Robert Edwin ‘Bob’ Gephart

Gephart, BobRobert Edwin “Bob” Gephart, 84, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 11:15 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital after a nine year battle with lung cancer.

Bob was born May 23, 1929, in Hammond, Ind., to Charles Morgan and Opal Naomi (Williams) Gephart. He graduated with the class of 1947 from New Haven High School and in June of 1952 he graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington. He also graduated from Wisconsin School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin in 1965 and the National Graduate Trust School held in Northwestern University in 1971.

Beginning Sept. 23, 1952, Bob proudly served his country during the Korean War with the United States Army. Sgt. Robert E. Gephart was honorably discharged Sept. 22, 1954.

Ann J. Traster and Bob were joined in marriage March 5, 1960, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Bob started his banking career at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Bluffton, Ind. He also worked with the Comptroller of Currency as a National Bank Examiner, then eight years at the Citizens State Bank in Hartford City and 25 years at the Lake City Bank in Warsaw. He retired in May of 1994 as senior vice president and trust officer.

Living most of his life in Warsaw, he was a member of its Kiwanis Club where he had served as club president and lt. governor for the Land of Lakes Division of Indiana Kiwanis and was the recipient of the Legion of Honor and George F. Hixon Awards. Bob was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Warsaw.

Over the years he was active in many Kosciusko County organizations including The American Cancer Society, United Way, life member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Riverwood Ranch, Indiana Lakeland Girl Scout Council, Warsaw Community Public Library Board, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, a volunteer at the Kosciusko County Literary Services, board member at Mason Health Care Facility, member of American Legion Post #49 and was named Kosciusko County’s 1980 Man of the Year.

He is survived by his wife: Ann; a daughter and son-in-law: Cheryl and Kevin Giacomini, Northville, Mich.; a son: Mark Gephart, Greenwood, Ind.; and four grandchildren: Katie and Anna Giacomini and Lillie and Charles Gephart.

He was preceded by his parents and two sisters: Marilyn Clark and Eileen Naomi McCormack.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. A service celebrating the life of Robert Edwin Gephart will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, in First United Methodist Church, Warsaw, with Pastors Scott Carmer and Toni Carmer officiating. Burial will follow in Oakhill Cemetery, Warsaw. Military honors will be conducted by Warsaw’s American Legion Post #49 and VFW Post #1126

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 179 S. Indiana St., Warsaw, IN 46580; Kosciusko Community Foundation 102 E. Market St., Warsaw and Salvation Army, 501 Arthur St., Warsaw.

Marilyn Jean (Carr) Bibler

Bibler, Marilyn Jean obit photoMarilyn Jean (Carr) Bibler, 85, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 8:20 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, after a battle with cancer.

She was born on May 19, 1928, in Hartford City, Ind., to Russell Guy Carr and Catherine Elizabeth (Morris) Carr Hood. On Oct. 31, 1954, in Orlando, Fla., she was married to William “Bill” Blaine Bibler who preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 2012, after 58 years of marriage.

Growing up she lived in nine different cities as her father operated the family business: the Morris 5 and 10 Dime Store. She loved spending summers at their cottage on Lake Wawasee.

Upon graduation from Winchester High School in 1946, she attended Christian College in Columbia, Mo., and Brenau College. Throughout the years, she worked at the Morris Dime Store, McCrory’s Dime Store, Penn Electric in Goshen, Duval Jewelry Co. and GE Credit Corp., both in Florida.

A member of this community for 60 years, she loved being a Brownie leader, sang in the church choir, was a member of Eastern Star #60 Winchester and the Women of the Moose. She was a member of Pierceton Presbyterian Church and a former member of Warsaw Presbyterian Church. She served the community as a member of Tri Kappa and a board member of the Kosciusko County Special Olympics.

She is survived by her two daughters: Shari (Tom) Skaggs and Sandy Bibler, both of Winona Lake, Ind.; son: William “Bill” R. (Benita) Bibler, Winona Lake; seven grandchildren: Tyler Skaggs, Chicago, Ill.; Kelsay Skaggs, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Ashley Skaggs, Decatur, Ill.; Kylie Skaggs, Winona Lake; Rachel Bibler, West Lafayette, Ind.; William C. “Will” Bibler and Grant Bibler, Winona Lake; one niecel five nephews, one great niece and five great nephews; one sister: Betty (John) Cardwell, Fort Myers, Fla.; and her brother: Harold “Butch” (Carol) Carr, Orlando, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a daughter: Kathryn Irene Bibler.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw. Her funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home and officiated by Dr. John Davis. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.

Memorials in Jean’s name may be directed to the Special Olympics – Indiana/Kosciusko County, c/o Judy Weidner, 5125 Heron Blvd., Warsaw, IN  46582; Pierceton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 345, Pierceton, IN 46562; or to Our Father’s House, 401 Argonne Rd., Warsaw, IN 46580.

Ellis Hartman

DSC_0246_002Ellis Hartman, 81, of Hoffman Lake, Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 7 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, in Mason Health Care and Rehabilitation, Warsaw.

He was born Feb. 28, 1933, to Harold and Pauline (Harmon) Hartman in Kosciusko County, Ind.

Ellis was a truck driver for Hulls Transfer for many years. He retired from Mike Gill’s Auto Parts after many years of service, including building their huge wrecker.

Ellis was an avid hunter, fisherman and shuffleboard player. He loved to shoot trap and skeet, but also gained an interest in muzzle loading and Western shooting. He was a 4-H instructor for shooting for many years. Ellis also accompanied the third graders to Fort Wayne for the Shrine Circus each year, following the school buses in the Mike Gill tow truck.

