2002-2005

This page is dedicated to the memory of our departed brethren.

“O Father of Light, grant, we beseech Thee, eternal rest unto this our dear departed brother, and let light perpetual shine upon him. We thank thee that in thy loving providence Thou hast drawn him from the unreal towards to real, from the darkness of the West into Thy glorious light of the East, through the gates of death into the splendor of immortality.

Likewise, O Lord, we pray for those who are left in sorrow. Do Thou, O Lord, comfort them with the balm of Thy loving kindness, that, strengthened by Thee and resting upon the surety of Thy wisdom, they may be sustained and consoled in their bereavement.

Amen.”

2005

Thomas M. “Tom” Macklin (Feb 24, 1946 – Feb 14, 2005)
Initiated: 4/23/1968; Passed: 6/4/1968; Raised: 6/28/1968

Robert W. Raudenbush (April 1, 1923 – March 8, 2005)
Initiated: 5/28/1957; Passed: 6/11/1957; Raised: 7/16/1957

Robert S. Workinger (October 14, 1911 – March 21, 2005)
Initiated: 12/19/1950; Passed: 1/27/1951; Raised: 2/16/1951; Award of Gold: 9/26/2001

Rev. Sylvan L. Nussbaum (March 6, 1912 – May 1, 2005)
Initiated: 4/3/1956; Passed: 5/3/1956; Raised: 6/6/1956

 

MacklinTThomas M. Macklin

(February 24, 1946 – February 14, 2005)

Thomas “Tom” Macklin 58 of Decatur, IN passed away on Monday, Feb. 14, 2005 at Adams Memorial Hospital Extended Care. He was the son of Richard & Ruth (Elzey) Macklin, his father is deceased. He married Janet (Fugate) on July 31, 1966, she survives. He was the father to Steven Macklin and Mrs. Steven (Laura) Christner both of Decatur. Tom was a partner and owner/operator of Phil L. Macklin Co. on 1st St. in Decatur. Also surviving are 2 brothers, Jack Macklin and Larry Macklin both of Decatur and a sister Jayne Burman also of Decatur. He was the grandfather to granddaughter Sydney Christner and grandson Aaron Christner of Decatur.

Preceded him in death was his father and daughter Monica Ann Macklin in 1976.

Tom was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Decatur and was an Elder & Trustee of the Church. He was also members of the Decatur Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. #571, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Mizpah Shrine, Elks Lodge #993, and member of the former Jaycees.

Visitation will be 2-8 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 16th and 1-3 Thursday, Feb. 17th with a Masonic Service at 8:30 pm on Wednesday all at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home. Funeral will be on Thursday, Feb. 17th at 3:00 pm at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, In. Rev. Laura Sherwood will be officiating and burial will be in Decatur Cemetery.

Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton; Funeral Home

 

RaudenbushRobert W. Raudenbush

(April 1, 1923 – March 8, 2005)

Robert W. Raudenbush, 81 of Decatur, IN passed away on Tuesday, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur at 1:09 pm. He was the son Homer & Olive (Tague) Raudenbush, they are both deceased. Robert has a brother Roscoe G. Raudenbush of Decatur, IN, he is the last surviving triplet and a sister Romaine I. Young of Van Wert, Ohio.

Preceded Robert in death were 3 brothers Roman, Roger & Raymond Raudenbush and 2 sisters Ruth Weaver & Rowena Phillips.

Robert was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, IN. He was also active in the Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F & A.M., Scottish Rite Valley, Ft. Wayne and Mizpah Temple, Ft. Wayne. He retired from American Hoist and Courtesy Motors.

Visitation will be on Thursday, March 10th from 6-8 pm with an 8:00 pm Masonic Service here at the funeral home. Funeral will be on Friday, March 11th at 2:00 pm here at the funeral home with Rev. Jeff Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Decatur Cemetery with Military Graveside services by American Legion Post #43.

Memorials are to the church, Diabetes Association or Decatur Masonic Lodge.

Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton; Funeral Home

 

Robert S. Workinger

(October 14, 1911 – March 21, 2005)

Robert S. Workinger, 93 of Ionia, Michigan formerly of Decatur, IN passed away at the Heartland Health Care facilities. He was born in Adams County, IN to William & Laura (Barkley) Workinger on October 14, 1911. He then married Ruth A. (Thornton) on Dec. 25, 1932 and she died June 25, 1997. He has a daughter Mr. Roger (Shirley) Habegger of Portland, Michigan and 2 granddaughters Mrs. John (Sheri) Brundage of Clarkston, MI and Mrs. Paul (Gayle) Coates of Zeeland, MI; 6 great grandchildren Stephanie, Katie, Rachel & Lauren Brundage, Nathan & Kyle Coates. Preceding Robert in death was his wife, a daughter Betty Lou; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Robert was the oldest member of the Union Chapel United Methodist church in rural Decatur. He also was the church treasurer for 21 years and served on most of the offices of the church. He also was members of the Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F. & A.M. and was past Worshipful Master in 1963; Scottish Rite Valley Ft. Wayne; former member of the Decatur Eastern Star of which he was past Worthy Patron; Decatur Camera Club; Trot-A-Bout travel club; Decatur Optimist Club; Decatur Senior Citizens. He retired from Casad Depot were he was a sign painter for over 30 years.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 25, 2005 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Haggard & Sefton and 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. There will also be a Masonic service at 7:00 pm on Friday at the funeral home. Funeral will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 26, 2005 at Union Chapel United Methodist Church rural Decatur. Rev. James Patch will be officiating and burial will be in Decatur Cemetery, Decatur, IN.

Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton; Funeral Home

 

NussbaumSylvan L. Nussbaum

(March 6, 1912 – May 1, 2005)

Rev. Sylvan L. Nussbaum 93 of Swiss Village, Berne, IN passed away on May 1, 2005 at Adams Memorial Hospital – Decatur, IN. His parents were Adam & Anna A. (Liechty) Nussbaum. He was born on March 6, 1912 in Berne, IN. He married Glorine B. (Lehman) on Jan. 1, 1934 – she passed away Nov. 18, 1997. He has 1 son – Shelby R. (Kathy) Nussbaum – Glastonbury, Conn. And 4 daughters – Mrs. Marietta J. Martin – DeSoto, MO; Mrs. Sherrill Teel – Tulsa, OK; Mrs. Rita Ann James – Eads, TN; and Mrs. M. Keith (Dena) Walton – Washington, MO. 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Preceded him in death are his parents, a twin brother Tillman L. Nussbaum, 2 sisters Mary & Elda and a half sister Leah Sprunger.

Sylvan was a retired Methodist Minister – churches he served from April 11, 1940 until retiring were Lake Charles, LA; Dale’s Chapel, LA; Erin, TN; Shelbyville, TN; Tarrant, Ala; Fredericktown, MO; Libertyville, MO; Clarkton, MO; Parma, MO; Hornersville, MO; Centralia, MO; Thayer, MO; New Madrid, MO; Palmyra, MO; Zanesville, IN; Munson Chapel, IN; Kokomo, IN; Mt. Carmel, IN; First United Methodist Church, Decatur, IN. He was also involved with the North Indiana Conference of United Methodist Church, Community and Family Services, Adams County Council on Aging, Decatur Masonic Lodge 571 F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Valley, Fort Wayne, IN.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at Swiss Village Auditorium – Berne, IN and 1 hour prior to service at the church. Funeral will be at 11:00 am Thursday, May 5, 2005 at First United Methodist Church – Decatur. Officiating will be Rev. Ken Mahan & Rev. Robert Martin (Grandson). Entombment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park – Fort Wayne, IN. Memorials are to Swiss Village or First United Methodist Church

Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton; Funeral Home

2004

John R. Eichhorn (May 6, 1924 – January 21, 2004)
Initiated: 7/18/1950; Passed: 9/16/1950; Raised: 10/14/1950; Award of Gold: 9/28/2001

Joseph G. Kaehr (May 25, 1926 – January 27, 2004)
Initiated: 7/19/1949; Passed: 5/5/1949; Raised: 8/26/1949; Award of Gold: 5/10/2003

Melvin I. Weisman (August 1, 1928 – May 7, 2004)
Initiated: 2/20/1968; Passed: 6/4/1968; Raised: 6/28/1968

Harold W. Bohnke (March 11, 1933 – June 17, 2004)
Initiated: 4/24/1954; Passed: 5/7/1954; Raised: 6/11/1954; Award of Gold: 7/13/2004

Edward G. Deitsch (November 15, 1929 – October 15, 2004)
Initiated: 12/19/1950; Passed: 1/27/1951; Raised: 3/31/1951

 

EichornJohn R. Eichhorn

(May 6, 1924 – January 21, 2004)

John R. Eichhorn, 79, of Decatur, longtime owner of Eichhorn Jewelry, died suddenly at home on Wednesday morning.

He was born on May 6, 1924, in Adams County to Glen F. and Rachel R. Wolfgang Eichhorn.

He married Loreto R. “Sis” Lose on January 10, 1951; she died on April 4, 2001.

He established Eichhorn Jewelry in 1965 and was a certified master watchmaker of the American Watchmakers’ Institute. He was recently honored by the Indiana Jewelers’ Association with a lifetime achievement award.

Mr. Eichhorn was an active 50-year member of First United Methodist Church in Decatur and was a member of American Legion Post 43, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6236, and Masonic Lodge 571, all in Decatur, plus the Scottish Rite and the Shrine Club. He was also a 50-year member of the Decatur Lions Club.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in Europe and the Central American nation of Panama.

Surviving are six daughters, Eileen Eichhorn, Mrs. Ed (Mary Kathryn) Dyer, Mrs. Randy (Dorothy) McCullough, Mrs. Ray (Laura) Ditto, and Mrs. Jim (Phyllis) Whitright, all of Decatur, and Angela Klarka of Bluffton; four sons, David, Charles “Chuck,” and Arthur Eichhorn, all of Decatur, and Robert Eichhorn of Albany; two brothers, James C. Eichhorn of Fort Wayne and William Wren Eichhorn of Roanoke; 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A sister and three brothers are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church, with burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Decatur, including military graveside honors by the color guard from American Legion Post 43.

Visiting hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday in the church. A Masonic memorial service will be held in the funeral home at 8 p.m. Friday by Lodge 571.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

 

Joseph G. Kaehr

(May 25, 1926 – January 27, 2004)

Joseph G. Kaehr, 77, of Elkhart, died on Tuesday in Elkhart General Hosital. The Decatur native was active in business ventures here before moving to Elkhart in 1960.

He helped start Decatur Ready Mix Co. and Decatur Bank and was associated with Butler’s Garage in Decatur. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 571 in Decatur, was the youngest person to be president of the Decatur Rotary Club, and was a member of American Legion Post 43 in Decatur.

Among survivors are his wife, Betty; four sons; a daughter; two stepdaughters; a stepson; and a sister, Loretta LaFontaine of Monroe.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart, with burial in Olive Cemetery. Visiting hours are 6-9 p.m. Friday.

 

Melvin I. Weisman

(August 1, 1928 – May 7, 2004)

Dr. Melvin I. Weisman, 75, of Scottsdale, Arizona, a former Adams County resident and a podiatrist in Decatur for 48 years, died May 7 in Scottsdale.

He practiced podiatry here from 1952 to 2000.

He was a native of Brooklyn, served in the U.S. Army, and was once president of the Indiana Podiatry Association. He was a member of Masonic lodges in Decatur and Fort Wayne, the Flying Shriners, the Calliopers of the Masonic Lodge, American Legion Post 43 in Decatur, and Elks Lodge 993 in Decatur.

He was also a Boy Scout leader in the Decatur area for many years, the sports doctor at Adams Central High School at one time, and a private pilot who flew his plane on several mission trips to Haiti during the 1980s.

In 1983, Dr. Weisman received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Indiana Gov. Robert Orr.

Surviving are his wife, Carol, whom he married on January 3, 1954; four children; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted in Decatur at a date to be announced.

 

BohnkeHarold W. Bohnke

(March 11, 1933 – June 17, 2004)

Harold W. Bohnke 72, of Decatur, passed away Thursday June 17, 2004 at Parkview Hospital. He was born on March 11, 1933 to Frank E. and Frances I. (Snell)in Adams County. On July 15, 1951 he married Joan M. (VonGunten).

Harold was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ and was a Deacon, Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F& AM, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley, Mizpah Shrine, Adams County Shrine Club, and Adams County Calliopiers, Isaac Knapp Dental Society, Indiana Dental Society, and National Dental Society. On April 13, 2004 he received Honorary Dentist for 2004 from Isaac Knapp Dental Society, and on June 10, 2004 received Honorary Dentist 2004 from the Indiana Dental Society.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday June 20th at 2:00pm at Zion United Church of Christ and the family will recive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service from 2:30 – 4:30pm. Rev. Randy Rossman will be officiating the service.

Burial will be a Greenlawn Memorial Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ or to Shriner’s Childrens Hospital.

 

DeitschEdward G. Deitsch

(November 15, 1929 – October 15, 2004)

Edward G. Deitsch, 74 passed away on Friday, Oct. 15, 2004 at 3:40 pm at Select Specialty Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN. We was the son of Claude Edward and Nida (Neal)Deitsch, they are deceased.

He was a member of the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, IN and was a veteran in with the Air Force. He was a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F.&A.M. and the Redman’s Lodge. He taught school for 38 years and retired from Gary Community Schools in 1989.

Funeral services for Edward will be on Tuesday, Oct. 19th at 2:00 pm at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, with visitation from 1-2 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 19th.

Rev. Jeff Taylor will be officiating and burial will be in the Decatur Cemetery with Graveside rites by American Legion Post #43.

Memorials are to the Diabetes Association.

 

2003

Joseph F. Azbell (September 20, 1913 – February 2, 2003)
Initiated: 1/23/1948; Passed: 2/6/1948; Raised: 2/17/1948; Award of Gold: 5/12/1998

Harry D. Dailey (June 6, 1911 – February 13, 2003)
Initiated: 10/2/1935; Passed: 11/6/1935; Raised: 11/15/1935; Award of Gold: 11/15/1985

Ronald E. Hesher (June 9, 1939 – February 23, 2003)
Initiated: 2/16/1971; Passed: 3/16/1971; Raised: 4/10/1971

Robert L. August (September 18, 1926 – April 13, 2003)
Initiated: 7/18/1950; Passed: 8/29/1950; Raised: 9/15/1950; Award of Gold: 9/26/2001

Richard E. Meshberger (March 29, 1915 – April 26, 2003)
Initiated: 5/30/1947; Passed: 6/25/1947; Raised: 2/18/1948; Award of Gold: 4/11/1998

George H. Downing (August 17, 1934 – May 9, 2003)
Initiated: 4/9/1975; Passed: 10/7/1975; Raised: 11/12/1975

Don H. Cochran (December 14, 1921 – September 9, 2003)
Initiated: 3/16/1948; Passed: 4/2/1948; Raised: 4/24/1948; Award of Gold: 5/12/1998

Ralph E. Simerman (March 6, 1910 – October 17, 2003)
Initiated: 4/20/1948; Passed: 5/25/1948; Raised: 6/22/1948; Award of Gold: 8/4/1998

Herald R. Hitchcock (August 10, 1918 – November 7, 2003)
Initiated: 5/28/1968; Passed: 10/15/1968; Raised: 11/12/1968

Brice “Dave” Fisher (September 24, 1952 – November 23, 2003)
Initiated: 6/21/1983; Passed: 10/15/1983; Raised: 12/20/1983

John R. Porter (June 20, 1922 – December 9, 2003)
Initiated: 3/15/1949; Passed: 4/26/1949; Raised: 5/7/1949; Award of Gold: 8/13/1999

 

Joseph F. Azbell

(September 20, 1913 – February 2, 2003)

Joseph F. Azbell, 89, of Decatur, died on Sunday, February 2, in Adams County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on September 20, 1913 In Little Rock, Arkansas, to Joseph F. Azbell Sr. and Winnifred Tilley Azbell and married Jeanne W. Westlake on April 14, 1943; she survives.

