Lydia Mae (Miller) Schmucker

Lydia Mae (Miller) Schmucker, 83, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 7:45 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2013 at her residence after a 6 month illness.

She was born April 20, 1929, to Jacob and Katie Ann (Mast) Miller in Kosciusko County. She married Harvey E. Schmucker April 24, 1952. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Schmucker was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Surviving are her children: Marvin (Ruth) Schmucker, Goshen, Ind.; Barbara (Jeff) Smith, Goshen, Raymond Schmucker, North Webster, Ind.; John (Kati) Schmucker, Wakarusa, Ind.; Mary Esther (Norman) Slabaugh, Etna Green, Ind.; Emmon (Dana) Schmucker, Goshen; Katie Ann (Lloyd) Slabaugh, Nappanee; Daniel (Ruth) Schmucker, Wakarusa; 24 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister: Susie (David) Miller, Blair, Wiscon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, children: Ida Sue, Paul, Bertha, and Susan Elizabeth Schmucker; a grandson: Darrell Schmucker; brothers: Eli, Monroe, John, Amos and Henry Miller, and sisters: Amanda Borkholder, Mattie Lambright, Esther Lambright, and Mary Ann Miller.

Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, April 8, and all day Tuesday, April 9, at the family residence at 71915 CR 3, Nappanee. Funeral Services will be at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, at the Lavern Chupp residence (71052 CR 3). The Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Weldy Cemetery.

Dean Knepp

Dean Knepp, 68, formerly of Nappanee, Ind., died at 11:35 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Indiana Veteran’s Home in West Lafayette, Ind.

He was born Aug. 10, 1944, in Goshen, Ind., to Clarence and Bernice (Berger) Knepp. Dean was a graduate of Nappanee High School and Grace College.

He had worked as a letter carrier for the United States Post Office. He enjoyed working puzzles, golfing and traveling. Mr. Knepp served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967.

He is survived by a sister: Joan Knepp ;and a nephew: Keith (Collette) Knepp, both of Nappanee, Ind.; and several cousins.

Family and friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Pastor Glenn Knepp will officiate.  Military Rites will be performed by the Nappanee American Legion. Cremation will follow.

Memorial contributions may be given to The Center for Hospice.

Betty A. Sommer

Betty A. SommerBetty A. Sommer, 82, formerly of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 5:25 a.m., Monday, March 25, 2013 at Golden Living Nursing Home, Elkhart, Ind.

She was born Dec. 21, 1930, in New Castle, Ind., to Gus and Ruth (Valentine) Spears. Her adoptive parents were Asa and Elizabeth Blount. She was married to Rev. Eugene Sommer. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Sommer attended Portland Indiana Schools. She was a devoted Minister’s wife. Rev. Sommer pastored the Nappanee Church of the Nazarene for 14 years, and the Lagrange Church of the Nazarene for 19 years. She had worked at Blue Bells in Nappanee. Mrs. Sommer was a member of the New Paris Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by her daughter: Diana (Dennis) Williams, Elkhart, Ind.; sons: Mike (Becky) Sommer, Edwardsburg, Mich.; David (Lorraine) Sommer, Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; foster daughter: Kelly Allen Mishler, Lagrange, Ind.; grandchildren: Jim Sommer, Samantha (Chris) Caldwell, Michael Sommer, Matthew Sommer, Steve Williams, Priscilla Williams; seven great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister: Beebe Permenter, Big Springs, Texas; and brother: Jim (Shirley) Blount, Portland, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Steven Sommer.

Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at New Paris Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Greg Hall will officiate and burial will follow in Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Steven C. Sommer Scholarship Fund or New Paris Church of the Nazarene.

Linda Mae Miller

Linda Mae Miller, 89, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at The Maples in Goshen, Ind., where she had been a resident for two weeks.

She was born May 29, 1923, in Nappanee to Moses J. and Maude E. (Hochstetler) Miller. She lived her lifetime in this area. On May 11, 1943, she married Homer D. Miller in Nappanee. He preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 2008.

Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and a faithful pastor’s wife for many years. She was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church.

