Pierceton Obituaries

John A. Eich

20140612142822476_0001 (350x302)John A. Eich, 78, of Pierceton, Ind., passed away at 4 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind.

He was born on June 17, 1935, in Toledo, Ohio, to Albert and Martha (Peters) Eich. He married Patricia Kantner in May 1965.

He was a U.S. Marine veteran. John retired from Toledo Edison as a lineman. He was a member of the local Union 245 for 52 years.

John is survived by his children: Matthew R. Eich, Bryan, Ohio; Teresa A. (Steve) Palmero, Knoxville, Tenn.; Thomas J. Eich, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Anne M. (Brent) Hug, Fort Wayne, Ind.; James R. (Jeanie) Eich, Woodburn, Ind.; and Christopher J. Eich, Montpelier, Ohio; brothers: Stephen (Sue) Eich, Swanton, Ohio; and Joseph (Sharon) Eich, Toledo, Ohio; sisters: Judy McIntyre, Corona, Calif.; Mary Riddle, Maumee, Ohio; and Jane Eich, Corona, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son and one sister.

There will be a celebration of John’s life at a later date. No burial is planned.

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S. Richard Ellison

EllisonS. Richard Ellison, 94, of Kosciusko County, Ind.,, passed away at 11:35 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2014, in his residence.

On Sept. 10, 1919, he was born in Huntington County, Ind., to Samuel Edward and Ida Mae (Gesaman) Ellison. He was united in marriage to Mildred “Millie” Penn on Feb. 16, 1945, in Huntington, Ind. She preceded him in death on June 26, 2012.

Richard graduated from Andrews High School in 1937 and then he moved from Huntington to his Monroe Township Farm in 1950. He retired from farming and cleaned seed for the Kosciusko County Seed Improvement Association for many years, going to farms in Northern Indiana and Lower Michigan.

He was a member of Packerton United Methodist Church and a lifelong member of Farm Bureau. He also was an avid blood donor for the Red Cross. He was a generous man, who was very giving of his time and resources. He made maple syrup for many years and he was a very good story teller. He would often tell stories of his childhood.

Richard considered his family as his greatest investment. His daughter-in-law, Karen Ellison, was his primary care giver whom he called his “Absolute Angel.”

Richard is survived by four daughters: Mary Lou Cotton, Syracuse, Ind.; Dorothy (Steve King) Rutledge, Claypool, Ind.; Betty (Dan) Ormsby, Columbia City, Ind.; and Linda (Reg Smith) Lambert, Warsaw, Ind.; two sons: James (Karen) Ellison, Warsaw, Ind.; and Donald (Kelly) Ellison, Pierceton, Ind.; three sisters: Annice Buesking, Carmel, Ind.; Ruth (Wallace “Pete”) Yentes, Mason, Ohio; and Carolyn (Harry) Ringer, Tampa, Fla.; 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister: Mary Margaret Jackson.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Bill Wood officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kosciusko Homecare and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196, or to Packerton United Methodist Church.

To sign the guestbook or send condolences electronically, go to the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.

Bertha Mae Frame

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERABertha Mae Frame, 63, of Pierceton, Ind., and formerly of Zanesville, Ohio, passed away at 3:24 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born Dec. 17, 1950, in Zanesville, Ohio, to Samuel Layton and Gertrude Griffin. On Dec. 31, 1980, she married John Eugene Frame.

She was a faithful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and two dogs. 

She is survived by her husband; two daughters: Dyanna (David) Collier, Timberville, Va.; Serritha (Donald) Peterson, Roann, Ind.; a step daughter: Amy (Jess) Wickham, Zanesville, Ohio; four sons: David Jackson, Athens, Ala.; George (Amber) Jackson, Burket, Ind.; Tim (Sarah) Frame, Warsaw, Ind.; Johnny Frame, Pierceton; and two step sons: Gary (Michelle) Moody, Atwood, Ind.; and Brian Moody, Zanesville, Ohio; and special friends: Jerry (Fran) Grundy, South, Zanesville, Ohio; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, six step grandchildren and three great-step grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son: Russell (Rusty) Jackson Jr.; her parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

A private memorial service will be held for the family and close friends at Morningstar Foursquare Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Memorials and contributions can be sent to Morningstar Foursquare Church, 2506 S. Old SR 15, Warsaw, IN 46580.

