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  • Larry J. Mohler, 74, Tijeras, Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Warsaw, went to his eternal home to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 6, 2017. His passing was the result of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident.

    Larry was born Sept. 20, 1942, in Columbus, Ohio. He was the second of twins born to Dr. Joseph H. “Joe” and Kathryn Senseman Mohler. 

    He was a 1960 graduate of Trotwood Madison High School. Larry earned a B.A. from Grace College in Winona Lake and an M.S. from Saint Francis College (now University of St. Francis) in Fort Wayne. He taught at Judy School (a one-room schoolhouse north of Warsaw) and then sixth grade at Madison Elementary School in Warsaw until he entered the United States Border Patrol in 1970.

    Larry was a 28-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. He attained the rank of deputy chief patrol agent. His last duty station was in Artesia, N.M., where he was the first head of the Border Patrol Advance Training Center. 

    Larry loved to fish and camp, but his passion was in hunting. He was very involved with action pistol matches. In earlier years when able, he was active in church activities. He loved his children and grandchildren.

    Left with memories to cherish are his wife: Diana Beth Sheets Mohler, Tijeras; two daughters, Jill Mohler, Tampa, Fla., and Krista (husband Rob) Quinnelly, Campbellsville, Ky.; one grandson; four stepchildren: Sam Ayres, Lacey Dobbins, Will McLellan and Matt McLellan; five stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; one brother, Gary (wife Bobbie) Mohler, Warsaw; one sister, Cheryl (husband John) Perek, Claypool; four nephews; and one niece. 

    Larry’s death was preceded by his father, Dr. Joseph H. Mohler, and his mother, Kathryn Callahan.

    A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 at Faith Baptist Church, Artesia. Larry will be honored by the U.S. Border Patrol Honor Guard following the service.

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    Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw, IN 46580 or at www.titusfuneralhome.com.
  • Katherine Podsiadly, 97, Warsaw, passed away at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne. 

    Arrangements are pending at Cremation Services of Kosciusko County, Warsaw.
  • Barbara C. Wood, 74, Warsaw, passed away unexpectedly July 24, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. 

    Barbara was born May 12, 1943, at home in White County to Walter and Lucille Hines. She graduated from Rochester High School and retired from Warsaw Community High School.

    She loved spending time with her family and friends. She found great joy in doing for others. She was a fan of horse racing and I.U. basketball. She loved to read and create beautiful hand-embroidered keepsakes for family and friends. 

    She attended New Hope Free Will Baptist Church, Warsaw.

    She is survived by a daughter, Melinda (husband Steve) Zorn, Warsaw; and a brother Dale (wife Georgia) Hines, Fort Wayne. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Lucille Hines.

    A celebration of Barbara’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, at New Hope Freewill Baptist Church, 3651 N. Detroit St., Warsaw.

    Arrangements were entrusted to Heritage Funeral and Cremation Services, Warsaw.

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    Memorials to Magical Meadows.

     
  • MILFORD — Clayton Waters Busch, 13, Syracuse, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017. 
    He was born March 20, 2004, to Randolph and Tonja Busch in Goshen. Clayton was going into the eighth grade at Wawasee Middle School, Syracuse.


  • ROCHESTER — John Wesley "Jack" Sayger, 88, Rochester, passed away at 6:32 a.m. July 25, 2017, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

    He was born May 20, 1929, near Athens, to Herschel and Mary Feece Sayger. On April 5, 1952, he married Elnora Avanell Tyler, who survives. 

    He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the Nike guided missile division.

    A celebration of his life will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Chaplain Jason See will officiate. 

    Calling is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday in the funeral home. Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors team will conduct military rites.

    Interment will be in Athens-Hoover Cemetery. 

