Obituaries Western Wayne News, June 28, 2016    
Loretta Ann Burgess
Lewisville, IN - Loretta Ann Burgess, 75, passed away Wednesday morning June 22, 2016 at the home of her daughter in Kingwood, Texas. A daughter of the late John and Velma (Moorman) Gaddis, Loretta was born in Lewisville, Indiana on November 7, 1940.
Loretta attended Straughn School and had lived in Lowell, Indiana prior to moving to Kingwood, Texas in 1986. She had worked as a waitress. Loretta was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. In her leisure, she enjoyed shopping with her grandkids, spending time with her family and going to the casino.
Survivors include her 2 children, Melissa (James) Baikauskas of Kingwood, TX and Russ Edward (Nancy) Burgess of Kingsport, TN; 4 grandchildren, Emily and Sara Burgess, Braden and Cole Baikauskas; 4 siblings, Martha Jane Smith of Kingwood, TX, Herb Gaddis of Aurora, CO, Robert Gaddis and Shirley Giboney both of Straughn; nieces and nephews.
Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, William Russell Burgess on January 26, 1999.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 1 p.m. on Monday June 27, 2016 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Pastor Bill Palmer of Word of God Ministries in New Castle will officiate. Burial will follow at the Lewisville Cemetery in Lewisville, Indiana
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Janice L. Lanter
Plymouth, IN – Janice L. Lanter, age 82, of Plymouth, Indiana, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Plymouth, Indiana.
Born May 8, 1934, in Wayne County, Indiana, to Marshall L. and Kathryn Paddock Richardson, Janice lived in this community most of her life. She was a 1953 graduate of Lincoln High School in Cambridge City, Indiana. Janice had worked at Belden Wire & Cable, White Kitchen, and Ayr-Way Department Store. She was a member of Centerville Christian Church, Eagles Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 167, and Druids Lodge.
Survivors include her daughter, Gisele A. (Samuel E. Sr.) Cox of Elkhart, Indiana; sons, David Lee (Darla) Burgess of Howe, Indiana, Brent Burgess of Pahrump, Nevada, and Brian Burgess of Hagerstown, Indiana; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer Jo Burgess; parents; and brothers, Robert E. and Duane ‘Pete’ Richardson.
Visitation for Janice L. Lanter will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Pastor Wes Sewell officiating. Burial will be in Elkhorn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Centerville Christian Church, 111 North Morton Avenue, Centerville, IN 47330.
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Earl D. Smith
Cambridge City, IN - Earl D. Smith, Sr., 81, of Cambridge City, passed away at his home on June 13, 2016. He was married to wife, Mary (Throop) Smith for sixty years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Gary Wayne Smith, Daughter-in-law Phyllis Smith, a grandson, Jacob Allen Kieser and one brother Edward Smith.
Survivors include his son Earl D. (Margaret) Smith, Vicky (Leroy) Snyder, Brenda (Dean) Kieser, Tina McDonald and her fiancé Billy Chasteen.
Earl was a born again Christian at Calvary Baptist Church. He was a lover of Blue Grass Music, and was a U.S. Navy veteran from 1952-1954 in the Korean War.
Pete Darter
Cambridge City, IN - Pete Darter, 79, passed away Monday morning June 20, 2016 at his home in Cambridge City, Indiana. He had been in failing health. A son of the late Forrest J. “Boots” and Darlene V. (Petersohn) Darter, Pete was born in Dublin, Indiana on April 22, 1937. Pete was a lifelong nurseryman. He began working for his father at Hillside Nursery as a young boy and in 1971 he and his brother Donn and their wives became co-owners of the nursery until their retirement in 2003. Pete enjoyed riding motorcycles on the road and also motocross racing. He won several trophies throughout his years of racing. He was and avid fisherman. His memberships include past president/ member of the BASS Fishing Club and the Dublin Volunteer Fire Department where he also served as Fire Chief. In his leisure, Pete enjoyed working outside, going to the woods to cut firewood, drinking coffee at A.T. & I and catching up on the latest gossip and the Dollar Menu at McDonalds.
Survivors include his children, Greg Darter of Milton and Kim (Gale) Huntsman of Cambridge City; 2 granddaughters, Amanda (Corey) Hawkins of Fishers and Stephanie Huntsman of Carmel; brother, Mickey Darter of Dublin; sister, Soozi Worley of Cambridge City; nieces and nephews.
Pete was preceded in death by his wife, the former Nancy Ann Jobe, on August 2, 2015. They were married in Peru, Indiana on February 22, 1957; brother, Donn E. Darter on February 4, 2014.
