Maryon L. Titus

1205903_profile_picMaryon L. Titus, 85, of Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 8:10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Mason Health and Rehabilitation, Warsaw.

She was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Warsaw to Harry L. and Martha M. (White) 
Circle. She was a 1947 graduate of Warsaw High School.

On July 6, 1947, she married Ned C. Titus in Warsaw.

Maryon was a lifetime resident of Warsaw and was the former owner/operator with her husband, Ned, of Titus Funeral Home for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1993. She was also a faithful life member of First Baptist Church of Warsaw where she sang in the choir, directed the junior choir, belonged to the church circles and served on the missionary committee. She was a past president of Delta Theta Tau Sorority, was a Rainbow Mom, past Worthy Matron of Order of Eastern Star, member of the DAR and Tuesday Night Drama Club.

She is survived by her son: Jerry L. (Kathy) Titus, Warsaw; two grandchildren: Mitch (Jody) Titus, Warsaw; Amber (Kevin) Gelbaugh, Winona Lake, Ind.; four great-grandchildren: Shashawna Titus, Huntington, Ind.; Garrett Titus, Warsaw; Emma Gelbaugh, Winona Lake; Mallory Bowers, Warsaw; and a daughter-in-law: Carol Nagel, Ashville, N.C.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband: Ned C. Titus; and a son: David M. Titus.

 

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. The funeral service will be ago 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the funeral home with Pastor Steve Peters, First Baptist Church of Warsaw. Burial is to be at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Warsaw, 2819 Patterson Rd., Warsaw, IN 46582; or Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 16581-1196.

To sign on the online guestbook or leave condolences visit the Titus Funeral Home website.

 

 

John E. Hammersley

John E. Hammersley, 86, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Warsaw, Ind., passed away in Legacy Hospice House, Ocala, Fla.

He was born to Vernon and Gertrude (Hetler) Hammersley on Aug. 7, 1927, in Lawrence County, Ind.

He was married Marilyn Schwierking on June 13, 1953, in Warsaw. He was retired from the Indiana State Police and was formerly Sheriff of Kosciusko County. He also owned Hammersley Security Service Inc.  John served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was involved in Operation High Jump, U.S. Navy Antarctic Expedition in 1946 and 1947.

John was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala and formerly of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw. He was also a member of American Legion Post #49, Warsaw, Elks Lodge #802, Knights of Columbus, Archbishop Noll Council, No. 4511, USS Mt. Olympus Association and Pioneer of Indiana State Police Association.

He is survived by his wife: Marilyn L. Hammersley, Ocala, Fla.; two daughters: Anne M. Hammersley, Ocala, Fla.; and Janis A. Sexton, Pierceton, Ind.; his half-brother: Larry Hammersley, Springville, Ind.; six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and seven step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother and one granddaughter.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial is set for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw, with Father Phil DeVolder officiating. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s charity of choice.

To send condolences or sign a guestbook visit the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.

Glen Stiffler

Glen Stiffler, 83, of Syracuse, Ind., passed away on Jan. 2, 2014, at his residence.

He was born on July 26, 1930, in Syracuse, to Chester and Mary (Coy) Stiffler. On August 23, 1956, he married Lucy ‘Sue’ Martin who preceded him in death. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by two nieces: Connie Stiffler, New Paris, Ind.; Rachael Stiffler, Goshen, Ind.; two nephews: Robert Stiffler, North Manchester, Ind.; Mark Stiffler, Goshen, Ind.; one great-nephew: Jamie Stiffler; one great-niece: Jodi Rhoades; two great-great-nieces and five great-great-nephews; and longtime companion: Minnie ‘Louise’ Wise, Syracuse.

He was preceded by his parents, his wife and two brothers: Roy and Emory.

A Graveside service with military honors is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Syracuse Cemetery with pastor Bob Wyman officiating.

Carl ‘Dean’ Coplen

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarl ‘Dean’ Coplen, 89, of Mesa, Ariz., and formerly of Warsaw, Ind., passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Banner Gardens Hospice House, Mesa, Ariz.

Dean was born May 11, 1924, in Akron, Ind., to Lee and Cora (Zimmerman) Coplen. He was a 1942 graduate of Gilead High School where he was the first of many Coplens to play basketball. He met Helen Landis of Akron and they were married Oct. 16, 1943. Dean joined the Army shortly after their marriage.

