Tipton Masonic Lodge No. 33
1307 Smith Street
Logansport, Indiana 46947

TIPTON LODGE  WILL CONDUCT THEIR REGULAR STATED MEETING ON JUNE 2nd, 2021.  Dinner will be at 6:00 PM.  Lodge opens at 7:00 PM.




















 

 

Steven A. Kreighbaum...
Steven Allen Kreighbaum

Steven Allen Kreighbaum, age 66, Logansport, passed away on Tuesday morning, May 25, 2021 in his residence.

Born in Logansport on January 26, 1955, he was the son of the late Billy L. and Betty J. Vitello Kreighbaum.

Steve attended St. Bridget’s Catholic School, and after graduating from Logansport High School in 1973, he went straight to the workforce. He had worked at Harvey’s Drive-In during high school, and then started a 44-year career at Elco Industries, beginning as a multi-slide operator while training as a Tool and Die Maker. The manufacturer was known as Elco, Textron, A. Raymond, and A. Raymond Timmerman. Though the company’s name changed over the years, Steve’s place of employment didn’t. Steve left due to health issues in 2018.

In 1975, Steve was married to Valerie Lynn James. A son, Shaun, was born in April 1978. They divorced in 1983. After being a bachelor for nearly twenty years, he then married Donna Waddups who had 3 daughters, Sabrina and Carol Quillen, Carrie Brady. Steve later divorced and he had remained a bachelor since.

Steve was a beer drinker, and a social fly who enjoyed visiting the local pubs.

He was a member of the Logansport Shrine Club where he was the Logansport Shriner of the year in 2018, the Logansport Moose, Elks, and was also a Master Mason. A long-term supporter of Riley Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, he assisted with fundraisers and charity events.

Surviving are son, Shaun (Laura) Kreighbaum, Logansport; grandchildren, Kaine and Kaitlyn Osbourne, Brady Kreighbaum, Kaiden Kreighbaum, twins, Dominic and Dallin Kreighbaum and Ella Franklin; brother, Jeffrey L. (Kathy) Kreighbaum, Logansport; nieces, Jessica Albin, and Jen Kreighbaum.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents; his younger brother, Rick Kreighbaum; and his older brother, Ron Kreighbaum.

Steve’s visitation will be on Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., at Kroeger Funeral home, and on Friday, May 28th from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The service will be at 11:00 on Friday, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Dave Smith of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating.

Following cremation, Steve’s ashes will be buried with his parents in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Steve was born on January 26th, 1955
Initiated on March 19th, 2016
Passed to Fellow Craft March 19th, 2016
Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason March 19th, 2016
Called Home to the Grand Architect of the Universe May 25th, 2021


Keith J. Kulczyk, Sr,...
Keith J. Kulczyk, Sr.

Keith J. Kulczyk, Sr., age 59, of Bowling Green, Florida, formerly of Royal Center, IN, passed away at Northwest Health Porter County Hospital in Valparaiso on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Keith was born January 3, 1962, in Hammond, IN, to George and Edna Kulczyk and graduated from Gavit High School in 1980. He was a member of Local 2070 Long Shoreman and the Masonic Lodge, enjoyed listening to music of all kinds, especially Country, fishing, and being out on the Tug boat, he loved being with his children and grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memories is fiance Melissa Mackey (Gilmore), daughter Tonya (Brian) Kulczyk, and son Keith Jr. (April) Kulczyk, grandchildren Kameron, Kalvin, Karter, Destinee, Kasey, Quinnlynn, Matthew, Zachary, and Taylor, great grandchildren Charles and Rowan, brothers Mark, Tom, and Steve, sister Paula Marijanich, Mitzy (Paul) Ross, and his dogs Baby Girl and DOGGE.

Per the families wishes cremation was chosen. The family is having a visitation on Sunday, May 16, from 6-8 P.M. for a time of fellowship, at Frazier Funeral Home located at 621 S. Halleck Street, DeMotte, IN. In honor of Keith they have requested that you wear your favorite Tie Dye to the visitation.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the American Heart Association.

Frazier Funeral Home have been entrusted with the arrangements.

Born January 3, 1962
Initiated an Entered Apprentice March 9, 2013
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft March 9, 2013
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason March 9, 2013
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe May 5, 2021
Rex R. Robison...
Rex R. Robison

Per brother Rex's wishes, there were no services and no obituary.

Born January 20, 1954
Initiated an Entered Apprentice April 20, 1994
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft June 3, 1994
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason August 20, 1994
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe March 18, 2021

Charles (Tad) Wilkinson, 50 AWG...
Charles (Tad) Wilkinson

Charles (Tad) Wilkinson, 86, of Logansport, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Miller's Merry Manor in Logansport.

Born on March 8, 1934, he is the son to the late Loyd and Chloe (Brown) Wilkinson. On December 24, 1954 at the First United Methodist Church, where he was a 65+ year member, he married Particia L. Russow who survives.

Tad was a graduate of Logansport High School. After graduating, he enlisted and served our country in the United States Army. Upon his return, Tad joined his brother Clyde as the 2nd generation of Wilkinsonfs to carry on the family business, Wilkinson Heating and Plumbing. Tad was very proud he was able to pass the family business on to his sons, Ed and Brad.

Tad was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Tipton Masonic Lodge #33. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge #66, Isaac Walton League and the Moose Lodge in Logansport. Tad was an expert fisherman; he enjoyed his trips to Canada and Minnesota to practice his expertise. He also enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre.

Surviving along with his wife Patricia are three children, Ed (Tammy) Wilkinson, Logansport; Deb (Kenny) Ott, Monticello; Brad (Amy) Wilkinson, Logansport; five granddaughters, Lisa (Joshua) Peters of Fort Wayne, IN, Tiffany (Gregory) Roth of Monticello, IN, Kaleigh Wilkinson of Logansport, IN, Kendal Wilkinson of Logansport, IN, Kimi Wilkinson of Logansport, IN; two grandsons, Scott (Kim) Wilkinson of Carmel, Aaron Ott of Ft Wayne, IN; five great-granddaughters, Isabelle Peters, Harper Wilkinson, Violet Wilkinson, Kyan Ott, Kira Ott; five great-grandsons, Jackson Peters, Benjamin Peters, Regan Roth, Finnegan Roth, Spencer Roth;
He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Wilkinson and sister, Elizabeth Ann Libell.

A private family gathering will be held in Tad's memory.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.

You may sign Tad's guestbook and send condolences to the family at www.gundrumcares.com .

Born March 8, 1934 Initiated an Entered Apprentice in Orient Lodge 272 January 4, 1956
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft January 7, 1956
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason January 11, 1956
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold May 15, 2006 Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe October 15, 2020
James Jason (Jim) Smith, 50 AWG...
James Jason (Jim) Smith

James J. Smith, 95, Logansport, passed way on Monday, October 12, 2020, in Chase Center, with his wife and daughter by his side.

Born August 7, 1925, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Roy B. and Delouris (Beale) Smith.
On April 26, 1952, he was married to Mary Jean (Hawkins) Smith.

Jim was a 1943 graduate of Logansport High School; Jim attended Purdue University. He was proud to be a WWII veteran of the United States Navy, serving on naval bases in North Carolina and the South Pacific.
In 1989, Jim retired from RBM (United Technologies) after 43 years of employment. He was a design engineer and had two patents.

Jim was a longtime member Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church who faithfully served as an usher for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 60 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3790. Jim belonged to several fraternal organizations, including Logansport's TIpton Masonic Lodge #33, the Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, the Murat Shrine in Indianapolis, Logansport York Rite and the Logansport Elks Lodge #66.

Jim was a natural athlete who enjoyed many sports; his favorite was baseball. His idol was Lou Gehrig and his favorite team was the New York Yankees. Some of his happiest times were when he managed and coached the RBM Little League team, "The Shamrocks." He also enjoyed playing second base for the Sharmocks softball and Eagles hard ball teams in his earlier years. During his time in the Navy, his Pacific Team was awarded the championship title in baseball. Jim also enjoyed spending time on the greens with his golfing buddy, Joe Titus, clear up to this current year. One of his favorite traditions was making fudge at Christmas time with his family.

Surviving with his wife of 68 years are three children: Susan E. Smith, Rockledge, Florida, and Lou Smith, and Matt Smith, both of Logansport; one sister, Joan Foster, Logansport; three granddaughters and their families, Emily (Kurt) Brandstetter, Jamie Nies, and Julie Layman, all of Logansport; several cousins; and especially close cousin Lynda Gust, of Bradenton, Florida.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lucille, and brothers, Bob, Tom, and David Smith.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, October 17 in Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church, 440 Wheatland Ave., Logansport, with Pastor Bert Stover officiating.

Internent, with full military honors, will be at 3 P.M. in the Rockfield I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Fisher Funeral Chapel. You may share memories and condolences on Jim's tribute wall at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

Born August 7, 1925
Initiated an Entered Apprentice September 11, 1946
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft September 26, 1946
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason November 23, 1946
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold November 23, 1996
Call Home to the Grand Architect of the Universe October 23, 2020
Frederick G. Packard...
Frederick G. Packard

Frederick G. Packard, 58, of Logansport, passed away at 11:48 a.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2020 after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 24, 1961 to Tommy G. and Rose A. (Williams) Packard.

Fred retired from the United States Army National Guard with 32 yearsf service with the rank of Sergeant First Class, serving in Desert Storm and Iraq. He was currently serving as the commander of VFW Post #370 in Logansport and was a member of the Walton American Legion, Post #418 and Howard County Vietnam Organization. He was a wheel vehicle mechanic normally assigned to the 151st infantry in South Bend, Indiana.

Surviving family include his wife, Kathy Packard of Logansport; his children, Nat (Kayla) Packard; Branden (Missi) Packard and Kimberly (Kevin) Burton. He is also survived by grandchildren, Natalee, Lilee, Braiden, Brailee, Michael, Mazlee, Liam, Wyatt and Malachi; sisters, Angie (Don) Lawson, Rhonda (Mike) Currans and brother, Billy Williams and nieces and nephews, Gary and Ryan Lawson, Colt Wyant, Samantha Ragland, Jacob Williams, Noah Williams and Kyser Williams.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Zachary and Frederick Jr. Packard.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston. Burial will follow at Walton IOOF Cemetery in Walton, IN.

Visitation will be held from 1 - 2 p.m. Sunday, prior to services at the funeral home.

Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston has been entrusted with arrangements. www.murrayweaverfuneralhome.com

Born September 24, 1961
Initiated an Entered Apprentice March 3, 2009
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft July 15, 2009
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason July 22, 2009
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe August 19, 2020
Alva Erwin Parkins, P.M....
Alva E. Parkins

Alva E. Parkins, 83 of Logansport, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, IN.

Born on May 18, 1936 in Logansport, Indiana, he is the son to the late Walter S. and Blanche (Kirk) Parkins. On March 14, 1969 in Logansport, he married Phyllis Joan Cree who preceded in death on April 3, 1993. On October 18, 1999 in Maui, Hawaii he married Libby Tucker who survives.

Alva was a mechanic for Coca-Cola. He was a member and past Worthy Patron of the Royal Center Chapter#375 O.E.S, a member and past Master of the Tipton Masonic Lodge #33, a member of the Logansport Shrine Club and Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis.

Surviving along with his wife Libby, is a daughter, Kathy (Dave) Hellriegel of High Springs, FL; four sons, Kevin Parkins, Logansport; Alva E. Parkins Jr., Logansport; Tracy (Patti) Parkins, Kokomo; and Ken Halsne, Columbus, OH; step son, Matt Miller, Logansport; step daughter, Suzanne Miller, Chicago; brother, Thomas J. Parkins, Logansport; 14 grandchildren; a step granddaughter; 18 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kim Miller, sister, Bonnie Zvorak; and three brothers, Paul Dean Parkins, Bill McDonald and Victor McDonald.

A private burial will be held at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport.

Gundrum Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

A funeral gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date.

You may sign Alva's guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com

Born March 18, 1936
Initiated an Entered Apprentice March 3, 1970
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft August 14, 1970
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason September 19, 1970
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe March 20, 2020
Woodrow (Woody) Hammon, 50 AWG...
Woodrow L. (Woody) Hammon

Woodrow L. (Woody) Hammon, 103, of Logansport, passed away at 11:22 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020, in Miller's Merry Manor.

Born September 28, 1916, in Logansport, he was the son of the late George W. and Rosa L. (Neff) Hammon.
On October 4, 1941, in Logansport, he was married to his high school sweetheart Dorothy Ann (Neff) Hammon. She preceded him in death December 17, 2016, a little over two months after their 75th wedding anniversary.

On October 6, 1941, Hammon was "invited" to join the U.S. Army He had a good job on the railroad, and he and his bride put their honeymoon on hold when he was shipped from Indiana to Fort Sill, Okla. for heavy field artillery training. He figured that was better than joining a machine gun squad where the risk of getting killed was higher. Hammon's mechanical ability landed him a job working on trucks in the motor pool. At one point, he entered an anti-tank unit where he made marksman with 37mm guns on moving targets. In January 1942, Hammon was among a group of 13 soldiers from Fort Harrison assigned to a horse-drawn outfit that was part of a security detail for the Panama Canal. After 22 months in Panama, Hammon was brought back to the United States to Fort Ord, Calif. for new combat training. He was being prepped for the war in Europe. Hammon was shipped overseas to England. When he landed on the beaches of Normandy during Operation Neptune, Allied forces were still pushing the Germans across France. Hammon was discharged on Oct. 6, 1945. He had served four years to the day. In looking back, he said, “I'm very happy with all of the things I've learned and the places I've been, but I wouldn't want to go through it again.

Woody's strong work ethic began at an early age when he began looking for metal scraps to sell at Heppe's Junk Yard. He signed up to work for the Civilian Conservation Camp out west.

In 1976, Woody was retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad as a qualified steel welder for the North Central Indiana and Chicago region. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance-of-Way Employees. Following his retirement, he worked as a janitor at the Logansport Mall and also for Liming Pools.

