Leesburg Obituaries

Marjorie A. ‘Anne’ Sickmiller

HeadshotMarjorie A. ‘Anne’ Sickmiller, 84, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 9:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Ind.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1929, in Wabash, Ind., to Walter Porter and Mabel Agnes (Yopst) Schlemmer. She graduated in 1947 from Wabash High School and attended the School of Arts in Chicago, Ill. She was married in 1986 to Earl Sickmiller who preceded her in death.

She retired in 1993 from U.S. Gypsum Company in Wabash after 14 years of service and formerly worked at Data Vue in Wabash, Wabash License Branch and was a Trustee Clerk in Wabash. After retirement she moved to the Leesburg area in 1994. She was a member of the Wabash Christian Church and the Delta Theta Tau Sorority. She also served as secretary of the Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners Association.

She is survived by two daughters: Holly LaSalle, O’Fallon, Ill.; Julie (Art) Reimer, Leesburg, Ind.; a son: Gary (Lynn) Hartman, Russiaville, Ind.; nine grandchildren; ten great-granchildren; and a brother: Robert (Barbara) Schlemmer of Venice, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters: Jean Craft and Lucille Christiansen; and companion: Jim Chapman.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 N., North Webster, Ind., with Pastor Dennis Judy officiating.

Memorial bequest may be given to American Legion Post 253, North Webster, IN 46555 or Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners Association P.O. Box 224, Leesburg, IN 46538.

Glenn D. Butler

ButlerGlenn D. Butler, 91, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 1:33 a.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Grace Village Healthcare in Winona Lake, Ind.

He was born on Jan. 17, 1923, in Elkhart, Ind., to William F. and Bessie F. (Fultz) Butler.

He was a lifetime northern Indiana resident, graduated in 1943 from Elkhart High School and attended Mississippi State University. He was a veteran of WW II, serving in the Army Air Corp as a bomber pilot. He continued to fly as a fighter pilot until 1972 for the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard.

On Aug. 8, 1947, in California on the “Bride and Groom” radio program, he married Shirley J. Black, who preceded him on Jan. 20, 2012. He retired in 1992 from Fairmont Homes as a warranty repair worker. He was a pilot for several small corporations.

He was a member of the North Webster Church of God and American Legion Post #253 in North Webster.

He is survived by a daughter: Sandy (Jim) Harris, North Webster; a son: Gary (Connie) Butler, Goshen, Ind.; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded by his parents, wife, three sisters and four brothers.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 24, at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 North, North Webster. Services will follow at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Boyer of the church officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mock Addition of the North Webster Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion Post # 253.

Memorial bequest may be given to Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581.

Mary Francis Christian

christianMary Francis Christian, 90, of Clunette, Ind., passed away at 11:25 a.m. Friday March 14, 2014, in her residence.

She is survived by a son: Raymond (Susan) Christian. North Judson, Ind.; two daughters: Mary Lou Kiser, Leesburg, Ind.; and Verla Harten, Warsaw, Ind.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one brother: Colie McCool, Pierceton; two sisters: O’Dell Herron, Warsaw; and Lucy Howard, Alabama; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Nobel Christian; her parents, one grandson, one great-granddaughter, eight half-brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Chandler Funeral Home, Vernon, Ala. Services will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial is to follow at Liberty Freewill Baptist Cemetery, Vernon.

Locally, McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, is entrusted with local arrangements.

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

Ernest Jay Coy

Ernest Jay Coy, 63, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his home on Tippecanoe Lake.

Born on April 11, 1950, in Wolf Lake, Ind., Ernie was the son of Ernest Jay Sr. and Ruth Maxine (Gaff) Coy.

He is survived by his wife: Connie S. Coy; a son: Jay Coy, Noblesville, Ind.; a daughter: Vanessa Coy-Holloway, Leesburg; a sisters: Tanya (Steven) Christman, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Betty (Steven) Wilkinson, Columbia City, Ind.; grandchildren: Addie, Brian, Ian, Regan, Andrew and Ryan; and his two pugs: Waldy and Izzy.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Rebecca Beatty; and brother-in-law: Harry Beatty.

DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City, Ind. was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Oak Grove (Compton) Cemetery, Columbia City.

Joseph Laurence Gudas Jr.

OI748076440_HeadshotJoseph Laurence Gudas Jr., of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his residence.

He was born on May 11, 1927, in Foley, Ala., to Joseph L. and Antonio Agatha (Arndt) Gudas Sr. He attended high school in Winamac, Ind., and served in the United States Air Force. He married Marsha Kagon, who preceded him in death. On April 19, 1996, in Fort Wayne, Ind., he married Joan L. (Leedy) Williams who survives.

He was a self-employed plumbing and heating contractor in Fort Wayne for many years. He moved to the Leesburg area permanently in 2003 from Fort Wayne after coming to the lake for many years. He was a member of the North Webster Church of God, American Legion Post 253 in North Webster, Lakeland Kiwanis in North Webster and Shoaff Park Lions Club in Fort Wayne.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters: Cynthia Heckaman, New Haven, Ind.; Peggy (Michael) Miller, Goodyear, Ariz.; Rebecca (Richard) Boone, Columbia City; sons: Thomas (Janice) Williams, Pierceton; Michael (Carol) Williams, Leesburg; 11 grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Mildred Redweik, Kewanna; Edwinna Martin, Winamac; Mary (Jim) Perry, Piqua, Ohio; and three brothers: Algrid (Erica) Gudas, Winamac; Edwin (Patty) Gudas, Kewanna; and Johanna Gudas, Winamac.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two infant brothers.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 North, North Webster. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 17, at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Judy officiating. Military services will follow at the funeral home by North Webster American Legion. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the Covington Memorial Cemetery, 8408 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind.

Memorials may be given to the Joseph Gudas Funeral Fund, c/o Owen Family Funeral Home P.O. Box 72, North Webster, IN 46555.

Robert M. ‘Bob’ Bernthal

OI661035527_hEADSHOTRobert 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.