Our Obituaries

Lonnie R. Buuck

November 23, 1942 - June 17, 2017

Lonnie R. Buuck, 74, of Ossian passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family following complications from a spinal injury. He was born on November 23, 1942 in Decatur, a son of the late Alfred and Elsie (Thieme) Buuck. He received Bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University, his Master's degree from St. Francis College, and later earned his Administrative License...
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Donald Blane Krauter

July 20, 1915 - June 3, 2017

Donald Blane Krauter, 101, of Fort Wane, formerly of Ossian, passed away June 3, 2017 at Parkview Hospital. He was born July 20, 1915 in Allen County to the late Homer and Verna E. (Woods) Krauter. He worked as a group leader at Magnavox, retiring in 1980, after 38 years. He lived on the family farm North of Ossian for 97 years, before moving to Fort Wayne in 2012. He had attended Fairview Church...
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Gregory Lee Mitchell

November 27, 1979 - June 1, 2017

Gregory Lee "King Frog" Mitchell, 37, of Ossian passed away June 1, 2017. He was born November 27, 1979 in Fort Wayne. He worked as a carrier for the Fort Wayne Newspapers. He was an all-around "family guy", loving to spend time with his children and granddaughter. He cherished the time that he had traveling and vacationing with his family. Surviving are his wife, Amanda Mitchell; children, Jacob...
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James William Ogg

July 11, 1931 - May 31, 2017

James William "Bill" Ogg, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Bethlehem Woods. He was born July 11, 1931 in Van Wert, OH. He was an Ossian High School Graduate and then served in the U. S. Army. He was co-owner of 3 Kings Floor Covering, working in sales and installation. He retired in 2009 from Clark and Mitchell. He was a member of American Legion #82. He always enjoyed...
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Betty Jean Eichhorn

February 5, 1926 - May 12, 2017

Betty Jean Eichhorn, passed away on May 12, 2017 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. Betty was a resident at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton since March 28, 2013. She was born on February 5, 1926 in Allen County to Simon Peter and Lottie Grace (Van Meter) Ambler. She married Charles Junior Eichhorn on April 3, 1948. Junior passed May 20, 2016 at River Terrace Estates. She was a long time...
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Bonnie J. Miller

February 17, 1934 - May 12, 2017

Bonnie J. Miller, 83, of Ossian passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017. She was born on February 17, 1934 in Athens, Michigan, a daughter of the late Floyd E. and Ruth (Steward) Burger. She worked at Magnavox for 28 years before retiring in 1995. She was a member of and very active in the Ossian Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed crocheting, traveling, and gardening. She could be found taking...
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Lois Ann Smith

April 6, 1930 - May 5, 2017

Lois Ann Smith, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 at Renaissance Village. She was born April 6, 1930 in Allen County to the late Garry E. and Lorena (Haney) Sink. She did clerical work for many businesses throughout her life and was a member of Zanesville United Brethren Church. She will be remembered by her family and friends for many passions. Her love for traveling and her...
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Amanda Tilda Maiden

May 16, 1931 - May 2, 2017

Amanda Tilda Maiden, 85, of Ossian, passed away May 2, 2017 at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 16, 1931 in Linda, Kentucky to the late Jacen Partin and Sarah Myrtle (Maiden) Moody. She worked as a farmer's wife for many years of her life, along with being a caretaker for many. She also had worked as a cook and housekeeper for a number of businesses throughout her later...
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Jon Roger Norris

January 6, 1936 - April 29, 2017

Jon Roger Norris, 81, of Zanesville, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Born on January 6, 1936 in Allen County, he was a son of the late Alvin "Jack" and Hazel (Baker) Norris. He served in the National Guard for eight years. He drove truck for Marathon for 40 years before retiring in 2000. He was a member of Fellowship Missionary Church. Surviving family include his wife, M....
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Timothy Allen Kaehr

July 5, 1941 - April 27, 2017

Timothy Allen Kaehr, 75, of Ossian, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017. He was born July 5, 1941nin Bluffton to the late Marvin and Madge (Ludwig) Kaehr. He retired in 2004, after 33 years as an electrician at Dana Corporation. He was an Air Force Veteran, a member of the Ossian United Methodist Church and the Smock Senior Ministries at First Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the...
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James E. Dishong

February 10, 1927 - April 27, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, Ossian, IN.
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Amy Sue Hower

November 15, 1956 - April 20, 2017

Amy Sue Hower, 60, of Ossian passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017. She was born on November 15, 1956. She worked as a homemaker. She was a member of Ossian Nazarene Church. She enjoyed shopping, anything Disney, especially Minnie Mouse, and spending time with her family. Surviving family include her son, Matthew Hower; father, James Hower; cousin, Susan Garrett and her daughter, Bridgette...
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William L. Hudson

August 26, 1936 - April 18, 2017

WILLIAM L. HUDSON, 80, of Ossian, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital. Born Aug. 26, 1936, in New Castle, Ind., he was a son of the late William and Ruby (Dodd) Hudson. He was a member of the Indiana Air Guard from Dec. 3, 1954 to Dec. 31, 1991, serving in the 163rd Fighter Squadron and the 122nd Tactical Fighter Wing. He was an avid bowler serving as the Adams County...
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Catherine G. Moody