Gregory Earl Rex

Greg Rex 2Gregory Earl Rex, 60, of Russell Springs, Ky., passed away April 23, 2014, in his home. 

He was born Aug. 24, 1953, in Ligonier, Ind., to Richard Ralph Rex and Earlis Mowat Rex.  He graduated from West Noble in 1974, where he played football for 4 years as an offensive guard and defensive; and wrestled 4 years at 165 pounds. He retired from the Union of Operating Engineers Local 103. 

He is survived by his wife: Linda Sharon (Slone) Rex; his three daughters: Brandie (Larry) Morrow, Pierceton, Ind.; Heather Rex, Ligonier, Ind.; and Lacy (Steven) Elmer, Cincinnati, Ohio; a stepdaughter: April Golden, Syracuse, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter; his brother: Richard (Donna) Rex; and numerous aunts, cousins and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepson: Clint Hursey.

The funeral service was held on April 26 at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel and burial was in the Slone Family Cemetery in Pinetop, Ky.

A memorial service to commemorate his life will be held at the Rock Church, 9564 E. 1050, Cromwell, Ind., at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Bringing a dish and sharing a story is not required, but encouraged.

Charles Robert Collier

Collier, Charles obit photoCharles Robert Collier, 93, of Pierceton, Ind., passed away sitting in his favorite chair at home at 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at his residence.

He was born on March 7, 1921, in Pierceton, Ind., to Treve F. Collier and Eileen (Miller) Collier. On Feb. 14, 1946, he was married in Warsaw, Ind., to Valda Vere (Fruit) Collier, who survives in Pierceton.

He was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., and a 1940 graduate of Pierceton High School. He was a fireman on a steam locomotive for Penn Central Railroad, till he joined the U.S. Army, 8th Air Corp and fought in the Philippines during WW II for 26 months.

After the war he drove truck for Murphy Trucking Company, hauling eggs to New York till he started Collier Oil Company just outside Pierceton in 1956. Valda and Charles ran the company for 35 years until its closing in 1991. He drove a school bus for Pierceton/Whitko schools for 17 years and he was co-owner of Collier Excavating and also farmed with his son, Mark Collier, till his death.

He was a 67-year member of Post #258 in Pierceton where he was the Past Commander as well as the oldest living member. Charles was also a member of the 40/8, and a 72-year Gold member of the Masonic Lodge #377 Pierceton, Past Patron of Order of Eastern Star Chapter #56 in Pierceton, longtime member of the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shriners of Fort Wayne and he was a member of the Pierceton Presbyterian Church. Charles always showed great compassion for his friends, family and his country.

He is survived by his wife: Valda Vere Collier, Pierceton; sons: James (Linda) Collier, Warsaw; Lew (Terri) Collier, Warsaw; Chuck (Lise) Collier, Pierceton; Tim (Deborah) Collier, Pierceton; and Mark Collier, Sidney, Ind.; daughters: Sharon (Harold) Lehman, Pierceton; Colleen (Mike) Trueblood, North Manchester, Ind.; Marsha (Greg) Holmes, Angola, Ind.; 26 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Marion; a sister: Martha; and his daughter-in-law: Pam.

His visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and conducted by the Pierceton Masonic Lodge #377. There will also be visitation prior to the service from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the funeral home. The service will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and be officiated by Pastor Billy Smith. Military Honors will be conducted by the Pierceton American Legion Post #258. Burial will be at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery of Pierceton.

Memorials may be directed to the Pierceton American Legion Post #258, P.O. Box 535, Pierceton, IN 46562, or to Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196.

To sign the guest register or leave online condolences, visit the Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home website.

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.