Ligonier Obituaries

Katie (Thomas) Bontrager

Katie (Thomas) Bontrager, 93, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away at 7:09 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014, at home.

She was born on March 6, 1921, to Ben and Lovina (Mullet) Thomas in Dodge City, Kan. Katie married Andrew L. Bontrager who preceded her in death on April 23, 1982, after 38 years of holy matrimony.

She is survived by three daughters: Amanda (Perry Jay) Yoder, Topeka, Ind.; Esther (Jacob) Schrock Jr., LaGrange, Ind.; Wilma ( Manas) Lehman, Ligonier; seven sons: Perry (Alta Mast) Bontrager, Pardeeville, Wis.; Leo (Martha Hochstetler) Bontrager. Topeka; Andrew Bontrager Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.; Ira (Mary Knepp) Bontrager, Freeman (Norma Barkman) Bontrager, Ben (Vera Hershberger) Bontrager all of Topeka; Amos (Mary Jane Yoder) Bontrager, Ligonier; one brother: Ira Thomas, Goshen, Ind.; two sisters: Amanda Stutzman, Mississippi; Lovina Stutzman, Goshen; 45 grandchildren; 139 great-grandchildren; one step-great grandson; two great-great grandchildren.

Mrs. Bontrager was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Pete, Martin and Ben Thomas; one sister: Miriam; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 21, and all-day Tuesday, July 22, at the Katie Bontrager home, 5942 W. 1100 N., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held in Mrs. Bontrager’s honor at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Katie Bontrager Home, with Bishop David M. Miller and the Home Ministers officiating. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery. Yeager Funeral Home in Ligonier is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sharon Hill

Sharon HillSharon Hill, 72, of Ligonier, passed away on July 17, 2014 at her daughter’s home.

She was born on April 29, 1942 to Juanita Trine in Columbia City, Ind. She married Jimmy Hill on April 14, 1965. He preceded her in death on February 6, 2007.

Sharon and her husband built the Charger House Restaurant, which she named. They also owned several area businesses. She retired from Millenium Industries. She was very devoted to her grandchildren and enjoyed attending their various activities.

She is survived by her daughter: Tracy (Eric) Robbins of Ligonier, and a son, James (Clare) Hill of Cromwell; four grandchildren: Tayla Hill, Megan Mitchell, Brandon Evans and Shay Hill. A great-granddaughter, Paytynn San Miguel, also survives. A brother: Richard Williams of Washington, and a sister, Judy Hoffer of Warsaw, also survive. Several nieces and nephews are surviving.

Sharon was preceded in death by her husband; her grandmother, Harriett Trine; her mother and step-father, Juanita and Bascom Williams; and a brother, Terry Williams.

A Funeral Service in her honor will be on Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767. Pastor Joey Nelson with Stone’s Hill Community Church will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery.

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday July 22, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Harvey Heintzelman

2593050Harvey L. Heintzelman, 75 of Ligonier, Ind., passed away Friday July 4, 2014, at his home.

He was born on July 8, 1938, to the late Joseph and Anna Mae (McDonald) Heintzelman in Cromwell, Ind. On April 8, 1961, in Ligonier, he married Patricia S. Christlieb, who was his beloved wife for 53 years.

Harvey retired from Kidd & Co. in 1997. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, mushroom hunting every spring, fishing all year round and deer hunting in the fall. He also enjoyed gardening and going to tractor pulls.

He is survived by his wife: Patrica Heintzelman, Ligonier; four children: Lola (Tim) Terry, Ligonier; Sheila Heintzelman Brimhall, Rome City, Ind.; Anthony (Tony) Heintzelman, Kimmell, Ind.; Amy (Curt) Hasting, Ligonier; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brother and five sisters.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier. A funeral service will be held in Harvey’s honor at 10 a.m. Thursday July 10, at the funeral home. Pastor John Lutton will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery in Ligonier. Pallbearers are Sheila Heintzelman Brimhall, Tony Heintzelman, Travis Brimhall, Justin Brimhall, Matt Massey, Brock Heintzelman, Chuck Christlieb and Andrew Hasting.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

 

Brian W. Gabbard

Brian W. Gabbard, 42, of Ligonier, passed away on June 28, 201,4 at home. He was born Oct. 7, 1971 in Goshen, to Sidney and Pam (Kring) Gabbard. He was engaged to Trina Wicker.

He attended Wawasee High School. He was employed at Silgan Plastics in Ligonier.  He enjoyed ATVs, fishing, music and basketball.

He is survived by his fiancée, Trina, of Ligonier; four Sons: Anthony and Andrew Gabbard of Ligonier, Alexander and Zachary Gabbard, of New Paris; a step-son, Issac Wicker of Ligonier.  A granddaughter, Addison, also survives. Brian’s father, Sidney Gabbard, of Cromwell, is surviving.  Also surviving are his fiancées parents, Vivian & Talton Wicker.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Pam Gabbard.

A time of visitation with the family will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday July 1, 2014, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767. A funeral service in his honor will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sparta Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be given to Riley Children’s Foundation, 300 South Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Roque Calvo

2579975Roque Calvo, 88, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away on June 24, 2014, at home.

He was born on March 26, 1930, in Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, Mexico, to Raymundo Calvo and Luisa Salazar. He married Maria A. Mena in Mexico.

Mr. Calvo is survived by his wife; his children: Jesus, Alejandro, Jorge, Abel, Roque, Jr., Jose Luis, Armando, Carmela, Conchita, Rafa and Lulu; 42 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren. 4 Brothers and a sister also survive. He was preceded in death by 2 children, Ofelia and Javier.

Mr. Calvo was a retired machine operator. He enjoyed remodeling his home, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A time of visitation with the family will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday June 27, at Yeager Funeral Home. There will be a mass scheduled in Mexico.

John R. Hollowell

John R. Hollowell, 88, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Avalon Village in Ligonier.

He was born on March 11, 1926, to Perry and Gertrude (Hughes) Hollowell in Terre Haute, Ind. In 1957, John married Julia A. Hiatt. She preceded him in death.

He attended Shepherdsville School and in 1943 he joined the Army. He was injured during World War II and received two Purple Hearts. Mr. Hollowell was the street commissioner for Ligonier and retired from the Town of Ligonier. He enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting.

He is survived by his children: Lloyd ‘Rusty’ (Cheryl Beardsley) Hollowell, Topeka; Vic Hiatt, Lana (Mike) Ostrander and Rick Hiatt, all of Ligonier; Anita (Johnny) Miller, Kentucky; Tommy Hollowell, Ligonier; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a brother: Perry Hollowell Jr. of Clinton, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son: John; three sisters; and one brother.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at Yeager Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at Yeager Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sparta Cemetery in Kimmell, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.