Warsaw Obituaries

Susan Carol Stoops

Susan StoopsSusan Carol Stoops, 59, Warsaw, passed away at 3:15 pm Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Mason’s Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.

On Nov. 17, 1954, she was born in Warsaw to LaMar Richard “Dick” Stoops and Dora Jane “Dodie” (Nay) Stoops.

She graduated from Warsaw High School, Class of 1973 and then attended Ball State University for two years.

Susan lived in Warsaw until 1982, when she moved to Tulsa, Okla., where she resided until 2008. In 2008, Susan moved back to Warsaw. She worked as a telephone operator for United Telephone Company, Warsaw and AT&T in Oklahoma. She also was employed as a social worker in Tulsa.

Susan was a Narcotics Anonymous Sponsor from 2003-2008. She also was an artist, story teller, movie buff and an avid reader.

She is survived by two sisters, Mary J. Wise, Warsaw and Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Stoops, Chicago, Ill., and her best friends, Trudi and Ed Owen, Danika Millay, Lorna Ladd and Joanna Beatson.

Services will be privately held with burial at a later date.

McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw was entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Susan’s memory, may be given to Kosciusko County Homecare and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, Indiana 46581-1196.

Robert Rucker

Robert RuckerRobert H. Rucker, 84, formerly of rural Columbia City, died at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where he was transported Sunday from Markle Health & Rehab.

He was born July 26, 1930 in Champagne County, Ohio a son of William E. and Josephine (Hart) Rucker. His formative years were spent in Ironton and Springfield, Ohio.

He served in the United States Army from Aug. 12, 1951 until Aug. 1, 1953, serving during the Korean War.

On April 5, 1968 he was united in marriage to Sharon L. Braddock. They made their home Whitley County.

He was employed at General Electric for 26 years. He was known as “Rocky Rucker”, a Lightweight Golden Glove Boxing Champion.

His memberships included Tri Lakes Baptist Church, GE Boxing Club and American Legion Post No. 98.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Sharon; eight children, Robin (Sharon) Rucker of South Whitley, Chris (Rob Menzie) Cornelius of Warsaw, Kelly Rucker of Ocala, Fla., Laura (Ted) Wisniewski of Cherryville, N.C., Bobbi Jo “BJ” Rucker of Columbia City, Gary (Lisa) Nierman of Columbia City, Linda Eloph of Fort Wayne and Duane (Laurie) Nierman of Columbia City; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Louise Verro of Auburn.

A brother, William Rucker, preceded him in death.

The funeral service were held Friday, Aug. 29, Tri Lakes Baptist Church, 5679 N. Center St., Columbia City. The burial was in Blue River Cemetery with military honors presented.

Preferred memorials are to Tri Lakes Baptist Church Food Pantry.

Arrangements are by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City

Griffith, Carol

Carol Griffith

Griffith, CarolCarol Griffith, 61, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

She was born on April 14, 1953, in Warsaw, Ind., to Andrew David Tackett and Addie (Blanton) Tackett. She married Anthony Griffith on Dec. 4, 1999, in Warsaw.

She was a lifetime Warsaw, resident and work  at Dalton Foundries for 17 years as a towmotor driver, retiring in 1995. She enjoyed bingo, making crafts, painting and crocheting

She is survived by three daughters: Michelle Hall, Pierceton, Ind.; Stacy (Todd) Deeter, Ligonier, Ind.; Clara Rogers, Milford, Ind.; one step-son: Shawn Griffith, Pierceton; five sisters: Mandy Claubaugh, Huntington, Ind.; Faye Brunner, New Palestine, Ind.; Polly (Monroe) Allen, Packerton, Ind.;  Kathleen (James) Griffith, Warsaw; Geraldine Blair, Warsaw; three brothers: Ray Tackett, Otway, Ohio; Hargus (Evelyn) Tackett, Warsaw;
Frank (Beverly) Tackett, South Whitley, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; father; mother; three sisters: Marie Heeter; Martha Shepherd; Pauline Tackett; and three brothers: Leo Tackett; Harkless Tackett; Charlie Tackett.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the funeral home. Pastor Lewis Quiros, Victory Christian Center, Warsaw, will officiate. Burial will be held in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, PO Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196

To leave condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.

Horn, Billy D.

Billy D. Horn

Horn, Billy D.Billy D. Horn, 77, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 7:05 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Kosciusko Community Hospital.

