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Obituaries

Here is a list of obituaries in the Conference.

Guard, Donald E.

DONALD E. GUARD of Leesburg, Ind., 85, father-in-law of the Rev. Dale Mendenhall, senior pastor of High Street United Methodist Church in Muncie in the East District, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Home, 2290 Provident Court in Warsaw, Ind., with the Rev. Mendenhall officiating. Survivors include: his wife of 61 years, Susan Guard of Leesburg; three daughters, Peggy...

Burton, Patricia

PATRICIA BURTON of Franklin, Ind., widow of the late Rev. Dr. William Burton, a deceased Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in Wright Chapel at the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson Street in Franklin, Ind. with the Rev. John Eley officiating. A time of reception and visitation will also take place in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.

Van Haften, Alice F.

ALICE F. VAN HAFTEN of Grand Rapids, Mich., 89, mother of Pastor William (Bill) A. VanHaften of McNatt United Methodist Church in Montpelier, Ind. in the Northeast District, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Muskegon, Mich. Survivors include: daughters, Judith (Ray) Seppamaki of Comstock Park, Mich., and Patricia (Mike) Keller of Keller, Texas; son, William (Jane) Van Haften of Warren, Ind.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was...

Lash, Ellen

ELLEN LASH of Kendallville, 100, mother of the Rev. Evan Lash, pastor of First United Methodist Church at LaPorte, Ind., died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. A memorial service was held Sept.16 in Kendallville with the Rev. Dr. G. Scott Pattison officiating. Burial was at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville. Survivors include: daughter, Karen Steelman of Gary; son, the Rev. Evan (Barbara Jackson) Lash of LaPorte; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to...

Boyd, Charles J.

CHARLES J. BOYD of Hagerstown, Ind., 89, father of the Rev. Kenneth Allen Boyd of Sonrise United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. A graveside memorial service was held Sept. 16 in Greens Fork (Ind.) South Cemetery. Survivors include: two children, Teresa Boyd of Richmond and Kenneth Boyd of Fort Wayne. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Mary F. Boyd in 1984. Memorial contributions can be given to Greens Fork South Cemetery, c/o Carolyn Ridge, 5466 Sugar...

Owens, Chester

CHESTER OWENS of Indianapolis, 82, father of the Rev. David Mark Owens, chaplain of Johnson Memorial Hospital and Franklin UM Community, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. Celebration services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Southport Presbyterian Church, 7525 McFarland Boulevard, Indianapolis with visitation at the church from 3 to 6 p.m. A second celebration service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Alexandria First Baptist Church, 2107 South Park Avenue (State Road...

Rude, Carole

CAROLE RUDE, mother of Pastor Donna Holcomb of the Helmer and South Milford United Methodist Churches in the Northeast District, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Anderson, Ind. There will be a private family memorial service at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made in memory of her grandson and sent to the Michael D. Holcomb II Memorial Scholarship, c/o Steuben Community Foundation, 1701 N. Wayne Street, Angola, IN 46703. Condolences can be sent to Pastor Donna Holcomb, 10395 E 050 N,...

Ditchley, William Bruce

WILLIAM BRUCE "BUD" DITCHLEY of Indianapolis, 71, father of the Rev. Timothy Ditchley, pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Visitation will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church, 725 State Avenue in Indianapolis, from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the church. Survivors include wife Thelma (Shaw) Ditchley; children, John Ray Ditchley, Karen Cantou (Michael) Grubbs, Timothy Bruce...

Berger, Hilbert J.

HILBERT J. BERGER of Lafayette, 93, retired Elder of the Indiana Conference and father of the Rev. Daniel J. Berger, recently retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept 13, at Covington McCombs & Sons Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road in Fort Wayne and one hour before the memorial service at the church. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E....

Morrical, Harold Leon

HAROLD LEON MORRICAL of Franklin, Ind., 84, a retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. A memorial service will be held in Wright Chapel at the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson Street in Franklin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 with visitation from 1 to 2 p. m. Survivors include: his wife, Virginia; four children; Tony (Annemarie), Jim (Libby), Carol (Steve) Highsmith and Janet and six grandchildren. He served Indiana churches beginning in 1959...

Knapp, Mary Lou

MARY LOU KNAPP of Gahanna, Ohio formerly of Fishers, Ind., 69, sister-in-law of the Rev. Monty Barker, pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 9 at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church in Gahanna, Ohio. Survivors include children, Amy R. (Rick Sklenar) Knapp and James A. (Amber) Knapp; five grandchildren; sisters, Deanne (Bob) Bengston and Kathy (Monty) Barker. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. & Mrs....