Woody was a lifelong member of the River of Life Christian Church. He was a 71-year-member of Logansport's Tipton Masonic Lodge No. 33 and the Logansport Shrine Club. He had belonged to the Moose and Eagles Lodges. For many years, he operated amateur radio equipment as a hobby. He also played the banjo. While living in the Burnettsville area, Woody served on the volunteer fire department and had leadership roles with Boy Scout Troops both there and in Lake Cicott. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow in Scouting.

When asked the secret to his longevity, Woody always gave the credit to "the Man upstairs." "I talk to him every day. I just thank God He's given me good health. I thank Him every morning I wake up to another day." His goal was to reach the age of 110 years so he could use up his pacemaker's third battery.

Surviving are one daughter, Sondra (Lloyd) Ulerick, of Rochester; one son, James Hammon (Kathy Turner), of Logansport; two grandchildren, Susan Cline (Reggie Hall) and Karen (Harry) Batson; three great-grandchildren, Damen Batson, Darian Batson and Robert Kite; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by son John Hammon; one granddaughter, Sharon Ulerick; two sisters, Margaret McCartney and Rebecca Fry; and one nephew Michael Fry.

A Funeral Service celebrating Woody's life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Fisher Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Betsy Arnold officiating.
Interment, with full military honors, will follow in Ever-Rest Memorial Park.

Friends will be received from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 12th in the funeral chapel. Where a Masonic service, followed by a Shrine Processional walk, will be conducted.

Born September 28, 1916
Initiated an Entered Apprentice December 11, 1948
Passed to Degree of Fellow Craft January 26, 1949
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason February 23, 1949
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold February 23, 1999
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe March 9, 2020
Paul Quillen, 50 AWG...
Paul Quillen

Paul Quillen, 95, of Logansport, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at McKinney Place in Logansport.

Born on February 5, 1925 in Logansport, he is the son to the late Daniel Allen and Rose (Rothermel) Quillen.

Paul owned and operated Quillen Electric and was a proud WW2 Navy Veteran. He was a member of V.F.W Post #3790, the American Legion Post#60, Logansport Shrine Club, Tipton Masonic Lodge and the Murat Temple of Indianapolis.

Survivors include, two sons, Michael Allen (Lisa) Quillen of Logansport, IN, Patrick (Jenny) Quillen of Kokomo, IN; two daughters, Paula Quillen of Deer Creek, IN, Cara (James) Berkshire of Winamac, IN; five grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Farrer, four brothers, Jack Quillen, Harry Quillen, Bill Quillen, Clarence Quillen, and a daughter, Mary Kay Quillen.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Gundrum Funeral Home and Crematory.

Full Military Rites performed by the Cass County Honor Guard will take place at 6:00 PM.

You may leave condolences for the family and sign Paul's guestbook online at www.gundrumcares.com

Born February 5, 1925
Initiated an Entered Apprentice September 28, 1956
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft November 6, 1956
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason April 12, 1957
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold August 12, 2013
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe February 19, 2020
Christopher Louis Lachance...
Christopher Louis Lachance

Christopher L. Lachance, 53, of Kewanna, passed away unexpectedly at 3:52 A.M., Sunday, November 19, 2019, at his residence.

Born on June 27, 1966, in Portland, Oregon, he was the son of the late Louis and Chrystle Mae (Ridley) Lachance.

Chris was a graduate of Portland Community College High School and also graduated from Oakland City University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Tipton F&AM Lodge in Logansport, AAHMES Shriners International CA Ambassador, Fulton County Historical Society, and V.F.W. #1343. He was formerly, Ambassador European Shrine Club, Logansport Shrine Club, Logansport Shrine Club 3rd Wheel Patrol and past president and adult Girl Scout Member and Volunteer.

Chris was currently employed a truck driver for TMC Transportation.

Survivors include his wife, LaDonna Lachance of Kewanna, and daughters, Chrystle Lachance of Kewanna and Mariah "Snow" Lachance of Evansville, brother in law Jack Pruett, nephew, Scott Imler and great niece, Payton Imler. He is also survived by many friends and veterans that he served with.

Remembrances will be at various places where he had memberships.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you send cards, letters, stories and pictures of how and when you knew him or donate to funeral home expenses.

Please sign Chris' online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Lachance family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, Kewanna.

Born June 27, 1966
Received Entered Apprentice on Dec. 15, 1994
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on March 23, 1995
Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on April 13, 1995
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe November 17, 2019
Gerald LeRoy Williams...
Gerald LeRoy Williams

Gerald LeRoy Williams, 87 of Logansport, passed away Monday, November 4, 2019, in his home.

Born July 3, 1932, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Walter James and Catherine Mable (Smith) Williams.

Gerald was a 1952 graduate of Logansport High School.

On February 1, 1957, in Logansport, he was married to Saundre (Lewellen) Williams who preceded him in death July 6, 2016.

In 1994, Gerald retired from Matthew-Warren where he had worked as an inspector for thirty-three years.

Gerald was a member of Logansport's Tipton Masonic Lodge and the Indianapolis Murat Shrine. Gerald was a very loyal supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He had served as Cub Master with the Franklin Elementary Cub Scouts. Gerald was a Scoutmaster of the former American Legion Scout Troop and was very proud to have mentored his five grandsons who are all Eagle Scouts. He served as a Unit Commissioner with the Sagamore Council, B.S.A. In recent years, he was affiliated with Troop 2 where he enjoyed seeing his great-grandchildren enter the world of Scouting.

He enjoyed woodworking, but more than anything else the time he spent with his family was his greatest joy.

Surviving are four children: Debra (Tim) Pickens, Lucerne, Kathleen (Duane) Brubaker, Royal Center; Pamela (Paul) Snyder, and Gerald (Billie Jean) Williams, Jr. Logansport; one brother, Marion (Carol) Williams, LaGrange, Georgia; one sister, Helen (Glen) Gaby, Logansport; ten grandchildren: Fred Gibbs, Christina (Travis) Holcomb, Alicia Gibbs, Bradley (Eryn) Gibbs, Paul (Chelsea) Snyder, Andrew (Angelica) Snyder, Jennifer Pickens, Matthew (Katelyn) Pickens, Cody (Rachel) Williams, and Josh Williams; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Service celebrating Gerald's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 9 in Fisher Funeral Chapel.

Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Friday, November 8 in the funeral chapel.

Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cass County Humane Society.

You may share memories and condolences on Gerald's Tribute Wall at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com

Born July 3, 1932
Initiated an Entered Apprentice May 19, 1978
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft October 11, 1978
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason November 15, 1978
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe November 4, 2019
Steven A. Smith...
Steven A. Smith

Steven A. Smith, age 70, of Logansport, passed away Wednesday October 16, 2019 in Woodbridge Health Campus. Born March 13, 1949 in Kokomo, IN to the late John Presley and Mary (Bryan) Smith. On May 25, 1990 in Logansport he married Jerilyn Arone who survives. Steve was a maintenance supervisor for the department of corrections. He was a member of Tipton Masonic Lodge #33, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Murat Temple and Logansport Shrine Club. Steve was a Army Veteran of the Vietnam War where he received a purple heart.
Survivors including his wife Jerilyn are three daughters, Melissa (Dave Gregorich) Smith, Royal Center, IN; Paige (Patrick) Johansen-Schrum, Logansport, IN; Elizabeth (Mason) Mills, Logansport, IN; four granddaughters, Jordan Johansen, Isabella Wagoner, Jennalee Schrum and Sawyer Lantz; four grandsons, Joel Johansen, Brody Wagoner, Isaiah Lantz and Noah Mills.

He was preceded in death by a half-sister, Linda Jones.

A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday October 19, 2019 in the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Dean Snyder officiating. A burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery with full military rites.

A visitation will be held from 2 pm until time of services on Saturday.Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Born March 13, 1949
Initiated an Entered Apprentice May 26, 1993
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 19, 1994
Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason June 1, 1994
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe October 16, 2019
Kenneth M. Alcorn...
Kenneth M. Alcorn

Kenneth M. Alcorn, age 58, Logansport, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Memorial Hospital of South Bend. His life journey ended from complications of small cell lung cancer.

Born December 12, 1960, in Logansport, he was the son of Fred Clayton Alcorn, Sr. and Shelby Randolph Alcorn. His father survives, residing in Logansport.
On August 23, 1980, Ken was married to Cheryl McManus, who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Misty May (William "Bill") Moyer, Elkhart; brothers, Fred (Kathy) Alcorn, Panama City, Florida, and Randy (Rhonetta) Alcorn, Logansport; grandchildren, Alexander and Cameron Moyer; mother-in-law, Betty McManus, Logansport; brother- and sister-in-law, Cass (Sabrina) McManus, Twelve Mile.

Surviving also are nieces and nephews, Natasha Alcorn, Clayton Alcorn, Randy Alcorn, Megan (Ryan) Jones, Sarah (Levi) Putnam and Brett McManus.
Preceding in death are his mother, Shelby Alcorn and father-in-law, Mike McManus.

Ken was employed at Slusser's Green Thumb and was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 135. He was a member of Tipton Masonic Lodge #33, Logansport Shrine Club and Logansport Roosters. He attended Main Street United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 17th, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kroeger Funeral Home. The Tipton Masonic Lodge service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday followed by a Shriners' Walk-By.
The funeral service will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, with visitation one hour prior to the funeral service, also at the funeral home. Pastor Colleen Harden of Main Street United Methodist Church will officiate.
Interment will be in Ever-Rest Memorial Park.

Born December 12, 1960
Initiated an Entered Apprentice October 9, 2013
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft January 21, 2014
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason March 22, 2014
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe September 14, 2019
Michael David Crane...
Michael David Crane

Michael David Crane, 77, of Kokomo, passed away on August 24, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, children Todd (Alisa) Crane, Kelly (Jay) Booth, and Tracey (Jason) Taylor; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and many other family members.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Steve Crane.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-6 P.M. on Wednesday, August 28, at Indiana Funeral Care, Harry W. Moore Chapel, 8151 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis. Online condolences may be made at www.indianafuneralcare.com

Born December 31, 1941
Initiated May 12, 1971
Passed to Fellow Craft February 19, 1972
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason April 26, 1972
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe August 24, 2019
John W. Beachler P.M., 50 AWG, 50 Year Past Master...
John Webster Beachler

John Webster Beachler, 92, Mexico, passed away at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at The Hearth at Stones Crossing, Greenwood, Indiana.

Born September 13, 1926, in Peru, Indiana, he was the son of Webster and Mildred Rawlings Beachler. On March 23, 1946, in Peru, Indiana, he was married to the former Barbara L. Wolfe, and she preceded him in death on February 26, 2006.

John and Barbara were active members of Calvary Presbyterian Church PCUSA, in Logansport. He was currently a member of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley, Presbyterian Church USA.

John was a United States Army veteran, having served in the United States and Panama. He served in the Indiana National Guard for many years before retirement. Upon leaving his military career, he went to work at the Indiana State Police Post in Peru, where he worked for several years as a custodian.

Survivors include three sons, John W. Beachler, II, and wife Nancy, Logansport; Stephen P. Beachler and wife Marsha, Indianapolis; and Marshall D. Beachler and wife Charlotte, Schoolcraft, Mich.; two daughters, Debanney "Debbie" D. Hay, Lafayette; and Kristine "Kris" K. Hite and husband Ron, Indianapolis; nine grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilbur and Edgar Beachler; and two sisters, Margaret Saine and Elizabeth Bowyer; one son-in-law, Dennis Hay; and one daughter-in-law, Cindy Beachler.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, with Pastor Beth Ann Cook officiating and a flag presentation by the Miami County Military Rites Unit. A time of visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital or the Miami County Military Rites Unit.

Born September 13, 1926
Initiated an Entered Apprentice January 31, 1962
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 28, 1962
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason March 14, 1962
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold August 12, 2013
Received his 50 Year a Past Master Award March 14, 2017
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe June 26, 2019
Robert E. Tribbert, 50 AWG...
Robert E. Tribett

Robert E. Tribbett, 97 of Logansport, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Logansport.

Born on October 8, 1921 in Rockfield, Indiana, he is the son to the late Clarence and Mattie (Campbell) Tribbett. Bob was a 1939 graduate of Burnettsville High School. On June 27, 1942 in Cass County, he married Nellie L. Roller who preceded him in death on July 25, 2008.

Bob served in the US Army, 832 Signal Service Corps, in Brisbane, Australia from September 1942 until November 1945 as a radio teletype operator. After serving his country, Bob worked as the manager at the Logansport Elevator for 55 years. He retired in 2003. He was a member of Webb United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, water sports and spending time with his family.

Surviving are two sons, Robert D. Tribbett of Monticello, IN; Donald J. (Connie) Tribbett of Logansport, IN,; two granddaughters, Kristen (Joe) Alkire of Greensboro, NC, Jessica Louise Tribbett, New York City; two grandsons, Matthew (Jessica ) Tribbett of Greensboro, NC; David (Kristin) Tribbett of Louisville, KY; 6-Great Grandchildren and one on the way.

Preceded in death by two sisters, three brothers and a grandson, Daniel Tribbett.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Nate Eckert officiating. Burial, with full military rites, will follow in Mt Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019, also at the Gundrum Funeral Home

Born October 8, 1921
Initiated an Entered Apprentice May 20, 1950
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft June 16, 1950
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason July 26, 1950
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold September 8, 2000
Called Home to The Supreme Architect of the Universe May 8, 2019
Jay D. Marks...
Jay D. Marks

Jay D. Marks, 78, of Indianapolis, passed away on November 17, 2018.

Jay was born on July 16, 1940 in Peru, Indiana to the late Abraham and Geraldine Marks. He grew up in the Logansport area, graduated from Purdue University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, and played for the Purdue football team. He honorably served his country in the United States Air Force, was a member of the Logansport Masonic Lodge, and was a manager for INDOT for many years. He was an avid collector of Steiff Bears, loved cheering on his Boilermakers, traveling and taking cruises with his wife, and spending time with his children and new granddaughter.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 36 years, Betty (Janie) Marks; children, Wendy (Rick) Mouser and Todd Marks; and granddaughter, Kennedy Mouser. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends and family are invited to gather from 1:00-3:00pm on Tuesday, November 20, 218 with a celebration of life to follow at 3:00pm at Flanner Buchanan- Washington Park East.

