General Newton County Obituaries
To submit obituaries, please send them to the Newton County Coordinator in a document file or pasted into the email.

These obituaries were compiled and contributed by Susie Hall. A very special thank you to her for her time and efforts in preserving our Newton County Heritage.

Click on the Alphabet to link to that grouping of obits.

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Alberts, Keith Gordon
Albright, Edna M.
Antcliff, Aldine A.
 Anker, Willis F.

Allis, Mildred F.
Anderson, Geraldine W. "Andy"
Anderson, Milton S.
Anstett, Harold Francis
Anstett, Mary Katherine (Sego)
Armstrong, James Allan
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Balensiefer, Willilam L. "Bill"
Bannon, Lawrence C.
Barbosza, Elenora R.
Bell, Avery Kane
Benjamin, Marcia L.
Bingham, Gary Jan
Blankenbaker, Kenneth Dean
Blankenship, Donald E. "Tater"
Blount, Brian Joseph
Bogenshutz, Claire
Bohlinger, Bonnie E.
Borem, Sibyl
Bower, Dorothy B.
Bower, Mary F.
Brunton, Doris
Burks, Roy L.
Burnside, Delvin R.
Burnside, Thomas J.
Burton, John Mearlin
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Cady, Donald H.
Calvert, Mildred Lavon
Carroll, Catherine L.
Carroll, Thelma J. "Cork"
Carter, Jr., Allison "Al"
Cassidy, Betty J.
Chapman, Elouise H.
Cheek, Margery
Childers, Dennis W.
Clark, L. "Clarkie"
Clark, Kathryn Ellen
Cline, Bettty Jo
Clinton,  Patricia M.
Cloose, Richard A. "Dick"
Constable, Bill Schembs
Cook, Thomas D.
Cooper, Floyd "Mike"
Couch, David T.
Couch, Evaleen
Crain, Eileen H.
Curts, Mary Ann
Curts, Winifred L. (Chambers)
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Dalton, William C.
Danruther, L. Wayne "Danny"
Datzman, Jennie J.
Davis, Robert "Bob" Spencer
Davis, Norma Jean
Dawson, Dale Irwin
Dawson, Thomas Allen "Tom"
Deardurff, Almedia L.
DeGroot, Anna C.
Deno, Lucille
Dewing, Ralph W.
DeYoung, Edward
Dieter, James D.
Donohue, Clifford "Irish"
Donohue, Ethan Pierce
Doty, Ruth R.
Downey, Walter
Dubea, Frances E.
Dye, George William
Dye, James H.
Dye, Ruth Ann (Heilman)
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Eisen, III, John H. "Jackie"
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Farrell, John L.
Feaster D. C., Milton O. "Doc"
Floyd, Lillian
Franklin, Marian Nell
Funk, Regina R.
Funk, Robert "Bob"
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Gadson, Margaret Marie
Garrett, (Pruett) Marilyn J. 
Garrett, Susan K.
Garrity, Eva E.
Geller, Ernest L.
Gerrich, Jerry D.
Gerrick Donald G.
Gibson, Harley Wayne
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Hall, Mrs. Anna M.
Hall, Carl L.
Hall, Donald R.
Hall, Donald Lee
Hall, Eunice
Hall, Floyd H.
Hall, Floyd K.
Hall, James
Hall, Roseanna
Hall, Warren S.
Hall, William C.
Hamilton, Charles Edward "Eddie"
Harris, Nancy  J.
Harrison, Stanley A.
Harrison, Vane "Speed"
Harwood, Richard
Hawkins, Daniel Blaine "Danny"
Hayes, Patricia Jeanne
Hensel, Lois (Morgan)
Henshaw, Francis G.
Herath, Roy L.
Hess, Don E.
Hillis, Bradley R.
Hinsky, Dorothy Ida
Holley, Naomi Ethel
Hollingsworth, James E.
Honn, Alice I.
Honn, Marion F.
Hoskins, Margaret E.
Hufnagel, Sherry A.
Humphrey, Michael K.
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J
Jackson, Terry David
Jardenil, Romulo S.
Johnson, James G.
Johnson, Marlin L.
Jones, Charlotte
Jones, Elsie L.
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Karr, Earl Harvey
Kay, Jim D.
Kendall, Bethel L.
Kindig, Curtis "Calvin"
King, Mark Alan
Klemz Sr., Danny J.
Knapp, John Peter Nicholas
Knochel, Joan L.
Krueger, Mary M.
Koon, Arvel D.
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Lade, Lillie Mae
Laffoon, David W.
Laffoon, Sherman "Marvin"
Lane, Earl D.
LeBeau, Leonard Joseph
Lehmann, Johanna H.
Limp, Margaret Mary "Peg"
Linback, Jr., William J. "Bub"
Lindahl, William A.
Linduska, Carrie-Evelyn (Murphey)
Lyons, Robert E.
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McCormick, Helen Ramona Smith
McClatchey, Leonard Calvin
McCormick, William C.
McKee, Dorothy M.
Martin, Richard L. "Dick"
Mahaffey, Wayne E.
Meade, Julia Florence (Haas)
Merriman, Herschel (Pete)
Merriman, Sr., Laverne Keith
Miles, Fern M.
Miller, James Newton
Miller, Noah J.
Miller, T. Byron "Barney"
Miller, William Arthur "Bill"
Molter, Raymond Leon
Molter, Samuel E.
Montgomery, Pauline B.
Montemayer, Aurora "Dolly"
Morgan, Phyllis M.
Morefield, Alfred
Morton, Judith L.
Mounts, Bertha L.
Murphy, Cyndi (Antcliff)
Musser, Alic L.
Musser, Matthew S.
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Nelson, Megan A.
Neibert, Richard W.
Nevitt, Edward
Northcutt, Phyllis Barbara Gordon
Northcutt, Tony E.
Northern, Judy E.
O
Olsen, Marye R.
P
Padgett, Lois J.
Padgett, Ruth Juanita (Graefnizt) Merchant
Parke, William M.
Peacock, Martha
Peck, Lula M.
Pence, Merwin W.
Peterson, Clarice J.
Pitman, Roger Dale
Potts, Deborah Marie
Potter, Elsie E. "Jean"
Praeger, Paul H.
Prue, Pearl Ann
Putts, Geraldine M.
Q R
Raisanen, Jr., Ralph H.
Rathbun, Dorothy Jean (Hampton)
Reed, Thelma Stultz
Reimer, Raegan Lynn
Reiners, Fern O.
Reuter, Jr., Col.
Reynolds, B. Frank
Edmund Eddie
Reigle, Tracy R.
Richards, Helen R.
Riley, Clifford C.
Robinson, Wilma V.
Rush, A. Rosalie
Rusher, Herschel E.
Ryan, R. Steven "Steve"
Rybarski, Robert J. "Bo"
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Sammons, Charline E.
Schafer, John C.
Sego, Romana L.
Sell, Helen L.
Severs, Bethel "Betty"
Scearcy, William L
Schlotman, Luella C.
Schrontz, Robert "Bob"
Shea, Patricia
Sisney, Martha "Kay"
Skinner, James G. "Jim"
Smart, Selma L.
Smith, Cletus E.
Smith, Joseph R.
Sondgerath, Betty Lou
Speer, David C.
Spradlin, James R.
Sparks, Evelyn Rosalie
Starnes, Lovella
Starnes, Kenneth
Strombaugh, Dorothy
Stowers, Grace E.
Suiter, Jr. Robert Bruce
Sullivan, Fay E.
Sullivan, Marguerite Elanore
Sunday, Jon J.
Swartz, Roy Clyde
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Tagg, Charles F.
Tait, Mildred Elaine
Taylor, Arlene
Taylor, Phillip D.
Tebo, (Deno) Eileen Elizabeth
Thurston, Hazel H.
Trout, Valeria
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Ulm, JoAlice
V W
Wagner, Julia K.
Wann, Charles "Cap"
Warne, Alice Lorene (Purdy)
Washburn, Dawn Earline
Webb, Donald L.
Webb, Garnita
Webb, Jerry
West, William W. "Bill"
Weiss, Sharon J.
Wolford, Larry J.
Whaley, Bonnie
Whaley, Cleva
Whaley, Harold "Bud"
Wilson, Absalam
Wynn, Ryan Paull
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Yoder, Trennis R.
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Keith Gordon Alberts

            Keith Gordon Alberts of Nashville passed away at his home Saturday night, May 20, 2006. He was 71.  Mr. Alberts was born at home in Goodland, June 11, 1934, to John and Grace Alberts. He married Patricia Troup on July 29, 1956, in Kentland. He attended Purdue University, until the death of his father, when he returned home to take over the family farm in Goodland. After his retiremant from farming, he joined his wife Patricia and daughter Susan Fleener-Apple in their business of Alberts Antique Mall and Alberts Suites in Nashville. Mr. Alberts also owned arcade and video rental businesses at Alberts Mall. He was a member and past Master of the Goodland Masonic Lodge. He transferred his Masonic membership to the Nashville Lodge. Mr. Alberts was also a member of the Scottish Rite in Indianapolis and the Nashville United Methodist Church.

            He served with the Ambulance Company 113th Medical of the Indiana National Guard for eight years. Mr. Alberts also served with distinction for 20 years on the Selective Service Board. Mr. Alberts was an accomplished musician. He played trombone with The Starlighters Dance Band. The band played throughout the Midwest and at times accompanied the Tommy Dorsey Band. He was also known for his Shaker Chime performances at Alberts Hall. Survivors include his wife Patricia; daughter, Susan; son-in-law, Keith Fleener; grandchildren, Andrea Alberts of Chicago, Ill., Ursula Alberts of New Albany, Zachery (Terri) Fleener of Fishers and Clayton Fleener of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by a son, John Alberts of Goodland, his parents and brother, LaDonne Alberts of California. The visitation will be at 1 p.m. May 24 with a memorial service following at 2 p.m. at the Nashville United Methodist Church. Pastor Wade Compton will officiate. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Nashville United Methodist Building Fund. Contributions may be sent to the church at P.O. Box 518, Nashville, IN 47448.Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Newton County Enterprise May 24, 2006

Edna M. Albright (1933-2011)
Edna M. Albright, 78, of the DeMotte-Roselawn area passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at her home. She was born on April 19, 1933, in Brook, to Mona (Dowty) and John Edwin Scripter, both deceased.
Edna was a homemaker. On July 1, 1950, she married Melvin D. Albright, who passed away on Aug. 25, 2009.
Edna is survived by her loving children, Edna Hudak, of Rensselaer, and Melvin (Wanda) Albright of DeMotte; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild on the way; and one sister, Lucille Byrd, of Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Melvin and son-in-law Mike Hudak; brothers, Charles, Jack, Albert, Jim and Floyd Scripter and sister Helen.
Friends may call on Monday May 2, 2011, from 11a.m.- 1p.m., with a Funeral Service at 1 p.m. at Jackson Funeral Service, DeMotte, with Ron Gann officiating. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise April 29, 2011

 

Mildred F. Allis

            Mildred F Allis, 90, of Brook passed away Thursday, Jan 18, 2007 at 7:45 p.m. in her home. She was born on August 28, 1916, in Sheldon, Ill. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 1934. She was a homemaker. Mildred married Fred D Allis on April 3, 1936, in Watseka, Ill. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1987, in Rensselaer. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading and sending e-mails to family and friends.         Survivors are two daughters Lois F Hartwell, (husband Walt) of Brook, Susan E Thompson, (husband Dave) of Ridge Springs, SC. And one son Tom L Allis (wife Marlowe) of Goodland, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.            Visitation was at Gerts Funeral Home in Brook on Sunday, Jan 21, from 5-7 p.m. Services were held on Monday, Jan 22, at 10 a.m. with Rev Ken Marsh officiating. Interment was at Sheldon Cemetery following services. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, one son, one grandson, one granddaughter, one sister and one brother. Memorials may be made to St Jude’s Hospital or the charity of donor’s choice. Newton County Enterprise January 31, 2007

 

Geraldine W. "Andy" Anderson (1934-2011)
Gerald W. "Andy" Anderson, 76, of Morocco, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 31, 2011, at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. Andy was born in Newland in Jasper County on July 1, 1934, son of the late Ernest and Naomi (Nelson) Anderson. He was a lifetime Morocco resident and graduated from Morocco High School in 1952. On Nov. 26, 1954, in Ade, he married Geraldine "Gerry" Tichacek, to whom he was married for 56 years. She survives.
Andy worked for Local Union #41 in construction, and for the last 18 years of his career, he was custodian for Morocco Elementary School, retiring in 2001. Andy was a 50 year member of the Morocco Volunteer Fire Department serving as Fire Chief for three years and was a 50 year member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association. He was affiliated with the United Church of Morocco. His hobby was camping.
Surviving along with his wife are children Fred (wife, Donna) Anderson of Lake Village, Ron (wife, Diane) Anderson of Virginia Beach, Va., and Brenda (Mrs. Willie) Coffer of Indianapolis. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one sister, Rita Agent of Brook.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gaylord; two sisters, Dorothy Smart and Mary Anderson, and a niece, Crystal Anderson.
Visitation was Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 3 – 7 p.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services were at 10 a.m.. (CST) on Monday, April 4, at the funeral home with interment following at Oakland Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

 

 Milton S Anderson

            Milton S Anderson, age 87, of Morocco passed away Tuesday, Feb 20, 2007 at his home. He was born on Feb 23, 1920 in Donovan, Ill. To John W Anderson and Nellie Florence (Grant) Anderson, both deceased. He was educated in the Donovan Schools and graduated with the Class of 1937. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was married to Marilois Carter in Morocco on March 21, 1943, and she survives. He was an Engineer’s Assistant for the Indiana State Highway Department for over 10 years. He also farmed for several years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Morocco. Survivors are his daughters Jill dean (Woodrow) Hammel of Dyer and Jenalyn (Robert) Reninger of Holly Springs, North Carolina, a son John Milton Anderson of Morocco, and a sister Mamie Sarah (Ivan) Babbitt of Morocco. Grandchildren are Courtney Lynn Hammel, Kristen Lois Gryze, Kacey Jeanette Crucie and Tyler Swan Reninger. A great-grandchild, Dylan Carter Gryzch also survives. Services were held on Friday, Feb 23 at noon at the First United Methodist Church of Morocco. Pastor Sam Polito officiated with the Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco in charge of the arrangements. Newton County Enterprise February 28, 2007

Harold Francis Anstett (1921-2011)

Harold Francis Anstett, 90, of Kentland, died at 5:20 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus of West Lafayette.
  He was born June 27, 1921, in Earl Park to the late Hugh Paul and Mary Catherine (Holscher) Anstett. He attended grade school in Dunnington, and attended high school in Freeland Park, as well as Earl Park, where he graduated from Earl Park High School in 1939. He then attended Gallagher School of Business where he received his Associates Degree.
  His marriage was to Mary Katherine Sego on June 18, 1960. She preceded him in death on May 11, 2011.
  Harold entered the United States
Army on Aug. 12, 1941, during World War II, where he attained the rank of Sergeant.  He worked with the 5207 Engineer Group and was honorably discharged on Oct. 9, 1945.
  After his time in the service, he worked as an accountant with Edwin J. Funk & Sons from 1948 to 1958. He then went on to work as a Field Examiner with the Indiana State Board of Accounts for 29 years, and after his time with the State Board, he worked as an Administrative Assistant for Newton County Sheriff's Department from 1987 until 1999, when he retired.
  Harold was very active at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Kentland, where he served as Lector, Server, Eucharistic Minister, Usher and was the past President of Parish Council. He also served as the Secretary and Treasurer of St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Association from 1968 to 1999. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters and the American Legion, Kentland Post 23.
  Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth A. Anstett of Indianapolis and Barbara J. Marks of Lafayette, four grandchildren, Lauren and Jarred Marks and Jannai and Bryan Smith, and four great-grandchildren; Braydon, Nevaysia, Jaeyla and Terrance Marks.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers, Eugene, Raymond and Everett Anstett, and one sister, Mary Margaret Anstett.
  Friends may call from 4 - 7 p.m. (CST) Monday, Nov. 14, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. (CST) Tuesday, Nov.15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Kentland.
  Memorial donations may be made in his name to Sacred Heart Catholic School, Bishop Chatard, or St. Theodore Guerrin. Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2011

Mary Katherine (Sego) Anstett (1920-2011)

Mary Katherine Sego Anstett, 91, of Kentland, died at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus of West Lafayette.

She was born Jan. 30, 1920, in Kentland to the late Meddie F. and Romana M. (Cunningham) Sego. She attended grade school at St. Joseph's and high school at A.J. Kent both of Kentland. She graduated with the Class of 1938.

Her marriage was to Harold F. Anstett on June 18, 1960. He survives.

She was employed for 23 years by Sears Roebuck & Co., in Kentland, retiring in 1964.

Mary Katherine was a lifetime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Kentland where she served on Parish Council and was a member of the Women's Society. She was a Foster Mother for thirteen infants through the Catholic Charities of Kokomo. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 23, Kentland Women's Club, Indiana Rural Youth, where she was the treasurer for three years, she served on the Kentland Library Board for 12 years, and was involved with volunteer work at several nursing home for many years.

Surviving with her husband are two daughters, Elizabeth A. Anstett of Indianapolis and Barbara J. Marks of Lafayette, and four sisters, Theresa and Lorraine Sego of Kentland, Alice Silver (husband: Bill) and Martha Gretencord (husband: Bill) both of Fowler and Sister-in-Law Pat Sego of Kentland.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, Lauren and Jarred Marks and Jannai and Bryan Smith and three great-grandchildren; Braydon, Nevaysia and Jaeyla Marks.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Jeanette Vouglund and Romana Sego, and two brothers, Tom Sego and Monsignor Arthur Sego.

Friends called from 4-7 p.m. (CDT) Monday, May 16, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, where a rosary service was held at 6:45 p.m. Funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday, May 17, also at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Kentland. Memorials donations may be made in her name to Catholic School Education or Matrix Lifeline Pregnancy Center.

Newton County Enterprise May 18, 2011

Willis F. Anker (1926-2011)

        Willis F. Anker, 84, of Wolcott, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at his residence.
        He was born Oct. 11, 1926, in White County to the late John and Priscilla (Zehr) Anker. His marriage was to Marilyn Huffman on Oct. 27, 1950. They divorced in 1970.
        Mr. Anker was a member of the U.S. National Guard and the Wolcott American Legion. He farmed for several years in Monon, owned and operated Kentland Motor Inn, and retired from Purdue University where he worked on the dairy farm for several years.
        He enjoyed fishing, working on lawn mowers, and raising pugs.
Surviving are five children, Cheryl Anker Angot (husband: Vince) of Kentland, Ron Anker (wife: Deb) of West Lafayette, Charlene Stapleton (husband: Gary) of Louisville, Ky, Richard Anker (wife: Colleen) of Lincoln, Calif., and Cindy Cote (husband: Jerry) of West Lafayette, a sister, Joyce Miller (husband: Vernon) of Monticello, and a brother, Jim Anker (wife: Carmin) of Wolcott.
        Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
        He is preceded in death by a brother ,Robert Anker, a sister, Loretta Dunker, and two infant siblings.
        Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 at Foster-Clapper     Funeral Home of Wolcott with Pastor Mary van Wijk officiating. Interment will follow at Wolcott Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association .
Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Newton County Enterprise January 27, 2011

Aldine A. Antcliff (1913-2010)

            Aldine A. Antcliff, 97, of Brook passed away Friday, July 30, 2010 at the Jasper County Hospital Alternacare in Rensselaer. She was born April 30, 1913, in Wolcott to the late Ernest W. and Ida Mary (Mathews) Mattox. She was a graduate of Remington High School, Class of 1931, and married Harold R. "Poss" Antcliff on Feb. 22, 1933, in Remington. He preceded her in death on June 27, 2003.       
            She was a retired secretary, working at George Ade Hospital for five years and St. Joseph's College for 11 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, the Altar Rosary Society, and was an alumni member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority and past president. She was a wonderful painter, and enjoyed reading, music and dancing.    Surviving are three sons, Robert C. Antcliff (Juanita) of Arlington, Texas, Don W. Antcliff of Kentland, and Tom H. Antcliff (Sue) of Wentzeille, Mo.; two daughters, Joyce A. Shuey (Tom) of Morocco and Carol L. Antcliff of Hollywood, Fla.; one brother, Paul Mattox of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Louise Spencer and Bertha Heater both of Lafayette, Ind.; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook from 5-8 p.m. with a Rosary service at 4:45 p.m. The funeral service was Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Goodland with Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating. Burial took place at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook following the service. Memorials are requested to the donor's choice. Newton County Enterprise August 5, 2010

 

James Allan Armstrong

            James Allan Armstrong, 23, of DeMotte, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010.
            He is survived by son, James Joseph, at home; daughter of love, Lauren; parents, Edith and Joe Massengill of DeMotte and Allan Armstrong of Minn.; grandparents, Reba Richards; Margie and Tommy Massengill; Virginia and Everett Armstrong; sister, Casey (Mike) Dunn and brother, Joey Massengill, both of DeMotte; nephews, Christian, Logan, Parker and Lucas, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.         
            He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Glenn Richards.         
            A visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pastor Scott Weinkauff officiating and burial following in Lake Village Cemetery in Lake Village.         
            James was a 2006 graduate of North Newton High School. www.sheetsfuneral.com           
            View online guestbook at myrepublican.info Rensselaer Republican October 23, 2010.

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Lawrence C Bannon

            Lawrence C Bannon, 96, Sebring, Fl., formerly of Morocco and Brook, died at 8:20 a.m. Sunday, June 20, 2004 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis. No visitation was scheduled. A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Brook United Methodist Church with the Rev Susan Beckett officiating. Burial will be in the Brook Abbey Cemetery, Brook.         Memorials may be made to the Brook United Methodist Church, Morocco United Methodist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Gerts Funeral Home in Brook handled local arrangements. Newton County Enterprise July 7, 2004 

 

Elenora R Barbosza, 82

            Elenora R Barbosza, age 82, of Morocco, passed away at Rensselaer Care Center, following a two year illness, at 7:20 p.m. on March 8, 2007. Born July 10, 1924, she had been a Morocco resident for most of her life. She attended school in Newton County and was a beautician for 26 years. Surviving is son John (Janet) Barbosza of Middleton, Ohio and her very special friend Barbara Koutny of Lake Village. Also surviving are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters and daughter Eva Kephart. Visitation was held from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, March 12, with a funeral service officiated by Rev Jack Snell at Steinke Funeral Home, Brunton Chapel, Morocco. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco. Newton County Enterprise  March 21, 2007

William L. "Bill" Balensiefer (1941-2011)

William L. "Bill" Balensiefer, 70, of Remington, died at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 17, 2011, at his residence. He had been in failing health for several months.
He was born March 18, 1941, in Rensselaer, to the late Lee and Kathryn (Mather) Balensiefer.
He graduated from Brook High School in 1959 and attended Purdue University in 1977 where he received his degree in professional engineering.
He married Dorothy Marlene Hardebeck on Aug. 1, 1959, in Earl Park. She survives. The Balensiefers resided in Battle Ground for 18 years prior to moving to Remington.
Mr. Balensiefer worked as an engineer, retiring from The Indiana State Highway Research and Development Department. He also was a proprietor of Captain's Table.
Bill was the past president of the Battle Ground Lions Club, and a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He achieved rank of Eagle Scout in 1954, and continued being active in scouting.
He enjoyed architectural design, intricate ship replica building, ancestry research, computer programming, home restoration, wood working, traveling and photography.
Surviving with his wife are five children, William Balensiefer III (Wife: Cindy) of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Zenda Lanning (Husband: Roger) of Remington, Adah Farney (Companion: Ed Kyburz) of Wolcott, Heidi Hageman (Husband: Gary) of Fowler, Heather Waibel (Husband: Brent) of Wolcott.
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Bill had a blessed and fulfilling 70 years of life, 51 years of it spent with his loving wife. He cherished every moment with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He always shared his wisdom with his friends and family. Bill will truly be missed by everyone whose life he touched and will rest comfortably in the arms of our Lord.
Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, July 19, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Remington with the Rosary being said at 4:45 p.m. Friends also called from 10-10:45 a.m., Thursday, July 21, at St. Josephs Catholic Church of Kentland where a Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m., with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment followed at St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Josephs Catholic Church, Boy Scouts, or Riley Children's Hospital of Indianapolis. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Newton County Enterprise July 27, 2011

 

 Avery Kane Bell

            Avery Kane Bell, 19, of Kentland and formerly of Rensselaer, passed away at 9:16 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., while awaiting a bilateral lung transplant. He was born Sept. 10, 1988, in Rensselaer, the son of Chris and Robin (Spalding) Bell. A former resident of Rensselaer, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rensselaer and attended the Rensselaer Schools for 11 years. Avery transferred to South Newton High School his senior year, graduating with the class of 2007. He was a freshman at St. Joseph College for one semester before becoming ill.

            Avery was an avid baseball player and Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed fishing with his family and friends. While a student at St. Joseph College, he participated in the baseball program there.

            Avery is survived by his parents, Chris and Robin Bell; two brothers, Christopher and Ryne Bell, all of Kentland; one sister Kim Hottels of San Francisco, Calif.; grandparents, Robert and Paula Bell of Rensselaer and Chuck and Bonnie Spalding of Cadiz, Ky.; great-grandparents, Paul and Joan Cochran of Rensselaer, Cleora Bell of Remington, Ind., and Audrey Purvis of Lafayette, Ind.; many aunts, uncles and cousins, along with Tim Clark, a very close friend of the family.

            Avery was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, Ray Bell and Max Delong.

            The family received friends on Sunday, May 4, 2008 from 2-8 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer. Funeral Services were Monday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Rensselaer with Rev. Gerald Egger officiating. Interment followed at Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer. Memorials may be made to the Avery Bell Scholarship Fund by procuring the proper envelope at Jackson Funeral Chapel. Also see www.jacksonfuneral.com. Newwton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

 

Marcia L. Benjamin (1953-2010)

            Marcia L. Benjamin of North Manchester, passed away quietly at her home on Nov. 24, 2010. She was born in Wabash, Ind., on Nov.27, 1953, to Edwin and Harriet Benjamin. Her mother is the former Harriet Mitten from Goodland, and Harry Mitten was her late grandfather. Marcia was one of the oldest surviving Cystic Fibrosis patients in the United States. Her determination and passion for living eclipsed many of the effects of the disease.   
            Anyone who knew Marcia remembers her kind heart, caring spirit, insightful communications and carefree laughter. She loved gourmet cooking and spent hours in her kitchen perfecting culinary masterpieces, as well as delicious comfort foods that she liked to call "Aunt Fannie meals"--named after her favorite great aunt, Fannie Oneal of Goodland.      
            Dinner parties with friends were cherished events and she kept menus of each one so a returning guest would never be served the same food. Spring often found her supervising the planting of hundreds of flower bulbs around her home where she treasured the company and personalities of her many cats.  
            After graduating from Wabash High School in 1972, Marcia attended Manchester College obtaining her B.S. in Psychology and graduating with high distinction. A Master's Degree in Communication followed from Ohio University, and in 1993 she earned a Ph.D. in communication from Purdue University.       
            During pursuit of her Doctorate degree, she worked at the Bowen Center in Warsaw, where she was a Consultation and Education Specialist, and later, Director of Volunteer Services.     
            She arrived at Manchester College in 1987 as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and in three years attained the title of full-tenured Professor of Communication Studies. She retired in 2010 as Professor Emeritus. Marcia's commitment to her students earned many accolades, but her greatest satisfaction came from watching her students' achievements following graduation.
            Throughout her teaching career, she was the recipient of many grants and achievement awards. Three times she was named to the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."     
            Marcia's community service included six years on the board for Youth Service Bureau of Big Brothers, Big Sisters Wabash and Grant County; as well as serving on the editorial board of Network, a quarterly publication for adult cystic fibrosis patients.   
            Her drive, determination and high spirits in the face of failing physical health will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew her and loved her.    
            In addition to her parents, she is survived by her life partner, Shea Finnegan of North Manchester; older brother, Chris (Janice) Benjamin of Waterford, Mich.; nephews Scott (Kim) Benjamin of Roswell, Ga.; Mike (Molly) Benjamin and Rob Benjamin both of Waterford and Hunter Finnegan of North Manchester; niece Brooke Jimenez of Anchorage, Alaska; as well as a great niece Maggie Benjamin of Roswell. A brother, Mark, preceded her in death. She leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues who will cherish their memories of her forever.           
            A funeral service was held on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 in North Manchester. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, it was Marcia's request that memorial contributions may be made in her name to Manchester College. The memorial guestbook for Marcia may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com. Arrangements were provided by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel in North Manchester Newton County Enterprise December 1, 2010

 

Gary Jan Bingham (1941-2012)

Gary Jan Bingham
August 1941 - April 12, 2012
Above all, Gary Bingham was a good and decent man, loved by all. He was born in August of 1941 to Harrison and Margaret Bingham in Morocco, IN. He was one of nine children. He spent his early years on the family farm, where he learned the values that guided his life -- hard work, love of family and friends and compassion toward all, and the joy to build anything he set his mind to and enjoyment of repairing things for others and making them usable again.
In 1960, shortly after graduating from Morocco High School, he made a trip to California to help his sister, Audrey, and her husband, Gene, relocate to Escondido. After enjoying the California sun he decided to make Escondido his home. He worked for San Diego Gas & Electric for 39 years, working his way up through the ranks. He retired in 1999, as a Dispatch Supervisor. After retiring he continued to work for the company helping out with furnace relights during the winter months.
Gary married his wife, Cheryl, in 1984 and they enjoyed working together restoring vintage furniture for resale. He enjoyed wood working, gardening, road trips, fishing, the outdoors and being in nature. He loved helping people and was the type of man who was always there when someone needed him, this extended beyond his life by being an organ donor.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl, of Escondido; sons, Anthony Scott (Heather) Bingham of Lebanon, Oregon, Greg Bingham of Salton City, CA, Jason (Meghan) Bingham of Escondido, Steve Kossian of San Diego, CA; Siblings, Juanita Banister of Remington, IN, Audrey (Gene) Johnson of Escondido, Dottie Kaupke of Phoenix, AZ, Larry (Judy) Bingham of Morocco, IN, Dennis (Peggy) Bingham of San Marcos, CA ; sister-in-law, Billie Sue Bingham of Ellenton, FL; many nieces and nephews; his former wife, Claudia Dominick of Fallbrook, CA and her mother, Dorothy Thallas of Escondido; grandchildren, Carly and Courtney Bingham of Lebanon, OR, and Jenna Bingham of Escondido. Gary will be deeply missed by his little dog, Sadie. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Lenore Smith, Raymond Bingham and Alice Nemecek.
A memorial service celebrating Gary's life will be held at 10 am on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church, 643 W. 13th St., Escondido, CA. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations can be made in Gary's name to: Western Arizona Humane Society, 950 Buchanan Street, Kingman AZ 86401 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , P. O. Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements are by Alhiser - Comer Mortuary. Newton County Enterprise April 22, 2012

Donald E “Tater” Blankenship, 74

            Donald E. “Tater” Blankenship, age 74, of Kentland, passed away at 6:48 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2007 at St. Elizabeth Center, Lafayette.

            Born Jan 1, 1933 in Fowler to the late Wilbur and Pauline (Buzzard) Blankenship. He was a 1951 graduate of Fowler High School. Blankenship was trained in sonar and radar in the U.S. Navy,  in which he served from 1952 until 1956 in the Korean Conflict.

            He married Connie Dorton on May 14, 1952 in Fowler and she survives.

            A resident of Kentland since 1956, he was a glass cutter at Capital, Kentland, and he trained and groomed race horses. He coached seventh grade girls basketball for 28 years, and seventh and eighth grade girls track for five years at South Newton School Corporation. He coached all levels in Kentland Summer League Baseball for 18 years, and took Babe Ruth All Star teams to the state finals eight of those years.

            Mr. Blankenship was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Kentland, the Kentland American Legion and the Illinois Harness Racing Association.

            Surviving with his wife is son Bernie (Becky) Blankenship, Kentland; daughter Cari Hoaks, Kentland; and grandchildren Casey Blankenship, Lafayette, and Jennifer, Jamie and Aaron Hoaks, Kentland. Also surviving is an aunt, Wanda Foster of Otterbein.

            He was preceded in death by parents Wilbur and Pauline Buzzard Blankenship.

            Visitation was held from 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 at McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, with a one-hour visitation prior to services, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Kentland. Rev Joseph Smith officiated. Burial with military rites was at Mt. Gilboa Cemetery, Fowler.

            Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Kentland Fire Department. Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

 

Kenneth Dean Blankenbaker (1930-2011)

Kenneth Dean Blankenbaker, 81, Fayetteville, Ark., passed away on Aug. 28, 2011, at his home. He was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Arcata, Calif., to Kenneth B. Blankenbaker and Mary Ward. On May 28, 1953, he married Mary Louise Golden, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Kenneth was a graduate of Mount Ayr High School, Class of 1948. He served with the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a retired machinist, and was working part time for Wal-Mart as a greeter.
Kenneth is survived by his daughters; Cynthia (Bobby) Howard of Kingston, Tenn., Pamela (Marvin ) Nagel of Rensselaer, Ind., Lori Blankenbaker of Fayetteville, Ark.; sisters, Carlene (Ray) Robbins of Tucson, Ariz., Lee (David) McKinzie of Sandwich, Ill., and Patricia (John) Conley of Phoenix, Ariz., and brother, Herschal "Buddy" Jackson, of California. Kenneth was blessed with nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, and wife.
Friends may call Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer, from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a graveside service at Northstar Cemetery, in Morocco.

Newton County Enterprise September 7, 2011

Brian Joseph Blount

            Brian Joseph Blount, 26, Goodland, formerly of Brook, died Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008, as a result of an automobile accident near Goodland. He was born April 19, 1981, in Hammond, Ind., to Tracy Allen Kinley and Karen Blount. He was a mechanic at Petro Plus in Remington. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Rensselaer, the V.F.W. of Rensselaer and the American Legion of Medaryville. Brian enjoyed fishing.

            He is survived by daughter Brianne Marie Blount of Maryland and son Calvin Fredrick Blount of Goodland; companion Britney McCord of Goodland; mother and stepfather Karne and Phillip Shaffer of Brook; father and stepmother Tracey Allen and Melanie Kinley of Indiana; brother Aaron Shaffer, Brook; sister, Brandy Lee Kinley of Indiana and Monica Shaffer of Brook; two stepsisters, Jennifer Walker of Tennessee and Phyllis Shaffer of North Judson; grandmothers, Eileen Blount of Rensselaer and Darlene Kiss of Indiana; grandfather, Jerry Kinley of Gary; great-grandmother, Pam Howell of Indiana and Grandma Kinley; step grandparents, Kenneth and Patricia Shaffer of Crown Point; special aunt, Dawn Herbert Ross of Hammond; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

            Visitation was Saturday, Feb 3, 2008 from 12-3 p.m. (CST) at the Gerts Funerald Home, Brook. Funerald services were Monday, Feb 4, at 11 a.m. at the Brook Methodist Church with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Burial took place at Riverside Cemetery, Brook.

            Memorials may be made to family wishes. Newton County Enterprise February 6, 2008

Claire Bogenschutz (1923-2012)

    Claire Bogenschutz, 88, of Springfield, Ill., died at 8:43 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2012 at St. John's Hospice In Springfield.
Claire was born April 8, 1923 in Springfield, the daughter of Albert E. and Clara P. Kliesner Gietl. She married Arthur Bogenschutz on September 10, 1949 in Springfield. He preceded her in death on January 15, 2002.
Claire was a secretary for nineteen years at Christ the King Parish, worked for the State Journal Register for four years, and Internal Revenue Service for one year. She was a Charter Member of the Christ the King Parish and volunteered at St. Joseph's Home, Central IL Food Bank, and Hospital Sister's Mission Outreach. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, swimming and traveling to FL every winter.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Albert Gietl; and two sisters, Frances Gardiner and Edith Calvert.
She is survived by her five children, Dave (wife, Peggy) Bogenschutz of Lake Villa, IL, Alan (wife, Rhonda) Bogenschutz of Buffalo Grove, IL, Janice (husband, David) Kerwin of Springfield, IL, Sr. Barbara Ann Bogenschutz, OP of Oglala, SD, and Rose Marie (husband, Dale) Morgan of Morocco, IN; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two nieces, four nephews and many cousins.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service.
Concelebrated Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Christ the King, 1930 Barberry, Springfield with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz and Rev. Jeff Holtman, co-celebrants.
Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Joseph's Home, 3306 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62703, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, P.O. Box 1665, Springfield, IL 62703 or masses.

Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2012

                                              

 

Bohlinger, Bonnie E and Hall, Warren S.

             Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Crane Funeral Home, Goodland. Rosary service there at 8 p.m. Funeral mass for the couple at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Rev. Tom Timmerman officiating. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Also surviving Miss Bohlinger are several nieces and nephews. Her mother preceded her in death in 1973. Mr. Hall is also survived by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hall and maternal grandparents, Mrs. Hazel Lindahl and Thurmond Keown. One sister preceded him in death. (09/12/74) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Borem, Sibyl 98

MOROCCO -- Sibyl Borem, 98, of St. Simons Island, Ga., died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.

            A native of Fisher, Ill., she was born on Oct. 20, 1911, and had been a resident of Glynn County, Ga., since 1984. She was the daughter of the late Roy Sheffer and Marsha Wormeldoff Sheffer.

            Her husband was the late Tillman James Borem.

            She was a homemaker and a member of St. Simons United Methodist Church, Fellowship Sunday School Class and UMW circles, worked at MAP packing boxes, served on the mission committee and initiated the committee in supporting the Red Bird Mission, was a volunteer in the church office for a number of years and helped start a prayer chain. She enjoyed traveling with seniors and going to the Walk of Emmaus events.

            Surviving are two sons, Denzil Borem of Berwick, Pa., and David Borem of Ashburn, Ga.; four daughters, Betty Borem Rainford of Romney, Judy Borem Noble of St. Simons Island, Carolyn Borem of Brunswick, Ga., and Emma Borem Alkire of Stilesville. Services in Morocco Wednesday. Lafayette Journal Courier October 11, 2010

Dorothy B. Bower (1923-2011)

    Dorothy B. Bower, 87, of Kentland, died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at George Ade Memorial Health Care of Brook, Indiana.
    She was born Feb. 14, 1923, in White County to the late Dollis and Lucille (Miller) Spear. She graduated from Chalmers High School in 1941, St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1944 and St. Mary's of the Woods in 1978.
    Her marriage was to Robert J. Bower on February 26, 1949 in Lafayette, Ind. He survives.
    She lived in the Kentland area all of her life, and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph Women's Club, Newton County DAR (Daughter's of American Revolution) and Grant County Home Ec Club.
    She was employed by several area doctors from Kentland to Lafayette. She worked as the surgery supervisor at George Ade Hospital and taught nurses aid classes at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
    Surviving are two sons, James Bower (Vicki) of Zionsville, Michael Bower (Amelie) of New Iberia, Louisiana, three daughters, Mary Leisure (Robert) of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Jane Dilts of Winamac and Ann Huber (John) of Darien, Illinois.
    Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, David Bower, Allison Bower, Jacob Leisure, Anne Marie Leisure, William Dilts (Emily), Charlie Dilts, Kevin Bower, Elyse Bower, Irene Bower, Amelie Bower, Kevin Huber and Theresa Huber.
    She is preceded in death by one brother, Lloyd Spear.
    Friends called from 4-8 p.m. (CST) Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland where a rosary service was held at 4 p.m. Funeral mass took place at 11 a.m. (CST) Friday, Feb. 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials donations may be made in Dorothy's name to George Ade Memorial Health
Care Center, 3623 East State Road 16, Brook IN 47922.
    Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise February 9, 2011

Thomas J. Burnside (1972-2011)

    Thomas J. Burnside, 38, of rural Morocco, passed away unexpectedly at his home Friday evening, March 25, 2011. He was born Dec. 8, 1972, in Rensselaer, son of James Thomas and Florence Ann (Bertram) Burnside.
Tom was a lifetime Newton County resident and graduated from North Newton High School in 1991. On Nov. 17, 2001, in Morocco, he married Hope R. (Saulsgiver). She survives. Tom was a heavy equipment operator for Local #150 in Countryside, Ill., and was affiliated with the United Church of Morocco.
    Surviving are his wife, Hope; mother, Florence of Morocco; and children, Cole Burnside and David Bellinger both at home. Also surviving is a sister, Diane Szczepanski (husband, Martin) of Morocco. Preceding him in death were his father, James Burnside, and one brother, Bradley Burnside.
    Friends were invited to visit with the family on Monday, March 28, 2011 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Morocco Community Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 29, at 10 a.m. at the Morocco Community Center, with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment followed at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.
    The family suggests memorials to the Hemophilia Foundation, 5170 E. 65th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220. To sign the online guest registry visit www.steinkefuneralhome.com

Newton County Enterprise March 31, 2011

Mary F Bower

            Mary F Bower, 83, of Kentland passed away May 2nd. The McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Guide May 17, 2004

Brunton, Doris

    This is jpg of the obituary for Doris that ran in the Evansville Courier, December 11, 2011.  It is two parts. Part 1, Part 2

Doris Marie Brunton

Doris Marie Brunton, 88, of Evansville, died Wednesday, December 7, 2011. She was born in Cannelton, IN, March 4, 1923, to the late Edwin Heinrich Hoddle and Anita Marie Hafele Hodde.

