Mentone Obituaries

Jerrold W. ‘Jerry’ Hermann

1286406_profile_picJerrold W. “Jerry” Hermann, 77, of Rochester, Ind., passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Born in Muskegon, Mich., on Oct. 14, 1936, Jerrold Wesley was the son of Fred Raymond and Gertrude Greendyke Hermann. As one of eight children, Jerry grew up with four sisters and three brothers. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1954.

In 1958 Jerry enlisted with the United States Army. He served three years, then was honorably discharged.

On Dec. 27, 1965, he was united in marriage with Donna Keim. Together they shared 48 years. They are covenant members of The Cross.

Jerry worked for Sealed Power as an engineering manager for 37 years. He later worked for AIRVAC for nine years, seven years as a field supervisor and two years as a fabrication shop supervisor. Talented with his hands, Jerry helped his father repair sewing machines. After the death of his father he maintained the sewing machine repair business. Area seamstresses relied on Jerry for over three and a half decades to keep their machines running full tilt with precision.

A connoisseur of the legendary Volkswagen motor cars. Jerry has owned nearly every model from the camper to the Beetle. Gifted with his abilities and knowledge of engines, he tore down an engine then re-assemble it. He purchased a Volkswagon with the dismantled engine in a box and reassembled it. Jerry was always at home in his woodworking shop, creating special custom gifts like recipe and treasure boxes using various species of wood. To relax he enjoyed reading, especially about history and the chronicles of National Geographic.

He is survived by his wife: Donna; four children: Carla (Ken) Smith, Argos, Ind.; Greg (Cathy) Lowe, Westfield; Megan (Jay) Teel, Mentone, Ind.; Jerrilyn Loper, Westfield; grandchildren: Mitchell (Julia) Richard, North Caroline; Arielle (Zack) Mally, Westfield; Hadley Lowe, Westfield; Thomas, Elizabeth and Samuel Teel, Mentone; Chelsea Jameson, Westfield, Trenton Jameson, Pennsylvania; Max and Kady Loper, Fulton; great-grandchildren: Duncan Mally and Bennett Richard; siblings: Fred Robert (Patty) Hermann, Del; Dr. Bruce (Deanne) Hermann, Florida; Bradley (Kaye) Hermann, Macy, Ind.; Diane Bathrick, Michigan; Sandra (Bob) Carpenter, Michigan; Marcia (Jerry) Behrens, Iowa; and Kristine (Larry) Mueller, Granger, Ind.

Pastor John Branch will officiate services. Burial will follow at Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor’s Team.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at the funeral home with the service following at 10 a.m.

Bernard L. Zolman

Bernard L.  ZolmanSONYBernard L. Zolman, 85, of Mentone, Ind., passed away at 7:20 p.m., Sunday, April 13, 2014, at his residence

He was born on Aug 30, 1928, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to John and Zella (Parker) Zolman. He attended Burket High School. On Aug 21, 1976, in Claypool, Ind., he was married to Phyllis J. Roberts Mosier –she survives.

He was an independent truck driver. He worked at South Whitley Trucking, Black Oxide of Burket, Ind., and TTP Diesel of Warsaw, Ind. He served in the National Guard and was in the Teamsters Union. He enjoyed basketball, especially Tippecanoe Valley and Indiana University, and bus trips with S&S Travel.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Jolyn (Willy) Likens, Warsaw; Melinda (Dan) Cochran, Fort Myers, Fla.; sons: Rob (Kathy) Zolman, Fort Myers; Kevin (Geora) Zolman, Chattanooga, Tenn.; stepdaughters: Susan (Donald) Minch, Portland, Ind.; Connie (Jerry) Black, Warsaw; Tamra (Steven) Norton, Mentone; stepson: Gary (Joyce) Mosier, Disko, Ind.; five grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; twin sisters: Eileen Phebus and Nadeen Cumberland, Warsaw.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, a sister and a grandson. 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the funeral home. Reverend Amber Karkosky-Litten will officiate. Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery Mentone.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mentone Fire Department

Robert ‘Dale’ Ladson Sr.

Robert "Dale" Ladson Sr.>tÙ¶žuRobert “Dale” Ladson Sr., 76, of rural Rochester, Ind. and Mentone, Ind., passed away at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Ind., after being in failing health since December.

On June 29, 1937, Robert was born in Marshall County, Ind., to LaVerne E. and Mildred E. (Shaffer) Ladson. Robert married Lois Ann England on Oct. 24, 1965, at the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church in Kosciusko County, Ind., and she survives.

He was a dairy farmer as well as working for Petrolene Gas Company, Warsaw. He also worked as a seed salesman for Patriot, Brodbeck, Crow’s and Sunstar companies. In addition, he worked for the federal crop insurance program.

