New Paris Obituaries

Albert R. ‘Al’ Thompson

Albert R. ‘Al’ Thompson, 67, of New Paris, Ind., died at 6 a.m., Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Goshen IU Health Hospital where he had been a patient since Tuesday. He had been in ill health for 3 years.

Albert was born Sept. 4, 1946, in Flint, Mich., to Albert R. and Dorothy (Vann) Thompson. He lived most of his life in Tampa, Fla., moving to the New Paris-Nappanee, Ind., area 15 years ago. On Dec. 18, 1989, he married Mary Bontrager. She survives.

Mr. Thompson enjoyed his dog Buster and was an avid motorcycle rider.

He is survived by his wife; a son: Mark Thompson, Michigan; daughter: Tammie Thompson, Tampa; two grandchildren in Texas; a brother: Danny Thompson, Florida; and a sister: Laurie Cook, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by a son: Albert E. Thompson III; and a sister: Susan Thompson.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Albert Thompson Memorial Fund to help with funeral service costs.

Darlton Lee Sommers

Darlton Lee Sommers, 82, of New Paris, Ind., passed away unexpectedly at 11:04 a.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his residence.

He was born June 8, 1931, in Kokomo, Ind., to Noah and Esther (Strebin ) Sommers. On Sept. 16, 1950, he married Martha Bontrager in Kokomo.

Mr. Sommers moved to New Paris in 1958 from Kokomo. He was a retired Dairy Farmer. He was a member of Living Gospel Church in Nappanee.

Darlton is survived by his wife; sons: Dale (Deb) Sommers, Goshen, Ind.; Dana (Judy) Sommers, Auckland, New Zealand; Steve Sommers, Kent (Kathy) Sommers, both of New Paris; daughters: Deb (C.J.) Bender, Milford, Ind.; Anita (Bob) Stutzman, Syracuse, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; brothers: Wayne Sommers, Goshen; Byron (Viola) Sommers, Kokomo; and sisters: Miriam (Pete) Bontrager, Kokomo; Darlene (Wayne) Miller, Bunker Hill, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Lois Martin; and an infant brother: Dale Leon Sommers.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4  p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Memorial Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at Living Gospel Church. Private family burial will be in New Paris Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Living Gospel Church.


Leroy Sweatland

1027363_profile_picLeroy Sweatland, 83, of New Paris, Ind., passed away at home on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. He had been ill for the past month.

Mr. Sweatland was born in St. Charles, Mich., on Dec. 31, 1929, to Walter and Mable (Tarrent) Sweatland. On Aug. 30, 1952, he married Joyce Ann Rosser. She preceded him in death.

A longtime member of the Elks and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, Leroy worked as a manager in the R.V. and boat industry. He was an avid woodworker, and loved to fish and hunt. Leroy also enjoyed grilling, cooking and entertaining. In his own words he was, “put on this earth to make people laugh,” and he did.

He is survived by three daughters: Christy (Rex) Shriner, New Paris; Luanne (Dan) Spurling, Cromwell, Ind.; Kathy Sweatland, Fort Wayne, Ind.; one son: Steve (Cherie) Sweatland, Syracuse, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In keeping with Leroy’s wishes, cremation will take place at Yoder-Culp Crematory. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

Stanley H. Weaver

Stanley H. Weaver 74, of New Paris, Ind., passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, 2013, in the emergency room at IU Health Goshen Hospital.

He was born in New Paris on Jan. 1, 1939, to Osee and Mary (Welty) Weaver.

Mr. Weaver was a lifelong area resident who worked in home construction. He enjoyed bowling and received many trophies in his early years, and once rolled a 300 game.

He is survived by four sisters: Elberta Mary Landenberger, New Paris; Marie Weaver, New Paris; Norma (Vernon) Hershberger, Goshen, Ind.; and Jewell Wiggins, Dowagiac, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Bertha Krebs, Faye Kauffman and Laveta Stuckman; and four brothers: Francis, Glen, Kenneth and Jay Weaver.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home. Services will be officiated by Pastor Stan Godfrey of New Paris Church of the Brethren. Burial will follow at New Paris Cemetery.

Keith B. Miller

Keith B MillerKeith B. Miller, 91, of New Paris, Ind., died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, 2012, at IU Health Goshen Hospital.

He was born Aug. 13, 1921, in Elkhart County, Ind., to William A. and Fern Patricia (Barnard) Miller. On May 31, 1944, he married Naomi Mohler, in Syracuse, Ind.

Miller was a lifelong resident of the area. When he wasn’t farming, he worked at Goshen Veneer and Barler Metal. He planted 55 acres as a tree farmer. He was a member of Solomon Creek United Methodist Church and served many years on area boards, including the MACOG Board, and the Soil and Water Conservation Board of Elkhart County. He was a Junior Forest Ranger and received the Uncle Elmer Award in the 1970’s.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Darlene K. Stone, Elkhart, Ind.; three grandchildren: Kris Batten, Rochester, Ind.; Justin Stone, Weston, Fla.; Cindy Ralston, New Paris; six great-grandchildren; a sister: Betty (Clifford) Gabbard, El Paso, Tex.; and a brother: Larry D. Miller, Goshen, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son: Roger L. Miller; four brothers: Harold Miller; Ronald Miller; Junior Miller; Robert G. Miller; and two sisters: Mary Swihart; and Marjorie Perrin.

Friends may call 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the funeral home officiated by Pastor Glenda Woodcox of Solomon Creek United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Solomon Creek Cemetery, Syracuse, Ind.

Memorials may be directed to Solomon Creek United Methodist Church or Goshen Care at Home Hospice.