Born July 16, 1940
Initiated an Entered Apprentice March 25, 1964
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft April 8, 1964
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason April 22, 1964
Called home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe November 17, 2018
Paul (Pudge) A. Moyer...
Paul (Pudge) A. Moyer

Paul (Pudge) A. Moyer, 76, of Logansport passed away surrounded by his family and friends on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Paul was born on March 31, 1942 in Winamac, IN to the late Clyde W. and Agnes R. (Brugh) Moyer. He married Lana S. (Wilkinson) Dobler of Peru, IN, in March 31, 1984.

Paul worked as a crane operator with IUOE, local 103, and retired after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Eagle Lodge, Murat of Indianapolis, Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne, Logansport Shrine Club, Tipton Lodge of Logansport, IN and had reconnected with his classmates from Monticello High School for their monthly breakfast club.

Paul was a loved husband, father, and Papaw. He loved having his family over for family get-togethers. He had a knack for coming up with a nick name for everyone he met. Paul’s main passions in life were racing, in particular micro midget racing, and woodworking. Paul was actively involved in racing for over sixty years. He was a Hoosier Racing Tire dealer for thirty five plus years, and could be found at US 24 Speedway on Saturday nights. He was a skilled woodworker, and could be found in his garage working on one of his many beautiful projects such as hope chests, rocking horses and motorcycles that he made for many of his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Everel O’Donnell, and brother, Vern Moyer.

He is survived by his wife, Lana; his children Diane Moyer, Terri (Pat) Moyer-Uecke, Clyde Alan Moyer (former wife Deanna) of Mesa, AZ and Ernest James (Emily) Moyer of Delphi, IN. Ginger (Clay) Claytor of Newport News, VA. Steve (Margie) Dobler of Leesburg, IN. Kathy Thorpe (Bryan) Stephenson of IN/OH. Grandchildren: Mike Moyer and Allye Moyer of Mesa, AZ. Abbie Moyer of Indianapolis, IN and Anna Moyer of Delphi, IN. Shannon Thorpe of Indianapolis, IN and Stacey Thorpe of Fort Wayne IN. Michelle (Adam) Komatz of Hampton, VA. Ben Dobler of Indianapolis, IN and Grace (Brandan) Lewallen of Minneapolis, MN. Abby and Noah Stephenson of Rockford, OH. Sarah (Mike) Ebert of Sussex, WI and Patrick Uecke Jr. of Milwaukee, WI. Great grandchildren: Addison and Mason Ebert of Sussex WI.

Visitation will be held from 10am to 1pm, Saturday March 23, 2019 at Gundrum Funeral Home in Logansport, IN, followed by the service. Burial will follow at Buck Cemetery, Thornhope, IN.
Memorial contributions may be made to Buck Cemetery.

Born March 31, 1942
Entered Apprentice on February 23, 1980.
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on March 26, 1980.
Master Mason Degree on April 9, 1980.
Called home to the Grand Architect of the Universe March 17, 2019.
Eugene Arthur Osborn...
Eugene Arthur Osborn

Eugene Arthur Osborn, age 92, of Brooklyn, Michigan went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Arbor Manor.

Born on March 25, 1926 in Columbia City, Indiana, he was the son of the late Ernest Wilmer and Leona Mae (Ogle) Osborn.

Eugene married Marjorie Ellen Goodrich on June 12, 1946 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

He will be remembered as a patriotic and prayerful father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather. He was a faithful member of Community Bible Church, American Legion, Irish Hills Marine Corps League, Cascades Marine Corps League, Tipton Masonic Lodge, Military Order of the Devil Dogs and VFW.

Surviving are his children, Lincoln Osborn (Linda), Pamela Sue Brandley (Bruce) and Cassi MiShel Currie (Dusty), 13 grandchildren, Misty Collins, Heidi Hoffman, Bryon Osborn, Marjorie Osborn, Lincoln Osborn, Aaron Brandley, Nathan Brandley, Page Crighton, Chelsae Currie, Micah Currie, Brady Currie and Maddie Currie, 18 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, Ernest Osborn, sister, Anna Louise, daughter, Linda Collins and granddaughter, Christina Lynne Osborn.

A Gathering of family and friends will be held on Monday, February 18, 2019 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Community Bible Church of Manchester, 8400 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester, MI. 48158 with a Celebration of Life Service at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Ron Clark officiating.

Services will be at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home & Crematory, Royal Center Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial with Military Rites will be performed at Kistler Cemetery in Royal Center.

Born March 25, 1926
Initiated an Entered Apprentice January 27, 1960
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 17, 1960
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason March 11,1960
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe February 14, 2019
Danny R. Lonsinger...
Danny R. Lonsinger

Danny R. Lonsinger, age 79, Logansport, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019, in St. Vincent Heart Center, Indianapolis.

One of nine children, Danny was born on December 27, 1939, in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, to Charles William and Loma Virginia Rist Lonsinger.
On April 2, 1961, in Uniontown, he was married to Roberta S. Kohrman, who survives in Logansport.

Danny was a graduate of Uniontown High School.

He was career military, having served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He entered the Air Force on April 5, 1961, and honorably retired on March 31, 1984, after 22 years, 11 months, and 26 days of service.

Danny was a member of Life Gate Church and was active in the Sonshine group.

A bus driver for the Logansport Community School Corporation and Peak Community Services for many years, he also drove for the former Kiwanis Aktion Club.

Special Olympics held a special place in his heart. All participants were like children of his own. He was a former coordinator and coach of many events at home and on the road. A volunteer at heart, Danny loved people and would help and assist anyone with anything they needed.

He loved family time, camping along the Wabash River, and especially playing ball with his great granddaughter, Amryn.

Danny was a known, and constant, jokester who was fun to be around. There was never a dull moment when he was present.

He enjoyed playing the harmonica and banjo. Although he could play nearly all instruments, he particularly enjoyed his guitar. He loved all kinds of music and could sing most of the tunes he played.
He formed the Woodlawn Center Jammin' for Joy band which included many members with special needs. He made everyone in the band feel like a rock star.

In addition to his wife, Roberta, he is also survived by daughter, Pamela Lynn Lonsinger Townsend; son, Robin B. Lonsinger; granddaughter, Cheree Townsend (Jason) Gellinger and great granddaughter, Amryn Townsend, all of Logansport.
Also surviving are brothers, Wilbur Lance (Sylvia Marie Cunningham) Lonsinger, Lafayette and Michael David (Linda Jane Jackson) Lonsinger, Salisbury, North Carolina; sisters-in-law, Jean Soloman Lonsinger, Ashland Ohio, and Georgetta Kohrman Nelson, Frankfort, Kentucky; and brother-in-law, George Korhman, Masontown, Pennsylvania. He was also the beloved uncle of over 30 nieces and nephews, and 40 great nieces and great nephews.

Preceding Danny in death were his parents; sisters, Estella Sue Lonsinger (William) Stickle, Phyllis Elaine Lonsinger (Vernen) Tanner, and Ann Rist Lonsinger (Fred) Tochio; brothers, Charles Barry Lonsinger, James Bruce (Shirley Moody) Lonsinger, and Douglas William Lonsinger.

Interment with military honors will be in Veterans Square, Mount Hope Cemetery at a later date.

Born December 27, 1939
Initiated as an Entered Apprentice June 2, 2004
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft May 14, 2005
Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason May 14, 2005
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe Feb. 3, 2019
Thomas Lee Keplar...
Thomas Lee Keplar

Thomas Lee Keplar, 82, of Logansport, passed away in the evening of January 31 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. He was born on June 24, 1937, in Cass County to the late Norman and Esteline Keplar. On June 21, 1957, he exchanged vows with Loretta Campbell, who was at his side when he passed.

Tom graduated from Logansport High School in 1955 and then served in the U.S. Navy for four years until 1959. Upon returning to Logansport, Tom began working for General Telephone Co., where he was employed until 1984 when he and his bride purchased Amelio's Bar and Restaurant, which they ran together until 2008 when they sold the restaurant and retired.

Tom was very active in the community of Logansport that he loved dearly. Early on, he was a member of the local Jaycees and the Eagles Club. He was a Boy Scout leader where he was awarded the Scouts' highest honor, the Silver Beaver, for outstanding service to the organization. Later organization involvements include being a Life Member of the VFW and member of Murat Shriners of Indianapolis and the American Legion. Tom also served two terms as a Cass County Councilman. Tom and Loretta traveled destinations and were always excited to see different parts of the world.

Tom is survived by his bride of 62 years, Loretta (Campbell), his son John, his son-in-law Bob Eggleston, and his granddog Barney, all of Palm Springs, California. Tom also has two surviving Sisters: Sue Ellen (John) Gaeber of Indianapolis and Ann Lynn Keplar of Logansport.

Tom's ashes will be returning to Logansport in April and a service or celebration of his life will be held at that time. Arrangements by All California Cremations.

Born June 24, 1937
Initiated an Entered Apprentice October 23, 1996
Passed to the Degree of November 18, 2000
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason November 18, 2000
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe January 31, 2019
Jack Duffy Barton, 50 AWG...
Jack Duffy Barton

Jack Duffy Barton, 91, of Logansport, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Friday, November 30, 2018, in Woodbridge Health Campus.

Born July 5, 1927, in Kanapolis, Kansas, he was the son of the late Emmett and Josie Irene (Bray) Barton.

On February 12, 1952, in Arkansas, he was married to Colleen (Sanders) Barton, who survives.

Following graduation from high school, Jack served his country as a member of the United States Army during WWII. Upon returning home, Jack furthered his education in Springfield, Missouri, by attending specialized schooling in typewriter and office machinery repair.

As the owner of Barton's Business and Office Supplies store, he restored the McCaffrey building on the northeast corner of 6th & East Broadway. He first opened shop in 1958 and retired on Dec. 7, 2006. Jack was the consummate salesman who saw many changes in technology over the years. The secret to his success was the service he provided long after the sale was made.

A longtime member of Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church, Jack was always there to greet people on Sunday morning with his warm smile and firm handshake. He had the gift of making people feel welcome. Jack was very generous over the years to local charitable groups. He was an active member of the Kiwanis and the William Paca Lodge. He loved his country and was a proud to be a Veteran and member of the American Legion Post 60. Definitely a "people person", Jack never met a stranger. His priorities were in perfect order: God, Country and Family meant the world to him. No wonder they call his type the "Greatest Generation."

Surviving with his wife of 66 years are his children: Jack Baker, Chicago, Tender (Roy) Rentschler, Rochester, Andy (Beverly) Barton, Texas, and Ron Barton, Logansport; six grandchildren: Adam Baker, Andy Rentschler, Jeremy Rentschler, Kayla Gano Barton, Courtney Barton, and Aren Clayton; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Madeline Smith and Adelaide Allen.

A Funeral Service celebrating Jack's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 4 in Fisher Funeral Chapel with Pastor Scott Ellison officiating.
Interment will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery. The Cass County Honor Guard, uniformed officers of the U.S. Army and the Indiana Patriot Guard will present full military honors.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 3, in Fisher Funeral Chapel.

Born July 5, 1929
Initiated an Entered Apprentice May 26, 1965
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft June 9, 1965
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason August 22, 1965.
Received his fifty-year Award August 22, 2015.
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe November 30, 2018.
Joseph E Brown...
Joseph E. Brown

Joseph E. Brown, 79, of Conway, Arkansas, formerly of Logansport, Indiana went to be with the Lord Monday November 19, 2018. He was born June 16, 1939 to the late Forest and Lillie Lyon Brown in Logansport, Indiana. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Sharon Cloud Brown and his 4 sons. Joseph and Miki Brown, and Kevin Brown of Logansport, Indiana. Shawn and Parisa Brown of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Dr. (Major) Chad and Kari Brown of Fort Hood, Texas. He is also survived by his 6 grandchildren, Ethan Brown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Amelia, Perry, and Harper Brown of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Ayden and Garrett Brown of Fort Hood, Texas. He is also survived by his brother Tom and Judy Brown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Joe graduated from Logansport High School in 1957. He served 3 years in the U.S. Army and worked 20 years for General Tire as a manager at both Logansport Indiana and Batesville Arkansas locations. Following General Tire, he was the Plant Manager for Griffith Rubber Mills in Conway, Arkansas for 28 years, retiring in 2011.

He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. He has served as an Elder, sang in the church choir, and worked with the juvenile jail ministry. He was a Mason and Shriner belonging to Tipton Lodge No. 33, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Murat Shrine, and Logansport Shrine Club.

Born June 16, 1939
Initiated an Entered Apprentice Jan. 24, 1979.
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft March 29, 1979.
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason Degree on April 25, 1979.
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe November 19, 2018.
Russell D. Powell, P.M., 50 AWG, 50 Year Past Master...
Russell D. Powell

Russell D. Powell, 97, Goshen, formerly of Logansport, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at his daughter's residence.

Born Dec. 22, 1920, in Kokomo, he was the son of the late Vern R. and Hazel L. (Campbell) Powell.

On May 20, 1940, he was married to Marjorie Slifer Powell. She preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 1986. On Sept. 6, 1988, in Van Wert, Ohio, he was married to Bettia Mae Powell. She preceded him in death March 28, 2009.

Russell was retired from United Technologies in Peru where he worked as a tool and die maker.

He was a member of Lions Club and the Tipton Masonic Lodge #33.

Surviving are daughters, Sue Ellen McDonald and Kathy Gustafson; brothers, Robert Powell and Kenneth Powell; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Gary Powell, and two great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Born Dec. 22, 1920,
Initiated an Entered Apprentice March 1, 1950 in Orient Lodge #272
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft April 19, 1950 in Orient Lodge #272
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason May 3rd, 1950 in Orient Lodge #272
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold October 10, 2000.
Received his 50 years a Past Master April 5, 2010.
Was the Worshipful Master of Tipton Lodge #33 in 2001
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe November 21, 2018
Garry R. Boller, P.M....
Garry R. Boller

Garry R. Boller, age 77, Logansport, passed away at 1:05 a.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2018, in his residence.

