Mentone Obituaries

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Floyd Rule Jr.

Floyd W. Rule Jr.ral ChapeMYÓu‰0zFloyd Rule Jr., 91, of Mentone, Ind., passed at 10:40 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital Emergency Room unexpectedly.

He was born on May 2, 1923, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to Floyd W. and Hazel (Hollar) Rule. On June 25, 1949, in Warsaw, Ind., at his parent’s home, he was married to Bernice Klingel, who survives.

He worked for Frank’s Manufacturing as a handyman and a welder for 30 years.
Memberships: He graduated in 1943 from the Indiana School for the Deaf of Indianapolis. He was involved with the Deaf Senior Citizens Club of Mishawaka for many years. He was a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church since 1988. He was known for his wonderful and friendly smile. Floyd enjoyed going to restaurants.

He is survived by his wife; a niece: Cindy (Otis) Goodnight, LaFountaine, Ind.;  brother-in-law: Glenn Haney, Lake Alfred, Fla.; aunt: Donnabelle Rule, Winona Lake, Ind.; and close friend and interpreter: Pat Lancet, Argos, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Carol Haney; and a nephew: Kim Haney.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the funeral home with pastor Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating. Burial will take place in Stony Point, Leesburg, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mentone United Methodist Church.


Gwendolyn Jane Bowers Clark

ClarkGwendolyn Jane Bowers Clark, 87, passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.

Gwendolyn was born May 13, 1927, to Floyd and Vina Bowers, the second of three children. She was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, and was a mother, nurse, naturalist, voracious reader and quilter. 

Following graduation from Mansfield Senior High in 1945, Gwen enrolled in nurses training shortly before the end of World War II. She graduated from Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. The 50 years of devoted service to the nurse’s call gave Gwen her staunch attitude to the world of health and healing. She remembered by all as a caring and strong woman.

In 2013, Grandma was asked to write her autobiography in six words and this is what she wrote, “From Lindbergh to Mars! Goodnight Nurse!”

She is survived by five a stepson: Robert (Tracy), Cardington, Ohio; three sons: Douglas, (Freda) Marengo, Ohio; Roger (Susan), Trenton, Ohio; and Brian (Joan), Brick, New Jersey; and one daughter: Brenda (David) Anweiler, Mentone, Ind.; a sister: Loretta Miller, Springfield, Ohio; and a sister-in-law: Norma Bowers, Northport, Fla.; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a multitude of loved cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and especially her dear Twisted Sisters.

Gwen is preceded in death by her parents; her brother: Floyd Jr.; and her step-grandson: Myron Clark.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in Mulberry Street Methodist Church, Mount Vernon, Ohio. 

McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, was entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mentone EMS and Fire Department or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska (RMHC), 5130 40th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98105.

To sign the guestbook or send condolences electronically, go to McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.

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Richard Earhardt Riedel

Riedel, Richard obit photoRichard Earhardt Riedel, 78, of Mentone, Ind., passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 29, 1936, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Carl R. Riedel and Eveline (Studler) Riedel. He was married on Aug. 11, 1962, to Marna Kay (Goshert) Riedel, who preceded him in death on March 1, 2011.

Richard was a 1954 graduate of Northside High School, Fort Wayne, and then served in the U.S. Army.  Richard worked for many years for Goshert Insurance as a Crop Insurance Agent and General Insurance Agent. He had also worked in sales for 15 years for United Telephone Company retiring in 2000.

He was on the Board of Directors of CASA of Kosciusko County, was a member of Boy Scouts of America and volunteered for many church functions. He enjoyed riding his Can-Am Spyder, traveling, musical shows and he especially enjoyed his family.

He is survived by his two daughters: Paula B. (David) Spolski, Claypool/Beaver Dam, Ind.; Laura J. (Fred) Closs, Rock Hill, S.C.; two grandchildren: Justin and Brandon Larrabee, both of Claypool; and his sister: Helene Evans, Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother: Fritz Riedel.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw, Ind. His funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and is to be officiated by Pastor Jeff Pfeifer. Private burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be directed to CASA of Kosciusko County, 121 North Lake Street, Warsaw, IN 46580; or Boy Scouts of America, Anthony Wayne Area Council, 8315 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

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.