2006-2008

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.”

2008

William H. Hutker (October 5, 1931 – January 9, 2008)
Initiated: 9/10/1957; Passed: 9/17/1957; Raised: 10/2618/1957; Award of Gold:

Russell L. Stump (February 1, 1919 – January 16, 2008)
Initiated: 11/22/1955; Passed: 1/28/1956; Raised: 2/18/1956; Award of Gold:

Daniel E. Plasterer (November 5, 1949 – January 20, 2008)
Initiated: 6/20/1978; Passed: 2/3/1979; Raised: 3/6/1979

Rev. James M. Patch (September 20, 1935 – March 21, 2008)
Initiated: 4/13/1988; Passed: 10/26/1988; Raised: 2/22/1989

Robert O. Lord (May 12, 1922 – October 18, 2008)
Initiated: 6/15/1943; Passed: 10/26/1943; Raised: 2/23/1944

Clark W. “Tad” Smith (February 2, 1916 – October 26, 2008)
Initiated: 8/16/1949; Passed: 11/26/1949; Raised: 12/17/1949

 

HutkerBWilliam H. Hutker

(October 5, 1931 – January 9, 2008)
William H. Hutker 76, of rural Decatur, passed away Wednesday January 9, 2008 at Woodcrest Nursing Center. He was born on October 5, 1931 to Everett G. and Helen E. (Spindler) Hutker in Allen County, Indiana.

On March 11, 1950 William married Phyllis J. Lough who survives. He is also survived by 1 Son Alan L. (Ruth) Hutker of Decatur, IN., 3 Daughters Mrs. Mark F. (Kathy) Miller of Bluffton, IN., Mrs. Duane (Constance) Moser of Decatur, IN., Mrs. Timothy (Lora) Bauman of Decatur, IN., 2 Brothers Lawrence R. Hutker of Melborne, FL., Ted W. Hutker of Tucson, AZ., 2 Sisters Mrs. Raymond (Virginia) Quance of Fort Wayne, IN., Mrs. Manford (Jean) Melchi of Lake George, IN., 9 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren.

William was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Everett Hutker Jr., and a Grandson Brock Hutker.

He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Decatur Masonic Lodge F&AM 571, Past Master, Secretary of Lodge; Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne which he received the Meritious Service Award; and Past Patron of Eastern Star Chapter # 127.

William retired in 1993 from Magnavox after 26 ½ years of service.

Visitation will be on Sunday January 13th from 11am to 4 pm at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home with a Masonic Service at 4pm. Also there will be calling one hour prior to the services at the church.

Funeral will be on Monday, January 14, 2008 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Rev Jeff Taylor and Rev. Fuhrman Miller will be officiating. Burial will be at the Decatur Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton; Funeral Home

 

StumpRRussell L. Stump

(February 1, 1919 – January 16, 2008)
Russell L. Stump, 88 of rural Decatur died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at Swiss VillageRetirement Center in Berne. Russell was born February 1, 1919 in Lima, Ohio to the late Lewis & Leona (Walker) Stump. He married Violet V. Nussbaum on October 22, 1948, she died Dec. 27, 2004.

Russell is survived by a son Steve (Arlene) Stump of Decatur, a step son Gene (Lana) Wolfe of Willshire, Ohio, a sister Maxine Myers of Decatur; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Preceded him in death are his parents, a son Glendon Lee Stump, a sister Phyllis Nidlinger and 2 half brothers Carl & Norman Noack.

Russell attended the Decatur Church of God and was a retired Washington Township farmer. He was also members of the Decatur Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. 571 as a 50 year member; a 50 year member of the Scottish Rite Valley Ft. Wayne; a 50 year member of the American Legion Post #43; former member of the Adams County Soil & Conservation Board; and a former member of the Ray Cemetery Association.

Russell served his country during World War II in the United States Army.

Calling hours are from 2-8 pm on Friday, January 18, 2008 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home. A Masonic service will be held at 8:00 pm Friday evening.

A 10:00 am funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2008 also at the funeral home. Dr. Robert Brink will be officiating and burial is in Ray Cemetery in Monroe, with Military graveside rites by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard.

Memorials are to Shriners Children’s Hospital or American Legion Post 43 Color Guard.

 

PlastererDDaniel E. Plasterer

(November 5, 1949 – January 20, 2008)
Daniel E. Plasterer, 58 of Decatur, IN passed away unexpectedly from an apparent heart attack on Sunday January 20, 2008 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, IN. Dan was born on November 5, 1949 to Jess E. “Ed” and Izola (Comer) Plasterer in Decatur, IN. He married Cathy D. Yoder on July 5, 1969.