December 16, 1921 - April 12, 2017

Catherine G. Moody, 95, of Fort Wayne passed away on April 12, 2017 at her home. She was born on December 16, 1921, in Wells County, a daughter of the late Harry, Sr. and Orva M. (Roe) Carver. She retired from County Line Cheese in Auburn. She loved being around friend and family at all times. She enjoyed a good game of euchre, crocheting afghans, fishing, and listening to old country music...
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William R. Hunter

January 23, 1917 - April 12, 2017

William R. "Bill" Hunter, 100, of Ossian passed away on Wednesday April 12, 2017. He was born on January 23, 1917, a son of the late Roe and Linnie (Meeks) Hunter. He was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of Ossian United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing euchre. He will be remembered as a very caring person who loved joking and talking with people, making them feel good. Family was very...
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Connie J. Hanen

February 7, 1950 - April 9, 2017

Connie J. Hanen, 67, of rural Ossian passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 9, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born on February 7, 1950, a daughter of the late Charles and Lucy (Bunch) Bennett. She worked at Lutheran Hospital, at home raising her family, and as a Longaberger consultant. She was a member of Ossian United Methodist Church. She will be remembered as a loving...
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Jericho Michael Kobryn

February 20, 1996 - April 4, 2017

Jericho Michael Kobryn, 21, formerly of Ossian, passed away April 4, 2017 at his residence. He was born February 20, 1996 in the Philippines. He was a graduate of Bluffton High School. He attended Life Community Church and was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He loved being around people and was always genuine and selfless. He will always be remembered for sharing his smile with...
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Norman Meyer

June 9, 1930 - April 1, 2017

Norman Meyer, 86, of Ossian passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017. He was born on June 9, 1930, a son of the late Edwin and Luella (Graft) Meyer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later worked at Rea Magnet Wire for 38 years before retiring. He was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church, Ossian where he sang in the choir and served in a number of different capacities. He...
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Nancy Helen Harden

March 6, 1952 - March 30, 2017

Nancy Helen Harden, age 65 passed on Thursday, March 30, 2017 after a severe case of Wegener's Granulomatosis. She was born on March 6, 1952, in Kendallville IN to parents, Reuben W. and Ida H. Christianson. She was married to Kenneth D. Harden on May 4, 1985 in Kendallville. They resided in Albion IN and Yoder IN before moving to Murfreesboro, TN in Dec 2012. Nancy was a Speech Pathologist...
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Betty M. Hissem

March 29, 1919 - March 27, 2017

Betty M. Hissem, 97, of rural Ossian passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017. She was born on March 29, 1919, a daughter of the late Roscoe and Voylett (Jackson) Platt. She worked at Fort Wayne Metals and later at Guardian Industries. Surviving family include her son, Dave (Debbie) Hissem; granddaughters, Nicole (Nathan) Longenecker, Melanie (Phillip) Schroeder; and a great granddaughter, Nola. ...
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Keith L. Morphew

April 13, 1935 - March 6, 2017

Keith L. Morphew, 81, of Ossian passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017. He was born on April 13, 1935 in Quinter, Kansas during a dust storm to the late Paul and Effie (Kessler) Morphew. He graduated from Noble Township High School in Wabash County, he earned a Bachelor's degree from Indiana Central College, and he earned his Master's degree from Ball State University in Music Education. He...
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Daniel J. Hammerstein

August 18, 1939 - March 3, 2017

Daniel Hammerstein, 77, of rural Yoder passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017. He was born on August 18, 1939 in Springfield, Ohio, a son of the late Paul and Hazel (Brown) Hammerstein. He worked at International Harvester (Navistar) and later at Hires Auto Parts from where he retired. He was a huge NASCAR fan. He enjoyed yardwork, working on cars and boats, basically anything mechanical. ...
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Wilma J. Shock

July 17, 1943 - February 24, 2017

Wilma J. "Grandma" Shock, 73, of Adams County, passed away February 24, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born July 17, 1943 to the late Howard Russell and Kitty May (Apgar) Shock. She worked as a homemaker. She attended Decatur Baptist Church. She was a kind and generous person who never met a stranger, as most people referred to her as "Grandma". She was very personable and loved children,...
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Larry K. Roeback

October 8, 1936 - February 13, 2017

Larry K. Roeback, 80, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017. He was born on October 8, 1936, a son of the late George and Evelyn (Taylor) Roeback. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam War. He worked at Wayne Metals Protection. He was a member of the Poe Fire Department and the Moose Lodge in Fort Wayne. He enjoyed spending his time camping and fishing. Surviving...
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Margery J. Droege

November 27, 1924 - February 7, 2017

Margery J. Droege, 92, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Ossian passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. She was born on November 27, 1924, a daughter of the late Willard and Bessie (Harrod) Youse. She worked at and retired from General Electric in 1986. After her retirement she worked for Southtown Mall. She was a member at First Presbyterian Church, Ossian and enjoyed her dogs, watching birds,...
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Wayne A. Smith

December 24, 1920 - January 31, 2017

Wayne A. Smith, 96, of Bluffton passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. He was born on December 24, 1920, a son of the late Galen and Lucille (Logan) Smith. He served as a Merchant Marine during World War II. He later worked 21 years as a semi-truck driver for Transport Motor Express before his retirement in 1981. Surviving family include his daughters, Pam (Don) Hoopengardner, Jean (Bob)...
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Wilda M. Dailey

