William ‘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: www.kidneyindiana.org and would be appreciated by his family.
Lawrence 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.
Janet S. Bilderback, 72, of Silver Lake, Ind., passed away at 4:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at her residence.
She was a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., for the past 10 years, where she was a homemaker. Janet was born at Wolf Lake, Ill., on April 12, 1942, to Robert L. Davis and Helen (Ring) Davis. In March of 1959, she was married to Daryl Bilderback. He survives.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son: Joe (Denise) Bilderback, Columbia City, Ind.; three daughters: Candi (Brad) Castle, Lowell, Ind.; Leslee (Robert) Brunton, Warsaw, Ind.; Stephanie Bilderback, Silver Lake; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her brother: Jim Davis, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter, one brother and three sisters.
No visitation or services are planned .Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw.
He was born Aug. 22, 1930, in North Manchester to Francis D. “Jake” and Mildred (Michael) McKee. He graduated from Central High School, North Manchester class of 1949. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict 1951-1955.
On Oct. 15, 1955, he married Carol A. Schenkel. He was a production manager at Peabody Seating, North Manchester for 34 years and retired in 1984.
He was a member of Moose #1518 & American Legion Post #286. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, making people laugh and was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife: Carol A. McKee, Silver Lake, Ind.; one son: Tony (Cheryl) McKee, Dover, Del.; one daughter: Lori (Ralph Jr.) Dotson, Silver Lake; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by four brothers: Jack, Bobbie, Billie and Thomas.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 31, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Services will be at noon Friday, Jan. 31, at McKee Mortuary. Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
Memorials may be made to Peabody Caring Circle, 400 W. Seventh St., North Manchester, IN 46962.
He was born at Flint, Mich., on April 2, 1931, to Raymond and Nellie (Flora) Wrightsman. He served in Korea in the United States Army. On March 29, 1952, he married Esther M. Lewis. She survives.
He worked at Tri-State Harvester in Silver Lake, Ind, for a total of 21 years. He retired in 1995 from Fasson-Avery Dennison Co., Fort Wayne, Ind., after 10 years. Harold was an avid fisherman and attended Manchester Bible Church.
He is survived by a son: Michael Wrightsman, Silver Lake; two daughters: Joyce (Tom) Higgs, Harlan, Ind.; and Debra Wrightsman, Fort Wayne; two brothers: Paul Wrightsman, North Manchester, Ind.; and Ronnie (Louella) Wrightsman, Warsaw, Ind.; two sisters: Eileen (Herman) Beachler, North Manchester; Carol Grindle, Laketon, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a son: Jerry Wrightsman; a daughter: Judy Ulrey; and a sister: Patricia Cook.
Visitation will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the funeral home. Arthur Cook will officiate and burial will follow at Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, North Manchester.
Norma J. Fugate, 64 of Silver Lake, Ind., passed away at 11:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, Ind.
On Dec. 30, 1948, she was born in Warsaw, Ind., to John and Betty (Cartwright) Thomas.
A lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Norma was raised in Pierceton, Ind. She worked for Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Warsaw for over 20 years, retiring in 2002. She was a member of the American Legion Post #258, Ladies Auxiliary, Pierceton. Norma loved making crafts and she loved snow.
She is survived by her son: Joseph (Jennifer) Fugate, Silver Lake, Ind.; her sister: Ruth (Joe) Tarlton, Pierceton; two grandchildren: Addison and Wyatt Fugate, Silver Lake; her nephew: John Tarlton, Warsaw; her niece: Angela Tarlton, Warsaw; and her great-niece and great nephew: Taylor and Drake Tarlton, Warsaw.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her son: Timothy Scott.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Pierceton Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton, with Pastor Kurt Stout officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton.
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