Obituaries

Posted on January 30, 2015

Max E. Arnold, 77

Max E. Arnold, 77, of Bluffton, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 28, 2015, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Bluffton. Max was born April 24, 1937, in Wells County, to Luster H. and Gertrude (Reece)...

Posted on January 30, 2015

Shirley J. Ehret, 74

Shirley J. Ehret, 74, of Bluffton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the Adams Woodcrest retirement facility. She was born Jan. 31, 1940, in Wells County, to Southard Leach and Bertha Keller Leach. She worked...

Posted on January 29, 2015

Ruth Ann Haneline, 76

Ruth Ann Haneline, 76, of Bluffton, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2015, at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center in Ossian. Born on Jan. 12, 1939, in Wells County, to Robert E. and Mary E. (Ramsey) Green,...

Posted on January 29, 2015

Maxine ‘Mickey’ Louise Johnson, 96

HARTFORD CITY – Maxine “Mickey” Louise Johnson, 96, died at 8:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at IU Health Blackford Community Hospital. She was born June 12, 1918, in Hartford City to Fabian Vallad and Margaret M....

Posted on January 29, 2015

James F. Miller, 80

James F. Miller, 80, of Warren, died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Heritage Pointe in Warren. He was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Wells County, to Elwood Miller and Lula Payne Miller. He married Agatha Highley...

Posted on January 29, 2015

Max E. Arnold, 77

Arrangements are pending at Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home for Max E. Arnold, 77, of Bluffton, who died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.

Posted on January 29, 2015

Hugh A. Shafer, 83

Hugh Allen Shafer, 83, of Warren, died Monday, Jan. 26, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born June 27, 1931, in Salamonie Township in Huntington County. He married Lou Ann (Parker) Shafer May 29, 1955; she...

Posted on January 28, 2015

Joyce A. Folts, 58

Joyce Ann “Cookie” (Christman) Folts, 58, of Lake Orion, Mich., formerly of Bluffton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at 1:29 a.m. at her residence with family by her side after a long battle with cancer. She was...

Posted on January 28, 2015

Ned Sowards, 74

Ned Alan Sowards died Jan. 25, 2015, at 12:43 p.m. at Goshen Hospital in Goshen, after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. He was born in Bluffton Jan. 9, 1941, the third child of Bertha Baughman Wertzberger  and Joseph...

Posted on January 28, 2015

William Hansen, 70

William Hansen, 70, of Bluffton died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at his residence. He was born Sept. 15, 1944, in Portland, to Einer Hansen and Lena Gillett Hansen. Surviving are two brothers, Jim Hansen and Bob Hansen,...

Posted on January 28, 2015

Hugh A. Shafer, 83

Hugh Allen Shafer, 83, of Warren, died Monday, Jan. 26 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born June 27, 1931, in Salamonie Township in Huntington County. He married Lou Ann (Parker) Shafer May 29, 1955; she...

Posted on January 28, 2015

Ruth A. Haneline, 76

Arrangements are pending at Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel for Ruth A. Haneline, 76, who died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Ossian Health & Rehabilitation Center in Ossian.

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...

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