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.

Everett E. Coble

OI1301698464_CobleobitEverett E. Coble, 80, of Columbia City, Ind., passed away at 5:21 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at his home.

Born on April 13, 1933, in North Manchester, Ind., he was the son of Alfred D. Coble and Sarah Ann (Reed) Coble.

He had been with ResCare and worked for Cardinal Center in Warsaw, Ind. He enjoyed swimming and fishing.

Survivors include his brothers: Robert Coble, Warsaw; and Jerry Coble, Norco, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister: Ethel Marie Coble.

Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City, with the funeral service following at 1 p.m. Rev. David Cripe is officiating. A private burial will follow.

Memorial gifts may be given in Everett’s memory to ResCare Carlyle Group Home.

Mary Evelyn Young

OI662021484_YoungMaryobitMary Evelyn Young, 80, of Columbia City, Ind., passed away at 7:26 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at her home.

Born on Nov. 5, 1933, in Cederville, she was the daughter of Clifford Jean Balyeat Sr. and Daisy (Gratz) Fisher.

She was a Navy veteran and following the Navy attended beauty college. Mary had worked over 20 years for Precision Plastics, retiring in 1998. She was a member of the American Legion Post 98, VFW 5582, Moose, Eagles and USBC.

She enjoyed bowling, baking and traveling worldwide. Mary was a very carrying lady and enjoyed helping others.

Survivors include her daughters: Gail (Joe M. Pittenger) Strickland, Churubusco, Ind.; and Claudia (Dave) Lightfoot, Warsaw, Ind.; sons: William A. Strickland Jr., Blackshear, Ga.; Bruce Strickland and Norris Strickland, both of Columbia City; a brother: Clifford (Charlene) Balyeat, Albion, Ind.; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; and husband: Charles S. Young.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Greenhill with Military Honors being presented by the Whitley County Korean War Veterans and U.S. Navy.

Memorial gifts may be given in Mrs. Young’s memory to the American Legion Post 98 or VFW 5582.

Lovie Mathias

1204547_profile_picLovie Mathias, 88, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, Ind.

Born in Fulton County on April 3, 1925, Lovie Aletha Bowen was the daughter of Edson and Lottie Bryant Bowen.

She is survived by two nieces: Judy (Ed) Robinson, Bonham, Texas; and Sharon (Tom) Fites, Akron, Ind.; two nephews: Leroy (Iva) Bowen, Greentown, Ind.; Allen Teghtmeyer, Florence, Ariz.; and a half brother: Nelson Bowen, Cleveland, Ohio.

Pastor Wayne Balmer will officiate. She will be laid to eternal rest in the Omega Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Good Family Funeral Home in Rochester, Ind.