Claypool Obituaries

Barbara J. Kreis

1KreisBarbara J. Kreis, 69, of Claypool, Ind., passed away at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind.

On May 26, 1945, she was born in Warsaw to Rouff and Bertha (Bell) Albertson. She was united in marriage to Dyrell “Buck” Kreis on July 18, 1978, in Claypool, who survives.

A lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Barbara retired from Zimmer Inc. where she worked in the bone cement department. She also was co-owner of Country Pet Shed, Claypool.

Barbara was a member of Warsaw Family Worship Center, American Legion Post Auxiliary Post #49 Warsaw and the Moose Lodge, Warsaw.

She is survived by her husband: Buck Kreis, Claypool; a son: Dyrell A. Kries, Claypool; her daughter: Janice Dove, Warsaw; two sisters: Linda Elliott, Warsaw; and Mary Watson, Sidney, Ind.; five grandchildren: Zachary (Morgan) Rautenkranz, Montgomery, N.Y.; Kayla Dove, Warsaw; Jimmy Dove, Warsaw; Payton and Payge Kreis, Claypool; two great-grandchildren: Claire Dove and James Dove IV and Diana Rautenkranz.

Barbara was preceded in death by a daughter: Jackie Rautenkranz; two sisters: Wilma Hicks and Velma Spears; and her brother: Roger Albertson.

Visitation is planned for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the funeral home with Pastor William Whitaker officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Claypool.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kreis Family, c/o McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, 2290 Provident Court, Warsaw, IN 46580.

To sign the guest register or leave online condolences, visit the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.

Roy Max Brown

Roy Max Brown, 75, of Claypool, Ind., passed away at 12:47 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Roy was born on Nov. 22, 1938, in Miami County, Ind., to Robert E. Brown and Grace (Garner) Brown. On Jan. 22, 1967, he was married to Deloris ‘Dee’ Kay (Myers) Brown, who survives in Claypool.

He attended high school in Rochester, Ind., then he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving for 2 years until his honorable discharge on April 26, 1966. He worked for Chrysler Corp in Kokomo, Ind., as a truck driver until his retirement in 1994.  Roy spent his winters in Florida for the last 16 years and has been a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., for the past 20 years. He enjoyed wood working, his grandchildren and his neighbors. 

He is survived by his son: Kevin (Jennifer) Brown, Noblesville, Ind.; and two grandchildren: Max and Abbey Brown, Noblesville.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son: Kent S. Brown; six brothers; and two sisters. 

No visitation is planned. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at his home at 5542 Swan Court, Claypool, to celebrate his life with family and friends. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw, Ind.

Don Goble

Don Goble, 76, of Claypool, Ind., passed away at 2:10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.

On Sept. 11, 1937, he was born in Slick Rock, Ky., to James and Beulah Jane (Sexton) Goble. He was united in marriage to Goldie Stephens in 1964 in Claypool who survives.

Don worked as a plater’s helper for Warsaw Plating Works, retiring about 15 years ago.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, four wheeling and spending time with friends.

He is survived by his wife: Goldie Goble, Claypool; his daughter: Donna Goble, Claypool; his son: Don Goble Jr. and his companion Staci Poe, Claypool; four grandchildren: Nicolette Shepherd, Ean Goble, Parker Goble and Paxton Goble; two sisters: Avo (Reverend Chad) Burkhart, Claypool; and Brrdell Morgan, Kendallville, Ind.; and one brother: Eddie Goble, Kendallville.

Don was preceded in death by two sisters: Artie Slone and Clarine Ilene Slone; and a brother: Delmon Goble.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, Ind. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the funeral home with Reverend Harry Crace and Reverend Luther Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, Ind.

Memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be made to Water of Life Church, 401 E. Main St., Silver Lake, IN 46982.

To sign the guestbook or send condolences electronically, go to the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.

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.