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.




Daniel J. Mills (July 4, 1932 – March 13, 2013)
Initiated: 9/17/1953; Passed: 9/22/1953; Raised: 9/25/1953; Award of Gold: 1/14/2009

Arthur D. Beeler (October 14, 1920 – November 18, 2013)
Initiated: 3/15/1960; Passed: 4/8/1960; Raised: 5/13/1960; Award of Gold: 6/23/2010

150x234-Daniel_Mills_picDaniel J. Mills

(July 4, 1932 – March 13, 2013)

Daniel J. Mills, 80, of Decatur died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. Dan was born on July 4, 1932 in Adams County to the late Robert L. and Harriet (Myers) Mills. On August 1, 1967 he married Phyllis E. (Liby) Minch.

Dan was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. #571. He retired from the United States Air Force.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years Phyllis E. Mills of Decatur; two step sons – Duane (Jill) Minch of Bloomington, IN and Greg (Marge) Minch of Decatur, IN; a step daughter – Libby Kae Strickler of Decatur, IN; 6 step grandchildren and 9 step great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013 at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home. A Masonic service will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by the funeral with Rev. Martha Lyon officiating. Burial will be in the Decatur Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. #571.


150x210-2343652Arthur D. Beeler

October 14, 1920 – November 18, 2013

Arthur D. Beeler, 93, of Decatur died at his residence on Monday, November 18, 2013. Art was born on October 14, 1920 in Linn Grove, IN to the late Fred W. and Amelia (Meshberger) Beeler. On March 7, 1943 he married Dorothy J. Hoffman.

Art was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church where he served on many boards of the church and in the Praise and Fellowship Sunday School class. He was also a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge F.&A.M., the Scottish Rite Valley Ft. Wayne and the American Legion Post #43. He was self-employed in the poultry business working for the Decatur Hatchery and also was a rural mail carrier. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942-1945.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years Dorothy J. Beeler of Decatur, IN; two sons John F. (Denita) Beeler of Tavernier, FL and David L. (Jill) Beeler of Orlando, FL and a daughter Susan K. (Bill) Brown of Nineveh, IN; 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013 at Woodcrest Porter Auditorium and from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 23rd at the church. A Masonic Service by #571 will follow visitation at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church with Pastor Phil Emerson officiating. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by American Legion Post 43.

Memorials are to St. Mark’s UMC-Heating & Cooling Fund or Family Life Care-Hospice.


Lester W. Mitchel (April 9, 1919 – April 21, 2012)
Initiated: 12/16/1952 Passed: 1/31/1953 Raised: 4/28/1953 Award of Gold: 7/8/2003

Cal M. Peterson (May 20,1925 – May 11, 2012)
Initiated: 7/23/1946 Passed: 10/14/1946 Raised: 10/22/1946 Award of Gold: 12/10/1996

Albert E. Koehler (May 8, 1932 – May 17, 2012)
Initiated: 6/15/1977 Passed: 3/12/1978 Raised: 5/10/1978

Doyle M. Winteregg (April 9, 1927 – June 24, 2012)
Initiated: 2/10/1971 Passed: 3/24/1971 Raised: 5/28/1971

Kent D. Whitacre (November 14, 1947 – November 11, 2012)
Initiated: 2/28/1969 Passed: 5/20/1969 Raised: 7/15/1969

Thomas W. Adler (November 21, 1916 – December 9, 2012)
Initiated: 1/15/1946 Passed: 1/22/1946 Raised: 3/6/1946 Award of Gold: 3/12/1996

Hobert M. Spencer (April 7, 1923 – December 21, 2012)
Initiated: 2/21/1950 Passed: 2/28/1950 Raised: 3/10/1950 Award of Gold: 5/15/2000

Frederick J. Haugk (April 6, 1919 – December 29, 2012)
Initiated: 12/20/1949 Passed: 1/20/1950 Raised: 7/11/1950 Award of Gold: 9/28/2001


0000982605_01_04232012_1Lester W. Mitchel

(April 9, 1919 – April 21, 2012)

LESTER W. MITCHEL, 93, of Roanoke passed away early Saturday morning, April 21, 2012 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He worked at City Light & Power in Decatur and then retired from Indiana/ Michigan Power Co. in 1983 after 49 years. Survivors include son, David L. (Carol) Mitchel of Lompoc, Calif; daughter, Nancy (Art) Kuenhert of Roanoke; five grandchildren, Kristin (Scott) Husband, Kyle (Kelly) Kuenhert, Kevin Mitchel, Kim Rosen and Cory (Kristen) Mitchel; eight great grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Troutner of Fort Wayne. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at th funeral home, with Masonic Services at 6 p.m. To sign the on-line guest registry visit www.myersfuneralhomes.com