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    Expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

     
  • Deborah Ann Robbins, 64, Etna Green, passed away at 5:54 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. 
    She was born Feb. 4, 1953, in Richmond, to Robert and Barbara Kehlenbrink Carr.
    A resident of Etna Green, she formerly resided in New Paris, Ohio. On Jan. 4, 1974, in Richmond, she was united in marriage to Keith Alan Robbins. 
    She spent a lifetime of serving others with her many talents, including cooking, sewing, gardening and crafts.
  • WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — Cara Ann Auble, 36, Dry Ridge, Ky., formerly of Warsaw, died July 23, 2017.  
    She is survived by two daughters, Ashlynn Victoria Auble and Lillian Mae Auble, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; her parents, James and Debra Belcher, Dry Ridge; and a brother, Brian Belcher, Columbus, Ohio.  
  • Richard Gene “Dick” Hyde, 82, a longtime Osage/Park Rapids, Minn., area resident, formerly of Warsaw, peacefully entered eternity at his home in Park Rapids on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
    Dick was born April 20, 1935, in Warsaw, to Walter and Irene Holloway Hyde. He attended public schools and grew into manhood in Warsaw, where he graduated from high school with the class of 1953. Dick then went on to attend business college in South Bend to prepare himself for his life’s work. 
    On Feb. 6, 1954, he was united in marriage to Barbara Faye Grubbs in Warsaw. This union was blessed with four children: Robin, Bob, Molly and Roger. 
  • County Jail
    Bookings
    The following people were preliminarily charged and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail:
    • 10:18 a.m. Monday – Courtney Christine Bowling, 27, of 8912 E. CR 500N, North Webster, arrested for probation violation. No bond set. 
    • 10:43 a.m. Monday – Zachary Chavez Zuniga, 22, of 1007 S. Van Hemert Drive, Syracuse, arrested for failure to appear. No bond set.
    • 12:25 p.m. Monday – Alice Natissha Woodard, 35, Fremont, arrested for criminal  conversion. Bond: $600. 
    • 1:28 p.m. Monday – James Cory Beougher, 43, Portland, arrested for failure to appear. Bond: $963.64.
    • 2:56 p.m. Monday – Dawn Renae Allen, 36, of 8277 E. U.S. 30, Pierceton, arrested for driving while suspended. Bond: $450. 
    • 4:04 p.m. Monday – Randal Lee Kephart, 27, of 38 EMS C10 Lane, Warsaw, arrested for drug court violation. No bond set. 
    • 7:02 p.m. Monday – Jason Lee Busz, 36, of 318 S. Union St., Warsaw, arrested for possession of meth, resisting law enforcement, possession of paraphernalia and driving while suspended. Bond: $5,250. 
  • NORTH MANCHESTER — Janice M. Roth, 90, North Manchester, died at 3:59 p.m. July 23, 2017, in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
    She was born June 1, 1927, in Preble County, Ohio, to J. Everett and Frances Bitner Miller. She married Elbert O. Baker on Sept. 1, 1945. He died Dec. 25, 1993. She married Donald E. Roth on April 2, 1994. He survives.
    The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at North Manchester Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Ind. 13N, North Manchester, with the home brethren officiating. 

  • The Rev. Richard L. McGlynn, 73, Warsaw, passed away peacefully after an extended illness at 8:52 a.m. Sunday, July 23, 2017, in his residence. 
    He was born Feb. 6, 1944, in Hartford City, to the Rev. Vincent and Emily S. Pierson McGlynn.
    He was a wonderful father, husband, son, brother and grandfather who everyone knew they could call upon anytime day or night, especially for prayer.
    He has been a Warsaw resident since 1966.  
  • ROCHESTER — Jack Sayger, 88, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 6:32 a.m. today, July 25, 2017, at Life Care Center, Rochester. 

    Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.
  • SYRACUSE — Ruth Darlene Sindel, 79, Elkhart, passed away at 7:24 p.m. July 22, 2017, at Elkhart Rehab Center, Elkhart. 
    She was born Feb. 1, 1938, in Syracuse, to Lester O’Dell and Clara Eva Burson Sawyer. 
    She attended Goshen public schools, was a homemaker and lived most of her life in the Goshen/Elkhart area. 
    She was baptized in 2014 into St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Elkhart. 
    She is survived by two daughters, Christine Huffman and Norene (Brent Smith) Black, Syracuse; two sons, Fred (Diane) Sawyer, Elkhart, and Brian Stouder, Syracuse; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Fraser, Millersburg.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 11 brothers and sisters.
  • Jackie L. Hamilton, 63, Warsaw, passed away at 2:45 p.m.  Sunday, July 23, 2017, in her residence. 

