James Dobson
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 05:00

December 19, 1929 to August 10, 2010


WHEATFIELD - James G. "Jim" Dobson, 80, Winamac, passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 10, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital Winamac.

He was born Dec. 19, 1929 in Vest, KY, the son of Coet and Hattie (Messer) Dobson.  On Dec. 18, 1954, in Rensselaer, Jim married Delores Howard who survives.

Also surviving are four children, Bill Dobson, Washington, IN, Don (Deb) Dobson, Brenda (Joe) Krulik, and Steve (Michelle) Dobson, all of Winamac; 11 grandchildren, Billy Dobson, Jr., Brent Dobson, Alyssa Dobson, Chantel Dobson, Heather (Brian) Sanders, Travis (Melony) Dobson, Brad (Erica) Dobson, Shawn Krulik, Trenton Krulik, Lacie (Tyler) Gutwein and Spencer Dobson; five great-grandchildren, Taylor Sanders, Kailey Sanders, Michaela Majercin, Emma Dobson, and Shelby Dobson; three step great-grandchildren,  Andrew Jimenez, Matthew Jimenez and Nathan Jimenez; four sisters, Erma (Cecil) Williams, Rensselaer,  Imogene Bell, Winamac, Claudine Childers, Francesville,  and Gladys (Larry) Stonebraker, Battleground; and two brothers, Hobart (Adna) Dobson, Rensselaer and William (Diane) Dobson, Winamac and a sister-in-law, Alice Dobson, Wheatfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Joseph John Krulik, Jr., and a brother, John Dobson.

Mr. Dobson was a resident of Winamac for 38 years, also having lived in Medaryville. He started in car sales at Frank Felder Chevrolet in Rensselaer. He opened Dobson Auto Sales in Rensselaer and was later the long time owner-operator of Jim Dobson Ford Mercury in Winamac.  He was a 30-year member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of the Wheatfield Pentecostal Church of God. 

Friends will be received at the Pentecostal Church of God in Wheatfield on Thursday, from 3 to 8 p.m. CDT.  The funeral service will be held at the church on Friday (Aug. 13) at 10 a.m. CDT with Rev. Eveston Risner officiating.  Burial will follow at Idle Cemetery, Winamac. 

Memorials may be made to the family which will go toward a scholarship to be given in memory of Jim.

See to sign the online guests’ registry and leave condolences.
Jackson Funeral Chapel, Rensselaer is in charge of arrangements.

Wilbur A. Roller
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 00:33

June 9, 1918 to August 9, 2010


WINAMAC - Wilbur A. Roller, 92, of 4775 W. James St., North Judson, passed away at 7:33 p.m., Monday, Aug. 9, at Starke Memorial Hospital in Knox.

He was born June 9, 1918, in Monticello, to Alonzo and Matilda Carlson Roller. He married Mary Kersey on Jan. 26, 1941. She died on March 20, 1994.

Survivors include:
Mary Jane Roller, North Judson, Daughter
William A. (Sheryl L.) Roller, North Judson, Son & Daughter-in-law
James (Ruth) Roller, Excelsior Springs, MO, Son & Daughter-in-law
6 Grandchildren
10 Great Grandchildren
Hilda Faye Lambert, Winamac, Sister
Quincy (Sarah) Roller, Texas, Brother & Sister-in-law
George (Susan) Roller, Georgia, Brother & Sister-in-law
Carol Roller, Ft. Wayne, Sister-in-law

Preceded in death by:
Iona Fletcher, Sister
Marvin Roller, Brother
Wallace Roller, Brother
Elmer Roller, Brother

Mr. Roller had been a resident of North Judson since 1953. From the time he was a child until he retired at age 80, Wilbur had worked as a farmer, mostly in Pulaski and Starke counties.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday (Aug. 12), at the funeral home with Pastor Denny Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Winamac Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be given to the charity of the donor's choice.

Paul A. Bonnell
Sunday, 08 August 2010 05:37

Oct. 12, 1944 to Aug. 8, 2010


WINAMAC  - Paul A. Bonnell, 65, of 324 W. South St., Winamac, passed away at 12:37 p.m.,Sunday, Aug. 8, in his residence.

He was born Oct. 12, 1944, in Winamac, to Emron and Annabelle Doen Bonnell. He married Mary Lou Poor Ent on Sept. 10, 1971, in Monticello. She survives.

Survivors include:
Carl (Laura) Ent, Ann Arbor, MI, Son
Edward Allen Bonnell, Winamac, Son
Tracey (Teena) Bonnell, Kewanna, Son
David J. Bonnell, Winamac, Son
Ace Bonnell, Kewanna, Son
Brenda Hadley, Winamac, Daughter
Toni (Bob) Fahler, Warsaw, Daughter
15 Grandchildren
17 Great Grandchildren
Clifford (Wanda) Bonnell, North Judson, Brother
Faith (Richard) Poindexter, Walton, Sister
Mary Jane (Bob) Koons, Royal Center, Sister
Peggy (Dick) Shidler, Logansport, Sister
Cathy (Kenneth) Farmer, Glenwood, IA, Sister

Preceded in death by:
Emron Bonnell, Father
Annabelle Doen Bonnell, Mother

Mr. Bonnell served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a former employee of Galbreath Inc. and Whallon Machine. He was a local businessman for over 31 years, owning the former Rich's Cafe and the South 40. He was a life member of the VFW Post #1728 and was also a member of the Eagle's #2580, both of Winamac.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m.,Tuesday, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday (Aug. 11), at the funeral home, with Dan Frain officiating. Burial will be in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac. The VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial donations may be given to Southern Care Hospice or the charity of the donor's choice.

