Leona I. Kinnaman
Sunday, 15 October 2017 00:00

July 20, 1923 to October 15, 2017

LARGO, Fla. - Leona I. Kinnaman, 94, passed away Oct. 15, at her home in Largo, Fla.

She was born July 20, 1923, the second of five children of Olivia and William J. Spahn. She married Robert P. Kinnaman on Feb. 8, 1947 in Evansville. He passed away July 25, 2007.

The couple had four children: Rev. Leroy G. Kinnaman, Winamac, Pamela J. (and Ken), St. Petersburg, Fla., Ronald E. (and Sharon), Indianapolis, and Gary W. (Annette), Ellicott City, Md.

Funeral arrangements are pending in Florida.

Memorial donations may be made in the form of Mass Intentions. 

Mary Louise Freeman
Sunday, 15 October 2017 00:00

December 7, 1919 to October 15, 2017

NORTH JUDSON - Mary Louise Freeman, 97, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

Shewas born Dec. 7, 1919 in Knox, to Chester and Ermal Pettis. She married Herbert E. Freeman of Winamac on Sept. 13, 1940.

She is survived by her son Anthony Freeman of Everett, Wash. She was preceded in death by her sister Eileen, her parents and her husband of very nearly 72 years, Herb.

Mrs. Freeman graduated from Knox High School, Class of 1937. Following graduation, she worked as a secretary at Taitel's Garment Factory in Knox for several years. When her husband enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943, she followed him to Phoenix where he was undergoing his advanced training at Luke Field, and got a job as a secretary on base. At the end of World War II, she returned home to Knox and awaited Herb's discharge. Several years later, the couple moved to North Judson and bought Modern Chevrolet from Roy Eichstadt and together they ran that business until their retirement in 1984. In particular, she was the unofficial "social coordinator" during each and every new car model show for their entire career. Mrs. Freeman was active in the community, and was a member of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved being with friends and family, entertaining, rooting for NJSPHS basketball, playing cribbage and traveling. She will be remembered by those who knew her for her graciousness, kindness and warm heart.

Per Mary Louise's and Herb's wishes, an American Legion graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. (CT), Saturday, Nov. 4, at Highland Cemetery in North Judson.

In lieu of flowers, friends may express condolences via memorial contributions to the North Judson San Pierre High School Athletic Department or the Starke County Historical Society.

Arrangements entrusted to O'Donnell Funeral Home, North Judson.

Ronald J. DePoy
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

November 2, 1940 to October 13, 2017

KOKOMO - Ronald Jay DePoy, 76, passed away Friday, October 13, in Kokomo while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Nov. 2, 1940, in Winamac, to the late Harry Jay and Bernice Kay Paulsen DePoy. He married Linda Dieselberg on Dec. 16, 1994. She survives.

Also surviving are sons, Andrew Jay (Teresa) DePoy, David (Danea) Dieselberg, and Douglas (Pam) Dieselberg; daughters, Kenlyn (Jeff) Watson, Teri Froelicher, and Kym Dieselberg; and brothers, DeWayne (Betty) DePoy, and Dale (Melanie) DePoy. He also leaves 17 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

After high school, Mr. DePoy attended Purdue University. He worked at the Chrysler plant in Kokomo for 36 years before retiring as a supervisor in 2000. He was also part of the Kokomo Underwater Recovery Unit. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and was a Scottish Rite Mason. He also belonged to the Methodist Church in Winamac. In his spare time, he enjoyed reconditioning and restoring Model T Fords and collecting model trains. He was an avid Indy Car and NASCAR fan and attended many racing events. From 1964 to 1968, he was a Golden Gloves Boxing champion in Muncie.

A private family service was held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, Kokomo, followed by entombment at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

Donations in Mr. DePoy's name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Pauline E. Fites
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:00

October 6, 1930 to October 10, 2017

WINAMAC - Pauline Elizabeth Fites, 87 passed away at 7 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, at her home in Winamac.

She was born Oct. 6, 1930 in Pulaski, to the late Peter and Matilda Moise Becker. She married Jack Fites on Jan. 3, 1953 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Winamac. He survives.

Also surviving are: 
Diane (Bill) Moyer, Daughter 
Jeff (Robin) Fites, Son 
5 Grandchildren: Andrea (Troy) Tennyson, Scott (Megan) Fites, Erica (Chris) Saggau 
Kateri (Ben) Gilliand, and Mary Beth (Nathan) Deinlein.
5 Great-Grandchildren: Emma Tennyson, Aubrey Tennyson, Addilyn Tennyson, Peter Fites and Paul Fites.

She was preceded in death by: 
Sisters: Helen Johnson, Alberta Wank, Mary Lou Dornsife and Joan Beehler.
Brothers: Gene Becker, Clem Becker, Carl Becker, Tom Becker, Richard Becker, Jack Becker and Infant Ralphie Becker.

