Nappanee Obituaries

Russell L. Huff

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Russell L. Huff, 95, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 1:25 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, in the Heritage House.

He was born May 27, 1919, in Nappanee to Oliver and Edith (Haney) Huff. He was an area lifetime resident, and he and his wife, Mildred, had spent many winters in the Okeechobee and Sebring, Fla., areas.

He was a 1937 graduate of Madison Township High School. He was a World War II Army Air Corp veteran, serving in the South Pacific. He worked at Bendix in South Bend, Ind., all his life.

Russell was a member of the Nappanee American Legion. He took a helicopter ride at the age of 90. He loved to hunt and fish, especially on his Minnesota fishing trips.

He married Mildred Klopenstein on June 16, 1946. She preceded in death on June 19, 2013.

Surviving are his sons: Russell John (Jill) Huff, Wilber, Wash.; and Brian (Anna) Huff, Nappanee; grandchildren: John (Kym) Huff, Tammi Clampffer, Jennifer Dieatric, Cobi (Dwayne) Ray, Toni (Brent) Warren, Mandi (Joe) English; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a brother: DeVoe Huff, Nappanee; and sisters: Margret Chandler, Elkhart, Ind.; and Martha (Leroy) Love, Nappanee.

He was preceded in death by a grandson; brothers: Wayne, Stanley and Lloyd “Phil” Huff; and a sister: Esther Roth.

Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July in the funeral home. Pastor Norm Reimer will officiate. Burial will follow at Leesburg Cemetery with military graveside services performed by the Nappanee American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Nappanee American Legion or to the Elkhart County Hospice. 

 

Tracey L. Fuller

10417572_10152572843895993_7707046061892877914_nTracey L. Fuller, 49, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 7:39 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind., of natural causes. 

She was born June 14, 1965, in Bremen, Ind., to Gary L. and Linda (Weakly) Fuller. Tracey was a lifetime area resident. She was a 1983 graduate of NorthWood High School and had worked at Pizza Hut in Nappanee and also worked at Walgreens and Greencroft in Goshen, Ind.  

Tracey grew up in the First Church of God in Nappanee. She enjoyed Notre Dame football and had a heart for helping people in need. She also loved her dogs.

Tracey is survived by her lifetime friend and caregiver: Mary Sullivan, Nappanee; sister: Mindy (James) Richardson, Nappanee; a niece: Alyssa Richardson; nephews: Brandon and Cody Richardson; grandparents: Max and Margaret Weakly, Bourbon, Ind.; uncle: Timothy (Kina) Fuller, Nappanee; and aunts: Diana Graham, South Carolina; and LeeAnn (Edward) Rock, Mentone, Ind. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the First Church of God in Nappanee. Burial will be in South Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Family Christian Development Center in Nappanee for helping people.

David J. Orton

David J. Orton, 72, of Goshen, Ind., died unexpectedly, at 5:02 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014, at IU Health Goshen. 

He was born Nov. 10, 1941, in Sturgis, Mich., to Judson and Mabel Orton. On Oct. 9, 1967, he married Elaine R. Sowards. She preceded in death on Feb. 23, 2007.

Mr. Orton lived most of his life in the Nappanee, Ind., area. He had worked in the RV industry and was an active member of New Life Church in Goshen.

He is survived by his children: Sabrina (Robert) Borton, Elkhart, Ind.; and David Earl Orton, Goshen; a granddaughter: Megan Borton; sisters: Sandy (Clem) Riedner, Indianapolis; and Darlene (Kevin) White, Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers: Steve (Toni) Orton, Goshen; and Bryan Orton, North Carolina.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at New Life Church in Goshen. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the church with Rev. T.J. Meehan officiating. Burial will be in South Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the David J. Orton memorial fund for funeral expenses.

Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

Mary E. Woodcox

1346528_profile_picMary E. Woodcox, 80, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 3:20 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa, Ind., after a lengthy illness.

She was born Nov. 16, 1933, in Nappanee, to Jacob and Elsie (Speicher) Mitschelen. Mary was a graduate of John Adams High School. On June 22, 1952, she married Kenneth Woodcox.

Mary was a lifetime resident of this area, living in Nappanee, Lakeville, Ind., Bremen, Ind., and South Bend, Ind. She was a homemaker and had worked at Christian Light Bookstore. She had also been a co-owner of Nappanee Antique Mall. Mary also drove for the Amish community. Mary was an active member of Nappanee Missionary Church and attended small church there. She was a volunteer and active with the Gospel Echoes Bible Study at Westville Correctional Facilities. Mary had a gentle, quiet spirit and was very caring. She had worked in various social ministries where she lived. Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband; daughters: Becky (Dan) Royer, Brazil, South America; Debra (Larry) Chizum, Plymouth, Ind.; Kathy (David) Freistuhler, Antioch, Tenn.; sons: David (Barb) Woodcox, Randy (Carla) Woodcox, both of Mishawaka, Ind.; son-in-law: Butch Rittenhouse, Venice, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a sister: Janice (Joe) Hastings, South Bend; and a sister-in-law: Sonny Mitschelen.

She was preceded in death by a daughter: Diane Rittenhouse; sister: Betty Marshall; and brother: Laurel ‘Sonny’ Mitschelen.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at the Nappanee Missionary Church Chapel and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3, also at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at the church. Pastor Norm Reimer will officiate and burial will be in Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend. Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hannah’s House.

Debra D. Morris

Debra D. Morris, 59, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away unexpectedly, at 9:35 p.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Elkhart General Hospital of natural causes.

She was born March 22, 1955, in Elkhart County, Ind., to John and Lillian (Hartman) Morris.

Debra lived her lifetime in this area. She was a graduate of Nappanee High School. Debra was a homemaker and attended Nappanee Missionary Church. She loved her grandchildren, especially her grandson, Jayden. She spent every day reading her bible.

She is survived by her children: Jennifer Weaver, Amber Lace, both of Nappanee; Jonathan Anglemeyer, Goshen, Ind.; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister Kay Felts and a brother, Carl Morris.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Nappanee Missionary Church. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Nappanee Missionary Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Debra Morris memorial fund to help with funeral expenses.

 

Pamela Sue Peffley

1332967_profile_picPamela Sue Peffley, 48, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 6:28 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2014, at Elkhart General Hospital after a 9-month battle with cancer.

She was born June 11, 1966, in Elkhart.

Pamela graduated from NorthWood High School in 1984 and attended Indiana University in South Bend. She married Harry “Tony” Peffley on Nov. 16, 1996, at Buelah Missionary Church in Elkhart.

Pamela worked at NorthWood High School as a Special Education para professional.  he enjoyed helping the athletic department as a ticket taker for many sporting events. She was a member of Goshen First United Methodist Church at the Life Center and the Indiana Teacher Association. 

Pamela always had a smile on her face and stayed strong through the many hardships she went through.

Surviving is her husband: Harry “Tony’ Peffley; a daughter: Amanda Renee Peffley, at home; step children: Anthony Joseph (Stefanie) Peffley, Thomas Michael Peffley and Alisa Kay Peffley, all of Elkhart, Ind.; five grandchildren; her parents: Mary Ann (Dennis) Taylor, Wakarusa, Ind.; and Dave (Beth) Nusbaum, Elkhart; stepbrothers: Mike Taylor, California; Tim Taylor, Oklahoma; and her cat: Butkus (a.k.a. The Cancer Cat).

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, where funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15. Pastor Ed Fritz will officiate. Burial will be in South Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pam Peffley Memorial Fund c/o Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home.