Following cremation, a private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial Contributions can be made to the CrossPointe Biker Church, 1130 E. Baseline Road/ P.O. Box 464- Connersville, IN 47331. The Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements where online condolences can be made anytime at
David R. Abrams
Richmond, IN – David R. ‘Dave’ Abrams, age 61, of Richmond, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Reid Health.
Born February 14, 1955, in Winchester, Indiana, to Virgil T. and Barbara Letha White Abrams, Dave moved to this area when he was 12 years old. He was a 1973 graduate of Richmond High School. Dave worked in the engineering department for Reid Health for 20 years. He liked to show and work on old cars. Dave was very mechanically inclined and could fix anything.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Pamela Durham Abrams, to whom he was married on July 20, 1974; daughter, Kristin (Brandon) Miller of Spiceland, Indiana; son, Mike (Teresa) Harmer of Pershing, Indiana; grandchildren, Alexis, Jessica, Emily, and Rebecca Harmer, Matthew and Katelyn Miller, Darrell Baker III, and Wyatt Miller who is due in early fall; mother; sisters, Lisa Abrams and Faye (Mike) Stigleman, both of Richmond; brothers, Dallas (Sandy) Abrams and Troy Abrams, both of Richmond; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Claire Miller; father; and sister, Sue Abrams.
Visitation for David R. ‘Dave’ Abrams will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Rev. James E. Slaven officiating. Burial will be in Goshen Cemetery.
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Richard R. Horn
Richmond, IN – Richard R. ‘Dick’ Horn, age 90, of Richmond, died Friday, May 27, 2016, at Friends Fellowship Community.
Born November 16, 1925, in Coal City, Indiana, to Roy F. and Catherine Elizabeth Steiner Horn, Richard lived much of his life in this community.
He was a 1943 graduate of Jefferson Township High School and a1950 graduate of Indiana University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Richard did his graduate work at the University of Colorado and Wisconsin University, receiving his master’s degree in 1953. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII and received a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star and an Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with six bronze stars.
Richard taught in Paoli, Indiana, from 1949 to 1952 and in Richmond at Nicholson School from 1952 to 1959. He worked as principal at four elementary schools, including Warner and Findley Elementary Schools from 1965 to 1972, Vaile Elementary School from 1972 to 1980, and Westview Elementary School from 1980 to 1986, retiring in June of 1986. Richard was a member of Central United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club of Richmond, Indiana, American Legion Post #315 of Richmond, Indiana, member and past president of the Indiana and Wayne County Retired Teachers Associations, and 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge #119 in Paoli, Indiana. Richard volunteered at Reid Hospital, the Richmond Rose Garden, and as a mail carrier, acquiring over 1500 hours of service. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Elementary Principal Award of District 10 in 1985, and was recognized with the Legion of Honor Award for 50 years of membership from the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, Indiana. Richard enjoyed fishing, gardening, wood crafting, and playing bridge.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Kate Toppin Horn, to whom he was married on April 3, 1953; daughter, Susan E. (Scott) McConnell of Williamsburg, Indiana; son, John M. Horn of Indianapolis, Indiana; grandchildren, Mitchell R. McConnell of Williamsburg, Indiana, Cory S. (Teresa) McConnell of Hartford City, Indiana, and Stacey J. (Brian) Romine of Lima, Ohio; five great-grandchildren, Nolan, Ian, and Christian McConnell and Raegan and Jacob Romine; nieces, Ellen (Gregg) Osborn of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Dorinda (Ernie) Halaxa of Dublin, California; nephews, Thomas (Jackie) Barnes of Grayling, Michigan, Steven Watters of Williamsburg, Virginia, John Watters of Williamsburg, Virginia, Myron (Cindy) Schroer of Brentwood, California, and Donald Schroer of Tucson, Arizona; great-nieces; great-nephews; cousins; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Elsie Ruth Schroer. Visitation for Richard R. ‘Dick’ Horn was from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond with a Masonic Service at 6:30 p.m. Funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Ream officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City, Indiana with military honors provided by the Wayne County Honor Guard.
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Helen Ferris Chalfant
Helen Ferris Chalfant, longtime resident of Portland, Connecticut and native of Milton, Indiana, died on January 27, 2016. Helen is survived by daughter, Barbara Applegarth (Patrick); daughter, Margarete Chalfant; son, John Chalfant (Donna) and granddaughter, Morgan Chalfant. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, John “Jake” and Maxine Ferris; sister-in-law, Mary Ferris; as well as by five nephews and one niece and their families.
