On May 2, 1939, he was born in Pierceton to Thurman and Nellie (Birtwhistle) Busz. He was united in marriage to Janice Kay Staley on May 6, 1960, in Columbia City, Ind. She preceded him in death on April 2, 2012.
A lifetime resident of Pierceton, James had worked for Dana/Weatherhead in Syracuse, Ind., for 30 years as a quality inspector.
He served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1960 with an honorable discharge. He attended the Pierceton Presbyterian Church, Pierceton American Legion Post #258, Pierceton Masonic Lodge F & AM #377, Fort Wayne Valley Scottish Rite, and Mizpah Shrine Fort Wayne, Ind. He served as Tyler for the Masonic Lodge for several years.
James is survived by three sons: Jeff (Cindy) Busz, Warsaw, Ind.; James (Kathy) Busz, Columbia City, Ind.; and Joseph (Krista) Busz, North Manchester, Ind.; two sisters: Lois Sleighter and Ada Finken, both of Pierceton; and seven grandchildren: Jason, Andrew, Mariah, Ryan, Chas, Kaleb and Logan.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with a Masonic Service by Pierceton Mason Lodge #377 at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the funeral home with Pastor Billy Smith officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton, with military honors by American Legion Post #258, Pierceton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886-3765.
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Betty L. Burkett, 71, of Pierceton, Ind., passed away 8:37 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born Sept. 15, 1942, in Emma, Ky., to Elkana and Louverna (Osborn) Sexton. She was united in marriage to Donald Burkett in Floyd County, Ky., on Aug. 3, 1959.
She was a 47-year resident of Kosciusko County and formerly resided in Floyd County. Donald preceded her in 2002. She is retired from Stonehenge Golf Course where she was employed as a Cook and is a member of the Harvest Community Church, Pierceton.
Survivors include daughters: Donna (Robert) Tusing, Mesquite, Texas; Annie (Mandy) Espinoza; Mary Alley; son: Jerry Burkett, Pierceton; five brothers; four sisters; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded by three brothers and one sister.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel Warsaw.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville. Fla. 32256.
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She was born April 2, 1928, in Davenport, Iowa, to Verne Lester Hall and Clara Marie (Napier) Hall. On Oct. 31, 1947, she was married to Howard Max Snively, who survives in Pierceton.
She was a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., for the past 25 years. She worked as a secretary for numerous businesses throughout her life, and was a member of Dutchtown Brethren Church of Warsaw. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting, and gardening. Evelyn loved spending time with her family, she was a loving wife, mother and grandma.
She is survived by her two sons: Dan (Joan) Snively, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mike (Beth) Snively, Warsaw; two daughters: Dianne (Joe) Lund, Upland, Ind.; Jani (Ed) Strang, Pierceton; 12 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the funeral home with Pastor Jack Worth. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Northwest Indiana Office, 130 Red Coach Dr., Mishawaka, IN 46545; or to Mason Health and Rehab, 900 Provident Dr., Warsaw, IN 46580.
She was born on May 26, 1927, in Bowling Green, Ky., to James H. and Mammie E. She grew up in Indianapolis, Ind., and graduated from Washington High School. On Sept. 5, 1948, in Indianapolis, Ind., she married Reverend James V. ‘Jim’ Bennett who preceded her in death.
She had previously worked for Eli Lily in the quality department, as a secretary for several United Methodist churches, She was an Avon sales lady. She moved to the Kuhn Lake area in 1986 from Dayton and had previously lived in Acton, Ind., Goodland, Ind., Gary, Ind., Rensselaer, Ind., Churubusco, Ind., and Winamac, Ind., where her husband was minister of local churches.
She was a member of the North Webster United Methodist Church and the Women’s Mission Fellowship.
She is survived by two daughters: Karen (Jay) Harris, Pierceton; Marilyn (Doug) Akers, Lebanon, Ind.; two sons: Mark (Susan) Bennett, Richmond, Va.; and Tim (Colleen) Bennett, Omaha, Neb.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a sister: Earlene Bonesteel, Indianapolis; sister-in-law: Alice Bennett; brother-in-laws: Michael and Bernard Bennett .
She was preceded by her parents; husband; sister: Phyllis Smith; and three brothers: Kenneth, J.R. and Carl Miller
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 North, North Webster. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 29, at the North Webster United Methodist Church, 7822 E. Epworth Forest Rd. with Pastor David Smitley of the church officiating. Burial will follow in the Mock Addition of the North Webster Cemetery.
Memorial bequest may be given to North Webster United Methodist Church, 7822 E. Epworth Forest Rd., North Webster, IN 46555 or Parkview Hospice, 1270 E. SR 5, Suite, 50, Columbia City, IN 46725.
Born on Feb. 3, 1920, in Zanesville, Ohio, she was the daughter of Michael and Mary (Zuglevich) Rodonsky.
On Aug. 9, 1949, she married John A. Arter in Zanesville, Ohio, and they moved to New Haven, Ind., in 1965. In 1965 she started working for Bennett’s Tailoring Shop in New Haven and worked there for 11 years.
In 1974 her family moved to Whitley Country where she began working at Whitley County Memorial Hospital in Columbia City until her retirement in 1982. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her sons: John M. (Leisa) Arter, Pierceton; David G. (Kym) Arter, Melbourne, Fla.; and James D. (Brenda) Arter, Fort Wayne, Ind.; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers: John, Michael and Vincent Rodonsky; a sister: Anna Noland; and a 3-month-old granddaughter: Jamie Ann Arter.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral services will begin at 7 p.m. Graveside services to be announced at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1475 Military Road, Zanesville, Ohio.
DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City is in charge of arrangements.
On April 2, 1954, she was born in Jackson, Ohio, to Elwood and Helen Louise “Nanny” (Seitner) Hall Sr. She was united in marriage to Douglas Blanton Sr. on Nov. 6, 1972, in Kosciusko County, Ind. He preceded her in death on June 7, 2012.
Living most of her life in Kosciusko County, Deborah worked in the dietary department at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, then became dietary supervisor at Mason’s Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was also a member of First Freewill Baptist Church of Kosciusko County, Claypool, Ind.
She is survived by her sons: Douglas Blanton Jr., Pierceton, Ind.; and Bradley J. (Amanda) Blanton, Warsaw; five grandchildren: Samantha and Trece Blanton and Breanna, Bradley Jr. and Drake Blanton; her sister: Ellen L. Dean, Jackson, Ohio; two brothers: Roger Glenn (Ma Teresa) Hall, Jackson, Ohio; and Elwood Glenn Hall, Jackson, Ohio; her niece: Heather; and three nephews: Christopher, Roger and Joseph.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother: Elwood Hall Jr.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Terry Bradford officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Deborah I. Blanton Funeral Fund, C/o McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, 2290 Provident Ct., Warsaw, IN 46580.
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