Leo-Grabill, Indiana



Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Hill PicRalph R. Hill, 83, of Bronson Michigan, formerly of Leo, passed away on May 19, 2016. Born on July 30, 1932, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Phillip and Mary Hill Sr. A member of Leo United Methodist Church, he was the owner of Hill Plumbing and Heating for 25 years and retired from GE as maintenance manager after 38 years of service; he was also a 50 year member and Past Master of the Leo Masonic Lodge #224, member and past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Leo #278, a 32nd degree through the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine. Ralph loved golf, fishing, dominos, euchre, collecting toy trucks, the Chicago Cubs and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois Hill; children, Ken (Merry Kennedy) Hill, Jackie (Mike) Baker, Doug (Alicia) Hill, Tammy (Fred) Young, Bruce Hill and Terry (Chris) Hill; siblings, Richard Hill, Sharon Eastes, Phillip Hill Jr and Karen Washler; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren (with two on the way).

Funeral service will be 11am Wednesday May 25, at Leo United Methodist Church, 13527 Leo Road, Leo, with calling one hour prior to service. Calling will also be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm, Tuesday May 24, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with a Masonic Service at 8pm. Burial will be in Leo Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to Leo United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association. For online condolences please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com

POSTED: 05/20/16 at 1:59 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Obituaries

York PicJohn York, 78, of Leo, passed away on January 12, 2016. Born in 1937, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Ben and Edna York; and retired from Value City Furniture after several years of service. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jackie York; children, Kerry (Pati) York, Kraig (Frances) York, Jeff (Cindy) Bemis, Greg Bemis and Christa (Chad) Houser; siblings, Mary Ostermeyer, Robert York and Albert York; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Tom York. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 19 at 10AM, with memorial service to follow at 11AM. Promise Lutheran Church 7323 Schwartz Rd, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to Riley Children’s Hospital or to the Allen County SPCA. For online condolences please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com

POSTED: 01/15/16 at 10:19 am. FILED UNDER: News, Obituaries

VICTOR WITMER, 47, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. He was a native and lifetime resident of Grabill, Ind. Victor worked as a mason and a framer. Surviving are his wife, Susann Witmer of Grabill, Ind.; parents, David and Mary Witmer of Grabill, Ind.; grandmother, Amy Schmucker; siblings, Amy (Steve) Graber, David (Marlene) Witmer, Annetta (Paul) Graber, Mary Beth (Nathan) Zehr, and Anna Mae (Leon) Lengacher; 12 nieces; and 12 nephews. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Benjamin and Emma Witmer; grandfather, Victor Schmucker; and his mother-in-law, Anna Graber. Service is 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at 15433 Antwerp Road, Grabill, (IN 46741), with Bishop John Zehr officiating. Calling hours will continue Tuesday, January 12, 2016 until the funeral service on Thursday at his parents home, 15433 Antwerp Road, Grabill (IN 46741). Burial in the Old Amish Cemetery, Grabill, Ind. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne.

POSTED: 01/12/16 at 6:49 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

MARY M. MILLER, 88, of Leo, passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born at her family home in Leo, on Dec. 21, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Menno “Red” and Lydia S. (Delagrange) Witmer. She married Perry E. Miller on Jan. 31, 1954, in Harlan, Ind.; he preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1998. Mary was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved quilting, gardening, canning, and spending time with her family. She also loved teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at North Leo Mennonite Church. Surviving are her daughters, Margaret “Ann” (Phil) Slone and Cindy (Jeff) Dale, both of Auburn, Ind.; sons, Herb Miller of Fremont, Ind. and Denny (Tanya) Miller of Leo, Ind.; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; twin sister, Margaret Witmer of Leo, Ind.; and sister-in-law, Rosa Witmer of Leo, Ind. She was also preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Kanoshia and Noah Delagrange; a brother and sister-in-law, Henry “Hank” and Edna Witmer; and brothers, Menno, Eli and Myron Witmer. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at North Leo Mennonite Church, Leo, Ind. Pastor Allen Schlatter and Pastor Marshall Anderson officiating. Calling is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at the church. Memorials to North Leo Mennonite Church, 15419 SR 1 Leo, IN 46765. Arrangements by Carnahan-Baidinger & Walter Funeral Home, Spencerville, Ind. To view the online obituary and sign the guestbook, please visit www.cbwfuneralhome.com

POSTED: 01/12/16 at 6:48 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

ANN L. HONIG, 84, of Leo, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Born Feb. 3, 1931, in Wauk-on, Iowa, she was a daughter of the late Harm and Marion (Eaton) Ludeman. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard J. Honig; children, Elizabeth (Ronald) Nussbaum and Richard E. (Kathi) Honig; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Private family services were held. Burial will be in Leo Memorial Cemetery, Leo. Memorial donations may be given to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. For online condolences please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.co

POSTED: 01/04/16 at 8:02 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

JANET M. STAILEY, 78, of Leo, joined our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 11, 1937, in Hamp-stead, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Nina Millender. She married Richard Stailey on May 13, 1958. She was a member of Harlan United Methodist Church. She was a teacher’s aide with East Allen County Schools for 28 years. She was a volunteer with Harlan Food Bank for over 20 years and care giver with Stephen’s Ministry for over 20 years. Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Richard of Leo, Ind.; children, Charles (Darlene) of Fortville, Ind., Mark (Melissa) of Basalt, Colo. and Pam (Don) Greer of Leo; grandchildren, Quinton (Cindi) Greer of Fort Wayne and Damon Greer; and great-grand-children, Shane and Cooper. She was also preceded in death by brother, Charles Millender II. Service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Harlan United Methodist Church, 16434 St. Rd. 37, Harlan, Ind., with visitation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial in Leo Memorial Cemetery. Memorials to Harlan Food Bank, 16434 St. Rd. 37 Harlan, IN 46743.