Helen was born in 1923 and spent an idyllic childhood on the farm of her loving parents, Albert and Elma Ferris, with her two brothers, Jake and Merrill. Helen was a birthright Quaker and matriculated at Earlham College, a Quaker college in Richmond, Indiana in 1941. Helen always tried to “live her faith”.
Helen's college years spanned WWII. She met her future husband, Arthur Chalfant, at the University of Wisconsin in 1946, and they were married a year later. Helen and Art moved to the Hartford, Connecticut area after their wedding. They spent many happy years in Portland, Connecticut raising their three children – Barb, Margie and John. Helen and Art were long time members of the First Congregational Church in Portland, Connecticut. Helen was active in many church functions and sang with the church choir. She had a wonderful voice and a great appreciation for classical and popular music. She is remembered by all who knew and loved her as stoic, kind, worldly and surprisingly funny.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Chalfant and her brother, Merrill Ferris.
Friends may gather at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City from 12:30 p.m. until the start of her memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Pastor Annie Glen of the Dublins Friends Church will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Earlham College, 801 National Rd. W, Richmond, IN 47374.
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Lottie L. Monde
Richmond, IN - Lottie L. Monde, 91, a long time Richmond resident, died Monday, May 30, 2016, at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus, West Lafayette, where she had recently resided.
She was born in Richmond, KY on May 14, 1925 to Thomas and Fannie (Moppit) McQueen. She lived most of her life in Wayne County and resided in Richmond for many years before moving to West Lafayette several years ago.
Lottie was a retired employee of ALCOA in Richmond. She was a member of the 90s Club and enjoyed square dancing and traveling. Her first love was spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Overmyer of Muncie two grandchildren, Troy Overmyer and Gina Jones; four great-grandchildren, Amanda Jones, Dillon Jones, Tyler Overmyer (Amelia), Dustin Overmyer, Stacey Hubinger (Eric) and Matthew Overmyer five great-great-grandchildren, Peyton Overmyer, Addie Orbin, Lillie Overmyer, William Overmyer and Troy Overmyer II.
She was preceded in death by seven siblings.
Visitation will begin at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, June 3, at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Services will follow at 2 P.M. Rev. Robert Fannin will officiate. Burial will be in Brick Cemetery.
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Deborah J. Doerstler
Cambridge City, IN - Deborah J. Doerstler, 83. of Cambridge City went to the Lord peacefully on May, 30, 2016 at Reid Hospital in Richmond.
She was born August 12, 1932 to Norman and Helen (Nicholson) Werking.
Deborah graduated in 1951 from Hagerstown High School. Married her High School sweetheart Darrell H. Doerstler on June 17, 1951. She was a lifetime resident of Wayne County, Homemaker, Owner of Wayne View Trucking Inc, worked 10 years for Abbotts Candy past member of Psi Iota XI, Moose Lodge and a 4-H leader. She loved gardening, dancing, and traveling.
Survivors include: Special Friend & Companion Jerry Adams; two daughters; Diane (Ron) Rose of WV and Nancy (Mark) Cronk of Knightstown; 5 Grandchildren: Shawn (Robin) Darter of WV, Lawrence Rose of WV, Kylene Cronk Cheeseman of Hagerstown, Natalie Cronk of Knightstown, and Dustin Cronk of Hagerstown: 3 Greatgrandchildren: Elly and Nolan Cheeseman of Hagerstown and Kaylin Baxter of WV; 2 Step Grandchildren: Russell Cronk of KY and Ryan Cronk of CO; 2 Sisters: Janet (Mark) Elliot of AZ and Julia (Larry) Bryant of TN. Sister in Law Ruth Doerstler of Hagerstown; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Darrell H. Doerstler, parents Norman and Helen (Nicholson) Werking, Brother in Law Roger Doerstler, Sister in Law Mabel Graham.
Friends may gather from 11:00 am until start of funeral services at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 3, 2016 at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City with Pastor Randall Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Brick Cemetery in Hagerstown.
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Crystal Harley Downing
Milton, IN - Crystal Harley Downing, 24, passed away early Tuesday morning May 24, 2016 from injuries received in a automobile accident on U. S. Highway 40 west of Centerville, Indiana.
Harley was born on May 27, 1991 in Richmond, Indiana and has lived her entire life in the Cambridge City and Milton communities.
She graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 2009. While in high school she earned her letterman jacket, was a thrower on the girl's varsity track team a member of the color guard and student manager for the boy's varsity basketball, football and baseball teams. Following high school, Harley attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and the Ivy Tech Mortuary Program. She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary at Lawrence H. Bertsch American Legion Post 169 and in her leisure enjoyed singing karaoke.
Survivors include her mom, Anita Doty of Milton; grandma, Naomi Elizabeth (Lynn) Doty of Cambridge City; best friends, Mindy Moody and Taylor Abner; aunts and uncles, Dick Downing of Kansas, Lou Downing of Miamisburg, OH, Terry "T.J." Downing and Donna Duntz both of Colorado, Judy Canterbury, Bill and Mona Lambert all of Cambridge City, Patty Lacy of Laurel, Debbie Mack, Mike and Bobby Doty all of Tennessee; 3 half sisters and 2 half brothers; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. She will be missed.
Harley was preceded in death by her father, Robert D. Downing on November 1, 1998; maternal grandfather, Joseph E. Doty on April 30, 2000; paternal grandparents, Richard and Martha (Cardini) Downing.
Visitation was from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 2 p.m. on Friday May 27, 2016 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Pastor Joey Marshall officiated.
David Allen Smith
Connersville, IN - David Allen Smith, 61, of Fayette County passed away unexpectedly Friday evening, May 20, 2016 at his home.
He was born July 13, 1954 in New Castle, IN, one of three sons, of B. Leon and Helen Marie Cox Smith. A 1972 graduate of Connersville High School, while in high school, he was very active in FFA and 4-H.
For many years, he had farmed with his family in northwest Fayette County. Also, he had been employed at Philco-Ford and the Fayette County CO-OP.
In his youth, he had attended with his family the Bentonville Christian Church. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and had participated in various sports over the years.
Survivors include his mother, Helen Smith, of Fayette County; two brothers, Larry Eugene Smith, of Richmond and twin brother, Daryl Leon Smith, of Connersville; a nephew, Larry Leon Smith, of Milton; two nieces, Ginger Marie Gibson and husband, Tom, of Greenwood,Mississippi and Misty Dawn Smith, of Milton; three uncles, Bob Cox, of Ft. Worth Texas, Ward Cox, of Cleveland, OH and Dean Smith, of Richmond; two aunts, Betty Darrah, of Bentonville and Alma McClure, of Owensboro, Kentucky; a number of great nieces and great nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father, B. Leon Smith; a nephew, Raymond Smith; several aunts and uncles.
Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home with Reverend officiating. Burial will be in the Glen Haven Memorial Cemetery in Richmond. Friends may visit anytime
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bentonville Volunteer Fire Department.
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Ruth E. Turk
Bristol, PA - Ruth E. Turk of Bristol died on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Legacy Gardens in Bristol. She was 91.
Born in Indiana, Mrs. Turk was a long time resident of Levittown.
She served as past President of the Marine Corps. League Women's Auxiliary.
Mrs. Turk was the beloved wife of the late William J. Turk.
She was the loving mother of William J. Turk (Jo Ann), Michael T. Turk (Doreen), Ted J. Turk (Kim) and Diane J. Lonergan (Dennis).
She will also be sadly missed by her sister Delores Study; 16 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to call from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 28th at Queen of the Universe Church, 2443 Trenton Rd., Levittown where her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date.
Tommie J. Goodson
Hagerstown, IN - Tommie J. Goodson, 73, lost his battle with lung and bone cancer on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
He was born on June 27, 1942 to Floyd Goodson and Elizabeth Pickett Goodson Conwell. He lived most of his life in Wayne, Fayette and Rush counties. He married Donna J. Jordan on November 1, 1963 and together they raised three children.
He was a hard worker and had been employed at numerous places, including Kemper Bros. for 22 years, Nelson Tree Service, Natco and Alcoa. Tom was a trader, trading dogs, vehicles, guns and even the shirt off his back. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and rambling about. He will be truly missed by all who loved him.
Survivors include his three children, Michael A. Goodson of Richmond, Jennifer J. Goodson Messer of Cambridge City and Steven G. Goodson of Raleigh; siblings Daryl Goodson of New Castle, Connie McMillan (Danny) of Hagerstown, Jack Goodson of Ocala, FL and Brenda Keeton (Greg) of Fountain City, who was his constant care giver during the end of his life; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins and a very special friend, who was more like a son, Justin Gaddis of MO.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Donna, a brother, Steven G. Goodson and his step-father, Charles Conwell.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 P.M. Friday, May 20, at Greens Fork South Cemetery.
