Etna Green Obituaries

Kenneth O’Neil Brandon

Brandon, KennethKenneth O’Neil Brandon, 64, of Etna Green, Ind., passed away at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind.

He was born Nov. 2, 1949, in Carrollton, Ala., to Melrose Brandon and Hattie Erline Sims. On Aug. 17, 1981, in Atwood, Ind., he married Carol J. Yeiter.

Kenneth served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He lived most of his life in Kosciusko County, Ind., and was employed as a commercial truck driver for Woody Everly and Sons. He loved to fish and ride motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife: Carol J. Brandon, Etna Green; a sister: Laura (Phil) Smith, Warsaw; a brother: Robert (Brenda) Brandon, Warsaw; a sister-in-law: Sally Brandon, Columbus, Miss.; and a brother-in-law: Colie McCool, Pierceton, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Melrose and Hattie Erline Brandon; two brothers: David Brandon and Walter Brandon; and two sisters: Edna McCool and Rebecca Johnson-Brown.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw with Pastor Bob Jarboe, Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice chaplain.

Memorials may be made in Kenneth’s memory to the family and will be used at their discretion. Gifts should be made payable to: Laura Smith, c/o Titus Funeral Home, P.O. Box 705, Warsaw, IN 46581-0705.

To sign the guest register or leave online condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.

Jesse David Miller

1274547_profile_picJesse David Miller, 73, of Etna Green, Ind., passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind., with his family at his side.

Jesse was born Oct. 2, 1940, at Warsaw, Ind., to Jesse Wayne and Lucille Irene (Waggoner) Miller. He was a 1959 graduate of Warsaw High School. He married Marsha Lou Shock on Oct. 23, 1965, in North Webster, Ind. Jesse entered the United States Army Dec. 18, 1959, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., as a quarter master and served in Turkey. SP4 Jesse David Miller was honorably discharged Dec. 14, 1962, at Fort Devens, Mass.

He was a tool and die maker at Bentler’s in Goshen, Ind., for 15 years where he retired in 2005. He also attended the North Webster Church of the Brethren, was a member of Warsaw USBC Bowling Association and was inducted into the Warsaw Bowling Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Amy (B.J.) Estep, Etna Green; a son: David Joe, Fort Wayne, Ind.; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a sister: Joan (Dario) Ascension, Liberal, Kansas; two sister-in-laws: Sandy Miller and Arlene Miller, both of Warsaw, Ind.; and brother-in-law: Robert Smith, Warsaw.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; three brothers: James Miller; John Miller; Melvin Miller; and sister-in-law: Sharon Smith.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 27, in the funeral home with Pastor Bob Jarboe, Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, chaplain officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, where there will be military honors by the Warsaw American Legion Post 49 and VFW Post 1126 in recognition of his service to his country.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Warsaw USBC Bowing Association, 9120 W. 125 W., Etna Green, IN 46524. The staff of Titus Funeral Home considers it a privilege to care for the family and friends of Jesse David Miller.

To sign the guest register or leave online condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.

Edward Yarian

Edward YarianEdward Yarian 64, of Etna Green, Ind., passed away at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Warsaw Meadows where he was a resident, Warsaw, Ind.

Ed was born the son of Claude Edward “Murph” and Angeline (Ann) Walters Yarian on Aug. 27, 1949, in Warsaw. He has been a lifelong resident of the area. He first married Kathy I. (Collins) Wilson and later married Jane McFarland on April 28, 1994, who survives.

Ed had worked for Indiana Department of Revenue as an auditor and was a Certified Public Accountant. He also had worked for U.S. Tobacco as a salesman for Skoal Tobacco and he sold sports memorabilia for Midwest Sports Cards and Photos. He was a graduate of Triton High School and continued his education at Manchester College where he obtained his degree. In his spare time he loved sports, antiques, auctions and spending time his grandchildren and family.

Ed is survived by his wife: Jane; and his children: Michelle (Dean) Ousley, Bourbon, Ind.; Patricia (Brandon) Gall, Milford, Ind.; Crystal (Sam) Wallington, Wellman, Iowa; Matt and Kelly Neff and Adam Neff, all of Bourbon; Amber Neff, Elkhart, Ind.; and Samantha Neff, Bourbon; 20 grandchildren and his mother: Angeline (Ann) Yarian, Bourbon.

He was preceded in death by his father: Claude Yarian; a brother: Randy; and a son: Thad Neff.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, will be a time to share memories with the family at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon. A celebration of Ed’s life will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Gail Law officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon.

The family request memorial contributions are made to the family to assist with final expenses.

DeVon Sponseller

Devon SponsellerDeVon Sponseller, 95, of Etna Green, Ind., passed away at 8:35 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home of Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born Jan. 6, 1919, to Dale w. and Josie (Spindler) Sponseller. He married Ruth L. Neff on Sept. 28, 1941. DeVon was a graduate of Etna Green High School, class of 1937.

After retiring from farming, he enjoyed his time with his friends at the local Etna Green Café or wherever he could find a fresh cup of coffee.

DeVon is survived by his two daughters: Diana (Clyde) Poppe and Bonnie (Terry) Fairfield, both of Fort Wayne; a granddaughter: Christa (Alfred) Brothers III; three great-grandchildren: Kody, Caleb and Jayden; and one step great-great-granddaughter: Ebony.

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

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon. A celebration of DeVon’s life will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Gary Endersby of The Chapel, Fort Wayne, officiating. Burial will follow in Etna Green Cemetery.

Devon Sponseller

Devon Sponseller, 95, a lifetime resident of Etna Green, Ind., passed away at 8:35 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home of Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born Jan. 6, 1919, to Dale w. and Josie (Spindler) Sponseller. He married Ruth L. Neff on Sept. 28, 1941; she preceded him in death. Devon was a graduate of Etna Green High School class of 1937.

After retiring from farming, he enjoyed his time with his friends at the local Etna Green Café or wherever he could find a fresh cup of coffee.

He is survived by his two daughters: Diana (Clyde) Poppe and Bonnie (Terry) Fairfield, Fort Wayne; a granddaughter: Christa (Alfred) Brothers III; three great-grandchildren: Kody, Caleb and Jayden; and one step-great-great-granddaughter: Ebony.

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

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St. Bourbon, Ind. A celebration of Devon’s life will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the funeral home with Pastor Gary Endersby of The Chapel, Fort Wayne, officiating. Burial will follow in Etna Green Cemetery at Etna Green.

Amanda Faith Schwartz

Amanda Faith Schwartz, age 2 months, of Etna Green, Ind., died at 8:46 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Ind. She had a heart condition since birth.

She was born Oct. 23, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind., to LaMar and Elaine (Borkholder) Schwartz.

Amanda is survived by her parents: LaMar and Elaine; a sister: Ava Schwartz; a brother: Ernest Schwartz; paternal grandmother: Katie (Helmuth) Schwartz, Bourbon, Ind.; maternal grandparents: Willis and Freida (Helmuth) Borkholder, Nappanee, Ind.; maternal great-grandfather: Eli Borkholder, Bremen, Ind.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather: Ernest Schwartz; and a cousin: LeAnn Schwartz.

Amanda’s parents are members of the Old Order Amish Church.

Family and friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, and all day Friday, Jan. 17, at the Daniel Ray Chupp residence, 10792 W. 450 N., Etna Green. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Clara Schwartz residence, 6948 N. SR 19. Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Graber Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, Ind.