Obituaries Archives for 2020-10

Eunice Rich Hattabaugh, 86

Mrs. Eunice Rich Hattabaugh, 86, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 9:30 PM EST on Monday, October 19, 2020 in Denison, TX.

 

On May 5, 1934, Eunice Adele Betz was born in Valparaiso.  She was the treasured daughter of Louis and Florence Button Betz.    Growing up she shared her childhood with her brother Earl and sister Irene.     With great Bearcat pride, Eunice graduated from Wheeler High School near Valparaiso in 1952.   

       

In Crown Point, Eunice married the love of her life Mr. Lloyd “Butch” Rich on September 20, 1952. They shared 66 years of life’s adventures. From their union came 6 wonderful children. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three more generations. 

 

On August 8, 2020, Eunice married Clarence "Dee" Hattabaugh in Denison, Texas.  They shared many joys with their blended families.


With a green thumb, Eunie enjoyed gardening, annually planting flowers to add color to the landscape of her home and each fall canning and freezing the bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables for her family.  Grounded in her faith, Eunice was a member of Burton-Richland Center United Methodist Church.  Gifted with her hands, she enjoyed crocheting, baking and sewing for her family.



 

The matriarch of her family, she felt so proud and blessed by GOD to oversee five generations.  Her kitchen was home to family and many others over the years. She was accomplished in a variety of culinary creations.  A few of her specialties were pear honey, from scratch yeast rolls, pies and when the turkey was in the oven, she made the most amazing dressing. Spending time with family and many others called family at any celebration or holiday was an import joy of her life so that lifetime treasured memories filled with laughter and love could be (and always were) created.

  

Left to cherish Eunice's memory are her husband Dee Hattabaugh of Denison, two sons, Louis Rich and wife Jan of Rochester, Lloyd Rich of Reed City, Michigan, four daughters, Renee Stouder and husband Jeff of Bourbon, Risé Stone and husband Jeff of Argos,  Rhonda Barnett and husband Mike of Rochester, Rose Markowicz and husband Tim of Fredericksburg, Texas,  21 grandchildren 31 great-grandchildren,  2 great-great-grandchildren, a sister Irene Hinderer,  many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her blended family: children Paul Michael and Joy Hattabaugh, Valparaiso IN; Lillian Joan Marie Vajda-Geron, Savoy, TX, R. Wayne and Carolyn Hattabaugh, Valparaiso, IN; Clarence Dee Hattabaugh Jr. and Janice Hattabaugh of Henderson, KY, 9 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren .

 

 

Preceding Eunice in death are her parents Louis and Florence Betz, beloved first husband Lloyd “Butch” Rich on December 28, 2018, grandsons Chase Stone and Caden Stouder, granddaughters Ashley Dawn and Jessica Marie Crafton-Rich, great-granddaughter Grace Adele Gates, daughters-in-law Mindy Rich and Susan Rich and her brother Earl Betz on June 4, 2014.



 

The family has chosen to have a private celebration of life and graveside memorial service.  The Good Family Funeral Home is assisting her family with local arrangements.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Eunice's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

Sharlene K. Haimbaugh 84

Sharlene K. Haimbaugh 84, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 12:14 A.M. Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at her residence.

She was born on April 3, 1936 in Monticello, Indiana, the daughter of Paul Eldo and Opal Lavon (Spencer) Shull. On April 5, 1963 at the Kewanna United Methodist Church, Kewanna, Indiana, she married Allison Haimbaugh Jr. and he survives.

Mrs. Haimbaugh had been a homemaker. She enjoyed taking care of her family, her home, and having coffee with her friends.

Survivors include her husband, Allison Haimbaugh Jr., Rochester, Indiana, children, Neal (Kerrie) Haimbaugh, Culver, Indiana, Kenneth Paul Haimbaugh, Rochester, Indiana, Kimberly Alison (Kevin) Boyer, Mentone, Indiana, grandchildren, Hayden Haimbaugh, Abby Haimbaugh, Ike Haimbaugh, Hannah Haimbaugh, all of Culver, Indiana, Joshua Edward Haimbaugh, Anthony James Haimbaugh, both of Rochester, Indiana, brothers, Charles (Kathy) Shull, Georgia, William (Karen) Shull, Wisconsin, sister, Dana Nichols, Connecticut. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Gravesides services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Monday, October 26, 2020, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to D.A.V. or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Leora Adele [Campbell] Melchoir, 83

Leora Adele [Campbell] Melchoir, 83, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at her home in Glen Ellyn, IL.  Adele was born on July 30, 1937 in Logansport, IN to Eldon Dewey and Ruth Eldora [Baugh] Campbell.  She graduated from Winamac High School and had fond memories growing up in Winamac, surrounded by family and friends.

