Syracuse Obituaries

Beverly Jo Perez

1363591_profile_picBeverly Jo Perez, 37, of Rochester, Ind., went to her heavenly home at 3:25 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, while surrounded by her loving family. Beverly was a cancer survivor in 1993, then succumbed to a short battle with cancer.

Born on June 8, 1977, she was the daughter of Joe B. Perez and Martha Perez Dain.

With great Zebra pride, Beverly graduated with her class from Rochester High School in 1995. She was a devoted lifetime member of the Rochester Church of the Nazarene where she was a member of the prayer team and a nursery worker. She was a past committee member of the Fulton County Relay for Life.

Beverly is survived by her mother and stepfather: Martha and Terry Dain; siblings: Joe C. (Betty) Perez, Waco, Texas; Ross (Sheryl) Perez, Wichita, Kan.; Crysta (Matt) Borden, Syracuse, Ind.; Rhonda (John) Babcock, Fishers, Ind.; Terry Dain Jr., Martinton, Ill.; and Dan (Nikki) Perez, Rochester; nieces and nephews: Carl Lemmon, Alexandra Lemmon, Kaitlyn Duncan, Madison Ottinger, Bailey Perez, Evelyn Babcock, Ethan Babcock, Ben Perez, Braden Perez, Tim Armentrout, Joe Perez, Teresa Murphrey and Angel Perez; four great-nephews and three great-nieces; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and her faithful canine companion: Muffy.

She was preceded in death by her father: Joe B. Perez; her grandparents: Opal and Harley Weidner and Sophie and Joe R. Perez.

Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, in Rochester Church of the Nazarene, 1987 Southway 31, Rochester. Rev. Don Meyer will officiate services. Interment will follow at the Reichter Cemetery near Talma.

Arrangements are with Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Emily Rose Smith

OI861834046_HeadshotEmily Rose Smith, 1 year old, of Syracuse, Ind., passed away at 9:53 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Ind.

She was born on June 15, 2013, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Alaina J. (Scott) Smith. 

She moved to Syracuse in November 2013 from South Bend, Ind., and formerly attended the Epic Church in Mishawaka. 

She is survived by her mother; sister: Caylee Balmer–Robinson; brother: Isaiah Smith;
maternal grandparents: Thomas and Tammy Scott, Mishawaka; maternal great-grandparents: Martin and Dina Rajski, Mishawaka; and Thomas and Sandra Scott, Mishawaka; maternal great-great-grandmother: Sylvia Oakley, Mishawaka. 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Memorial services will follow at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, in the funeral home. 

Memorial bequest may be given to the family. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home 

George R. Guyas

OI1706231270_HeadshotGeorge R. Guyas, 83, of Syracuse, Ind., passed away at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Syracuse.

He was born on Dec. 11, 1930, in Defiance, Ohio, to Joseph G. and Winona Marie (Gloor) Guyas. 

He grew up in Ohio, attended public schools there, and moved to Knapp Lake in 1953 from Ohio. He was married on Nov. 12, 1955, in Kimmell, Ind., to Sharon R. Snowberger, who survives.

He lived for many years in Ligonier, Ind., before moving to Syracuse. He was the former co-owner / operator of Macy’s Wawasee Slip in Syracuse from 1954 until his retirement in 2000.

He is survived by his wife: Sharon Guyas, Syracuse; a daughter: Tina (Phil) Ball, Ligonier; two sons: Jeff (Peggy) Guyas, Syracuse; and Greg (Corine) Guyas, Summerfield, Fla.; five grandchildren: Jeremiah (Rhoda) Ball, Olivia (Jonathan) Kline, Joel (Natalie) Guyas, Tyler Guyas and Justin Guyas; three great-grandchildren: Audrey Kline, Juliette Ball and Colten Kline; two sisters: Margaret (Darwin) Hursey, Cisco, Ill.; and Donna Pepple of Ligonier. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Bill Guyas. 

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, and 1 hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Sparta Cemetery in Kimmell, Ind. 

Memorial bequest may be given to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 13067, Alexandria, VA 22312.

