Obituaries Archives for 2020-03

John J. Kotzmacher 70, Rochester

John J. Kotzmacher 70, Rochester, Indiana, and formerly of Elkhart, Indiana, passed away at 10:55 P.M. Saturday March 28, 2020 at Life Care Center of Rochester.

He was born on December 11, 1949 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Frank and Viola (Gerlach) Kotzmacher.

Mr. Kotzmacher had worked for the South Bend Tribune in distribution for many years.

Survivors include his sister, Shirley and husband Ron Garling, McCormick, South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

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

Richard A. Clark 61, Rochester

Richard A. Clark 61, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 5:37 P.M. Friday March 27, 2020 at his residence.

He was born on December 12, 1958 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of Junior Earl and Mary Louise (Smith) Clark.

Mr. Clark had been self –employed. He enjoyed music, especially listening to 1970’s music, The Sweet, Huey Lewis and the News and his favorite band the Beatles. He loved to go out and listen to live bands as well. He also enjoyed reading murder mysteries and watching horror movies.

Survivors include his children, Richard Clark Jr., Rochester, Indiana, Amy Nicole Van Alstine, Mishawaka, Indiana, Derek Irwin, Kokomo, Indiana, three grandchildren, brothers, Ronald Clark, Port St. Lucia, Florida, Kent Clark, DeLong, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Earl Wayne Clark.

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

Betty Holloway, 82, of Kewanna

Mrs. Betty Lou Holloway, 82, of Kewanna, passed away at 8:25 AM, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at Catherine Kasper Nursing Center of Donaldson.

On September 2, 1937, Betty Lou Lewis was born in Fulton County to Raymond and Lucille Nicodemus Lewis. Growing up near Akron, she shared her childhood with a sister Frances and a brother Harold.  In 1955 she graduated from Akron High School.

In Yuma, Arizona, Betty and Jack L. Holloway were married on October 21, 1955.  They have shared nearly 65 years of life’s adventures.  From their union came two wonderful children, Terry and Lanae.

Betty loved watching  the feeding and habits of the hummingbirds and blue birds.  She also enjoyed planting flowers around to landscape to add color and beauty.  Betty looked forward each spring to planting  a vegetable garden, then sharing the bountiful harvest with family and friends.  Many memories were made by Jack and Betty while motorcycling on Jack's Suzuki Cavalcade.  They had many great adventures traveling to Florida, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee.   They also frequented southern Indiana to look at the colors each autumn. 

Left to cherish Betty’s memory  are her husband Jack; a son, Terry Holloway  (Donna) of Thornhope; a daughter, Lanae Holloway of Keller, TX; and her two treasured canine companions, Bear and Eddie II.

Preceding Betty in death are her parents Raymond and Lucille Lewis; a sister, Frances Riner; and a brother, Harold Lewis.

Private family services were  held. Pastor Mike Cloud  officiated. Interment was in the Athen’s Hoover Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to The Cross Church, 100 West 3rd St., Rochester, IN 46975.

David A. Eskridge 40 of Rochester

David Eskridge, 40, of Rochester, passed away at 12:37 PM on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at his residence.

 

On January 29, 1980, David Allen Eskridge was born in Rochester. He was a treasured son of Keith A. Eskridge and Tammy S. Barnhart. Growing up in Rochester he shared his childhood with a sister Jennifer. David played baseball on both  the Little League and Babe Ruth League.   He was known as a hard throwing right handed pitcher. He also was a flashy shortstop gliding between 2nd and 3rd base turning out many defensive aces and was on the front end of many double plays. David was a member of the class of 1998.

 

As an athlete, David loved bowling in men's league at Country Lanes. A member of the USBC, he once rolled a perfect 300 game. David was known for the "big hook," he threw with great finesse. Many memories were made on the 3-generation men's fishing trips with grandpa and his dad. Armed with his open-faced casting rod David looked forward to catching the limit of bluegill, his most sought after fish. He was a member of Duck's Unlimited.

 

With amazing accuracy, David loved to challenge his friends and family to games of disc golf.  He especially loved games with his Mark Alan.  As an American sportsman he loved mushroom hunting and hammock tent camping in Michigan.  David and his Dad made many memories hunting deer and ducks.  David had fond memories of heading to the Windy City and to watch the Cubbies with Uncle Mark.  He adored his nephews and niece: Brayden, Mason and Reagan and enjoyed playtime adventures.

 

David was "the King," of Pyrotechnics.  As a passionate perfectionist he would create displays of fireworks second to none.  He was in charge of the annual family 4th of July show and customized many special celebrations, using his talents, garnering many oooohs and aaaaas.   David was a huge Notre Dame fan and lived his life by the motto: "Play Like a Champion Today."   

