Obituaries courtesy of News-Banner Publications. Posted with permission.
June 19, 2004
Richard Mayne, 80 â€” Rites Set
A resident of Bluffton, Richard Mayne, 80, died Friday evening, June 18 at Lutheran Hospital. Calling will be Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, where funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. A full obituary notice will appear in Mondayâ€™s News-Banner.
Viella E. Robb, 89
Viella E. Robb, 89,of Ossian died Friday, June 18 at Ossian Health Care & Rehabilitation. Private funeral services will be held. Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian is in charge of arrangements.
John H. Rickord, 83
Father of Mrs. Don (Mary Lou) VanCamp of Ossian, and a World War II veteran who retired in 1982 from Central Soya Company after 42 years of service, John H. Rickord, 83, died at 4:15 p.m.Thursday, June 17, 2004, at his Decatur residence.
He was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Mercer County, Ohio, a son of Roy and Daisy Diehl Rickord. His marriage was on Nov. 30, 1943, at Decatur to Eileen M. Smith, who survives.
Mr. Rickord was a member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church at Decatur, the Knights of Columbus, the Holy Name Society, the VFW at Ossian, American Legion Post #43, the Steelworkers Union and Harvest House. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army in World War II.
Surviving, in addition to his wife and his Ossian daughter, are four sons, Steven W., John A. and Bernard J., all of Decatur, and Edward J. Rickord of Hawaii; six additional daughters, Mrs.William (Margaret A.) Pogue, Mrs.Richard (Joan M.) Rumpel, Mrs. Charles (Nancy J.) Hamilton and Rose M. Burge, all four of Decatur; Mrs. John (Janet K.) Smith of Preble, and Kathleen S. Scott of Paulding, Ohio; 23 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Daniel L. Rickord; three brothers, Paul W., Edison R. and Alvin A. Rickord; three sisters, Lucille Painter, Helen Rickord and June Orr; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur. Special services will include rosary at 5:30 p.m. Sunday and military graveside rites by American Legion Post 43. A 9:20 a.m. Monday prayer service at the funeral home will be followed by a 10 a.m. mass of Christian burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church with Father John Strebig officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Decatur.
Memorials to Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana or Masses.
June 21, 2004
Violet Miller, 84
Violet R. Miller, 84, of Vera Cruz, died at 11:20 a.m. Sunday, June 20 at the Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
Born in Wells County on Nov. 5, 1919 to Jacob and Florence Jones Howdyshell, she married Irvin J. Miller in Wells County on May 20, 1936; he died Nov. 28, 1979.
Mrs. Miller worked at CTS in Berne for over 20 years, was a member at Park United Brethren Church and was a volunteer for Head Start.
She is survived by one son, Jerry L. Miller of Vera Cruz; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Janet Kay) Holsinger and Mrs. James (Patricia) Foss, both of Bluffton; two sisters, Betty Mohler and Joan Eubank, both of Bluffton; 13 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and 18 great great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sara Kathryn Miller; a sister, Wilma Myers; and three brothers, Richard, Russell and Robert Howdyshell.
Calling hours are Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Goodwin Memorial Chapel in Bluffton, with services there Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Larry Taylor officiating.
Burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Head Start.
Richard â€œDickâ€ Mayne, 80
Richard D. â€œDickâ€ Mayne, 80, Bluffton, died at 7:26 p.m. Friday, June 18 at Lutheran Hospital.
Born in Huntington on Aug. 15, 1923 to Cyril F. and Evalyn Dinius Mayne, he married Ellen Adamson in Huntington in 1956; she survives.
A graduate of Huntington High School and Michigan State University, he was a retired engineer with International Harvester. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a Wells County resident since 1954. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a member and past Exalted Ruler of the Bluffton Elks Lodge, a member of the Amity Masonic Lodge in Huntington, American Legion Post 111 in Bluffton and the Rubber and Plastics Group of America.
Other survivors include three sons, Thomas, Michael and John Mayne, all of Bluffton; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Robert Mayne.
Calling hours are today from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home. There will be an Elks Memorial Service at 7 p.m. this evening. Services are Tuesday at the funeral home beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Gary Lewis officiating.
Burial will be in the Gardens of Memory in Marion. Memorials are to donorâ€™s choice.