Ellis was also an enthusiastic race fan and loved watching NASCAR and Indy cars. He was well known at the Warsaw Speedway, where he raced and also built cars for others. In addition, he was a member of the Pierceton American Legion, Post 258 and the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his longtime companion: Jane Rife, Atwood, Ind.; four daughters: Pattie (Mike) Laney, South Bend, Ind.; Sue (Russ) Woodcock, Warsaw; Jackie Gilfillian, Minnetonka, Minn.; Julie (Rodney) Shilling, Warsaw; a sister: Dori (Larry) Hale, Middletown, Ind.; a brother: Thomas (Pat) Hartman, Warsaw; seven grandchildren: Jacob Neukam and Kaleb Neukam, both of South Bend, Ind.; Renee Stahl, Warsaw; Sean Woods, Huntington, Ind.; Vickie (Dr. Mosi) Bennett, Minnesota; Elizabeth Shilling and Kaytie Shilling, Warsaw; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reins of Life, 55200 Quince Rd., South Bend, IN 46619–4403.

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

William ‘Bill’ F. Hamilton

20140312080349698_0001 (400x388) (277x345)William “Bill” F. Hamilton Jr., 75, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 9:43 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

He was born Oct. 7, 1938, to William A. and Madeline (Schaffer) Hamilton in Walkerton, Ind. On July 21, 1979, he married Sandra L. Hinchy in Plymouth, Ind.

He retired from the United States Agriculture Meat and Food Inspection Department. He was a member of KEMRAD (Kosciusko Emergency Radio). Bill so enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping at Jellystone Park, and traveling to casinos and the Chicago Cubs.

Bill is survived by his wife: Sandra Hamilton, Warsaw; a son: Brad (Angel) Hamilton, Warsaw; three daughters: Cathy (David) Rapp, Warsaw; Dawn (Roger) Ransbottom, Warsaw; and Rochella (Stephen) Ransom, North Judson, Ind.; two sisters: Louise Alsop, Shady Cove, Ore.; and Marie Walls, Mishawaka, Ind.; 12 grandchildren: Chrissy, Cheyenne, Sarah, Karrin, David, Tyvan, LauraBeth, Daren, Alan, Brycelyn, Mackenzie and Maxwell; 10 great-grandchildren: Jordan, Ezra, Kylie, Mia, Presley, Chloe, Jayda, Jaycee, Canton and Colt; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother: Lawrence Hamilton.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the funeral home. Pastor Terry Bradford will officiate the service. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund, P.O. Box 1810, Warsaw, IN 46580; and the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

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

Berniece R. (Baker) Goodin

Goodin, Berniece - for papers-NOT in DVDBerniece Rogena “Bernie” (Baker) Goodin, 91, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Golden Years Homestead, Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born April 6, 1922, in Allen County, Ind., to Arthur R. and Dessie (Tonkel) Opliger.
Her first marriage was to Cecil Andrew Baker on Oct. 20, 1941, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Her second marriage was to Jim Goodin in the summer of 1972, Angola, Ind.

Throughout much of her life and during the growing up years of her children, she and Cecil lived in the New Haven and the Lake Gage area until his death. Then she and her second husband, Jim, moved from Lake Gage to Snow Lake, Fort Wayne and Auburn. After Jim passed away, Berniece moved to Warsaw where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law until her move to Golden Years Homestead in 2009.

She was a busy homemaker. During the many years of selling Avon she made lots of friends because of her wonderful smile and sweet disposition. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and gardening and was a seamstress. She loved sunshine and boating and music was a huge part of her life. Over the years she attended New Haven United Methodist Church, Waterloo United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Berniece is survived by a son: Nickey (Jo) Baker, Belton, Texas; three daughters:    Sherry (Glen) Yoder, Warsaw; Carol (Gene) Bosworth, Angola, Ind.; and Lana (Mike) Anderson, New Haven, Ind.; two sisters: Vera (Donald) Reiter, Leo, Ind.; and Lorraine Pearsall, Brevard, N.C.; a stepson: Kim (Joyce) Goodin, Fort Wayne, Ind.; 17 grandchildren and 29 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband: Cecil Baker; her second husband: James Goodin; a son: Kenton Keith Baker; and a brother: Howard Arthur Opliger.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Warsaw. The funeral will follow at 4 p.m. Sunday in the church with Pastor David Hummel. Burial will follow in Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Ind.

Memorials may be made to Golden Years Homestead, 3136 Goeglein Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46815.

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

Doris M. Gadson

Gadson, DorisDoris M. Gadson, 80, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, in Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, Ind.

Doris was born May 23, 1933, in Warsaw, Ind., to Harvey and Wreatha (Boyer) Grubbs. She graduated from Warsaw High School with the class of 1941.

She was a lifetime Warsaw resident and was a homemaker. Doris attended Calvary Baptist Church, Oswego, Ind.

She is survived by two sons: Terry (Pam) Netzley, Warsaw; Dan (Jovelyn) Netzley, Palestine, Ind.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Raymond (Georgie) Grubbs, Claypool, Ind; Glen (Betty) Grubbs, Warsaw; three sisters: Violet (Frank) Unrue, Warsaw; Elaine (Dave) Ellis, Pierceton, Ind.; and Martha (Don) Burnau, Dickson, Tenn.

A graveside service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, in the Palestine Cemetery, Palestine. Pastor Kirk Barger of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Calvary Baptist Church, 3065 E. Armstrong Rd., Leesburg, IN 46538.

To sign the guest book or leave online condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw.