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Kelly Ann Ulerick

August 19, 1958 - October 19, 2017

Kelly Ann Ulerick, 59, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at her home. There will be no services or visitation. Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is handling arrangements.
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James Hubert Haney

February 14, 1938 - October 19, 2017

WALKERTON- James Hubert Haney, 79, passed away Thursday, October, 19, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. at Millers Merry Manor, Walkerton, IN. Jim was born February 14, 1938 in Augusta, AR to Henry and Hattie Louise (Hollis) Haney and lived in the area most of his life, coming from Arkansas. On September 19, 1964 at the Walkerton United Methodist Church, he was married to the former Joan Nylander....
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Thomas Wayne Norem

January 1, 1958 - October 18, 2017

KNOX-Thomas Wayne Norem, 59, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Porter Regional Hospital, Valparaiso, IN. Mr. Norem was born January 1, 1958 in Knox, IN to Clyde and Mary (Warnke) Norem and lived in the area all of his life. Survivors include his sweetie, Shelby Mullins; two daughters, Lyndee (Josh) Riggs of South Bend and Chelsea Norem of Knox; one grandson, Dean Steinke; one...
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Nina Faye Greenawalt

October 9, 1931 - October 6, 2017

KOONTZ LAKE-Nina Faye Greenawalt, 85, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, IN. Nina was born October 9, 1931 in Allen County, IN to Jacob and Jennie (Shickle) Crabill and lived in the area most of her life. She was a retired seamstress and attended the Koontz Lake Missionary Church. On October 28, 1950 in South Bend, IN, she was married to...
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Kenneth E. Elkins, Sr.

May 11, 1955 - October 4, 2017

WALKERTON-Kenneth Edward Elkins, Sr., 62, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN. Mr. Elkins was born May 11, 1955 in Michigan City, IN to Raymond and Marlene (Glassman) Elkins and lived in the area most of his life. He was retired from Stanz Food Service in South Bend and was an avid Cubs Fan. Survivors include his fiancée, Cindy Haney...
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William H. Dilts

October 7, 1928 - October 3, 2017

KNOX-William H. Dilts, 88, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. William was born October 7, 1928 in Highland, IN to Elmer and Grace (Conn) Dilts and lived in the area for 25 years, coming from Dyer. He was retired from Cargill in Hammond and served in the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Knox VFW Post #748, the Knox...
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Virginia Sue Sinn

November 6, 1950 - September 28, 2017

KOONTZ LAKE-Virginia Sue Sinn, 66, passed away at her home on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Virginia was born November 6, 1950 in Knox, IN to Clyde and Mabel (Cornwell) Kinney. She was a retired employee of P&H Machine in Walkerton. On May 16, 1979 in Knox, IN, she was married to Edward Sinn, who preceded her in death in 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters;...
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Garnett M. Porter

April 9, 1940 - September 28, 2017

KOONTZ LAKE-Garnett Marie Porter, 77, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Pilgrim Manor, Plymouth, IN. Garnett was born April 9, 1940 in Tuscola, IL to Louis and Mary (Tatham) Wengler and lived in the area for 25 years, coming from Hammond. She married Darrell S. Porter, who preceded her in death in 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one great-grandson. ...
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David D. McCallum

May 25, 1936 - September 11, 2017

GROVERTOWN-David D. McCallum, 81, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at Porter Regional Hospital, Valparaiso, IN. David was born May 25, 1936 in Mishawaka, IN to Earl and Florence (Miller) McCallum. On November 21, 1959 in South Bend, IN, he was married to the former Mary Kubisiak, who preceded him in death in 2006. He was also preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Edward McCallum;...
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Shirley M. Boyle

January 10, 1936 - September 10, 2017

HAMLET-Shirley M. Boyle, 81, passed away Sunday, September, 10, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, IN. Shirley was born January 10, 1936 in Knox, IN to Worthey and Ada (Utterback) VanAsdall and lived in the area all of her life. On April 11, 1958 in Knox, IN, she was married to Lon Boyle, her husband of 59 years, who survives. Also surviving are three sons, Doug (Lisa)...
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Helen C. Becker

March 26, 1927 - August 30, 2017

HAMLET-Helen C. Becker, 90, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Golden Living Center, Knox, IN. Helen was born March 26, 1927 in LaPorte, IN to Jerome and Bernice (Bryant) Starkey and lived in the area all of her life. She was a former member of the Hamlet United Methodist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Carol Paegel of Hamlet; one son, Bob (Earnestine) Becker of Hamlet;...
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Willard E. Knight

June 8, 1939 - August 25, 2017

HAMLET-Willard E. Knight, 78, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, IN. Willard was born June 8, 1939 in Deer Isle, Maine to Ernest and Elizabeth (Stinson) Knight. On June 23, 1962 in Cleveland, he married Vivian Sutherland, who preceded him in death in 2004. On March 11, 2005 in Knox, he married Linda Goze, who survives along with one daughter, Beth ...
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Lynn L. Stull

September 20, 1940 - August 20, 2017

Lynn L. Stull, 76, passed away at his home on Sunday, August 20, 2017 after a sudden illness. Lynn was born September 20, 1940 in LaPorte, IN to Dale and Vada (Smith) Stull and lived in the area all of his life. On September 18, 1959 in Walkerton, IN, he was married to the former Myrna Holsinger, who survives. Also surviving are their children, Tammy (Haze) Pulluaim, Tom (Connie) Stull, Ted...
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Ona "Pearl" Cripe