He was born Aug. 10, 1937, in Mentone, Ind., to Dwayne and Maxine (Wideman) Horn. He married Patricia A. Fancil and served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Horn retired in 1987 as a diesel mechanic from Gladieux Refinery in New Haven, Ind., after 27 years of service.

He is survived by a son: Billy Horn Jr., Columbia City, Ind.; four daughers: Kim (Robert) Sweet, Columbia City; Chris (Howie) Welch, Columbia City; Sonia (Chris) Welch, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Deana (Sean) Roof, Fort Wayne; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four sisters: Sharon Miller, Lynde (Larry) Yeiter, Judy Robinson and Luann Horn, all of Warsaw, Ind.

Billy was preceded in death by his wife: Patricia A. Horn; a brother: Larry G. Horn; two sons: Rocky Horn and Maurice Horn; and a daughter: Cynthia Horn.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. The funeral service will begin at noon Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Tim Kumber from Warsaw Church of God. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

To leave condolences for the family, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.


Lance D. Knoop

KnoopLance D. Knoop, 54, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 7:03 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in his residence.

On Feb. 2, 1960, he was born in Warsaw to Burl and Louise (Waite) Knoop. He was united in marriage to Crystal Michelle Roberts in Florida, who preceded him in death.

Lance served our country in the U.S. Army and the National Guard from 1979 – 1990. He worked as a self-employed journeyman.

He is survived by his daughter: Mary Knoop Myers (companion Barbie Torres), Warsaw; two sons: Lance D. Knoop II, Elkhart, Ind.; Michael J. Knoop, Warsaw; two grandchildren: Damen C. Myers and Kailalynn E. Myers; his mother: Louise Knoop, Goshen, Ind.; four brothers: Anthony D. Knoop, South Bend, Ind; Kent J. Knoop, South Bend; Brian K. (Heather) Knoop, Leesburg, Ind.; Mark A. Knoop, Louisville, Ky.; three nephews and three nieces.

He was also preceded in death by his father and his brother: Brent Knoop.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at American Legion Post #49, Warsaw. Military Honors will be provided at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, by the American Legion Post #49 and VFW Post #1126, Warsaw.

Memorial contributions in Lance’s name may be made to Lance D. Knoop Memorial Fund, C/o McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, 2290 Provident Court, Warsaw, IN, 46580.

To sign the guest register or leave online condolences, visit the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.


Ethel Mae Barnett

1381163_profile_picEthel Mae Barnett, 88, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 1:50 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in Elmcroft of Xenia, Ohio.

She was born on April 17, 1926, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Shirley Elery and Beatrice Vernon (Barto) Shaneyfelt. Ethel graduated from Central High School in Fort Wayne and attended Fort Wayne Bible Institute. She earned her RN after graduating from South Chicago Community Hospital School of Nursing. Receiving her bachelor of science from Grace College, she went on to earn her master’s degree in counseling from the University of St. Frances, Fort Wayne.

Ethel lived most of her life in Warsaw and was a nurse within the Warsaw Community School System and an industrial nurse for Zimmer. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Pierceton. Ethel had a servant’s heart in all she did – including activities within the churches she attended over the years, the many short term mission trips she went on, the ways she worked with Christian ministries – one of which included volunteering with Lakeland Child Evangelism Ministries. Ethel went on several mission trips to Russia with the Josh McDowell Ministry. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting items and making Gospel bracelets for various ministries. She shared totes that she made from strips of shopping bags. Ethel was always available to help care for the elderly, from baking muffins to helping attend to their personal needs.

She is survived by her daughter: Debra Wilson, Xenia, Ohio; four grandchildren: Micah (Amanda) Wilson, Xenia; Nate (Angie) Wilson, Columbus, Ohio; Rebekah Wilson (fiancé, Matt Craig), Xenia; Rachel Wilson (fiancé Samuel Stevenson), Xenia.

She was preceded in death by her son: Jeffrey Marc Barnett; two brothers: Robert Shaneyfelt and Wayne Shaneyfelt; and five sisters: Dorothy Paxson, Betty Williams, Mildred Sitcler, infant Patricia Ruth Shaneyfelt and infant Mary Helen Shaneyfelt; and her son-in-law: Pastor Rick Wilson.

Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in the funeral home. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Lakeland Child Evangelism Ministries, 1430 S. 450E, Pierceton, IN 46562 OR to Grace Covenant Church (piano fund), 780 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, Ohio 45434.

To leave condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.