LaGrange County Historical Society, Inc.
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LaGrange County, Indiana ~ Obituaries

  This is an attempt to preserve the names of LaGrange County's citizens and relevant individuals. According to the Society of Indiana Pioneers, an individual was a pioneer of our state if they resided here on or before December 31, 1840.  I am not limiting this collection to Pioneers, all notices are welcome.

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 "LaGrange Co., Indiana Historical Society" @ P.O. Box 134 - LaGrange, IN  46761, Obituary Collection at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlgchs/




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Saalfrank, Carolyn L.  - age 62, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 9, 2008 at her residence in Angola. Mrs. Saalfrank was born in Fort Wayne on December 12, 1945 to Elmer J. and Minnie (Busche) Saalfrank. She graduated from Avilla High School in 1964 and Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne with a elementary education and accounting degree. Mrs. Saalfrank was a 6th grade school teacher at East Noble School Corporation for several years in the early 1970's. She currently was tax accountant and owned and operated the H&R Block franchise in Angola. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange and loved to read and travel. She also liked to do needlepoint and was dedicated to raising her two great neices. Survivors include: Brother, Dan and Paula Saalfrank of Kendallville; Brother, David Saalfrank of Las Vegas, Nevada; Two great neices whom she was raising, Amelia and Arora Saalfrank of Angola; several other neices and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Donald Saalfrank in 1988; and one sister, Cynthia Yoho in 2006. Visitation will be Monday, August 11, 2008, from 5:00-8:00PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 11:00AM at Hite Funeral Home. Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. Sandra Hutchens. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Avilla, Indiana. Casketbearers will be Trent Saalfrank, Adam Saalfrank, Brian Neiwlandt, Francis Stottler, David Stottler, and Gary Pfafman. Preferred Memorials may be made to charity of the donor's choice. - Source: Steuben Co., Indiana Obituary Clippings from Aug. 2008

Sanderson, Frank G.  -  91, of LaGrange, IN., died Tuesday May 17, 2005 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.  He was born August 26, 1913 in LaGrange County, IN., to Charles H. & S. Nelle (Hoover) Sanderson.  He married Leona F. Shafer on October 18, 1934 in Fort Wayne, IN. She died on December 10, 1991.  A lifetime resident of LaGrange County, he was a local farmer and worked at Formed Tubes in Sturgis, MI.  Surviving are four daughters, Judie Lewis and Sally Boyles both of LaGrange, IN., Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Brown of LaGrange, IN., Mrs. Frank (Sandra) Garrison of Wolcottville, IN., two sons, Charles (Forrest) Sanderson and William Sanderson both of LaGrange, IN., 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Wesley Boyles, Jr. on November 19, 1993 Visitation will be on Friday, May 20th from 4-8pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home where services will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 10am. Burial will be at Ontario Cemetery in rural LaGrange County, with the Rev, Carldean Merrifield officiating. Memorials may be contributed to the United Fund of LaGrange County. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Sautter, Charles J.  -  87, of Howe, IN died Monday, December 16, 2013 at Miller's Merry Manor in LaGrange, IN. Mr. Sautter was born on February 7, 1926 in LaGrange, IN to Melvin H. and Erma (Pocock) Sautter. Living his lifetime in LaGrange County, he retired from Ross Lab in Sturgis, MI where he had worked from 1950 until 1985. Mr. Sautter was a member of the Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe, IN and LaGrange American Legion Post #215. Mr. Sautter was a United States Army Air Corps Veteran having served in World War II. On January 21, 1950 in Howe, IN he married Kathryn O. Taylor. Mrs. Sautter survives in Howe, IN. Also surviving is a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Steven Knoop of Greenfield, IN; a son and daughter-in-law, Melvin P. and Anita Sautter of North Manchester, IN; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Lucille Oliver and a brother, Virgil M. Sautter. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, IN, Rev. David Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Howe, IN. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 3-6 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Lima Presbyterian Church.

Sawyer, Rev. Bill-  age 73, of LaGrange died on Monday, September 29, 2008 at Miller's Merry Manor, in LaGrange.  He was born in Ball, Knott County, Kentucky, on March 15, 1935 to William and Maude (Sparkman) Sawyer. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War and he married his wife of forty years, Jean Ritchie, on September 21, 1968 in Rome City.  He retired from Newnam Foundry in Kendallville and founded the Independent Baptist Church in South Milford where he pastored for 28 years. Bill also bred and raised champion A.K.C. beagles for many years. Survivors include: His wife, Jean Sawyer of LaGrange. Son, Rodney Lee and Angie Sawyer of LaGrange. Son, David Sawyer of LaGrange. Son, Charles Edward and Vada Sawyer of LaGrange. Son, Charles "Chuck" and Tina of Howe. Daughter, Regina and Brad Creech of LaGrange. Daughter, Naomi and Trinity Adamski of Orland. 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Brother, Homer Sawyer of Hindman, Kentucky. Sister, Sadie Ritchie of Pigett, Arkansas. Sister, Wanda and Bob Parker of Pigett. Sister, Lizzie Jane Wooten of Tribbey, Kentucky. Sister, Sophia Alsept of Jackson, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Charles, Woodrow, Teb, Tom and Edgil Sawyer; and a sister, Ellen Gibson. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 1, 2008, from 5:00-8:00PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville. Visitation will also be Thursday, October 2, 2008 anytime after 3:00PM at Independent Baptist Church in South Milford. There will be an evening church service at 7:00PM. Funeral Services will be Friday, October 3, 2008 at 11:00AM at Independent Baptist Church. Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. Willie Collins and Rev. Charles Mosley. Burial will be at Woodruff Cemetery in Wolcottville, Indiana. - Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary: Sept. 2008

Sawyer, Charles E. "Ed" -  45, of LaGrange, died Friday, January 31, 2014 in the Emergency Room at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. He was a 20-year employee and a CV Tech at Nishikawa Standard Company in Topeka, Ind., and a lifetime resident of LaGrange County. First and fore most in Ed's life was his Christian faith. Ed enjoyed spending time with his family, the outdoors, and playing the bass guitar. Ed was born on July 6, 1968 in Kendallville, Ind., to Rev. William J. and Delores J. (Ritchie) Sawyer. Delores survives in LaGrange. On July 3, 1998 he married Vada Sparkman in South Milford, Ind. She survives in LaGrange. Also surviving are his four daughters and a son-in-law, Camryn and Ciara Sawyer of LaGrange, Heather Lovely of Indianapolis; Bambi and Frank Pasztor of Kendallville; three grandchildren; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Naomi and Trinity Adamski of Orland, Regina Creech of LaGrange; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Chuck and Tina Sawyer of Howe; David Sawyer of LaGrange and Angie Sawyer of LaGrange. His father, a granddaughter, Madison Kathryn Pasztor, and a brother, Rodney L. Sawyer preceded Ed in death. Funeral Services will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at The South Milford Independent Church. The Rev. Earl Bolen and Rev. Samuel Weimer will officiate. Burial will take place in Woodruff Cemetery, rural Wolcottville. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday February 5, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. with a 6 p.m. service. Memorials may be contributed to the South Milford Independent Church.

Schadel, Heather M.  -  Wolcottville, A rural South Milford teen was killed early Wed. evening while walking along C.R. 700 S., five miles east of Ind. 3.  Heather M. Schadel, 14, was walking along the road with another pedestrian when a car driven by _____________, 69, of Fort Wayne struck her.  ______ said she was traveling directly into the sun and failed to see the two pedestrians walking along the roadway.  Schadel was pronounced dead at the scene.  The accident is under investigation by the LaGrange County Sheriff's Dept.  Schadel was an 8th grade student at Prairie Heights Middle School.  "She was a lively, fun-loving student and a hard worker," said school principal Brenda Rummel.  "She really enjoyed playing summer softball and her friends say she was the best on the team - a home run hitter."  Rummel said counselors from Prairie Heights schools and area ministers were called into help students deal with the loss.  Miss Schadel was born April 15, 983, to Michael and Patti (Brumbaugh) Schadel in Auburn.  She is survived by her parents; and two sisters, Jennifer and Mesha of South Milford; one brother, Charles Schadel of South Milford; her paternal grandparents, Charles and Mary Ann Schadel of Muskegon, Mich., and her maternal grandparents, Harry Brumbaugh of Auburn and Beverly Stahl of South Milford.  - Kendallville, The News-Sun, IN, September 18, 1997

Schaeffer, Peggy A.  - 76, of Sturgis, MI and formerly of Wolcottville, IN died Friday, January 17, 2014 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Ft. Myers, FL. Mrs. Schaeffer was born on August 4, 1937 in New Haven, IN to Raymond E. and Vera C. (Papenbrock) Burchardt; they preceded her in death. On June 19, 1962 in New Haven, IN she married Gary L. Schaeffer; he survives in Sturgis, MI. In her early years, she worked for the Indiana District Office of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne, IN. From 1974 until their retirement in 2002, she was a partner with her husband in Schaeffer Appliance Store in Wolcottville, IN. Mrs. Schaeffer was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis, MI and attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ft. Myers, FL. She was also a member of the Rome City American Legion Auxiliary in Rome City, IN, Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and Ladies Aide of the church. Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Thresa and Kyle Capron of Fishers, IN and Julia and Bige Doyle of Crothersville, IN; a son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Kim Schaeffer of Sturgis, MI; five grandchildren, Erica and Evan Doyle, Shi-Ann and Kody Schaeffer, and Dmitry Capron. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, IN with Rev. Cal Kolzow officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis, MI or Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ft. Myers, FL.

Schemahorn, Edith I.  (Hanlon) - 100, of LaGrange died Sunday February 26, 2006 at Miller's Merry Manor in LaGrange.  Mrs. Schemahorn was born April 28, 1905 in Churubusco, IN to John and Charlotte (Cramer) Hanlon; they both precede her in death.  Living most of her life in LaGrange County she had worked at Freeman Manufacturing in Sturgis, MI for 33 years. She was a member of the Howe United Methodist Church, Keenagers Bible Study Group, Garden Club, Book Club, LaGrange Business Professional Women, Teenagers Singing Group, District Representative for Seniors in Washington D.C., and Senior Queen for LaGrange County Council on Aging.
She was married to Clyde Schemahorn on October 28, 1924 in Centreville, MI; he precedes her in death on May 29, 2003.  She is survived by a daughter Virginia Mingus of Sturgis, MI, three sons Merlin L. “Bud” and Barbara Schemahorn of Wolcottville, IN, Ernie and Mary Schemahorn of Sturgis, MI, and Phillip R. and Sharyn Schemahorn of Mishawaka, IN, nine grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and twenty-three great-great-grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by six sisters, 3 brothers, a granddaughter Julie Schemahorn in 1977, and a great-granddaughter Carrie Schemahorn in 2002.  Services will be held Friday March 3, 2006 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with Rev. Brian VanOsdol officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday March 2nd at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Howe, IN.  Memorials may be made to LaGrange County Senior Center. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Schermerhorn, Hattie E.  - 95, of Sturgis, MI died Monday, November 25, 2013 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis, MI. Mrs. Schermerhorn was born on March 18, 1918 in LaGrange, IN to Frank and Lillie Victoria (Getz) Pierson. In 2004, she moved from Springfield, IL to Sturgis, MI. Mrs. Schermerhorn was a homemaker and a local artist. She was a member of the Howe United Methodist Church, Howe, IN and a 50 year member of the Sylvan Chapter# 251 O.E.S. of LaGrange, IN. On June 6, 1941 in Columbia City, IN she married Charles R. Schermerhorn. He preceded her in death on December 23, 2004. Surviving are two sons Dennis R. (Maureen) Schermerhorn of Indian Head Park, IL and Craig R. (Gerry) Schermerhorn of Cantrall, IL; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Kazmierzak of Granger, IN. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Agustus Pierson. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, In with Pastor Glenn Russell officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place following the funeral services at Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange, IN.

Schermerhorn, Mrs. George Washington (Sarah Hart)-  died on Wednesday morning this week, about 2 o'clock at her home on South Mountain. St., following an illness of 2 weeks from toxemia.  Her funeral will be held this morning at 11 o'clock at the residence by Rev. Thomas A. Estell, the Lutheran minister.  Burial will be made at Greenwood Cemetery., in the family lot, beside the grave of Mr. Schermerhorn, who died three years ago this month.  She was born in this county 52 years ago, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hart.  She leaves 5 children, Mabel, Mrs. Inez Barnell, Mrs. Elva Ecker, Harvey and Hobart.  After the death of her husband, Mrs. Schermerhorn left the farm, in Clay twp., and came to LaGrange. - "The LaGrange Standard," May 30, 1919

Schlabach, Marna V. (Bechtel) - 77, of 770 North 75 East LaGrange, IN formerly of Shipshewana died at 11:35 AM on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at Life Care Center LaGrange, IN, she had been in declining health since January 24, 2009. She was born July 23, 1931 in Elkhart County, IN., to Vernon and Anna (Madlem) Bechtel. On October 7, 1950 in Elkhart, IN. she married Glen F. Schlabach, he survives.  She was a homemaker and worked as a cook and waitress for over 20 years. She was a member of Shipshewana Church of the Nazarene and a past member of the Shipshewana Lions Club. Survivors in addition to her husband are a son, Alan (Carol) Schlabach of Rock Hill, SC; 4 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren; a brother, Waldo (Karen) Bechtel of Cookson, OK. She was preceded in death by parents. Visitation will be 1 - 5 PM Sunday at the Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Monday, March 16, 2009 at Shipshewana Church of the Nazarene.  Services will be conducted by Rev. Andy Dayton of the church. Burial will be in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana. Memorials may be given to Shipshewana Church of the Nazarene or the American Heart Fund.- Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Co., Indiana, March 2009

Schiltz, Michael E.  -  age 61, of Howe, IN died Tuesday September 24, 2013 at his home.  He was born on November 29, 1951 in Elkhart, IN to Lawrence E. & Mary E. (Culp) Schiltz.  Michael was a veteran of the United States Army where he served from January 29, 1971 to October 2, 1972 and received the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.  He was previously employed at Leer Corporation in Elkhart, IN as a pattern maker.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #215 in LaGrange, IN.   He enjoyed tinkering with electronics and creating  and designing things.  He married Julie A. Long on April 28, 2004 at the Scott United Methodist Church in Shipshewana, IN.  She survives in Howe, IN.  Also surviving is his mother – Mary Weaver of Sarasota, FL.  2 sons – Mitchell Moser of Mendon, MI and Jason Long of Sturgis, MI.  5 daughters – Kory Vance of Hometown, IL, Melinda Lee of Mims, FL, Jenny Weber of Elkhart, IN, Jamie Larkin of Sturgis, MI and Jessica Long of Sturgis, MI.  1 sister – Lori Schiltz of Elkhart, IN.  5 brothers – Daniel J. Schiltz of Shipshewana, IN, Shawn Schiltz of Elkhart, IN, Cody Elliot of Elkhart, IN, Mike Weaver of Shipshewana, IN and Stefan Weaver of Shipshewana, IN.  14 grandchildren.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday October 1, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Scott United Methodist Church, Shipshewana, IN.  A Memorial Service will be held at 3 pm immediately following visitation with the Pastor Tammy Lugar officiating.  Military rites will be performed by the American Legion Post #215.


Schlemmer, Verne S.  90, of LaGrange, IN died Saturday May 3, 2008 at his residence.  Living most of his lifetime in LaGrange, he retired in 1983 from Schlemmer Hardware where he had worked and became a partner in 1955. He was a World War II US Army Veteran, a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, LaGrange American Legion Post #215, VFW of Angola, IN and was an avid fisherman.  Mr. Schlemmer was born on January 24, 1918 in Monroeville, IN to George W. and Iva P. (Shaffer) Schlemmer. On November 11, 1940 he married Ruth M. Brunner in Howe, IN; Mrs. Schlemmer survives.  Also surviving are a daughter and son-in-law Ann and David Bricker of Howe, a son and daughter-in-law Frederick A. "Fritz" and Diane Schlemmer of LaGrange, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a brother and sister-in-law Donald R. and Loreen Schlemmer of LaGrange. Preceding him in death are his parents and a brother David W. Schlemmer.  A memorial service at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church or Parkview Home Health and Hospice. - LaGrange County, Indiana Obituary May 2003

Schlichtenmyer, Eleanor Louise (Hart)-  age 85, of Kendallville, died on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at her residence in Kendallville.  Mrs. Schlichtenmyer was born in Kendallville on January 3, 1924 to Charles and Ruby (Martin) Hart. She married Robert Harry Schlichtenmyer on May 8, 1947 in Albion, Indiana and he preceded her death July 26, 1990. Mrs. Schlichtenmyer was waitress for 34 years at Publix Cafe at the corner of U.S. Hwy 6 & St. Rd. 3. She also worked 12 years at King Seeley in Kendallville from where she retired. Eleanor loved to read and play bingo. Survivors include: Daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Larry Heller of Kendallville; Two grandchildren: Ann and Jeff Kunce of Anderson, Indiana and Scott and Shonda Heller of New Haven; Six greatgrandchildren: Ashlee and Austin Teders, Matt Kunce, Brendan and Megan Heller, and Brittney Kunce;  Sister, Madelene Zimmerman of Berne; Brother, Charles "Roy" Hart of Scotts, Michigan; and Sister, Barbara Rowe of Garrett. She was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jack, Richard, and Carl Hart; and her sisters, Charlotte Ball and June Freed. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 10, 2009, from 1:00-2:00pm at Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street, Kendallville. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 2:00pm at Hite Funeral Home. Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. Dr. Dan Barker. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville, Indiana. Preferred Memorials may be made to American Cancer Association.   Arrangements Are By: Hite Funeral Home – Noble Co., Indiana Obituary, March 2009

Schmidt, Elsie M.  -  age 89, of LaGrange, IN went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday March 17, 2013.  She passed away at Lifecare Center of LaGrange.  She was born on January 13, 1924 in Montcolm County, MI to Viggo & Anna (Nielson) Jorgensen.  She married Gerald J. Schmidt on July 22, 1961 in Whitier, CA.  He preceded her in death.  She was the Owner/Manager (Mayor) of the Maple Ridge Mobile Home Park, (formerly Lewis’s Mobile Home) in LaGrange, IN.  She enjoyed bird watching, recycling and maintaining, weeding and harvesting the gardens that Gerald planted.  She was a generous person to the community and loved helping those in need.  She is survived by 2 sons – John & Cindy Schmidt and Keith & Michele Schmidt both of LaGrange, IN.  1 daughter – Jessica & Josh Smith of Long Beach Mississippi and 6 grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and 1 brother.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Carney-Frost Funeral Home, Lagrange, IN.  The funeral service will be held on Thursday March 21, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with the Pastor Brian VanOsdol of the First Church of God, LaGrange, IN officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, IN.  Memorials may be given to the Heiffer Project, SR 33, Goshen, IN. 

Schmucker, Simon D.  - 93, of LaGrange, died Friday, September 18, 2009 at his residence.  He was a retired farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He lived most of his life in the LaGrange County area.  Simon was born on August 22, 1916 in Nappanee, IN to Daniel and Emma (Kuhns) Schmucker.  On October 29, 1946, he married Katie (Bontrager) in Topeka, IN. She survives in LaGrange.  Also surviving are three daughters and two sons-in-law, Ida Mae and Joseph Wickey of Monroe, IN; Edna Ellen and Joseph Swartz of Geneva, IN and Ruby Schmucker of LaGrange, IN; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wilbur and Ruth Schmucker of Shipshewana, IN and Chester and Lorrie Schmucker of Morris, IL; fifty-two grandchildren and fifty-six great-grandchildren and a sister and brother-in-law, Alma and Monroe Miller of Medford, WI.  He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and eight brothers.  Funeral services will be held at 9:30am on Monday, September 21, 2009 at the Dennis Schlabach residence, 1740 N – 400 W, LaGrange, with the Bishop Edward Schmucker and home ministers officiating. Burial will take place in Mast Cemetery, LaGrange, IN.  Visitation will be held at the Dennis Schlabach residence, on Saturday, September 19, 2009 after 3pm and all day Sunday, September 20, 2009. – LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Sept. 2009

Schrock, Anna M. (Bontreger) -  93, of 1605 North 1150 West Middlebury, IN died at 7:05 PM on Friday, June 6, 2008 at her residence, after a brief illness. She was born January 6, 1915 in Shipshewana, IN., to Menno J. and Susie (Miller) Bontreger. On November 19, 1939 she married Samuel J. Schrock, he died January 10, 1995. She was a Homemaker and member of the Old Order Amish Church. Survivors include 5 Sons, Ernest & Emma Schrock of Goshen, IN., Eli & Mary Schrock of LaGrange, IN, Alvin & Ruby Schrock of Middlebury, IN, William & Loretta Schrock of Cambria, WI, Samuel & Ida Schrock of Cambria, WI;  6 Daughters, Susie & David Bontreger of LaPlata, MO, Lydian & Amos Schwartz of Pardeeville, WI, Katie Schrock of Middlebury, IN, Mary & Alvin Miller of Middlebury, IN, Lizzie & Harley Lehman of Goshen, IN., Fannie & Alvin Mishler of LaGrange, IN; 84 Grandchildren, 10 Step Grandchildren, 226 Great Grandchildren, 50 Step Great Grandchildren, 66 Step Great Great Grandchildren; Brother, Elmer & Lydia Bontreger of Shipshewana, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 grandchildren, a step grandchild, 6 great grandchildren, a step great grandchild, son-in-law: David Bontrager, 2 brothers: Eli & David Bontreger and 2 sisters: Molly Miller & Fannie Gingerich. Visitation will be after 3 PM  on Saturday and all day Sunday at the family residence. Funeral services will be at 9:30 A.M. on Monday, June 9, 2008 at the Lonnie Lambright Residence, 1910 North 1150 West, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by the Bishop Samuel E. Bontrager and the home ministers. Burial will be in the New Pennsylvania Cemetery, Middlebury, IN. – LaGrange County Indiana Obituary, June 9 2008

Schrock, Calvin -
51 of Goshen , Ind. died at his residence on Dec. 13, 2007.  He was born Oct. 29, 1956 in LaGrange CO. to Ralph and Anna (Eash) Schrock.  Living most of his life in the area, he worked at K-Z Sportsman in Shipshewana and had worked in the concrete buisness for 20 years.  He was a member of Maple Grove Church in Topeka.  He was married Feb. 27, 1988 in Topeka to Betty Schmucker.  Also surviving are his parents in LaGrange; 3 daughters, Stephanie, Rebecca and Angela; 5 sisters, Marietta Lambright, Helen Shaw, Katie Shrock, Naomi Yoder, and Sarah Miller; and 6 brothers, Elroy, Nelson, Elmer, Dennis, Kenneth and Sherman Shrock.  Burial is in Maple Grove Cemetery, Topeka, Indiana.
- Source: LaGrange County Indiana Obituary, Dec. 17, 2007

Schrock, Christina F.  -  23 weeks old, died Monday August 22, 2005, shortly after birth.  She was the daughter of Floyd and Waneta (Yoder) Schrock of LaGrange, IN.  Surviving are three brothers; Marlin Dean, Richard Lee and Harley Wayne Schrock and two sisters; Marilyn Kay and Ella Mae Schrock all at home in LaGrange. Also Surviving are Maternal Grandparents, Leroy J. & Betty Yoder of LaGrange, Maternal Great –Grandmothers; Ella Miller of Topeka, IN, and Ida Yoder of LaGrange, IN. Paternal Grandparents Samuel L. & Martha Schrock of LaGrange, IN, and Paternal Great-Grandmother Mary Schrock also of LaGrange, IN.  Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, August 24th at 2:30pm in Mast Cemetery. The Bishop Marvin Graber will be officiating. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Shrock, Dr. Henry W. -  83, oldest practicing physician in LaGrange County, died at 10:30 this morning after three weeks illness of pneumonia, influenza and heart disease. He was active in his practice, which he started 65 years ago, until three weeks ago. Born in Holmes County Ohio on December 25, 1854, Dr. Shrock graduated from the Medical College in Cincinnati OH, and took post-graduate work at the University of Michigan. He first located at Middlebury IN, later moved to Shore IN in LaGrange County, from there to Shipshewana, and finally came to LaGrange in 1894. He leaves his wife, Carrie Wolfe Shrock; a daughter, Mrs. John H. Will of LaGrange; 3 grandsons; 1 great-granddaughter, and a sister, Mrs. T.B. Aishe of Shipshewana. The body is at the Carney-Fruip Funeral Home at LaGrange. - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Jim Knowles from LAGRANGE, IN on June 3, 1938

Schrock, Jacob - 78 of Topeka, died Thurs., April 17, 2008 at his residence.  He was born Oct. 7, 1929 in Elkhart Co. to Ervin J. and Fannie D. (Miller) Schrock.  He was a farmer, self employed backhoe operator, and member of the Old Amish Church.  He was married Oct. 7, 1948, in LaGrange Co., to Nettie L. Miller.  She survives.  Also surviving are 2 sons and daughter-in-law, Jacob Jr. and Esther Schrock, Shipshewana, and Ora and Alma Schrock, Topeka; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Emma and Larry McClellan, Topeka; and three brothers and sisters-in-law, Albert and Maxine Schrock of Ill., George and Martha Schrock of Ligonier, Ind., and John Schrock of Mich.  He was preceded in death by 5 brothers, David , Joseph, Noah, Leo and Earl Schrock.  Burial is in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.  Miller-Stewart Home in Middlebury was in charge of arrangements. - Source: "LaGrange Standard," Mon., April 21, 2008

Schrock, Josephine (Draper) -  84, of Howe, IN died Monday July 9, 2012 at her daughter’s home.  She was born December 3, 1927 in LaGrange, IN to William & Gena (Randall) Draper.  She was a 1964 graduate of LaGrange High School.  She married James Schrock on August 18, 1948 in LaGrange, IN.  He preceded her in death in 1992.   Josephine was formerly employed at Kirsch in Sturgis, MI as a machine operator.  She was the first woman at Kirsch to operate the machines.  She was also the Union Steward.  In the 1960’s, she initiated a girls softball league for LaGrange County.  In the 1980’s she initiated the recycling project for LaGrange.  She was a Cub Scout Den Mother for many years and was on the traveling bowling league for Kirsch.  She also provided snake venom for Multiple Sclerosis research.  Ms. Schrock was the first woman democrat to be elected in LaGrange County as a Commissioner.  She served 2 terms from 1992 to 2000.  While in office she had legislation passed that all prisoners had to pay for their own upkeep and saved the county thousands of dollars.  She is survived by; 2 sons – James Schrock Jr. of LaGrange, IN and John Schrock of Howe, IN. 1 daughter - Jodie & (Jeff) Anderson of  Howe, IN.  1 sister-in-law – Paula Draper of LaGrange, IN.  7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband., 1 infant daughter – Jeanie.  3 brothers – William Draper, Donald Draper, Frank Draper.  4sisters – Ida Mary Friesner, Rose Caldwell, Grace Jenkot and Frances Lung.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 11, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN.  A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday July 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery.  James Schrock Jr. will officiate.  Memorials may be given to Parkview Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., STE 100, Indianapolis, IN  46209-4830.  