May 25, 1938 - August 14, 2017

PLYMOUTH-Ona "Pearl" Cripe, 79, formerly of Walkerton, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017 at Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, IN with her family by her side. Ona always preferred to use her middle name, Pearl. Pearl was born May 25, 1938 in Seagraves, TX to Henry Guy Morrison and Ida (Smith) Morrison. At the age of four years, her family moved to Ridgecrest, CA until March 17, 1956, when...
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Twyla J. White

November 15, 1930 - August 10, 2017

KNOX-Twyla J. White, 86, passed away in her home on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Twyla was born November 15, 1930 in Hessville, IN to Frank and Erma (Alcorn) Keiser and lived in the area most of her life. She was a retired employee of Culver Academies and a member of the Eagle Creek Church, Knox. On April 2, 1949 in Knox, IN, she was married to Charles White who preceded her in death in 2003...
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Lloyd A. Schmidt

December 25, 1964 - August 5, 2017

Lloyd A. Schmidt, 52, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at I.U. Health-Starke Hospital, Knox, IN. Lloyd was born December 25, 1964 in Hammond, IN to William "Bill" and Sharon (Plancarte) Schmidt and lived in the area since 1999, coming from Crown Point. Lloyd was the owner of Lloyd's Transmission Service & Auto in LaPorte. On November 11, 2011 in San Pierre, IN, he was married to...
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Patrick L. Corwin

September 1, 1950 - August 5, 2017

KOONTZ LAKE- Patrick Lee Corwin, 66, of Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home, Plymouth, IN, formerly of Koontz Lake, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Pilgrim Manor. Patrick was born September 1, 1950 in Franklin, IN to William and Nancy (Eller) Corwin. He was a former employee of Polygan Corp., Walkerton, a member of the Koontz Lake Missionary Church and a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by...
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Jack Alexander Switzer

July 21, 2017 - July 28, 2017

NORTH LIBERTY-Jack Alexander Switzer, one week old, died Friday, July 28, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN. Survivors include his parents, Alexander and Desirea (Gainer) Switzer; sister, Alaylah Switzer; maternal grandparents, Terry and Kim Gainer; paternal grandparents, Jack and Polly Switzer; maternal great-grandmother, Velma Phenis; and paternal great-grandparents;...
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Carl J. Salyer

November 17, 1939 - July 22, 2017

KOONTZ LAKE- Carl Jay Salyer, 77, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home. Carl was born November 17, 1939 in Williamson, WV to Virgil and Pheobe (Arnett) Salyer and lived in the area since 1964. Carl was a retired employee of Hess Industries, Niles, MI. On June 20, 1964 in Knox, IN, he was married to the former Cookie Long. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Cookie; daughters,...
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Grover C Morris, Jr.

October 8, 1956 - July 22, 2017

PLYMOUTH-Grover C. Morris Jr., (also know as Dad, Merc, and Brother), passed away in his home on July 22, 2017. He was 60 years old at the time of his death. Grover was known as a great man of God, an amazing basketball player, graduating from Oregon-Davis High School as one of the best players in his time, a loving father figure and loving husband, friend, helper and most of all a proud...
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Larry R. Dill

July 4, 1938 - July 15, 2017

WALKERTON-Larry Ronald Dill, 79, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Kindred Hospital, Mishawaka, IN. Larry was born July 4, 1938 in LaPorte, IN to Carl E. and Thelma (Ullery) Dill and lived in the area all of his life. He was a retired employee of Sheet Metal Workers Local # 20 of Gary, IN. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Walkerton American Legion Post #189, a former member of...
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Katherine R. Bolze

October 28, 1980 - July 12, 2017

Katheryn Renea Bolze, 36, formerly of Walkerton, passed away July 12, 2017 at Virginia Beach, VA. Kathy was born October 28, 1980 in LaPorte, IN. Survivors include her mother, Donna Bolze; her father, Tom (Nancy) Bolze; one brother, Tommy (Emily) Bolze; one niece, Caroline Bolze; and grandparents, Donald and Audrey Robison; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death...
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Phyllis A. Jackson

August 13, 1927 - July 11, 2017

WALKERTON-Phyllis Ann Jackson departed this earthly life for her eternal home on July 11, 2017. She was 89 years old at the time of her death. Phyllis was born at home on a farm near Ossian, IN on August 13, 1927. She was the third of 10 children born to Herman and Esther (Graft) Werling. At the age of 16, she left home to earn her own way. War times were hard and her high school...
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Samuel O. Clemons

October 13, 1965 - July 2, 2017

KNOX-Samuel O. Clemons, 51, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 at his home. Mr. Clemons was born October 13, 1965 in Knox, IN to Walter and Cleary (Campbell) Clemons and lived in the area most of his life. He was employed by B&J construction, was an avid fisherman and worked hard all of his life as a certified building technician. Survivors include one daughter, Samantha Lynn Clemons of...
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Jill E. Stacy

October 24, 1953 - June 29, 2017

GROVERTOWN-Jill E. Stacy, 63, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy illness. Jill was born October 24, 1953 in Plymouth, IN to Welcome and Beatrice (Brown) Miller and lived in the area all of her life. She was a former employee of MPI in Knox. She loved animals, especially horses and cherished her grandchildren. She also loved being...
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Kirsten K. Ganshorn