POSTED: 10/08/15 at 7:39 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

RAY W. BEERBOWER, 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at The Cedars, Leo, Ind. Born Nov. 26, 1920, in Allen County, Ind., Ray was the son of the late Adolphus and Eva (Rodock-er) Beer-bower. Ray was a 1938 graduate of Harlan High School. On Oct. 20, 1945, he was united in marriage with Vivian Stevenson; she preceded him in death on Aug. 24, 2010. Ray was a life long farmer. Ray was a member of North Scipio United Methodist Church, Harlan, Ind., where he served as superintendent and chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Leo for 50 years, plus 22 years as honorary member. Surviving Ray are two sons, Ned (Linda) of Edgerton, Ohio and Matthew (Kim) of Auburn, Ind.; daughter, Vicki Beerbower of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Pete (Russell) of Antwerp, Ohio; and sister, Anna Mae Rediger of Auburn, Ind. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, a sister, and one grandchild. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Phil Abram officiating. Visitation also from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Burial in Scipio Cemetery, Harlan, Ind. Memorials may be made to North Scipio United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.smithbronwfuneralhome.com

POSTED: 10/08/15 at 7:38 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

DAVID W. WAGGONER, 61, of Grabill, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at his home. David was a man of uncommon character and integrity. His deep faith was the foundation of his life and shined through in his love for his family and friends, his passion to help others, and in all he did. Born Dec. 25, 1953, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Marilyn (Fleming) of Grabill and the late Harry who passed one year ago. On June 29, 1974, he married Jane Kroemer in New Haven; she survives. They were devoted to one another for more than 41 years. He spent 40 years in the banking industry in the Fort Wayne area, working for Anthony Wayne Bank, 1st Chicago NBD, Banc One, Chase, Tower Bank and Community State Bank. He was a member of Harvest Fellowship Church in Grabill and helped found the church’s Grief Share support group. He served as president of the Bayshore Heights Community Association, and the Foster Parents Association of Fort Wayne. He also served on the board of directors of One Church One Offender, Big Brother Big Sisters, and Junior Achievement, and he volunteered with Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. David had a heart for mission work and traveled to Guatemala on several mission trips, where he especially enjoyed bonding and sharing God’s love with children. David loved spending time with his family on Jimmerson Lake and was an avid Corvette fan, owning several over the years. Also surviving are one son, Andrew (Erin) Waggoner of Xenia, Ohio; one daughter, Aimee (Patrick) Esslinger of Grabill; four grandchildren, Ian Waggoner, and Naomi, Lucas and Audrianna Esslinger; and one sister, Carol (Tom) Woodfin of Auburn. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah Jane. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Harvest Fellowship Church, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Paul Mowery officiating. Friends may also call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Burial in Leo Memorial Cemetery, Leo, Ind. Memorials may be made to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana or the Harvest Fellowship Church mission fund. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.domccombandsons.com

POSTED: 10/08/15 at 7:37 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

CONSTANCE ZVONAR, 53 passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015, 9:02 p.m., after a sudden illness. She died as she lived, in service to others. Her organs and tissue were used to improve the quality of life for many people.Constance spent many years as an ICU nurse and the past five years working at the Allen County Public Library. She loved helping people, reading books, laughing with friends, and listening to music. She is survived by her daughter, her daughter’s fiancĂ©e, her parents, her brother, her sister, her husband, two nephews and countless friends. “She will be dearly missed by all to whom she meant so much.”

POSTED: 05/21/15 at 7:04 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

JEAN A. WHITE, 85, of Leo, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at her home. Born in Roanoke, Ind., Jean graduated from Leo High School in 1947. She was a member of Leo United Methodist Church. Jean’s hobbies included reading, cooking, entertaining and going out with friends and she enjoyed spending her winters in Naples, Fla. with her husband. Surviving are her sons, Timothy (Susan) Michael of Leo, Ind. and Scott (Jan) Michael of Kendallville, Ind.; daughters, Ann Michael of Leo, Ind. and Chrys Houser of Hudson, Ind.; stepson, William R. (Jan) White Jr. of South Bend, Ind.; stepdaughter, Deborah (Ken) Oyler of Greenwood, Ind.; nine grandchild; five step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Alan (Marsha) Chaney of Leo, Ind.; sisters, Joan Amstutz of Leo, Ind. and Norma Butler of Leo, Ind.; and special care givers, Lyn Hart, Tisha Heller and Christine Slaght. She was preceded in death by parents, Walter and Garnet Chaney; and husband, William R. White. Service is 2 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at Leo United Methodist Church, 13527 Leo Road, with calling one hour prior. Pastor David Heim officiating. Calling also also from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road. Burial in Leo Memorial Cemetery, Leo, Ind. Memorials may be made to Leo United Methodist Church. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.domccombandsons.com

POSTED: 05/20/15 at 7:10 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries