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News-Banner Obituaries, April 2-8, 2005

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News-Banner Obituaries, April 2-8, 2005

Posted: 1 May 2006 9:10AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Reilly, Kumfer, Wiley, Marquardt, Kleinknight, Slater, Chapman, Wiley, Price, Souers, Binegar, Cloud, Davies, Stallsmith, Fear, Clark, Garringer, Tanksley, Braun, Bender, Bollenbacher, Stiltner, Lindsay, Flueckiger, Braun, Hite
Obituaries courtesy of News-Banner Publications. Posted with permission.

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Mary K. Mallers Reilly, 82
A 1940 graduate of Bluffton High School, Mary K. Reilly, 82, died March 29 at the Palace Royale Assisted Living Facility in Miami, Fla., after a 5-month illness.
Born Dec. 13, 1922 in Lima, Ohio to Charles G. and Edna N. Mallers, she grew up in Bluffton. She attended Denison University and was a graduate of MacMurray College with a B.A. in speech and drama and a M.A. in clinical psychology. She was married on June 21, 1951 in Boston, Mass., to Hamilton G. Reilly, who preceded her in death.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Boston, a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and a past president of Sigma Phi Gamma.
After living in Massachusetts and Florida, she returned to Bluffton for a period of 10 years before returning to Florida.
Surviving are four sons, Russell of Middlebury, Vt.; H.G. Jr. of Norfolk, Va.; Don of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robert of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Don (Deb) Weaver of Milledgeville, Ga., and Mrs. Jack (Sue) Dallas of Miami; nine grandchildren and one great grandson.
Also surviving are two brothers, Bill Mallers of Bass Lake, Ind., and Jim Mallers of Fort Wayne and one sister, M. Jane Pautsch of Estero, Fla. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert.
A private family service will be held in Miami with a memorial service to be held at a later date at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home in Bluffton. Preferred memorials are to the Cancer Society or donor’s preference.


Forrest E. “Bud” Kumfer, 80
Owner and operator of Reliable Service Inc. in Fort Wayne since 1969, Forrest E. “Bud” Kumfer, 80, of Markle, died at Lutheran Hospital on Thursday, March 31.
Mr. Kumfer attended East Union Center High School and served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp.
Born on July 27, 1924, in Wells County to Victor L. and Mary Ellen Confer Kumfer, his marriage in Fort Wayne on June 16, 1951, was to Mary Ann Kumfer, who survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Larry E. Kumfer of Ossian; a brother, Robert Wayne Kumfer of Ossian; one granddaughter; two step granddaughters; and seven step great grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian with the Revs. Ralph Thorton and Larry Elder officiating. Burial will be at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Ossian.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


Ida B. Wiley, 96
Rites are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel, Warren, for Ida B. Wiley, 96, who died Friday at 6:45 p.m. at her residence at the Warren United Methodist Memorial Home.


Janet A. Marquardt, 66
The head teller at Ossian State Bank for 18 years, Janet A. Marquardt, 66, of Ossian, died Thursday, March 31, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Marquardt retired from the bank in 2001 and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary #241 in Fort Wayne.
Born Aug. 20, 1938, in Blackford County to William and Florence Emsh Taylor, her marriage was to Jean Marquardt, who survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Michael Marquardt of Ossian; a daughter, Beth Marquardt of New Haven; a stepson, Scott Marquardt of Piqua, Ohio; two brothers, William Taylor Jr. of Coldwater, Mich.; and Richard Taylor of Bradenton, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Cunningham.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian with Pastor Gary Aupperle officiating. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Ossian.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials to the Cancer Society.


Ralph D. Kleinknight, 95
A lifelong farmer and lifetime resident of Wells County, Ralph D. Kleinknight, 95, of Bluffton, died at 10:20 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Meadowvale Health and Rehabilitation Center in Bluffton.
Mr. Kleinknight was a lifetime member of the Lancaster Chapel in Bluffton and a 1928 graduate of Lancaster High School. He drove a school bus for Lancaster School for 25 years.
Born Feb. 28, 1910, in Wells County to Frank and Nora A. Sowards Kleinknight, his first marriage was on May 31, 1941, in Liberty Center to Delene Moore, who preceded him in death on July 8, 1986. His second marriage was on Nov. 5, 1988, to Ruby Ogle, who survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Richard D. Kleinknight of Bluffton; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Karen) Parrott of West Fargo, N.D.; a step-son, James R. Ogle of Poneto; a step-daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Judy) Reed of Bluffton; six grandchildren, five step grandchildren; three great grandchildren; five step great grandchildren; and two step great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert Kleinknight, Paul Kleinknight, Earl Kleinknight and Marvin Kleinknight; and three sisters, Eva Kleinknight, Dorcas Kleinknight and Alta Payne.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Lancaster Chapel in Bluffton with the Revs. Neil Ainsley and Roy Nevil officiating. Burial will be at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Bluffton.
Calling hours are from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt and Chaney Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Preferred memorials to the Lancaster Chapel.


