Obituaries

Posted on January 27, 2015

Virginia Frakes, 86

Virginia Dority Young Frakes, 86, formerly of Bryant, died Sunday, Jan. 25, in Berne. She was born May 31, 1928, in Jay County. She married Jack Frakes March, 11, 1950; he preceded her in death. She is survived by a...

Posted on January 26, 2015

Ned A. Sowards, 74

Arrangements are pending at Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home for Ned A. Sowards, 74, of Sturgis, Mich. and formerly of Bluffton. He died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at IU Health Goshen Hospital.

Posted on January 26, 2015

John M. Mannion, 75

Arrangements are pending at Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home for John M. Mannion, 75, of Bluffton, who died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.

Posted on January 24, 2015

Bernard E. Buck, 87

Bernard Edward Buck, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Lutheran Life Villages. Born Aug. 8, 1927, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Edward and Marrietta (Schrieber) Buck. Bernard proudly...

Posted on January 24, 2015

Gilbert ‘Gib’ James Smethurst, 71

Gilbert “Gib” James Smethurst II, 71, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. He was born Aug. 5, 1943, in Bluffton, Ind., and moved to Manatee County, Fla., in...

Posted on January 22, 2015

Hagan G. Quillen II, 47

Hagan Glenn Quillen II, 47, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, at his home in Berne. Hagan was born Nov. 23, 1967, in Bluffton to Hagan G. and Kathleen E. (Hoving) Quillen; they survive in Domestic. Hagan was blessed...

Posted on January 22, 2015

Sandra K. Yencer, 60

Sandra K. Harris Yencer, 60, of Liberty Center, passed away at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Sandy was born Oct. 21, 1954, in Bluffton to Claude L. and Ruba Jane (Garrett)...

Posted on January 22, 2015

Mary A. Crandall, 82

Mary A. Crandall, 82, of New Castle and formerly of Wells County, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at The Hearth at Windermere in Fishers. She was born on June 23, 1932, to Clem and Ruby Bozell in Liberty Center. She is...

Posted on January 21, 2015

Owen Collins, 3

Arrangements are pending at Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel for Owen William-Anthony Collins, 3, who died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Bluffton.

Posted on January 21, 2015

Hagen G. Quillen II, 47

Arrangements are pending at Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel for Hagen G. Quillen II, 47, who died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Berne.

Posted on January 20, 2015

Robert Bennett, Jr., 64

Robert J. “Bobby” Bennett, Jr., 64, rural Uniondale, passed away at 6:01 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born in Circleville, Ohio, on July 14, 1950, to Robert J. and Kathryn...

Posted on January 20, 2015

Mathilda Neuenschwander, 89

The mother of a Bluffton man, Mathilda “Tillie” I. Neuenschwander, 89, of Berne, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Swiss Village in Berne. She was born Dec. 4, 1925 in Goessel, Kan. She married Rev. Gordon J....

Posted on January 20, 2015

Emerson E. Evans, 90

Emerson Eugene Evans, 90, formerly of Portland, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at Heritage Pointe in Warren. He was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Union City. He married Harriet L. Herbst Feb. 14, 1947; she survives. He is...

Posted on January 20, 2015

Robert E. ‘Bob’ Howell, 78

Former Wells County resident Robert Edward “Bob” Howell passed away peacefully at Woodland Manor of Elkhart Jan. 16, 2015, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born Dec. 13, 1937, in Grant County to...

Posted on January 20, 2015

Margaret A. Karn, 76

Margaret Ann Karn, 76, of Bluffton, died Monday, Jan. 19, at Signature Healthcare in Bluffton. She was born Aug. 23, 1938, in Greenville, Ohio. She is survived by a brother, Denver Karn, of Union City. She was...

Posted on January 20, 2015

Ian D. Geese, 21

Ian David Geese, 21, of rural Ossian, passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at his residence. He was born Apr. 13, 1993 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his parents, David M. and Ann M. (Derbyshire) Geese of Ossian; a...

Posted on January 19, 2015

Diann K. Carroll, 50

Diann K. Carroll, 50, of Bluffton, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 16, 2015, at her residence. She was born on Dec. 28, 1964, in Bluffton, to Ivan E. and Donna J. (Earhart) Breedlove. Diann was a 1983 graduate of...

Posted on January 19, 2015

Sheryl S. Slusher, 50

Sheryl S. “Nanny” Slusher, 50, of Warren, passed away at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  She was born Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1964, in Huntington.  Sheryl was a 1984...

Posted on January 19, 2015

Ian D. Geese, 21

Ian David Geese, 21, of rural Ossian, passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at his residence. He was born Apr. 13, 1993 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his parents, David M. and Ann M. (Derbyshire) Geese of Ossian; a...

Posted on January 19, 2015

Robert Southerland, 61

The husband of a Wells County woman, Robert E. Southerland, 61, of Homosassa, Fla., died at 1:48 p.m. Jan. 14, 2015 at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Fla.  Born Aug. 14, 1953, in Marion to the late Robert J. and...

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