April 13, 1920 - January 20, 2017

Wilda M. Dailey, 96, of Ossian passed away Friday, January 20, 2017. She was born on April 13, 1920 near Tocsin, a daughter of the late Albert Raymond and Nettie Nellie Wolf. She worked a homemaker raising her family. She was a member of Tocsin United Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending her time quilting, washing dishes, mowing the yard, and being with her grandchildren. She is survived by...
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Donald James Walker

November 7, 1941 - January 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, Ossian, IN.
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Edwin L. Snider

August 23, 1937 - January 16, 2017

Edwin L. Snider, 79, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, at home in Bluffton, Indiana after battling cancer. Born in Van Buren, Indiana, Ed retired from Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne after 32 years as a welder in the maintenance department. Ed married Dixie L. (Elzey) Snider on April 12, 1958, and enjoyed 58 years of marriage. Ed enjoyed fishing, gardening, flying out of Huntington for...
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Robert LeRoy Barker

March 31, 1925 - January 13, 2017

Robert LeRoy Barker, 91, of Ossian, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Born March 31, 1925 in Fargo, N.D., he retired from Magnovox in 1990, after working many years as an engineer. He was a member of the International Church of God. He had many passions, including woodworking and spending time caring for his flower beds. Surviving is his wife, celebrating...
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Doris Eileen Werling

August 25, 1927 - January 11, 2017

Doris Eileen (Dettmer) Werling, 89, of Ossian, was welcomed into Jesus' loving arms on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Daughter of the late Albert and Nora (Springer) Dettmer of Ossian. Baptized and confirmed at St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Ossian. She met Edgar Werling at a church social. Married on August 24, 1946. She became a faithful member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Ossian, serving her...
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Phillip. L. Harden

January 26, 1935 - January 11, 2017

Phillip L. Harden, 81, joined with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, surrounded by his family at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home. Born Jan. 26, 1935, in South Bend, Ind., he graduated from Silver Lake School and Tri-State University. He was united in marriage with Velma (Juday) on Aug. 15, 1954; they were married 62 years. He worked at Bowmar Instrument Corporation for 15 years,...
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Jason M. Schmidt

December 23, 1982 - January 8, 2017

Jason M. Schmidt, 34, of Craigville, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017. He was born on December 23, 1982 in Janesville, Wisconsin. He graduated from Norwell High School in 2002. He served in the Army National Guard. He was also a fireman, serving on the Gaston Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, guns, being outdoors, go karts, and being with his kids. Surviving family...
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Arthur H. Windmiller

October 13, 1925 - January 7, 2017

Arthur H. "Art" Windmiller, 91, of Ossian died at his home on Saturday, January 7, 2017 after a battle with cancer. He was born in Linn Grove, Indiana, a son of the late Charles and Inez Windmiller on October 13, 1925. He proudly served in the U.S. navy from 1943-1946 as a Corpsman on the M. S. Bloemfontein. After his stint in the Navy, he returned to North Manchester, graduated from...
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Maurice D. Caley

July 12, 1926 - January 4, 2017

Maurice D. "Jim" Caley, 90, a lifelong resident of Zanesville passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. He was born on July 12, 1926, a son of the late Grover and Minnie (Siebolt) Caley. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee during World War II. He was the owner and operator of Caley Construction. He was a member of Zanesville Church of God. Surviving family include his children, Connie ...
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Bonnie L. Magley

January 7, 1945 - January 3, 2017

Bonnie L. Magley, 71, of Ossian passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. She was born on January 7, 1945, in Monroeville, a daughter of the late Carl L. and Lucille L. (Laudahn) Reidenbach. She was a graduate of International Business College. She worked as an administrative assistant at Chemical Waste Management and later at Korte Does It All. She was a member at Ossian United Methodist...
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Harri M. Jauert

February 23, 1946 - December 24, 2016

Harri M. Jauert, 70, of Uniondale, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital. He was born February 23, 1946 in Hamburg, Germany. Growing up in Germany, he went to school and was trained at the Mercedes Facility. After moving to the United States, he held many jobs, including driving ambulance and maintaining trucks and airplanes while living in New York City. Most recently he...
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Earl C. Rogers

August 3, 1933 - December 24, 2016

Earl C. Rogers, 83, of Ossian passed Saturday, December 24, 2016. He was born on August 3, 1933, a son of the late George and Gertrude (Parkinson) Rogers. He worked at International Harvester, PHD, and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member at the Ossian United Methodist Church and also the UAW. He enjoyed spending his time playing euchre, woodworking, and going to his children and...
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Donald R. LeMaster

August 20, 1921 - December 5, 2016

Donald R. "Don" LeMaster, 95, of rural Ossian passed away, December 5, 2016. He was born on August 20, 1921 in Kendallville, a son of the late Hollie and Bess (Iddings) LeMaster. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a lifelong farmer, worked at General Electric, and he retired from International Harvester. He was active in Wheels of Yesteryear and was a leader with the Wells...
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Helen Marie Black