Kamman, Zona

ZONA KAMMAN of Huntingburg, Ind., 90, mother of Pastor Terry Kamman serving at White River Chapel UMC west of Petersburg, Ind., died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. A memorial service was held Aug. 29 in Zoar, Ind., with the Revs. Marianne Hawkins and Joe Kamman officiating. Survivors include: sons, Jack (Nina) Kamman of Huntingburg, Ron (Anita) Kamman of Terre Haute, Rich Kamman of Jasper, Terry (Jodi) Kamman of Huntingburg, Mark (Sherry) Kamman of Huntingburg; fourteen grandchildren; and 15 great...

Hoover, Giles Harvey

GILES HARVEY HOOVER of Green Fork, Ind., 74, a retired local pastor of the West Ohio Conference UMC, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Private graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug.24, in Brick Cemetery, with the Rev. Rodney Frieden officiating. A public celebration of Giles" life will be the same day at 1 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 199 S. Perry Street in Hagerstown. Giles served with the US Navy and was a former employee of Marsh. He served as pastor at church camps in...

Stirsman, Virginia Ruth

VIRGINIA RUTH STIRSMAN of Indianapolis, 88, widow of the late Rev. Andrew Stirsman who retired in 1990, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Road 135 in Greenwood. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the funeral home. Survivors include: children, Virginia Ann Stirsman, Beth (Denny) Steeb, David (Micki) Stirsman, Paul Stirsman, Mary (Brian) Magazine, Jane (David)...

Arnold, Sarah Stafford

SARAH STAFFORD ARNOLD, 99, mother-in-law of the Rev. David Schramm serving in retirement as the North Central District Chaplain, died Friday, August 16, 2013. A memorial service was held Aug. 19 in Muncie. Survivors include daughters Jane (Fred) Hajny and Joyce (David) Schramm; six grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to The Gideons International or DeSoto United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to Rev. & Mrs.David (and Joyce) Schramm, 652 E. Park...

McGarvey, Patrick

PATRICK McGARVEY of Plainfield, 68, brother of the Rev. Greg McGarvey serving Carmel United Methodist Church, died Thursday, August 15, 2013. A memorial service was held Aug. 20 in Terre Haute. Survivors include wife Jeri McGarvey; mother Edith Bernice McGarvey; three children; three step children; 10 grandchildren; one sister; and one brother Greg McGarvey. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to Rev. & Mrs. Greg (and Peggy) McGarvey, 11879...

Bickel, Robert D.

ROBERT D. BICKEL, retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Saturday, August 10, 2013. Visitation will be Saturday, August 24, at 10 a.m. with a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. at Fishers United Methodist Church, 9691 E. 116th Street in Fishers, Ind. Survivors include wife Hilda; son Rob (Kathy); daughter Lissa Campbell (Brian); and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fishers United Methodist Church "Come to Me" Food Pantry or Fishers United...

Harden, Oval Brenton 'Brent'

OVAL BRENTON "BRENT" HARDEN of Logansport formerly of Center Point, 84, a retired Associate Member of the Indiana Conference died Saturday, August 10, 2013. He was the father of Pastor Colleen Harden serving West Terre Haute Emmanuel and father-in-law of Rev. Tim McKaig serving in extension ministry at Shiloh United Church of Christ in Logansport. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Avenue in Brazil. The memorial service will be...

Allen, Elmer

ELMER ALLEN, 91, husband of a retired local pastor Barbara Allen, died Friday, August 9, 2013. He was the father-in-law of the Pastor B.J. Siefert serving Parr United Methodist Church in Kokomo and the grandfather of the Rev. Stacee Gehring serving Bloomington First United Methodist Church. A memorial service was held August 13 in Sullivan. Survivors include wife, Barbara; son Robert W. Allen; daughter, Pennye (B.J.) Siefert; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great...

Ashton, John T.

JOHN T. ASHTON of Corydon, 94, father-in-law of the Rev. Mike Monahan serving Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville, died Thursday, August 8, 2013. A memorial service was held August 11 in Corydon. Survivors include son, John (Vickey) Ashton of Corydon.; daughter Ann (Mike) Monahan of Evansville; and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent to Rev. & Mrs. Mike (and Ann) Monahan, 3401...
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