Richard L. ‘Dick’ Felts

Richard L. ‘Dick’ Felts, 72, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, at his residence from a short illness.

He was born on May 18, 1940, at home in Nappanee to Leroy and Virginia (Heaton) Felts. He was a lifetime area resident. Dick retired from Holiday Rambler and Monaco Coach. Dick married Zula Conley on April 25, 1964, in Nappanee. She survives.

He was in the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Nappanee American Legion, DAV, and a former member of the VFW. He was a collector of cast iron, and enjoyed spending time with his kids, grandchildren, and his dog.

He is survived by his wife; his son: Richard Glenn (Michele) Felts, South Bend, Ind.; a daughter: Tammy S. (Ron) Golden; grandchildren: Abby and Zoey Felts, Brandon Rasler, and Joshua Golden; a sister: Thelma (Don) Rink, Nappanee; and a brother: Steven Felts, Murphy, N.C.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Charles C. Felts.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the funeral home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pastor Larry Pletcher of Northwood Chapel in Nappanee will officiate. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery with military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be made to MDA.

Allen Eugene Wardlow

obit oneAllen Eugene Wardlow, 64, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away on Feb. 26, 2013, while visiting his granddaughter in Ellisville, Miss.

He was born Aug. 13, 1948, in Noblesville, Ind., to Shyrl Arlene Wardlow and Patricia Rose (Grimes) Wardlow – Collums. Allen grew up in Indiana. Allen married Arlie Jewel (Stone) Wardlow in 1987 in Alabama. They were happily married for 30 years.

He joined the U.S. Army in June of 1969 serving his country in Vietnam for two years. He worked for Tyson Foods in Albertville, Ala., for 18 years, until he was medically retired in 2012. Allen enjoyed flea markets, scrapping, working on the computer and reading. His favorite actor was John Wayne and his favorite TV show was Mash.

Allen is survived by his wife; a daughter: Kimberly (Vic) Detzler; a stepdaughter: Terrie Rolinger, Crossville, Ala.; and one stepson: Allen (Lisa) Stewart, Albertville, Ala.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; sisters: Cindie Shumaker and Marika (Tim) Kunder, both of Bremen; one brother: Tim Wardlow, Mississippi; and three step-sisters: Jo (Henry) Bullard; Grace Clark, Woodland, Miss.; Regina (Rodney) Burgess; and one step-brother: FW (Wanda) Collums, Houston, Miss.

Allen was preceded in death by his father; his daughter: Cathy Wardlow; his sister: Sheryl; and his mother.

A memorial service will be held at The Bremen Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 24.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to The Bremen VFW, 1750 W Plymouth St, Bremen, IN 46506.

James O. Brown

James BrownJames O. Brown, age 93, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 10:55 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2013, at IU Health Goshen Hospital.

He was born Nov. 24, 1919, in Dale, Okla., to William H. and Saloma M. (Guffy) Brown, and moved to the area in 1947. He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army. He was a recipient of 2 Bronze Stars Medals and a Purple Heart Medal.  He retired as a mail carrier.

Jim was a member of the First Church of God in Nappanee, a life member of the DAV in Goshen, Ind., the VFW in Goshen, and the American Legion in Nappanee.

Jim married Alta M. Hart on Mar. 5, 1943, in Goshen.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Marsha Marie (Roger) Disher, Nappanee; and sons: James Roger (Linda) Brown, New Paris, Ind.; and Randall Lee (Liz) Brown, Grand Rapids, Mich; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brothers: Clarence Ray Brown and Ralph Nelson Brown; and sisters: Ada M. Jarvis, Maybell Tarman and Lucille R. Waugaman.

Friends may visit the family from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home in Nappanee, and for an hour prior to the funeral service on Friday, which is at 11 a.m. at the First Church of God in Nappanee. Pastor Sam Bennett will officiate, and burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery with military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to the United Cancer Services of Elkhart County.

Henry J. ‘Hank’ Whelan

983459_profile_picHenry J. “Hank” Whelan, 92, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 10:35 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at his residence after a short illness.

He was born March 13, 1921, in Gary, Ind., to Henry J. and Grace (Elder) Whelan. Hank was a graduate of North Webster High School. He Married Ruby Alice Reiff on Feb. 1, 1941, in Columbia City, Ind. She preceded him in death June 20, 2010.

