Claypool Obituaries

Eldred M. Metzger

Eldred M. MetzgerEldred M. Metzger, 97, of Claypool, died at 6:48 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014 in Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw.

He was born May 31, 1917 in Lake Township, Kosciusko County, to Homer & Iva (Beigh) Metzger. He graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1935.

On January 14, 1939 he married M. Louise Penrod. Eldred was a farmer and built and operated the former Junction 13 and 14 Service Station. He was also a DeKalb Seed Corn salesman for 25 years.

He was a former member of the Sidney Lions Club and drove a school bus for Sidney Schools for 21 years. Eldred served as a republican precinct committeeman for Jackson 2 for 25 years. He served four years on the Whitko Community School board during the planning and construction of Whitko High School. Prior to serving on the school board, he was Jackson Township Trustee.

For eight years he served as a Kosciusko County Councilman, three of those years as president. He retired from farming 10 years ago and continued with his passion for gardening and could often be found enjoying his family, friends and fellowship. He was a member of the Eel River Community Church of the Brethren in Silver Lake.

He is survived by his wife,  Louise Metzger, Claypool; one daughter, Carolyn Metzger Smith, Fort Wayne; three grandchildren, Mark (Tammi) Smith, Huntertown, Brian (Patricia) Smith, Garrett and Dawn (Kevin) Nofzinger, Garrett; one brother, Everett Metzger, Silver Lake; nine great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.

Family and friends may call Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Services Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Andrew Sampson will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in North Manchester.

Zula Faye Owens

OwensZula Faye Owens, 75, of Claypool, Ind., passed away at 3:36 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in her residence after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on June 9, 1939, in Brethitti County, Ky., to Weldon and Edith (Burton) Minnix. After moving here at the age of 16, she met the love of her life, Edward Owens. They were married Dec. 7, 1957, in Roanoke, Ind. He preceded her in death.

She worked at Chamberlin Products, South Whitley; Whitley Products, Pierceton, Ind., and Lyall Electric, Larwill, Ind. But most of all, she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was the “Mother of All”. She enjoyed garage sales and second hand stores where she found most of her hummingbirds and collector plates. She enjoyed sitting on her deck, watching the birds feed on the many feeders and her trumpet bush.

Zula is survived by her daughter: Hazel (Tony) McKenzie, Claypool; her son: Anthony (Kathy) Owens, Warsaw, Ind.; seven grandchildren: A.J., Austin and Michaela McKenzie, Claypool; and Nikkole, Amanda and Bryce Owens, Warsaw; and Brandy Owens, North Webster; a great-granddaughter: Emma McKenzie; three sisters: Freda (Ken) Boggs, South Whitley; Brenda Norris, Boswell, Okla.; Carolyn (Barry) Sapp, Sidney, Ind.; and two brothers: Lowell (Audrey) Minnix and Ralph (Pam) Minnix, both of Pierceton; and two fur babies: Capone and Sissy.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister.

Visitation would be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the funeral chapel in Pierceton. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 30, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton, with Pastor William Whitaker officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kosciusko Homecare and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196 or to Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund, P.O. Box 1810, Warsaw, IN 46581-1810.

To send condolence or sign a guestbook go to the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.

Logan Ryan Heeter

heeter,logan obit photoLogan Ryan Heeter, 4, of Claypool, Ind., passed away at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Silver, Ind., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born on March 27, 2010, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Sandra Dee Heeter, who passed away in 2010 and Donald Ray ‘D.J’ Bryant, who survives in Claypool.

He was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., where he loved to help mow the grass and weed-eat. He even enjoyed vacuuming and cleaning the house. Logan loved being a little boy and everyone enjoyed him just being a little boy…doing everything from riding his three-wheeler, camping, being outdoors, playing and just enjoying life.

He also leaves behind two sisters: Kaitlyn Schultz, Claypool; Jennifer Bryant, Albion, Ind.; two brothers: Brenton and Braxton Schultz, Claypool; grandfather: James Heeter, Claypool; grandmothers: Janice Tillberry, Claypool; Linda Bryant, Silver Lake; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother and great-grandparents.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 23, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home and will be officiated by Pastor Gage Norem. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Logan Heeter Memorial Fund at Lake City Bank, and can be deposited at any branch location would be greatly appreciated by his family.

Joyce A. Barnes

Joyce A. Barnes, 80, of Rochester, Ind., passed away at 6:35 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

She was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Alexandria, Ind., to J.C. and Dora (Kelley) Humphries. On April 8, 1950, she married G. Wayne Barnes in Marion, Ind.

Joyce worked as a nurse’s aid and cleaning lady for Culver Military Academy and a caretaker at Dukes Hospital in Peru, Ind.

She is survived by a daughter: Sherry (James) Sarll, Wabash, Ind.; sons: Gary (Bobbie) Barnes, Claypool; and Ronald Barnes, New York; and 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: G. Wayne Barnes; a son: Rick Barnes.

Upon Joyce’s request, there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be at Moon Cemetery, Aubbeenaubbee Township, Rochester.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, Ind.


Dennis W. Sutton

897_0000173303Dennis W. Sutton, 61, of Claypool, Ind., passed away at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born July 15, 1952, in Fort Wayne, to Richard F. and Alice Rose (Shady) Sutton. His formative years were spent in South Whitley, Ind., and he graduated from South Whitley High School.

He was employed at Dayco, Wolf Cage & Supply for 19 years, Whitley Feeds in South Whitley for 11 years and lastly at Advanced Auto Parts. A member of Noble County Rabbit Fanciers where he served as president, he was also a member of Indiana Bass Masters.

He is survived by four brothers: Richard A. Sutton, Auburn, Ind.; Robert M. (Beth) Sutton, Boyden Iowa; Jeffrey L. (Becky) Sutton Sr., Larwill, Ind.; and Ralph David (Tanya) Linthicum, Corunna, Ind.; a brother-in-law: Joseph Adams, Warsaw, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews of three generations.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather: Roscoe C. Linthicum; and a sister: Sherry Adams.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the funeral home. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the final expense account payable to Smith & Sons Funeral Homes.

Carl L. Morrison

morrisonCarl L. Morrison, 74, of Claypool, Ind., passed away at 5:03 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014, in his residence.

On Oct. 1, 1938, he was born in Pierceton, Ind., to Walter and Irene Morrison. He was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County. Carl was united in marriage to Avadean Allen on April 9, 1976, in Clintwood, Va.

He worked for Dalton Foundry as a Core Maker for over 30 years, retiring in 1998. He attended First Baptist Church, Pierceton and was a member of the Dalton Club.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Leigh (Chris) Antwright, High Point, N.C.; Robin Garrard, Sidney, Ind.; two sons: Duane (Linda) Morrison, Lakeside, Calif.; Brian (Rita) Boocher, Sidney; two sisters: Wanda (Charles) Thurman, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Connie Kehoe, Warsaw; one brother: Maurice Morrison, Leesburg, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law: Ed Kehoe.

Visitation hours will be from 4 p.m. 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the funeral chapel. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton, Ind., with Pastor Mark Fishburn officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton.

Memorial contributions are to be made to First Baptist Church, 208 W. Market St., Pierceton, IN 46562 or to American Lung Association of Indiana, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1180 South, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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