July 11, 1929 - November 19, 2016

Helen M. Black, 87, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016 peacefully at home. Born in South Bend, Indiana to Fred Goss and A. Rita Goss. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Black, Jr. in 1992; a brother, Roy A. Goss; and her sister, Beverely Goss. She spent the first part of her married life raising 5 children in Decatur, Indiana, the next portion enjoying...
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Gladys E. Haiflich

August 24, 1920 - October 31, 2016

Gladys E. Haiflich, 96, of Bluffton, formerly of Uniondale and Ossian passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016. She was born on August 24, 1920, a daughter of the late Cletus and Dessie (Miller) Platt. She worked on the custodial staff at Lancaster Elementary School. She was a member of Lancaster Chapel United Methodist Church. Surviving family include her sons, Marvin and Roger Haiflich; five...
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Clara J. Schilling

July 1, 1931 - October 17, 2016

Clara J. Schilling, 85, of Bluffton, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 at Signature Care, Bluffton. She was born July 1, 1931 in Wells County to the late Willis and Mary Ethel (Ertel) Osburn. She was the former owner of Schilling Carpet and retired from Community and Family Services in Portland after 10 years. She is survived by her step daughters, Deborah (Randy) Hinde of Glendale, AZ and...
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Andrew L. Brown

November 15, 1994 - October 8, 2016

Andrew L. Brown, 21, of Markle, passed away, Saturday, October 8, 2016. He was born on November 15, 1994 in Bluffton. He worked as an automotive detailer at Kelly Chevrolet in Decatur. He enjoyed playing darts in the Markle Dart Association; riding his 4-wheeler, hunting, shooting, and just being outdoors. Surviving family include his mother, Kristine (Kevin) Shroyer; father, Scott Brown;...
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Roy Franklin Werling

February 12, 1935 - October 4, 2016

Roy Franklin Werling, 81, of Ossian, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Wells County to the late Fredrick and Frances (Kirchner) Werling. Roy was united in marriage to Sherrill Wyatt on July 8, 1961 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Ossian. She preceded him in death Nov. 26, 2008.A farmer nearly all of his life, Roy retired in...
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Richard M. Saalfrank

September 20, 1933 - September 24, 2016

Richard M. "Dick" Saalfrank, 83, of rural Ossian passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016. He was born on September 20, 1933 in Allen County, a son of the late Carl and Clara (Judt) Saalfrank. He retired from K-Mart Distribution in 1992, and later worked at Sears at Southtown Mall. He enjoyed spending time bird watching, working with flowers, and bowling. Surviving family include his children...
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Doris Leimenstoll

April 9, 1935 - September 20, 2016

Doris Leimenstoll, 81, of Bluffton, died peacefully with family at her side on Tuesday, Sept 20, 2016, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home. Doris was born April 9, 1935, in Kingsland, to the late Russel & Lesta Fox. She married Robert (Bob) Leimenstoll (dec'd) on May 13, 1953. Doris is survived by her children, Malinda Lesh of Ossian, Jama Martin of Albion and Lora (Patrick) Bryan of Canada; 10...
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Emily S. Luginbill

December 9, 1991 - September 13, 2016

Emily S. Luginbill, 24, of Zanesville, passed away, Tuesday, September 13, 2016. She was born on December 9, 1991 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She enjoyed spending her time swimming, being outside, scrapbooking, and playing with animals. Surviving family include her son, Kayson Luginbill; mother, Abby Luginbill; sister, Leah Luginbill; maternal grandparents, Roger and Diane Norris; and paternal...
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George Henry Ramsey

October 10, 1936 - September 11, 2016

George Henry Ramsey, 79, of rural Ossian, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2016 at his home. He retired from Dana as a furnace worker. Among many things, he enjoyed gardening, painting, and sports. He was an avid Packers, Yankees and Notre Dame Fan. In past years, he had a passion for coaching, especially baseball and softball. Surviving are his daughters, Cynthia (Wayne) Cupp of Fenton, MI,...
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Pamela D. Guest

December 26, 1956 - September 1, 2016

Pamela D (Riley) Guest, 59, of Ossian passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016. She was born on December 26, 1956 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from Huntington North High School in 1975 and later from the St. Joseph School of Nursing. She spent her career working as a registered nurse and had just recently moved back to the area from Fredericksburg, VA after 30+ years. She was a...
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Charity B. Coty

July 31, 1938 - August 18, 2016

Charity Bernice Coty, a loving mother and grandmother, of rural Ossian passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, August 18, 2016. She was born on July 31, 1938 in Maysville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Daniel and Druzella (Turner) Stanley. She married William O. Coty on March 13, 1960; together they raised their six children, Debra F. Slusher, Teresa L. Coty, William O. Coty, Jr.,...
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Keith A. Quatman

March 30, 1957 - August 9, 2016

Keith A. "Gus" Quatman, 59, of Ossian passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016. He was born on March 30, 1957 in Phoenix, Arizona to the late Philip A. and Catherine (Goeke) Quatman. He worked as a teacher at ITT, owner of a NAPA Auto Parts store in Marion, O'Reilly Auto Parts, and most recently at Stoops Freightliner. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Yoder, American Legion Post 241...
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Roger Duke Sherland

