Freddie Wayne Allen

Freddie Wayne AllenFreddie Wayne Allen, 50, of Nappanee, Ind., of 751 E. Walnut St., Nappanee, formerly of Hurley, Va., and of Akron, Ind., passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at his sister’s residence

He was born Sept. 16, 1963, in Grundy, Va., to Fred B. and Okie (Lester) Allen. He worked for Miller Manufacturing Company where he worked for 19 years where he was a setup man. He worked for Miller Manufacturing Company where he worked for 19 years where he was a setup man.

He enjoyed fishing and NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was his favorite driver. He was very close to his nephews Corey and Seth Blankenship.

He is survived by his sisters: Tabatha Blankenship, Akron; Diane (Michael Reed) Blankenship, Akron; two nephews: Corey and Seth Blankenship, Akron; and special friends: Jim Weaver and Robert Blankeship, Nappanee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and step-father: Douglas Justice.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the funeral home. Services will be officiated by Pastor Connie Cline. Burial will take place in Nichols Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions in honor of Freddie may be made to the donors choice.

Steven Joe Hochstetler

Steven Joe Hochstetler, 51, of Nappanee, Ind., died at noon Friday, March 8, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital, where he had been a patient since Tuesday. He had been ill with cancer for 2 years.

He was born July 9, 1961, in Elkhart, Ind., to Ernest R. and Mary Edna (Chupp) Hochstetler. On November 10, 1983, in Nappanee, he married Etta Fern Schwartz.

Mr. Hochstetler had lived his lifetime in Nappanee. He had worked at Challenger Door and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He is survived by his wife: Etta Fern; daughter: KaLynn (Joel) Mast, Nappanee; sons: Karl Dean (Melissa) Hochstetler, Mishawaka, Ind.; Brian Eugene (Edna) Hochstetler, Nappanee; and Michael Ray (special friend, Lillian Hochstetler) Hochstetler, Timothy Adam Hochstetler and Joel Devon Hochstetler, all at home; grandchildren: Amy Rose, Eric Lavon, Lydia Jayne and Lucas Joe Hochstetler; his parents: Ernest and Mary Hochstetler, Nappanee; sisters: Lorraine (Mark) Stutzman, Regina (Larry) Chupp and Amy (Virgil) Yoder, all of Napanee; and Sherry (Allen) Borkholder, Linda (Fred) Milller, Dianna (Eddie Ray) Borkholder and Vonda (Daryl) Yoder, all of Bremen, Ind.; and brothers: Ray (Leona) Hochstetler and Michael (Linda) Hochstetler, both of Nappanee.

Family and friends may call after 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and all day Sunday, March 10, at the family residence. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 11, also at their residence. The Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Weldy Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Slabaugh, Daryl Borkholder, Anthony Chupp, Delbert Slabaugh, Duane Yoder and Joe Reigsecker.

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

Robert Wade Blosser

BlosserRobert Wade Blosser, 90, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa, Ind.

He was born Nov. 17, 1922, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to Roy P. and Orpha E. (Kring) Blosser. He was a 1940 graduate of New Paris High School and he was a lifetime member of Turkey Creek Church of the Brethren in Nappanee. Robert married Phyllis J. Watkins on Feb. 23, 1946, in Milford, Ind. She survives.

He was a farmer, and had lived and worked on the family farm his entire life. Robert was still farming and driving the combine until he was 88.

She is survived by sons: Dennis L. Blosser, Nappanee; Brad D. (Janene) Blosser, Nappanee; daughter: Vicki (Ron) Wedel, Nappanee; grandchildren: Matthew (Lyndi) Blosser, Nappanee; Adam Blosser, Nappanee; and Nathan (Katie) Mikel, Etna Green; step-grandson: Robert Wedel; five great-grandchildren: Brayden and Bryce Blosser, Lauren, Ryan and Megan Mikel; and sisters: Phyllis Beer, Nappanee; and Lonita (Ray) Cheechio, Elkhart, Ind.

