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.

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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.

James E. Busz

BuszJames E. Busz, 74 of Pierceton, Ind., passed away at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, in his residence.

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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