Sidney Obituaries

Ronald Wrightsman

Ronald Wrightsman, 81, Warsaw, Ind., formerly of Sidney, Ind., died at 9:10 a.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw.

He was born April 24, 1933 in Flint, Mich. to Raymond & Nellie (Flora) Wrightsman. On April 24, 1954 he married Louella Blocher.

He worked at several area foundries. Ronald was a resident of Warsaw Meadows Care Center for the past four years, the staff commenting on his kindness and politeness.

He is survived by his wife: Louella Wrightsman, Sidney; one son: Dean (Joann) Wrightsman, Wonewoc, Wis.; one daughter: Lucinda (Michael) Curtin, Rocky Mount, Va.; one brother: Paul Wrightsman, North Manchester, Ind.; two sisters: Eileen (Herman) Beachler, North Manchester and Carol Grindle, North Manchester; four grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

One daughter, three brothers and one sister precede her in death.

Family & friends may call Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Services will be Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Eel River Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Packerton Road and 1200 South, Silver Lake. Home brethren will officiate. Burial will be in Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, North Manchester.

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Rev. Bill C. Stephens

Bill StephensRev. Bill C. Stephens, 70, Sidney, IN passed away at 6:45 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014.

He was born November 24, 1943 in Huesyville, Ky. to Dave & Mary (Slone) Stephens. On October 19, 1968 he married Joyce Parks.

He was a pastor with Pentecostal Church of God for 40 plus years and worked at G.E. in Fort Wayne for 31 years. He retired in 1997.  He was a member of Sweetwater Assembly of God, North Manchester. He liked gardening and loved his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Stephens, Sidney; three daughters, Sheila (Keith) Smith, Sidney, Michelle Dillon, Sidney and Cheryl (Justin) Harshman, Akron; two brothers, Joe (Pam) Stephens, Marion, Ohio and Dwayne (Rita) Stephens, Marion, Ohio; three sisters, Barb (Kenneth) Keel, South Whitley, Callie (Don) Conrad, Columbia City and Donna (Frank) Fahl, Columbia City; and three grandchildren, Meagan Smith, Joshua Smith and Clayton Harshman.

Three brothers and three sisters precede him in death.

Family and friends may call from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, State Road 15 South, Silver Lake, and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, State Road 15 South, Silver Lake. Rev. Frank Whitaker and Pastor Chad McAtee will officiate.  Burial in South Whitley Cemetery.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Rev. Bill Stephens, memorial contributions may be made to Sweetwater Assembly of God, 2551 State Road 114 East, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, PO Box 432, Silver Lake IN 46982. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester.

Ronald E. Watson

Ronal Watson (350x325) (250x232)Ronald E. Watson of Sidney, Ind., passed away at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in his residence.

He was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Ronald H. and Thelma (White) Watson. He faithfully served his country in the United States Army as a PFC, 8th Infantry from 1952 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict. On Dec. 29, 1956, in Columbia City, Ind., he was united in marriage to Mary Albertson.

He was a Sidney, Ind., resident since 1966. He retired from the Maintenance Department of North Manchester Foundry in 1999 after 22 years of service. He was a member of the North Webster American Legion Post #253.

He is survived by his wife; sons: Robert (Kimberly) Watson, Claypool, Ind.; DeWayne (Julie) Watson, Sidney; a brother: William Watson, Tulsa, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter: Karen Sanburn; and a son: Larry Watson.

Visitation is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 12, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton, Ind. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the funeral chapel conducted by Pastor William Whitaker. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton with Military Honors presented by North Webster American Legion Post #253.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Watson Family C/O, McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, 2290 Provident Ct.Warsaw, IN 46580

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

Duane Wagner

WagnerDuane Wagner, 66, of Sidney, Ind., passed away at 9:41 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind.

He was born on March 1, 1948 in Frankfort, Ind., to Roscoe and Nicy E. (Young) Wagner. He was united in marriage to Naoma Hall on Sept. 18, 1981, in Warsaw, Ind.

He graduated from North Manchester High School, class of 1966. Duane served in the U.S. Army from 1968- 1970. He then worked for Gatke Corporation from 1971–1992 and then worked for the City of Warsaw from 1992–1995. He also worked for Whitko High School from 1995–2012.

He is survived by his wife; four children: Jeff (Cindy) Wagner, Mentone, Ind.; Alan (Christel) Wagner, Plymouth, Ind.; Jacki (Garry) McCleary, Warsaw; Andrea (Kevin) Engle, Warsaw; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; pet: Peanut; one brother: Jack (Darlene) Wagner, North Manchester; and two sisters: Betty Williams, Lake Station, Ind.; and Pat (Lamoine) Thomas, North Manchester.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Diane Hoover.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at the funeral chapel, with Pastor Glenn Hall officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Claypool, Ind.

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

Josephine Estella Likens

LikensJosephine Estella Likens, 104, of Sidney, Ind., died of respiratory complications at 5:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Timbercrest Healthcare Center in North Manchester, Ind.

She had celebrated her 104th birthday with some 50 family and friends on Dec. 12, 2012. Her husband of 61 years, Colonel B. Likens, a well-known school teacher and principal in Sidney and Monroe Township schools, preceded her in death in 1991.

Josephine was born in Fairmount, Ind., to Cyrus Melbourne Garner and Caroline Gemmer Garner. The family moved to a small farm in Monroe Township in 1918 where she lived for the remainder of her life.

Her recitation of the poem “Home” by Edgar Guest was a favorite and she could give this poem/reading by memory to the end of her life. A YouTube version at her 100th birthday went “viral” on the Internet.

She was a renowned seamstress and musician.  She and Colonel had sung at numerous weddings, funerals and other occasions, and she was a long-time pianist/organist at the Eel River Congregational Christian Church, Spring Creek Church of the Brethren and the Eel River Church of the Brethren. For decades she played the piano for singing “America the Beautiful” at the Kosciusko County Retired Teachers Association Meeting.

She graduated from Sidney High School in 1927 and was proud of the fact that she had never missed attending the annual alumni meeting. She had been a school secretary at the Sidney High School and Whitko Consolidated School for many years, president of the Eel River Ladies Aid and Grand Marshal at the Sidney Days Parade.

Her love of life, her sense of humor and winning smile will be long remembered by family and friends.

Josephine is survived by two sons: Gene (Phyllis) Likens, Clinton Corners, N.Y.; and Stephen (Elsa) Likens, Cerritos, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a sister: Margaret Whitehead; and a half-sister: Ethel Davis.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, 2507 E. SR 14, Silver Lake, Ind., with calling one hour prior to service. Pastor Andrew Sampson and Rev. Byron Miller will officiate.  Burial will follow services at Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton, Ind.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Josephine Likens, memorial contributions may be made to the Timbercrest Senior Living Community, P.O. Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962

Nancy Pitts

Nancy Pitts, 87, of Sidney, Ind., passed away in Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, Ind., at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.

She was born to Willie and Annie (Strickland) Burchett in Lancer, Ky. On Sept. 10, 1925.

She was a Sidney resident since 1953. She was united in marriage to Mexico Pitts in Prestonsburg, Ky., on Aug. 7, 1944, who preceded her in 2003.

She did not have children of her own but she raised her husband’s niece and grand-niece. In addition, she “took care” of many of the children in Sidney as they were growing up.

She was preceded in death by five sisters: Hazel, Edith, Thelma, Josephine and Edna Mae; and a brother: James Lee.

Visitation hours are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton, Ind. No services are planned and burial will be private.