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 Parker

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.


Willie Prescott Sr.

974308_profile_picWillie Prescott Sr., 77, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 9:48 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 21, 1935, in Kenton, Tenn., to Washington Irving and Clara M. (Cavender) Prescott.

Mr. Prescott moved to Nappanee in 1953. He married Joan Bowling, May 22, 1954, in Nappanee. He had worked at McCormick Motors in Nappanee for 33 years as a mechanic. Prior to working there he  had worked at Nappanee Milling Company and then managed the D & D Station in Nappanee. He enjoyed working on his 1957 Chevy.

Mr. Prescott was a member of the Nappanee Church of God.

Mr. Prescott is survived by his wife: Joan; a son: Willie Claude (Pam) Prescott; daughters: Vickie (Daniel) Holiday, and Debra (John) Johnson, Charlotte (Patrick) Johnson, all of Nappanee; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother: Billy W. Prescott, Memphis, Tenn.; and sisters: Sheila Coleman, Hornsby, Tenn.; Jean Fryer, Covington, Tenn.; Mary Smith, Memphis, Tenn.; Betty Manning, Ark,; and Blossom Northcutt, Russellville, Ark.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah June Sanders.

Family and friends may call for two hours prior to the 5 p.m. Memorial Service on Wednesday, April 24, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Rev. Justin Moore will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be given to Alzheimers Association or The Center for Hospice.


Louise F. Robison

Louise F. Robison

Louise F. RobisonLouise F. Robison, 89, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 2:28 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at IU Health Goshen Hospital, where she had been since April 1.

She was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Wakarusa, Ind., and was a lifetime area resident. She married Albert ‘Lefty’ Leroy Robison on May 8, 1943, in Nappanee. He preceded her in death.

She had been active with the Elder Haus where she loved to play cards and take local trips with residents from the Main Street Apartments. She loved flowers and gardening, playing cards with her friends and family, Cubs baseball and any basketball. She was a spunky little lady who loved life.

Surviving are daughters: Sherry (Walt) Stankovich, Goshen, Ind.; Rhonda Dinda, Cape Coral, Fla.; five grandchildren: Eric (Nikki) Adams, Tennessee; Amy (Jim) Checkley, Elkhart, Ind.; Tim (Jill) Stankovich, Wakarusa; Lori (Paul) Alvex, Osceola, Ind.; and Jason (Nicole) Tracey, Florida; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. 8 p.m. Thurs, April 11, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on Friday, April 12, also at the funeral home. Officiating is Pastor Sam Bennett from the First Church of God in Nappanee. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association.

Wilma E. Sechrist

Wilma E. Sechrist, 106, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 1:36 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital. She had been in ill health for two weeks.

She was born March 12, 1907, to Noah and Anna (Heckaman) Rhinehart in Kosciusko County, Ind. Since age 10, she lived her entire life in the same house, except for the last 5 months and 5 days, which she spent at LuAnn Nursing Home in Nappanee. At the age of 10, she and her family moved from Kosciusko County into Nappanee on a buck board wagon, at a time when there was much celebration in the city. What Wilma thought to be celebrating for her arrival, turned out to be Armistice Day celebration – the end of WW I at 11 a.m.

Wilma attended Nappanee schools. From 1929 to 1936, she was a telephone operator for Nappanee Telephone Company. She also worked at Vitreous Steel company, the Nappanee Sauerkraut Factory, and in her father’s grocery store.

On April 27, 1929, she married Harold F. Sechrist, in Nappanee. They had 50 wonderful years together, he preceded in death May 16, 1979. Harold and Wilma were very active in Nappanee. For many years, they were active in pony racing at Phoenix Downs in Nappanee and across the state.

Wilma was a long time member of the Nappanee United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and working in her yard. She always knew what the weather and temperature was going to be the next day.  After her 100th birthday celebration by family and friends, she enjoyed reading the cards and letters that followed, giving her great joy.

Mrs. Sechrist is survived by her daughter: Lois Johnson, West Terre Haute, Ind.; grandchildren: Kris Johnson (Ross) Molho, Oak Park, Ill.; Karl Johnson, Ocean Side, Calif.; Katie (Berin) Kinsman, Kurt (Laura) Johnson, both of Albuquerque, N.M.; great-grandchildren: Taylor Kirk, Boulder, Colo.; Jacob Molho and Rachel Molho, both of Oak Park, Ill.; and a special caring friend: Jan Tobias.

She was preceded in death by her son-in-law: Nils Johnson; and sisters: Iola Middaugh, Ruth Rhinehart and Gladys Hepler.

Family and friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and for 1 hour prior to the funeral service, which will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Nappanee United Methodist Church. Revs. Jim Davidson and Janet McFall-Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Nappanee United Methodist Church