Robert J. ‘Bob’ Jones

Robert J. “Bob” Jones, 64, of Mentone, Ind., died at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

He was born July 27, 1948. On Aug. 10, 1973, he married Mary Kay Nunes. She survives.

Also surviving are four children: Jessica (David) Halas, Vanessa Jones, Robert (Lindsey) Jones and Andrew (Bethany) Jones, all of Warsaw; and 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at First Christian Church of Warsaw, 115 Park Ridge Dr., Warsaw.

Norman L. Yates

Norman YatesNorman L. Yates, 78, of Mentone, Ind., passed away at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Life Care Center of Rochester, Ind.

He was born July 20, 1934, in Betsy Lane, Ky., to Hartman and Edith (Hall) Yates. He married Joann Converse on Feb. 19, 1960, in Huntington, Ind.

Norman was a truck driver. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He attended the First Baptist Church of Mentone and played the guitar. He loved country music, especially Johnny Cash, and also loved classic cars. He enjoyed candy and ice cream and collected many toy classic cars.

Norman is survived by his wife: Joann S. Yates, Mentone; a daughter: Carol (Brian) Scrivens, Kendallville, Ind.; two sons: Mark (Jan) Yates, Elkhart, Ind.; and Michael (Michelle) Yates, Akron, Ind.; five grandchildren: Heather, Toni, Nathan, Kyle and J.T.; a sister: Lois (Rowland) Shepherd, North Manchester, Ind.; and a brother: Kenny (Jamie) Yates, Paris, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Hartman and Edith Yates; and a brother: Franklin Yates.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the funeral home with Pastor Michael Wilhite. Burial will follow in Mentone Cemetery where graveside military rites will be performed by the Warsaw American Legion and VFW.

Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church of Mentone.

Tobie H. Blalock

Tobie H. Blalock, 91, of Mentone, Ind., passed away at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Kindred Health Care Center of Bremen, Ind.

He was born May 7, 1921, in Sevierville, Tenn., to Fred and Martha (Myers) Blalock. On Dec. 25, 1942, he married Dorothy Nottingham in Mentone. She died on March 16, 2012.

Tobie served in Guam as an aircraft mechanic during WWII. He then returned and began working for Manwaring Leghorn Farms for 26 years, Midwest Spring for 10 years, and part-time for Ace Hardware of Warsaw for 11 years.

Tobie was a WWII Army veteran. He was a member of the Mentone First Baptist Church for the last 45 years. He also was a member of the Mentone Lions Club.

He is survived by two sisters: Vada Barnes and Vetris Newman, Sevierville, Tenn.; two sons: Barry (Mary) Blalock, Kokomo, Ind.; and Dennis (Linda) Blalock, Warsaw, Ind.; a daughter: Kathy (David) McGowen, Bremen, Ind.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Dorothy Blalock; and five brothers: Frank, Melvin, R.J., Earl and Robert Blalock.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Rev. Michael Wilhite. Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone First Baptist Church.

David D. Lowry

David D. Lowry, 53, of Mentone, Ind., died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 26, 1959, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to Harold and June (Baker) Lowry. He was employed by Spartech of Warsaw, Ind., for 10 years and prior to that he worked for Warsaw Plating Works for many years.

David was a Tippecanoe Valley High School graduate. He loved hunting and cutting wood. He also enjoyed fishing and taking things apart and putting them back together.

He is survived by a daughter: Samantha Ferrill, Loveland, Colo.; three sisters: Wilma Ritter, Akron, Ind.; Sandra Snell, Winona Lake, Ind.; and Karen Lewis, Burket, Ind.; two brothers: Allen Lowry, Warsaw, Ind.; and Rick Lowry, Goshen, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son: Nicholas D. Lowry; two sisters: Patricia Stambaugh and Darlene Moore; and his parents: Harold and June Lowry.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. A private family service with internment will take place at a later date. Burial will be in Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Troy Michael Craig

Troy Michael Craig, 45, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 11:55 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Ind.

He was born June 6, 1967 in Warsaw, Ind., to Bruce A. and Judith (Smith) Craig. He worked at Dutchman Manufacturing of Goshen, Ind., for 15 years and most recently of Gulf Stream of Nappanee. He also worked for his brother at Stallion Coach of Bristol, Ind.

Troy loved to fish and enjoyed watching movies, especially John Wayne movies.

He is survived by two daughters: Traci Craig, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Staci Craig, Elkhart, Ind.; his mother: Judith Craig, Nappanee, Ind.; three grandchildren; two sisters: Terri (Chuck) Rockhill, Warsaw; and Tamara Anderson, Syracuse, Ind.; two brothers: Anthony Anderson, Ocala, Fla.; and Todd Craig, Nappanee, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his father: Bruce Craig. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, Ind.

Nicholas D. Lowry

Nicholas D. Lowry, 18, of Mentone, Ind., passed Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 10, 1991, in Warsaw, Ind., to David Lowry and Holly Smith. He was a student in the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation. He was an extreme gamer and always enjoyed playing Diablo and Chess. He also enjoyed reading and he loved his dogs.

Nicholas is survived by his mother and stepfather: Holly and Ken Platt, Warsaw; three sisters: Samantha Ferrill, Loveland, Colo.; Sierra Platt, Warsaw; and Sundown Platt, Chicago, Ill.; a brother: Dakota Platt, Warsaw; grandparents: Evelyn and Dewayne Klinger, Ohio; Vera Platt, Warsaw; and several aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. A private family service with internment will take place at a later date. Burial will be in Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.