               Doris graduated from Cannelton High School in 1941 and received a B. Ed in Music Education and Physical Education from Indiana State University in 1944. She married the late R. Jack Brunton in January of 1946. The couple resided in Evansville most of their adult lives.

               As a young woman, Doris was an active member of St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church of Cannelton. She was Valedictorian of her high school class and was an accomplished bass clarinet player, winning a number of honors. She was also drum major for the high school band. Doris was crowned Miss Ohio River for the American Legion Ohio River Regatta in 1939. She spent several summers as a lifeguard at the Indiana Dunes State Park beach in northern Indiana. Doris loved to dance, especially the jitterbug, and enjoyed tending plants and gardens. Over the course of her life, Doris led children and adult choirs, and even served as a church organist for a number of years. She taught band music in Morocco, Indiana, and founded their high school marching band. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Evansville and Evansville Country Club. She was an avid golfer and loved playing bridge and canasta with friends. She and Jack took many trips, sightseeing, as well as playing golf, all around the country.

               Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in 1992; brothers, Arthur Hodde in 1986 and Charles Hodde in 1964; and a sister, Wilma Kuster in 1997.

               She is survived by her three children, William E. (Cathy) Brunton of Newburgh, Walter R. (Jill) Brunton of Mt. Vernon and Jane (Jim) Yeager of Rocky Mount, NC; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

               Friends may visit from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2011, at Alexander East Chapel, Private services will be held at a later date.

               Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Southern Indiana Scholarship Fund or University of Evansville Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be made online at www.alexandereastchapel.com

 

Burks, Roy L.

            Roy L. Burks, 78, of Fowler, formerly of Earl Park, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 6:29 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lafayette. He was born May 21, 1929 in Freedom, Ky., the son of the late Erastus and Lorena (Davis) Burks and was a graduate of Temple Hill High School.

            He married Betty “Sue” Viggers in 1947 in Munfordville, Ky., and she survives.

            Mr. Burks farmed for 35 years in the Benton County area. He was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Kentland and the Benton County Country Club at Fowler. He enjoyed golfing and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

            Surviving with his wife are a son, Tim (Cheryl) Burks of Kentland; three daughters, Shery (Greg) Silvers of Fowler, Sheila Donohue of Fowler, and Jenny (David) Hall of Lafayette. A sister, Phoebe (Billy Joe) Peden of Townsend, Tenn., survives as do grandchildren, Michael (Chris) Spangler of Rensselaer, Doug (Dana) Spangler of Fowler, Brent (Amanda) Spangler of Fowler, Carmen (Brian) Flook of Earl Park, Cory (Hayley) Donohue of Seymour, Kayla and Tanner Hall of Lafayette, and Brian Silvers of Fowler and 11 greatgrandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Dana Sue Spangler, two brothers and a sister.

            Cremation rites were accorded. Visitation was from 4 until 8 p.m. (CST) Friday, May 2, 2008 at the 1st Baptist Church of Kentland. A funeral service was held at the church at 11 a.m. (CST) Saturday, May 3, with Rev. Bill Hal and Rev. Larry Schuringa officiating. Inurnment followed at the Blue Ridge Cemetery near Raub.

            The McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland is in charge of arrangements.          
            www.stitzfuneralhome.com Newton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

 

Delvin R Burnside

            Delvin R Burnside, 66, Brook, died at 12:53 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer.

            He was born June 7, 1937 in Morocco, the son of Ralph J & Anna L Dunkin Burnside.

            He married Janice Marie Burrell March 10, 1961, in Morocco. She preceded him in death Dec 14, 1983, in Rensselaer. He later married Pearl M. Warran March 24, 190 in Rensselaer.

            Mr. Burnside served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1963.

            He was a truck driver for McClain Trucking and Hi-Way Dispatch, and was a member of Central States Teamsters Union Local 142 in Gary.

            He is survived by wife Pearl M. Burnside of Brook; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol A. and Allen Deno of Brook and Linda and John Miller of Lake Villa, Ill.; one son and daughter-in-law, John W and Dawn Burnside, of Lake Village; three step daughters and spouses, Pam and Alan Anderson of Valparaiso, Cindy Gamblin of Valparaiso and Jaclin and Robert Miller, of Concord, N.C.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Florence Burnside of Morocco and Ralph Jay and Jenell Burnside Jr. of Hasting, Neb.; one sister, Doris Sisco of Kentland; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and seven step grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by his parents.

            Visitation was from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook.

            Funerald services were at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Richard Gerts officiating.

            Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Brook.

            Arrangements were handled by Gerts Funeral Home in Brook. Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2004

 

John Mearlin Burton, 63

            John Mearlin Burton, age 63, of Remington, Ind. passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2007, at 5:18 a.m. at his residence.

            He was born March 21, 1943 in Rensselaer to the late John Wilbur and Ruth (Penny) Burton.

            Mr. Burton was a graduate of Brook High School. He married Eileen Margaret Gordon on June 27, 1969 in Goodland and she survives. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving from 1964 to 1967 in the Vietnam War.

            Mr. Burton worked for thirty years for Northway of Rensselaer, ten years for APW of Monon, and five years in maintenance at Grandma’s Truck Stop.

            He enjoyed fishing, hunting and drinking coffee while visiting with his friends.

            Survivors include his children, Denise Willenbrink of Springboro, Ohio, Cindy (Brandon) Del Hoyo of Matthews, N.C., and Kelly (Kenny) Gerhardt of Lafayette; brothers, Philip Burton of Brook and William Burton and Larry Burton, both of Goodland; one sister, Linda Schwier of Elkhart; three granddaughters and two grandsons.

            Visitation was on Friday, March 2, from 5-8 p.m. at the Stitz Funeral Home in Remington. Funeral Service was Saturday, March 3, at 10:00 a.m. at the Stitz Funeral Home with the Reverend Thomas Fox officiating. Burial with military rights at graveside was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Remington.

            Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

            Arrangements were handled by the Stitz Funeral Home in Remington. Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007


            

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            Donald H. Cady

            Morocco - Donald H. Cady, 77, died at 3:55 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 1994 in his residence.

            He was born June 11, 1917 in Iroquois County, Ill. to Harrison Barnibe and Edna June Keath Cady and he was a lifetime resident of the area.

            Mr. Cady was married on Nov. 14, 1936 in Sheldon, Ill. to Juanita May Denton. He was employed as a carpenter and farm manger for the E & M ranch in Enos, Ind., he retiring in 1975. He was an avid fisherman.

            Surviving with the wife are four daughters, Mrs. Bonnie (Larry Dale) Crofford of Thompsonville, Ill., Mrs. Judy (Larry) Bingham and Mrs. Lois (Larry) Fox, both of Morocco, and Mrs. Donna (Bill) Person of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Larry (Jan) Cady of Lake Village and Gaylord "Butch" (Sandy) Cady of Mishawaka; two sisters, Virginia Brammer of Sheldon and Joan Johnson of Papineau, Ill.; two brothers, Keath Cady of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Raymond Cady of Daytona Beach, Fla. 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Leonard Edward Cady, two brothers and two sisters.

            Friends may call at Lang Funeral Home in Morocco on Friday, July 8 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The funeral service will be there on Saturday, July 9 at 11 am. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Morocco. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Catherine L. Carroll (1927-2011)

    Catherine L. Carroll, 83, of Rensselaer, formerly of Brook, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at the Rensselaer Care Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1927, in Brook to the late Luther W. and Helen (Hamacher) Whaley. On Oct. 15, 1947, she was wed to Lloyd K. Carroll, and he survives.
    Mrs. Carroll graduated from Brook High School in 1945, and attended of Ball State University until 1947, and St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer. She taught third and fourth grade at Mt. Ayr school, and then taught first grade in Brook for 28 years, before retiring. She was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading and making Christmas stockings for her grandchildren.
    Surviving with her husband are one daughter, Pam Carroll, and one son, Tony (Julie) Carroll, both of Rensselaer; three sisters, Thelma "Cork" Carroll of Brook, Phyllis (Bill) Weston of Brook and Bonnie (Richard) Watts of Lafayette; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
    Preceding her in death are her parents and one great-grandson.
    Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Friday, Jan. 21, from 4-8 p.m., at the Brook United Methodist Church. Funeral service is Saturday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Brook United Methodist Church, with burial to follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
    Memorial contributions are requested to the Alzheimer's Association or the Rensselaer Care Center.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements

Newton County Enterprise January 21, 2011

Thelma J. "Cork" Carroll (1929-2011)

Thelma J. "Cork" Carroll, 81, of Brook, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 5:30 a.m. at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born Nov. 20, 1929 in Brook to the late Luther W. and Hazel Helen Hamacher Whaley. She graduated Brook High School with the Class of 1947. On May 20, 1949, she and Kenneth W. "Bud" Carroll were wed in Brook. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1997 in Brook.
Thelma was a retire bookkeeper at the George Ade Memorial Hospital in Brook for 30 years. She was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, word search puzzles and fishing.
Surviving are two daughters, Jane M. Whaley of Brook and Karen D. Clark of Lake Mary, Fla.; one son, Thomas Lee (wife Bonnie) Carroll of Brook; two sisters, Bonnie (husband Richard) Watts of Lafayette and Phyllis Weston (husband Bill) of Brook; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister, Catherine L. Carroll.
Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 30, at the Brook United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. with Richard E. Gerts officiating. Internment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements
.

Newton County Enterprise September 30, 2011      

Betty J. Cassidy, 87

            KENTLAND -- Betty Jeanne Cassidy, 87, of Kentland, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at her residence.

            Born July 12, 1923, in South Bend, she was the daughter of the late C.D. and Gertrude Robertson Gilmore. She graduated from Kentland High School in 1941, then attended Indiana University, where she received a bachelor's degree in business education in 1945. While attending IU, she was treasurer of Mortar Board, president of Chi Omega sorority, and a member of Omicron Delta. She also belonged to Phi Beta Kappa and was listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

            On June 30, 1945, she married John J. Cassidy in Boca Raton, Fla., and he preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 2005.

            Mrs. Cassidy lived in Kentland from 1930 until moving to West Lafayette 2006. She worked as a bookkeeper at JJ's Chevrolet/Buick Agency, which she owned and operated with her husband. In 1970, she began a 19-year teaching position in the business department at South Newton High School. After retiring, she did bookkeeping for Agventure, Inc.

She played the organ at Trinity United Methodist Church, served as past president of Kentland/Jefferson Township Library Board of Trustees, and was a member and past president of Tri Kappa sorority.

            She enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with her neighbors and friends.

            Surviving are her children, Sharon Cassidy, John M. Cassidy (wife: Kathy), Colleen Cohen (husband: Steve) and Tom Cassidy.

            Also surviving are 2 grandsons, whom she loved spending time with, Jay Cassidy (wife: Dinah) and Patrick Toney (wife: Sara); and great-grandchildren, Jack, Chloe and Anya Cassidy, and Aidan, Zachary, Abby and Ryan Toney.

            Friends may call 4-7 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. (CDT) Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, Fr. Rob Bernotas officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Kentland. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Lafayette Journal Courier August 13, 2010

 

Mildred Lavon Calvert

            Mildred Lavon Calvert, 72, of Kentland, passed away May 1st. The McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland, was in charge of arrangements. Guide  May 17, 2004

Allison "Al" Carter Jr. (1957-2012)

Allison "Al" Carter, 54, of rural Toledo, Ill., passed away 6:08 p.m., June 7, 2012, at his residence. Al was born Aug. 5, 1957, in Gary, the son of Allison and Virginia ( White ) Carter. He married Mary Hernandez, Oct. 29, 2002, in Kentucky. Al was a construction worker.
He leaves his wife Mary Carter of Jewett, Ill.; two sons, Jason Carter and wife Ashley of Lerna, Ill., and Jeff Carter and wife Brandi of Rensselaer, Ind.; three Brothers, Steve Carter and wife Ginny of Rensselaer, Mark Carter and wife Maria of Lake Village, and Scott Carter and wife Lisa of Cedar Lake; one half brother, Leo Carter and wife Martha of Casper, Wyo.; two sisters, Etha Hawkins of Morocco, and Tina Ault and husband Tony of Lake Village and three grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Laura.
Graveside Services were held at the Cochran Grove Cemetery, north west of Neoga, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012, with the Rev. Steve Massengill of Neoga officiating. Burial took place in the Cochran Grove Cemetery. The Swengel - O'Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, Ill.
Online condolences may be expressed at swengel-odell. com

Newton County Enterprise June 13, 2012

 

Elouise H Chapman (1918-2012)

Elouise H. Chapman, 94, of Brook passed away Friday, May 18, at 1:18 a.m. at the I.U. Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. She was a lifetime resident of Brook, born Feb. 18, 1918, in Bloomington, Ill. On March 8, 1987, she married Darrell Chapman in Brook, and he survives. Her first marriage was to Estil O. Chapman on Dec. 9, 1933, in Morocco. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1984 in Rensselaer.
Elouise was a retired OB Nurses Aide at George Ade Memorial Hospital where she worked for 21 years. She was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church, a 50 year member of the Pythian Sisters and a 50 year member of the Royal Neighbors. She enjoyed her family and grandchildren, gardening and kittens.
Surviving with her husband Darrell are one daughter, Marcia (Russell) Carlson of Brook; step-sons, Lyle (Regina) Chapman of Mariette, Ga., and Rex (Chris) Chapman of Brook; one step-daughter Linda Chapman of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son, Dewayne Chapman.
Visitation was Sunday, May 20, from 2-3 p.m. at the Brook United Methodist Church followed by a funeral service at the church at 3 p.m. Burial followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook. Memorials may be made in her memory to the family or the American Cancer Society .
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2012

Margery Cheek, 89

            KENTLAND -- Margery Cheek, 89, of Kentland, died at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka, Ill.

            Born May 10, 1921, in Kentland, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Mary Rheude Diedam. She graduated from Kentland High School.

On Dec. 30, 1944, she married Jesse Cheek in Kentland, and he preceded her in death on April 10, 2004.

            Mrs. Cheek lived and farmed in the Sheldon, Ill., area before moving to Kentland in 1981. She worked in the Newton County clerk's office from 1981 until her retirement in 1995.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was a Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are a daughter, Cathy E. Light (husband: Jeff) of Sheldon; and two sisters, Rita Weiss (husband: Stuart) of Las Vegas and Alice Catron (husband: William) of Tampa, Fla.

            Also surviving are a grandson, Nathan Light (companion: Jessica Wright); and a sister-in-law, Joanne Diedam of Kentland. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Reifenrath; and 3 brothers, Raphael, John and David Diedam.

            Margery was devoted to her family and was an excellent cook.

            Graveside service 1 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland. Memorial donations may be made in Margery's name to Iroquois Resident Home or Iroquois Memorial Hospice. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland in charge of arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Lafayette Journal Courier October 29, 2010

 

Dennis W. Childers (1958-2010)

            Dennis W. Childers, 52, of Milford, Ill., passed away Dec. 27, 2010 at 12 a.m. at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Formerly of Goodland, Dennis was born March 4, 1958, in Watseka, Ill., to David K. Childers and the late Mandy Estes Childers. He graduated from Benton Central High School in Fowler in 1978.      
            Dennis worked in Quality Control for Bosch Tool Corp in Watseka for five years.  
            Surviving with his father is one son, John Childers of Fowler, and one brother, Ron (Linda) Childers of Wadena, Ind.  
            He was preceded in death by his mother, one sister and one brother-in-law. 
            According to his wishes, he will be cremated with no visitation and a graveside service to be held at a later date.    
            Memorial contributions may be made in his name to charity of choice. Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise December 30, 2010

 

Kathryn Ellen Clark

            Kathryn Ellen (Ball) Clark, age 100, of Rensselaer, formerly of Newton County, passed away Tuesday, Feb 20, 2007 at the Rensselaer Car Center. She was born on March 13, 1906 in Kosciusko County to Argus Glenn Ball and Ida Metressie (Young).

            She lived in Kosciusko County for 23 years, then lived in Newton County for 67 years before moving to the Rensselaer Care Center. On October 5, 1931, in Paxton, Ill., she married George R Clark who passed away on December 31, 1971.

            She attended the Teachers College in Indianapolis. She was an elementary teacher for 33 years in Burket, In., Morocco, Colfax School, Newton County, Cedar Lake, Wolcott, Camden, Roselawn, and in Lafayette area. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Morocco, a member of the D.U.V. and a member of the Newton County Retired Teachers.

            Kathryn Clark was survived by her daughter Martha F (Gray) White of Morocco, Son-in-law John Vasquez of Donovan, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers Glenn (Jane) Ball of Dayton, Ohio, J.L. (Doris) Ball of Kalamazoo, Michigan and 1 sister Mildred McFarren of Warsaw, Kathryn Clark is preceded in death by her husband, George R Clark, her parents Argus Glenn Ball and Ida Metressie (Young) a daughter Virginia Vasquez and a brother Elza Ball.

            Services were held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer with Rev Sam Polito officiating on Thursday, Feb 22, 2007 at noon. Burial followed at the Oakland Cemetery of Morocco. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Morocco. Newton County Enterprise February 28, 2007

 

Donald L. "Clarkie" Clark

            Donald L. "Clarkie" Clark, 84, formerly of Brook, died at 2 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at his residence in Rensselaer. He had also lived in Florida for 23 years.
            Born Oct. 3, 1926, in Rensselaer he was the son of the late Leland M. and Leona Foresman Clark. He was a 1944 graduate of Brook High School.           
            On Jan. 20, 1945, he married Marilyn B. Kanne in Rensselaer, and she preceded him in death on June 19, 1977 in Lakeland, Fla. On Jan. 14, 1978, he married Genevieve C. Feldhaus in Rensselaer, and she survives.        
            Clark was a retired farmer who enjoyed fishing, boating, playing golf and fish fries.
            He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Rensselaer. He was former vice president of the National Livestock Association, was the first president of the Indiana Northwest Cattlemen's Association, and was selected for the National Livestock & Meat Board and St. Joseph Fellow.    
            Surviving with his wife are two daughters, Nancy Brown (husband: Thom) of Lafayette and Mary Beth Ryan (husband: Tom) of Rensselaer; and three stepchildren, Sharon Davisson, Byron Schreeg (wife: Ann) and JoAnn Claussen (husband: Greg).     
            Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 9 step grandchildren and 16 step great-grandchildren.
            Visitation from 10 a.m. (CDT) until service time at 11 a.m. (CDT) Oct. 16 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Rensselaer, Revs. Tim McFarland and Ken Pleiman officiating. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Brook. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jasper County Hospital Home Healthcare & Hospice. Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, in charge of arrangements. View online guestbook at myrepublican.info Rensselaer Republican October 14, 2010

 

Betty Jo Cline (1940-2011)

Betty Jo Cline, 71, of Highland Ranch, Colo., passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colo. She was a resident of Brook prior to 2007. She was born March 26, 1940, in Kentland to the late Virgil and Arno Wesley Wallace.
Mrs. Cline was a graduate of Brook High School, Class of 1958. She attended Lafayette Business College, earning an Associates Degree. On Aug. 20, 1961, she married William W. Cline, who preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 2006 in Lafayette.
Mrs. Cline was a homemaker and also did some bookkeeping. She attended the South Soborban Christian Church in Littleton, Colo., and was a past member of the Hazelden Country Club. She did some community work and charity work in Colorado and Arizona.
She is survived by three daughters, Kimberly Jo (Mike) Stasiewicz of Littleton, Colo., Mary "Micki" (Scott) Cogan, and Melissa (Col. Tom) Riney, both of Albuquerque, N.M. Also surviving is one sister, Lena Weishaar of Brook, and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and one son, Bryan Cline.
Visitation was Friday, April 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook. Funeral services were Saturday, April 16, at the Brook United Methodist Church at 10 a.m., with Rev. Sue Beckett and Richard Gerts officiating. Burial followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Bryan Cline Memorial Scholarship or charity of donor's choice.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Patricia M. Clinton (1927-2011)

Patricia "Pat" Marie Polen Clinton, 83, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at her River Park home in Plymouth, following a six-month battle with lung cancer. She was a former Newton County resident and moved her family to Plymouth in 1974.
Patricia was born Dec. 27, 1927, to John James Polen and Cleta Marie (Goessman) Polen in Rensselaer, Ind. Due to the death of her mother soon after her birth, Patricia was raised by her paternal grandmother, Mary Egan Polen and aunt, Elizabeth Polen Hickman, in Goodland. Patricia attended school and graduated from Goodland High School in 1946.
Patricia was married to Russell Calvin Clinton in Goodland on Nov. 19, 1947, and subsequently gave birth to five children. Her husband, Russell preceded her in death July 2, 1989. She is survived by her five children: Franki Lee Clinton Budde residing in Lafayette, Ind., Stephen William (Bonnie) Clinton residing in Fishers, Ind.., Michael John Clinton residing in Bloomington, Ind., Joseph Russell (Judy) Clinton residing in Plymouth, Ind., and Patrick Thomas (Jennifer) Clinton residing in Gray Court, S.C. She is survived by eight grandchildren; Tracey (Rodney) Winger, Timothy Budde, Jennifer (William) Rutherford, Brian Clinton, Michael (Elly) Clinton, Ryan Clinton, Chad Clinton and Sara Clinton, six great-grandchildren also survive together with a brother, Francis Polen and a sister, Mary Polen. Patricia was preceded in death by a brother, John (Bud) Polen and a sister, Phyllis Polen Ferrell.
Patricia was employed in Kentland and Plymouth by United Telephone Company as a telephone operator and supervisor until her retirement in 1988. Patricia Clinton attended St. Michael Catholic Church in Plymouth.
Patricia was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who supported and nurtured her family. When challenges came in her life she always fought hard to protect her family and keep them together. She enjoyed following the lives of her grandchildren and was a regular at Plymouth High School football, basketball, baseball and volleyball games. Her favorite times were the holidays when everyone would gather at her home. As she grew older, her family took on more of the holiday responsibilities, but she always enjoyed seeing everyone back together. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Visiting hours will be from 4 – 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. The Rosary will be prayed there at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 419 S. Newton St, Goodland, on Thursday at Noon where calling will continue from 10:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. CDT The Rev. Fr. Robert Bernotas will celebrate the Mass.
It was Patricia's wish that she be interred near her mother's grave in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Goodland.
Preferred memorial gifts in Patricia's name may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563.

Newton County Enterprise September 28, 2011

Richard A “Dick” Cloose

            Richard A “Dick” Cloose, 69, of Marion, Ky., formerly of Lake Village, passed away on may 4, 2008, in Kentucky. He was born on Feb 4, 1939 in Pinewood, Minn., to Alice (Hendrickson) and Rudolph Cloose, both deceased. On Nov 18, 1961, he married Maybelle “May” Koshney who passed away Feb 7, 2000. Dick was co-owner of Country Classics Furniture in Lake Village and managed Ray’s Auction in Lake Village. He had served with the Minnesota National Guard and had attended Bemidji High School in Bemidji, Minn.

            He is survived by his children, Linda (Jeff) Pullins, and Jay Woudema, both of DeMotte, Joe Cloose and Rich Cloose, both of Lake Village, and Carrie Dailey, of Lafayette; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; close friend, Sandra Martin, Marion, Ky,; brothers, Dennis (Bonnie) Cloose, Dean (Shirley) Cloose, and Donnie (Alvira) Cloose all of Minnesota and a sister, JoAnn Jernigan of Minnesota.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, wife May, daughter Lori Bass and brother Dale Cloose.

            Friends called on Thursday, May 8, 2008 from 208 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Service, 200 Third St. SW, DeMotte. Funeral services were on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jackson Funeral Service of DeMotte. Interment took place at Roselawn Cemetery, Roselawn.

            Also see www.jacksonfuneral.com Newton County Enterprise May 14, 2008

Bill Schembs Constable (1962-2010)

     Bill Schembs Constable, 48, a lifetime resident of Goodland, passed away Monday, Aug. 9, 1962, at 11:15 a.m. at St. Elizabeth East in Lafayette. He was born April 9, 1962, in Brook to the late Wilson W. Constable and Lois Constable, who survives.       
                Bill graduated South Newton High School in 1980. He was a partner in Tournament Towers Inc., that filmed TV college football. He was a former member of the Goodland Presbyterian Church and the Reach Around Band of Indianapolis. He played the keyboard, and enjoyed the Blues and Texas Swing. He was a very social person, loved people and never met a stranger.          
                Surviving with his mother are two sister, Sally (husband, Gregory Hartmann) Constable of Ridgewood, N.J., and Nancy (husband, Robert Fritz) Constable of Ramsey, N.J.; one brother, Burt (wife, Cheryl Terhorst) Constable of Oak Park, Ill.; three nieces and five nephews.   
            He was preceded in death by his father, Wilson.        
                A memorial will be held at the Fountain Park Chautauqua in Remington on Friday Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. (EST). Scott Sanders will officiate. Internment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Fountain Park Chautauqua or the charity of donor's choice.     
                Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise August 12, 2010

 

Thomas D. Cook, 78

BROOK -- Thomas D. Cook, 78, of Brook, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at Rensselaer Care Center.

            Born Feb. 13, 1932, in Jasper County, he was the son of the late Robert and Merle R. Mooney Cook. He was a 1950 graduate of Rensselaer High School and served in the Army from 1950 to 1952.

            On May 17, 1959, he married Patricia K. Hancock in Brook, and she survives.

            Mr. Cook was a millwright at Inland Steel, retiring in 1985 after 15 years.

            He was a member of Unity General Baptist Church in Crayne, Ky., Veterans of Foreign Wars and Brook American Legion.

            Surviving with his wife are two sons, Jeffry A. Cook (wife: Geneva) of Lee and John D. Cook of Gainesville, Ga.; a daughter, Janet Kay Wright of Kentland; and a brother, Herb Cook (wife: Susan) of Francesville.

            Also surviving are 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Brendon Cook; 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

            Visitation from 9 a.m. (CDT) until service time at 11 a.m. (CDT) Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, the Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Brook. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of choice. Lafayette Journal Courier August 3, 2010

 

Floyd "Mike" Cooper (1922-2012)

Floyd "Mike" Cooper, 89, of Shelbyville passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Major Hospital.
Born Aug. 6, 1922, in Newton County, he was the son of Wilbert and Esther (Sage) Cooper.  He married his wife of 68 years, Carol Jean Haehl on January 31, 1944, and she survives.
Other survivors include his son, Michael (wife, Charlotte) Cooper of Taipei, Taiwan; daughter, Jean Kessel of Yellow Springs, Ohio; brothers, Robert (wife, Martha) Cooper of Upland, California, Roy (wife, Avalynne) Cooper of Goodland and Richard (wife, Norma) Cooper of Wooster, Ohio; sisters, Joan (husband, Ron) Peacock of Lafayette, Kay Torres of New Jersey and Joyce (husband, Jim) Sharp of Monticello; grandchildren, Carriann (husband, Alan) Alabastro, Jason Cooper, Baye-shan Cooper, Weston Cooper, Jennifer (husband, Steve) Napolitan, Denise Dinsmore, Mindy (husband, Joel) Smith, Curtis Dinsmore, Clint Dinsmore, Sam (wife, Aleksa) Franklin and Luci Franklin; eight-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Monique Dinsmore; brother, Gerald Cooper; and son-in-law, Jay Kessel.
Mr. Cooper formerly taught business classes in White Pigeon, Michigan for three years, he then worked at The Shelbyville News for 39 years as auditor, retiring in 1987.
He was a veteran of the U.S.
Army 2nd Armored Division, serving during World War II.
Mr. Cooper was a member of First Christian Church and Friends of Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library.
He graduated from Brook High School in 1940, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1946 and his master's degree in 1948 in business from Ball State University.
Mike was an avid reader, having read over 4,000 books since his retirement.  He also enjoyed gardening and yard work.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the funeral home, with Rev. Nathan D. Wilson officiating

David T. Couch (1934-2012)

David T. Couch, 78, and lifelong resident of Kentland, passed away at 12 p.m. (noon), Monday, May 07, 2012, in his residence surrounded by his family.
He had been battling cancer for the last 14 months.
He was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Kentland to the late James T. and Isabelle (Farrell) Couch and later earned his GED from Lafayette Jefferson High School.
Mr. Couch was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States
Army 4th Division Infantry serving during the Korean Conflict.
His marriage was to Bonnie Wilcox on June 7, 1969, in Cahokia, Ill.  She died Nov. 28, 2008.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland and the Kentland American Legion post #23.
Mr. Couch was retired from South Newton High School where he was a longtime bus driver and served as custodian for his first couple years. Prior to that he was an owner/operator of a Phillips 66 service station and worked with his brother at Couch Roofing.
Dave was a wonderful example of how to treat others, always generous and willing to help others.  He enjoyed his interaction with people at the school and the service station, never knowing a stranger. 
Surviving are two daughters, Tammy Shepherd (husband: Rusty) of Lafayette and Tonya Knoth (husband: Matthew) of Battle Ground; a step-daughter, Phyllis Murphy (husband: Ronald) of Montmorenci; two step-sons, Thomas Voris of Kentland and Charles Voris (wife: Diana) of Goodland and a brother, James Couch of Kentland.
Dave loved spending time with his family, especially his 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death with his wife and parents are two brother, Timothy and John Couch and four sisters, Betty Moser, Patricia McKee, Jeanette Ford and Mary Antcliff.
A rosary service will be held at 3:45 p.m. followed by visitation until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, Fr. Rob Bernotas to officiate. Interment to follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Kentland.
Memorials may be made in his name to Jasper County Hospice or the
American Cancer Society .

Newton County Enterprise May 9, 2012

Evaleen Couch, 77

            KENTLAND -- Evaleen"Evie"Couch, 77, of Kentland, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.

            She was born on Oct. 3, 1932, in Brook, the daughter of the late Arthur and Mittie Bill Watt and was a graduate of Morocco High School.

            On Nov. 27, 1974, she married James H. Couch, and he survives.

            Mrs. Couch worked as a waitress and, for many years, at Dormyer Industries and Viskase Corp., both in Kentland.

            She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and American Legion Post 23 Auxiliary, both in Kentland.

            Surviving with her husband are three daughters, Sally Conn of Brook, Sue Voigt of Lake Village and Lorrie Swartz (husband: Kenny) of Fair Oaks; a son, Scott Hanger (wife: Nikki) of Lake Village; a stepson, Jim Couch (wife: Kathy) of Raub; a stepdaughter, Kathy Holloway (husband: Curt) of Kentland; two sisters, Mary Brown of Lafayette and Kathleen "Katie" Styck (husband: Richard) of Rensselaer; two brothers, Robert Watt of Kentland and Donald Watt of Rensselaer.

            Also surviving are a son-in-law, Jeff LaCosse of Morocco, and a sister-in-law, Joanne Watt; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Chris LaCosse; a sister, Lois Hoeferlin; and a brother, James Watt.

            Friends may call Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. (CDT) at the Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at 11 a.m. (CDT) at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kentland, Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Evaleen's memory to the American Legion Post 23 of Kentland. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Lafayette Journal Courier September 13, 2010

 

Eileen H. Crain (1923-2012)

Eileen H. Crain, 88, of Kentland, died at 3:24 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at Heritage Healthcare of West Lafayette. She had been a resident there for two years.
She was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Cardiff, South Wales, Great Britain to the late David S. and Eva H. (Taylor) Lloyd.
Her marriage was to George L. Crain on March 12, 1945 in Cardiff, South Wales. She arrived in the United States as a war bride in March of 1946.
She lived in Kentland most of her adult life before moving to the Friendship House in Lafayette 10 years ago.
Eileen owned and operated Kent Café in Kentland for many years, and worked at several restaurants throughout her life.
She enjoyed knitting, cooking, making noodles, traveling, raising her three sons, spending time with her family and helping others.
Surviving are two sons, Robert L. "Bob" Crain and George "Skeeter" Crain both of Kentland, a brother, John Lloyd of Cardiff, South Wales, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, oldest son, Trevor G. Crain, three brothers, Ronald, Kenneth and Trevor G. Lloyd and two sisters, Marge and Winnie.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 1 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday, April 24, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Inurnment to follow at a later date at Fairlawn Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to Food Finders Food Bank of Lafayette. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise April 22, 2012

Mary Ann Curts, 79

            BROOK -- Mary Ann Curts, 79, a lifelong resident of Brook, died at 11:06 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth, Minn.

            Born Dec. 30, 1930, in Brook, she was the daughter of Fred and Ima G. Frauenhoff Harris. She was a 1948 graduate of Brook High School.

            On July 18, 1952, she married Jerry O. Curts in Hammond, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 2004, in Rensselaer.

            Mrs. Curts retired from Community State Bank of Brook, where she had been a cashier and former vice president, and was currently serving on its board of directors.

She was a member of Brook United Methodist Church, St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Delta, Wis., and American Legion Auxiliary of Morocco.

            She enjoyed quilting, cooking, genealogy and spending summers with her family in Delta.

            Surviving are four daughters, Debra Richard (husband: Brad) of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., Marcia Johnson (husband: Warren Jr.) of Morocco, Mary Rusk (husband: Mark) of Vicksburg, Mich., and Alisa Morehouse of Lafayette; and two sisters, Lois G. DeLay and Donna M. Cole, and a brother, Robert Harris (wife: Nancy), all of Brook.

Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, Eric and Alex Richard, Brian and Kari Johnson, Laura and Kyle Rusk, Leah and Kelsey Morehouse.

            Visitation 6-8 p.m. (CDT) Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook. Services there at 11 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, the Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Interment to follow at Riverside cemetery, Brook. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Delta, Wis., or Morocco American Legion Scholarship Fund

Lafayette Journal Courier October 17, 2010

Winifred L. (Chambers) Curts (1911-2012)

Winifred L. Curts, 100, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012, at 11:30 p.m. at the Wesley Manor in Frankfort, Ind. Formerly of Brook, she was born June 20, 1911, in Bourbon, Ind., to the late Rev. Bert Chambers and Margaret Moore Chambers. She graduated from Brook High School in 1930, and I.C.C. in 1932. Her marriage was to Charles A. "Chalk" Curts on April 14, 1933, in Brook. He preceded her in death on March 13. 1990, in Rensselaer.
Winifred was a retired teacher, and taught first and third grades for eight years at Brook Elementary School. She was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church, Sisters of Ruth for 50 years, sang in the church choir for 60 years, and was a member of the former Brook Music Club. She also sang in the "Singing Saints" at Wesley Manor.
She enjoyed sewing and ceramics.
Surviving are two sons, Richard E. (Mona) Curts of Indianapolis, and C. David (Patti) Curts of Lafayette; three grandchildren, Stan, Doug and Mark; three great-grandchildren and two great-great-granchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Agnes and Ruth, and two brothers, John and Marshall.
Visitation was Monday, March 26, from 10-11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook. Funeral Services followed at 11 a.m. with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Interment took place at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
The Gerts Funeral Home of Brook was in charge of arrangments. Send online condolences and sign the guestbook for Mrs. Curts at
www.newtoncountyenterprise.com.

Newton County Enterprise March 30, 2012

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William C. Dalton

            William C. Dalton, 68, of Winter Haven, Fl, passed away on March 20, 2008, from complications after open heart surgery and stroke. He was a graduate of Goodland High School. He was in the National Guard and U.S. Army.

            Survivors include one daughter, Christina Siegfield (Tim) of Winter Haven, Fl.; two sons, William Dalton (Tracie) of Pacifica, Calif. And Scott (Stephanie) of Pacifica, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Dreyden, Lauren, Emily, Rachel, Steven, Cole and Julian; two brothers, Virgil E. Dalton of Baton Rouge, La.; and David Dalton of Delphi, Ind.; five sisters, Marjorie Hanna of Winter Haven, Fl., Barbara King of Midland, Mich., Dorothy May of Remington, Alive Medley of Remington and Nancy Coogan of Salt Lake City, Utah.

            A memorial service will be Sunday, June 22, 2009 at Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland at 11 a.m. with Richard E. Gerts officiating. Newton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

 

L. Wayne "Danny" Danruther (1927-2010)

            L. Wayne "Danny" Danruther, 83, of Brook passed away on Dec. 15, 2010 at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.     
            A lifelong resident of Brook, Danruther was born on July 25, 1927, to Lawrence H. and Goldie Rae Emily Danruther. After graduating from Brook High School in 1945, he enlisted in the United State Navy, serving for a short time before being released via medical discharge.      
            Upon his return to Brook, Danruther settled into a career as a self-employed contractor. He married Martha J. Lyons Danruther on Dec. 7, 1946. Together they had a son, Chuck (wife Kathy). Both wife and son survive as well as a brother, two sisters, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.        
            Recreationally, Danruther was known to enjoy a quality game of golf. He spent much of his life as a member of the Hazelden Country Club, Brook American Legion and the Carpenters Union Local #350.      
            As per his request, Mr. Danruther was cremated. No visitation service has been planned and a graveside service is expected at an undisclosed date in the future. Newton County Enterprise December 30, 2010

 

Jennie J. Datzman, 93

            KENTLAND -- Jennie J. Datzman, 93, of Kentland, died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Greenhill Manor in Fowler.

            Born Jan. 6, 1917, in Kentland, she was the daughter of the late Simon and Retha Vanderwall. She was a lifelong resident of Kentland and a 1935 graduate of Kentland High School.

            She married Robert C. Datzman, who died April 1, 1981. Mrs. Datzman was a homemaker.

            Surviving are three sons, Robert C. Datzman Jr. of Kentland, Steven H. Datzman of Earl Park and M. Gene Datzman of Indianapolis.