Surviving are daughters: Katie (Glen) Bontrager, Wakarusa, Ind.; Ina (Dale) Slabaugh, Nappanee; Sara (Joni) Schrock, Madison, Ind.; Maria (Vernon) Bacher, West Minster, S.C.; a son: Lyle (Ada) Miller, Nappanee; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; brothers: Olen (Katie) Miller, Hartwell, Ga.; Herman (Anna Marie) Miller, Marshfield, Wiscon.; John William (Jane) Miller, Bremen, Ind.; and Gilbert Lee (Mary Kathryn) Miller, Nappanee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a stillborn son: Delbert; and infant brothers: Mervin and Monroe Miller.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Bethel Mennonite Church. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the church. Pastor Calvin Yoder will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to United Christian Missions.

Joseph Detweiler

Joseph Detweiler, 79, of Nappanee, Ind., and formerly of Bremen, Ind., passed away peacefully at Community Hospital of Bremen on Friday, March 15, 2013.

He was born on Dec. 7, 1933, in Chateau, Okla., to Levi and Lydia Ann (Hochstetler) Detweiler. On May 25, 1962, he married Rose Marie Schutz; she preceded him in death on July 12, 2008.

He moved to Indiana with his family at the age of 9 years old. Joe served in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957 on the USS Worchester and was honorably discharged.

Joe worked for Liberty Coach and owned and operated OK Body Shop in Nappanee, which became McCormicks Motors Body shop. Joe managed the shop until his retirement at the age of 71 in December of 2005.

He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and coaching Little League Baseball (Woodies) and the Bremen All Stars traveling league. Joe was an avid baseball, ultimate Cubs fan.

From his children, “He was a quiet, honest, hardworking man who never complained. He could not always give us what we ‘wanted,’ but always gave us what we ‘needed.’ Thank you! We love you!”

Survivors include one daughter: Robin (Scott) Hellman, Bremen; three sons: Joseph W. (Andria) Detweiler, Bremen; Jamie (Teri) Detweiler, Bremen; Paul A. Detweiler, Bremen; 10 grandchildren: Jessica Jones, Rebecca Quintanilla, Lance Hellman, Janae Detweiler, Josie Detweiler, Julie Detweiler, Jennifer Detweiler, Andrew Detweiler, Alissa Detweiler and Makali Detweiler; two sisters: Amanda Detweiler, Wakarusa, Ind.; and Barb (Wayne) Harter, Wakarusa; and a brother: Eli (Sue) Detweiler, Wakarusa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Rose; and a sister: Sylina Kauffman.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 19, at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Bremen. Services will be held at noon Tuesday in the church. Father Bob Lengerich will officiate. Burial will take place at the Bremen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Dominic’s Catholic Church.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Heather Barrett.

The Mishler Funeral Home in Bremen is assisting the family with arrangements.

P. Carson Lantis

P. Carson Lantis, age 74, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 7:15 a.m., Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa, Ind.

He was born Dec. 12, 1938, in Osceola, Ind., to Paul C. and Florence (Weldy) Lantis. He had lived his lifetime on the family farm.

On Aug. 6, 1961, he married Donna Stark.

Mr. Lantis was a lifelong member of Union Center Church of the Brethren, where he served as a deacon. He was a former church board chairman and Sunday school teacher. He worked for Elkhart Community Schools for 44 years. He started as a teacher for special needs students and became the Director of Special Education. He retired in 2004.

Mr. Lantis was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash for education and was an avid supporter of the 4-H program. He was a leader of the 4-H Lamb Club for 20 years, a member of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board for 31 years, and he served as president of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in 1996.

Mr. Lantis was inducted into the 4-H State Fair Hall of Fame in 2003 and was the parade marshall for the 2009 Elkhart County 4-H Fair parade.

He lived on his grandparent’s farm and raised Suffolk sheep. His greatest passion was selling lambs for 4-H projects and being able to help the kids and give advice on raising them for the 4-H shows.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Judy Scheets, Wakarusa; and Jill (Rex) Holdeman, Nappanee, Ind.; three grandchildren: Andrea and Zachary Holdeman and Paul Scheets; and sisters: Esther Crabill, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Martha (Bob) Kaylor, Decatur, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and for one hour prior to the funeral service which will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, at Union Center Church of the Brethren. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair or Union Center Church of the Brethren Building Project.