 

Adele graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and later received a master’s degree in Accounting.  After graduation, Adele moved to Illinois and married Mike Melchior.  Together they moved to Glen Ellyn and bought a home.  She started and ran a successful CPA firm.  Mike passed away many years later.  Adele spent the rest of her life with Larry Murphy; travelling the world and boating on the Chain of Lakes in Illinois.  Adele recently retired. 

 

Adele loved animals.  She had many cats and dogs in her lifetime.  Most recently, she had an adored backyard pet she named Keisha.  Adele played the piano and banjo. 

 

Adele was preceded in death by her parents, Eldon Dewey and Ruth Eldora [Baugh] Campbell; her husband, Mike Melchior; her brother, Robert James Campbell; and her loving companion, Larry Murphy.

 

She is survived by family in the Winamac are and many caring neighbors in Glen Ellyn.  Adele was very close to Eric Gillespie, whom she called her grandson.

 

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM EDT Friday, October 23, 2020 at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, IN.

 

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

 

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

Thomas L. Landis 81

Thomas L. Landis 81, Rochester, Indiana passed away at 10:35 A.M., Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at his residence.

He was born on June 2, 1939 in Fulton County, Indiana, the son of Howard Wilson and Flora Irene (Smoker) Landis. On June 20, 1981 in Shelbyville, Indiana, he married Gayle A. (Fuqua) Linville. She preceded him in death on May 10, 2020.

Early in Tom’s life, he had worked for a funeral home in Galveston, Texas before returning to Rochester, Indiana. He retired from Burton Mechanical in Rochester after twenty five years of service.  He was member of the Moose Lodge. Tom enjoyed wintering in Fort Myers Beach, Florida for over twenty years, traveling extensively across the United States, horseback riding, fishing, and woodworking.

Survivors include his children, Rick (Diane) Landis, Macy, Indiana Colleen Diveley, Fulton, Indiana, Larry (Greta) Landis, Rochester, Indiana, step-children, Shelley (Tim) Snyder, Shelbyville, Indiana, Suzan (Greg) Bitterling, Rochester, Indiana, twelve grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Wilson Landis, mother, Flora Irene Robbins, step-mother, Eva Landis, brothers, Earl “Gene” Landis and Lewis “Kay” Landis, and step-son, Scott Linville.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday October 24, 2020 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana with his grandson, Thomas Landis officiating.  Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. to7:00 P.M. Friday and one hour prior to service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing and masking wearing should be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Carole Mae Buchanan, 88

Carole Mae Buchanan, 88, of Largo, FL (formerly of Winamac, IN) passed away on October 7, 2020.  She was born on February 9, 1932 in Winamac to the late Oscar and Verda Strasser.  Carole graduated from Winamac High School in 1950.  She was preceded in death by both of her husbands.  Carole retired from Bardmoor Country Club in Largo several years ago.

 

She is survived by:

Mike (Ginger) Buchanan, Son

Steve (Sherry) Buchanan, Son

2 Grandchildren

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Oscar and Verda Strasser, Parents

Paul Buchanan, First Husband

Robert Way, Second Husband

Randy Buchanan, Son

 

No services will be held.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Pulaski Animal Center.

 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

Audelina Aleman Miranda, 83

Audelina Aleman Miranda, 83, of Logansport, IN went home to be with the Lord at 5:02 PM Monday, October 19, 2020.  She passed away peacefully while holding her daughter’s hand.  Audelina was born on January 4, 1937 in Chalatenango, El Salvador to the late Paulino Aleman and Elvira Franco Aleman.  In 1955, Audelina married Tomas Miranda in Chalatenango.  He passed away on October 3, 2004.