            Also surviving are five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

            Private family service. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland in charge of arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfu neralservices.com

Lafayette Journal Courier November 10, 2010

 

Norma Jean Davis

Norma Jean Davis, 92, of Jenison, Mich., passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlowe Davis of Kentland; brother, John Winkle; and sister, Neva Sexton.
She will be lovingly remembered by her three sons, Ron (Heidy) Hambly, Dr. Fritz (Joy) Hambly, Dan (Ruth) Hambly; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services are pending at a later date in Kentland.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to The Alzheimer's Association . Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com

Newton County Enterprise August 31, 2011

Robert “Bob” Spencer Davis

            Robert "Bob" Spencer Davis, 87, of Asheville died on Friday, July 16, 2010.          
            A native of Ames, Iowa, he was the son of the late O.W. and Mabel Buchanan Davis. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, John H. Davis and James H. Davis; and a daughter, Elizabeth Jean Davis. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and was an alumnus of Iowa State University where he received his B.S., University of Chicago where he received his M.A., and McCormick Theological where he received his M.Div. Rev. Davis had served as a United Methodist minister and missionary, and was attending Biltmore United Methodist Church in Asheville. Known for his generosity, he did volunteer work for MANNA food bank, CROP, Givens Estate, Habitat for Humanity, and Biltmore United Methodist Church.         
            Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Ella Jean Woods Davis; sons, Kenneth D. Davis of Mission, KS, John R. Davis of Raleigh, David P. Davis of Carlisle, Ind.; daughter, Margaret Davis-Mintun of Indianapolis, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.  
            Memorials may be made to United Methodist Committee on Relief, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803, or Givens Estate Supplemental Fund, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville NC 28803. Newton County Enterprise, July 29, 2010

 

Dale Irwin Dawson (1930-2011)

    DALE IRWIN DAWSON, age 81 of rural Morocco, passed away unexpectedly on March 27, 2011 at his winter home in Foley, Alabama. Dale was born in Ade, Indiana on March 1, 1930 to the late Lawrence "Pappy" and Verda (Hickman) Dawson and was a lifetime Newton County resident. He graduated from Morocco High School in 1948. On January 27, 1951 in Morocco, Dale married Carol Lee Bohler. She survives. They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary this past January.
    Dale served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, based at Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Rucker, Alabama.
    He was a member of the United Church of Morocco, serving as a Bishop for several years. He was a member of Morocco Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, Low Twelve Club, and a Director on the Newton County Soil and Water Board for 40 years. Dale was a life long farmer and worked in the fertilizer and ag-chem field for over 50 years, the last 33 years as Vice-President of Dawson Farm Center, Inc., south of Morocco. He enjoyed camping and traveling.
    Surviving along with his wife Carol are three sons, Jake Dawson (wife: Brenda), Bob Dawson, (fiancé: Valerie) and Tom Dawson (wife: Eileen), all of Morocco; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother, Dean Dawson (wife: Barb) of Lake Village and two sisters, Darlene and Della Lou.
    Preceding Dale in death were his parents and brother, Daryl.
    Friends may call on Friday, April 1, 2011 from 4 - 8 P.M. at the Morocco Community Center, 409 S. Polk St. Funeral services will be at the Community Center on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 10 A.M., Mr. Jack Snell officiating. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the United Church of Morocco. Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel is handling the arrangements. Share memories and offer condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.
Newton County Enterprise March 31, 2011

Allison "Al" Carter, 54, of rural Toledo, Ill., passed away 6:08 p.m., June 7, 2012, at his residence. Al was born Aug. 5, 1957, in Gary, the son of Allison and Virginia ( White ) Carter. He married Mary Hernandez, Oct. 29, 2002, in Kentucky. Al was a construction worker.
He leaves his wife Mary Carter of Jewett, Ill.; two sons, Jason Carter and wife Ashley of Lerna, Ill., and Jeff Carter and wife Brandi of Rensselaer, Ind.; three Brothers, Steve Carter and wife Ginny of Rensselaer, Mark Carter and wife Maria of Lake Village, and Scott Carter and wife Lisa of Cedar Lake; one half brother, Leo Carter and wife Martha of Casper, Wyo.; two sisters, Etha Hawkins of Morocco, and Tina Ault and husband Tony of Lake Village and three grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Laura.
Graveside Services were held at the Cochran Grove Cemetery, north west of Neoga, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012, with the Rev. Steve Massengill of Neoga officiating. Burial took place in the Cochran Grove Cemetery. The Swengel - O'Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, Ill.
Online condolences may be expressed at swengel-odell. com

Newton County Enterprise June 13, 2012

 

 

Thomas Allen "Tom" Dawson (1957-2012)

Thomas Allen "Tom" Dawson, age 54, of Morocco, passed away at 1:46 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2012, at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook after a brief illness. He was born in Rensselaer on Sept. 24, 1957, son of the late Dale and Carol (Bohler) Dawson. He was a lifelong Morocco area resident.
Tom graduated from North Newton High School with the Class of 1975. He went on to attend Indiana State University, graduating with his bachelor's degree in automotive technology in 1980. He worked for the family business, Dawson Farm Center, as a custom applicator for 30 years, and recently had been a sales representative for Wilson Fertilizer Sales. He was a member of the United Church of Morocco. He was very active in the Newton County 4-H programs and breeding and showing sheep. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family.
On July 26, 1980, in Loogootee, Ind., Tom married Eileen Walker, and she survives. Surviving with his wife are two daughters: Demetria Dawson (husband: Scott Lindsay) of Indianapolis and Katherine Dawson (companion: Brandon Davenport)

of West Lafayette; and two brothers: Jake Dawson (wife: Brenda) of Morocco and Bob Dawson (wife: Valerie) of Morocco. Tom was preceded in death by his parents: Dale and Carol (Bohler) Dawson; maternal grandparents: Erwin and Trulalee (Dinsmore) Bohler; and paternal grandparents: Lawrence "Pappy" and Verda (Hickman) Dawson.
Visitation was Monday, June 11, at the Morocco Community Center from 4 – 8 p.m. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Morocco, with Rev. Thomas D. Vance officiating. Interment followed at Oakland Cemetery.
Donations in Tom's memory are suggested to the Newton County 4-H. Share memories and condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Newton County Enterprise June 13, 2012

Almedia L. Deardurff

Almedia L. Deardurff, age 81, of Morocco passed away at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer on May 17, 2011. The daughter of the late John Elmer and Mary (Winslow) Lindahl, she was born September 18, 1929, in Beaverville, Illinois.
Almedia graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1948, and lived in Morocco for over 60 years. She moved to Rensselaer in the mid-1990's and later returned to Morocco.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Morocco.
On December 18, 1949, in Morocco, Indiana, Almedia married Thomas E. Deardurff who passed away in August, 1993.
Surviving are her loving children, Nancy (Dale) Wynn, Morocco, Sandra Lowry and Douglas (JaLeen) Deardurff, both of Rensselaer, and Brian (Pam) Deardurff, Streater, IL; 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 5 sisters.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer with Rev. Ed Bontregger officiating. Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28 at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco, Indiana.
Memorials may be made to the family.
See www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry.
View online guestbook at myrepublican.info.

Rensselaer Republican May 19, 2011

Anna C DeGroot, 87

            Anna C DeGroot, age 87, of Goodland, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2007 at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook.

            She was born on September 29, 1919 in Lochiel, Ind., to Ernest and Ethel Sigman DeGrott who preceded her in death.

            She was a retired factory worker having worked for Better Coil and Transformer in Goodland for 35 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Goodland and was a volunteer at the nursing home for many years and really enjoyed the Sing-a-long.

            Surviving are one sister, Alma (husband Maurice) of Rensselaer, two brothers, Ernest (wife Betty) DeGroot of Goodland; Louis (wife Billie) DeGroot of Rensselaer; and several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Ethel DeGroot; three sisters, DeLoris DeGroot, Louise Ekstrom and Evelyn Crowden.

            Visitation was held on March 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. with funeral service following on March 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland, Ind. Interment was in the Goodland Cemetery.

            Memorial contributions may be made to George Ade Memorial Health Care Center or Jasper County Home Health Care and Hospice.

            Arrangements were handled by Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland, Ind. Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

 

Lucile Deno, 78

            Lucile Deno, age 78, passed away at 9:39 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 in her Goodland home.

            Born August 4, 1928 in Newton County, she graduated from Goodland High School in 1947. She worked as an advertising coordinator for Midland Foods in Michigan City, where she resided at the time, for 15 years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and her dog.

            Her marriage was to Robert Deno in 1947 in Goodland. He preceded her in death in 1994.

            Surviving are daughter Catherine (Wayne) Waymire, Ambia; sons Jeffery E. (Bonnie) Deno, Lebanon, and George R. Deno, Indianapolis; sisters Betty (Rex) Whaley, Goodland and Sally West, Donovan, Ill; a brother, George L. (Meg) Woods, South Carolina; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

            Visitation was held from 9-10 a.m. on Friday, March 23 at Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland. Funeral services were held at same at 10 a.m. on March 23, with Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating. Burial was at Goodland Cemetery.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the Newton County Humane Society.

Newton County Enterprise March 28, 2007

Ralph W. Dewing (1927-2012)

  Ralph W. Dewing, 85, of Kentland, died at 10:25 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital of Watseka, Illinois.
  He was born March 16, 1927 in Kentland to the late Thomas William and Ethel Rose (Milljour) Dewing. He attended AJ Kent High School.
  His marriage was to Ruby Ruth Leape on March 25, 1951, in Kentland. She survives.
  Ralph served in the United States Army during
World War II.
  He was a member of Covenant Federated Church of Kentland, American Legion Post # 23 and a former member of the Knights of Pythias in Kentland.
  Ralph worked as a self-employed farmer all his life. He loved working outdoors, farming and gardening.
  Surviving is a daughter, Carolyn Groover (husband: Joe) of Veedersburg; a son, Dennis Dewing of Kentland; a sister, Esther Vougland of Kentland; and a brother, Donald Dewing (wife: Verna) also of Kentland.
  Also surviving are three granddaughters, Amanda Bard (husband: Duane) of Iroquois, Illinois, Ashley McDonald (husband: Ross) of Fishers and Gretchen Groover of Brownsburg; two grandsons, Nicholas Groover (wife: Cory) of Kentland and Deric Dewing of Elkhart; three great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons.
  He was preceded in death by an infant son; a sister, Julia Turnpaugh; and a brother, Walter Dewing Sr.
  Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. (CDT) until the time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland with Rev. Wayne Meyer officiating. Interment to follow at Sheldon Cemetery of Sheldon, Illinois.
  Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Food Pantry at Covenant Federated Church of Kentland. Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise May 16, 2012

Edward DeYoung (1935-2012)

Edward DeYoung, age 76, of Kentland, and formerly of Brook, passed away at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the Rensselaer Care Center.
Born October 7, 1935 in Schererville, he attended Dyer High School, graduating in 1953. Mr. DeYoung wed Ruth Biggs Holder DeYoung on July 28, 1995, in Kentland, and she survives.
Surviving with his spouse are step-children Galia and Bruce Vineyard, of Congers, Ga.; Wanda and Duke Popa, of Griffith; Polly and Scott Smith, of Crown Point; and Robert Holder (companion Kerry Russell) of Steger, Ill. He is also survived by sisters Bernice DeYoung and Tressa Nichali, both of DeMotte; brothers Bill (Dorothy) DeYoung, Al (Ardie) DeYoung, both of Crown Point; and Wes (Ann) DeYoung of Cresent City, Fla. Also surviving is sister-in-law Liz DeYoung, of Crown Point, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Tina Ebbens DeYoung, and three brothers.
Mr. DeYoung was a retired truck driver and worked for Rose Acre Farms for 14 years. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961. He was a member of the Newton County Baptist Church.
There was no visitation and funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the First Christian Church, Brook. Reverends Ken Marsh and Wayne Meyers officiated. Internment was at Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
Memorial contributions may be given to the family. Gerts Funeral Home in Brook handled the arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2012

James D. Dieter (1959-2011)

James D. Dieter, 51, of Kentland, died unexpectedly at 12:26 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital of Watseka, Ill.
He was born on Dec. 17, 1959, in Brook, to John T. Dieter and Janet Merriman. He graduated from South Newton High School in 1978.
His marriage was to Pamela M. Pitstick on Oct. 4, 1980, at St. John in Earl Park. She survives.
James lived in Kentland all his life. He worked at Viskase of Kentland for 24 years and also worked two years at S&S Plastic in Kentland as a maintenance supervisor.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid fan of NASCAR, the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Bears. He also enjoyed riding motor cycles.
Surviving with his wife are his two children, Jason Dieter of Kentland and Kelli Hughes (Kyle) of Flora, Ind.; two brothers, Joe Dieter (Mary) of The Colony, Texas, and John A. Dieter of Lafayette; and a sister, Jacqueline Winger (Terry) of Kentland.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Logan Dieter, Brayden Hughes and Kylli Hughes, four nieces, a nephew and several cousins.
Friends were invited to call from 4-8 p.m. (CST), Monday, May 9, 2011 at St. Joseph Parish in Kentland. Funeral Service was held Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. (CST) at St. Joseph Parish with Fr. Robert Bernatos to officiating.
Interment followed in St Joseph Cemetery in Kentland.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation , the American Heart Association , or to the American Liver Foundation.
Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Newton County Enterprise May 18, 2011

 

Clifford "Irish" Donahue (1940-2012)

Clifford "Irish" Donahue
Clifford "Irish" Donahue, age 72, passed away after a long illness at Ohio State Medical Center on Monday, May 21, 2012. He was born in Lafayette, IN on January 28, 1940 to the late Clifford and Margaret Donahue. As a young man Clifford proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He had a long and very successful career at Bunzl Paper. Clifford was an intelligent, witty and engaging man who was passionate about the things in which he believed. He was a huge Notre Dame fan and earlier in life, he loved golfing, fishing and hunting. He had many other interests in life, but above all else, Clifford had a deep and unconditional love for his family. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Gail Marie Donahue; brothers, William and Edward. He is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Elizabeth; children, Kelly Donahue Montgomery, Kimberly (Brian) Greene, Karrie Donahue Bruns, Kari Lee (Kile) Dyer and Megan Elizabeth (R.W.) Collette; grandchildren, Colton, Cameron, Lucas and Landon. Please join the family for a Celebration of Clifford's Life at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL 6699 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
There will be a burial service in Goodland, IN., at a later date. Donations in Irish's memory may be made to the American Lung Association , 1950 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, OH. 43228. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share a memory of Irish.

Newton County Enterprise May 25, 2012

Ethan Pierce Donohue (1990-2010)

            Ethan Pierce Donohue, 20, of Earl Park, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, due to an accident in West Lafayette.           
            He was born Jan. 17, 1990, in Watseka, Ill., to Kim and Donald Donohue II.          
            He graduated from St. Joseph Elementary School and in 2008 he graduated from South Newton High School, both in Kentland. He was a junior at Purdue University, College of Consumer and Family Sciences, and was enrolled in their HTM program focusing on restaurant management. This summer he completed an HTM internship at Don's Drive In, Kentland. He was a hard worker who always had a smile and a friendly word for his customers. 
            Ethan was a member of Purdue's Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity in which he was currently the PR officer. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, where he was a mass server, and FFA, where he participated on many judging teams. He was also a member of 4H Country Hicks Club and Swine Barn, Indy Goat Herd GTO Club, Spanish club, where he traveled to Spain and Costa Rica, National Honor's Society, and was also a 21st Century Scholar. 
            He received numerous awards and scholarships including: The Peter George Scholarship and Opportunity Scholarship both awarded to him by Purdue University, Earl Park Lions Club Scholarship, South Newton FFA Scholarship, and the Betty and Arch McKean St. Joseph Church Scholarship.         
            Ethan's parents, grandparents, brothers, and uncles passed their love of automobiles onto him. He was a perfectionist when it came to cars and recently started his own detailing business.    
            Surviving with his parents are two brothers; Eric Stoddard Donohue and Ean Maxwell Donohue; grandmothers, Anita Donohue of Kentland and Marilyn Ohlendorf of Beecher, Ill.; aunts and uncles, Tim and Diane Ohlendorf of Lowell, Dennis and Becky Donohue of Rainsville, Dennis and Denise Shedrow of Earl Park and several cousins, Kevin Bower, Matthew and Erica Ohlendorf, Wyatt Sassman, and Scott, Shelby, Darrin and Daniel Shedrow.        
            He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Wendell "Olly" Ohlendorf and Donald Donohue Sr. and an aunt, Debra Bower Sassman.          
            Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. (CDT) Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland where services will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Saturday, Oct. 23, with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. 
            Memorials may be made to the Ethan Donohue Memorial Fund to be used for future good in his name. Envelopes will be available at the visitation and funeral services or may be mailed to Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home (214 East Washington St. Kentland, IN 47951).

            Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Newton County Enterprise October 20, 2010

 

Ruth R. Doty (1914-2010)

            Ruth R. Doty, 96, of Morocco passed away Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at 3:50 p.m. at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born March 6, 1914, in Boswell, Ind., to the late Desmond and Anna Leffler Daily, and graduated from Fowler High School in 1932. On Sept. 22, 1934, she married Arnold "Squire" Doty in Kentland. He preceded her in death in March 2001.  
            Ruth worked as the head housekeeper at George Ade Memorial Hospital for 25 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Morocco First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and a 50 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Order of the Eastern Star and Royal Neighbors. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and card clubs. She was a wonderful cook and pie baker. She loved to quilt and to travel.  
            She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Bridgeman (husband Charles) of Brook, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Joyce Doty, one brother and two sisters.           
            Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook with Rev. Ken March officiating. Burial took place at the Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.
            Memorial contributions are requested to the Morocco Fire Department or the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center. Newton County Enterprise October 7, 2010

 

Walter Downey (1938-2011)

Walter Downey, 73, of Kentland, died at 11:20 p.m., June 21, 2011 at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus of West Lafayette.
He was born on April 22, 1938, in Pence, Ind., to the late James and Mamie (Hurley) Downey. He graduated from Williamsport High School in 1957.
His marriage was to Sandra Schluttenhofer on June 21, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church in Fowler, Ind. He passed away on their 53rd wedding anniversary.
Walter had lived in Pence, Fowler and Kentland, and was baptized at the Christian Church in Pence.
He had worked at the Fowler Bakery, where he drove the bread truck and baked donuts, and at Harrison Steel of Attica. Walter then worked at the Liquid Fertilizer Mixing Plant in Kentland, which was originally named Edward J. Funk & Sons, then became Amaco, and was later named Cropmate. Cropmate sent Walter to Hastings, Neb., to build a large fertilizer mixing plant from the ground up. He was a manager in the fertilizer division for 25 years and retired after 40 years.
Walter loved spending time and playing with his grandchildren and going to their sporting events. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and taking extended trips with his wife and friends on his Yamaha touring bike. He traveled to the top of Pike's Peak, around the shores of Lake Michigan, around the Gulf Shore from Texas to Southern Florida, and to the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. He also enjoyed woodworking after retiring. He made quilt racks, picture frames and wall ornaments.
Surviving with his wife are five children; Debra (life-mate: Robin) Wagner of Indianapolis, Robin Downey of Kentland, Franklin (Gwyn) Downey of Elgin, Ill., Tracie (Mike) Faker of Remington and Brian Downey of Kentland.
Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Andrew Wagner-Lybolt, Simon Wagner-Lybolt, Chadwick Downey, Kyle Downey, Jennifer Faker, Tyler Faker, and Brice Downey.
Preceding him in death along with his parents are four sisters, Lois Ford, Jane Zenor, Daisy Reynolds and Arthena Jones.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CDT), Saturday, June 25, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Funeral Service will be there 11 a.m. (CDT), Sunday, June 26, with Father Thomas Fox of Sacred Heart Church in Remington officiating. Interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2011

Frances E. Dubea (1915-2010)

            Frances E. Dubea, 94, of Goodland passed away Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. She was a lifetime resident of Goodland, and was born Dec. 24, 1915, in Logansport, Ind., to the late Ray and Frances Horner Lewellen. In October of 1932, she married Clyde L. Dubea, who died in 1958.           
            Frances was a retired trainer for Better Coil & Transformer in Goodland, working there for 35 years. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Goodland. She enjoyed crocheting.          
            She is survived by two daughters, Barbara J. (Glen) Jarrell of Red Bluff, Calif., and Sandra S. Keen of Delphi, Ind. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.           
            Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Clyde E. Dubea, two brothers, one sister and one great-granddaughter.        
            A visitation was held at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland for Frances Dubea on Dec. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral service followed at the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Vanaman officiating. Burial took place afterwards at the Goodland Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise December 22, 2010

 

George William Dye, 93

            George William Dye, age 93, of Kentland, died Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 7:45 p.m. at Regency Place of Lafayette.

            Born July 5, 1913 in Ridgevile, WV to the late William E. and Mary Horman Dye, he was a 1933 graduate of Rensselaer High School, attended Purdue University for two years and graduated from South Bend College of Commerce and Accounting in 1936. He was a veteran, serving in the Navy with the Navy Sea Bees. He married Mary E. Butz on May 29, 1947 and she survives.

            Mr. Dye was the owner/manager of the Kentland Lumber Company and retired fro the lumber business in 1981 after 44 years in business.

            Active in the Boy Scouts from 1927-1977, he was a Scout Master for 15 years and was an Eagle Scout. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, number 361 F&AM, where he served as Past Master, he was a member of Kentland Rotary Club, where he had served as Past President. He was also a member of the Holiday Rambler Camping Club and was a past assistant state manager from 1989-1993. A member of the Methodist Church since 1919, and United Methodist Men, he collected and repaired toys for Henderson Settlement Mission in Kentucky at Christmas for 40 years.

            Surviving with his wife are daughters Peggy (Jack) Lawrence, Brook; Linda (Romano) Romani, Oregon; sons Stephen (Deb) Dye, Brook; William (Janice) Dye, Indianapolis; sisters Elizabeth Walker, Elkhart; Rosalie Dausman, Bremen; and grandchildren Seth and Colin Lawrence, Christopher and Jennifer Dye, Alex, Abigail and Mallory Dye, Kevin Lilly and Cindy Gibson.

            Visitation was held March 7 from 4-8 p.m., with a 7:45 Masonic Service, at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev Joseph Smith officiating. Interment was at Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland, with military rites accorded.

            Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Kentland.

Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

 

James H. Dye

            James H. Dye served in the US Army during WWII from 1942 to 1946. He was with the 97th Infantry Division-303rd Field Artillery Battalion seeing action in both Germany and Japan. He was a PFC and Technician 5th Grade, serving as a driver for the top brass and officials. He received several medals and ribbons. He was trained in the firing and maintenance of the 105mm Howitzer cannon.       
            While in Germany, he was with the liberating forces that freed the surviving prisoners at Flossenburg Concentration Camp on April 23, 1945.        
            His outfit arrived in Japan in October 1945 with the occupation forces, after the bomb had been dropped in August of that year.

 ENTERED SERVICE...............  11/23/1943; SHIPPED OUT TO GERMANY...01/25/1945; SHIPPED OUT TO JAPAN........ 10/01/1945; DISCHARGED..........................01/25/1946

 After the war, he farmed for many years in the Goodland, Kentland and Remington, Indiana areas and also for about 11 years at Donovan, Illinois. 
            After leaving the farm he worked at the Goodland Grain Elevator and later was a custodian at the Goodland Public School in both the old and new buildings and retired in 1980. Lafayette Indiana Journal And Courier  Mon. Sept. 27, 1999

 

Ames H. Dye

            Goodland-Ames H. Dye, 83, died (Sunday 9/26/1999)  at 7:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth medical center, Lafayette.           
            Born in Earl Park on Oct. 27, 1915, he lived in Kentland and Donovan, ill. 
            He married Ruth Ann Heilman on Nov. 6, 1937, in Kentland. She preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 1997.           
            Mr. Dye served in the army during WWII as a driver.  He was awarded 5 medals, including a bronze service star.     
            He was a retired farmer and worked at the Goodland grain elevator.. He was also a custodian at the Goodland grade school until his retirement in 1980.       
            Mr. Dye was a member of Goodland Baptist church. Surviving are three sons, Charles E. Dye of Englewood Fla., Alan R. Dye of Monticello and David L. Dye at home in Goodland; a sister, Velma Morris of Indianapolis.

            Calling 6-8 pm Tuesday at Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland. Services there at 11 am Wednesday, with Pastor Nancy Demott officiating. Interment Goodland Cemetery.    
            Also surviving, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. Memorials to American cancer society. Contributed by David Dye

 

 

Ruth Ann (Heilman) Dye

Journal and Courier Lafayette, Wed.  August 27, 1997

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            Goodland-Ruth Ann Dye of Goodland died at 5:30 am Tuesday, Aug. 26, 1997 at 326 n. Newton St, Goodland.      
            Mrs. Dye had worked as a waitress and at better coil and transformer as a supervisor from 1963 to 1977.   
            Born Aug. 5 1920 in Kentland, she was a lifelong resident of the Goodland area and she had lived in the town of Goodland since 1963.        
            She married James H. Dye on November 6, 1937 in Kentland, and he survives.      
            Her hobbies were watching soap operas and working crossword puzzles.    
            Surviving with her husband are three sons, Charles e. Dye of Englewood f\Fla., Alan r. Dye of Monticello and David l. Dye at home; two sisters, Rosalie Heilman of granger and Lola Wright of Plymouth; and two brothers, Charles Heilman and Raymond Heilman both of south bend.           
            Visitation 6-9 p.m. today, Gerts funeral home, Goodland. Service there 11 a.m. Thursday, the rev. Nancy Demott officiating. Interment Goodland, in cemetery. Three grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren survive. Her parents and a sister preceded in death. Memorial contributions to the American cancer society. Contributed by David Dye

 

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John H “Jackie” Eisen II, 24

            John H “Jackie” Eisen II, age 24, of Vincennes, formerly of Goodland, passed away March 8, 2007 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes.

            Born Jan. 28, 1983 in Bolder, Colo. to John and Deb Eisen, Goodland, he is survived by his parents and husband Jim Fairchild, Vincennes. Also surviving is sister Samantha (Tendaysi) Jera, Goodland; grandparents John H Eisen of Oak Lawn, Ill. And Virginia Shantz of Hammond. Also surviving are several aunts and uncles and nieces Juliana Jera, Goodland, and Claudia Lawson, Connerville.

            Mr. Eisen worked as a call center clerk for N.T.I. and was a member of the Gay Rights Movement. He enjoyed working on his computer, collecting baseball cards and woodworking.

            A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on March 17 at First Baptist Church, Goodland. The Revs George Kehler and Martha Williams Jordan officiated.

            Memorial contributions may be made to spinal cord research or Aids research.

            Arrangements were handled by Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland. Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

 

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John L. Farrell (1945-2012)

    John L. Farrell, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Jan. 13, 2012, in Gilbert, Ariz.  He was born on July 6, 1945, in Lafayette, the son of Eugene and Mary Farrell.  John attended Goodland Public Schools where he was a member of the track team and helped his father run the family farm. After high school, he enrolled in the radiology program at Elkhart General Hospital and graduated as valedictorian of his class. He volunteered to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict and was assigned to Fort Knox for two years. John often said it was during this time he truly learned the skills as an X-Ray tech that would serve him his entire life.
John's first marriage was to Sharon Jackson in 1966, and they had two children, MaLisa and Matthew.  After he an honorable discharge from the Army, John and his family made their home in the Phoenix area, where John was employed at St. Luke's hospital.  He soon became the Lead Tech and was the manager at St. Luke's for several years.  Phoenix Radiology then asked John to become their business manager and he made several lasting friendships with the doctors and staff.  He was an Account Executive for Picker International and then started his own business, Advantage Imaging.  At the time of his passing, John was an employee of Southwest Kidney Institute and enjoyed the opportunity to help both his fellow employees and patients.
John married Carol Willis in 1988, and they moved to Gilbert.  John was a master craftsman and woodworker.  He loved to make furniture and continued to delight family and friends with wonderful creations.  John was a perfectionist and each board he used was carefully selected.  He made many enjoyable trips back to Indiana to scout for wood he could bring back to Arizona for his special projects. 
John was kind and generous to everyone he knew, and tried to do his best in whatever task he faced.  John's life was one of service.
The family wishes to offer sincere heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Gilbert Hospital.  They became John's trusted friends during his recent hospitalization and went beyond measure to help him and his family.
John's survivors include his cherished wife, Carol, his children MaLisa and Matthew (Cindy.)  He was the most wonderful Papa to his grandchildren Madison, Dustyn and Nathan.  He is also survived by Carol's daughter, Allison Jocom (Jacob) and their daughter Emma.
His siblings include Janice (Dave) Schuette, Charles Farrell, and Dennis Farrell. Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Lora Willis in Chandler.
Services were held in Gilbert, Ariz., with burial and military honors in Chandler, Ariz.
Arrangements were by Bueler Mortuary.
John's influence and love will continue to live with each of us every day, and he will be sorely missed.

Newton County Enterprise January 20, 2012

Milton O. "Doc" Feaster D.C. (1931-2010)

            Milton O. "Doc" Feaster D.C., 79, of Hannibal, Mo., died at 5:35 PM Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.          
            Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Burial with full military rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post # 55 will at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal, Mo.   Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Masonic Rites at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.       
            Mr. Feaster was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Hannibal, Mo., to Carl and Cynthia l. Nichols Feaster.         
            He was previously married on July 12, 1961, to Mary Ann Bote. She preceded him in death on April 15, 1985. He later married Shirley J. Malone on August 29, 1998, in Hannibal. She survives. 
            Other survivors include his step children, Randy Sears (Maurica), Susan Campbell (Donald) and Kevin Malone (Theresa), Mike and Jane Riefesel, 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.   
            He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; Robert and Richard Feaster.          
            Mr. Feaster was a U S Navy Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, practicing in Kentland. Doc was a graduate of Hannibal High School Class of 1949, Hannibal LaGrange Graduate of the Class of 1951 and Graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine in 1961. He was a member of St. John's Masonic Lodge #28 and Ancient Accept Scottish Rites, Valley of Springfield, American Legion Post # 55, Palmer College Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity Alumni, International Chiropractic Association, Kentucky Association of Chiropractors and Indiana Chiropractic Association. Mr. Feaster was a Christian by faith.           
            Memorial contributions may be made to Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55.     
            Pallbearers will be Kevin Malone, Randy Sears, Jacob Malone, Bill Meyers, Dustin Couch and Donnie Campbell.       
            Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Donald Campbell, Michael Couch, Adam Youngman, Randy Sears Jr., Brandon Rains, Bruce L'Heureaux, Kenny Willis and Jason Baugh. Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2010

  

Lillian Floyd (1914-2010)

            Lillian Floyd, 96, of Morocco passed away July 27, 2010 at Jasper County Hospital. She was born Feb. 17, 1914, in Medford, Wisc., daughter of the late Frederick and Matilda (Rabbidean) Kaemmerer. She was a graduate of the Medford High School, Teachers College and a course in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin. She was assistant librarian at the Medford Public Library for five years and librarian there for six years until her resignation on Dec. 31, 1948. On Nov. 23, 1948, she married Paul J. Floyd at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, and moved to his farm near Morocco, Ind. Paul preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1987.
            In June 1964, Lillian became librarian for the Newton County Contractual Library in Morocco and served there until her retirement on Dec. 31, 1984. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Rensselaer, a member of the Christian Women Society, St. Ann Study Club, K C Auxiliary, Past President of the Newton County Homemakers Extension Club, Jackson Hi Neighbors, Smile Club, Jolly Twelve, Willing Worker, Pinochle and Euchre Clubs and Newton Bella Red Hats. Lillian enjoyed reading, travel and cards.          
            There are no immediate survivors. Visitation will be at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco on Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 4 until 8p.m. with Rosary Service at 7 p.m., Fr. Gilbert officiating. Funeral Mass Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10 a.m. (Rensselaer Time) at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Rensselaer. Fr. Tim Knepper officiating. Internment follows at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Rensselaer.            
            Memorials are suggested to St. Augustine Church, Gibault School or Morocco Library.

Newton County Enterprise July 29, 2010

 

Marian Nell Franklin (1913-2010)

            Marian Nell Franklin, 97, of Kentland, died at 7:39 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2010 at George Ade Memorial Health Care in Brook, Indiana.          
            She was born July 15, 1913 near Otterbein, Indiana to the late James and Ella Thompson North. She graduated from Otterbein High School, and attended Central Normal College. 
            Her marriage was to Jay W. Franklin on December 14, 1935 in Watseka, Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1998 .
            She lived in Kentland most of her life as well as Green Hill, Indiana and Williamsport, Indiana.      
            She was a member of Covenant Federated Church of Kentland, and she worked as Deputy Auditor in Warren County, and Deputy Clerk and Assistant Librarian in Kentland.       
            Surviving are five children, Dave Franklin (wife: Susan) of San Diego, CA, Becky Staton (husband: Jim), Wib Franklin, Martha Small-Stum (husband: Brandt Stum) and Wayne Franklin all of Kentland.
            Also surviving are 7 grandchildren; John Franklin, Christine Hoy, Stephanie Broderick, Mike Staton, Allison, Derek and Jonathan Small, and 15 great-grandchildren.        
            Preceding her in death with her parents and husband are a sister, Mildred Cottrell, a brother, Bud North, a grandson, Dan Staton, and a great-grandson, Dominic Gonzaba Broderick. 
            Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. CDT Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Covenant Federated Church in Kentland with Rev. Wayne Meyer officiating. Interment will follow at Davis Kochert Cemetery in Green Hill, Indiana.          
            Memorial donations may be made in memory of Marian to Covenant Federated Church or American Cancer Society. Newton County Enterprise August 26, 2010

 

Robert William "Bob" Funk (1939-2011)

    Robert (Bob) William Funk, Sr. passed away in his home in Morelia, Mexico, on Jan.19, 2011. Born Sept. 6, 1939, Bob grew up in Kentland, the grandson of Edward J. Funk, for whom a family seed corn company was named. In 1971, Bob and his brother Don assumed major ownership of Edw. J. Funk & Sons and ushered it to new heights, re: product, marketing techniques, and sales volume. One innovative idea was to introduce a fitness program for employees which drew national media attention. A?newspaper once referred to Kentland as, "The town that runs."
    Bob was a 1957 graduate of A.J. Kentland High School, and St. Joe's College, Rensselear (Class of 1961). In later years, he continued his education at the University of Chicago.
In 1979, Bob left the family business and years later, owned and managed the NuJoy Restaurant, a Kentland landmark. In later years, Bob engaged in a spiritual quest that drew him to Taos, N.M., and, eventually, to Mexico. Through these years, he wrote a number of "epistles" that focused on the spiritual lessons he was learning and which he wanted to share with family and friends.
    His first wife is Margie Harlan, who lives in Santa Barbara, Calif. Surviving from his first marriage are four children, Robert W. Funk Jr., (Sue Perkins) of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Christopher C. (Sabina Baratucci) of Santa Barbara, Calif., Maria N. Funk Reine (Gregg) of Indianapolis, and Michael A. (fiance Donna Roller) of Denver, Colo.?Known as Roberto by his Mexican family, he is survived by his wife, Mercedes of Morelia, Mexico, and their five children: Luis, Lupita, Arlene, Jesus, and Sebastian. He married his wife Mercedes in 2002.
    Bob was the son of William E. Funk and Arlene Nelson Funk and?brother to Joy Funk Covarrubias, and they have preceded him in death. He is survived by his brothers, Donald Everett of Chicago, William Richard of Kentland, and William Nelson of West Lafayette, Ind. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Bob and Emma Funk, Amalie and Theolonius Funk, and Alexander Reine. In addition, he is survived by eight nephews and five nieces.
    A funeral mass was held Monday, Jan. 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland at 11 a.m
Newton County Enterprise January 27, 2011

Regina R. Funk, 92

            KENTLAND -- Regina R. Funk, 92, of Chicago, a former area resident, died at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at The Fountains at Crystal Lake in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Born April 5, 1918, in Kentland, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Louise Heim Funk and graduated from Raub High School.

            Surviving is a sister, Leona Funk. Also surviving are 2 nieces, Gayle Warden and Bobbi Hafer; and 2 nephews, Tim Schanmier and Tom Roberts.

            Friends may call from 10 a.m. (CDT) until the time of service at 11 a.m. (CDT) Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland, with Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Kentland. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Lafayette Journal Courier September 29, 2010

 

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Margaret Marie Gadson (1922-2012)

Margaret Marie Gadson, 89, of Kentland, passed away at 11:15 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Iroquois Memorial Resident Home in Watseka, Ill.
She was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Newton County to the late Frank Ivan and Mildred May (Miller) McCarty and was a graduate of Ade grade school and Brook High School. Her marriage was to Gordon C. Gadson on June 14, 1941.  He survives. 
Mrs. Gadson retired from the Newton County Auditor's office after 20 years.  Prior to that, she worked for Kentland Dairy Products, Hook's Drug Store and the Kentland Cafe.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kentland, the Newton County Historical Society and the Newton County Republican Women.
Surviving with her husband of 70 years is her sister Ruth Storm of Danforth, Ill., and 15 nieces and nephews. 
She is preceded in death by her sisters, Barbara Jones and Marian Walter; her brothers, Robert McCarty, Frank McCarty, and John McCarty; and her nephew, Tim Storm.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, May 22, at the Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland.  Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Kentland. (6225 West 1500 South), with Rev. Ed VanWijk officiating.  Interment will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice or to the donor's charity of choice
Share memories and online condolences at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise May 25, 2012

Susan K. Garrett (1967-2011)

Susan K. Garrett, of Brook, Indiana, died March l9, 2011, at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer, IN She was born January 8, l967, at Danville, Illinois, to James S. Bennett, and the late E. Helen Holley Bennett, She graudated from Seager High School in l986. She married Timothy L. Garrett, August l6, l997 in Fowler, Indiana. Mrs. Garrett was a homemaker and enjoyed arts and crafts. She is survivied by her husband, father, James S. Bennett, 2 sons, Jordan Lee Garrett and Jerrad J. Garrett, both of Brook, three sisters, Teresa L. Bennett, Dunnington, IN, Tammy D Holman, (husband, John), Hedrick, IN, Tena M. Fletcher, (husband, Rusty) Marshfield, IN, one brother, James W. Bennett, Danville, IL. Calling was at the Gerts Funeral Home , l to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, with services to follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Ken Marsh. Cremation followed. Memorials may be given to the charity of donor's choice. She was preceded in death by one sister, Bonnie Kuntz
Newton County Enterprise March 31, 2011

Marilyn J. (Pruett) Garrett

Marilyn J. Pruett Garrett, age 78, of Brook, passed away May 31, 2011 at the Jasper County Hospital. Marilyn was born in Brook on Nov. 2, 1932, to William and Erlene (Conn) Murfitt. Marilyn was a lifetime resident of Brook, graduating from Brook High School with the Class of 1950.
She retired in 1997, after being employed for 25 years in quality control with the Jefferson Smurfitt Company at both the Foresman and Portage plants.
Marilyn was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and had sung in the church choir.
Her first marriage was to Marvin Pruett on March 18, 1951. Marvin passed away Feb. 15, 1975. On Oct. 15, 1977, Marilyn married Arthur Garrett who passed away Nov. 18, 1989.
Surviving Marilyn is her loving family, daughter's Cindy (Mike) Hooker and Peggy (Brian) Smith, both of Rensselaer and Tammy Pruett of Brook; grandchildren, Craig (Brienne) Hooker, Rensselaer, Ryan (Erica) Hooker, Washington, Ill., Brad (Carol) Shilor, Lafayette, Dannielle (Ben) Warran, Rensselaer, Garrett and Leslie Smith, Rensselaer; great-grandchildren, Emma and Azriah Warran, Addison and Elinn Hooker and Maggie Hooker; and son-in-law, Steven Shide, of Brook.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, husbands' Marvin Pruett and Arthur Garrett, one daughter, Linda Shide, two grandson's, Brandon and Nathan Shide, and her sister, Orpha Donnell.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer from 3-8 p.m. June 2. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 3 at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer with Pastor John Hostetter officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Brook. Memorials may be made to the Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association.
Friends may leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry by going to www.jacksonfuneral.com
View online guestbook at myrepublican.info.

Rensselaer Republican June 1, 2011


Eva E. Garrity (1955-2010)

            Eva E. Garrity, 54, of Brook passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2010 in her Brook home. She had been a resident of Brook since 1998, having moved from Chicago. She was born Sept. 7, 1955, in Chicago and graduated from Truman High School in 1973. She attended two years of business college in Chicago. In 2004, she married Michael A. Garrity in Rensselaear, and he survives.  
            Eva owned and operated the Rumors Bar in Brook. She enjoyed reading, animals, people and cooking.    
            She is survived by her mother Dzidra Hodkevics of Brook. Her father, Vilen Mozay M.D. preceded her in death.  
            Visitation is Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at the Gerts Funeral Home from 2-3 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. Interment will be at a later date.        
            In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the family to help with funeral expenses.   
            Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise July 29, 2010

 

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Ernest L. Geller, 70, of Brook, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the I.U. Medical Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. Formerly of Morocco, he was born April 13, 1941 in Enos to the late Charles A. and Florence B. Geller.
On June 24, 1989, he married Marlene M. Vanaman Geller in Brook. She preceded him in death on March 30, 2001, in Lafayette.
Ernest was a retired truck driver, having worked for T&T Trucking of Miami, Fla., for 33 years. He was a member of the National Rifle Association.
Surviving are three daughters, Cheryl Lynn (Rick) Jones of Rossville, Ind., Bonnie Jo (Rusty) Melton of Lafayette and Tammy Lynn Moore of Kentucky. He was the step-father of three, Timothy Lee Eckman, James Allen (Ann) Eckman, both of Attica, and Steven Lynn Eckman of Watertown, N.Y. Also surviving are three sisters, Linda Geller of Chicago, Ivy Bullington of Monticello and Carol Russell of North Aurora, Ill.; two brothers, Richard Geller of Watoma Wis., and David Geller of Arizona; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by one son, Brian, three brothers and two sisters.
Visitation was Thursday, April 12, at the First Christian Church in Brook from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral service followed at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. A graveside service was held Friday, April 13, at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Brook.Newton County Enterprise April 13, 2012

Jerry D. Gerrich (1944-2011)

Jerry D. Gerrich, 66, of Kentland, went to be with the Lord at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his home.
He was born Nov. 16, 1944, in Brook to the late Charles W. and Dorothy Coffey Gerrich. He attended high school in Kentland.
His marriage was to Patricia J. Sampson on Jan. 10, 1964. She survives.
He worked for Lehman Mfg. in Kentland for 37 years as plant manager and retired at the end of 2006.
He loved working in the yard, auto and home repair, working on his computer, fishing, and going to car shows. He loved his family and friends.
He is survived by a brother, James L. Gerrich (wife: Krys) of Springfield, Ohio.
Also surviving are nieces, Christy Frasier, Tammy Gerrich, Shirley Clark, Angie Dalton, Benita Eason, Christy, and a nephew, Steve Gerrich. Other family include: Misty, Donica, Keith, Shawn, Daniele, Megan, Josh, Camilly, Sydney, AJ, Sidney, Sophie, Shelby and Avie Marie.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Ann, two sisters, Judy Eason and Sandra Wise, and a brother, Robert Gerrich.
Friends called from 5-8 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Services were held there at 11 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday, July 6, with Rev. Marcia Smith-Wood officiating. Interment followed at Fairlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society .

