Leesburg Obituaries

Ivan L. ‘JR’ Martz

Ivan L. ‘JR’ Martz, 80, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away on Aug. 25, 2014, at the Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born on July 27, 1934, to Ivan and Mildred (Stouder) Martz. He was a lifelong resident of Nappanee, Ind., and Leesburg. He attended Cable School and Nappanee High School.

He worked as a farm hand, salesman and retired as a truck driver for Fairmont Homes. He attended the Wawasee Lakeside Chapel. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 154. He proudly served his country in the US Army reserves for 12 years. Ivan enjoyed traveling, camping, golf and bowling.

He is survived by his wife: Yvonne Martz, Leesburg; two sons: William (Ina) Martz, Nappanee, Ind.; Terry (Penny) Martz, Nappanee; four daughters: Marcia (Leroy) Moon, Elkhart, Ind.; Annette Martz, Nappanee; Amy Allard, Elkhart; Dawn Martz, California; two stepsons: Robert (Debbie) Rector, Pierceton, Ind.; James (Diane) Rector, Rochester, Ind.; three stepdaughters: Peg Hartsough, Cromwell, Ind.; Kathy (RD) Griffin, Arkansas; Carol Fulford, Arkansas; 28 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; six siblings: Carolyn Weber, Nappanee; Sandy Martz, Mishawaka, Ind.; Richard (Kathy) Martz, Ohio; Gary (LaVonne) Martz of Nappanee, Denny (Melody) Martz of Elkhart and Ronnie (Nancy) Martz, Elkhart.

He was preceded by his parents; a sister: Marilyn Hamilton; and his son: Robert Martz.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Eastlund Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the funeral home, with pastor Brad Cox officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wawasee Lakeside Chapel.

Betty Jane Pemberton

Betty Jane Pemberton, 87, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 17, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born April 12, 1927, in Winamac, Ind., to Harvey and Dora (Hall) Yockey. She graduated from Hammond High School in Hammond, Ind., and was married to William Harley Pemberton who preceded her Aug. 20, 1993.

She was a homemaker and previously worked at Rand McNally in northwest Indiana and Amoco Refinery in Whiting, Ind. She had lived previously in the Merrillville, Ind., and Hammond areas before moving to Leesburg on Oct. 20, 2007.

She is survived by two daughters: Ula (Rick) Gallegos, Lowell, Ind.; and Debra Scott, Hessville, Ind.; two sons: William Harley Pemberton III and David N. Pemberton, both of Leesburg; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and a sister: Rosella Benham, La Plata, Mo. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter: Susan (Anderson) Manns; a granddaughter: Saundra Gallegos; and several brothers and sisters. 

No public services are planned at this time.

Owen Family Funeral is North Webster is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jane Pemberton

Betty Jane Pemberton, 87, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born on April 12, 1927, in Winamac, Ind., to Harvey and Dora (Hall) Yockey. She graduated from Hammond High School in Hammond, Ind., and was married to William Harley Pemberton, who preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and previously worked at Rand McNally in northwest Indiana and Amoco Refinery in Whiting, Ind. She had lived previously in the Merrillville and Hammond areas before moving to Leesburg on Oct. 20, 2007. 

She is survived by two daughters: Ula (Rick) Gallegos, Lowell, Ind.; Debra Scott, Hessville, Ind.; two sons: William Harley Pemberton III and David N. Pemberton, both of Leesburg; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a sister: Rosella Benham, La Plata, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter: Susan (Anderson) Manns; granddaughter: Saundra Gallegos; and several brothers and sisters. 

No public services are planned at this time.   

Memorial contributions may be directed to the donor’s choice. 

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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.

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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.

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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.