Obituaries courtesy of News-Banner Publications. Posted with permission.
Saturday, December 25, 2004 - Newspaper not published
Monday, December 27, 2004
Elsie Berniece Cormany, 91
Elsie Berniece Cormany, 91, of Gas City, a sister of James K. Herndon of Bluffton, died Friday, Dec. 24 at Marion General Hospital.
Born Feb. 1, 1913 to Elijah and Mary Leolia Holmes Herndon, she is survived, in addition to the Bluffton brother, by a son, Dean Cormany of Chicago, Ill., a sister, Ruby Mulles of McMinnville, Oreg., nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Herndon and four brothers, Glen, Virgil, Garl and Carl Eugene Herndon.
Viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday will be at Needham, Story Wampner Funeral Home in Marion where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at Mt Etna Cemetery.
Gary D. Brewster, 69
The father of Mrs. Rik (Jodi) Farlow of Bluffton, Gary D. Brewster, 69, Berne, died unexpectedly at 5:09 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26 at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
A native and life-long resident of Adams County, he married Romona Stauffer on March 30, 1958 in Berne; she survives. Mr. Brewster retired from Central Soya after 47 years as foreman and superintendent of the edible oil plant. He was a member of West Missionary Church in Adams County.
Other survivors include two other daughters, Brenda Brewster of Berne and Mrs. Michael (Rhonda) Beaver of Huntington; a sister, Mrs. Bob (Connie) Owens, Linn Grove; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
Services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at West Missionary Church. Calling hours are Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne, and for one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the M.R.E. Cemetery. Preferred memorials to the churchâ€™s missions fund.
Michael E. Moore, 54
Services for Michael E. Moore, 54, Montpelier, will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel in Montpelier. Mr. Moore died at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
A native of Cadillac, Mich., he was born on Feb. 12, 1950 to Royal E. and Doris Roberts Moore. He attended Ferris State University and Lake Superior State University before moving to Montpelier in 1998 from Lake City, Mich. and worked at the Bluffton Rubber Co. there. He was a former volunteer firemen in Missaukee County, Mich., and a former member of the Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne.
Survivors include his mother; a daughter, Erin Moore; and two sons, Jeffrey and David Moore, all of Lake City, Mich.; and his fiancee, Patty King of Montpelier.
Calling hours are Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lake City Cemetery in Michigan.
Robert L. King, 80
The former owner of Kingâ€™s Soft Water in Markle, Robert L. King, 80, Huntington, died at 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 24 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Huntington.
A native of Mt. Etna, he married Thelma Plasterer on Aug. 15, 1947 in Huntington; she survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Clifford King of Aurora, Colo. and Ronald King of Delphi.
There will be no calling or services. Interment will take place at a later date. Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Charles L. Nunley, 54
A former worker at Caylor-Nickel Clinic in Bluffton, Charles A. Nunley, 54, Huntington, died at 5 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 25 at his residence.
A native of Paintsville, Ky., he married Sharon Fishbaugh in Huntington on Dec. 23, 1967; she survives. He also had worked at Sees Equipment in Huntington and was a veteran of the Air National Guard Infantry in Fort Wayne.
Other survivors include his parents, James and Nester Nunley of Huntington; a son, Terry Nunley of Montpelier; a daughter, Tina Funderburg of Huntington; two brothers, Tom Nunley of Ossian and Frank Nunley of Huntington; two sisters, Betty Rulason of Wittamore, Mich. and Diana Walski of Syracuse; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.
Calling hours are Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Deal-Robbins & Van Gilder Funeral Homeâ€™s Huntington Chapel, with services there Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Huntington.
Walter A. Jung, 61
Walter A. Jung, 61, Bluffton, died Friday, Dec. 24 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born in Elkhorn, Wis. on Feb. 19, 1943 to Herbert I. and Nellie Cavey Jung, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964, and worked for General Motors in Janesville, Wis. and Fort Wayne, retiring after 35 years of service. He was a member of the U.A.W. and served on their bargaining committee.
He was a member and past commander of the Janesville American Legion Post 205, a member of the Federated Clubs of Janesville and a delegate to the Patriotic Society there.
Survivors include a son, Scott, of Watertown, Wis.; a sister, three brothers and one grandson. He was preceded in death by one brother.
Services will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown, Wis., with calling there two hours prior to the service. Burial will be in Veteranâ€™s Cemetery in Union Grove, Wis.