 

Audelina and Tomas owned and operated a restaurant in Chalatenango and spent many years farming together.  Audelina was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Logansport. She was a kind and loving soul.  Audelina will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

Survivors include:

Jose Ernesto Miranda, Son

Maria (Baltazar) Padilla, Daughter

Ludivina Yeni Miranda, Daughter

Tony Aleman, Son

Leo Miranda, Son

Maria Rubio, Daughter

Maria Doris Miranda, Daughter

23 Grandchildren

21 Great Grandchildren

6 Great Great Grandchildren

Abel Aleman, Brother

Edith Franco, Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Paulino Aleman and Elvira Franco Aleman, Parents

Tomas Miranda, Husband

Dina Miranda, Daughter

 

A Graveside Service will be held at 12 Noon EDT Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, IN with Pastor Ervin Ochoa officiating. 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Frankie Elaine Long Mitchell, 68

Frankie Elaine Long Mitchell, 68, of Rochester passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Miller's Merry Manor in Logansport. 

On December 3, 1951, in Texarkana, Texas, Frankie was born to Frank and Lillie Chambers Long.  Growing up she shared her childhood with a brother Jim. Frankie graduated with the class of 1970 from Akron High School.  The Fulton County Community was her home until moving to Logansport in 2001.

Frankie worked in home care and housekeeping. Her memberships include the Lighthouse of Hope United Pentecostal Church of Logansport and the American Legion Auxiliary of Logansport. Watching Nancy Grace and reading the local newspaper kept Frankie up to date on current events.

Left to cherish Frankie's memory are her son Eric D Roussel and wife Katie of Walton, and five grandchildren:  Paige Roussel, Claire Roussel, Tyler Moss, Matt Moss, and Nathaniel Moss; as well as a brother, Jim Bouchell and wife Marcia of Dallas, Oregon.

Preceding Frankie in death are her parents Frank and Lillie Long, and step-father, Leon Lunsford.

A graveside service celebrating the life of Frankie Elaine Long Mitchell will be at 10:30 AM Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, 620 West 3rd St., Rochester. Pastor Donny Honeycutt will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the Lighthouse of Hope United Pentecostal Church, 908 E. Broadway St., Logansport, IN 46947. 

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

Linda J. Klepinger 69

Mrs. Linda J. Klepinger 69 of Rochester passed away unexpectedly at Woodlawn Hospital on Saturday morning, October 17, 2020.

 

In Peru, on April 5, 1951, Linda Jo Fouts was born.  She was the treasured daughter of Lewis and Rosalee Hessong Fouts.   Growing up as the middle child she shared her childhood with two brothers Dwight and Scott.  In 1969 Linda graduated with her class from Maconaquah High School.

 

On October 23, 1971, Linda married the love of her life Mr. Stephen A. Klepinger in Peru.  Later this week they would have celebrated 49 years of life's adventures.  From their union came three wonderful children.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of eight grandchildren.

 

Linda's memberships include a member of the First Christian Church.  She was also a member of the "Crusaders," Sunday School class.  She enjoyed flower gardening annually planting gardens around her home to add color to the landscape. An avid reader, she read countless fictional novels.  The past three consecutive years, Linda read the Bible, annually from cover to cover.

 

In 2009, Linda was gifted with life when she received a kidney for transplantation at the Lutheran Transplant Center.  She persevered enjoying 12 additional years of life.  Linda was a tissue donor through the Indiana Donor's Network. Her donation will enhance the lives of up to 75 people.

 

Steve and Linda enjoyed traveling to Maine in the autumn.  She savored Lobster rolls and the beauty of the fall color during their excursions.  Paramount in Grandma Linda's life was her family.  She enjoyed preparing the feast for the holidays and special family celebrations while getting together, making memories.

 

 

Left to cherish Linda's memory are her husband Steve, a daughter Christi Callane and husband Jamey of Peru,  two sons: Tony Klepinger and wife Julie of South Whitley, Ryan Klepinger and wife Hannah of Peru; 8 grandchildren: Josie Callane, Jude Callane, Reagan Klepinger, Reese Klepinger,  Emma Klepinger, Natalie Klepinger, Sarah Klepinger and Jacob Klepinger; a brother Scott Fouts and wife Myra of Fredericksburg, VA.  