October 2, 1948 - July 22, 2016

Roger Duke Sherland, 67, of Uniondale, Passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 at his home. He was born October 2, 1948 in South Bend to the late Leo and Louise (Wozniak) Sherland. He worked in sales at Auto Zone. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Sherland of Uniondale; special family friend, Jorge (Sarah) Tosado; and his dog...
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Jon H. Mann

December 4, 1969 - July 19, 2016

Jon H. Mann, 46, of Zanesville, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016. He was born December 4, 1969 in Bluffton. He was a 1988 graduate of Bluffton H.S. He worked at Navistar as an engineer and for Primerica. He was a member of Old Union Church of Christ in Tennessee. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, drawing, and being involved in his daughters' sports ventures. He will be fondly remembered as...
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Sharon M. Blackburn

August 10, 1960 - July 16, 2016

Sharon M. Blackburn, of Ossian passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016. She was born on August 10, 1960 in Indianapolis to Charles W. and Roberta Blackburn. She worked for the Bureau of Program Integrity - Management Evaluation Team for the State of Indiana. Surviving family include her mother, Roberta; siblings, Steven, Charla, David, Pam (cousin), Cheryl, Kenneth (cousin), Valerie, Darla,...
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Edwin Edwin Hostetter

August 1, 1917 - July 9, 2016

Edwin Hostetter, 98, who formerly resided in Ossian, IN passed away in his sleep Saturday, July 9, 2016 at his residence in Fort Wayne, IN. Edwin was a man of God, a loving husband, a fantastic father, and grandfather. He was a 50 year elder in his Presbyterian Church, a 65-year Master Mason, a 50-year Past Master, and a member of the Scottish Rite. He is survived by a sister, Mary Parker; his...
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Ronald D. Werling

April 5, 1948 - July 7, 2016

Ronald D. "Ronnie" Werling, 68, of Ossian passed away July 7, 2016. He was born on April 5, 1948 in Bluffton, a son of the late Donald and Juanita (Reese) Werling. Ron loved his country and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War earning a Purple Heart. Afterwards, he served in the Air National Guard. Ron worked as a truck driver, Ossian Town Marshall, and Ossian Police Commissioner. ...
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Marcella M. Shaw

August 20, 1929 - July 6, 2016

Marcella M. Shaw, 86, of rural Ossian passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She was born on August 20, 1929 in Monroeville, Indiana, a daughter of the late Roy J. and Martha Louise Minnie (Heubner) Cayot. She graduated from East Union High School in Wells County. She worked at and retired from Franklin Electric. She enjoyed traveling to Alabama. Surviving family include her children, her...
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Glen N. Avey

June 24, 1918 - June 21, 2016

Glen N. Avey, 97, of rural Ossian, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Lutheran Life Village, Fort Wayne. He was born on June 24, 1918 in Jay County, a son of the late Taylor D. and Katie L. (Michael) Avey. He married Helen Schellhase on February 11, 1945. She preceded him in death on September 27, 1966. He then married Laura "Dotty" Wehage on August 26, 1967. She preceded him in death on...
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C. Douglas Gerber

May 19, 1967 - June 20, 2016

C. "Douglas" Gerber, 49, of Wells County, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016 in Bluffton. He was born on May 19, 1967 in Wells County. Doug was an avid philatelist and numismatist and a member of the BCCA. He loved the family cruises. He enjoyed nature, gardening, and loved bird watching. He had been in failing health since 2006 from a work related truck accident. He is survived by his parents...
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Charles Junior Eichhorn

July 3, 1922 - May 20, 2016

Charles "Junior" Eichhorn passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at River Terrace Estates, where he resided since 2013. He was born July 3, 1922 in Uniondale to the late Charles R. and Harriett (Brickley) Eichhorn. Junior farmed until the age of 90. He was a member of the Farmers' Union and National Farmers Organizations. He was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Uniondale. Junior will...
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Wilma M. Lewis

June 10, 1926 - May 20, 2016

Wilma Lewis, longtime Ossian resident, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2016 at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center following a recent stroke. She was born June 10, 1926 in Sibley, IL to the late Tillman and Lillawah Lewis. She was a graduate of St. Francis College and then taught 2nd grade for several years at Lancaster Elementary School. She was a member of Ossian United Methodist Church....
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Robert Allen Barrick

February 5, 1960 - May 16, 2016

Robert Allen Barrick, 56, of Ossian, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2016, at home.Born Feb. 5, 1960, in Bluffton, he was a son of the late Jimmie and Marcia Barrick. He is survived by his sister, Gail Ann (John) Prouty of Huntington; brother, Ricky (Randi) Barrick of Bluffton; four nieces and nephews; and four great nieces and great nephews. Funeral is 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, at Elzey...
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Scott F. Hanni

September 15, 1977 - May 15, 2016

Scott F. Hanni, 38, of Ossian passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016. He was born on September 15, 1977 in Bluffton, a son of Glen and Beth Hanni. He was a 1996 graduate of Norwell H.S and returned to Middle School to work after graduating from IPFW in 1999. He earned his Master's degree from Ball State University. He worked as a media specialist at Miami Middle School, Fort Wayne He enjoyed...
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Edna Anna Howard

