Bourbon Obituaries

Katherine F. McCormick

Katherine Florence (Bope) McCormick, 78, Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 8:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born on June 16, 1936, to Donald and Ethel (Kibble) Bope in Columbus, Ohio. She had been a resident of Indiana the past 48 years. Katherine married Donegal McCormick on June 1, 1955, at Jacksonville, N.C.

Katherine was a very well educated person. She was a 1954 graduate of Grandview High School, Grandview, Ohio. She furthered her education at Ohio State University, and graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College in 1981 with a bachelor of science in music education. She earned a master degree from Indiana University in 1985 licensed to teach K-12. She was a very faithful member of Warsaw Missionary Church. She even taught piano lessons at home to her grandchildren. She also taught at Lighthouse Christian Academy, Warsaw. In her spare time she was a Mary Kay Consultant, she loved quilting, sewing, gardening, canning and most of all being a grandma.

She is survived by her husband; seven children: Dennis (Brenda) McCormick, Bourbon, Ind; Erin (Dan) Burkey, Granger, Ind.; Shannon (Allen) Kahler, Burbank, Ohio; Terry (Karen) McCormick, Bristol, Ind.; Tara Eileen (Rodney) Bays, Mentone, Ind.; Donovan (Melissa) McCormick, Elkhart, Ind.; Heather McCormick, Warsaw; 27 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and her sister: Janice Bope (George) Trout, Wilmington, Ohio.

Proceeding in death were her parents; twin sons: Barry and Karry; grandson: Corey; and her sister: Carolyn (Bope) Johnson.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Warsaw Missionary Church, 1849 E. Springhill Rd., Warsaw. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 21, in the church with Rev. Kenneth Chupp, Warsaw Missionary Church officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with expenses or to Warsaw Missionary Church in her memory.

Jeanette ‘Jean’ R. Wells

Jeanette ‘Jean’ R. Wells, 85, of Bourbon, Ind., passed away at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1928, to Harold and Thelma (Lutts) Jeffries in Chicago, Ill. She came to the Bourbon and Etna Green area in 1966. After she graduated high school she continued her education in Business at college in New York. On June 24, 1950, at Bryan, Ohio, Jean married Harry E. Wells. He preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and retired from Orthopedic Equipment Company in 1984. She and her husband were very faithful members of the Bourbon Bible Church where she taught Sunday school and was past president of the Women’s Missionary Group. Jean was the organist and pianist for the church for many years and even taught beginning piano. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, gardening and her family.

Jean is survived by her four children: David L. (Linda) Wells, Papakeechie Lake, Ind.; Deb (Jerry) Fink, Tippecanoe, Ind.; Stephanie Wells, Bourbon, Ind.; Jon (Teresa) Wells, Nappanee, Ind; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her sister: Beverly Kennedy, Sebring, Fla.; and her brother: Robert Jeffries, Star Lake, N.Y.

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

Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, in the Bourbon Bible Church, 12th Road, Bourbon. A funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the church with Pastor Larry Goss of the Bourbon Bible Church officiating. Burial will be next to her husband in Parks Cemetery, Bourbon.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Bourbon Bible Church Mission Fund in her memory.

Jack Eugene Tea

Jack Eugene Tea, 83, formerly of Bourbon, Ind., passed away of a stroke on Jan. 18, 2014.

He was born Feb. 12, 1930, to William and Mary (Bates) Tea of Bourbon. Jack graduated from Bourbon High School in 1948. On July 18, 1954, Jack married Barbara Featherston at Lexington, Ky. Jack and Barbara divorced in Dayton, Ohio in 1983. Jack married Betty Ann Baugh at Franklin, Tennessee on May 2, 1992. Betty Ann passed away on Jan. 12, 2014 as a result of an auto accident.


He and Sue Burt were cheerleaders for the 1946-47 and 1947-48 Bourbon Comets. Jack completed training as a mortician at the Shirley Mortuary Funeral Home at Bourbon before joining the Navy in 1951. In the Navy he served as a hospital corpsman for 4 years. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean 42 times as a medic on troop transport ships. His career of 27 years was spent with the L.M. Berry Company at Lexington, Ky.; Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn.; and Dayton, Ohio. In May 1996 he retired as a vice president of the company at the corporate headquarters at Dayton, Ohio. After his second retirement, he bought and sold antiques, jewelry and artwork.

