Dr. James C. Zimmerman

obitDr. James C. Zimmerman, D.D.C., 94, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa, Ind., where he has been ill since Christmas of 2012.

He was born May 8, 1919, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Harry and Helen (Weaver) Zimmerman, and was a lifetime area resident. He graduated in 1943 from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and had a dental practice in Nappanee from 1946-1990. He had also taken post-graduate courses at Tulane University and the University of Kentucky. On June 10, 1951, James married Dorothy L. Ritter in Savannah, Mo. She survives.

He was a Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II serving as a Dentist with the Combat Engineers. He served in five European campaigns including the D-Day Invasion, Liberation of Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. James was a former member of the Nappanee Library Board of Directors, and served many years with the Nappanee BZA. He was also a former member of the Nappanee Park Board. He was a member of the Grace Point Presbyterian Church, the Nappanee American Legion Post #154, the Indiana Dental Society, a former member of the Nappanee Masonic Lodge, and the South Bend Scottish Rite.

He is survived by a son: Bruce (Wendy) Zimmerman, Hagerstown, Md.; daughter: Jean M. (Henry) Barger, Fort Worth, Texas; granddaughters: Jennifer Richburg; Stephanie Harbich; and Katie and Beth Zimmerman; two great-grandchildren; and brother: Richard Zimmerman, Milwaukee, Wis.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Grace Point Presbyterian Church. Funeral services wil be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Grace Point Presbyterian Church. Reverend Terry Tyler will officiate. Burial will follow at Leesburg Cemetery with military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to Grace Point Presbyterian Church or to the Nappanee Public Library.

Paige A. Seitz

Paige A. Seitz, 49, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at LuAnn Nursing Home from natural causes.

She was born Sept. 5, 1963, in Rochester, Ind., to Gene and Norma (Sanders) Pierce. She married Steve Seitz on July 27, 1985, in Nappanee. Paige enjoyed painting, puzzle books, and watching TV.

He survives, along with daughters: Jamie, Jessica, and Ashley Seitz, all of Nappanee; three brothers; and three sisters.

She was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.

Cremation will take place. There will be a memorial service on at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Nappanee Brethren in Christ Church. Pastor Jeff Williams will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Paige Seitz Memorial Fund.

Roy G ‘Junior’ Slagle

royRoy G ‘Junior’ Slagle, 88, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away after a number of recent years of afflictions and illnesses.

He was born and raised in Nappanee to Roy Slagle Sr. and Merlin Nancy ‘Merle’ Strauss. After high school he served in the U.S. Army in the European theater in the capacity as a sniper. After returning home he met and married Ruby Hall on Nov. 1, 1947. They raised two boys and two girls east of Nappanee, where they lived in a home built by Roy and his family. He was an accomplished carpenter adding to the home as the family grew larger.

Roy worked for the Bendix Corporation in South Bend and retired in 1985 after 30 years. Roy and Ruby were caretakers and custodians of the Turkey Creek Brethren Church and served as Youth Leaders there for many years. Roy was a kid at heart – always finding time to take his children and grand-children hiking, cooking on an open fire, building a hut and camping out in the woods behind the family home.

He was loved and will be missed by his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; two sons: Allen (Charlene) Slagle, Nappanee; Roy Slagle III, Nappanee; and two daughters: Sonna (Rick) Shrock, Constantine, Mich.; Sue (Dan) Miller, Sarasota, Fla.; a brother: Eugene (Norma) Slagle, Wakarusa, Ind.; a niece: Sandy (Leon) Ringenberg, Elkhart, Ind. Sandy is the daughter of Marilyn, Roy’s sister, and was raised by Roy and Merle after the death of her mother at a young age.

Roy was preceded in death by his sister and a brother, James ‘Bud’ Slagle.

Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am, Tuesday, May 21, at the Nappanee Church of the Brethren. Officiating will be Reverend Byrl Shaver and Reverend Roger Eberly. Burial will be at Union Center Cemetery with military graveside rites.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Nappanee Church of the Brethren.

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.