Newton County Enterprise July 1, 2011

 

 

Donald G. Gerrick (1929-2011)

Donald G. Gerrick, 81, of Milford, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at his sons home in Bakersfield, Calif.
He was born Aug. 7, 1929, in Watseka, Ill., to the late Walter and Mildred Gerrich. He graduated from AJ Kent High School in Kentland in 1947.
Don was in the Navy from 1947-1963, he received a Purple Heart in the Korean War on Sept. 13, 1950.
He was married to Phyllis Gerrick on May 26, 1954, in Frederick, Md. They were able to share 56 years of marriage before Phyllis's death on Jan. 23, 2011.
Don lived in Ridgecrest from 1961 until moving to Milford, Ill., in 2005.
Surviving are his two sons, Edwin Gerrick (wife, Julie) of El Cajon, Calif; and Gerald Gerrick of Bakersfield, Calif. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Stephanie Gerrick Naber (husband, Chad) of Mira Loma; and Stephen Gerrick of El Cajon; and one great-grandson, Carson Naber.

Newton County Enterprise July 27, 2011

 

Harley Wayne Gibson

            Harley Wayne Gibson, 81, passed from this life to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 27, 2008. He was born Oct. 22, 1926, in New Liberty, Ill., to Webb and Elsie Gibson. Harley was the oldest of seven children. Preceding him in death were three brothers and one sister. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II.

            He married Betty Jean Menser on Aug. 23, 1947, and she survives. He is also survived by three sons and one daughter, Harley (Cheri) Gibson, Jr. of Brook; Steven Gibson of Morocco; Michael Gibson of Fair Oaks; Susan (Ron) Amey of Lafayette. Also surviving are brother, Larry (Vergie) Gibson of Morocco, sister Diana Dewey of Rensselaer, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

            Harley lived and farmed in Newton County for 40 years and owned and operated a trucking business for several years before retiring in 1991. He was a 50 year member of the Morocco Masonic Lodge 372 and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis. He was active in the community serving on the North Newton School Board and the Soil and Water Conservation Board and the ASCS Board.

            Visitation was Tuesday, April 29, from 3 until 8 p.m. at the Beaver Township Community Center and services were Wednesday, April 30, at 10 a.m. at the Beaver Township Community Center with interment following at Memory Gardens in Rensselaer. The family has requested donations to the American Heart Association.

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Newton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

 

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Carl L. Hall, 81

Carl L. Hall, 81, of Kentland, passed away at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Ill. He was Born Feb. 21, 1931, in Brook, Ind., to the late Fred and Thelma Cole Hall.
He graduated from Wadena High School in Wadena, Ind. in 1949 and went into the U.S. Navy where he served until 1953 as a fireman.
His marriage was to Deloris A. Lupke Hall on April 14, 1957 in Goodland.
He farmed and was a volunteer fireman for many years of his life. He was also a member of 40 & 8 Fowler and the Fowler American Legion.
He was also an avid hunter; loved fishing and trapping and enjoyed car races and auctions and helping people.
Along with his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Cindy Gowins, of Lafayette, Lori (husband: Mike) Myers, of Kentland; one son, Randy (wife: Becky) Hall, of Kentland; three sisters, Doris Tagg, of Fowler, Jenny Lowry, of Wolcott and Freda (husband: Bill) Chasteen, of Kentland; three brothers, Earl "Buck" (wife: Maureen) Hall, his twin brother, of Kentland, Lloyd Hall, of Lochiel and Melvin Hall, of Fowler; three grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
Visitation will be at Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, with the service to follow; pastor Larry Klingler officiating.
Internment at Goodland Cemetery after service.
Memorial contributions may be made to 40 & 8 Nursing Scholarship Fund.
Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland in charge of arrangements. (219)297-3583.
Published in the Journal & Courier on October 11, 2012
Submitted by Susie Hall

Floyd K. Hall

            Floyd Kenneth Hall, age 30 of Rt. 1, Lake Village, died at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, December 24 of injuries received in a one vehicle accident near the intersections of County Roads 800-N and 400-W in Newton County.

            A native of Spokane, Washington, Hall served in the Army in the 36th Evacuation Hospital in Viet Nam and was employed as a mechanic at Inland Steel. He married Gerry Jean Lane on October 27, 1965 and she survives. He is the son of Floyd H. and Sarah Jeanette Hall of Morocco who also survive.

            Mr. Hall was a member of the Morocco United Church and a member of the American Legion, Post 146.

            Surviving with the wife and parents are three sons, Kenneth, Kevin, and Kyle Hall, at home; two brothers, Charles and Donald Hall; one sister Gladys Hall and maternal grandmother Mrs. Lovella Starnes, all of Morocco.

            Funeral services were held Saturday, December 27 at the Hancock-Cardwell Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Lewis officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco.

(1975) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Floyd H. Hall

            Floyd H. Hall, 74, of Hardin, Texas, died at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, 1994 in Baptist Hospital, Liberty, Texas. He had lived in Hardin since 1981 and was a former Morocco resident.

Hall was born April 19, 1919 in Wadena, IN to Charles Henry and Lydia Genevieve Dewey Hall. He married Jeanette Starnes who survives. He was retired from Inland Steel where he had worked as a diesel machinist for 30 years. He had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WW II and was a member of the Morocco American Legion Post 146.

            He is survived by 2 sons, Charles Hall of Morocco and Donald Hall of Calumet; 2 daughters, Gladys Irene Skinner of Port Richey, Florida and Jerry Dawson of Camdenton, Missouri; 2 brothers, Gene Hall of Kentland and Russell Hall of Reedsport, Oregon; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Kenneth Hall who died in 1975. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Donald R. Hall, 59

            Goodland - Donald R. Hall, 59, of Goodland died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday Dec. 3, in his home in Goodland. He had been in ill health for seven years.

            Mr. Hall was a general welding supervisor in the engineering department at Northern Indiana Public Service Co., where he worked for 32 years.

            Born Sept. 5, 1936, in Goodland, he graduated from Wadena High School in 1954 and attended Purdue University. He married Glenda Kay Lupke on July 17, 1960, in Goodland. She survives.

            Mr. Hall was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and a former member of Goodland Fire Department, Kentland American Legion, South Newton Production Co., South Newton Athletic Boosters, IVFA and EMT's. He had been a Boy Scout master and a Little League coach. He was fond of camping, art, shopping and cooking.

            Mr. Hall served in the Navy from 1953 to 1957.

            Surviving with his wife are a daughter, Jacqualine M. Carroll of Fowler; six sons, Donald D. "Porky" Hall of Kentland, Michael J. Hall, Jared E. Hall and Matthew Dillon Hall, all of Goodland, Jason A Hall, at home, and Jeffrey C. "Pudd" Hall of Highland; his mother, Madge Hall of Lafayette; and two sisters, Jeanie Brouillette of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Carolyn Wilson of Lafayette. (1995)

Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Donald Lee Hall, 49, of Morocco, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, at his home. Mr. Hall was a welder with Inland Steel for 30 years, retiring in 1997.He was born Aug 28 1949 in Rensselaer. Mr. Hall was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. Surviving is a son, Brandon Hall of Deltona, Fla; his mother, Jeanette Hall of Morocco; a brother Charles Hall of Morocco; and a sister Gladys Skinner of Port Richey FL. Visitation 12 until the service time at 2 p.m. today at Lang Funeral Home, Morocco, the Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment Oakland Cemetery. Surviving is a sister-in-law, Gerri Dawson of Camdenton, MO. Preceded in death by his father,

Floyd; and a brother, Kenneth.(1999) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

James Hall

            Brook - James Hall, 84, died Wednesday in George Ade Memorial Hospital, Brook, where he had been a patient 12 hours.

            He was born in Newton County and had been a life resident of the Brook community. He owned and operated the first service station in Brook for 36 years before his retirement. In 1910 he was married to Anna Branson at Rensselaer.

            Surviving with the widow are three daughters, Mrs. Josephine Edgren of Silver Spring, Md., Miss Florence Hall of Indianapolis and Mrs. Ethel Klaus of Merrillville; one son, James Hall of El Paso, Tex., and two sisters, Mrs. Lulu Ulyat of Remington and Mrs. Exilda Martin of Amorado, ND. (1967) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Roseanna M. Hall, 51
FOWLER — Roseanna Marie Hall, age 51, of Fowler, surrounded by her family, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday morning, October 16, 2012. She was born Oct. 7, 1961 in Lafayette. Rose was the daughter of the late Dale Jr. and Rosemary Whitus of Fowler. She married Clint Hall on Aug. 15, 1997.
    Rose loved going to auctions and collecting and selling antiques. She enjoyed camping in the summers, spending time with friends and loved family get-togethers. She also enjoyed reading books, crocheting, scratch off lottery tickets, writing poetry and doing puzzles.
    Rose was a fun loving person and could be silly and goofy. She could make you laugh when you felt like crying. There were many times she would chase her girls around the house with kitchen tongs, which was one of the many things she did to make them laugh and love her so much. Rose had the heart of a lion and could fight any battle that came her way. She would give anything to help someone even if it meant she would do without.
    Rose was honest and never repressed words.
    Rose truly adored her family; she was the rock of the family. She will be missed by all of those who loved her, leaving a lifetime of memories to cherish. She leaves behind a Beautiful Legacy.
    Rose is survived by her husband Clint and three daughters, Bridgett (BJ) Smith of Ambia, Kandi (Branden) Nobbe of Greensburg and Karrie Marko of Otterbein, eleven grandchildren, her mother, Rosemary Whitus, one sister, Janet (Ron) Jones, Three brothers, Mark (Kim), Jeff (LynnAnn), Kevin (Kathy), father-in-law Lloyd Hall, two brother-in-laws Lee J. (Felisha) and Andy (Colleen) Hall, two sister-in-laws Tonia (Paul) Hoskins and Tammy (Keil) Vanderwall, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Dale Jr. Whitus, brother Rick Whitus, and her son T.J. Marko.
    Visitation will be from 11 am. to 2 pm. Saturday, October 20, 2012, with the funeral to follow at 2 pm., at Windler Funeral Home. Interment will be in Fowler Cemetery.

Published in the Journal & Courier from October 17 to October 18, 2012, Submitted by Susie Hall

  

William C. Hall

            William C. Hall, 67, retired machinist at Ross Gear Division TRW, died at 7:05 a.m. today in Home Hospital. He had been hospitalizes since Monday and in failing health two years.

Born in Jasper County, he was reared in Benton County and was a graduate of Wadena High School. He came to Lafayette 22 years ago and resided at 1314 Hedgewood Dr.

            He was employed at Ross Gear for 18 years, retiring in 1974. Prior to that he farmed in Benton County.

            Mr. Hall was a member of Goodland Presbyterian Church.

            In 1933 he was married at Fowler to Madge I. Cain, who survives.

            Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Jeannie) Brouillette of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Mrs. Curtis (Carolyn) Wilson of Lafayette; one son, Donald R. Hall of Goodland; five brothers, Ralph Hall of Sixes, Ore., Eldon Hall of Watseka, Ill., Floyd Hall of Morocco, and Eugene and Russell Hall, both of North Bend, Ore.; and one sister, Mrs. Delores Meeley of Martinton, Ill. (September 28, 1979) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Thelma Hall, 86

            Kentland - Thelma Hall, 86 died Wednesday evening, Sept 24 at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Ill.

            Born Sept 22, 1911, in Kentland she married Fred Hall in 1928. He died in 1976. She was a lifelong resident of Kentland.

            Mrs. Hall was a homemaker.

            She was a member of the Covenant Federated Church in Kentland.

            Surviving are four sons, Lloyd and Melvin Hall, both of Fowler, and Carl and Earl "Buck" Hall, both of Kentland; three daughters, Doris Tagg of Fowler, Mrs. Bill (Freda) Chasteen of Kentland, and Mrs. Leroy (Jenny) Lowry of Wolcott, and twin sister Velma Antone of North Port, Fla.; and a sister, Dorothy Kendig of Kentland. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Mrs. Anna M. Hall

            Brook - Mrs. Anna M. Hall, 88, widow of James hall, Brook's first service station owner, died at 2:30 p.m. in George Ade Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient two weeks. She had been a resident of the George Ade Extended Care Facility nine months, and in ill health one year.

            Born in Jasper County, she had resided at Brook since 1921. She was married in 1910. Her husband, James, preceded her in death in 1967.

            Mrs. Hall attended Brook United Methodist Church and was a member of WSCS of the church, Brook Business and Professional Womens Club, Iroquois Demonstation Club and George Ade Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

            Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Josephine M. Edgren of El Paso, Texas, Miss Florence M. Hall of Indianapolis and Mrs. Ethel P. Klaus of Merrillville; a son, James Hall Jr., of El Paso, Texas; and two sisters Mrs. Nora Hudson of Rensselaer and Mrs. Mollie Hotler of Lowell. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Eunice Hall

            WATSEKA, ILL. - Mrs. Eunice Hall, 63, became ill at her home here Monday morning and was dead on arrival at 6:20 a.m. at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 5, 1923, in Milford, Ill., she had lived in Watseka for many years. She was married July 8, 1944, in Watseka, to Eldon H. Hall. He died July 6, 1983

            Surviving are a son, William Hall of Lampasas, Texas; two daughters, Jerry (Donna) Webb and Lory Hall, both of Watseka:: two sisters, Annabelle Templin of Phoenix, Ariz., and Shirley Tincher of Watseka; and a brother, George Cook of Le Roy, Ill. October 6, 1986 Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Francis G. Hanshew (1939-2010)

            Francis G. Hanshew, 71, of Brook passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at 3:40 p.m. at his Brook residence. He was formerly of Monon, and was born May 6, 1939, in Fairbury, Ind., to the late Paul and Stella Birch Hanshew.            He was an upholsterer for 30 years before retiring, and owned his own business.     
            Surviving are two sons, Keith F. Hanshew of Brook and Kevin Hanshew of Highland; two daughters, Kassandra (Ricky) Mason of Highland and Kimberly (Joe) Kleckauskas of Bradenton, Fla.; two brothers, Kenneth Hanshew of Hayworth, Ill., and Jack (Cindy) Beckoff of Reynolds; one sister, Bonnie Sauls of Monon; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.    He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.           
            A funeral service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice. Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements

Newton County Enterprise November 18, 2010

Charles Edward "Eddie" Hamilton (1937-2011)

Charles Edward "Eddie" Hamilton, 74, of Lake Village passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the Rensselaer Care Center. He was born March 22, 1937, son of the late Charles and Ruth (Rader) Hamilton.
Friemds called Tuesday, July 26, 2011, from 11 a.m. until time of services at noon at the Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Interment followed at theRoselawn Cemetery,

Newton County Enterprise July 27, 2011

 

Nancy J. Harris (1938-2012)

Nancy J. Harris, 73, of Brook passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 6:57 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Central in Lafayette, Ind. She was born Sept. 1, 1938, in Lafayette to the late Harold and Nona (Trudeau) Gilbert. In 1950, she graduated from Catholic school in Ft. Wayne.
Her marriage was to Robert R. Harris on Sept. 22, 1963, in Dyer, Ind. He survives.
Mrs. Harris was a retired factory worker, having worked for Intec in Morocco for 18 years. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fowler. She enjoyed making blankets, baking bread, playing bingo and sitting by her pool.
Surviving along with her husband are two daughters, Tammy Holliday of Kentland and Lorri Bland of Indianapolis; one son, James R. (Jackie) Harris of Brookston, Ind.; one sister, Barbara Newton of Arizona; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are her parents and one son, Michael S. Harris.
Visitation is Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook. Funeral services follow at noon with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Internment will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association in honor of Sophia Lindback. Newton County Enterprise April 6, 2012

Stanley A Harrison, 91

    MOROCCO -- Stanley A. Harrison, 91, of Des Plaines, Ill., formerly of Morocco, died Friday evening, Feb. 18, 2011, at Rensselaer Care Center.
Born in Morocco on Oct. 13, 1919, he was the son of the late Charles Ellsworth and Nellie Mae Pickering Harrison.
    He graduated from Morocco High School and Butler University. He resided in Chicago for a time, returning to Morocco in 1969.
    Mr. Harrison served in the Army Air Corps as staff sergeant.
    In 1941, he married Maxine Kay. She died in 1950. He then married Katherine Jacobs in 1969. She preceded him in death in 1996.
    Mr. Harrison worked for railroads since 1946, retiring from CSX in 1980.
    He was a member of Morocco American Legion and Masonic Lodge.
    Surviving are a son, Tom Jacobs (wife: Kathie) of Lake Zurich, Ill.; and a brother, Vane "Speed" Harrison of Morocco.
    Services Wednesday in Morocco.
Lafayette Journal Courier February 20, 2011

Vane "Speed" Harrison (1917-2012)

Vane "Speed" Harrison, age 94 of Morocco, passed away Tuesday evening, June 19, 2012 at the Rensselaer Care Center. He was a lifelong Morocco area resident. He was born in Morocco on August 28, 1917, son of the late Charles E. and Nellie M. (Pickering) Harrison. He was a graduate of Morocco High School.
Speed served his Country in the U.S. Navy during WW II from 1942-1945. He was a PBY Pilot stationed in the Aleutian Islands in the northern Pacific and flew four missions over Japan. After the war Speed had a career as a locomotive engineer for Inland Steel, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the United Church of Morocco. He was also an active member of the Morocco American Legion Post 146, the Masonic Lodge, 40 & 8, and the Navy Club.
Speed is survived by one daughter, Karen McClatchey (husband: Michael) of Morocco; and four granddaughters: Shannon Tarrah (husband: Jay) of Terre Haute, Cory McCann (husband: Richard, Jr.) of Morocco, Meghan McClatchey of Indianapolis and Colleen Rendant (husband: Josh) of Rensselaer. Six great-grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, two brothers: Herschel and Stanley Harrison, first wife Phyllis (Triplett) Harrison, second wife Anna (Maniak) Harrison, and Wilma (Kemp) Harrison.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 22, from 4 – p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Masonic Services will be at the funeral home at 7 p.m. followed by an American Legion Poppy Service. Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Thomas D. Vance officiating. Interment with Military Rites will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Donations in Speed's memory are suggested to Morocco American Legion Post 146.

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2012




Daniel Blaine "Danny" Hawkins (1984-2011)

DANIEL BLAINE "DAN" HAWKINS, age 26 of Valparaiso, formerly of Shelby, IN. passed away March 29, 2011 at Porter Hospital, Valparaiso, IN. Dan was born in Rensselaer on December 17, 1984, son of Randy A. Hawkins of Brook and Etha M. (Carter) Hawkins of Morocco, who survive.
Dan was educated in the Lake Village and Lowell Schools. He was an avid collector of Thomas The Train memorabilia as well as Scooby Doo and Batman.
Surviving brothers are Henry Hawkins and Eugene Hawkins, both of Brook, IN.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, April 1, 2011 from 12 noon till time of funeral at 3:00 P.M. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery of Morocco. Share memories and offer condolences at www.steinkefuneralhome.com.
Newton County Enterprise March 31, 2011

Richard Harwood

            Richard Harwood, 79, of Rensselaer passed away Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at the Jasper County Hospital. He was born Aug. 30, 1931, in Streator, Ill. to Frederick Kahler and Vera (Logsdon) Harwood. He moved to Rensselaer 15 years ago, also having lived in South Holland, Ill.
            He was raised in the Morocco and Lake Village area where he attended school. Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 aboard the USS Northampton. For 45 years Richard was a truck driver with Teamsters Local #142 in Gary and #705 in Chicago. A member of both the American Legion Post #29 and the Moose Lodge in Rensselaer, he was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing horseshoes and euchre. His marriage was in Palos Heights, Illinois on November 19, 1983.          
            Surviving with his wife Janet, of Rensselaer, are five children, Richard F. (Mary) Harwood II, Morocco; Cindy Harwood, Cincinnati, Ohio; Tina Harwood-Schroeder, Lake Village; Sarah Harwood, Crawfordsville; and Adam Harwood, Rensselaer; 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, a brother, Tom Harwood, Bourbonnais, Ill. and a sister, Sharon (Pete) Howard, Pontiac, Ill.    
            Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 10 with funeral services to be held at 6 p.m. Cremation will follow.
            Burial will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family.     
            See www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry.      
            View online guestbook at myrepublican.info

Rensselaer Republican October 9, 2010

Patricia Jeanne Hayes (1936-2011)

Patricia Jean Haynes, 74, of Brook passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at 12:35 p.m., at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was a resident of Brook since 1953, and was born in Sandwich, Ill., on Nov. 20, 1936, to the late Morton L. and Nettie Mae (Davis) Fowler. She was a graduate of Brook High School, Class of 1955. On July 27, 1958, she married John G. Haynes, and he survives.
She was a retired lab technician at George Ade Memorial Hospital and Jasper County Hospital for 38 years. She was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women. She was a past president of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, a member of the Birthday Club, former member of the Hazelden Country Club and a member of the DAR for 35 years and was a past regent.
She enjoyed doing ceramics, quilting, gardening and cooking.
Surviving with her husband John are two daughters, Jeanne Ann (Eric B.) Smith of Overland Park, Kan., and Jill D. (Jay) Cobb of Kentland; one son, Greg J. (Kirsten) Haynes of Lafayette; two sisters, Phyllis (Charles) Reif of Valparaiso and Marilyn Whaley of W. Lafayette; one brother, Charles D. (Charlotte) Fowler of Cleveland, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Andrea Smith and Madelyn and Patrick Cobb.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Larry Fowler.
Visitation is Friday, July 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home, Brook. Funeral Service is Saturday, July 9, at the Brook United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Burial will take place at the Riverside Cemetery of Brook following the service.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association .

Newton County Enterprise July 9, 2011

 

Lois Hensel (1944-2012)

Lois Hensel, 67, of Morocco, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012, at Monroe Regional Hospital in Ocala, Fla. She was born in Rensselaer on April 12, 1944, daughter of the late Glenn V. Morgan and Marie I. Grant Morgan. Lois was a lifelong Morocco area resident. She graduated from Morocco High School. In June of 1976, in Morocco, she married David Hensel and he survives.
Lois graduated from
Indiana University and went on to earn her master's degree in nursing from Purdue University. She was an RN and was the school nurse for the North Newton School Corp. for 34 years. While there, she not only bandaged knees, but mended hearts for many children. After retiring, she was the Newton County Step-Ahead Coordinator for several years. She continued to work for many causes for the school, such as being an activist to help prevent bullying in schools. Lois received the Newton County Woman of the Year Award for 2011 given by the Newton County Community Foundation.
Lois was a dedicated member of the Morocco First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed singing in the church choir and serving on various committees. She was a loyal member of Projects Unlimited, the Newton County Drug Coalition, and other community and professional organizations. She enjoyed being a part of the Newton County Punkin Vine Fair as the Superintendent of the Domestic Arts Building for several years.
Lois enjoyed attending her nieces and nephews activities throughout the years. She enjoyed her fishing trips, her winters in Florida and her getaways with her husband and friends. She was a kind, caring, compassionate person who touched the lives of many people. Her always-present smile will continue to shine in all who knew and loved her.
Lois is survived by her loving husband David Hensel and three sisters, Joyce Fertig (husband: Jerry) of Donovan, Ill., Beverly Bell (husband: Lloyd) of Calif., and Barbara Brown (husband: Russell) of Brook. 11 nieces and nephews and eight great-nieces and nephews also survive. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Marie Morgan and two brothers, Robert and Archie Morgan.
Friends may call Sunday, March 18, from 2-6 p.m. CDT at the Morocco Elementary School Gymnasium, 310 S. Lincoln Street in Morocco. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday, March 19, at 11 a.m. CDT at the Morocco First United Methodist Church, 203 S. Clay Street in Morocco. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Morocco First United Methodist Church. Steinke Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise March 24, 2012

Roy L. Herath (1937-2010)

            Roy L. Herath, 73, of Edinburgh, Ind., formerly of Brook, passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at his residence in Edinburgh at 12:04 a.m. He was born in Brook on Sept. 26, 1937, to the late Clifford and Gladys C. Light Herath. On Aug. 27, 1959, he wed his wife Barbara Graffert Herath, and she survives. He served in the US Army from 1957-1960, and was a self-employed painter before his retirement. He was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church.      
            Surviving with his wife, Barbara, are one daughter, Heidi U. Whicker of Beech Grove, Ind.; a granddaughter, Brittney M. Herath of Columbus, Ind., and one great-granddaughter, Lainey E. Herath, also of Columbus.
            A graveside service will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh on Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. with Richard E. Gerts officiating. The Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home, Edinburgh, is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise December 1, 2010

 

 

Don E. Hess

Don E. Hess, 82, passed away on March 24, 2011, in Indianapolis due to heart failure. At his death, he was a resident of Indianapolis, but he spent many years after his retirement in Orr, Minn., as a resident of Ash River Trail Lodge where he loved to fish, boat and enjoy the wildlife and the wilderness in the beautiful boundary areas of the U.S.-Canadian Border.
Hess was a 1946 graduate of Brook High School who went on to serve in the Army, serving in Germany during the Korean War. He had many occupations during his life, which included Pinkerton detective, used car dealer, loan officer for General Finance Corporation, car wash owner, tavern owner and steel mill worker for Inland Steel Corporation.
He enjoyed life and there was really not too much fun that he missed. An avid sports fan, he loved the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Hoosiers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Ethel Hess, and a son, Scott Lee Hess. He is survived by a brother, John (Donna) Hess; a sister, Phyllis McClelland; nieces, Ann Leonard and Jennifer Hess, all of Indianapolis; a grand-niece, Katie (Dan) Center and great-grand-niece, Charley Center of Nashville, Tenn.
At the decedent's request, there will be no calling or services. Internment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Brook. Gerts Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Bradley R Hillis

            Bradley R Hillis, 25, of Lafayette, passed away at Regency Hospital in East Chicago on Wednesday, Jan 17. He was born on Dec 26, 1981, in Rensselaer, the son of George S and Rebecca (Moore) Hillis of Lake Village. He had lived in Newton County most of his life.

            He graduated from North Newton High School with the Class of 2007 and received a Business Management Degree from Ivy Tech. He attended the Faith Mission Assembly of God Church at Shelby, Ind. He was employed at the Tru Green Chem Lawn Care of Lafayette for several years.

            He is survived by his parents, sister Amber (Charles) Winebrenner of Roselawn; brothers, Dustin Gary of Lake Village and Cory Hillis of Lafayette; special niece, Elizabeth Anderson of Roselawn; his grandparents, Leroy and Bertie Moore of Oakwood, Ill., and many many friends.

            He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ross and Helen Hillis.

            Funeral services were held at the Morocco Elementary gymnasium on Saturday, Jan 20, with Pastor Jack Virgin officiating and interment followed at the Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.

            The Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco was in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise January 31, 2007

 

Dorothy Ida Hinsky (1912-2011)

Dorothy Ida Hinsky, 99, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Oct. 14, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla., where she has been residing since early 2008.  Born in Lowell, Ind., on April 1, 1912, the seventh of eight children of Dorothea and David Bruckman, she always prided her herself on being an April Fool Baby being born after five brothers.  She attended Lowell High School and married Ray Hinsky of Detroit, Mich., in 1938, where she lived until 1968. 
Never losing her love for Indiana, after Ray retired from Ford Motor Company after 42 years, they moved to Kentland where Dorothy resided until her move to Florida to be closer to her family.  Always known for her keen card sense, Dorothy was a well known figure if a card game could be found. As an officer in the Fifty and Over Club for many years, she enjoyed many friends and was always happy to welcome them into her home.  Dorothy was also known for her quick wit, friendly and outgoing personality and willingness to help others.
Dorothy is survived by her only child, Judith Ann Brown (husband, Reed), three grandchildren, Dawn, Scott and Craig, and their spouses, and four great-grandchildren, all of whom reside in the Jacksonville area. 
The family has requested that donations be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Kentland, in lieu of flowers and would like to thank all of her friends who have kept in touch with her during her stay in Florida.
Visitation will be held at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011 from 5-7 p.m. (CDT). Dorothy's funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Kentland on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. (CDT), followed by internment at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Kentland. 

Newton County Enterprise October 22, 2011

Naomi Ethel Holley (1916-2010)

            Naomi Ethel Holley age 94 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, died on January 1, 2011 at Vitas Hospice Care.      
            Mrs. Holley was born March 10, 1916 to Sarah Ethel Carlock and Clifford Thoretine Carlock of Goodland, Indiana. She was raised by her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hazen of Goodland, Indiana.       
            Married to Morris W. Holley of Kentland, Indiana on August 5, 1936 and he preceded her in death on July 16, 1994. Kentland was their home for fifty five years and they spent winters in Ft. Lauderdale Florida since 1973.     
            Mrs. Holley graduated from Goodland High School in the class of 1935. She worked at Goodland Post Office as a postal clerk from 1936 to 1941. Member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Kentland, Indiana. Her hobbies were antiques and refinishing antiques.          
            Survivors include daughter Joan Holly Hunsberger of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, son Douglas L. Holley wife Linda of Noblesville, Indiana. Grandsons Greggory S. Hunsberger Sr. wife Christie, Byron D. Hunsberger, Britt of Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Granddaughter Tallia M. Holley, Derek. Grandson Tyler D. Holley of Willets, California. Grandson T G Saulmon of Columbus, Ohio. Great grandson Greggory S Hunsberger Jr great granddaughters Sequoia Holley Gambrel and Skye A. Saulmon. Brother Marlon W. Charlock, wife Betty of Brownsburg, Indiana.
            Her two brothers preceded her in death Richard T. Carlock and Woodrow Carlock.
            Naomi was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.      
            A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM with a visitation from 12:00 PM until the service at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Burial will be at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland

 

James E Hollingsworth

            James E Hollingsworth, 80, Goodland, died at 10:03 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.

            He was bon March 13, 1924, in Benton County, the son of George & Olive C Hagenbaugh Hollingsworth.

            He was a lifetime resident of Goodland/Wadena area and attended Wadena High School at Wadena, graduating in 1942.

            He married Mary Ellen Ellsworth Oct 12, 1944, in Goodland.

            Mr. Hollingsworth served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1944.

            He worked as a welder for NIPSCO for 10 years and also farmed.

            He was a member of Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church and Fowler American Legion Post 57, and was a former member of the Goodland Lions Club. He enjoyed camping, woodworking, welding and mowing the grass.

            He is survived by wife Mary Ellen Hollingsworth of Goodland; three daughters and one son-in-law, Kathleen Clark of Goodland, Mary Lou and Dennis Stinson of Fowler and Teresa Bernier of Goodland, four sons and three daughters-in-law, Steven Hollingsworth of Lafayette, Charles and Donna Hollingsworth of Kentland, Jeff and Joyce Hollingsworth of Kentland and William and Julie Hollingsworth of Goodland; two sisters Katherine Smith of Tuscola, Ill. And Christina Short of Goodland, 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

            He was preceded in death by his parents.

            Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland with a rosary service at 8 p.m.

            Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Goodland with the Rev Robert Bernotas officiating.

            Burial was Saturday in Mt Calvary Cemetery in Goodland.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

            Arrangements were made by Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland. Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2004

 

 

Alice I Honn (1920-2011)

Alice I. Honn, 91, Brook and formerly of Goodland, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born in Morocco on March 23, 1920 to the late Louis and Pearl Budreau Bachman
Alice Honn, who enjoyed bird watching, gardening and country music, married Lawrence E. Honn on Christmas Eve in 1947. Lawrence preceded her in death on June 25, 1988.
Together the couple had three children who survive, son, David (wife Bonnie) and daughter Juanita K. Sheets (husband Todd), both of whom reside in Goodland. Mrs. Honn is also survived by two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, son Dennis, five sisters and three brothers.
Visitation is Thursday, Sept. 1, from 10-11 a.m., at the Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. Marjorie Egger will officiate the ceremony. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Jasper County Hospital.

Newton County Enterprise August 31, 2011

Marion F. Honn (1929-2010)

            Marion F. Honn, 81, of Brook, passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at the VA Illiana Healthcare, Danville, Ill. He was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Muncie, Ind., to Harry Ernest and Opal Fay (Lacy) Honn.   
            After moving here with his family he attended school in Mt. Ayr and Brook. Marion was a veteran of the U.S. Army. 
            Marion retired from Sears & Roebuck in Rensselaer where he was a mechanic for 26 years. He also had worked in maintenance at Rose Acres in Newton County. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Brook, a life member of V.F.W. Post #1279, the Morocco American Legion Post #146, the Iroquois Conservation Club, and was a 24 year veteran of the Brook Volunteer Fire Department. Marion was an avid race car fan and was a member and past president of the Rensselaer Racing Association.      
            On Sept. 11, 1954, in Kentland, Marion married Betty Jean Richards and she survives.       
            Surviving along with his loving wife Betty are four daughters, Vicki (Chuck) Laffoon, Morocco, Rhonda (James) Gross, Brook, Hedy (Stan) Larson, Rensselaer, IN and Mary Kristin (Jeffrey Floyd, companion) Honn, Brook, Indiana; four grandsons, one great-grandson, two brothers, Lloyd Honn, Lafayette, and Harold (Maxine) Honn, Brook, and numerous nieces and nephews. Marion was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Marie Honn, his parents, one brother and one sister.           
            Friends may call Wednesday, December 22, 2010 from 2-8 P.M. CST at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer. Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 10:30 A.M.CST with Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Brook. Newton County Enterprise December 22, 2010

 

Sherry A. Hufnagel (1955-2011)

Sherry A. Hufnagel, 55, Goodland, Ind., passed away April 11, 2011.
She was born May 12, 1955, in Richmond, the daughter of Bradford (Bud) and Betty Power (Benton) of Centerville, Ind. Sherry was preceded in death by her mother and a brother Randy Power.
Sherry spent her childhood and young adult life living in Centerville, where she was a 1973 graduate of Centerville High School. She was an employee of Nettle Creek Industries for seven years and was also involved in sports, and very involved with her family.
She married Stephen Hufnagel Sept. 27, 1980, in Elko, Nev. They were happily married for 30 years. They started their family in Grants, New Mexico, where she was a secretary for Chemical Marketing Services. She also ran a successful house cleaning business. In 1998, after living in different states throughout the West for 18 years, Sherry and her family returned home to Indiana, settling in Goodland.
Sherry was employed at ADM/ Co-Alliance in Goodland for 10 years. She enjoyed working with the farmers as well as the truck drivers that came into the elevator.
Sherry loved spending time with her family, gardening, landscaping, working in the yard and designing floral arrangements, also watching her daughters and grandchildren play sports was a favorite thing for her.
Survivors include her husband, Stephen Hufnagel, three daughters Tricia Chapman (husband Eric), Lisa and Ashley Hufnagel of Goodland, her father Bradford Power, brothers Mike Power and Steve Power of Centerville, Ind., and two grandchildren, Caleb and Jacob Chapman. She is also survived by seven nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at Gerts Funeral Home in Brook, on Wednesday April 13. Funeral Services were at the First Christian Church in Brook, with Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. Burial took place at Riverside Memorial in Brook.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions may be made to the Fred. B. McCashland Endowed Scholarship Fund at Brebeuf Jesuit, 2801 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46268; or a charity or church of your choice.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook handled the arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise April 29, 2011

Margaret E Hoskins (1918-2012)

Margaret E. Hoskins, 93, of Morocco, passed away Tuesday morning, May 29, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Kentland on July 15, 1918, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Kirsch) Prue. She was a lifelong resident of Newton County.
Margaret graduated from A. J. Kent High School in Kentland with the Class of 1936. On Nov. 22, 1941, in Kentland, she married her husband of nearly 50 years, Ollie James Hoskins. He preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1991. Margaret was a homemaker and loved being the wife of a farmer. She loved her family dearly, especially her precious grandkids. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland and she had a very strong Catholic faith.
Margaret is survived by two daughters, Joyce (Stewart) Hammel of Morocco, Dr. Janice Mallory of Rensselaer and daughter-in-law Gail Hoskins of Morocco. Eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Elizabeth Prue, her husband Ollie Hoskins, son James Hoskins, son-in-law Stephen Mallory and sister Dorothy Murphy.
Friends visited with the family on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 4 – 7 p.m. CDT at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. A Rosary Service was held at the funeral home immediately prior to the visitation at 3:45 p.m. Funeral Mass was Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m. CDT at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 409 E. Allen St. in Kentland with Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Donations in Margaret's memory are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Share memories and condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Newton County Enterprise June 6, 2012

Michael K Humphrey, 53

            KENTLAND -- Michael K. Humphrey, 53, of Kentland, died at 11:26 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Integris Seminole Medical Center, Seminole, Okla.

Born Oct. 6, 1956, in Chicago, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Opal Marie Wilson Humphrey.

            On Oct. 1, 1993, he married Sharel Cravens in Watseka, Ill., and she survives.

            Mr. Humphrey was employed at Intx Microbials in Kentland, and had served in the Marines.

            Surviving with his wife are two sons, Shane Humphrey and Shawn Humphrey, and a daughter, Shannah Humphrey, all of Seminole; a brother, Randall Humphrey of Rensselaer; and a sister, Deborah Page (husband: Carl) of Kentland.

            Visitation from 3 p.m. until service time at 5 p.m. Thursday at Knapp Funeral Home, Sheldon, Ill., the Rev. Kim Howard officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to donor's choice. Please sign the guestbook at www.knappfuneralhomes.com Lafayette Journal Courier August 24, 2010

 

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Terry David Jackson (1945-2011)

Terry David Jackson was born on Dec. 10, 1945, and died in Fayetteville, Tenn., on Oct. 26, 2011.  Graveside services will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco, on Nov. 12, 2011, at 2 p.m. with fellowship at the Beaver Township Community Center following the service.
Terry is survived by his wife Patty Jackson, son Scott Jackson, daughter Mindy  Mathis, (husband Brian Mathis), six grandchildren, Cody Jackson, Gabrielle Jackson, Hannah Mathis, Sarah Mathis, Katie Mathis, and John Mathis, sister,  Laurie (Jackson) Berry, and  brother Dale Lomax, Jr. 
He was preceded in death by his parents Dale Lomax, Sr. and Ruth Ann Jackson, his step-father Lawrence Jackson, a sister Karen (Lomax) Gibson and son Terry William (Billy) Jackson.
Memorials may be made to the Morocco American Legion.

Newton County Enterprise November 2, 2011

Romulo S Jardenil

            Romulo S Jardenil, 72, M.D.,  of West Lafayette, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at his home.

            He was born Oct 7, 1931, in Jaroiloilo City, Philippines.

            He graduated from the University of Samtuthomas Medical School in the Philippines.

            He married Esperanza L Littua July 17, 1959. She died Dec 29, 1999.

            Dr. Jardenil was a physician at the Purdue Health Clinic Hospital for Students from 1981 until retiring in 1995. He had also practiced medicine in Kentland.

            He was a member of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in West Lafayette.

            He is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Dr. David S Jardenil and Dr Brenda Stenftenagle of Valparaiso and Steve R Jardenil of West Lafayette; and one daughter and son-in-law, Rafaelita and Paul Chew of Ithaca, N.Y.; and five grandchildren, Isabella and Allana Jardenil and Marika, Camille and Selena Chew.

            Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel with a scripture service at 6 p.m.

            A funeral mass was conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at St Thomas Aquinas Church in West Lafayette with the Rev Father Dan David officiating.