He worked at the Central Soya plant in Decatur for 31 years, retiring as its engineering manager, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Decatur. He served on many church boards and was a member of Masonic Lodge 571 In Decatur and the Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne.

Other survivors are two sons, Joseph F. “Jeff” Azbell of Decatur and James R. Azbell of Noblesville, and three grandchildren.

A son, a daughter, a sister and a brother are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 6, at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, with visitation from noon-2 p.m. that day, including a Masonic memorial service at 1:45 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to the church or to Shriner’s hospitals for crippled children and burn victims.

(Decatur Daily Democrat – 2/3/2003)

 

 

Harry D. Dailey

(June 6, 1911 – February 13, 2003)

Harry D. Dailey, 91, of Spring Valley, California, a resident of Decatur from birth until 1964, died at 5 a.m.Thursday (California time) in Mt. Miguel Health Facility at Spring Valley.

He was born on June 6, 1911 in Decatur to Jesse and Destina Beery Dailey and married Louise Haubold on December 29, 1939; she survives.

He was a retired teacher whose career in high school science and mathematics classes lasted from 1935-64 in Decatur and from 1964-76 In the Grossmont School District of California, He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Indiana University in 1933 and his master’s degree in physics from IU in 1935.

He was also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa scholastic fraternity and Sigma Delta Psi fraternity in athletics.

Mr. Dailey was a member of College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego, California; the Scottish Rite In San Diego; the American Legion post In La Mesa, California; the Masonic Blue Lodge in Decatur; and the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. While in Decatur, he belonged to First Methodist Church.

During World War II, he served In the U.S. Navy.

His only other survivor is his sister-in-law, Helen Haubold of Decatur.

A son, Jack Dailey, is deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, with burial In Decatur Cemetery, including military graveside rites by the color guard from American Legion Post 43 in Decatur.

Visitation is 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the Jack Dailey Scholarship Fund in care of the Adams County Community Foundation.

(Decatur Daily Democrat – 2/15/2003)

 

HesherRonald E. Hesher

(June 9, 1939 – February 23, 2003)

Ronald E. Hesher, 63. of rural Decatur, died at 10:35 p.m. Sunday at home.

He was born on June 9,1939, in Adams County to Edward W. and Florence M. Gearhart Hesher and married Johanna F. van Veen on September 16, 1969: she survives.

He retired In 1995 after 30 years at the B.F. Goodrich tire plant In Woodburn, then worked from 1998-2002 at Decatur Wire Die. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Decatur Masonic Lodge 571 and the Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne.

Other survivors are two sons, Eric W. Hesher of Avilla and Brian W. Hesher of Indianapolis; a brother, Neil Hesher of Daytona Beach, Florida: and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held In Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, at 8 p.m. Saturday, beginning with a memorial service by Decatur Masonic Lodge 571. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery.

Visiting hours are 6-8 p.m. Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana, located in Berne, or to the Dyslexia Foundation.

(Decatur Daily Democrat – 2/25/2003)

 

AugustRobert L. August

(September 18, 1926 – April 13, 2003)

Robert L. August, 76, of Decatur, Indiana, passed away at 11:35 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2003 in the Adams County Memorial Hospital located in Decatur, Indiana.

He was born on September 18, 1926 in Decatur, Indiana to Cleo Lewis and Geneive (Lichtensteiger) August, both of whom are deceased.

Robert was united in marriage on June 1, 1946 in Fort Knox, Kentucky, to Barbara Hoblet who passed away on August 10, 1987.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge #571; the Mizpah Shrine; the Scottish Rite; and the American Legion Post #43.

He had been the Director of the Decatur Community Center for many years and was the administrator of the Decatur Moose Lodge #1311 following his directorship at the center until he retired several years ago.

Members of Robert’s family that survive him are: a daughter, Tanya Chasey of Flossmoor, Illinois; and two granddaughters, Lauren Chasey of Flossmoor, Illinois and Karen Elizabeth Chasey of Muncie, Indiana.

Robert was preceded in death by a son, James August in 1967.

A Family Affirmation Service will be held for Robert at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2003 in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, Indiana with the Rev. Brian Wikoff officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2003. Special services will be conducted with Military Honors by American Legion Post #43, and the Masonic Lodge, all being held on Thursday evening, April 17, 2003.

Preferred memorials are to the Adams County Community Foundation Angel Fund-Cancer.

http://www.ZwickJahn.com – 4/15/03

 

 

Richard E. Meshberger

(March 29, 1915 – April 26, 2003)

Richard E. “Dick” Meshberger, 88, of Linn Grove, died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.

He was born on March 29, 1915 in Adams County to Rufus and Lelia Eversole Meshberger and married Mary Dailey on August 29, 1940; she died in 1989.

He worked for more than 50 years at Meshberger Stone Co. and LICA Construction, both in southern Adams County, as an equipment operator at the Meshberger firm and a superintendent for LICA. He was also a former employee of the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Mr. Meshberger was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Geneva, serving as its secretary; the Scottish Rite chapter in Fort Wayne; the Mizpah Shrine; and the York Rite. He also was a member of Living Water United Methodist Church in Linn Grove.