 

Left to cherish David's memory are parents, Tammy and David Roe of Akron, Keith and Misty Eskridge of Rochester; siblings, Jennifer Oliver and companion Jay Schlosser of Rochester, Larry Green and wife Jessica of Rochester, Dusten Roe and wife Claudia of Ft. Wayne, Jaime Long and husband Brian of Rochester, Deanna  Roe and companion Josh of Talma, Kasee  Brady and husband Jared of Mentone, a love in his life, Jennifer Dople and son Mark Alan of Mount Vernon; maternal grandmother, Bonnie Barnhart of Rochester, paternal grandmothers, Barb Enyart of Rochester, Diane Eskridge of Plymouth; and his treasured feline Nala the Calico tiger cat.

 

Preceding David  in death are his grandfathers, Harry Eskridge, Richard Barnhart, Emerson Enyart, 2 Aunts Vicky Barnhart and Mindy Nickel, Uncle Mike Eskridge and Alf his beloved feline.

 

Due to restrictions on gathering, David's family held a private service/viewing and will announce a date and time of a celebration of his life with friends and extended family. Thank you for your prayers and understanding. The Good Family Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Watch for updates for the service and written expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

 

Gerald E. Timberman  92 of Rochester

Mr. Gerald E. Timberman, 92 of Rochester passed away at 11:09 PM on March 26, 2020 at Hickory Creek of Rochester. 

 

On December 16, 1927, Gerald was born in Silver Lake.  He was a treasured son of David H. and Ellen Dillman Timberman. Growing up he shared his childhood with a brother, Wayne.

 

Gerald and Ethel Fletcher were married on March 11, 1948.  Following 19 years of marriage she passed away in 1967.  Later he married Mary Ruth Perkins in 1976.  Sadly after 32 years of marriage she passed away  in May of 2008.

 

In 1990, Gerald retired from Carnation of Kokomo, where he worked in maintenance. He loved church activities and served as a Deacon at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was also very active in the Paw Paw Methodist Church volunteering to help his church out in many ways.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Gerald are two daughters, Vicki Waltz and husband Tracy of Rochester, Sherri Conley of Claypool; son Jeff Timberman and wife Linda of TN;  7 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

 

Preceding Gerald in death are his parents David and Ellen Timberman and his wives Ethel and Mary Ruth, brother, Wayne Timberman.

 

Private family services will be held. Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

Ted Bee Hazelwood, 83, of Rochester

Mr. Ted Bee Hazelwood, 83, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 9:00 PM  on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at his home.  This followed a 3 year courageous and valiant battle with cancer.

 

In Elgood, West Virginia, Ted was born on August 10, 1936.  He was a treasured son of Fred Sr. and Edna Akers Hazelwood. Growing up Ted shared his childhood with a sister and three brothers.

 

Answering the call of patriotism, Ted served our country with the United States Army, and was honorably discharged in January of 1961.

 

On March 18, 1961, Ted and Miss Judy F. Wyrick, married in West Virginia. They have shared over 59 years of life's adventures.  Their union produced four beautiful daughters. The blessings of two more generations have been added to the family tree.


The Hazelwood’s made Fulton County their home in 2000, coming from Chicago.


Known as the "Iron Man," Ted was a golf club supervisor for PGA Tommy Armour Golf Clubs for 34 years.  During his lifetime, he enjoyed many competitive rounds of golf with friends.  As a work-a-holic, he could be found gardening and manicuring his lawn to perfection.  Running his chainsaw brought Ted great satisfaction.  Trimming brush and cutting down trees was his speciality.

 

As  a member of the First Baptist Church, Ted looked forward to attending Boat Church each summer.

 

An adventurer, Ted and Judy made many life memories with their family.  In 2019 on a senior trip to Colorado he enjoyed the thrill of zip-lining.   2018 brought on a hot air balloon ride over Culver’s Lake Maxinkuckee.  Now flight was complete without dipping onto the lake and skimming the water.  They once took a helicopter ride over Nappanee.  Three years ago Ted enjoyed the mother of all parties, celebrating his 80th birthday with family and friends traveling from Chicago and the east coast and many places nearby. 

 

Left to cherish Ted's memory are his wife, Judy; three daughters, Diane Stevens and husband Mark of Charleston, South Carolina; Dora Maish and husband Timothy of Macy; Dawn Risten and companion Johnny Loudermilk of Rochester; six grandchildren; Heather Kline and husband Lucas, Makayla Risten, Kaitlyn Maish, Justin Risten, Alexys Loudermilk, Brandon Maish; one great grandson, Lucas Kline; a sister: Oma Loker, of Charlottesville, VA; three brothers: Fred Hazelwood Jr., of Hagerstown, MD; Marion Hazelwood and wife Glenna of Fredrick, MD; Carl Hazelwood, of Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

    

Preceding Ted in death are his parents Fred and Edna Hazelwood and an infant daughter Theresa Dawn Hazelwood.

