Nappanee Obituaries

Earl E. Schmucker

Earl E. Schmucker, 85, of 25123 CR 54, Nappanee, died at his daughter’s residence, at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, of natural causes.

He was born Dec. 31, 1928, in Marshall County to Eli M. and Mary (Yoder) Schmucker. On Nov. 20, 1952, he married Mary E. Miller. She preceded him in death.

Mr. Schmucker was a lifetime area resident. He was a factory worker and a Bee Keeper. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He is survived by his sons: Elmer (Katie) Schmucker, Garnett, Kansas; Raymond Schmucker, Irvington, Ky.; John (Donna) Schmucker, Nappanee; Howard (Lisa) Schmucker, Eugene (Mary) Schmucker, both of Bremen, Ind.; daughters: Etta (Larry) Borkholder, Milford, Ind.; Clara Yoder, Shipshewana, Ind.; Ruth (Lyle) Hochstetler, Ligonier, Ind.; Dorothy (Merlin) Yoder, Nappanee; Judy (Maynard) Hostetler, Topeka, Ind.; 76 grandchildren; 115 great-grandchildren; brothers: Vernon (Katie) Schmucker, Honduras; Mahlon (Martha) Schmucker, Owen (Norma) Schmucker, both of Bremen; Ivan (Sadie) Schmucker, Nappanee; and sisters: Ruby (Lester) Byler, Erma Schmucker, both of Nappanee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a son-in-law: Merle Yoder; daughter-in-law: Fern Schmucker; grandsons: Jonathon and Kenneth Schmucker; great-granddaughter: Janelle Renae Schmucker; and a sister: Lizzie Ellen Schmucker.

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9,  and all day Thursday, April 9, at the Merlin Yoder residence located at 25115 CR 54, Nappanee. Funeral services will also be at this residence at 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 11. The Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery.

Ethel Mae Anglin

1277546_profile_picEthel Mae Anglin, 90, of Bradenton, Fla., and formerly of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 9:10 pm, Friday, March 28, 2014, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 16, 1923, in Colby, Kan., to George W. and Mary (Robinett) Gould. On Sept. 12, 1945, she married Olen Anglin in Nappanee. He preceded in death March 10, 2009 .

Mrs. Anglin was a 1941 graduate of Nappanee High School. She then attended University of Indianapolis for two years and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Finley, Ohio.

She was a lifetime area resident until moving to Florida in 2007. She had taught week day religion education for 14 years at Nappanee Elementary School. For 9 years she was a Fuller Brush salesperson. Ethel Mae was a member of Nappanee Missionary Church and a former member of Mt. Tabor Church of God.

She is survived by a son: Lanny (Kathy) Anglin, Columbus, Ohio; a daughter: Judy (Robert) Douglas, Sarasota, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two brothers: Paul (Judy) Gould, Granger, Ind.; and Glen Gould, Clinton Township, Mich.

She was preceded in death by brothers: Everett, Joseph and Robert “Bob” Gould.

Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, April 3, at Nappanee Missionary Church Chapel. The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Stony Point Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Nappanee Missionary Church or the Week Day Bible Class.

Eugene Ray Hershberger

Eugene Ray Hershberger, 72, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away unexpectedly at 1:41 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014, while walking near his home.

He was born April 18, 1941, in Bremen, Ind., to Ezra and Laura (Schmucker) Hershberger. He married Ida Mae Schrock on Nov. 25, 1961, in Nappanee.

Mr. Hershberger retired from Borkholder Buildings and was also a retired minister from Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church, where he was still a member. He taught Sunday School for many years and volunteered at World Missionary Press. He enjoyed auctions and recycling, birds and anything outdoors. He also enjoyed his walks. Mr. Hershberger loved to help others.

He is survived by his wife; three sons: Wendell Hershberger, Wakarusa; Daryl (Lena) Hershberger and Trent (Sheila) Hershberger, both of Nappanee; two daughters: Dawn (Dave) Kuhns, Sullivan, Ill.; Eugina (Andy) Royster, Goshen, Ind.; 19 grandchildren; five great- granddaughters; one brother: Lamar (Clara) Hershberger, Nappanee; three sisters: Margaret Borkholder, Bremen; Luella (John) Gladieux, Bremen; and Donna (Dan) Joldersma, Goshen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law: Freemon D. Borkholder.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the church. Bishop Lyle Miller and the church ministry will officiate. Burial will be in the Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Kuhns, Jonny Kuhns, Benji Hershberger, Scott Hershberger, Bryce Hershberger, Craig Hershberger, Zachary Royster, Travis Royster and Lance Royster.

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

Michael V. Heckaman

1259138_profile_picMichael V. Heckaman, 44, of Nappanee, Ind., died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, unexpectedly at Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Ind.

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

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

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.