Ligonier Obituaries

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Robert B. Dhonau, Jr.

2654136Robert B. Dhonau, Jr., 59, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away on Aug. 23, 2014, in Goshen, Ind.

He was born on Jan. 2, 1955, in Oak Park, Ill., to Robert and Martha (Albers) Dhonau. Rob was raised by his mother and his step-father, Joe Miller. He graduated from West Noble High School in 1975.

He was in the Boy Scouts growing up. He was an industrial maintenance man in local factories. He spent 22 years as a volunteer on the Ligonier Fire Dept. and was an EMT/First Responder. He worked in Larry Overmyer’s body shop in Ligonier for many years. He loved his dogs and cats, and made them breakfast and cookies. He loved gardening, hunting and fishing. His children have fond memories of Rob teaching them to fish. He had a special talent for woodworking. He enjoyed going back to the Chicago area and visiting various suburbs.

He is survived by his children: Renee (Paul) Ruckman, North Manchester, Ind.; Danielle (Dustin) Combs, Wawaka, Ind.; Rachelle (Roland) Wildman, Rome City, Ind.; Pete Dhonau, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Katie Dhonau, Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren; a sister: Susan Ritchie, Ligonier, Ind.; and his only niece: Jennifer (Michael) Slone, Cromwell, Ind.; and two great-nieces.

Rob was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767. A memorial service will be at a later date. A cremation committal will take place at Legacy Cremation & Remembrance Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the family c/o Yeager Funeral Home.

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Douglas V. Guilliam

1380806_profile_picDouglas V. Guilliam, 70, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away Friday morning, Aug. 22, 2014, at Avalon Village where he had been a resident since 2010.

He was born Jan. 4, 1944, in Columbus, Ga., to Roger and Helen (Sheley) Guilliam. On Dec. 4, 1971, he married Rebecca Charlton at Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church in Goshen, Ind. She preceded him in death. 

A long time area resident, Mr. Guilliam was a Goshen High School graduate and active in the 4-H Lamb Club and Goshen American Legion. He also served on the Jefferson Township advisory board, fire department and EMS, and Rock Run cemetery board. He worked at NIPSCO for 32 years and was a member at Jefferson Community Church.

He is survived by his mother; a daughter: Susie (Dallas) Carroll, of Bristol, Ind.; a son: Rodney Guilliam, Goshen; three grandchildren; and a step-brother: Mark (Helen) Kornblum, of St. Louis, Mo.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, at the funeral home with pastor John Billow officiating. Burial will follow at Rock Run cemetery, Goshen.

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

Juan Jose Lopez Pineda

Juan Jose Lopez Pineda, 39, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

He was born on March 26, 1975, to Victor Manuel Lopez-Galvan and Maria Guadalupe Pineda Padilla in Rincon De Romos, Aguascalientes, Mexico.

He was a member of St. Patricks Catholic Church. Mr. Pineda worked at Starcraft Marine and most recently Irish Acres Dairy Farm.

He is survived by his mother; his wife; Maria del Carmen Marin; four children; Alexandria de la Luz; Jennifer Lopez; Ignacio Lopez; Ulisses Lopez; eight siblings: Victor M. Lopez Pineda; Horacio Lopez Pineda; Alfredo Lopez Pineda; Eduardo Lopez Pineda; Maria Beatriz Lopez Pineda: Maria Guadalupe Lopez Pined; Alma Leticia Lopez Pineda; Maria Elena Lopez Pineda; and many cousins.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at Yeager Funeral Home, and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the church with Father Wilson Corzo officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family C/O Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767.

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Sandra ‘Sandy’ L. Patton

2639471Sandra ‘Sandy’ L. Patton, 73, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Avalon Village in Ligonier.

She was born on July 29, 1941, to Wallace and Betty (McMann) Meyers.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, collecting nick knacks, shopping and keeping things clean.

She is survived by four children: Lisa Coy, Goshen, Ind.; Robin (Ronnie) Galloway, Cromwell, Ind.; Joey (Tracy) Patton, Wawaka, Ind.; and Lori (Jeff) Hewitt, Franklin, Ind.; a sister: Ricki Lynn, Kansas City, Mo; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the funeral home.  Pastor John Lutton will officiate. A private cremation committal will take place at Legacy Cremation & Remembrance Center in Ligonier.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association.

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June Williams

2635940June Williams, 94, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away at 2:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at her home.

She was born on July 5, 1920, to Ezra and Beatrice (Owen) Shideler in Marilla, Mich. On Feb. 25, 1945, she married Charles R. Williams in Marilla, Mich. He preceded her in death on April 21, 1999. Mrs. Williams graduated from Mesick Michigan High School in 1939 and went on to work at the Traverse City Michigan State Hospital until her marriage in 1945.

June was an area resident of Ligonier since 1948. In 1959, the Williams became the founders and owners of “Fashion Farm” and the farm continues on today in the family’s 4th generation. Mrs. Williams was an active member of the Richville United Methodist Church of Ligonier and the church’s United Methodist Women. She enjoyed preserving history with her many collections and being curator of “This Ole House Memories Museum” set up by her husband in their old family home at Fashion Farm. Charles and June were honored in 1998 by the Ligonier Chamber of Commerce with the Citizens of the Year Award. Mrs. Williams enjoyed gardening and her flowers and the many birds that visited her feeders.

She is survived by two children: Patty (Russ) Becker, Ligonier; Mike (Linda) Wagner, Elkhart, Ind.; four grandchildren; Jason (Vicki) Becker, Adam (Kari) Becker, Sarah (Andy) Kniller, Mathew Wagner; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husand; parents; three brothers; and one sister.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Richville United Methodist Church. There will be a funeral service held in Mrs. William’s honor at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at the church with Pastor Tamra Gerber and Jean Ness officiating. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery in Ligonier.

Memorial contributions are to the Richville United Methodist Church or Parkview Noble Hospice, 1836 Ida Red Rd, Kendallville, IN 46755.

Wanda J. Knafel

Knafel, WandaWanda J. Knafel, 89, of Ligonier, passed away on August 8, 2014, in Albion.

She was born on April 17, 1925, to Cecil and Frances (Ozier) Phares. She married Gust D. Knafel, Jr. He preceded her in death in 1995.

Wanda graduated from Wawaka High School in 1943. Early in adulthood, she was employed at Manley Popcorn in Kimmell and GE in Fort Wayne. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Ligonier Evangelical Church.

She is survived by 4 sons: Stan (Darlene) Knafel of New Paris, Tim Knafel of Ligonier, Ted (Janet) Knafel of Columbia City and Floyd Knafel of Syracuse; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a brother, Wilton Phares of Albion and a sister, Dorothy Smith of Salem, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother, Marvin Phares, in 2012.

A time of visitation with the family will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier.

A funeral service in her honor will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 at Ligonier Evangelical Church. Pastor Troy Diersing will officiate.

Burial will be in Sparta Cemetery in Kimmell. Memorial contributions may be given to Ligonier Evangelical Church or Heartland Hospice