 

Private family services were observed. A public date celebrating Ted's life with friends and extended family will  be determined following the conclusion of the national pandemic. Interment was  in the Fulton Cemetery. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com .

Lester D. Scaife, 49, Chicago

Lester D. Scaife, 49 of Chicago passed away on March 16, 2020 in his home.

 

On January 20, 1971, Lester Darnell Scaife was born in Chicago.  He was a treasured son of Jerry and Maebelle Howell Scaife.  Growing up he shared his childhood with a brother Jerry.

 

Lester was especially accomplished in expressing himself through art. Acrylics, pencil or pen and ink on canvas were some of his favorite art tools.  Lester also possessed a fine eye for photography capturing unique perspectives of the subject.

 

Lester showcased his talents in the arts and by starting a business "FineCreativity, Inc." a video production company which specialized in creating promotional short films for the creative community particularly in the areas if design and architecture.  Being the CEO of his own company was a dream come true for him.

 

As an Uncle, Lester loved surrounding himself with his nieces and nephews.  He was very proud of them and their accomplishments in sports and at school.  He was a stellar example of pursuing your dreams despite of obstacles.  Lester’s tenacity was one of his most enduring qualities. The holidays and special family celebrations was where many wonderful memories of a lifetime were made.

 

Left to cherish Lester's memory is his brother Jerry Scaife and wife Rosalind of Chicago; five nieces and nephews: J. Jamarr, Alexis, Nia, Nori and Michael Scaife.  He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

Preceding Lester in death are his parents Jerry and Maebelle Scaife.

 

A celebration of the life of Mr. Lester Darnell Scaife will be held at a date to be announced following the national pandemic. 

 

Burial will follow in the Leiters Ford Cemetery. 

Arthur Ray Spencer, JR, 53, of Rochester

Arthur Ray Spencer, JR, 53, of Rochester passed away at 9:38 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at his mother’s home.  This followed a valiant battle with cancer.

On April 6, 1966,   Junior was born in Fulton County.  Named for his Dad, he was the  treasured son of Arthur Ray SR and Judy Mehrley  Spencer.  Junior was a lifetime Fulton County resident, graduating in 1985 from Rochester High School.

 

In Rochester, Junior and Paula Fugate were married on September 29, 1985. 

 

As a  talented mechanic, Junior worked for Dave Hurst Farming and Trucking of Athens. To relax, he could often be found fly fishing at the Woodlawn pond.  He loved fishing and would always catch, then release. He also enjoyed computer gaming and surfing the "net.".

 

Left to cherish the memories of Junior are his mother, Judy Spencer of Rochester; four sons, Raymond Spencer and wife Sara of Mentone, Ryan Spencer and wife Ariel of Argos, Brandon Spencer and wife Cheyenne of Rochester, Blaze Spencer and fiancé Lyne Macaya of the Philippines; five grandchildren, Mason Lee Spencer, Macie Jade Spencer, Marie Lillyann Spencer, Peyton Lee Ann Spencer, Nova Star Spencer; sister, Kim Witmer and husband Stan of North Manchester; brother, Stacey Spencer and fiancé Amber of Rochester; life friend, Paula Bruner of Rochester.

 

Preceding Junior in death is his father, Arthur Ray Spencer SR, on May 4, 2016.

 

Family services celebrating Junior's life will be held at a later date.   The Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.   Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

Sandra Sue "Sandie" Johnston, 59, of Winamac, IN

Sandra Sue “Sandie” Johnston, 59, of Winamac, IN passed away at home Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  Sandie was born on July 19, 1960 in Chicago Heights, IL to Paul and Sue Lucas DeGroot.  In 1971, the DeGroot family moved to Winamac.   In her youth, Sandie loved to ride horses.  She graduated from Winamac High School in 1978.  She was a retired from the Will County Sheriff’s Department in Will County, IL where she had served as a 911 dispatcher.  Sandie will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

She is survived by:

Thomas (Laurin) Johnston, Steger, IL Son

4 Grandchildren: Faith, Kylie, Kara, and Gavin

Sue Lucas DeGroot, Winamac, IN Mother

Paul (Sheryl) DeGroot, Winamac, IN Father

Samantha (Aaron) Malchow, Francesville, IN Sister

Sheri Gaillard, Winamac, IN Sister

Perry (Katie) DeGroot, Winamac, IN Brother

Kelly (Mike) Bierrum, Star City, IN Step-Sister

Kim (Kevin) Podell, Winamac, IN Step-Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

Glenn Sommers, Winamac, IN Companion

 

Preceded in death by:

Joseph Lucas, Maternal Grandfather

Mae and Herman Piacentini, Maternal Grandmother

Teresa and Herman DeGroot, Paternal Grandparents

 

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. 

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

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

Wayne Grube, 67, of Rochester

Wayne Grube, 67, of Rochester, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Health Park Medical Center, Fort Myers, FL.