June 5, 1934 - May 7, 2016

Edna Anna Howard, 81, of Ossian, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at her residence. She was born June 5, 1934 in Basbeck, Germany to the late Henry H. and Anna M. Eggers. She retired from GTE in 1993 and had worked as a consultant for Telecom in Tampa, FL. She was a member of Ossian 1st Presbyterian Church, along with its women's group. She was also a member of the Red Hatters and the Wells...
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Robert Dale Grace

July 8, 1948 - May 2, 2016

Robert Dale Grace, 67, of Ossian, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 at his home. He was born July 8, 1948 in Salinas, California to the late Melvin and Melberta Grace. He worked as a computer programmer at Superior Essex, Inc. and retired from Infocrossing, Inc. in 2013. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife, Lennie Grace of Ossian; daughters, Kyli (Richard)...
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Ricky L. McCune

April 20, 1958 - April 19, 2016

Ricky L. McCune, 57, of rural Markle, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Markle Health and Rehabilitation. He was born April 20, 1958 in Fort Wayne. He worked in construction and farming. He was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Decatur and a member of the Elks. He is survived by his father, Dwight L. McCune of Markle; sisters, Karen (Curt) Nahrwold of Markle and Kim (Steve)...
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Leon Byerly

November 20, 1933 - April 7, 2016

Leon Byerly, 82, of Ossian, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation. He was born November 20, 1933 in Wells County to the late Henry Clinton and Theo (Barger) Byerly. He was a graduate of Lancaster High School and then worked as a brick mason and superintendent for Gardner Masonry from 1954 to 1980. He then started and worked as owner and operator for Byerly...
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Ora R. Blew

July 27, 1921 - March 30, 2016

Ora R. Blew, 94, of rural Uniondale, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016. He was born on July 27, 1921, a son of the late Claude and Tina Belle (Brookins) Blew. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a welder at Fruehauf and Honeywell. He later worked at Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penny as head of maintenance. Surviving family include his children, Judith (Robert) Ramey, Donna Hammel, Gary...
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Irma Lee Springer

July 3, 1926 - March 25, 2016

Irma Lee Springer, 89, of Ossian passed away 10:30 am on Friday, March 25, 2016 at Ossian Health Care. She was born on July 3, 1926 in Aurora, Illinois, a daughter of the late August and Lillie (Lippold) Wollenweber. She was a lifelong homemaker and also worked at Pictoral Paper Company in Yorkville, IL. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Thiele Rd. She enjoyed gardening, sewing,...
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Von H. Hoffacker

October 23, 1936 - March 23, 2016

Von H. Hoffacker died at home Wednesday, March 23, 2016. He was born in Bluffton, Indiana on October 23, 1936, graduated from Liberty Center High School class of 1954. He joined the United States Army shortly after high school graduation and was stationed in Germany, serving two years with the 84th Field Artillery Rocket Battery as a Chief Radar Specialist. After an honorable discharge, he...
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Karen Sue Sponseller

February 22, 1948 - March 22, 2016

Karen Sue Sponseller, 68, of Ossian, passed away March 22, 2016 at River Terrace Retirement Community. She was born February 22, 1948 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to the late Henry Maxwell and Lucille Frances (Landstoffer) Beckler. Along with raising and caring for her family, she worked in the laundry and housekeeping for Holiday Inn and Hilton Hotels. She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church....
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Edgar M. Werling

January 4, 1923 - March 15, 2016

Edgar M. Werling, 93, of Ossian passed away Tuesday March 15, 2016 in the same home he was born in with his family by his side. He was born to the late Robert and Milda (Witte) Werling of Ossian. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ossian where he held many positions including head of the graveyard committee for many years. He was a lifetime farmer and carpenter. He enjoyed keeping busy...
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David K. Dafforn

December 4, 1938 - March 10, 2016

David K. "Dave" Dafforn, 77, of Ossian passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016. He was born on December 4, 1938 in Wells County to the late Dwight E. "Duke" and R. Bernice (Snyder) Dafforn. He served in the Indiana Air National Guard. He retired as a purchasing manager from Fruehauf Corporation in 1993 after 26 years of service. He also worked as a steel salesman at Midwest Roll Forming and...
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Carl L. Caley

February 19, 1921 - March 4, 2016

Carl L. Caley, 95, of Markle, passed away Friday, March 4, 2016. He was born on February 19, 1921 in Zanesville to the late Lester and Lula (Schwartz) Caley. He served in the Army during World War II in Europe and received the Bronze Star. He later worked at both the Ossian and Legge Grain Elevator and retired from Wayne Metals. Surviving family include his children, Duane Caley, Marjorie ...
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Melberta C. Grace

June 29, 1923 - February 29, 2016

Melberta C. Grace, 92, of Ossian passed away Monday, February 29, 2016 at her home. She was born on June 29, 1923 in Richmond, Indiana to the late Jacob and Fern (Brake) Gephart. She retired from General Electric. Surviving family include her children, Robert (Lennie) Grace, Marlene Taylor, Michael (Sharon) Grace, Janet (Kevin) Gould, Judith (Dave) Heckber; 11 grandchildren, 17 great...
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Billy J. Yaney