 

Preceding her in death are her parents Lewis and Rosalee Fouts and a brother Dwight Fouts.

 

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Linda J. Klepinger will be at 1:00 PM Thursday, October 22, 2020 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester.  Pastor Mike VanHeyningen will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Ever-Rest Cemetery near Logansport.  Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the services. Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Lutheran Hospital, Kidney Transplant Center, 7916 West Jefferson Blvd., Ft. Wayne, IN  46804.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Linda's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com  

Kathy Lee Shaw, 66

Kathy Lee Shaw, 66, of Palm Harbor, FL passed away at 6:30 AM Friday, September 25, 2020 at Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor, FL.  She was born on April 27, 1954 in Valparaiso, IN to the late Robert and Margaret Curtain Shaw. 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

Raymond D. Engle, 96

Mr. Raymond D. Engle, 96, of Kewanna, was surrounded by his loving family members at his daughter’s home when he passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, April 24, 2020. 

Survivors include his daughter, Sherry (John) Anderson of Kewanna, and his son, Terry Engle of Sebring, FL: Grandchildren: Nesha (Tracy) Skarbek of Richland, Iowa. Cary Guyer of Akron, and Dr. Jesse Engle of Tucson, AZ; great-grandchildren: Matthew (Allyson) Hayes of Rochester, Bailey Skarbek of Richland, Iowa, Tyler Skarbek and companion Trent Bauters of West Allis, WI, Jessie (Cody) Mooneyhan of Kewanna, Cary Guyer Jr. of Fulton, and Kailey Engle of Tucson, AZ; six great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of the life of Raymond D. Engle will be at 11:00 AM   on Saturday, October 17, 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.  Full military honors will be conveyed by the Fulton County Veteran's Honor Guard and the United States Army. 

Eric Darrell Tibbs, 54

Eric Darrell Tibbs, 54, of Winamac, IN passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN   He was born on August 23, 1966 in LaPorte, IN to Ronald and Sally Allen Tibbs. Eric was raised by Albert and Constance Woodard Allen. He was married on September 3, 1989 to the love of his life.

Eric was employed as a welder at GalFab in Winamac. He was a member of FOE 2580 in Winamac and the Sons of the American. Eric enjoyed playing golf with his cousin Rod at Moss Creek Golf Course in Winamac. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his kids and grandkids. Eric loved shooting pool at the Eagles hall.

Eric had a heart of gold and was always ready to help a friend. More than anything in the world, Eric loved his three daughters and his grandchildren.

 

He is survived by:

Erica (Jimmy) Collins, North Judson, IN   Daughter

Kayla( Zack Arnold) Tibbs, Knox, IN  Daughter

Sarah Tibbs. Valparaiso, IN   Daughter

Noah Collins, Grandson

Riley Collins, Granddaughter

Carter Tibbs, Grandson

Genevieve Matthes,  Grandaughter

Sally Allen Tibbs, Utah    Maternal  Mother

Constance Allen, Tennessee     Mother

Lucy ( Parley) Mortensen,  Utah   Sister

Ronny Tibbs, Aizona  Brother

Andy (Kelly) Allen,  Tennessee   Brother

Brian Allen,  LaCrosse, IN   Brother

Rod (Carrie) Dickensen,  Medaryville, IN  Brother

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Ronald Tibbs    Father

Albert Allen   Father

Joe Tibbs    Brother

 

 

Visitation will be from 11 AM EDT- 2 PM EDT on  Saturday October 17, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Ben Carpenter officiating.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Larry Donald Kirk, 62

Mr. Larry Donald Kirk, 62, of Rochester passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at his residence.

 

On May 31, 1958, Larry was born in Gary to Vernon and Virginia Strohl Kirk. Growing up he shared his childhood with four sisters Toni, Nettie, Debbie, Michelle and a brother Ron.

 

With a strong work ethic, Larry headed the maintenance department of Federal Mogul for over 20 years prior to his retirement.   He also worked for Fulton County Transpo driving and as a dispatcher for many years.

 

Larry was very devoted to the love of his life, Susie Cooper, for the past 12 years. They enjoyed a long distance romance and there were many trips to Mississippi.  Sadly she passed away in July 2020.

