Winona Lake Obituaries

Kurt Allen Engler

OI1665624227_EnglerKurtobitphotoKurt Allen Engler, 10, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 9:11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Ind., from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident with a vehicle.

He was born on Sept. 11, 2003, in Warsaw, Ind., to Joshua Allen Engler and Dawn Angela (Pickart) Engler, who survive in Winona Lake.

He was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., and attended Jefferson Elementary School in Winona Lake where he excelled at math and enjoyed running on the track team. He loved playing outdoors and climbing trees with his friends and sisters, and he especially liked baseball. Kurt loved to be with his dad working on projects, singing songs with his mother and sisters, and going to church at Winona Lake Grace Brethren with his family.

He is survived by his parents; two sisters: Katharine and Renee Engler, at home; grandparents: Jack and Meta Sue Engler, Warsaw; David and Diana Pickart, Lowell, Ind.; great-grandparents: Ruby Engler, Iberia, Ohio; Beverly Pickart, Portage, Ind.; Oscar and Joyce Jolly, Valparaiso, Ind.; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church and officiated by Pastor Kip Cone. A private family graveside service will take place at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw. 

Memorial donations may be directed to the Kurt Engler Memorial Fund, c/o Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Indiana  46590 to be designated at the family’s discretion; or checks may be made out to The Wagon Wheel Theatre for their youth program called Wagon Wheel Junior, 2515 E. Center Street, Warsaw, IN 46580 and would be appreciated by his family.

Morris H. Hester

Morrey 2009Morris H. Hester, 72, of Winona Lake, Ind., died at 10 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind.

He was born May 8, 1942, in Kearney, Neb., to Max and Chelys (Mattley) Hester. On June 5, 1964, he married Pamela Francis in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, Lincoln, Neb.

He was a 1961 graduate of Lincoln Northeast High School in Lincoln, Neb. He attended the University of Nebraska, Kearney, and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1966.

He retired from the American Red Cross in 2007. He was a member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Warsaw. He was a member of Pierceton Masonic Lodge #377, the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine. He was also a member of the Mizpah Shrine Horse Patrol. 

In 1994, he retired from the Winona Lake Volunteer Fire Department after 11 years. He enjoyed being a part of the line crew for Warsaw Community High School Football. He was also a track official for IHSAA, NCAA and USA Track and Field. He officiated at the USA-Russia Track Meet and the Pan Am Games.

Morris is survived by his wife: Pamela; his daughter: Jill (Kevin) O’Sullivan, Fort Wayne, Ind.; two sons: Jim (Joanne) Hester, Westfield, Ind.; and Jeff Hester, Scottsburg, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and three sisters: Cindy (Chuck) Squier, Ericson, Neb.; Mimi Ernst, Columbus, Neb.; and Jan (Gary) Giovino, Longmont, Colo.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 18, followed by the Masonic Rite, at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Warsaw. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, in the church with The Reverend Corinne Hodges as the Celebrant.

Memorials may be made to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 424 W. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580; or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Fund (Chicago Hospital) 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

Services are entrusted to McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. To send condolences or sign a guestbook go to the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.

Roger G. Rhodes

OI1648631170_RhodesRogerobitphotoRoger G. Rhodes, 78, of Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, Ind., passed away peacefully with his family at his side at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake. 

He was born Sept. 29, 1935, at Rice Lake, Wis., to Carroll and Elaine (Orsund) Rhodes. He was a 1954 graduate of Bourbon High School in Bourbon, Ind.

Roger was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1955 and served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1962. On Oct. 26, 1957, he was married in Elkhart, Ind., to Shirley Gang, who survives in Winona Lake.

He worked for 32 years for United Telephone Company retiring in 1990 as the outside plant manager. After retirement, Roger worked for Grossnickle Eye Center in Warsaw in their transportation and maintenance department. He and his wife wintered in Naples, Fla., for a number of years, where he was a member of Marco Lutheran Church, Marco Island, Fla. He also attended Redeemer Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church, both of Warsaw.

He is survived by his son: Randy A. (Carmel) Rhodes, Warsaw; two daughters: Sheryl L. (Dale) Conley, Warsaw; and Shannon R. (Neal) Bruns, Fort Wayne, Ind.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother: Jim (Bonnie) Rhodes, Warsaw; four sisters; Shirley (Don) Guske, Crown Point, Ind.; Janet White, Syracuse, Ind.; Carolyn (Don) Rarick, Warsaw; and Patricia Nichols, Warsaw. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother: Donald Rhodes.           

A private graveside service will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, with full military rites conducted by the American Legion Post #49, VFW #1126, both of Warsaw, and the Indiana ARNG Honor Guard. 

His memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1720 E. Center St., Warsaw, and officiated by Pastor Kevin Koenig. Friends and family can come and gather for a Celebration of the Life of Roger Rhodes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Stonehenge Golf Club, 2850 E. Pierceton Rd., Winona Lake.

Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw, Indiana.

The family requests no floral arrangements, but rather that memorial donations in Roger’s name may be directed to Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145; or to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1720 E. Center St., Warsaw, IN 46580.

Aster Prentice

Aster Prntice (271x350)Aster Prentice, 94, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake.  

She was born Oct. 13, 1919, in Clinton, Ill., to Oliver Wendell and Ernestine (Hess) Derry. She graduated from Bethany High School, Bethany, Ill.; and Greenville College, Lewiston, Ill. She also studied in Brussels Belgium in preparation for mission work.

She did home ministry from 1945 to1948 in the Kentucky Mountains, from 1948 to 1960 was a missionary for the Free Methodist Church, Winona Lake serving in Burrundi, Africa. From 1960 to 1966 Aster was a school teacher and had her own private sewing service.

On June 16, 1966, she married Paul Prentice in Minneapolis, Minn. Aster was again going back to missionary work in Liberia, serving from 1967 to 1995, during this time in 1971 she became an ordained minister.

She was a member of the Winona Lake Free Methodist Church. She has been a member of the Association of Fundamental Ministers and Churches since 1971. She was a longtime volunteer for the Warsaw Biblical Gardens.

She is survived by a foster daughter: Jartu Schulterbrandt, U.S. Virgin Islands; and two nieces: Joyce (Gordon) Schneider and Marcia (Jeff) Euriech.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother and a sister.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 5, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with the funeral service to follow at noon. Pastor Roland Kramer will officiate the services. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be made to Winona Lake Free Methodist Church, 902 College Ave., Winona Lake, IN 46590

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

Daniel Holbrook

Daniel Holbrook (Photo provided)

Daniel Holbrook
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Daniel Raymond Holbrook, 14, was killed tragically Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in his Winona Lake, Ind., home.

Danny was born Dec. 1, 1999, in Warsaw, Ind., to Richard Raymond and Sherry Lynn (McClurg) Holbrook. He was going to be an eighth grader at Lakeview Middle School in Warsaw.

Danny enjoyed riding and working on dirt bikes; he also enjoyed working on cars. He loved skate boarding and being outside.

He is survived by his father: Richard (Amy Harty) Holbrook; mother: Sherry Koser; brother: Dakota Allen Holbrook; sister: Brittney Holbrook; great-grandmother and guardian: Joanne Holbrook; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Ronda and Daniel Stidham; as well as his great-grandfather: Richard Holbrook.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. A service celebrating Daniel’s life will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, in the funeral home with pastors Wayne Whitaker and Denny Bollenbacher officiating.

The staff of Titus Funeral Home considers it a privilege to care for the family and friends of Danny Holbrook. Donations toward Daniel’s funeral expenses may be brought to or mailed to Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw, IN 46580. Donations are also being accepted for Joanne, who is incurring medical expenses.

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

David Paul Burkhart

burkhartDavid Paul Burkhart, 62, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 6:20 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, in Indiana University Health Care, Tipton, Ind.

He was born March 30, 1952, in Warsaw, Ind., to Chad and Martha Avo (Goble) Burkhart. He was a lifetime Warsaw area resident. He was a 1973 graduate of Warsaw Community High School and then attended Cameron University, Lawton, Okla.

David faithfully served his country in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant (E-6) in the Army Medical Corps with 20 years active duty retiring in 1987. In Hopkinsville, Ky., on Aug., 8, 1975, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Zwick.

After retiring from the U.S. Army he then worked for various poultry companies, including Mack Egg, Egg Innovation and Midwest Poultry. He was member of Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church of Pierceton, Ind.

He is survived by his wife; children: Chad William (Rose) Burkhart of Claypool, Ind.; Brian (Karrie) Burkhart, Warsaw; Melissa Shepherd, Los Angeles, Calif.; grandchildren: Liberty Mae Burkhart and Samuel Dynamite Burkhart; parents: Chad and Martha Avo Burkhart, Claypool; brothers: Larry (Gail) Burkhart, Warsaw; Wayne (Gail) Burkhart, Columbia City, Ind.; sister: Brenda (Robert) Haywood, Claypool.

He was preceded in death by a daughter: Rachel Ann Burkhart; and a brother: Douglas Taylor Burkhart.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, in the funeral chapel. Burial will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, in St. Francis Xavier Church, Pierceton, with Father Andrew Curry officiating. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Claypool, with military honors rendered by American Legion Post #49, V.F.W. Post #1126 and the U.S. Army Funeral Honor Guard.