March 7, 1925 - February 1, 2016

Billy J. "Bill" Yaney, 90, of Ossian passed away Monday, February 1, 2016. He was born on March 7, 1925 in Dewey, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan. He was the owner and operator of his own ceramic tile company for 34 years. He retired as a rural mail carrier in Ossian. He was a member of Ossian Church of the Nazarene. Surviving family include his wife of 70 years, whom he...
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Robert J. Kling

October 12, 1927 - January 27, 2016

Robert J. "Bob" Kling, 88, of rural Yoder passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016. He was born on October 12, 1927 in Wauseon, Ohio to the late Clarence and Vera (Rees) Kling. He served in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a supervisor with K-Mart Distribution for 34 years before retiring in 1989. He was a member of Fairview Church of God and American Legion Post 296. Surviving family include his...
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Paul E. Andrews

May 20, 1933 - January 13, 2016

SM SGT Paul E. Andrews, 82, of Ossian, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. He was born on May 20, 1933 in Toledo, OH to the late Lowell and Lucille (French) Andrews. He served as an air traffic controller in the United States Air Force. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired after 26 years of honorable service to our country. He won the Air Traffic...
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Mary Magdalene Earhart

August 26, 1920 - January 12, 2016

Mary Magdalene (James) Earhart, 95, departed the morning of January 12, 2016 from her earthly home at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center, where she was loved for her spunk and happy wit, and entered her heavenly home. She was born August 26, 1920 at home in McDonald Township, Hardin County, OH to the late Clarence Edgar and Deanie Francis (Hunsperger) James. In 1929 her family moved to...
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Donald Eugene Park

November 1, 1940 - December 30, 2015

Donald "Don" Eugene Park, 75, of Uniondale, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bluffton to George and Avis (Underhill) on November 1, 1940. Don graduated from Rock Creek High School, class of 1958. After graduation, he worked at Magnavox before enlisting in the U. S. Army in 1963. He served over 20 years in...
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Betty L. Bowman

May 18, 1934 - December 24, 2015

Betty L. Bowman, 81, of rural Markle, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015. She was born on May 18, 1934 in Allen County to the late Loren D. and Mabel A. (Weaver) Boxell. She was a graduate of East Union Center High School. She worked at G.E. for 10 years; and at V.H. Electronics as a secretary and administrative assistant for 15 years before retiring in 1996. She was a lifetime member of...
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Roderick D. Fox

April 11, 1931 - December 21, 2015

Roderick D. "Rod" Fox, 84, of Bluffton passed away at home on Monday, December 21, 2015. He was born on April 11, 1931 in Markle to the late Lewis and Chloe (Cass) Fox. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He worked as a gas line engineer and headed the computer division at Nipsco before retiring in 1990. He was a 50+ year member of Bluffton Masonic Lodge 145, American Legion...
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John H. Schumacher

October 24, 1940 - December 18, 2015

John H. Schumacher, 75, of Yoder, passed away Friday, December 18, 2015 at Hospice Home. He was born October 24, 1940 in Readlyn, Iowa to the late Clarence John and Luceal Caroline (Wehling) Schumacher. Through his career he taught, did apartment maintenance, worked at Fort Wayne National Bank, worked as an accountant and tax preparer. He retired from Continental International as an accountant....
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Joyce Lee Hissem

September 28, 1928 - December 16, 2015

Joyce Lee Hissem, 87, formerly of Uniondale, passed away, Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Markle Health and Rehabilitation. She was born September 28, 1928 in Peru, Indiana to the late Thomas E. and Bernice (Holdren) Harrison. She retired after 30 years from Ossian School as head cook in 1997. Surviving are her daughters, Sandra (Richard) Hamman of Fort Wayne and Lisa (Brian) Bowling of Uniondale...
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Frank D. Caston

March 9, 1918 - December 6, 2015

Frank D. Caston, 97, of rural Ossian passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015. He was born on March 9, 1918 in Arcola to the late William W. and Clara W. (Felger) Caston. He worked as a farmer his whole life and as an electrician at Tokheim Corp. for 20 years. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Uniondale and enjoyed spending his time fishing. Surviving family include his sons, Daniel...
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Gene E. Hanna

August 28, 1921 - November 28, 2015

Gene E. Hanna, 94, of Ossian, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2015. She was born on August 28, 1921 in Fort Wayne to the late Roscoe and Voylet (Jackson) Platt. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Beaumont, CA. She enjoyed bicycling, traveling the world, and being involved in her family's lives; serving as a PTA president, band booster, and...
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James Jester Stark

October 6, 1942 - November 20, 2015

JIM STARK, 73, passed away peacefully at his home in Ossian on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Jim was an inventor, entrepreneur, pilot, musician, writer, woodworker, workshop tinkerer, mechanic, oil guru, story teller, and all-around interesting guy. He enjoyed happy hour (three beer limit unless scotch was available), cigars, singing, playing guitar and the ukulele, traveling and camping with his wife...
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Brad D. Shoemaker

July 1, 1973 - October 27, 2015

Brad D. Shoemaker, 42, of Ossian passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015. He was born on July 1, 1973 in Monroe, Wisconsin. He was a 1992 graduate of Norwell High School. He enjoyed riding his bike, watching movies, and being with friends. Surviving family include his mother, Deb (Ken) Nyborg; brothers, Chad (Lori) Shoemaker, and Roger (Missy) Shoemaker; sisters, Shanon (Aaron) Nunley, and...
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David A. Douglas