On May 19, 1952, Max Wayne Grube was born in Rochester. He was the second of four sons of Max A. and Stella M. Patton Grube. Growing up he shared his childhood with Morgan and Mark. In 1971 he graduated from Rochester High School. As a Zebra, on the grid iron Wayne was a stellar football player playing both offense and on the defensive teams. As a man of the mats, he wrestled at heavy weight. He passed on knowledge and passion  of wrestling as assistant coach for RHS for fifteen years.

On Valentine's Day in 1986, Wayne and Diann Manns were married in Rochester. They have shared 34 years of life’s adventures. From their blended family came three beautiful children. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one expected to arrive in August.

Known for his good looks and charm, Wayne always had the right tool in his garage that anyone needed.  He loved  ice cream, his toys, Corvettes, motorcycles, toy hauler, watching Fox news and cheering for the Chicago Bears and Purdue. Wayne and Diann loved wintering in Fort Myers, while entertaining friends and family watching sunsets and going out to Daddy Dee's for ice cream. 

Wayne is lovingly remembered by his wife, Diann; a daughter, Tisha (Jim) Fry of Rochester; two sons, Chad Morgan (Joanna), Jason (Kelly) Grube, both of Rochester; ten grandchildren: Jacob Fry, Corinne (Josh) Hines, Haley Fry (Greg) , Bailey Quick, Makenna Morgan (Spencer), Brady Morgan, Reece Johnson, Max Grube, Myles Grube, Eddi Grube; two great-grandchildren, Asher James Hines, Stella Noelle Hines and Peanut Hines, expected to arrive in August; two brothers: Morgan Grube (Betty) of Kewanna, Mark (Diana) Grube of Murfreesboro, TN; brother-in-law Dewayne (Carolyn) Manns, Yantis, TX; sister-in-law Dee (Joe) Dague Akron; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews; Crystal Lake family and friends of Fort Myers, FL;and best friends Rick Figlio and Larry Harrison.

Preceding Wayne in death are his parents Max and Stella Grube and brother Monty,  brother-in-law Dewight Manns, and his canine companion, Euchre.

A celebration of the life of Wayne Grube, complete with an ice cream social, will be held at a date to be announced following the national pandemic.  Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  

Lester D. Scaife, 49

Lester D. Scaife, 49, of Chicago passed away on March 16, 2020 at his residence.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

Mary Kathryn Hopkins, 79, formerly of Rochester

Mary Kathryn Hopkins, 79, formerly of Rochester, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Aurora Memorial Hospital, Burlington, Wisconsin.

 

In Decatur, IL on August 11, 1940, Mary was born.  She was a treasured daughter  of Elmer and Louise Sanders Waltz. Growing up as one of  eleven Waltz kids she shared her childhood with three sisters and seven brothers.  In 1958 she graduated from Cerro Gordo High School in Cerro Gordo, IL.

 

After graduation, Mary answered the call of patriotism and joined the United States Air Force, to serve our country.  As an administrative clerk, she was honorably discharged in 1960 from the Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County Illinois..

 

Coming from Decatur, IL,  Fulton County had been Mary’s home since 1962. She was a dedicated member of the Ramsey Building Service for 28 years, serving as  their office manager. She was a member of the Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars Post  # 1343 of Rochester.

 

Mary is lovingly remembered by a daughter, Pamela Lanting and husband Richard  of East Troy, WI;  a son, David Hopkins, of Warsaw; four grandchildren; Allison Ade and husband Eric, Greg Lanting and wife Krystal, Lisa Lanting, Reannon Reed and husband Hunter; five great-grandchildren, Renner and Ellody Ade, Jayce, Greyson and Ashler Lanting.  Mary is also remembered by her loving Arbor View Community Family,  the caregivers and residents.

 

Preceding Mary in death are her parents Elmer and Louise Waltz, companion, James C. Ramsey, three sisters Marge, Betty and Dorothy and seven Waltz brothers Bill, Bob, Jack, Dick, Joe, Fred and Jim.

 

Mary's family wish to thank Arbor View Communities staff for their love, friendship and compassionate care they conveyed to their mother during her years there, making her quality of life the best it could be.

 

 A celebration of the life of Mary K. Hopkins will be planned after the conclusion of the National Emergency, at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.  Military Honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the US Air Force Honors Team.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

Emma Lou Nielsen, 58, of Winamac, IN

Emma Lou Nielsen, 58, of Winamac, IN passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.  She was born on July 21, 1961 in Knox, IN to the late Alvin B. and Emma E. Sahlhoff Zellers.  She graduated from Winamac High School in 1980.  Emma was employed at Carter Fuel in Logansport, IN.  She was a hard worker and loved spending time with her family and friends.  Emma was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac.  She was also a member of the Winamac Eagles.   She loved animals, especially her Basset Hound, Scyler.  She enjoyed long walks around Bruce Lake, fishing and crocheting.  She also enjoyed going to casinos.  Emma will be dearly missed.

