Archive - Obituary
January 25th, 2012
Lena E. Bennett, 85, of Decatur, died Wednesday in Swiss Village in Berne.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
Alvin Dewayne “Al” Colbert, 68, of Portland, died Monday in St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was the son of Albert Vaughn and Mary Margaret (Banter) Colbert.
Among survivors are a son, Gary Colbert, of Decatur, and three daughters, Tonia Benge, of Wilshire, Ohio; Teresa Painter, of Decatur; and Melissa Hunter, of Decatur.
Private family services will be held in Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland.
Darrell L. Gerig, 82, of Berne, passed away Tuesday January 24, 2012, at Swiss Village.
He was born to Ralph A. and Sylvia Marie (Niswander) Gerig on September 9, 1929.
He married Marilyn (Amstutz) on September 16, 1950; she survives.
David M. Singleton, 67, Nokomis, Fla., formerly of Decatur, passed away Monday, January 23, 2012.
Among survivors are his wife, Connie; sons, Tyler and Wesley, both of Nokomis; daughter, Kelsey, of Venice Chapel, Fla.; two brothers, James E. Singleton, of Decatur and Dean R. (Tammy) Singleton, of Decatur; and three grandchildren, Maggie and Vanessa Singleton and Christian Caldwell.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday, at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel, with funeral services immediately following.
Marcella B. Merica, 91, formerly of Decatur, passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Monday, January 23, 2012, at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.
She was born on February 16, 1920, in Warsaw, to the late Devon and Gladys (Dick) Emmons.
She married George E. Smith, who passed away in September, 1963. She then married Lester A. Mercia, who passed away in October, 1992.
Deryl A. Bauman 67, of Decatur, passed away Saturday January 21, 2012, at his residence.
He was born in Adams County on February 15, 1944, to the late Waldo C. and MaryEllen (Callihan) Bauman.
On July 11, 1970, he married Joy (DeBolt) Bauman.
Deryl was a member of High Street United Methodist Church (formerly E.U.B.) in Geneva, the F.O.P., Sons of the American Legion, and the Hoosier Carnival Glass Club.
James A. Downing, 75, of Berne, died Friday.
He was born to James F. and Ruth (Devine) Downing.
Among survivors are a son, James P. Downing, of Berne.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28, at 1:30 p.m., at Pease Lutheran Church, Pastor Donald Sauls officiating.
Robert E. Kelly, Jr., 33, of Geneva, died on Thursday at Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Bluffton.
He was born to the late Robert Eugene Kelly Sr. and Jean (Hale) Kahn, of Decatur.
Among survivors are his mother, Jean (Hale) Kahn of Decatur; sons, Austin Kelly and Blake Kelly, both of Geneva; and Trevor Kelly of Decatur; daughters, Dani Mosser and Shaylyn Kelly, both of Geneva; brother, Randy Sipe, of Decatur; sisters, Jessica (John) Patch, of Bluffton and Jennifer Kelly of Deland, Fla.
Fredrick H. "Fritz" Liechty, 84, Goshen, a former Berne native and businessman, passed away Thursday morning at Greencroft Gables, Goshen.
He was the son of Hiram and Fanny(Beitler) Liechty, born on January 8, 1928, in Berne.
He married Magdalene "Maggie" (Lehman) on August 26, 1950.
Waneta A. Franz, 87, of Decatur, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2012, in the Woodcrest Nursing Center located in Decatur.
Waneta was born on Tuesday, April 29, 1924, in Adams County to the late Martin and Frieda (Bauermeister) Conrad. She married the late Richard C. Franz on March 13, 1943, in Decatur. He passed away on September 23, 1998.