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Obituaries

Lehnford L. Bohnke

April 15, 2014

    Lehnford L. “Bud” Bohnke, 78, Decatur, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
    He was born Sept. 27, 1935, in Decatur, to the late Herman and Louise (Bienz) Bohnke.
    Bud was a self-employed farmer. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church-Fuelling and a member of the D.H.I.A. Dairy Association. He sold and produced milk for Allen Dairy, which became Prairie Farms Dairy, for more 50 years.

Lucy N. Filips

April 14, 2014

    Lucy N. (Baker) Filips, 91, Orlando, Fla., Formerly of Decatur, passed away April 11, 2014, at her daughter’s residence in Orlando.
    Lucy was born Thursday, July 6, 1922,  in Adams County to the late Fred E. and Amelia R. (Kohne) Baker.
    She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and was an active volunteer at church. Lucy was employed and volunteered at Adams Memorial Hospital for many years.

Kae L. Sprunger

April 14, 2014

    Kae Linnet Sprunger, 76, Berne, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at Swiss Village.
    She was born to Vincent and Miriam (Yeoman) Sprunger Sept. 11, 1937, in Adams County.
    Surviving are Jon Garth Sprunger of Leonidas, Mich.; Michael (Carolyn) Sprunger of Linn Grove; Alice Coblentz of Berne; Eric (Jean) Sprunger of Berne; Rebecca Sprunger of New York; and Jared (Jerri Hoffman) Sprunger of Fort Wayne.

Larry H. Butler

April 11, 2014

    Larry H. Butler Sr., 72, Decatur, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his residence.
    He was born Sept. 14, 1941, in Allen County, to the late Robert B. and Betty M. (Fair) Butler.
    Larry worked for waste management for 10 years and was a truck driver for Don Ray Drive Away for 25 years. He served his country in U.S. Army in the 54th Infantry. He was stationed in Korea. He had a lifetime membership at the V.F.W.

Larry H. Butler

April 10, 2014

    Larry H. Butler Sr., 72, Decatur, died Wednesday.
    Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home.

Roger G. Haessig

April 9, 2014

    Roger G. Haessig, 73, Syracuse, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at his residence. He had previously resided in Berne and Milan.
    He was born Thursday, June 13, 1940, in Milan, the son of the late Loren H. and Alma D. (Roberts) Haessig.
    Roger married Ellamae Speakman August 21, 1965, in Union Chapel United Methodist Church in rural Decatur; she survives.
    Roger was a member of Mt. Hope Church of the Nazarene in Berne, where he had served as treasurer and Sunday school secretary.

Ralph A. Bollinger

April 8, 2014

    Ralph A. Bollinger, 81, Decatur, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at his residence.
    Ralph was born Jan. 19, 1933, in Adams County, to the late Arlie D. and Pearl M. (May) Bollinger.
    He married Nancy Joan Clark Aug. 28, 1955; she survives.

Nelda R. Guethler

April 8, 2014

    Nelda R. Guethler, 92, Huntington, dide Sunday, April 6, 2014.
    Surviving are a son, David L. Guethler of Huntington; and two daughters, Kay S. Affolder of Decatur and Jane A. (Harry) Meilbeck of Howard City, Mich.
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Faith Chapel United Methodist Church, 2978 W 1100 N, Huntington.
    Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Dr., Huntington.

James D. Howenstine

April 8, 2014

    James D. Howenstine, 70, Decatur, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his residence.
    He was born June 28, 1943, in Huntington, to the late Douglas W. and Jeanette (Scheiber) Howenstine.
    He married his wife of 48 years Judith E. Casper Aug. 28, 1965; she survives.
    James was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society.

Bonnie J. Baumgartner

April 7, 2014

    Bonnie J. Baumgartner, 65, of Decatur, passed away at 8:27 a.m. Friday, April 4, at her residence.
    She was born May 16, 1948, in Portland, to the late Paul F. and Margaret E. (Myers) White. She married Richard Baumgartner on August 10, 1996; he passed away October 13, 2013.

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