Leesburg Obituaries

Shirley Walgamuth

image0021-213x240Shirley Walgamuth, 72, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away July 23, 2014, at her home.

She was born on July 11, 1942, in Chesterton, Ind., to Ray and Mary (Yeiter) Abell. She married Glen Martinsen, who passed away in 1979. She then married Arden Walgamuth in 1989 who also preceded her in 2009. 

She was a lifelong area resident. She retired from the purchasing department at DePuy in Warsaw, Ind.

She had attended the North Webster Church of God as well as the Aboit Lutheran Church and was involved in Gideons International for many years.

Shirley was an incredible mother and grandmother who shared her love of gardening, travel, camping and entertaining with family and friends. She had a knack of making every meal a special event with her homemade ice cream for dessert. She excelled at anything related to crafts, including sewing and woodworking. She regularly donated felted wool hats that she made with loving care to local cancer centers. She enjoyed fishing as much as she could, learning how as a young girl with her father. 


Shirley is survived by her daughter: Tracy (Craig) Williams, Fort Wayne, Ind.; two step daughters: Kristin (David) Prior, Shelburne, Vt.; and Dr. Mary (Gary) Walgamuth, North Webster, Ind.; three grandchildren; sister: Jackie (Gary)  Harvey, Apache Junction, Ariz.; and a sister-in-law: Sue Abell, Centersville, Va.

She was preceded by her two brothers: William and Terry Abell.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Eastlund Funeral Home in Syracuse. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, in the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Stoney Point cemetery in Clunette, Ind.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make a memorial donation to the Lupus Foundation of America or the Gideons, P.O. Box 101, Syracuse, IN 46567.

Brandon L. Rauguth

OI725639481_HeadshotBrandon L. Rauguth, 32, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at his home.

He was born on April 22, 1982, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Brad L. and Kathy L (Treppish) Rauguth. He graduated in 2001 from North Canton High School in North Canton, Ohio, and attended the University of the Cumberlands College in Williamsburg, Ky.

He was formerly employed at Zimmer in Warsaw for 8 years and moved to Leesburg area in 2005 from North Canton.

He is survived by his parents; two brothers: Nathan (Julie) Rauguth, Columbus, Ohio; Ian Rauguth, Warsaw, Ind.; four nieces and nephews; maternal grandmother: Mildred Treppish, Watertown, Wiscon.; paternal grandmother: Betty Rauguth, North Prairie, Wiscon. 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 North, North Webster, Ind. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, in the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Judy officiating. 

Memorial bequest may be given to Cardinal Center, 504 North Bay Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Thomas W. Madden

OI639002953_HeadshotThomas W. “Tom” Madden, 73, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 6 a.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014 a.m. at I.U. Goshen Hospital in Goshen, Ind.

He was born June 28, 1941, in Ligonier, Ind., to Clive P. and Rose (Seprich) Madden.

He attended public schools in Chicago and lived in the Ligonier/Leesburg area for past 35 years after moving here from Chicago. He formerly owned and operated The Keg in Leesburg for 20 years, pulled RV’s for Hoosier Transit in Nappanee for 10 years, worked at Monsanto in Ligonier and Goldblatts in Chicago. 

He is survived by three daughters: Monica (Brian) Marr, Fox Lake, Ill.; Deanna (Roy) Gentile, Ingleside, Ill.; and Melinda Madden, Leesburg, Ind.; and a son: Patrick Thomas Madden, Bridgeview, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters: Mary Lou (Robert) Roberts, Warsaw, Ind.; and Rita Madden, Blue Island, Ill.; and a brother: Richard (Elaine) Madden, Leesburg, Ind. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 North, North Webster, Ind.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Virginia M. Powell

Powell, VirginiaVirginia M. “Ginger” Powell, 87, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw, Indiana.

Virginia was born in Atwood on May 23, 1927. She graduated from Atwood High School in 1945, and Jack Nelson Powell on April 18, 1948. The two shared 66 years of marriage.

A lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Virginia and her husband owned and operated the Clunette General Store for many years after which she was employed by Peoples State Bank in Leesburg for 40 years before retiring in 2000.

Virginia was a member of the Clunette United Methodist Church and the Moose Lodge. She Loved playing bingo and was a regular fixture at many games around Warsaw, enjoyed knitting baby afghans and has made approximately 100 since retiring.

Preceding Virgina in death is her parents; brother: Ned Smith, and two sisters: Margaret Williamson and June Longerbaugh.

Surviving her is her husband, Jack, Leesburg; two sons: Douglas (Deborah) Powell, Warsaw, and Michael (Joan) Powell, Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren: Andy (Kate) Powell, Cincinnati, Kevin (Melanie) Powell, Jasper, and Kate (Justin) Hickey, Columbus, Ohio; six great grandchildren; and her brother, Jerry Smith of Warsaw.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Titus Funeral Home in Warsaw. Memorial services will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 11 am at Titus Funeral Home, Pastor Denny Bollenbacher, New Beginnings Community Church, presiding.

Memorials may be sent to Clunette United Methodist Church, 4227 W. CR 600N, Clunette, Indiana  46538. To sign a guest register or leave online condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website..

Nancy L. Beer

Scan_20140618 (2)Nancy L. Beer, 73 of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 3:53 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Parkview North, Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born on Nov. 20, 1940, to Gerald and Jean (Hall) McHatton in Peru, Ind. She was united in marriage to Theodore A. Beer on April 9, 1961, in Warsaw, Ind.

She has been a Kosciusko County resident since 1992. She was a co-owner of eight convenience stores in northern Indiana and a homemaker. She was a member of the North Webster United Methodist Church, the North Webster American Legion Post # 253 auxiliary and Tippecanoe Lake Country Club.

Nancy is survived by her husband; one son: Jason (Kristine) Beer, Sea Grove Beach, Fla.; two sisters: Judy (Don) Wray, Warsaw; Barbara (John) Knipp, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and two grandchildren: Alex and Caroline Beer, Sea Grove Beach.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Calling hours will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, June 20 at the North Webster United Methodist Church. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, at the church with Pastor David Smitley officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to North Webster United Methodist Church.

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

Robert G. ‘Bob’ Showalter

BOB-BEST PICTURERobert G. “Bob” Showalter, 84, of Leesburg, Ind., and Yalaha, Fla., passed away on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at his winter home in Florida.

He was born Sept. 8, 1929, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Wilbur H. “Nick”and Helen (Guild) Showalter.

He graduated in 1947 from Marion High School, in 1952 from Ball State in Muncie, Ind., with his Bachelor’s Degree and in 1955 from Ball State with his Master’s Degree. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War.  

He retired in 1998 as Professor Emeritus from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., after 33 years in the Audiology and Speech Science Department where he was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. He formerly worked for 8 years at Peru Community School Corporation in Indiana.

He retired to Lake Tippecanoe in 1998 from West Lafayette, Ind. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in North Webster, Ind., and Morrison United Methodist Church in Leesburg, Fla. 

He is survived by his wife: Marietta Showalter; daughters: Susan Marie Thurgood, Centennial, Colo.; and Julia Ellen (Larry) Ott, Lafayette, Ind.; sons: Daniel Guild (Kimberly) Showalter, Columbus, Ind.; and Robert “Andy” Showalter, Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren; sisters: Helen Hewitt, Marion, Ind.; and Margaret Keith, Tallahassee, Fla.; and a brother: Richard (“Bunny”) Showalter, Grand Ledge, Mich.

The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at the North Webster United Methodist Church, 7822 E. Epworth Forest Rd., North Webster, with Senior Pastor David Smitley of the church officiating.  

Memorials may be given to North Webster United Methodist Church, 7822 E. Epworth Forest Rd., North Webster, IN 46555; or to scholarships for students with financial need in the Audiology and Speech Science Department at Purdue University Foundation, 403 W. Wood St., West Lafayette, IN 47907; or Ball State University Foundation, P.O. Box 672, Muncie, IN 47308.

Owen Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.