He is survived by his mother Izola A. Plasterer of Decatur, IN; his wife Cathy D. Plasterer of Decatur, IN; 1 son Daniel J. (Janelle) Plasterer of Decatur, IN; 1 daughter Jennifer L. (Doug) Baker of Warsaw, IN; 2 sisters Sandy (Don) Blume of Decatur, IN and Sindi (Bill) Wilhelm of Portland, IN; also 4 Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Ed Plasterer and one brother Thomas Plasterer.

He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, IN and also a member of The Decatur Masonic Lodge No. 571, F. & A.M.

He was self employed as part owner of State Line Auto Parts.

Visitation will be from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home with a Masonic Memorial Service at 8:00 p.m.*PLEASE NOTE SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home.

Officiating will be The Reverend Jeff Taylor. Burial will take place in The Decatur Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The Grandchildren’s Education Fund.

 

Rev. James M. Patch

(September 20, 1935 – March 21, 2008)
Rev. James M. Patch, 72, Lexington, Kentucky died there at 12:17 p.m. Friday in a U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs medical center. He was a former Geneva-area resident.

He was born on September 20, 1935, in Grant County, Indiana, to H. Clarence and Martha M. Alderton Patch. He married Catherine I. Miller on November 12, 1976; she survives.

He was a farmer for Yager Farms, a truck driver for PTI and Sam Tanksly, and an employee of the CTS Corp. plant in Berne for 20 years as well as at Peyton’s Northern Distribution Center in Bluffton and at the Bettendorf Stanford firm in Salem, Illinois.

Rev. Patch began studying in the ministry in 1992 and served as pastor of a church in Keystone in 1997, then was pastor of Union Chapel United Methodist Church, rural Decatur, from 1999 to 2006, when he retired and moved to Lexington. He also was the minister for one and one-half years at Penny’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

He was a member of High Street United Methodist Church in Geneva. He was a member of American Legion Post 43 in Decatur and was a member of Geneva Masonic Lodge 621 and Decatur Lodge 571..

He served in the U.S. Army in Europe from August 22, 1956, to August 7, 1959.

Other survivors are two daughters, Vera E. Fights of Lexington and Vickie L. Cameron of Berne; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Ken (Marjorie A.) Dawson of Geneva; three stepsons, Daniel C. and William E. Haynes of Hartford City and Charles E. Haynes of Portland; a foster daughter; two brothers, Howard Patch of Jay City, Indiana, and Jesse Patch of Decatur; a sister, Ruth Habegger of Berne; six grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren.

A brother is deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, with burial in West Lawn Cemetery, Geneva.Visiting hours are 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, with a Masonic memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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

 

LOS08.1Robert O. Lord

(May 12, 1922 – October 18, 2008)Robert O. Lord
Robert O. “Sobby” Lord 86, of Decatur Indiana, passed away Saturday October 18, 2008 at Chalet Village in Berne, Indiana. Robert was born on May 12, 1922 in Adams County to Solomon O. and Marie (Lichtenstiger) Lord. On September 27, 1942 he married Norma (Tumbleson), she passed away on March 13, 1987.

Robert was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, Masonic Lodge #571, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Decatur Moose Lodge #1311, and the G.E. Quarter Century Club. He is survived by 2 Daughters Janet S. (Dennis) Kever of Van Wert, OH., Becky J. Bayles of Celina, OH., 5 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Tuesday October 21, 2008 from 4-8pm at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home. A Masonic service will follow visitation at 8pm. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am Wednesday October 22, 2008 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home.

Rev. Randy Rossman will be officiating. Burial will be at Decatur Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Zion United Church of Christ.

 

LOS08.2Clark W. “Tad” Smith

(February 2, 1916 – October 26, 2008)
Clark W. “Tad” Smith, 92, of Indian Harbor Beach, Florida, former Decatur resident died on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at Wuesthoff Hospital in Melbourne, Florida. He was born on February 2, 1916 in Adams County, Indiana to the late Fred & Jean (Lutz) Smith. He married Lois A. (Westhoff) on June 10, 1939 and she passed away May 3, 2008.

Survivors are a daughter Mrs. Jerry (Deborah) McVicker of Indian Harbor Beach, Florida, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Preceded him in death is a daughter Jeannie Biggs & a brother Lewis Smith.

