New Paris Obituaries

Steven Lee Bollman

Steven Lee Bollman, 57, of New Paris, Ind., and formerly of Bremen, Ind., passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.

He was born Dec. 20, 1956, to Francis and Delores (Heckaman) Bollman in Bremen. Steve served honorably in the U.S. Army and went on to work in construction for many years. Steve was a thrill seeker, and in his spare time he could often be found riding his motorcycle that he loved, or snowmobiling. He also enjoyed a peaceful day of fishing or hunting for arrowheads. Steve was a great friend and neighbor, lending a helping hand whenever he could.

Steve is survived by his daughter: Mista Lauber, Plymouth, Ind.; his parents: Francis and Delores Bollman, Nappanee, Ind.; four siblings: Cathy (Tom) Moody, Milford, Ind.; Carol (Eric) Botset, Nappanee; Brad (Paula) Bollman, Bristol, Ind.; and Kimberly (Rick) Walters, Kentucky; his companion: Helena Huffer, New Paris; and his beloved dog: Clyde.

Visitation is from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Mishler Funeral Home in Bremen. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Jan Brown and Pastor Bob Rosa officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Steve may be given to the Bollman family.

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.