Juanita M. Byrer, 94, longtime resident of Bourbon, Ind., passed away at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014.
She was born Sept. 8, 1919, to Artie Ray Seymour and Eunice Evelyn (Deacon) Seymour in Bourbon. Juanita was a graduate of Bourbon High School, class of 1938. She married her high school sweetheart, Warren D. (Ham) Byrer on Aug. 14, 1938. He preceded her in death.
For many years, Juanita was an active member of The Country Church of Bourbon. She had a beautiful singing voice and as a teenager was asked to sing on a radio station but because of the depression that opportunity was delayed. She sang at many weddings and events. She and Han sang with Clyde (Jake) Berger and his wife Wilma in a quartet. They were called the “Hamberger Quartet”. Juanita was a homemaker and always worked alongside Ham on the farm. She was a great mother and grandmother, she will always be remembered by her family.
She is survived by two daughters: Judy Rae (Roy) Gallinger, Bourbon; Sally Kay (Jim) Fawley, Bourbon; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister: Iris Smith, Plymouth, Ind.; and a half-aunt: Kathryn Martin, Mishawaka, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and an infant sister.
You are invited to share memories with the family from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at The Country Church, located 2 miles north of Bourbon at the corner of 331 and 9B Road. Funeral services will follow the visitation and will be officiated by Reverend David Gould, pastor of The Country Church. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home
Memorial contributions may be directed to the food pantry at the Country Church, SR 331 N. Bourbon, IN 46504 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Marshall County, 112 S. Center St. Plymouth, IN 46563 in her memory.
Vonna Mae (Summers) Rettinger, 86, of Warsaw, Ind., and formerly of Bourbon, Ind., passed away from cancer early Sunday morning, March 2.
Vonna Mae was born at home on Sept. 4, 1927, to Viola (Walter) and Roy Summers in North Liberty, Ind. After graduating as salutatorian from North Liberty High School, she attended Indiana University in Bloomington for a year to study vocal music. She was married to Donald Keith Rettinger on Dec. 31, 1946.
A Bourbon area resident for most of her life, she had resided in Miller’s Senior Living facility in Plymouth for the last several years before recently moving to Garden’s at Lake City in Warsaw. She helped Donald on the farm until a back injury limited her participation, but she continued to tend flower gardens and was especially fond of roses. She continued her passion for music by playing the piano and organ at Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren, as well as singing in the local and district church choirs and once even played the role of Bloody Mary in Nappanee Civic Theater’s musical, South Pacific. She expanded her artistic skills through oil painting, concentrating mostly on landscapes, and collected various multi-colored glass vases and novelties.
She is survived by a sister: Joyce (Ed) Dolph; daughter: Mary Eloise (Byron) Smith; son: Hugh (Karin) Rettinger; six grandchildren: Leon Smith, Mark Smith, Anna Smith, Summer (Scott) Steenburg, Wes (Gretchen) Rettinger and Wil Rettinger; and two great-granddaughters: Sophia Steenburg (Summer and Scott); Isabelle Rettinger.
She was preceded in death by both parents; a brother: Gene (Marie) Summers; her husband; and a son: D. Neil Rettinger.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, Bourbon. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the funeral home with Pastor Paul Nye officiating. Burial will take place at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Camp Alexander Mack, P.O. Box 158 Milford, IN 46542.
Bill was born Jan. 15, 1952, to Eugene and Betty (Mullins) Weirick at Plymouth, Ind. He has been a lifelong resident of the area.
Bill was an owner/operator truck driver, Bill-Lin Trucking. In his spare time he loved being outside, bird watching, wildlife and timber cutting in the woods. He was a member of the Bourbon American Legion Post #424, Sons of the Legion and he graduated from Triton High School in class of 1970.
Bill married Linda Schulze on Oct. 12, 1991, in Tippecanoe, Ind. She survives.
Bill is survived by his wife: Linda,; three children: Jason Weirick and Judd Weirick, both of Cromwell, Ind.; and Tyler (Holly) Lozier, Tippecanoe; four grandchildren: Jeremy and James Weirick and Miley and Bentley Lozier; his mother: Betty Weirick, Crystal Lake; and a brother: Robert (Ann) Weirick, Tippecanoe.
Proceeding in death were his father; his daughter: Billie Rae Weirick; and his brother: Barry Weirick.
Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St. Bourbon, Ind. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry of Bourbon First United Methodist Church officiating.
Memorials may be made to I.U. Simon Cancer Center, c/o I.U. Foundation, P.O. Box 6460 Indianapolis, IN 46206.
Nancy was born June 6, 1951, to Donn and Mary (Angle) Kesler at South Bend, Ind. She married Rex Brock on April 28, 1973. Nancy was a graduate of Wawasee High School class of 1969.
