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Subject: [INWELLS] News-Banner Obituaries, April 22-25, 2002
Date: 5 Feb 2004 21:14:12 -0700


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Surnames: Legge, Lenwell, Steury, Frye, Sutton, Manthey, Adsit, Studebaker, Dunfee, Gratz
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Obituaries courtesy of News-Banner Publications, posted with permission.

April 22, 2002

Robert E. ‘Bobby’ Legge, 50
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Uniondale with Rev. Bill Peterson officiating, for Robert E. “Bobby” Legge, 50, of rural Markle, general manager of the Legge Elevator at Uniondale and highly-esteemed business, civic, church and community leader, who died Friday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana in Fort Wayne.
He had been battling a terminal illness through recent months as “Pray for Bobby Legge” signs appeared about the county and area in many locations amid the exceptional regard from and concern of many citizens.
Calling at the Ossian Chapel of the Elzey-Rodak-Patterson Funeral Home will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today, and at the church for an hour before the service Tuesday.
Burial will be in Horeb Cemetery of rural Wells County with American Legion Post 111 providing military honors.
Preferred memorials are to the Uniondale Fire Department, Hospice Home and the North American Brain Tumor Coalition.
A 1969 Norwell High School graduate, he was former (1994-1995) chairman of the board of the Indiana Grain and Feed Dealers Association, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, a girls softball and Odyssey of the Mind coach, Mr. Legge was a wide-admired agribusiness, community and family devotee.
He was born July 29, 1951, in Wells County to Robert B. and Dorothy Goff Legge, both of whom, survive at Uniondale.
His marriage was on Dec. 29, 1978 at Warsaw to Christine A. Vollmer, who survives.
Other survivors, in addition to the wife and parents, are a daughter, Jennifer E. Legge, who is a student at Butler University in Indianapolis; a brother, John A. Legge of Uniondale, and a sister, Claudia A. Ayers of Huntington.
Mr. Legge was a member of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at Uniondale, a former church council president and holder of other church positions. He bicycled twice from coast-to-coast with the well-known Taylor University “Wandering Wheels.’’ He served on the board of directors of the Indiana Grain and Feed Dealers Association starting in 1987, then becoming chairman in 1994-1995. He also was a member of the National Grain & Feed Association.
Mr. Legge was a member of the Uniondale Fire Department and one of its active leaders for a period of years, amid his devotion to the community and serving fellow citizens.



April 23, 2002

Gary W. Lenwell, 47
An army veteran of the war in Vietnam, Gary W. Lenwell, 47, of rural Ossian, died Saturday at Markle Health Care in Markle.
He was born Dec. 28, 1954 in Trinidad, British West Indies, to Donald R. and Martha L. VanCamp Lenwell.
He worked as a brick mason for several companies.
Survivors include three brothers, Ronald B. Lenwell, Markle, Frank Lenwell, Hofheim, Germany, and James Lenwell, Ventura, Calif; and two sisters, Valerie B. Trammel, Houston, Texas, and Rochelle B. Lenwell, Bluffton.
Arrangements are in charge of Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Markle.
There will be no calling.
A graveside service is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m., at the Markle Cemetery with Rev. James Stanley Jr. officiating.


Ernest "Ernie" M. Steury, 72
A Memorial Service was held Saturday, April 7, 2002 in Avon Park, Fla., April 13, in Berne and April 21, in Kenya, East Africa for Ernest "Ernie" M. Steury, age 72.
Dr. Steury died at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at his home in Florida. He had been diagnosed eight months ago with a brain tumor.
Born Jan. 3, 1930 in Berne, he was a son of David and Mary Habegger Steury. He married Jennie Sue Grace, who survives, Aug. 20, 1954 in HighPoint, NC.
Dr. Steury, a medial missionary, worked as a physician at Caylor-Nickel Clinic many times when he was on furlough from his work in Kenya, E. Africa. He was also a member of First Missionary Church.
In addition to his wife, survivors include four children, Cindy Steury of Kijabe, Kenya, Jon Steury of Oldergesi, Kenya, Rev. Nathen Steury of Indiatlantic, Fla. and Debbie Steury of Fort Wayne. He also has 14 grandchildren.
In addition, survivors include six sisters, Esther Steinman of New Haven, Clara Sprunger of Berne, Florine Fennig of Indianapolis, Ruth Sprunger of Weed, Calif., Alice Warren of Greenville, SC and Shirley Burke of Colorado; two brothers, Franklin Steury of Berne and Clinton Steury of Fort Wayne.
His body was buried at CME Cemetery in Berne.
Memorials can be sent to: Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, c/o World Gospel Mission, Donors Service, P.O. Box 948, Marion, IN 46952 or Steury Scholarship Fund for Medical Students going into missionary work c/o CMDA, P.O. Box 7500, Bristol, TN 37621.