 

An avid super hero fan, Batman was Larry's favorite.  He collected many unique pieces that he displayed around his home.  He loved Monsters and always wanted to go hunting for Bigfoot!  Larry also treasured his feline companion, Tabitha the adorable Tabby cat.  She was playful, entertaining and appreciated the attention he gave her. Larry answered to "baby boy," a title given by his mother.  He patented the quotes, "It's good being a Kirk," and "the world needs more chocolate," a part of his life's philosophy.

 

Uncle Larry was like a super hero to his 25 nieces and nephews.  He taught them many things, but especially shared his knowledge of fishing.  Whether it was on the banks of the Tippecanoe or more lengthy sessions at Kentucky Lake, Uncle Larry was always there to help bait their hooks or clean the catches of the day.  He loved Christmas and the holidays making memories with his family.

 

Left to cherish Larry's memory are  five siblings Toni McCrea of Culver, Nettie Dawn Woods of Columbus, Debbie Minns and husband Dale of South Haven, Michelle Clingler and husband William of Culver, Ronald Kirk and wife Karen of Murray, KY;  he dearly loved and lived for all of his  25 nieces and nephews, 66 great nieces and nephews, 24 great-great nieces and nephews, many aunts, uncles and cousins.  He is also survived by special friends Brad Watwood, Jeff Ditmire, Chris Biltz,  Mary Westwood, Terry and Joe Moore and his former wife of 25 years JeanAnn Shambarger.

 

Preceding Larry in death are his parents Vernon and Virginia Kirk, grandparents Gilbert and Nettie Kirk, Alvis and Juanita Strohl, in-laws Loren and Gladys Shambarger and a great niece Reagan Cattin.

 

 A celebration of the life of Mr. Larry D. Kirk will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 15, 2020 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Patrick Allen will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-6 PM on Thursday in the funeral home.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Alfred E. "Pat" Parkhurst, 100

Former Rochester and Marshall County resident, Mr. Alfred E. “Pat” Parkhurst, 100 years, 4 months and 3 days, departed this life,  in Sebring, Florida on Monday, October 12, 2020.

In Argos, on June 9, 1920, Alfred was born.  He was the treasured son of Arthur E. and Mary Ruth Dennie Parkhurst. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister, Alice.

Pat married the love of his life,  E. Lorraine Pence on December 17, 1940 in Plymouth. They shared 62 years of life’s adventures. From their union came a wonderful son Tom.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations. 

Left to cherish Pat's memory are his daughter-in-law, Shirley Reese Parkhurst of Plymouth, two grandsons Barry E. Parkhurst and wife Beth of Columbus, Bradley E. Parkhurst and wife Monica of Plymouth; great-grandchildren Allie Castetter and husband Trint of Columbus,  Adam Parkhurst of Indianapolis,  Nathan Parkhurst of Indianapolis,  Morgan Parkhurst of Columbus, Thomas Evan Parkhurst of Greenwood, Alex Parkhurst of Plymouth and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Pat in death are his parents Arthur Parkhurst in 1956 and Mary Ruth Dennie Parkhurst in 1995 , beloved wife, Lorraine on February 6, 2002, son Thomas E. Parkhurst on November 27, 1981 and sister Alice Shenefield in 1997.

A graveside service celebrating the life of Alfred “Pat” Parkhurst will be at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 30, 2020 at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the US Army Honors Team.  Pastor Kurt Nichols will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the Marshall County Cancer Association through the Marshall County Community Foundation, 2680 Miller Dr., Suite 120, PO Box 716, Plymouth, IN 46563.   Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

Mary Louise Grace, 76

Mary Louise Grace, 76, of Winamac, IN, formerly of Gary, IN,  passed away at 10:55AM Saturday, October 10, 2020 at her residence in Winamac.   Mary was born on January 30, 1944 at St. Louis, MO, to the late Francis John and Katherine Virginia Smith Raskopf. Mary was married to Joseph Gerald Grace in November of 1968. Joseph died on June 19, 2001.

Mary had worked as a bartender at the Gas Light Inn in Gary, IN. She and Joseph had owned the bar for many years. She was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Winamac.

Mary was a homemaker. She loved working at the bar. Mary was an avid Cubs fan. She was a frequent volunteer at her church and enjoyed going to eat with her friends following church.