Robert was a graduate of Talma High School in 1955 and he was an all-county softball pitcher. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard serving from 1960-1966 and receiving many commendations. He was a member of the Talma Bible Church. He enjoyed his morning coffee at Teel’s, Tweedle Dee’s, Akron Kountry Kitchen and the former Steer Inn. He loved traveling to the Dakotas to see family as well as going to casinos like Belterra and Four Winds. He dearly loved his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife: Lois Ladson, Rochester; a daughter: Roberta Ann Ladson, Warsaw, Ind.; two sons: Robert Dale Jr. (Joanna) Ladson, Bremen, Ind.; and Ryan Ladson, Mentone; a sister, Mary (Jim) Unzicker, Claypool, Ind.; and three grandchildren: Nathaniel, Marisa and Joshua Ladson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Lena Goss; and a brother: Lynn Ladson.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the funeral home with Rev. Ben Hammond officiating. Burial is in the Sycamore Cemetery, Mentone, with graveside military rites performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions are open to the donor’s choice.

Donald Stephenson

Donald Stephenson, 69, of rural Rochester, Ind., passed away at 6 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, at his residence after being ill since July.

He was born June 25, 1944, in Princeton, Ind., to Coen E. and Marie (Carwile) Stephenson. On April 21, 1990, he married Verna R. Weiger in Plymouth, Ind.

Donald was a supervisor for Lau Industries of Rochester retiring at the age of 62. He also had worked for Reynolds Metals in Bourbon, Ind.

He graduated from Milford High School in 1962, then served his country in Vietnam serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the VFW of Rochester and the American Legion in Bourbon.

He enjoyed working outside which included mowing yard and gardening. He also liked to fish.

He is survived by his wife: Verna R. Stephenson, Rochester; a son: Donald Stephenson Jr., Kaw City, Okla.; step children: Angela, Chris (Linda), and Rodney (Sherri); three grandchildren: Coen, Ethan and Evan; four step grandchildren: Joshua, Jordan, Jessica and Bailey; a brother: Wade (companion Linda) Stephenson, Rochester; his mother-in-law: Ilean Rose Weiger, Tippecanoe, Ind.; a sister-in-law: Vicki Brockey, Tippecanoe; and his Springer Spaniel: Rusty.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Coen E. and Marie (Carwile) Stephenson; and two brothers: Edward and Warren Stephenson.

Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, at Mentone Cemetery in Mentone, Ind. Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten will officiate. Graveside military rites are to be preformed by the Fulton County Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone.

Memorials may be made to the Marshall or the Fulton County Humane societies.

Gael Johnson

Gael JohnsonGael Johnson, 76, of Mentone, Ind., died at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor of Warsaw, Ind.

He was born Aug. 28, 1937, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to J. Clyde and Parentha V. (Kindig) Johnson. He graduated in 1955 from Beaver Dam High School.

He was a R.R. Donnelley employee as well as a farmer and a truck driver. He loved training and riding horses as well as hunting. He was the first double lung transplant ever performed at IU Med Center and the oldest living lung transplant recipient.

He is survived by his companion: Bonnie J. Cleveland, Mentone; daughters: Shasta A. (Mike) Corcoran, Forth Worth, Texas; and Shana S. (Nick) Hanks, Amarillo, Texas; sons: Dannie J. Johnson, Liberal, Kan.; and Jay A. (Jeanette) Johnson, Haslet, Texas; four grandchildren; Bonnie’s children: Teresa Cosgrove, Lake Placid, Fla.; Mark and Cindy Lingofelter, Nappanee, Ind.; and
Penni Cloud, Elkhart, Ind.; Bonnie’s grandchildren: seven grandchildren and 11 great-randchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Carolyn Enyart.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in the funeral home with Pastor Michael McFarland. Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery.

David Matthew Seitner

david-seitner-obituaryDavid Matthew Seitner, 42, of Mentone, Ind., passed away at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Mentone, at Cargil as a result of an accident.

He was born Oct. 7, 1971, in Warsaw, Ind., to Charles David and Nancy Jane (Bigelow) Seitner. On Dec. 21, 1991, in North Manchester, Ind., he was married to Robin S. England. She survives.

He was a truck driver for RVH of Wheaton, Iowa. He had been a truck driver for 21 years. He was a member of the VFW of Warsaw. He was known as an avid Harley Davidson Motorcycle enthusiast. He loved riding his Heritage Soft Tail Classic with his family and friends. He was also a hunter and he enjoyed boating and camping.

He is survived by his wife; sons: Josh Seitner, Warsaw; Brandon Seitner, Warsaw; a daughter: Amanda (Denver) Brown, North Manchester, Ind.; an unborn grandchild; a sister: Melissa Seitner, Akron, Ind.; a brother: Charlie Seitner, Silver Lake, Ind.; Mark (Bobie) Seitnerm, Warsaw; five nieces; five nephews; and a great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the funeral home. Pastor Michael Wilhite will officiate. Burial will take place in Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Ind.,

Memorial contributions may be directed to an organization of the donor’s choice.