June 2nd, 2011
Dana E. James, 61, of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born on October 10, 1949, in Grant County, Indiana, to Lewis F. and Phyllis Ann (Heideman) James.
He married Tami L. Brodbeck on June 24, 1978.
Anita M. Sprunger, 78, of Berne, died Monday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born in Adams County on April 12, 1933, to Alvin and Linda Lehman Kennel.
Among survivors are one son, Scott Sprunger of Berne, and two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Jilaine) Graber of Geneva and Mrs. Floyd (Renee) Liechty of Berne.
Robert M. Teeple, 91, of Decatur, died at 12:40 p.m. Friday at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
He was born on January 15, 1920.
He married Betty D. Zinsmaster on April 9, 1976; she passed away on January 17, 2003.
Walter E. Wheeler, 97, formerly of Monroe, died Saturday in Swiss Village Retirement Community at Berne.
He was born to Charles and Nora Wheeler.
Among survivors are a former wife, Edith I. Wheeler of Pleasant Mills; one son, Jim Wheeler of Terre Haute; two daughters, Judith King of Bluffton and Bonnie Cart of Monroe; one stepdaughter, Carol Hornaday of Mesa, Arizona; and two stepsons, Roger Call of Monroe and Robert Call of Summerville, South Carolina.
Adams County was almost floating today after a series of thunderstorms drove through the region as one of the wettest springs in local history continues.
The worst-off appear to be the area's farmers, who have been unable to plant crops due to the continual muddy conditions in fields.
Decatur and Adams County emerged mostly unscathed but drenched from the seemingly endless storms which rolled through the area during a period of 10 top 12 hours on Wednesday afternoon and early this morning.
BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — Strong storms and possible tornadoes ripped through southern Indiana Wednesday night, injuring more than a dozen people and flattening homes, barns and other structures while scattering debris along their paths, authorities said.
An apparent tornado struck east of Bedford as powerful thunderstorms swept across Indiana, damaging buildings, toppling mobile homes and trees across several counties while winds cut power to more than 60,000 homes and businesses.
Jessie E. Bowers, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2011, at Kingston Residence in Fort Wayne.
She was born on June 17, 1927 in Stigles, Oklahoma.
Surviving relatives include her children, Roxanne Chilcote and Vicki Frances of Fort Wayne and Barbara Hirschy of Decatur; siblings Walter Holloway, Clare Hanthorne, and Gert Bowser; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Roe A. Lehman, 77, of Berne, passed away on May 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. after suffering several years of Parkinson’s Disease and leukemia.
Roe was born on April 4, 1934, in Adams County to Peter B. and Elizabeth (Welty) Lehman.
He is survived by a son, Todd Lehman of rural Arcola, and two granddaughters, Emma and Tessa Lehman.
His daughter, Tandy, was fatally injured in a hayride accident of October of 1978.
Joel A. Neuenschwander, 82, of Berne, died Wednesday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
He was born to Amos and Lovina Amstutz Neuenschwander.
Among survivors are three sons, Michael and Roger Neuenschwander of Berne and Allen Neuenschwander of Willshire, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Berne Evangelical Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Visiting hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, and one hour prior to services.
Carolyn J. Schmitt, 76, of Decatur, died today at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeeral Home, Decatur.