Born November 22, 1940, in Idaville, he was the son of Ivan and Mary Engle Boller.

He was married to Barbara Stratton, who survives.
Garry was retired from Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo.

A veteran of the United States Army, Garry belonged to the American Legion Post 60 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3790.

He was Past Master of the Tipton Masonic Lodge and was a member of the Indianapolis Scottish Rite.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons, Kevin (Jennifer) Boller, Royal Center, Randy (Frankie) Boller, Logansport; daughters, Sonja Stout and Karen Boller, both of Logansport; sisters, Rose Clem, Georgetown, Sharon (Don) Curnutt, Monticello, Carol (Bob) Berkshire, Logansport; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A sister, Pat Sedam, preceded him in death.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19th , in the Legion Circle section of Mount Hope Cemetery. Full military honors will be provided by uniformed members of the United States Army and the local Veterans Military Detail.

Family and friends are asked to arrive at Kroeger Funeral Home at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Friday, prior to the funeral, for the procession to the cemetery.

Interment will be in the Legion Circle section of Mount Hope Cemetery.

Born November 22, 1940
Initiated an Entered Apprentice Degree January 16, 1981
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 21, 1981
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason March 20, 1981
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe October 14, 2018
Leonard F. Surber...
Leonard F. Surber

Leonard F. Surber, Jr., 47, Russiaville, passed away at 5:36 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born April 24, 1971, in Kokomo, to Leonard F. and Janice "Janny" A. (Thompson) Surber, Sr. On July 18, 1992, he married Julie A. Carter, in Frankfort, and she survives.

Leonard graduated from Clinton Central High School in 1989 and from John H. Hinds Trade School in 1990.
He was a journeyman tool and die maker and had most recently worked for General Motors. He had also worked for Biddles Precision Components in Sheridan, Federal Mogul in Frankfort, Emerson Appliance in Frankfort, Excel Tool & Engineering in Kirklin and the Russiaville Volunteer Fire Department.

Leonard was an avid fan of Alabama football, Harleys and car shows. He loved spending time with his family, as well as, his bulldogs and boxers.

He was a member of the Tipton Masonic Lodge in Logansport, Faith Baptist Church in Kokomo and a previous member of the Indiana Garden Tractor Puller's Association.

In addition to his wife, Julie Surber, he is survived by his son, Alex D. Surber; daughter, Madison N. Surber, all of Russiaville; brother, Bradley K. (Tina) Surber, Kirklin; nephews, Tallon Surber, Kirklin, Christopher Carter, Zachary Carter and Korbin Carter, all of West Lafayette; and niece, Kortney Surber, Kirklin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Leonard will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, with Pastor Andrew Green officiating. Burial will take place in Russiaville Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.stoutandson.com.

Born April 24, 1971
Initiated an Entered Apprentice June 15, 2011
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 25, 2012
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason February 25, 2012
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe September 18, 2018
Rex Gregory...
Rex Gregory

Rex Gregory, Grass Creek, Indiana passed in Miller's Merry Manor on the September 15, 2018. Born on the 1st day of September 1943 in Logansport, Indiana, the son of Robert Gregory and Betty (Tyler) Joslin. Rex grew up on the banks of the Wabash River. On November 1st 1969 he married Deanna (Doan). An Indiana Free Mason, he was employed by Pennsylvania Railroad (Conrail) and retired after thirty years of service in 1997.

Although an avid fisherman and hunter, he placed his family at the forefront of his passions. He loved teaching others his unique understanding of nature and shared with those closest to him the secrets of his successes. He passed this knowledge and love to his son Larry and pridefully to his grandchildren Trey, Ryonn, and Brent Thomas.

He is survived by: his wife Deanna Faye, his son D. Larry Doan II (Anita), grandchildren Donald L. gTreyh Doan III, and Ryonn Doan, special daughter Deb (Thomas) Zartman, granddaughters Angie (Farris) Morris, Becky (Farris) Sutton. Extended family includes; Brent (Elizabeth) Thomas, Ryan (Stephanie) Thomas, and Nathan Thomas. He was preceded in death by; daughter Bonnie (Hardy) Farris, two brothers Tom and Jeff Gregory, mother Betty Joslin and father Robert Gregory.

Family visitation and friendsf reception will be held Saturday September 22, 2018 from 3:30-5:00 pm with a memorial service to follow at 5:00 pm in the Gundrum Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Alzheimerfs Association and the American Cancer Society.

Born September 1, 1943
Initiated an Entered Apprentice May 16, 1979
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft June 13, 1979
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason October 19, 1979
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe September 15, 2018
William Ray Lenon, 50 AWG...
William Ray Lenon

William Ray Lenon, 91 of Peru passed away at 4:25 am Friday March 30th at Golden Living Sycamore Village, Kokomo. He was born April 21, 1926 in Camden to Willis Ray and Mamie Jones Lenon. He was Senior class president of Camden High School after his military service.

He earned an accounting degree from Indiana Business College. He worked for the US Postal Service Railway Service and then in the Logansport Post Office for 17yrs. He owned and operated Lenon's Music Store in Logansport and worked for the Peru Music Store. Bill was a long time piano tuner. He started playing the trumpet professionally from the age of 14 (later adding the flute and vibraphone) and played in many dance bands, including Louie Silverman and the Personality Boys, Deb Tinklefs Orchestra, Robin Wolf's Orchestra, Circus City Six, and the Bill Lenon Combo.

He served in the 3rd Army under General George Patton, mostly in central Europe. After the war, the remainder of his military service was spent with the Special Services as an entertainer-playing trumpet in a band, which took him all over much of Europe. He once "jazzed up" revile and was called before his commanding officer- who liked it and told him to play it just that way every day.

Bill was a member of the Scottish Rite of Ft Wayne, a 32nd degree Mason with the Tipton Lodge of Logansport, a member of the VFW at Rochester and the American Legion at Walton.

He is survived two daughters Christy Lenon or Kempton and Susan Forker of Logansport and Randy Parker of FL, and Darren Parker of Peru.

Funeral services will be at 2pm Tuesday at Cree Funeral Home. Friends may call from noon until time of services. Burial with military graveside rite will follow at the Camden Cemetery.

Born April 21, 1926
Initiated an Entered Apprentice January 9, 1963
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft January 23, 1963
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason February 6, 1963
Received his 50 Year Award of Gold April 7, 2014
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe March 30, 2018
Donald Eugene Hyman, 50 AWG...
Donald Eugene Hyman

Donald E. Hyman 87, of Logansport, passed away at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, in Chase Center.

Born December 27, 1930, in Logansport, he was the son of the late John Ellis and Anna (Subert) Hyman.
On June 14, 1977, in Logansport, he was married to Evadene Idella Hyman, who preceded him in death July 26, 1995.

Don was a graduate of Logansport High School. He went on to further his education at DeVry Technical Institute. He worked as an electrical engineer.
A Veteran of the United States Army, Don proudly served his country during the Korean War. He continued to serve his country as a member of the Cass County Honor Guard officiating at many military rites over the years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 60.

Don was a longtime member of the Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. He loved music and was a member of the Logansport Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. Don made friends very easily with his warm sense of humor and that smile. He had friends from all over the world in his various associations which included the Cass County Amateur Radio Club. Don was also a member of the Tipton Masonic Lodge No. 33.

Surviving are one son, Eric E. Hyman; one stepson, James "Jim" (Debbie) Harkin; two step-daughters, Kristi Jill Forshee and Cheryl Jane Herrell; one grandchild; six step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, John J. Hyman; two sons-in-law, Anthony Forshee and Ricky Herrell; and one grandson, Ronald Lee Justice.

A funeral service celebrating Don's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 24 in Fisher Funeral Chapel.

Interment, with full military honors, will follow in the Walton I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 23 in the funeral chapel where a Masonic Service will be held at 6:45 p.m.

Contributions may be made to the Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church..

Born December 27, 1930
Initiated an Entered Apprentice February 23, 1952
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft August 20, 1952
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason August 26, 1952
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold January 31, 2004
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe Jan. 17, 2018
Harold W. Hopper, 50 AWG...
Harold W. Hopper

Harold Walter Hopper, 88, Logansport, passed away at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2017, in Coventry Meadows, Fort Wayne. Born August 6, 1929, in Logansport, he was the son of the late George and Florence Hopper.

Harold attended Logansport High School but in 1946, at age 17, he convinced his mother to sign papers for his enlistment in the U.S. Army, leaving high school in the early part of the 10th grade.
Following basic training, he traveled to Seattle to board a Liberty Ship for Yokohama, Japan. After a rough Pacific voyage, he spent a week in a Tent City. Where he joined the 11th Airborne Division. He shipped out to Honshu, Japan where he endured extremely cold winter conditions. Harold then advanced as a member of the 187th Glider Infantry Regiment, Company A, 2nd Platoon. After several weeks of exhausting parachute training, Harold won his wings making five parachute jumps from a C-46 airplane.

After 18 months in the Army, he returned home working at Standard Auto Parts and the Spring Company on Burlington Avenue. In the fall of 1948, Harold decided to return to high school and finish his degree. He was given credits for the time spent in the Army.

Having applied for a draftsman job, RBM called and asked, gHave you finished high school? If he finished in time, he had the job. Harold Mertz told him about a new program called "GED" that would issue a diploma after successfully completing the exams. After two days of testing in Indianapolis, Harold became the first person in Logansport to receive a GED.

Harold went to work at RBM as a design engineer, which is where Harold met Marcella Duff.. It was love at first sight. Their first date was Dec. 26, 1948, and two months later, they were married on Feb. 26th.

The newlyweds lived in an apartment that left much to be desired. Harold promised his wife he would build her a beautiful home someday. In 1950, Harold found a lot and set out to build their home, doing all of the construction himself.

After building their home, he assembled a work crew and built ten more houses before leaving RBM in 1961. Hopper Construction was founded on Haroldfs strong work ethic and integrity. Since those humble beginnings, Hopper Construction has built 502 houses in Logansport. The houses are mostly in Indian Hills, Virginia Heights, Yorktown Road, Willow Woods, The Landing, Windsor Forest and Waters Edge.

Surviving with his wife of nearly 69 years, Marcella Hopper, are three children: Donna (Mark) Jones, Syracuse, Sharon (Clyde) Killian, Dubuque, IA and Dan Hopper, Fort Wayne; eleven grandchildren: Alison (Joe) Bash, Zionsville, Adrienne (Chris) Rupright, Fort Wayne, Elaine (Mark) Moses-Christen, Fort Wayne, Hannah (Tarique Williams) Jones, Cape Coral, FL, Sarah (Davey Gilles) Jones, Omaha, NE, Michael (Emily) Killian, Oregon, WI, Alanna (Tom) Callahan, Dubuque, IA, Paul (Alicia) Killian, Greenwood, Nathan Hopper, Indianapolis, Nick Hopper and Noah Hopper, both ofFishers; twenty great-grandchildren: Mara Bash, Becka Bash, Greta Bash, Ella Rupright, Sampson Rupright, Vivienne Rupright, Evangeline Moses, Alden Moses, Oscar Christen, Donna Jones Williams, Oliver Jones Williams, Michael Wes O'Connor, Elijah Callahan, Ethan Callahan, William Callahan, Owen Callahan, Eleanor Callahan, Anna Callahan, Kairi Jackson, and Thomas Killian; one sister, Wanda (Bob) Simpson, New Tazewell, TN; and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Hopper and Robert Hopper; and three sisters, Faye Owens, Delores Hoover and Ruth Bowyer-Lohrman.

A Masonic service will be held at 2:45 p.m. Friday, January 12 in Fisher Funeral Chapel followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. celebrating Haroldfs life.

Born August 6, 1929
Initiated an Entered Apprentice November 18, 1950
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft December 13, 1950
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason January 31, 1951
Received his 50 Year Award of Gold April 20, 2001
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe January 3, 2018
William Thomas Densborn...
William Thomas Densborn

William Thomas (Tom) Densborn, 95, of Logansport, passed away on Sunday November 5, 2017 in Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport, IN.

Born on March 13, 1922 in Star City IN, he was the son of the late William Thomas Sr. and Grace (Skillen) Densborn. On November 6, 1949 in Bloomington, Indiana Tom married Betty Jo Swearingen who survives.

Tom graduated from Indiana University School of Business in 1948. He was a Public Accountant who provided bookkeeping and tax preparation services. He also worked for State Farm Insurance Company as an insurance adjuster. Earlier in his career, Tom was the Controller for Jensen Implements (John Deere).

Tom served in the United States Marines during World War II, stationed in the Pacific Theatre, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was on the Board of Deacons and a member of The Baptist Temple, a member of Elks Lodge #66, member of the Jaycees, Tipton Masonic Lodge #33 as well as the Scottish Rite, American Legion Post #60 and V.F.W. Post #3790. He was on the Logansport Planning Commission and was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association.

Surviving along with Tom’s wife Betty Jo are three daughters, Denise K. (Edwin Cy) Burkhart, Richmond, IN; Beverly A. Reid, Noblesville, IN; Linda (Kevin) O’Brien, Logansport; two sons, Don (Kathryn) Densborn, Indianapolis, IN; Greg (Amy) Densborn, Logansport; eleven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am Friday Nov. 10, 2017 in the Gundrum Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery with full Military Honors.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Thursday Nov. 9, 2017 also in the Gundrum Funeral Home.

Born March 13, 1922
Initiated an Entered Apprentice My 29, 1974
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft January 29, 1975
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason May 3, 1975
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe November 5, 2017
James Richard Michael...
James R. Michael

James R. (Jimmy) Michael, 64, of Lucerne, passed away on October 17, 2017, at 6:21 p.m.

