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Obituaries from the Fort Wayne News Sentinel January 28, 1992

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Obituaries from the Fort Wayne News Sentinel January 28, 1992

Posted: 26 Jul 2006 11:36AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN)
January 28, 1992
Section: FIRST SECTION
Edition: FINAL
Page: 4A
Memo:Obituaries



CITY AREA AND OTHER DEATHS RALPH L. BURLAGE

80, died Sunday at Parkview Memorial Hospital.

He was a tool and die maker for General Electric Co. and a salesman for Curtis Industries. He was also a member of the Fort Wayne Turners.
Surviving are his wife, Maxine; daughters, Sharon Waterous of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Susan Moon of Las Vegas; a son, Charles of Las Vegas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling is 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the Fort Wayne Turners Building Fund.
Gertrude Davis

77, died Saturday at Saint Anne Home. The Perry County, Ala. native had lived in Fort Wayne since 1968. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Luther of Brent, Ala.; sons, the Rev. Mozell, Dellie and Booker T., all of Fort Wayne; daughters, Johnnie Mae Matthews and Luther Mae Henry, both of Chicago, and Betty Mae Murphy of Hammond; 50 grandchildren; 133 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 3404 Chestnut St. Calling is 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Sanders Mortuary, 831 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Mabel E. Dillon

81, died Sunday at Parkview Memorial Hospital.

She retired from the International Harvester auditor's department in 1956, after 23 years. She also retired as assistant manager of Tippecanoe Country Club, Leesburg, in 1986, after 28 years.

She is the widow of Cormack "Charlie," who died in 1955.

Surviving are a sister, Helen Rodenbeck of Fort Wayne, and a brother, Raymond Miller of Fort Wayne.

Private graveside services are Wednesday at Greenlawn Memorial Park. There is no calling.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are by C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 Wells St.
Lillie W. Frey

84, died Sunday at University Park Nursing Center.

She was an Alabama native and retired as a nurse at the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center.

She was also a member of Highland Bethel Evangelical Mennonite Church, where she had many friends.

There are no known family survivors.

Services are 10 a.m. tomorrow at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling is 9 to 10 a.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery Gardens.
Forice M. Hall

77, died Sunday at his Fort Wayne home.

The Paris, Ky. native retired in 1981 as a custodian for Concordia Lutheran High School. He was formerly a custodian for Forest Park United Methodist Church, and owned and operated Deluxe Upholstery in Fort Wayne.

He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, the church Men's Club and the McCulloch Center Retired Men's Club. His wife, Helen, died in 1989.

Surviving are daughters, Florice J. McPheron of Los Angeles, Hilegarde of Oak Park, Ill., Heather of Fort Wayne, and Camille Thompson of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brothers, Mac Johnson of Lexington, Ky., and William Johnson of Springfield, Ky.

Services are 11 a.m. tomorrow at the church, 4245 Lake Ave. Calling is 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the church. Arrangements are by Hockemeyer-Miller Funeral Home, 1331 Maumee Ave.
Francis W. Herdrich

73, died Saturday at his home.

The Thorntown, Ind. native had lived in Fort Wayne most of his life. He retired in 1983 from Monroe Systems Inc.

He was a member of the Fort Wayne Turners.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Anne Newell of Pittsboro, Ind.; a son, Mike of Danville, Ky.; a stepdaughter, Karen Sloan of Fort Wayne; a sister, Annebelle Kelly of Indianapolis; and four grandchildren.

Services are 10 a.m. tomorrow at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling is 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the Fort Wayne Turners.
Ernestine Hill

53, died Friday at home. The Evansville native moved to Fort Wayne in 1969 and was a production worker at Dana Corp., Churubusco.

Surviving are two daughters, Fannetta Stephens of Fort Wayne and Jacqueline Hill of Tampa, Fla.; a son, Maurice of Sarasota, Fla.; her mother and stepfather, Martha and William Easley of Evansville; a sister, Maggie Mack of Adrian, Mich.; a brother, Richard Barksdale Sr. of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; and a stepdaughter, Glorius Ranson of Fort Wayne.

Services are 2 p.m. today at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 3505 Warsaw St. Arrangements are by Sanders Mortuary, 831 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Stewart W. Hoover

79, died Jan. 21 in Parkview Hospital. The Duncannon, Pa. native was a longtime resident of Fort Wayne.

He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of Fairfield Church of the Nazarene, Fort Wayne.