Monday, April 4, 2005

Margaret ‘Kate’ Slater, 78
Formerly of Jackson Township in Wells County and a 23-year employee at Sheller Globe in Montpelier until her retirement in 1988, Margaret “Kate” Slater, 78, of Warren died at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Warren United Methodist Memorial Home.
A 1944 graduate of Jackson Center High School, she resided in Hartford City before moving into the Warren home. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church at Hartford City.
Born May 6, 1926 at Upland, she was a daughter of William Howard ‘Red’ and Iva Manola Glascock Buckland. Her marriage was on Aug. 20, 1945 at Warren to Robert Gearold Slater, who preceded her in death on March 18, 1977.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Judy) Foust and Mrs. Tim (Linda) Norris, both of Hartford City, and Mrs. Ralph (Sharon) Purvis of Warren; one son, Robert Slater of Union City, Ohio; two sisters, Donna Black of Marion and Kay Riddell of Indianapolis, and 12 grandchildren. Preceding her in death were three sisters, Helen Ogen, Betty Searls and Bonnie Boxell, and two brothers, Roger and Mack Buckland.
Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel, Warren, where services will be at 10:30 a.m.Thursday with Rev. Robert Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Jones Cemetery at Warren. Memorials to State Amvets-Indiana Veterans Home Fund c/o Cal Creed.


Bernice M. Chapman, 79
A longtime Adams County resident and grandmother of Jamie Dull of Ossian, Bernice M. Chapman, 79, of Decatur, died at 6:52 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, at Adams Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
Born Feb. 26, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of John and Clara Bienke Green. Her marriage was on July 26, 1952, in Fort Wayne to Ward W. “Whitey” Chapman, who survives. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Missionary Society, Joy Housewives and Eagles Women’s Auxiliary.
Surviving, in addition to the husband and Ossian granddaughter, are a son, John W. Chapman of Monroeville; a daughter, Mrs. Clay (Connie L.) Emley of Huntington; a sister, Joan Bolton of Fort Wayne; four additional grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Henry and Richard Green, and two sisters, Betty Karns and Marie Rockstroh.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. The funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Zion Lutheran Church, Decatur, with Pastor Scott Bruick officiating. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery. Memorials to Zion Lutheran Church.


Ida Berneice Wiley, 97
Ida Berneice Wiley, 97, of Warren, died at 6:45 p.m.Friday, April 1, 2005, at the Warren United Methodist Memorial Home, where she resided since October of 2003. A 1925 graduate of Lancaster Center High School, she was a homemaker and a farmer’s wife. seamstress, crochet and baking enthusiast.
Born June 10, 1907, in Wabash County to Thomas W. and Dora Mearl Sanderson Jennings, she was married on Dec. 24, 1925, in Huntington County to Chester J. Wiley, who preceded her in death on July 25, 1974.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Opal) Brubaker of Warren and Mrs. Richard (Dora) Wagner of Willoughby, Ohio; 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Vickee Kramer and Sarah Murphy; a son, Tom Wiley, and three brothers, Wilbur, Moine and Chester Gene Jennings.
Calling will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel, Warren, where services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday with Pastor Charles Dye Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery, Warren. Memorials to Alzheimers Association, Fort Wayne.


Harvey L. Price
Formerly of Wells County, Harvey L. Price, Chief Boy Scout Executive from 1976-1979, died in his home at Bradbury, California on March 26, 2005. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Harriet Swisher Price.
Mr. Price grew up on the Beeland Farm near Ossian with his five brothers and one sister. He was graduated from Lancaster High School in 1932 and attended Temple University and Wabash College. Entering professional Boy Scout work in 1937, he rose to the position of Chief Scout Executive in capping that career. Following his work in scouting, he spent the next 20 years working as an executive officer in the Fletcher Jones and Weingart Foundations, both located in Los Angeles, Calif.
He is survived by a daughter, Kathy Crain of Pasadena. Calif.; a son, Harvey Price Jr. of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., four brothers, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials to the Boy Scouts of America or the American Heart Association.


