He was born July 14, 1969, in South Bend, Ind., to Clark Heckaman and Sherryl (Fletcher) Tobias. He was a lifetime area resident.
Michael was extremely into cars — especially hot rods — and he loved working with wood. He was an excellent handyman and loved to fix things.
He married Betsy L. Thomas on Oct. 7, 1989, in Nappanee. She preceded him in death on Sept. 7, 1995.
He is survived by a son: Travis Heckaman, Nappanee; his mother: Sherryl (Bill) Tobias, Nappanee; his father: Clark (Peg) Heckaman, Nappanee; a girlfriend: Sue Hoffer, Nappanee; a sister: Michelle (Luke) Lesley, Columbia City, Ind.; a half-brother: R. Luke Tobias, Chicago, Ill.; a step brother: Mark (LeAnn) Osborn, Nappanee; and grandmother: Margaret Altheide, Nappanee.
He was preceded in death by grandparents: Harold and Helen Heckaman.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, also at the funeral home. Pastor Terry Tyler will officiate. Burial will follow at Stony Point Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Heckaman Memorial Fund.
Mark Allen Hochstetler, 27, of Lafayette, Ind., formerly of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at his residence.
He was born April 22, 1986, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Larry and Sharon (Yoder) Hochstetler.
Mark was a 2004 graduate of NorthWood High School and received his engineering degree from Purdue University in 2009. He was an engineer for Lafayette Instruments. Mark grew up in the Zion Chapel Church in Goshen and later attended New Creation Fellowship in Elkhart. He enjoyed music, playing the drums and base guitar. He was also an avid runner and enjoyed running in mini marathons.
He is survived by his father; mother; sisters: Cheryl (Adam) Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Julie Hochstetler, Nappanee; niece: Evie Smith; grandmother: Mary Hochstetler, Nappanee; and Herman and Fern Yoder, Nappanee.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Nappanee Missionary Church. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am, Thursday, Feb. 27, at Nappanee Missionary Church. Burial will be in South Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Gideons.
Cindy Lou Hepler, 58, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at her residence after a long illness.
She was born Oct. 12, 1955, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Othel and Mary F. (McCreffery) Hepler.
Cindy was a graduate of Morton Memorial High School and received an accounting degree from Notre Dame University. She retired after 33 years as an accountant from Chase Bank in Indianapolis.
Cindy loved reading, especially her Bible. She enjoyed puzzles and her family was very important to her. She enjoyed helping others.
She is survived by a son: Jeremiah (Stacey) Hood, Elkhart, Ind.; grandchildren: Sierra Ballinger, Cheyenne Spegal and Jeremiah Hood Jr.; a brother: Richard (Mary) Hepler, Bremen, Ind.; sisters: Sue (Rex) Forrest and Peggy Larson, both of Nappanee; and Maxine (Michael) Moore, Plainfield, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by sisters: Pat Doty and Kay Hepler.
There will be a gathering to celebrate Cindy’s life from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at First Brethren Church in Nappanee.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cindy Hepler Memorial Fund.
Arrangements are being handled by Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Donald Eugene Bentley II, 36, of Marion, Ind., died at 6:05 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at his residence of natural causes.
He was born April 9, 1977, in Athens, Ohio, to Donald Eugene and Lauren Rae (Lewis) Bentley.
He is survived by his mother: Lauren Rae Gould, Nappanee, Ind.; brothers: Martin Bentley, Bloomington, Ind.; and Nicholas Bentley and Andrew Hendrix, both of Nappanee; and sisters: Megan Bentley, Nappanee; and LeeAnn Hendrix, Goshen, Ind.
Visitation is planned for 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Union Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Donald Bentley II Memorial Fund.
She was born Dec. 19, 1919, in Newton County, Ind., to Roman and Mattie (Yoder) Miller. On Feb. 21, 1940, she married Abe L. Mast. He preceded in death on Oct. 23, 1996.
Mrs. Mast was a member of the Fairview A.M. Church. She was a seamstress and had been a custom tailor for 30 years. After retiring from custom tailoring, she pieced quilts for Quilt Designs in Goshen. She also pieced many quilts for her church. he loved singing and playing the guitar.
She is survived by two sons: Levi A. (Ann) Mast, Montezuma, Ga.; and Edwin A. (Mary) Mast, Goshen, Ind.; four daughters: Rachel (Ben) Graber, Sarasota, Fla.; Irene Yoder, Wakarusa; Anna Lou (Levi) Helmuth and Marie (Leon) Wengerd, both of Nappanee; 19 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers: Edward R. (Velma) Miller, Goshen; Marvin D. Miller, Middlebury, Ind.; and Roman (Barbara) Miller Jr., Nappanee; three sisters: Katie Mullet, Etna Green, Ind.; Elnora (Owen M.) Yoder, Nappanee; and Lydia Mae (Kenneth) Yoder, Sarasota, Fla.
She was preceded in death by a son: Roman A. Mast; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one great-great-grandchild; and two brothers: Tobias R. and Alvin R. Miller.
Family and Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at United Christian School in Nappanee. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday Sunday, Feb. 23, at Fairview A. M. Church. Pastor Randy Miller and the Fairview Ministry will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairview A. M. Church Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be given to the Wilderness Boys Camp in Fair Play, South Carolina.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Marvin Paul Burns, 66, of Nappanee, Ind., died unexpectedly at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Elkhart General Hospital.
He was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1947, in Claremont, Minn., to John Burk and Vivian (Clark) Burns. When he was 18 he moved to Goshen, Ind. Mr. Burns was a graduate of Claremont High School, where he played basketball.
On June 26, 1971, he married Judith Miller at the Union Center Church of the Brethren. Marvin was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam from 1966–1968.
Marvin started in the RV business at Monaco Coach in Wakarusa. He had worked at Holiday and Monaco Coach for 35 years and retired in 2009. He holds a U.S. patent for designing a flush floor slideout while working there.
Marvin enjoyed his grandchildren, Hewey his dog, family and his many friends. He enjoyed working in his yard and doing woodwork, especially making birdhouses. Marvin was a member and past commander of the Nappanee American Legion. He was on their funeral detail and worked on many other projects including the recent kitchen project.
Marvin was an avid sportsman, fan and golfer. He especially enjoyed Notre Dame, Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings. He was instrumental in starting the Elkhart County Special Olympics Charity Golf Outing in Nappanee. In 2013, he was inducted into the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Amy (Joseph) Tamburro, Nappanee; son: Eric (Heather) Burns, Osceola, Ind.; grandchildren: Jerrilyn Thompson, Jordan Thompson, Austin Tamburro, Joshua Tamburro, Mckenzie Yoder, Dominic Burns; brothers: Bob ( Donna) Burns, Wisconsin; Gary (Betty) Burns, Calif.; Larry (Linda) Burns, Goshen; Jerry Stevens, Wisconsin; John Burns, Indiana; sisters: Shirley Keck, Minnesota; Beverly (Arnie) Schlinger, Minnesota; and Marilyn Ouimet, Goshen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Margaret Burns; and brothers: Bill and Chuck Burns.
Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the funeral home. Following the service there will be military services by the Nappanee American Legion. Cremation will take place after services.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Nappanee American Legion or Elkhart County Special Olympics.