Shirley Church, and Frances Besson, and 3 Great Grandchildren.

The funeral service for Lillian will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Indiana.

The interment will take place following the service in Harrison Center (Wooden) Cemetery, Etna Green, Indiana.

Visitation hours will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 at King Memorial Home, Mentone, Indiana.

Masks will be required for all who are in attendance.

Donations can be made in her memory to the Etna Green United Methodist Church.

Paula F. Sloat of rural Rochester

Paula F. Sloat of rural Rochester, Indiana passed at 1:00 pm, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 at her daughter’s residence.

Paula was born on Sept. 24, 1942 to Willis Roby and Ellen Arlene (Murray) Fairchild. She was 78 years young when she passed.

She was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, (Johnson County) Paula,met and married the father of her two children Amos H. Litteral. They married on Dec. 28, 1957 and later divorced in 1969, but remained friends till his death.

Paula lived her life to the fullest. She loved shopping, baking, making Christmas candy, crafts, and reading. She loved and cherished her cat Shammy.

She leaves behind her daughter Gwen Liming and husband Karl; step son Jeff Giesige; grandchildren Thomas Litteral (Kathy)Marion,Ohio granddaughter,Jaime Frantom (Jeff)Akron,Indiana great grandchildren, Anthony Litteral (Christina),Marion,Ohio, Rose Litteral (Christian),Marion,Ohio, Devin Howard(Trinity) Akron,Indiana, Zander Howard; step grandson Shawn Frantom,Akron,Indiana, great great grandchildren Skarlette Litteral, and Greysyn Litteral; brothers Phillip and Michael Sadler Wabash; a special brother; Wayne and wife Avanell Litteral Falcon,Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roby Fairchild and Arlene VanHoose; son Hank Lonnie Litteral; sisters Francis Osborne, Brenda Honeycutt, Teresa Honeycutt, Sheila Honeycutt, and Mag Luttrell,brothers Victor (Tiny) Sadler and Lee Fairchild.

A memorial service for Paula will be held at 1:30 pm, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 at the The House of Prayer Church 15113 State Road 114 Akron, Indiana with Pastor Danny Honeycutt officiating.

Friends and family may gather and share a time of fellowship and reflection before the service at 1:00 pm.

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