Sebert L. Souers, 74
A retired Wells and Huntington County farmer and U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, Sebert L. Souers, 74, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2005, at his rural Warren residence in Liberty Township, Wells County.
For his Korean War service he had received the Koran Service Medal with three bronze service stars, the United Nations Service Medal and Commendation Ribbon with medal pendant. He was a member of Warren First Baptist Church and a 1948 graduate of Warren High School.
Born June 21, 1930, at Warren, he was the son of Grafton and Emma Blanche Blair Souers. His marriage was on March 21, 1954 at Warren to Velma Jones, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Marsha) Werling of Bluffton and Mrs. Robert (Emily) Bothast of Keystone; one son, Bruce Souers of Warren, and three grandchildren.
Calling will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel, Warren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Warren First Baptist Church with Pastor Bob Bothast officiating. There will be one hour of calling at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Warren. Memorials to the Warren First Baptist Church.


Kenneth L. Binegar, 76
Retired from Borg-Warner Automotive at Muncie after 40 years of employment and a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War, Kenneth L. Binegar, 76, of Montpelier died at 4:25 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, at Millers Merry Manor in Hartford City.
He also had worked for Lozier’s Mobile Home Park & Campground in Warsaw and was a past member of Moose Lodge #225 at Hartford City, where he resided with his daughter, Barbara, from May of 2000 until long term care was needed.
Born Feb. 26, 1929 in Fiat, he was a son of James W. and Letha Gladys Dulinski Binegar. His marriage was on Sept. 5, 1953 in Blackford County to Kathlyeen Rose Crockett, who preceded him in death on May 10, 2000.
Surviving are a son, Lennie Binegar of Hartford City, a daughter, Mrs. Douglas (Barbara) Coffman of Montpelier; three sisters, Nellie Garlinger of Portland, Barbara Sweeney of Warsaw, and Thelma Middaugh of Fiat; a brother, Gerald Binegar of Warren; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a brother, Charles Binegar, and three sisters, Mary and Dortha Binegar and Hazel Collins.
Calling will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel, Montpelier, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory at Muncie. Memorials to the National Kidney Foundation, Indianapolis, or the Dialysis Unit at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie.


Helen I. Cloud, 81
A 1942 graduate of Rockcreek High School in Wells County, Helen I. Cloud, 81, of Warren, died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, at her residence.
She was a homemaker and lived in Huntington County most of her life. She was a member of the Warren United Methodist Church.
Born March 22, 1924, in Eaton, Ind., she was a daughter of Ralph W. and Amelia M. Gibson Milligan. Her marriage was on Feb. 10, 1946, in Wells County to Cloid W. Cloud, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Carolyn J. Jones of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mrs. Don (Debra K.) Smith of Fort Wayne; two sons, Richard W. Cloud of Homer Glen, Ill., and Don M. Cloud of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Ray (Roberta M.) Lesh of Bluffton; one brother, Robert G. Milligan of Lake Park, Fla.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a sister, Virginia Winningham.
Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel, Warren, where services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Warren. Memorials to be Warren United Methodist Church.


Doyt D. Davies, 72
A real estate agent with Roth-Wehrley from 1976-1987 and store manager for PPG Industries from 1960-1976, Doyt D. Davies, 72, of Fort Wayne, died Friday, April 1, 2005, at his home.
Born in Elgin, Ohio, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 47 and VFW Post 1006.
Surviving are his wife, Adrienne K. Davies, a daughter, Robin Rogers of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Ronald Davies of Indianapolis and Kenneth Davies of Kendallville, and two grandchildren.
Calling is from 5 to 9 p.m. today at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at Resurrection Lutheran Church. The service at the church will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Memorials to Resurrection Lutheran Church Building Fund. or Parkview Home Health Care & Hospice.


Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Mary M. Stallsmith, 88
Former Markle resident Mary M. Stallsmith, 88, of Fort Wayne, died at 8:45 a.m. Monday, April 4, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born Jan. 11, 1917 in Lafayette Twp. in Allen County to Jess and Flora Gephart Hefner, she was a 1935 graduate of Union Twp. High School in Huntington County.
A waitress for many years at the CharKing Restaurant in Waynedale, she was also a waitress for a number of years at the Baer Field Airport Coffee Shop. She was a member of the Markle Church of Christ.
She is survived by a son, John R. Stallsmith of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Barbara Regelsperger, Fort Wayne; a brother, Harmon Warpup of Markle; a sister, Mrs. Winfred (Agnes) Collins of Liberty Center; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Sherman Hefner and John Warpup preceded her in death.
Services at 1 p.m. Thursday under the direction of Gerald O. Moreland will be held at Myers Funeral Home, Markle Chapel. Burial will be at Star of Hope Cemetery at a later date.
Calling Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. will be at the funeral home.
Memorials are to the donor’s choice.