0000987928_01_05132012_1Cal M. Peterson

(May 20,1925 – May 11, 2012)

CAL M. PETERSON, 86, of New Haven, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:25 p.m. at Kingston Residence. Born May 20, 1925 in Decatur, he was the son of the late Cal F. Peterson and the late Edna (Neukom) Peterson. He married Magdelene K. Hilgeman July 24, 1948 in Magley, Ind., and she passed away Nov. 5, 2010. They had been married 62 years. He was a member of the New Haven United Methodist Church, a former member of the American Legion 330 of New Haven, and a lifetime member of Decatur Lodge 571, Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne, and Mizpah Temple of Fort Wayne. He was a welder and mechanic with Truck Engineering Company for 35 years. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. Surviving are his sons, Cal Alan (Renate) Peterson of Fort Wayne and Gary L. Peterson of Rome City; daughter, JoAnn (Rick) Dommer of New Haven; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles, Richard, Don, and Ralph Peterson. Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012 at the funeral home. Entombment at Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne. Memorials to Heartland Hospice or Kingston Residence. For complete obituary information and to sign the online guestbook visit www.zwickjahn.com
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 13, 2012

no_photoAlbert E. Koehler

(May 8, 1932 – May 17, 2012)

Albert Edwin Koehler, 80, of Berne, IN, passed away at 2:15 AM on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Swiss Village Retirement Center in Berne. He was born on Sunday, May 08, 1932, in New Albany, IN. He married Barbara Sue (Zonker) on Saturday, November 15, 1980 in Berne, Indiana. Mr. Koehler retired in 1994 from teaching. He had taught at South Adams from 1964 to 1967 and at Jay County from 1968 to 1994. He was also a graduate of Purdue University. He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Berne, the Retired Teachers Association, the Masonic Lodge in Decatur, the Scottish Rite and the Mizpah Temple both in Fort Wayne, the American Legion #468 in Berne and he enjoyed playing in the band at Purdue University and the Mizpah Temple. He served in the US Army and the American Legion Post #468 will conduct military honors. There will be a Masonic service at the Swiss Village Auditorium on Saturday.

Survivors include his wife – Barbara Sue (Zonker) Koehler, Berne, sons – Albert Irving Koehler, Chattanooga, TN, Daniel E. (wife, Sue) Koehler, Berne, Michael L. Koehler, Orlando, FL, Steven M. (wife, Beth), Linn Grove, step daughters – Kathy (husband, Todd) Vance, Geneva, Tara Riesen, Celina, OH, Shawnne (husband, Jeff) Davis, Van Wert, OH, Tracy (husband, Rick) Fravel, Monroe, IN, brother – Lloyd Koehler, New Albany, 10-grandchildren, and 9-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Albert William and Ruth Elizabeth (Parrett) Koehler.

Family and friends may gather to share and remember at Swiss Village Auditorium at 1350 W. Main St. in Berne on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

A service to celebrate his life will be at Swiss Village Auditorium at 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 19, 2012 with the Pastor Donald Sauls, Chaplin Anita Rediger and Pastor Adam Koehler officiating.

Interment will be on June 4th in the Graceland Cemetery in New Albany, Indiana.

Preferred memorials:

Family Hospice 265 W. Water Street Berne, IN 46711

Swiss Village Retirement Center 1350 W. Main St. Berne, IN 46711

Doyle M. Winteregg

(April 9, 1927 – June 24, 2012)

DOYLE M. WINTEREGG, 85, of Berne, passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2012. He married Phyllis (Hoffman) on Oct. 4, 1946. He was active in his church and community and received his 33rd degree in the Masonic Lodge in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis A. Winteregg of Berne; two sons, Terry L. (Cathy) Winteregg of Warsaw and Randy W. (Diane) Winteregg of Berne; one daughter, Linda A. Rasawehr of Woodburn; one brother, Rev. Bryce (Karen) Winteregg of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Berne, with visitation one hour prior to service. Visitation also from 2 to 8 p.m. today, June 26, 2012, Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 468. Burial in M.R.E. Cemetery, Berne. Preferred memorials to Trinity United Methodist Church or Family Life Care (hospice). To sign our guestbook, click on www.haggardandsefton.com
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 26, 2012

Kent D. Whitacre

(November 14, 1947 – November 11, 2012)
Kent D. Whitacre, 64 years old of Monroe, Indiana, passed away at 2:36 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2012 in the Adams Memorial Hospital located in Decatur, Indiana following a 3 year battle with cancer.