Surviving are two sons, James Meshberger of Linn Grove and John Meshberger of San Marcos, Texas; two daughters, Nancy Meshberger of Linn Grove and Mrs. Richard (Brenda) Dickason of Ossian; a sister, Mrs. Max (Martha Rose) Habegger of Houston, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A brother and a sister are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery at Linn Grove.

Visiting hours are 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, with a Masonic memorial service at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

(Decatur Daily Democrat – 4-28-2003)

 

George H. Downing

(August 17, 1934 – May 9, 2003)

George H. Downing, 68, of Geneva, died suddenly at 4:35 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2003, in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.

He was born on August 17, 1934, in Indianapolis to Frank E. and Elizabeth Williams Downing. He married Ruth A. Archer on December 27, 1957; she survives.

The couple owned and operated Downing Funeral Home in Geneva for 29 years, with Mr. Downing entering semi-retirement last December after the funeral home merged with the Glancy Funeral Homes.

He was a member of and a past president of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and the Geneva Lions Club. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 621 in Geneva, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Mizpah Temple of Fort Wayne, Adams County Shrine Club, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6751 in Geneva.

He was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors’ Association and the National Funeral Directors’ Association and was a 1962 graduate of the Indiana College of Mortuary Science at Indianapolis.

He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1956-59.

Other survivors are two sons, David Downing of Indiana and Frank Downing of Marion, and three grandchildren.

Three brothers are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, with burial in West Lawn Cemetery at Geneva.

Visiting hours are until 9 p.m. today.

Preferred memorials are to the fund to buy a “grass buggy” truck for the Geneva Fire Department.

(Decatur Daily Democrat – 5-12-2003)

 

CochranDon H. Cochran

(December 14, 1921 – September 9, 2003)

DON H. COCHRAN, 81, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at his residence. Born Dec. 14, 1921, in Wells County, he was the son of Francis and Addie Bussel Cochran. He retired in 1975, as a Purchasing Agent for Central Soya, and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, and the Builders Sunday School Class; a 50-year-member and past master in 1965, of Decatur Masonic Lodge 571; a life member of the Scottish Rite Valley in Fort Wayne; member of the Adams County Coin Club; member and Past Commander of American Legion Post 43 in Decatur and a member of the Decatur Housing Authority for many years.

He married Mary Della (Krummen) Cochran, Feb. 7, 1940, and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Don Mark Cochran of Simpsonville, S.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Sheldon (Elaine) Light of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers.

Service is 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, with viewing one hour before service, at the church. The Revs. Jeff Taylor and Fuhrman Miller are officiating. Viewing is also from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, with Masonic Service at 8 p.m. Burial at Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton. Memorials to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church or the Decatur Masonic Lodge.

Published in the Fort Wayne Newspapers on 9/10/2003.

 

SimermanRalph E. Simerman

(March 6, 1910 – October 17, 2003)

RALPH E. SIMERMAN, 93, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at 9:17 p.m. at Adams County Memorial Hospital Extended Care, Decatur. Born March 6, 1910, he was the son of Burr I. and Dollie (Snyder) Simerman.

He was the retired owner of Simerman RV Sales, a 50 year member of Decatur Masonic Lodge 571, F. & A. M., and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Decatur. His wife, Chloe A. (Dull) Simerman of Decatur, whom he wed, Sept. 24, 1932, survives. Also surviving are a sister, Elizabeth Dull of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren, Yvonne Simerman of Nashville, Tenn. and Todd A. Simerman of Indianapolis; and a great-grandson, Lucas A. Simerman of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by a son, Dannie A. Simerman; his parents; two brothers, John and Roger Simerman; and a sister, Irene Slater.member of Decatur Masonic Lodge 571, F. & A. M., and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Decatur. His wife, Chloe A. (Dull) Simerman of Decatur, whom he wed, Sept. 24, 1932, survives. Also surviving are a sister, Elizabeth Dull of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren, Yvonne Simerman of Nashville, Tenn. and Todd A. Simerman of Indianapolis; and a great-grandson, Lucas A. Simerman of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by a son, Dannie A. Simerman; his parents; two brothers, John and Roger Simerman; and a sister, Irene Slater.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, with viewing one hour prior, at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, with the Rev. Fuhrman Miller officiating. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with Masonic service at 8 p.m. Burial at Decatur Cemetery. Memorials to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Decatur.

To light a candle, visit www.haggardandsefton.com

Published in the Fort Wayne Newspapers from 10/19/2003 – 10/20/2003.

 

HitchcockHerald R. Hitchcock

(August 10, 1918 – November 7, 2003)
HERALD R. HITCHCOCK, 85, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, 4:03 a.m., at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Aug.10, 1918, in Van Wert, Ohio, he was the son of Charles W. and Fannie E. (Woods) Hitchcock.

He retired from the Waynedale Lumber Co. and Arnolds Do It Center in Decatur, Jan. 1, 1989. He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, the Builder’s Sunday School Class, Decatur Masonic Lodge 571, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Decatur Optimist Club, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post 43 in Decatur. He was also a Boy Scout Leader of Troop 65 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, John Randy Hitchcock of Kalamazoo, Mich.; two daughters, Nancy (Mrs. Jim) Teeter of Decatur and Marta (Mrs. Steve) Rumschlag of Decatur; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He married Clara E. (Mumma) Hitchcock, Dec. 4, 1941; she died Nov. 25, 1989. Also preceding him in death are a son, Stephan, in 1956, and six sisters.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, with the Revs. Jeff Taylor and Fuhrman Miller officiating. Visitation is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Woodcrest Retirement Community (Porter Auditorium) and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home of Decatur. An Optimist Memorial service is 5:45 p.m. and a Masonic service is 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Graveside service at Decatur Cemetery with Military rites by American Legion Post 43. Memorials to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church or the Decatur Optimist Club Scholarship Fund.