Clark was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Decatur. He was a local Realtor and contractor for over 50 years with Ideal Reality, a 50 year member of the Decatur Lions Club, Decatur Lodge #571 F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Valley, Ft. Wayne, Mizpah Shrine, Ft. Wayne, a member of the Adams Jay County Board of Realtors, member of the (AOPA) Aircraft Owners Pilot Association and was an avid private pilot for over 40 years.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home with calling 1 hour prior to services. The Rev. Laura Sherwood will be officiating. A Masonic Service will be held at 9:45 a.m. and burial will be in Decatur Cemetery.

Memorials are to the First Presbyterian Church.

2007

Robert W. Hollenbach (August 10, 1932 – January 31, 2007)
Initiated: 4/21/1998; Passed: 11/18/2000; Raised: 11/18/2000

Dr. Ralph E. Allison (December 2, 1921 – March 12, 2007)
Initiated: 3/21/1944; Passed: 5/6/1944; Raised: 6/17/1944; Aw

Thomas Kent Grimm (October 24, 1937 – May 22, 2007)
Initiated: 9/26/1972; Passed: 10/24/1972; Raised: 11/21/1972

John Robert Inniger (September 28, 1942 – September 25, 2007)
Initiated: 12/22/1970; Passed: 2/6/1971; Raised: 3/2/1971

 

Robert W. Hollenbach

(August 10, 1932 – January 31, 2007)
Robert W. Hollenbach, 74 of Decatur passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Adams Memorial Hospital. Robert was formerly of Temaqua, PA and has lived in Decatur since 1978. He was born in Coaldale, PA to the late George & Elverta (Weaver) Hollenbach. Robert married Joanne Lutes on July 4, 1990.

Robert is survived by his wife Joanne of Decatur, a son Robert Hollenbach, a daughter Roberta Hollenbach both of Tamaqua, PA; 2 step sons Kip Lutes & Brett Lutes both of Decatur, IN. and 1 brother Charles Hollenbach of Tamaqua, PA.

Robert attended First Presbyterian Church. He was a life member of the American Legion, Life member of the V.F.W., member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. #571, Elk’s Lodge, Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge all of Decatur. He retired from Silberline manufacturing.

Visitation is 1-4 pm Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, with funeral services at 4:00 pm. Rev. Laura Sherwood will be officiating and burial will be in Skyview Cemetery in Tamaqua, PA.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton; Funeral Home

 

Dr. Ralph E. Allison

(October 24, 1937 – May 22, 2007)
Dr. Ralph E. Allison, 85, of Pinecrest Nursing Center in Morrow, Ohio, a longtime veterinarian In Adams County and a former Decatur resident, died Monday, March 12, In Bethesda North Hospital at Montgomery, Ohio.

He was a retired Indiana meat inspector and a former member of the Indiana Veterinary Association. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #571, Mizpah Shrine, American Legion, Rotary Club, Moose Lodge, and Elks Lodge.

Among survivors are his wife, Eileen; a son; and a sister.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Vale-Hoskins Funeral Home, Morrow.

Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2007.

 

TGrimmThomas Kent Grimm

(December 2, 1921 – March 12, 2007)

Thomas K. Grimm, 69 of Decatur passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at his residence.Tom was born October 24, 1937 in Decatur to the late Lafe & Rosemond (Hart) Grimm. He married Kennetha “Kae” Hoppes on September 23, 1961.

Tom is survived by his wife Kae Grimm of Decatur, his step mother Helen Grimm of Decatur, 2 sons Todd K. Grimm of Nampa, Idaho and J. Michael (Jill) Grimm of Decatur, a sister Jane Drummer of Decatur and 2 step brothers Tom Drake and Joe Drake both of Decatur. He also has 4 grand puppies Princess, Sadie, Hooch and Archer.

Preceding Tom in death were his parents.

Tom worked for 32 years at B.F. Goodrich, where he retired in 1994.

Tom served in the Indiana Air National Guard where he was deployed to France.

Tom was very active in Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F. & A.M. where he was a past master twice, Scottish Rite Valley of Ft. Wayne, Mizpah Shrine Ft. Wayne, Royal Order of Jesters Courts #27 Ft. Wayne, Adams County Scottish Rite Club, Adams County Shrine Club and the Adams County Calliopers.

A memorial visitation will be from 4-6 Friday, May 25, 2007 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home.