Frances Van Tifflin, 80
Frances (Fran) Van Tifflin, 80, of Saginaw, Mich., died at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26 after a three-year illness. She is survived by three sons and two daughters, and was a frequent visitor in Bluffton at the home of Carl Goodwin in recent years. Services will be held in Saginaw on Wednesday.
Philip Sutton, 93 - Rites Pending
Arrangements are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren for Philip E. Sutton, 93, Warren, who died at 12:56 a.m. this morning at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Tuesday December 28, 2004
Philip E. Sutton, 93
A resident of the Warren United Methodist Memorial Home, Philip E. Sutton, 93, died at 12:56 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 20, 1911 in Bartlesville, Ky., to Frank L. and Grace Fay Booz Sutton, he married the former Norma C. Ferguson in Marion Nov. 26, 1932. She preceded him in death Jan. 5, 1998.
A manager for the Exxon Oil Co. in Venezuela for several years, he was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Bat Cave, N.C. He moved to the Methodist Home Oct. 15, 1997 from Lake Lure, N.C.
He is survived by a cousin, Norma Thompson, of Warren.
Services at 2 p.m. Thursday will be at the Methodist Home under the direction of Rev. John Bellante. Calling hours will be two hours prior to the start of services, beginning at noon.
Burial will be at Spring Hill Cemetery in Warren.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Memorial Home Foundation Fund.
Glancy Funeral Homes-H.Brown & Son Chapel in Warren is in charge of arrangements.
Lewis Strait, 87 â€” Rites Pending
Rites are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren for Lewis Strait, 87, of rural Warren, who died at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27 at Lutheran Hospital.
Ruth Franks, 92 â€” Rites Pending
Ruth Franks, 92, of Bluffton, died Monday, Dec. 27 at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Rites are pending at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Paul A. Plasterer, 76
A resident of rural Warren, Huntington County, Paul A. Plasterer, 76, died at 3:41 p.m. Tuesday at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
Born Nov. 1, 1928 in Huntington to Charles C. and Bessie Buzzard Plasterer, he married the former Lola M. Wilcoxson in Huntington Sept. 3, 1950.
He was a welder for General Motors for 29 years, retiring in March of 1993. He was also a member of the C.P.C. Sympathy Club, which was a part of General Motors. He was a 50-year member of the Salamonie Church of the Brethren in Huntington and served in the Army National Guard from 1951-54.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Harold E. of Warren, Gary W. of Van Buren and Roger D. of Marion; two daughters, Mrs. Steve (Carolyn J.) Redding, Huntington, and Mrs. Edward (Lois Kay) Chu of Carmel; three brothers, Donald H. Plasterer of Dexter, Mich., Dr. Edward Dale Plasterer of Richmond and Dr. Carl Plasterer of LaGrange; a sister, Thelma J. King of Huntington, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth, and a granddaughter.
Services at 1 p.m. Friday will be at Salamonie Church of the Brethren under the direction of Pastor Mel Zumbrun. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory, Marion.
Calling at Glancy Funeral Homes, H. Brown & Son Chapel, Warren, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the church.
Lewis Strait, 87
A lifelong farmer in Huntington County, Lewis Strait, 87, of rural Warren, died at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27 at Lutheran Hospital.
He was a 1935 graduate of Salamonie Township High School and attended the Plumtree United Church of Christ.
Born Dec. 11, 1917 in Blackford County to John and Anna Schmidt Strait, his marriage on May 23, 1941 in Merom, Ind., was to Thelma M. Prible, who survives.
In addition to the wife, other survivors include two sons, Dane Strait and John Strait, both of Warren; a daughter, Mrs. Roy (Virginia) Cripe of Downers Grove, Ill.; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Ralph, Harry, Samuel and John Strait, and a sister, Vera Strait.
Calling is today from 3 to 8 p.m. at Glancy Funeral Homes â€” H. Brown & Son Chapel in Warren, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Jean Spoor will officiate at services and burial will be at the Mossburg Cemetery in Liberty Center.
Preferred memorials are to the Plumtree United Church of Christ.
Carl J. Geels, 84
Longtime Bluffton-related Decatur-Fort Wayne resident and widely prominent entertainment talent and leader Carl J. Geels, 84, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004.
Born in 1920 in Decatur, he became at age 18 a founding members of the Geels Family Band, in which he took part until joining the Air Force in 1942 during World War II. He was assigned to Special Services and entertained U.S. troops in Italy and Egypt.
