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.
Max Andrews (August 7, 1932 – February 26, 2011)
Initiated: 1/3/1961 Passed: 2/4/1961 Raised: 2/18/1961
Ivan Nevil (March 3, 1939 – March 16, 2011)
Initiated: 10/29/1980 Passed: 6/23/1982 Raised: 12/15/1982
(August 7, 1932 – February 27, 2011)
Max E. Andrews, 78, of Placentia, CA, formerly of Decatur, IN went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Sunday, February 27, 2011. He was born on August 7, 1932; he was the son of the late True “Tabby” and Elsie (Arnold) Andrews. He married Marilyn J. Moser on June 10, 1955.
He leaves behind a very loving and devoted wife, Marilyn Andrews of Placentia, CA; 2 sons Steven E. (Karen) Andrews of Ossian, IN and Barry L. (Angele) Andrews of Chino Hills, CA; a daughter Linda J. (Paul) Patterson of Yorba Linda, CA; 2 brothers Larry (Barbara) Andrews of Fort Wayne, IN and Robert Andrews of Decatur, IN; a sister Betty (Ray) Johnson of La Habra, CA; 7 grandchildren.
Max and his wife were former members of the Decatur Missionary Church. While living in California they attended The Rock Community Church in Yorba Linda, CA.
He was a Petty Officer Gunner’s Mate in the U.S. Navy and later retired from International Harvester in Ft. Wayne, IN after over 30 years of service. He also worked for Mobile Modular in California for over 20 years. His hobbies were reading and politics. After moving to California, he and his wife enjoyed watching the Lakers.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at New Beginnings Faith Center with calling 1 hour prior to the service from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Pastor Floyd Vieth and burial will take place in the M.R.E. Cemetery in Berne, IN.
Memorials may be made to The Rock Community Church in Yorba Linda, CA.
(March 3, 1939 – March 16, 2011)
Ivan Nevil, 72, of Geneva passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne. He was born on Friday, March 3, 1939 in Geneva to Roy and Emma Jane (Jack) Nevil.
He was married on February 19, 1961 at the High Street United Methodist Church in Geneva to Joyce A. Nevil.
He was a 1957 Geneva High School graduate, and he attended Ball State in Muncie. He was the owner of the Case & Quart in Geneva for 28 years. He coached Little League in Geneva for several years and enjoyed it very much, and he supported a Case & Quart team for several years. He formerly attended High Street United Methodist Church.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a lifetime member of the VFW in Geneva. He was also a member of the American Legion in Berne, the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, and Shriners.
He held the office of Indiana State Fire Marshall, Director of Training and Certification for all firefighters in Indiana. He was a member of the Geneva Fire Department for 50 years and served as fire Chief for 18 years. He was secretary of North America Fire Training Directors; a member of Indiana NFPA; a member of IAFC; a member of Indiana Fire Chiefs Association; and a member of Indiana Fire Instructors Association. He was appointed by Governor Orr to Indiana EMS Commission where he served as chairman and vice chairman. He was director of Adams EMA; served several offices in Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association, including president and vice president; and was appointed by the County Commissioners to help establish an EMS system in Adams County. He served on the I.V.F.A. Legislation Committee to promote bills that will benefit the firefighters of Indiana, and on the Adams County Committee for the 700-800 MHz communication equipment for all fire departments in Adams County.
He received several awards, including Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Robert Orr; Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Evan Bayh; Meritorious Service Award by Governor Joe Kernan; and a Letter of Commendation by Governor Frank O’Bannon. He was presented the Mr. IVFA, the highest award given by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association. He was given the Presidents Award by two different IVFA presidents; a Letter of Commendation from the superintendent of the National Fire Academy; and was named Firefighter of the Year by the Geneva Fire Department. He was presented an award for serving over 25 years as an EMT in Adams County; and a Letter of Commendation by the State Emergency Management Director. He had also written several articles and had them published in National Fire Service Publications.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Sheila (Paul) Rogers of Rockville; and Tonya Nevil of Cornelius, North Carolina; two granddaughters, Amanda Rogers; and Kimberly Rogers, both of Rockville; and one brother, Dewayne Nevil of Muncie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Bud Nevil; Vernon E. Nevil; and Larry Nevil; and two sisters, Ardena Hunter; and Marjorie Ilene Bowen.
