Obituaries Archives for 2021-04

James Morton (Jim) Fraser, 79, Plymouth

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Gordon L. Tatman, 77, of Rochester

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


She is survived by:

Rachelle (Richard) Fay, Indianapolis, IN Daughter

Tayler Mikosz, Indianapolis, IN Granddaughter

Emily Davis, Minneapolis, MN Granddaughter

Luke Seitz, Step Grandson

Audrey Weltzin, Sister

Roberta Geyer, Sister

Norma (Herman) Smidler, Sister

Robert (Sharon) Houston, Brother

Nancy Dickinson, Sister

David (Jill) Houston, Brother

Many Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

Andrew and Vera [Timmons] Houston, Parents

Kenneth Davis, Husband

Timothy Davis, Son


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


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


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


Memorial Contributions may be made to the Francesville Fall Festival. 


Online Tributes may be offered at


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

Sandra Perez Blanco, 39, of Winamac

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


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


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


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


She is survived by:

Indalecio Perez Flores and Esperanza Blanco Machorro, Parents

Teodulfa Noemi Perez Blanco, Sister

Jose Raul Perez Blanco, Brother

Jaime Perez Blanco, Brother

Georgina Perez Blanco, Sister

Miguel Angel Perez Blanco, Brother

Analia Perez Blanco, Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews


Services will be held in Mexico at a later date.


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


Online Tributes may be offered at


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

Gladys Bird, 90, of Rochester

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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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

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