Warsaw Obituaries

Franklin A. Bush

OI612514843_BushObitFranklin A. Bush, 83, of Columbia City, Ind., passed away at 11:39 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Columbia City. Born on March 26, 1931, in Fort Wayne, Ind., he was the son of Roscoe and Hildegarde (Weaver) Bush. 

He graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1949 and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in 1958. Franklin earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., in 1965.

On Sept. 15, 1951, he married Joyce Graham in Hobbs, Ind. Franklin was a commercial real estate broker and was the founder and former owner of Investors’ Realty, Warsaw. He was a life member of Columbia City Elks Lodge, Certified Commercial Investors Member and served as vice President, first vice president and past president of Kosciusko County Board of Realtors. 

Survivors include his wife: Joyce Bush, Columbia City, Ind.; four children: Robert F. (Gail) Bush, Syracuse, Ind.; John B. (Rosemarie) Bush, Flushing, Mich.; Joyce A. Bush and James J. Bush, both of Warsaw, Ind.; a grandson: William B. Bush, Flushing, Mich.; two sisters-in-law: Pauline Spake, Lynn; and Jane Lyon, North Bend, Ore.   

A memorial gathering to celebrate Franklin’s life will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.

Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Bush’s memory to Indiana State Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society, Attention Heather Donegan, 7301 Georgetown Rd., #112, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

Pastor William Lee Stevens

OI1011925966_1StevensPastor William ‘Bill’ Lee Stevens, 81, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away 5:37 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Grace Village Rehab in Winona Lake, Ind.

He was born on Sept. 1, 1932, in Tulsa, Okla., to Paul Stevens and Kathryn (Cooper) Stevens. On June 7, 1957, he was married to Shirley (Walter) Stevens, who survives in Warsaw.

He was a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina receiving his BA in Speech and Bible.  He also attended the Terry Art Institute in Miami, Fla., the Art Student League in New York, Mexico City University, and he attended Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif. He pastored in Taos, N.M.; Gardena, Calif.; Portis, Kan.; Lake Odessa, Mich.; Brooksville, Fla.; Conemaugh, Penn.; Harrison Center Church in Etna Green, Ind. Pastor Bill was a member of Community Grace Brethren Church in Warsaw.

He is survived by three sons: Timothy (Lisa) Stevens, Dublin, Calif.; Philip (Deb) Stevens, Dorr, Mich.; Mark (Diane) Stevens, Middleville, Mich.; one daughter: Rebecca Stevens, Warsaw; 11 grandchildren; two sisters: Susan (Tom) Briody, Shady Cove, Ore.; and Deloris (Sam) McCamish, Yorba Linda, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter: Lisa Stevens; and his brother: Jon Stevens.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw. His funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, at the funeral home and will be officiated by Pastor Robert Moeller and Pastor Roy Chapin. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.

Memorial donations may be directed to Community Grace Brethren Church – Missions, 909 S. Buffalo St., Warsaw, IN and would be appreciated by his family.

Mark Wilson

Wilson, MarkMark Wilson, 70, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 5:15 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, in his home.

He was born May 20, 1944, in West Branch, Mich., to Albert and Maxine (Fitch) Wilson. He graduated from Warsaw Community High School in 1962 and was a lifetime resident of Warsaw.

Mark enjoyed fishing, woodworking and family activities.

He is survived by a brother: Philip Wilson, Kalamazoo, Mich.; two sisters: Aline Maddox, Elkhart, Ind.; and Maxine Ray (Benjamin) Cretcher, Bourbon, Ind.; several nieces and nephews; and his companion: Jerrilynn Wilson, Warsaw.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 16581-1196.

Titus Funeral Home in Warsaw is caring for the family.

To leave online condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.

James Leroy ‘Jim’ Watkins

HeadshotJames Leroy “Jim” Watkins, 79, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at his home.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1934 in Leesburg, Ind., to George I. and Mary I. (Hapner) Watkins.