There will be a Firemanâ€™s Memorial Service at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department.
Family and friends may gather to share and remember from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18 and from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department. A service to celebrate his life will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department. Officiating will be Pastor Roy Nevil. Burial will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Geneva.
The Geneva VFW will conduct Military graveside rites.
Memorials can be made to the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department, 200 Line St., Geneva, IN 46740 and Hoosier Burn Camp and Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society.
Arrangements provided by Downing & Glancy Funeral Home in Geneva. Online condolences may be sent to www.glancyfuneralhomes.com
Billy Dale Bruner (March 12, 1938 – September 13, 2009)
Initiated: 12/17/1957 Passed: 1/25/1958 Raised: 2/15/1958
Rev. Fuhrman Paul Miller (February 24, 1919 – October 3, 2010)
Initiated: 1/15/1963 Passed: 3/19/1963 Raised: 4/25/1963
Theodore Glenn “Ted” Hill (February 24, 1919 – October 3, 2010)
Initiated: 7/25/1949 Passed: 8/5/1949 Raised: 8/19/1949 Award of Gold: 9/14/1999
Reginald Thomas “Reg” Welch (July 6, 1943 – November 5, 2010)
Initiated: 2/20/2001 Passed: 5/18/2002 Raised: 5/18/2002
(November 5, 1924 – January 7, 2010)
Bill D. Brunner, 85, of Decatur passed away Thursday, January 07, 2010 at Adams Memorial Hospital. Born November 5, 1924 in Adams County, Indiana, he was the son of the late Herman & Hazel (Sapp) Brunner. Bill married Kathryn L. (Heller) on June 24, 1945, she survives.
Other survivors include two daughters Mrs. Nancy (Gary) Fifer and Mrs. Cindy (John) Heimann both of Decatur; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by two brothers Lester and Joe Brunner.
Bill was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, the Builders Sunday School class and also served as an Usher. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM and a 50 year member of the Fort Wayne Valley Scottish Rite. Bill retired in 1987 with 40 years of service from Snap-On Tools and Cornwell Tools and he also worked at Gerber’s Supermarket North for 16 years after his retirement.Visitation will be Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 11:00-6:00 pm at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to services at the church. A Masonic service will be held at 6:00 pm Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, January 11, 2010 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church with burial in Decatur Cemetery. Rev. Michael Heinbaugh and Rev. Fuhrman Miller will be officiating. Memorials are to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church or Decatur Masonic Lodge.
Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home
(February 24, 1919 – October 3, 2010)
Rev. Fuhrman P. Miller, 91, Decatur, passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 at Woodcrest Nursing Center in Decatur. Born on Feb. 24, 1919 in Celina, Ohio to Clarence and Beulah (Fuhrman) Miller, he married Audra E. Coats on March 24, 1946 in Celina; she survives.
A 1936 graduate of Celina High School, he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. After his discharge and marriage, he began his ministerial career at the Avilla E.U.B Church while attending Goshen College. He graduated from the Evangelical Seminary in Naperville, Ill. and was fully ordained in 1957 while serving at the Brushwood E.U.B. Church near Rensselaer. He also served the Linn Grove and Old Salem (Wells County) churches before being assigned to the Bethany E.U.B. Church in Decatur in 1961.
He was instrumental in the merger of the Bethany and Trinity congregations to form the Decatur E.U.B. Church in 1965, and became the senior pastor after the new building was erected on US 224 West in 1967. Upon the merger of the E.U.B. and United Methodist denominations in 1968, the church became St. Mark’s United Methodist, at which he served until 1976, when he accepted a charge as senior pastor of the Goshen First U.M. Church. Upon his retirement from full time ministry in 1987, he returned to Decatur, where he accepted a part-time position at St. Mark’s. He continued to serve as Pastor Emeritus until his death.
