Robert M. ‘Bob’ Bernthal, 82, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014, at Mason Healthcare and Rehab in Warsaw, Ind.
Bob was born on Dec. 9, 1931, in Stuttgart, Ariz., to Reverend Herbert T. and Lorena Bernthal. He was the youngest of four children. He grew up and attended St. John’s Lutheran School in Stuttgart, where he graduated from high school. He served in the Air Force at Camp Kilmer, N.J. for 2 years.
He lived in Oregon, California, Arkansas, Washington, Arizona and Indiana. His quick wit and contagious smile brightened anyone’s day. He had many friends both in and out of the workplace. Some of his most memorable jobs were Aero jet, Magnuson Engineers, Me-n-Ed’s Pizza and at the University of Santa Clara as the Materials Control Manager in California. His Lutheran faith carried him throughout his life and he loved being a part of the Lutheran Church and choir. He had a passion for photography and an extensive love of the outdoors –often going on weekend trips and road trip adventures throughout the United States. He loved being with his daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his greatest love of 25 years, his wife JoAnn. They were inseparable and both were blessed to have each other.
He is survived by his daughter: Marci Bernthal Perry; stepdaughters: Maureen Walker; Dawn (Shannon) Crites; grandchildren: Travis Robert Cardoza; Joshua and Lacey Roy: Malyssa McNeel; Shayleen Crites; great-grandchildren: Ali and Aiden Roy; his brother: Herbert ‘Bud’ (Shirl) Bernthal, Jr., Arkansas; sister: Mary Lou Aston, Connecticut; many nieces and nephews; and his dearest friend: Wylie Rouse.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother; sister and brother-in-law: Dorothy ‘Dott’ and Don Benson, Arkansas; along with his wife: JoAnn Bernthal.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial bequests may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.
He was born on Nov. 21, 1963, in Bremen, Ind., to Frederick L. and Joan A. (Porman) Hunter.
He grew up in North Webster, Ind., attended Wawasee High School in Syracuse, Ind., and lived in Ohio 17 years before returning to the Leesburg / North Webster area.
He retired as owner / operator of Hunter Home Improvement in Ohio and Indiana and formerly worked for his father at Hunter Roofing in Leesburg and Bourbon, Ind.
He formerly attended the Pentecostal Church in Syracuse. He was North Webster’s 1970 Mermaid Festival Cutie King and loved to collect eagle memorabilia.
He is survived by a daughter: Indika Marie Hunter, St. Mary’s, Ohio; two sons: Courtney (Pam Carlin) Knisley, Milford, Ind.; and Isaac Levi Hunter, Wapakoneta, Ohio; two grandchildren: Hunter and Hayden Knisley; his companion: Carla J. (Leamons) Kelley, Leesburg; his father: Fred Hunter, Columbia City, Ind.; and three brothers: Rocky Lane (Danette) Hunter, San Antonio, Texas; Shad Lynn (Crystal) Hunter, Columbia City; and Lofty Lee (Karen Kokovay) Hunter, New Paris, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 North, North Webster. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Judy officiating. Burial will follow in the Mock Addition of the North Webster Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Tag Hunter Funeral Fund, c/o Owen Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 72, North Webster, IN 46555.
Arrangements are pending at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 North, North Webster, Ind.
He was born on Nov. 6, 1929, in Vernon County, Wisc., to Rev. Isaiah J. and Hazel V. (Stelting) Butcher.
He graduated in 1947 from Spooner High School in Spooner, Wisc., and 1952 from Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan) in Marion, Ind.
On Feb. 18, 1956, in Marion, he married Barbara L. Moon who preceded him in death on March 22, 2008. He moved to the Leesburg/North Webster area in 1973 from Arlington Heights, Ill. He retired after more than 20 years as owner / operator of Central Textile Company Inc. in Leesburg.
He was a member of the Vineyard Community Church in Syracuse, Ind., and formerly attended the North Webster Church of God. He was a former member of the Lakeland Kiwanis Club in North Webster& Wawasee Camp of the Gideon’s International in Syracuse.
Clinton is survived by a daughter: Karen Allen, Cicero, Ind.; two sons: Kevin (Jean) Butcher, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Kent (Liana) Butcher, Syracuse; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a sister: Janet Hubby, Colorado Springs.
He was preceded by his parents; wife; and seven sisters: Vetra Winchel, Ferol Budde, Ailene Mitchell, Guida Millen, Verneen Sharp, Beulah Mae Heavilin and Doris Ensign.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the funeral home with Rev. John Heavilin, retired pastor and Pastor Kent Butcher of the Vineyard Community Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Mock Addition of the North Webster Cemetery.
Memorials bequests may be given to the Wawasee Camp of the Gideons International, P. O. Box 101, Syracuse, IN 46567.
She was a homemaker and a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., since 1973. From 1990-2000, Norma lived in Florida.
She was born May 5, 1935, in South Bend, Ind., to John Moore and Thelma (Myers) Moore. She was married to Thomas Patrick Littlejohn Sr., who preceded her in death in 1999.
She is survived by two daughters: Debbie Recor, Garden Grove, Calif.; Jessica (Brent) Hoffman, Silver Lake, Ind.; two sons: Thomas Littlejohn Jr., Leesburg; Mark Littlejohn, Warsaw; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers: Ronald Moore, Florida; and Richard (Betty) Moore, Elkhart, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two daughters: Renee Littlejohn and Sabrina Lee Littlejohn.
Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw, Indiana. A private burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.
Francis G. ‘Fran’ Sheehan, 63, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at his home.
He was born on Oct.17, 1950, in Blue Island, Ill., to Robert Thomas and Loretta Lillian (Bunyea) Sheehan.
He grew up in Blue Island, and attended the public schools there. He moved to the North Webster, Ind., area in 2005 from Illinois and was the former owner and operator of 3rd Generation Antiques in North Webster and Crete, Ill., for 20 years. He formerly attended the United Methodist Church in North Webster.
He is survived by a son: Sean Sheehan, Leesburg, Ind.; a daughter: Megan Sheehan, Brooklyn, N.Y.; four sisters: Loretta Wolke, Illinois; Alice (Hank) Wolke, Florida; Mary (Larry) Kalins, Illinois; Rita Henke, Wisconsin; five brothers: Bill (Pat) Sheehan, Tennessee; David Sheehan, Arizona; Tim Sheehan, Minnesota; Dennis (Denise) Sheehan, Minnesota; and Brian (Melinda) Sheehan, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Marge Polster; and four brothers: James, Bob, Tom and Michael Sheehan.
No public services are planned at this time. Owen Family Funeral Home, North Webster, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial bequest may be given to the donor’s choice.