Mary loved shopping on the QVC- TV program. She enjoyed watching old TV shows like Perry Mason and Murder She Wrote.

 

She is survived by:

Gerry G. (Nicki) Grace,   Rolling Prairie, IN     Son

7 Grandchildren

Ruth (Terry) Gray,   Westville, IN    Sister

Richard (Cindi) Raskopf,   Portage, IN    Brother

 

Preceded in death by:

Francis John and Katherine Virginia Smith Raskopf Rendo,     Parents

Patricia Chionos    Sister

Clifton Wright     Fiancée

 

Private graveside services will be held at a later date.

 

Burial will take place at Reed Cemetery in Winamac, IN

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Peters Catholic Church.

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

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

 

Mr. Melvin L. Pratt, 93

Mr. Melvin L. Pratt, 93,  was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 8:46 PM on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at his home in Winamac.

On October 16, 1926, Melvin Leroy Pratt was born in Fulton County, near Athens to Russell W. and Ethel Dora Miller Pratt.  Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister Gladys and two brothers Irvin and Phil.  Melvin graduated from Akron High School with his class in 1943.  A proud Flyer, standing at 6' 0" and a "wingspan to match," Melvin was a force to be reckoned with starring as center on the basketball team.

Immediately after graduation, patriotism beckoned.  Melvin answered the call enlisting to serve our country during World War II with the United States Navy.  He was accomplished as a minesweeper, being very successful searching for and destroying sea mines.  Seaman Second Class Melvin L. Pratt was honorably discharged on May 25, 1946 with his Navy service of three years.

During his time back home for a few years, between service stints, Melvin met and fell in love with Iva.  The duo hit it off beautifully and later became engaged to be married.  On May 2, 1951, Melvin enlisted with the United States Air Force and was stationed in Germany where he worked in the automotive mechanic division.  Iva later joined him in Germany and on January 30, 1953, Melvin married the love of his life Miss Iva May Leland in Erding, Germany.   SSG Melvin continued with his service stint being honorably discharged on May 1, 1955.

Returning home to Fulton County, the Pratts shared 64 years of life’s adventures. From their union came eight wonderful children.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

Over the years Melvin had developed a strong work ethic and embraced his passion for agriculture. He and Iva raised their beautiful family of eight living off the land and were self-sustained from their family farming operation. They initially hand milked a fine herd of 12 - 14 Holsteins, that later evolved into nearly 30 when the electronic milkers were employed.  They had a few pigs cross-bred, Hampshire and Chester Whites.  Corn and wheat were planted annually to feed the livestock. Melvin and Iva annually planted a huge truck patch garden supplying the family with produce from mid-summer on.  Autumn brought on the bountiful harvest when they froze and canned the vegetables for winter's use.

As the proud patriarch of the Pratt family, Grandpa was proud to oversee three generations.  He enjoyed following their school activities and sports, always cheering from the stands.  The holidays and special family celebrations were treasured making many memories of a lifetime.

Left to cherish Melvin's memory are three daughters:  Lisa Day and husband Dennis of Star City, Regina Waits of Dallas, TX, Maria Nicolas and husband Jim of Winamac; six sons: John Pratt and wife Nancy of Rochester, Michael Pratt and wife Lisa of Middletown, Daniel Pratt and wife Annette of Plymouth, Mark Pratt and wife Judy of  Delong, Dominic Pratt of Pleasant Prairie, WI, Matthew Pratt and wife Carla of Plymouth;  29 grandchildren;  38 great-grandchildren; two brothers:  Irvin Pratt and wife Marlene of Middlebury, Phillip Pratt and wife Janice of  Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Melvin in death are his parents Russell and Ethel Pratt; beloved wife Iva on May 1, 2017; grandson, Jeremy Day; two great-grandsons: Waylon Cox and Owen Abbott; and a sister, Gladys Cutshaw.

A graveside service celebrating the life of Mr. Melvin L. Pratt will be at 10:00 on Monday, October 12, 2020 in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. His younger brother, Pastor Phil Pratt will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Navy Honors Team.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.  

Melvin Leroy Pratt, 93

Melvin Leroy Pratt, 93, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 8:46 PM on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at his home in Winamac.

On October 16, 1926, Melvin was born in Fulton County to Russell W. and Ethel Dora Miller Pratt.