Nancy was a very devoted person when it came to volunteering. She volunteered at Triton High School and she was an Earth Team volunteer for Marshall County Soil & Water Conservation.
Nancy loved to be helpful by cooking meals for those less fortunate and for shut ins. She was known for her wonderful cinnamon rolls, which she baked for many people. She loved to crochet and make things for family and friends.
Nancy had a large supply of yarn which she used to create many projects. After her automobile accident that left her paralyzed she was no longer able to use her supplies so they were donated to others to use to continue her mission of helping the less fortunate. Her memory can live on through that work.
Nancy was a member of the Bremen Church of the Brethren where she had served as a Deacon and she was a member of Kosciusko County Homemakers Club.
Her family and especially her husband, Rex, cared for her daily needs without question. His devotion was without question, an indication of his love for Nancy. He spent every moment at her side making sure she was not being neglected in any way.
Nancy is survived by three children, her daughters: Monica Brock, Indianapolis, Ind.; Rachel (John) Dankanich, Huntsville, Ala.; and a son: Wayne and (Michele) Brock, South San Francisco, Calif.; her father: Donn Kesler, North Manchester, Ind.; three grandchildren: Sullivan and Sadie Brock and Jonah Dankanich; two sisters: Linda Kesler (Annie Larson), San Francisco, Calif.; and Diane (Rick) Collins, Danville, Calif.
She was proceeded in death by her mother.
There will be no services or visitation at this time in honoring her wishes. The family will have a Celebration of Life at Bremen Church of the Brethren on March 22, (time yet to be determined).
The family request memorial contributions are made to: Bremen Church of the Brethren in her memory.
The Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is privileged to be entrusted with arrangements.
Lois was born the daughter of Lloyd and Edna Ewing Ritchison on May 31, 1929, at Milford, Ind. She was a resident of the area all her life, was a homemaker and a faithful member of the Bourbon First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.
Lois worked in the restaurant business her entire life. She owned her own restaurant in Bourbon – The Four D’s Truck stop. She was also a nursery school teacher in the 1960’s in her own home. She organized many fundraisers and took people to doctor’s appointments and enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.
Lois was a member of many community organizations which include: Triton Kiwanis Club, Bourbon American Legion Auxiliary of Post #424, and Moose Lodge #741 of Plymouth, Ind.
On Aug. 9, 1985, she married Herbert G. Baker, who died Feb. 19, 2012.
She is survived by her four daughters: Debbie (Lonnie) Witham, Warsaw, Ind.; Dena (Larry) Wattenbarger, Dava (Mark) Barton and Dara (Greg ) Greenawalt, all of Bourbon; three step children: Candace (Greg) Craft, Kimberly (Kris) Berger, all of Bourbon; and Stacy (Mike) Sheetz, Plymouth; her grandchildren: Lisa Scott, Leslie Witham, Braxton Barton, Erica Haag, Alison Sawyer, Morgan McClarnon and Cory McClarnon; step grandchildren: Matthew Craft, Jennifer Potter, Tyler Berger, Samantha, Jordan and McKenzie Sheetz; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother: Carl (Marilyn) Ritchison, Warsaw; a brother-in-law: Robert Baker, Washington C.H., Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter: Dawn Francis; a great-grandson, Kyle Pugh; a sister: Rachel Baker; and a brother: Duane Ritchison.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Bourbon First United Methodist Church, 204 N. Washington St., Bourbon. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Reverends Stormy Scherer-Berry of Bourbon First United Methodist Church and Mark Cottrill of Bourbon United Pentecostal Church officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Bourbon.
The family request memorial contributions are made to: Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 112 S. Center St. Plymouth, IN 46563 or Bourbon R.E.A.L. Services.
Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home in Bourbon is handling the arrangements.
Willis E. Berkey, 87, of Bourbon passed away February 14, 2014 at St Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka. He was born April 22, 1926 to Harry and Bertha (Schrock) Berkey. He married Sara Harris on Aug 11, 2006; she survives. Willis was preceded in death by his second wife Marie Berkey on June 17, 2004.
Willis was a compassionate and thoughtful person, always willing to lend a hand. He was a people person with a quick wit and enjoyed socializing. He loved being outside, whether it was fishing, gardening or just spending time at the cabin in Michigan. He could be found at many local auctions and yard sales looking for his next treasure to add to his antique collection. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by his family and friends.
Willis is survived by three sons, Steven Berkey of Elkhart, Royce Berkey of Coeur-d-Alene, ID, Kurt (Tricia) Brandon of Bourbon, a daughter, Debbie Shoemaker of Leesburg, IN and 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, second wife, Marie and a brother, Dean.
Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, Monday, February 17, 2014 at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen. Services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, at the funeral home.