He was preceded in death by a step-grandson: Brant Wedel.

Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, as well as from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the former Turkey Creek Church of the Brethren in Nappanee. Reverend Roger Eberly will officiate. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Family Christian Development Center.

Bessie E. Blosser

Bessie E. Blosser, 91, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa, Ind.

She was born Feb. 25, 1922, in Nappanee, Ind., to George and Nettie (Muffley) Marquart. She married Arthur Blosser on Feb. 12, 1944, in Bourbon, Ind. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1998.

She was a homemaker and a lifetime area resident. Bessie was a member of the First Church of God in Nappanee, and a member of the W.C.G. at the First Church of God. She liked to garden and she also enjoyed baking, and needle work.

Surviving are daughters: Sharon K. (David) Bean, Nappanee; Anita Blosser, Nappanee; grandson: David (Emily) Bean Jr., Nappanee; and sister: Treva Herr, Nappanee.

She was preceded in death by brothers: Vern, Berlin ‘Bud,’ Harold and Chester Marquart; and sisters: Jenny Marquart, Edith Brock, Pearl Lemler, Florence Hepler, Marjorie Bixler-Baker, Esther Smith, and Anna Cripe.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at The First Church of God in Nappanee. Reverend Sam Bennett will officiate. Burial will follow at Hepton Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Epilepsy Foundation or to the Donor’s choice.

Bradley D. Hollar

924198_profile_picBradley D. Hollar, 26, of Bristol, Ind., passed away at 4:33 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital, unexpectedly from natural causes.

He was born May 30, 1986, in Elkhart, Ind., to Dana and Dawn (Lambert) Hollar. He was an area lifetime resident. Bradley was a 2005 graduate of Northwood High School, where he was a member of the 2005 state runner-up football team. He then received his accounting degree from Bethel College. He married Kayla Wolfe on Aug. 16, 2008, at Nappanee Missionary Church.

Bradley worked in sales with Forest Pharmaceuticals. He was a member of the Presidents Club for Sales Achievement. In 2012, he was awarded Representative of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic area for Forest Pharmaceuticals. He was a member of Nappanee Missionary Church. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid Notre Dame fan.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Jayda Hollar; parents: Dana and Dawn Hollar, Nappanee, Ind.; sister: Bethany (Isaac) Burtsfield, Millersburg, Ind.; brother: Brent Hollar, Nappanee; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Jack (Bernice) Wolfe, Angola, Ind.; grandparents: Denny (Elaine) Lambert, Nappanee; grandparents-in-law: Sharon (Leroy) Johnson, Hudson, Ind.; Ted (Linda) McClellan, Daytona, Fla.; grandfather-in-law: Max Wolfe, Pleasant Lake, Ind.; great-grandmother: Reatha Lambert, Nappanee; and brother-in-law: Matt Wolfe, Indianapolis, Ind.

Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Nappanee Missionary Church Chapel, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, March 4, at the Nappanee Missionary Church Sanctuary. Pastors Derry Prenkert and Dave Engbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Bradley Hollar Memorial Fund for his daughter Jayda.

Craig A. Johnston

Craig A. Johnston, 57, of Nappanee, Ind., died unexpectedly of natural causes, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Plymouth, Ind.

He was born Jan. 1, 1956, in South Bend, Ind., to Henry and LaVonne “Bonnie” (Cattin) Johnston. Craig lived his lifetime in Nappanee, he attended NorthWood High School. He had worked at Goshen Rubber Company for 31 years. He was a NRA member and a lifetime member of Nappanee Conservation Club. He was a Motorcycle enthusiast.

Surviving are two sons: Cody and Connor Johnston, both of Nappanee; a brother: Terry (JoAnn) Johnston, Chicago, Ill.; and the love of his life: Carol Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister: Karen Johnston.

Private services are being planned with burial to follow at Stony Point Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nappanee Public Library.

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