Surviving is his wife, Martha "Betty."

Services were held Friday at Davis Funeral Home, Willoughby, Ohio. Burial is in Kirtland Temple Cemetery, Kirtland.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the church.
Howard L. Johnson Sr.

63, died yesterday at Indiana Veterans Home, Lafayette. He was a native and lifelong resident of Fort Wayne.

He was a World War II Army veteran and retired in 1985 as a bus driver for Public Transportation Corp. after 14 years.

Surviving are his wife, Allene H.; daughters, Laura A. Chandler of Fort Wayne and Roseline K. Joseph of Chicago; sons, Howard L. Jr. of Chicago and Carl L. of Fort Wayne; a brother, Harry R. of Lakewood, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

There will be no calling or services at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery.
Betty I. Peacock

70, died Saturday at Byron Health Care Center. She was a native of Van Wert County, Ohio.

She was the widow of Charles.

Surviving are her son, Dan Hoffman of Fort Wayne; a brother, Victor Young of Toledo; and two grandchildren.

Services are 3 p.m. tomorrow at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling is one hour before services at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are gifts to the Byron Health Care Center Pastoral Care Fund.
Services for Ida May Pipkin

91, are 11 a.m. Friday at Turner Chapel African Episcopal Methodist Church, 836 E. Jefferson Blvd. Calling is 10 to 11 a.m. Friday and burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery.
Merlin J. Ross

died yesterday at his home.

The Decatur native had lived in Fort Wayne for 38 years. He was employed as an inspector at Dana Corp. and was a member of Calvary Temple Worship Center. Surviving are his wife, Alice I., and a sister, Katherine Price of Decatur. Services are 1 p.m. tomorrow at Calvary Temple, 1400 W. Washington Center Road. Calling is 7 to 9 p.m. today at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., and noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the church.
Ruby R. Shive

81, died yesterday at St. Joseph Medical Center.

She was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne and had retired from General Electric Co. in 1967 after 20 years of service.

She was affiliated with St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, Rosary Sodality of Precious Blood Catholic Church and the Elex Club.

She was the widow of Russell, who died in 1966.

Surviving are her daughter, Diane Chambers of Fort Wayne; a son, Russell Jr. of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, 8669 Auburn Road. Calling is 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with a 4 p.m. vigil service, and noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are gifts to Precious Blood or St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Churches for Masses or the American Heart Association.
Robert F. Berghorn

79, of Wabash died Sunday at Wabash Healthcare Center. The Fort Wayne native was a World War II Army veteran and retired as a Grissom Air Base U.S. Civil Service employee in 1983, after 24 years.

Surviving are his wife, Marie; a daughter, Ellen Hickman of Wabash; sons, Charles R. of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and Edward J. of Dayton, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grandstaff-Hentgen-Minor Funeral Home, Wabash. Calling is 2 to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.
Naomi L. Gaff

72, of Merriam died Sunday at Whitley County Memorial Hospital, Columbia City. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Robert; her mother, Venis Keister of Merriam; sons, Neal of Angola, Monte of Churubusco, Lyle of Elkhart, Martin of Kouts, Jack of Wolcottville and Douglas of Rolling Prairie; daughters, Dolores Hiatt of Ligonier, Julie Gaff of Merriam and Lucille Gaff of Warsaw; brothers, Calvin, Arthur and Lester Keister, all of Albion; 23 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services are 3 p.m. tomorrow at Merriam Christian Chapel Church. Calling is 2 to 9 p.m. today at Orr Funeral Home, Albion, and 2 to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Preferred memorials are gifts to Noble County Cancer Society.
Henry F. "Hank" Horman Jr.

70, died Sunday in Parkview Hospital. He retired in 1983 as a machine operator for the Dana Corp. Weatherhead Division, Angola.

Surviving are his wife, Anne of Angola; sons, Donald and David, both of Angola; daughters, Judith Anne Garrett, Orlando, Fla., and Barbara Horman of Bloomington; a brother, Bob Horman of Mount Clemens, Mich.; sisters, Nancy Barr of Cleveland and Margaret Maxon of Birmingham, Mich.; and five grandchildren. Services are 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Angola. Calling is 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Burial will be in Circle Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Weicht Funeral Home, Angola.
Richard J. Lorish

76, died Saturday at the VA Medical Center in Fort Wayne. The LaGrange County resident was a World War II Army veteran and had retired from Kirsch Co. in Sturgis, Mich.