Vance Travis, 83
A former Bluffton resident, Vance W. Travis, 83, of Fort Wayne, died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born in Travisville on Feb. 7, 1921 to Theodore and Laura Romine Travis, he married Martha (Madeline) Reynolds on July 25, 1941 in Bluffton; she died in August of 1979.
He attended Poplar Grove School and graduated from Bluffton High School in 1939. A veteran in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was a postal carrier in Bluffton from 1952-1959 and in Fort Wayne from 1959 to 1970. He also worked as a federal police officer at the Federal Building in Fort Wayne from 1970-1985.
While living in Bluffton, he was active in various Boy Scout programs. He was a member of Calvary Temple in Fort Wayne, active in the bus ministry.
Survivors include a son, Steve Travis, and a daughter, Wendy Gehring, both of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Travis in 1987; and a brother, Vaughn Travis.
Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Temple in Fort Wayne, with calling two hours prior at the church. Burial will take place at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home in Bluffton.
James Schneider, 79
Services for Bluffton native Lt. Col. James M. Schneider, 79, of Fort Wayne, will be held at 2 p.m. Wed. at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne. He died Saturday, June 19 at Parkview Hospital.
Born in Bluffton on July 9, 1924, he graduated from Liberty Center High School and Indiana University before enlisting in the Air Force in 1943. His 27-year career included serving as a bombardier and navigator in B-17â€™s over Europe in World War II and combat service in Vietnam.
He returned to Fort Wayne after his military career to manage Zeis Securities and was Parking Administrator of the City Parking Garage. He was a member of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, was a founding member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, and was active in a number of organizations.
Survivors include a son, Peter Schneider of Leo; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Anne Perrotta of Pompton Plains, N.J. and Rosemary Dunkin of Oklahoma City, Okla. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Marie (Hogan) Schneider in 2001.
Calling hours are Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the D.O. McComb & Son Foster Park Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to the Masses.
June 22, 2004
Shane A. Mettler, 31
A resident of rural Bluffton, Shane A. Mettler, 31, died unexpectedly in LaGrange County Monday, June 21.
Born March 13, 1973 in Bluffton, he was the son of William R. and Janis S. Mettler of Bluffton, and Shirley A. Swinford of Fort Wayne. He was a 1992 graduate of Bluffton High School.
A member of the First United Methodist Church, he was employed by Coca-Cola for the past nine years, and was currently the home market account manager. He was a sports enthusiast active in basketball and softball.
Survivors include his parents; two sons, Trey A. Mettler of Bluffton and Peyton A. Kaylor of Huntington; a daughter, Kiersten J. Mettler, of Bluffton; a brother Shawn, of Fort Wayne; a sister, Marci, of Bluffton; and grandparents James and Martha Lehman of Bluffton and Homer and Helen Bates of Ossian.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Robert and Virginia Mettler.
Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church will be under the direction of Rev. Gary Lewis and Rev. Bruce Holland. Burial will follow at Six Mile Cemetery.
Calling hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.
Kathryn M. Jesse, 96
Kathryn M. Jesse, 96, Ossian, died Monday, June 21, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
Born Jan. 25, 1908 in Fort Wayne to Frank and Kathryn E. Swihart Sellers, she was married to Herbert T. Jesse. He preceded her in death in 1986.
A homemaker, she was a member of the Salem United Church of Christ, a 50-year member of the Waynedale Chapter of Order of Eastern Star, a 50-year member of the Fort Wayne Chapter of Rebecca Lodge and a 68-year member of the Marion County Homemakers.
Survivors include two sons, William of Ossian, and David of Fort Wayne; nine children and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, two sons, Thomas and Herbert L. preceded her in death.
Services at 11 a.m. Thursday under the direction of Rev. Scott Coulter will be at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home Ossian. Burial will be at Lindenwood Cemetery.
Calling at the funeral home will be 2-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Salem United Church of Christ or Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana.
Steven C. Tumbleson, 55
A sound system operator for a number of area Gospel groups for over 20 years, Steven C. Tumbleson, 55, Decatur, died at 7:32 a.m. Monday, June 21 at the Adams County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.
Born Feb. 14, 1949 in Adams County to Charles and Norma Liechty Tumbleson, he married the former Gail A. Lehman Aug. 19, 1984. She survives.