He is survived by Betty’s children: Joseph Baugh, Jr.; John Amos Baugh; Frank Fessy Baugh; a sister: Emily Jeanne Rust, Pickerington, Ohio; Jeanne Rusts; nephews: Wendell (Joyce) Rust, Bourbon; Jerry (Linda) Rust, Baltimore, Ohio; several great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins: James, Tippecanoe, Ind.; Barbara (Don) Faulkner; Jay (Sue) Bates, Bourbon; Joanne Kennedy, Gulfport, Miss.; Mary Alice Vigneault, Charleston, W.V.; and their families.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 23, at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Franklin, Tenn. Ashes were placed at the Columbarium Memorial Garden of the church. Nephew Wendell Rust and his wife, Joyce, attended Jack’s memorial services in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be given to: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 510 West Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064 or Gideons International, 50 Century Blvd., Nashville, TN 37214.

Donna B. Blackford

Donna BlackfordDonna B. Blackford, 84, of Tippecanoe, Ind., passed away at 3:40 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014, in her daughter’s home at Rolling Prairie, Ind.

Donna was born the daughter of Clarence and Bertha (Metzler) Stouder on Jan. 15, 1930, and was a resident of the Etna Green, Ind., and Tippecanoe area all her life. On Sept. 23, 1948, she married William H. Blackford; he died Dec. 31, 1999.

She was a graduate of Etna Green High School and was a homemaker. She was a faithful member of the Tippecanoe Community Church. Over the years she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Tippecanoe Fire Department.

She is survived by her five children: Colleen and Barry Halter, Rolling Prairie, Ind.; Joe and Pam Blackford, Hebron, Ind.; Steve and Kathy Blackford and Ken and Tina Blackford, all of Tippecanoe, Ind.; and Pastor Bill and Lisa Blackford Jr., Bowie, Md.; 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister: Gloria (Bill) Stackhouse, Charlottesville, Va.; and brothers: James (Serita) Stouder, Warsaw; Dallas (Mary) Stouder, Tippecanoe; and Richard (Janet) Stouder, Etna Green, Ind.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Bill; a daughter: Kathy Stults; a grandson: Greg Stults; a sister: Marion; and five brothers: Robert, Leonard, Glenn, Velorus and Cecil.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, in the Tippecanoe Community Church, Tippecanoe. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Church of Christ with Pastor Douglas Fritzel officiating. Burial will follow in the Tippecanoe Cemetery.

The family requests memorial contributions in her memory to Tippecanoe Community Church, 2940 18B Rd., Tippecanoe, IN 46570; or Gideon’s International.

Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home in Bourbon, Ind., is handling the arrangements.

Walter P. Krontz

dad Krontz2Walter P. Krontz, 63, of Bourbon, Ind., passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in his home.

Walter was born July 17, 1950, the son of Walter and Pauline Krontz, Sr. He has been a resident of Bourbon since 1998.

He had worked at Dexter Axle of Freemont, Ind., as a welder and he was a graduate of Butler High School. Walter was a Veteran of the Vietnam War serving his country in the United States Army from April 20, 1970, to Nov. 19, 1971.

Walter is survived by his daughter: Susie (Andy) Schaetzle, Bourbon, Ind.; and his son: Joseph Krontz, Fort Wayne, Ind.; five grandchildren and several brothers and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 5, at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon. A memorial celebration of Walter’s life will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Gary Hinkle officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon, will military grave side services by the Bourbon American Legion, Post 424.

Susan A. Craig

Susan A. Craig, 65, a resident of Bourbon, Ind., passed away at 7:14 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, unexpectedly in her home.

Susan was born the daughter of John Benedict and Helen (Yates) Benedict at Rochester, Ind., on March 20, 1949. She was a lifelong resident of the Bourbon area and a graduate of Bourbon High School.

Susan had been a Pharmacy Technician for over 20 years at various pharmacies in the area, a member of Bourbon First United Methodist Church and she was a member of the Bourbon American Legion, Post #424 Auxiliary.

Susan joined in marriage to DeVon on Oct. 23, 1970; he died Oct. 30, 2013.

She is survived by her daughter; Shawn (David) Gargis, Warsaw, Ind.; grandchildren: Brittny and Zac Moriarty; and great-grandchildren: Adalyn, Brogan Gargis and Briley Gargis, all of Warsaw; two brothers: Danny and Carolyn Benedict and Benny Benedict, all of Bourbon, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

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

The family has chosen to have a Celebration of Life from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St. Bourbon, Ind.

The family request memorial contributions are made to: Riley Children’s Hospital in her memory.