            Burial was in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in West Lafayette. Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2004

 

James G. Johnson (1932-2011)

James G. Johnson, 78, of Inverness, Fla., passed away at his home on Oct. 1, 2011. He was born Nov. 21, 1932, in Watseka, Ill., to the late Gilbert and Jessie L. (Wright) Johnson. His first marriage was to Alberta Stowers in Sheldon on Feb. 2, 1952. He later wed Mary Grimes in Watseka on April 11, 1992.
James served in the U.s. Air Force during the
Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Church of Christ and the American Legion. He farmed for many years, and worked at T&D Metals for 10 years.
He is survived by two daughters, Pamela German of Sheldon and Sandy (John) Laffoon of Kentland; on son, Gary (Mary Lou) Johnson of Milford, Ill.; eight grandchildren and either great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon, Ill., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post 23 and the Iroquois County
VFW Post 7450 at the Sheldon Cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the Watseka American Legion Post 23

Newton County Enterprise November 2, 2011

Marlin L. Johnson (1934-2011)

Marlin L. Johnson, 77, of Kentland, died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Sheldon Healthcare of Sheldon, Ill.
He was born Feb. 1, 1934, in Watseka, to the late Glenn and Neva (Wockner) Johnson. He graduated from Sheldon High School in 1952.
His marriage was to Shirley Kindig on Aug. 22, 1954, in Kentland. She survives.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland and Watseka Elks Club; he served on the Darrow Elevator Board of Directors for several years, and was past president of the Sheldon School Board.
He farmed his entire life, and lived on a farm south of Sheldon prior to moving to Kentland.
Marlin loved watching his grandchildren's sporting events and was an avid sports fan; he also enjoyed wintering in Florida, and playing tennis and bridge.
Surviving with his wife are three children; Ross Johnson (wife: Deborah) of Sheldon, Rhonda Hendee (husband: Brett) of Tampa, Fl., and Teresa Welsh (husband: Jeff) of Goodland.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, one great-grandson and four step-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CDT) Friday, June 24, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Saturday, June 25, at Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland with Pastor Ed van Wijk officiating. Interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery of Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made in Marlin's name to Trinity United Methodist Church, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, or the South Newton Athletic Association.

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2011

Charlotte Jones (1930-2011)

Charlotte Jones, 80, of Kentland, died at 3:58 p.m., April 14, 2011, at George Ade Memorial Health Care of Brook.
She was born July 28, 1930, in Vandalia, Ill., to the late Elmer and Pearl (Sanders) Fleming. She attended Brookston High School.
Her marriage was to Russell Jones in 1948. He preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 2009.
Mrs. Jones was a member of the Pythian Sisters of Kentland.
She worked at the Bell Telephone Company, Kenny's Pharmacy, and as a receptionist for Dr. Kay's veterinary clinic. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her family and cooking.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas L. Jones and Robert A. Jones (wife: Lisa), all of Kentland, and a sister, Dolores Hooker of Lafayette.
Also surviving is a grandson, Cristian Jones, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. (CST) until the time of service 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Rev. Ed vanWijk to officiate.
Interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association .

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Elsie L. Jones (1925-2010)

            Elsie L. Jones, 85, of Morocco, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 13, 2010 at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center in Brook. She was born in Brook on Oct. 19, 1925, daughter of the late Carl and Mary (Honn) Moline.           
            Elsie was a lifelong area resident and graduated from Brook High School. She was a member of the Lake Village Presbyterian Church, where she played the organ for several years. She was a homemaker and also worked for several area factories and was a caregiver in her later years. Elsie loved the Lord. She also loved music and spending time with her family.  
            Surviving are her children, Lester D. Laffoon of Morocco, Karen (Mrs. Billy) Harris of Brook, Kevin (wife: Cynthia) Laffoon of Rensselaer, and Brian (wife: Lorrie) Laffoon of Lake Village. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.    
            Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Lloyd H. Laffoon, second husband Donald M. Jones, brother Everett Moline, daughter-in-law Karen Laffoon, grandson Derrick Harris and great-grandson Elijah McCoy.           
            Friends may call Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 3 P.M. until 7 P.M. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Lake Village Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jay Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery of Brook. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society . Steinke Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Newton County Enterprise December 15, 2010

 

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Earl Harvey Karr (1915-2011)

Earl Harvey Karr passed away Sept. 14, 2011, in Wildomar, Calif. He was born June 2, 1915, in Donovan, Ill., and raised in Brook.
Mr. Karr is survived by six children, David Karr, Margaret Karr, Colleen (Karr) Saunders, Mark Karr, Eal Karr, Dwight Karr and 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Paddy. He served 22 years in the Marine Corps, retired CWO2, served in World War II and Korea. Mr. Karr attended college, graduating with a B.S. in sociology and became a juvenile probation officer and director of the youth guidance center in Orange County, Calif. He saw on son off to Vietnam and two grandsons to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is sorely missed by all who knew him and by his family most of all.

Newton County Enterprise June 13, 2012


Jim D. Kay (1933-2011)

    Jim D. Kay, 77, of Clanton, Alabama died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 in Cherokee, North Carolina.
    He was born February 10, 1933 in Morocco, Indiana to the late Milton William and Blanche May (Purdy) Kay. He graduated from Morocco High School and attended Arkansas State University.
    He served in the United States Army for twenty-two years, with two tours in Japan, a tour in Korea, and three tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the "Outstanding Military Citizen of Georgia" award for his commitment to community service.
    He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion. He was active in Lions Clubs International, and previously served as district governor for Lions Club chapters in Georgia and Alabama. While a resident of Florida, he was elected mayor of the town of Oakland. Jim especially enjoyed family reunions, traveling, gardening, and his cats.
In addition to his wife of 58 years, Dorothy A. Savoie Kay, he is survived by their five children: Steve Kay and wife, Dot, of Thomson, GA; Bill Kay and wife, Susan, of North Augusta, SC; Michael Kay and wife, Paige, of Smithfield, NC; Judy Pair and husband, Mike, of Birmingham, AL; and Joe Kay and wife, Linda, of Noblesville, IN. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. (CST) Monday, January 24, 2011 at Morocco First United Methodist Church in Morocco, Indiana, with Pastor Greg Wagoner and Pastor Greg Nobles officiating. Interment will follow at Morocco Cemetery.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Alabama Lions Sight Conservation Association, Inc., 700 18th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35233.
    Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland is in charge of arrangements
Newton County Enterprise January 27, 2011

Bethel L. Kendall (1931-2010)

            Bethel L. Kendall, 78, of Morocco passed away June 19, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Bethel was born Nov. 11, 1931, daughter of the late Kenneth and Lovella (Hauser) Starnes. She was a lifetime Morocco area resident and attended the Morocco Public Schools. She married Richard L. Kendal in Lafayette on Nov. 19, 1949. He died May 8, 2005. Children surviving are Gwenda L. (Rutledge) Morrison (Mrs. Ron), Catherine L. Grant (Mrs. Craig) and Richard Kendall (wife, Linda) all of Morocco, Thomas L. and Penny Freeland Kendall of Montmorenci and James L. Kendall of Indianapolis. There are 13 grandchildren and 10 great - grandchildren also surviving. Siblings who survive are James Starnes and Myrtle Fleming both of Florida and Jeanette Hall of Morocco.

            Friends may visit with the family on June 22, from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Memorials in Bethel’s memory may be made to Newton County Historical Society or to that of donor’s choice. Interment will be at a later date at Prairie Vine Cemetery in rural Newton County. Newton County Enterprise June 23, 2010 Submitted by Susie Hall

Curtis "Calvin" Kindig (1925-2011)

Curtis "Calvin" Kindig, 85, of Kentland, died at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 03, 2011 at Freedom Village Healthcare Center in Bradenton, Florida.
He was born November 21, 1925 in Kentland to the late Curtis and Reba (Whaley) Kindig. He graduated in 1943 from A.J. Kent High School.
His marriage was to Margaret Ann Lawrence on July 20, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Brook. She survives.
Calvin lived in the same house on the Kindig family farm for 80 years, and farmed all of his life.
He was the Past Director of Community State Bank of Brook and Newton County Farm Bureau, and was a member of Hazelden Country Club, Trinity Church, and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Kentland.
Mr. Kindig enjoyed golf, bridge, Purdue basketball and football.
Surviving with his wife are four children, Steve Kindig (wife: Suzie) of Brook; Karen Robinson (husband: Robb) of Alpharette, Georgia; Sherry Zaunick (husband: Ed) of Chesterfield, Virginia; and Larry Kindig (wife: Delinda) of Greenfield; and four sisters, Margaret Stonecipher, Evelyn McMullan, Virginia Simons (husband: Jim), and Shirley Johnson (husband: Marlin) all of Kentland.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Evan, Kyle and Elise Kindig, Kelly Robinson, and Grant, Greg and Garrett Zaunick.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CST) Friday, April 8, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. (CST) Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed vanWijk officiating. Interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery of Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association .
Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com
Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

 

Mark Alan King (1979-2012)

Mark Alan King, 32, of Kentland, died at home on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
He was born Dec. 3, 1979, in Watseka, Ill., Donna Reifel and Bud King. He had attended and graduated from South Newton High School in 1999. He had been a lifelong resident of Kentland.
Mark enjoyed playing guitar, spending time with his two children, family and friends.
He is survived by his parents Tom and Donna Reifel and Bud and Judy King. He is also survived by his two children, Damon and Maryssa, along with four brothers and three sisters; Rob King, Stacey Schuh, Brandy Ladd, Stacy Wussow, Tommy Reifel, Andy Weishaar, Chris Weishaar, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his grandfathers Bob Hall and Bill King, grandmother Betty King, and cousins Gene Hall and Chad Wetli.
Friends may call from 4-8 pm (CST), Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral Service at 11 a.m. (CST), Friday, Jan. 27, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Father Robert Bernatos to officiate. Interment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Kentland.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Damon and Maryssa King Trust that has been set up at Fowler State Bank of Kentland.
Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservice.com.

Newton County Enterprise January 28, 2012

Danny J. Klemz Sr. (1961-2011)

    Danny J. Klemz Sr., 50, of Brook passed away Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. He was born Jan. 4, 1961, in Crown Point to the late Allen J and Carol J. (Molden) Klemz. On Sept. 1, 1989, he married Brenda L. Hough in Kentland, and she survives.
    Danny was a retired maintenance man for PerPak Corp., where he worked for 13 years. He was a member of the ABATE motorcycle club and enjoyed his motorcycle and scrapping.
Surviving with his wife are one son, Danny J. (Stacey) Klemz Jr. of Roselawn; four daughters, Jennifer L. (Eric) Bisby of Monticello, Cheryl L. Klemz, Amber M. Klemz, and Lisa Klemz, all of Brook; two brothers, Dale (Shiela) Klemz of Valparaiso, Allen (Penny) Klemz of Lake Village; three sisters, Brenda (Bill) Nolan of Chesterton, Tina Vought of Lowell and Debbie (Dave) Kastendieck of Arkansas and four grandchildren.
    Visitation was held Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook with Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. Burial took place at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook
Newton County Enterprise February 19, 2011

John Peter Nicholas Knapp

            John Peter Nicholas "Crankshaft, Rawhide" Knapp, 80, of Fair Oaks, passed away early Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 at his residence. He was born in Roselawn, on Jan. 12, 1930 to Wilma (Zable) and Peter Knapp, both deceased.           
            John was a US Army veteran serving from 1952-1954. On Sept. 21, 1957 he married Janeth Clinton, who survives. John was a farmer, a former school bus driver for North Newton School Corporation and owner of J & J Gas & Grocery. He was a member of The Roselawn American Legion and Izaak Walton and a charter member of Lincoln Twp Fire Department.
            John is survived by his loving wife, Jan; Daughters, Angie (Mike) Reese, DeMotte; Annie (Chris) Rowland, Fair Oaks; Nya (Greg) Price, Lake Village; Bobbi Jo (Todd) Sammons, Rensselaer; Jonna (Troy) White, Rensselaer; and Cricket (Larry) Duranleau, Fair Oaks; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.       
            Also survived by sisters, Zenet Knapp-Schissler, Louisville, Ky. and Freida Moser, Austria
            Preceded in death by his parents and sister & brother in law, Lydia and Bill Atkinson.         
            Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sept. 30 at Jackson Funeral Service, 200 Third St. SW, DeMotte. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1 at Jackson Funeral Service, DeMotte, with Ron Gann officiating. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery, Roselawn.     
            Memorials may be made to Lincoln Twp Fire Department or Jasper County Hospice.         
            Also see www.jacksonfunera.com     
            View online guestbook at myrepublican.info. Rensselaer Republican September 30, 2010

Joan L. Knochel (1931-2012)

Joan L. Knochel, 80, of Lafayette, and long time resident of Kentland went to be with her Lord at noon on Monday, March 19, 2012, with her husband at her side. 
She was born Dec. 30, 1931, in Watseka, Ill., to the late Sidney and Emma (McClure) Mote.  She graduated in 1949 from Auburndale High School in Florida and also from Watseka High School in Illinois graduating with two diplomas.
Her marriage was to Dale Knochel on June 4, 1950, in the Watseka United Methodist Church.  He survives.
Joan helped her husband on the family farm in Kentland, where they lived until moving to the Lafayette area in 2002.
Mrs. Knochel was active at the Kentland United Methodist Church and was most recently a member of the Dayton United Methodist Church.  She is also a member of the Newton County Extension Homemakers Club.
She enjoyed wintering in Bradenton, Florida for several years where she was very involved in Christian Retreat activities.  She was an avid bird watcher and was an excellent seamstress and artist, drawing illustrations for books.
Surviving with her husband are her children, Cynthia Gonzales (husband: Thomas) of Denver, Colo., Charlotte Mette (husband: Christopher) of Green Bay, Wis., Christian Knochel (wife: Susan) of Kentland and Charles Knochel (wife: Kimberley) of West Lafayette. 
Joan loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, Tracy Coussens, Sean Knochel, Jonathan Mette and her six great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (EST) Thursday, March 22, in Dayton United Methodist Church (7201 Wesleyan Drive, Dayton, IN  47941) and also from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23.  Rev. Mike Dominick to officiate.  Interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland.
Memorials may be made to Physiocare Hospice of Lafayette or the Gideon's Bible Fund.
Share memories and online condolences at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2012

Arvel D. Koon (1922-2011)

Surrounded by family, Arvel D. Koon passed away peacefully on June 7. Born May 1, 1922, in Brook, he was the youngest of five children. Growing up, Arvel began a lifelong love affair with cars. Arvel joined the Marine Corps in 1942 and retired as a first Sergeant after 21 years of service.
He married his love Nadezda (Daisy) in 1946 and their union produced a son J.B. and a daughter Lana Jo. After retiring from the Corps, he managed Mission Bowl in Oceanside, Calif. He then later came to Kansas City, Mo., to manage King Louie West before beginning a second career with the Kansas Dept. of Employment, from which he retired in 1984. Arvel and Daisy traveled the country for many years, eventually returning to Kansas City to be closer to their family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four older brothers. Arvel is survived by his wife of 64 years, son J.B. (wife Shirly), daughter Lana Jo (husband Chris) and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation took place at McGilley-George Funeral Home, Belton, on June 18, from 3-4 p.m., with a Memorial Service and reception taking place immediately after. An Internment Ceremony with full military honors took place Monday, June 20, at 10 a.m. at the Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Contributions suggested to Grace Hospice of Kansas City or the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be made at mcgilleygeorgebelton.com.

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2011

Mary M. Krueger (1922-2011)

Mary M. Krueger, 89, of Morocco passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at 3:55 p.m. at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born March 26, 1922, in Morocco to the late Bert Logan and Goldie Edna Burrows Brown. On July 1, 1939, she wed Henry A. Krueger in Kentland. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1977, in Brook.
Mary was a retired office worker at George Ade Memorial Hospital for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Morocco Literary Club and was a charter member of Morocco Projects Unlimited.
Mary was a talented artist, working in oil and water colors. She also helped with drawing for the Newton County Historical Society coloring books.
Surviving are one daughter, Dianne M. Castongia of Rensselaer; one son, Harold (wife Marilyn) A. Krueger of Morocco; one sister, Bonnie (husband Lon) Skinner of Kentland; five grandchildren, Eric Castognia and John (wife Arlene) Castognia, Hayden Krueger, Bryan Krueger and Renee Sier; and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, one sister and one brother.
Visitation is Friday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Morocco with funeral services following at 2 p.m. Rev. Gregory Waggoner is officiating. Internment will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center or the First United Methodist Church of Morocco.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise September 30, 2011

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Lillie Mae Lade

            Lillie Mae Lade passed away at her residence on Tuesday, February 7 at 11:18 p.m. She has been in ill health for three weeks, her death being due to natural causes.

She was born in Morocco, Indiana on January 13, 1922 to Kenneth and Lovella Hauser Starnes. She was formerly of Morocco, having moved to Attica in 1951. She attended school at Morocco and was a solderer at R.M.C. here. She was a member of the Christian Church at Morocco and Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post 3318.

            She was married to Cecil M. Lade on October 16, 1941 in Kentland, Indiana. Surviving besides husband and mother, who resides at Morocco, are one son, Richard, of Attica, one daughter, Mrs. Donald or Mary Grubb of Attica, two brothers, Simon Starnes of Lafayette and James Starnes of Tampa, Florida, four sisters, Mrs. Floyd or Jeanette Hall of Morocco, Mrs. Ralph or Ruby Schultz also of Morocco, Mrs. Bob or Myrtle Fleming of Tampa, Florida and Mrs. Richard or Bethel Kendall of Morocco.

            Other survivors include four grandchildren.

            One son, Jake, preceded her in death.

            Services are scheduled for Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Maus Funeral Home in Attica with      Reverend Don Green officiating. Internment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Attica.

            Friends may call from 3:00 to 5:00 and from 7:00 to 9:00 on Thursday. A Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post memorial service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. (1978) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

David W. Laffoon (1954-2011)

David W. Laffoon, 56, of Goodland, Ind., passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, at 8:44 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital in Lafayette. He was a resident of Goodland for 37 years. He was born May 19, 1954, in Rensselaer to the late Charles E. and Dorothy M. (Turner) Laffoon. On Sept. 16, 1972, he wed Debra L. Jensen in Kentland, and she survives.
He was plant manager at Powell Systems in Fowler, working there for 32 years. He was a member of the Goodland Community Church. he was an avid Chicago Bears football fan and Purdue.
Surviving with his wife Debra are one son, David W. (Wendy S.) Laffoon of Goodland; one daughter, Stacey (Carlos) L. Wicker of Lafayette; three brothers, Chuck (Vicki) Laffoon of Morocco, Donnie (Mary) Laffoon of Goodland and Roger (Laura) Laffoon of Raub; two sisters, Christine Senesac of Goodland and Diane (Charles) Voris of Goodland; and four grandchildren, Ashly, Bradly, Kayly Laffoon and Emma Wicker.
Visitation was Tuesday, April 19, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland from 4-7 p.m. The funeral service followed at the funeral home at 7 p.m. with Rev. David Mueller officiating. Internment to take place at the Goodland Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial Contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society .

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Sherman "Marvin" Laffoon (1920-2011)

A humble, quiet man who loved his family above all else, died peacefully on May 6, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Marie "Toni" Laffoon, daughter Mary Ann Carnevale, son-in-law Dan Caputo, Jr. and preceded in death by his daughter Dorothy Caputo. He leaves behind five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ty grew up in Newton County, IN. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII and in 1944 he married the love of his life, Marie. They moved to Redwood City where they raised their two daughters. Ty left the service as a master sergeant. He trained others in airplane maintenance and when the war ended he went to work for Pan American Airlines, where he was employed until the mid 1970s. In retirement Ty and Toni enjoyed square dancing, traveling the world, and spending time with their longtime neighbors and friends. In 2001, they moved to San Jose to be closer to their daughters' families. Services have been held.

Newton County Enterprise May 18, 2011

 

Earl D. Lane (1929-2010)

            Earl D. Lane, 81, of Brook passed away Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 at Clarian Arnette Hospital in Lafayette. He was a lifetime resident of Brook, born April 19, 1929 in Morocco. He was a graduate of Brook High School, Class of 1948. On Oct. 12, 1950, he married Lois I. McCarty Lane in Hammond, and she survives. 
            Mr. Lane was a retired farmer and also worked for Farm Bureau Co-op for two years. He was also a courier for the Kentland Bank in Kentland. He was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church, served as treasurer for the Brook Conservation Club and was also a past president of the American Cancer Society of Newton County. Earl was an avid fan of Purdue Women's Basketball team, holding season tickets. He was also a fan of the Chicago Cubs. He was proud of the fact he played basketball for the Brook High School in the 1940's. He and his wife were both active in the South Newton High School Production Company for many years.       
            Surviving with his wife are two sons, Robert D. ( Connie) Lane of Brook and Thomas L. (Chris) Lane of Dyer; two daughters, Susan M. (Chris) Knochel of Kentland and Rita G. (Tony) Valasquez of Dyer; two sisters-in-law, Alice Baker and Maria Lane; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.           
            He was preceded in death by his parents, Artie I. and Leona G. Bassett Lane, four brothers and two sisters.           
            Visitation was Monday, Aug. 30, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Internment followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
            Memorial contributions may be made to the Brook United Methodist Church of the Iroquois Conservation Club.

Newton County Enterprise September 2, 2010

 

Leonard Joseph LeBeau (1916-2011)

Leonard Joseph LeBeau was born Jan.y 10, 1916, to Edward LeBeau and Dorilda Brouillett LeBeau in Marshall, Minn. He lived a full life and was deeply loved by his family and friends. Lenny joined our Lord on March 5, 2011, with the love of his life and wife of 68 years, Bernadette Muller LeBeau, by his side.
Lenny graduated from the Elgin Watchmakers College in 1940 and was the owner of LeBeau Jewelers, Kentland, Ind., for 42 years. He continued repairing watches through his 95th birthday. He was a registered jeweler and a member of the American Gem Society. He was also a past president of the Indiana Watchmakers Association. He was a member of the American Watch and Clockmakers Institute holding the title Certified Master Watchmaker. He was also a member of the Florida Watch and Clockmakers Association and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.
A World War II veteran, Lenny served in the United States Army from 1941 - 1945. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater with the 113th Ordnance Company. During his time in service, Lenny was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with Bronze Star, the American Theater Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Lenny received the Sagamore of the Wabash award from Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr in 1983. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus third and fourth degree and was also active in Rotary Club and his neighborhood Catholic Church.
Lenny is survived by his wife Bernadette, his brother Edward LeBeau, his daughter Pamela Jones (Mike), son Thomas LeBeau (Carol), daughter Margie Hobbs (John), daughter Mary Erwin (Jim), daughter Janet Godshall (David), son Richard LeBeau (Angie), and son Edward LeBeau (Karen). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. All will deeply miss the wonderfully kind, loving and gentle-hearted man they knew as husband, father, and grandfather in their lives.
Lenny was preceded in death by his parents, brother Virgil LeBeau, sister Lucille Jackson Halbur, and brother Bernard LeBeau.
Visitation was held at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, Largo, Fla., on Wednesday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Gulfport, Fla., at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 10. Please visit www.mossfeasterlargo.com for more information.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Johanna H Lehmann

            Johanna H Lehmann, 93, of Watseka, Ill., died Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth, Ill. She was born March 10, 1914, in Milford, Ill., to Philipp and Peterke Luecht Scherf (both deceased). She married Clifford Lehmann April 28, 1935, in Schwer: he passed July 13, 1986.

            She was a homemaker who enjoyed knitting, tatting and oil painting.

            She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine Thomas of Florida; Lyn and Garry Hixson of Kentland; Harleen and Clay Luther of Olney, Ill; Brenda Lehmann of Mahomet, Ill.; Sandra Lehmann of Mansfield, Ill.; Donna and Wayne Anderson of Sheldon, Ill., and Debra and David Kohl of Anderson, Ind.; brother Raymond Scherf of Orlando, Fl., sisters, Marie Garrelts of Milford, Ill., and Louise Bruens of Watseka, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, one sister and one grandson.

            Funeral service and burial will be private.

            Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

            Please sign the guest book at www.baierfuneralhome.com Newton County Enterprise February 6, 2008

 


Margaret Mary "Peg" (O'Brien) Limp (1904-2010)

Margaret Mary "Peg" O'Brien was born December 8, 1904 in Martinton, Ill., to the late Thomas and Bertha (Nagaley) O'Brien. Peg moved to Kentland at the age of nine.
In February of 1929, Peg married Henry "Doc" J. Limp. Doc had a dental practice in Kentland until his death in 1969 at the age of 73.
Doc and Peg had two children, Thomas E. Limp and Ted A. Limp. Ted died July 1974 during a mountain climbing expedition in South America (Ted never married or had children). Peg inherited Sharpe's store from Ted who had purchased it in 1963. Peg sold Sharpe's in 1988, but continued to work there until moving to California in 2000.
Peg was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, painting and playing bridge. She traveled to Europe, Mexico, Canada and Hawaii.
Peg is survived by her son Tom and his wife Norma (residing in Tucson, Ariz.), four grandchildren, Lynne (Redondo Beach, Calif.), John (Tucson, Ariz.), Janet (Valencia, Calif.) and Karen (Redondo Beach, Calif.), their mother, Margaret (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and her five great-grandchildren, David, Nicholas, Emily, Mitchell and Victoria.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Friday, July 1, 2011 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Kentland, with interment of ashes at the cemetery
afterwards.
Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland in charge of arrangements

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2011

William J. "Bub" Linback Jr. (1986-2011)

William J. "Bub" Linback, Jr., age 25, of Goodland passed away Friday, April 22, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital, Beech Grove, Ind. He was a former resident of Brook and Rensselaer. William was born Jan. 20, 1986, in Rensselaer to William Linback Sr. and Martha (Bacewic) Linback.
William was a 2005 graduate of Rensselaer Central High School. He most recently was employed at Nelson Farms in Brook. He previously was employed for six years with Farm Builders.
On Sept. 12, 2009, in Wolcott, Ind., William married Heather Corning who survives. William and Heather were very excited about the upcoming birth of their baby, due Oct. 9, 2011.
Surviving are his loving wife Heather, his parents, William and Martha Linback Sr., Brook; one brother, Joseph James Linback, Brook; paternal grandparents, James and Gloria Linback, Remington; Heather's parents, James and Joy Corning, Rensselaer; sister-in-law, Brittany Corning and grandmother-in-law, Arlene Minter, Rensselaer.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer Thursday, April 28, from 2-8 p.m. CDT. Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel Friday, April 29, at 10:30 a.m. CDT. Burial will follow at the Goodland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.
See www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry.

William A Lindahl, 88

    MOROCCO -- William A. Lindahl, 88, of Morocco, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Jasper County Hospital Alternacare.
    Born June 12, 1922, he was the son of the late John and Mary Winslow Lindahl. He attended school in Mt. Ayr and was a lifetime Newton County resident.
    On Oct. 17, 1947, he married Opal Hoover. She died in September 2001.
    He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Morocco Methodist Church. He worked for the Newton County Highway Department for more than 35 years, retiring in 1995.
    Mr. Lindahl is survived by his son, John Lindahl of Tyler, Texas; two daughters, Charlotte Gotreaux of Sellersburg and Emma Boezeman (husband: Donald) of DeMotte; and a sister, Almedia Deardruff of Morocco.
    Services are Tuesday in Morocco.
Lafayette Journal Courier February 21, 2011

Carrie Evelyn (Murphey) Linduska (1915-2012)

Carrie Evelyn Murphey Linduska, 96, of Morocco, a fifth generation descendant of John Murphey, the Founder of the Town of Morocco, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Jasper County Hospital Alternacare. She was born in Morocco on March 24, 1915, daughter of the late James C. and Frances Bower Murphey. She graduated from Morocco High School with the class of 1933. Carrie was a lifelong Morocco resident. On Sept. 8, 1940, she married John Linduska. He preceded her in death in November 1984.
Carrie was an accountant and tax preparer, having received her training at
Indiana University. She was a dedicated member of the United Church of Morocco and a member of the Daughters of American Revolution. Carrie loved all things in nature: birds, deer and also the ever-changing landscapes of the four seasons. She also enjoyed going to garage sales, preparing taxes, keeping in touch with her high school classmates, her church and her many friends and family.
Carrie is survived by many great-nieces and nephews and her favorite companion, her dog Quincy. Preceding her in death were her sisters Agnes Bertram, Nora Harris, Gertrude Swanson, Bethel Murphey and brothers James Elwood Murphey, Oscar Murphey and Glenson Murphey.
The family received visitors on Thursday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Funeral services followed at Noon with the Reverend Thomas Vance officiating. Internment will follow at Oakland Cemetery of Morocco. Memorials may be made to the United Church of Morocco.

Newton County Enterprise March 24, 2012

Robert E Lyons, 70

            BROOK -- Robert E. Lyons, 70, a lifelong resident of Brook, died at 6:22 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at his residence.

            Born March 22, 1940, in Rensselaer, he was the son of the late Everett A. and Louise B. Barns Lyons.

            He graduated from Brook High School in 1958, then completed a two-year aviation program at Purdue University. He received a bachelor's degree, then a master's degree in vocational education, both from Indiana State University.

            Mr. Lyons was a farmer and also taught aviation technology and mechanics at Vincennes University.

            He was a member of Brook United Methodist Church and Iroquois River Pheasant Forever, and was habitat chairman. He was a trustee for Brook Library and Iroquois Conservation Club, and was a board member of Community State Bank and Indiana Aquaculture Association. He was on the Iroquois Township Advisory Board and was declared River Friendly Farmer of the Year.

            He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

            Surviving is his companion, Martha Render of Brook.

            Also surviving are a niece, Cindy Kiel (husband: Matthew) of Dallas; 2 nephews, Steve Bodwell (wife: Suzanne) of Seattle and Brent Bodwell of Independence, Ore.; and 2 great-nephews, Jack and Ben Kiel, both of Dallas. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Myrna L. Bodwell.

            Visitation 5-7 p.m. (CDT) Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook. Service there at 1 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, Steve Bodwell officiating. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Brook. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Iroquois Conservation Club or Winamac Fish & Wildlife. Lafayette Journal Courier October 13, 2010

 

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William C. McCormick, 87

            KENTLAND -- William C. McCormick, 87, of Kentland, died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at George Ade Memorial Health Care, Brook.

            Born May 1, 1923, in Benton County, he was the son of the late William J. McCormick and Loretta Benner McCormick Brown. He graduated from Earl Park High School.

            In 1966, he married Mary Lou Tarr in Newton County, and she survives.

            Mr. McCormick worked at the Kentland post office for 39 years, and also sold farm insurance.

            He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, Knights of Columbus and Lions Club. He enjoyed sports and was a bookkeeper for Cassidy's softball team.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, William J. McCormick (companion: Michelle) and Rex McCormick (wife: Joann), both of Kentland; and a sister, Frances Williams of Fowler.

Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

            Friends may call 5-8 p.m. (CDT) Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home, Kentland. Services there at 11 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Lafayette Journal Courier August 13, 2010

 

Helen Ramona Smith McCormick

            Helen Ramona Smith McCormick, 93, of Westland, Mich., formerly of Raub, died at 2 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2006, at Westland Convalescent Center, Westland, Mich.

            Born July 9, 1912, in Brook, Ind., to the later Fletcher and Bertha Keckler Smith, she was a graduate of Raub High School in Raub. She also graduated from the Cook County Nursing School.  

            She married Wilson J. McCormick on March 3, 1935, and he preceded her in death in 1968.

            Mrs. McCormick was a Registered Nurse licensed in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Wayne, Mich.; Eastern Star of Remington, R.N. Club and other civic organizations. She enjoyed traveling and fishing.

            Survivors include, one son, Jerry McCormick of Westland, Mich.; one daughter, Sue Ann McCormick of Sun City, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

            She is preceded in death by one brother, Paul Smith, and one sister, Emma Smith Rush.

            Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. CST April 26 at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland.

            Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. CST Thursday, April 27, at the Raub United Methodist Church in Raub with the Rev. Jack Snell officiating.

            Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.

            Memorials may be made to the Raub United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association. www.stitzfuneralhome.com Newton County Enterprise April 26, 2006

 

Dorothy M. McKee (1915-2010)

            Dorothy M. McKee, 94, of Rossville, Ind., passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 at 7:20 a.m. at the Milner Community Health Care in Rossville. She was a three year resident of Lafayette and 23 year resident of Rensselaer. She was born Nov. 20, 1915, in Culver, Ind., to the late James L. "Red" and Alice F. Fry McKee. She was a graduate of Goodland High School in Goodland in 1934 and attended one year of extended college courses.           
            Dorothy worked in Rensselaer for Sears Roebuck & Co. as an audit manager. She also worked in Brook and Kentland at the United Telephone Co. as an operator, and for three years in Rensselaer at the nursing home as a receptionist.    
            She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lafayette and was a member of the Pythian Sister for over 50 years. She was a former member of the Professional Business Women's Club of Rensselaer. Dorothy enjoyed traveling.       
            She is survived by one sister, Barbara N. (Robert) Nulph of Rossville; one brother, David K. (Pat) McKee of Rockledge, Fla, and several nieces and nephews.      
            Visitation for Dorothy McKee was Thursday, Oct. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook. Funeral services followed with Richard E. Gerts officiating. Burial took place at the Riverside Cemetery of Brook.           
            Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the charity of donor's choice.

Newton County Enterprise October 7, 2010

 

Leonard Calvin McClatchey (1927-2011)

Leonard Calvin McClatchey, 84, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, Ill. He was born June 7, 1927, son of the late Harry Zeno McClatchey and Ellen (Whaley) McClatchey. Friends may call on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco, Pastor Larry Klingler officiating. Interment will follow at Buswell Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2011

Wayne E Mahaffey, 83

            Wayne E Mahaffey, 83, of Kentland, died at 6:55 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at George Ade Memorial Nursing Home Center in Brook. Born July 12, 1923 in Effingham County, Ill., to the late Wanton and Blanche Griffith Mahaffey.

            He was in the United States Navy, serving as the ship’s cook with the Seabees from July 19, 1943 to November 10, 1945.

            He was married to Rita Mathew on June 12, 1951 in Watseka, Ill. And she died April 13, 2000. Mr. Mahaffey was self-employed in Newton County, later retiring from the city of Ocala, Florida in 1985.

            Surviving are one daughter Linda, one sister, Wanda Lupke of Brook, and a step-daughter, Jean Molter, husband, Tom of Fowler. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by one daughter, Diane, one brother, Wyatt Mahaffey and one sister, Jane Walkup.

            Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST on Friday, March 16, 2007, at Windler Funeral Home, Fowler, with funeral at 1 p.m. EST Rev Tom Carlson officiated. Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Fowler.

            Memorials to George Ade Nursing Home Center. Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

 

Richard L. "Dick" Martin (1939-2011)

Richard L. Martin of Morocco passed away at home on Thursday, March 31, 2011. He was born to Kate and Robert Martin on March 29, 1939. On April 12, 1959, he married Grace Hammelman. She survives.
He was employed by the Town of Morocco for 18 years. Formerly he owned the Downtown Texaco in Morocco. Richard was an avid fan of racing, especially Dale Earnhardt and Dick Potts.
Surviving along with his wife Grace are three daughters, Brenda (Dave) Mayotte of Watseka, Ill., Holly (Rick) Goddard of Morocco, Val Juhl (fiancé Bob Dawson) of Morocco, his mother Kate Rains of Brook, two brothers, Jerry Martin of Florida and Ron (Donna) Martin of Rensselaer, a sister, Joyce (Dick) Neibert of Morocco, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth, father (Robert), step-father (Grady), and brothers Bob Martin and Owen Martin.
Services will be held at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel on Monday, April 4, 2011 from 4-8 p.m. The funeral will be Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10 a.m.
Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Jeffrey “Jeff” Mashino 

                Jeffrey “Jeff”Mashino passed away at his home on Jan. 16, 2011.
                He was born on May 27, 1957, to Donald and Betty Mashino. He lived in Morocco, Ind., until 1994, moving then to Loveland Colo.
                Jeff installed vinyl siding and windows since 1975, was the VP of Style Craft Home Improvement and since 1994 was the owner of JM Siding.
                He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, particularly Harleys, racing with longtime friend Pete in the AMRA, and created my68flh.com for motorcycle news and resources.
                Jeff loved music, and he played drums throughout his life. He played at many functions with friends over the years. He also enjoyed having a nice lawn and vegetable gardening.
                One of Jeff's passions was military veterans and volunteering at the Associated Veterans Club in Loveland.
                He served as commander of the Sons of the American Legion for five years, revitalizing the membership to one of the largest in the state, was the curator for historical relics at the club, a member of the historical preservation committee and a key person in the Veterans Day festivities.
                He was also the current second vice for SAL Post 15, junior vice commander of the SAL for the state of Colorado, and chairperson of the House Committee for the Associated Veterans of Loveland.
                Surviving family members are his life partner, Dawn; mother, Betty DeSilva and husband Al; children, Bradley Mashino (Desiree), Kirk Mashino (Emily), as well as Duke (Judy), Kelsey, and Brandon. Jeff was Papa to Kassie, Keegan, Kole, Jaden, Skye, and Trey. Brother Ron Murphy (Phylis), sister Linda Lintner (Steve).
                He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Mashino.
                Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Allnutt Funeral Home. A reception at the Associated Veterans Club from 3-5 p.m.
                The family requests memorial contributions to the Associated Veterans Club in place of flowers.
                A special thank-you to Dr. Diana Medgyesy and all of the nursing staff at McKee Medical Center who cared for Jeff, especially his private nurse Kels. Reporter Herald Loveland, Colorado January 17, 2011

Julia Florence (Haas) Meade, 88

            Julia Florence (Haas) Meade, age 88, of Raub, passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Watseka Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Watseka, Ill.

            Born Oct 27, 1918 in Raub to William and Anna (Brown) Haas, she was the fourth generation in her family born in Raub. Her great-grandparents were from County Caven Ireland and arrived in the U.S. in 1833 and walked from NYC to Raub.

            She was a graduate of Raub High School and St Vincent Nursing School in Chicago. After she completed nursing school she joined WAITS, Women’s Air Corp, Instrument Technicians in Florida, where they installed instrument panels for the p-38 lightening planes in World War II.

            She married Michael Meade in 1948 in Kentland, he died in September 1999. She was the postmistress for the Raub Post Office during the 70’s and 80’s and sold real estate for Burge Realty for 10 years. She was a member of the St Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, Kentland American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Ladies Home Economics Club of Raub.

            Mrs. Meade was a caretaker, she took care of her family and her father and some other extended family members. She also took care of the Raub area children, she would host weinie roasts in her backyard, and would take kids fishing and read them stories. She cared about the children in her community.

            Surviving are sons Bill (Avis) Meade of Mt Prospect, Ill., John (Christine) Meade of Vancouver, BC Canada, and Chuck (Rose) Meade of San Antonia, Texas; sister Clara “ Sally” McAllister of San Rafael, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by daughters Tresa and Patricia Meade.

            Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m., with a 4 p.m. Rosary service, on March 16 at McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on March 17 at St Joseph Church, Kentland. Rev Robert Bernotas celebrated the Mass. Burial was at St Joseph Cemetery, Kentland.

            Memorials may be made to St Joesph Catholic Church, Kentland. Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

Herschel (Pete) Merriman

Lake Village

Herschel (Pete) Merriman, 78, of Lake Village, IN passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 1996. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; one son, Milton (Marge) Merriman of Wheaton, IL; one daughter, Sandra Houston of Lafayette; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one step-son, Gail Vansickle of Marion, IL; two step-daughters, Carolyn (Marvin) Goldberg of Fountain Hills, AZ and Michele (Robert) Timm of Park Forest, IL; three step-grandchildren, April and Kelly Timm of Park Forest, IL and Brett Loren Rensch of Fountain Hills, AZ; one brother, LaVerne Merriman of Morocco. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Paul Merriman.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave. Lowell, IN, Pastor Fred Zaugg officiating. Burial will follow at Lake Village Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Merriman was a retired Rural Letter Carrier and Sign Artist. He was a member of the American Legion Post #375 and Grange #2386 of Lake Village, IN. He was educated in Morocco Schools, served in World War II with the 3501 Army Air Force Unit where he graduated from Radio Electronics and Radar School and became a Radar Instructor. www.nwi.com

LaVerne Keith Merriman Sr. (1925-2012)

LaVerne Keith Merriman Sr. passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Provena Covenant Hospital in Urbana, Ill. He was born in Morocco on July 22, 1925, to the late Earnest Merriman and Dollie White Merriman.
He served in World War II in the Navy. He loved old tractors and trains.
He is survived by three sons and two daughters, Linda (Jim) Bingham of Newark, Ill., LaVerne (Debie) Merriman of Joliet, Ill., Connie (Rick) Potts and Ernest (Shonda) Merriman both of Morocco, and Jim (Amanda) Merriman of Lake Village; and companion Edwina Collins of Morocco.
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held March 30, at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.