December 6, 1939 - October 23, 2015

David A. Douglas, 75, of Ossian, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 at Hospice Home. He was born December 6, 1939 in Fort Wayne, son of the late Charles B. and Velma B. (Zuber) Douglas. He retired in 2000 from Stratoflex - Parker Hannifin. He enjoyed working with wood, fishing and was a Master Recycler. He was a U. S. Army Veteran. Surviving are his children, Charles Robert (Jenny) Douglas of...
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George Calvin Brothers,

July 31, 1953 - October 21, 2015

George Calvin Brothers Sr., 62, of Ossian passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born July 31, 1953 in Potsdam, New York to the late Nelson and Dorcas (Warner) Brothers. He worked as a truck driver for several years. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Moody) Brothers of Ossian; sons, George C. (Shauna) Brothers Jr. of Roanoke, Brian (Angela)...
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LeEtta M. Burger

June 12, 1919 - October 17, 2015

LeEtta M. Burger of Bluffton, Indiana passed away at Christian Care, October 17, 2015. LeEtta was born June 12, 1919 in Allen County Indiana to Bill and Anna Johnson. LeEtta Johnson married Kennis M. Burger June 12, 1941 at the Fairview Church of God. Rev. James Manes preformed the ceremony. Kennis preceded LeEtta in death November 8, 2006 and one brother, Nolan (Phyllis) Johnson. Surviving are;...
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Edward M. Cowden

July 22, 1922 - September 20, 2015

Edward M. Cowden, 93, formerly of Allen, Wells and Huntington Counties, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Kingston Residence. He was born July 22, 1922 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to the late Edward and Orpha (Fox) Cowden. He worked for the U. S. Postal Service and was U. S. Army Air Corp WWII veteran. He enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida. Surviving are his son, William "Ed"...
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Bonnie Lou Ogg

May 9, 1934 - September 18, 2015

Bonnie Lou Ogg, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, September 18, 2015. She was born on May 9, 1934 in Decatur to the late Harold and Fonderine (Moore) Butler. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed spending her time reading, cooking, following politics, holidays, and the season of fall. She especially enjoyed being with her family. Surviving family include her husband, James W. "Bill" Ogg;...
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Chalmer James Springer

March 6, 1921 - September 9, 2015

Chalmer James Springer, 94, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2015 in Westfield, IN. He was born March 6, 1921 to the late Arthur and Minnie Lipp Springer in Ossian, IN. He was a partner in Mueller Vending, F.W. Mr. Springer was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Good Sam Camping Club - Summit City Sams - chapter #19. He is survived by his sons, Danny (Karen) Springer, Norman (Kathleen)...
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Patricia J. Hoch

September 22, 1938 - September 6, 2015

PATRICIA J. HOCH, 76, of Columbia City, formerly of Ossian, passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. She was born Sept. 22, 1938, in Wells County a daughter of the late Verlin "Tony" and Margaret (Riggs) Dillon. She worked as a corporate payroll specialist at Franklin Electric, retiring in 1998. She was a member of Ossian United Methodist Church and...
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H. Dewight McAfee

March 23, 1933 - September 5, 2015

H. Dewight McAfee, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Born March 23, 1933 in Wells County, he was the son of the late C. Herman McAfee and Ilo (Snarr) McAfee. He graduated from Ossian High School in 1951 and worked at the Chevy garage in Ossian before enlisting in the United States Air Force. After the service, he worked as an engineer at International Harvester...
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Jay L. Crozier

January 16, 1939 - August 18, 2015

Jay L. Crozier, 76, of Ossian, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Bluffton Regional Medical Center under the care of Family Life Care Hospice. He was born on January 16, 1939 to the late Francis and Martha (Leimenstoll) Crozier. He drove truck for over 40 years in various capacities. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 414. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, NASCAR, and IU basketball. He...
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Mabelou Rogers

December 27, 1937 - August 16, 2015

Mabelou (Bordner) Rogers, 77, of Ossian, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital. She was a dedicated wife and mother and very active in the Ossian United Methodist Church. She worked many years at the Ossian License Branch. Her husband, Earl, of 59 years survives along with three daughters, Lucinda (Tedd) Hoehn of Morgantown, IN, Earla Sue Rogers and KayAnn (DeWayne) Schmidt...
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Betty R. Breiner

October 2, 1926 - August 4, 2015

Betty R. Breiner, 88, of Ossian passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015. She was born on October 2, 1926 in Sherwood, Ohio to the late Mandaskey F. and Lucy E. (Crane) Hale. She worked at Magnavox for 25 years before retiring in 1990. She was a member of the Quarter Century Club at Magnavox. Surviving family include her daughter, Susan (Ron) Girod; grandchildren, Patti (Lance) LeMaster, Valerie ...
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Mary Adahleen White Barnes

September 3, 1912 - August 1, 2015

Mary Adahleen White Barnes died peacefully at her home east of Ossian on Saturday morning , August 1, 2015 after a gradual decline over several years. She was visited by many friends and family during the 4 days leading up to her death. Mary, the daughter of Clyde and Dora Hoopengardner White, was born on September 3, 1912. She grew up on Tanglewood Farm east of Ossian in the Elhanan...
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