Mentone Obituaries

Jack D. Rickel

Jack D. Rickel, 66, of Mentone, Ind., passed away 12:35 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at Center for Hospice of Elkhart, Ind.

He was born in Warsaw, Ind., on Sept. 9, 1947, to Hugh and Vernetta (Hohman) Rickel. Jack was a graduate of Mentone High School and also was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He was in maintenance and an electrician working at Sun Metal Products of Warsaw.

Surviving Jack is his son: David Rickel, Summerville S.C.; and his brother: Francis (Judy) Rickel, Mentone.

Following Jack’s request, no visitation or funeral service will be held. Services are entrusted to King Memorial Home 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone.

Harold E. Horn

haroldhornHarold E. Horn, 94, of Millers Merry Manor of Warsaw, Ind. and formerly of Mentone, Indiana, passed away at 10:20 pm, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw, Indiana.

Harold was born Feb. 17, 1920 in Fulton County, Indiana to Fred A. and Anna Lavera (Stockberger) Horn. He married Velma F. Ailer, who survives, on June 28, 1941 in Hamlet, Ind.

Harold worked at Manwaring Poultry Farm for 45 years. He was a 1938 graduate of Mentone High School. In WWII he was a Sgt. in the 106th Infantry Division and 423rd Regiment. He was on the battle lines on Dec. 16, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. His Regiment as well as the 422nd were captured. He evaded capture and went on to participate in 3 more campaigns.

He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism during the sinking of the troop ship USS Coolidge in the Pacific. He attended the Riverview Community Church of Tippecanoe and a past member of the Mentone Masonic Lodge. He and his wife enjoyed wintering in Sebring, Florida. He also loved carpentry, woodworking, telling stories, as well as being a die-hard Chicago Cubs fans.

Surviving Harold is his wife; daughter: Vicki (Tim) Mikel of Mentone; sons: Freddie W.  (Debbie) Horn of Carterville, Ga. and Mickey (Janice) Horn, of Macy, Ind.; 5 Grandchildren; 6 Great Grandchildren, a Great Great Grandson; 2 Step Grandchildren; 7 Step Great Grandchildren; Sisters: Leota Holloway, of Talma, Ind.; Shirley (Richard) Wine of  Warsaw; Donna Baker of Warsaw; Beverly Sue Murphy of Akron.

Preceding Harold in death is infant Daughter: Connie, Grandson: Todd Horn, three sisters, four brothers.

Memorial services are 2:00 pm, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Ind., Rev. Rodney Ruberg presiding. Burial is at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, Indiana where graveside military rites will be preformed by the American Legion and the VFW of Warsaw.

Mary A. Shirey

Mary A. Shirey, 96, of Mentone, Ind., passed away 2:45 a.m., Friday, June 27, 2014, at Mason Health Care of Warsaw, Ind.

She was born on Nov. 6, 1917, in Mentone, to Chauncey and Golda (Ringle) Mollenhour. On May 3, 1941, in Mentone,  to Allen Guido ‘Deed’ Shirey he preceded her in death. Mary was a homemaker.

She is survived by a daughter: suzy (John) Klinefelter, Etna Green, Ind.; son: Steve (Linda) Shirey, Bourbon, Ind.; four grandchildren: Ryan Shirey, Brandon Shirey, Jaime Costilow and Stefanie Sauer; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters: Eileen Koenig; Lola Bobbi Wallace; and a great-grandson. 

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, June 30, at King Memorial Home Mentone. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 1, at the funeral home with Reverend Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating. Burial will take place at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Services.


Wilma Norris

Wilma Norris, 82, of rural Mentone, Ind., passed away at 4:02 p.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Millers Merry Manor of Warsaw, Ind.

She was born Oct. 8, 1931, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to Walter and Lola (Miller) Overholt. On May 24, 1951, in Warsaw, Ind., she was married to Robert D. Norris. He preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and a graduate of the 1949 class of Warsaw High School. She was a member of the Burket United Methodist Church. She and her husband were once named Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation Farmer of the Year.

She is survived by a daughter: Joyce (Ralph) Marley, Russiaville, Ind.; a son: Dennis Norris, Mentone; a sister: Violet Overholt, Mentone; and grandchildren: Michael and Jennifer Marley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, June 2, at the funeral home. Reverend Amber Karkosky-Litten will officiate. Burial will take place in Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church or the American Diabetes Association.

Terry Joseph ‘Joe’ Walters

Terry Joseph ‘Joe’ Walters, 68, of Mentone, Ind., in the Palestine area, passed away 4:02 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, warsaw after being in failing health for many years. 

He was born May 2, 1946, in Madison County, Ind., to William and Anna (Dickey) Walters. He graduated from Daleville High School. On Oct. 19, 1979, in Warsaw, to Rebecca Pruett Hurley, she survives. 

He worked for Larry Evans and Mark Metzger Auctions for over 20 years. Joe enjoyed fishing and all the people while working at the auctions.

He is survived by his wife; daughter: Carrie Yoder, Daleville, Ind.; son: David Hurley, Daleville; and brother: Larry Walters, Daleville.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private family services will be held. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Reverend Teresa Lewis will officiate. Burial will take place in Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Ind.

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



Beth D. Stephens

StephensBeth D. Stephens, 76, of Mentone, Ind., passed away at 4:35 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind.

On Aug. 2, 1937, she was born in Raven, Ky., to Canton and Susanna (Jacobs) Combs. She was united in marriage to Talmadge Stephens on March 19, 1955, in Manton, Ky. He preceded her in death on Aug. 12, 2004.

Beth was employed with Dalton Foundry in Warsaw from 1972 to 1988. She also took care of Palestine Cemetery for 20 years. 

Beth was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church, Claypool, Ind., and she enjoyed gardening vegetables and flowers and she also loved canning from her garden. She also loved birds and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two sons: Canton (Connie) Stephens, Mentone, Ind.; and Kim (Amy) Stephens, Pierceton, Ind.; two daughters: Karen (James) Zimmerman, Mentone; and Leslie (Jose) Reyes, Mentone; 17 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five step grandchildren.

Beth was preceded in death by her husband; and two grandsons: Donald Jacob Stephens and Chely Lee Reyes.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 5, in the funerla home with Pastor Terry Bradford officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery, Palestine.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 30 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60602.

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