Newton County Enterprise April 6, 2012


Fern M. Miles (1918-2011)

    Fern M. Miles, 92, of Brook passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. Formerly of Rensselaer, Fern was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Newton County to the late William F. and Edna Pearl Reigle Honn. On Feb. 1, 1947, she and Loren G. Miles were wed. He preceded her in death on May 25, 1995, in Rensselaer.
    Mrs. Miles was "lead girl" in the shipping department for Permonite Corporation. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Brook and enjoyed quilting. She was also an avid baseball fan.
    She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five sisters and one brother.
    A visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Ken Marsh will officiate. Burial follows at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.
    Send online condolences and sign the online guest book at www.newtoncountyenterprise.com.
Newton County Enterprise January 13, 2011


 

Devon L. "Skeet" Miller

Devon L. “Skeet” Miller, age 79, of Lake Village passed away June 25, 2011 at the Jasper County Hospital. Devon was born in Colfax Twp., Newton County, Indiana on November 24, 1931, the son of Mount Marion Miller and Lida Mosher Miller.
               Devon graduated from Mt. Ayr High School, Class of 1950. Shortly after, he joined the US Army and served during the Korean War as Corporal. Upon his discharge, he received a final rank of Intelligence Specialist of Operations. After his military service, Devon returned to Newton County and on December 1, 1956 in Morocco, Indiana, he married his loving wife, Shirley E. Bassett, who survives.
               Skeet was a life long farmer. Additionally, he served his community as a member of the Farm Service Agency County Committee, as a past member of the Newton County Planning Commission and the Newton County Board of Zoning Appeals. He was a member of the American Legion Post #146, Morocco, Indiana.
               Surviving are his loving family; wife, Shirley; children, Carol (Scott) Carlson of Morocco, Ind.; David (Debbie) Miller of Lake Village, Ind.; Karen (John) Misiora of Lake Village, Ind.; brothers and sisters, William A. (Maryann) Miller of Lake Village, Ind.; Wayne (Nellie) Miller of Fair Oaks, Ind.; Howard (Darlene) Miller of Wheatfield, Ind.; Dorothy Lindahl of Shelby, Ind.; sister-in-law, Louise Miller of Kouts, Ind.; 5-Grandchildren, Kyra, Devin, Matt, Bradley, Deena; 3-Great-Grandchildren, Lyle, Gracie & Livie.
               He was preceded in death by 1-granddaughter, Jamie Marie, 1-brother, Raymond and 1-brother-in-law, Charles Lindahl.

James Newton Miller (1949-2012)

James Newton Miller Jr., 62, of Kentland, died at 3:24 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Jasper County Hospital of Rensselaer.
  He was born September 26, 1949 in Hammond, Indiana to the late James Newton Senior and Bertie Virginia (Ramsey) Miller.
  His marriage was to Sally Marie Robertson on August 11, 1979 in Morocco. She survives.
  He worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry and a mechanic for the Jasper County Highway Department.
  James enjoyed drawing, art, and keeping the Kentland neighborhood clean. He was very handy and mechanically minded. He built an antique car on his own, and could fix just about anything.
  Surviving with his wife are 6 children, Jay Miller of Rensselaer, Jim Miller (companion: Teresa) of Colorado, Pat Miller (wife: Dani) of Fort Wayne, Margaret Miller (companion: Todd) of Monticello, Colleen Eichman (husband: Mike) of Florida and Nick Denney (companion: Vicki Hutchins) of Kentland, one brother, Bill Miller (wife: Sarah) of Florida, four sisters, Janie Dearduff of Florida, Mary Cole (husband: Fred) and Trudy Lemmons both of Tennessee and Patsy Halon (husband: Jack) of Plymouth.
  Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
  A memorial service will be held for James in the spring. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Charity of Donor's Choice.

Newton County Enterprise February 8, 2012

William Arthur "Bill" Miller (1925 - 2011)William "Bill" Arthur Miller, 86, of Lake Village, Ind. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 at IU Health Center in Lafayette, Ind.
Bill was born on June 28, 1925 in North Judson, Ind. to Mount M. and Lida (Mosher) Miller, both deceased.
Bill was a Mt. Ayr High School graduate of Class 1943. On Oct. 31, 1959 he married Mary Ann Villanova, who survives. Bill was a self-employed farmer and a U.S.
Army veteran. He was a member of American Legion Post #238 of Roselawn and Morocco F&AM Lodge #372.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann Miller;
daughter, Lori Ann (Louis) Traina of Crown Point, Ind.; son, Scott (Sheryl) Miller of Lake Village; five grandchildren, Jason and Kristen Miller, Ethan, Michael and Gianna Traina; brothers, Wayne (Nellie) Miller of Fair Oaks; Howard (Darlene) Miller of Wheatfield; sister, Dorothy Lindahl of Shelby, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Louise Miller of Kouts, Ind. and Shirley Miller of Lake Village.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one brother-in-law.
Friends may call on Friday, Nov. 18, from 2-8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. at Jackson Funeral Service in DeMotte. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Jackson Funeral Service with Pastor Ronald Gann officiating.
Interment will be held at Roselawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lincoln Township Volunteer Fire Department

Rensselaer Republican November 17, 2011  
 

T. Byron "Barney" Miller (1918-2011)
T. Byron (Barney) Miller, 93, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at 8:17 p.m. in Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer. He was born July 21, 1918, in Benton County, the son of Herbert and Pearl Miller. He attended the Earl Park School and graduated in 1936. He began farming in 1937 in Benton County. In 1946, he married Velora Halleck in Fowler, June 9, 1946, and she survives. They moved to a farm near Goodland in 1948. He has been engaged in farming in Newton and Benton Counties all of his life.
Mr. Miller was a member of the Goodland Community Church where he served as Elder and Deacon for several years. He was a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau and was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge. he was the farm manager for Kesco, Inc. of Earl Park for 17 years.
Surviving with his wife are his daughter, Nancy (husband Michael) Moore of Kankakee, Ill.; son, Lawrence (wife Christy) Byron, and five grandchildren, Grant (wife Anne) Byron, Amber (husband Rhett) Miller Adwell, Gentry Lawrence Miller, Mark Moore and Laura Moore. His brother, Herbert L. Miller, of Brookston also survives.
Preceding him in death was a brother, James Curtis Miller, and his parents Herbert and Pearl Miller.
Barney was a loving husband and father, active in his community and a good neighbor. He made a difference.
Friends may call Sunday, Sept. 25, from 4-7 p.m. CDT, at the Goodland Community Church, with Masonic Services at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at the Goodland Community Church, Monday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. CDT with Rev. Kevin Howey officiating. Burial will follow at the Goodland Cemetery.
Memorials my be given to the Goodland Community Church.
Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland is in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise September 24, 2011

Noah J. Miller (1920-2011)

    Noah J. Miller, 90, of Kentland passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 27, 2011, at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital and Resident Home in Watseka, Ill. He was born Nov. 28, 1920, in Fair Oaks to Jesse D. and Elizabeth (Helmuth) Miller. On June 4, 1949, he married the love of his life, Margaret A. Alliss, in Goodland, and she survives.
    Mr. Miller served in the U. S. Army from 1942-1946. He retired from farming in 1985. He was a member of the Mt. Ayr United Methodist Church and a past member of the Hazelden Country Club. He enjoyed bowling, playing golf, wood working and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Surviving with his wife of 61 years are one son, Raymond L. Miller of Kentland; three daughters, Shirley A. Morgan of Bradley, Ill., Joyce E. (Jerry) Crane of Goodland and Janet A. (Larry) Marner of Mentone, Ind.; two brothers, William (Norma) Miller of Mount Ayr and Jerry (Faye) Miller of Kentland and two sisters, Grace J. (Paul) Presler of Wakarusa, Ind., and Gertrude J. (Melvin) Miller of Nappanee, Ind. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
    Visitation is Wednesday, March 2, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland from 5-8 p.m. The funeral service will be Thursday, March 3, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland beginning at 11 a.m., with Elmer D. Miller officiating. Burial to follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
Newton County Enterprise March 2, 2011

Raymond Leon Molter, 70

            Raymond Leon Molter, age 70, of Indianapolis, formerly of Kentland, passed away at his home on Saturday, Feb 24, 2007.

            Born May 8, 1936 in Lafayette to the late Samuel Edward and Margaret O’Neil Molter, he was a graduate of Goodland High School. He was a graduate of Purdue University, with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. At Purdue he was a member of the marching and symphonic bands. While earning his bachelor’s degree he founded Molter Landscape Maintenance. After graduation, it grew into Molter and Wiggs Landscaping.

            He married Mary Annis Moyars in 1959.

            Mr. Molter worked at National Homes Acceptance Corp and the Indianapolis Life Insurance co. He moved to Indianapolis in 1969 and worked for several companies before becoming proprietor of Country Market Products, a business venture he enjoyed for over 22 years. An avid railroad hobbyist, he enjoyed travel to historical sites throughout the Eastern United States.

            He married Teresa Rund in 1984, she preceded him in death in 2001.

            He was a member of the St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church of Indianapolis, and was active in the Indiana Repertory Theater.

            Surviving are three children: Marilyn Eileen Molter Davis of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., William Raymond (Tonya) Johnson of Markle, and Ann Marie Molter of Lafayette; five brothers and sisters: Samuel (Genevieve) Molter and Lloyd (Betty) Molter, both of Kentland, Marceline Buyno of Georgetown, Ill., Rita Molter of Indianapolis, and Richard (Natalie) Molter of Lafayette.

            Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 3, with a 12 p.m. Mass of Christian. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kentland. Rev Robert Bernotas officiated. Burial was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Kentland.

            Memorials may be made to the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

            Arrangements were handled by McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland. Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

 

 

Samuel E. Molter (1920-2011)

Samuel E. Molter, 90, of Kentland, died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011, at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center of Brook.
He was born Aug. 28, 1920, in Goodland to the late Samuel E. Sr. and Margaret O'Neil Molter. He graduated from Goodland High School in 1938. He then went on to study law at Notre Dame, where he received his A.B. in 1943 and his L.L.B. in 1949.
He served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946.
His first marriage was to Helen Sanderson on Aug. 1, 1946, in Peoria, Ill. They had five children before she preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 1956. He then married Genevieve Anderson on Dec. 29, 1990, in Kentland. She survives.
Sam was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, the American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Newton County Bar Association, Notre Dame Alumni, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and he founded the "OB" Club of Kentland.
He practiced law for 62 years, and also worked as a Juvenile Law Officer for 21 years.
He enjoyed gardening, wood cutting, antique tractor shows, ballroom dancing, and he was an avid Notre Dame football fan.
Surviving are five children, Margaret "Peg" Arihood (husband: Brenton) of Lafayette, Samuel E. Molter III (wife: Mary) and Daniel Molter (wife: Kate) both of Kentland, and Thomas Molter (wife: Dianna) and David Molter (wife: Kim) both of Goodland; a sister, Rita Molter of Indianapolis and two brothers, Lloyd Molter (wife: Betty) of Kentland and Richard Molter (wife: Natalie) of Lafayette.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Sara, Staci and Brenton Arihood, Bradley Williams, Aaron, Derek, Brian and Mark Molter, and four great-grandchildren; Elizabeth, Emma, Hanna and Michael.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Keith Molter, another brother, Raymond Molter, and a sister, Marcelline Buyno.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, June 9, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland, where a rosary service will be held at 3:45 p.m. (CDT). Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Friday, June 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Kentland with military honors.
Memorial donations may be made in Sam's name to George Ade Memorial Health Care Center or the charity of your choice.

Newton County Enterprise June 8, 2011

Pauline B. Montgomery (1915-2011)

Paulene B. Montgomery died on March 27, 2011, at Windsor Park Manor in Carol Stream, Illinois. Paulene was born on May 27, 1915, to Fred V. and Estella Mae (Foreman) Milner in Brook, Ind. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Wildasin Montgomery, her parents and five brothers and sisters: Russell L. Milner; Violet I. Grant; Robert D. Milner; Thelma M. Malone and Mary LaVergne Sladek. She is survived by a daughter, Susan Montgomery.
Paulene graduated from A. J. Kent High School in Kentland, and lived in that area for many years. Mrs. Montgomery was co-owner, with her husband, of a local business before their retirement. Since 1984, she resided primarily in the Wheaton, Ill., area, with three years spent in Phoenix, Ariz.
In the Kentland area, Paulene was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, taught Sunday school, and was a member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. In the Wheaton area, she was a member of the Woman's Club and enjoyed painting, ceramics, reading and other activities.
A private service was held at the Hultgren Funeral Home in Wheaton at on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Interment followed at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.
Information and guest book are available at hultgrenfh.com or call Hultgren Funeral Home in Wheaton at 630-668-0027.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Aurora “Dolly” Montemayer

Born:  Dec 1, 1930    Died:  Dec 30, 2010    Age:  80 years 
            Place of Birth:  Gary, IN    Resided In:  Sumava Resorts, IN

Aurora “Dolly” Montemayer 80, of Sumava Resorts, IN, passed away Thursday December 30th at home. She is survived by her children Esther Montemayer, Debra (Brian) Holloway and Ruth Lindahl, all of Sumava Resorts, Thomas, Jr., Morocco, David (Robyn) and Mark (Penny), both of Sumava Resorts and Paul (Denise), Morocco. 20 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sister. She was a member the Sumava Improvement Club and attended St. Augusta Catholic Church in Lake Village. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 3rd from 4-8p.m. at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave. in Lowell. Cremation will follow services with burial in St. John Cemetery, Hammond at a later date. www.sheetsfuneral.com

 

Phyllis M. Morgan

            Phyllis M. Morgan, 83, of Morocco died at the Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. She was born on June 15, 1926, the daughter of John and Elsie Standish. She was a lifetime resident of the area. She married Gailard Hickman on July 9, 1945,. He preceded her in death. She then married Robt Morgan on Dec. 22, 1991. He also preceded her in death.

            She graduated from the Mt. Ayr School with the class of 1944. She worked in food service at the North Newton Schools and was also employed at the Morocco IGA. She retired in 1990.

            She was a member of the Morocco United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Pythian Lodge.

            She is survived by her children Sandra (Butch - deceased) Cady of Oseola; Dennis (Linda) Hickman of Morocco; and Dale (Rose) Morgan of Morocco. Also surviving are siblings Norman (Barb) Standish of Crown Point; Irene (Gene) Faris of Rensselaer and Jack (Virginia) Standish of Rensselaer.

            She was preceded in death by both parents, one brother and four sisters.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. June 6 at the Steinke Funeral Home - Brunton Chapel, Morocco with Pastor Gregory Waggoner officiating. Funeral services at Steinke Funeral Home - Brunton Chapel, Morocco at 10 a.m. June 7. Memorials can be made to the Methodist Church in Morocco. Interment at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco. View online guestbook at my republican.info Rensselaer Republican June 5, 2010 Submitted by Susie Hall

 

 

Alfred Morefield, Jr., 76

            Alfred Morefield Jr., age 76, of Goodland, passed away at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at his home.

            Born June 4, 1930 in Portageville, Mo. To Alfred Sr. and Evie Hankins Morefield, his marriage was to Gloria Ashby and she survives.

            Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10 prior to a 1:15 p.m. funeral services at Knapp Funeral Home, Sheldon, Ill., with Guy Storm officiating. Burial was at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland, Ill.

            Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or donor’s choice.

Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

 

Judith L. Morton (1944-2011)

Judith L. Morton, 67, of Brownsburg, Ind., formerly of Brook, passed away Monday, Nov. 7, at 6:27 a.m. at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born June 29, 1944 in Rensselaer to the late John O. and Lura F. Russell Morton.
Judith graduated from Brook High School, Class of 1962, then went on to graduate from Ball State University in Muncie in 1966. She later obtained her Masters Degree from
Indiana University in Indianapolis.
She was a retired elementary school
teacher and taught in Lebanon, Indianapolis and Brownsburg. After retiring, she taught adult second language for four years. She was a member of the Wayne Township Retired Teachers Association and the Alpha Delta Kappa Professional Teachers Sorority.
Judith enjoyed traveling, photography, art, painting, music and was an avid reader.
Surviving are three sisters, Cherrie L. Morton and Lou Anne Morton, both of Brook, and Meryl J. Morton of Brownsburg.
Visitation is planned for Friday, Nov. 11, at the Matthews Mortuary in Brownsburg from 5-7 p.m. with a special service at 7 p.m. A local visitation will be held at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12, with the funeral service following at noon, with Rev. Andy Crowley and Rev. Ken Marsh officiating.
Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of local arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2011

Bertha I. Mounts (1919-2010)

            Bertha I. Mounts, 91, of Goodland passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2010 at 2:28 p.m. at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. She was born June 22, 1919, in Salem, Ind., to the late Jasper and Lillian A. Morris Buchanan. She graduated from New Philadelphia High School in Salem in 1937. On May 5, 1939, she wed James A. Mounts in Scottsburg, Ind. He preceded her in death on April 24, 1979 in Goodland.   
            Mrs. Mounts worked in several factories in the area including Better Coil, Schumacher and Adkev. She enjoyed quilting, baking, reading books, doing crossword puzzles and word search puzzles. She also enjoyed canning and gardening and her dogs, Teddy and Anita.          
            She is survived by three sons, Kenneth J. (Robin) Mounts of Goodland, Jerry M. Mounts of Terra Haute and Joe F. Mounts of Goodland; one sister, Dorothy (Robert) Meyers of Monroeville, Ind.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.   
            Visitation is set for Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland. Funeral services are Thursday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jack Scott officiating. Burial follows at the Goodland Cemetery. Newton County Enterprise November 18, 2010

 

Cyndi (Antcliff) Murphy (1955-2010)

            Cyndi Murphy passed away at Hospice of Hamilton on Aug. 25, 2010, after an 18 month courageous battle to be free of Bile Duct Cancer. Born Sept. 25, 1955, in Rensselaer, Ind. She attended school in Brook, and Blanchester, Ohio. She graduated from high school in Crown Point, Ind. in 1973.           
            Cyndi was a friend who was always ready to lend a helping hand. She spent time volunteering at her boy's schools, the church trips to Navajo Land was active at Pyramid Hill Art Fair, had the talent to fix the most challenging project, was a talented photographer, loved making jewelry and other works of art. 
            She is survived by her husband Norman and boys, Dustin (Laura) and Jason (fiance Megan) Bruckman of Charleston, S.C.; her parents Robert and Nita Antcliff of Arlington, Texas, and joy of her life grandson Julian Bruckman of South Carolina; three sisters Kathy (Frank) Osborn of Hamilton, Ohio, Pam Lowe of Fort Worth, Texas, Karen (Brad) Durham of Arlington, Texas; brother-in-law Mike (Rene) Murphy of Grand Prairie, Texas; sister-in-law Carol (Ned) Tango of Torrance, Calif., and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.         
            She was preceded in death by a brother, Chuck Antcliff. We will miss her smiling eyes and her get it done attitude. Arrangements are to be made by Weigel Funeral Home Hamilton, Ohio. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Lodge at Pyramid Hill, 1762 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., State Road 128, Hamilton OH 45013 Phone (513)887-9514, Aug. 28, 2010 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.   
            In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Friends of Navajo Land, Hospice of Hamilton, Ohio, or a charity of your choice. Newton County Enterprise August 27, 2010

 

 

Alice L. Musser (1920-2010)

            Alice L. Musser, 90, of Kentland, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook.
            She was born Nov. 17, 1920, in Boswell to the late Harold and Rosa (Orr) Redwine. She graduated from Boswell High School in 1938.           
            Her marriage was to Joseph R. Musser in Boswell, Indiana. He preceded her in death.        
            She was homemaker, and was a member of Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) and Eastern Star.  
            She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, playing the organ, and making cookies for her grandchildren.      
            Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Yates and Rose Ferguson (companion: Chris) of Kentland and Cindy Clingaman (husband: Ron) of Traverse City, Mich. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.   
            Preceding her in death with her husband and parents are three children, Deanna Miiller, Rita Musser and Melvin Musser, and two sisters, Eileen Richardson and Thelma Pratt.          
            Friends may call from 9 a.m. (CDT) until the time of service at 11 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland with Rev. Marjorie Egger officiating. Interment will follow at Goodland Cemetery in Goodland.

Newton County Enterprise December 22, 2010

 

Matthew S. Musser (1978-2010)

Matthew S. Musser, 32, of Earl Park, died at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, August 5, 2010 due to a farm tractor/train accident in Earl Park.   
            He was born January 26, 1978 in Lafayette to Glen and Connie Gordon Musser. They survive. He graduated from Benton Central High School in 1996, and he then attended Lincoln Tech where he became a certified diesel mechanic.       
            Matthew was a member of The Earl Park Volunteer Fire Department, Benton Central FFA Alumni, America Simmental Association, Grandsons of the American Legion, and Otterbein United Methodist Church.        
            He was a self-employed farmer, he ran his own hay-bailing business, and raised cattle.       
            Matt loved farming, showing cattle, and having fun with his friends. He was a goodhearted person who would do anything for anyone.         
            Surviving with his parents is a brother, Neal Musser (wife: Valarie) of Port St. Lucie, Fl., maternal grandparents, Gale and Marty Gordon, and his paternal grandmother Jean Musser.  
            Also surviving is a nephew, Gavin Musser, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.    
            Matt loved his family very much, and held a special place in his heart for his nephew Gavin.          
            He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Alvin Musser, and his uncle David Musser.      
            Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday, August 9, 2010, at The Cardinals Roost in Earl Park. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at Otterbein United Methodist Church. Pastors John Randall and Jack Scott will be officiating. Interment to follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in Lafayette. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland in charge of arrangements.           
            Memorials contributions may be made to Earl Park Volunteer Fire Department, Raub United Methodist Church, Benton Central FFA, Benton County 4-H, and/or Otterbein United Methodist Church Building Fund.     
            Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Newton County Enterprise August 12, 2010

 

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Megan A. Nelson, 20

            Megan A. Nelson, age 20, of Lowell, passed away with her unborn daughter, Savannah Linley Ann, on Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

            Megan was a 2005 graduate of North Newton High School, and an associate with Donaldson’s Distribution Co. in Rensselaer. Megan was a happy person who everyone loved.

            She is survived by fiancé Stephen Ramirez, Lowell; her father, Dave Nelson, Thayer, her mother, Melissa Nelson, Rensselaer; her sister, Stacie (fiancé Eric Chandler) Nelson, Roselawn; two brothers, David James Nelson, Lafayette, and Johnny Nelson, Thayer. Also surviving are paternal grandparent Violet Nelson, Thayer; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Judy Sain, Lake Village; maternal great-grandmother, Cleta Pistorious, Iowa; and niece Hailey Chandler.

            Visitation was held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 26 at Sheets Funeral Home, Lowell, with Pastor Bill Kruse officiating. Burial was at Lake Village Cemetery in Lake Village. Newton County Enterprise March 28, 2007

Richard W. Neibert (1937-2011)

Richard W. Neibert, 73, of Morocco, passed away in his home Saturday evening, Sept. 24, 2011, after a brief illness. He was born in Watseka, Ill., on Dec. 18, 1937, son of the late Henry J. Neibert and Jennie M. (Bingham) Neibert. He was a lifelong area resident. Richard attended grade school in Enos and graduated from Morocco High School with the class of 1956. He served his country in the Army National Guard from 1960-1964.
Richard is survived by his loving wife Joyce (Martin) whom he married on Mar. 9, 1963, in Morocco, and their three children, Kent (Sheryl) Neibert of Morocco, Kyle (Tara) Neibert of Alpharetta, Ga., and Kati (Todd) Rainbolt of Bradley, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Brittney (Brock) Iseminger, Andrew Neibert and Brandon Neibert of Morocco; Ryan Neibert, Justin Neibert, Sydney Neibert and Morgan Neibert of Alpharetta, Ga.; Eden Rainbolt and Eric Rainbolt of Bradley, Ill.; and two great-grandchildren, Briley Iseminger and Brynn Iseminger of Morocco.
Richard was a lifelong farmer and was active in the community. He was a member of the United Church of Morocco. He was also a member and past commander of American Legion Post #146 of Morocco, 40&8 veterans organization of Fowler, Northern Indiana Chapter #33 of the International Harvester Collectors Club, Retired Iron Club and Knights of Pythias.
Richard loved farming, working outdoors, participating in antique tractor and machinery shows and plow days. He was an avid collector of antique tractors and equipment. He was also a model train enthusiast and was especially proud of his model railroad, which he designed and built in his home. Richard was also active politically and was currently serving as precinct committeeman of McClellan Township for the Newton County Democratic Central Committee. Richard was a man of loyalty and integrity. He lived by a strong set of ethics and family values. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Friends may call Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco with Pastor Jack Snell officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
The family suggests donations in Richard's memory to American Legion Post #146 or the organization of the donor's choosing.

Newton County Enterprise September 28, 2011                          

 

Edward Nevitt

            Edward Nevitt, 75, of Goodland, Ind. Passed away at Danville, V.A. Medical Center in Danville, Ill., on Sunday May 4, 2008. He was born on March 10, 1933, in Goodland. Mr. Nevitt graduated from Goodland High School in 1951. He was married on Sept 27, 1957, to Joyce L Gray in Greensburg, Ind. She survives.

            He was in the US Air Force from 1951-1956. He worked as a gas serviceman for NIPSCO for 25 years, retiring in 1994. Nevitt belonged to the Goodland First Baptist Church, Kentland American Legion Hedrick-Brandt Post 23 for 53 years, 28 year member of the Goodland Volunteer Fire Department and Fowler Amvets.

            He was preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Pearl Grace Smith Nevitt, two brothers and two sisters. Survivors include wife Joyce; three daughters, Belinda B Williams (husband, John David) of Shelbyville, Melinda L Krug (husband, Shannon) of Goodland and Margie Williamson of Fowler and two sisters, Lorna Gayle Green, Goodland and Nancy Dearing of Lafayette.

            Visitation was at Gerts Funeral Home. Goodland on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Funeral Service was at Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland at 2 p.m. with Richard E Gerts officiating.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the Goodland Fire Department, Kentland American Legion or Amvets. Newton County Enterprise May 14, 2008

 

Phyllis Barbara Gordon Northcutt

            Phyllis Barbara Gordon Northcutt, 75, Monon, formerly of Kentland, died at 5 a.m. May 20 at her home following a five-month illness.

            She was born July 16, 1930, in Cayuga, Ind., the daughter of Teddy R Gordon and Bonedia Foreman Gordon.

            She married John Oliver Northcutt Oct 13, 1947, in Kentland. He survives.

            Mrs. Northcutt moved from Kentland to Monon in December 1991.

            Survivors include four daughters and four sons, Betty (Tom) Chernowsky of Kentland, Rebecca Northcutt of Kentland, Barbara (Robert) Wayne of Monon, Patricia (Roy) Cripe of Earl Park, Wayne (Emma) Northcutt of Trinity, N.C., Dennis (Barbara) Northcutt of Magnolia, Texas, Carl (Patti) Northcutt of Wolcott, David (Karen) Northcutt of Remington: three brothers and two sisters, Mary Jo Jones of Hillsdale, Thelma Brown of Hillsdale, Warren (Barbara) Gordon of Hillsdale, Robert (Ann) Gordon of Ridge Farm, Ill., William (Pat) Gordon of Danville, Ill.; 18 grandchildren and three step grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren; five step great-great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by one son, Rex A Northcutt; one brother, Teddy L Gordon.

            Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Kellogg Funeral Home in Monon.

            Funeral services were at 11 a.m. May 23 at the funeral home with the Rev Mathew Pickut officiating.

            Burial was in Bedford Cemetery in Monon. Newton County Enterprise May 24, 2006

Tony E. Northcutt

Tony E. Northcutt, age 54, of Rensselaer passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Franciscan St. Anthony in Crown Point, from injured sustained in a work-related accident. He was born May 26, 1957, in Rensselaer, the son of Robert L. Northcutt and Estella (Randolph) Northcutt.
Tony attended North Newton High School. He was a member of the Parr Baptist Church. Tony was employed with the Indiana Department of Transportation in road construction for 34 years.
Surviving is his girlfriend, Diana L. Cooper; brother, Robert D. (Pamela) Northcutt, DeMotte; brother-in-law, Bob Klacik, Port Clinton, OH; nieces, Lesia and Kris Klacik; nephews Robert (Julie) Northcutt, Jr. and Josh (Fina) Northcutt; great nieces Candace, Chloe, Bella, and Ashleigh Northcutt; and great nephews Nick Klacik and CJ Shively. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three nephews.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer from 2-8 p.m. June 20. Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer at 10:30 a.m. June 21with Pastor Randy Gann officiating.
Burial will follow at Weston Cemetery, Rensselaer.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes or American Cancer Society or the Parr Baptist Church.
See www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry.
View online guestbook at myrepublican.info.

Rensselaer Republican June 20, 2011

Judy E. Northern
Judy E. Northern, 61, of Kentland, died at 12:04 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2011 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital of Watseka, Illinois.
She was born December 3, 1949 in Monticello, Kentucky to Clyde Gregory and Lillie Mae (Wallen) Enlow. She attended Watseka High School.
Her marriage was to Robert Northern on June 3, 1972 in Watseka, Illinois. He survives.
Judy worked at the Sundown Restaurant in Watseka as a waitress and cook for many years and later at S&S Plastics in Kentland. She enjoyed crocheting, Facebook and Court TV.
Surviving with her husband is her mother, Lillie Mae (Wallen) Enlow (husband: Harold), four children, Lori A. Markley (Gregory) of Williamsport, Leslie A. Gregory and Jonathon D. Northern both of Kentland, and Jimmy D. Northern of Gifford, Oklahoma, three sisters, Mary Jo Caudillo of Kentland, Jeannie Wagner of Fowler, Juanita Trosper of Danville, Illinois, two brothers, David Gregory of Advance and George Enlow of Fowler.
Judy loved and cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren, Maegan Rhanor, Amanda Rhanor, Ben Northern, Lesli Gregory, Braedan Gregory, Colton Gregory, Easton Gregory, Jasmine Montgomery and Tyler Northern. She is also survived by a dear family friend, Kim Reynolds and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, grandparents, one sister, Joanne Gregory, one brother, Sidney Gregory, one grandson, Brandon Northern, one niece and two nephews.
Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. (CST) until the time of funeral service at 6:00 p.m. (CST) Monday, November 28, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Spina Bifida Association or the International COPD Coalition. Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Journal & Courier November 20, 2011

Submitted by Susie Hall

 

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Marye R. Olsen, 63

            Goodland-Marye R. Olsen, 63, died at 11:08 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Goodland, where she had lived the past four years. She had previously resided in Florida.

Born Aug. 2, 1946, in Rensselaer, she was the daughter of Ruth Griffin Hall of Kentland and the late Lawrence Gene Hall.

            On March 8, 1968, she married William J.K. Olsen, and he survives in Pensacola, Fla.

Mrs. Olsen worked for several years as a legal aide in the Wic Program for the State of Florida.

She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and enjoyed gardening, crafts, cooking and her cars.

            Surviving are a son, Billy Olsen (wife: Serina) of Oak Ridge, Tenn,: three daughters, Christy Manning and Rebecca Reed, both of Pensacola, and Melissa Olsen of Oak Ridge; and a brother, Ralph “Butch” Hall (wife: Donna) of Morocco.

            Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Kathrine, Airel, C’Aira, Dearay, Terri, Kyna, Johnathan, A.J., Kimberly, Heather and Lani; and one great-grandchildren, Koby. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Eugena Ruth Ann Underwood; and 2 brothers, Mark Hall and Lawrence Hall Jr.

            Visitation from 4 p.m. (CDT) until service time at 6 p.m. (CDT) today, July 16, 2010, at Gerta Funeral Home, Goodland, Richard E. Gerts officiating. Lafayette Journal and Courier, July 16, 2010 Submitted Susie Hall

 

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Lois J. Padgett (1931-2010)

            Lois J. Padgett, 78, of Brook, passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She was a lifetime resident of Brook, and graduated Brook High School in 1949. She was born Oct. 29, 1931, in Brook to the late Glen and Elsie Best Harper. On Aug. 23, 1953, she married Venis (Vic) W. Padgett, and he survives.       
            Lois was a homemaker, and a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and the Newton-Jasper Community Band. She loved flowers and bird watching, Purdue basketball and football, Purdue musicals and snowmobiling with her family and grandchildren.        
            Surviving with her husband are one son, Vic A. (Lois) Padgett of Kentland; two daughters, Suetta L. (Cliff) Roberts of Kentland, and Nancy J. Hesler (companion Scott Robinson) of Newtown, Ind.; one sister, Marilyn Doltan of Crown Point; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.           
            Preceding her in death were her parents, twin granddaughters, Eli and Cari Padgett, and three sisters.         
            Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook, from 5 to 8 p.m. (CDT). The funeral service will be Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church beginning at 11 a.m. Rev. Larry Klinger will officiate. Burial will be at the Buswell Cemetery in Washington Township following the service.        
            Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association or the charity of the donor's choice.           
            Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise September 9, 2010

 

William M Parke, Jr., 80

            William M Parke, Jr., age 80, of Miami Springs, Fla., formerly of Brook, where he attended high school in the mid-1940s, passed away Feb. 25, 2007 at the VA Medical Center.

            Born April 23, 1926 in Cook County, Ill. To William and Sophia Parke, he had resided in Miami Springs since 1951.

            He was preceded in death by beloved son Gregory, brother Robert, and sister Shirley Sue.

            Surviving with his wife, Shirley Jane Roberts Parke, are sons Thomas and David (Sue), nephew Richard Sparks (whom Bill referred to as his fourth son), sister Cecilia, granddaughters Nicole, Melissa, Amanda, Ashley, Michelle and Sherlyn, grandson Sean David, and great-grandson Daniel Anthony.

            Mr. Parke was in the United States Marine Corp. He was a painter and building contractor. He owned two apartment buildings until his retirement.

            His greatest happiness was his wife, sons and grandchildren. He enjoyed working around the house and creating things. He will be greatly missed now and forever, and will always be in our hearts.

            Visitation was held from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Feb. 28 at Poinciana United Methodist Church. Funeral services were held at noon, with arrangements by John Hanks Memorial Services. Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

 

Martha Peacock (1925-2011)

Martha Peacock, 86, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center in Brook. She was born in Morocco on Aug. 7, 1925, daughter of the late Lloyd Brunton and Mildred (Graves) Brunton.
Friends may call Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Morocco 1st United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Waggoner and Rev. Thomas D. Vance officiating. Interment followed at Oakland Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise September 7, 2011

 

Lula M. Peck, 88

            Crawfordsville - Lula M. Barton Peck, 88, died at 10 p.m. Monday, July 21, in Williamsburg Health Care where she had been a resident one year.

            Born Oct. 13, 1908, in Owen County, she attended Own County schools. She came to the Crawfordsville community in 1975.

            Mrs. Peck was a binder at R.R. Donnelley for 23 years and retired in 1970.

She was a member of Southside Church of Christ.

            Her first marriage was to Edward O. Barton on June 5, 1927, in Owen County. He died in 1972.    On Jan. 4, 1975, she married Clyde Peck, in Crawfordville, and he died in 1981.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. David (Freda) Layton of Linden; one son, William Woodrow Barton of Poland, Ind.; and a stepson Loren Peck of Loudon, Tenn. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

 

Merwin W Pence, 83

            KENTLAND -- Merwin W. Pence, 83, formerly of Kentland, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at Wedgewood Nursing Home in Clarksville.

Mr. Pence served in the Army and worked as a sales representative for Dana Corp. in Toledo, Ohio.

            He was a 60-year member of American Legion Post 23 of Kentland, where he was past commander, and Elks Lodge of Watseka, Ill. He was also a Kentucky Colonel.

Surviving are his wife, Wanda Pence of Clarksville; a son, Brian T. Pence (wife: Dorette) of Arlington, Texas; a daughter, Christy Martin (husband: Brad) of Coral Springs, Fla.; and a brother, James Pence (wife: Lucille) of Watseka.

            Also surviving are grandchildren, Wesley Pence, Cortney Lantry (husband: Kevin), Chelsea Romeril, Samantha Pence, Amber Pence and Brianna Pence; great-grandchildren, Addy, Alex and Brady; several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Robert and Debra Prather.

Services 2 p.m. Thursday at the Garr Funeral Home in Sellersburg, with interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and anytime after 12 noon on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Shamrock No Kill Animal Shelter or the local charity of donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.garrfuneralservices.com Lafayette Journal Courier October 26, 2010

 

Clarice J. Peterson (1925-2011)

Clarice J. Peterson, 85, of Kentland, died at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Green Hill Manor in Fowler.
She was born on Dec. 29, 1925, in Fingal, N.D., to the Carl and Christine (Solie) Peterson.
Clarice lived in the Kentland area most of her life and worked at Murphy's Food King for 50 years.
She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, crafts and painting.
Surviving are six brothers, Walter Peterson (wife: Mary), Orvis Peterson (wife: Maxine), James Peterson (wife: Carol), Ronald Peterson (wife: Cleo) and Marvin Peterson, four sisters, Helen Lemna, Olga Pinke (husband: Al), Jean Ussatis (husband: Jerome) and Sharon Bierley (husband: Jake), and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by a sister, Alice and a brother, Merlin Peterson.
Private family services will be held. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise November 2, 2011

Roger Dale Pitman

            Roger Dale Pitman, 49, of Morocco, passed away May 1st. The Lang Funeral Home in Morocco was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family. Guide May 17, 2004

 

Elsie E. "Jean" Potter

Elsie E. 'Jean' Potter, 78, of Mount Ayr, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010. 
            She was born on June 3, 1932 to Ted and Edna (Neeley) Were in Mount Ayr. Elsie was a homemaker and active member of the United Methodist Church of Mount Ayr. She taught youth groups, her grandchildren in Sunday School and tutored at the Community Center of Mount Ayr. 
            Elsie is survived by 1 daughter: Michelle Ann Potter, 8 grandchildren: Brett (Vanessa) Wiseman, Nathan (Raenette) Napier, Bridget (Russell) Shouse, Brandon (Daphne) Napier, Kendra Ewen, Kristin Ewen, Kayla Ewen and Kasey Ewen and 7 great grandchildren: Clayton Shouse, Avery Marrow, Brock and Carigann Napier, Tharyn Wiseman, Allista Taulman, Landen Musch and Tyler Thienenan as well as siblings: Betty Kennedy and Jacki (Bob) Jewett.
            Elsie was preceded in death by husband: Frank Potter, sister, Delores Fellmy; brother, Earl McGraf and great-granddaughter, Angel Grace Napier.
            Memorial services will take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr with Pastor Bob Jewett officiating. Interment will take place in the Weston Cemetery, Rensselaer.         
            Elsie will be deeply missed by many.
            To offer condolences please visit  www.boersmafuneralhome.com    View online guestbook at myrepublican.info Rensselaer Republican November 2, 2010

 

Deborah Marie Potts

            Deborah Marie (nee Prairie) Potts, 53, of Lake Village, passed away at her home on Monday, Jan 28, 2008. She was born March 9, 1954, in Momence, Ill., to Delmar and Louise Prairie.

            Deborah worked at Baker & Taylor in Momence, Ill.

            She is survived by her husband, Steve, whom she married on June 4, 2005; three daughter, Tina (Mary) Filipek of Terre Haute, Janice (Orval) Voorhies of Lake Village, Cindy (Aaron) Chancy of Roselawn; two step-daughters, Niki (Dennis) Reeves of Indianapolis and Brieanne Potts of Kentland; nine grandchildren, Jacqueline, Dustin and Lucas Youngblood, Samantha and Cheyenne Voorhies, Caitlyn Napier, Arianna Chancy, Jeret Padgett and Carmryn King: her mother, Louise Prairie of Momence; one sister Linda (Jack) Molleme; five brothers, Ronald (Dana), Gerald (Barb), Dean (Ursala), Steven and Francis (Gayle) Prairie; numerous nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her father, Delmar, and four brothers, Wayne, Leon, Leroy and Norman.