    Arrangements are pending with McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
  • Galen H. Wilkinson, 91, Richland Township, Whitley County, died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at his home.
    He was born Dec. 7, 1925, near Etna, a son of Joseph R. and Mildred P. Harshman Wilkinson. His formative years were spent in Etna and Richland Township. He graduated from Larwill High School in 1944.
  • NORTH WEBSTER — Danny F. "Dan" Somers, 56, North Webster, passed away at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017, at I.U. Health Hospital, Indianapolis. 
    He was born Aug. 1, 1960, in Fort Wayne, to Danny A. “Jap” and Marie H. “Tiger” Somers.
    He graduated in 1978 from Wawasee High School, Syracuse; attended Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne; and moved to the Syracuse/North Webster area in the early 1970s from Fort Wayne. 
  • The Rev. Richard L. McGlynn, 73, Warsaw, passed away at 8:52 a.m. Sunday, July 23, 2017, in his residence.

    Arrangements are pending with McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.

     
  • David A. Creighton, 74, Warsaw and Green Valley, Ariz., passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, July 22, 2017.

    Dave was born Dec. 23, 1942, in Warsaw, to Russell and Helen Creighton. He is a graduate of Atwood High School and Indiana Central University (University of Indianapolis). He received his master’s degree from Ball State University. 

    Dave began his more than 20-year teaching career at Beaver Dam Schools, moved to Tippecanoe Valley Schools, and finally to Warsaw Community School Corp. Over the years, Dave taught and coached. He started sports programs, drove the team bus when needed and even taught hundreds of students to drive.

    While he was teaching, Dave became a licensed Realtor. In 1981 he opened Dave Creighton Realty, where he was owner/broker. Dave later became a Realty World owner/broker, eventually selling his business to ReMax. Dave served on the Kosciusko County Board of Realtors and was honored to be named Realtor of the Year. 

    Throughout his life, Dave was active in the Warsaw community. He was in Optimist Club. He brought Junior Achievement and his business expertise to students in Warsaw schools. 

    In retirement, Dave enjoyed tennis, golf, pickleball, travel, hiking and, especially, his grandchildren. Dave and Mary Ann Steenhausen, his wife of 36 years, lived in Warsaw in the summer and wintered in Green Valley. 

    Dave will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary Ann; his three children: David Creighton, Atlanta, Ga.; Brandon (spouse Rachelle) Creighton, Warsaw; and Tara Creighton, Winona Lake; and his stepson Richie (spouse Cyndie) Robison, La Jolla, Calif. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Shelly, Brady and Landon Creighton and Harley and Sawyer Robison. Dave leaves his siblings Gale Creighton, Robert Creighton and Marilyn Creighton Dorsey. 

    He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Creighton Snyder and Evelyn Creighton Tinkey. 

    Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. 

    A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, in Atwood Otterbein Methodist Church, with Pastor Jim Lawson officiating. A private interment service in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, will follow. 

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    Memorials to Kosciusko County Community Foundation, 102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580; or the charity of your choice.

    To sign the guest register or leave condolences electronically, go to mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.
  • ROCHESTER — Janice M. Bahney, 77,  formerly of Akron, died at 8:55 p.m. July 22, 2017, at Life Care Center, Rochester. 

    She was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Wabash County, to Ray and Axie "Lucille" Cole Flook.  

    A celebration of life service will be at noon Wednesday in Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Teri White will officiate. Burial will follow in Gilead Cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday in the funeral home.    

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    Expressions of sympathy may be made to Janice's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

     
  • SYRACUSE — Ruth D. Sawyer Stouder Sindel, 79, Elkhart, formerly of Syracuse, passed away at 7:24 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Elkhart Rehab Center, Elkhart. 

    Arrangements are pending at Owen Family Funeral Home, Syracuse. 

