Our Obituaries

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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Vicki L. Gaudette

July 27, 1948 - July 29, 2015

Vicki L. Gaudette, 67, of Ossian passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015. She was born on July 27, 1948 to the late Jay and Elleen (Jones) Bradbury. She worked as a bartender at First Class Concessions. She was an avid Colts and IU fan. She enjoyed playing golf and listening to Elvis. She will be remembered for her dedication and care of others and especially being with her grandchildren. ...
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Angela Robin Serafini

April 11, 1971 - July 16, 2015

Angela Serafini, 44, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital. She was born April 11, 1971, daughter of Terry and Linda Burwell. She worked as a Members Service Representative for Midwest American Federal Credit Union. Surviving are her husband, Sean Serafini; sons, Andrew and Seth Serafini; sister, Tina (Chris) Swain; brother, Jason (Joelle) Burwell; nieces and nephews, Taylor...
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Ronald Kay Bacon

November 13, 1942 - July 2, 2015

Ronald K. Bacon, 72, of Ossian passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015. He was born on November 13, 1942 to the late Samuel and Dorothy (Wenger) Bacon. He worked at General Electric as a welder before retiring in 2001. He served as a Green Beret during the Vietnam War in the 101st Airborne. He enjoyed target shooting, fishing, hunting, and supporting NPR. Surviving family include his children,...
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Julia A. McAfee

July 19, 1955 - June 18, 2015

JULIA ANN McAFEE, 59, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born July 18th, 1955, she graduated from Norwell High School in 1973. After obtaining a computer tech degree at IPFW, she worked at Bowmar Inc, the pioneering Fort Wayne electronic calculator company. Julie continued working in Information Technology, supporting the early, growing use of...
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Robert E. Springer

December 27, 1928 - June 12, 2015

Robert E. "Bob" Springer, 86, of Ossian passed away Friday, June 12, 2015. He was born on December 27, 1928 in Allen County to the late Emil V. and Margaret (Hinck) Springer. He served in the U.S. Army during the 1950's. He retired from farming and was a partner at Yoder Grain. He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Thiele Road. Surviving family include his daughter, Monica (Richard)...
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Jay W. Shively

June 25, 1923 - June 11, 2015

Jay W. "Jack" Shively, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 11, 2015. He was born on June 25, 1923. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a farmer in Allen and Wells County. He also worked at and retired from International Harvester in January of 1981. Surviving family includes his children, Michael (Jule) Shively, Richard (Linda) Shively, Judy ...
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Wilmina Avey

October 22, 1926 - June 9, 2015

Wilmina (Harshman) Avey, formerly of Ossian, and more recently living at the River Terrace Retirement Community, passed into life everlasting on June 9, 2015 after a brief illness. Wilmina, known as Mina to her friends, was born on October 22, 1926 in Wells County, Indiana. She was the second child of Golden Jesse and Gaynell (Pace) Harshman. Her father passed in 1930 leaving her young mother...
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Norma Jane Behning

August 2, 1932 - June 2, 2015

Norma Jane Behning journeyed home to tend her garden for the Lord on June 2, 2015 at home surrounded by family. Beloved wife of Arthur J. Behning, she was born August 2, 1932 daughter of the late Mary Josephine and Verlin J. Dalrymple. She graduated from Ossian High School in 1950 and married Arthur, June17, 1951. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of love, compassion and...
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Charlene E. Ruf

September 29, 1934 - May 17, 2015

Charlene E. Ruf, 80, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015 at River Terrace. She was born September 29, 1934 in Fort Wayne to the late Theodore and Ruby Katherine Ausdran, Sr. She worked as a hairdresser in her own salon for many years and then later worked as an aid at Riverbend Health Care. Surviving are her sister, Sharon Jahn of Craigville; brothers, Theodore Ausdran, Jr....
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James E. Adams

