Sidney Obituaries

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.


Darrell G. Smith

Darrell G. Smith, 74, Sidney, Ind., died at 1:28 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born at Muncie, Ind., on Feb. 9, 1938, to Ward and Lucille (Morrical) Smith.  They are deceased. In 1957 he graduated from Muncie Central High School and later earned his Bachelor’s degree in land survey and building construction technology from Purdue University. He was a land surveyor and retired from Larry R. Long Associates, Warsaw, Ind.

Darrell served his country in the United States Army and was a member of the American Legion. On April 25, 1964, he married Sharon K. Flowers.

He is survived by his wife: Sharon Smith, Sidney; and a daughter: Lynn Smith, South Whitley, Ind.

He was preceded in death by a son: Douglas M. Smith; and one sister.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 115 W., North Manchester, Ind. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the funeral home. Pastor Jim Garrett will officiate and burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Darrell G. Smith, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington St. Suite 1180-South, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or the Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 911 E. 86th St. Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240-1840.