Celebration of Life will be at 6:00 pm Friday, May 25, 2007 also at the funeral home, followed by a reception at the Decatur Elk’s Lodge.

Rev. Jeff Taylor will be officiating.

Memorial contributions are to Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F. & A.M. or Shriner’s Children Hospital.

 

InnigerJJohn Robert Inniger

(September 28, 1942 – September 25, 2007)

John R. Inniger, 64 of Decatur passed away at 4:25 pm Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at Meadowvale Health & Rehab Center in Bluffton.

John was born September 28, 1942 in Adams County, Indiana to the late Christian A. & Helen M. (Roop) Inniger. He married Glenda S. Scheiderer on September 4, 1965. She survives.

Other survivors are 2 sons Scott A. (Kaye) Inniger, Michael D. (Sandra) Inniger; a daughter Mrs. Eric (Michelle A.) Bowen all of Decatur; a brother Donald (Sue) Inniger of Monroe; 2 grandchildren Hannah & Sayge Inniger.

He was a retired farmer.

John was a 50 year member of Monroe United Methodist Church in Monroe, Indiana. He was also a member of the Christian Homemaker Sunday school class, Former church treasurer, Decatur Lodge #571 F.&A.M., Adams County Scottish Rite Club, Adams County Callopiers, Adams County Shrine Club, Scottish Rite Valley Fort Wayne, Mizpah Shrine Fort Wayne, and American Legion Indianapolis, Indiana, former Washington Township trustee and Democrat precinct committeeman.

Calling hours are from 4-8 pm Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home with a Masonic service at 8:00 pm.

A 10:00 am funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home.

Rev. Tim Powers will be officiating.

Burial is in Ray Cemetery in Monroe, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 43 color guard.

Memorials are to the church or Decatur Masonic Lodge 571.

2006

Theodore “Ted” L. Hakes (October 29, 1931 – January 6, 2006)
Initiated: 7/17/1984; Passed: 9/26/1984; Raised: 11/20/1984

Dr. William F. Conner (May 27, 1931 – March 19, 2006)
Initiated: 5/18/1976; Passed: 6/1/1976; Raised: 6/22/1976

Fred Allen Miller (January 17, 1938 – May 23, 2006)
Initiated: 2/17/1959; Passed: 4/11/1959; Raised: 12/5/1959

David S. Myers (August 17, 1915 – August 12, 2006)
Initiated: 10/21/1943; Passed: 10/26/1943; Raised: 12/30/1943

Robert W. Williams (January 23, 1943 – October 9, 2006)
Initiated: 11/19/1974; Passed: 2/25/1975; Raised: 3/4/1975

Walter J. Muth (October 10, 1919 – November 8, 2006)
Initiated: 8/10/1946; Passed: 5/18/1946; Raised: 5/22/1946

Edward “Ed” Imel (January 21, 1918 – December 4, 2006)
Initiated: 4/9/1953; Passed: 5/21/1953; Raised: 5/28/1953

 

HakesTheodore L. Hakes

(October 29, 1931 – January 6, 2006)

Theodore L. “Ted” Hakes 74 of Decatur passed away Friday Jan. 6, 2006 at Adams Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 29, 1931 to Don L. and Leota M. (Cully) Hakes in Wren, Ohio. On June 6, 1954 Ted married Helen M. (Henkle).

Ted is survived by his wife Helen of Monroe, IN., and 1 Daughter Mrs. Jody (Jodi) Smith of Fort Wayne, IN. He was preceded in death by 1 sister Sue, and 1 Daughter Kari Ann in 19Theodore L. Hakes74.

In 1992 Ted retired from Adams Central High School after 37yrs. He also co-owned with his wife Hakes Monuments in Decatur for 18yrs.

Ted was a member of Monroe United Methodist Church, Kum-Join-Us Sunday School Class, Taught Sunday School for 35yrs, served on many boards at the church, Monroe Township Trustee, Ray Cemetery Board, American Legion Post #43, Decatur Masonic Lodge #571, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Monroe Lions Club of which he was Past President and Secretery, Indiana Harness Racing, Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association, and ISTA Adams County Retired Teachers Association.

He was also a Veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Visitation will be held on Monday January 9th at Haggard and Sefton from 2-8pm and one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral will be held at Monroe United Methodist Church on Tuesday January 10th at 10:30am.

There will be a Masonic Service Monday at 8pm at Haggard and Sefton, also Military Graveside Rites will be preformed by American Legion Post #43.