     
  • Dan F. Somers, 56, North Webster, died at 12:45 p.m. on July 20, 2017, at I.U. Health Hospital in Indianapolis.
  • Gary G. Lyon, 75, of Warsaw, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017, at 2:45 a.m. in Miller’s Merry Manor of Warsaw.
  • Henry F. Sierk, 72, of Milford, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 7:55 p.m. in Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
  • Arletha Arbaugh, formerly of Warsaw, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 7:31 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017, at Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Centre in Wabash at the age of 94.
  • GOSHEN — Frances L. Haines, 94, Goshen, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Greencroft Goshen Health Care.
    She was born March 21, 1923, in Goshen, to Rudolph and Iva Haney Tulley. On Feb. 23, 1947, she married Paul E. “Bud” Haines in New Paris. He died May 26, 2014.
    Survivors include four childr
  • COLUMBIA CITY — Rebecca J. Damron, 60, Larwill, died Thursday morning, July 20, 2017, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
    She was born Dec. 4, 1956, in Wolf Lake, a daughter of Garland V. and Joan Werstler Myers. Her formative years were spent in Etna Troy Township, Whitley County. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1976 and attended Purdue University.
    On Sept. 23, 1978, she was united in marriage to Gary S. Damron. They made their first home at Ridinger Lake, then moved to Pierceton. For the past 25 years, they have made their home north of Larwill.
    Rebecca was a server at American Table Restaurant for the past 30 years and was a teachers aide at Pierceton Elementary School for the past 10 years.
  • BLUFFTON — Charles A. “Mick” Iser, 93, Huntington, passed away Wednesday morning, July 19, 2017, at Heritage Pointe, Warren.
    Born in Keyser, W.Va., on Aug. 4, 1923, to Albert L. and Lula M. McGinnis Iser, he married M. Marie Swartz in Bluffton on Jan. 26, 1943. She preceded him in death Sept. 4, 2010.
  • MENTONE — Jacalyn L. Haist, 62, Mentone, died at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in Mentone.

    She was born March 11, 1955, in Adrian, Mich., to Paul R. and Eva Mae Loker Haist. 

    She was a 1973 graduate of Mentone High School.  

    A memorial service will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, with calling one hour prior, at Mentone United Methodist Church, 116 E. Main St., Mentone. Pastor Jason Rice will officiate.

    Arrangements are entrusted to King Memorial Home, Mentone.

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    Share a memory or send a condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.
  • ROCHESTER — James Johnson, 84, Rochester, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at his residence.
    He was born Aug. 1, 1932, in Egeland, N.D., to Axel and Lilly Haller Johnson. He married Winette Eriks on April 28, 1973, in Argos. She survives.
    Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Richland Center Cemetery, with Chaplain Jason See officiating.  
    Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
  • Gary Lyon, 75, Warsaw, passed away at 2:45 a.m. today, July 21, 2017, in Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. 

    Arrangements are pending with McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.

     
  • Arletha Alma Arbaugh, 94, formerly of Warsaw, passed away today, July 21, 2017, in Wabash.  

    Arrangements are pending with Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw.
  • Henry J. Sierk, 72, Milford, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

    Arrangements are pending with McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
  • ROCHESTER — James Johnson, 84, Rochester, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at his residence. 

    Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

     
  • ROCHESTER — Charles " Charly" Richard, 57, Rochester, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. 

    Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

     
  • NORTH MANCHESTER — Sara Beth Dockter, 35, North Manchester, died at 7:24 a.m. July 18, 2017, in her residence.
    She was born April 2, 1982, in Wabash, to Larry and Susan Ihnen Dockter. They survive in North Manchester. 
    She was a member of North Manchester United Methodist Church.
    The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Friday at McKee Mortuary, 1401 Ind. 114W, North Manchester. Pastor Bruce Hostetler will officiate.
    Calling will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.
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  • MENTONE — Jacalyn L. Haist, 62, Mentone, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in Mentone.

    Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.
  • PIERCETON — Marvin L. “Bubba” Hartley, 81, Pierceton, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday July 18, 2017, in his residence. 
    He was born Jan. 23, 1936, to Wallace and Margaret Henry Hartley in Portland.
    Marvin served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1958. He was an ammunition supply specialist.
    On Sept. 5, 1970, he married Thelma Farmer in Middletown. 
    He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Pierceton, and American Legion Post 253, North Webster.
    He has been in Kosciusko County since 1985.
  • Rhonda Hackworth, 48, Burket, passed away at 12:55 p.m. July 16, 2017, in her residence. 

    She was born Nov. 17, 1968, in Warsaw, to Tom and Lula Foley Burkett.

    A lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, she was a student at Ivy Tech, Warsaw.

    Survivors include her mother, Lula Burkett, Burket; birth daughter, Cora Warner, Warsaw; sisters, Sondra (Robert) Warner, Burket, and Suzanne (Brad) Bibler, Warsaw; and brothers: Tom Burkett, Warsaw; Glenn (Donna) Burkett, Barbee Lake; and David Burkett, Tippecanoe. 

    She was preceded by her father.

    Private family services will be conducted. 

    McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, is entrusted with arrangements.