 

Survivors include:

Chris A. Nielsen, Winamac, IN Husband

Bertha A. Kelsey, South Bend, IN Sister

Glen A. (Kathy) Zellers, Winamac, IN Brother

Wendy J. Zellers, Winamac, IN Sister-in-law

Rosie Nielsen, Wabash, IN Mother-in-law

Valerie (Troy) Stout, Wabash, IN Sister-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews (whom she always called her babies)

Many Cousins

 

Preceded in death by:

Alvin B. and Emma E. Sahlhoff Zellers, Parents

Ben E. (Celia) Zellers, Brother

Alvin Herman Zellers, Brother

Jacque and Penny, Half Sisters

Rex A. Nielsen, Father-in-law

 

 

Graveside Services will be held at 3 PM EDT Monday, March 23, 2020 at the Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, IN with Pastor Tom Woodley officiating.

 

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

 

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac, IN at a later date.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Lung Association or ALS Association.

 

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

 

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

Russell Clayton Taff III, 17, of Winamac

The young life of 17 year-old Russell Clayton Taff III of Winamac ended when he lost his battle with depression on Monday, March 16, 2020.  While we take comfort that he is no longer in pain, we will never be the same again.

Clayton was born on August 16, 2002 in Rochester to Russell and Olivia Taff.  He was born into this world with an old soul and lived a life full of compassion. Clayton was ornery, with an intense sense of humor and appreciation for a good practical joke.   He was currently a junior at Winamac High School where he was a member of the wrestling & football teams. 

Clayton was a real outdoorsman and loved everything Pulaski County had to offer; such as hunting, fishing, camping, and floating the Tippy.  He was a fan of all kinds of music and motorsports; a passion he shared with his family.  Many fond memories were made attending concerts and motorcycle races together as a family. 

Clayton enjoyed having a good time with his true friends.  He was a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin.  Clayton brightened the lives of all who loved him.  

 

He is survived by:

Russell Clayton and Olivia LeAnn Buck Taff, Jr., Parents

Cecilia Anne Kenney, Sister

Rose Cherie Taff, Sister

Geraldine Rhoades, Paternal Great Grandmother

Russell Clayton Taff, Sr., Paternal Grandfather

Joy (Gary) Cripe, Paternal Grandmother

Daniel (Nyla) Buck, Maternal Grandfather

Denise “Sissy” Buck, Maternal Grandmother

Angela (Joe) Crawford, Paternal Aunt

James (Becky) Buck, Maternal Uncle

5 Cousins:  Kristopher, Declan, Makenna, Scarlett, and Jasper

David Gloser, Paternal Great Uncle

 

 

 

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Kenneth and Virginia Gloser, Paternal Great Grandparents

James and Rose House, Maternal Great Grandparents

Mildred Kelley, Maternal Great Grandmother

Christie Taff, Paternal Aunt

Fred Keplinger, Paternal Great Uncle

 

Funeral Services will be Private.

 

Celebration of Life Services will be held at the Lake Bruce Garage (991 North Main St. Kewanna, IN 46939) on Sunday, August 16, 2020. 

 

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

 

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

John C. Doran 69, Rochester, Indiana

John C. Doran 69, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 9:35 A.M. Friday, March 13, 2020 at his residence.

He was born on September 5, 1950 in LaPorte, Indiana, the son of Dee and Virginia (Newton) Doran. He served with the United States Army as an infantryman during the Vietnam War and was awarded a bronze star.  On August 4, 1985 in Rochester, Indiana, he married Pat Coplen and she survives.

Mr. Doran had been an Union Carpenter and had been a member of the Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Doran, Rochester, Indiana, children, Jonnie Peterson and husband Ricky, Atlanta, Georgia, Kevin Doran and wife Joanna, LaPorte, Indiana, step-children, Brett Williams and wife Tammy, Logansport, Indiana, Wendy Malchow and husband Rob, Star City, Indiana, Heather Shaffer and husband Chris, Rochester, Indiana, thirteen grandchildren, one great grandchild, with two arriving shortly, and sister, Maggie Doran, Rochester, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, William Doran and Roy Doran, and sister, Janet Buckner.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday March 18, 2020 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana, where military gravesides services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Bonnie J. Allen, 71, of Rensselaer, IN

Bonnie J. Allen, 71, of Rensselaer, IN passed away at 4:20 PM Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Rush University Hospital in Chicago, IL.  Bonnie was born on February 26, 1949 to the late John and Christine Stone Conley.  On December 17, 1966, she married the love of her life, James A. Allen, Jr.  They spent 53 years of marriage not only as husband and wife, but also as best friends.  Bonnie and James enjoyed a lifetime of line dancing together.