Schrock, Levi  J.  - 81, of Arthur, IL formerly of Middlebury, IN, passed away at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 16, 2009 at his residence rural Arthur, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 19, 2009 at Calvary Chapel in Sturgis, MI.  Rev. Tom Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in the Miller Cemetery in Goshen, IN. A visitation was held from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. at the Living Word Fellowship in Arthur, IL.  Visitation will also be held from 1 to 5 pm Sunday, January 18, 2009 at the Miller-Stewart Funeral Home 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury, IN.  A visitation will also be held one hour prior to the services at the Calvary Chapel in Sturgis, MI. Levi was born July 17, 1927 in Arthur, IL. He was a son of Jacob and Fannie (Herschberger) Schrock.  He married Mary Ellen (Knepp) November 23, 1950 in Shipshewana, IN.  Survivors include his wife Mary Ellen Schrock of Arthur, IL; one daughter Karen Peachey and her husband Jonas of Arthur, IL and two sisters Lydia Gingerich and her husband Verton of Middlebury, IN and Lovina Glick of Goshen, IN; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His parents; one daughter Rhoda Xavier, two grandchildren; two brothers Menno and Melvin Schrock and three sisters Susie Schrock, Pollyann Bontrager and Katie Miller preceded him in death. Levi was a Carpenter.  He was also involved in Mission work for 9 years working in Canada at an Indian Residential School. He was a member of the Cavalry Chapel in Sturgis, MI. – LaGrange Co., Indiana Newspaper Obituary, Jan. 2009

Schrock, Marilyn L.  (Chapman) 61, of 420 North Canal Street LaGrange, IN, formerly of Shipshewana, died at 11:00 P.M. on Wednesday,  October 8, 2008 at Millers Merry Manor, LaGrange, IN., after an extended illness. She was born June 2, 1947 in Sissonville, W.V.,  to Elmer and Alpha (Burgess) Chapman. She moved to this area in 1967. On May 3, 1975 in Elkhart County, IN. she married Phineas W. "Pete" Schrock. She was a homemaker, a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Ligonier and she enjoyed working and jig-saw and cross-word puzzles. She also enjoyed collecting porcelain dog statues. Survivors include her husband, Phineas W. "Pete"  Schrock and Daughter, Deanna Fecher of Goshen, IN.; Son, Kenneth & Annette Parsons of Goshen, IN.;  2 Step-Daughters, Barbara Shetler and Jeanette Miller both of Bristol, IN.;  2 Step-Sons, William Schrock of LaGrange, IN and Gary Schrock of  Huntington, WV.; 6 Grandchildren, 4 Step-Grandchildren, a Great Granddaughter;  5 Sisters, Carolyn & Bob Vaughn of Goshen, IN., Nellie & Ray Roe of Leetonia, OH, Judy & Ralph Fields of Walton, WV., Georgia Moore of Ripley, WV., Sheila Chapman of Walton, WV.;  2 Brothers, Joe Chapman of Lexington, NC., Billy Chapman of Goshen, IN.;  2 Half-Sisters, Verna Maxwell of University Heights, OH and Bonnie Roberts, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ruth Shaffer; 2 half brothers, Carl Martin and Bennie Chapman. Visitation will be from 1 - 7 PM on Sunday at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, October 13, 2008 at funeral home. Services will be conducted by Rev. Jimmy Sheppard and Rev. Wade Sturdivant. Burial will be in the Benton Lutheran Cemetery, Goshen, IN. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association. - Source: LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary from LaGrange Publishing Co.

Schrock, Mary Ann (Yoder) - 82, wife of Daniel J. Schrock, died this morning at the family's farm home, 2 miles west of Shipshewana. The daughter of Daniel Y. and Susanah (Ream) Yoder, she was born November 1, 1860, in Somerset County PA. She was married January 22, 1882, to Mr. Schrock. Of their 7 children, 3 preceded her in death.  Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Mrs. Harvey Bontrager and Mrs. Rollin Mishler, both of Middlebury; 2 sons Grant of Howe and Jacob at home, and a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Miller, and brother, Marcellus, both of near Shipshewana. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the home and at 2 p.m. at the Shore Mennonite Church, which she joined when she was quite young. The Revs. Josiah J. Miller and D.D. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Shore Cemetery. - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Jim Knowles

Schrock, Montey Catherine (Bowman)
-  72, of Howe died Monday April 24, 2006 at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne with her family at her bedside. She had been ill since having a heart attack in March while recuperating from back surgery. She had dealt with several health issues but had been able to continue to enjoy life after having a kidney transplant in 1993, donated by son Jim.  Born February 27, 1934 in White Pigeon, Michigan to Forrest and Mildred (Sigler) Bowman. She graduated from Shipshewana-Scott High School in 1952. She married Rollin Schrock at Emma Mennonite Church on December 11, 1954 where they have been active members. He survives along with 3 of their 4 children, Brenda (John) McClure of Elkhart, James Schrock of Wolcottville, and Scott (Jill) Schrock of LaGrange. Son Michael (Julee) Schrock of Wolcottville died in 2002. Grandchildren are Julie and Kaitlin McClure, Jessica, Matthew and Lindsey Schrock, Brady Schrock, and Ashtin Kaminer. Sister Donna (Eli) Mast and Norma Dulaney, and Uncle Earl Sigler survive, along with many other relatives.  Montey was a homemaker and had previously worked at Coachmen. She enjoyed being with her family and friends and loved having family get-togethers and spending time with her grandchildren, supporting them at hundreds of concerts, ball games and plays. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crafts, flowers, reading, church activities, camping, traveling, garage saleing, collecting glass dishes, having breakfast once a month with her friends from her graduating class, going to Home-Ec Club, Garden Club, and TOPS. She baked and decorated many beautiful wedding and special occasion cakes for family and others. She appreciated the many family and friends who helped celebrate her and Rollin’s 50th wedding anniversary in December 2004 which was a very special event for them.  Services will be held on Friday April 28, 2006 at Emma Mennonite Church, Topeka at 10:00 am with Rev. Gene Hartman officiating. Visitation will be from 2-8 pm on Thursday April 27th at the church. Burial will be in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana.  Memorials may be given to Emma Mennonite Church, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, LaGrange County Cancer Society, and Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, MN. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Schrock, Polly W. (Bontrager) - 81, of LaGrange died Wednesday March 15, 2006 at Goshen General Hospital in Goshen, IN.  Mrs. Schrock was born November 15, 1924 in LaGrange County, IN to William L. and Mattie A. (Yoder) Bontrager; they both precede her in death.Living her lifetime in LaGrange County she was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and was a homemaker. On November 4, 1948 she married Alvin J. Schrock in LaGrange County, IN; he preceded her in death on September 21, 2001.  She is survived by six daughters Mrs. Daniel (Edna) Beechy of Cambria, WI, Mrs. Harvey (Amanda) Miller of Centreville, MI, Ida Schrock of LaGrange, IN, Mrs. Mahlon (Mary) Miller of Howe, IN, Mrs. Fred (Mattie) Cain of Topeka, IN, and Mrs. Levi Ray (Amelia) Miller of Fremont, MI, nine sons Harley & Edna Schrock of Howe, IN, Abe & Miriam Schrock of Vestaburg, MI, Levi & Carolyn Schrock of Wolcottville, IN, Mervin & Ella Schrock of Kamrath, MI, William & Luella Schrock of LaGrange, IN, Samuel & Edna Schrock of Topeka, IN, Edwin & Katie Schrock of LaGrange, IN, Ezra & LaVera Schrock of LaGrange, IN, and Melvin & Saranna Schrock of LaGrange, IN, six sisters Mary Schrock of Shipshewana, IN, Mrs. Elmer (Mary) Bontrager of Clark, MO, Millie Stutzman of Clark, MO, Mrs. Joas (Susie) Lambright of Orleans, IN, Mrs. Marvin (Emma) Schmucker of LaGrange, IN and Mrs. Christian (Mattie) Graber of Seymour, MO, three brothers Levi & Ruby Bontrager of Shipshewana, IN, Ezra & Clara Bontrager of Wolcottville, IN, and Abe & Anna Bontrager of Dalton, WI, 104 grandchildren, and 52 great-grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by two grandchildren, three sisters, and two brothers.  Service for Mrs. Schrock will be held on Friday March 17, 2006 at 9:30 am at the Edwin Troyer Residence, 3660 W – 200 N LaGrange, IN. Bishop Edward Schmucker and Home Ministers will officiate the service. Visitation will begin after 5:00 pm on Wednesday March 15th and will be all day on Thursday March 16th at the family residence. Burial will be in Mast Cemetery, LaGrange, IN. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Schrock, Ruth M. (Reed) -  94, of LaGrange passed away on Thursday June 2, 2005 at her residence. Mrs. Schrock was one of the triplets born on November 10, 1910 to Melbert and Alice (Carpenter) Reed in Van Wert, Ohio. She retired from the LaGrange County Hospital in 1980 where she had worked for 30 years as a Nurses Aide. Mrs. Schrock was a member of the First United Methodist of LaGrange where she was a member of the Martha Circle; a 50 year member of the Sylvan Ch. #251 Order of Eastern Star; and the LaGrange Co. Historical Society. She came to LaGrange in 1925 and on June 7, 1932 she married Paul C. Schrock in Ligonier, IN, he passed away on October 20, 1980. She is survived by two daughters Mrs. Charles (Margaret Ellen) McDonald of LaGrange and Mrs. Paul (Nancy) Nicodemus of Holland, MI; a son Tom L. (Joyce) Schrock of LaGrange; 7 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 9 step-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 4 brother and 5 sisters including her triplets Robert and Ruby. Services will be held Tuesday June 7, 2005 at 10:00 am at the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange with Revs. Dexter Garman, Harold North and Edward Mawhorter officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, IN. Visitation will be held on Monday June 6, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with a 5:45 pm OES Service. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange or Parkview Home Health and Hospice. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Schrock, Tom L.  -  65, of 1275 N – 075 E, LaGrange, IN.; died Thursday, September 15, 2005 at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN.  He was born July 23, 1940, in Sturgis, Michigan, to Paul C. Schrock (died, October 20, 1980)and Ruth M. (Reed) Schrock (died, June 2, 2005).   He graduated from LaGrange High School in 1958, as had his parents, and earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was a teacher for ten years, teaching biology and general science at Mattawan Consolidated Schools and biology at Mount Pleasant High School. He returned to LaGrange where he built a successful real estate business, known as Coldwell Banker Schrock Real Estate and Schrock Builders, Inc. Tom was well know in the area and active in services clubs and community projects. He was an avid birder and loved the theater and being in plays. He was a member of the K of P Lodge in LaGrange, Past President of the Board of Realtors, developer of the North Pointe Plaza in LaGrange, Indiana, had built up to 250 homes through his construction business and had sold 3,000 homes through his real estate agency.  He married Joyce A. Barker on September 3, 1961 in LaGrange, IN. She survives in LaGrange.  Also Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jim Lincoln of Nappanee, Indiana, One son and daughter-in-law Douglas Schrock and Daphne Holden of Tallahassee, Florida, eight grandchildren, two sisters and brother-in-laws, Margaret Ellen and Charles McDonald of LaGrange, Indiana, and Nancy and Paul Nicodemus of Holland Michigan.  Visitation will be on Monday, September 19th from 1-5pm and 6-9pm at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 West Michigan St., LaGrange, IN. Funeral Services will be held at 10am on Tuesday, September 20th at the First United Methodist Church in LaGrange, with the Rev. Dexter Garman, Harold North and Dewey Miller officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange.  Memorials may be given to the Indiana University Cancer Center payable to IUCC Gifts/Esophageal Cancer Research; Office of Gift Development, LO 506; PO Box 67, Indianapolis, IN 46209-8763 or Augusta Barn Theater, 13319 M96, Augusta, MI., 49012- Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Schroeder, Theodore Daniel -  66, of Wolcottville died Wednesday April 5, 2006 at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Mr. Schroeder was born on July 5, 1939 in Gary, IN to Theodore Otto and Anita (Hooper) Schroeder; they both precede him in death.  Mr. Schroeder moved to LaGrange County in 1987 from Hobart, IN. He had worked at Vencor Hospital in LaGrange in the Maintenance Department, had been a Juvenile Detective in Hobart, IN, and was a US Army Veteran.  On December 1, 1963 he married Sharon Hrapcak in Wheeler, IN, she survives.  Also surviving are two daughters Mrs. Norman (Kathleen) Lovely of Livonian, MI and Mrs. Kenneth (Suzanne) Malone of Sturgis, MI, two sons Theodore William Schroeder of Waterloo, IN and Timothy and Konnie Schroeder of Crown Point, IN, 12 grandchildren, a brother Daniel Schroeder of Crown Point, IN, two sisters Betsy Kimpan of Illinois, Marilane Schroeder of Illinois, and a cousin Kenny Schroeder of Columbus, IN.  A memorial service will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wolcottville on Saturday July 1, 2006 at 1:00 pm with Rev. James Tews officiating. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana, April 2006

Schulthess, Don A.  -  age 84, of 5055 N 290 W, Howe, Indiana, died Wednesday August 6, 2008 at 4:30 A.M. at his home.  He was born on August 11, 1923 in Garrett, Indiana to Albert & Esther (Ladd) Schulthess.  He married Edna Fike on June 8, 1946 in Garrett, Indiana.  She preceeded him in death in 1995.  He was a veteran of the Army.  He was a Flight Officer for the 2530th AAF Base unit during WWII.  Don retired in 1983 after 40 years of service for Conrail at Penn Central Station in Ft. Wayne, Indiana where he was employed as a conductor.  After retiring in 1983, Don and Edna moved to LaGrange, IN.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #215 in LaGrange, Indiana, A member of the veterans WWII 8th Airforce Brigade, the Eagles in Garrett, Indiana where he was a Golden Eagle, and the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange, Indiana.  He is survived by 3 daughters, Linda Gradeless of Garrett, Indiana, Donna Longardner of Garrett, IndianaSan Jose, CA; 1 sister, Ruth Tarlton of Kendallville, IN;  3 grandsons, Tim & Rickey Stafford and Jeff Smith; 2 granddaughters, Ginger & Amy Long; and 1 great-grandchild, Hailey Smith.  He was preceeded in death by his parents, wife, 2 brothers,  Norbert & Earl Schulthess and 1 grandson, Dennis Stafford.  Visitation will be Friday August 8, 2008 from 4-8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.  The Funeral Service will be Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home with Pastor Sandra Hutchens of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange, Indiana officiating.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Howe, Indiana  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, August 2008 and Tammy Jo Schulthess of with Military Rites performed by the American Legion Post #215.  – Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, August 2008

Schuman, Melvin F.  -  99, of South Milford, IN died Monday, November 25, 2013 at his home. Mr. Schuman was born in Larwill, IN on September 30, 1914 to Henry and Flossie (Harris) Schuman. In 1944, he moved to LaGrange County from Columbia City, IN and Noble County, IN. Mr. Schuman retired from Monsanto in Ligonier, IN and had been a farmer and an avid gardener and crafter. He was a former member of LaGrange County Farm Bureau. On March 15, 1934 in Plymouth, IN he married Lucy I. Spear. Mrs. Schuman preceded him in death on July 18, 2005. Surviving are two daughters, Lois Daugherty of Huntington, IN and Janice Schuman of South Milford, IN; a son, Kay Leon Schuman of Fort Wayne, IN; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Hal Schuman of Avilla, IN. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother Errol Schuman. According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside service will take place on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:00 am at Lakeview Cemetery in Kendallville, IN. The Rev. Ken Weaver will officiate the service. Memorials may be given to either the Parkview Home Health and Hospice or South Milford United Methodist Church.

Schutt, Anna (Bonebarger) - 90, of Howe, IN, died Saturday, October 25, 2008 at Miller's Merry Manor in LaGrange, IN.  Living her entire life in LaGrange County, she retired from Multi-Plex, Inc. in Howe. She attended the Shipshewana Nazarene Church.  Mrs. Schutt was born January 25, 1918 in Howe, IN to Jonas Mike and Liza Jane (Young) Bonebarger. On April 20, 1935 in LaGrange, IN she married Virgil V. Schutt. Mr. Schutt preceded her in death on December 22, 1998.  Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Wendell Avery of Alamo, TN and Beverly and John White of Howe; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one great-great-grandchild.  Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, a brother, and three sisters.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, with Rev. David Potts officiating. Burial will be in Shore Cemetery in Shipshewana, IN.  Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at the funeral home.  Memorials may be left to the Nazarene Church in Sturgis, MI. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Schwartz, Mrs. Caroline - 87, of Van Buren Township, died Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. Bryant, in Battle Creek MI, where she was spending the winter. She was the widow of Christian Schwartz.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Bryant and Mrs. Katherine Sutherland of Battle Creek, and four sons, Fred of LaGrange County, Chris of Vicksburg MI, William of San Jose CA, and Charles of Kalamazoo MI. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the Evangelical Church at Crampton's Corners, west of Howe. Burial will be in Twin Lakes Cemetery, also west of Howe - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Jim Knowles from March 8, 1939

Schweitzer, Mrs. Amanda (Troyer) - 72, died at noon today at her home in Shipshewana, after more than two months illness. She was born in Eden Township, LaGrange County, on January 25, 1886, the daughter of Adam and Mary Troyer. She had lived in Shipshewana for 36 years.  On March 24, 1885, she was married to George J. Schweitzer, at White Pigeon MI. He died in 1932. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Alva (Faye) Thompson of Indianapolis and Mary Katherine at home; a son, Clyde H. Schweitzer of Pontiac IL; a step-daughter, Dr. Ada Schweitzer of Indianapolis; a stepson, Willard Schweitzer of Howe; and a sister, Mrs. Lydia Seybert of LaGrange. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Methodist Church at Scott, where she was a member. Burial will be in the Sidener Cemetery, west of Howe. The body is at the Shoup Funeral Home in Howe. - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Jim Knowles from May 31, 1938

Scott, Jr.,  Harry  - 87, of Howe died Thursday March 2, 2006 at Life Care Center of LaGrange.  Mr. Scott was born on January 10, 1919 in Wellston, OH to Harry and Nora (Jewell) Scott, Sr.; they both precede him in death.  He moved from Southgate, MI to Howe, IN in 2004. He was the head meatcutter for Kroger Corporation in Dearborn, MI for many years. He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church Sturgis, MI, LaGrange American Legion Post #215, and Southgate Senior Citizens Group.  On September 6, 1941 he married Marguerita Vicchio in Melvindale, MI.  He is survived by his wife Marguerita Scott, a daughter Mrs. Charles J. (Harriet) Renaud, Jr. of LaSalle, MI, a son Dr. Harry (Dr. Rosemarie) Scott, III of Howe, IN, two grandchildren Tiffany Renaud and Charles J. Renaud, III, two great-grandchildren Alexis and Casey Renaud, and a sister Pauline Kalisz of Emily City, MI. He is also preceded in death by a granddaughter Marguerita Renaud and eight brothers.  Service will be held Saturday March 4, 2006 at 12:30 pm at Riverside Cemetery in Howe, IN with Father Mark Weaver officiating, there will also be a military graveside service conducted by the LaGrange American Legion. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 12:00 pm (noon) at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, IN. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Howe, IN.  Masses may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, LaGrange, IN. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana, March 2006

Scott, Marguerita (Vicchio) -  83, of Howe died Sunday June 4, 2006 at Life Care Center of LaGrange.  Mrs. Scott was born on July 19, 1922 in Ann Arbor, MI to Carlo and Edith (Ball) Vicchio; they both precede her in death.  Living in Southgate, MI until 2004 when she moved to Howe, IN, she had been a homemaker. She was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis, MI, Southgate Senior Citizens Center and the Red Hat Society in LaGrange, IN.  On September 6, 1941 in Melvindale, MI she was married to Harry Scott, Jr.; he preceded her in death on March 2, 2006.  She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Charles (Harriet “DeDe”) Renaud, Jr. of Monroe, MI, a son Dr. Harry (Dr. Rosemarie) Scott, III of Howe, IN, two grandchildren Tiffany Renaud and Charles J. Renaud, III, two great-grandchildren Alexis and Casey Renaud, and a sister Doris Perrault of Taylor, MI. She is also preceded in death by a granddaughter Marguerita Renaud and two brothers Sammy and Angelo Vicchio.  A mass will be held on Wednesday June 7, 2006 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in LaGrange, IN 12:00 pm (noon) with Father Mark Weaver officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday June 7th at the church from 10:00 until the 12:00 pm (noon) service time. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Howe, IN  Masses may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church in remembrance of Mrs. Scott. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Scripture, Jane (Sayers) Pickle - died Sept. 12 in Orland, Indiana aged 81 years, 2 months and 12 days.  Jane Sayers was born in Easonwood, England on June 30, 1807.  She was married in England to Richard Pickle in 1831 and in a few years later came to America.  In 1841, Mr. Pickle died and in Aug. 1844 she married Francis Scripture who died in 1876.  She moved to English Prairie over 50 years ago.  The last 6 years of her life were spent in Orland with her daughter, Mrs. Cause.  Her health had been poor for some time and for a year she had been confined to her bed.  She lived a long and eventful life, a member of the Methodist church many years and adorned the profession she made by a well ordered life and godly conversaion till she was called to some . . . . - Clipping from unknown source and incomplete.

