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Obituaries

Daniel May Jr.

September 19, 2014

    Daniel May Jr., 61, Berne, died at 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at his residence. He was born in Jay County Sunday, April 19, 1953, to Daniel and Marjorie May. 
    Daniel worked at Smith Brothers of Berne for 41 years. He was a graduate of South Adams High School and enjoyed watching movies, sports and listening to music.

Howard F. Steiner

September 19, 2014

    Howard F. Steiner, 90,  Berne, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Swiss Village Retirement Community. He was born in Adams County Oct. 20, 1923, to the late Homer and Magealena (Zurcher) Steiner. On November 19, 1949, he married Roselle Haines and after 54 years together she passed away on Dec.12, 2003.
    He was a self-employed farmer and worked at Berne Furniture for 25 years. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1945- 47.

Howard Steiner

September 18, 2014

    Howard Steiner, 90, died Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.

Betty Bixler

September 18, 2014

    Betty Bixler, 90, Geneva, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Woodcrest in Decatur. 
    She was born in Huntington, Oct. 26, 1923, to the late Marion O. and Mildred Smith. She married Herman J. Bixler on Nov. 30, 1947, in Geneva; he preceded her in death.

Thomas H. Carpenter

September 18, 2014

    Thomas H. Carpenter, 70, Decatur, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital. He was born to Juanita (Hitchcock) Carpenter on July 19, 1944. He married his wife of 51 years, Diane F. (Black)  Carpenter, March 29, 1963; she survives.
    Thomas was a 1963 graduate of Decatur High School. He was employed by Decatur Casting and retired after 38 years of service.

Thaddeus N. DeWolf

September 18, 2014

    Thaddeus Neunam DeWolf, 95, Berne, died Sept. 15, 2014, at Swiss Village.
    Survivors include a son, Phillip P. (Mary Jo) DeWolf of Mt. Carmel, Ill.; daughter, Marcia (James) Bosek of Essex Junction, Vt.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Elsie DeWolf of Lee’s Summit, Mo.
    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Cross Community Church, with Pastor Craig Yoder officiating. Burial is in MRE Cemetery, Berne.

John J. Hough

September 18, 2014

    John Jasper Hough, 76, Bryant, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at his residence. 
    John is survived by his two daughters, Hulda (Roger) Harter of Montpelier and Regina (Keith) Huey of Geneva; two sons, Randy (Rebecca) Hough of Geneva and Earl (Lesley) Hough of Berne; sister, Caroline Jones of Bryant; two brothers, Lonnie (Carolyn) Hough of Indianapolis and Tom (Marilyn) Hough of Geneva; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Ted Ruble

September 18, 2014

    Ted Ruble, 71, Decatur, died on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at his residence. He was born Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1943, to the late Romey Ruble and Treva (Barkley) Ruble. He married Dorothy E. Schlemmer on Oct. 14, 1961, in Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur; she survives.
    Ted was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served as a past elder and deacon. He was a lifelong farmer and was a self-employed businessman with his family in machinery and automotive sales. 

John A. Kintz

September 15, 2014

    John A. Kintz, 79, Decatur, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital. John was born in Decatur Sept. 5, 1935, to the late John and Mary (Bernard) Kintz. He married Elizabeth “Sis” Miller Oct. 18, 1958; she survives.
    A 1953 graduate of Decatur Catholic High School, John served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. He worked at Central Soya before beginning his career in the insurance industry in 1966 at Franklin National Life. Later, John founded the Kintz Insurance Agency.

Eileen A. Billington

September 15, 2014

    Eileen A. Billington, 90, of Decatur and formerly of Bluffton, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Markle Health & Rehabilitation.
    She was born in Huntington County April 30, 1924, to the late Raymond and Anna (Hause) Krieg. She married her first husband, Rev. James H. Hall, in Wabash Sept. 21, 1946; he passed away in 1991. Eileen married her second husband, Harold, in Bluffton June 7, 2001; he survives.

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