Bonnie L. Boocher
Saturday, 07 August 2010 00:15

October 9, 1940 to August 6, 2010


PLYMOUTH - Bonnie L. Boocher, 69, Winamac, died of natural causes at 7:15 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, in Unity Medical Surgical Hospital, Mishawaka.

She was born Oct. 9, 1940, in Logansport Hospital. She was the daughter of Albert and Seville Boocher.

Survivors include  nieces Jacqueline Gerber, West Palm Beach, FL; and Christine & Michael Chippas, Plymouth; nephews David & Patty Boocher, LasVegas; and Michael & Marge Hughes, Summerfield, FL.  Also surviving is a sister-in-law Rita Martin of Denver, CO, along with nieces Renee Nunn of Logan, UT and Marla Kesslinger of Denver, CO; and nephew Russell Martin of Salt Lake City, UT.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Barbara Day and a brother, Robert Martin.

Ms. Boocher graduated from Kewanna High School with the class of 1960. She earned her elementary education degree from Manchester College and her master’s degree from Indiana Universtiy in elementary education. She was a teacher in various Kewanna schools for many years. A dedicated Christian, she was active in the church community. She taught Sunday school and was supportative of many worthwhile charities. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kewanna and most recently attended the Calvary Baptist Church of Winamac.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations in Bonnie’s name may be given to Baptist Children’s Home for Elementary Education Scholarship, 354 West Street. Suite 1 Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Donna Jean Perry
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 10:45

August 13, 1930 to August 3, 2010

WINAMAC - Donna Jean Perry, 79, of 4543 South M-88 Hwy, Bellaire, Mich., passed away at 5:45 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Charlevoix Area Hospital in Charlevoix, Mich.

She was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Winamac, to Henry and Iva Leona Chapman Perry. 

Survivors include:
Larry Dean (Kathy) Allen, Paris, TN, Son & daughter-in-law
Debra Rodriguez, Tampa, FL, Daughter
Jeremy (Natasha) Allen, Grandson
Jason (Nicole) Allen, Grandson
Dana Davilla, Granddaughter
Great granddaughters: Sara, Elizabeth, Dyvyna , Darelyn
Great grandsons: Noah, Braden, Tyler

She was preceded in death by:
Brothers: Willis, Neil, Wayne, Eston
Sister: Alice

Mrs. Perry was a a former Winamac resident. She has lived in Michigan for many years. She was a hairdresser.

A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m., Monday (Aug. 9), at the Winamac Cemetery, Winamac. Rev. Rick Abbott will officiate.

Carolyn M. Blameuser
Friday, 30 July 2010 14:20

January 26, 1938 to July 30, 2010


KEWANNA - Carolyn M. Blameuser, 72, of Kewanna, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 9:20 a.m., Friday, July 30, at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Born Jan. 26, 1938 in Low Point, Ill., she was the daughter of the late John M. and Violet (Ehrhardt) Call. On Oct. 6, 1959, she married Frank C. Blameuser. He survives.

Also surviving are sons, Frank M. Blameuser of Kewanna and Bernard A. Blameuser of Star City, daughters, Connie M. Smith of Winamac and Cathie Blameuser Werich of Kewanna, brother, John Call of Illinois and grandchildren, Ozzy Blameuser of Kewanna, Arthur Smith of Winamac, Aaron Shelton of Monticello and Isaiah Werich of Kewanna.

She was preceded in death by a son, Christian J. Blameuser.

Carolyn formerly owned and operated Winamac Floral Shop for over 20 years.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday, at the Kewanna Chapel of Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 123 E. Main St., where there will be a scripture service at 8:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday (Aug. 3) at the funeral home. Father Martin Sandhage will officiate. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in North Judson.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN. 46814.

William A. Vervoort
Friday, 23 July 2010 14:10

WINAMAC - William A. Vervoort, 69, of 4274 Swayze Camp Road, Winamac, passed away at 9:10 a.m., Friday, July 23, at his residence in Winamac.

He was born Jan. 1, 1941, in Chicago to Henry and Mary DeRoover Vervoort. He married Patricia Schwartz on Aug 29, 1959 in Chicago. She died in 1999.

Survivors include
Diane M. Cook, Monee, IL, Daughter
William J. Vervoort, Jackson, MI, Son
Joan C. Gratt, Bridgeview, IL, Sister
Henry L. Vervoort, Plainfield, IL, Brother
Megan Vervoort, Granddaughter
Bill Vervoort, Grandson
Brittany Cook, Granddaughter
Zachary Cook, Grandson
Lindy Richee, Winamac, Companion

Mr. Vervoort had worked as a saleman for Santel Chemical Co., in Chigao. He had been an active member of the Chicago Drug and Chemical Association for over 15 years. He came to Winamac in 2005 from Chicago.

Services will be held at at a later date in Chicago.


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