Bonnie was a member of Pleasant Ridge Bible Church in Francesville, IN where she had taught Sunday school for many years.  She had a kind heart for others and especially loved children.   She was a talented seamstress who enjoyed making lap blankets for the residents at the Rensselaer Care Center.  She was always sure to feed a visitor before they left her home.  Bonnie was an avid fisherman and loved to be out on the lake fishing with James. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending time with all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Bonnie will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Survivors include:

James A. “Jim” Allen, Jr., Rensselaer, IN Husband

James A. “Jimmy” (Yevett) Allen III, Springfield, MO Son

Ronald D. “Ron” (Gretchen) Allen, Son

Christopher J. “Chris” (Nicole) Allen, Springfield, MO Grandson

Joshua C. “Josh” Allen, Springfield, MO Grandson

Samantha D. “Sam” (Antonio) Godina, Medaryville, IN Granddaughter

Ivy L. Allen, Roselawn, IN Granddaughter

Macey A. Allen, Medaryville, IN Granddaughter

Abigail J. Allen, Granddaughter

3 Great Grandchildren: Kylin, Audrianna, and Liam Godina

John “Junior” (Patricia) Conley, Phoenix, AZ Brother

Linda Thomas, Rensselaer, IN Sister

Kenneth “Kenny” (Crystal) Walker, Francesville, IN Brother

David (Linda) Walker, Rensselaer, IN Brother

Ray (Trisha) Conley, Remington, IN Brother

Donald Conley, Winamac, IN Brother

Jack Conley, Winamac, IN Brother

Vinia (Jr. ) Carter, Wheatfield, IN Sister

Joanne (Larry) Whitaker Florida, Sister

13 Aunts and Uncles

Several Nieces and Nephews

Many Cousins

 

Preceded in death by:

John Conley, Father

Christine Stone Conley Walker, Mother

Richard “Ronnie” Walker, Step Father

James “Jimmy” Walker, Brother

Jim Conley, Brother

Charles Conley, Brother

Margie Terry, Sister

Loise Ann Conley, Sister

Gilbert Thomas, Brother-in-law

 

Visitation will be from 3-7 PM EDT Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 7 PM EDT Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN with Rev. Leonard Allen officiating. 

 

Private Burial will take place at a later date. 

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Pleasant Ridge Bible Church in Francesville, IN. 

 

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

 

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

Jerry R. Howe, 88, of Winamac, IN

Jerry R. Howe, 88, of Winamac, IN passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Hickory Creek Healthcare in Winamac.  He was born on March 27, 1931 in Winamac to the late Theodore and Mildred Robinson Howe.  Jerry graduated from Winamac High School in 1949.  On November 18, 1951, Jerry married Mary Ash who passed away on September 23, 1991. They were married for nearly 40 years and were blessed with four sons, Rob, Mike, Don and Lee.  Jerry endured a hardship in 2008, when Lee lost his battle with ALS.  On August 4, 1993, Jerry married Joann Hoffman who passed away on October 4, 2014. 

Jerry proudly served in the US Coast Guard from 1952-1955. He was a longtime member of the Winamac American Legion.  He was a very knowledgeable country music fan and enjoyed attending country music concerts, especially those at the Blueberry Festival.  Jerry had a true passion and understanding for the game of baseball that he passed on to future generations.  During his youth, it became evident he was a talented athlete, playing baseball and basketball in school.  When he was 19 years old, he was signed to a Minor League Baseball contract with the St. Louis Browns.  During his time in the US Coastguard, he played baseball and basketball.  Jerry was instrumental in the creation of the Winamac Little League and coached for over 25 years during which time he touched many lives. 

Jerry was a hardworking and dedicated father and family man. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.   

 

He is survived by:

Rob (Connie) Howe, Winamac, IN Son

Mike Howe, Rockmart, GA Son

Don (Sue) Howe, Winamac, IN Son

Julie (Kenny) Howe Overwein, Florence, KY Daughter-in-law

Jeff Hoffman, Kewanna, IN Step Son

Julie (Dan) Middleton, Warsaw, IN Step Daughter

7 Grandchildren: Eric, Evan, Molly, Donny, Beth, Ashlee, and Andrew

8 Great Grandchildren

Joy (Bill) Hintz, Winamac, IN Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Theodore and Mildred Robinson Howe, Parents

Mary Ash Howe, First Wife

Joann Hoffman Howe, Second Wife

Lee Howe, Son

Sherry Howe, Daughter-in-law

 

Funeral Services will be held at 3 PM EDT Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Edward Clark officiating. 

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

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EDT Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN and one hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hickory Creek Healthcare in Winamac or ALS Association Kentucky Chapter. 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

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

Raymond J. Zartman 90, Rochester, Indiana

Raymond J. Zartman 90, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 11:57 A.M. Monday March 9, 2020, at his residence.