            A visitation was held Friday, Feb 1, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E Commercial Ave., Lowell, concluding with the funeral service at 7 p.m., Chaplain Marjorie Egger officiating. Cremation followed with private burial of cremated remains at Lake Village Cemetery at a later date.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family or Jasper Co Hospice. The family wishes to thank Jasper Co Hospice with a special thank you to Kathy, Karen and Chaplain Marjorie Egger. Newton County Enterprise February 6, 2008

 

Paul H. Praeger (1954-2010)

            Paul H. Praeger, 56, of Goodland, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Goodland. He was a lifetime resident. He was born on Jan. 22, 1954, to the late Richard and Thelma J. Atkinson Praeger in Watseka, Ill. His marriage was to Mary Louise Henderson, and she preceded him in death in 1996.       
            Paul worked for BonL Manufacturing in Kentland as a die repairman for 35 years. He was a member of the Benton County Combo Dart League, and Christmas for Kids. And was a long supporter as Santa Clause. He enjoyed playing darts and corn hole.   
            Surviving are one son, Paul Christopher (Trisha) Praeger of Bourbon, Ind.; three daughters, Patricia K. (Bill) Lock of Goodland, Mary I. Bobbitt of Fowler and Tracey Bobbitt of Indianapolis; two brothers, Charlie Doan, Kentland, and George (Dee) Praeger; sister, Debra Marion, DeMotte; and two grandchildren.        
            He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Agnes, Judy and Patricia Glenn. 
            Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 12, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland at 11 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home with Rev. George Kehler officiating. Burial will take place at the Earl Park Cemetery in Earl Park.           
            In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.       
            Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2010

 

Pearl Ann Prue

            Pearl Ann Prue, 73, of Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She was born Jan. 31, 1935, in Hammond, Ind. She married Alexander J. Prue who died in 1985. She was a homemaker and enjoyed golf, Rummikub and spending time with her grandchildren and her friends. She also enjoyed cooking and watching the Food Network.

            She is survived by her son Christopher (Laurie) Prue of Fort Wayne; a brother, William Rzechula Jr., of Merrillville, Ind., and two grandchildren, Garrett and Wyatt Prue.

            There will be no services or calling. The Elzey Patterson Rodak Funeral Homes of Fort Wayne is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

 

Geraldine M. Putts (1938-2010)

            Geraldine M. "Geri" Putts, age 72, of Rensselaer passed away July 26, 2010 at the Jasper County Hospital. She was born February 4, 1938, in Rensselaer, the daughter of Gerald and Dorothy (Downs) Baldwin.     
            On June 10, 1989, in Rensselaer she married Robert "Bob" Putts who survives.      
            Friends will be received on Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 3-8 p.m. at the Burr Oak Mennonite Church of Rensselaer. Funeral services will be held at the Burr Oak Mennonite Church on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Philip Leichty officiating. Burial will follow at the Burr Oak Mennonite Cemetery Newton County Enterprise July 29, 2010

 

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Ralph H. Raisanen Jr

            Ralph H. Raisanen, Jr., 63, of Morocco passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at Jasper County Hospital.  
            Raisanen was born Dec. 19, 1946, son of the late Ralph Raisanen, Sr. and Amelia (Maki) Raisanen.          
            Visitation is at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Rensselaer Republican November 18, 2010

 

Dorothy Jean (Hampton) Rathbun (1921-2011)

Dorothy Jean Hampton Rathbun, 90, of Muskogee, Okla., formerly of Morocco and Kentland, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011 in Muskogee. She was born June 10, 1921, in Morocco to the late Grant and Flossie (Williams) Hampton. She was a graduate of the AJ Kent High School, Class of 1939. On June 29, 1940, she wed William Ade Rathbun.
Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Muskogee, as well as the Cattlewomen's Association, Home Ec Club and the Psi Iota Xi sorority. She was a scout leader, 4H volunteer and church secretary. The family was named the Muskogee County Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year in 1995.
She taught Sunday school for many years. She enjoyed playing bridge, sewing and knitting. She also liked being outside working in her garden and walking. Dorothy loved spending time with her family. she often played games with her grandchildren and went antique shopping with her daughter, Caren.
Surviving are one son, Steve Rathbun; one daughter, Caren (Jerry) Patterson, both of Muskogee; one sister, Lucille (Gene) Smith of Rensselaer; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A visitation was held at the Brook United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 10, form 10-11 a.m. with a memorial service following at 11 a.m. Rev. Sue Beckett officiated. A private burial took place at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or the First United Methodist Church, 600 Okmulgee St., Muskogee, OK 74403.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of local arrangements

Newton County Enterprise September 10, 2011

Thelma Stultz Reed, 73

            Thelma (Stultz) Reed, age 73, of Lake Village, IN and formerly of Chrisman, IL, went to heaven suddenly on Tuesday January 25, 2011. at the Jasper County Hospital ER. Thelma was born on June 9, 1937 in Chrisman, IL to the late William and Edna May (Stoops) Stultz. Thelma had been a resident of Lake Village, IN for 51 years and previously had lived in Crown Point, IN and Chrisman, IL.  
            On May 10, 1959 in Chrisman, IL Thelma married the late Herman Carter Reed, Jr. She was a graduate of Chrisman High School, was employed from 1981 to 2008 by Smurfit Stone, Portage, IN. in which she retired in 2008. Most importantly, she was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.            
            Thelma is survived by two sons: Mark Carter ( Dawn) Reed of Fair Oaks, IN, Jay Wesley Reed of Lake Village, IN; a daughter Cora Lee Reed of Plant City, FL; six grandchildren, Christopher Carter Reed, Mathew Joseph Reed, Nicholas Jay Reed, all of Fair Oaks, IN, Ashley (Bud) Reed, T.C. Dutton and Keisha Dutton; one sister Ann Ferrante of Chrisman, IL; and two brothers Phil Stultz of Georgetown, IL and John Stultz of Ridgefarm, IL.  
            Thelma is preceded in death by her parents, William and Edna May(Stoops) Stultz and her beloved husband, Herman Carter Reed, Jr.         
            Friends may call on Saturday January 29, 2011 at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman, IL from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST. Funeral services for Thelma will also be held on Saturday January 29, 2011 at the funeral home at 12:00 p.m., with Pastor Kevin Coe officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Chrisman, IL. For those who wish, memorials may be made to; Ride for kids www.firstgiving.com/georgiaeford and/or Ride for A.N.N.A www.annafund.com.  Submitted By Susie Hall            
           

Raegan Lynn Reimer

            Raegan Lynn Reimer, 3, or Topeka, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, Dec 15, 2007 at the University of Kansas Medical Center following a brief illness.

            She was born July 3, 2004, in Lawrence, Kan., the daughter of Brady and Jennifer Reimer.

            Our little princess Raegan is survived by Brady and Jennifer, her parents; Skyler, her brother; grandparents, Karen and Steve Sumner, John and Cindy Drain, Keith and Donna Reimer; great-grandfathers, Wayne Hill and Sylvan Viner; as well as many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

            Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Dec 20, 2007, at Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene followed by burial at Mount Hope Cemetery.

            To leave a message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabel.com

Newton County Enterprise February 6, 2008

 

Fern O. Reiners

            Fern O Reiners, 90, Rensselaer, formerly of Brook, died at 10:53 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2004, at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.

            Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Gerts Funeral Home in Brook.

            Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Richard E Gerts officiating.

            Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Brook. Newton County Enterprise June 30, 2004

 

Col Edmund Eddie George Reuter Jr., 84

            Col Edmund “Eddie” George Reuter, Jr., age 84, of Clearwater, Fla., died Sunday, March 4, 2007 at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami, Fla.

            Born January 1, 1923 to the late Edmund George Reuter, Sr., and Katherine Illingworth Reuter in Goodland, he was a 1940 graduate of Goodland High School. He attended the University of Maryland’s Foreign Extension Program while stationed in West Germany and later completed advanced infantry and survival training at Ft. Benning, Ga, and Ft. Bragg, NC, and the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

            His marriage was to the late Dorothy “Dottie” Burnett Phillips of Holly Bluff, Miss. The couple met while stationed in Japan, and wed in Goodland.

            Col Reuter was a career veteran, serving in the Army. Upon completion of Basic Training and Officer Candidate School in 1942, he was sent into the European Theater of Operations during World War II as a commander of riflemen with the 94th Infantry Division. He was recipient of 43 medals and commendations including the Combat Infantry’s Badge with One Star, four Purple Hears, one Silver Star for Bravery, four Bronze Stars with V for Valor, the Military Merit Citation with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, and many other campaign awards. He officially retired at The Presidio, Calif. In 1971 with the full rank of Colonel.

            Surviving are five sons, John E. (Patricia) Reuter, Esq. of Cumming, Ga., Michael C (Laurie) Reuter of Dawsonvile, Ga., James M Reuter of New Orleans, La., and Memphis Tenn., Edmund G (Madeline) Reuter III of East Point, Ga. And Mark R Reuter, Esq. of Coconut Grove, Fla.; two sisters, Delores A Stone (late husband Milton) of Lafayette and Ruth R Reuter of Goodland; step-granddaughters Tracey Early of Cumming, Ga. And Crystal Morgan of Butler, Ga.; step-great-granddaughter Alyssa Early of Cumming, Ga.; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Katherine (late Oscar) Franson and Mildred F Reuter of Goodland, and Eileen I Emond of Wolcott.

            Interment will be Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. with full military honors at a later date. A Catholic service will precede his interment.

            Memorials may be made to The Disabled American Veterans National Service Foundation, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076 (www.dav.org) or by calling toll-free 1-877-426-2838 ext 2055. Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

 

B. Frank Reynolds (1935-2012)

B. Frank Reynolds, 76, of Morocco, passed away Friday, May 4, 2012, at 9:15 p.m. at home. Prior to living in Morocco, he was a Goodland resident. He was born Aug. 14, 1935, in Manchester, Tenn., to the late Benjamin F. and Jessie Chenney Reynolds. He graduted from the Goodland High School. On Oct. 30, 1957, he married Shirley J. Mead in Tennessee. She preceded him in death on Oct. 30, 2007, in Indianapolis.
Frank served for two years in the U.S. Army. He was a retired truck driver having worked for the Newton County Highway Dept. for 20 years. He enjoyed mowing lawns, working on cars in his shop and tractor pulls.
Frank is survived by two sons, Jeff A. Reynolds of Mt. Ayr and Scott D. Reynolds of Lawrenceville, Ga; special friend, Karen Ross of Morocco, three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three sisters and two brothers.
Visitation was Tuesday, May 8, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook, from 5-7 p.m. A funeral service followed with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Burial to take place at a later date.
Send online condolences and sign the guest book at www.newtoncountyenterprise.com/obituaries.

Newton County Enterprise May 8, 2012

Helen R. Richards (1931-2010)

            Helen R. Richards, 79, of Goodland passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at Creasy Springs Health Campus in Lafayette. A lifetime resident of Goodland, she was born March 10, 1931, in Benton County to the late Edwin and Edith Fox Smith.. She was a graduate of the Class of 1949 from Wadena High School, in Wadena, Ind. On Dec. 4, 1955, she and James B. Richards were wed in Goodland. He preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 2003 in Goodland.           
            Helen was a legal secretary in her husband's law office. She was a member of the Goodland Community Church and the Delta Zeta Sorority. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, reading and watching sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and Indiana basketball.           
            Surviving are her three daughters, Jane C. Barton of Greenwood Village, Colo., Karen S. Davis and Denise H. Coll, both of Goodland; four brothers, Richard Smith of Goodland, Russell (Ann) Smith of Fowler, Gene Smith of Goodland and William Smith of San Diego, Calif. Also surviving are five grandchildren.   
            Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland from 10-11 a.m. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jack Scott officiating. Internment took place at the Goodland Cemetery in Goodland.           
            Preceding her in death was one brother, Robert Smith.          
            Memorial contributions may be made to the Mitten Public Library. Newton County Enterprise January 4, 2011

 

Tracy R. Riegle (1971-2010)

            Tracy R. Riegle, 38, of Brook passed away on Friday, July 2, 2010. She was born on Nov. 6, 1971, and was a lifetime resident of Brook. She attended South Newton High School and graduated in 1990.          
            She was married to David L. Riegle on June 15, 1991, in Morocco. She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing cards, bingo and bowling. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed watching her girls in sporting events.            
            She is survived by her husband David Riegle and two daughters, Tiphany N. Riegle and Courtany A. Riegle both living at home; parents, Janice K. Daniels, (husband, Rodney) of Brook and Gary R. Sanders, (wife, Regina) of Brook. Four brothers also survive, Wayne Cover (wife, Kindra) Avon; Jeremy Daniels and Jason Daniels both of Waseka, Ill., and Terry R. Sanders (wife, Glennda) of Brook and one sister, Teona R. Sanders of Brook; maternal grandparents, Bob and Gloria Shelton of Brook, and paternal grandparents, George and Linda Cover of Rensselaer, two nieces and two nephews. 
            She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Gerald and Mildred Sanders.  
            Visitation was Tuesday, July 5, 2010, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were July 6, at 11 a.m. at the Brook First United Methodist Church with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Burial took place at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.     
            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for her daughters. Newton County Enterprise July 8, 2010

 

Clifford C. Riley (1947-2010)

            Clifford C. Riley, 63, of rural Morocco passed away at his home Nov. 5, 2010. Clifford was born in Watseka, Ill., on July 23, 1947, son of the late John P. and Myrtle (Wesner) Riley. Clifford had lived in the Morocco area since 1957 and graduated from the Morocco High School in 1965. He was an Army Veteran. On July 11, 1987, he married Sandra Kros in Lake Village and she survives.          
            Clifford worked 16 years for Newton County Government in Building Maintenance. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the American Legion, both in Morocco. Surviving with his wife, is son Neil J. Riley at home. Two brothers survive, James (wife, Pat) Riley of Dubois, Ind., and David Riley.     
            Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Phillip Riley and a sister, Gayle Warne. Friends may call Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Morocco Community Center. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 S. Clay Street, Morocco with Rev. Greg Waggoner officiating. Interment will be at a later date.    
            Memorials may be made to the family. Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel is handling the arrangements.           
            To offer online condolences visit www.steinkefuneralhome.com. Newton County Enterprise November 4, 2010

 

Wilma V. Robinson

            Wilma V Robinson, 93, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., died Monday, Jan 15, in Hospice of the Valley in Chandler, Ariz., following an extended illness.

            She was born on April 7, 1913, and was the daughter of Bruce and Metta (Hammel) Hanger. She was a 1931 graduate of Morocco High School. She resided in Morocco for 90 years before moving to Arizona.

            In 1935, at Morocco, she married Dan Robinson, who died in 1980.

            She was employed as a bookkeeper at Brandt’s Chevrolet for many years. After retiring, she worked part time for the Newton County Health Department.

            She was a member of the United Church of Morocco.

            Survivors include son, Sam (Louise) Robinson of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Steve Martin, Susan Edinger and Sheri (Tim) Moakler and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Sam Moakler. She is also survived by three sisters, Gartha Clark, Barbara (Don) Clarkson and Dianne Hendryx, all of Morocco. She also has many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

            Wilma was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Martin, who died in 1983, her parents and two brothers, David Hanger and Bernard Hanger.

            The funeral was held at the United Church of Morocco on Friday, Jan 19 with interment following at Oakland Cemetery. The Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco was in charge of the arrangements. Newton County Enterprise January 31, 2007

           
           
 

A. Rosalie Rush, 99

            MOROCCO -- Audrey Rosalie "Rose" Rush, 99, of Morocco, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center in Brook.

            Born Nov. 5, 1910, in Newton County, she was the daughter of the late James Hoon and Bessie Sallee Hoon. She was a 1928 graduate of Mt. Ayr High School and was a lifelong Mt. Ayr and Morocco resident.

            On May 2, 1933, she married William Madison Rush, and he died Sept. 25, 1972.

Mrs. Rush was a homemaker and attended the EUB Church of Morocco. She was a member of Royal Neighbors and enjoyed crocheting and visiting with family and friends.

Surviving are three sons, William E. Rush of Rensselaer, John F. Rush of Brook and Ronald D. Rush (wife: Donna) of Morocco; and three sisters, Mildred Anderson of Brook, Isabel Anderson of Rensselaer and Patricia Tidd of Lebanon.

            Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Preceding Rose in death with her husband and parents were a son, 2 brothers, 4 sisters and 1 great-granddaughter.

            Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Interment to follow at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco. Memorials are suggested to George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center. To offer online condolences please visit: www.steinkefuneralhome.com Lafayette Journal Courier August 13, 2010

 

Herschel E. Rusher

            Herschel E. Rusher, 77, of Kentland and formerly of Hammond, passed away Monday, Oct 26, 2009, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Ill.

            He was born may 21, 1932, in Fordsville, Ky., the son of the late Robert A. and bertha (Crowe) Rusher.

            Mr. Rusher was a pipe fitter at LTV Steel in East Chicago, retiring in 1980. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving four years in the US Air Force.

He was a member of the Fordsville Baptist Church and was a Chicago Bulls fan and enjoyed gardening.

            He is survived by his wife, Mildred Rusher of Kentland, a son, Robert E. (wife: Peggy) Rusher of Rensselaer; two brothers, Harold (wife: Betty) Rusher of Milford and Jim (wife: Sandra) Rusher of Hessville. Also, two sisters survive; Katherine (husband: Gene) Boling of Owensboro, Ky., and Janet Embry of Whitesville, Ky. One granddaughter, Jessica Rusher, also survives as do several nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by four sisters, three brothers, and a grandson, Steven Rusher.

Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland. A funeral service was held at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, with burial following at the Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer.

            Online condolences may be left by visiting www.stitzfuneralhome.com Newton County Enterprise November 4, 2009

 

 

R. Steven "Steve" Ryan (1942-2011)

R. Steven Ryan, 68, of Goodland, a loving father and husband, and prominent local attorney, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011 in a single car accident near his home. ? He was born October 29, 1942 in Lafayette, IN to Richard and Marjorie Wilson Ryan. He graduated from Kentland High School in 1960. He went on to earn Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from Indiana University. ? Steve served in the Army in the Judge Advocate Generals Corp. at Fort Meade, MD. ?from 1969 to 1973. ? He married Paula Kline on August 23, 1970 in Baltimore, MD. Together they raised five wonderful children. ? He resided in Kentland and Goodland throughout his life. ? He was a member of both the Newton County and Indiana Bar Associations, served as president of the Indiana Prosecutors Association, and was also active in the Republican Party. ? He served as the Newton County Prosecutor from 1979-1990 and was a partner at Barce, Vann and Ryan Attorneys at Law with George Vann and John and Ed Barce. ? He was an avid Hoosier and Colts fan, enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, family vacations, and spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends. He truly enjoyed the practice of law, his colleagues, and morning walks with his friends. ? Surviving with his wife are his five children: Kelly Ryan of Lafayette, Patrick Ryan of Kentland, Heather Ryan of Durham, NC, Daniel Ryan (spouse: Erin) of Chicago, IL, and Megan Eells (spouse: Scott) of Indianapolis; two grandchildren: Jordan Dixon and Avalon Eells; a brother, Dave Ryan (spouse: Mary) of Munster, and a sister, Sally Waibel (spouse: Dave) of Troy, OH. ? Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. (CDT), Friday, August 5, 2011 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kentland. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. (CDT), Saturday, August 6, 2011 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kentland with Father Robert Bernatos officiating. ? He will be missed by all.? Memorials may be made to the Kentland Park Board and the Goodland Athletic Association.

Newton County Enterprise August 5, 2011
 

Robert J. "Bo" Rybarski Sr.

Robert J. Rybarski, Sr. "Bo", age 74, of DeMotte, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011, at St. Anthony Hospice. Robert was a veteran of the U. S. Army and was a member of the Roselawn American Legion. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Estelle Rybarski.
He is survived by two children: Robert J. (Kathleen) Rybarski, Jr. of Merrillville and Candance (Michael) Sanders of Brook; three grandchildren: Brianne (Brian) Carroll, Bo Jean Rybarski and Michael Sanders; one great-granddaughter Abigail Carroll; brother Thomas Rybarski; sister, Sandra Robbins; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held on July 19, 2011 at Burns Funeral Home, Crown Point. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Anthony Hospice, 203 Franciscan Drive, Crown Point, IN 46307.

Newton County Enterprise July 27, 2011

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Charline E Sammons, 73

            MOROCCO -- Charline Elizabeth Sammons, 73, of Morocco, died at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer.

            Born on July 17, 1937, in Kentland, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Cecilia O'Donnell Molter. A 1955 graduate of A.J. Kent High School, Kentland, she attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, and was a 1959 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. She spent most of her life in Morocco.

Her marriage was to William Sammons in 1962, and they divorced in 1982.

            Mrs. Sammons was the director/teacher of the Newton County Adult Education Center for 24 years, retiring in December 2009. She also had been a teacher at Morocco High School from 1959 until 1961.

            Her memberships include American Legion Auxilary of Morocco, Alpha Delta Pi sorority of Purdue University and Indiana Association of Adult Continuing Education.

She was the recipient of the 2009 Jasper/Newton County Foundation Woman of the Year award and the 2002 Most Outstanding Adult Education Centers of Indiana and was the 1961 Newton County Centennial Queen.

            Surviving are her children, William "Todd" Sammons (wife: Bobbi Jo) of Rensselaer, George "Brad" Sammons of Greenwood, Nancy Sammons Bottom (husband: Kevin) of Indianapolis, a sister, Pat McCarty (husband: Delbert) of Kentland.

            Also surviving are eight grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Charles; a sister, Lorene Molter; and two grandchildren, Carson and Sydney Bottom.

            Visitation will be Tuesday, August 17, 2010, from 2 p.m. (CDT) until the funeral service time of 6 p.m. (CDT) at the Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home, Kentland. Interment St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Kentland. Memorials may be made payable to the Newton County Community Foundation (Charline Sammons Memorial Scholarship Fund).  Lafayette Journal Courier August 16, 2010

 

Robert "Bob" Schrontz (1939)

Robert "Bob" Schrontz, 71, of Rossville, formerly of Kentland, died at 11:05 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Central in Lafayette.
He was born May 20, 1939 in Frankfort to the late Raymond and Helen Potts Schrontz. He attended school in Frankfort, IN, Columbus, OH and Lafayette, IN. He graduated from Buck Creek High School in 1957.
He entered the Navy in July of 1957, and was stationed on the USS McKean where he was a radio operator.
On July 3, 1993, he married Charlotte A. Voglund in Kentland. She survives.
Bob was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, Delphi American Legion, NAPUS, and the National League of Postmasters.
Bob always enjoyed making people laugh and loved to pester, he also loved the time when all his children and grandchildren got together. He always looked forward to vacationing and taking cruises to exotic places.
Bob has a combined 32 years in the postal service; he retired in 1997 from the Postal Service as Postmaster in Logansport. He also worked as a policeman in Lafayette and Kentland off and on for over 30 years. Bob's real passion was to protect and serve the communities he lived in.
Surviving with his wife are five daughters, Kelly Markley (husband: Billie) of Nika, MO, Kendra Schuette (husband: Aaron) of Goodland, Shelly Reese (husband: Tim) of Lafayette, Brandi Rough (husband: Jamie) of Monticello, and Erin Romanski (husband: Jim) of Lafayette, two sons, Robbie Strouse (wife: Debbie) of Johnston, OH, and Dirk Schrontz of West Lafayette, and two brothers, Ron Warren (wife: Becky) of Lafayette and Keith Warren (wife: Peg) of Lenexa, KS.
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, Lynsey Strouse, Conner Morris, Taylor Angle, Taylor and Cameron Schrontz, Morgan, Claire and Grant Schuette, Madison and Mylie Reese, and Jordyn, Jalen, Emily and Ella Romanski.
Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. (CST) Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland with Father Donald Gross officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery also in Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bob to the American Diabetes Association . Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.
Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

 

William L. Scearcy (1931-2010)

            William L. Scearcy, 79, of Illinois, died at 12:20 am Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 at Provena St. Marys Hospital in Kankakee, Ill. 
            He was born September 10, 1931, in Iroquois, Ill., to the late William F. and Bernice Cleo (Richison) Scearcy. He graduated from Donovan High School in 1950.   
            His marriage was to Daphne Rumbelow on June 28, 1958, in England. She preceded him in death on June 22, 2009.  
            Mr. Scearcy served in the United States Air Force, and retired after 22 years. He then worked at Wilson Brothers Elevator in Brook, and also for a construction company in Rensselaer. He was a lifetime member of the VFW American Legion in Rensselaer, and enjoyed camping and bowling.
            Surviving are three children, Maxine Robinson (husband: Gregory) of Kentland, Deb Miller (husband: Larry) of Indianapolis, and Diane Fox (husband: Mike) of Las Vegas, and four siblings, Charles Scearcy (wife: Dottie) and Betty Risley (husband: Harold) both of Kentland, Kay Bennett of Fowler, and Doris Light (husband: Irvin) of Lafayette. Also surviving are six grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and five great-grandchildren. 
            He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two sisters, Maxine Hoover and Arlene Murray.          
            Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland where services will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010.       
            Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association .          
            Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Newton County Enterprise October 20, 2010

 

Luella C. Schlotman (1918-2011)

    Luella C. Schlotman, 92, of Sheldon, Ill., died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Sheldon Health Care in Sheldon, Ill., She was born April 10, 1918, to the late Oscar F. and Gertrude A. (Quinn) Schlotman.
    She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, and was a graduate and class Valedictorian of Sheldon High School, Class of 1936. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was an avid painter, and enjoyed history, geneology and playing cards. She worked as a secretary for Snow Insurance Agency in Sheldon from 1939-1982.
Surviving are one brother, John (Thelma) Schlotman of Kentland, 11 nieces and nephews, 19 great-nieces and nephews and several great-great-nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Riker and Betty Leonard, one half-brother, Dan Schlotman, and one half-sister, Dorothy Pothuisje, and one nephew.
Visitation was March 29, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland from 9:30-10:45 a.m.  Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating.     Burial took place in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Kentland.
    Arrangements were by the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon. Memorials may be made in her name to the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland.
Newton County Enterprise March 31, 2011

Romana L. Sego, 82

            KENTLAND -- Romana L. Sego, 82, of Kentland, died at 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at George Ade Memorial Health Care, Brook.

Born Jan. 18, 1928, in Kentland, she was the daughter of the late Meddie and Romana Cunningham Sego. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School and graduated from A.J. Kent High School in 1946.

            Ms. Sego worked at Kenny's Pharmacy and Newton County Enterprise prior to working at Sears in Kentland and West Lafayette for 35 years.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, Women's Society, 4-H and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed listening to Chicago Cubs and Purdue women's basketball games.

            Surviving are five sisters, Mary Kay Anstett (husband: Harold), Theresa and Lorraine Sego, all of Kentland, Alice Silver (husband: Bill), and Martha Gretencord (husband: Bill) of Fowler.

            Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Patricia Sego; 22 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews, whom she dearly loved. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Tom Sego and Monsignor Arthur Sego; a sister, Jeanette Voglund; and a niece and a nephew.

Friends may call 4-7 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland, where a Rosary service will be held at 4:15 p.m. (CDT). Funeral Mass 11 a.m. (CDT) Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Kentland. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Romana to St. Joseph Catholic Church or George Ade Memorial Health Care. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland is in charge of arrangements. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralser vices.com Lafayette Journal Courier August 11, 2010

 

Helen L. Sell (1921-2011)

Helen L. Sell, 90, of Muncie, passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Elm Croft Assisted Living Center in Muncie. She was born in Remington on June 26, 1921, daughter of the late Hein Bokma and Hattie (Sigman) Bokma.
She graduated from A.J. Kent High School with the Class of 1939. On Sept. 29, 1940, she married Harold M. Sell in Brook. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1989.
Helen spent most of her life in Brook and had been a resident of Muncie for the last three years. She was a homemaker. She volunteered in crafts at George Ade Hospital and nursing home for a number of years and was a member of the Pythian Sisters for 50 years. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafts and gardening.
Surviving are two sons, David P. Sell (wife: Connie) and Richard H. Sell (wife: Becky), all of Brook; three daughters, Nancy A. White (husband: Ed) of Muncie, Patti L. Dietrich (husband: Larry) of Indianapolis and Beth Ann Anderson (husband: Zane "Frank") of Fort Wayne.
Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Douglas White (wife: Anita) of Muncie, Jeffrey White of Knoxville, Tenn., William Sell (wife: Kelly) and Lesli Hansen (husband: Richard), all of Otterbein, Amy Sell of Frakes, Ky., Chris Dietrich (wife: Sarah) of Fishers, Karen Dietrich of Indianapolis, Chad Sell of Lafayette and Lindsay Sell of Brook; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Friends may call Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. CDT at Gerts Funeral Home of Brook. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. CDT at Brook United Methodist Church with Richard E. Gerts officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Brook. Donations may be made to the Brook United Methodist Church Sound System Fund, envelopes available at the funeral home. Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is handling the arrangements

Newton County Enterprise August 10, 2011

Bethel “Betty” J. Severs

            Bethel “Betty” J. Severs age 75, a resident of Morocco since 1938, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2008.

            She was preceded in death by her brothers, Francis Hayslip, Merle Hayslip, and Edward Hayslip.

            Betty is survived by her husband, Donald E. Severs and children, Howard (Pat) Severs, Lynn (Bob) Stone, Dave (Terry) Severs, Mark Severs all of Morocco and Pat Jones of Anderson and sister Doris (Roy) Swartz of Morocco, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

            Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burns Funeral Home and Crematory, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

  

Patricia Shea, 69

            KENTLAND -- Patricia Marie Shea, 69, of Kentland, died at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at Clarian Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born Dec. 18, 1940, in Butte, Mont., she was the daughter of the late Emmett and Marie McMillan Dee.

            She married Cornelius Shea in 1965, and he preceded her in death in 1999.

Ms. Shea was a homemaker, and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, St. Joseph Women's Society, Tri Kappa, Kentland Women's Club and American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving are two children, Marnie Hardebeck (husband: Glenn) and Michael Shea (wife: Kelly).

Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, Katy and Connor Shea, and Allen and Megan Hardebeck.

Visitation 4:30-7 p.m. (CDT) Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland, with a Rosary Service there at 4:30 p.m. (CDT). Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. (CDT) Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Patricia's name to Jasper County Hospice or the Salvation Army. Friends and family are invited to share memories and condolences online at www.clap perfuneralservices.com Lafayette Journal Courier October 28, 2010

 

John C. Shafer (1931-2011)

John C. Shafer, 80, of Kentland, died at 7:27 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 at Franciscan St. Elizabeth East in Lafayette.
He was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Edison, Neb., to the late George A. and Eva (Lewis) Shafer. He graduated from Edison High School in 1949, and went on to attend Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney, Neb., currently known as Kearney State College. While attending school there he received a principal appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., he graduated from there in 1954.
Following graduation from West Point, he began his 22 ½ year career with the United States
Army, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
While stationed at Fort Still, John met and married Bethel Marie Bell in Sayre, Okla., on June 16, 1957. She survives.
Following retirement from the Army, John worked at Litton Industries in Washington, D.C., Consolidated Aluminum in New Johnsonville, Tenn., and for Capitol Products Corporation in Kentland.
He was an active member of the Kentland
Rotary Club and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He also was a member of many veterans associations, including the American Legion of Hayes Center, Nebraska, and was awarded the Legion of Merit Award.
Surviving with his wife is a son, John Charles Shafer Jr. of Rensselaer and Nickolaus Lee MacManus, of Colorado, whom they became the legal guardians of.
Also surviving are five grandchildren, Chelsea, Paige, Hollison, Dalton and Jack, a niece Rita (husband: Allen) Erickson and a nephew, Gerry Lee Shafer.
He was preceded in death by six brothers.
Friends may call from 3 until the time of memorial service at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Jefferson Township Community Fund.
For an extended obituary, please visit
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise October 22, 2011

Martha "Kay" Sisney (1943-2011)

Martha "Kay" Sisney, 68, of Raub, died at 2:41 p.m., October 17, 2011 at Saint Francis Medical Center of Peoria, Ill. She was born Jan. 19, 194,3 in Brandenburg, Ky., to the late Jim Brown and Bessie Pipes Brown. 
Her marriage was to Bill Sisney on Oct. 25, 1959.  He survives. 
She lived most of her life in Newton County. 
She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing cards, going to the casino, traveling, and spending time with her family. 
Surviving along with her husband are three daughters; Erna Woodby (husband: Roger) of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Kim Alliss (companion: James Mayton) of Springfield, Tenn., and Michele Sisney of Monticello; and Tammy Woodby, whom Kay and Bill considered as a daughter. 
Also surviving are six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and one on the way. 
She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Norman Pipes, and a grandson, Billy Joe Woodby. 
Friends may call from noon until the time of funeral service at 1 p.m. (CDT), Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Interment followed at Fairlawn Cemetery of Kentland. 
Memorials may be made to the
American Cancer Society

Newton County Enterprise October 22, 2011

James G. “Jim” Skinner

            James G. “Jim” Skinner, age 51, of DeMotte, Ind., passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Vicki; children, Joshua (Dianne) Skinner of Remington, Brittney (Sabrina) Skinner of Fair Oaks, Brandi Skinner and Brooke Skinner, both of DeMotte; grandchildren, Marcus, Rhiannon, Skylar and on the way, Liam James. Also surviving are brothers, Dale, Clyde and Johnny Skinner; sisters, Alice, Sue, Joanne and Clydette; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary, in 1989,

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, Ind. Pastor Christopher Ebert officiated and burial followed at Roselawn Cemetery. Friends were invited to call on Monday, May 17, from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Jim was the Recording Secretary and Business Agent for Teamster Union #142 in Gary, Ind. www.sheetsfuneral.com Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2010 Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Selma L Smart, 89

    MOROCCO -- Selma L. Smart, 89, of Morocco, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 19, 2011, at her home.
    Born Nov. 7, 1921, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of the late Clair C. and Olive C. Wolever Wolverton. She was educated in the Indianapolis Public Schools and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Indiana University.
    On Dec. 20, 1942, in Bloomington, she married Robert L. Smart. He died Oct. 24, 1979.
Mrs. Smart was a lifetime educator. She taught elementary school in Brook, Raub and Roselawn. After teaching elementary school, she taught adult education for many years. From 1981 to 2001, she was co-owner of the Lunch Box restaurant in Morocco.
    She was a member of Morocco First United Methodist Church. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Literary Club, Projects Unlimited Club and Owl Club.
Mrs. Smart is survived by three sons, Nicholas Smart (wife: Judy), Christopher Smart (wife: Rosalita) and Bruce Smart (wife: Debra), all of Morocco; a daughter, Jennifer Smart-Bauer (husband: Mark) of Michigan City; and a brother, George Wolverton of Clarksville.
    Services are Tuesday in Morocco.
Lafayette Journal Courier February 21, 2011

Cletus E. Smith (1919-2010)

            Cletus E. Smith, 90, Youngstown, Arizona and previously of Goodland, died on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at his Arizona home.
            Smith was born in Lebanon, Indiana on November 30, 1919, graduating from Lebanon High School in 1937. Following High School, he spent two years at Aetna Business College before enlisting in the Army Air Corp, serving in the Air Service Technical Command in World War II.      
            On June 22, 1941, he married Emma B. Bower. Mrs. Smith passed away on Oct. 4, 1995.
            Mr. Smith spent 36 years with Best Foods/CPC International in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, serving as the Director of Management Systems Services before retiring in 1977. He was a former member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Goodland, and a member of the Best Foods/CPC International Quarter Century Club . His dream was to build a house in Goodland, and enjoyed working on houses. 
            He is survived by daughters Judy Kiley, Sun City West, Arizona; Linda Smith, Youngstown, Arizona and Jospeph Smith (wife Sue), Avondale, Arizona, and sister-in-law Esther Noga. Smith is also survived by four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.     
            He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, Roy E. and Catharine Williams Smith; one son, Donald Smith; one sister and six brothers.     
            Services were held at Sts. Peter and Paul on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. with burial following at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The proceedings were officiated by Rev. Robert Bernotas.        
            Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland was in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise November 4, 2010

 

Joseph R Smith (1952-2012)

Joseph R. Smith, 59, of Avondale, Ariz., passed away Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10:35 a.m. at the Hospice At The Valley in Peoria, Ariz. He was born Sept. 2, 1952, in Indianapolis to the late Cletus E. and Emma B. Bower Smith. He was a resident of Avondale for 11 years.
On April 26, 1999, Joseph and Sue B. Fleischman were wed, and she survives. He was a carpenter working for the Local Union #58 for 20 years.
Surviving with his wife are two sisters, Judy Kiley of Sun City West, Ariz., and Linda A. Smith of Youngtown, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation was Saturday, June 9, 9 - 10:30 a.m., at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland. The funeral service was held at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Goodland following at 11 a.m. with Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating. Burial took place at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery of Goodland.
Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society . Condolences to the family may be sent online through www.newtoncountyenterprise.com/obituaries.

Newton County Enterprise June 8, 2012

Betty Lou Sondgerath

            Betty Lou Sondgerath, 72, of Watseka, Ill., formerly of Kentland, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007 at 10:40 p.m. at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.

            She was born Dec 18, 1934, in Thawville, Ill., to the late William and Theresa Ditman Grohler. She was a graduate of A.J. Kent High School, Kentland. She married Herbert Sondgerath on Feb 27, 1954, and he preceded her in death on July 7, 1994.

            Mrs. Sondgerath had resided in Watseka since 1995 moving there from Kentland. She was the manager of Lakeview Senior Community, Watseka, she had also worked for PCA, Country Inn, Federal Land Bank and Kentland Nursing Home, all in Kentland. She was a member of the Young Democrats and Modern Mothers Home Ec Club. She enjoyed gardening and reading.

            She is survived by daughters Vickie Sondgerath of Falls Church, Va., Susan (husband) Dale) Green of Remington, Nena Sondgerath of Sacramento, Calif.: son Gerald (wife Rhonda) Sondgerath of Remington; grandchildren Breanna Green Rogers of Frankfort, Benjamin Green of Carmel, Ind., Jacob Hollen of Ft Sill, Okla., Dustin Sondgerath of Watseka; brother Harold (Joann) Grohler of Charleston, S.C.

            She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

            Visitation was Friday, Feb 2, from 4-7 p.m. (CST) with a 7 p.m. (CST) service at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland, with Reverend Robert Bernotas officiating. Private interment was at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Kentland.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society. www.stitzfuneraldhome.com Newton County Enterprise February 7, 2007

 

Evelyn Rosalie Sparks (1923-2011)

Evelyn Rosalie Sparks, 88 of Kentland, passed away at Gilman Healthcare in Gilman, Illinois at 1:25 a.m. Sunday, October 23, 2011.
She was born July 23, 1923 in Lake Village, Indiana to the late Harry and Alma M. (Phillips) Christenson, Sr. 
Her first marriage was to Lloyd Earl Goddard in 1942.  He died in 1944.  She then married Alan R. Sparks on October 14, 1951 in Lake Village, Indiana at her parents home.  He died December 2, 2004.
A Homemaker, Evelyn was also a nurses aide at George Ade Memorial Hospital for many years. 
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kentland.
Surviving are her children, Lloyd Sparks (wife: Barbara) of Louisville, KY, George Sparks (Selena) of Kentland, Colleen Cripe (husband: Mike) of Goodland and Kathleen Glasgow (husband: Herb) of Kentland; three sisters, June Gribben of Greenwood, Barbara Dawson (husband: Dean) of Lake Village and Kathy Wiseman (husband: Dale) of Morocco and a sister-in-law, Gloria Christenson.
Evelyn loved spending time with her family, especially her 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death with her parents and husband's are two brothers, Robert and Harry Christenson and a granddaughter, Julie Cripe.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland.  Funeral Service there 11 a.m. (CST) Thursday, October 27, 2011; Rev. Ed VanWijk to officiate.  Interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland. 
Memorials may be made to the Kentland American Legion Auxiliary.

Newton County Enterprise October 26, 2011

 

David C Speer

            David C Speer, 39, of Morocco, Russia, and a former resident of Lake Village, died Thursday, May 6.

            He was born June 24, 1964.

