Archive - Nov 14, 2011 - Obituary
Merlin E. Bixler, 79, Greenfield, former Berne police chief, died Friday at his residence. Merlin was born in Adams County and married Carol (Lehman), who survives.
He was Berne chief 1978-1992. While living in Berne he was employed at Yager Furniture and Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home for many years. For over 10 years he was director of the Adams County EMS and was the custodian of the MRE Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Randy (Kay) Bixler, LaGrange, and a daughter, Brenda (Bob) Bertsch. Greenfield.
Bonnie C. Herman, 62, of Decatur, died at 10:40 a.m. Friday at her residence.
She was born on September 13, 1949, in Decatur to Earl M. and Alta May Ruhl Caston, who are deceased.
She married DuWayne Herman on September 15, 1979, in Zion Lutheran Church at Decatur; he survives.
She was a marketing assistant for Family LifeCare in Berne (formerly Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Indiana) and had served as a hospice social worker.
William H. Journay, 92, of Decatur, died at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
He was born June 9, 1919, in Jay County, the son of Orla J. and Cora A. (Bibler) Journay. On August 31, 1947, he married the former Eva Marie Bischoff.
He was a farmer and a science teacher. He first taught at Madison Township Schools and later taught at Bellmont High School for 31 years before retiring in May of 1981.
Izaiah Michael McDonald, 10 days old, of Decatur, died Friday in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born on November 1 in Fort Wayne.
Surviving are his mother, Ashley McDonald of Decatur; the maternal grandmother, Lois Landers of Decatur; and the maternal great-grandfather, Waynard Habegger of Decatur.
A private family service will be held on Tuesday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery.
Lois C. Wheeler, 96, formerly of Geneva, died Friday in Swiss Village Retirement Community at Berne.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.