Scripture, Pearl M.  -  101, formerly of Orland, IN died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Life Care Center of LaGrange. Mrs. Scripture was born on December 16, 1911 in Branch County, Michigan to Rufus and Minnie Mae (Best) Royer. Living her lifetime in Branch County, MI and Steuben County, IN she was a homemaker and a farmwife. Mrs. Scripture enjoyed being with her family, gardening, playing cards, doing puzzles, and crocheting. On January 24, 1931 in Elkhart, IN she married Kern F. Scripture. Surviving are two nieces, Martha Wilson of Orland, IN and Nellie Winn of Rives Junction, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kern Scripture on January 19, 1986; her daughter and son-in-law, Donna Marie and John Pine, both on July 4, 1970; her parents, Rufus and Minnie Mae Royer; two sisters, Kathryn Shufelt and Ella M. Pippenger; and a brother, Frank Royer. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11:00 am at Greenlawn Cemetery in Orland, IN. Memorials may be given to Orland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 446, Orland, IN 46776

Seagly, Grace Pearl (Shanower) - "Death Takes Mrs. E. F. Seagly, 69, Well-Known South Milford Woman" -  69, widow of the late E. F.. Seagley, was found dead in bed  at her home in South Milford Wednesday morning by her son, Elmer Seagley of Kendallville.  Her death was due to heart failure.  She lived alone.  She was born in Wolcottville on June 4, 1875, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Shanower.  On December 23, 1893, she was united in marriage with Mr. Seagley and since 1897 has resided in South Milford.  Mr. Seagley who was a lifetime and prominent resident of the South Milford community died under similar circumstances at the age of 69 years on Feb. 17, 1940.  He was one of the foremost hardware and farm implement dealers in northeastern Indiana.  Mrs. Seagley was a member of the Methodist church and the Rebekah Lodge in South Milford.  She was active in community affairs.  Surviving are two sons, Elmer Seagley of Kendallville and Gerald Seagley of Ashley; and a granddaughter, Marilyn Seagley of Kendallville.  Besides the husband, a grandson, brother and sister preceded her in death. The funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2:00 o'clock from the late home and at 2:30 p.m. from the South Milford Methodist Church.  Rev. Alfred Hunter, former pastor of the church, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Melvin Blake.  Internment will be in the South Milford cemetery.  The body will be returned to the late home this evening from the Berhalter funeral home in Kendallville. - Contributed by C. Edsall

Sears, Charles E. - Charles E. Sears, Leader in Banking and Farming Dies Suddenly and Passes Away at Home Tuesday Morning From Heart Attack at age of 75 Years.  One of the Organizers of LaGrange State Bank  and a director of that institution since that time, also one of the largest landowners of LaGrange County, passed away suddenly at his home just beyond the east edge of LaGrange on Tuesday forenoon at the age of 75 years.  Mr. Sears was working in his garden when he complained of suffering about the heart and was helped to the house.  He died before a physician arrived.  The funeral was held at the home on Thurs. afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.  the Rev F. H. Cremean conducted the service and burial took place in Greenwood Cemetery.  Beside taking part in banking and farming activities, Mr. Sears took an interest in public affairs and served for years as a member of the county council.  He was an organizer of the Home Grain Co. and served as its president for some time.  The following obituary was written by one close to Mr. Sears:  Charles E. Sears, the older child of Isaac and Lorinda Sears, was born on his father's farm in LaGrange Co., Indiana on the 24th day of Aug. 1855 and died in his home near LaGrange on the 17th of June 1930 at the age of 74 years, 9 months and 23 days.  He was married to Maggie Vesey on the 27th day of Dec. 1875 when he was 20 years old.  They moved at once to a farm two miles east of LaGrange where they founded the home which was theirs for over 54 years.  This worthy couple had the courage of the pioneer stock they were born of.  They were not afraid of a small beginning.  Their material equipment was one team of horses, one wagon, one plow, one cow and one hog.  Meager as this was start in life, Mr. Sears at the time of his death had become on of the largest land owners of his native county.  Although he had lived more than the allotted span of his life of three score years and ten, Mr. Sears was never an old man in spirit and activity.  He kept abreast of the times and maintained a lively interest in all current events up to the hour of his death.  He was always in control of his entire estate and gave it his personal attention.  He was  director of the LaGrange State Bank from the time of its organization and his judgement and advice were sought in all its important concerns.  He lived through no less that three of his country's financial depressions and hard times, but these crisis never discouraged him, nor dampened his resolute spirit; neither did they serve to abate his untiring industry.  he never quit until last Tuesday morning when it was said of him: "Come.  It is enough."  He left surviving him his widow, Maggie; his daughters, Rena S., wife of Attorney Charles A. Yotter of Angola, Helen, wife of Lewis Price of LaGrange, Audra, wife of Frank G. Bollman of Fort Wayne, and Olive, wife of C. E. Eash of Indianapolis.  There was one son Homer born to them who died before he reached his 3rd birthday. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  Mr. Sears maintained a home of unusual hospitality.  It was one of his greatest delights to have his children and grandchildren about his generous table on Thanksgiving day, Christmas time and other festive days.  In all these he was the principal spirit.  In politics he was a life-long Republican, and in religion he was a Methodist, having united with that church in the year of 1887.  In this society he held his membership as long as he lived.  - "The Standard," LaGrange, Indiana - June 19, 1930

Sears, Charles Wesley - "C. W. Sears Dead"-  Charles Wesley Sears died on Monday evening of this week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. B. Stants, on West Central Ave, following an invalidism of several months, from apoplexy.  Rev. Grg. F. Hubbartt, pastor the Methodist Episcopal Church had charge of the funeral, held Thursday afternoon, at the residence and burial was made in the Brushy Chapel Cemetery, east of LaGrange.  Mr. Sears was born on May 18, 1856 in Springfield twp., the son of M&M Ezra Sears, pioneers of LaGrange County. Ezra Sears was one of the leading farmers of his generation, unusually successful in his business affairs and at his death a few years ago, left a large estate including 5 or 6 hundred acres of valuable farm land around the homestead farm in Springfield twp.  Charles Wesley Sears and Clara Landon were married in 1881 and with the exception of a few years in Sturgis, Mich., always lived wither in Springfield twp., or LaGrange.  Mrs. Sears died a year and a half ago.  Mr. Sears leaves 3 children, Mrs. W. B. Stants, Leon A. Sears, a member of the faculty of Albion College at Albion, Michigan, and Fred G. Sears of Three Rivers, Michigan. Mrs. Fred W. Landon, the only other child of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Sears, died a few years ago.  Mr. Sears, at the time of his death, owned the old homestead in Springfield twp. - "The LaGrange Standard," Jan. 19, 1923, LaGrange, Indiana

Sears, Grace B. - daughter of Eleazer T. and Rosetta A. Sears passed away at her home in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, March 8, at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 9 days.  She was born on March 28, 1888 in LaGrange County, Indiana and lived here until 11 years ago, when, with her parents, she moved to Orlando, Florida.  She leaves to mourn her loss, 2 brothers, Monroe F. and hubert T. and a host of other relatives and friends.  She was a true soldier of the corss of Jesus and maintained her membership in the LaGrange M. E. Church until her death. - Obituary in "The Standard," LaGrange, Indiana - March 3, 1932

Sells, Herman R.  -  61, of Rome City, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 8, 2008, at 7:28 p.m. in the emergency room at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.  Mr. Sells had lived most of his life in Noble County. He retired in 1992 from the Fort Wayne Foundry after working there for a number of years. He attended Harbor of Love Baptist Church in Kendallville.  He was born June 9, 1946, in Garrett, Kentucky, to Curtis and Martha (Coburn) Sells.  Surviving are Kay Frances with whom he made his home for the past 20 years; two daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Tim Smith of Wolcottville and Kim and Russell Schwarz of Avilla; two sons and daughters-in-law, Herman C. Sells, Jr. and Anna Sells of Wolcottville and Jimmy R. Sells and Angel Lovins of Rogers, Kentucky; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Anna Mosley of Kendallville and Norman and Deb Sells of Kendallville; six sisters and three brothers-in-law, Velma Lorene and R.L. Thompson of Trinity, Texas, Alice Fay and Harlis Hall of Georgetown, Kentucky, Zeda Hoover of Kendallville, Lucretta Duncan of Martin, Kentucky, Bonnetta Stacy of Kendallville, and Myrie and Dave Trueblood of Kendallville; 17 grandchildren, Jackson Schwarz, Kole Schwarz, Chelsea Sells, Shay Owsley, Zack Sells, Curtis Sells, Corey Sells, T.J. Sells, Nathan Wolfe, Brandon Garrison, John Clawson, Amy Clawson, Timmy Smith, Jeremy Smith, Chad Smith, Corey Smith, and Brad Smith; and four great grandchildren, Noah Owsley, Rebecca Owsley, and Faith Godsey, and Mary Ann Marie Clawson.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Marvin Ray Sells, and a sister, Freda Lawson.  Funeral services will be Thursday, June 12, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Harbor of Love Baptist Church, with Pastors Ernie Miller, Charlie Mosley, Phil Lucas, and Willie Collins officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.  Honorary casketbearers will be Herman Sells, Jr. and Jimmy Ray Sells. Active casketbearers will be Jim Hall, Randol Hall, Marvin Hoover, Brandon Garrison, Harland Smith, Dan Miller, Nathan Wolfe, Dave Trueblood, and Zachary Sells.  Calling will be Tuesday, June 10, 2008, after 3 p.m. and all day Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at the church with evening services at 7 p.m. both nights.  Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is in charge of arrangements. – LaGrange County Indiana Obituary, June 2008

Shafer, Margaret A.  -  74, of Mongo, died Sunday, November 24, 2013 at her residence. She worked as a billing agent for a medical company in California and then for the Dometic Corp. in LaGrange. She was also a homemaker. Margaret loved to go camping and travel with her family. She also enjoyed crocheting. She moved back to the area in 2001 from Long Beach, California. She was born on September 20, 1939 in Centreville, Mich., to Russell and Florence (Barker) Sams. They preceded her in death. On March 5, 1961 in Mendon, Mich., she married Larry L. Shafer. He preceded her in death on January 9, 2012. Surviving Margaret are her four sons and a daughter-in-law, Rick and Rita Shafer of LaGrange; Bill Shafer of Shipshewana; Terry Shafer and Tim Shafer both of Mishawaka; eleven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty. Funeral Services will be held at 10am on Friday, November 29th at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 West Michigan St., LaGrange. The Rev. Carldean Merrifield will officiate and burial will take place in Springfield Township Cemetery, Mongo, Ind. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 27th from 2-4 & 6-8pm. Memorials maybe contributed to the American Cancer Society

Shaver, Fannie Pearl Hart (Eash), 87 of Geneva, Ind., died Monday, April 6, 1992 in Chalet Village of Berne.  She was born in Shipshewana, Indiana on Dec. 4, 1904 the daughter of Samuel and Lizzie (Miller) Eash.  She was a member of the Geneva Church of Nazarene.  She was married Oct. 9, 1924 to Harlow C. Hart who preceded her in death on Apr. 23, 1976.  Her second marriage was to Elmer Shaber who she married on Oct. 30, 1976, he survives.  Also surviving are 2 daughters, Becky Tarkington Berne and Mrs. Gene (Dorothy Harlene) Shaver of Garson Geneva, Ind.; and a step daughter, Mileah Horton of Ypsilanti, Mich., a sister Mrs. Donald (Pauline) Garson of Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held in the Downing Funeral Home in Geneva.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemt. in LaGrange, Indiana.  Preferred memorials may be to the family. -Source: "The LaGrange Standard," LaGrange, Indiana, April 6, 1992

Shearer, Beverly Jean (Hamilton)-  53, of Boca Raton, FL, died Monday, January 26, 2009 at her residence.  In 2006, Mrs. Shearer moved from Stroh, IN to Boca Raton, where she had worked as a Senior Development Coordinator for Global Tower Partners in Boca Raton. She was a member of Stroh Church of Christ in Stroh.  Mrs. Shearer was born on September 22, 1955 in Connersville, IN to Arthur and Florain (Bently) Hamilton. On July 17, 1986 in Fort Wayne, IN she married William B. Shearer. He survives in Boca Raton.  Also surviving are her parents, Arthur and Barbara Hamilton of Connersville, IN and Florain and Donald Marcum of Oceanside, CA; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jerry and Kim Jones of Detroit, MI, William B. and Jennifer Shearer, II of Palm Bay, FL, and Matthew Shearer of Boca Raton, FL; four grandchildren, Cody Douglas Jones (Godfrey), William B. "Liam" Shearer, III, Regan Elizabeth Blank, and Lillia Jaycee Jones; three sisters, Cathy Hamilton and Jennifer Brown both of San Diego, CA, and Shelly Wyatt of Fort Lauderdale, FL; her mother-in-law, Waneta Shearer; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Janice Desch and family, Dannie and Georgia Shearer and family, Karla Shearer and family, Joe Swick and family, Doug Swick and family, Harry Swick and family, and Robin Swick and family; and special friends Steve and Patty Tone.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 10:00 am at Stroh Church of Christ with Rev. Michael Hamm officiating. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery in Stroh, IN.  Visitation will be from 2-4 & 6-8 pm on Monday, February 2, 2009 at the church.  Memorials may be given to Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation via www.HPBCF.org. - Source: LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Jan. 2009

Shearer, Helen R. (Rhoades)  -  86, of Stroh, IN, died Thursday, December 4, 2008 at home.  Mrs. Shearer moved from Fort Wayne, IN to Turkey Lake, Stroh, IN in 1993. She worked for Norfolk and Western Railroad in the office for fifteen years. She had attended the Stroh Church of Christ.  On October 4, 1922 in Muncie, IN, she was born to Frank W. and Bessie O. (Barber) Rhoades.  Surviving is a daughter, Janice Desch of Okeechobee, FL; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dannie D. and Georgia Shearer of LaGrange, IN, and William and Beverly Shearer of Boca Raton, FL; eleven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruby Hodson of Muncie, IN.  Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Philip Shearer in March, 2006; a sister, Alice Hottinger; and a brother, Raymond Rhoades.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, with Pastor Michael Hamm officiating.  A committal service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday at the chapel at Elm Ridge Cemetery in Muncie.  Visitation will be on Thursday, December 11, 2008 from 6-8 pm at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Parkview Home Health and Hospice. - Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary – Dec. 2008

Shelly, Lloyd E. -  79, of Howe, IN, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at his residence.  Mr. Shelly had lived in Howe until 1969 when he moved to Otsego, MI where he lived until moving back to Howe in 1991. He retired in July 1988 as a diesel and gas mechanic-journeyman at Alvan Motor Freight in Kalamazoo, MI. He is a member of the Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe where he served as a Deacon and a Trustee. He was a member of the Teamster Union #7 in Kalamazoo, MI and the Meridian Sun Lodge #76 F & AM. He was also a District Scout Master for Northern Indiana.  Mr. Shelly was born on June 29, 1929 in LaGrange, IN to Vern E. and Margaret J. (McCoy) Shelly. On July 1, 1948 he married Reta B. Shuck in Tipton County, IN; Mrs. Shelly survives in Howe.  Also surviving are four daughters and a son, Carol and Clent McCorkle of Paw Paw, MI; Susan and Roger Brunink of Wayland, MI; Linda and Paul Hendrickson of Berkeley, IL and Mary and Robert Kugach of Elburn, IL; Steven and Rebecca Shelly of Serena, IL; twelve grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his parents, a brother, Philip Shelly and a sister Dorothy Crumb.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 12, 2008 at 10:00 am at Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe with Rev. Bill Birch and Rev. Daniel Engber officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Howe. Visitation will be held on Friday July 11, 2008 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with a Masonic Service by Meridian Sun Lodge at 7:30 pm.  Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital or Lima Presbyterian Church. – "LaGrange News," LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary from July 11, 2008

Shelly, Reta B. (Shuck)-  79, of Howe, IN, died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange, IN.  Mrs. Shelly came to LaGrange County in 1948 and lived in Howe until 1969. She then moved to Otsego, MI where she lived until moving back to Howe in 1991. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe.  Mrs. Shelly was born on January 24, 1929 in Tipton County, IN to David E. and Goldie E. (Adams) Shuck. On July 1, 1948 she married Lloyd E. Shelly in Tipton, IN; Mr. Shelly preceded her in death on July 8, 2008.  Surviving are four daughters and a son, Carol and Clent McCorkle of Paw Paw, MI, Susan and Roger Brunink of Wayland, MI, Linda and Paul Hendrickson of Berkeley, IL, and Mary and Robert Kugach of Elburn, IL; Steven and Rebecca Shelly of Serena, IL; twelve grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a sister Donna Mae Linson of Indianapolis, IN; two brothers Dean Shuck of Indianapolis, IN, and Merlin Shuck of Morristown, TN; and several nieces and nephews.  Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, three sisters and five brothers.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 11:00 am at Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe with Rev. Bill Birch officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Howe.  Visitation will be held on Friday, September 5, 2008 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange.  Memorials may be made to Lima Presbyterian Church or American Diabetes Association. – Source:  "LaGrange Standaard,"  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary Sept. 1, 2008

Shemberger, Kenneth A.  -  84, of LaGrange, died, Friday, March 10, 2006 at his residence. He was born January 16, 1922, in Manitoba, Canada, to the late, Charles and Glaydis (Kaye) Shemberger.  He was a printer for the Sturgis Journal newspaper and at the LaGrange Publishing Company, retiring from the LaGrange Publishing Company after 25 yrs of service.  On October 21, 1966 he married Josephine (Gappinger) in LaGrange. She survives in LaGrange.  He was a World War II Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 215, Kum-N-Kamp Club and the Grasshoppers camping club.  Also surviving are two sons, Kaylor and Patricia Shemberger of Watsonville, Calif.; and Brent and Nelda Shemberger of Pelham, Ala.; a step-son Brent and Deb Duesler of Howe, IN.; two step-daughters, Mrs. Kane (Jennifer) Plyley and Mrs. Greg (Becky) Brown both of LaGrange, IN.; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  He was also preceded in death by a sister Dorothy Neihardt.  Visitation will be held on Monday, March 13th from 6-8pm at the Frurip-May Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be held at 10am, Tuesday, March 14th at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, with the Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, IN.  Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 7363 East 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana, March 2006

Sherman, Dora (Dwight) Sherman - 74, of Plato died Friday at the Kondas Nursing Home in Albion where he had been  since July.  He had formerly been living at Mark's Nursing Home in LaGrange.  He was born  Nov. 5, 1892, to Dayton and Myrtle (Craft) Sherman, in Clearspring township. and had lived in LaGrange County all his life.  He was never married.  Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Ralph Fisher of LaGrange Route 3.  Funeral services were held Sunday at the Frurip Funeral Home in LaGrange with the Rev. Melvin Coil officiating.  Burial was in Woodruff Cemetery. - LaGrange Standard, Indiana, Dec. 22, 1966

Sherwood, Geraldine Kay (Hill) -  58 and of White Pigeon, Michigan, born: Aug. 30,1949 and died on Monday, July 21, 2008 in her home. Survivors include her husband, Jerry L.; daughters, Renee L. Sherwood and Mary K. Sherwood of White Pigeon; brothers, Greg Hill of Travelers Rest, SC, Doug and Jeff Hill of LaGrange; sisters, Pam Yoder of Sylacauga, AL; aunt, Marilyn Morningstar of St. Cloud, MN; and uncle, Wayne Hill of Orville, OH. Services will be at 8 p.m. Thursday in Farrand Funeral Home, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.  Her father was Gerald Hill, son of Ledger and Venah (Hassinger) Hill. - Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary – July 2008

Shetler, Daniel -  5 days, died Friday, December 12, 2008 at Parkview North in Fort Wayne, IN.  He was a member of the Old Oder Amish Church.  He was born December 7, 2008 in Bryant, IN; to Nathaniel and Katieann (Graber) Shetler. They survive in LaGrange.  Also surviving are his Maternal Grandparents, David and Millie Graber of Bryant, IN, Paternal Grandparents, Samuel and Amanda Shetler of LaGrange, three sisters, Maryann Shetler, Margaret Shetler and Lydiann Shetler, three brothers, Alvin Shetler, Nathaniel Shetler and David Shetler all at home in LaGrange.  Funeral Services will be held at the family residence, 0405 N – 400 E, LaGrange, IN at 2pm Sunday, December 14, 2008 with the Bishop LeRoy Mullett officiating along with the other home ministers. Burial will take place in Bloomfield Cemetery, LaGrange, IN.  Visitation will be held at the family residence on Saturday, December 13, 2008 after 3pm. - Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary – Dec. 2008

Shetlr Sr., Levi J.  -  84, of LaGrange, died Wednesday April 16, 2008 at his family residence.  He was a retired farmer and carpenter. He moved to the area from Adams County in February 1996. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.  He was born on May 8, 1923 in Mount Hope, Ohio, to the late, Jacob L. and Amanda A. (Hershberger) Shetler.  On November 27, 1947 in Geneva, he married Mary (Hilty). She preceded him in death on March 12, 2007.  Surviving are five daughters and son-in-laws, Amanda and Paul Schwartz of Fremont, IN; Lucinda and Levi Schwartz of Monroe, IN; Amy and James Hilty of LaGrange, IN; Annie and Marvin Schwartz of LaGrange, IN; Larene and Wills Graber of Geneva, IN; five sons and daughter-in-laws, Samuel and Amanda Shetler of LaGrange, IN; Jacob and Freida Shetler, Paul and Leah Shetler both of Monroe, IN; Marcus and Martha Shetler of Hicksville, OH and Levi and Mandy Shetler, Jr. of LaGrange, IN; 91 grandchildren and 96 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Martha Hilty and Fannie Hilty of Berne, IN; four brothers, Henry and Valentine Shetler of Berne, IN; Andrew Shetler of Monroe, IN; Mose Shetler of LaGrange, IN.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a wife, Mary, one sister, Anna Coblentz and four brothers, Dan, Eli, Jacob and Samuel Shetler and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the James Hilty residence, 4225 E – 160 S, LaGrange, with the Bishop Danny Otto and home ministers officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, LaGrange.  Visitation will be after 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 17th and all day Friday, April 18th at the James Hilty residence.  Arrangements by Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary April 2008

Shetler, Mary S. (Hilty) 81, of LaGrange, died, Monday, March 12, 2007 at her residence.  She was born August 30, 1925 in Geneva, IN.; to the late, Sam and Amanda (Coblentz) Hilty.   Mary was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She moved to LaGrange in 1996 from Berne, IN.  On November 27, 1947 she married Levi J. Shetler, Sr. in Geneva, IN. He survives in LaGrange.  Also surviving are five sons and daughter-in-laws, Samuel and Amanda Shetler of LaGrange, IN.; Jacob and Freida Shetler and Paul and Leah Shetler all of Monroe, IN.; Marcus and Martha Shetler of Hicksville, OH; and Levi and Mandy Shetler, Jr. of LaGrange, IN.; five daughters and son-in-laws, Amanda and Paul Schwartz of Fremont, MI.; Lucinda and Levi Schwartz of Monroe, IN.; Amy and James Hilty of LaGrange, IN.; Annie and Marvin Schwartz of LaGrange, IN.; and Larene and Willis Graber of Geneva, IN.; eighty-nine grandchildren and eighty-six great-grandchildren, and five brothers, Dan and Joe Hilty of Geneva, IN.; Sam and Rubin Hilty of Seymour, IN.; and Melvin Hilty of Bryant, IN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.  Funeral services will be held at 9:30am on Thursday, March 15th at the James Hilty residence, 4225 E – 160 S, LaGrange, with the Bishop Danny Otto and home ministers officiating.  Visitation will begin on Tuesday, March 13th after 5pm at the James Hilty residence and all day on Wednesday, March 14th.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, LaGrange, IN.  Arrangements by Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Shigley, Florence Burgi (Howard) -  86, of Howe, IN died Friday April 4, 2008 at Life Care Center of LaGrange in LaGrange, IN.  Living her life time in LaGrange County she was a retired doctor's receptionist with Dr. Taylor in Howe and Dr. Dettman in Sturgis, MI. She had attended Brighton Chapel in Brighton, IN.  Mrs. Burgi Shigley was born on October 16, 1921 in Shipshewana, IN to Emanuel and Emma (Weirich) Howard. On July 2, 1939 she married Ralph N. Burgi in Kalamazoo, MI; he preceded her in death on October 30, 1994. She then married Robert E. Shigley on October 7, 1995 in Brighton, IN; he also preceded her in death on November 22, 1999.  She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law Marietta & Ralph Abston of Howe, and Martha Jane & Gary Rausch of Auburndale, FL, a son and daughter-in-law Martin & Barbara Burgi of Howe, IN, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a sister Trella VonOlnhausen of Howe, and a brother Lester Howard of Laurinburg, NC. Preceding her in death were her parents, two husbands, and a grandson Stephen Kinel in 1965.  The funeral service will be held on Monday April 14, 2008 at 10:00 am at Brighton Chapel in Brighton, IN with Pastor Jeremy Helmuth and Rev. Brian VanOsdol officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange. Visitation will be on Sunday April 13, 2008 from 2:00-5:00 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange.  Memorials may be given to Brighton Chapel. -Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary in April 2008