Paul “Gene” Fear — Rites Pending
Rites are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel in Montpelier for Paul “Gene” Fear, 80, of Montpelier, who died at 1:15 a.m. today at Blackford Community Hospital in Hartford City.


Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Paul E. ‘Gene’ Fear, 80
A former Montpelier resident and a Navy veteran of World War II, Paul E. ‘Gene’ Fear, 80, of Hartford City, died at 1:15 a.m.Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at Blackford Community Hospital, Hartford City.
An electrician and a member of Union Local 855, he was a member of the Millard-Brown American Legion Post 156 at Montpelier, the Montpelier VFW Post and the Montpelier Pony & Saddle Club. A graduate of Montpelier High School, he served in the U.S.Navy as a World War seaman first class with service dating from Aug. 11, 1943 to Feb. 22, 1946.
Mr. Fear was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Montpelier to Banks D. and Helen M. Michael Fear. His marriage was in Montpelier on Nov. 3, 1950, to Ioleen Baker, who died Jan. 20, 2001.
Surviving are a son, Paul Fear of Springfield, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. Terry (Jane Ann) Herring of Montpelier; a brother, Richard Fear of Montpelier, and three grandchildren.
Calling will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel, Montpelier, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Rev. Clarence Baker officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Memorial Park, Montpelier. Memorials to Brookside Cemetery, Montpelier.


Mary M. Clark, 63
A sister of Janice Thorton of Ossian and a former Bluffton Franklin Electric employee, Mary M. Clark, 63, of Frost Proof, Fla., formerly of Decatur, Ind., died Monday, April 4, 2005, in Florida.
In addition to employment at Franklin Electric in Bluffton, she also worked at Smith Brothers in Berne for a time and retired from Micro-Precision at Berne.
She was born March 17, 1942, a daughter of Raymond and Lucille Bodle Sr. Her marriage was on Oct. 28, 1960, to William H. Clark Jr., who survives at Frost Proof, Fla.
Also surviving, in addition to the husband and Ossian sister, are seven brothers, Barry Bodle of Fort Smith, Ark., Gary, Dennis (“Pete”), Mike, Gene and Raymond Jr., all five of Decatur, and Dean Bodle of Scott, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services are pending at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur. Memorials donor’s choice, through the funeral home at Decatur.


Thursday, April 7, 2005

Isaac B. “Ike” Garringer, 87
Grandfather of Ben Garringer of Vera Cruz, Isaac B. “Ike” Garringer died at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Swiss Village Retirement Center in Berne.
Born Dec. 15, 1917 in Paradise, Kans., to William I. and Alice Hartford Garringer, his first wife was the former Velma Dillavou. His second wife was the former Annie Cooper. Both preceded him in death.
A member of High Street United Methodist Church in Geneva, he was a World War II veteran.
Additional survivors include two sons, Bob, of Geneva, and Bill of Fort Wayne; a step-daughter, Sue Cooper of Sparta, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Ezra (Viola) Byrum of Portland; two brothers, Morton of Portland and James of Saratoga; and a granddaughter.
Two brothers, Ezra and Arthur Garringer, and a sister, Alta Camp, preceded him in death.
Services at 10 a.m. Saturday will be at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home under the direction of Rev. Edwin L. Clark. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery in Geneva.
Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday will be at the funeral home.


Christy L. Tanksley, 34
Daughter of David Caldwell of Bluffton, Christy L. Tanksley, 34, of Somerville, Ala., died Saturday, March 26.
Additional survivors include her husband, Dan Tanksley; sons Gabe and Cody Tanksley; stepmother Pam Caldwell of Bluffton; brothers Tyler Caldwell, Pennville and Jordan Caldwell of Bluffton; sisters Jenifer Caldwell, Fort Wayne and Brandy Eltzroth, Bluffton; grandparents Ike and Judy Thornburg of Bluffton, Virgil Kahn of Bluffton and Phyllis Tuttle of Texas.
A brother, Joey Caldwell, preceded her in death.
Services at Sonlight Wesleyan Church will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with calling one hour to prior to services. Rev. Tom Bradley will officiate and burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.


Maudie L. Braun, 61—Rites Pending
Maudie L. Braun, 61, Uniondale, died at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Rites are pending at Myers Funeral Home, Markle Chapel.