Published in the Fort Wayne Newspapers on 11/8/2003.

 

Brice D. Fisher

(September 24, 1952 – November 23, 2003)

BRICE DAVID FISHER, 51, of rural Monroe, died at 3:12 p.m. Sunday in Adams County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on September 24, 1952, in Decatur to Brice W. “Bud” and Doris D. Sprunger Fisher. His father died on May 2, 1997; his mother lives in Monroe.

He married Sharon Workinger on July 1, 1972 and she also survives.

Mr. Fisher was a teacher at the Bluffton Middle School and also a farmer. He was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ of rural Decatur, Masonic Lodge 571 in Decatur, and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne.

Other survivors are a son, Scott D. Fisher of Decatur; three daughters, Mrs. Eric (Stacey E.) Smith, Mrs. Dan (Stephanie A.) Wable, and Mrs. Doug (Sandy M.) Beckner, all of the Decatur area; two brothers, Kim C. Fisher of Monroe and Edward A. Fisher of Decatur; a sister, Mary Kaye Fisher of Monroe; and three grandchildren.

A brother is deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, with burial in Decatur Cemetery.

Visiting hours are 6-8 p.m. today and 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to the grandchildren’s educational fund or to the church.

Published in the Decatur Daily Democrat on 11/25/2003.

John R. Porter

(June 20, 1922 – December 9, 2003)

John R. Porter, 81, of Berne, died at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday in Adams County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on June 30, 1922, in Parke County, indiana, to Frank and Hazel Livengood Porter.

He married Margaret Mitchell on June 20, 1968; she survives.

He was a retired funeral director, having worked in that profession for more than 47 years, 45 of them with Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne.

He was a charter member of the Berne Lions Club and also belonged to Berne American Legion Post 468, of which he was once commander; Cross United Church of Christ in Berne, at which he was an elder; the Scottish Rite organization in Fort Wayne; the Geneva Blue Lodge; and the Adams County Shriners. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Other survivors are one a, John Robert Porter of Fort Wayne, and three sisters, Mrs. Gabor (Jo) Takats and Mrs. Jon (Mary Katherine) Juillerat, both of Portland, and Helen Roof of Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne.

Visiting hours are 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to his church’s assistance fund.

Published in the Decatur Daily Democrat, Wednesday, 12/10/ 2003

2002

G. Thomas Burk (July 14, 1915 – January 22, 2002)
Initiated: 9/29/1938; Passed: 10/11/1938; Raised: 11/11/1938; Award of Gold: 12/27/1988

Raymond F. Eichenauer (June 24, 1913 – February 22, 2002)
Initiated: 2/21/1947; Passed: 4/4/1947; Raised: 4/11/1947; Award of Gold: 5/13/1997

Donald E. Foreman (June 15, 1918 – April 29, 2002)
Initiated: 1/26/1944; Passed: 2/23/1944; Raised: 3/22/1944; Award of Gold: 4/30/1994

Harry L. Fortney (November 5, 1903 – April 10, 2002)
Initiated: 4/20/1926; Passed: 4/27/1926; Raised: 5/18/1926; Award of Gold: 8/28/1976

William A. Ward (November 25, 1920 – June 13, 2002)
Initiated: 7/15/1947; Passed: 8/29/1947; Raised: 10/17/1947; Award of Gold: 12/9/1997

Wendell M. Long (April 27, 1908 – November 5, 2002)
Initiated: 11/29/1944; Passed: 1/24/1945; Raised: 2/14/1946; Award of Gold: 4/22/1995

Lemuel “Gus” Mann (September 23, 1911 – December 11, 2002)
Initiated: 5/19/1943; Passed: 9/22/1943; Raised: 10/13/1943; Award of Gold: 11/20/1993

Paul D. Moore (January 29, 1926 – December 20, 2002)
Initiated: 2/18/1947; Passed: 3/7/1947; Raised: 5/21/1947; Award of Gold: 6/10/1997

Donald D. Ray (April 30, 1941 – November 6, 2002)
Initiated: 9/17/1991; Passed: 11/18/2000; Raised: 11/18/2000

Donald G. Schifferly (June 7, 1941 – July 12, 2002)
Initiated: 7/19/1966; Passed: 9/27/1966; Raised: 11/1/1966

 

G. Thomas Burk

(July 14, 1915 – January 22, 2002)

G. Thomas Burk, 86, Decatur, died at 2:04 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, in Adams County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on July 14, 1915 in Adams County to Sim and Bernice Dailey Burk. He married Jeanne R. Campbell on April 15, 1939; she died on June 10, 1988. He married Louise A. Hoover on June 11, 1989; she survives.

He retired in 1980 after 37 years at Willshire Grain and Supply in Willshire, Ohio. He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, Decatur Masonic Lodge 571, the Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, and the Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne.

