Grant County Obituaries
The Fairmount News—Thursday—May 20, 1971
Ira M. Benedict, 82, Elwood, died Friday evening at the home of a daughter, Mrs.
Shirley Hiatt of Mishawaka. He had been ill for six weeks. Born June 15, 1888, in
Elwood to William and Mary Jane Ressler Benedict, he retired in 1954 from Zimmer
Trailer Factory, Elwood. He was married to Lena M. High in 1912. She survives.
Surviving with the widow are two daughters, Mrs. Hiatt and Mrs. Martha Jane Abalona
of Fairfield Calif.; a son, Cedric, of Winchester; two sisters, Miss Helen Benedict
of Elwood and Mrs. N.R. Hocker of Alexandria; a brother, Louis of Elwood; six
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at
2 p.m. in Elwood with the Rev. Ralph Richardson officiating. Burial was in the
Elwood City Cemetery.
Randal Lee Horine, 10, son of Allen and Beverly (Street) Horine, died at 3 p.m. Friday,
at Riley Hospital, Indianapolis, from injuries sustained in a motor bike and bicycle
accident May 11, at his home Tuesday evening south west of Rigdon. He was born Oct 31,
1960, in Elwood, a student at Duck Creek-Boone School and was a member of the Rigdon
Methodist church. Surviving with the parents are one brother, James Allen; two
sisters, Lesa Ann and Beth Angela, all at home; the maternal grandfather, Elmer
Street, Rigdon; and the paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Everett Horine, Rigdon.
Funeral services were held Monday at 10 p.m. at Rigdon Methodist church with the Rev.
Clayton Horine and the Rev. Richard Borgman officiating. Burial was in the Knox Chapel
The Fairmount News—Thursday—May 27, 1971
Mother of rural man buried Sat. in Marion Cemetery Vera H. Sites, 65, 1631 West 10th
Street, Marion, died at 11 p.m. Wednesday at her home. She had been in ill health
for two years. Mrs. Sites had lived in Marion for 15 years, moving there from Green
township. She was a retired employee of Anaconda Wire and Cable Company. Survivors
include her husband, James; a daughter, Mrs. Norman (Beverly) Malon, Marion; one son,
Doyne Sites, RR2, Fairmount; one sister, Mrs. Virginia Broughton, Burnettsville; and
14 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Swayzee. The
Rev. Avery Miley officiated during the services and burial was in the Grant Memorial
Father of local Man buried Sat. in Converse Garland E. Williams, 80, Swayzee, died
at 3 a.m. Thursday at Marion hospital following a short illness. Mr. Williams was
a retired farmer. He was born and lived in to Swayzee recently. He was a member
of the Herbst Methodist church. Surviving are the wife, Grace; a daughter, Mrs.
Claude (Gurnell) Thraikill, Swayzee; a son, Gerald, RR 2, Fairmount; two grand-
children; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Mrs. Lorene Teague of Gas City. Fun-
eral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Swayzee. The Rev. Paul Flowers
officiated during the services and burial was in the Converse Cemetery.
Mrs. Anna Heater, 85, Anderson, died Sunday afternoon at St. John's Hospital. She
was a resident of Rigdon and Elwood until six years ago when she moved to Anderson.
Born in Rigdon, July 5, 1885, to Nelson and Phoebe Hiatt, she was the widow of Pearl
C. Heater who died in 1965. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Margerite Wilhoit
of Kokomo; Mrs. Pauline Van Duyn of Anderson; Mrs. Jaunita Workum of Alabama; and Mrs.
Bonnie Bowen of Hammond; two step-sons, Alvin Heater of Missouri; and Fermon Heater
of Portage; three sisters, Mrs. Iva Main and Mrs. Grace Kilgore, both of Anderson and
Mrs. Alva Halford of Kempton; one brother Gerald Hiatt of Fort Wayne; 20 grandchildren
and 41 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. in Anderson
and burial was in the Knox Chapel Cemetery.
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