He and his wife, Betty, later moved to Fort Wayne where he began the long entertainment career professionally in addition to donation of his services and efforts for senior citizens and veterans. He attained national prominence in square dancing and calling, continuing activity even into 2004 when he retired.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Geels in 1983 and a son, Sydney Geels, in 1976.
Surviving are his second wife, Norma Geels, and 10 children and stepchildren, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Therese Catholic Church on Lower Huntington Road with calling a half-hour prior to Mass. Calling also will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Winchester Road Chapel, Fort Wayne, with Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Burial in Catholic Cemetery.
William G. Vinson, 55
William G. Vinson, 55, of Zanesville, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004.
Born February 19, 1945, in Decatur, he was married to Wanda Brock, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, William A. and Ben Vinson; two daughters, Michelle and Amanda Vinson; five brothers, James, Robert, Donald, Paul and David Vinson; two sisters, Barbara Zamastil and Betty Neuenschwander, and five grandchildren.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at C. M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with viewing from 3 to 7 p.m. today and one hour prior to the Thursday service. Memorial donations to the Vinson family or Riley Hospital for Children.
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Marguerite Sprunger, 84
Marguerite Sprunger, 84, Berne, died at her residence at Swiss Village Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 10:55 a.m.
Born Sept. 24, 1920 in Adams County to Chester T. and Frances Reusser Michaud, she married Dr. Edgar P. Sprunger Nov. 24, 1948 in Berne. He preceded her in death in 2003.
A member of West Missionary Church, she served as church organist for many years. She was formerly employed by Berne Furniture Co. and later served as secretary to the president of Huntington College. She also taught piano.
Survivors include two sons, Patrick and Reed, both of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Mrs. Barry (Andrea) McCune, Van Wert, Ohio, and Mrs. Jeff (Lisa) Nickel, Corn, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. Fred (Pauline) Geyer, Fort Wayne; and eight grandchildren.
Services at 2 p.m. Sunday will be held at West Missionary Church under the direction of Keith Rupp with burial to follow at M.R.E. Cemetery in Berne.
Calling hours are 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Swiss Village Chapel and one hour prior to services Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to West Missionary Church, Swiss Village Endowment Fund and Gideonâ€™s International.
Ralph Hammondâ€”Rites Pending
Ralph A. Hammond, 903 Summit Ave., died Wednesday afternoon at River Terrace Estates. Funeral rites are pending at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home.
Dolores L. Schmit, 80
Mother of Daniel Schmit of Uniondale, Dolores L. Schmit, 80, died at her residence in Portland Wednesday evening, Dec. 29.
Born in Adams County Nov. 5, 1924 to Lewis and Clara Heiman Rumschlag, her marriage to John R. Schmit took place May 1, 1948. He preceded her in death Oct. 10, 1989.
A homemaker and member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church she was also a member of the Jay County Hospital Auxiliary.
In addition to the son in Uniondale, she is survived by two other sons, Douglas of Geneva and Terrance of Portland; two daughters, Mrs. Danny (Barbara) Bollard of Portland and Mrs. Mark (Sharon) McKee of Portland; six brothers, Brother Denis Rumschlag of St. Charles Seminary in Carthegena, Ohio, Herman, Jerome and Louis Rumschlag, all of Decatur; and Cletus and Thomas Rumschlag, both of Fort Wayne; six sisters, Sister Clare Anne Rumschlag of South Bend, Esther Rosenbek of Coldwater, Ohio, Mary Catherine Rumschlag of Abbington, Va., Jean Rumschlag of Milwaukee, Wis., Rita Girard of Decatur and Monica Wyss of Coldwater, Mich.; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services at 10 a.m. Monday will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Marty Sandhage presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.
Calling hours are Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. with a scripture service scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the Masses or Jay County Cancer Society.
Vera Daltonâ€”Rites Pending
Rites are pending at Glancy Funeral Home-Walker Chapel, Montpelier, for Vera Dalton, Montpelier, who died at her residence Wednesday, Dec. 29, following a brief illness.
Friday, December 31, 2004
Ralph A. Hammond, 86
A past president of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Ralph A. Hammond, 86, of 903 Summit Ave., died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at River Terrace Estates Health Care. He had been in failing health the past few months.
