Betty J. Dials

b1830c41-ef20-4f34-86b3-a73692eaac6fBetty J. Dials, 77, of Beaver Dam Lake, Claypool, Ind., passed away at 2:50 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at her residence.

She was born March 23, 1936, in Floyd County, Ky., to Clint and Gladys (Ratliff) Patton. On May 13, 1954, in Floyd County, Ky., to Alvin Dials, who preceded Oct. 29, 2003.

Betty worked for General Tire as well as being a homemaker. She also worked for Wagoner’s of Wabash and Kroger Egg also of Wabash.

She was a member of the Grant Street Baptist Church of Wabash. Betty always loved mushroom hunting and especially fishing. She was always the loving center of the family.

She is survived by two daughters: Sherry (Robert) “Tinker” Ritenour, Claypool, Ind.; and Norma Smith, Manchester, Ky.; and two sons: Alvin (Michele) Dials, Warsaw; and Clint (Kristy) Dials, Fort Wayne, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Otis, Robert and Clinton Patton; and a sister:
Delores Conley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister: Mary Ellen Bentley; and brothers: Donald and Bill Patton.

Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, Ind.; and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Full Gospel Pentecostal Church of Silver Lake, Ind., with Pastor Carl Hughes. Burial will be at Friends Cemetery in Wabash, Ind.

Murray Michael Graves

gravesMurray Michael Graves, 63, of Claypool, Ind., passed away at 9:01 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Parkview North Hospital of Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born Feb. 3, 1950, in Fort Wayne to Murray E. and Mary E. (Sheets) Graves. He was raised in Larwill, Ind., and graduated from Larwill High School in 1968 where he was an outstanding basketball player. He began working for R.R. Donnelley and Sons in June of 1968 and retired in February of 2012 after 44 years of service. He loved NASCAR, coaching and watching his son Chad.

He is survived by his wife: Candy Graves, Claypool; a son: Chad (Cara) Graves, Columbia City, Ind.; a daughter: Jodi Langston, New Orleans, La.; sons: Paul (Steph) Wiley, Spring Arbor, Mich.; and Peter Wiley, Seoul, South Korea; grandsons: Chase and Cooper Graves; and granddaughters: Madison, Summer and Paige Wiley.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastors Steve Conger and Cindy Gackenheimer officiating. Interment services will be private.

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

Carol Ann DeVaul

DeVaul, Carol Ann obit photoCarol Ann DeVaul, 66, of Beaver Dam Lake in Claypool, Ind., passed away at 3:05 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Grace Village Health Care in Winona Lake, Ind.

She was born June 8, 1947, in New Berlin, N.Y., to Elizabeth Jane (Hartman) and Clifton Maxwell Palmer Sr.

She worked as a hostess in the cafeteria at Edgewood Middle School in Warsaw, Ind., for 12 years, and also worked in medical billing in Syracuse, N.Y. She attended Pleasant View Bible Church of Warsaw.

She is survived by her son: Todd Alan DeVaul, Orlando, Fla.; and her brother: Clifton (Rhoda) Palmer, Warsaw.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Pleasant View Bible Church in the Fellowship Room at the west entrance, 2782 W. 200 N., Warsaw, and officiated by Pastor Michael Hontz. Burial will be at a later date at St. Andrews Cemetery in New Berlin, N.Y.

Memorial donations may be directed to Pleasant View Bible Church, 2782 W. 200 N., Warsaw, IN 46580.

Arrangements are being handled by Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw.

Nancy C. Harrell

Nancy C. Harrell, 83, of Claypool, Ind., and formerly of Star City, Ind., passed away at 3:25 a.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, following a brief illness.

Nancy was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Star City, to William and Laura (Billings) Huff. She was a graduate of Star City High School. She married Lloyd W. Harrell on Dec. 24, 1950, in Star City. He preceded her in death.

Nancy was the office manager for Midwest Poultry Services, of Mentone, Ind., for over 20 years. In the earlier years, she worked in the Fulton County Courthouse. She enjoyed reading, spending time traveling to see her family and cooking.

She is survived by three daughters: LuAnn (Ed) Heitner, Lakeland, Fla.; Sara (Tim) Boganwright, Claypool; Felicia (Steven Ray) Barker, Asheville, N.C.; and seven grandchildren.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband; son-in-law: Mike Barker; two sisters: Elizabeth Purkey; Jean Cooke; and brother: John Huff.

As per her request, there will be no public visitation or services. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in McKinley Memorial Gardens, Winamac, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 4666 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Services with King Memorial Home.

James Benson

BensonJames Benson, of Claypool, Ind., passed away at 9 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2013, in his residence.

He was born Oct. 4, 1938, in Mishawaka, Ind., to James and Goldie (Klietz) Benson Sr.

James lived most of his life in Kosciusko County where he was employed by Dalton Foundry, Warsaw, Ind.; for 30 years and then drove semi for 10 years. He enjoyed watching sports and was a big Notre Dame fan. He was also a very generous and giving person.

He is survived by three daughters: Chris Benson Sampson, Logansport, Ind.; Vicky Benson Peterla, Warsaw; and Nikki (Rob) Rose, Claypool; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; an aunt; a nephew; a niece and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 11, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice of Fort Wayne, 1315 Directors Row, Suite 200 Ft. Wayne, IN 46808.

Online condolences may be made at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels.com.

Helen May Wise

Wise, Helen MayHelen May Wise, 93, of Claypool, Ind., passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013, in her home.

She was born May 18, 1920, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Perry Earl Burch and Sarah Catherine (Trevey) Burch. She graduated from 1939 from Hammond High School. She lived most of her life in Kosciusko County, Ind.

On Dec. 25, 1941, she married Wilbur E. Wise in Chesterton, Ind. Helen was a homemaker and a former member of American Legion Auxiliary #16, Hammond, Ind., for more than 75 years. She was involved with Atwood Home Study, attended Christ United Church of Hammond, was a former member of Tri-Chem Instructor, Calumet Band Boosters of Gary and the Cedar Lake Conservation Club. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother she enjoyed being with the children. She was caring and enjoyed doing for her family and others, loved to read – especially Western novels and historical reads.

Helen is survived by a daughter: Kathryn (Loren) Melton, Atwood, Ind.; two granddaughters: Sarah (Allen) Marsh, Warsaw; and Laura (Shane) Herring, Warsaw; a grandson: David E. Melton, Warsaw; three great-grandchildren: Jordan Herring, Kyleigh Herring and Elijah Herring, all of Warsaw.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Wilbur E. Wise; her parents: Perry Earl and Sarah Catherine Burch; a sister: Betty Jane Cushman; two infant sons: Peter Wise and Kevin Wise; and an infant brother.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, in the funeral home with Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry, Bourbon First United Methodist Church, Bourbon, Ind. Graveside services will begin at noon Saturday at Prairie Grove Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Memorials may be made to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196.