After his discharge from the Army, Dean had a lifetime career with the Pennsylvania Railroad and Conrail and also worked part time for Abshire Oil and Lewis Shell Oil. No matter what his hours were he always had time for family.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law: Sandy (Jack) Moore, Mesa, Ariz.; two sons and daughters-in-law: Randy (Diane) Coplen, Wichita, Kan.; and John (Kathy) Coplen, Fort Wayne, Ind.; nine grandchildren: Mark Wiseman and Travis Wiseman, both of Mesa; Ryan Coplen and Michele Coplen, both of Searcy, Ark.; Andrea Coplen and Daniel Coplen, both of Fort Wayne; Marla Palmer, Mesa; Michelle Moore, Marion, Ind.; and Will Hilton of Hastings, Minn.; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Bob (Muriel) Coplen, Fort Wayne; Ralph (Barbara) Coplen, Warsaw; and Dale (Beverly) Coplen,  North Manchester, Ind.; and a sister: Ruth Chandler, Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by a son: Terry; his parents: Lee and Cora Coplen, two brothers: Charles Coplen and Wayne Coplen; and a sister: June Brown.

Family and friends will gather for a time of sharing in support from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 7,  at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. A service celebrating the lives of Carl “Dean” and Helen Irene Coplen will follow beginning at noon in the funeral home. Pastor David Hummel of  Trinity United Methodist Church, of which both were members, will officiate.

The family has asked that gifts in memory of Dean and Helen be given to Baker Youth Club, 765 W. Market Street, Warsaw, IN 46580; or to La Bella Vita, c/o Aldrich Telan, 7515 Farmdale Road, Mesa, AZ 85208.

To send online condolences or sign the guestbook, visit the Titus Funeral Home website

Helen I. Coplen

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHelen I. Coplen, 88, of Mesa, Ariz., and formerly of Warsaw, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Banner Baywood Medical Center, Mesa, Ariz., after a recent illness.

Helen was born July 18, 1925, in Akron, Ind., to Wilbur Henry Landis and Alberta (Shafer) Landis. She was a 1943 graduate of Akron High School. She and Carl “Dean” Coplen were married Oct. 16, 1943.

Helen was a wonderful mother and housewife. She had the honor of having her four children at home for 29 years. She was a special mother and friend to all of them.

Helen was known for having the perfect house for the Landis family get-togethers. Her house was always open to friends and family.

Helen is survived by a daughter and son-in-law: Sandy (Jack) Moore, Mesa, Ariz.; two sons and daughters-in-law: Randy (Diane) Coplen, Wichita, Kan.; and John (Kathy) Coplen, Fort Wayne, Ind.; nine grandchildren: Mark Wiseman and Travis Wiseman, both of Mesa; Ryan Coplen and Michele Coplen, both of Searcy, Ark.; Andrea Coplen and Daniel Coplen, both of Fort Wayne; Marla Palmer, Mesa; Michelle Moore, Marion, Ind.; and Will Hilton, Hastings, Minn.; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother: Don Landis, Hollywood, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Carl “Dean” Coplen; a son: Terry; her father: Wilbur Henry Landis; and mother and step father: Alberta and Harrison Perry; five brothers: Howard Landis, Will Landis, Bob Landis, Bud Landis and Dick Landis; and three sisters: Esther Smith, Vera Grant and Norma Wheeler.

Family and friends will gather for a time of sharing from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. A service celebrating the lives of Helen and Carl “Dean” will follow beginning at noon Monday in the funeral home. Pastor David Hummel of  Trinity United Methodist Church, of which both were members, will officiate.

The family has asked that gifts in memory of Dean and Helen be given to Baker Youth Club, 765 W. Market Street, Warsaw, IN 46580; or to La Bella Vita, c/o Aldrich Telan, 7515 Farmdale Road, Mesa, AZ 85208.

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

William C. ‘Bill’ Ring

William C. ‘Bill’ Ring, 55, Warsaw, Ind., passed away at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born Dec. 9, 1958, at Kalamazoo, Mich., to William Jack and Betty (Holmes) Ring. On Nov. 28, 1982, he married Angela R. Shearrer. She survives.

Bill was a millwright and electrician.  He worked for 10 years at Gulf Steam in Nappanee, Ind.; 10 years in maintenance at Parkview-Whitley Hospital, Columbia City, Ind.; Ownes-Corning at Nappanee and currently worked at NIBSCO at Goshen, Ind. He was a 1977 graduate of Wabash High School. 

He is survived by his wife; two children: Aaron W. Ring, Warsaw; Linsey N. Ring, Pierceton, Ind.; three grandchildren: Gage W. Ring, Warsaw; Riley S. Parker and Bailey R. Parker, both of Pierceton; his mother; four sisters: Margie (Steve) White and Jenny (Jim) Thomas, both of Wabash, Ind.; Becky Nisbet, Warsaw; Mary Ring, Logansport, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and one sister: Jackie Martin.

Visitation will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, and will be officiated by Pastor Ed French.