He was a member of the Decatur Optimist Club, Decatur Masonic Lodge #571, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, and the Northern Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he served on conference stewardship committees for many years.
He is survived by his wife of Decatur; four sons, Daniel F. Miller of Danville, Mark F. (Kathy) Miller of Bluffton, John Alan Miller of Fort Wayne, and Rev. Kevin T. (Liz) Miller of Bremen; a brother, Ivan Miller of Celina, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Verna Alice Schaadt of Celina, Ohio.
Visitation times are from 10-11 am Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Woodcrest Porter Auditorium and from 2-8 pm at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall followed by a Masonic Memorial service at 8:00 pm and visitation also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Funeral service will be at 10:30 am on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church with Military rites performed at the church. Pastor Jeff Taylor and Pastor Mike Smith will be officiating and burial will be in Decatur Cemetery.
Memorials are to St. Mark’s UM Church or the Optimist Scholarship Fund.
Courtesy of Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home
July 2, 1928 – October 30, 2010)
Theodore Glenn “Ted” Hill, 82, of Decatur, IN passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at his residence. He was born on July 2, 1928 in Decatur, IN to Glenn V. and Marie (Rowley) Hill. He married Marian K. (Bashara) Giessler on August 16, 1975; she survives in Decatur, IN.
He is also survived by a son Tyler (Marlene) Hill of Decatur, IN; a daughter Elizabeth “Betsy” Hill of Houston, TX; a stepson Tod Giessler of Decatur, IN; a sister Marjorie Lou “Marge” Hutker of The Villages, FL; a grandson Adam Hill of Fort Wayne, IN; a granddaughter Rachel (Timothy) Hiesterman of St. Paul, MN; 2 step grandsons Justin and Zach Giessler both of Decatur, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a graduate of Indiana University and retired owner of Leland Smith Insurance Agency.
He was a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F. & A.M. for over 50 years of which he was the former Past Master, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne York Rite Bodies, Mizpah Shrine of which he was the Past Potentate, Royal Order of Jesters Court 27 of which he was Past Director in Fort Wayne and was The Past Royal Director, The Order of SOBIB, Kachina Klub of which he was a life member; Adams Co, Whitley Co, Blackford Co Shrine Clubs, Sustaining DeMolay Uncle, Mizpah Samsar Club, Flying Shriners, and Order of Eastern Star.
He served as a former City Councilman for the city of Decatur. He was also an Eagle Scout. He was given the Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Frank O’Bannon and he was also named Admiral in the Texas Navy by Gov. George W. Bush.
There will be NO public visitation or funeral service, per his request.
Memorials may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Crippled and Burned Children or The Alzheimer’s Association, through Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, 225 W. Adams St. Decatur, IN.
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(July 6, 1943 – November 5, 2010)
Reginald Thomas Welch, 67, of Decatur passed away at 7:10 am Friday, November 05, 2010 at Adams Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 6, 1943 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to the Rev. Robert Welch and Helen (Wittwer) Welch. A graduate of Adams Central High School, he received his BS in 1965 from Manchester College. After marrying Sharon (Harden) Welch on December 19, 1965, he received his MS in Education from Indiana University Bloomington in 1967.
Reg was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a past Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 65 in Decatur, and a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge #571 F&AM where he was a Past Master. He just received an Award of Honor for Mason of the Year this past Saturday. Reg was a member of the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shriners of Fort Wayne, a longtime member of the Decatur Optimist Club and an honorary member of the Decatur High School Class of 1964. Reg taught math in Broward County, FL, for Fort Wayne Community Schools, Bellmont H.S. and Heritage H.S. where he retired after 25 years of teaching in 2004 to enjoy more time with his devoted granddaughters. He was a member of the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, where he was active in his Sunday school class and was a former trustee.
Reg is survived by his wife Sharon, his son Tom, Tom’s wife Sharel, and three granddaughters, Alyssa, Kathleen and Lizette all of Indianapolis. He is also survived by three brothers and their families: Richard (Liz), of Tampa, FL, James (MaryLynn) of Decatur and Donald of Monroe. Reg and Sharon also had a Danish exchange student, Henrik Jensen. Henrik and his family are also considered members of the family.