August 23, 1999 - June 19, 2017

KOONTZ LAKE-Kirsten Kalene Ganshorn, 17, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 in Warsaw, IN from an automobile accident. Kirsten was born August 23, 1999 in Bremen, IN to Christopher and Tracey (Duke) Ganshorn and lived at Koontz Lake for four years, coming from Argos. Kirsten would have been a senior at Knox High School and had been accepted into the SCILL Program for certified nursing...
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Elaine E. Smisek

March 19, 1936 - June 17, 2017

MUNSTER-Elaine E. Smisek, 81, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Munster Community Hospital. Elaine was born March 19, 1936 in Chicago to Emil and Emma (Filip) Siroky. She was a former para-professional with School City of Hammond. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, the Girl Scouts and a life-member of the Morton Elementary PTA. On May 9, 1959 in North Judson, IN, she was married...
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Daniel J. Fortlander

August 27, 1956 - June 10, 2017

WALKERTON-Daniel James Fortlander, 60, passed away at his home on Saturday, June 10, 2017 after a sudden illness. Mr. Fortlander was born August 27, 1956 in Maumee, OH to Frederick and Marcia (Collins) Fortlander and lived in the area for 14 years, coming from South Bend. On March 18, 1995 in South Bend, IN, he was married to the former Lori Wood, who survives. Also surviving are two...
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Phillip R. Bogard

November 3, 1966 - June 7, 2017

Phillip R. Bogard, 50, of Culver, formerly of Walkerton, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN. Phillip was born November 3, 1966 in Oak Lawn, IL to Bert Bogard and Ida Mae (Singleton) Bogard Roberson and lived in the Walkerton area most of his life. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a former member of the Walkerton American Legion Post #189. ...
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Rebecca "Becky" Jimerson

November 7, 1944 - May 26, 2017

KNOX-Rebecca "Becky" Jimerson passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 at her home. Becky was born November 7, 1944 in Plymouth, IN to R.J. and Dorothy (Ringle) Lee and lived in the area all of her life. She was a retired employee of Hiler Industries-P&H Machine of Walkerton and a member of the Knox American Legion Auxiliary. On Feb. 4, 1967 in Plymouth, IN, she was married to Donald "Pete"...
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Patricia O'Connor

April 30, 1943 - May 22, 2017

Patricia O'Connor, 74 passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN. Patricia was born April 30, 1943 in LaPorte, IN to Victor and Emily (Pospishil) Dennett and lived in the Walkerton area most of her life. She was retired from Howmet/Alcoa Corp. of LaPorte. On May 2, 1964 in Grovertown, IN, she was married to Donald L. O'Connor, who preceded her in...
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Warren Mann

April 24, 1933 - May 20, 2017

WANATAH-Warren Mann, 84, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at VNA Hospice Center, Valparaiso, IN. Warren was born April 24, 1933 in Breathitt County, KY to Kern and Eva (Summa)Mann and lived in the area most of his life. After tragic circumstances occurred, Warren was raised by his grandmother and grandfather Summa before he moved to Indiana where his Uncle Art and Aunt Mary Mann finished...
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Earl "Chick" Fry

October 10, 1930 - May 20, 2017

WALKERTON-Earl D. "Chick" Fry, 86, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017at Signature Health Care, Bremen, IN. Mr. Fry was born October 10, 1930 in Fulton County, IN to Delbert and Sarah (McMillan) Fry and lived in the area most of his life. On December 29, 1951 in Walkerton, IN, he was married to the former Nancy J. Humphreys, who preceded him in death in March of this year. He was also...
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Michael J. Elder, Sr.

August 18, 1960 - May 19, 2017

NORTH LIBERTY-Michael John Elder Sr., 56, passed away in his home on Friday, May 19, 2017. Mike was born on August 18, 1960 in Knox, IN. He was an employee of P&H Machine of Walkerton. Survivors include his wife, Janet (Kincaid) Elder; four children, Jennifer Hall, Michael (Michele) Elder Jr., Charles Elder and Amy (Chris) Wilson; eight grandchildren, four sisters, Margie (Michael)...
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Lonie Allen

November 27, 1919 - April 28, 2017

A combined funeral service for Lonie. Allen, 97 of Lafayette, LA, formerly of LaPorte who died on April 28,2017 and a memorial service for her son, James L. Allen, 68, of Florida, who died June 17, 2016 will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 12:00 noon (Central Time) at Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton with military graveside services...
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Sarah J. Robinson

March 18, 1943 - April 28, 2017

WALKERTON-Sarah J. Robinson, 74, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 at her home. Sarah was born March 18, 1943 in Mishawaka, IN to William and Lilly (Hemminger) Weldon and lived in the area all of her life. She was a homemaker. On September 13, 1964 in Lakeville, IN, she was married to William Robinson, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Connie Robinson, Billie Beem, and...
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Tyler D. Sinn

December 16, 1983 - April 18, 2017

KNOX-Tyler D. Sinn, 33, passed away at his home Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Tyler was born December 16, 1983 in LaPorte, IN to Douglas and Paulette (Trusty) Sinn and lived in the area all of his life. Tyler was a farmer and loved farming and animals, especially his beloved dog, Luke. He had a deep passion for cars that included showing and racing, especially Mustangs. He was a 2002 graduate of...
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Roberta J. Lupo

October 27, 1944 - April 17, 2017

GRANGER-Roberta Jean Lupo, 72, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at Hamilton Grove Health Care Center, New Carlisle, IN. Roberta was born October 27, 1944 in Chicago, IL to Stanley A. and Anne G. (Stenzoski) Labno. She was retired from the University of Notre Dame as an administrative assistant. Surviving are one daughter, Kristen (Jason) Atwood of LaPorte and four sisters. There will...
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Ruth H. Zahrn

