Akron Obituaries


John P. Zimmerman

john-zimmerman-obituaryJohn P. Zimmerman, 77, of Akron, Ind., 10:25 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2104, at his residence surrounded by his family after being homebound for the last 2 weeks.

He was born March 16, 1937, in Rochester, Ind., to Robert Byron Zimmerman and Sarah ‘Sally’ Chamberlin. On Dec. 28, 1957, in Akron, he was married to Marvus A. Hively at the United Methodist Church. She survives.

He worked as a distributor for Sutter Dairy, Borden’s Milk, and Dean’s Milk where he worked for 19 years. He also worked for Hively’s Manufacturing in sales and most recently he was a contractor for Clean Burn working in sales and service for waste oil furnaces until April of 2013 where he worked for 19 years. He was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church. He had been a member of the Akron Chamber of Commerce and had served on the Akron Town Board. He also had been a Henry Township Volunteer fireman for over 25 years. He enjoyed visiting with friends at the Mini Mart as well as the restaurant. He loved fishing, deer hunting and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Pamela (Brian) Romine, Mentone, Ind.;
Debra (Arik) Lee, Rochester, Ind.; grandchildren: Brittany (Nate) Mills, Brice Romine and Tanner Lee; sisters: Sandra Witham, Palestine, Ind.; Bonnie (Ralph) Clupper, Rochester; half-sister: Cathy (David) Ginther, Rochester; half-brother: Joe Bob Zimmerman, Akron; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter; infant grandchild: Nathan and Darin Lee; brother: David Zimmerman.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at the funeral home with Pastor David Eaton officiating. Burial will be held in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Gentiva Hospice or the Akron United Methodist Church Music Fund.


Chris Harshman

Chris Harshman, 58, Saint Petersburg, Fla., and formerly of Akron, Ind., passed away on Aug. 16, 2014, at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital, Fla.

He served in the USAF from 1977 to 2014 as a master sergeant and was an aircraft mechanic. Harshman also served in the Gulf War and enjoyed riding motorcycles.

He is survived by two sons: Ryan Harshman and Philippe Harshman; and a daughter: Teffany Koch.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at 7624 W. Rock Lake Shore Drive, Akron. 

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Patricia A. Baker

Patricia A. Baker[œ[–}Ø}Patricia A. Baker, 86, of Warsaw, Ind., and formerly of Akron, Ind., passed at 7:29 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at her residence near Warsaw, Ind.

She was born Dec. 23, 1927, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to Merl and Anna Elizabeth (Shepherd) Rowland. On Jan. 3, 1945, in Silver Lake, Ind., she was married to Donald J. Baker, who preceded her in death.

Pat was a homemaker. She attended Silver Lake High School. She enjoyed going to restaurants, gardening, playing dominos and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter: Pansy (Rick) Jacobs, Warsaw; three sons: Jacob (Adena) Baker, Wetumpka, Ala.; Tom (Jane) Baker, Claypool, Ind.; Ted (Nancy) Baker, Warsaw; son-in-law: Fred Koehlinger, Fremont, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren;
four great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Evelyn Clark, Springfield, Ohio; brothers: Duane (Mary) Rowland, South Whitley, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her daughter: Priscilla (Baker) Koehlinger; sisters – Marjorie Rhodes, Arlene Juday and Colleen Horn; and a brother: Emery Rowland.

Visitation will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Pfeifer officiating. Burial will be in Nichols Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributoins may be directed to the Beaman Home of Warsaw, or the Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice.

Guy Stayton

Guy Stayton, 90, formerly of Leiters Ford, Ind.; Rochester, Ind. and Akron, Ind., passed away at 11:55 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Life Care Center of Rochester, Ind.

He was born June 16, 1924, in Leiters Ford to Fred L. and S. L. (Overmyer) Stayton. His first marriage was to Betty J. Kline in 1947. She died in 1975. His second marriage was to Josephine Felts, who also preceded, and his last marriage was to E. Jeanette Pressel who preceded on June 27, 2012.

Guy was a union and private electrician doing commercial electrical work. He was a graduate of Leiters Ford High School in 1942. He served his country in the Invasion of Normandy as a part of the U.S. Navy, then went to Coin Electrical School in Chicago, Ill.

He attended the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church, the Olive Branch Church of God and the Akron Church of God. Guy was a former Akron Lions Club member and worked for Habitat for Humanity. He collected many different things such as licenses plates, coins and political buttons. He also enjoyed traveling.

He is survived by a daughter: Jan (Harry) Reddick, West Tawakoni, Texas; three stepdaughters: Donita (John) Merley, Akron, Ind.; Sue (Mike) McFarland, Rochester, Ind.; and Judy (Jim) Brazo, Warsaw, Ind.; three stepsons: Richard (Cindy) Pressel, Brazil, Ind.; Rod (Kathy) Pressel, Anderson, Ind.; and Randy (Judy) Pressel, Terra Haute, Ind.; a brother: Ralph (Linda) Stayton, Leiters Ford, Ind.; several stepgrandchildren and great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; an infant brother; brother: Paul Stayton; and a sister: Ethel Louis Rothpletz.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Leiters Ford United Methodist Church, 7375 Church St., Leiters Ford. Following the church service a graveside service will take place at the Leiters Ford Cemetery with graveside military rites being preformed by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Pastors Terry Canfield and Nancy Foster will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Akron Church of God or Gideon’s International or Gentiva Hospice.

Hartzler Funeral Home in Akron is handling the arrangements.

Gloria A. Eaton

Gloria A. Eaton, 82, of Rochester, Ind., and formerly of Akron, Ind., passed away at 1:35 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at LifeCare Center of Rochester, Ind. 

She was born Nov. 14, 1931, to Clyde and Bernice (Squires) Pontius. On Nov. 20, 1950, she married Billie W. Eaton in Akron. He died Feb. 8, 2008.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed shopping, garage sales, going out to eat, arts and crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gloria is survived by a daughter: Sherry (Brian) Ringle, Rochester; a son: Larry Eaton, Rochester; four grandchildren: Rachelle Raines, Ryan Eaton, Kyle Eaton and Ashley (Eric) Halterman; and eight great-grandchildren: Bryce, Emily, David Wayne, Ella, Payton, Adrienne, Brooklyn and Kami.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

In honor of her wishes, no visitation or services will be held.

Arangements are being handled by Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 West Rochester St., Akron.