Archive - Obituary
July 8th, 2011
Keith D. Bickel, 68, of rural Portland, died on Tuesday at home.
He was born in Jay County to Marvin and Elsie Worth Bickel.
He married Elaine Corwin Fields on October 16, 2004; she survives. His first wife, the former Joyce A. Lanning, whom he married on June 2, 1963, died on January 7, 1999.
He was a farmer and also worked for Price Implement in Portland and Franklin Electric in Bluffton.
Margaret B. Beitler, 92, of Berne, died Friday at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born to Martin L. Luginbill and Linda Luginbill.
Among survivors are her husband, Richard Beitler; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Ellen) King of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Mrs. Bryce (Carolyn) Hoffman of Monroe; and four sons, Paul Beitler of Bluffton; Samuel Beitler of Evansville; and Ryan and Ted Beitler of Berne.
Jana D. Burry, 61, of Fort Wayne, a former resident of Berne, died Friday in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne.
She was born in Decatur on April 13, 1950, to Evan H. and Helen Patterson Brunner, who live in Berne.
Other survivors are a son, Jason Burry of Bluffton, and a sister, Pamela Heiman of Findlay, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne. Visiting hours are 5-8 p.m. today.
Erline M. Girard, 86, of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born on April, 9, 1925 in Effingham, South Carolina, to Francis C. and Ethel M. (Cain) Freeman.
She married Adrian J. Girard Jr. on September 14, 1945; he passed away on January 18, 2004.
James W. Lough, 86, of Decatur, died on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
James was born in Adams County on July 9, 1924, to Frank and Cora (White) Lough.
On October 16, 1948, he married Mary J. Garner.
James worked as a tool and die maker for Gilpin's Ironworks in Decatur.
He also served his country in the South Pacific during World War II with the United States Marines.
Willie E. Putteet, 64, of Alliance, Ohio, died on Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Alliance Community Hospital following a long illness.
He was born on November 16, 1946, in Richmond, Kentucky, to Roscoe and Cleo Chadwell Putteet. His father is deceased; his mother lives in Decatur. He was a retired truck driver and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Helen Ruth Schaffer, 81, a longtime resident of Decatur, died at 1:40 p.m. Saturday in Markle Health and Rehabilitation, where she had been a resident for 2.5 years.
She was born on October 19, 1929 in Chalmers, Indiana, to Earl and Virginia Bryant Plumb.
She married Charles S. Schaffer on March 25, 1950 in Decatur. He survives.
She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Mahlon I. Schwartz, 22, of rural Monroe, died Friday night in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne of injuries suffered that evening in a farming accident.
He was born in Adams County on December 7, 1988, to Elmer L. and Ida R. Yoder Schwartz of rural Monroe.
Susan J. Schwartz, 41, of rural Geneva, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born in Adams County on January 6, 1970, to Menno M. and Barbara A. Eicher Schwartz. Her father is deceased; her mother lives in rural Geneva.
John E. Gillig, 81, of St. Anne Home in Fort Wayne, formerly of Decatur, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born in Decatur on June 29, 1929, to Leo T. and Florence L. (Kohne) Gillig.