April 4, 1915 - April 13, 2017

WALKERTON-Ruth H. Zahrn, 102, of LaPorte, formerly of Walkerton, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at her home in LaPorte, IN. Ruth was born April 4, 1915 in Albion, NY to Edgar and Pearl (Batt) Hazelbaker and lived in the Walkerton area since 1960, coming from Ft. Bragg, NC. On June 2, 1950 at Ft. Bragg, NC, she was married to Gilbert Zahrn, who preceded her in death. She was also...
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Ronald L. Wright

July 9, 1937 - April 7, 2017

HAMLET-Ronald L. Wright, 79, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at IU Health Starke Hospital, Knox, Indiana. Ronald was born July 9, 1937 in Plymouth, Indiana to Ralph and Hazel (Merrill) Wright and lived in the area all of his life. He was a veteran of the Indiana National Guard and a former member of the Lakeville American Legion. On October 6, 1986 at Las Vegas, NV, he was married to the...
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Nancy J. Fry

November 1, 1934 - March 27, 2017

WALKERTON-Nancy Joan Fry, 82, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 at her home. Nancy was born November 1, 1934 in Elwood, IN to Lawrence and Ione (McCarty) Humphreys. On December 29, 1951, in Walkerton, Nancy was married to Earl "Chick" Fry, her husband of 66 years, who survives. Also surviving are five sons, Dusty Fry, John (Tonya) Fry, Doug Fry, Tony Fry and Chad (Toni) Fry; grandchildren,...
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Donna M. Blackburn

February 6, 1943 - March 25, 2017

Donna Marie Blackburn, 74, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at her home. Donna was born February 6, 1943 in Chicago, IL to Anthony and Julia (Wagner) Green. She married the love of her life, Jimmie Blackburn, on August 1, 1960, who preceded her in death after 40 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sisters. Survivors include her...
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Joseph D. Elder

January 1, 1984 - March 19, 2017

KNOX-Joseph D. Elder, 33, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at IU Health Starke Hospital, Knox, IN. Joseph was born January 1, 1984 in Harrisberg, IL to Ray Hardin and Margaret Elder and lived in the area most of his life. Survivors include one son, Devyn Elder of Knox; his parents, Margaret Elder of Knox and Ray (Phyllis) Hardin of Monterey; grandparents, Eunice (Lucky) Hardin of Toto;...
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Beverly "Renee" Scarborough

March 30, 1955 - March 16, 2017

KNOX-Beverly "Renee" Scarborough passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Wintersong Village, Knox, IN. Renee was born March 30, 1955 in Knox, IN to Charles and Iris (Parker) Stacy and lived in the area all of her life. In October of 1981 she was married to Rick Scarborough, who survives. Also surviving are two children, Misty (Jamin Keeton) Dickson and Chad (Holli) Scarborough, all of Knox;...
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Lillie M. Howard

March 13, 1928 - March 13, 2017

KNOX-Lillie M. Howard, 89, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at Golden Living Center, Knox, IN. Lillie was born March 13, 1928 in Floyd County, KY to Eff and Pearlie (Trusty) Salyers and lived in the area for 37 years, coming from Toledo, OH. She was a devout Christian that attended many local Baptist churches. On December 31, 1959 in Floyd County, KY, she was married to Paul G. Young who...
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David J. Garab, Sr.

December 19, 1956 - March 11, 2017

WALKERTON-David Joseph Garab Sr. died peacefully on March 11, 2017 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN at the age of 60. David was born December 19, 1956 in Knox, Indiana to John D. and Catherine (Malstaff) Garab Jr. David attended John Glenn High School and St. Patrick Church of Walkerton. David served in the U.S. Army as an infantry man driver, where he became a proficient mechanic....
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James W. Jenkins, Sr.

June 22, 1918 - March 5, 2017

KNOX-James W. Jenkins Sr., 98, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Golden Living Center, Knox, IN. James was born June 22, 1918 in Honolulu, HI to Robert and Lucille (Machado) Jenkins and lived in the area for 65 years, coming from California. He was a retired painter. He served in the National Guard, then was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was a former member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church...
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Leann Johnson

January 19, 1947 - March 5, 2017

Noblesville-Leann K. Johnson, 70, formerly of LaPorte, went home to be with our Lord surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Riverview Hospital, Noblesville, IN. Leann was born January 19, 1947 in LaPorte, IN to Richard and Frances "Faye" (Brooke) Hancock and lived in Noblesville for six years, coming from LaPorte. On February 10, 1968 in Hamlet, IN, she was married...
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Charles W. Minter

November 25, 1952 - March 2, 2017

Charles W. Minter, 64, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN. Chuck was born November 25, 1952 in South Bend, IN to Charles E. and Rose (Palfi) Minter and lived in the area all of his life. He was a 1971 graduate of John Glenn High School and was interested in auto racing, fishing, bowling, motorcycles and mushroom hunting. Survivors include...
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Susan R. Garner

July 25, 1953 - February 27, 2017

HANNA-Mrs. Susan (Susie) Rae (Burnham) Garner died peacefully in her home on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 4:45 a.m., surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was 63 years of age. Susie is survived by her loving husband and high school sweetheart, Terry L. Garner; sons, Brian (Casi) Garner of Hanna, Keith (Norma) Garner of Hanna and Greg Garner of Valparaiso; six grandchildren, Tyler...
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Dolores Doyle