Melvin and Iva May Leland were married on January 30, 1953 in Erding Germany. They shared 54 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, she passed away on May 1, 2017.

Left to cherish the memories of Melvin are three daughters Lisa Day and husband Dennis of Star City, Regina Waits of Dallas, TX, Maria Nicolas and husband Jim of Winamac; five sons John Pratt and wife Nancy of Rochester, Michael Pratt and wife Lisa of Middletown, Daniel Pratt and wife Annette of Plymouth, Mark Pratt and wife Judy of  Delong, Dominic Pratt of Pleasant Prairie, WI, Matthew Pratt and wife Carla of Plymouth;  29 grandchildren,  38 great grandchildren,; two brothers Irvin Pratt and wife Marlene of Middlebury, Phillip Pratt and wife Janice of  Rochester and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Melvin in death are his parents, wife, grandson Jeremy Day, two great grandsons Waylon Cox, Owen Abbott and sister Gladys Cutshaw

A graveside service for Melvin L. Pratt will be at 10:00 on Monday, October 12, 2020 in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Pastor Phil Pratt will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the US Navy Honors Team.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors.

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

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamily.com.

Geneva A. "Genny" Meade, 89

Geneva A. “Genny” Meade, 89, of Gary, IN (formerly of Star City, IN) passed away at 3:06 AM Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Crown Point Christian Village in Crown Point, IN.  She fought the good fight and has now completed the course.  Geneva was born on February 7, 1931 in Pekin, IL to the late Leo Homer and Anna Harris [Britt] Kirby.  During her high school years, she moved with her family from Illinois to Kentucky.  It was during this time of her life, it became evident to her siblings that she was a talented writer and singer.

 

Genny wore several different hats in life.  She worked at Burney Bros. Bakery and Western Electric.  When she married her first husband, Rev. Charles Glass, she humbly accepted the title of pastor’s wife.  He preceded her in death on December 27, 1970.  Through resilience and God’s grace, Genny was able to create a new life with her second husband, Robert C. Meade.  He preceded her in death on May 12, 2004.   Genny worked at South Suburban Hospital for many years, where she retired as a scheduler for surgery. 

 

A life is not made up of only who you are related to, but how you choose to live the life you have been given.  Genny decided to live her life for God.  There were many time in her life when she was heart-broken; losing five infant children and both of her husbands was an extremely difficult burden to bear.  God, however, was with her every step of the way.  She could tell you stories of how He moved in her life.  Genny was a testament that miracles do happen.  She will be dearly missed by so many who loved her.  May she rest in peace. 

 

She is survived by:

Leo Michael (Connie) Glass, Son

Timothy Glass, Son

Diane Cagle, Daughter

Debra (Mark) Rios, Daughter

Betty Ling, Daughter

15 Grandchildren

11 Great Grandchildren

1 Great Great Granddaughter

Bernice Knutson, Sister

Lulabelle Riddle, Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by:

Leo Homer and Anna Harris [Britt] Kirby, Parents

Rev. Charles Glass, First Husband

Robert C. Meade, Second Husband

4 Infant Sons & 1 Infant Daughter

Eddie Cagle, Son-in-law

Geraldine Williams, Sister

Glada (Paul) Picket, Sister

Kenneth (Lois) Kirby, Brother

Dave Knutson, Brother-in-law

Shorty Riddle, Brother-in-law

 

 

Graveside Services be held at 12 Noon EDT Monday, October 12, 2020 at Pulaski Presbyterian Community Cemetery in Pulaski, IN with Bobby Board officiating.

 

Burial will take place at Pulaski Presbyterian Community Cemetery in Pulaski, IN

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Crown Point Christian Village in Crown Point, IN.

 

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

 

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

Sharon L. Stevens, 76

Mrs. Sharon L. Stevens, 76, passed away at 7:56 PM on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

On February 19, 1944, Sharon was born in Kewanna to Harry and Nora Rainey Chaney.

Sharon and Hermel E. Stevens were married in Culver on September 28, 1963. They shared 45 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, he passed away on November 30, 2008. Their union produced two daughters and three sons. Two more generations have been added to the family tree.

Starting the day reading her Bible was a constant with Sharon.  She cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

For many years Sharon attended the Gospel Lighthouse Church of Delong, recently she had been attending The Cross.

