Juan Carlos Gutierrez-Najera, 26, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away on March 5, 2014 in Fort Wayne, IN.
He was born on Jan. 17, 1988, in Los Cumbres Aguascalientes, Mexico to Antonio Gutierrez and Tiffany Trevino.
He loved playing with his dogs and spending time with his family. He enjoyed the outdoors and video games.
Juan is survived by his mother; Tiffany Trevino, Ligonier; two brothers: Jorge L. Najera, Ligonier; Christopher Najera, Ligonier; his grandfather: Juan Najera, of Mexico; three uncles: J. Guadalupe Najera, Juan Najera and Jose Luis Gutierrez; three aunts: Virginia Najera, Celia Najera and Francisca Najera; his fiancé: Cassandra Lambright, Ligonier; numerous cousins; and two special family friends: Rosa Garcia and Valerie Hague.
He was preceded in death by his father: Antonio Gutierrez.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Zion Comunidad Cristiana Church, 71691 CR 33, Syracuse. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the church with Pastor Cervantes officiating. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier.
Memorial contributions may be given to the family c/o: Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767.
Vance A. Good Jr., 85, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at IU Health Goshen Hospital in Goshen.
He was born on Dec. 7, 1928, to Vance A. and Minnie B. (Merchant) Good in Hammond, Ind. On Jan. 17, 1948, he married Lorraine Ginter, she survives.
Mr. Good worked as a manufacturing supervisor for various companies. After retirement, Vance rejoined the workforce and worked for Wal-Mart for 10 years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ligonier. He enjoyed working on cars, tending to his garden, crossword puzzles and doing various home repairs.
Survivors include his wife; three children: Cheryl A. (Tom) Houser, Wichita, Kan.; John A. (Jerri) Good, Fort Wayne; Cynthia (Charles) Schlemmer, Ligonier; nine grandchildren: Timothy, Thad, Tyrone, Sheena, Kiley, Travis, Zachary, Elizabeth and Caitlin; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and one sister: Margaret ‘Peggy’ Matt.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter: Linda.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, with the Rosary service beginning at 6:30 p.m. A funeral service mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Wilson Corzo officiating. A burial committal will take place at Sparta Cemetery, Kimmel, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 300 Ravine Park Dr., Ligonier, IN 46767.
Korean Lee Holmes, 75, of Albion, Ind., and formerly of Ligonier, Ind., passed away at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
She was born on Sept. 14, 1938, in Elkhart, Ind., to Evert and Grace (Bowman) Sensibaugh.
Mrs. Holmes was employed and retired from BRC after over 20 years of service. After retirement, she worked at Pak-A-Sak for 10 years. She was a member of Ligonier Church of Christ and T.O.P.S.
She is survived by two daughters: Joyce Court, Kendallville, Ind.; Charlotte Louise Clark, Albion; four grandchildren: Chvonne Clark, Albion; Kevin Clark, Kimmel, Ind.; Roger Clark Jr., Kentucky; and Tefawn Lee Cooper, North Carolina; seven great-grandchildren: SkyAnn, Kaelin, Nicholas, Isaac, Koyashea, Roman and Rylea; one great-great-grandchild: Dante; two brothers: Clayton (Karen) Sensibaugh, Ligonier; Phillip (Jill) Sensibaugh, North Carolina; and her companion’s children: Jim (Cynthia) Heintzelman, Pennsylvania; Rick (Lisa) Heintzelman, Ligonier; and Vicky (Eric)Tierney, Wawaka, Ind.
Mrs. Holmes was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter: Ellen, a son: Bobby; a sister: Ann McCool; and her companion of 20 years: Joseph Heintzelman.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the funeral home. A cremation committal will take place at a later date at Legacy Cremation and Remembrance Center.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association.
He was born at home on the family farm near Leiters Ford, Ind., on May 12, 1938, to Ralph E. Sr. and Verna B. (Cripe) Kistler. On June 27, 1959, he married Harolaine Marie Hoover in the Monterey Methodist Church in Monterey, Ind.
Ralph graduated as salutatorian in Aubbeenaubee Township High School in Leiters Ford. He excelled on the track, basketball and softball teams with such skill that he had been scouted by several colleges for basketball and by a minor league for pitching. His sports career was sidelined by heart damage incurred from rheumatic fever during the spring of his junior year.
Ralph attended Butler University his freshmen year and completed his last three years at Manchester College. He graduated with a B.S. in Biology Education. He then earned his M.S. degree in Biology at Ball State.
