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Subject: [INWELLS] News-Banner Obituaries, February 15-21, 2002
Date: 3 Feb 2004 21:39:19 -0700

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Surnames: Johnson, Gerard, Burkhart, Bickel, Griffith, Hetrick, Gibson, Martin, Norman, Massey, Dossett, Losure, Lengerich
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Obituaries courtesy of News-Banner Publications, posted with permission.

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Feb. 15, 2002

Lilly J. Johnson — Rites Pending
Widow of Delver H. Johnson, Lilly J. Johnson was found dead at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at her residence at 1437 Ridgewood Drive in Bluffton. Rites are pending at Needham, Storey and Wampner Funeral Home in Marion.

Harriett L. Gerard, 76 -- Rites Pending
Harriett L. Gerard, 76, rural Poneto, died at 10:34 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at Glancy Funeral Homes Walker Chapel in Montpelier.

Dale E. Burkhart, 61
Dale E. Burkhart, 61, a native of Bluffton, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, at his home in Decatur .
Mr. Buckhart was a former equipment operator at Fleming Excavating in Decatur.
Surviving are his former wife, Patricia Loshe of Decatur; two sons, Randy J. of Decatur and Donald E. of Fort Wayne; three brothers, Lester of Decatur, William of Fort Wayne and Charles of Marion; and four grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur with burial in Decatur Cemetery.
Calling hours at the funeral home are today from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday for one hour prior to services.
Memorials to Mooseheart.

Harold Bickel, 80
A former resident of Bluffton, Harold. Bickel, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Valley Medical Center in Hemet, Calif.
Mr. Bickel was born in Bluffton and grew up in Indiana. He served during World War II with the U.S. Army.
He was a graduate of Indiana University and most of his life was spent in the education field.
Surviving are his wife, Ina May of Hemet, Calif., and two sisters, Harriet Schlagenhauf of Modesto, Calif., and Carolyn Lucas of Sacramento, Calif.
A service will be held Friday, Feb. 22, at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Hemet. His body has been donated to the Lomalinda Medical School in Hemet for science research.
(The above obituary is being re-published to provide corrected information)

Feb. 19, 2002

Edna Lorraine Griffith, 80
Edna Lorraine Griffith, 80, who resided at 816 South Williams St., died at 4:23 a.m. today, Feb. 19, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Griffith was employed for 10 years with Wabash Magnetics in Huntington and was a volunteer at Wells Community Hospital.
She was a member of the First Church of Christ in Bluffton.
She was born in Maynardville, Tenn., Nov. 27, 1921 to Richard L. and Emma A. Shelby Simmons. Her marriage at Charlotte, N.C., on Jan. 14, 1944 was to Charles R. Griffith, who died Feb. 15, 1985.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. James (Phylis I.) Speakman of Ossian; a son, Terry L. Griffith of Bluffton; a brother, Paul Simmons of Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A brother is deceased.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, where Pastor Larry Sprinkle will officiate. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory at Marion.
Visitation hours will be Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Goodwin chapel. Memorials to the First Church of Christ.

Faye G. Hetrick, 93
Funeral services for Faye G. Hetrick, 93, a native of Ossian, who died Saturday, Feb. 16, at he r Fort Wayne residence, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 East, New Haven.
Calling time will be for two hours prior to services. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Ossian.
Mrs. Hetrick was retired from Cohen’s in New Haven. Her husband, Lester S., died in 1966.
Surviving are two daughters-in-law, Margaret Hetrick of Fort Wayne and Masako Millington of Seattle; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Two sons, Bill E. Hetrick and Dale F. Millington, are deceased.
Memorials to Cancer Services of Allen County or to American Heart Association.

Violet R. Gibson, 88
Former Ossian resident Violet R. Gibson, 88, of Marion, died Sunday, Feb. 17, at Marion General Hospital.
Born in Wells County, she was a past grand chief of the State of Indiana Pythian Sisters.
Her husband, Arthur N., preceded her in death.
Surviving are a daughter, Karen S. Logan of Marion, and three grandchildren, Melanie McCreary of Chicago and Thomas Logan and Michael Logan, both of Lafayette.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Marion. There will be no calling.
Arrangements are by Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel.

Feb. 20, 2002

Gary E. Martin, 32
Gary E. Martin, 32, of Fort Wayne, whose mother, Donna Jean McFarland, resides in Bluffton, died Monday, Feb. 18, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Martin was a warehouseman at Superior Essex Whitley County Distribution Center.
Active in sports as well as a being a drummer, he was the coach of a Elmhurst Little League team.
He was born in Bluffton Aug. 23, 1969 to Ralph and Donna Jean Martin. His father is deceased. His marriage was to Terri L. Huffman, who survives also.
Additional survivors are two daughters, Miranda M. and Alexis J., both of Fort Wayne; a son, Mark E., also of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Jean A. Brinneman of Bluffton and Deb S. Amstutz of New Haven; and his grandmother, Helen B. Slusher of Bluffton.
Services at 11 a.m. Friday will be at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Rd., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Bluffton.
Visitation hours at the Waynedale funeral chapel will be Thursday from 1 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials to Elmhurst Little League.