He was born to the late Harry Michael and Mildred (Millie) (Lyons) Lumbirt on September 20, 1953, in Logansport.

Jimmy graduated from Logansport High School in 1972, and led a successful career managing Arone Hardware before retiring in 2016, after 45 years of service.
His passion of helping others could be seen through his dedicated work at the hardware store, not only locating needed items, but also finding other local services to make sure customers were satisfied. When his booming voice or contagious laugh was not filling the aisles of the store, he was off enjoying many other leisurely activities.

Jimmy was a member of the Shrine Club of Logansport, the Elks Lodge, Sons of the American Legion, the Moose Lodge, and the Southside Community Beautification Committee.

His pastime pleasures included quilting, canning, caring for his animals and pets, socializing, and pranking his loved ones. Most of all Jimmy valued spending time, caring for, and helping the people he loved, his friends and family.

Preceding him in death were his father, Harry Michael; mother, Mildred (Lyons) Lumbirt; step-father, Carl Lumbirt; and loved ones, Joseph Arone, and Joel and Nicholas Arone.

Jimmy’s remaining family by affection includes his partner, Jeffrey Weaver, Lucerne; Patricia Arone (Gordon Wilson), Logansport; Jerilyn Smith (Steven A.), Logansport; Jaime Smith (Nikki), Logansport; Paige Johansen-Schrum (Patrick, Jordan, Joel, Jenna), Logansport; Melissa Smith (Brody, Isabella), Royal Center; Elizabeth Lantz (Jonathan, Sawyer, Isaiah), Logansport; Debi Miller, Logansport; Ryan Miller (Tabitha), Nyona Lake; Rhett Miller (Stacy, Wyatt, Emmett), Carrboro; Alex Cosgray (Amanda, Willow), Monticello; Tyler Cosgray (Bella), Star City; Rachel Ruff (Justin), Monticello; and Nicole Foutch (Cole), Monticello.

The service will be at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Kroeger Funeral Home, with Fr. Stanislaw Tabor officiating.

Family and friends may call between the hours of 10:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m., also on Saturday at the funeral home. A Shriners Walk-by will be at 12:45 p.m.

Interment will follow the service at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Born September 20, 1953
Initiated an Entered Apprentice April 12, 2003
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft April 12, 2003
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason April 12, 2003
Called Home To the Supreme Architect of the Universe October 17, 2017
Kenneth L. Taylor...
Kenneth L. Taylor

SFC (Ret) Kenneth L. Taylor, 74, Logansport, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 17, 1943, to the late Edwin and Marabell (McAlister) Taylor. Ken graduated from LHS in 1962. On February 27, 1965, he married the love of his life, Nancy Szewczyk, and they raised three wonderful daughters.

Ken was proud of his 27 years of military service as a Drill Sargeant in the United States Army Reserve. During those years, he formed friendships which continued throughout his life.

He enjoyed his golf buddies, his class of '62 dinners at West Side Diner, and the breakfast group at Bullshippers. Ken loved making his rounds to visit with friends,

Ken never met a stranger and could turn a 10-minute shopping trip into 2 hours because he would start a conversation with anyone. He had a heart of gold and a giving spirit. He was always first to offer his help whenever needed.

He was a proud Democrat and a staunch union member and officer. He believed in, and worked for, the right of everyone to earn a living wage and to enjoy a stable and secure lifestyle. Ken was also a member of the American Legion, the Walton Masonic Lodge #423, and the Scottish Rite. Most of all, Ken loved his family. He was a wonderful husband, a loving father, a caring father-in-law, and an adoring grandfather and great-grandfather. His face lit up when talking about or looking at pictures of his grand/great-grandchildren. Whether it was wrestling matches in the tent on grandkids overnights, going fishing, river walking, cheering on the sidelines at their various sporting events, or coaching his daughter's softball team, he thoroughly enjoyed his time with them.

Surviving with his wife are his daughters, Anita (Bob) Vernon, Grabill; Jenny (Jeff) Marshall, Winston-Salen, NC; and Julie (Jeff) Stanley, Indianapolis; his sister, Sharon Bradshaw, Louisville, KY; Grandchildren, Alex (Samantha) Filbey, Brandon (Natalie) Filbey, Lee (Gigi) Vernon, Nicole Vernon, Gage, Bowen, and Rachael TerBush, Ben, Matthew, Caleb, and Morgan Marshall, Jason Taylor, and Ethan, Caleb, Meghan, and Joel Stanley; Great-grandchildren Braelynn Huddleston and Sofia Filbey. He was dearly loved by his brothers and sisters-in-law as well as his many nieces and nephews. Services will be Saturday, July 22nd, at Gundrum Funeral Home at 5 P.M. beginning with the Masonic service followed by a celebration of life. Friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. Interment will be Tuesday, July 25th, at 10 A.M. at Mt. Hope's Legion Circle with military rites.
Troy Lee Kennell Sr....
Troy Lee Kennell Sr.

Troy Lee Kennell, Sr., age 59, Logansport, passed away at 10:19 p.m. on Monday, July 3, 2017, in his residence.

Born April 25, 1958, in Logansport, he was the son of Chester C. and Barbara J. Hess Kennell.

On September 1, 1979, in Logansport, he was married to Lisa Conrad, who survives.

Troy was employed as Field Promotions Manager for Promotions, Inc. of Wabash, Indiana. He had also been employed at Trelleborg Manufacturing and Gangloff Industries.

He was a member of Tipton Masonic Lodge #33, Logansport Shrine Club, Sons of the American Legion and former member of the Logansport Elks.

He enjoyed being a member of the Legion Riders and hanging with his friends and his beloved dog, Hobo.

In addition to his wife, Troy is survived by a son, Troy Lee Kennell, Jr., Logansport; brother, Chester C. Kennell, Max, ND; father- and mother-in-law, Jim and Patty Conrad, brothers- and sister-in-law, Jim Conrad, Jr., George and Pam Conrad, Mark and Sue Conrad, John and Sharon Conrad and Lora and Henry Heckathorn; two half-sisters, Jane and Marcie.
A half-brother, Larry Kennell and sister-in-law, Jane Conrad, preceded him in death.

A Memorial Visitation will be from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Kroeger Funeral Home, 711 East Market Street, Logansport.

Born April 25, 1958
Initiated Feb. 25, 2012
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft Feb. 25, 2012
Raised to the Subline Degree of a Master Mason Feb. 25, 2012
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe July 3, 2017
Ernest J. Watson, 50 AWG...
Ernest J. Watson

Ernest J. Watson Jr., 98 of Logansport, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Hearth at Stones Crossing in Greenwood, IN. Born on March 7, 1919 in Logansport; he was the son of the late Ernest J. Watson Sr. and Katherine M. Heitzman. On March 31, 1946 in Logansport he married Juanita L. Young who preceded in death on May 26, 2012.

Ernie was an electrician and was the owner and operator of Watson Electric in Logansport. He also was formerly involved with his brother in running Watson's Appliance Store.

He was a lifelong member of Cross Wind United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #60, V.F.W. Post #3790, William Paca Lodge #2366, Royal Center Order of Eastern Star Lodge #375 and Tipton Masonic Lodge #33. Ernie served in the Army during WWII and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathy (Daniel) Rice, Greenwood, IN; Karen (Doug) Coddington, Mooresville, IN; five grandchildren, Ryan (Judi) Coddington; Darryn (Kayla) Coddington; Monica (Chris) Wright; Alan Rice and fiance Laura Zoibi; and Brett Rice; great grandchildren, Kayden Coddington; Camron Coddington; and Drew Coddington.

He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Watson; and three brothers, Carl, Donald, and Harold Watson.
A masonic service will be held at 1:50 PM in the funeral home.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Upton officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Logansport with full military rites.

Visitation will be held from Noon until the time of service on Wednesday.

Born March 7, 1919
Initiated an Entered Apprentice November 11, 1942
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 5, 1943
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason February 6, 1943
Received his 50 Year Award of Gold September 3, 1993
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe June 23, 2017
Frank Thomas Bauer, 50 AWG...
Frank Thomas Bauer

Frank Thomas Bauer formerly of Logansport, passed away Saturday April 27th, 2017.

Tom graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a degree in radio and television. He was a first lieutenant in the US Air Force and a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Tipton Masonic Lodge #33 and Westport Road Baptist Church. In 1957, he began an illustrious 35 year career at WHAS-TV in Louisville, Ky. Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ann.

He is survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Tom and Stephanie Johnson, and their three sons of Castaic, California. There will be no Louisville services.

Born August 7, 1930
Initiated an Entered Apprentice June 4, 1952
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft June 13,1952
Raised to the Subline Degree of Master Mason June 18, 1952
Received his 50 Year Award of Gold June 30, 2003
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe April 22, 2017
William Jesse Benson, 50 AWG...
William Jesse Benson

William Jesse Benson, age 94, Logansport, passed away at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Lake Placid, Florida.

Born November 13, 1922, in Logansport, he was the son of William Jacob and Faye Laysine Callaway Benson.

He was married to Shirley Jean Reed, who preceded him in death on June 2, 2013.

Jesse was employed as a fireman, later engineer, for the Pennsylvania Railroad/ConRail, from where he retired. He was also a farmer in Noble Township.
He was a member of Tipton Lodge #33, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, Murat Temple and Logansport Shrine Club. He supported Shriners Hospitals for Children.

A 1940 graduate of Royal Center High School, Jesse enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943 and served during World War II. He was an engineer equipment operator, which was a fancy term for a “demolition man as Jesse once remarked. He was also within 200 yards of Iwo Jima when the flag was raised. During his war-time service he was engaged in the Japanese front, serving in several locations.

Surviving are sons, Curtis (Peggy) Benson, Lucerne, and Stanley Benson, Carthage, Texas; five grandchildren, Joshua Benson, Stephanie Frank, Tony (Angie) Corn, Jerica (Phil) Weaver and Linsey (Kyle) Reed; seven great grandchildren, Joshua Benson, Jr., Elaine Frank, Jenna Weaver, Blaine Weaver, Eli Reed, Loralei Reed and Rheatta Reed; several nieces and nephews.

Four brothers, Willard, Perry, Marion and Guy, sister, Iris Harry, step-brother, John Ridenour and step-sister, Carolyn Ridenour, preceded him in death.

The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Kroeger Funeral Home, with Kelly Spencer officiating.

Burial with full military honors will be in Davis Cemetery, Burnettsville.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, also at Kroeger Funeral Home, where a Masonic Service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Shrine Club tribute.

Born November 11, 1922
Initiated an Entered Apprentice May 22, 1946
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 11, 1948
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason October 14, 1948
Received his 50 Year Award of Gold October 16, 1998 Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe March 9, 2017
Gene Hardy, 50 AWG...
Gene Hardy

Gene Hardy, 85, of Sebring, Florida, formerly of Logansport, IN, passed away at 6:06 a.m. on Monday, Feb 27th 2017 at White Oaks Healthcare Campus, Monticello.

Born March 1, 1931, in Greentown, IN, he was the son of the late Floyd and Verna (Weaver) Hardy. Gene had six brothers and sisters and is the last Hardy of his generation.

On August 9, 1953, in Logansport, he was married to Marjorie "Marge" Swayze Hardy. She preceded him in death April 20, 1995. On November 12, 2008, in Florida, he was married to Lois L. (Watson) Hardy, who survives.

Gene was a 1949 graduate of Metea High School. He entered the United States Army in 1952 serving during the Korean War. As a result of his valor in service to his country, he was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

In 1992, Gene retired from Steinberger Construction where he had worked as a carpenter for over 50 years. He supervised many construction sites all over north central Indiana, including the Logansport Library. He was a member of the Carpenter's Union Local 615 in Logansport.

Gene was a member of River of Life Christian Church. For over 50 years, Gene was a member of Logansport's Tipton Masonic Lodge No. 33 F & AM. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3790 and an honorary member of the Elks Lodge No. 66. Gene enjoyed boating and camping, which he did almost every weekend with his family during the summer. On those weekends he loved to walk around making new friends and sharing his campfire with them. His warm sense of humor leaves his family with many happy memories and stories to tell. He enjoyed life to the fullest and especially loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving with his wife, Lois, are daughter, Diana (Evie Blackwood) Hardy, and two sons, Doug (Debbie) Hardy and Dave (Susan) Hardy; as well as six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd, at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport, IN, followed by a Masonic Service at 8 p.m.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4th, 2017, at Fisher Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Paula Neibert officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will take place at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport. A reception will follow at River of Life Christian Church, Logansport.

Born March 1, 1931
Initiated an Entered Apprentice April 23, 1958
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft May 16, 1958
Raised to Sublime Degree of a Master Mason June 11, 1956
Received his 50 Year Award of Gold June 4, 2008
Call Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe February 27, 2017
Gerald (Jerry) Lebo, 50 AWG...
Gerald (Jerry) Lebo

Jerry Lebo, 80 of Logansport, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 in his residence.

Born on January 26, 1937 in Logansport, he was the son of the late Francis and Marie (Enyeart) Lebo. On December 5, 1998 he married Helen Carmody who preceded in death on January 3, 2001.

Professionally, Jerry was a journalist, beginning as a cub reporter on the former Logansport Morning Press. He rose to the position of editor and later served on the copy desk of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal-Gazette. He became news editor of the brand new Franklin (Ind.) Daily Journal in 1963 when it became only the second offset printed newspaper in the state. He finished his career spending 27 years in the Indianapolis bureau of United Press International, including time as state editor and bureau manager.

Jerry was actively involved in the Indiana State Numismatic Association (LM-126) since 1980, when he was elected as historian-curator. He was editor of the quarterly ISNA News 1981-1995 with the exception of one year when he was ISNA second vice president. More recently, Jerry’s Numismatic interests have shifted from U.S. type coinage to U.S. paper money, especially Indiana material and fractional currency. He also gained interest in tokens but has ventured only sparingly into this area.

