Milford Obituaries

Rebecca Sue ‘Becky’ Yeater

MJ rebecca yeater 4-16-14 abRebecca Sue “Becky” Yeater, 37, of Elkhart, Ind., passed away Tuesday, April 8, at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Auburndale, Fla.

Becky was born Jan. 12, 1977, in Sturgis, Mich., to Larry and Sherry (Hoover) Davis. On Dec. 27, 2010, in Elkhart, she married Larry L. Yeater, the son of Pat and the late John Yeater who were past residents of Milford, Ind. and Nappanee, Ind.

Becky graduated from Sturgis High School in 1995 where she was a member of the Sturgis High School Marching Band and golf team. She attended Faith United Methodist Church and enjoyed riding motorcycles, bowling and golfing. She was active in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Becky is survived by her husband: Larry; her mother; two sisters: Cindy (Steve) DeBord and Jennifer (Rob) Hayes, both of Lake Alfred, Fla; a brother: Mike (Julianne) Davis, Queen Creek, Ariz.; stepchildren: Allison, Ross and Andrea Yeater; seven nieces and nephews and three great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father: Larry Davis; an aunt: Kim Davis Gushwa; an uncle: Bruce Davis; and a cousin: Angie Davis.

Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Faith United Methodist Church, CRs 17 and 18, Goshen, Ind., where friends may visit one hour prior. Rev. John Hogsett will officiate.

Memorials may be directed to the Center for Hospice in Elkhart, or the Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Fla.

Debbie Renee Barry

Debbie Renee Barry, 51, of Milford, Ind., and formerly of Patriot, Ohio, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014, at her home.

She was born Jan. 8, 1963, in Houston, Texas, to Harold and Lucille (Dubley) Shibler. Debbie was a very loving and giving person who always put others needs ahead of her own. Her giving nature led her to donate to the Give Love Foundation and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

She is survived by her parents; her children: Christopher Shibler, Chancey A. Barry and Brittney R. Barry; grandchildren: Landon A. Barry, Tyson J. Barry, Aqua Marie Reece and Chelsea Renee Leer; three brothers: Joseph, Anthony and Johnathan Shibler; two sisters: Kristina Frick and Kimberly Blouse; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death was her husband: James Virgil Barry.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Oak Hill, Ohio. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the funeral home with Rev. Burton Neace officiating. Burial will follow in Centerpoint Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be made to: St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, Ind., assisted with local arrangements.

Benjamin J. Sharp

Benjamin J. Sharp, of Milford, Ind., passed away shortly after his birth on March 15, 2014, at IU Health Goshen Hospital.

Benjamin is survived by his parents: Virgil and Christa (Veach) Sharp, Milford; maternal grandparents: Randy Veach, Milford; and Cindy Collins, Bristol, Ind.; paternal grandparents: Danny and Vicki Sharp, Milford; great-grandparents: Frank and Jerri Rink, Syracuse, Ind.; Paul and Myrtle Sliter, North Webster, Ind.; Virgil and Doris Zimmerman, Milford; and Kenneth and Sandra Sharp, North Webster.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother: Nancy Zimmerman.

A private service will be held in honor of Benjamin.

Arrangements are with Mishler Funeral Home, Milford.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Milford Fire Department.

Daniel Roman Katzer

Katzer, Daniel RomanDaniel Roman Katzer, 23, of Milford, Ind., passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Barbee Lake, Warsaw.

He was born Oct. 17, 1990, in Warsaw, to Mark and Patricia (Seaman) Katzer. He was a 2009 graduate of Wawasee High School in Syracuse, Ind.

Daniel was a concrete finisher for Pioneer Masonry. He enjoyed outdoor activities including BMX riding, snow boarding, hunting and fishing. He had a huge sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was looking forward to building up his skill levels while working in the family business (Pioneer Masonry) with his dad and brothers.

He was a member of Living Faith Fellowship.

Daniel is survived by five brothers: Jeff (Cheryl) Katzer, Milford, Ind.; Joel (Kelley) Katzer, Warsaw; and David Katzer, Nathan Katzer and Michael Katzer, all of Milford; two sisters: Grace (Andrew) Suranyi, Milford; and Moriah (Nathan) West, Elkhart, Ind.; 10 nieces and nephews; his paternal grandparents: Roman and Joy Katzer, Eagle River, Wisc.; aunts and uncles and 22 cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Paul and Sylvia Seaman.

No visitation is planned. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse, Ind. Lead Pastor Ben Stoffel of Living Faith Fellowship, will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Living Faith Fellowship, 2601 Benham Ave.,
 Elkhart, IN 46517.

Titus Funeral Home in Warsaw is handling the arrangements.

To sign the guest register or leave online condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.

Laura S. Miller

2452609Laura S. Miller. 76, of Milford, Ind., passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in the Elkhart Hospice House.

Laura was born Jan. 3, 1938, in Norfolk, Virginia to Walter and Thelma (Trinkle) Blessing. She married David Miller on Nov. 8, 1962; he survives.

Laura loved her family and was always involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. She had a love for all people and enjoyed talking and spending time with them. She attended the Maranatha Fellowship Church with her husband.

She is survived by her husband: David; six children: Gayle (Patrick) Hadley, Alaska; Karen Aiken, Florida; Mark (Angie) Miller, Alaska; Donna Miller, Syracuse, Ind.; Andrew Miller, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and LeAnn (Mark) Osborn, Nappanee, Ind.; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers: Robert Blessing, Florida; Charles (JoAnn) Blessing, Georgia; and a sister: Dorothy (Allen) Cordell, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Mishler Funeral Home, Milford. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 17, at the Maranatha Fellowship Church in Nappanee. Pastor Michael Peterson will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Maranatha Fellowship Church in care of Mishler Funeral Home.

John Edwin Gingerich

1264217_profile_picJohn Edwin Gingerich, 88, of Milford, Ind., passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, March 9, 2014.

He was born Oct. 8, 1925, in Howard County, Ind., to Albert and Salome (Troyer) Gingerich. He married Mary Ellen Schlabach in LaGrange on Feb. 28, 1946.

John has lived in Nappanee for 58 years. He was a retired Dairy farmer. He was a member of Salem Mennonite Church. John was always willing to help those in need.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Carolyn (Jerry) Helmuth, Wakarusa, Ind.; Audrey (Eldon) Miller, Nappanee, Ind.; Jane (Art) Hershberger, Dillwyn, Va; sons: Merrill (Lola) Gingerich and Phillip (Jane) Gingerich, both of Milford; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; sister: Martha (Henry) Plank, Arthur, Ill.; brother: Walter (Martha) Gingerich, Arthur; and sister-in-law: Fran Gingerich, Kokomo, Ind.

He was preceded in death by a grandson: Kevin Miller; two great-grandchildren: Trent Martin and Emily Kauffman; and a brother: Joe Henry Gingerich.

Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday , March 12, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. There will also be a visitation from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Salem Mennonite Church. Funeral services will be held  at 10:00 am, Thursday, March 13, at the church, with Terrill Yoder, and Jerry Helmuth officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Goldenrod or the Donor’s choice.