Left to cherish the memories of Sharon are two daughters Denise Atkins and husband Mike of Grovertown,  Deana Allen  and husband Alan of Delong; three sons David Stevens and wife Trudy of Warsaw, Donald Stevens and wife Dianna of Morehead, KY,  Dwight Stevens and wife Rhonda of Delong;  12 grandchildren Michael Atkins and wife Kayla, John Atkins and wife Jennifer, Laura Gagnon,  Natasha Ewing and husband Jeremy,  Danny Flenner, Jennifer Brunner and husband Jon, David Stevens and fiancé Kara Bates,  Eric Stevens, Derrick Stevens and wife Allison, Jonathon Stevens and wife Haley, Alex Stevens, Jordan Willis and husband Chris; 21 great grandchildren; two sisters Joyce Trusty of Rochester, Shirley Clinger of Delong, brother Kenneth Chaney  and wife Millie of Wakarusa and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Sharon in death are her parents, husband, sister Sandra Chaney, brother Harry “Bud” Chaney.

A celebration of the life of Sharon L. Stevens will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 10, 2020 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Matin Furrow will officiate.  Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 PM on Friday, October 9, 2020 and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Interment will be in then Monterey Riverside Cemetery.

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

Ronald Eugene "Ron" Nelson, 79

Ronald Eugene “Ron” Nelson, 79, of Francesville, IN (formerly of Portland, OR) passed away at 3:38 AM Saturday, October 3, 2020 following surgery at LaPorte Hospital in LaPorte, IN.  He was born on February 24, 1941 in Emmetsburg, IA, the youngest of three boys.  In their youth, Ron and his older brother, Bill, learned to play the accordion.  They won many contests throughout northern Iowa and shared the stage with Myron Florin and Lawrence Welk at the Clearwater Lake Ballroom in Iowa.  

In 1959, Ron graduated from Mason City High School in Mason City, IA.  That summer, he traveled the Midwest with the carnival.  Upon returning home, Ron joined the US Air Force.  After completing basic training and tech school for Doppler radar, he was assigned to a base in Oklahoma City, OK.  Ron was honorably discharged in 1963, just days before the start of the Vietnam War.  

Ron returned to Iowa after the service and explored many jobs from working in the Land O Lakes Creamery to truck driving.  He eventually ended up in San Francisco, CA when he landed a job with Western Union as an installer.  After working throughout the western United States, he settled in Portland.  Ron was the CEO and co-founder of Parents Anonymous Northwest, a self-help group for the prevention of child abuse.  On November 22, 1974, Ron married Karen May Smith in Portland and they had two children.   By 1986, Ron discovered his talent for home renovation and became a general contractor and licensed real estate agent.  He remodeled hundreds of homes for HUD and the Department of Oregon Veterans during the 1980’s recession.  Ron retired from construction in 1994.

From 1995-1997, Ron served as a Graphics Rep at US West Direct alongside his wife, Karen.  For a hobby, they bought a square dancing clothing store in 1995 and operated it together until 2007.  After retiring again, Ron and Karen moved to a 55 plus community in Portland.   But after having too much fun, they became lonely for their family and so, in 2017 they moved to Francesville to be near their son and grandkids.

Ron was a loving husband, dad, and grandpa who will be dearly missed. 

 

 

 

He is survived by:

Karen May [Smith] Nelson, Francesville, IN Wife

Joseph (Amanda) Nelson, Son

Ronald Nelson, Son

Camerin (Anna) Nelson, Francesville, IN Son

Kendra (Kurt) Dresner, Kirkland, WA Daughter

5 Grandchildren: Isaac, Zoe, Jazmine, Keziah, and Kasimir

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Sophus and Margaret [Doty] Nelson, Parents

Carol [Pittman] Nelson, Former Spouse

William “Bill” Nelson, Brother

1 Infant Brother

 

No services will be held.

 

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

 

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

Thomas S. Winks, 83

Thomas S. Winks, 83, formerly of Rochester passed away on December 12, 2019.

 He is survived by three sons, Scott C. Winks, Robert E. Winks, Thomas A. Winks.

A graveside memorial service will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 9, 2020 at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the US Army Honor Guard.

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

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

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