Shore, Clever Esther  - 91, of LaGrange, IN died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. Miss Shore was born on January 5, 1922 in Lawler, Iowa to Simon and Elsie (Stubs) Shore. Living in LaGrange County since 1987, she moved to the area from South Bend, IN. Miss Shore had worked at The Arc of LaGrange County in Howe, IN and attended First United Methodist Church of LaGrange. Her parents, Simon and Elsie Shore, a sister, Ruby Shore, and three brothers, Johnny Clover, Clifford and Clyde Shore all preceded her in death. She is survived by her many friends that she considered her family at The Arc of LaGrange County and Alternative Lifestyles, Inc. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan, LaGrange, IN. Rev. Chris Danielson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9 am until the service time on Friday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Arc of LaGrange County


Shore, Johnny Clover - 89, of LaGrange, IN died Thursday, November 6, 2008 atParkview LaGrange Hospital.  Living in LaGrange since 1987, he came here from South Bend, IN and worked at ARC Opportunities in Howe, IN. He was a member of LaGrange Baptist Church in LaGrange, IN.  Clover was born on October 29, 1919 in Iowa.  He is survived by a sister Clever Esther Shore in LaGrange, IN who he has lived with his entire life.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 11:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, with Rev. Jeff Farnham officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until service time on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to ARC Opportunities. - Source: LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary from LaGrange Publishing Co., Nov, 2008

Shull, Nathan C.  - Yeoman 2nd Class (SS) Nathan C. Shull, 24, of Howe, IN died Saturday March 1, 2008 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN.  Mr. Shull was born on October 18, 1983 in LaGrange, IN to David K. and Catherine (Cross) Shull. Living most of his lifetime in LaGrange County, he was currently serving on active duty with the United States Navy. He was a member of the LaGrange American Legion Post #215 in LaGrange, IN.  Nathan is survived by his mother and stepfather Catherine and Ron Henschel of Howe, his father and stepmother David and Denise Shull of LaGrange, his grandparents David and Mary Ann Cross of Howe and Jeannette Shull of Brimfield, IN, a brother and sister-in-law Jeremiah D. and Danielle Shull of LaGrange, a stepsister Lindsey Henschel of LaGrange, and a stepbrother Ronnie Henschel III of Fort Wayne, IN.   A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm at LaGrange Church of God in LaGrange, with Rev. Brian VanOsdol officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm until the service time on Saturday at the church. A military service will be conducted by the United States Navy.   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or LaGrange County Relay for Life.  Arrangements are being handled by Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, IN. - Source: LaGrange Standard March 2008

Shull, Rylee A.
 -  12 days, died Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at Parkview North in Fort Wayne, IN.  She was born on December 19, 2008 in Fort Wayne, IN; to Jeremiah D. and Danielle (Bolinger) Shull. They survive in LaGrange, IN.  Also surviving are her maternal grandparents, Laura and Don Gremore of White Pigeon, MI, and Dennis Bolinger of Fort Wayne, IN; paternal grandparents, Catherine and Ron Henschel of Howe, IN and David and Denise Shull of LaGrange, IN; maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Bassett and maternal great-great-grandmother, Dorothy Wiegman both of Fort Wayne, IN; paternal great-grandparents, David and Mary Ann Cross of Howe, IN and Jeannette Shull of Brimfield, IN.  Family and friends are welcome to gather at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 West Michigan St, LaGrange, on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 from 6-8pm. 
- Source: LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary Clippings from LaGrange Publishing Co., 2008

Shultz, Eli -  72, who had been afflicted with diabetes and heart trouble for several years, died this morning (January 30, 1937) at his home near Emma, southwest of LaGrange, where he moved 12 years ago from Newago County MI. Mr. Shultz was born September 30, 1865, in Holmes County OH. His wife, Kathryn preceded him in death. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Cloid Inks of near Wawaka IN, one son, Frank of Wyoming Park MI, and several grandchildren. The body is at Caton Brothers Funeral Home. - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Jim Knowles

Shultz, Florence L. (Schultz) - 88, of Howe, IN died Tuesday March 4, 2008 at Life Care Center of LaGrange.  Ms. Shultz was born in LaGrange County on August 1, 1919 to the late Clyde H. and Etta (Fair) Shultz. She spent her lifetime in LaGrange County and retired after 31 years from LaGrange County Hospital where she was a Registered Nurse. She was a member of Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe and the Hospital Retirees Club, and formerly volunteered at the hospital.  Ms. Shultz is survived by two sisters Rachel E. Miller and Mary Jane Hoerl both of Howe, several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Also preceding her in death we two sisters Ruth Long and Mabel Forker.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday March 8, 2008 at 10:00 am Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe with Rev. Daniel Engber officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Howe. Visitation will be held on Friday March 7, 2008 from 2-6 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange.  Memorials may be given to Lima Presbyterian Church. - Source:  LaGrange County, Indiana Obituary, March 2008

Schuman, Lucy I.  (Spear) 91, of Wolcottville, IN., died, at her residence on Monday, July 18, 2005.  She was born on August 21, 1913 in Columbia City, IN to Robert O. and Daisy (Reese) Spear. They are both deceased.   On March 15, 1934 she married Melvin F. Schuman in Plymouth, IN. He survives.  Coming from Columbia City and Noble County she moved to South Milford in 1944 and was a homemaker.  She was a member of the South Milford United Methodist Church, the Friendship club, the Flower Club, the Violet Club, Homemaker Extension Club and a former 4-H Leader.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters Lois Daugherty of Huntington, IN and Janice Schuman of South Milford, a son Kay Leon Schuman of Ft. Wayne, IN, 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, and a sister Erma Caley of Ft. Wayne, IN. She is preceded in death by her parents and 3 brothers and a sister.  Services will be held on Friday July 22, 2005 at 10:00 am at the Frurip-May Funeral Home with Rev. Barbara K. Cross officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday July 21 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home. A committal service will be held on Saturday July 23 at 1:00 pm at the Lakeview Cemetery in Kendallville, IN.  Memorials may be made to the church or to Parkview Home Health & Hospice. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Sherwood, Geraldine K. (Hill) - 58 of White Pigeon, Michigan, died Monday, July 21, 2008 in her home.  She was born on Aug. 30, 1949 to Gerald Hill, son of Ledger and Venah (Hassinger) Hill.  Survivors include her husband, Jerry L.; daughters, Renee L. Sherwood and Mary K. Sherwood of White Pigeon; brothers, Greg Hill of Travelers Rest, SC, Doug and Jeff Hill of LaGrange; sisters, Pam Yoder of Sylacauga, AL; aunt, Marilyn Morningstar of St. Cloud, MN; and uncle, Wayne Hill of Orville, OH. Services will be at 8 p.m. Thursday in Farrand Funeral Home, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. – Sturgis, Michigan Obituary, July 2008

Simmons, Sarah Jane (McKibben) - It is our painful duty today to record the death of a near and dear neighbor, Mrs. Jennie Simmons, wife of Isaac A. Simmons, an attorney of this city, who died at four o'clock on Tuesday morning, January 13th, 1880, of consumption, aged nearly 33 years.  The deceased was a daughter of Mrs. Sarah McKibben of this city.  She was born in Ohio, and when quite young came to LaGrange County, this state.  About fourteen years ago she came with her parents to this city.  A year or two later she became a member of the Presbyterian Church.  She was married in 1868 to Mr. Isaac Simmons.  She leaves a pleasant and happy home, two bright little children - a boy and a girl - and many relatives and ardent friends who deeply mourn her untimely death.  It was our good fortune to be a near neighbor of the deceased and her husband for a number of years, and we never knew a more estimable lady, a kinder neighbor, or a more affectionate mother and wife.  The loss sustained in her death will be deeply felt by a large circle of relatives, friends, and neighbors.  We could not feel more keenly the death of any neighbor, owing to our pleasant and intimate association.  Our friend, the sorely bereaved husband has our heart-felt sympathy. - Goshen Times, Jan. 13, 1880 and LaGrange Standard, IN, Jan. 22, 1880 - Contributed by C. Edsall.

 

Simpson Margaret M. (Easterday)  - age 86, of LaGrange, Ind., died Jan. 3, 2008, at the Life Care Center of LaGrange.  She was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Shipshewana, Ind., a daughter of Hugh and Orpha (Nelson) Easterday.  On July 5, 1941, she married Robert Simpson in Crown Point, Ind. He preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 1984.  Margaret was a homemaker while raising her children. After the children were grown she was employed as a mail carrier at the Shipshewana Post Office. She enjoyed gardening in her spare time.  Surviving are: three daughters, Mrs. John (Linda) Smits of Sturgis, Mich., Kevin (Tammie Shoup) Koontz of Goshen and Mrs. Steve (Sandy) Keenan of Goshen; a brother, Ernest Easterday of Mendon, Mich.; and a granddaughter, Nicole Keenan of Goshen. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three brothers, Maurice, Lyle and Paul Easterday; and two sisters, Betty Hostetler and Gladys Conner.  Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday at the  Carney-Frost Funeral Home in LaGrange. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Shipshewana United Methodist Church with Pastor Charles McPeek officiating. Burial will be in Keightley Cemetery, Shipshewana.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Heart Association. -Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary January 2008
 
Singleton, Edith (Reynolds) - 77, of Stroh, IN died Monday April 28, 2008 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange.  Living in LaGrange County since the 1950's she was a homemaker. She loved to garden and grow flowers.   Mrs. Singleton was born on August 16, 1930 in Vicco, KY to Beverly and Sally (Roark) Reynolds. In August, 1947 she married Linvell Singleton, Jr. in Vicco, KY, he survives in Stroh.  Also surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law David & Ruth Singleton of Wolcottville, Lin & Kathi Singleton of Stroh, and James & Patricia Singleton of Shiloh, IL, nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and a sister Marlene Reynolds of Las Vegas, NV. Preceding her in death were her parents and two grandsons Bradley Singleton in August, 1996 and Aaron Singleton in June, 1997.  Graveside services will be held on Thursday May 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm at Wright Cemetery, Hudson, IN with Rev. Russell Hepler officiating. There will be visitation from 12:00 (noon) until 2:00 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange.
  Memorials may be given to United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Greater Indiana. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary May 2008

Siver, James W. 53, of Topeka, IN died Wednesday September 19, 2007 at his residence.  Mr. Siver was born in Cedar Rapids, IA on September 17, 1954 to Benjamin and Delores (Brown) Siver; the both precede him in death.  Living in the Topeka area for the last 21 years, he had worked for Redman Homes, Inc. for 23 years. Jim was a Vietnam War Veteran with the Unites States Marine Corps, an avid motorcyclist and a member of Bikers at the Crossing of Goshen, IN.  On May 27, 1989 he married Beverly J. Shirey in Hebron, IN; Mrs. Siver survives in Topeka, IN.  Also surviving are a daughter Tammy Badanish, a grandson Adam Fodge both of Topeka, three sisters Diane Siver of Aurora, IL, Cheryl Henderson of Wheaton, IL, and Kelly Jones of Goshen, IN. A sister, Robin Siver, also preceded him in death.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday September 22, 2007 at 11:00 am at the New Eden Worship Center in Honeyville, IN with Greg Wittrig and Rev. Harold Gingerich officiating the service.  Memorials may be made to Bikers at the Crossing.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, IN. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana, Sept. 2007

Sixbey, Fonda (Galloway) - Word has been received by friends of the death of Mrs. Fonda Sixbey, which occurred last Saturday at the home of her son, Clifford Sixby, near Newaygo MI. Funeral services were held at Newaygo Tuesday with burial there. Mrs. Sixby, about 77, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Galloway. A number of years ago she lived in Scott IN and Shipshewana IN. Her husband, Fred Sixby, died July 1, 1901. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Helen, and a son, James. - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Jim Knowles from JANUARY 7, 1939

Skaggs, Wilma May (Snapp) - 79, of LaGrange, IN, died Friday, January 16, 2009 at Life Care Center of LaGrange.  Living in LaGrange County since 1968, she moved to the area from Winchester, IN. She was a homemaker and member of the Five Corners Baptist Church in Wolcottville, IN and the LaGrange American Legion Post 215 Ladies Auxiliary.  Mrs. Skaggs was born on July 5, 1929 in Cambridge City, IN to Milton and Mary (Franklin) Snapp. On August 28, 1965 in Pleasant Lake, IN she married Willie Skaggs; he preceded her in death on May 18, 1995.  Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda S. and James Hicks of Topeka, IN, and Diane and Richard Powell of LaGrange; two sons and daughters-in-law, William J. and Linda Harris of Winchester, IN, and Douglas W. and Rosetta Harris of Ridgeville, IN; a step-son and daughter-in-law, Willie Dean and Laurie Skaggs of Howe, IN; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gilford Snapp of Williamsburg, IN.  Preceding her in death, also, were her parents; a grandson, Jon Powell; and a great-grandson, Matthew Harris.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, January, 19, 2009 at 11:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with Rev. Clarence Combs officiating. Burial will be Shore Cemetery in Shipshewana, IN.  Visitation will be from 2-5pm on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to that of the donor's choice. – LaGrange Co., Indiana Newspaper Obituary, Jan. 2009
 
Skinner, Lucile E.  (Dickinson)
-  96, of LaGrange died Sunday March 12, 2006 at Miller’s Merry Manor in LaGrange.  Mrs. Skinner was born on April 13, 1909 to Ray and Maude (Culver) Dickinson in Wolcottville, IN; they both precede her in death.  Living her lifetime in the Wolcottville community she the former co-owner of the Wolcottville Economart in Wolcottville and was also a registered nurse. She was a member of the Wolcottville United Methodist Church.  She married Charles A. Skinner on August 8, 1933 in Wolcottville, IN; he preceded her in death in October, 1986.  She is survived by a daughter-in-law Shirley Harp of Wolcottville, a granddaughter Claudia Bell of Indianapolis, IN, two great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, a brother Lewis Dickinson of Wolcottville, IN. She is also preceded in death by a son Walter A. (Dugan) Skinner on January 27, 1991 and a sister Eleanor Cureton.  Services for Mrs. Skinner will be held on Friday March 17, 2006 at 10:00 am with an hour of visitation before the service. Rev. Jack Thomas will officiate the service. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Wolcottville, IN.  Memorials may be given to the Wolcottville United Methodist Church. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Skow, Lois L. (Hamann)  - 83, of LaGrange and formerly of Clinton, IA died Wednesday January 4, 2006 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.  Mrs. Skow was born April 27, 1922 in Clinton, IA to Francis Henry and Lydia Marie (Dellit) Hamann. They precede her in death.  Spending most of her life in Clinton she was a homemaker. She was also a choir mother, Sunday school teacher, LCW, OES #65, 50 yr. Red Cross, Cub Scout Den Mother, Phi Sigma Alpha Sorority, City Board Member, Past President LongFellow PTA, DeMolay Club President, Mobile Meals, RTC Captain of Sarah Harding, Board Member of YWCA, Eagle Point Park Nature Society, she loved to do flower arranging, read, and travel.  On March 24, 1946 in Clinton, Iowa she married Eugene L. Skow, he precedes her in death.  She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Jeff (Marilyn) Wingstrom of Wolcottville, IN, two sons Gerald E. Skow of Rogers, OH and Charles M. (peg) Skow of Coupeville, WA and four grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by a son James Skow on June 29, 1992 and a brother LaVern Hamann.
Services will be held on Friday January 6, 2006 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church at 11:30 AM with Rev. James Simpson officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:30 until service time. Burial will be held at Clinton Lawn Cemetery in Clinton, IA.  Memorials can be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Slabaugh, Janet A.  - 96, of LaGrange, died Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Miller's Merry Manor in LaGrange. She was born on September 24, 1916 in LaGrange, Ind., to Carl Dean and Fay E. (Juday) Price. On January 21, 1936 she married Norris E. Slabaugh in Crown Point, Ind. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2001. Janet was a Secretary. She worked at Sealed Power Corp. in LaGrange from 1956 until her retirement in 1978. She was a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority's Alumni Chapter. Janet enjoyed playing bridge, crossword puzzles, and reading. Surviving Janet is her daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Preston Pilgrim of LaGrange, Ind.; a son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Ann Slabaugh of Indianapolis, Ind., five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Her parents, a husband and a daughter, Ann Kimmel and her brother, Robert Price preceded Janet in death. A Visitation will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 2-5pm at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 West Michigan St., LaGrange, Ind. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, Ind., at a later date. Memorials may be contributed to the LaGrange County Community Foundation.

Slabaugh, Perry Dean -  60, of Wolcottville died Wednesday at County Kitchen Restaurant, Shipshewana.  The Iowa native was a self employed truck driver for Redman Homes,.  Surviving are his wife, Ramona J.; a daughter, Betsy Fannin of Morgantown; a son, Danny E.; stepdaughters, Roselma Slone, of South Milford, Marlene Martin and Carolyn Price, both of Topeka, Cynthia Yoder of Howe, and Roberta Hill of LaGrange; stepsons, Herbert R. Levitz Jr. and Danny A. Levitz, both of Angola; a sister, Viola Bills of LaGrange; brothers, Toby Miller and Ora Miller, both of Constantine, Mich., and Ruben Slabaugh of Elkhart; 22 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange.  Calling is from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.  -The News Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, July 31, 1997    #2  Perry D. SLABAUGH, 60, of 6755S-S.R. 9, Wolcottville, a self-employed truck driver, died July 30, 1997, at the Country Kitchen Restaurant, Shipshewana.  He was born Oct.7, 1936, in Kalona, Iowa, a son of Daniel D. and Polly (SCHROCK) SLABAUGH.  A self-employed truck driver for Redman Homes, he lived in Goshen before moving to Wolcottville in 1972.  On March 17, 1973, he married Ramona J. HART in Wolcottville.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Harold (Betsy) FANNIN of Morgantown; one son, Danny E. SLABAUGH, address unknown; seven step-children, Mrs. Bill (Roselma) SLONE of South Milford, Mrs. Quentin (Marlene) MARTIN of Topeka, Mrs. Vernon (Cynthia) YODER of Howe, Mrs. Charles (Roberta) HILL of LaGrange, Mrs. Danny (Carolyn) PRICE of Topeka, Herbert R. LEVITZ Jr. of Angola, and Danny A. LEVITZ of Angola; 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Viola BILLS of LaGrange; and three brothers, Toby MILLER and Ora MILLER, both of Constantine, Mich., and Ruben SLABAUGH of Elkhart. He was preceded in death by two children, Roger L. and John D. SLABAUGH; his parents; one sister, Ruth MILLER; and two brothers, Harvey MILLER and Ralph MILLER.  Relatives and friends may call from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Frurip-May Funeral Home of LaGrange, where services are at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange.  Memorials may be directed to the charity of one's choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. -Source: 'Sturgis Daily Journal', Sturgis, St. Joseph Co., Michigan

Slabaugh, Ramona Jean (Hart)  -  July 23, 1930 - May 31, 2001, WOLCOTTVILLE - 70, of 6755 S.R. 9 S., died at 4:38 p.m. Thursday (May 31, 2001) at LaGrange Community Hospital.  Mrs. Slabaugh, the daughter of David D. and Zelma L. (Firestone) Hart, was born in LaGrange County on July 23, 1930, and was a lifetime area resident.  She married Perry D. Slabaugh in Wolcottville on March 17, 1973, and he died July 30, 1997. She is survived by five daughters by her first husband, Herbert Levitz Sr., Mrs. Bill (Roselma) Slone of Wolcottville, Marlene Levitz and Mrs. Charles (Roberta) Hill of LaGrange, Mrs. Vernon (Cynthia) Yoder of Howe and Mrs. Danny (Carolyn) Price of Topeka; two sons, Danny A. and Herbert R. Levitz Jr. of Angola; two stepchildren, Mrs. Harold (Betsy) Fannin of Morgantown and Danny E. Slabaugh of Georgia; 25 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and a brother, Teddy C. Hart of Stroh.  Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, where the service will be at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Carldean Merrifield will officiate and burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.  Mrs. Slabaugh was retired from Sealed Power Corp., where she worked from 1969 to 1984.  Memorials may be given to any charity. - Elkhart County, IN,  Public Library Obit Card: June 2, 2001 - Contributed by C. Edsall.

Sliwinski, Christine G.  (Gladdis) -  91, of Shipshewana, IN died Tuesday July 4, 2006 at her residence.  Mrs. Sliwinski was born on April 26, 1915 in Gary, IN to Nicholas and Mary (Vojtek) Gladdis; they both precede her in death.  She moved to the LaGrange County area from Gary, IN in 1979 where she had worked at Arthur Winers & Son Garment Company.  On June 28, 1943 she was married to Sigmund “Zeke” M. Sliwinski in Gary, IN; he preceded her in death on December 10, 1995.  She is survived by three daughters Sandra Easterlin of Hobart, IN, Sharon O’Bannon of Tuscon, AZ, and Denise St. John of Shipshewana, IN, a son Eric Sliwinski of Crown Point, IN, 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, a sister Dalene Gladdis of Merrillville, IN, and a brother John Gladdis of Portage, IN. She was also preceded in death by a son Mark Sliwinski, six sisters and four brothers.  Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Sloan, Hattie (?)  - #1 - Died, Monday, April 14th, 1890, Mrs. Hattie Sloan, wife of Hiram Sloan.  Deceased was 39 years and 31 days old.  She leaves two small children, one a little girl two years old and the other an infant.  The funeral occurred on Tuesday at the Dunkard church in Newbury.    #2 - Mrs. Hiram Sloan, who resided west of town, died Monday morning, and the funeral occurred on Tuesday.  -LaGrange Standard, LaGrange, Indiana, April 17, 1890

Slone, Clayton H.  Sr. -  76, of Wolcottville died Monday, March 9, 2009, in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.  Mr. Slone retired after working at the Lane Foundry and Newnam (now Dalton) Foundry in Kendallville for a total of 34 years. He had also worked 8 years at Walkers in Ligonier. He was a member of the Salem United Baptist Church.  He was born January 15, 1933, in Hollybush, Kentucky, to Leonard and Parthena (Owens) Slone.  On July 20, 1968, in Clintwood, Virginia, he married Geraldine A. Brewster. She preceded him in death on December 8, 2001.  Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Phillip Lucas of Rome City, Regina and Donnie Joe Woody of Taylorsville, North Carolina, Brenda and Ray Ritchie of Rome City, and Janice and David Baker of Kendallville; two sons, Clayton Slone, Jr. of Wolcottville and Michael Slone of Rome City; 13 grandchildren; 17 gt-grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; 4 sisters, Lila B. Gibson of Hindman, Kentucky, Florida Slone of Pippa Passes, Kentucky, Delia Thornsberry of St. Mary's, Ohio, and Georgia Smith of Camas, Washington; and a special friend, Leah Hagerman of Ligonier.  He was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Slone; two sisters, Myrtle Slone and Zalie Slone; and five brothers, Shelby Hall, Arnold Hall, Manifee Hall, Millard Slone, and Orville Slone.  Funeral services will be Friday, March 13, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in the Salem United Baptist Church, State Road 9 North, Kendallville, with Pastor Billy Ray Tuttle and Elmer Slone officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery near Rome City.  Calling will be after 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2009, and all day Thursday, March 12, 2009, at the church. Evening services will be held at 6:00 p.m. both nights.  Arrangements are by Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville. – LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, March 2009

Slone, Eddie D.  - Eddie Dwayne Slone, 19, of Wolcottville, died Friday, November 2, 2007, at 9:30 p.m. as the result of an auto accident at the intersection of 1200 N and Angling Road, north of Kendallville. Eddie was a 2007 graduate of Lakeland High School. He had resided most of his life in Wolcottville. He was born October 10, 1988, in Martin Kentucky, to Jimmy and Carol (Slone) Huff. His parents survive in Wolcottville. Also surviving are a sister, Samantha Leann Huff of Wolcottville; a brother, Jonathan Slone of Wolcottville; his paternal grandmother, Sadie Huff of Garrett; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Vallis Huff and Lovella Johnson-Bolen and a grandfather, Johnny Slone. Services will be Friday, November 9th, at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, 2900 E 1150 N, Wolcottville with Pastor Earl Rose officiating. Burial will be in Christian Union Cemetery, Garrett. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 7th, after 2 p.m. and all day Thursday, November 8th, at the church with a service at 7 p.m. both evenings. Preferred memorials are to the family, and may be sent to Young Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 341, Wolcottville, IN 46795.   Arrangements are by Young Family Funeral Home, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville, Indiana, 46795. - LaGrange Co., Ind. Obituary, Nov. 2007

Slone - Margaret (Firestone) - 76, of South Milford, died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday in the McCray Memorial Hospital emergency room.  Although she had been in failing health, her death was unexpected.  She was born in Elmira Jan. 10, 1923, to William Edward and Hattie (Harris) Firestone.  On July 25, 1968, in Clintwood, VA., she married Arlond Slone, who preceded her in death.  Mrs. Slone was a homemaker.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Larry (Alberta) Steffe of Auburn, be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville, with the Rev. Lee Combs officiating.  Burial will be in Brushy Prairie Cemetery, LaGrange County.  Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.   Two daughters, Mrs. Delmer (Bonnie) Sutton of Wolcottville, and Linda Price of Kendallville; two sons and a daugther-in-law, Ray and Martha Jo Slone of LaGrange, and Roy Slone of Kendallville; a nephew, Teddy Hart of Stroh; two nieces, Shirley Birch of Stroh, and Ramona Slabaugh of Wolcottville; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be American Diabetes Association or American Legion Association. - LaGrange Standard, Indiana, April 1999 - Contributed by C. Edsall.