Kent was born on Friday, November 14, 1947 in Decatur, Indiana the son of the late DeVon Whitacre and the late Alberta (Weil) Whitacre. He married Jill Berryman on January 10, 1970 at North Highland Church of Christ in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and she survives.

Kent was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga, Ohio; the V.F.W. Post #6236 in Decatur; the Masonic Lodge #571 in Decatur; the Scottish Rite F&M in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Kent served his country in the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War, serving on the USS Thomaston-LSD 28.

Kent was the owner and operator of B & K Hydraulics in Monroe for 37 years; was also a life-long farmer in Blue Creek Township. Kent enjoyed traveling and attending festivals and tractor shows with Jill. He was a former member of the Blue Creek Conservation Club. He also enjoyed metal detecting and ham radio operation.

Surviving are his wife, Jill Whitacre of Monroe, IN; daughter, Tina (Jeff) Crook of Canal Fulton, OH; daughter, Nicole Whitacre of Ft. Wayne, IN; son, Scott (Jennifer) Whitacre of Woodburn, IN; best friend, Max (Fox Rat Terrier); and 4 grandchildren: Brandon Crook, Emily Crook, Trenton Crook, and Kyle Crook.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home with Rev. Don Bachman officiating. Interment will follow in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, in Chatt, Ohio. Graveside Military Honors will conducted by the Adams County Color Guard.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m.Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, Indiana and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga, Ohio; or the Adams Memorial Hospital-Strickler Cancer Institute.


Thomas W. Adler

(Norvember 21, 1916 – December 9, 2012)
Thomas William Adler, 96, of Decatur, IN passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Adams Memorial Hospital. He was born on November 21, 1916 in Adams County, IN to the late Carl and Theresa (Baltzell) Adler. His wife was Dorothy H. (Howard) Adler; they were married on May 3, 1941. She preceded him in death on July 2, 2009.

He was a school teacher at Adams Central Community School and he also worked as a farmer. He was a graduate of Indiana Central, Huntington College and University of St. Francis. He was a member of the Adams Central Scholarship and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.

He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Decatur. He was a lifetime member of the Decatur Lodge #571 F. & A.M. and also of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne. He was also a member of the Indiana Sheriffs Association, Indiana State Police Alliance, and Adams Co. Historical Society.

He is survived by 2 daughters Dr. Verna (Keith) MacCornack of New York, NY and Mrs. Theresa (Mark) Bachmann of Westport, CT; a son Raymond M. (Katherine) Adler of Noblesville, IN; a sister Dorothy I. Adler of Decatur; 6 grandchildren.

Per Thomas’s request a private Graveside Service will be held at Decatur Cemetery with Rev. Randy Rossman officiating.

Memorials may be made to Adams Central Scholarship Foundation or to Cross Light Christian School, 1517 Stringtown Pike, Cicero, IN 46034


Hobert M. Spencer

(April 7, 1923 – December 21, 2012)
Hobert M. Spencer, 89, of Preble, died Friday, December 21, 2012, at Oakbrook Village in Huntington. He was born in Decatur on April 7, 1923, to the late Harry A. and Sina R. (Johnson) Spencer. Hobert married Vera L. Affolder on June 27, 1942; she survives in Preble. He attended Salem United Church of Christ in Magley. He was a member of the American Legion Post 43 and the Masonic Lodge 571, and served during World War II in the U.S. Air Force. Among survivors are three sons, Roger (Charlotte) Spencer of Decatur, Robert Spencer of Preble and Rex (Jill) Spencer of Bluffton; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Spencer. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, with calling from 9-11 a.m. prior to service. Preferred memorials are to Family Life Care. Online condolences may be made at www.haggardandsefton.com.



Frederick J. Haugk

(April 6, 1919 – December 29, 2012)

Fred Haugk, 93, died December 29, 2012, at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Fla. He was born in Ingalls, Ind. Fred was a 1937 graduate of Anderson High School and attended Indiana University from 1937-1940. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in China during World War II. Before retirement, Fred was a mechanical contractor in Decatur and owner of Haugk Plumbing and Heating Company. He moved to Jensen Beach, Fla., in 1974, where he was owner of the Windjammer Lounge and Liquor Store on Hutchinson Island, Fla., from 1974-1980 with his son, Jim. Among survivors are his sons, Jim Haugk of Jensen Beach and Bill Haugk of Fort Wayne; daughter, Ann Haugk of Port Saint Lucie, Fla.; two granddaughters, Lisa Sterner of Saint Cloud, Fla., and Danielle Haugk of Stuart; and two sisters, Barbara Bulmahn of Preble and Mary Adams of Van Wert, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his brother, Howard Haugk and his wife, Honora Haugk. Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society of Boca Raton, Fla.