Silver Lake Obituaries

Verna Torpy

Verna L. Torpy

Verna TorpyVerna L. Torpy, 66, Silver Lake, Ind., passed away at 6:10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in her residence.

She was born Sept. 30, 1947, in Waco, Texas, to Joseph C. and Minnie Leona (Markle) Nawara.

On Jan. 28, 1977, she married Max E. Torpy. He survives.

She graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School, Rosenburg, Texas in 1965.

Torpy worked in many financial institutions and retired from the loan operation department at Lake City Bank, Warsaw, in 2010. She enjoyed spending time with her family, quilting, reading and collecting notebooks.

Verna was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Wabash. She was member of the Lady’s Guild at her church that made quilts for babies and veterans and a member of a ladies home-ec club.

Additional survivors include: one son, Bret (Ann) Torpy, Burket; one daughter, Shannon M. (Greg) Brazo, Burket; five grandchildren, ShaNell, Alexis and Morgan Brazo and Raechel and Jaxon Torpy; one brother, James (Janie) Nawara, New Ulm, Texas.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Nila Miller and Bettye Meyer.

Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Zion Lutheran Church, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash, followed by services at 1 p.m. Rev. Jeremy Yeadon will officiate.

Burial will be in Funk Cemetery, Bippus..

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash, IN 46992; or American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96thg Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278-6005.

McKee Mortuary Inc., North Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.

David A Barrett

David A Barrett, 70, of rural Silver Lake, Ind., passed away at 7:05 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born Sept. 3, 1943, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to Herschel Dinkledein and Inez Early. After Herschel’s death David was adopted and raised by Jewith Barrett.

David was a 1962 graduate of Claypool High School. He was a US Army veteran. He married Phyllis Flitcraft on July 7, 1967, in Miami County, Ind. David enjoyed flowers, watching the birds and squirrels, sightseeing, festivals, and setting up for flea markets. He retired from Diehl Machines in Wabash, Ind. 

He is survived by his wife; two sisters: Dorothy (Delmar) Poe, Claypool, Ind.; and Wanda Paris, Indianapolis, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home – Roann, 335 S. Chippewa Rd., Roann. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the funeral home, with Pastor Wayne Balmer officiating. Burial will be in South Pleasant Cemetery, Silver Lake. 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family of David Barrett. 


Doris Marie Fox

2623208Doris Marie Fox, 79, of Niles, Mich., passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind.

She was born July 20, 1935, to Frank and Dorothy (Dicus) Winger in Mishawaka. Doris married Charles Fox on Nov. 4, 1952, in Silver Lake, Ind.; he survives.

Doris attended Madison Township High School where she met and eventually married her husband of 61 years. She loved her family dearly and cherished spending time with them.

She enjoyed puzzles and doing arts, crafts and tea parties with her grandchildren. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed spending time on the beach, and traveling the United States with her daughter, Pam. She also enjoyed shopping and an occasional trip to the casino. She and her husband were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Woodland.

Doris is survived by her husband: Charles, Niles, Mich.; three children: Pam (Marc) LaVine, Wyatt, Ind.; Tom (Dennie) Fox, Shavehead Lake, Mich.; Lori (Dan) Roberts, Osceola, Ind.; 11 grandchildren: Traycee, Tara, Brandi, Justin, Sarah, Mary, Jeremy, Evan, Tosha, Samantha and Delaney; four great-grandchildren: Brody, Wyatt, Micah and Brielle; and two brothers: Jim (Nancy) Winger, Warsaw, Ind.; and Frank (Barb) Winger Jr., Osceola.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Frank and Dorothy Winger; a son: Scott Allen Fox; and a granddaughter: Trisha Dawn LaVine.

Visitation is from 3 p.m. too 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen, Ind. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Woodland. Pastor Karl Brenner will officiate the service, burial will follow at Bremen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Miller, Paul

Paul Miller

Miller, PaulPaul Miller, 88, of Silver Lake, Ind., passed away at 5:20 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014, at Peabody Retirement Community Health Center, North Manchester, Ind.

He was born June 22, 1926, in Landeck, Ohio, to Adam and Loretta (Etzkorn) Miller. He served as a private in the U.S. Army and in World War II in the Pacific Theater. He entered the service on Dec. 24, 1944, at Fort Hayes, Ohio, and was honorably discharged on Nov. 8, 1946, in Cambridge, Ohio.

Paul started many businesses including Fordmeter Box in Delphos, Ohio; Olympic Bowling Lanes in Van Wert, Ohio; Green Spot Garden Center & Shoe Spray Service; and most recently a used car lot in Phoenix, Ariz.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and American Legion in Phoenix and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warsaw, Ind.

He is survived by four daughters: Marcia (Dan) Stanley, Silver Lake, Ind.; Linda (Brian) Dalton Stephenson, Australia; Jacqueline Hislop, Indianapolis; Paula (companion Sarah) Miller, England; two sons: Bruce (Marrianne) Miller, Delafield, Wisc.; and Jeffery Paul Miller, Warsaw, Ind.; and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters. 

A Funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 7, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw, with Father Phil DeVolter. Military honors will be conducted by Warsaw’s American Legion Post #49 and VFW Post #1126. Burial is to be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Memorials may be made to Our Father’s House, 401 Argonne Rd., Warsaw, IN 46580.

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

Maradean M. Bucher

Maradean M. Bucher, 92, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and formerly of Silver Lake, Ind., and Akron, Ind., passed away at 7:56 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Parkview Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

She was born Sept. 30, 1921, in Silver Lake, Ind., to Ammon and Mary Young Bucher. She had a distinguished career with 41 years of loyal service with General Electric Company retiring in 1985. She also was a beautician in North Manchester, Ind., and Ft. Wayne.

Maradean graduated from Akron High School in the 1930s and had been a member of the Indiana Cosmetology Association since 1939.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Matilda Doub and Helen Cross; and half brothers: Merle and Harley Bucher.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 23, at Akron Cemetery with Pastor Thomas Craig officiating.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Homer, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

Logan Heeter
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Logan Ryan Heeter

heeter,logan obit photoLogan Ryan Heeter, 4, of Claypool, Ind., passed away at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Silver, Ind., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born on March 27, 2010, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Sandra Dee Heeter, who passed away in 2010 and Donald Ray ‘D.J’ Bryant, who survives in Claypool.

He was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., where he loved to help mow the grass and weed-eat. He even enjoyed vacuuming and cleaning the house. Logan loved being a little boy and everyone enjoyed him just being a little boy…doing everything from riding his three-wheeler, camping, being outdoors, playing and just enjoying life.

He also leaves behind two sisters: Kaitlyn Schultz, Claypool; Jennifer Bryant, Albion, Ind.; two brothers: Brenton and Braxton Schultz, Claypool; grandfather: James Heeter, Claypool; grandmothers: Janice Tillberry, Claypool; Linda Bryant, Silver Lake; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother and great-grandparents.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 23, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home and will be officiated by Pastor Gage Norem. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Logan Heeter Memorial Fund at Lake City Bank, and can be deposited at any branch location would be greatly appreciated by his family.