Slone, Ruth Y. (Hall) -  69, of Howe, IN died Sunday May 18, 2008 at her residence.  Living in LaGrange County since 1972 when she moved here from Illinois, she was a homemaker and a foster mother for over 30 years.  Mrs. Slone was born on April 20, 1939 in Lackey, KY to Buddy and Lona (Tuttle) Hall. On December 28, 1957 she married Monroe Slone, Jr. in Martin, KY; he preceded her in death.  Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Richard Muntz of LaGrange, a son Larry Slone of Shipshewana, IN, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters Lottie Hall and Brenda Owens both of Howe, and she was a mother to many others. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four brothers, and two sisters.  A celebration of Ruth's life will be held on Monday May 26, 2008 at the Reed Mishler residence, 0550 W – 700 N Howe, IN. The celebration will begin at noon and all of Ruth's friends and family are invited to attend and share their memories.  Memorials may be made to the Ruth Slone Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Richard Muntz, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 39, LaGrange, IN 46761. Arrangements are being handled by Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange.  As a direct result from smoking cigarettes, my Mom had been limited to the confines of her own room for many years and completely bed ridden for many months. She was dependent on an oxygen machine and required a great deal of care. Her foster son, Blake and her baby sister, Lottie took care of her 24/7. She could not and would not have received better care anywhere else in the world. They loved her just as much as I did and they knew exactly what she needed. She would sit in her bed, day after day and watch her birds out the window. She loved her birds. This year she had a pair of swans nesting in her yard, that made her very happy. She always said that watching the birds was better than watching TV. "Some day, I'm Gonna Fly" and there was never any doubt in my mind that some day she would. When her time came, she got exactly what she wanted. During her last few days, her entire family rallied around her. The day she passed all of her grandchildren and her great granddaughter played in her room all day long. Every once and a while she would open her eyes and look at all the children, ages 2 to 30, playing on the floor, laughing and having a good time. She would get a twinkle in her eye and smile, quietly tell us she loved us and go back to sleep. At some point someone said "they need to take all this noise and excitement in the other room". I said no, this is exactly what mom wants, and needs, to be surrounded by love, life and happiness. I sat there thinking, how odd it must seem to outsiders, all these children finding such joy and comfort, literally playing by her bed side. Most children would not want to be in a room with a sick, dying old woman and yet there they all were, enjoying themselves, finding assurance and consolation in her mere presence, all the while helping her to completely enjoy her last few earth bound moments. For her, this was a gift that had no measure. A gift that she was taking home with her for all eternity, the gift of time and self. It was all she ever really wanted. She passed that night, in her own home, filled with people she loved, in her own bed, with her granddaughter, Melissa, sitting by her side, her wishes granted, and her dignity completely in tact. This was truly a blessed day!! - Frurip-May Funeral Home  Website, LaGrange, Indiana  May 2008

Slone, Winston -  75, of Kendallville, died Tuesday in his residence.  He was born in Knott County, Ky. on April 12, 1921 to Miles and Ada (Slone) Slone.  On February 9, 1945 in Wayland, Ky. he married Jeanette Smith.  He moved to Kendallville 40 years ago and retired in 1972 from No-Sag in Kendallville.  He had been a minister 30 years.  A member of Northern Little Dove Church in Pierceton, he was a WW II Army veteran.  Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Ed of Kendallville and Bill of South Milford; 4 sisters, Marie Prater and Marinda Slone of Ohio, Ruby Tiller of W.Va., and Ruth Pyck of Kendallville; 3 brothers, Clyde of Ohio, Herman of Ky., and Burnard of Kendallville; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Myrtle Pratt, and 2 brothers, Camillus and Homer.  Funeral Saturday in Northern Little Dove Church.  Burial, Orange Cemetery.  – Noble Co., Indiana Obituary clipping from Sept of 1995

Smith, Carol J.  - age 66, of Shipshewana, IN died Monday April 8, 2013 at her home.  She was born on April 13, 1946 in Hastings, MI to Claire & Maxine (Litchfield) Stahl.  She married James Smith in October 1979 in Michigan.  He survives.  Carol was a LPN and had worked for the State of Michigan at the Veterans Hospital in Grand rapids, MI until she retired.  She was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church in Shipshewana, IN.  She is survived by her husband, 2 sons – Scott Paul & Julie Brandt of Clarksville, MI and Scott James & Christina Smith of Jupiter, Fl.  2 daughters – Julie & Jeff Meade of Battle Creek, MI and Jodi Banks of Grand Rapids, MI.  1 brother – Kendall & Marvel Stahl of Mayfield, KY.  1 sister – Joy & Sam Holley of Hastings, MI.  8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents.  According to her wishes, cremation will take place.  There will be a memorial service in Michigan at a later date.  On-line condolences may be sent at www.carneyfrostfuneralhome.com.  Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Smith, Catherine A. (Hatcher) -  age 62, of Shipshewana died at 12:23 A.M. Thursday, September 17, 2009 at her home following a battle with cancer.  Catherine had been a homemaker most of her life.  She had worked outside her home for two years at the salvage yard and ceramic store in White Pigeon, Mich., to earn money to accompany one of her brothers on a trip to Italy.  She had a wonderful time on her trip.  At one time, she had attended the St. Joseph Catholic Church in White Pigeon, Mich.  Catherine enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was an avid University of Notre Dame fan.  She was born December 30, 1947 in Garrett, IN to James & Rowena "Effie" (Michael) Hatcher.  She married Douglas K. Smith on November 25, 1967 in Logansport, IN.  He survives in Shipshewana.  Also surviving are daughter, Kelly & Jerry Jantzi of Shipshewana, IN; 2 sons - Darin & Robin Smith of Goshen, IN and Tim Smith of Shipshewana, IN; 3 brothers - James Hatcher of Broad Ripple near Indianapolis - John & Cindy Hatcher and Joseph & Sandy Hatcher of Olive Brach, Miss.; 2 sisters, Mary & Rod Jones and Betty Fowler of Logansport, IN.; 1 grandson - Brody Jantzi of Shipshewana, IN.; 1 granddaughter  - Taylor Jantzi of Shipshewana, IN and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceeded in death by her parents.  Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Sunday, September 20, 2009 at Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN.  Funeral Services will be held Monday, September 21, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Weaver officiating.  Burial will be in Sidener Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to the LaGrange County 4-H Horse and Pony Club or the Cancer Services of Northern Indiana, 2925 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN  46805.  Arrangements by Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN.  – LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Sept. 2009

Smith, Elizabeth L. “Betty” (Morgan) Bowen -  age 87, of LaGrange, died, Saturday, September 9, 2006, at the Life Care Center of LaGrange.  Betty was born on October 18, 1918; in Wheeling, West Virginia, to the late, William and Floss (Eash) Morgan.  She had spent most of her life living in LaGrange, IN. Betty was the Co-Owner and Secretary/Treasurer for 40 plus years at Spreuer & Sons, Inc. in LaGrange, IN. Betty served as a Board of Director for the Shipshewana State Bank for 18 years. She was also a Board of Director on the LaGrange County Country Club for many years. Betty was a 1935 graduate of Shipshewana High School.  On June 28, 1936, she married Robert B. Bowen in Greencastle, IN. He preceded her in death on November 24, 1973. She married Gordon E. Smith on August 31, 1974, in Shipshewana, IN. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1980.  Surviving are two sons and daughter-in-laws, Michael J. and Jean Bowen of LaGrange, IN.; and Robert Steven and Sharon Bowen of Shipshewana, IN.; a Step daughter, Mrs. Martin (Beth Ann) Moeller of Shipshewana, IN. and a brother, Philip Spreuer of LaGrange, IN.  She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, one sister, and a Grandson, Edson James Bowen.  Funeral Services will be at 10am, Wednesday, September 13th, at the Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, IN.; with the Rev. Charles McPeek officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, IN.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 12th, from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN.  Memorials may be contributed in Betty’s memory to the Shipshewana Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 1889, Shipshewana, IN 46565. - Source: LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary from LaGrange Publishing Co.

Smith, Henry - 91 of Howe, IN. died, Saturday, October 6, 2007 @ 5:30 PM EDT at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. Rev Sam Smith, son, and Donna Reffett, caretaker and friend, were at his side when Henry passed away.  He was born October 2, 1916, son of James and Lula Smith. Henry resided in the Howe/Brighton area all his life. On August 17, 1941, he married Vivian May Parish at the Ontario Congregational Church in Ontario, IN by Pastor Charles Light.   For most of his married life, Henry was co-owner of a grain and hog farm operation near Brighton along with his wife, Vivian. Henry was a 1934 graduate of the Brighton School. In his early years, Henry found the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was a lifelong member, along with his wife, of the English Prairie Church of the Brethren in Brighton.  Henry is survived by one son and daugther-in-law, Sam and Linda Smith of West Chicago, IL; 2 grandchildren, Lia (16) and Luke (12); and a brother, James Smith, JR of Osage Beach, MO.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian, on December 11, 2006; one sister, Myrtle (Krontz), and one brother, Ova E. Smith.  The Family will receive friends from 2 - 4 P.M. and 6 - 8 P.M. on Wednesday, October 10th at the Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange. Funeral Services celebrating the life of Henry Smith will be held Thursday, October 11th at the English Prairie Church of the Brethren south of Brighton on State Road 3. A graveside committal will follow the service at the English Prairie Church of the Brethren Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Dwight Kauffman, Rev Ray Barkey and Rev Sam Smith.   The Family suggests those wishing to made a memorial donation in Henry’s Smith’s memory consider Christian Peacemaker Teams (a ministry began by the Mennonites, Quakers and Brethren dedicated to reducing violence in the world by “Getting in the Way”… being a witness to the the gospel of peace and nonviolence in a violent world)

Smith, Jerry Lee
-  65, died September 3, 2006 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Ft. Wayne, IN. Jerry was born November 2, 1940 in Ft. Wayne to Carl Fredrick and Annella Mae (Spuller) Smith; his father preceded him in death.  They resided in Ft. Wayne, until moving to Woodruff, IN in 1941.  Jerry attended Wolcottville schools and graduated from Wolcottville High School in 1958.  Jerry served in the United States Marines for almost four years.  Jerry returned home and had various job until becoming  employed by Don Ray of Drive-A-Way Co. Inc., in Decatur, IN for 34 years.  Jerry was married and divorced to Brenda Beagly, JoAnn Bressler, and Kim Knott. A son by Brenda, Michael Grossman, a daughter by JoAnn, Diane Smith, and a son by Kim, Daniel Birch.  Jerry was a free spirit person, who never liked to take orders.  Jerry is survived by his mother Annella Mae Smith of Ft. Wayne, sister Carol (Erwin) Householder of Ft. Wayne, brother Bob (Pam) Smith of Churubusco, one niece Jessica Smith of Churubusco and two nephews Brandon Smith of Huntington and John (Kathy) Householder of Thompson Station, TN.  A fellowship gathering for Jerry Smith will be held Saturday September 9, 2006, starting at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, at the Elks Lodge on 4935 Hillegas Road in Ft. Wayne.  Memorials are to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home at 5910 Homestead Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN 46814, attn: Jill Law. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana, Sept. 2006

Smith, Kelly L. (Ransom) -  age 41, of Wolcottville drowned Saturday, June 27, 2009 while swimming at Dallas Lake.  Kelly and her husband, Jeff, had lived in Kimmell for 15 years before moving to Westler Lake five years ago.  She was born on April 11, 1968 in Auburn, Indiana to Roger & Judith (McBride) Ransom.  She married Jeffrey L. Smith on July 23, 1988 at the Sparta United Church of Christ in Kimmell, Indiana.  She had been a Title 1 Reading Teacher for the past two years at Wolcott Mills Elementary School in Wolcottville and Lima Brighton Elementary School in Howe.  She was a 2006 graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  She was a member of the South Milford Church of Christ.   Kelly enjoyed boating, swimming, gardening, collecting lighthouses, and playing ball with her dog, Sheba.  She is survived by her husband Jeffrey L. Smith; parents, Roger Ransom of Leesburg, Indiana and Judith (McBride) Dietsch of Edgerton, Ohio; 1 son, Anthony A. Smith of Wolcottville; 1 daughter, Jessica J. Smith of Wolcottville, Indiana;  2 brothers - Roger McBride of St. Joe, Indiana and Lamar Dietsch of Hicksville, Ohio; 2 sisters, Brenda Patton of Hamilton, Indiana and Kim Houltan of Butler, Indiana.  She was preceeded in death by her grandparents - Daniel and Alma Ransom and Ray and Esther McBride.  Funeral services will be held at the LaGrange First Church of God on Thursday July 2, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with the Pastor Brad Cook and Pastor Nancy Warren officiating.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 1, 2009 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, Indiana.  Burial will be in Wolcottville Cemetery, Wolcottville, Indiana.  Carney-Frost Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. – LaGrane Co., Indiana Obituary June 2009

Smith, Lissie (Fair) -  Orland resident, 96, died Sunday, May 16, 1999, at Miller's Merry Manor, LaGrange.    She was born Aug. 20, 1902, in LaGrange County, to Walter and Margaret (Funk) Fair. Mrs. Smith worked as a shipping clerk at Douglass Manufacturing Co. and retired in 1964.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd O. Stayner in 1936, and her husband, Dewey Smith in 1975.   She is survived by three daughters, Virginia Evans and Joan Penix, both of Orland, and Margaret Truran of Madison Heights, Mich.; one son, Allison Stayner of Cleveland; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.   In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by three sons, Basil Stayner in 1934, Leland Stayner in 1950 and Wardelle Stayner in 1956.   Graveside services will be  held at 11 a.m. today at Jackson Prairie Cemetery, south of Orland, with the Rev. Rodger Strong officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Prairie Cemetery, south of Orland.   Memorials are to Joyce Public Library, Orland, IN 46776, or Jackson Prairie Cemetery Association of Orland. - "Republican," Steuben Co., Indiana -  May 19, 1999, page 4A, column 4

Smith, Mary E. (Simacek) 84, of Shipshewana, died on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at Goshen General Hospital.  She was a homemaker and worked at Lambright’s Inc. in LaGrange for 21 years. She came to the LaGrange County area in 1975 from the state of New York. She was also a very active member of the Berea Missionary Church in Shipshewana, a volunteer at the LaGrange County Food & Clothes Basket and was an avid gardener.  She was born in Lewistown, Montana on August 15, 1923 to the late Thomas and Emily (Knoepke) Simacek. She married Charles E. Smith on March 12, 1944 at the Gore Military Chapel in Great Falls, Montana. He preceded her in death on November 21, 2000.  Surviving are seven daughters, Sally Mosman of Black Creek, NY; Corliss Murphy of Attica, NY; Rachel Kerr of Weslaco, TX; Joy Dorner of Allison Park, PA; Edith Monkhouse of Alleghany, NY; Emily Gray of Tawas City, MI and Rebecca Smith of Coral Springs, FL; three sons, Charles W. Smith of Shipshewana, IN; Thomas R. Smith of Topeka, IN and James E. Smith of Goshen, IN, twenty grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren, a sister, Ruth Brown of Great Falls, MT and a brother, Paul Simacek of Wilmington, DE. Funeral Services will be held at 10am on Monday, December 3rd at the Berea Missionary Church, Shipshewana, IN; with the Rev. Ken Chupp and Rev. Dale Walterhouse officiating. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Howe, IN.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 2nd from 2 - 6 p.m. at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 West Michigan St., LaGrange, IN. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Dec. 2008

Smith, Michael   - Entered into Rest on the 10th day of March 1890, at his residence in Woodruff, LaGrange County, Indiana, Michael Smith, aged 52 years, 0 months, and 16 days.  Born in France, May 24, 1837, Mr. Smith came with his parents at an early age to Ashland Co., Ohio, and from there to Woodruff, Ind., where he has lived for over 36 years.  He was married to Miss Sarah Bower, Feb. 14, 1861.  During his long illness of 14 weeks, from typhoid fever, he was constantly attended by his devoted wife and family and many friends.  His sick room was brightened by the tenderest care and devotion.  With everything to bind him to life and fully realizing all he was leaving, he was yet willing to go.  He sank quietly to rest as in sleep, leaving his wife, daughter, and six sons to mourn their loss.  He sleeps in the beautiful burying ground overlooking his boyhood home.  We sorrow as those without hope.  When the morning comes we shall meet him in the midst of those angel faces we have loved and parted with.  - Source: LaGrange Standard, LaGrange, Indiana, March 27, 1890

Smith, Nell D. (White) -  90, of LaGrange, died Wednesday December 21, 2005 at her residence. Mrs. Smith was born December 7, 1915 in Gastonia, NC to James C. and Robbie (Corn) White. They both precede her in death. Coming from Gastonia, NC in April of 2001 she had spent 40 years as the Director of the Temple Baptist Church Day Care in Gastonia, NC. She was a member of the LaGrange Baptist Church.On October 27, 1934 she married William A. Smith in York, SC. He preceded her in death on June 29, 1983. She is survived by two daughters Norma J. Eash of LaGrange, IN and Mrs. Robert (Joyce) Cartmill of Melbourne, FL, three sons James (Dodi) Smith of Mt. Vernon, WA, Donald (Linda) Smith of Chatsworth, GA, and Stephen (Terry) Smith of Williamsburg, VA, eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by a son-in-law Richard L. Eash, a granddaughter, and two sisters Kathryn White Blevins and Helen Irene White. Services will be held Wednesday December 28, 2005 at 11:00 am at the LaGrange Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Farnham officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday December 27, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Frurip-May Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, IN. Memorial may be directed to LaGrange County Council on Aging, P.O. Box 107, LaGrange, IN 46761. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Smith, Sherman -  age 57, of Van Wert, Ohio and formerly of LaGrange, died Wed., Nov. 19, 2008 at 1:49 A.M. at the Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert, OH.  He was born on March 4, 1951 in Hueysville, Kentucky to Joseph & Gertrude (Beverly) Smith. He is survived by 2 sons, Sherman E. & (Joy) Smith of Kentucky and Robert & (Lindsay) Smith of Ashley, Indiana;  2 daughters, Amy Smith and Shelly Mills both of Kentucky; 5 brothers, Thurmon & (Shirley) Smith of Sturgis, Michigan, Truman & (Charlene) Smith of LaGrange, Indiana, Roy & (Patricia) Smith of Mongo, Indiana, Gary & (Melinda) Smith of Convoy, Ohio and Larry & (Arlene) Smith of LaGrange, Indiana;  2 sisters - Meletha Fields of Lottscreek, Kentucky and Dorothy & (Merle) Dettrow of Van Wert, Ohio;  11 grandchildren - Cody Smith, Bevan Smith, Brian Blue, Seth Smith, Zack Waltz, Bryanna Smith, Brandon Waltz, Trebor Smith, Tanner Smith, Erik Smith and Lonnie Mills.  He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Aaron Smith.  Visitation will be held at the Ontario Congregational Church in Ontario, Indiana starting at 4:00 P.M., Friday,  November 21, 2008 and will continue until the Funeral Service at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday November 22, 2008.  A church service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Friday during visitation.  Memorials may be directed to the Smith Family.  – LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Nov. 2008

Smith, Teddy Lee -  70, of Wolcottville died Sunday October 30, 2005 at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne.  Mr. Smith was born June 6, 1935 in Sturgis, MI to Cecil R. and Madonna (Miller) Smith.  Living most of his life in LaGrange County he was retired from Dometic Corporation after 31 years. He was a member of the Wolcottville United Methodist Church in Wolcottville, Meridian Sun Lodge # 76 F & AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Ft. Wayne, Mizpah Shrine, and the Shrine Horse Patrol. He had also been a horse trainer and breeder for many years.  On July 17, 1971 he married Martha E. McBride in Albion, IN, she survives.  Also surviving are his mother Madonna Smith of LaGrange, a daughter Mrs. Eric (Michelle) Johnston of Wolcottville, IN, a grandson Grant Lee Johnston, and a sister Mrs. Ted (Peggie) Strawser of Wolcottville, IN. He is preceded in death by his father.  Services for Mr. Smith will be held on Thursday November 3rd at 10:00 am at the Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with Rev. Jack Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held from 3-8 pm on Wednesday November 2nd at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Wolcottville United Methodist Church. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Smith, Vivian May (Parish) 86, Howe, IN died Monday December 11, 2006 at home.  She was born May 23, 1920 at home in Ontario, IN, a daughter of Fred and Anna (Boyd) Parish. Vivian resided in the Howe/Brighton area all her life. On August 17, 1941, she married Henry Smith at the Ontario Congregational Church in Ontario, IN by Pastor Charles Light.  For most of her married life, Vivian was co-owner of a grain and hog farm operation near Brighton along with her husband, Henry. Vivian was also employed for a number of years at Ross Labs in Sturgis, MI.   Vivian’s early education was at the Ontario School and then she attended and graduated from the Lima School (Class of 38) after the Ontario School closed. In her early years, she found the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was also Baptized at the Ontario Methodist Church. After the church burned, Vivian and her family became members of the Ontario Congregational Church. Upon marrying Henry, she then became a lifelong member, along with her husband, of the English Prairie Church of the Brethren in Brighton.  Vivian taught Sunday School at the English Prairie Church of the Brethren for many years because she loved children, and they loved her. Vivian’s love of ministry with youth became contagious to her Son, Sam, who has been a Youth Evangelist and a Youth Pastor all of his life.  Vivian is survived by her husband, Henry; one son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Linda Smith of West Chicago, IL; 2 grandchildren, Lia (16) and Luke (11); and a sister Dona Gene Henricks of Mongo, IN.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters Evelyn (who died at age 10 and was Vivian’s best childhood friend) and Ilene Nelson; and three brothers Vernal, Evan, and Warren “Frankie” Parish.  The Family will receive friends from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday December 13, 2006 at the Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange. Funeral services celebrating the life of Vivian May Smith will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday December 14, 2006 at the English Prairie Church of the Brethren in Brighton, IN; with Revs. Dwight Kauffman, Sam T. Smith, and Ray Barkey officiating. A graveside committal will follow the service at the English Prairie Cemetery.  The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Vivian Smith’s memory consider the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Smith, Winifred M. (Myers) 91, of Goshen, IN died Monday March 17, 2008 at Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen.  Mrs. Smith had lived in LaGrange County and Goshen her entire life. She had been a homemaker and was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Goshen.   On October 26, 1916 she was born in LaGrange County to Ford and Lulu (Himes) Myers; they both precede her in death. Also preceding her in death were three husbands Clinton Middleton in 1944, Stanley Mock on September 4, 1986, and Hubert H. Smith in June 2002, three brothers Carl, Owen and Donald Myers and a sister Esther Woods.  Mrs. Smith is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Shirley and Donald Peeples of Phoenix, AZ, two sons and daughters-in-law Ron and Becky Middleton of Goshen, and Mark and Susan Mock of Denver, CO, a step-daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Dennis Hover of Warsaw, eleven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and a brother and sister-in-law Mark and Betty Myers of Goshen.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday March 20, 2008 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with Rev. Omer Nisley officiating. Burial will be in Osborn Cemetery, LaGrange. Visitation will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 pm on Wednesday March 19, 2008 at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to St. Mark's United Methodist Church or Brimfield United Methodist Church. - Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary March 2008

Smucker, Christian King -  68, of Wolcottville, died Saturday, February 21, 2009 at his residence.  He was a retired farmer and also bought and sold horses. He was a member of the Hebron Christian Fellowship. He moved to LaGrange County from Lancaster, PA in 2006.  He was born on January 21, 1941 in Lancaster, PA.; to the late, Jacob and Rebecca (King) Smucker.  On November 30, 1961 he married Anna Stoltzfus in Lancaster, PA. She survives in Wolcottville.  Also surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Lillian and Ivan King of Ronks, PA; Martha and Merv King of Wolcottville, IN; Anna and LeRoy Riehl of LaGrange, IN; four sons and daughters-in-law, Arlyn and Debra Smucker of Newville, PA; Gideon and Elsie Smucker of Narvon, PA; Mahlon and Lisa Smucker of Gordonville, PA; and Jonathan and Rosa Smucker of East Earl, PA; twenty-two grandchildren, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Naomi and Joseph Smucker of Narvon, PA; Sadie and Chris Esh of Newburg, PA; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Benuel and Leah Smucker of Gap, PA; Reuben and Elsie Smucker of New Holland, PA; Jacob and Sara Smucker of Lykens, PA; and Eli and Betty Smucker of Narvon, PA.  Funeral Services will be held at 10am on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at Rosewood Fellowship, 5705 N – 900 W, Shipshewana, IN; with Bishop Henry Hershberger and home ministers officiating. Burial will take place in Rosewood Cemetery, Shipshewana, IN. Pallbearers will be Chris Smucker, Jeff King, Jordan Smucker, Travis King, Dylan Smucker and Austin King. Honorary Pallbearer will be Sean and Caleb Smucker.  Visitation will be held on Monday, February 23, 2009 at Rosewood Fellowship from 2-4 pm and 6-8pm.  Memorial contributions may be donated to Hebron Christian Fellowship, 3705 W- US 20, LaGrange, IN 46761- Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary Feb. 2009

Snyder, Arthur Earl - 81, of LaGrange County, White Pigeon MI, route 2, died Thursday (9-2-1971) at 8:45 p.m. in the Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home in LaGrange. He had been in failing health the past year. He was born in LaGrange County December 13, 1888, the son of Edward and Alice (Swartz) Snyder. He was married in 1910, to Edna Hurst. She preceded him in death in 1960.  Snyder, a farmer, had resided at route 2 his entire life until he entered the nursing home. He was a member of the Scott United Methodist Church and a life and charter member of the Indiana Farm Bureau. Surviving are a son, Edward H. of Muskegon; five granddaughters and 10 great-grandchildren.  A son, Robert, preceded him in death in 1967. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon. Burial was in the White Pigeon Cemetery. - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Jim Knowles

Sowers, Esther N. -  age 83 died Saturday February 1st 2014 at her residence.  She was born September 22, 1930 in Wakarusa, Indiana to William and Lucy (Billman) Lechlitner.  She married Richard Sowers Sr.  he preceded her in death.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed ceramics, reading, sewing, and crocheting.  She is survived by 3 – Sons Floyd and Bonnie Sowers, Richard Sowers, and Randy Sowers.  2 – Daughters Linda Waddell and Sharon Sowers.  7 -  grandchildren Kevin and Jill Wright, Shawn and Rachel Sowers, Dion and Stephanie Sankar, Crystal and Vincent Voris, Liz Sowers, Katie Sowers and Shannon and Bryan Holt.  10 great grandkids – Sierra Scoles, Trace Scoles, Ethan Voris, Lilly Voris, Tyler Holt, Braydon Holt, Grayson Sowers, Evan Voris, Hollin Sowers and Clara Sankar.  1 Stepsister – Wanda Miller. 1 Step brother – Lewis Weaver.  A lifelong friend of 45 years Nancy Bordner.  A honorary daughter Bonnie Lee.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.  Viewing will be Wednesday February 5 th 2014 from 4 to 8 P.M. at Carney-Frost Funeral Home LaGrange, Indiana.  There will be a Memorial Service at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent American Heart Associations.

