Silver Lake Obituaries

Wedd Miller

Miller, WeddWedd Miller, 68, Silver Lake, Ind., passed away at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind.

He was born May 9, 1945, in Salyersville, Ky., to Carl and Lola (Bailey) Miller.

He retired from Dalton Foundry, Warsaw, Ind., after 35 years of service. Wedd was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Warsaw, IN. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and liked watching old westerns and Chuck Norris movies. He was an avid gardener and loved to play cards.

He is survived by his long-time companion: Lenora F. Penn, Silver Lake; three sons: Robert P. (Tammie) Miller, Warsaw, Ind.; Michael R. Miller, Warsaw; Kameron Miller, Silver Lake; four daughters: Cindy M. (Richard) Martin, Warsaw; Angela Miller, Warsaw; Thelma (Rick) Ehrick, Silver Lake; Tammy Prater, Liberty Mills, Ind.; four brothers: John Miller, Peru, Ind.; Cecil Miller, Leslie, Mich.; James Miller, Leslie; Joe Miller, Leslie; three sisters: Emogene Storey, Huntington, Ind.; Martha Ann Burnsworth, Moncks Corner, S.C.; Mary Sue Nichols, Fernadina, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at McKee Mortuary. Pastor Dean Ealey will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Memorial contributions may be made to Goshen Center for Cancer, 200 High Park Ave., Goshen, IN 46526.

James R. ‘Jim’ Paxton

James PaxtonJames R. “Jim” Paxton, 91, Silver Lake, died at 10:06 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.

He was born Feb. 15, 1923, in Talma to Russell and Jessie (Landis) Paxton.

He married Katherine Snyder on June 14, 1941, in Warsaw. She survives.

Jim was a farmer for many years. Not only did he farm he also drove a semi delivery truck for Sonoco Products Company of Akron.

He served his country in World War II in the U.S. Navy.

Jim was a lifetime resident of Akron/Silver Lake areas. He was a long-time member of the Silver Creek Church of God of Silver Lake where he was very faithful. He enjoyed the land not only as a farmer but as a gardener.

In addition to his wife, Katherine Paxton – Silver Lake, survivors include his son, Phil and wife Suzy Paxton, Sevierville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Brent and wife Lisa Paxton, Lichelle and husband Josh Parker, and Kevin and wife Brittany Paxton; eight great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Ed Paxton, Bud and wife Phyllis Paxton, and Larry and wife Pat Paxton,  all of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by five sisters, Neva, Charlotte, Edna, Bonnie, and Freda; and one brother Harold.

Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, at Silver Creek Church of God, 6504 W. CR 1300S, Silver Lake. Pastor Tom Craig will officiate.

Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kosciusko County Hospice

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Ellis Helton

Ellis HeltonEllis Helton, 70, of Silver Lake, Ind., passed away at 4:06 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at his residence.

He was born March 23, 1943, in Prestonsburg, Ky., to John and Myrtle (Hale) Helton. He married Mary J. Gillespie on March 4, 1988. She survives.

He was a Vietnam Army Veteran. He was formerly employed at Kralis Brothers, Mentone, Ind.; Parker Feeders, Silver Lake, and Dalton Foundry, Warsaw, Ind. He enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing and spent a lot of time doing odd jobs for family and friends.

Other survivors included two sons: John L. Helton, Mentone; and David E. Helton, Silver Lake; two daughters: Sheila R. Helton, Argos, Ind.; and Crystal R. Helton, Silver Lake; two brothers: Fred (Lourena) Helton, Warsaw; and Don (Janet) Helton, Silver Lake; two sisters: Elsie Dotson, Prestonsburg, Ky.; and Emma Sloane, Warsaw; and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester, Ind. Services will be  at 11 a.m. Wednesday March 19, at the funeral home. Pastor Terry Bradford will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake.

To assist the family with final expenses, memorials may be directed to McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester, IN 46962.

Dale I. Bruce

Dale I. Bruce, 59, from Silver Lake, Ind., passed away at 4:46 a.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, Ind. 

He was born Aug. 27, 1954, in Warsaw to Paul and Irene Bruce. In 1973 he graduated from Warsaw Community High School. Dale was a lifetime Silver Lake resident.

He worked as head press operator for Ameri-Kan, where he had been employed for 38 years. Dale was a gun collector and NASCAR fan.

His is survived by a brother: Harold Bruce, Silver Lake; two cousins: Janice Hatfield, Mentone, Ind.; and Laurel Ewaschuk, Kalamazoo, Mich.; and his many friends at Ameri-Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home and officiated by Bob Jarboe, chaplain at Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, Warsaw. Burial is to be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 55 E. Monroe St., #3420, Chicago, IL 60603; or the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway – Suite 2700, New York, N.Y. 10006.

To sign the guest register or leave online condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.

William ‘Bill’ Ray Huiras

UnknownWilliam ‘Bill’ Ray Huiras, 66, of Silver Lake, Ind., passed away at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Mach 2, 2014, at his residence.

He was born on June 16, 1947, in Peru, Ind., to Melvin Huiras and Laura Louise (Swingle) Huiras. He was a 1965 graduate of Oak Hill High School in Converse, Ind., and after he served in U.S. Army from 1966 until his honorable discharge in 1969. On April 22, 1983, in Bunker Hill, Ind., he was married to Donna Jolene ‘Jo’ (Ramsey) Huiras, who survives in Silver Lake.

He was a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., for the past 40 years where he worked as a communications technician for General Telephone Company. Bill had worked for Indiana Bell, GTE, and Verizon until his retirement in 2000. After Retirement he worked as a consultant for Tesinc Telephone Company. He was a former member of Laketon Wesleyan Church.

He is survived by three sons: Erin (Christine) Huiras, Wabash, Ind.; Willis ‘Ed’ (Catherine) Huiras, Carmel, Ind.; Christopher Huiras, Carmel, Ind.; one daughter: Tamara Roller, Winona Lake, Ind.; six grandchildren: Evan, Alex, Mikayla, Charlie, Grant and Mika; and his sister: Monica Oliver, Amboy, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son: Eric Huiras.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw, Ind. His funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, and will be officiated by Pastor Jeff Pfeifer.

Memorial donations may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, Inc.; 911 E 86th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240-1848 or you may visit their website: and would be appreciated by his family.

Lawrence E. Mills

Mills newspaperLawrence E. Mills, 70, of Silver Lake, Ind., passed away at 6:35 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Ind.

He was born Sept. 7, 1943, in Decatur, Ind., to Kenneth R. and Margaret R. (Minnich) Mills. He graduated from Decatur, Ind., High School in 1960. On April 28, 1968, he married Elizabeth E. Whitley.

Larry retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1981 after 21 years of service. While in the Marine Corps, he received an MA Degree in electronics. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he was employed at Magnavox-Raytheon, Fort Wayne, Ind., for 20 years, retiring in 2002. He was a beloved husband, uncle and step dad.

He is survived by his wife; one stepson: Robert Lynn (Ann) Simmons, Lovington, N.M.; one stepdaughter: Judy E. Morris, Lovington; two brothers: Thomas R. Mills, South Milford, Ind.; David (Donna) Mills, Decatur, Ind.; one sister: Jenny Mills, South Milford; seven step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the funeral home. Father Drew Curry will officiate.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Lawrence E. Mills, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Riley Children’s Hospital, 30 W. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38405-1942.