David Jay Williams

David-Williams-240x172David Jay “Uncle Fred” Williams, 69, of Syracuse, Ind., passed away on July 17, 2014, at his residence on Lake Wawasee.

He was born March 5, 1945, in Goshen, Ind., to Richard Darby and Louise (Ecklebarger) Williams.

He served proudly in the Navy as a mechanic and welder on nuclear submarines and surface ships. He used his military training skills to establish a later career as a Nuclear Engineer, executing independent quality assurance inspection for existing U.S. nuclear power plants, the construction of gas turbine power plants, oil pipelines, bridges, international fire-fighting equipment and tested materials such as that which was used to rebuild Manhattan’s underground waterways. Dave was a member of both Syracuse American Legion and VFW.

David Jay loved hummingbirds and living on Lake Wawasee where he enjoyed year-round water sports and dancing. He had a passion for golf, cooking, Budweiser, singing/improvisational rapping with his daughter, songwriting and picking his beloved Martin guitar with his many friends (most especially when playing “Puff the Magic Dragon” while letting his grandson jump on his bed.)

He is survived by his daughter: Whitney Williams and grandson, Easton Dai Ulery, Indianapolis, Ind.; his former wife: Nancy (Barnette) Williams, Indianapolis; his brother: Darby (Chris) Williams, Lake Lure, N.C.; a sister: Jan (George) Agisotelis, Palm Harbor, Fla.; his stepmother: Dorothy Williams, Oldsmar, Fla.; and nieces, nephews and cousins; and “Lake Trash,” a generationally growing group of loving family and friends he helped found in the 60s.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Sandra and Sally.

There will be a celebration of Dave’s reputable life from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Eastlund Funeral Home in Syracuse. At 12:30 p.m., military honors will conclude his memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Rare and Aggressive Cancer research, The Syracuse VFW, Easton’s college education, or the Tree House Fund.

Angel M. Carder

OI234459737_HaedshotAngel M. Carder, 40, of Elkhart, Ind., and formerly of Syracuse, Ind., passed away at 7:53 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at her home.

She was born June 14, 1974, in Toledo, Ohio, to Benny N. Bethel and Angela T. Carder. 

She graduated from West Noble High School in Ligonier, Ind., attended college in California to obtain a medical assistant’s degree, and formerly worked in a cardiologist office. She moved to Elkhart 12 years ago from Toledo and formerly lived in Syracuse, Ind., and California. 

She was raised in the Catholic Church and active in Alcoholics Anonymous.

She is survived by her father: Ben Bethel, Toledo, Ohio; two sons: Brian Cooper and Evan Carder, both of Toledo; a sister: Jennifer (fiancé Kent Holden) Wines, Syracuse; and a brother: James Rabara, Athens, Ga. 

She was preceded in death by her mother. 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Memorial services will follow at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. 

Memorials may be given to Angel Carder Funeral Fund, c/o Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN 46567.

Richard A. ‘Dick’ Dull Sr.

Richard-Dull1-195x240Richard A. “Dick” Dull Sr., 81, of Milford, Ind., passed away on July 16, 2014, at his residence.

He was born July 13, 1933, in Wawaka, Ind., to Albert and Ethel (Gose) Dull. On Oct. 22, 1954, he married Mary Bornemann, who survives. 

He was a lifelong area resident. He worked for Bornemann Products in Bremen, Ind., before working for Chore Time and retiring after 30 years as a production manager.

He was a member of the Shepherd by the Lakes Lutheran Church in Syracuse. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Maxwelton golf club.

He is survived by his wife: Mary Dull, Milford, Ind.; two daughters: Pam (Steve) Yoder, Milford; and Heidi (Pete) Hurley, Syracuse, Ind.; a son: Richard A. (Jodie) Dull Jr., Panama City, Fla.; five grandchildren: Elizabeth Hahn, Austin Yoder, Annie Crutchfield, April Dull and Corbin Dull; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 21, at the Shepherd by the Lakes Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, or the Shepherd by the Lakes Lutheran Church.