Feb. 21, 2002
Ronnie Lee Norman, 55
Ronnie Lee Norman, 55, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, at his residence at 820 Cedar Rd. in Bluffton.
Mr. Norman was maintenance supervisor at Pyle Industries at Huntington. He was a veteran of U.S. Navy service in 1965.
Mr. Norman was born May 4, 1946 at LaFollette, Tenn., a son of Luther and Colleen Norman Perkins, both of whom survive and reside in LaFollette. His marriage at LaFollette on Jan. 29, 1972 was to Sally Jo Davison, who survives also.
Additional survivors are three sons, Billy D. Scheer of Huntington, Joshua Lee Norman of Craigville and Ronnie Joe Norman of Bluffton; a daughter, Lee Ann Gewinner of Bluffton; four brothers, Danny Perkins of California, Edward Perkins and Jimmy Perkins, both of Tennessee, and Sammy R. Brown of Huntington; three sisters, Glenna Perkins o f Dayton, Ohio, Melody Jefferies and Rebecca Clair, both of Tennessee; and 10 grandchildren. A son, Jason Lee Norman, is deceased.
Services at Goodwin Memorial Chapel will be at 2 p.m. Saturday with Tom Bradley officiating and burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery.
Visitation hours at the funeral chapel will be Friday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Ruth E. Massey, 84
Ruth E. Massey, 84, of Monticello, mother of Alvin Massey of Bluffton, died at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Monticello Healthcare Center.
Mrs. Massey was a homemaker, beautician and a cook for Twin Lakes School Corporation.
She was a member of the Christian Church and TOPS program in Monticello and a graduate of Monticello High School.
She was born in White County Sept. 21, 1917, a daughter of Strode and Pearl White Rothrock. Her marriage on March 9, 1941 at Monticello, where s he resided her entire lifetime, was to Warner Massey, who died March 7, 1999.
In addition to the son in Bluffton, she is survived by two other sons, Arlin Massey of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., and Ronald Massey of Columbus, Ind.; a brother, Robert Rothrock of Phoenix, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A brother is deceased.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home in Montpelier with Rev. Chris Dodson officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Riverview Cemetery.
Visitation hours at the funeral home will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Memorials to American Diabetes Association or to Monticello Healthcare Center.

Natalia S. Dossett, 36 -- Rites Pending
Natalia S. Dossett, 36, of Huntington, died this morning, Feb. 21, at Norwood Nursing Center in Huntington. Arrangements are pending at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel.

Helen J. Losure, 79
Helen J. Losure, 79, of Van Buren, a native of Wells County, died at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Twin City Community Nursing Home in Gas City.
Mrs. Losure, who was a secretary, retired in 1984 from Grant County courthouse offices, where she was employed in the county clerk’s office and as the court recorder.
She was born in Liberty Township, Wells County, Aug. 19, 1922 to Rollie and Jennie Clark Williamson. Her marriage in 1949 was to Everett Losure, who died in 1988.
Mrs. Losure, who was a 1939 graduate of Jackson Center High School in Wells County, had resided in Van Buren for 57 ye ars.
Surviving are a son, Alan Losure of Gas City; a daughter, Judy Capes of Naples, Fla.; two sisters, Marjorie Monce of Bluffton and Martha Sparks of Van Buren; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A sister, three brothers and a great-grandchild are deceased.
Services will be at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Van Buren at 11 a.m. Friday with Dr. Blake J. Neff officiating. Burial will be in Garden of Memory Cemetery at Marion.
There will be no visitation.

Clarence ‘Dutch’ Lengerich, 90
A brother of Dolores Mankey of Craigville, Clarence “Dutch” Lengerich, 90, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
Mr. Lengerich was born in Adams County and retired from Central Soya after 35 1/2 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
His wife, Viona, died in 1995.
Surviving, in addition to the sister at Craigville, are a son, Donald D. of Decatur; six other sisters, Agnes (Sister Redempta CSC) and Estella (Sister Emyardine (CSC), both of South Bend, Amelia Loshe, Germaine Straub, Lucille Brite and Mary Ann Dale, all of Decatur; and two brothers, Raymond of Berne and Robert of Fort Wayne.
Prayers will be heard at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur, followed at 1:30 p.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Decatur with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 43.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Friday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m., with rosary at 3 p.m.
Memorials to Macular Degeneration Research or to Northeast Indiana Radio Reading Service.

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