Fawn Heisler

Fawn HeislerFawn Heisler, 97, of Nappanee, Ind., formerly of Etna Green, Ind., passed away at 4:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in LuAnn Nursing Home.

She was a lifelong resident of the Etna Green and Bourbon, Ind., area and graduated from Bourbon High School in the class of 1934. She was a homemaker, cleaned houses and worked as a cook at Etna Green School where she retired. Fawn was a faithful member of Etna Green United Methodist Church and a member of the Thimble Club. She was a wonderful cook known for her angel food cakes and homemade noodles. She also enjoyed cooking for the Lions Club, quilting and playing euchre.

Fawn was born on Feb. 17, 1915, to Rollie and Lydia Eaglebarger Bessinger in Bourbon. On Aug. 25, 1935, she married John E. Heisler who preceded in death, Jan. 16, 1988.

Fawn is survived by her daughter: Josephine (Richard) Reprogle, Kokomo, Ind.; four grandchildren: Michael (Kristi) Reprogle, Greentown, Ind.; Matthew (Karen) Reprogle, Noblesville, Ind.; Denise (David) Rosenthal, Cicero, Ind.; Angela (Brian) Shockney, Lafayette, Ind; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister: Evelyn Hall, Bourbon; and her brother: Max (Jessie) Bessinger, Three Rivers, Mich.

She was preceded in death by three great-grandchildren, two sisters: Genevieve Heckaman; Lavon Stackhouse; two brothers; Roy Bessinger; and Wayne Bessinger.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St. Bourbon, IN 46504. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Etna Green United Methodist Church, 131 W. Broadway St Etna Green, IN with Pastor Joe Lampton officiating. Burial will follow in Etna Green Cemetery at Etna Green, Indiana.

The family request memorial contributions to: Etna Green United Methodist Church in her memory.


Ella R. Eash

Ella R EashElla R. Eash, 66, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 1:10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa, Ind., from complications from a lung illness.

She was born Feb. 10, 1946, in Goshen, Ind., to John and Reverend Mollie (Hoot) Haney. She married Olen Eash Oct. 12, 1963, at the Nazarene Church in Goshen.

Ella was a lifetime area resident. She attended Grace Point Presbyterian Church. Ella loved her grandchildren very much, and was very proud of them. She enjoyed planting flowers, gardening, and redecorating her home. She was a caregiver to her friends, and always thought of others.

She is survived by her loving husband; a daughter: Tonya (Jeff) Helmuth, Topeka, Ind.; sons: Randy (Penny) Eash, Goshen; Scott (Angela Stouder) Eash, Nappanee; grandchildren: Brittney Dudeck, Nicholas Eash, Justin Eash, Darren Stillson; great-grandson: Landon Eash; sister: Marie Janeack, Fremont, Ind.; and brother: Charles (Verda) Haney, Goshen.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Grace Point Presbyterian Church, 1155 N. Main St., Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the church. Reverend Terry Tyler will officiate. Cremation will take place after the service and inurment will be at South Union Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to Grace Point Presbyterian Church.


Eric T. Duncan

Eric T. Duncan, 45, of McAllen, Texas, formerly of Nappanee, Ind., died on Dec. 26, 2012, at his residence, unexpectedly from natural causes.

He was born Aug. 17, 1967, in Mishawaka, Ind., to William and Rowena (Linton) Duncan. He grew up in the Nappanee area and moved to Texas in 2011. He graduated from Northwood High School, and was an over the road semi truck driver for Coast to Coast Trucking. He served in the U.S. Marines.

Surviving are his mother: Rowena Duncan, Nappanee; two sisters: Debra (Randy) Hanes, Nappanee; Julie (Roel) Escamilla, Jacksonville, N.C.; and brother: Adam (Jodi) Duncan, Goshen, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his father.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, with one hour of visitation prior. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery, with military graveside rites.

Memorial contributions may be given in Eric’s memory to help with funeral expenses.