Rev. Tim Powers will be officiating and Burial will be at the Ray Cemetery in Monroe, IN. Memorials may be made to Monroe United Methodist or Ray Cemetery Association.

Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton; Funeral Home

 

ConnorDr. William F. Conner

(May 27, 1931 – March 19, 2006)
Dr. William F. Conner, 74 of Decatur, passed away on Sunday evening at AMH. He was born in Bluffton, IN, May 27, 1931 to Benjamin F. & Veda (Masterson) Conner, they are deceased.

Survivers are 1 daughter Nola Conner of Spring, TX, his companion of 14 years Phyllis Rayer of Decatur, 1 sister Mary Jennette Speece of Poneto, IN, 2 grandchildren Mrs. Carl (Erin) Hyden of Spring, TX, Mrs. Matthew (Heather) Thomas of Copperas Cove, Tx, and 3 great grandchildren Olivia Hyden, Madison & Isaac Thomas. Preceding Bill in death are 2 brothers Lawrence & Kenny “Kay” Conner and 1 sister Betty Klefeker.

Bill was a active member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, being involved in the Builders Sunday School class, chancel choir, and bell choir and was also a Lay Leader for the United Methodist Church.

Bill has been a Chiropractor for a total of 46 years, with 30 of those years in Decatur. He was also involved in Decatur Optimist Club-Past President, Past Secretary-Treasurer, Past Lt. Governor of Zone 5, Past Governor of North District in Indiana presently Lt. Governor Zone 4, Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F. & A.M. (Worshipful Master, 1986), Scottish Rite Valley-Fort Wayne, Adams County Scottish Rite Club, Mizpah Shrine Ft. Wayne, Adams County Shrine Club of which he was Secretary & Treasurer, American Red Cross of which he was secretary and American Legion Post 43. He also served as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Visitation will be 2-8 pm Thursday, March 23, 2006 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. An Optimist Memorial Service will be held at 6 pm Thursday and Masonic Service at 8 pm also on Thursday both at the funeral home. Funeral will be at 10:00 am Friday, March 24, 2006 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church – Decatur. Officiating will be Rev. Jeff Taylor and Rev. Fuhrman Miller. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery with Military Graveside rites by American Legion Post 43. Memorials are to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Optimist Scholarship Fund, and the Red Cross.

Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton; Funeral Home

 

 

MillerFredFred A. Miller

(January 17, 1938 – May 23, 2006)
Fred A. Miller, 68 years old of Decatur, Indiana, passed away at 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 in the Hospice Home of Ft. Wayne.

Fred was born on January 17, 1938 in Adams County, Indiana, the son of the late Robert W. Miller and the late Margaret (Myers) Miller. He married Agnes J. Barlett on July 23, 1960 and she survives.

Fred was a member of American Legion Post #43. Fred served his country in the United States Army Reserves. He was also a member of Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 of Decatur.

Fred was the fourth generation on their farm. He also worked 34 ½ years at the General Electric Plant in Decatur, Indiana as an electrician and was one of the last 5 people to close the General Electric plant.

Surviving are his wife, Agnes J. Miller of Decatur, Indiana, son, Alan Miller of Decatur, Indiana, daughter, Colleen (Andy) Fuller of Linden, Indiana, son, Robert (Page) Miller of Zionsville, Indiana, two granddaughters, one grandson, and one step-granddaughter.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2006 at the Decatur Cemetery with the Rev. Fuhrman Miller officiating.

Preferred memorials are to Hospice Home of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; or the United Methodist Women’s Missions.

Courtesy of Zwick & Jahn Funeral Homes

 

 

David S. Myers

(August 17, 1915 – August 12, 2006)

David S. “Dee” Myers, 90 years old of Decatur, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. at a friend’s home.

Dee was born on August 17, 1915 in Adams County, Indiana, the son of the late Sloan W. Myers and the late Lula Inez (Thomas) Myers. He married the late Francile E. Bucher on June 12, 1938 in Adams County, Indiana and she passed away on November 29, 2002.

Dee was a member of Decatur Masonic Lodge #571, a 50 year member; Decatur Moose Lodge #1311, a 60 year member; Decatur Elks #933, a 38 years member; a graduate of Monmouth High School; and was one of the founders of Decatur Bank & Trust Company in 1967, where he served on the Board of Directors for 24 years.

He was Dee was a co-owner of Liechty & Myers in 1947; in 12950 it became Myers Firestone and in 1954 renamed Myers Home & Auto Supply, retiring in 1980. He was also a former employee of International Harvester and General Electric.