Reg was a 34 year survivor of cancer, so every year since 1976 has been a gift.
Visitations will be from 4-8 pm Monday, November 8, 2010 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to services at the church. A Masonic Service will be held at 8:00 pm Monday evening following visitations. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. The Rev. Michael Heinbaugh will be officiating. All members of the Masonic Lodge #571 of Decatur will be Honorary Pallbearers.
Memorials are to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, ACCF Angel Cancer Fund or Decatur Masonic Lodge.
Larry D. Miller (March 12, 1938 – September 13, 2009)
Initiated: 5/6/1959; Passed: 10/21/1959; Raised: 11/21/1959
James C. Fletcher (January 10, 1920 – October 4, 2009)
Initiated: 1/14/1947; Passed: 3/25/1947; Raised: 5/30/1947; Award of Gold: 6/10/1997
Larry D. Miller
(March 12, 1938 – September 13, 2009)
Larry D. Miller, 71, of Geneva, IN, died at 4:45 PM, on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born on Saturday, March 12, 1938, in Jay County, IN.
Mr. Miller was a 1956 graduate of Polling High School Jay County, IN. He worked with Child Protective Services, and he retired from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department with 20 years of service. He formally served as Sargent of Reserves for the Geneva Police Department. He was a member of the FOP. He worked as an EMT for Adams County EMS, and he was a member of the Indiana Volunteer Firemans Association. He was a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge, Fort Wayne Valley of Scottish Rite, Murat Temple, Mizpah Shrine all of Ft. Wayne. He served as a Adams County Deputy Corner, and he served on the Geneva Fire Department for many years were he served as a cordinator for the Geneva Fire Department Ambulance Service. He attended First United Methodist Church- Geneva, IN.
He married Toni (Clouse) Miller on February 22, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he was the son of the late Earl J. Miller and Lena M. (Longerbone) Miller.
Survivors include : Wife-Toni Miller of Geneva, Ind.,Sons-Jeff ( Wife Angie) Miller of Ossian, Ind.,Jerry ( Wife Lisa) McClure of Geneva, Ind., Cary McClure, Jr. of Independence, Ky. and Eric R. ( Wife Renee) Fetty of Indianapolis, Ind., And a daughter-Kimberley ( Husband Matt) Carr of Greenfield, Ind., and 8 grandchildren.
He was preceded in Death by: 1st. Wife-Shirley Sue Miller.,Father-Earl J. Miller.,Brothers-Rey C. Miller and Hugh M. Miller, Sisters-Helen Mills and Bonnie H. Jackson.
Arrangements are being handled by Downing & Glancy Funeral Home, 100 N. Washington Street, Geneva, Ind., where the family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, September 15, 2009 and from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. The Decatur Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home at 10:30 AM Thursday, September 17, 2009 with Rev. Wilbur Taylor officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Geneva, Ind.
Memorials to: Child Protective Services Crisis Center of Adams County.
Courtesy of Downing & Glancy; Funeral Home
(January 10, 1920 – October 4, 2009)
James C. Fletcher, 89, of Decatur, IN passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IN. He was born on January 10, 1920 in Fort Wayne, IN to James C. and Lottie (Hartzler) Fletcher. He married R’Lene R. Coe on June 4, 1948; she survives in Decatur, IN.
He is also survived by 2 daughters Sally (Tim) Irwin and Christie (John) Baker both of Decatur, IN; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Mark S. Fletcher on July 30, 2009.
James was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Decatur, IN. He was a also a member of the Masonic Lodge #571 in Decatur, IN, the Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Mizpah Shrine Temple in Fort Wayne, and the American Legion Post #43 in Decatur, IN. He was a longtime salesman for Swan Rubber Co.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home.
Funeral Service will be at 6:00 p.m. that evening at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home beginning with the Masonic Service, followed by a Funeral Service officiated by Rev. Laura Sherwood. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #43 immediately after the funeral.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
Courtesy of Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home