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    Memorials to K21 Health Foundation, 2170 North Pointe Drive, Warsaw, IN 46582.

    To sign the guest register or leave condolences electronically, go to mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

     
  • BREMEN — Clella Martin, 91, Warsaw, formerly of Bremen, passed away peacefully at 2:48 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Seasons Home Care, where she was residing. 
    She was born May 1, 1926, in Tropic, Utah, to Thomas Edward and Iva Jane Smith McClellan. On Dec. 19, 1945, she married Dale N. Martin. He passed away Jan. 18, 1994. 
  • PIERCETON — Marvin Hartley, 81, Pierceton, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in his residence.

    Arrangements are pending with McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton.
  • MENTONE — E. Elaine Alderfer, 70, Greenfield, formerly of northern Fulton County, died at 6:17 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Hancock Regional Hospital, Greenfield.
    She was born Dec. 15, 1946, in Rochester, to Louis E. and Louise E. Windbigler Kelly. On Aug. 7, 1966, at the Walnut Gospel Church in Argos, she married Roger L. Alderfer, who survives.
    She had worked for the former Torin/Brookside Corp., Rochester.
  • NORTH WEBSTER — Brooks L. Kuhl, 35, North Webster, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017, at his home.  

    He was born March 4, 1982, in Corcoran, Calif., to Dennis and Vickie Miller Kuhl.

    He lived most of his life in the Kosciusko County area and attended Wawasee High School. He enjoyed cabinetry and was formerly employed at Emerald Coast Cabinets in Florida.  

    He was an avid fan of Notre Dame and the Chicago Bears.

    He is survived by two daughters, Tallia Kuhl and Calista Kuhl, both of North Webster; his mother, Vickie Kuhl, Leesburg; his father, Dennis Kuhl, Florida; five brothers: Wesley Kern, North Webster; Adam Kern, North Webster; Nick (Sierra) Kern, Syracuse; Tyler Kuhl, Millersburg; and James McCabe, Ligonier; his maternal grandmother, Phyllis Miller, North Webster; paternal grandparents, Jim (Jeri) Kuhl, South Bend; and his ex-wife, Nichole Feldman, North Webster.

    He was preceded in death by his cousin, Shawn McClarnon.

    Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, at Owen Family Funeral Home, Ind. 13 and CR 500N, North Webster. 

    Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at North Webster Church of God with Pastor Jeff Boyer of the church officiating. Private family burial will take place in the Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.

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    Memorials to the Brooks Kuhl Funeral Fund, c/o Owen Family Funeral Home, Ind. 13 and CR 500N, North Webster, IN, 46555. 

    To send condolences to the family in Mr. Kuhl’s memory, visit www.owenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

     
  • Dardanella Yoder, 74, passed away at 6:58 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, in her Warsaw home. 
    She was born in Benton Harbor, Mich., on Oct. 10, 1942, to Russell and Helen Lucas Himes.
    She and Richard E. Yoder were joined in marriage Oct. 29, 1961, in Warsaw, and would share 55 years.
    Living most of her life in Warsaw, she was a customer service representative for its Marsh Supermarket and had also been employed by Wildman Business Group. Dardanella was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church, Silver Lake.
    Survivors include her husband, Richard; two daughters, Laura (Wesley) Engle, Warsaw, and Tin
  • GRIFFITH — George N. Konopasek, 92, Griffith, and most recently of Simpsonville, S.C., passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 1, 2017. 

    George is survived by his children: Barbara (Richard) Lambright, Simpsonville; Kathleen (William) Church, Summerfield, N.C., and Edward (Jill) Konopasek, De Pere, Wis.; grandchildren: Jennifer (Scott) Musgrave-Keller, Jeff Musgrave, Elaine (Robert) Landon, Julie (Mike) Haraburda, Brian Blest, Kyle (Carolyn) Mathews, Kevin (Tina) Mathews, Ellen Mathews, Neil (Heather) Mathews, Nicole Wilson, Michelle Coers, Joshua Konopasek, Kayla Konopasek, Maggie Konopasek and Emma Konopasek; stepgrandchildren: Kristin (Mark) Jones, Chris Church and Kyle Church; 15 great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. 

    George was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Margaret M. Konopasek, and by two of his children, Jody Blest and George K. Konopasek. Also his parents, Leo B. Konopasek and Ruby D. Coffman; sister, Carol Oman; and brothers: Buck, Spike and Leo Konopasek.