Other surviviors are a son, James T. Burk of Decatur; three daughters, Mrs. Dennis (Judith K.) Bluhm of rural Decatur; Mrs. Dwight (Donna L.) Schaefer of Urbana, Ohio; and Mrs. John (Roberta A.) Hinker of Greenville, Ohio; two stepsons: Dr. Terrence D. Hoover of Tall Timbers, Maryland and Jacob T. Hoover of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; 13 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren;’ and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

A sister is deceased.

Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, with burial in Decatur Cemetery.

Visiting hours are 4-8 p.m. today in Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, including a Masonic service at 8 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to the church or to the Shriners’ organization’s hospitals for crippled children.

 

Raymond F. Eichenauer

(June 24, 1913 – February 22, 2002)

Raymond F. Eichenauer, 88, of Woodcrest at Decatur, died at 2:02 a.m. Saturday, February 2, in Adams County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on June 24, 1913 in Celina, Ohio, to Franklin W. and Cora F. Buhr Eichenauer and married Dorothy M. Spuller on February 29, 1936.; she survives.

He was a retired farmer and a district circulation manager for Fort Wayne Newspapers. He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur and was a Sunday School teacher, a youth counselor, and a trustee of the former Bethany Evangelical Church.

Mr. Eichenauer was also a member of Decatur Masonic Lodge 571, of which he was once the Worshipful Master; a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star; a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne; and a member of the York Rite.

Other survivors are three sons, Roger A. Eichenauer of Fort Wayne and Dr. David F. Eichenauer and Max A. Eichenauer, both of Decatur; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A brother and two sisters are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, with burial in Decatur Cemetery.

Visiting hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a Masonic memorial service at 8 p.m., and calling also is from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday in the church.

Preferred memorials are to the church or to the Masonic Lodge in Decatur.

 

Donald E. Foreman

(June 15, 1918 – April 29, 2002)
Donald E. Foreman, 83, of Swiss Village Retirement Center at Berne, died there at 9:25 a.m. Monday, April 29.

He was born on June 15, 1918 in Jefferson Township to Arlie L. and Fern Teeter Foreman and married Jean Huser on July 21, 1939; she survives.

He was a retired farmer who also worked for Smith Brothers furniture company and the former Dunbar Furniture, both of Berne, and was the insurance representative for the French Township Casualty Co.

He was a member of Springhill Methodist Church, rural Berne; Decatur Masonic Lodge 571; the former Masonic lodge in Geneva, of which he was a past master; the Ancient and Accepted Order of Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne; and the Mizpah Temple in Fort Wayne.

Other survivors are two sons, Larry Foreman of Floyds Knobs and Steven Foreman of Sterling, Virginia, and two grandchildren.

A brother is deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Downing Funeral Home, Geneva, with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, rural Berne.

Visiting hours are 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, with a Masonic memorial service at 8 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to the Adams County Heart Fund.

(Decatur Daily Democrat – May 1, 2002)

 

Harry L. Fortney

(November 5, 1903 – April 10, 2002)

Harry L. Fortney, 98, Berne, a longtime resident of Decatur, died at 12:44 a.m. Wednesday in Swiss Village.

He was born on November 5, 1903 in Pleasant Mills to Orlen and Ola Jackson Fortney and married Velma Hilyard on December 18, 1926; she died on February 24, 1996.

He owned and operated Fortney’s Shoe repair Shop here for 43 years, until retiring in 1967, and was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge 571 in Decatur and the Mizpah Temple and the Scottish Rite, both in Fort Wayne.

Surviving are a sister, Mary C. Dolch of rural Decatur, and several nieces and nephews.

Five brothers and a sister are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, with burial in Decatur Cemetery.

Visiting hours are until 8 p.m. today.

Preferred memorials are to the donor’s choice.

(Decatur Daily Democrat – April 11, 2002)

 

William A. Ward

(November 25, 1920 – June 13, 2002)

William Alton Ward, 81, of Fort Wayne, a member of American Legion Post 296, died Thursday, June 13, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital.

The Institute, N.C., native was a tool-and-die maker at International Harvester for 23 years before retiring in 1982.

He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of Masonic Lodge 571. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and dancing.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; a son, Raleigh Alton of Engleside, Ill.; a sister, Nelbro White of Dover, N.C.; and a grandchild.

(Fort Wayne News-Sentinel – June 15, 2002)

 

Wendell M. Long

(April 27, 1908 – November 5, 2002)

Wendell M. Long, 94, of Peoria, Illinois, a former Geneva water superintendent, died on Tuesday, November 5, in the Manor Care facility.

He was born on April 27, 1908, in rural Geneva to Russel and Viola Burke Long and married Martha M. Locker on June 16, 1935; she died on March 20, 1996.

He graduated from Ball State University in Muncie in 1933 and worked at Franklin Electric Co. in Bluffton and the CTS Corp. plant in Berne. He was also the groundskeeper at the Wabash Valley Golf Club in Geneva and a house painter. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Geneva for 50 years, was in the Methodist Men’s Club, sang in the church choir and the men’s choir, and was a life member of the Scottish Rite.

He coached Geneva’s independent baseball team for many years and, as an avid golfer, had three holes-in-one.

Surviving are a son, Doyle K. Long of Dunlap, Illinois; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A sister and three brothers are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Downing Funeral Home, Geneva, with burial in West Lawn Cemetery at Geneva.

Visiting hours are 5-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the building fund at First United Methodist Church in Geneva.

