Ligonier Obituaries

Allan L. Hanna

Allan L. Hanna, 75, of Ligonier, passed away on July 24, 2014, in Goshen, Ind.

He was born on Sept. 1, 1938, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Paul and Lucille (Slocum) Hanna. He married Joyce Stump on Sept. 2, 1960, in Boston, Mass. Mr. Hanna honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1960-1963.

He is survived by his wife; his daughter: Debbie Hanna, Elkhart, Ind.; a son: Mark Hanna, Ligonier; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday July 27, at the funeral home. Pastor John Martin will officiate. A cremation committal will take place at Legacy Cremation & Remembrance Center.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Ralph E. Lewis

2615655Ralph E. Lewis, 70, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away at 7:28 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville, Ind.

He was born March 2, 1944, to Marvin and Alta (Dobbs) Lewis in Monticello, Ky. On June 7, 1964, he married Nancy Poindexter. She survives.

He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1963. He had worked at Dana in Hagerstown and then Syracuse, Ind., retiring in 1997. He enjoyed farming and working on tractors. Ralph enjoyed his family and regarded himself as “the purdy one.”

Surviving are his wife: Nancy; four children: Randle (Lisa Michelle) Lewis, Modoc, Ind.; Robert (Christina) Lewis, Kendallville, Ind.; Rebecca Lewis, Ligonier, Ind.; Richard (Sarah) Lewis, Cromwell, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; four siblings: Roger (Janet) Lewis, Auburn, Ind.; Carl (Deb) Lewis, Farmland, Ind.; Cathy Stamback, Avilla, Ind.; and Vanessa (Terry) Cross, Losantville, Ind.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Elizabeth and Joyce Lewis; and two brothers: Gerald and Ronald Lewis.

A VA memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway S., Ligonier, with Pastor Joey Nelson officiating. 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Culbertson Funeral Home, Hagerstown, Ind., with a service at 1 p.m. to follow. A private cremation committal will take place at Legacy Cremation and Remembrance Center in Ligonier, Ind.

Harold Richardson

2615429Harold Richardson, 72, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away on July 24, 2014, at home.

He was born Feb. 19, 1942, in Polly, Ky., to William and Martha (Cook) Richardson. He married Mazie Caudill on Jan. 6, 1964. She preceded him in death on June 6, 1995.

Harold graduated from Fleming High School in Neon, Ky. He was a former member of Wawasee Hawg Hunters. Mr. Richardson retired from Silgan Platsics in 2004, after almost 40 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, but his favorite thing in life was being a grandpa. 

 

He is survived by his daughter: Kimberly Renee Richardson; and a grandson: Jesse Glenn Aguilar, both of Ligonier, Ind.; two sisters: Carol Rose and Margarett Harris; and three brothers: Billy Wayne, Jerry and Jeff Richardson.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Kenneth Richardson.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway S., Ligonier. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the funeral home. Pastor Clarence Combs will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Parkview Hospice, 1900 Carew St., Suite 6, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.

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.