July 25, 1926 - February 23, 2017

DONALDSON-Dolores Doyle, 90, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Hospice House, South Bend, IN. Dolores was born July 25, 1926 in Chicago, IL to Joseph and Estella (Supercynski) Westwal. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Patrick Church of Walkerton, IN. On March 16, 1952 in Chicago, she was married to Patrick J. Doyle, who preceded her in death in 2013. She was also preceded in...
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Tracy Ann Hamm

January 20, 1970 - February 19, 2017

HAMLET-Tracy Ann Hamm, 47, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. at IU Health LaPorte Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Tracy was born January 20, 1970 in South Bend, IN to Wayne H. Smith Jr. and Sherry Smith (Green) Baker. On September 28, 1989 she married the love of her life, Rich A. Hamm, who survives. Also surviving are her children, Richie Hamm and...
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Barbara Ann Feltner

December 3, 1941 - February 18, 2017

ROCHESTER-Barbara Ann Feltner, 75, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at her home. Barbara was born December 3, 1941 in Morehead, KY to Glenmore and Lydia (Messer) Stigall. She was a former seamstress for Hart Schaffner Marx in Rochester and a member of the New Beginnings Church of Rochester. On October 10, 1959 in Rochester, IN, she was married to Boyd Feltner, who preceded her in...
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Bettie L. Harris

September 9, 1922 - February 17, 2017

Bettie L. Harris, 94, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 at Catherine Kasper Life Care Center, Donaldson, IN. Bettie was born September 9, 1922 in Ligonier, IN to Earl and Vera (McDonald) Eckhart. She was a homemaker and a member of the Koontz Lake Missionary Church and Order of the Eastern Star in Edwardsburg, MI. On May 6, 1939 in Elkhart, IN, she was married to Lewis T. "Jim" Harris,...
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Daniel R. Haley

March 3, 1948 - February 16, 2017

WINAMAC-Daniel R. Haley, 68, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at his home. Daniel was born March 3, 1948 in LaPorte, IN to Daniel "Ed" and Katherine (Helms) Haley. He was a former employee of the Indiana Department of Corrections in Michigan City and a member of the St. James Salem United Church of Christ in Francesville and the Winamac Lions Club. Survivors include two sisters,...
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William D. Knop

August 1, 1960 - February 14, 2017

KOONTZ LAKE-William Donald Knop, 56, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN. Bill was born August 1, 1960 in Elmhurst, IL to Donald J. and Carol (Heineman) Knop. Survivors include one daughter, Hilary Robinson of Grovertown; one son, Donald Knop of Koontz Lake; one granddaughter, Hayleigh Robinson; and the mother of his children, Susan...
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Susan C. Fraize

April 28, 1959 - February 13, 2017

Susan (Susie) Caryl Fraize, 57, of Carmel, IN, formerly of Walkerton, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:34 am in Community North Hospital with her family beside her. Susan was born April 28, 1959 to Robert and Delores Farrar in South Bend, IN. Susan graduated from John Glenn High School in 1977. She received her undergrad from Purdue University, then earned her Masters and Ed.S. at I...
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Robert Lee O'Donnell, Jr.

November 24, 1966 - February 13, 2017

PLYMOUTH-Robert Lee O'Donnell Jr., 50, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home. Robert was born November 24, 1966 in Chicago, IL to Robert O'Donnell Sr. and Colleene (Gettys) Walker and lived in the area most of his life. Survivors include his mother, Colleene Walker of Walkerton; one sister, Lisa (Chris) O'Donnell-Mentzer of Plymouth; one brother, Richard O'Donnell of Walkerton;...
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Margaret "Marge" Irwin

November 8, 1932 - February 12, 2017

KOONTZ LAKE-Margaret "Marge" Irwin, 84, also affectionately known as Mums, Baga and Mager, passed away in her home on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Marge was born November 8, 1932 in Chicago, IL to Joseph and Helen (Guider) Quebbeman and lived at Koontz Lake for 42 years, coming from Chicago. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Walkerton and the Koontz Lake Association. She was a...
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Grace Palmer

April 15, 1919 - February 11, 2017

Grace Marie Palmer, formerly of Koontz Lake, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, February 11, 2017, just a few months short of her 98th birthday. Grace was born in Chicago, IL on April 15, 1919 and moved to South Bend, IN with her mother Agnes and stepfather Albert Fostrom at age 10. She graduated from Riley High School and the South Bend College of Commerce, working at Wilson Brothers and...
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Dwayne K. Frasure

November 10, 1964 - January 30, 2017

WALKERTON-Dwayne K. Frasure, 52, passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 at his home. Dwayne was born November 10, 1964 in Knox, IN to Clennon and Wanda (Clemons) Frasure and lived in the area all of his life. He was an employee of Modern Door Company in Walkerton. Survivors include four children, Dwayne Clemons of North Judson, Andrew Frasure of Middleburg, FL, Levi Frasure of Middleburg, FL...
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Veronica Fay Ottinger

March 17, 1955 - January 26, 2017

Veronica Fay Ottinger, 61, passed away at her home on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Veronica was born March 17, 1955 in LaPorte, IN to Wayne and Bearl June (Everly) Bellinger and lived in the area all of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Walkerton American Legion Post #189. On September 23, 1976 in Walkerton, IN, she was married to Billy Ottinger, who survives. Also surviving...
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Scott D. Drotar

September 10, 1986 - January 24, 2017

WALKERTON-Scott D. Drotar, 30, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Scott was born September 10, 1986 in Rochester, IN to Daniel and Elizabeth (Krick) Drotar. Scott was a lifelong learner, receiving his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and his master's degree in analytical psychology from the University of Kansas. Survivors...
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Gladys E. McMahon