Culberson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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Michelle Lee Stringer
Jeffersonville, IN - Michelle Lee Stringer, 56, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016 at her home. She was worked as a clerk for the IRS. Michelle was a native of Cambridge City, IN.
She is survived by her mother Patricia R. Baker of Fort Myers, FL.; brothers Robert Leisure of Fort Myers, FL., John Baker of Aurora, CO.
Michelle was preceded in death by her father Earl Baker.
Cremation was chosen. E.M. Coots’ Sons Funeral Home was in charge or arrangements. Memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Harold F. Query
Straughn, IN - Harold F. “Ike” Query, 87, passed away on Friday evening May 13, 2016 at Henry County Hospital in New Castle, Indiana. A son of the late Charles E. and Gladys M. (Melton) Query, Harold was born on the family farm north of Straughn, Indiana on November 1, 1928. Harold was a lifelong farmer and lived most all his life in the Straughn area. He had to quit school in the eighth grade to work on the family farm and as a youth he attended New Lisbon Christian Church. He proudly served his country in the United States Army as a corporal during the Korean War. Harold also worked for Golay & Company in Cambridge City at Converto from 1964- 1989 where he was a machine operator. He retired from farming in the mid 1990’s. Harold enjoyed tinkering on items to make them work again and could build anything that was needed by family or friends.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Wilma D. Rummel whom he married on August 10, 1949 at the home of Paul and Iris Chew. 5 children, Debra (Wesley) Schelske of Indianapolis, Richard (Sondra) Query of Dunreith, Kevin Query of Straughn, Lisa (Tony) Jones of Mustang, OK and Maria Query-Hill of Straughn; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Dorothy Carpenter of Dublin; 1 brother, Eugene (Norma Jean) Query of Straughn; nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by an infant son, Arnold Franklin Query; 4 siblings, Charles J. “Chuck” and Harland Query, Mary McDaniels and Helen Scott and his pet cat, Tinker Bell.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday May 19, 2016 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville Chapel. Rev. Marion Hickman will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery north of Dublin in Henry County. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on May 18 at the Lewisville Chapel.
Charles Robert Nale
Anderson, IN - Survivors include 2 children, Charles David (Kelly) Nale of Muncie and Rachel (Rick) Charles of Anderson; 7 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Carolyn Coreton of New Albany; son in-law, John Jones of Anderson; several nieces and nephews.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, the former Ella O. Rice. They were married on December 8, 1951 in Canton, Indiana. 1 daughter, Patty Jones on February 16, 2011; 1 son, Harold Nathan Nale on May 19, 1972; 2 sisters, Elsie Davis and Sharon Bentley; 2 brothers, Frank Nale and infant, Junior.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday May 10, 2016 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville Chapel- 115 West U.S. Hwy. 40/ Lewisville, IN 47352. Burial with graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. at the Blue River Baptist Church Cemetery near Salem, Indiana. Brother Gary Vaughn will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday May 9, 2016 at the funeral home.
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James S. Bertsch
Richmond, IN - James S. Bertsch 90 of Richmond died May 7, 2016 at his home after a short illness. He was born November 1, 1925 in Cambridge City to Luther and Ruth Shafer Bertsch and lived in Wayne County all his life. He retired as Pharmacist and formerly owned Berman’s Drug Store from 1965 to 1986. Jim was a 1943 graduate of Lincoln High School and a 1952 graduate of Butler University. He was an Army veteran of World War Two serving in the Philippines and Japanese Occupation. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the American Pharmacists Association, and Howard Thomas American Legion Post #315. He loved NASCAR, enjoyed working in his yard and tinkering around the farm.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years Betty, two sons Robert (Margie) Bertsch of Cambridge City and Brion (Joni) Bertsch M.D. of Mathews, five grandchildren Emily (Ryan) Gross, Sam (Paige) Bertsch, Tim (Brittany) Bertsch, Olivia (Ryan) Snyder, and Joe Bertsch, two great grandchildren Riley and Carter Gross, one step brother Phillip (Ruby) Leapley of Noblesville, nieces and nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother Reuben Bertsch, and two step brothers Robert and Harold Leapley.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday May 12, 2016 at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Stevison officiating. Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery with military rites. Friends may call 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to Howard Thomas American Legion Post #315 1214 South 8th Street Richmond, Indiana 47374, Zion Lutheran Church 1151 South Germantown Road Pershing, Indiana 47370, or Wayne County Foundation 33 South 7th Street Richmond, Indiana 47374.
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