The Whelans moved to Nappanee in 1963 from North Webster. Hank had driven truck for Motor Cargo in Akron, Ohio, for 10 years. He farmed in the North Webster, Ind., area for 10 years. He then worked at Brown Molasses in Bremen, Ind., and became vice president. He retired there at the age of 65.

Mr. Whelan had served as director of Open Door in Nappanee for 27 years, he also served on the Plan Commission in Nappanee. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Syracuse, Ind., and Nappanee and was a past president and Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Moose in Elkhart, Ind., and a former member of the Elks in Elkhart.

He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Bremen and enjoyed attending St. Francis Catholic Church in Pierceton, Ind. Hank enjoyed golfing, flowers and woodworking.

Mr. Whelan is survived by a son: Larry (Helen) Whelan, Nappanee; daughters: Judy Myers, Nappanee; Mary Ann (Dennis) Taylor, Wakarusa, Ind.; grandchildren: Karla (Bob) Stouder, Randy (Nora) Menzie, Rick (Karen) Menzie, Robert Menzie, Rita ( Larry) Seitz, Pam (Tony) Peffley, Diane (Brian) Thomason; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sons-in-law: Richard Menzie and Mel Myers.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The Rosary will be recited at 8 pm. There will be a Prayer Service at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, led by Rev. Janet McFall-Brown. Funeral Services will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church led by Father Bob Lingerich.

Memorial contributions may be given to Open Door, The Center for Hospice, of Bremen Hospital.

John E. Mast

983465_profile_picJohn E. Mast, 85, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away peacefully at Elkhart General Hospital of a brain hemorrhage at 11:15 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013.

He was born June 20, 1927, in Thomas, Ok. He was the son of Eli J. and Anna (Yuhtzy) Mast.
On Jan. 11, 1951, John and Sarah Hochstetler were married.

John was the retired owner of John Mast Construction, assistant pastor of Maple Lawn Church, missionary at El Salvador orphanage, where he was called “Papi Juan” by orphans and many others.

To his union to Anna were born: Steven Ray, deceased; Barbara Ellen (Dan) Yoder, Ireland; Ruth Ann (John) Yoder, Bluffton, Ind.; Irma Jean (Paul) Miller, Newcomerstown, Ohio; Susan Kay (Delbert) Schlabach, Ripley, Ohio; Thomas Allen (Linda) Mast, Nappanee, Ind. Sarah died on May 11, 1967.

On March 31, 1968, John married Mabel Burkholder. Together they had a daughter: Carolyn (Daniel) Bontrager, Shipshewana, Ind. Mabel died Dec. 25, 1991.

On Jan. 9, 1993, John married Barbara L. Burkholder. They are parents to: Steven (Marilyn) Burkholder, Nappanee; Gary (Lillian) Burkholder, Rochester, Ind.; and Phyllis Burkholder, Goshen, Ind.

He is also survived by his wife: Barbara; brother: Joe E. (Ella) Mast, Chouteau, Okla.; sisters: Fannie (Crist) Miller, Mary (Merle) Overholt, both of Sarasota, Fla.; 39 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, three sisters and one brother.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Maple Lawn Church, 29267 CR 52, Nappanee. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the church. Paul E. Yoder and Daniel Bontrager will officiate.  Interment will be in Maple Lawn Church cemetery. Gary Burkholder will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be given to CICS (deaf school), El Salvador, Central America.

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

James S. Parker

James ParkerJames S. Parker, 66, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital after fighting a battle with cancer for 7 years.

He was born Aug. 21, 1946, in Kenton, Ga., to James A. Parker and Iona (Whaley) Moore. He married Jeannie Shields on Aug. 3, 1974, in Bremen, Ind. She survives.

He was a lifetime area resident and worked at Holiday Rambler for 40 years. Jim loved to fish walleye and he enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Margie (Scott) Slusser, Syracuse, Ind.; and Carissa (Bruce) Bordner, Nappanee; grandchildren: Cassidy Parker, Kai Slusser, Destiny Hossler and Kendra Bordner; and three sisters and a brother.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

Visitation will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, Ind. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Father Bob Lengerich will officiate. Burial will follow at South Union Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, to please make a donation towards the James S. Parker Memorial Fund.