 

Lemuel “Gus” Mann

(September 23, 1911 – December 11, 2002)

L.A. “Gus” Mann. 91, a resident of Geneva for many years, died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, in Swiss Village Retirement Center at Berne.

He had been elected to two four-year terms as Wabash Township Trustee.

Mr. Mann was born in Adams County on September 23, 1911 to William R. and Carrie D. Miller Mann and married Olive E. Huser on November 14, 1936; she lives in Berne.

He retired after a 40 year career with Midwestern United Life Insurance Co. and a 60-year career as a realtor In Geneva. He was a 50-year member of Geneva Lodge 621 of the Free and Accepted Order of Masons and was a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite—Valley of Fort Wayne, the Mizpah Shrine, and the Geneva Lions Club.

He was a builder and the developer of Rainbow Lake at Geneva, the donor of land to create the Wabash Valley Golf Course In Geneva, and a winner of the Limberlost Heritage Award.

Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Evelyn) Waters of Weslaco, Texas; son, John L. Mann of Geneva; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, with burial in Riverside Cemetery at Geneva. Visiting hours are 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Friday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday. A Masonic memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the building fund at First United Methodist Church in Geneva.

 

Paul D. Moore

(January 29, 1926 – December 20, 2002)

Paul D. Moore, 76, of Decatur, died on Friday, December 20, in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.

He was born on January 29, 1926, in Decatur to Hazen C. and Frieda Sprague Moore. He married Norma Hazelwood on June 19, 1949; she died on October 18, 1989. He married May Hill Myers on October 12, 1991;she survives.

He retired in 1985 after 43 years as a chemist in the Central Soya Co. plant at Decatur and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Decatur. He was an usher and a member of the Pastor Parish Committee at his church, was active in the church Boy Scout chapter from 1960-80, and was a member of Masonic Lodge 571 (of which he was the Worshipful Master in 1953), American Legion Post 43, Moose Lodge 1311, and Eagles Lodge 2653, all in Decatur.

He was also involved with the Decatur Eagles Radio-Controlled and Hobby Club.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Other survivors are a son, Kevin A. Moore of Salt Lake City, Utah; a stepson, Kermit Myers of New Haven; a daughter, Sandra J. Gebhard of Fort Wayne; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Don (Karen) Cook of Decatur; a sister, Mary Call of Decatur; two grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren. A sister is deceased.

Visiting hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursday in Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, and 10-11 a.m. Friday in the church. A Masonic memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery with graveside military rites by the color guard at American Legion Post 43. Preferred memorials are to the church or to the Decatur Eagles Radio-Controlled and Hobby Club.

 

Donald D. Ray

(April 30, 1941 – November 6, 2002)

Donald D. Ray, 61, of Decatur, died Wednesday, November 6, in Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

He was born on April 30, 1941, in Adams County to Junior F. and Thora Kauffman Ray and married Louise Hindenlang on October 14, 1966; she survives.

He worked at International Harvester in Fort Wayne and was a farmer, then he and his wife founded Don Ray Drive-A-Way in Decatur in 1974, a business that provided drivers to take motor homes manufactured at the Fleetwood Enterprises plants in Decatur to locations throughout the United States.

He was a member of First Assembly of God in Fort Wayne. He was a longtime member of Pocotaglio Tribe 203 in Decatur of the Improved Order of Red Men, including serving as Great Sachem in 1995. He also was a member of Moose Lodge 1311, a life member of American Legion Post 43, and was in Masonic Lodge 571, all in Decatur. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and the Mizpah Shrine, both in Fort Wayne, and the Adams County Shrine Club.

Mr. Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.

In recent years, he and his wife were highly active in creating the Andrews Addition, a housing area on the east side of Monroe that will include four adjoining ball diamonds.

Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Aaron (Chastity LeAnn) Binegar of Decatur; a brother, Ronald Ray of Berne; a half-brother, Col. Steven A. Ray of Cheyenne, Wyoming; four stepbrothers, Ted Wenning of Decatur; Todd Wenning of St. Marys, Ohio; Andy Wenning of Tocsin; and Tim Wenning of Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Allen (Jean A.) Shoaf of Decatur; and a stepsister, Mrs. Kim (Myra) Wigger of Decatur.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, with burial in Decatur Cemetery, including military graveside rites by the color guard from American Legion Post 43.

Visiting hours are 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Preferred memorials are to Youth for Christ or to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Adams County.

 

ShifferlyDonald G. Shifferly

(June 7, 1941 – July 12, 2002)

Donald G. Shifferly, 61, a longtime Decatur resident, died at 2:48 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Hospital at Fort Wayne after having been ill for a month.

He was born in Adams County on June 7, 1941, to Ivan Dale and Ruth Miller Shifferly and married Ruth E. Wheat on July 9, 1960; she survives.

He was the founder and president of Shifferly Dodge Inc. in Decatur, operating the firm since it opened in 1967, and was active in retail vehicle sales for 40 years.

He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge 571, and Elks Lodge 993, all of Decatur, plus the Sons of the American Legion.

Other survivors are a daughter, Carey Shifferly of Decatur; three sons, Michael, Matthew, and Mitch Shifferly, all of Decatur; a grandson; and three granddaughters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Marks United Methodist Church, with burial in Decatur Cemetery.

Visiting hours are 6-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Sunday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, as well as 10-11 a.m. Monday in the church.

Preferred memorials are to the church or to the donor’s choice.

(Decatur Daily Democrat – July 13, 2002)