An employee of M.C. Hilty Construction of Berne he was formerly employed by Dolco Packaging in Decatur from 1973 until 2003.
He was a member of the Bridge Community Church in Decatur and was most recently associated with the Homeland Gospel Quartet.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Abigail, at home and a brother, P. Douglas Tumbleson of Monroe.
Services at 10 a.m. Saturday will be held at the Bridge Community Church. Rev. Mo Hodge and Rev. Floyd Vieth will officiate and burial will follow in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
Calling at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur will be from 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to Bridge Community Church.
June 23, 2004
Basil D. King, 81
A native of Wells County, Basil D.King, 81, of Berne, died at 5:27 a.m.Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
Born August 23, 1922, he was the son of Ernest and Verda Duff King. His marriage was on July 17, 1944, in Wells County to Jessie Stauffer, who survives.
Mr. Kingâ€™s employment was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at Dayton, Ohio. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Bluffton.
Surviving in addition to his wife are one son, Mark King of Dayton, Ohio; one daughter, Joan Cribbs of Baker City, Oregon; one sister, Joyce Hunt of Fort Wayne, and two grandchildren. A sister, Wanda Emo, is deceased.
Calling will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday for one hour prior to the services at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, with the services there to be at 10 a.m.Friday with Rev. Scott Meier officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Linn Grove.
Memorials to Swiss Village and/or Adams County Community Foundation-Dementia.
Wava R. Jockisch, 83
Sister of Garth Welches of rural Markle, Wava Jockisch, 83, died at 3:12 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2004, in Dunkirk, Maryland.
She was born May 31, 1921, in Markle to Harry L. and Alma Vollmar Welches. Her marriage was on Oct. 29, 1945, to Melvin Jockisch, who died in April of 1994.
Surviving, in addition to the rural Markle brother, are a son, Duane Joseph of Dunkirk, Maryland; three sisters, Juanita Walker of Columbia City, Arlene Brown of Homer, Alaska, and Marcella Cunningham of Deming, New Mexico; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A brother, Kenneth, is deceased.
Services were Monday, June 21, at the Lee Funeral Home in Dunkirk, Maryland, with calling from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial was at Holly Memorial Gardens in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Tuesday, June 22.
Memorials to Walker's Methodist Church, 6565 Oak Park Road, Oak Park, Va., 22730, or donorâ€™s choice.
June 24, 2004
Anita Creek-Blake, 53
A native of Bluffton, Anita Creek Blake, 53, of Upland, Calif., died May 23, 2004 in West Covina, Calif. Death was attributed to cancer.
Born Dec. 19, 1950 to Everett L. and Ruthella Furnas Creek, she was a 1969 graduate of Bluffton High School.
In 1977 she graduated from Ball State University and moved to Madison Wis., where, in 1980, she earned a masters degree in social work at Wisconsin University. She then moved to California and worked as an adoption case worker.
A former member of the First United Methodist Church in Bluffton, she was a member of the Claremont United Methodist Church in Claremont, Calif.
Survivors include three daughters, Alyssa and Audrey Easton of Crown Point and Emily Blake of Upland, Calif; two brothers, David E. Creek of Decatur and James L. Creek of Fort Wayne and a partner, Ken Easton.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph, on July 21, 1992.
Burial was at Rose Hills Memorial Park on May 28.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, with Pastor Gary Lewis officiating.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Emily Blake.
Hope M. Colbert, 89â€”Rites Pending
Funeral arrangements are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes-Walker Chapel, Montpelier, for Hope M. Colbert, 89, of Keystone, who died at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 in the emergency room of Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
Dwight L. Booher, 78â€”Rites Pending
A resident of Jackson Twp., Dwight L. Booher, 78, died at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Funeral arrangements are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes-Walker Chapel, Montpelier.
June 25, 2004
Dennis Collins, 54
Dennis Lee Collins, 54, rural Bluffton, died at Bluffton Regional Medical Center at 2:53 p.m. Thursday, June 24 from injuries suffered in an accident at his home.
Born in Tram, Ky. on Aug. 21, 1949 to Lige and Victoria Jarrells Collins, he married Jean Gerhard on July 3, 1971 in West Virginia; she survives.