    George met Margie Konopasek, the love of his life, at the age of 17 in Hessville. They were married Dec. 25, 1948. They raised their five children in Griffith, relocating for their retirement years at Hoffman Lake, Warsaw. Marge and George spent the past several years living in De Pere and Simpsonville to be near their children.

    George was drafted and served in the army during World War II. He spent the entire war as part of a heavy artillery unit, seeing time across the European Theatre. George was a combat-wounded veteran and was extremely proud to have served his country, receiving a Purple Heart for his sacrifice. 

    When George returned from the service, he became a union plumber; he often spoke of his early days at Gatlin Plumbing and Heating in Griffith. The family vividly remembers Dad coming home and telling stories of his boss, Ivan Gatlin, who was a tough-nosed individual who ran a sound business. George later went to work for Circle “R” Mechanical and was especially proud that while working at this company they were commissioned to complete all the plumbing and decorative fountains at South Lake Mall in Merrillville.

    Following retirement, George and Marge moved their home to Hoffman Lake near Warsaw. This was a very special time for George and Marge as most of their grandkids enjoyed spending summer vacations with Grandma and Grandpa learning to swim, fish and most importantly how to properly roast marshmallows and make pudgie pies around the fire. Grandpa was never happy unless the lawn was manicured, the boats had fresh gas and all fishing equipment was in good working order. George spent many hours captaining his pontoon boat, offering visitors leisurely guided tours around the lake and ferrying kids back and forth to the beach.

    In the later years when George and Marge were together, Marge struggled with advancing Alzheimer’s. It was truly amazing to watch George as he cared for his Margie. The patience and loving care he offered served as a sterling example of George’s unwavering love for Marge and his commitment made to her on their wedding day to offer unconditional love “in sickness or in health.” 

    When George married Marge, he became a practicing Catholic and demonstrated a strong faith in God. George and Marge were active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Griffith, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw.

    The family would like to extend a sincere thank-you to the wonderful staff at Fairview Assisted Living in Simpsonville, where George spent his final weeks. The staff and residents welcomed George, who quickly became a part of their extended community. The care and socialization he enjoyed at Fairview were something George enjoyed very much. 

    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 525 N. Broad St., Griffith, with Father Theodore Mens celebrating. Christian burial will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary.

    Friends may meet with the family from 9 a.m. until the services Friday at the church. 

    White Funeral Home, Griffith, assisted the family with arrangements. 

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    Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp.

    Condolences may be shared at www.whitefuneralhomeofgriffith.com.
  • AKRON — Tabatha L. Dabrasky, 34, North Manchester, died unexpectedly at 7:30 a.m. July 15, 2017, at her residence.

    She was born March 11, 1983, in Baltimore, Md., to Robert Scott Kline and Vickey Lynn Dabrasky Kline.

    She was a waitress at Pizza King, Silver Lake.

    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron.

    Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Nichols Cemetery. Pastor Jeff Sumner of Olive Branch Church will officiate.

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    Memorials to Earl-Love Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

    Condolences may be sent at www.earllove funeralhome.com.
  • Patsy “Pat” J. Bailey, 86, passed away peacefully at 11:25 a.m. June 15, 2017, at Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.
  • AKRON — Tabatha L. Dabrasky, 34, North Manchester, died unexpectedly at 7:30 a.m. July 15, 2017, at her residence.

    She was born March 11, 1983, in Baltimore, Md., to Robert Scott Kline and Vickey Lynn Dabrasky Kline.

    She lived here nine years, coming from Maryland. She was a waitress at Pizza King, Silver Lake.

    Survivors include her companion, Chris Kline, North Manchester; father and mother, Robert and Vickey Kline, Silver Lake; a son, Brian Keith Snyder Jr., Silver Lake; a sister, Ashley Ann Dabrasky, Baltimore; and a grandmother, Annette Louis Kline, Goshen.

    She was preceded in death by grandfather John Kline and grandparents Gilbert and Shirley Dabrasky.

    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 21, at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron.

    Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Nichols Cemetery. Pastor Jeff Sumner of Olive Branch Church will officiate.