July 14, 1920 - January 15, 2017

WALKERTON-Gladys E. McMahon, 96, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Millers Merry Manor, Walkerton, IN. Gladys was born July 14, 1920 in Morocco, IN to Frank and Elizabeth (Coatney) Fox and lived in the area most of her life. She was a member of the Walkerton United Methodist Church. On August 18, 1938 at Cedar Lake, IN, she was married to Francis (Mac) McMahon, who preceded her in...
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Johnny Ray Mullins

August 19, 1953 - January 15, 2017

LAPORTE-Johnny Ray Mullins, 63, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his home. Johnny was born August 19, 1953 in Grundy, VA to Jack and Virginia (Royal) Mullins and lived in the area most of his life. He was an employee of the Laborers International Union Local #81. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church of LaPorte. On February 12, 1973 in Jackson, KY, he was married to the...
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Patrick J. Mearna, Jr.

April 3, 1944 - January 12, 2017

GROVERTOWN-Patrick J. Mearna Jr., 72, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 12, 2017 surrounded by family. Patrick was born April 3, 1944 in Chicago, IL and lived in Chicago until he moved to the Koontz Lake area in 2002. He was a retired employee of All Temp Heating & Air Conditioning and a lifetime member of the Flags Club of Chicago. He was married to the former Joan Hess....
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Ruth Ann Coffin

January 18, 1937 - January 11, 2017

WALKERTON-Ruth Ann Coffin, 79, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Pilgrim Manor, Plymouth, IN. Ruth was born January 18, 1937 in Bremen, IN to Darwin and Mattie (Troyer) Williams and lived in the area most of her life. She was a retired employee of Hehr International in Plymouth. On April 9, 1955 in Knox, IN, she was married to Donald E. Coffin Sr., who preceded her in death. She...
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John R. Goble, Sr.

September 12, 1963 - January 10, 2017

HAMLET-John R. Goble Sr., 53, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN. John was born September 12, 1963 in Knox, IN to Roger D. and Nancy (Thompson) Goble and lived in the area all of his life. He was a painter with the International Allied Trades Local #460. John was a former member of the Hamlet Town Council, the Hamlet Fire Department, and was a previous...
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Bruce D. Barbknecht

August 3, 1964 - January 10, 2017

LAPORTE-Bruce D. Barbknecht, 52, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Hospice House, South Bend, IN. Bruce was born August 3, 1964 in Knox, IN to Duane "Dewey" and Darlene (Loepke) Barbknecht and lived in the area all of his life. He was a former employee of the Salvation Army in South Bend, he attended the First Church of the Nazarene in LaPorte, and he was a long-time member of the...
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Joan M. Arndt

October 8, 1942 - January 7, 2017

KNOX-Joan M. Arndt, 74, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Porter Regional Hospital, Valparaiso, IN. Joan was born October 8, 1942 in LaPorte, IN to Leslie and Francis (Samuels) Vories and lived in the area most of her life. She was a retired English teacher at Knox Junior High School, a member of the Starke County Humane Society and the Starke County Historical Society. Survivors...
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Edwin T. Davis

December 25, 1936 - January 5, 2017

GROVERTOWN-Edwin T. Davis, 80, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Hospice House, Elkhart, IN. Mr. Davis was born December 25, 1936 in Nixa, MO to Arthur and Eva Mae (Loving) Davis. He was a retired employee of Allied Signal in South Bend and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Viet Nam War. On March 23, 1967 in Stilesville, IN, he was married to the former Bonita Gorham, who survives. Also...
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Devon E. Miller

June 17, 1935 - January 4, 2017

GROVERTOWN-Devon E. Miller, 81, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, IN following an illness. Devon was born June 17, 1935 in Monterey, IN to Roy and Carmen (Payne) Miller, both who preceded his death. On December 10, 1960, he married Lola Rose Jensen, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his two sisters, Pauline Schmidt...
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Christine R. McDaniel

December 28, 1988 - December 31, 2016

KNOX-Christine Rose McDaniel, 28, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Gary, IN. Christine was born December 28, 1988 in Knox, IN to her parents, Silas and Cinnie (McDaniel) Roberts and lived in the area all of her life. She loved her family and friends and also loved music and road trips. Survivors include her father, Silas Roberts of Knox; two brothers, Silas Roberts II and Andrew...
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John "Paul" Welter

January 7, 1937 - December 25, 2016

KNOX-John "Paul" Welter, 79, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016 at his home. Paul was born January 7, 1937 in Knox, IN to Joseph L. and Lou Ellen (Atchison) Welter and lived in the area all of his life. He was a retired employee of McCord in Plymouth. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church of Knox, a founding member of the Starke County Sheriff's Department Posse and a U.S. Army...
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Sam H. Everage

March 17, 1933 - December 24, 2016

GROVERTOWN-Sam H. Everage, 83, passed away December 24, 2016 at his home. Sam was born March 17, 1933 in Knott County, KY to Ben Everage and Chloe (Singleton) Combs and lived in the area most of his life. He was a former employee of Whirlpool. He attended church regularly and was a devout Christian that loved serving the Lord. On February 14, 1999 in Kissimmee, FL he was married to the...
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Henry R. Paschen, Sr.