Surviving are his son, Dennis L. (JoEllen) Myers of Decatur, Indiana, son, Duane L. (Lou Ann) Myers of Montrose, Colorado, and son, Donald L. (Debra) Myers of Decatur, Indiana, companion, Elma Thieme of Decatur, Indiana and twelve grandchildren.

Preceding Dee in death were two sons, David L. Myers, and Daniel L. Myers; three brothers, George, John, & Hugh Myers; and three sisters, Euniece Boughman, Margaret Miller, Mirium Gerke.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2006 in the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home with the Rev. Anthony Stidam officiating. Interment will follow in the Decatur Cemetery,

Friends will be received from 1-5 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 18, 2006 in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, Indiana.

Preferred memorials are to Mooseheart or the Donor’s Choice.

Courtesy of Zwick & Jahn Funeral Homes

 

Bob WilliamsRobert W. Williams

(January 23, 1943 – October 9, 2006)

Robert W. “Bob” Williams, 63 of Decatur, passed away Monday morning, Oct. 9, 2006 in Florida. Bob was born in Norton, Virginia to the late Carlos & Emma (Bolling) Williams. He then married J. Connie Ann Johnson on May 4, 1962, she survives.

Other survivors are 3 sons Jeffrey W. (Jennifer) Williams of Springdale, AK, Darren A. (April) Williams and David B. Williams both of Ft. Wayne; 3 sisters Mrs. Joe (Jean) Gilliam of Bluffton, Mrs. Caroll Strait of Pennville, Mrs. Tom (Linda) Besing of Evansville; 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandson and his grand dog -Slater. A brother Wendell Williams also preceded Robert in death.

Robert attended Primitive Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church in Decatur. He was an Insurance Agent for State Farm Insurance for many years and a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F. & A.M. and enjoyed playing golf in Florida.

Visitation will be from 2-8 pm Friday, October 13, 2006 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home followed by a Masonic Service at 8:00 pm. Funeral service will be on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at 11:00 am also at the funeral home. Officiating will be Rev. Ken Mahan and Rev. Aaron Williams with burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Pennville, IN. Memorials are to ACCF Angel Cancer Fund or Adams County Diabetes Connection.

Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton; Funeral Home

 

 

Walter J. Muth

(October 10, 1919 – November 8, 2006)
Walter J. Muth, 87, of Fort Wayne, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 at Parkview Hospital. Born Oct. 10, 1919, in Geneva, Ind., the son of the late Henry R. Muth and Mathra Fenters. He was employed by L.J. Andorfer Company as an Accountant for 15 years, retiring in 1985. He married Lavaun Keller on July 2, 1950. He was a World War II Army Veteran. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, 50 year member of Scottish Rite and received the U.S. Bronze Star.

 

EImelEdward Imel

(January 21, 1918 – December 4, 2006)

Edward “Ed” Imel, 88 of Decatur passed away Monday, December 4, 2006 at Adams Memorial Hospital. Ed was the son of the late Thomas E. & Tillie (Kemp) Imel. Ed married Edna (Churchward) Pennycoff on November 13, 1976, she passed away May 16, 2005.

Other survivors are 2 sons – Tom (Ilene) Imel – Alpena, MI, Larry (Mary) Imel – Decatur, IN, 1 step son – Robert (Mindy) Pennycoff – Ft. Wayne, IN; 1 daughter – Mrs. Don (Chloe Ann) Christianer – Decatur, IN; 1 brother – Gib Imel – Ft. Wayne, IN; 9 grandchildren – 17 great grandchildren – 1 great-great grandchild; 3 step grandchildren –4 step great grandchildren. Preceded Ed in death are his parents, wife Edna, 3 brother and 8 sisters.

Ed attended Waynedale United Methodist Church – Ft. Wayne. He was the former owner of Decatur Salvage Inc in Decatur. He was also a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Valley – Ft. Wayne, Mizpah Shrine, Adams County Scottish Rite Club, Adams County Shrine Club, Adams County Calliopers, Elks Lodge #993.

Calling is 4-8 pm Thursday, December 7, 2006 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to services – there will be an 8:00 pm Masonic Service at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Friday, December 8, 2006 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home. Rev. Mike Harris will be officiating and Entombment is at Greenlawn Memorial Park – Ft. Wayne, IN. Memorials are to Waynedale UM Church or Shriner’s Children Hospital.

Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton; Funeral Home