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    Memorials to Earl-Love Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

    Condolences may be sent at www.earllove funeralhome.com.
  • MILFORD — Robert W. “Bob” Brown, 92, Milford, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at home. 
    He was born Dec. 27, 1924, to Ronald W. and Gladys I. Wysong Brown in Goshen. 
    Bob graduated from Milford High School with the class of 1942 and began attending Purdue University the same year. His college education was interrupted by World War II when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served overseas in the 1675th Engineer Utility Detachment in France, attaining the rank of sergeant. After completing his military service, Bob returned to Purdue, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and becoming a licensed professional engineer and land surveyor. 
    Bob began working with his father in the family construction business as a young man on road construction jobs throughout northern and central Indiana. Following his semi-retirement as president of Phend & Brown Inc. in 1995, he continued to stop by the office on a daily basis, never really fully retiring.
  • Judy Ann Bame, 75, Columbia City, passed away at 3:20 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017, at her residence. 
    Born April 2, 1942, in Warsaw, she was the daughter of Fred W. and Sarah Jane Andres Crouch.
    Judy attended Kosciusko County schools and graduated from Pierceton High School with the class of 1960. On March 29, 1968, Judy married Ronald M. Bame at Pierceton Presbyterian Church.
    Judy was a homemaker for most of her married life. She enjoyed making ceramics, volunteering at Wawasee High School library and traveling every chance she could.
  • MENTONE — Paisley R. Hurley, 3 days, died at 11:14 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

    She was born July 11, 2017, to Chasity Hurley, Mentone, and Jeremy Hendrix, Milford.

    Private family services are planned.

    Services are entrusted to King Memorial Home, Mentone.

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    Memorials to Paisley’s family.

    Send a condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.
  • WINDER, Ga. — Daniel H. Shepherd, 66, Winder, Ga., passed away June 4, 2017, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. 
    He was born Nov. 13, 1950, to William “Bill” Shepherd and Sara Ann Collins in Kentucky. On Feb. 15, 1997, he married Debbie Rhamey, who survives. 
    He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Debbie Shepherd; sons, Daniel (spouse Shamra) Shepherd, Florida, and Johnny Shepherd, Fort Wayne; daughters: Deanna Davis, Indianapolis; Jackie (spouse Chris) McIntyre, Dallas, Ga.; and Katie Lovett, Texas; brothers, Charles (spouse Colleen) Shepherd, Pierceton, and Darwin (and Bonnie) Shepherd, Prestonsburg, Ky.; sisters: Betty (spouse Terry) Hall, Pierceton; Christina (spouse Frank) Hyden, Warsaw; and Della (and Rick) Pollock, Silver Lake; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
    He was preceded by his parents; brother, William E. Shepherd; and sister, Carolyn Rose. 
    A memorial service is planned for July 22.
  • NAPPANEE — Velma E. Frey, 76, Milford, passed away at 1:34 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017, at her residence. She had fought cancer for five years. 
    She was born Nov. 11, 1940, to Joseph and Ruby Hochstetler Stutzman. On Feb. 14, 1965, she married John Henry Frey, who survives. 
    Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church, Goshen. 
    Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Bishop Randall Riegsecker and the home ministry will officiate. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church Cemetery.
    Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
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    Memorials to Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church.
  • SANTE FE, N.M. — Lynn Maish Babcock, 78, died July 11, 2017, in Santa Fe. 
    She was born Feb. 1, 1939, in Warsaw, to the late Wilbur F. and Violet Maish. She graduated from Warsaw High School in 1957 and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from DePauw University in 1961. She married Dr. James Babcock in 1963. They lived in Indianapolis until 1975, when they moved to Bluffton, where he practiced orthopedic surgery. 
    Lynn raised three children and had a long career as a registered nurse in a variety of positions, mainly pediatrics and home health care. The couple retired to Santa Fe in 2008.
  • Virginia Engelhaupt, 83, Warsaw, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. 
    She was born July 10, 1934, in Beulah, Wyo., to Reuben and Dorthea Rheinhold Hindman.She was born July 10, 1934, in Beulah, Wyo., to Reuben and Dorthea Rheinhold Hindman.
  • NORTH WEBSTER — Brooks L. Kuhl, 35, North Webster, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017, at his residence.  
    Owen Family Funeral Huhome, North Webster, is in charge of arrangements. 

     
  • AKRON — Tabatha L. Dabrasky, 34, North Manchester, died unexpectedly at her residence at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Arrangements are pending at