Pierceton Obituaries

John M. Arter

OI2043556420_ArterObitJohn M. Arter, 63, of Pierceton, Ind., passed away at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City, Ind.

In addition to spending time with his family, John enjoyed numerous other things. He loved vacationing all over to places like Mexico and Jamaica, but his favorite was his trip to Key West this past November. John was also an avid ham radio operator #KB9JBV.

He was a member of Due Guard Masonic Lodge #278, Larwill, Ind.; Eagles Lodge #1906, Columbia City, Ind.; AMVET, Mesick, Mich.; North Webster American Legion Post #253, North Webster, Ind.

A true blessing in the lives of countless others, John Arter will be deeply missed. He leaves behind a timeless legacy for his loved ones to carry on.

John is survived by his wife: Leisa R. Arter, Pierceton; a son: Eric E.(Heather) Arter, Columbia City; two daughters: Melody (Shawn) R. Hall, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Angela Cobb; two brothers: Jim D. (Brenda) Arter, Fort Wayne; Dave G.(Kim) Arter, Melbourne, Fla.; in-laws: Jim and Sonja Burch, Fort Wayne; two step sons: Chad I. (Christelle) Snyder, South Whitley, Ind.; Matthew J. Snyder, Pierceton; three brothers-in-law: Jeff (Rhonda) Burch, Fort Wayne; Mike D. (Eddie) Ryder, Travelers Rest, S.C.; and Greg A. Ryder, Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

John was preceded in death by his parents: John A. and Helen A. Arter; a daughter: Jamie Ann Arter; and a granddaughter: Camdyn Lynn Snyder.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at DeMoney-Grimes, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. A Masonic Lodge Twilight Service conducted by Due Guard Lodge # 278 will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Friday.

Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Certified Funeral Celebrant, Sharon Brockhaus and Jim Burch, officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Larwill. Graveside military rites will be conducted by American Legion Posts #253 and #157. The Last Call will be presented by Ham Radio Operators.

Memorials may be given in Mr. Arter’s memory to Cancer Services of N.E. Indiana.

Clyde R. Leedy

HeadshotClyde R. Leedy, 76, of Pierceton, Ind., passed away at 10:35 a.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014, at Hospice House of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

He was born on May 16, 1937, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to William R. and Hulda S. (Volmerding) Leedy.

He graduated in 1955 from North Side High School in Fort Wayne and 1959 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. On December 20, 1958, in Peru, Ind., he married Joyce Ann McMinn, who survives.

He retired after 36 years as a registered pharmacist and past president of Keltsch Pharmacy in Fort Wayne. He grew up in the Fort Wayne area, was a summer lake resident near Pierceton until moving there permanently in 1985 and was a winter resident of Avon Park, Fla.

He was a member of the North Webster Church of God, Masonic Lodge #377 in Pierceton, Kosciusko County Shrine Club and Mizpah Shriners in Fort Wayne. Former member of the Sol D. Bayless Masonic Lodge # 359 in Fort Wayne and attended the United Methodist Church in Avon Park.

He is survived by his wife: Joyce Leedy, Pierceton; two daughters: Catherine Ann (Edward) Williams, Auburn, Ind.; and Julie Marie (Daniel) Markiewicz, Orlando, Fla.; two sons: William Preston (Katherine Ward) Leedy, Fort Wayne; and Michael David (Candince) Leedy, Pierceton; six grandchildren: Christina Williams, Jacob Williams, Sarah Williams, Zachary Leedy, Emily Markiewicz and Alyson Markiewicz; and a sister: Joan Gudas, Leesburg, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 North, North Webster, Ind. Masonic services will follow at 6 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, in the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Judy officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, 6600 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne.

Memorials may be given to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 W. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.

Gary K. O’Dell

Gary K. O’Dell, 69, of Pierceton, Ind., passed away at 11:01 a.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw, Ind.

On Aug. 12, 1944, he was born in Imboden, Ark., to Sidney L. and Madge (Smith) O’Dell. A lifelong resident of Pierceton, Ind., he graduated from Pierceton High School in 1963. Gary served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.

He worked as a truck driver for Castle Steel in the Chicago area, retiring in 2009. Gary also was a member and served as past commander of American Legion Post #258, Pierceton.

He is survived by three children: Angela, Arizona; Gwen, Kentucky; Logan, Wyoming; his sister: Sylvia Deeter, Warsaw; two brothers: Brooks O’Dell, North Manchester, Ind.; Bill O’Dell; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother: Randall O’Dell.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m, Saturday, April 26, in Brower Park, Pierceton with Chaplain Jerry Hartman officiating and military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #258, Pierceton and The Patriot Guard. Arrangements are entrusted to McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton.

To sign the guest book or leave online condolences, visit the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.


Evelyn Wittig

Head shortEvelyn Wittig, 82, of Pierceton, Ind., passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014, at her home.

She was born on Sept. 12, 1933, in East Chicago, Ind., to Lucian and Jennie (Zebrewska) Napwocki. She graduated from Washington High School in East Chicago, Ind., and was married on Jan. 5, 1952, in East Chicago, Ind., to Robert P. ‘Bob’ Wittig who survives.

She was a homemaker and moved to the Pierceton area in 1972 from Hammond, Ind. She enjoyed making ceramics and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter: Barbara (Tom) Pasko, Pierceton; son: Robert (Andrea) Wittig Jr. of Mason, Mich.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

There will be no public services at this time. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 N., North Webster, Ind., is in charge of all arrangements.

Memorial bequest may be given to American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St., Indianapolis, IN 46278. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Ranae Sue (Curtis) Garber

18595aRanae Sue (Curtis) Garber, 54, of Pierceton, Ind., passed away at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, surrounded by her family. She battled melanoma for six months.

She was born April 27, 1959, in Warsaw, Ind., to Gale and Sue (Utter) Curtis. On June 28, 1980, she married Frank D. Garber Jr., who survives.

She graduated from Warsaw High School in 1977 and Grace College in 1991. She taught at Harrison Elementary School in Warsaw for more than 20 years and attended Warsaw First Brethren Church for much of her adult life. More recently she attended Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

She was a generous and loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, mother, grammy and friend. She lived her life to the fullest, and enjoyed traveling, teaching, volunteering, shopping and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband: Frank, Pierceton; two daughters: Rebekah Garber, Pierceton; Chasity (Mike) Delashmutt, Sterling Heights, Mich.; one son: Benjamin (Stephanie) Garber, Carmel, Ind.; six grandchildren; one sister: Angie (John) Strayer, South Whitley, Ind.; and one brother: Chad Curtis, Warsaw.

She was preceded in death by her father.

A celebration of Ranae’s life is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Harrison Elementary School in Warsaw. Cards, photos and stories are appreciated.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked for memorials to be made out to Warsaw First Brethren Church, 1318 E. Center St., Warsaw, IN, 46580, or Harrison Elementary School, 1300 Husky Trail, Warsaw, IN 46582.

Joyce Pinkerton

Joyce Pinkerton, 69, of Pierceton, Ind., passed away on March 24, 2014, in her home.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1945, in Conway, Ark., to William and Virgie (Bishop) Garrison. On May 24, 2001, she married Doug Pinkerton who survives.

She is survived by her son: Alan Price; her daughter: Laura Washburn; a stepson: Joe Pinkerton; seven grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters.

No services are planned.

Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse, Ind., is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.