Forrest "Bud" Richard Frye, 86
The father of Mrs. John (Phyllis) Yeatts of Warren, Forrest "Bud" Richard Frye, 86, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, at the Oaks Living Care Center in Columbia City.
Born Feb. 3, 1916 to Oscar O. and Grace Laisure Frye, he married Mary Alice Ulmer Oct. 12, 1935 in Decatur. She survives.
He lived in Georgia, Jay County, and Wells County before moving to Columbia City permanently in 1958. He was a farmer, factory worker, construction worker and owned and operated Frye Grocery and Gas in Mirriam for seven years.
In addition to his wife and the daughter in Warren, he is survived by five sons, Richard E. Frye, Rome City, Larry K. Frye, Kankakee, Ill., Roger D. Frye, Trion, Ga., Steven L. Frye, Bryant, and John D. Frye, Columbia City; one brother, William Fry, Dallas, Ga.; two sisters, Bernice Cash, Steamboat Springs, Col., and Betty Hughes, Conners, Ga.; 19 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald and Ebert Frye; two sisters, Berdilla Hughes and Virginia Kunihiro; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City with Pastor Harold Polk of Oak St. Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial will be at Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City.
Calling hours are from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials are to donor’s choice.


Homer E. "Gene" Sutton, 79
Homer E. "Gene" Sutton, 79, of Montpelier, died at 8:57 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2002 at his residence.
Born June 3, 1922 in Wells County, he was a son of Johnie and Orpha Ellison Sutton. He married Dorothy Stockton, who survives, May 3, 1947 at Montpelier.
Mr. Sutton was a mechanic and millright at 3M (Minnesota, Mining and Manufacturing) in Hartford City for many years. He was also self employed at Sutton Machine Company in Montpelier. He was a member and past commander at Millard-Brown American Legion Post 156 of Montpelier, the Forty and Eight Club and a life member of the Wolf Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4717 in Wolf Lake.
He served in the U.S. Army during the European Theater Campaign and was awarded two Purple Heart Medals and a Bronze Star Medal.
He attended Chester Center High School in Wells County and was a member of The New Beginning Church in Poneto.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Michael Gene Sutton of Berne and Rev. Steve Leon Sutton of Montpelier; a daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Judy Maxine) Moore of Battle Ground, WA; a brother, Junior Sutton of Leesburg; three sisters, Agnes Brown and Mrs. Gene (Naomi) Betts, both of Pennville and Mrs. Richard (Mary) Love of Albany; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Calling will be held Wednesday, April 24, 2002 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel in Montpelier.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2002 at the funeral home. Rev. Gene Betts will officiate.
Burial will be at Miller Cemetery in Wells County. The Millard-Brown American Legion Post 156 will conduct military graveside rites.


Bridget Manthey, 77 -- Rites Pending
Bridget Manthey, 77, of Bluffton died this morning at her home. Arrangements are pending at Goodwin Memorial Chapel.