He was born on January 30, 1930, in Fulton, Indiana, the son of Voris D. and Edna M. (Surface) Zartman. On April 13, 1951, in Kewanna, Indiana, he married Marjorie Denton and she survives.

Early in his life, Raymond worked for the Studebaker Corporation in South Bend, Indiana, McMahan-O’Connor Construction and Wilson’s Foods in Logansport, Indiana. He retired from the United States Post Office, Kewanna Branch and was a life- long farmer. He was a member of the Fulton United Methodist Church and the Fulton Masonic Lodge #665. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Zartman, Rochester, Indiana, children, Gary and wife Debra Zartman, Rochester, Indiana, John and wife Lori Zartman, Palm City, Florida, Lisa Zartman Paul and husband Tony, Twelve Mile, Indiana, grandchildren, Megan (Chris) Henry, Annandale, Virginia, Larry Andrew (Stacie) Zartman, Greenfield, Indiana, Molly (Blake) Hardesty, Rochester, Indiana, Alexander Charles (Stephanie) Zartman, Gosport, Indiana, Crystal (Jason) Neels, North Carolina, A.J. (Claudia) Zartman, California, Genna Zartman and companion Pete Hall, Florida, Cory (Vivian) Zartman, Florida, Raymond  (Rachel) DePew, Tucson, Arizona, Sybil Paul, Twelve Mile, Indiana, Alivia Paul, Twelve Mile, Indiana, several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jann Marie Zartman, son, Larry Alan Zartman, and sister, Lorene Billman.

 

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Friday March 13, 2020 at the Fulton United Methodist Church, Fulton, Indiana. Friends may visit at the church on Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Burial will follow in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Mildred G. Hurtt 93, Rochester, Indiana

Mildred G. Hurtt 93, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 6:23 A.M. Saturday March 7, 2020 at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

She was born on October 8, 1926 in Arcola, Illinois the daughter of Robert and Tinsey Opal (Parker) Sylvester. On July 2, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, she married Raymond Hurtt. He preceded her in death on April 9, 1997.

Ms. Hurtt had worked as a bank teller in Chicago before moving to Rochester where she worked for Lau Industries for twenty five years. She loved to walk and could be seen multiple times a day out and about enjoying the outdoors. She also enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, baking, cheering for the Chicago Cubs and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Linda and husband James Carroll, San Antonio, Texas, James Hurtt, Michael Hurtt, Patricia and husband Tom Stumpff, Rochester, Indiana, Susan and husband Scott Kistler, Rochester, Indiana, grandchildren, Janet Carroll, Christine Carroll, both of Austin, Texas, Bailey Stumpff Kaplan and husband Matt, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Michael Kistler, Indianapolis, Indiana, Carter Kistler, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Gene and wife Helen Sylvester, Arcola, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Hurtt, brother, Jack Sylvester, and sisters, Betty Thompson, Louise Sylvester, Evelyn Gamble, and Ruth Collins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12:30 P.M. Saturday March 14, 2020 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Ronald J. Kochel, 76, of Walton, IN

Ronald J. Kochel, 76, of Walton, IN passed away at 4:25 PM Monday, March 2, 2020 at Logansport Memorial Hospital in Logansport, IN.  Ronald was born on March 5, 1943 in Logansport to the late James and Grace DeWitt Kochel.  He graduated from Royal Center High School in 1961.  Ronald served in the Army National Guard.  On May 17, 1968, Ronald married Phyllis M. Nolting in Logansport.

 

Ronald retired from Chrysler in Kokomo, IN in 1995 after working there for 30 years.  He was member of the UAW Local #685.   He was also a member of the NRA and the L’Anguille Practical Pistol League in Twelve Mile, IN.   Ron enjoyed working on his farm in Royal Center, IN and enjoyed collecting old tractors.

 

Survivors include:

Phyllis M. Nolting Kochel, Walton, IN Wife

Donna (Les) Wallace, Star City, IN Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews & Great Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

James and Grace DeWitt Kochel, Parents

John (Rita) Kochel, Brother

Gail Dean Kochel, Infant Brother

Conna Mae Kochel, Infant Sister

Daphne Sanders, Niece

 

Graveside Services will be held at 11 AM EST Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, IN with Pastor Carolyn DeWitt officiating.  The American Legion and VFW will conduct Military Graveside Services. 

 

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

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Walton United Methodist Church in Walton, IN.

 

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

 

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

Denise L. Payne of Winamac, IN

Denise L. Payne of Winamac, IN went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 2, 2020.  She was born on July 20, 1974 in Knox, IN.  On October 31, 2014, Denise married Rodney S. Payne in Plymouth, IN.  She was fondly known to family and friends at “Nikki” or “One East Denise”. 

 

Denise was extremely active at New Beginnings Church in Winamac where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school.  She dedicated her life to serving the Lord and others.  Denise had a contagious smile and laugh that lit up the room.  She never met a stranger and was full of kindness. 