Jerry was elected governor of the American Numismatic Association in 2001. He was appointed chairman of Publications Committee, he served one term and did not seek re-election. Jerry was a frequent exhibitor at ISNA conventions, mostly non-competitively. He also judged at ISNA and CSNS conventions. In his First competitive exhibit (fractional currency, first issue) he won third place at the 1993 CSNS spring convention in Chicago. He was a Bourse Chairman of the ISNA annual convention from 1982 through 1988; Bourse Chairman for the Central States Numismatic Society spring conventions at Indianapolis in 1988 and 1994.
Jerry was President (1990 and 1996) of Indianapolis Coin Club; formerly its sergeant-at-arms and chairman of its junior program. He presented occasional programs at schools on behalf of ICC. Due to his service, he was awarded an ICC life membership in 1993 (only 14 such honorary memberships have been given by the club in 54 years.)

His memberships include: the Indiana State Numismatic Association, Central States Numismatic Society, American Numismatic Association, Indianapolis Coin Club, Logansport Coin Club, Marion Coin Club, Tipton Masonic Lodge # 33 (former Orient Lodge 272), Logansport; Scottish Rite, Fort Wayne; Murat Shrine, Indianapolis; and the Logansport Shrine Club.

Survivors include his beloved companion Carolyn Michael; son and his wife, Brent and Mindy Lebo, Weeki Wachee, FL; sister, Mary Jane Oswald, Houston, Texas; two granddaughters, Jessica and Brandon Forman, Colorado; and Rebecca Lebo, Florida; one niece, Jennifer Oswald Haney, Houston, TX.

A Masonic Service, followed by a Shriner’s Ceremonial Walkthrough and a funeral service will be held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Zehring officiating. A private burial will be held in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

Born January 26, 1937
Initiated an Entered Apprentice May 7, 1958
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft June 27, 1958
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason July 16, 1958
Received his 50 Year Award of Gold September 6, 2008
Call Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe February 11, 2017
Jerry was Raised a Master Mason in Orient Lodge #272, Orient Lodge merged with Tipton Lodge #33 and Jerry was Secretary Of Tipton in 2008.
James (Dynamite) Wayne McMahan, 50 AWG...
James(Dynamite) McMahan

James Wayne "Dynamite" McMahan, 74, of Rossville, formerly of Logansport, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, February 5, 2017, in Milner Community Healthcare, Rossville.

Born July 26, 1942, in Rensselaer, he was the son of the late H. Emerson and Mildred M. McMahan.

On Sept. 10, 1977, in Rensselaer, he was married to Jane (Patty) McMahan, who survives in Rossville.

Dynamite was a member of Tipton Masonic Lodge #33 in Logansport, IN, Burlington Masonic Lodge #111, Devol Masonic Lodge #196, Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine, both of Fort Wayne, York Rite, Logansport Shrine Club, Indianapolis Firearms Club and the Order of the Eastern Star in Camden.

A Masonic memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in the Tipton Masonic Lodge #33, located at 1307 Smith Street in Logansport. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Burial, at a later date, will be in Ball Hill Cemetery, Cutler.

Born July 26, 1942
Initiated an Entered Apprentice January 9, 1964
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft December 14, 1964
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master January 25, 1965
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold January 23, 2015
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe February 5, 2017
Charles Donald (Don) Beougher, P.M., 50 AWG, 50 Year Past Master...
Charles Donald Beougher

Charles Donald "Don" Beougher, 94, of Logansport, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 in the Golden Living Center, Kokomo.

Born, May 17, 1922, in Carroll County, he was the son of the late Charles Truman and Jesse Leon (Kirkpatrick) Beougher.

On May 18, 1947, in the Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church, he was married to Norma Jean (Warner) Beougher. She preceded him in death January 17, 2012.

Don was a graduate of Camden High School. Don served with the United States Army's 338th Engineering Corps in North Africa and Italy during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post 60 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3790. Don was honored to be selected for the Greater Lafayette Honor Flight in September 2014.

In 1986, Don retired from the former Hendrickson Chrysler Plymouth dealership where he was the service manager for over 35 years.

His strong faith was evident in everything he did throughout his life. Don's skillful hands created hundreds of crosses which he shared as his personal testimony for his Lord and Savior.

Don was a longtime member Wheatland Avenue Methodist Church. He was a member and Past Master of Loganpsort's Tipton Masonic Lodge No.33. He was also active in the York Rite Chapter, Council and Commandery. Don was also a past worthy patron of the Order of Eastern Star and was a member of the Royal Center Chapter No. 375. He was also active as a volunteer with the Masonic youth organizations Rainbow and DeMolay.

Gardening and working on cars were two of Don’s favorite pastimes. .In 1957, doing most all of the construction himself, Don built their family’s home on the south side of town.. From 1979-1995, Don enjoyed fishing and hosting hog roasts at the couple’s cottage on Big Monon.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Cheryl Beougher, of Logansport; three grandchildren, Kristi (Jeff) Hogue, Craig (Caryn) Beougher and Karen (Charlie) Allen;six great-grandchildren, Taelynn Hogue, Jaedren Hogue, MaeKenna Hogue, Katelynn Beougher, Kenzie Beougher and Wyatt Allen; and two sisters, Doris Sink, of Marion, and Joan Jackson, of Kokomo.

He was also preceded in death by his beloved son, Kenneth E.. Beougher, who died Sept. 9, 2009; two brothers, George and Willis Beougher; and one sister, Theresa Isaacs.

Initiated an Entered Apprentice September 22, 1948
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft October 9, 1948
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason November 3, 1948
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold November 3, 1998
Received his 50 years a Past Master Award May 3, 2006
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe December 5, 2016
Thomas Norman Todd...
Thomas Norman Todd

Thomas Norman Todd, 75, of LaPlace, Louisana, formerly of Logansport, passed away unexpectedly at 1:45 a.m. Monday, May 30, 2016, in Indianapolis.

Born July 29, 1940, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Paul Raymond Sr. and Ruth May (Potts) Todd.

On December 18, 1960, in Cass County, he was married to Nellie Jean (Ross) Todd. She preceded him in death on November 5, 1982.

Tom was a 1958 graduate of Washington Township High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Franklin College. Tom was a math and science teacher at Daniel Webster Elementary School. He had also worked in sales at Todd's Appliance Store.

As an ordained Baptist minister, Tom officiated at many weddings over the years.

He was a former member of Spring Creek Christian Church. Tom was a longtime member of Logansport's Tipton Masonic Lodge. He loved to travel. Tom had a lifelong love of the Indianapolis 500 Race and enjoyed watching the 100th running of the race on TV the day before his death. First and foremost in his life were his family. He loved being a grandpa and great-grandpa.

Surviving are daughter and son-in-law, Sandy J. and Mark Wandrei, also of LaPlace, Louisiana; sons Steven R. Todd of Logansport, and Jeffrey N. Todd, of Indianapolis; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Jerry Selk, of Florida, and Barb and Carl Wandrei, of Logansport; eight grandchildren: Amanda (Darrell) Button, Pamela (Robby) Brady, Kristina (Chris) Clement, Courtney (Josh) Wesselman, Sarah Todd, James Todd, Michelle Ace and Ashley Ace; and thirteen great-grandchildren: Audrey, Elizabeth, William, Piper, Penelope, Liam, Damien, Jacob, Evan, Bentley, Destiny, Briella and Anna.

He was preceded in death by brother, Paul Todd; sister Rosemary Todd; and grandson, Brad Wandrei.

Visitation hours will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Fisher Funeral Chapel.

A Masonic service will be held immediately after the visitation. Following the Masonic rites, a funeral service celebrating Tom's life will take place, officiated by Dawn Fisher.

Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Born July 24, 1940
Initiated an Entered Apprentice September 22, 1962
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 23, 1963
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason March 20, 1963
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe May 30, 2016
Dee Moyne Royer, 50 AWG...
Dee Moyne Royer

Dee M. Royer, 95, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at 9:00 p.m. on April 21, 2016 at Timbercrest Senior Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. Dee was born on April 26, 1920 to Howard R. and Betty L. (Fanning) Royer in Servia, Indiana. On February 19, 1944 Dee married Mildred Stackhouse, who later passed away on February 6, 2006. Dee then married A. Margaret Herring on August 11, 2007. Margaret passed away on December 27, 2014. Dee dedicated his life to helping others. He taught school for 32 years and served as administrator in several school systems for 11 years. He retired in 1980. He was a member of Masonic Blue Lodge #323, Logansport, Indiana; Scottish Rite, Indianapolis, Indiana; Mizpah Shrine Temple, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Good Sam RV Club Chapter 13; Holiday Ramblers Club Chapter 56; Retired Teachers of Wabash County; Indiana State Retired Teachers; Shepherds Center, North Manchester, Indiana; the North Manchester Historical Society; Rotary Club, North Manchester, Indiana; and a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church. He also served in the US Army from 1942-1943. Dee is survived by his nephew Tom (Cathie) Royer, Adrian, Michigan; one step-daughter Ann L. (Gregory) Hermann, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. He is preceded in death by one brother Max Royer. Friends and family may call Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel 2201 East Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor Larry Ray will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, 620 West 3rd Street, Rochester, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Dee M. Royer, memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash-Miami County Hospice, 400 Ash Street Suite B, Wabash, Indiana 46992 or the Wabash County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 144, North Manchester, Indiana. To send a private condolence to the Royer family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

Born April 26, 1920
Initiated an Entered Apprentice April 1, 1950
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft April 19,1950
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason March 3, 1950
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold August 25, 2000
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe April 21, 2016
Leo Lester Simms, 50 AWG...
Leo Lester Sims

Born September 26, 1924
Initiated an Entered Apprentice March 31, 1953
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft May 12, 1953
Raised to a Sublime Degree of Master Mason June 19, 1953
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold January 31, 2004
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe March 6, 2016

We were unable to find an Obituary on Brother Simms. If anyone can provide us with more information, we would like to get it posted.
Donald Gene Swisher, 50 AWG...
Donald Gene Swisher

Donald lived in Logansport, Indiana.

Born February 10, 1929
Initiated an Entered Apprentice January 24, 1962
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 17, 1962
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason March 31, 1962
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold April 7, 2014
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe December 22, 2015

We were unable to find an Obituary for Brother Swisher. If anyone can provide us with more information, we would like to get it posted.
John Joseph Ott...
John Joseph Ott

John J. Ott, age 74, Logansport, passed away at 10:55 p.m. on Sunday, September 6, 2015, at his residence.

Born May 1, 1941, in Logansport, he was the son of Leo and Noreena Rossi Ott.

On June 2, 1978, in Logansport, he was married to Carol Apt, who survives.

A 1960 graduate of Logansport High School, John retired in 2003 as a heavy equipment operator for Deichman Excavating.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children, Dennis Etnier, Colliersville, TN, Sheryl Etnier-Colon (Tony Colon), Dexter, MI, Eric (Shirley) Ott Logansport and Drew (Deb) Ott, Brookston, IN; brothers, Robert (Celeste) Ott, Logansport, William Ott, Noblesville, Thomas Ott, Logansport, Kenneth (Deb) Ott, Monticello; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Born May 1, 1941
Initiated an Entered Apprentice April 30, 1997
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 28, 1998
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason November 18, 1999
Called Home by the Supreme Architect of the Universe September 6, 2015
Ronald Lowell Popejoy...
Ronald Lowell Popejoy

Ronald Lowell Popejoy, 69, of Logansport, passed away at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015, in St. Vincent's Hospital, Kokomo.

Born February 1, 1946, in Lafayette, he was the son of the late Russell Lowell and Nola Pearl (Yergin) Popejoy.

On January 11, 1980, in Logansport, he married Teresa (Anderson) Popejoy, who survives.
A 1964 graduate of Royal Center High School, Ron attended Purdue University. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Ron owned and operated Popejoy Poultry of Lafayette, raising and processing poultry for commercial use. His largest customer was Purdue University. Ron was a longtime school bus driver for the Logansport Community School Corporation. His greatest joy was being the bus driver for the Berries Cheerleading squad.

Ron was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 60, Logansport's Tipton Masonic Lodge No. 33 and the Logansport Shrine Club.

Surviving with his wife are one son, Tony Popejoy of Indianapolis; one daughter-in-law, Amanda Dillon of Logansport; three grandchildren, Alex Jones, Elana Popejoy and Leila Popejoy; three brothers, Jim (Jenny) Popejoy of Lafayette, Larry (Karla) Popejoy and David Popejoy, all of Logansport; one sister Connie VanDyne of Logansport; his mother-in-law Shirley Anderson of Logansport; his father-in-law Jack (Donna) Anderson of Logansport; three half-sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Jonathon Popejoy.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Ron Popejoy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Fisher Funeral Chapel with Rev. Don Cline officiating.

Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2nd in the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cause for Paws.

Born February 1, 1946
Initiated an Entered Apprentice June 16, 2004
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft May 14, 2005
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason May 14, 2005
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe August 30, 2015
Steven L. Reynolds...
Steven L. Reynolds

Stephen L. Reynolds, 60, of Logansport, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born on November 21, 1954 in Logansport, he was the son of the late Melvin and Betty J. (DeWitt) Reynolds. Stephen had previously worked for General Tire, White Rodgers and Armour Eckrich. He was a 1974 graduate of Logansport High School, a member of the Logansport Shrine Club, Tipton Masonic Lodge Logansport In. #33 and the Local UAW 9212.
Surviving are two sons, Ryan Reynolds, Rolling Prairie, IN; Matthew Reynolds and Partner Lee Young, Galveston;grandson, Gavin Young; two granddaughters, Bailey & Rileigh Reynolds; three brothers, Jerry (Beverly) Reynolds, Logansport; Richard (Susan) Reynolds, New Waverly; George (Lois) Reynolds, Winamac; four sisters, Tona Heckathorn; Beverly Reynolds, both of Logansport; Debbie (Wayne) Erwin, Florida; Beth (Tom) Willy, Logansport; several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, August 15, 2015 in the Gundrum Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

Memorials may be made to the Logansport Shrine Club.