Ralph taught various levels of science for 40 years with 38 of those at West Noble School Corporation, Ligonier. He came to West Noble in 1962 and taught at Perry, at the original Ligonier High School, and at the new West Noble High School. He retired from West Noble Middle School in 2000. He also served as an exchange teacher in Ewa Beach, Hawaii from 1975-76 where he taught Science at Ilima Intermediate School. He and his family lived in Ewa Beach, Oahu during that time.
Ralph was also licensed by the state of Indiana to teach health and driver education. For a few years following retirement, he also served as a college supervisor for the Transition to Teaching Program at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind. During summers between school years, Ralph kept busy with a variety of work, but he most enjoyed the 30 years he spent as a field inspector for Indiana Crop Improvement Association.
Ralph had a deep, abiding faith in God and loved his family and treasured his friends. He ministered to others from 1974 as a member of both the Gideons and the Ligonier Evangelical Church where he served over the years as an usher, Sunday School teacher and in the choir. He also served others as a weekly volunteer at World Missionary Press in New Paris, Indiana for several years.
He is survived by his wife: Harolaine Marie Kistler, Ligonier; three children: Bonnie D. (Bill) Woodlee, Elkhart, Ind.; Kerry L. (Jil) Kistler, Springfield, Mo.; and Shareen S. (Jonathan) Lichtenberger, Wren, Ohio; seven grandchildren: Kara and Zachary Woodlee, Sarah (Kistler) Fry, Justin, Jeremy and Christy Kistler and Amber Lichtenberger; two great-grandchildren: Katherine and Andrew Kistler; and two siblings: John M. Kistler, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Cheryl K. Kistler, Goshen, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Joe K. Kistler; and a granddaughter: Lydia Rose Lichtenberger.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Ligonier Evangelical Church, 1911 Lincolnway S., Ligonier. A funeral service in Ralph’s memory will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, with calling beginning at 10 a.m. at the Ligonier Evangelical Church. Pastors Troy Diersing and John Lutton will be officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery in Ligonier.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to World Missionary Press Inc., 19168 CR 146 P.O. Box 120, New Paris, IN 46553; or to the Gideons International (Noble County Camp), c/o Dan Alspach, 6413 E. 600 N., Churubusco, IN 46723.
Yeager Funeral Home in Ligonier is in charge of arrangements.
John Brickey Sr., 57, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away on Dec. 18, 2013, at his home.
He was born on Sept. 14, 1956, in Norton, Va., to William Brickey and Dollie Short. He married Pam Sprague on Oct. 6, 1979, in Syracuse, Ind.
He is survived by his wife: Pam, Ligonier, Ind.; a son: John Brickey Jr., Auburn, Ind.; and two daughters: Heather Brickey, Ligonier; and Melisha Felix, Albion, Ind.; eight grandchildren; two brothers: Jerry Brickey, Syracuse, Ind.; and Stevie Brickey, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and several step-siblings.
John was preceded in death by his parents and a brother: Roger Brickey.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 20, at Ligonier Evangelical Church, 1911 Lincolnway S., Ligonier. A funeral service in his honor will follow at noon Friday at the church. Pastor Steve Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the family c/o Yeager Funeral Home 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767.
He was born on June 18, 1928, to Howard Irving and Valeria Leora (Reid) Feightner in Rome City, Ind. On Dec. 15, 1950, he married Donna Tracy. She survives.Mr. Feightner was a 1947 graduate of Rome City High School and served his country honorably in the 101st Airborne Division of the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Feightner was a truck driver and farmed. He enjoyed driving the Amish people, spending time at the coffee shop and helping the family on the farm.
He is survived by his wife; three children: Douglas (Julie) Feightner, Albion, Ind.; Mark (Donna) Feightner, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Trish Feightner, Fort Wayne; five grandchildren: Zachary (Teresa) Feightner, Garrett, Ind.,; Haley Feightner, Plainfield, Ind.; Tori Feightner, Albion, Ind.; Mallory Kraner, Bloomington, Ind.; and Maddison Kraner, Fort Wayne; four great-grandchildren; Nicole, Elizabeth, Jacob and Zoey Feightner; two siblings: Forrest Feightner, Ligonier; and Barbara Hochstetler, Topeka, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother: Larry Feightner.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier. A private cremation committal service will be held at Legacy Cremation and Remembrance Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are to be directed in care of Noble County Hospice or the American Kidney Foundation