September 15, 1929 - December 22, 2016

WALKERTON- Henry R. Paschen Sr., 87, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, IN. Henry was born in to Henry and Margaret (Holzman) Paschen on September 15, 1929 in Chicago. He was a retired truck driver, a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, a member of the Walkerton American Legion Post #189 and attended the Koontz Lake Missionary Church. On July 14,...
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Joan Batchelor

January 26, 1932 - December 22, 2016

ROCHESTER-Joan Batchelor, 84, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Pilgrim Manor, Plymouth, IN. Joan was born January 26, 1932 in Mitchell, IN. She was a former employee of Federal Mogal. She was a devout Christian, loving wife, mother and grandmother. On March 6, 1953 in Mitchell, IN, she was married to Edward Batchelor, who survives. Also surviving...
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Ruby Mae Mohr

March 15, 1925 - December 16, 2016

WALKERTON-Ruby Mae Mohr, 91, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home. Ruby was born March 15, 1925 in Indiana to John and Bessie (Long) Dettweiler. On October 3, 1981 in Walkerton, she was married to Lloyd Mohr, who preceded her in death in 2015. Survivors include one daughter, Cathy Foster of Niles, MI. A private memorial service will take place at a later date. Cremation has...
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Judith A. Houk

March 1, 1931 - December 14, 2016

NEW CARLISLE, IN-Judith A. Houk, 85, passed away at her home on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Mrs. Houk was born March 1, 1931 in Anderson, IN to Herman and Sarah (Heaton) Johnson and lived in the area for 53 years, coming from Muncie. She was a former employee of Ancilla College in Donaldson. On October 1, 1948 in Eaton, IN, she was married to Richard Dean Houk, who preceded her in death....
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Pearl D. Frailey

August 16, 1920 - December 12, 2016

WALKERTON-Pearl Dulcenia (Rans) Frailey, named after her maternal grandmother, Dulcenia Shepherd, passed away December, 12, 2016 at Miller's Merry Manor, Walkerton, IN. Pearl was the offspring of the union of John Henry Rans and Nellie Mae (Shepherd) Rans. She was the fifth child of 10 siblings. She was born in Pulaski County, IN on a Thursday evening. On November 6, 1938 she was...
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Ronald W. Johnson

February 10, 1951 - December 4, 2016

KNOX-Ronald W. Johnson, 65, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 at University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL. Ronald was born February 10, 1951 in Chicago, IL to David and Eleanor (Grohn) Johnson and lived in the area for 50 years, coming from Chicago. He was a former employee of Polygon in Walkerton. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Rose of Rochester and Kristin Johnson...
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William J. Becker, Sr.

July 14, 1963 - December 4, 2016

HAMLET-William J. Becker Sr., 53, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 at his home. William was born July 14, 1963 in Mendota, IL to Delmar Becker and Kathleen (Flarity) Helms-Becker. He was a former employee of Marton Buildings in Wanatah. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Hamlet American Legion Post#356. Survivors include three sons, William Becker Jr. of Hamlet,...
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John "Sonny" Zulliger

September 14, 1940 - December 2, 2016

FISH LAKE- John "Sonny" Zulliger, 76, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016 at Miller's Nursing Home, LaPorte, IN Sonny was born September 14, 1940 in Barron, WI to John Zulliger and Frances Zulliger Vick, who preceded him in death. His sisters Shirley Anderson and Gloria Pascasio also preceded him in death. Sonny is survived by his sister, Barb Byous of Pensacola, FL; brother, James...
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Sheralyn Kay Textor

February 23, 1947 - November 30, 2016

KOONTZ LAKE-Sheralyn Kay Textor, 69, formerly of Plymouth passed away at her home November 30, 2016. Sheralyn was born February 23, 1947 in Crawfordsville, Ind. to Lloyd and Vivian (Waldon) Alexander. On March 23, 1963 in Griffith, Ind., she was married to James Textor, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three sisters. Survivors include four sons,...
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Ida Mae Roberson

April 22, 1939 - November 25, 2016

WALKERTON- Ida Mae Roberson, 77, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at Cardinal Nursing Home, South Bend, Ind. Ida Mae was born April 22, 1939 in Hamlet, Ind. to Ivan and Valda (Hendricks) Singleton and lived in the area all of her life. She was a former waitress at Welco Truck Stop in Walkerton, a former member of the Moose Lodge of Plymouth and the bowling league in Walkerton. In...
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Brenda S. Beem-Secord

April 11, 1946 - November 21, 2016

LAPORTE, FORMERLY OF HAMLET-Brenda S. Beem-Secord, 70, passed away Monday, November 21, 2016 at IU Health LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte, Ind. Brenda was born April 11, 1946 in Lexington Ky. to Lowell and Virginia (Puckett) Olds and lived in the area most of her life. She was a former employee of Hehr International of Plymouth. She was married to Charles Secord who preceded her in death. She was...
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Roy J. Williams

September 19, 1931 - November 20, 2016

WALKERTON-Roy John Williams, 85, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016 at his home. Roy was born September 19, 1931 in LaPorte County, Ind. to John and Bertha (Robinson) Williams and lived in the area all of his life. He was a retired butcher with his family's business, JB Williams & Sons, Inc. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of the Walkerton American Legion Post ...
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Earsel J. Minix

March 1, 1934 - November 13, 2016

CULVER-Earsel J. Minix passed away peacefully Sunday, November 13, 2016 at his home after a long illness. Earsel was born March 1, 1934 in Salyersville, Kentucky. His parents were William and Pearlie Minix and Virginia and Wilson Hancock. On November 28, 1967 in Virginia, he was married to the former Carolyn Sue Howard, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his...
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Marjorie J. Groves

