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Obituaries

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.

Bonita Heare

September 15, 2014

    Bonita “Bonnie” Heare, 80, of Decatur, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Adams Woodcrest in Decatur. Bonnie was born in Berne, July 28, 1934, to the late Chester and Esther (Bollenbacher) Heare.
    She was a nurse in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and in Arizona. She also was involved in various volunteer efforts.
    Bonnie is survived by one brother, John Heare of Stockton, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Wallace E. Hertel

September 15, 2014

    Wallace E. “Wally” Hertel, 91, Decatur, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Adams Woodcrest Retirement Community.
    Wally was born in Burlington, Wis., Friday, April 13, 1923, to the late Frederick W. and Anna (Schroeder) Hertel. He married Wanda M. Busse Dec. 13, 1947, in Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur; she survives.
    Wally served his country in the United States Navy during World War II, where he served in the Western Pacific.

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