Sparks, Amanda (Nelson) - Mrs. Amanda Nelson Sparks departed this life at the home of her son, Albert Sparks on April 3, in teh 58th year of her life.  She had been an invalid for several years and some what impaired in mind.  When the family arose on Wed. morning they found her lying on the floor rigid and cold in death.  Mrs. Amanda nelson Sparks was born in Ohio and came to this county in an early day.  In 1858 she was married to James B. Sparks, who preceded her to the other world several years ago.  She was a kind woman, and for many years a member of the Methodist Protestant church and a worthy member.  The funeral services were conducted by the Revs. Knight and Keasey at Bethel on Friday  and her remains were laid to rest beside her husband in teh Bethel cemetery. Source:  "LaGrange Standard," Indiana: Clay twp. news - April 11, 1895

Sparks, James - Departed this life last Sabbath morning after years of almost constant suffering from consumption.  Mr. Sparks was born in rush Co., Indiana on may 7th 1829.  He was married on June 3rd, 1858 to Miss Amanda Nelson by the Rev. D.P. Hartman.  He has been a resident of LaGrange Co. the most of his life.  He has been a member of the M.P. Church for many years and was a good neighbor, a faithful Christian, and a kind husband and father.  He leaves a wife and 6 children to survive him.  the funeral took place from the Bethel Church and was conducted by Rev. Woodworth where a large multitude met to do honor to their dead.   Source:  "LaGrange Standard," Indiana: Clay twp. News - Jan. 29, 1885

Spaulding, Donald P. - 72, of Shipshewana, IN died Thursday September 27, 2007 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.  Mr. Spaulding was born on October 21, 1934 in Anderson, IN to George L. and Opal L. (Carroll) Spaulding; they both precede him in death.  In 1973 he moved to LaGrange County, IN from Frankton, IN. He worked from 1952 until his retirement in 1972 for General Motors in Anderson, IN and was a United States Marine Corps Korean War Veteran.   On April 17, 1952 he married Patricia Ann Ogburn in Anderson, IN; Mrs. Spaulding survives in Shipshewana.  Also surviving are a daughter and son-in-law Pamela and Billy Margraves of Warsaw, IN, three sons and daugthers-in-law Donnie and Brenda Spaulding of Shipshewana, George and Melody Spaulding of Warsaw, and Timothy and Lisa Spaulding of Anderson, IN, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two brothers Jerry and David Spaulding both of Anderson, IN. Also preceding him in death are his step-mother Adella Spaulding and three brothers Gene, Russell, and Robert Spaulding.  Funeral services will be held on Monday October 1, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, IN with Rev. Jeff Farnham officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm (noon) until the service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery in Shipshewana, IN.  Memorials may be made to LaGrange County Animal Shelter. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary October 2007

Spearow,
Donald Lee  - Death of a Little Boy, Little Donald Spearow, five months of age, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Spearow, died last Friday afternoon at the family home east of town.  Bronchial pneumonia and  catarrh of the bowels were the cause of death.  Funeral services were held from the residence, Sunday afternoon, at half past two o'clock.  In the sorrow that has come to them Mr. and Mrs. Spearow have the sympathy of the community. - "The LaGrange Standard," LaGrange, Ind., January 28, 1909

Spearow, Samuel - was born in Stark Co., Ohio on Oct. 14, 1832.  At an early age he came to Indiana with his parents who settled in LaGrange County.  He was married Dec. 24, 1857 to Frances Deal, daughter of Conrad and Elizabeth Deal.  About two years after his marriage he settled upon land near east Springfield which he purchased and to which he added until he made the final payment upon the farm of 240 acres which he possessed at the time of his death.  Here his plans centered and his own iron will and gigantic strength, coupled with the faithful efforts of his wife and family, brought all to pass as he had planned, making his life an unusually well rounded one.  Setting his stakes far ahead, according to his high ambitions, he worked with an unfaltering devotion, surmounting every difficulty, and was permitted to complete his plans.  His business ability and integrity were unquestionable and he may well be counted among the successful of his life.  His affection for and devotion to his family were marked characteristics of his daily life.  He died March 3, 1905 at the age of 72 years, 4 months and 16 days.  His wife and 6 children and 9 grandchildren survive him.  - "The Standard," March 9, 1905

Spearow,
William     #1 - "Tribute to the Memory of a Soldier of the Union": William Spearow was the son of James and Susannah Spearow, and was born in Stark County, OH, January 24, 1836.  He was summoned to his eternal home in the night of Dec. 1, 1916, after having spent 80 years, 10 months and 7 days here upon Earth.  He moved with his parents to LaGrange County when but a lad of 13 years.  He was married to Jane Helper, June 24, 1858.  To this union eleven children were born, seven sons, and four daughters.  Of these children the following survive him:  Mrs. Mary Teal of Prescott, Arkansas; Alloretta McKenzie of Midale, Saskatchewas, Canada; J.P. Spearow of Sturgis, Mich.;  Alfred Spearow of Detroit, Mich.; Albert Spearow of Lentz, Oregon; and William Spearow of British Columbia.  He was bereft of his wife january 26, 1905.  He was united in marriage with Salome Krum, Sept. 16, 1905.  Again he was bereft of his companion, Mrs. Spearow passing away Oct. 31, 1909.  April 26, 1910, he was married to Ida Hilton and with her moved to Fremont, in 1911, where he continued to reside until called to that home not made with hands.      #2 -  August 6, 1862, Mr. Spearow enlisted in Co. G. of the 88th Reg., IN Volunteers.  He served his country with distinction until he was honorably discharged Aug. 7, 1865.  He had 7 brothers and 3 sisters and three half brothers and sitters, but of this number only one brother, Solomon, of LaGrange Co., one one half sister, Mrs. Amelia Joray of Kendallville, survive him.  Mr. Spearow was an honorable, upright citizen and highly respected.  He made many friends wherever he went and was highly respected in every community in which he lived, because of his convictions, integrity and firm stand for the right.  He was a christian gentleman.  His piety was of the deep, abiding kind.  For the greater part of his life he had been an active and faithful christian.  At the time of his death he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Fremont.  His death was triumphant.  Realizing for weeks that the end was drawing nigh, he spent his time in reading the bible or having it read to him, and in prayer or praise.  While here, he belonged to the church militant, now he belongs to the church triumphant.  Funeral services were conducted at the late residence.  Internment in the Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange. - This Information was taken from the personal Scrapbook of Homer Brown's estate (Brushy Prairie) that was donated to the LaGrange Historical Society by Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Hayward.

Spears, Tunis - "Tunis Spears died prior to Feb. 14, 1852.  In this state the owner of the SE, NE, Sec. 21, and the SW, NW, sec 22, all in 737N of R11E, and he left surviving him as his sole heirs at law, his widow, Mary J. Spears, and 7 children, to-wit: Anna M. Spears, Matilda E. Spears, Mary E. Spears, John K. Spears, William T. Spears, Betsey P. Spears, and Lucy J. Spears.  His estate was declared fully settled and discharged Feb. 21, 1855.  See Probate Order Book A, Page 111 & his estate papers in Probate Files of 1855." - Records of Sole Heirs of Descendants Estates, Compiled by Samuel Shepardson, 1895-96 and other years, LaGrange County, Indiana, Pg. 208

Speicher, Bertha I. (Gingerich)  -  93, of 1300 Greencroft Drive Apt. 3, Goshen and formerly of Shipshewana and Middlebury, died at 2:08 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 16, 2008) in Greencroft Health Care Center.  She was born Aug. 24, 1915, in Seward County, Neb., to Andrew and Mary (Martin) Gingerich. On Oct. 26, 1935, in Valparaiso, she married Willis Speicher. He died April 10, 1995.  Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl (Brad) Miller of Shipshewana; a son, A. Dean (Char) Speicher of Granger; three grandchildren; two stepgranddaughters; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Alvin Gingerich of Vacaville, Calif.; and special family friends, Derek and Darlene Kennedy of LaGrange.  She was preceded in death by a grandson; three sisters, Nellie Gingerich, Elsie Birky and LaVera Birky; and four brothers, Joe, Ed, Irvin and Delmar Gingerich.  Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury, and one hour prior to the funeral at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Linford Martin and the Rev. Pamela Yoder. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.  Mrs. Speicher was a homemaker, worked in the cafeteria for the Middlebury schools and worked 16 1/2 years as a waitress at the Village Inn, Middlebury. She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, where she had taught Sunday school for 18 years, was active in the Women's Mennonite Sewing Circle, the Mary & Martha Circle and the Dorcas Class, and served many years at the doughnut booth during the Mennonite Relief Sale.  Memorials may be given to the Goshen Division of the Greencroft Foundation. – Goshen, Indiana Obituary – Oct. 2008

Spidel, Maynard, aged 42 years of South Milford, succumbed at his home from a heart ailment Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  For the past 15 months he had been in failing health.  Mr. Spidel was born in Milford twp., LaGrange County, Indiana on Jan.. 28, 1903, the son of Homer and Mary Spidel.  He was united in marriage to Gwendolyn Smith on Apr. 2, 1927.  He had engaged in farming all of his life in the community where he was born.  Mr. Spidle was a member of the Methodist church and was active in church affairs until the time of his death.  Those surviving besides the wife and parents are 6 children, Theodore, Evelyn, Charles, Carroll, Carolyn, and Joy Ellen; a brother, Harold Spidel of Brighton, and several Uncles, Aunts, and cousins. Short funeral services were held at the residence today in the South Milford Church.  The body remained at the A. J. Berhalter Co. funeral home in Kendallville until the time of the funeral.  Rev. Alfred Hunter officiated assisted by Rev. Melvin Blake of South Milford and Rev. I. W. White of Kendallville.  Internment was in the Woodruff Cemetery. -  "The LaGrange News,"  LaGrange, Indiana, Nov. 22, 1945

Spillner,
Gerald F. "Jerry" -  84 of Royer Lake LaGrange died September 20, 2007 at 6:53 P.M. at his residence. Mr. Spiller had lived at Royer Lake since 1964. He retired from Conrail in 1978 after 35 years. Jerry was born June 23, 1923 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Frank William & Ora (Snyder) Spillner. They preceded him in death. He married Dorothy Cornett and she preceded him in death in November of 1991. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Sherril & Greg Garlat of Union, Michigan; two sons and one daugther-in-law, Dan & Judy Spillner of Eagan, Minnesota and Jack Spillner of South Bend, Indiana; two stepdaughters, Brenda & Jim Perry of LaGrange and Patricia Parker of Hudson; and a special friend/caretaker Sarah Weaver of Royer Lake; 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren with three on the way; one brother Don & Terri Spillner of Fort Wayne, and two sisters, June & Jerry Funk of Fort Wayne and Betty Wolfe of LaGrange. He was preceded in death by a son Johnny Spillner Keller. Services will be at 2 pm Sunday, September 23, 2007 at Young Family Funeral Home Wolcottville Chapel with Chaplin Ken Weaver. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. until the time of service. Memorials are to the family for the group home where his son Jack Spillner lives.   - Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Sept. 2007

Spillner, Jack Edward -  64, of South Bend died Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at 2:10 a.m. in the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend.  Mr. Spillner grew up in Wolcottville. He resided in the Fort Wayne State School for a number of years. For the last 15 years he resided at the Dungarvin Twyckenham Group Home in South Bend. He had worked at Logan Industries in South Bend for eight years.  He was born July 30, 1944, in Wolcottville to Gerald F. "Jerry" and Katherine M. (Biddle) Spillner.  Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Katherine M. and William Blanchard of Edwardsburg, Michigan; a sister and brother-in-law, Sherril L. and Gregory Garlat of Union, Michigan; a brother and sister-in-law, Daniel G. and Judy Spillner of Eagan, Minnesota; and two stepsisters, Brenda Perry of LaGrange and Patricia Parker of Hudson.  He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald "Jerry" Spillner on September 20, 2007, and a brother, Johnny Spillner.  Funeral services will be Friday, February 13, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville, with Rev. Jack Thomas of the Wolcottville United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville.  Calling will be Friday, February 13, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Dungarvin Twyckenham Group Home, with envelopes provided at the funeral home. - Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Feb 2009

Spreuer, William -  was born near Erie PA on November 17, 1859, and departed this life on June 25, 1935, age 75 years, seven months and eight days. He was the oldest son of Barbara and Philip Spreuer. Of this family there are now two surviving members, Mrs. Charles Gage and Anna Spreuer, both of Scott. He was married to Ella Mendenhall on August 24, 1881. To this union were born eight children, of whom two died in infancy. The surviving members of this immediate family are his devoted companion and the children, Mrs. James Powell, Claude B. Spreuer of Shipshewana, Herbert of Pittsburg PA, Verna, at home, Mrs. Russell Prough of Shipshewana and Frank of Fort Wayne, 22 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Also residing in the home are Mary Lee Terry and Warren Clark whose presence seems the same as daughter and son Before his marriage, and while still a young man he heard his Master's call for a consecrated life, and united with the Lutheran Church. After coming to Scott he transferred his church membership and influence to the Scott Methodist Church, of which he was a loyal and active member until his death. - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Jim Knowles

Spriggs, Norma Rose, age 74, of South Milford, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at her residence.  Mrs. Spriggs was born in Churubusco on July 12, 1933 to Walter C. Swinehart and Wilma (Slagle) Swinehart.  She graduated in 1951 from Northside High School in Fort Wayne and married Billie Spriggs on June 25, 1955 in Angola. He preceded her death on May 8, 2001.  She was a homemaker and member of The True Church of God in South Milford. She enjoyed going to garage sales and auctions and spending time with her family.  Survivors include: Daughter, Bettina "Tina" and James Patrick of South Milford. Daughter, Dana and Larry Nagel of South Milford. Son, Tracy and Barbara (Blankenship) Spriggs of South Milford.  Five grandchildren, Wendy and Wes McCrea, Angela Handshoe, Abigail Handshoe, Samantha and Adam Porter, and Katlyn Nagel. Great grandson, Walker Billy J. McCrea.  Brother, George and Eleanor Swinehart of Churubusco. Sister, Joann Parks of Kendallville.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Gary Allen Spriggs in 1967; three sisters, Violet, Thelma and Carol; and a brother, Billy Swinehart.  Visitation will be Thursday, December 27, 2007, from anytime after 1:00 a.m. with a service at 7:00 p.m. at The Church of The True God in South Milford.  Funeral Services will be Friday, December 28, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of The True God. Officiating the funeral service will be Revs. Sam Sawyer, DeWayne Johnson, and Glen Patrick. Burial will be at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Stroh. - LaGrange Co., Indiana, Jan. 2008

Springman, Andrea Kay (Weirick)-
 63, of South Bend, died Wednesday evening, October 22, 2008, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.  She was born in Goshen on May 30, 1945, to Andrew Glen and Frances (Musgrove) Weirick. She is survived by a daughter, Susan (Charles) Gard of South Bend; a son, Ronald Springman of Lancaster, Kentucky; six grandchildren; three sisters, Peggy (James) Myers of Goshen, Wanita (Dale) Lee of Union, Michigan, and Leella (Roy) Frey of Cassopolis, Michigan; and a brother, Clyde Weirick.  She was preceded in death by a son, Nicholas Weirick in February 2005.  Friends may call 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, October 27, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.   A graveside service will be held in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana, on Monday, October 27, 2008, with the procession leaving the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary

Springer, Lida Mae (Pendland)-  89, of LaGrange, IN died Friday July 18, 2008 at Life Care Center of LaGrange.  Living in LaGrange since 1966, she moved here from Hillsboro, KY. She had been a homemaker and a custodian at LaGrange County Courthouse. She was a member of the Plato United Methodist Church in LaGrange and LaGrange American Legion Auxiliary.  Mrs. Springer was born on July 28, 1918 in Strasburg, OH to Charles and Cindy (Stone) Pendland. On September 8, 1942 in Morehead, KY she married George W. Springer; he preceded her in death on September 29, 1972.  Surviving are two daughters Betty Miley of Maysville, KY and Mildred Fox of Vanceburg, KY; two sons and a daughter-in-law James Springer of Sturgis, MI and Ray and Karen Springer of LaGrange; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, four sisters and four brothers. Funeral services will be on Monday July 21, 2008 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with Rev. Russell Hepler officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange. Visitation will be from 2-5 pm on Sunday July 20, 2008 at the funeral home in LaGrange.  Memorials may be made to the Plato United Methodist Church. – LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary from July 2008

Stacy, Helen M. (Begley) - 82, of Wolcottville died Wednesday, February 11, 2009, in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.  Mrs. Stacy has lived in this area for 48 years, coming from Kentucky. She had worked at Flint & Walling Mfg. in Kendallville, the LaGrange County Hospital, and Starcraft in Topeka. She was a member of the Wolcottville Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.  She was born June 21, 1926, in Leslie County, Kentucky, to Granville and Ida (Valentine) Begley. She was married January 21, 1953, in Hazard, Kentucky, to Wayne Stacy. He preceded her in death on February 24, 1990.  Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Harold and Connie Colwell of Scott Depot, West Virginia and Larry Stacy and his companion, Cherie Palmer of Wolcottville; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a sister, Bernice Lewis of Florence, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be Friday, February 13, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the Wolcottville Baptist Church, Wolcottville, Indiana, with Pastor Keith Perry officiating. Calling will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church.  Additional funeral services will be Sunday, February 15, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Engle-Walker Funeral Home, 301 East Main Street, Hazard, Kentucky, with Pastor Bob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at Hazard. Calling in Kentucky will be Saturday, February 14, 2009, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Engle-Walker Funeral Home, 301 East Main Street, Hazard, Kentucky.  Arrangements are by Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville. – LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary from Feb. 2009

Stager, Logan E.  -  Stillborn, died Wednesday April 10, 2013 at Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born to Lloyd E. & Pamela A. (Blankenship) Stager.  He is survived by his parents, paternal grandmother – Barbara Ann Wentzel of Lebanon, PA.  Maternal grandfather – Rodney Dean Blankenship of Wolcottville, IN.  2 sisters – Brittany N. Blankenship and Danielle M. Starbuck, both of LaGrange, IN.   A private graveside service will be held in Ontario Cemetery, Howe IN.  Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN is handling the arrangements.

Stambaugh, Billie Tom  - 69, of Mongo died Sunday April 30, 2006 at his residence.  Mr. Stambaugh was born on August 10, 1936 in Estill, Kentucky to Ervin and Susie (Griffith) Stambaugh; they both precede him in death.  Mr. Stambaugh moved to LaGrange County in 1964 from Estill, KY. He had worked at Grumman-Olsen in Sturgis for 33 years and retired in 2000. He was an honorary member of the Mongo Fire Department.   On April 1, 1960 he married Maxie Blankenship in Lackey, KY; she preceded him in death on May 19, 2005.  Surviving are four daughters Mrs. Tom (Connie) Shultz of Howe, Mrs. Brian (Jean) Philley of Topeka, Mrs. Jack (Phyllis) Stambaugh-Kimmel of LaGrange, and Josie Stambaugh of Indianapolis, 6 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, five sisters Vivian Stambaugh of Paintsville, KY, Patty Pennington of Pinkerton, OH, Brenda Branhan of Columbus, OH, Betty Wallen of Louisville, KY and Judy Williams of Louisville, KY, and a brother James Stambaugh of Howe.  Services will be held on Friday May 5, 2006 at 3:00 pm at the Mongo United Methodist Church in Mongo with Rev. James Bartlett officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday May 4th from 5-9 pm at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, LaGrange.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Stambaugh, Maxie (Blankenship)  - 70, of Mongo IN., died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 19, 2005, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.  She was born on October 12, 1934 in McDowell, KY., to William and Mattie (Moore) Blankenship.  On April 1, 1960 she married Billie T. Stambaugh in Lackey, KY.  She was a homemaker and moved to the LaGrange County area in 1964 from Estill, KY.  Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Tom (Connie) Shultz of Howe, IN., Mrs. Brian (Jean) Philley of Topeka, IN., Phyllis Stambaugh of Mongo, IN., and Josie Stambaugh of Indianapolis, IN. Also surviving are six grandchildren and three sisters, Elsie Gayheart of Colon, MI., Tinia Bolton of Wolcottville, IN., and Alley Wiley of Duck Lake, MI., two brothers Eddie Blankenship of Wolcottville, IN., and Levie Blankenship of McDowell, KY.  She was a member of the Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness in Sturgis, MI.  She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and six brothers.  Visitation will be held at the Frurip-May Funeral Home on Monday, May 23rd from 3-8pm. Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, May 24th at 10am also at the funeral home with the Minister James W. Oman officiating. Memorials may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Stanner, Lela Leona (Hart), LaGrange, Indiana, 89 years of age, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born July 24, 1914, in LaGrange to Bert and Dora (Large) Hart.  She married Wilbur Stanner of Howe on Jan. 14, 1930, in Kendallville. He preceded her in death in 1986.  Mrs. Stanner was a member of the Audubon Society and LaGrange Doll Club and served on the board of directors of the LaGrange County Historical Society.  She was an avid antique collector and a genealogist for not only her family, but others, whom she enjoyed helping. She loved to write poetry and wrote many poems to her children and grandchildren.  Surviving are three daughters and a son-in-law, Jane Myers of Broomall, Pa., Bonnie Walker of Sturgis, Mich. and JoAnn and Sam Wickey of Shipshewana; one son and daughter-in-law, William and Nancy Stanner of Elkhart; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her twin brother, Leland Hart, four other brothers, Orlo, Harlo, Larry and Lloyd Hart, and one sister, Marie Marks.  Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Carney-Frost Funeral Home in LaGrange. Calling will be at the funeral home two hours prior to the service.  Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange.  Memorials are to the LaGrange County Historical Society.  –Source: KPCNews.com, Kendallville, Noble Co., Indiana - Sunday, February 8, 2004, contributed by Duane Large

Stanner, Wilbur  -  76, of 301 North Canal Street, LaGrange, Ind., died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1986, in the LaGrange Hospital following a brief illness.  He was born in Champaign, Ill, on March 9, 1909, the son of J. J. and Emma (Roberts) Stanner.  He  was a retired employee of Kirsch Co., and a member of the LaGrange County Historical Society.  He was married Jan. 14, 1930 to Lela Hart who survives.  Surviving also are 3 daughters, Mrs. Sam (JoAnn) Wickey of Shipshewana, Ind., Mrs. George (Bonnie) Walker of Sturgis, Mich., and Mrs. Jane Myers of Broomall, PA; a son William of Elkhart; 2 sisters Gladys Stanner of Fort Wayne, Ind and Mrs. Ruby Cameron of Champaign, Ill.; a brother Wendell (Chett) of Howe, Ind.; 9 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 P.M. in the Carney-Frost Funeral Home in LaGrange with the Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating.  Burial was made in Greenwood Cemt.  Preferred Memorials may be directed to the LaGrange Cancer Society or Heart Fund. - Source: The Family of Lela Hart Stanner
 

Stansbury, Rev. Glenn A.  -  80, died Wednesday September 5, 2007 at Life Care Center of LaGrange, IN. A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, IN.  - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Stanfield, Donald Lee  - 72, of LaGrange, IN died Friday, January 10, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville, IN.  Mr. Stanfield was born on November 22, 1941 in Mishawaka, IN to William H. and Thelma (Everson) Stanfield. They preceded him in death.  Living most of his lifetime in Buchanan, MI he moved to LaGrange, IN in 2008. Mr. Stanfield was a quality control manager for Electro-Voice, Inc.   He was a United States veteran having served in the Marine Corps and a member of the LaGrange American Legion Post #215.  On September 24, 1966 in South Bend, IN he married Janice Kazmierzak; Mrs. Stanfield survives in LaGrange, IN.  Also surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Roxane and Chad Cerda of Indianapolis, IN and Rebecca Stanfield of Coral Springs, FL; two grandchildren, Keira and Lucas Cerda; a sister, Helen Verhoestra of Fishers, IN; and a brother, William H. Stanfield of South Bend, IN.  A memorial visitation will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 4-6 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, IN.