Rev. Donald Lamar Mikel

Rev. Donald Lamar Mikel, 89, of Orlando, Fla., and formerly of Nappanee, Ind., passed away peacefully on Jan. 14, 2013.

Rev. Mikel was born in Nappanee on Sept. 8, 1923, to Merle and Mary Mikel. He enrolled in Fort Wayne Bible College, then transferred to Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind., to become part of the first graduating class of the new Bethel College.

As a minister of the Missionary Church, he served churches in West Union, Ind.; West Valley, Wash.; Twin Falls, Idaho; Denair, Calif.; and he pioneered the family counseling ministry at Ventura Missionary Church, Calif. Rev. Mikel’s ministry was characterized by an intense evangelistic zeal, captivating preaching and a listening heart that often helped individuals come to grips with the spiritual issues at the heart of the problems people brought to him.

Don and his wife, Trudy, retired in Hailey, Idaho, where they made many new friends and were very helpful in their son’s business. When he could no longer care for himself he moved home to Nappanee to live with Dave and Karen Berger. The last move before heaven was with his son-in-law and daughter, John and Sarah Hedegaard, in their home in Orlando.

Don is survived by a son: Russell; and daughters: Karen Berger and Sarah Hedegaard; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Trudy; and their youngest son: Steve.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Thompson, Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, 950 N. Main St., Nappanee.

Dale E. Shively

Dale ShivelyDale E. Shively, 78, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at his residence.

He was born July 3, 1934, in Tippecanoe, Ind., to Russell and Geneva (Baer) Shively. He attended Nappanee Schools, and graduated from Etna Green High School in 1952. He married Doris Helser on Nov. 26, 1955, in Warsaw. She survives.

Dale owned Shively Insurance and worked as an agent in Nappanee and Goshen, Ind. He drove school bus for Wa-Nee Community Schools for many years, and also had worked for Nappanee EMS for many years. He was a member of Nappanee Church of the Brethren, and a member of the Third of July Club in Goshen. He enjoyed ice fishing, and following his grandkids sporting events.

He is survived by daughters: Lisa (Paul) Burris, Wabash, Ind.; Jenni (Mark) Heeter, Nappanee; Annette (Randy) Spitaels, Nappanee; son: Steve (Deb) Shively, Wakarusa, Ind.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; and three sisters: Sally (Ernest) Heighway, Richmand, Ind.; Eleanor (Glen) Deaton, Hope, Ind.; Nancy (Larry) McPherron, Plymouth, Ind.; as well as close family friends; Alex and Lisa Orn and their two children.

He was preceded in death by his brother: Joe Shively.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, as well as from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Nappanee Church of the Brethren. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the church. Pastor Byrl Shaver will officiate. Burial will follow at Stony Point Cemetery.

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

James Clipp

865522_profile_picJames Clipp, 80, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 9:56 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital.

He was born June 6, 1932, to Lloyd and Bessie (Maust) Clipp. He was a graduate of Concord High School, where he was involved in sports. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Clipp was a lifetime area resident. He married Karen L. Clupper in June of 1977 in Elkhart.

Mr. Clipp had worked at Excel in Elkhart and had also been a bartender at Sicilanos in Elkhart and Raymond’s in Wakarusa. He was a Green Bay Packer and New York Yankee fan and attended activities of the Nappanee American Legion.

He is survived by his wife: Karen, Nappanee; daughters: Michelle (Michael) Marks, Wakarusa, Ind.; Lori (Steve) Herndon, Bloomington, Ind.; grandchildren: Johnathon, Melina and Bridget Marks, Jessica Warpenburg, Carly Herndon; and a great-granddaughter: Zoey Warpenburg.

He was preceded in death by a daughter: Dawn Clipp; and four grandchildren.

Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Rev. Terry Tyler, Grace Point Presbyterian Church will officiate and burial will be in Olive East Cemetery with military graveside services by Nappanee American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Nappanee Boys and Girls Club.