Surviving are his wife, Mamie A.; sons, Charles Lorish of Lansing, Mich., and Michael Day of Toronto; stepdaughters, Charlette Connelly of LaGrange, Helen Schannen of Fort Myers, Fla., Naoma Taylor of Indianapolis, Marian Mullinix of Angola and Lois Jean Smith of Goshen; a stepson, Jay Coleman Allen of Angola; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Services are 2 p.m. today at Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery, Stroh, with military graveside services by the LaGrange American Legion. Preferred memorials are gifts to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Hudson.
Arline Arnold-Robertson

96, of Angola died Sunday at Carlin Park Healthcare Center, Angola. The Angola native was retired as secretary of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

She was the widow of Frank L., who died in 1973.

Surviving are her brothers, Barton Arnold of Angola, Carroll Arnold of Fort Wayne and Dean Arnold of Coconut Creek, Fla.; and a sister, Joyce Brown of Angola.

Graveside services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Flint Cemetery, Angola. Calling is 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Klink Funeral Home, Angola. Preferred memorials are gifts to the donor's choice.
Lloyd V. Walker

88, of Churubusco died Saturday at Whitley County Hospital, Columbia City. He was the former owner of Jones' Greenhouse, Churubusco.

His first wife, Nellie, died in 1943.

Surviving are his wife, Gladys; sons, Donald of Churubusco and Leonard of Albion; stepsons, Robert Gatwood of Churubusco and George Gatwood of Winslow; a stepdaughter, Lucille Rider of West Lafayette; five grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

Services are 1 p.m. tomorrow at Orr Funeral Home, Churubusco. Calling is 2 to 8 p.m. today, with Masonic services at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Eel River Cemetery. Preferred memorials are gifts to Believer's Bible Fellowship or Churubusco Masonic Lodge.
Effie J. Wilson

74, died Friday at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was a homemaker and the widow of Herman C.

Surviving are sons, Larry D. of Middlebury, Ronald D. of Hamilton and Charles M. of Angola; a daughter, Reta M. Best of Edon, Ohio; a brother, Roy Smith of Edon; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services were today at Oberlin & Hillard Funeral Home, Hamilton. Burial is in Hamilton Cemetery. Preferred memorials are gifts to St. Jude's Children Hospital.
G. Grant Weick

88, died yesterday at Miller's Merry Manor, Columbia City. The Columbia City native was a World War II Army veteran and had worked at George Weick and Sons Shoe Store, a business owned by his family. He also operated a shoe store in Plymouth for several years before returning to Columbia City.

He was affiliated with several civic groups and was past president of the Old Settlers Day Committee. His wife, Madge I., died in 1984.

Surviving is a sister, Margaret Thompson of Austin, Minn.

Services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Calling is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City.
Wallace R. Western

93, died Sunday in Columbia City Nursing Home. The lifelong Whitley County resident was a retired Etna-Troy Township farmer.

His first wife, Laura, died in 1981.

Surviving are his second wife, Deloris; daughters, Lois Jean Rohrbach of Columbia City, Lola Joy Zumbrun of Larwill, and Sharon Sue Hesting of Roanoke; sons, Thomas W. and Glenn A., both of Columbia City; stepdaughters, Stella Louise Crist of Highland Mills, N.Y., Rose Morris of Jackson, Mich., and Patricia Knight of Columbia City; and stepsons, James E. Baker of Detroit, and Douglas E. Baker of Minneapolis.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Calling is 2 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in Adams Cemetery, Columbia City.
Clarence M. Zentz

82, of Butler died Sunday at Hicksville Community Hospital, Hicksville.

He was retired from the Indiana State Highway Department.

Surviving are his wife, Theresa; a daughter, Pamela Schlosser of Butler; and one grandchild.

Services are 11 a.m. tomorrow at Johnson Funeral Home, Butler. Calling is 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery.

Other deaths
Rev. Kemuel G. Warstler

70, of Midland, Texas died Friday at the VA Hospital in Big Springs, Texas. The Allen County native was a World War II Army veteran and worked as a home missionary, helping to set up new churches.

Surviving are his wife, Vernice; a son, two grandsons and one great- grandson, all of New Johnsonville, Tenn.; 12 stepchildren, 34 stepgrandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren, all of Midland, Texas; a brother; and a sister.

Services are 2 p.m. today at the Thomas Funeral Home, Midland, with burial in Midland, Texas.

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