April 24, 2002

Homer E. "Gene" Sutton, 79
Homer E. "Gene" Sutton, 79, of Montpelier, died at 8:57 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2002 at his residence.
Born June 3, 1922 in Wells County, he was a son of Johnie and Orpha Ellison Sutton. He married Dorothy Stockton, who survives, May 3, 1947 at Montpelier.
Mr. Sutton was a mechanic and millwright at 3M (Minnesota, Mining and Manufacturing) in Hartford City for many years. He was also self employed at Sutton Machine Company in Montpelier. He was a member and past commander at Millard-Brown American Legion Post 156 of Montpelier, the Forty and Eight Club and a life member of the Wolf Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4717 in Wolf Lake.
He served in the U.S. Army during the European Theater Campaign and was awarded two Purple Heart Medals and a Bronze Star Medal.
He attended Chester Center High School in Wells County and was a member of The New Beginning Church in Poneto.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Michael Gene Sutton of Berne and Rev. Steve Leon Sutton of Montpelier; a daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Judy Maxine) Moore of Battle Ground, WA; a brother, Junior Sutton of Leesburg; three sisters, Agnes Brown and Mrs. Gene (Naomi) Betts, both of Pennville and Mrs. Richard (Mary) Love of Albany; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Sutton was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Ellison Sutton; a sister, Thelma Cash; two brothers, Cecil Sutton and Ellison "Spud" Sutton; and a great-grandchild.
Calling will be held today from 2 to 8 p.m. at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel in Montpelier.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2002 at the funeral home. Rev. Gene Betts will officiate.
Burial will be at Miller Cemetery in Wells County. The Millard-Brown American Legion Post 156 will conduct military graveside rites.


Hiram B. Adsit, 70
Warren native Hiram B. Adsit, 70, of Plainfield, Ill., died Sunday, March 24, 200 2 in Joliet, Ill.
Mr. Adsit was born March 6, 1932 in Warren, and was a 1950 graduate of Warren High School in Huntington. He was also a graduate of Greer Technical Institute in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.
He retired following 15 years of service as a truck mechanic at Preston Trucking. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 13 and the Local 701 Mechanics Union.
Surviving are four children, Mrs. Jon (Cynthia) Bonnar of Calimesa, Calif., David Adsit of New Britain, Conn, Michael Adsit and Shaun Adsit, both of Plainfield, Ill.; a sister, Mary Emma Holmes of Warren; and five granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, and his parents, Hiram and Mary Jane McFarren Adsit.
Services were held Wednesday, March 27, at Overman-Jones Funeral Home in Plainfield. A memorial servi ce was held Thursday, March 28, at the funeral home. A private family inurement was held at Plainfield Township Cemetery. Arrangements were by Overman-Jones Funeral Home in Plainfield.


Bridget Manthey, 77
Well-known area realtor and former owner of BKM Real Estate, Bridget Manthey, 77, died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at her Bluffton home.
Bridget founded BKM Realty in 1992 and continued as an associate with the firm. She received her real estate license in 1965 and her broker license in 1966 from Indiana University/Purdue University. She became a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) in 1992 from IPFW. In 1992 she was named Realtor of the Year for Adams, Jay and Wells County for the second time.
Mrs. Manthey was part of the Realtor Political Action Committee ( RPAC) where she was instrumental in the campaign to raise funds for the state level. She was also a representative for the Adams, Jay and Wells County Association of the State Association. She has been a State Director since 1989 and was known never to miss a state meeting.
She was past president and stayed active in the Indiana Women’s Council or Realtors. In 1994 she received the distinguished Citizen Award for outstanding service to her community and was very active in the Revitalization Campaign.
Bridget was born Sept. 24, 1924 in Knock, Ireland to Martin and Cecelia Keely. She married Walter C. Manthey, Jr. on June 3, 1948 in Chicago, Ill. He preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1993.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Surviving are two sons, Dr. Russell M. Mant hey of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Walter C. Manthey, III of Apex, NC; two daughters, Mrs. Marilyn Hanson of Valparaiso and Mrs. Steve (Carol) Carey of Hookset, NH; a sister, Angela Kelly of Chicago; and four grandsons.
Calling will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel. Additional calling will be one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. service Saturday, April 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bluffton. Fr. Lawrence Kramer and Fr. Steve Colchin will officiate.
There will be a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26th at St. Joseph Catholic Church and a TriKappa service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26th, both at the church.
Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.