Gerry L. Bender, 65—Rites Pending
Rites are pending at Myers Funeral Home, Markle Chapel, for Gerry L. Bender, 65, Uniondale, who died at 3:30 a.m. today, April 7, at his sister’s residence.


Friday, April 8, 2005

Gerry L. Bender, 65
A elementary school teacher for 34 years, Gerry L. Bender, 65, of Uniondale, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7 at the home of his sister.
Born June 22, 1939 in Wells County to Merlin “Buzzy” and A. Elene Martin Bender, he was a 1957 graduate of East Rockcreek High School and a 1961 graduate of Purdue University. He received his master’s degree from Butler University. He was a member of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Uniondale and taught at the Lowell Elementary School in Warren Township, Indianapolis for 34 years, retiring in 1997.
He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Kay (Karen) Roberts of Markle; four nephews, one niece, six great nephews and five great nieces. He was preceded in death by a sister, Regina Daugherty.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Uniondale with Pastor William Peterson officiating. Internment will be at the Markle Cemetery.
Calling will be Sunday at Myers Funeral Home, Markle Chapel from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Calling also for one hour at the church prior to the services.
Preferred memorials are to Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana in care of the funeral home.


Creva Bollenbacher, 92 — Rites Pending
Funeral rites are pending at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home in Geneva for Creva Bollenbacher, 92, who died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Swiss Village in Berne.


Samantha Stiltner -- Pending
Arrangements are pending for Samantha Stiltner, 23-months-old daughter of Bruce and Marilin Stiltner of Berne. Samantha died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.


George C. Lindsay Sr., 92 — Rites Pending
Funeral rites are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes-H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren for George C. Lindsay Sr., 92, of Warren, who died at 7:55 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana in Fort Wayne.


Marilyn I. Flueckiger, 78
Marilyn I. Flueckiger, 78, of Berne, died at 1:51 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Flueckiger served 22 years with E.P. Graphics as manager of customer service and human resources. For 10 years she managed East View and Stratton Place apartments. She also worked part time as manager at American Graphic Groups. She attended and was active in the First Mennonite Church.
Born Nov. 29, 1926, in Adams County to Herman and Lydia Neuenschwander Lehman, her marriage was on July 3, 1948, in Berne to Robert W. Flueckiger, who survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Russ Flueckiger of Geneva; two daughters, Joyce Flueckiger of Indianapolis and Mrs. Scott (Judy) Preheim of Syracuse; two sisters, Lorraine McKean and Elmira Wulliman of Berne; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Lehman.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Mennonite Church with the Revs. Anita Rediger and Dennis Schmidt and Pastor Marie Nussbaum officiating. Burial will be at M.R.E. Cemetery.
Calling hours will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne and on Monday one hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials to the First Mennonite Church-Women in Mission, Hospice of N.E. Indiana and Adams County Community Foundation - Cancer Fund.



Maudie Lee Braun, 61
Maudie Lee Braun, 61, of Uniondale, died at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Braun was a 1961 graduate of Huntington High School and was a member of the Zanesville United Brethren Church.
Born May 10, 1943, in Ligon, Ky., to Arnold and Helen Poteet Vance, her marriage was in August 1978 in Fort Wayne to Richard “Dick” Braun, who survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, David Johnson of Auburn, and Darren Johnson of Florida; a stepson, David Mosier of Columbia City; a daughter, Kimberly Johnson of Florida; three brothers, Roger Vance of Huntington; David Vance of Fort Wayne and Johnny Vance of Huntington; and 11 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Vance.
A private family memorial service was held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Zanesville United Brethren Church with Pastor Tom Datema officiating.
Preferred memorialS to the Zanesville United Brethren Church.


John Burl Hite, 85
A U.S. Army World War II veteran, John Burl Hite, 85, died Thursday, April 7, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was the principal at Wawaka School from 1952-1955, principal at Lake Township Arcola from 1955-1966, and did counseling and guidance with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 15 years before retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Arcola Lions Club, local and state Teacher’s Association, I.U. Alumni Life Member and the First Wayne Street United Methodist Church.
Born in Huntington to Harvey and Mary Edith Hite, his marriage was to Betty Hite, who survives.
Additional survivors include his father, who resides in Warren; two sons, Michael E. Hite of Saint Joe and Patrick A. Hite of Plano, Texas; a daughter, Cheryl L. Hite-Bolman of Angola, a sister, Elnora June Burton of Fort Wayne, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Dean Hite.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne with calling one hour prior. Calling hours will also be from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home.
Memorials to First Wayne Street UMC Men’s Club.

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