 

Denise worked as a CNA at Pulaski Memorial Hospital and was a loving caregiver to her patients.  She never sat down during a shift!  Denise had a great sense of humor and loved a good practical joke (just ask her co-workers!). 

 

The most important part of Denise’s life was her family.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mom, foster mom, and grandma.  Denise will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.  Our loss is Heaven’s gain. 

 

She is survived by:

Rodney S. Payne, Winamac, IN Husband

Alyshia (Karl) Rebeck, Winamac, IN Daughter

Alexis Wireman, Hamlet, IN Daughter

Josh Wireman, Winamac, IN Son

Raelynn Payne, Plymouth, IN Step Daughter

One beloved foster daughter

Madison “Maddy” Carter, Granddaughter

Ziya Wireman, Granddaughter

Zander Wireman, Grandson

One grandson on the way

Rev. Samuel and Debra Clemons Humphries, Carrollton, GA Parents

Keith Dollahan, Knox, IN Biological Father

Carey (Mark) Acord, Mt. Zion, GA Sister

Amanda (Brooks) Proctor, Carrollton, GA Sister

7 Nieces and Nephews:  Jacob, Samuel, Jordan, Uriah, Paris, Briylee, and Kynlee

Cleary Clemons, Knox, IN Maternal Grandma

Rick and Rita Payne, Winamac, IN Dad-in-law and Mom-in-law

Rick (Heather) Payne, Gallatin, TN Brother-in-law

Randy (Kim) Payne, Winamac, IN Brother-in-law

7 Nieces-in-law and Nephews-in-law: Sydney, Kane, Jacob, Kaleigh, Shae, Ebyn, and Jaydin

Monna Lou Luttrell, Winamac, IN Grandma-in-law

 

Preceded in death by:

JR Dollahan, Brother

Emily McGee, Niece

Phyllis Dollahan, Paternal Grandmother

Dean Dollahan, Uncle

 

 

 

 

Visitation will be from 2-8 PM EST Friday, March 6, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.


Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, March 7, 2020 at New Beginnings Family Fellowship Church in Winamac, IN. with Rev. Brent Smith and Rev. Samuel Humphries officiating. 

 

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

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to New Beginnings Family Fellowship Church in Winamac, IN.

 

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

 

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

Alvin Herman Zellers, 68, of Winamac, IN

Alvin Herman Zellers, 68, of Winamac, IN went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 1, 2020.  He passed away peacefully at his home.  Alvin was born on July 16, 1951 in Winamac to the late Alvin B. and Emma E. Sahlhoff Zellers.  He graduated from Winamac High School in 1972.  On July 5, 1980, Alvin married Wendy J. Pietrzak in Greenwich, CT.  She survives.

Alvin was a faithful member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac where he had served as an Elder and Trustee.  He was also very involved with the local Boy Scout Troop #229 and Cub Scout Pack #3230.   Alvin enjoyed chaperoning scout camping trips and outings.  He was especially proud that both of his sons obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.  

Alvin was a retired production worker having worked nearly twenty years at Winamac Steel and nearly twenty years at Winamac Coil Spring in Kewanna, until he was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.   He enjoyed doing yardwork; and not just his, but also for many friends and neighbors around town.  Alvin was a talented handyman and woodworker.  He liked gardening and canning as well as cooking and baking.  Alvin was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and Notre Dame Women’s Basketball fan.  He was a genealogist and enjoyed gathering and collecting Zellers family history.  He was always faithful to attend the Zellers family reunion in the Winamac Town Park, and the Sahlhoff reunions in Bremen, IN.

Alvin was a very kind man who willingly gave of himself to others.  He was a loving and devoted husband, dad, brother and godfather.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

 

Survivors include:

Wendy J. Pietrzak Zellers, Winamac, IN Wife

Zachary A. Zellers, Winamac, IN Son

David W. Zellers, Sullivan, IN Son

Bertha A. Kelsey, South Bend, IN Sister

Glen A. (Kathy) Zellers, Winamac, IN Brother

Emma Lou (Chris) Nielsen, Winamac, IN Sister

Jean Pietrzak, Greenwich, CT Mother-in-law

Sandy (Chris) Burns, Syracuse, NY Sister-in-law

Heidi (Timmy) Hupal, Greenwich, CT Sister-in-law

Many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins

 

 

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Alvin B. and Emma E. Sahlhoff Zellers, Parents

Ben E. (Celia) Zellers, Brother

Jacque and Penny, Half Sisters

 

 

Visitation will be from 2-6 PM EST Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM Monday, March 16, 2020 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac, IN. 

 

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

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church or Boy Scout Troop #229.

 

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

 

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

Jay Elliott, 67

Mr. Jay Elliott, 67,  passed away at his residence on March 3, 2020. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.    

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