Starling, Sr. Gilbert A. -  80 of Wolcottville died Friday, September 19, 2008 at 9:34 a.m. at Miller's Merry Manor in LaGrange, where he had been since May. Mr. Starling was a long distance truck driver whom had lived in Wolcottville for the past five years coming from Denver, Colorado, where he had lived most of his adult life coming from his childhood home in San Antonio, TX. He was a member of the US Army. He was born on Aug. 1, 1928 in San Antonio, TX to William W. & Katherine (Montgomery) Starling. He married Cecelia Sleeper on August 3, 1953 in California, she survives in Wolcottville. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cathy & Greg Day of Wolcottville; three sons, Gilbert A. Starling, Jr. of Wolcottville, James L. Starling and Brian R. Starling both of Denver Colorado, seven grandchildren, and a sister Alma Joyce Jennings of Texas. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Ann Starling in 2003, a brother and a sister. There are no services. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Sept. 2008

Starrett, Monroe   - 68, of Lagrange, Indiana, formerly of Lejunior, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013. Born April 14, 1945 in Gatliff, Kentucky, he had lived in Harlan County most of his life. He was a former diesel mechanic for Lawson Construction and believed in the Pentecostal faith.  Monroe was preceded in death by his parents, Mike Starrett and Dessie Horner Starrett; a son, Mike Starrett; a sister, Myrlene Bennett; two brothers, Ronald and Lonnie Starrett; and his special friend, Beulah Lawan Bush.   Survivors include three sons, Eddie Starrett and wife, Judy, East Bernstadt, KY; Ricky Starrett and wife, Tammy, Lagrange, IN; James Starrett and wife, Becky, Lagrange, IN; two sisters, Arzella Gee; Brenda Hunter and husband, Larry, all of Norwood, OH; and one brother, Hershel Starrett and wife, Melissa, Lejunior, KY; a daughter-in-law, Ginger Starrett, Frankfort, KY; and his former wife and mother of his children who remained his friend and care giver, Linda Baker, Lagrange, IN. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and four special friends he met while living in Lagrange.  Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 until 8 pm at the Evarts Funeral Home.   Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 13, 2013, at 2 pm in the Chapel of the Evarts Funeral Home with the Reverends Bruce Helton, James Sanders and Arnold Sanders officiating.   Burial will follow in the Evarts Memorial Gardens with Monroe’s sons and grandsons Ricky Starrett, Ricky Starrett, Jr., Eddie Starrett, Eddie Starrett, Jr., James Starrett, Austin Starrett, Jr., Bobby Bush and Andrew Bledsoe serving as pallbearers.


Stayner, Clara Gay (Gay) -  daughter of Frederick and Emmaline Baker Gay, was born October 6, 1871, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio,
and passed peacefully on to the Great Beyond in Angola, Ind., on the morning of Feb. 25, 1942, at the age of 70 years, 4 months and 19 days.  When she was four years old, she came with her parents and brother to Indiana to live. She attended the Booth school in LaGrange County, and her happy girlhood days were spent with her parents and brother and sister.   On Dec. 10, 1896, she was united in marriage to Thomas M. Stayner of Steuben County. To this union was born one daughter, Geneva. After nearly forty years of life together, her husband preceded her in death in 1936.   She was of a quiet and reserved nature. She was kind and industrious, a good neighbor, a loving wife and mother and no sacrifice was too great for her family and friends.  She leaves to mourn her going the daughter, Geneva, her son-in-law, Chas. A. Johnson, one sister, Mrs. Margaret Schwarm of Mongo, one brother, William Gay of Mongo, several neices and nephews and cousins and a host of friends. - Steuben Republican, Indiana March 4, 1942


Steffey, Martha (Harris)     #1 Mrs. Charlie Steffey died at the Sturgis Hospital Saturday evening.  The community extends their sympathy to the family, an account appears elsewhere. #2 Mrs. Edward Firestone received word Sunday of the death of an older sister, Mrs. Charles Steffey, which occurred some time Sunday.  Mrs. Steffey resided in Sturgis.  #3 “Services For Mrs. Charles Steffey Held Tuesday P.M.”  Mrs. Charles Steffey, 70, a resident of the Brighton Community during her entire life, until moving to Sturgis this fall, passes away in the Sturgis Memorial Hospital Saturday evening after a six month illness.  Services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Shoup Funeral Home in Howe, with Rev. Smith Roce, officiating.  Burial was in the English Prairie Cemetery.  Surviving are the husband, three sons, Virgil of Kalamazoo, Vernal and Charles Jr., both of Sturgis, Mich.; three daughters, Mrs. Myron Turner and Mrs. Robert Miller of Sturgis and Mrs. George Reeder of Melrose, Fla.; one brother; Dora C. Harris of Sturgis; four sisters, Mrs. Ella Malone of Sturgis, Mrs. Hattie Firestone of Stroh, Mrs. Frankie Horner of Mongo, and Mrs. Stella Hause of Klinger Lake, Mich; and 7 grandchildren.  Martha Viola Steffey, the daughter f Frank and Margaret Ellen Harris, was born in Greenfield twp., Dec. 5, 1884.  She was united in marriage with Charles Steffey, Jan. 11, 1908. – Source: LaGrange Standard, LaGrange, Indiana, pg. 2, Dec. 1, 1955

Steffie, Ervin A. - son of Franklin and Lavina Steffie, was born in Branch Co., Michigan on Aug. 19, 1892 and died at the home of his grandparents, March 1, 1904, who , with the father, sister and friends are left to mourn their loss.  The mother preceded him to the better world on April 28, 1895.  Funeral services from the English Prairie church by S. J. Burger-Source: "The LaGrange Standard," March 4, 1904 for Ervin Steffie

Stevens, Carl W. - age 88, died Friday, June 5, 1998 in Overton, Nevada. He was born December 19, 1909 to Otis and Mae Melchi Stevens in LaGrange County, Indiana. On October 25, 1941 he married Bernice Ilene Groom in Ferndale, Michigan.  Carl grew up in Southern Michigan. He lived in Northern Nevada from 1951 to 1961. He lived throughout the Southwestern U.S. until finally settling in Overton in 1982. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He worked first as a truck driver, and later as a watchmaker and jeweler. He loved to fish, especially for largemouth bass. He served overseas during World War II in the United States Army. Survivors include his wife Bernice; three sons: Hugh Dean of Sparks, NV; Terry Carl of Overton, NV; Gary Gene of Reno, NV; one sister Kathleen Berkompas of St. Petersburg, FL; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Private family services to be held. Arrangements under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary. His remains are located in the Masonic Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum in Reno, Washoe County, Nevada. - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Janet Arlene Nelson from the Newspaper Obituary: Moapa Valley Progress, Logandale, NV.

Stidham, Grete L.  -  66, of LaGrange, IN died Thursday, November 28, 2013 at her home. Mrs. Stidham was born on July 18, 1947 in Aarhus, Denmark to Egund and Elly L. (Pederson) Jensen. They preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, IN with Vernon Stidham officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange, IN. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 2-5 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the family.


Stidham,
Russell M. 70, of Sturgis, MI died Monday April 23, 2007 at Sturgis Hospital in Sturgis, MI.  Russell was born on July 22, 1936 in Grundy, VA to the late Harvey and Lizzie (Patton) Stidham.  Moving to the area in 1985 from Kentucky he had worked at Cripe Industries in Wolcottville, IN as a welder, was a US Army Korean War Veteran, was a member of the Southern Baptist Church and was a member of the Neuman-Wenzel Post #73 American Legion, and Capt. John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW both in Sturgis, MI.  On June 22, 1957 he was married to Birdie Shephard in Martin, KY; she preceded him in death on June 8, 2001.  He is survived by five sons Harvey J. and Karen Stidham of Howe, IN, Victor L. Stidham of Prestonburg, KY, Hager D. Stidham and Donald R. Stidham both of Sturgis, MI, and Steve A. and Amy Stidham of LaGrange, IN, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister Jackie Combs of Xenia, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three grandchildren, a brother James Risner and a sister Evelyn Hicks.  Funeral services will be held on Friday April 27, 2007 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, IN with Rev. Leburn Combs officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday April 26, 2007 from 2-4 & 5-7 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brighton Cemetery in Howe, IN. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Stiles, O. D. -  83, of LaGrange, IN, died Thursday, November 6, 2008 at his residence.Mr. Stiles had lived in LaGrange County since 1972. He worked as an industrial engineer for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in the Aerospace Division in Akron, OH, Kingston, Jamaica, and at Duo-Therm in LaGrange, IN. He also worked for the Patton Consultants in Des Plaines, IL; and was the manager of Production and Operations for the Austin Company in Evanston, IL. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was an Alumnus from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Stiles was born on May 11, 1925 in Ardmore, OK to Darwin Tyndal and Mary Effie (Lane) Stiles. He married Patricia Walsh on May 10, 1951 in Angola, IN. Mrs. Stiles survives in LaGrange.  Also surviving is a son and daughter-in-law, Gary D. and Patti Stiles of Snellville, GA; a daughter and son-in-law, Doreen and Scott Mahlstedt of Wolcottville, IN; two granddaughters, Leigh Batson and Dea Burlew; two grandsons, Drew Leer and Adam Stiles, and 6 great-grandchildren.  Preceding him in death were his parents; and four sisters, Mary Page, Lois Doyel, Ruth Hawkins, and Gladys Burrow. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. No services will take place at this time.Memorials may be given to the LaGrange County Food & Clothes Basket. – LaGrange CO., Indiana Obituary, Nov. 2008

Stoner, Karola M. (Fritz) - 85, of Angola died Tuesday November 20, 2007 at Cameron Memorial Hospital in Angola, IN.  Mrs. Stoner was born on February 28, 1922 in Frankfurt, Germany to the late Eduard and Elisabeth (Baier) Fritz.
In 1947 she moved from Germany to the United States and worked at the Steuben County Home in Angola, IN. She was a member of the Calvary Christian Fellowship in Howe, IN and she had been an Olympic Gymnast for Germany in 1936.  On August 2, 1947 in Dayton, OH she was married to Robert S. Stoner; he preceded her in death on September 19, 1995.  Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law Elisabeth & Gene Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO, Magdalene & Stephen Szabo of Largo, FL, Victoria & Ronald Hyre of Howe, IN, and Heidi & Robert Bryan of Fremont, IN, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her brother.
Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Karola Stoner Memorial Fund c/o Calvary Christian Fellowship, 6200 E – SR 120 Howe, IN 46746.  Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is handling arrangements. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana


Strayer, Richard A.  70, of LaGrange, IN died Tuesday April 8, 2008 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange, IN.  Living his lifetime in LaGrange County, he was a retired farmer and was a LaGrange County Commissioner from 2001-2004. He was a member of Plato United Methodist Church in LaGrange, LaGrange County Farm Bureau where he was President for 20 years, and Gideon's International.  Mr. Strayer was born on November 19, 1937 in Kendallville, IN to Clarence L. and Rose Alice (Kitchen) Strayer. On September 28, 1957 he married Sharon D. Mellinger in LaGrange, IN; Mrs. Strayer survives in LaGrange.  Also surviving are his mother Rose Alice Strayer of LaGrange, five daughters and sons-in-laws Terry and Jeff Bridgham of Lafayette, IN, Brenda and Norm Hartman of Auburn, IN, Becky and Tad Oakley, Kelly and Dennis Wenzel, and Connie and Kevin Brower all of LaGrange, a son Tom and Claire Strayer of McCordsville, IN, fourteen grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers-in-law Shirley and Al Leazenby of Mexico, IN, Nancy Blackmore of Pueblo, CO, and Judy and Howard Laflin of Howe, IN, and three brothers and sisters-in-law Larry and Shirley Strayer, Ron and Sue Strayer both of LaGrange, and Don and Marti Strayer of Tampa, FL. He was preceded in death by his father Clarence Strayer and a brother Jerry Strayer.   Funeral services will be held on Saturday April 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, with Revs. Russell Hepler and Carldean Merrifield officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange. Visitation will be held on Friday April 11, 2008 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Gideon's International or Plato United Methodist Church. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary April 2008

Strayer,
Rose A. (Kitchen) 95, of LaGrange, died Saturday, September 20, 2008 at Miller's Merry Manor, LaGrange, IN.  Mrs. Strayer was a homemaker and farmed with her husband. She came to LaGrange County in 1933 from Kendallville. She was a member of the Plato United Methodist Church. She was active in the United Methodist Women's Group, Golden Agers Senior Choir, Plato Extension Home Makers and LaGrange County Council on Aging. She was famous for her wonderful pie baking and volunteered for "Meals on Wheels". She had a life long hobby of photography and scrapbooking. She was fully committed to her family and provided child care to her three generations of children. She was born on February 27, 1913 in Chicago, Il; to the late, Cassius U. and Rose L. (Allsop) Kitchen.  On April 30, 1933 she married Clarence L. Strayer. He preceded her in death on May 26, 1980.  Surviving are three daughters and two son-in-laws, Shirley and Al Leazenby of Mexico, IN.; Nancy Blackmore and her companion Jim Shank of Pueblo, Co.; Judy and Howard Laflin of Howe, IN.; three sons and daughter-in-laws, Larry and Shirley and Ronald and Sue Strayer all of LaGrange, IN.; and Donald and Marti Strayer of Tampa, FL.; two daughter-in-laws, Sharon Strayer of LaGrange, IN and Betty Strayer of Fort Wayne, IN.; twenty-four grandchildren, forty-four great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, one sister and brother-in-law, June and Danny Albertson of West Hill, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Richard Claussen of South Milford, IN.  She was preceded in death by, her parents, a husband, two sons, Jerry and Richard Strayer, three sisters and one infant brother.  Funeral services will be held at 10am on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at the Plato United Methodist Church, LaGrange, with the Rev. Russell Hepler and Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, IN.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at the Frurip-May Funeral Home from 2-4 & 6-8pm.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Plato United Methodist Church. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Sept. 2008

Stuckey, Jean M. (MacGregor) -  94, of Howe, IN, died Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at Life Care Center of LaGrange.  On July 21, 1915 in Detroit, MI she was born to Roy and Leah (Day) Macgregor; they both preceded her in death. She married Donald B. Stuckey on July 2, 1938 in Port Huron, MI; he preceded her in death December 7, 1996.  Mrs. Stuckey moved with her husband to Howe Military School in 1939 from Detroit, MI and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe, Women�s Society of the church, and a 56 year member of Philomath�s of Howe. She was a member of the LaGrange County Cancer Society and a volunteer at the Well-Child Clinic and the LaGrange County Hospital.  Mrs. Stuckey is survived by a daughter, Pamela Stuckey of Las Cruces, NM; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald M Chip and Ellen Stuckey of Howe, and Raymond A. and Karen Stuckey of Angola, IN; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Joan Coffey.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 31, 2009 at 11:00 am at Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe, IN with Revs. Bill Birch and Ben Stuckey officiating.  Memorials may be made to the Lima Presbyterian Church. – LaGrange CO., Indiana Obituary, Sept. 2009

Stucky, John D.  -  77, of Turkey Lake, LaGrange, Ind.; died, Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at Parkview Hospital Fort Wayne, Ind.  Born March 6, 1929, in Berne, he was the son of the late Florenz Stucky and Metta (Nussbaum).  John came to Turkey Lake from Fort Wayne in 1965. He retired from International Harvester and Harris-Kayote. He married Ruth (Roebuck) Stucky on June 12, 1948, in Pleasant Mills, Ind.; she survives.  Also surviving are his daughter, Metta Hike of Turkey Lake, LaGrange; son, James and Rebecca Stucky of Austell, GA.; grandchildren, Julie Blackburn, W. John Stucky, Melissa Stucky and Jeremy Martin; three sisters, Helen Lautzenheiser of Berne, Ruby Brouer of Turkey Lake, LaGrange and Bonnie Wall of Bluffton; and three brothers, Roy Stucky of Michiana Lake, Bronson, Mich., Al Stucky of Decatur, Ind., and Max Stucky of Angola, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ruthy Redding on Dec. 28, 2002; three sisters and one brother.  Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday, October 28th at Stroh Church of Christ, with the Pastor Mike Hamm officiating. Burial will be in Lake Bethel Cemetery, LaGrange, Ind.  Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8p.m.; on Friday, October 27th at the Stroh Church of Christ.  Memorials may be contributed to the Stroh Church of Christ. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana


Stump, Carol A. (Donley)
 -  age 63, of LaGrange, Indiana died Friday, September 11, 2009 at 9:05 A.M. at her residence.  She was born on August 5, 1946 in Sturgis, Michgan to Fay & Helen L. (Whitsel) Donley.  Carol was previously employed as a Probation Assistant for LaGrange County and was also employed in the Child Services Department in LaGrange County.  She is survived by 2 sons, Mark A. Stump of White Pigeon, Michigan and Matthew A & (Beverly) Stump of Cincinnati, Ohio; 1 sister - Sherry & (Tom) Mason of Howe, Indiana;  3 grandsons - Kaleb Stump, Tyler Hall and Austin Hall; and  her very special friend Otis Stahl of Sturgis, Michigan.   A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Howe, Indiana on Saturday September 26, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. with the Reverend Kenneth Weaver officiating.  Carney-Frost Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. – LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Sept. 2009

Stump, Ned H.  - 67, of LaGrange died Tuesday February 28, 2006 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange.  Mr. Stump was born on March 30, 1938 in Kendallville, IN to Raymond and Mary Kathrine (Mohnesmith) Stump; they both precede him in death.  Living most of his life in LaGrange and Noble Counties, he retired from Prairie Heights School Corporation in 2000 after 37 years of being an Ag Teacher. He was a member of the Apostolic Temple Church in South Bend, IN where he was a Sunday School Teacher for Jr-Sr. High, Church Orchestra member playing the French Horn, and Adult Choir member; he was a member of the Stroh Lions Club where he was President twice; LaGrange County 4-H Club Association, Director for 26 years and President for 4 years; LaGrange County Community Foundation, Director for 5 years and Vice-President for 2 years; LaGrange County Plan Commission, Board member for 8 years; LaGrange County Board of Zoning Appeals, Board Member 4 years and Chairman for 2 years; LaGrange County Cooperative Extension Board, member for 3 years; Oliver Lake Conservation Camp, Director and Advisor for 34 years; LaGrange County Red Cross, Board member for 6 years and was Vice-President; LaGrange County Gideon’s, Member 5 years, Scripture Chairman, and Church Speaker; Prairie Heights Country Carvers, member and advisor for 10 years; Prairie Heights Young Farmers, member and advisor for 10 years; Prairie Heights FFA, Advisor for 34 years; Purdue Ag Alumni, member for 36 years; LaGrange County Farm Bureau, member for 33 years; Prairie Heights Heritage Festival Co-coordinator for 25 years; Prairie Heights FFA Alumni, member for 6 years, State and National Life Member; Prairie Heights Community School Farm Manager for 34 years; District III FFA 1976 Horse Drawn Wagon Train Co-coordinator plus Inaugural Parade in 1977; Northeast Indiana (15 counties) and State Fair 4-H Project Judge for 31 years; and a US Army Veteran.  On May 23, 1959 he was married to Nancy Bovee in South Bend, IN.  He is survived by his wife Nancy Stump, three daughters Mrs. Robert (Crystal) Leu of LaGrange, Mrs. Randy (Becky) Younce of LaGrange, and Mrs. George (Katherine) VanDerslice of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, three sons Nathan Stump and his fiance Xiao Son of Winston Salem, NC, Scott and Denise Stump of Stoneham, CO and Kurt and Wendy Stump of Shipshewana, IN, nine grandchildren, a sister Sue Emerson of Rome City, IN, and four brothers Kenneth Stump of Albion, IN, Tom Stump of Garrett, IN, Dan Stump and Kevin Stump both of Wolf Lake, IN.  Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday March 3, 2006 at Stroh Church of Christ in Stroh, IN with Rev. Paul Rowe officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday March 2nd at the church from 1-8 pm. Burial will be in Lake Bethel Cemetery, LaGrange, IN.  Memorials may be made to the Gideon’s International or the Ned Stump Scholarship Fund in c/o Farmers State Bank in LaGrange, IN. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Sturgis, Franklin L. "Frank"  - 72, of Wolcottville, IN died Sunday March 9, 2008 at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Living in LaGrange and Noble Counties his entire lifetime, he retired in 1998 after 36 years from Kraft Foods, Corp. in Kendallville. Frank was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Wolcottville American Legion Post #10 and Kendallville VFW Post #2749 and a former member of the Wolcottville Lions Club.  Mr. Sturgis was born on October 16, 1935 in LaGrange County to Lyston L. and Genevieve (Hunter) Sturgis; they both precede him in death. On May 8, 1999 he married Natalie A. Neff in Wolcottville, IN; Mrs. Sturgis survives in Wolcottville.  Also surviving are a daughter Nikki Barker of Wolcottville, a son and daughter-in-law Michael and Kira Sturgis of Churubusco, IN, a step-daughter and son-in-law Christine and Todd Aldrich of Fort Meade, MD, a stepson and daughter-in-law Gordon and Tammy Wells of Kendallville, ten grandchildren, and a sister and brother-in-law Sara and Larry Gotshall of Wolcottville. Also preceding him in death was a grandson Calvin Sturgis.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday March 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with Dr. Daniel Barker officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Wolcottville with a military graveside service conducted by LaGrange American Legion Post #215. Visitation will be on Wednesday March 12, 2008 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. - "LaGrange Standard,"  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary March 14,  2008

Sturgis, Olive M.( Hahn)  - 93, of Wolcottville, died Thursday, January 29, 2009 at Life Care Center of LaGrange.  She worked as an office manager for Starcraft and Bostwick Building Supplies. She was a member of the Wolcottville United Methodist Church.  She was born on July 15, 1915 in Kendallville, IN to Archie and Ruth (Kitchen) Hahn. On July 11, 1936 she married Paul C. Sturgis, Sr. in Kendallville, IN. He preceded her in death on November 5, 2001.  Surviving is a son and daughter-in-law, Paul C. and Shirley Sturgis, Jr. of McComb, MI; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, William C. Sturgis, who died in November 1997, three sisters, Marie I. Lehner, Betty J. Kief and Barbara A. Ovtham and a brother, Thomas F. Hahn.  Funeral Services will be held at 3pm on Monday, February 2, 2009 at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, with the Rev. Jack Thomas officiating. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, IN.  Visitation will be held from 1pm until service time on Monday, February 2, 2009 at the funeral home.  Memorial may be contributed to the Alzheimer's Association. - Source: LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Jan. 2009