Born November 21, 1954
Initiated an Entered Apprentice April 4, 2009
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft April 4, 2009
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason April 4, 2009
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe August 11, 2015
James Elliott Miller, 50 AWG...
James Elliott Miller

Following is from Schoedinger Funeral Home web site.

James E. Miller, of Columbus, departed this life Saturday, August 1, 2015. He was 74. James grew up in Logansport, Indiana, son of the late Harry and Lena Miller. He was also preceded in death by brother, Merrill E. Miller.

James graduated from Indiana University and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired as a manager from Whirlpool Corp. (Findlay) where he worked for 30 years. James was a member of Riverside Methodist Church.
His focus was always his family and he loved the outdoors throughout his entire life, particularly fishing and camping. He was a man of integrity. His family is grateful for his lessons of kindness, compassion, and hard work. In his retirement years, he loved planning and cooking meals, taking care of his lawn, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

James was a devoted husband of 53 years to his high school sweetheart, Sharon Miller; loving father to sons, James E. "Chip" (Kathy) Miller, II of Fayetteville, Arkansas and J Matthew (Jenny) Miller of Marysville, Ohio; and grandfather of Logan, Jordan, Madeline, J Maxwell, and Olivia Miller. Memorial service will be held Sunday, September 6, 2015, at Riverside Methodist Church, 2701 Zollinger Rd., Columbus, Ohio.

Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the service at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor David Griebner officiating. Arrangements are by Schoedinger Northwest Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of James to Riverside Methodist Church, 2701 Zollinger Rd., Columbus, OH 43221. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com.

Born March 16, 1941
Initiated an Entered Apprentice March 16, 1962
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft April 20, 1962
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason June 19, 1963
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold June 27, 2013
Called Home by the Supreme Architect of the Universe August 1, 2015
Jack Alan Rice, 50 AWG...
Jack Alan Rice

Jack A. Rice, age 80, Clymers, passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Miller's Merry Manor.

Born August 16, 1934, in Logansport, he was the son of Cecil and Pearl Amoss Rice.

Jack retired in 1993 as chairman of the Mathematics Department at Logansport High School. He had taught mathematics, geometry and algebra for many years to generations of students.

A 1952 graduate of Logansport High School, Jack earned an A.B. degree from Ball State University and a M.S. degree from Purdue University.

He served in the Indiana National Guard.

Jack was a 50 year member of Tipton Masonic Lodge #33, York Rite and Fort Wayne Scottish Rite. He was also a staunch supporter and long-time member of the National Rifle Association. He was a member of the Organ Historical Society.

He had been the organist at Trinity Episcopal Church until recently, where he was also a member. Jack had also played the organ previously at Trinity Lutheran Church. Jack was proud of holding a Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists.
There are no immediate survivors. His church family survives, as well as friends, Myron Sink, Delphi, and Bert Chambers, Logansport.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Kroeger Funeral Home, where there will be a Tipton Masonic Lodge service at 7:30 p.m.

The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, with Father Clark Miller officiating. Gary Ramer will be organist.
Full interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Born August 16, 1934
Initiated an Entered Apprentice March 4, 1959
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft March 18, 1959
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason April 22, 1959
Received his 50-year Award of Gold May 6, 2009
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe July 14, 2015
William E. Lytle...
William E. Lytle

William E. Lytle, Sr., 88, of Logansport passed away at 8:50 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2015 at Chase Center in Logansport.

Born on March 22, 1927 in Logansport, he was the son of the late James William and Iva (Button) Lytle.
He was a 1945 Twelve Mile High School graduate.
On January 14, 1956 he married Wilma Reinholt, she survives.

Bill was a Railroad Trainman on the Pennsylvania Railroad- Penn Central and Conrail Railroad for 43 years retiring in 1989.

He was a member of Tipton Lodge #33 F&AM, Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine in Ft. Wayne. He was also a member of the Logansport Moose. Bill enjoyed playing music and played for many years in numerous bands.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Lytle of Logansport, daughters, Linda Lytle of Walton and Suzanne Suter (Tony) of Logansport, sons, William Lytle, Jr. (Paula) of Logansport, James Lytle (Kim) of Royal Center, Thomas Lytle (Jane) of Royal Center and Richard Lytle (Melissa) of Logansport. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.
He was also preceded in death by one infant son, brothers, Harlan Lytle, James Lytle and Lowell Lytle and sister, Retha Lytle Pearson.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2015 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m.,Thursday, July 9, 2015 at the funeral home and also one hour prior to the service on Friday. Masonic Service will be Thursday July 9th at 7:30 p.m.

Burial will be at Pisgah Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner''s Children's Hospital.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Lytle Family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

Born March 22, 1927
Initiated an Entered apprentice March 30 , 1966
Passed to the Degree of Fellow raft April 13, 1966
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason April 27, 1966
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe July 6, 2015
David Michael Wandrei, P.M....
David Michael Wandrei

David Michael Wandrei, 73, Logansport, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Mishawaka Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center following several weeks of severe illness.

Born February 8, 1942, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Carl and Anna (Schmidt) Wandrei.

On July 20, 1961, in Niles, Michigan, he was married to Julia (Cabiness) Wandrei, who survives.
Dave was a graduate of Logansport High Scho
ol. He was retired from the Chrysler Corporation where he had received BSN training as a tool and die maker.

Dave was an active member of Logansport's Tipton Masonic Lodge No. 33, the Logansport Shrine Club and the Murat Temple. He loved the out-of-doors where he could hunt and fish. Dave was an excellent cook and was known for his famous jerky recipe.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, Mark (Sandy) Wandrei, of LaPlace Louisiana and Scott (Shawn) Wandrei, of Charleston, South Carolina; one brother Carl (Barb) Wandrei, ofLogansport, three granddaughters, Amanda (Darrell) Button, Pamela (Robert) Brady and Kristina (Christopher) Clement; and one stepson, Hugh Alston; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister Sue Sandi; and one grandson Brad Wandrei.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20th in First United Methodist Church, 8th & East Broadway, with Rev. Dr. Dean Fager officiating.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

You may share memories and condolence messages and view his video tribute at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com

Service at First U.M. Church

Born February 8, 1942
Initiated an Entered Apprentice November 28, 1979
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft January 2, 1980
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason January 16, 1980
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe June 7, 2015
Roger Merlin Ide, 50 AWG...
Roger Merlin Ide

Roger Merlin Ide, 90, of Logansport passed away Friday May 22, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Logansport.

Born on November 3, 1924 in Logansport, Roger was the son of the late Clay B. and Charlotte (Morgan) Ide. On October 29, 1950 in Logansport he married Margaret Ann Gotshall who survives, and they enjoyed sixty four years together as a couple.

Roger was a member of the American Legion Post 60, V.F.W. Post 3790, Indiana and American Societies of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisersf, and Webb Chapel United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Roger served on and was Past President of the Pioneer School Board and was a former member of the Cass County Council and Cass County Commissioners.

Roger was a 1942 graduate of Logansport High School and a 1950 graduate of Purdue with a degree in Agriculture. While at Purdue, he served as president of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, sang in the Glee Club, and played one year of football. Roger volunteered for service in World War II in December of 1942, following his two brothers who had previously enlisted. He served on an Army Hospital Ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, which treated wounded and traumatized soldiers.

Roger's warm smile and winning personality endeared him to all who knew him. He was quick with a joke and he possessed a keen sense of humor. He was a kind, principled man whose integrity and leadership qualities set him apart from the rest.

Roger loved spending time with his wife Margaret, his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He could often be found outdoors working in the garden, tending his roses, or just enjoying a walk in the woods. He had a special fondness for trees and wildlife. He always believed you should leave things better than you found them.

Surviving along with his wife Margaret, are three sons, Larry (Kristin) Ide; David (Cheryl) Ide; Dennis (Sabrena) Ide, all of Logansport; two daughters, Linda (Bill) Bergstrom, Savannah, GA; Cheryl Ann (Steven) Rooke, Fishers; thirteen grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister Charlene Apfelstadt; two brothers, Claire and Carroll (Bud) Ide.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Shiloh Christian Church with Pastor Tim McKaig, Pastor Angel Rea and Pastor Bill Bergstrom officiating. A burial will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery with full military graveside rites.

A visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 11:00 am until time of services.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Webb Chapel United Methodist Church.

Born November 3, 1964
Initiated an Entered Apprentice September 22, 1948
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 19, 1949
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason June 22, 1949
Received his 50-year Award of Gold June 22, 1999
Called Home to the SUpreme Architect of the Universe May 22, 1015
Gayle E. (Gizzy) Smith, 50 AWG...
Gayle E. (Gizzy) Smith

Gayle E. (Gizzy) Smith, age 93, Logansport, passed away at 11:47 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at his residence.

Born in Detroit on March 30, 1922, he was the son of Jesse and Ruth Ayres Smith.

On April 17, 1945, he was married in Logansport to Winifred E. Skelton, who preceded him in death on September 24, 1986.

A 1942 graduate of Logansport High School, Gizzy served in the United States Marine Corps following graduation. He was a member of the American Legion Post 60 and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3790.

He was a proud member of the Logansport Fire Department, retiring in 1968. Members of the Logansport Fire Department will provide an honor guard for the service.

He then worked at Wilson Foods, retiring in 1983. He also operated Smith Mowing.

Gayle was also a 50-year member of Tipton Lodge #33 F&AM. He attended Cross-Wind United Methodist Church.

Gizzy enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and his dogs Sam and Bruiser. He also enjoyed eating breakfast at Bullshippers Cafe.

Surviving are his children, Gail (Alan) Kaufman, Logansport, Joseph (Carolyn) Smith, Greentown and John (Patty) Smith, Logansport; son-in-law, Joseph Hayes, Walton; ten grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
A daughter, Susan Hayes, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Kroeger Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
The funeral will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015, also at Kroeger Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. George Plasterer officiating.
The family requests casual clothing for those attending the visitation or funeral.
Interment will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Cass County. Uniformed members of the United States Marine Corps and the local Veteran's Honor Guard Detail will provide full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, or any favorite charity.

Born March 30, 1922
Initiated an Entered Apprentice December 1, 1955
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft December 14, 1955
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason February 22, 1955
Received his 50-year Award of Gold May 14, 2008
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe April 21, 2015
John W. (Jack) Harvey , 50 AWG...
John W. (Jack) Harvey

John W. "Jack" Harvey, 92, of Logansport, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2015 in his grandson's home in Florida.

Born January 22, 1923, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Edward and Lillie (Simpson) Harvey. He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Ann "Toots" (Streu) Harvey on January 24, 1943, in the former Market Street United Methodist Church.

Jack was a 1941 graduate of Royal Center High School, a member of the Cross-Wind United Methodist Church and a 60+ year member of the Freemasonry.

Jack worked on the railroad in his early years and served two terms as Cass County Recorder from the mid-1970's to early 1980's.

In 1945, Jack and Toots opened Harvey's Drive-In Restaurant at the corner of Market and Wilkinson streets. They installed a counter and eight stools, a pop cooler and grill and opened on the Fourth of July of that year, offering curb service. Harvey's was one of the first drive-ins in this community. For over 50 years, Jack and Toots worked side-by-side in their popular establishment.

Jack also had a life-long passion for horses which he shared graciously with his family and friends.

Surviving are his sister, Jean (Harvey) Cantrell Ohio; sister-in-law, Betty Streu, Logansport; two granddaughters, Kimberly Minniear and husband, Clyde of Carmel and Beth Skaggs and husband Wayne of Atlanta, GA; grandson, John Arthington and Victoria Losser of Punta Gorda, FL, seven great-grand children, Adrian Morrissey and husband Jason, Garrett Minniear and fiancé Cassie, Jonathon, Spencer and Samuel Skaggs, Anne Marie and Emma Arthington, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by, daughter Sarah Ann "Sally" Clark on March 24, 2011 and wife, Margaret Ann "Toots" Harvey on April 19, 2011, one brother, Lionel Harvey, and one sister, Ione (Harvey) Scanlan.

Funeral Information

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, in Fisher Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dr. George Plasterer officiating.

Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Born January 22, 1923
Initiated an Entered Apprentice February 9, 1949
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft June 15, 1949
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason May 24, 1950
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold May 26, 2000
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe April 16, 2015
Charles Emerson Calloway, 50 AWG...
Charles Emerson Calloway

Charles E. Calloway, 78, of Logansport, passed away Monday May 4, 2015 at 2:50 AM in Woodbridge Health Campus.

Born May 30, 1936 in Logansport to the late Charles Quincy and Gladys F. "Maxon" Calloway. On October 12, 1963 in Logansport he married Judith R. Moyer who preceded in death on September 18, 1987.

Charles was a former general contractor and a distributor for Wick Homes in Michigan. He was also currently employed at the Logansport Home Depot. Charles was a Army Veteran of the Korean war and a member of the National Rifle Association, V.F.W. Post #3790, American Legion Post #60, Tipton Masonic Lodge # 33, Murat Temple of Indianapolis, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis and Elks Lodge #66. Charles was a 1954 graduate of Logansport High School and was a 1959 graduate of Indiana University

Survivors include his daughter, Candace (Jerrid) Bellamy, Logansport; two grandchildren, Rylee and Ross Bellamy, Logansport; companion, Linda Schlick, Logansport; one niece and several nephews.

One sister, Betty Murphy, and two brothers, Carl and Robert Calloway, preceded in death.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in the Gundrum Funeral Home with pastor Dean Snyder officiating. Burial will follow in the Crooked Creek Cemetery with full military rites.

Visitation will be from noon until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhone.

Born May 30 , 1936
Initiated an Entered Apprentice November 8, 1957
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft November 27, 1957
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason December 21 1957
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold May, 7, 2008
Called home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe May 4, 2015
Eugene Perry (Sam) Hanawalt, 50 AWG...
Eugene Perry (Sam) Hanawalt

Eugene Perry (Sam) Hanawalt, 83, of Logansport, passed away at 9:40 p.m. Monday, February 23, 2015, in Chase Center.

Born January 10, 1932, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Russell and Hannah Mae (Roller) Hanawalt.