June 24, 1929 - November 9, 2016

WALKERTON-Marjorie J. Groves, 87, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016, in Miller's Merry Manor, Walkerton. Marjorie was born June 24, 1929, in North Liberty, to Victor and Venus (Goit) Schultz and lived in the area all her life. She was a former cook at Walkerton Elementary School, and was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Walkerton, the Walkerton Historical Society and the...
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Lola R. Miller

May 24, 1937 - November 8, 2016

GROVERTOWN- Lola Rose Miller, 79, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Pilgrim Manor, Plymouth, Ind. Lola had been in ill health for the last two months and suffered a stroke, from which she never recovered. Lola was born May 24, 1937 in Walkerton, St. Joseph County, Ind., the eighth of sixteen children of Carl and Ruth (Soice) Jensen. She enjoyed a happy childhood with all of her brothers...
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LaVerne E. Rough

October 25, 1934 - November 7, 2016

WALKERTON-LaVerne E. Rough, 82, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016 at Pilgrim Manor, Plymouth, Ind. LaVerne was born October 25, 1934 in Starke County, Ind. to Henry and Lillian (Segert) Rough and lived in the area all of her life. LaVerne was a retired nursing assistant at the Teegarden Nursing Home. She attended the Teegarden Church of the Brethren, was a graduate of Tyner High School...
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Richard A. Grossman

September 26, 1955 - November 6, 2016

Richard A. Grossman, 61, passed away after a sudden illness on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, Ind. Richard was born September 26, 1955 in Michigan City, Ind. to Clayton and Velva (Nelson) Grossman. He was an employee of Culver Tool & Engineering in Plymouth. On July 4, 2009 in Chesterton, Ind., he was married to the former Valarie Suplicki, who...
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Kenneth E. Ross

February 28, 1937 - October 27, 2016

HAMLET-Kenneth E. Ross, 79, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 at IU Health LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte, Ind. Kenneth was born February 28, 1937 in Knox, Ind. to Albert and Eva Faye (Gibbs) Ross and lived in the area all of his life. He was retired from Whirlpool Corp. in LaPorte and was a local bartender for all of the local bars for 17 years. On March 2, 1975 in Knox, Ind., he was...
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Cinnie V. Roberts

August 28, 1972 - October 25, 2016

KNOX-Cinnie Victoria Roberts, 44, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at IU Health LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte, Ind. Cinnie was born August 28, 1972 in Knox, Ind. to Eliot and Mary (Rowe) McDaniel and lived in the area all of her life. She was a member of the Church of the Heartland, Knox. On July 2, 1995 in Starke County, Ind., she was married to Silas Roberts, who survives. Also...
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Luke Miller

March 25, 1964 - October 22, 2016

WINAMAC-Luke Miller, 52, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac, Ind. Luke was born March 25, 1964 in Knox, Ind. to James and Viola (Rowe) Miller and lived in the area all of his life. On April 9, 1983 in LaPorte, Ind., he was married to the former Sherry Standifer. Survivors include his wife, Sherry; one daughter, Brittany Reed; two sons, Lucas Miller...
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Richard P. Ewing

March 12, 1947 - October 22, 2016

CULVER-Richard P. Ewing, 69, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at his home. Richard was born March 12, 1947 in Plymouth, Ind. to Carroll and LaVerna (Myers) Ewing and lived in the area all of his life. He was a member of the Christian Center Church in South Bend, the Knox Lodge F&AM #639 and a 32nd Degree Mason. He enjoyed playing gospel music at area nursing homes, churches and fund...
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Vasile Cicio

September 19, 1958 - October 22, 2016

KNOX-Vasile Cicio, 58, died Saturday, October 22, 2016 at IU Health Starke Hospital, Knox, Ind. Vasile was born September, 19, 1958 in Certeze, Romania and lived in the area for 17 years, coming from Chicago. On July 3, 1984 in Chicago, he was married to the former Odesa Cristea, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Priscillia Stoic; one son, Oliver Cicio; two sisters, Maria...
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Zachary T. Taylor

March 22, 2003 - October 22, 2016

WARSAW-Zachary Thomas Taylor, 13, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind. Zachary was born March 22, 2003 in Plymouth, Ind. to James A. Taylor and Kimberly A. Hager. He is survived by his parents; one sister, Brianna Taylor; two half-brothers, Aiden and Dewaine Long; grandfathers, James F. Taylor and Walter Hager; grandmother, Karen Kotal; and...
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Cecil J. Coffin

December 29, 1929 - October 11, 2016

KNOX-Cecil J. Coffin, 86, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at his home. Cecil was born December 29, 1929 in Detroit Mich. to Cecil O. and Alice (St. Amour) Coffin and lived in the area most of his life. He was a farmer and a member of the NRA and the Knox Moose Lodge. Survivors include five sons, Robert (Melody) Coffin of Monterey, Daniel (Laura) Coffin of Grovertown, Dennis (Cathy)...
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Agnes M. Holderread

June 4, 1934 - October 7, 2016

ARGOS-Agnes M. Holderread, 82, passed away Friday, October 7, 2016 at her home. Agnes was born June 4, 1934 in Morehead, Ky. to George and Anna (Glover) Logan and lived in Argos for 28 years, coming from Donaldson. She was a former employee of Price Abbator in Plymouth and attended the Highway Chapel Church of God in Hamlet. On January 21, 1985 in Donaldson, Ind., she was married to Dean...
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