            He is survived by wife Elena and daughter Nika, 10 months, of Moscow, and daughter Jennifer Speer of Las Vegas, Nev.; parents Robert (Marianne) Speer of Tucson, Ariz., and Linda (Dan) Powers of Denver, Colo.; sister Kim (Mark) Gatewood of Lake Village; step-brothers Keith Powers of Longmont, Colorado, and Steven Powers of Portland, Ore.; step-sisters Vicki (Todd) Huff of Bloomington, Ill., and Lisa (Scott) Clark of DeMotte; nieces Bryttany, Samantha and Hayley Gatewood and nephew Aaron Gatewood of Lake Village; uncles Dennis (Leta) Speer of Crown Point, Alan (Doris) Cool of Lake Village, Roger (Theresa) Cool of Brook; aunts Pam Bower of Rochester, Jill Whiting of Indianapolis, Cindy (Rick) Cook of Lowell and Jana Herre of Rensselaer; cousins Derek Speer of Glendale Heights, Illinois, Curtis Franklin of N.J., Doug, Mat and Andy Bower of Rochester, Kathy Burman of S.C., Rob Burman of Indianapolis, Christ Trulock of the U.S. Air Force, Ricky Cook of Lowell, Jason Cool of DeMotte, Casey of the U.S. Air Force, and Katelyn Herre of Rensselaer; great aunts Rose Pecaro of McLean, W.V., and Eleanor Rohse and Phyllis Wittner, both of Portland, Ore.

            He was preceded in death by sister Jennifer, and grandparents Fred and Janet Speer and Kathryn (Brown) and Adelbert Cook, all of Lake Village.

            David was a 1982 graduate of North Newton High School and played baseball, football and trumpet in the school band.

            He joined the Air Force in 1983 and after 10 years of service in air traffic control was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

            He started working for IBM in Denver, Colorado, as a programmer and at TCI a senior programmer. TCI then set up a company called Intessera and David was asked in January 1998 to manage the programming operations at a new office in Moscow, Russia.

            He started his own computer programming company, International software Consultants, after TCI/Intessera decided they no longer wanted an office in Moscow.

            David liked anything pertaining to computers, loved to travel, play football, and was a Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears Fan.

            Memorial services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Lake Village Presbyterian Church, with cremation following at Lake Village Cemetery.

            David was a good husband, father, son, and brother. He loved life and was loved by all who knew him. Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2004

 

James R Spradlin

            James R Spradlin, 72, Kentland, passed away Sunday,  May 21, 2006, AT 8:35 a.m. at his residence, following an extended illness.

            The oldest of three children, he was born May 16, 1934, in Charleston, W.V., to the late Jim and Ruth Walton Spradlin.

            James was a graduate of Du Pont High School in Charleston, W.V. After high school, he enrolled into the West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he earned an accounting degree in Business Management.

            On Aug 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Rosa Flowers, and she survives.

            In 1968, Jim and Rosa moved to Loudon, Tenn., where he continued his career with Union Carbide (Viskase) as comptroller. In 1977, Jim accepted an internal company transfer and moved his family to Kentland. Jim retired in 1989 after 32 years of uninterrupted employment.

            Jim was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kentland, where he served on the Administrative Council and served as treasurer on the Finance Committee. He also taught Sunday School for more than 15 years, ushered and was liturgist. He was also a former member of the Kentland Masonic Lodge. His hobbies included golf, computers and being with his family.

            Survivors include: one daughter, Debra (Bill) Hines of Kentland; grandchildren Ashley, Tyler and Garrett Hollingsworth and Destiny Hines; step-grandchildren, Clayton and Logan Hines; great-granddaughter Taliyah Montoya; sisters, Ruth Nida of Charleston, W.V., and Frances Webb of Cleveland, Ohio; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

            Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. May 23 at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland and one hour prior to funeral services May 24 at the church.

            Funeral services are at 11 a.m. May 24 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kentland with the Rev Joseph Smith officiating.

            Internment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.

            Memorial contributions in Mr. Spradlin’s name have been established at Trinity United Methodist Church, Kentland.         www.stitzfuneralhome.com Newton County Enterprise May 24, 2006

 

Lovella Starnes

            Word has been received of the death of Lovella Starnes, a former Owen County resident who had lived at Morocco many years.

            Funeral services were at Morocco, March 17.

            Mrs. Starnes died at her home March 14.

            She was born in Owen County. Her parents were Sanford and Lucy Hauser.

            Her husband, Kenneth Starnes preceded her in death several years ago. One daughter also preceded her in death.

            Four daughters and two sons survive.

            She is also survived by an aunt, Mrs. Fred Criss of Spencer; a cousin, Mrs. L. Jeff Franklin of Spencer, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Albert Gentry of Spencer. (1980) Submitted by Susie Hall

  

Kenneth Starnes, 72, Dies at Morocco

            Kenneth Starnes, 72 years old, of Morocco, but a native of Owen County, died Saturday night in the Veterans' Hospital, in Maywood, Illinois, after a lengthy illness.

            He was born January 9, 1894, in Owen County, a son of the late Simon and Lillie Brown Starnes.

            Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Lovella Hauser Starnes, to whom he had been married for 45 years; seven children; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Gentry and Mrs. Marie Lawson, both of Spencer; two brothers, Dewey A Starnes of Spencer and Robert Starnes of Indianapolis.

            Funeral rites were held Tuesday afternoon in the Hancock Chapel in Morocco. Interment was made in a Morocco Cemetery. (March 1966) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Dorothy Stombaugh

            Dorothy M. Sell Stombaugh, 86, of Seymour, formerly of Goodland and Monticello, died at 8:20 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Schneck Memorial Hospital in Seymour.

Born April 11, 1924, in Goodland, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Olive Luse Sell. She was a 1942 graduate of Goodland High School.

            On June 14, 1943, she married Richard E. Stombaugh in Goodland, and he survives.

Mrs. Stombaugh was a food service supervisor for Twin Lakes School Corp. from 1963 until retiring in 1983.

            She was a past member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Monticello and Church of the Blessed Sacrament in West Lafayette. She was a member of NIPSCO Retirees Service Club and enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting, crocheting, and making homemade chicken and noodles.

            Surviving with her husband are two sons, Irvin D. Stombaugh (wife: Elsie M.) of Thomasboro, Ill., and Barry L. Stombaugh (wife: Denise M.) of West Lafayette; a daughter, Kathleen A. Jackson (husband: Ed) of Seymour; three brothers, Pete Sell of Brook, Robert Sell (companion: Dee Wagner) of Rensselaer and Charles Sell (wife: Janice) of Goodland; and two sisters, Helen Cox of Atwood and Leona Elbert (husband: Bill) of West Lafayette.

Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Earl and Jim Sell.

            Friends may call 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 11 a.m. (EDT) [10 a.m. (CDT)] at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Goodland, Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Goodland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923; or Covered Bridge Health Campus, 1675 West Tipton St., Seymour, IN 47274. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com Lafayette Journal Courier July 28, 2010

 

Grace E Stowers, 96

            RENSSELAER -- Grace Evelyn Stowers, 96, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, in New Era, Mich. Born in Newton County on April 5, 1914, the daughter of Harvey and Hattie Raymond Pierson, she was raised and educated in Jasper County.

She was married in Rensselaer on Sept. 3, 1938, to William Lewis Stowers. He died March 18, 1974.

            Mrs. Stowers was a homemaker and also had worked for 16 years in the cafeteria at St. Joseph's College.

            She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1279, Rebekah Lodge 346 and Jasper County Community Services.

Surviving are two daughters, Helen Knouff (husband: Roger) of Rensselaer and Ruby Eldridge of New Era.

            Services are Friday in Rensselaer. Lafayette Journal Courier August 26, 2010

 

 

Robert Bruce Suiter Jr. (1953-2012)

Robert Bruce Suiter Jr., 59, of Earl Park, passed away at 8:39 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at IU Health Arnett of Lafayette. 
He was born on Jan. 20, 1953, in Logansport to Robert Bruce Suiter Sr. and Margaret (Burris) Suiter.  He graduated from South Newton High School in 1971. 
His marriage was to Jo Ann Henderson on Aug. 30, 1976, at a family home in Attica. She survives. 
Bob lived in the Earl Park area all of his life.  He was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post 455 of Earl Park, Raub United Methodist Church, and the NRA. 
He started farming at the age of 2, riding on the tractor with his dad.  He then started farming full time at 18 after graduation. Bob and JoAnn grew their farming operation over the years and brought their daughter, Megan, into the partnership in 2001. 
He loved being in the field in a tractor or combine the most.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, taking family vacations, and spending time with his grandchildren. 
Surviving with his wife and parents are his brother; Tom Suiter (wife: Patty) of Earl Park; his two sisters; Joyce Lantz (husband: Mike) of Kokomo, and Linda Sutter (husband: Gregg) of Clarks Hill; and his three daughters; Margo Marie Sik (husband: Kelly) of Lake Benton, Minn., Megan Christine Strasburger (husband: Marc) of Earl Park, and Audra Jo Suiter of Earl Park. 
Also surviving are his two grandchildren, Leah Lynn Strasburger and Stella Margaret Sik. 
Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. (EST), Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Suiter Farms Partnership, 8423 North State Road 71, Earl Park, (Raub, Ind.).  A Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. (EST), Monday, May 21, at the Raub United Methodist Church with Pastor Jack Snell officiating.  Interment to follow in Earl Park Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society , American Diabetes Association , or to the Raub United Methodist Church

Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2012

 

Fay E. Sullivan (1928-2012)

            Fay E. Sullivan, 84, a lifelong Kentland resident, died at 6:35 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center of Brook.  She had been in failing health since July.
She was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Brook, to the late Ira and Etta (Lacy) Honn and was a 1946 graduate of Brook High School.
            Her marriage was to Warren T. Sullivan on Oct. 24, 1947, in Kentland. He survives.
Mrs. Sullivan was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland and the Junior Women's Club. 
            She worked at the Courthouse in the Recorders Office and the Kentland Bank for over 25 years.
Fay was an avid quilter and liked playing cards.
Surviving with her husband is a son, Dave Sullivan (wife: Linda) of Kentland; a daughter, Mary Ann Sullivan of West Lafayette; a close friend of the family, Faye Walburg; three sisters, Marge Long of Brook, Catherine (Duane) Willie of Sydney, Ohio and Joan (Bill) Riegle of Kentland and a brother, Alfred (Cheryl)Honn of, Atwater, Ohio.  Also surviving are numerous Nieces and Nephews.
            Fay loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, Jennifer Anderson (husband: Randy), Jacqueline Zimmerman (husband: Michael and Andrew Sullivan (wife: Genevieve) and her nine great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are two sisters, Clara and Dorothy Anderson; a brother, Raymond Honn and an infant son, David Joseph Sullivan.
Funeral service 5 p.m. (CST) Friday, March 23, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland with visitation to follow until 8 p.m.  The Rev. Ed VanWijk to officiate.  Private interment to follow at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the
American Cancer Society

Marguerite Eleanore Sullivan (1913-2011)

Marguerite Eleanore Sullivan, age 98, of Rensselaer passed away April 12, 2011 at the Jasper County Hospital.
She was born January 25, 1913, in Laketon, Ind., the daughter of James and Marguerite (Tracy) Roney. She was a resident of Newton County from 1948 until moving to Jasper County in 1960. On March 31, 1951, in Wabash, Indiana she married Harry David Sullivan who passed away July 20, 1979.
Surviving are her children, Eileen Sullivan of Rensselaer and Harry A. (Marla Becker) Sullivan of Pine River, Minn., and four grandchildren, Nichole Sykes (Tony) Powe of California, Abigale Sullivan, Hollie Lintner and David Sullivan all of Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, Elizabeth, Esther and Mary, and one brother, James.
Eleanore received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Manchester College, her Indiana State Teachers' license from Indiana State University, her Physical Education license from Ball State University and her Master's Degree from Purdue University. She began her teaching career in Shipshewana. She went on to teach at the Remington Schools and the Mt. Ayr Schools, which became North Newton Schools, where she retired from in 1978. Eleanore was the second Newton County Extension Agent to serve the Newton County communities.
She was a member of the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Rensselaer, the St. Augustine Study Club and the Pantry Pals Home Extension Club.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer. Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the St. Augustine Catholic Church with Fr. Ken Pleiman officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Catholic School.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Jon J. Sunday (1944-2010)

            Jon J. Sunday, 66, of Remington, died unexpectedly of natural causes and was found at 4:05 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2010. 
            He was born April 23, 1944 in Mechanicsburg, Pa., to the late David W. and Anna Mae (Clouser) Sunday.            
            Services to be held at a later date. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Remington is entrusted with his care.      
            Share memories and online condolences at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise July 29, 2010

Roy Clyde Swartz (1919-2011)

Roy Clyde Swartz, 92, of Morocco, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Franciscan St. Margaret Hospital in Dyer. He was born January 15, 1919, son of the late Marion Earl and Jessie May (Whaley) Swartz. Visitation for family and friends was Thursday, June 2, 2011, from 1 p.m. until time of services at 3 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco.

Newton County Enterprise June 8, 2011

 

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Charles F. Tagg, 71

            Fowler - Charles Fred Tagg, 71, of Fowler, died at 1:22 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lafayette. He had been ill for the past year.

            Mr. Tagg owned and operated his own farm until retiring in 1987, and he worked at Henry's Speedway in Chase.

            Born June 6, 1924, in Lafayette, he lived in Benton County all of his life and was a 1942 graduate of Pine Township High School. He married Doris A. Hall in Fowler in 1948. She survives.

            Mr. Tagg was a member of the Christian Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, American Legion Post 57 and 40&8, all in Fowler, and CBI in Lafayette. A World War II veteran, he served in the Air Corps from 1942 until 1945.

Surviving with his wife are three daughters, Mrs. Edzel (Becky) Eads Jr. and Mrs. Rudy (Vania) Alaniz, both of Lafayette, and Mrs. Donald (Rita) Barnard of Fort Myers, Fla.; and a son, DeWayne C. Tagg of Fort Myers. (1995) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Mildred Elaine Tait (1919-2010)

            Mildred Elaine Tait, 91, a leader in business and higher education, a prominent figure in the packing industry and staunch supporter of higher education passed away. Mildred Elaine Tait died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010 at Cedar Crest Health Center in Janesville, Wisc. Millie was born in Colton, S.D. on June 3, 1919, to Charles and Mahtilda (Acheson) Gibson. The Gibson family later moved to rural Wisconsin where Millie attended elementary and high school in Evansville. She continued her education at Whitewater State Teachers College, and Miss Grover Secretarial School in Madison. Millie married Lloyd A. Tait of Evansville, Wisc., on Nov. 1, 1941, in Brodhead, Wisc. Millie and Lloyd later lived and worked in Chicago until 1964, when they moved to Brook, Ind., and established the Per Pak Corporation.   
            Under Millie and Lloyd's direction, Per Pak became synonymous with such corporations as General Mills, Kimberly Clark, Kellogg's, and S.C. Johnson to mention a few. While in Indiana the Taits resided in the former home of playwright and humorist, George Ade, an Indiana legend. After successful years in the packing industry, Millie and Lloyd retired and returned to Wisconsin.        
            In addition to gardening, Millie loved fashion, entertaining, playing bridge and travel. She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Evansville, DAR, Literary Club and the Rock County Republican Party. Additionally, Millie served as the past president of the Skokie Valley Professional Business Women's Association, and was a life-time trustee of St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, where she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree.   
            Millie was also an avid golfer, loved the Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Cubs, and just last year attended a Cubs-Brewers game in Milwaukee on a bus trip with her good friends from Cedar Crest. Millie was preceded in death by parents, and loving husband Lloyd. Her enthusiastic sprit continues through her cousin, Jane Dunken (Dr. R.J.) of LaSalle, Ill., and many friends and business associates. Funeral services will be held at Noon on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at the Ward Funeral Home, 130 South 5th Street, Evansville, Wisc., with Reverend Dr. Luke Bocher Congregational United Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Evansville. Visitation will be held on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Millie's name to the Congregational United Church of Christ in Evansville. Newton County Enterprise August 26, 2010

 

Arlene Taylor (1933-2010)

            Arlene Taylor, age 77, of Rensselaer passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at the Jasper County Hospital. Arlene was born in Rensselaer on Oct. 15, 1933, the daughter of the late Frank Leroy and Laura (Dick) Hancock. She was a lifetime resident.           
            Her marriage was on March 15, 1953, in Rensselaer, to Raymond Merl Taylor who passed away Feb. 14, 2004.  
            Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 from 2-8 p.m. CST. Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. CST with Rev. Amber Karkosky Litten officiating. Burial will follow at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Rensselaer. Memorials may be made to the family.

Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2010

 

Phillip D. Taylor (1946-2012)

Phillip D. Taylor, 66, of Kentland passed Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria, Ill. He was born Feb. 11, 1946, in Watseka, Ill., to Dallas and Florence Rypkema Taylor.
            He served in the United States Army from Nov. 3, 1965, until Oct. 16, 1967, during the
Vietnam War; he was stationed in Germany as a teletype operator.
Phillip worked as a forklift operator for Capital Products in Kentland. He was a member of Iroquois United Methodist Church. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading and was an avid sports fan, especially Purdue basketball and Cubs baseball.
He is survived by his special friend Marilyn Ralston of Kentland; daughters and sons-in-law:     Tracie and Richard Lain of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Tina and Felix Torres of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law: Robert and Sharon Taylor of Kentland; sister and brother-in-law: Janet and Jerry McVey of Donovan, Ill.; step son, James Ralston II of Wheatfield; step daughters, Andrea Dilts of Kentland and Angela Dilts of Iowa. Also surviving are three grandchildren, James Ralston III, Jayden Peterson, and Joshua Peterson and several nieces and nephews.
            He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends is planned for Saturday, March 17, at the Donovan United Methodist Church; 10-11 a.m. A Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bobbi Shultz officiating.
Baier Funeral Home in Watseka is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to ICARe,
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , or donor's choice

Newton County Enterprise March 11, 2012

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 Eileen Elizabeth (Deno) Tebo, 91, of Kentland, died at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2012 at her residence.
She was born Feb, 3, 1921, in Benton County to the late Edward and Marie (Jasheway) Deno.
Her marriage was to Carl D. Tebo on June 24, 1942. He preceded her in death on July 13, 2004.
Eileen was a homemaker and worked at the Minute Shop in Morocco for 13 years, and Murphy's in Kentland for 10 years.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland.
Surviving are two daughters; Linda Bouse (husband: Gary) and Lois Frattaloue both of Kentland, two sons; Rex Tebo (wife: Tina) and Pat Tebo (wife: Diane) both of Brook, two brothers; Richard Deno of Cedar Lake and James Deno of Brook, three sisters; Helen Hitchcock and Jeanette Sorenson both of Lafayette and Inez Lanoue of Huntington, Texas, 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Tom Tebo, a daughter, Judy Keiser, a brother, Raymond Deno and a grandson, Van Bouse.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday, April 18, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise April 22, 2012

Hazel H Thurston

            Hazel H Thurston, 96, of Brook, passed away June 14th. Gerts Funeral Home in Brook was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Morocco. Guide June 28, 2004

 

Valeria Trout

            Valeria Trout, age 96, of Paxton, Ill., passed away at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb 8, 2007 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Ill.

             Born Anna Valeria Telfer on Aug 4, 1910 on “The County Chairman Farm” of George Ade, at Brook, she was the youngest child of Arthur and Laura Sterner Telfer. She attended schools in White County and college in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She married Martin Trout on April 21, 1931. He preceded her in death on July 15, 2002.

            For several years, Martin and Val owned the Maytag Store in Paxton before moving to Mattoon, Ill., in 1950. After the children left home, Val worked for 20 years as a caregiver to the elderly in Mattoon. She was a member of the Mattoon Presbyterian Church, and since returning to Paxton, attended the Paxton Church of Christ. Since April 2005, Heartland Health Care was called home, and she had many friends there. The loving care of the Heartland staff made Val’s last two years wonderfully happy and comfortable. She was an avid antique collector and enjoyed making friends at auctions and yard sales. Her real joy was that of being a professional mother and homemaker. Though she resided in Illinois for many years, she considered herself a life-long Hoosier.

            Surviving are two sons, Dick (Elaine) Trout of Crawsfordsville and David (Justine) Trout of Loda, Ill.; three grandchildren, Leisa, Jeff, and Laura; two step-grandchildren, Randy and Kevin; and 10 great-grandchildren, all of Indiana.

            Private services were held Friday at the Church of Christ in Paxton with Rev John Davenport officiating. A private graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Brook.

            Memorials may be made to the Activity Fund at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton, Ill.

            Arrangements were handled by Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton. Please sign the guest book at knappfuneralhomes.com Newton County Enterprise February 21, 2007

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JoAlice Ulm

            JoAlice Ulm August 6, 1941 – April 22, 2011 JoAlice Ulm of Grand Junction, Colorado formerly of Morocco, Indiana passed away at St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by family on April 22, 2011. JoAlice was the only daughter of Floyd and Alice Triplett Ulm. She graduated from Morocco High School in 1959. JoAlice retired from La Salle Steel Mill in Hammond, Indiana after over 30 years of service in 2007. After her retirement she moved to Grand Junction to be with her daughter and granddaughters. JoAlice was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, an avid Bingo player, and a devoted Elvis fan. JoAlice is survived by her daughter, Taffy (Brandon) Ulm Homyak of Grand Junction; two granddaughters, Ashleah and Caitlin Jones of Grand Junction. She also has a brother; five nephews, two nieces, and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Edward Allen Ulm and James Brian Ulm. Services will be held at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on Wednesday, April 27, at 10:00 a.m. Any donations can be made to Roice Hurst Humane Society of Grand Junction, CO.
Daily Sentinel Grand Junction, Colorado April 26, 2011


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Julia K Wagner

            Julia K Wagner, 90, Morocco, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2006.

            Visitation and funeral services were at the Morocco First United Methodist Church. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. May 12. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. May 22. Mrs. Wagner laid in state at the church from 10 t0 11 a.m.

            Burial was in Oakland Cemetery in Morocco. Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise May 24, 2006

 

Alice Lorene (Purdy) Warne (1912-2012)

Alice Lorene (Purdy) Warne
Our beloved Mother, Alice Lorene (Purdy) Warne, 99, passed away peacefully, Friday May 18, 2012, at the Rensselaer Care Center; but lived all her life in Morocco.  Alice was born on June 11, 1912, to the late Ida and Isaac Purdy in Morocco. 
Alice married Delos P. Warne July 31, 1930. Together they had eight children. She is survived by four daughters, Joyce (William) Wagner of Winamac, Ind., Judy Armstrong of Lake Village, Janet (Tom) Allen of New Castle, Ind., and Jo Alice (Barney) Belt of Morocco; three sons, Gene Warne of Hanna, Ind., Jack (Cleota) Warne of Rensselaer, and Bob (Shari) Warne of Portage. Her daughter in-law Eleaner survives, (wife of the late Jerry Warne) of Momence, Ill. Two brothers Eldon (Bev) Purdy of Indianapolis and Delbert Purdy of Oak Lawn, Ill.  Also surviving is a special nephew, Lyle (Linda) Warne of Florida who lived with us. Alice had 28 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband Delos Warne in 1963, son Jerry Warne in 2004, daughter in-law Gayle Warne, son in-law William Armstrong, five sisters, Evelyn Purdy, Wanda Shoemaker, Blanche Kay, Marvel Williams, Georgie Earl and three brothers, Tom Purdy, Harold Purdy, and Floyd (Bud) Purdy. 
Alice was a full time bookkeeper for the family trucking business, Warne Trucking. To keep herself  busy she started working at Spradling Store. In later years she worked for the Morocco State Bank, was secretary at the Morocco Grade School and worked for the Morocco IGA Grocery Store. 
In 1967, she took up oil painting and painted approximately 110 pictures that she gave to her friends and family.  As her grandchildren married she gave them each one of her beautiful pictures as a wedding gift. 
Alice was also known as the card lady.  She always sent greeting cards to all of her family and friends with personal notes and poems inside.  In her younger years, she bowled on the Smart Insurance Team, and belonged to the Pythian Sisters.  
Alice was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in Morocco where she was the church secretary for many years and led several Bible studies in her home.  Her love for God and a positive attitude is what kept her going through the years.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 23, at 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 203 South Clay Street Morocco. Visitation will be at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 22, from 4 – 8 p.m.  For church information, please call 219-285-2762.
Funeral arrangements are being provided by Frazier Funeral Home of Demotte. Nathan Allen, grandson of Alice, will officiate the funeral service. Following the funeral, burial will be at the Oakland cemetery in Morocco. 
Donations may be given to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Alice Warne.

Newton County Enterprise May 25, 2012

Garnita Webb (1918-2011)

Garnita Webb, 93, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 3, 2011, at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center in Brook. She was born in Grant Park, Ill., on May 6, 1918, daughter of the late William Bean and Nora (Perkins) Bean.
Friends may call Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services will be at the funeral home Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. Rev. Thomas D. Vance and Rev. Greg Waggoner officiating. Interment will follow at Buswell Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise August 5, 2011

Cleva Whaley (1942-2011)

Cleva Whaley, 69, of Morocco passed away at her home Saturday morning, April 23, 2011. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April, 2010.
Cleva was born in Harrogate, Tenn., on March 27, 1942, daughter of the late Joe and Martha Daniels Woodby. She graduated from Forge Ridge School in Harrogate. However, she had lived in Morocco since the early 1960's.
On June 27, 1964, in Morocco, she married Calvin C. Whaley. He survives.
Cleva had worked for several years at Northway Products in Rensselaer. She had been a waitress at the Lunchbox restaurant in Morocco and cashier at the Morocco IGA prior to her retirement 10 – 12 years ago. She had attended the Apostolic and Mt. Zion Churches and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Morocco.
Surviving with her husband are two daughters and one son: Lori (Bill) Batchelor, Kathy Whaley (boyfriend, Vince Brown), all of Morocco and Marvin Martin (wife, Dana) of Tennessee. A brother survives, Roger Woodby (wife, Erna) of Goodlettsville, Tenn., 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her only sister and four brothers.
Cleva loved gardening, canning, riding her bicycle, and walking. She most of all loved going to her grandchildren's sporting events. Her family meant everything to her and she will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society .
Friends may call on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, from 3 – 8 p.m., at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Funeral services will be held at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel on Wednesday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment follows at Murphy Cemetery in Morocco.
To offer online condolences and sign the guestbook visit www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

Newton County Enterprise April 29, 2011

Harold “Bud” Whaley        

Harold "Bud" Whaley Jr., 83, of Lowell, passed away after a short illness, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. He was born in Chicago. Harold was a Brook High School graduate, where he played basketball and golf. He served in the Navy for four years and was a retired foreman with Ford Stamping Plant after 30 years.
He enjoyed fishing, taking a yearly family trip to Minnesota and keeping a garden in Brook that included a large strawberry patch.
He is survived by son Steve, stepsons, Robert, Gary and John Hornickel, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sister Margaret Adams and twin brothers, Calvin and Alvin.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie, and parents Harold Sr. and Benita.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 21, from 4-8 p.m. with funeral services Friday at 11 a.m. at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave. in Lowell. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2012


Charles “Cap” Wann

            Charles “Cap” Wann, 65, a lifetime resident of Thayer, passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathy, and faithful canine companion, Jackie. Also surviving are in-laws, Flick and Fairy Sayers; sister-in-law, Connie Davich, brothers-in-law; Dick, Victor (Pam), Jack (Nancy), Garry, Dave (Andrea), Robbie and Brent (Louise); as well as special friends Ed White and Melody Pearson; cousin, Jim Hockney and a host of nieces and nephews and friends.

            Cap was a proud and stubborn democrat. A 1963 graduate of Mt. Ayr High School, he served as a National Guardsman, 1964-68, and was a 40 year Lincoln Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. charter member with 25 years as chief, and was involved with many community projects. He dedicated his life to helping others. He enjoyed coins and flea markets.

            He worked for LTV Steel for 20 years and owned and operated Lincoln Twp. Motors Car Sales, Towing and Repair.

            Following cremation a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 7, at 6 p.m. at Shelby Fire Station where everyone is invited to think happy thoughts or share a special memory of Cap. www.sheetsfuneral.com Newton County Enterprise July 29, 2010 Submitted by Susie Hall     
           
           
 

Dawn Earline Washburn (1929-2010)

            Dawn Earline Washburn, 81, of Kentland, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus in West Lafayette.     
            She was born February 22, 1929, in Medina County, Ohio to Elizabeth and Earl Merryweather. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1947, and attended Hanover College.        
            Her marriage was to Angus D. Washburn on Dec. 22, 1951, and after their marriage, they moved to their family farm in Kentland.        
            She was a member of Covenant Federated Church, formerly known as Kentland Presbyterian Church. She served as President of the Women's Christian Association for several years and was very involved with many church activities. She was a member of Kentland Jr. Women's Club, Tri Kappa Sorority, South Newton Production Company, Newton County Historical Society, Northwest Jefferson Home Economics Club and Le'Chapeau Red Hat Group. She was also an auxiliary member for George Ade Memorial Health Care facility, served on its Foundation Board and helped write the TLC Newsletter for a number of years.  
            Surviving are two sons, Alan Washburn (wife: Jenny) of Kentland and Andrew Washburn (wife: Bonnie) of Westerville, Ohio; a sister, Margaret Klapproth of Parma, Ohio.       
            Also surviving are two grandsons, Ryan Washburn (wife: Brigitte) of Kentland and Marc Washburn of Orlando, Florida; two step-granddaughters, Katherine Chilton of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Angela Robbins of Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.        
            She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.
            Friend were invited to call from 3-7 p.m. (CDT) Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Covenant Federated Church in Kentland, with Rev. Wayne Meyer and Ralph Goldsberry officiating. Interment followed at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.
            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Newton County Historical Society, George Ade Memorial Health Care Center, Covenant Federated Church or donor's choice. Newton County Enterprise December 1, 2010

 

Donald L. Webb

            Donald L. Webb, 66, of Sheldon, died on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.         
            He was born April 7, 1944, a son of Phillip Alton and Garnita Bear Webb. 
            He married Evelyn Norris.     
            Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. today at the True Vine Ministry in Watseka.       
            A memorial service will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. at the church.          
            Arrangements by Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Watseka Times Republican August 23, 2010

 

Webb, Jerry

            Jerry Webb -- Princeton

            Jerry R. Webb, 64, of Princeton, formerly of Watseka, died Sunday (Feb. 19, 2006) as a result of an automobile accident near Moweaqua. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Joe Hughes will officiate.

            Burial, with military rites accorded by Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois VFW Post 6450, will be in Iroquois Memorial Park, Watseka. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

            Mr. Webb was a self-employed contractor for many years. He was born Dec. 21, 1941, in Marion, the son of Solly and Etta Marie Sanson Webb. He served in the U.S. Navy, was a former member of First United Methodist Church in Watseka, a member of Princeton Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge. He enjoyed fishing.

            Surviving are his wife, the former Donna K. Hall of Princeton, whom he married March 5, 1966, in Watseka; one daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Michael Glover of Cullman, Ala.; one son, Richard Webb of Indiana; three grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Janice and Harry Biesterfeld of Peotone, Phyllis Patterson of Bourbonnais; one brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Hazel Webb of Marion; one sister-in-law, Lory Hall of Watseka; one brother-in-law, William Hall of Texas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

            His parents are deceased. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

William W. "Bill" West (1910-2010)

            William W. "Bill" West, 100, of Morocco passed away early Saturday morning, July 31, 2010, at George Ade Healthcare Center in Brook. Bill was a lifetime Morocco area resident and farmer, retiring in 1976. He was born on the Illinois-Indiana State Line, March 25, 1910, son of the late Lloyd and Margaret (Rainford) West and was educated in the Indiana and Illinois Public Schools. Bill was married to Anna (Filipek) West. She preceded him in death.     
            Sons surviving are Donald (Sally) West of Martinton, Ill., and Richard "Dick" (Joanna) West of Morocco. Sisters who survive are Ruby (Raymond) Arseneau of Watseka, Ill., Phyllis (Frank) Gladson of Mountain, Ark. He leaves behind six grandsons, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-granddaughters. Preceding Bill in death were his wife, an infant son, four brothers and two sisters.    
            Visitation is at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco Tuesday, August 3, 2010, from 4 until 7 p.m. Funeral services are Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 at 10 a.m., with Pastor Craig Forwalter officiating. Interment follows at Lake Village Cemetery. Newton County Enterprise August 5, 2010

 

Sharon J. Weiss (1934-2010)

            Sharon J. Weiss, 76, of Brook passed away Saturday, July 31, 2010, at the J.F. K. Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla. She was a lifetime Brook resident. She was born June 2, 1934, in Brook to the late Harold and Virginia D. (Herath) Koon. She married Donald L. "Punk" Weiss June 14, 1950 in Brook, and he survives.     
            Mrs. Weiss was a homemaker and a member of the Brook United Methodist Church and a former member of the order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed teaching ceramics and reading.    
            Surviving along with her husband are two sons, Dana Weiss (wife Linda) and Kyle Weiss (wife Karen), both of Brook; daughter, Lori Weiss of Arkansas; one brother, Gary K. Curtis of Rensselaer and seven grandchildren.  
            She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Larry and Jack Weiss, and one brother, Norman Curtis.           
            Visitation is Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Brook United Methodist Church on Friday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Rose Woodke and Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Internment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.       
            In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Brook United Methodist Church

Newton County Enterprise August 5, 2010

 

Bonnie Whaley (1921-2010)

            Bonnie Whaley, 89, of Lowell, Ind., died at 9:13 p.m. Monday, July 12, 2010 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point. She was born March 8, 1921, in Onargo, Ill., to the late Otto and Viola Kincaid. She graduated from Onargo High School. 
            Her marriage was to Harold Whaley Jr. in September 1958, in Remington, Ind. He survives.          
            She lived in Lowell most of her life, where she was a homemaker. She had also lived in Brook. She enjoyed cooking, as well as reading new cookbooks, she also enjoyed fishing and watching television.       
            Surviving with her husband are four sons, Steve Whaley of Lowell, Bob Hornickel (wife: Cathy) of Kentland, Gary Hornickel (wife: Laura) of Decatur, Ill., and John Hornickel of Redondo Beach, Calif.          
            She is preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Hornickel, and a sister, Rosie Gibson.
            Friends may call from 12 (noon) - 2 p.m., Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.           
            Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com
Newton County Enterprise July 22, 2010

 

 

Absalom Wilson (1911-2010)

            Absalom Wilson, 99, of Rome City died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 at 1:55 a.m. in Lakeland Nursing Center in Angola.          
            Mr. Wilson was a 1929 graduate of Chippewa High School in Wabash County and received his Bachelor's degree in 1933 from Indiana Central College.
            He served as a civilian employee at Bunker Hill Naval Air Base in Peru, Ind., during World War II. He was also a school teacher at Chippewa High School and Linlawn High School in Wabash County and Peru High School, Brook High School, Larwill High School and Rome City High School, retiring from teaching in 1973. He coached basketball, track, football, baseball, and cross country.          
            He was a member of Rome City Lions Club, Masonic Lodge #451 in Rome City, Masonic Lodge #276 in Kendallville and the Rome City United Methodist Church.   
            His hobbies include fishing, hunting, golfing, and needlepoint.         
            He was born April 8, 1911, in Wabash, Ind., to Absalom and Elizabeth (Working) Wilson. He married Elizabeth L. "Betty" Felton; they were married 68 years before she preceded him in death in 2002. 
            Surviving are three sons, Edwin L. and Nancy Wilson of Fremont, David R. and Camille Wilson of Kendallville and Rev. Stanley R. and Mary Wilson of Rome City; one daughter, Marilyn E. "Lynn" and James Simons of Hamilton, fifteen grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
            He was preceded in death by his parents, Absalom and Elizabeth Wilson; his wife, Elizabeth L. "Betty" Wilson; a Daughter, Lois Diane Harvey on Dec. 16, 1978; one sister; and eight brothers.    
            Funeral Services will be Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at 11 a.m. in Rome City United Methodist Church with Rev. Stanley R. Wilson and Pastor Barbara Cross officiating.       
            Burial will be in Orange Cemetery near Rome City.  
            Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Friday, Sept. 24, at the church.         
            Memorials are to Rome City United Methodist Church Building Fund.        
            Services are by Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 S. State St. Kendallville, Ind.       
            Condolences may be sent to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com.  Newton County Enterprise September 24, 2010

Larry J. Wolford (1955-2011)

    Larry J. Wolford, 55, of Brook, formerly of Wheatfield, passed away Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in Brook. He was born to the late Arthur and Dorothy (Franklin) Wolford on April 29, 1955, in Rensselaer. On July 5, 2001, he married Shirley A. Umholtz in Rensselaer, and she survives.
    Larry was a factory worker for Galbreath Inc. in Winamac. He enjoyed old cars and making model cars.
    Surviving with his wife are six step-children, Harmony Hanlon, Bradley Umholtz, and Robin Carter all of Brook, Denise (Rob) Myers of Wheatfield, Jessica Hanlon of Rensselaer, and Kimberly (Bill) Glacken of Altuna, Pa. Also surviving are four brothers, Pete (Pat) Wolford of Momence, Wayne Wolford of Momence, Gilbert Wolford of Kankakee, Danny Wolford of Watseka; three sisters, Hazel Wilson of Kankakee, Marie Wolford of Michigan City, Ind., and Juanita Wolford of Kankakee; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
    Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Gerts Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to noon. A funeral service followed at noon at the funeral home with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Burial took place at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
    Memorial contributions are requested to the family to help with expenses.
Newton County Enterprise January 27, 2011

Ryan Paul Wynn (1987-2011)Ryan Paul Wynn, age 23 of Morocco, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 12, 2011 as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Benton County. He was born on Nov. 15, 1987, the son of Richard L. and Amy M. Wynn. Ryan was a lifelong Newton County resident. Ryan attended school in the North Newton School District and graduated from the North Newton High School with the class of 2006. He then attended the Culinary and Hospitality Institute of Chicago and earned his associate's degree in culinary arts.
            On Sept. 3, 2011 in Morocco he married Brandi Clark and she survives. Ryan worked for the past four and a half years as a bulk truck driver and salesman for Ceres Solutions in Jasper and Newton counties. He was a member of the United Church of Morocco. Ryan loved spending time with his wife and son and his dog "Dallas". He enjoyed cooking for family and friends, going to the movies and critiquing them with his wife, and playing euchre and other card games. Ryan will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend to many.
Ryan is survived by his loving family: wife Brandi and son Landon; father Richard Wynn; mother Amy Wynn; brother Eric Wynn; sisters Haylee and Merrissa Clark, all of Morocco. Grandparents surviving are Roger and Patricia Wynn and Debbie Chiles and Bob of Brook. Great-grandparents surviving are Wanda Schanlaub of Morocco. Many aunts, uncles, and other loved ones also survive. Ryan was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Richard Schanlaub and great-grandparents Paul and Gaynelle Wynn, all of Morocco.
            Friends may call on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (CST) at the Morocco Community Center at 409 S. Polk St. in Morocco. Funeral services will be at the Community Center at 2:00 p.m. (CST) with Pastor Dennis Morros officiating. Private family graveside services will be held. Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco is handling the arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at
www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Newton County Enterprise November 16, 2011


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Trennis R. Yoder

            Trennis R. Yoder, 92, of Wheatfield, passed away Jan. 28, 2008, at the Rensselaer Car Center. He was born on Sept. 6, 1915, in Newton County, to Simon and Katie (Nissley) Yoder. Trennis had lived in Mt. Ayr and most recently in Wheatfield. He lived a long fulfilling life.

            He retired after 32 years as a millwright with U.S. Steel in Gary. Trennis was a member of the Burr Oak Mennonite Church and the local steel workers union. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and pitching horseshoes.

            His first marriage was to Leonia Carroll on June 14, 1941, in Kentland and they were married 52 years. She preceded him in death on April 24, 1994. His second marriage was to Hilda R. Taylor in October, 1994, in Rensselaer.

            He is survived by his wife, Hilda Yoder; sons, Allen (Debra L.) Yoder, of Ft. Pierce, Fl, and Martin (Carol) Yoder of Brook; brother, Albert (Hilda M.) Yoder, of Morocco; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; stepsons, Allen (Lorraine) Wildrick of Valparaiso and Joseph Wildrick of Wanatah and stepdaughter Susan (David) Shook of Butler, Ohio.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, a son Trenner G. Yoder, a daughter Vicky R. Yoder, four brothers and two sisters.

            The family received friends at Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer of Friday, Feb 1, from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb 2, at 10:30 a.m. at Jackson Funeral Chapel with Pastor Philip Leichty officiating. Interment followed at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Burr Oak Church. See www.jacksonfuneral.com

Newton County Enterprise February 6, 2008

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