Virginia "Ginny" Studebaker, 70
Bluffton resident Virginia "Ginny" Studebaker, 70 , died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at her home.
Born June 12, 1931 at Berne, she was a daughter of Earl and Bertha Helmrich Wood. She married Clinton "Brownie" Studebaker Dec. 10, 1949 in Markle. He preceded her in death April 24, 1986.
Virginia and her husband owned the construction business, C.B. Studebaker Co. She attended Sonlight Wesleyan Church.
Surviving are four sons, Clinton B. Studebaker, III of Huntington, Randy K., Steve S. and Tim E. Studebaker, all of Bluffton; a sister, Mrs. Charles (Rosella) Miller of North Manchester; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel. Rev. Mike Hirschy, Rev. Rick Watson and Rev. Tom Bradley will officiate.
Calling will be Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.and two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials to Concerned Parents of the Handicap or Hospice of N.E. Indiana.



April 25, 2002

Marshall G. Dunfee, 64
A transport driver for United Oil Corporation for over 30 years, Marshall G. Dunfee, 64, of Laud, died at noon Wednesday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne, where he had been admitted Monday. He had been in failing health.
He was born July 5, 1937, in Whitley County to Paul and Edith Boney Dunfee. He grew up in Jefferso n Township of Whitley County and graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1955.
His marriage was on June 1, 1957, to Lois A. Hawn, who survives.
Mr. Dunfee was a member of the Laud Christian Church, Independent Order of Odd Fellows for nearly 50 years, Bethel Rebekah Lodge since 1957, a 40-year member of Eagle #1906, and Jefferson Township (Whitley) Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Romona Dunfee and Rita Dunfee, both of Laud; a son, Ryan Dunfee of Camby, Indiana; a brother, Frank Dunfee of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by the parents and a brother, Dale Dunfee.
Visitation will be from 2 p,m to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Smith and Sons Fune ral Home, Columbia City. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home,with Rev. James Clifford officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Chapel cemetery south of Columbia City.
The Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department will conduct a Volunteer Fireman Service at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.


Kenneth Eugene Gratz, 83
The father of Bluffton resident Melody Flinn Moyer, Kenneth Eugene Gratz, 83 of Greensburg, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 4:55 p.m. at his home.
Born Jan. 31, 1919 in Putnam County, Ohio, he was a son of Milton and Ethel Tobias Gratz. He married Marjorie Flinn, who survives, July 31, 1970.
Mr. Gratz was a World War II veteran and s pent five months in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations. He was honorably discharged April, 1946.
>From 1959 to 1963 he was employed at Lima Senior High Trade and Industrial School in Lima, Ohio, where he taught evening classes in Industrial Electricity to students enrolled in The Ford Motor Company Apprentice Class.
He served as Choir Director for Forest Park Church in Lima and was a member of the Lima Choral Society and sang tenor.
He moved to Columbus, IN in 1969 and continued his involvement in music through church and community and served as choir director for the Christian Church in Burnsville for a few years before moving to Bluffton in the late 1970’s.
While in Bluffton he served for a time as choir director at First Church of Christ. He was employed at Franklin Electric until his retirement in 1986. He was also a member of Hope Missionary Chu rch Choir.
Following his retirement he designed and built their farm in Decatur County where he resided until his death. He was a member and Elder at Waynesburg Christian Church. He was also on the board of directors of Christians in Action.
Surviving, in addition to his wife and daughter, are four other daughters, Linda Gratz Holman of Elida, Ohio, Carol Gratz Graber of Worthington, Ohio, Diana Gratz Miller of Luckey, Ohio, and Michele Flinn Kelder of Fort Wayne; three sons, David Gratz of Lima, Jack Flinn of Hope and Kermit Flinn of Nashville, In; a sister, Mrs. Burris (Helen) Moore of Leipsic, Ohio; 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, a sister, Violet Rader of Michigan, and two brothers, Harold and Clare Gratz, both of Ohio.
Calling will be Friday from 3 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Vernon Jewell-Nick Rittman Funeral Home at 3855 25th Street, Columbus, IN.
Additional calling will be from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. service Saturday at the funeral home. Rev. David Camp will officiate.
Burial will be at Shirk Cemetery in Decatur County, IN.
Memorials to Waynesburg Christian Church Bell Choir or donor’s choice.



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