Born Aug. 21, 1918 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Arthur R. and Margaret Jane Dugan Hammond, his marriage to the former Mary Jane Perkins took place Sept. 14, 1946 in Overland Park, Kansas. She survives.
A World War II veteran of the Pacific Theater, he received a a degree in accounting from the University of Kansas in 1939. He was transferred to Bluffton in 1967 from Leawood, Kans., and was employed as an accountant at Mixmill. He retired in 1984. He earned his CPA certification and also worked as an accountant out of his home. A long-time member of Kiwanis International he was a past president of the former Bluffton Kiwanis Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter Jane H. Richmond of Lafayette; a brother, Paul, of Pataskala, Ohio; two grandchildren and one great grandson.
He was preceded in death by a brother Charles R. Hammond and a sister, Margaret J. York.
Services at 11 a.m. Monday will be held at First presbyterian Church with Rev. Nancy Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson County Memorial Gardens.
Calling will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the church, Riley Childrenâ€™s Hospital or Boy Scouts of America.
Nova I. Steffen, 76
Nova I. Steffen, 76, of 613 West Cherry St., died at 5 a.m. today, Dec. 31, at Lutheran Hospital.
An employee at Franklin Electric for 10 years, she was a native of Adams County, born Sept. 28, 1928 to Cornelious and Fannie Fiechter Baumgartner.
Her marriage in Bluffton on July 3, 1949 was to Robert L. Steffen,who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Karen) Boxell of Warren and Mrs. Curtis (Ruth) Allen of Bluffton; a brother, Herman Baumgartner of Bluffton and four sisters, Mrs. Glenn (Eileen) Furrer of Prescott, Ariz.; Mrs. Harold (June) Lehman of Wolcott; Mrs. Harold (Violet) Meyer of Bluffton and Rosina Baumgartner of Park Forrest, Ill. Also surviving are five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Apostolic Christian Church East with ministers of the church officiating and burial in the church cemetery.
Calling at Goodwin Memorial Chapel will be Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. and for one hour prior to service at the church.
Janice Pippin, 46
Janice Pippin, 46, of Ossian, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born Jan. 30, 1958 in Jasper County, Ill. to Charles R. and Pauline Albert, she was married to Greg Pippin. Her mother and husband both survive.
She was the office business manager at Riverbend Nursing Home in Fort Wayne and attended Murray Missionary Church.
Additional survivors include two sons, Jamie and Joey, both of Ossian; two sisters, Grace Wyatt of Olney, Ill., and Donna Spanagennel, Hidagol, Ill.
A private memorial service is scheduled for a later date with burial to follow at Olney, Ill.
Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Franks, 92
Funeral services for Ruth Franks of 205 East Wabash St., will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3 at Thoma/Rich Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home. Calling will be one hour prior to the service, which will be officiated by Rev. Gary Lewis of the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Alberson Cemetery in Adams County.
Miss Franks died at 9:25 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27 at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
Born March 9, 1912 in Petroleum to Harry Oliver and Glory Books Franks, she was raised by her father and step mother, Mable Crain Franks.
She graduated from Petroleum High School in 1931 and lived in Sturgis, Mich., for a number of years, where she worked at Kirschâ€™s Blind Factory. She also raised poodles for over 40 years.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Darrell W. Franks on Dec. 24, 2004, and a sister, Hazel Stevens.
Preferred memorials are to the Wells County Animal Shelter.
Vera M. Dalton
A native of London, England, Vera M. Dalton of Montpelier died Wednesday, Dec. 29 at her home.
Born to Philemon and Ethel Lewis Pallant, her marriage on Nov. 16, 1956 in Harrow Middlesex, England, was to Robert P. Dalton, who survives.
She had been a resident of Montpelier since 1960 and was a former librarian and teacherâ€™s aid at Montpelier Middle School and an employee of the Dollar General Store in Montpelier. She was a member of the Womenâ€™s English Club and a former member of the Millard Brown American Legion Auxiliary.
She attended the Olive Branch Church of the Nazarene in rural Hartford City.
Surviving in addition to the husband are two sons, Marvin Dalton of Montpelier and Robert Dalton of Hartford City, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Ted Pallant.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel in Montpelier, where calling will be from 1 to 5 p.m., also on Sunday. Rev. Dewey Miller will officiate at services and burial will be in Brookside Memorial Park in Montpelier.
Preferred memorials are to the Olive Branch Church of the Nazarene.