August 16, 1954 - May 10, 2015

James E. "Jim" Adams, 60, of Ossian, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015. He was born on August 16, 1954 in Beech Grove to James W. and Miriam A. (Underwood) Adams. He worked from the IBEW Local 481, Indianapolis as an electrician. He enjoyed watching racing and attended the Indianapolis 500 every year. Surviving family include his son, Jeremy (Kay) Adams; grandchildren...
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Derek James Johnson

February 25, 1990 - April 28, 2015

DEREK JAMES JOHNSON, 25, of Ossian, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Born Feb. 25, 1990, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of John and Cathy (Dodane) Johnson. He worked as a detailer at Mike Anderson Chevrolet in Ossian. He was an Eagle Scout. Surviving are his mother, Cathy Johnson of Ossian; son, John Johnson of Ossian; brother, Darrin Johnson of Fort Wayne; and grandparents, Jerry and Pat Dodane...
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Harriett B. Dailey

October 14, 1918 - April 25, 2015

Harriett B. Dailey, 96, of Warren, formerly of Bluffton, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015. She was born October 14, 1918 in Bluffton to the late Arthur and Genevive (Chronister) Porter. She worked at a number of different jobs, but mostly as a waitress. She was a member at First Church of Christ, Bluffton. Surviving family include her sons, Phillip (Ann), Porter (Carolyn), and Dennis ...
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Henrietta Marie Rasmus Goetz

May 11, 1920 - April 22, 2015

Henrietta Marie Rasmus Goetz, 94, passed away April 22, 2015 at Christian Care Retirement Community, Bluffton, Indiana. Married to Edward J. Goetz 71 years ago on October 8, 1943, "Henri" enjoyed a full life, enriched by the love of her husband, family and friends. Born May 11, 1920, in Spokane, Washington, Henri was preceded in death by parents Henrietta and Oscar Rasmus, and sister, Carolyn ...
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Doyle R. Young

November 7, 1937 - April 14, 2015

Doyle R. Young, 77, of Ossian passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015. He was born on November 7, 1937 to the late Ernest and Eva (Keller) Young. He worked at General Electric and later retired from Tuthill. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing and most recently enjoyed bird and squirrel watching. Surviving family include his wife of 53 years, Carol Young; daughter, Dana (Monte) Bechtold;...
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Robert W. Slough

June 25, 1937 - April 11, 2015


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Catherine M. Whiteman

June 13, 1928 - April 8, 2015

Catherine M. Whiteman, 86, of Ossian, passed away, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. She was born on June 13, 1928 in Fort Wayne to the late Gustave H. and Margaret M. (Welch) Doelling. She worked as an office clerk at Cover All Rentals and also cleaning at the Northern Wells Community office building. She attended First Presbyterian Church, Ossian. She enjoyed painting, working in her flower garden,...
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Mary Lucille Heckber

June 24, 1917 - April 2, 2015

Mary L. Heckber, 97, of Ossian passed away, Thursday, April 2, 2015. She was born on June 24, 1917 in Adams County to the late Reed and Celestial (Comer) Caston. She was a homemaker, a member of Ossian United Methodist Church, and enjoyed working around the farm. Surviving family include her son, Don A. (Edna) Heckber, daughter, Sharon (Ted) Kaufman; three grandchildren, six step grandchildren...
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Dolores A. Schlenger

June 19, 1937 - March 22, 2015

Dolores A. Schlenger, 77, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. She was born on June 19, 1937, the youngest daughter of Fred O. and Evelyn D. (Young) Moser. She graduated in 1955 from Ossian High School and began working at Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne where she met her future husband, Stephen Arthur Schlenger. She attended St....
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Ronald Moore Harris

May 23, 1938 - March 18, 2015


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Norman W. Wegman

February 6, 1942 - March 15, 2015

Norman W. Wegman, 73, of Yoder, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015. He was born February 6, 1942 to the late William F. and Dorothy K. (Springer) Wegman, Sr. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked at International Harvester and drove truck for Hudson Industries Inc. He was a member of the VFW, a past member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Thiele Rd., and enjoyed spending his time looking at and...
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