He was a disabled veteran, serving in Vietnam., and was a life member of the D.A.V. He had been a resident of Wells County since 1976.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Eugene J. Collins of Bluffton; a daughter, Christina L. Collins of Salyersville, Ky.; three sisters, Pauline McGue of Norwalk, Ohio, Lovia McDowell of Inez, Ky. and Gracie Kenny of Salyersville, Ky.; two brothers, Chester and Clay Collins, both of Norwalk,Ohio; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Paul Collins.
Calling hours are Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sunday for one hour prior to the 1 p.m. service at the Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home in Bluffton. Rev. Joseph Haney will officiate services and military graveside rites will be performed by the American Legion Post 111. Burial in Fairview Cemetery. Preferred memorials to the Bluffton V.F.W. Post.
Dwight Booher, 78
Dwight L. Booher, 78, a native and lifetime resident of Jackson Township, died at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 23, 1925 to Carl and Electra Rose Ballinger Booher, he married June Brown on Dec. 27, 1974 in Wells County; she survives.
A 1943 graduate of Jackson Center High School, he was a retired farmer. He and his wife also maintained a home at Waldron Lake the past 16 years, where he sold used cars. He attended Asbury United Methodist Church.
Other survivors include two daughters, Brenda Howard of Cleves, Ohio and Sheila Moseley of Flower Mound, Texas; a son, Dennis Booher of Piketon, Ohio; three step sons, Gary Stoffer of Van Buren, Larrie Stoffer of Warren and Steven Stoffer of Hartford City; two stepdaughters, Cathy Shaffer of Marion and Lorrie Arnold of Bluffton; two sisters, Bonnie Avery of Plainfield and LaVonne Brown of Montpelier; a step brother, Harold Stinson of Florida; three step sisters, Hildred Foust of Montpelier, Virginia Leas of Hartford City and Doris Cline of Warren; 20 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Booher; two step brothers, Forrest and Roger Stinson; and a step sister, Esther Mann.
Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Eric Dubach and Pastor Steve Gray officiating. Calling hours are Saturday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Glancy Funeral Home, Walker Chapel in Montpelier, and from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service Sunday at the church. Burial will be in the Asbury Cemetery.
Hope Colbert, 89
Hope M. Colbert, 89, a native and life long resident of Keystone, died at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center. She had been a resident at Meadowvale Care Center the past year.
Born April 30, 1915 to Luther and Cora McCullick Tuttle, she married Merl Colbert on May 1,1969; he died July 3, 1979.
A graduate of Chester Center High School, she worked for Kitco and Franklin Electric in Bluffton, as well as the tomato factories in Bluffton and Hartford City. She was a member of the Keystone United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Briles and Donna Lugar, both of Keystone; two sons, Rex Ramseyer of Cathedral City, Calif. and Dexter Falk of Bluffton; a brother, Jim Tuttle of Battle Creek, Mich.; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Herring; four sisters, Lenora Thompson, Alpha McClelland, Mary Wagner and Ruby Sanford; and two brothers, Bud Tuttle and George Tuttle.
Calling hours are this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Glancy Funeral Home, Walker Chapel in Montpelier, with services there Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery in Montpelier.
Arvilla Strahm, 85
A native of Bluffton, Arvilla V. Strahm, 85, died Wednesday, June 23 at Canterbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS and the American Legion Post 47. She was an inspector with Magnavox Corp.
Survivors include a son, Terry Dorman of Indianapolis; four grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one great great grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Strahm in 1983; a daughter, Sandra Houser; and a granddaughter.
Services will be held at 1p.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, with calling there today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton.
Melvin Randen, 73
The father of a rural Ossian woman, Melvin Randen, 73, Decatur, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 22 in the emergency room at the Adams County Memorial Hospital.
A veteran of the Korean War, he retired from Sprint Telephone Co. in 1991 following 20 years of service.
He was a veteran of the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force and a past commander of American Legion Post 43 in Decatur.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Short of rural Ossian; a son, Melvin, Jr. of Fort Wayne; two brothers; two sisters and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, a daughter, and six brothers and sisters.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur. Calling hours are Monday from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur, and for one hour prior to the service at the church. The American Legion will lead a graveside service at the Decatur Cemetery. Preferred memorials to the Grandchildrenâ€™s Education Fund or Adams Post 43 Color Guard.