On February 12, 1961, in First U.M. Church, he was married to Sonja L. Hollingsworth Hanawalt, who survives.

Sam was a 1951 graduate of Logansport High School.

In 1994, Sam retired from RBM/Essex Wire where he had worked as chief draftsman in the engineering department for forty-four years.

A man of great faith, Sam was longtime member of First United Methodist Church where he was active in many areas and served nine years on the missions committee. Reading the Bible every day was an important part of his routine.

Sam was a member of Logansportfs Tipton Masonic Lodge #33 and the York Rite organizations: Chapter, Council and St. Johnfs Commandry. He had also served as secretary of the Logansport Model Airplane Club.

Surviving with his wife of 54 years are one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Karen Hanawalt, of Indianapolis; one daughter and son-in-law Susan and Jason Peters, of Westfield; two brothers, Jason Hanawalt, of Hawaii and Allen Hanawalt (wife Joan) of Logansport; two sisters, Kathleen Ritter (husband Jim) of Greencastle and Nancy Logan (husband Dan) of Royal Center; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Hanawalt, of Winamac; three grandchildren, Jake, Sara and Lauren Hanawalt; four step-grandchildren, Nathan, Luke, Elizabeth and Amelia Peters; two step-great-grandchildren, Bryson and Estelle; and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, Charles Hanawalt, preceded in death.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Sam Hanawalt will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015, in Fisher Funeral Chapel with Dr. Dean Fager officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service in the funeral chapel.

It was Sam's wish that his earthly body be donated to the Indiana University Anatomical Board to advance the study of medicine. We rejoice in the knowledge that his new Heavenly body is free to walk and run with crutches cast aside. Inurnment, at a later date, will take place at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church.

You may light a candle of hope in remembrance of Sam, share condolences in his guestbook and view his video tribute online at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

Born January 10, 1932
Initiated an Entered Apprentice February 1, 1956
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft March 14, 1956
Raised to the Sublime degree of Master Mason April 14, 1956
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold June 7, 2006
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe February 23, 2015
John Anthony Eklem, 50 AWG...
John Anthony Eklem

John Anthony Eklem, 90, Kokomo, passed away peacefully February 3rd, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo with his family by his side.

He was born September 15, 1924 in Logansport, first born son of Anthony & Zantheppe (Demetriou) Eklem.

John was a 1942 graduate of Logansport High School. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in WWII and the Korean Conflict. In 1952, John graduated with a BSME from Purdue University. On April 28, 1956 he married Betty Jane Cassis.

In 1981, John retired from Delco Electronics after 27 years of service. In 1984, he also retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve as Lieutenant Commander. His memberships include the Naval Reserve Association, Military Officers Association of America and Naval Academy Information Officer where he recruited students for Annapolis Naval Academy for 40 years. John was an active member of St. Andrew Episcopal Church for over three decades and served as treasurer, vestry member and layman. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #6 in Kokomo, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8035 in Kokomo and the Elks Club #66 in Logansport. John was also the AARP Tax-Aide Sr. District Coordinator and a member of the AARP Chapter #464 in Kokomo. He was involved in the Kiwanis Club of Kokomo as the Golden K Secretary. For over 51 years he had been associated with the F&AM in Logansport along with the Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis. John was a member of Tipton Lodge #33, Murat Shrine of Indianapolis, and Kokomo Shrine Club where he transported over 100 families to the Shrine Hospital in Chicago. He was a member of the Howard County Historical Society, and Kokomo Senior Center. John was also involved for 50 years in the United Commercial Travelers Club #494, a faithful blood donor for the American Red Cross and volunteered at election sites for many years.

John was very proud of his Greek heritage and spent many hours reading and researching his family history.

A special thanks to his friends and family who visited and helped keep him active in the community the last two years.

John was a pillar to his family, his church and to the community. He always had a smile on his face and gave us all a reason to enjoy life and be thankful.

John is survived by his wife Betty, son John Alan Eklem, daughters, Julie (John) Dale and Jennifer (Blake) Rollins; grandchildren, Katherine (Jeremy) Moore, Philip Eklem, Domenica Eklem, Alexander Eklem, David Eklem, Dorian Dale, Brin'na Rollins, Grace Rollins; great-grandchild, Johnathon Moore.

John is preceded in death by his parents, brother, James Eklem Sr, and sister, Lou Donato.

A Requiem Mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 20, 2015, at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 602 West Superior Street, Kokomo, with Fr. Richard Lightsey officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. Friends may call on the family from 11:00 am until time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Johnfs name to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimerfs Association or St. Andrew Episcopal Church. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Born September 15, 1924
Initiated an Entered Apprentice September 21, 1955
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft January 7, 1956
Raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason January 25, 1956
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold May 3, 2006
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe February 3, 2015
Earl (Bruce) Gallaher...
Earl (Bruce) Gallaher

Earl (Bruce) Gallaher, 82, Burnettsville, passed away at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at his home surrounded by family.


Born the oldest of five children on Nov. 26, 1932, at home in Cass County, he was the son of the late William M. and Ruth Leona (Myers) Gallaher. In 1952, he married A. Faith (McCall) Gallaher. In 1999, he married Judy K. (Smith-Cosgray) Gallaher.

His first employment was on his unclefs farm. He worked on the railroad and remembered some pranks they played. He was a farmer for the most part of his adulthood. During the winters, he worked at RCA and Harnischfeger/Chemtron, both in Monticello. He owned a fuel oil tanker and hauled for Standard Oil/Overway Petroleum in Logansport. He also had a private pilot license. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling to warmer climates for the winter months. He enjoyed playing cards, especially when he was winning. He met his wife, Judy, while participating in a horseshoe league. He had a love for antique cars, trucks and of course, tractors. He also enjoyed bluegrass music.

Bruce was a member of Shrinerfs International, Logansport Shrine Club, Tipton Lodge No. 32 of Logansport, White County Shrine Club, Fatherfs Auxiliary Department of Indiana Veterans of Foreign Wars and served nine years in the Indiana National Guard. He was also a member of Bell Center Bible Church.

He is survived by his wife, Judy K. Gallaher, Burnettsville; two sons, Steven B. (Rhonda) Gallaher and Dennis W. (Barb) Gallaher, both of the Lake Cicott area; two daughters, Linda C. Steele, Benton, Ark., and Sharon D. (Wilferd) Harrison, Akron; two stepsons, Shannon M. (companion, Ronda) Smith, Indianapolis, and Shane L. (Summer) Smith, Plainfield; grandchildren, Jasmine, Indianapolis, Brooke, Higginson, Ark., Wendell B. gBub," Crossett, Ark., Joshua, Columbus, Ohio, Kayla and Adam, both of Akron; stepgrandchildren, Jenna and Jayson, Plainfield, Donna, Kokomo, and Sara, Logansport; two brothers, Burt (Ruthann) Gallaher, Logansport; and Mike (Sue) Gallaher, Mansfield; sister, Kathryn M. Nethercutt-Norlin, Logansport; sister-in-law, Erika Gallaher, Lake Cicott; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, William M. Gallaher.

Born November 26, 1932
Initiated an Entered Apprentice October 2, 1991
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 22, 1992
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason May 27, 1992
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe January 22, 2015
John Robert Vietti...
John R. Vietti

John R. Vietti, 83, Logansport, passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.


Born Aug. 17, 1931, in Springfield, Ill., he was the son of the late John J. and Esther G. (Goodwin) Vietti. On Oct. 17, 1954, in Logansport, he married Becky J. Fettig, who survives.

John was the former owner and operator of John's Homestyle Hot Dog Sauce. He operated the business until 1989 and then worked for Cass County Machine and Enterprise Car Rental. John was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, the American Legion Post 60, Tipton Masonic Lodge #33 F&AM and United Commercial Travelers.

Surviving along with his wife, Becky, are two daughters, Gina (Greg) Maxwell, Fort Wayne, and Deanna (Brian) Myers, Fishers; two sons, John A. (Jennifer) Vietti, and Dean (Laura) Vietti, both of Logansport; seven grandchildren, Christian Maxwell, Drew, Madison, Marni and Matthew Myers, Trevor and Tyler Vietti.

A celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, in Gundrum Funeral Home, with Pastor Dean Fager officiating. Burial with full military graveside rites will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday.

Memorials may be made to the Cass County Humane Society or First United Methodist Church, Logansport.

Born August 17, 1931
Initiated an Entered Apprentice March 29, 1967
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft June 14, 1967
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason September 22, 1967
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe December 26, 2014
John T. Beale, 50 AWG...
John T. Beale

Tom Brokaw called it the greatest generation. Early Saturday morning it lost a great one. John T. Beale, 93, husband of Marion Lou Beale, went to his well earned reward in heaven. J.T. was a very interesting guy. He was an excellent basketball player for Logansport High School, graduated from high school, got married and immediately was serving in the US Navy on a carrier extremely involved in the South Pacific during World War II. He started training as a tool and die maker after graduating from the Ford Trade School in Detroit, Michigan, hence his drive for perfectionism in every area of his life. John started 3 successful businesses, T & L Tool and Die, and Co-tronics, a plastic injection molding company in Logansport, Indiana, and along with his wife Lou started Five Point Shoes in Lafayette, Indiana in addition to raising 4 beautiful kids, then added a "5th kid" who was immediately the oldest at 18 when his parents and grandma died.

Yes, John was exceptional. His mantra throughout his life was FAMILY! That came first! No compromise, no hesitation, just simply FAMILY. John loved his children and grandchildren, always asked about them and was thrilled when they visited. He had a great sense of humor and had the most devastating mischievous smile. His mind was awesome and he taught attention to detail. An example was when he told one of his children, ".007 on the micrometer is not .008. If the customer wanted .007 he would have specified it in the blueprints!" He taught the value of trying to be the best at all you do.

John was a true gentleman totally devoted to his wife Lou. From dating in high school until he transitioned to heaven John and Lou were a team. One of his last comments was, "Is Lou o.k. with this?" An hour later he left us physically, but like loved ones everywhere, he will definitely be in our lives. He made a difference in so many of our lives, will be missed dearly, referred to daily, and his love, influence and dedication will stay with us until we meet again. Happy Trails JT!

John T. Beale

Born : March 19, 1921 Logansport, Indiana.

Relocated to be with Jesus: August 29, 2014 at 12:46 a.m.

Married to wife Marion Lou Beale October 3, 1942.

Survived by:Gene Alber of La Porte, Indiana, Pam (Bill) Mickler, and Kris (Mike) Buchmiller of Lafayette, Indiana, Tom (Lena) Beale, of Pretoria, South Africa, and Lisa Beale of Carmel, Indiana.

17 Grandchildren, 27 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.

Proceeded in death by a brother and 5 sisters.

John Beale was a founding member of Victory Christian Center and a member of the finance committee. Visitation will be Thursday from 5Pm-8Pm Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Lafayette,IN 47909. Funeral Service Friday 10:00AM Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel with military honors to follow. Burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Logansport at a later time. You may sign the guest book and leave memories at www.soller-baker.com

Born March 19,, 1921
Initiated an Entered Apprentice June 27, 1944
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft June 30,1944
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason July 4, 1944
Received his fifty-year of Gold July 4, 1994
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe August 29, 2014
David Eugene Petrie, 50 AWG...
David E. Petrie

Born April 12, 1922
Initiated an Entered Apprentice June 14, 1947
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft September 5, 1947
Raised to The Sublime Degree of Master Mason September 10, 1947
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold September 10, 1997
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe February 11, 2013

We were unable to find an Obituary on Brother Petrie. If anyone can provide us with more information, we would like to get it posted.
Richard Eugene Dawson, 50 AWG...
Richard E. Dawson

Born March 22, 1928
Initiated an Entered Apprentice September 15, 1951
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft April 9, 1952
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason May 7, 1953
Received his fifty-year Award of Gold December 30, 2003
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe Feb. 11, 2013

We were unable to find an Obituary on Brother Dawson. If anyone can provide us with more information, we would like to get it posted.
Robert Walter (Bob) Heckard 50 AWG...
Robert Walter (Bob) Heckard

Robert W. Heckard, 89, Logansport, died at 1:47 P.M. Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.

Born January 4, 1922, in Cass County, he was the son of William and Gertrude Moss Heckard. He was married August 29, 1943, to Dorthy Lucile Klepinger, who preceded him in death January 18, 2005.

Bob was a retired farmer and school bus driver.

He was a member of Webb Chapel United Methodist Church, Tipton Masonic Lodge 33, Logansport York Rite, and Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis. Bob also was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II and the Korean War.

Surviving are sons John Heckard and wife Sandy, of Logansport, David Heckard and wife Brenda Sue, of Berne, and William Heckard and wife Edna, Seneca, S.C.; daughters Rosemary Lafrance and husband, Pierre, and Susan Dowd and husband, John, all of Indianapolis; daughter-in-law Brenda Kay Heckard of Logansport; 12 grandchildren, Lisa Ecker and husband Jason, Michael Heckard, Robert Heckard III and wife Heather, Abigail Miller and husband Brice, Matthew Heckard and wife Jessica, Jenna Norris and husband Daniel, Kimberly Pursch and husband Jeff, Jill Porter and husband Sam, and Samuel, Daniel, Benjamin, and Jeremiah Heckard; and 10 great-grandchildren, Nicole Heckard, Bryon Ecker, Shailin Heckard, Megan Ecker, Cody Heckard, Jordyn Dowd, Makenzie Pursch, Max Dowd, Alexander Pursch, and Reijah Norris.

He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Heckard II, one brother, Allen W. Heckard, and one sister, Emily Chambers.

Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday at Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Bergstrom officiating. Masonic services will be held at 7:30 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial, with full military graveside rites, will be in Keeps Creek Cemetery, Clymers.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Webb Chapel U.M. Church building fund.

Sign the guest book and send condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

Born January 4, 1922
Initiated an Entered Apprentice November 14, 1953
Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft November 28, 1953
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason December 23, 1953
Received his 50-year Award of Gold January 31, 2004
Called Home to the Supreme Architect of the Universe October 4, 2011

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