He graduated in 1952 from Leesburg High School and lived most of his life in the Kosciusko County area. He was U.S. Army Veteran and on Oct. 6, 1956, in North Webster, Ind., he married Lois A. Funderburg who survives.

He retired in 1994 as a rural route carrier for the United States Post Office in Leesburg, Ind., after 24 years. 

He attended the United Methodist Church in Leesburg. He was a member of the National Rural Letter Carrier Association; life member of the National Rifle Association; former member and past president of the Oswego Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife: Lois Watkins, Warsaw; a sister: Peggy Jean (Lowell) Welty, Milford, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Donald Watkins.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR. 13 and CR 500 North, North Webster. Funeral services will immediately follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Jesse Beer, former minister of the Apostolic Christian Church in Milford, and Rev. Mark Wagoner, nephew and pastor of the First Church of God in Neon, Ky., officiating. Burial will follow in Leesburg Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Leesburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 175, Leesburg, IN 46538.

Gilbert Eugene Hawkins

OI1688768841_HawkinsGilbertobitphotoPastor Gilbert Eugene Hawkins, 86, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 11:46 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Ind. 

He was born on Aug. 24, 1927, in Stet, Mo., to Arthur M. Hawkins and Sabrie (Eden) Hawkins. On Aug. 29, 1953, he was married to Rosella Mildred (Hughes) Hawkins, who survives in Warsaw.

He was a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., for the past 13 years where he was a member of Lakeland Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw. Gilbert attended Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Ore., and then Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., graduating in 1955. He pastored for 60 years in Oregon, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. He authored a book titled “Marriage Lasts a Lifetime”, and his life’s work was to further the kingdom for Christ. He never missed an opportunity to share the story of God’s love and forgiveness to anyone he met. 

He is survived by his son: James ‘Jim’ (Tami) Hawkins, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two daughters: Sandy (Steve) Barrett, Warsaw; Gail (Dave) Rosner, Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren: Shanda (Tom) Reed, Pennsylvania; Sabrie Hawkins and Sierra Rose Hawkins, Oklahoma City; Jason (Darcy) Barrett, Falls Church, Va.; Amber (Brian) Hodorek, Winona Lake; Heather (Rob) Chalfant, Warsaw; Ben, Josiah and Isaac Rosner, Fort Wayne; six great-grandchildren: Ashley, Alyssa, and Julia Reed; Bode and Will Barrett; Barrett and Bianca Hodorek; and his brother: Leroy (Susan) Hawkins, Oregon. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings.           

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the funeral home and will be officiated by Pastor Russ Simpson and Pastor John Sholly. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.

Memorial donations may be directed to Lakeland Child Evangelism Ministries, P.O. Box 612, Winona Lake, IN 46590 and would be appreciated by his family.

Lloyd Don Miller

Lloyd Don Miller, 80, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 1:30 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, in Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1933, to Harvey G. and Nellie P. (Dudgeon) Miller in Plymouth, Ind. He has lived in Arizona and Indiana. He was united in marriage to Barbara S. Wallen on Sept. 19, 1953, in Argos, Ind. He was a truck driver retiring in 1991.

He is survived by his wife: Barbara Miller, Mentone, Ind.; three daughters: Laudice (Mike) Meinert, Bourbon, Ind.; Evelyn (Rick Rickel, Mentone; Bobbie (Mike Rozak, Mentone; four sons: Lowell (Cami) Miller, Rochester, Ind.; Donnie (Betty) Miller, Bourbon; Billy Joe (Stacey) Miller, Warsaw; Kenny (Kelly) Miller, Silver Lake, Ind.; a sister: Mary Luse, Plymouth, Ind.; a brother: Earl (Ida) Miller, Plymouth; 25 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; three sisters; two sons: Gene and Fred; and one granddaughter: Schyler.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. No calling is planned. McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw is entrusted to the family for arrangements.

To send condolences or sign a guestbook, go to the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.