Stutzman, Nathaniel David  - was stillborn to Curtis Eugene and Rita Janelle (Miller) Stutzman, of 0255 North 1150 West Middlebury, IN at 8:12 PM on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at the New Eden Care Center Topeka, IN. Survivors include his parents, 3 brothers, Titus, Lucas and Jason Stutzman and sister, Eden Stutzman all at home;  2 Grandparents, Howard & Lena Stutzman of Middlebury, IN, Ray & Rosetta Miller of Bristol, IN.; Great Grandmother, Ida Stutzman of Middlebury, IN; Great Grandparents, Chriss & Lovina Miller of Middlebury, IN. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 PM  Thursday at the Forks Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 30, 2009 at the church. Services will be conducted by Rev. Thad Lechlitner and Rev. Troy Brubaker of the Roselawn Conservative Mennonite Church. Burial will be in Miller-Glick-Stutzman Cemetery, Middlebury. Nathaniel’s grandfathers will serve as pallbearers. - Source: LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Jan. 2009

Stutzman, Ralph -  79, of Howe died Sunday July 2, 2006 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange, IN.  Mr. Stutzman was born on June 9, 1927 in Kosciusko County, IN to Ralph and Edna (Chupp) Stutzman; they both precede her in death.  Living most of his life time in LaGrange County he was retired from Lambright Hatchery in LaGrange where he had been a truck driver, he was also a handyman. He was a member of the Pine Knob Conservation Club, the Sturgis Moose and the Albion Eagles.  On  May 27, 1953 he married Betty Jane Hawkins in LaGrange, IN.  Surviving are his wife Betty Jane Stutzman of Howe, five daughters Mrs. Randy (Judy) Perkins of LaGrange, IN, Mrs. Marc (Gloria) Bordner of Howe, IN, Mrs. John (Linda) Lackey of LaGrange, IN, Mrs. Troy (Lola) Yoder of LaGrange, IN and Luckie Lackey of Howe, IN, a son Rodney L. Stutzman of New Haven, MI, 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, three sisters Elsie McNabb of LaGrange, IN, Mrs. William (Mary) Boyd, Jr. of LaGrange, IN, Mrs. Chris (Betty) Eash of LaGrange, IN, and 6 brothers Robert & Laura Stutzman of Goshen, IN, Kenneth & Dorothy Stutzman of Ligonier, IN, Willie & Charlene Stutzman of Goshen, IN, Floyd & Judy Stutzman of Ashley, IN, Amos & Kathy Stutzman of Syracuse, IN, and Don Stutzman of Goshen, IN. He is also preceded in death by three brothers Ray, Glendon, and Dale Stutzman.  Services will be held on Friday July 7, 2006 at the First Church of God in LaGrange at 10:00 am with Rev. Mark Denney officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday June 6th at the Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange from 2-4 & 6-8 pm. Burial will be in Ontario Cemetery in Howe, IN.  Memorials may be made to the LaGrange County Animal Shelter or the American Diabetes Association. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Stutzman, Vada (Stutzman) - 88, of 1225 Greencroft Dr. Goshen, IN., formerly of Aurora, OH, died at 10:30 PM on Sunday, February 1, 2009 at Greencroft Health Care Center Goshen, IN. She had lived there for the past 5 years. She was born May 27, 1920 in Serward, NE to Perry and Lena (Rediger) Stutzman .  On April 27, 1941 in Aurora, OH she married Ray Allen Stutzman, he died September 26, 1993. She was a Homemaker. Survivors include 4 daughters, Suzann Stucky of CO, Betty Jordon of AR, Shirley Craft of AR andConnie Leedy of Homersville, OH;  5 Sons, David Stutzman of Shipshewana, IN., Devon Stutzman of Finley, OH, Dennis Stutzman of AR, Larry Stutzman of AR andVernon Stutzman of FL; 40 Grandchildren; many great and great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Berdean (Vercoe) Jones of Goshen, IN.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a daughter Sherry Weaver. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, OH. - Source: LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Feb. 2009

Sullivan,  Christina (Hand)  - "The Skunk Lady," - "Crissy, Skunk Woman, Dies; Hovel at Howe Was Mecca for Thousand of Tourists" "Chrissy," the woman who made Howe famous, is gone.  "Crissy, the skunk woman," as she was called, departed this life last Sunday morning about seven o'clock, after an illness of several months from stomach trouble.  Funeral service were held Monday afternoon at the little new home which townspeople had aided on building with the Rev. W. G. Ritkin of the Presbyterian church officiating.  After a scripture reading and a prayer, the body of Crissy was taken to the old burial ground back of Riverside cemetery at Howe and laid beside her last husband, Michael E. Sullivan.  That is, presumably, for no stone stands to mark Mr. Sullivan's resting place. Who was Crissy, and why did she live as she did in filth and squalor, with only skunks and other wild pets for company?  Did she choose her mode of living because of a broken heart, a bitter disappointment with the world?  There is no mystery about Crissy 's life, nor is there any romance.  A great deal has been written by powerful imaginations about the little old woman who lived in a dirty, tumbled down shack at the edge of Howe and who was on speaking terms with skunks, but most of it was wrote in vain.  Christina Hand, for that was her maiden name, was born in the northeast corner of Clay Township, LaGrange County, so many years ago and so unknown to the world that little is definite as to her age.  Some time ago she remarked that she went to school with Silas McManus, the famous poet whom Howe justly claims; who taught in the neighborhood, but she sadly stated she "couldn't learn nothin."  That would place her age at about eighty.  Her parents, so the story runs, were drowned one evening in Buck Lake, near their home, while on a fishing trip.  It seems that while slightly under the influence of liquor, a quarrel was stated in the boat, but who won was never known, for both toppled over into the water and passed from this world, leaving Crissy behind.  But Crissy was of an age at that time to fend for herself.  With her father she had helped haul ties to the new railroad that was pushing its way back into LaGrange County, the single line of steel that in the north was opening up the unexplored miles of Michigan to the lumber men.  If you want romance in her life, you may call her a pioneer.  With her own hands, for she often jumped down from her wagon to swing the ties into place; she aided in the building of the roadway that opened up the rich farming country in which we now live in comparative comfort.  But as she lived to see the luxurious motorbus roll by her door and the airplane fly swiftly over her head, she slipped back into the animal world, to the simplicity she understood.  She gradually fell into filthy habits, entirely forgetting the cleansing properties of water until her skin became a mottled gray, and her neighbors shunned her. Crissy added to her odorous quarantine by keeping skunks as pets, but she had a keen idea as to the value of skunk fur and long before skunk raising became a commercial enterprise, she was accumulating each year a creditable sum from her venturesome business.  Seldom was she in actual want, as many seemed to think, and in the town of Howe there were always a few friends in whom she trusted and who helped her a bit in matters of financial advice.  She had no thought for the styles of the day.  An old skirt, a woolen jacket and a calico waist, no stockings, and men's shoes comprised her wardrobe.  And in her shack, down by the cemetery, there was no furniture, only a box for a table and a pile of straw for bed.  Yet she was content.  During the last few years Crissy had more visitors than she cared for and more publicity than the people of Howe felt necessary.  An enlarged photograph displayed in Elkhart bearing the caption, "If you want to see the dirtiest woman in the world, go to Howe," started hundreds to satisfy their curiosity.  Newspapers in neighboring counties expressed surprise that the supposedly enlightened town of Howe would tolerate such a person.  However, Howe knew Crissy, and Crissy knew Howe, and together they had lived without damage to the self-respect of either, going their own ways.  But the publicity she was getting began to worry the people of Howe a bit, and a fund was started to build her a new home.  Crissy, to everyone's surprise, had a little money of her own, and it was with her savings, added to the sale of her picture, that a new abode was built.  She submitted to a good "Clean-up," gave up her skunks, and donned fresh apparel, for she was glad to do anything for her friends in Howe.  But a recurrence of stomach troubles, which had weakened Crissy considerably in the last year or so brought her to her bed and she had been a resident of her new home only a month or so when she died.  Nor was it a pining for her old habits, her pets which she gave up, that brought her eccentric life to its close, for Crissy rather enjoyed being clean and apparently looked forward to a new life.  Just how many times was Crissy married is a matter for dispute.  Some say three times, some say four, but at any rate her first husband was Michael Sullivan, who  while tramping the country with an umbrella mender some thirty or so years back, took a fancy to Howe and to Crissy and decided to stay.  Mr. Sullivan will be remembered by many in Howe as a willing worker, but a little addicted to strong drink,  It was liquor that hastened his end about twenty five years ago.  Returning one evening from Sturgis, he used the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railway track as a resting place where he might clear his slightly muddled head.  His body, cut to pieces, was found after the southbound evening train had passed.  No one seems to know whether Crissy had any children or not.  Some say there was a a daughter living in Grand Rapids, but the fact cannot be verified.  A nephew, the son of a half-sister, owned a small store in Howe many years ago and some of the land east of the station is still in his name.  It is said he lives in Chicago now, but no one is sure.   Though nobody knows the intimate facts of Crissy's life, Crissy could relate many stories of old-settler days in Lima township.  She and her father often carted grain to the old distillery in Howe and wool to the mill at Ontario.  Just a few months ago she recalled the od days when rabbit-skin shoes were very common.  Crissy left to the world a reputation and a few lots of land in the town of Howe, and Judge James S. Drake this week appointed Samuel B. Nichols of Howe administrator of her estate. Crissy, the skunk woman, is gone.  Thousands in nearby counties, town and cities have seen her, perhaps talked to her, for she was pleasant spoken, even merry, at times.  Her fame was built solely upon a structure of dirt and skunks, and a suggestion of mystery because she chose to live apart. - Source: "The LaGrange Standard," LaGrange, Indiana, November 20, 1925. * Visit our Skunk Lady Page to read more

Sullivan, Michael - aged 35, of Lima, a character well known in LaGrange, met his death in a horrible manner, on Wednesday evening of last week.  He had been in Sturgis during the day, says the Sturgis Times, and after loading up pretty well with liquor started to walk home, taking down the G. R. & I railway track.  When about 1 and 3/4 miles from town he was struck by the engine of train No. 6, due in Sturgis at 9:26 p.m., and killed.  His body was mutilated beyond recognition, every vestige of clothing being torn from the body and the head and limbs cut into fragments.  The crew of a light engine coming north brought the news to Sturgis and L. C. Haner, Lute Miller and several others went out , gathered up the pieces, which were scattered along the track for a distance of 500 feet, and took them to Haner's undertaking rooms.  Mr. Haner notified Lima parties and when they arrived they identified what was left of Sullivan by his hat and vest and took the remains to Lima, where they were buried Thursday evening last, Rev. Mr. Lawson officiating at the grave. - Source: "The LaGrange Standard," LaGrange, Indiana, August 31, 1893.

Summey, Marjorie Kathlene (Marks) - 77, of Jackson, Mich., and formerly of Howe, Indiana, died at 5:28 a.m. Monday in Foot Memorial Hospital in Jackson, Michigan.  She was born in LaGrange, Indiana on April 9, 1920 to Douglas and Marie (Hart) Marks.  On Dec. 11, 1943 she married Clinton Summey in LaGrange.  He prexeededher in death Feb. 9, 1992.  She was a homemaker.  Surviving are 2 daughters, Lorraine Green of Jackson, Mich., and Mrs. Nicholas (Barbara Ann) Bommarito of Albion, Mich.;  a son, Dale C. and wife Wilma of Stugis, Mich.;  7 grandchildren; 4 sisters, Marguerite Wheeler of Centreville, Mich., Ann David of Sturgis, Mich., Lela Hagg of Howe, and Betty Beach of Delphi, Indiana and  2 brothers, Richard Marks of LaGrange and Lawrence "Stub" Marks of Elkhart, Ind.  She was preceeded in death by 2 brothers, Douglas Marks and Maurice Marks.  Funeral services will be held in Carney-Frost Funeral Home and burial will be in Greenwood Cemt. - LaGrange, Indiana Obituary for Marjorie Marks in Oct. 1997


Summey, Clinton J.  -  69, of Howe, Indiana, died Feb. 9, 1992 at the LaGrange Hospital.  He was born May  25, 1922 in Sturgis, Mich. to Warren and Irene (Bowdish) Summey.  On Dec. 11, 1943, he married Marjorie K. marks in How, Ind.  He was employed as a tool and die maker at Rood Ind. in Sturgis, Mich, retiring in 1984.  Surviving are his wife, 2 daughters, Barbara Ann and Lorraine, both of Albion, Mich.; one son, Dale Gene Summey of Sturgis;  7 grandchildren;  3 great grandchildren; and 3 brothers, Freeman Summey of Marshall, Mich., Warren Summey of Sturgis, Mich., and Donald Summey of Coopersmith, Mich.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister in 1965.  Services at Shoup-Carney-Frost Funeral Home in Howe and burial will be made in Greenwood Cemt. in LaGrange, Indiana. - LaGrange, Indiana Obituary for Clinton J. Summey  in Feb. 1992


Surber, Carlie F.  82, of LaGrange died Sunday September 9, 2007 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital, LaGrange, IN.  Mr. Surber was born on July 14, 1925 in Tazewell, TN to Frank and Mary (Longsworth) Surber; they both precede him in death.  Living in LaGrange since 1958 when he moved here from Detroit, MI, he was retired from Machine Rite Products in LaGrange where he had worked from 1958-1988 as a foreman.  On March 2, 1952 he was married to Josephine Brock in Napoleon, OH; she survives.  Also surviving are two daughters Donna Surber and Karen Surber both of LaGrange, IN. He was also preceded in death by two brothers Henley H. and William W. Surber.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday September 13, 2007 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN with Rev. Jeff Farnham officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Wednesday September 12, 2007 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, IN.  Memorials may be made to that of the donor’s choice. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Sept. 2007

Surber,
Josephine (Brock)  -  82, of LaGrange, IN died Wednesday March 5, 2008 at her residence.  In 1958 she moved to the LaGrange community from Detroit, MI. She was a homemaker.  Mrs. Surber was born on February 25, 1926 in Kettle Island, KY to Allen and Birdie (Hendrickson) Brock; they both precede her in death. On March 2, 1952 she was married to Carlie F. Surber in Napoleon, OH; he preceded her in death on September 9, 2007.   Surviving are two daughters Donna Surber and Karen Surber both of LaGrange, IN and a sister Gertrude Coryell of Hawkinsville, GA. Also preceding her in death were seven brothers and a sister.  Funeral services will be held on Monday March 10, 2008 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, with Rev. Jeff Farnham officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange. Visitation will be held on Sunday March 9, 2008 from 2-5 pm at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Parkview Home Health and Hospice or LaGrange Baptist Church. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, March 2008

Surfus, Loena (Gandy) -  94, of LaGrange, died Monday, November 21, 2005, at Miller’s Merry Manor in LaGrange.  She was born on May 17, 1911, in Noble County, to the late Ora D and Victoria (Anspaugh) Gandy.   She moved from Noble County to LaGrange in 1950.  She was a secretary at Lewis & Lambright Auctioneers & Realtors in LaGrange were she retired. She also worked with the ASCS of Allen, Steuben, and LaGrange Counties.   She married Claude E. Surfus on October 10, 1928 in Noble County, IN.   Surviving are two son-in-laws, Shirley Garrison of Kendallville and James Eash of LaGrange; one sister Martha Lindsey of Dunedin, FL.; six grandchildren, fourteen Great-Grandchildren and twelve Great-Great-Grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, a husband, Claude on December 24, 1966, two daughters; JoAnne Garrison on September 3, 2003 and Nina Eash on September 21, 2005; one sister Mary Winebrenner, a brother Colby J. Gandy, and a granddaughter Sherry L. Lang on July 28, 1997.  Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2005 at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange, IN.; with the Rev. James Simpson officiating.   Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2005 at the church from 10am until service time.  Memorials may be contributed to the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church or the LaGrange County Cancer Society. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Sutton, Amos, age 82, of Kendallville died on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. Mr. Sutton was born in Hindman, Kentucky on August 13, 1926 to Jake and Mary (Slone) Sutton. He married Gracie Gibson on May 12, 1945 in Carrie, Kentucky. Mr. Sutton worked at Newman Foundry in Kendallville as a supervisor for 35 years retiring in 1985. He was a belonged to the Community Baptist Church in Wolcottville where he was an active member. He also loved to hunt, garden and work in his yard. Survivors include: His wife; Gracie Sutton of Kendallville; two sons; Danny Sutton and Dana Slone of Wolcottville; Randy and Jewell Sutton of Auburn; one daughter; Patty and Richard Beckley of LaGrange; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; He was preceded in death by his parents and 13 brothers and sisters. Visitation will be Thursday, January 8, 2009, from 3 to 7 PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville. Funeral Services will be Friday, January 9, 2009 at 11 AM at Community Baptist Church, Wolcottville. Officiating the funeral service will be Lee Combs and Birtchell Mosley. Burial will be at South Milford Cemetery in South Milford, Indiana. Preferred Memorials may be made to Parkview Noble Hospice or Cancer Services of Fort Wayne. - Noble Co., Indiana Obituary, January 2009

Sutton, Carol A. (Reynolds) - age 61, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2008 after a valiant three year battle against cancer with her family by her side at her residence on Westler Lake near Wolcottville.  Mrs. Sutton was born in Vergie, Kentucky on March 13, 1947 to Harold and Ida Mae (Newsome) Reynolds.  She married Danny R. Sutton on June 29, 1985 in Ligonier, Indiana and was employed as quality control supervisor at Silgan Plastics in Ligonier for 42 years.  Carol loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and she was a member of Five Corners Baptist Church near Wolcottville.  Survivors include: Husband, Danny R. Sutton of Wolcottville; Daughter, Jami and Trevor Pyle of Albion; Daughter, Robinn and Tyler Mitchell of Wolcottville; 3 Grandchildren; Chelsea Pyle, Andrew Pyle and Coby Mitchell; Brother, Jimmy and Sally Reynolds of David, Kentucky; Sister, Bonnie and Calvin Martin of Columbus, Indiana; Sister, Jean and Adrian Slone of Rockwood, Michigan.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Charles Reynolds.  Visitation will be Friday, April 4, 2008 from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.  Funeral Services will be Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Five Corners Baptist Church.  Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. Clarence Combs and Rev. Birtchell Mosley, Jr.  Burial will be at South Milford Cemetery in South Milford.

Sutton, Randy Lee - 50, of Kendallville died on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. Mr. Sutton was born in Kendallville on April 17, 1958 to Trevor John and Gloria Dee (Grieser) Sutton. He graduated from Dekalb High School in 1976 and was a machine operator with Hy-Matic in Kendallville for 24 years. Randy was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hiking. He also loved gardening and animals. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Kendallville. Survivors include: Mother, Gloria Sutton of Kendallville. Son, Jonathan Sutton of Kendallville. Daughter, Angela Sutton of Wolcottville. Daughter, Alyssa and Levi Bolinger of Rome City. Granddaughter, Karina Bolinger of Rome City. Sister, Regina and John Millhouse of Albion. Grandmother, Joyce Sutton of Kendallville. Many aunts and uncles.  He was preceded in death by his father in 1983; paternal grandfather, Issac Sutton; and maternal grandparents, Raymond and Velma Grieser. Visitation will be Sunday, February 1, 2009, from 1:00-5:00pm at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville. Funeral Services will be Monday, February 2, 2009 at 1:00pm at Hite Funeral Home. Officiating the funeral service will be James Charles. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville, Indiana. - Source: Noble Co., Indiana Obituary, Feb. 2009

Sutton, Remous “Slim”  -  70, of LaGrange died Wednesday January 4, 2006 at his residence.  Mr. Sutton was born on February 10, 1935 to Curless and Ada (Bentley) Sutton in Hindman, KY. They precede him in death.  Living most of his life in LaGrange County he was an auto mechanic and had worked at Goshen Auto Electric. He was a member of the former LaGrange Eagles Lodge where he had been a founding member and an over 40 year member.  Survivors include two sons Douglas (Rita) Sutton of Wolcottville and Jeffrey (Tonda) Sutton of LaGrange, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two sisters Mrs. Arlo (Jane) Aalop and Mrs. Larry (Sue) Kreiger both of San Jose, CA and a brother Bob (Helen) Sutton of San Jose, CA. He is also preceded in death by two sons Kimothy and Gregory Sutton and a brother Tommy Sutton.  Services will be held on Sunday January 15, 2006 at the LaGrange First Church of God at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Greenwood at a later date.  Memorials may be made to LaGrange First Church of God. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Swenson, Betty Jean (Holsinger), 80, of Fort Wayne died Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2008, at her home.  Mrs. Swenson was a homemaker and a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Auburn.  She was born June 30, 1927, in Woodruff to Virgil and Ruth (Bassett) Holsinger.  She married Alden M. Swenson on Dec. 29, 1946, in Howe. He survives. They celebrated 61 years of marriage in December.  Also surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Martin and Kathy Swenson, Allen Swenson and Gary and Janelle Swenson, all of Fort Wayne; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Ron Marhenke of Waterloo; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Martina and Kurt Tippman, Beau and Cindy Swenson, Heather Marhenke, Brett and Erin Marhenke, Staci Swenson, Daniel Swenson and Tyler Swenson; six great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Jean Holsinger of Mongo; and a sister, Maxine Hackett of LaGrange.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Holsinger; two sisters, Marjorie Ray and Margaret Woodmansee; and her parents.  Services will be Wednesday at 1 P.M. in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Auburn. The Rev. Stephen Kummernuss and Mark Zion will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery at Fort Wayne.  Calling will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 S. Center St., Auburn, and Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the church.   Memorials are to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the Arthritis Foundation or Parkview Hospice. -Source: Noble Co., Indiana Obituary

Swenson,
Mrs. Alfred G. - Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Alfred G. Swenson of Ontarion, Calif., formerly of Wolcottville.  Mrs. Swenson was killed Saturday evening in an auto accident.  Her husband, Alfred, is in serious condition in the hospital in California.  Survivors include the husband; three sons; three daughters; a sister, Mrs. Grace Grubaugh of Wolcottville; a brother, Fred Kilpatrick of LaGrange route 3 and a brother-in-law, Russell Green of LaGrange route 1.  Mrs. Grubaugh, Fred Kilpatrick, and Russell Green flew to California early Monday morning.  Source:  The LaGrange Standard, Jan. 24, 1963.

Swick,
Helen E. (Gordon) 81, of LaGrange died at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.  Mrs. Swick was a homemaker.  She was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Jackson, Mich., to Arthur and Audrey (Turner) Gordon. Her husband, Eldon Swick, preceded her in death in 1981.  Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Betty and Lyle Eldridge of Colon, Mich., and Tonya H. Swick of New Hampshire and formerly of LaGrange.   Cremation has taken place and burial will be in Michigan at a later date.  Carney-Frost Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements. -  Noble Co., Indiana Obituary Jan. 2008

Swihart, Maurice L. -  85, of Howe, IN, died Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at his residence.  Living most of his life in LaGrange County, he retired from Grumman-Olson in Sturgis, MI and was a lifelong farmer. Mr. Swihart was a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. A World War II United States Navy Veteran, he served on the USS Texas battleship. He was a member of the First Church of God in LaGrange, IN, LaGrange American Legion Post #215, the VFW and Elks Lodge both in Sturgis, MI.  Mr. Swihart was born on July 26, 1923 in Howe, IN to William H. and Leah (Light) Swihart; they both preceded him in death. On October 13, 1944 in Howe, IN he married Nelta J. McKenzie. Mrs. Swihart survives in Howe.  Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and Phillip Ramer of Howe, and Susan and Douglas Gulick of Ellettsville, IN; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Cynthia Swihart of Holland, MI, and John and Rhonda Swihart of Larwill, IN; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Roberta McClain of Beaverdam, OH, Mary Lou Pfenning of Howe, and Janet Ryman of Goshen, IN.  Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Mildred Anderson; and a brother, Louis Swihart.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 10:00 am at the First Church of God in LaGrange, IN, with Rev. Brian VanOsdol officiating. Burial will be in Brighton Cemetery, Howe, IN with a military graveside service by the LaGrange American Legion Post #215.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 2 – 5 pm at the church.  Memorials may be made to Heifer International. – Source: LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary from LaGrange Publishing Co., Sept, 2008






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