Mrs. Fites was active in several community organizations including, St. Peter Parish, Christian Mothers, Daughters of Isabella, Ladies of Charity, Extension Home Economics Club, Krazy Quilt Club and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was also an adult leader of the Lucky Four Leaf 4-H Club for 43 years. She worked for Singer Controls Division (later Eaton Co) for more than two decades. She help organize the union at the factory and was the financial secretary for UAW Local 1609 for 17 years. She was a beloved and devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed gardening and sewing. She especially enjoyed making quilts. She also raised chickens and geese. She loved all animals except snakes.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A scriptural wake service will be at 4 p.m., at the funeral home. The wake service will be followed by services by the Christian Mothers and the Ladies of Charity. Those services will be followed by a rosary service. 

A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Peter Catholic Church, Winamac, with the Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter Cemetery, Winamac.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Glen A. Ward
Sunday, 08 October 2017 13:58

April 24, 1940 to October 8, 2017

ROYAL CENTER - Glen A. Ward, 77, of Thornhope passed away peacefully at 1:58 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on April 24, 1940 in Dorothy, W. Va., he was the son of the late Henry and Mamie (White) Ward. He was a U.S. Army veteran. On Oct. 24, 1999 he married Marlene Frye. She survives.

Also surviving are brothers, Dean Ward of Crown Point and Marvin Ward (Linda) of Tennessee; sisters, Babe Kopaczewski of Crown Point and Carol Wolf (Tom) of California; and the son he never had, Randy St. Denis of Thornhope.  He is also survived by his beloved pets, Gracie the cat, Haley the chicken and Jade the dog.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Enal Cantly, Opal Fraze and Bernease Stonebraker.

Mr. Ward retired in 2004 from Winamac Coil Spring, Kewanna. He was a member of the Logansport Church of the Nazarene, American Legion and the V.F.W.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and mushroom hunting.

A celebration of Mr. Ward's life and military rites will be conducted at 7p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel with visitation from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.


Florence M. Bucher
Monday, 02 October 2017 05:35

June 14, 1922 to October 2, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Florence M. "Flo" Bucher, 95, of Monticello, (formerly of Francesville) passed away at 5:35 a.m., Monday, Oct. 2, surrounded by her family at home.

She was born on June 14, 1922 in Francesville to the late Conrad and Lena Gudeman Gutwein. On July 4, 1943, she married Leslie A. "Les" Bucher in Francesville. He passed away on April 13, 2014.

Survivors include: 
William (Maureen) Bucher, Monticello, Son 
Laurel (Bing) Hare, Wichita, KS, Daughter 
Michael (Della) Bucher, West Lafayette, Son 
Roxann (Tom) Burghardt, Monticello, Daughter 
Grandchildren: Bridgit (Brady) Bucher-Smith, Leslie (Claudio) Corenchuc, Troy (Nicole) Hare, Dawn (Frank) Oliver, Jeremy (Jacqueline) Bucher, Chad (Maggie) Franscoviak, Jason (Michel) Burghardt, Stacy (Richard) Pollard, and Travis (Rebekah) Burghardt.
20 Great Grandchildren 
Raymond Gutwein, Peoria, IL, Brother 
Irma Germann, San Pierre, Sister 
Carolyn (Cal) Kaufman, Cissna Park, IL, Sister 
Several nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by: 
1 Infant Granddaughter 
Helen Hild, Sister 
Ruth Heinold, Sister 
Clarence Gutwein, Brother 
Lewis Gutwein, Brother 
Richard Gutwein, Brother 
Melvin Gutwein, Brother 

Mrs. Bucher and her husband began their family in La Crosse, later moving to Francesville where they were members of the Apostolic Christian Church. She enjoyed being a farmer's wife. They moved to Rensselaer in 1986. She faithfully served as a pastor's wife at Milroy Community Bible Church for many years. In 2001, the couple moved to Monticello, where they attended Zion Bethel Church. She loved her family very much and will be dearly missed by all.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Gutwein officiating. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to ViaQuest Hospice.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Anthony J. Woodworth
Sunday, 01 October 2017 21:26

May 7, 1979 to October 1, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Anthony Joseph Woodworth, 38, of Angola, lost his battle with cancer at 9:26 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1.

He was born May 7, 1979, in Angola to Stephen and Kathleen Myers Woodworth.

He is survived by: 
Kathleen Myers Woodworth, Mother 
Stephen E. Woodworth, Father 
James (Heidi) Woodworth, Brother 
Drew Woodworth, Nephew 
Many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Relatives 
Moose, Beloved Dog

Preceded in death by: 
Virgil "Bud" and Rachel Myers, Maternal Grandparents 
Stephen L. and Maxine Woodworth, Paternal Grandparents 

Mr. Woodworth graduated from Angola High School in 1997 where he enjoyed being a part of the Jazz Band and Angola High School Marching Hornets Band (having marched at the RCA Dome in many state band contests). He had the privilege to participate as a representative of the American Legion Hoosier Boys State. After high school, he attended Ball State University where he majored in music education and was active in the marching band, jazz band, University Singers and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He was a member of the Pleasant View Church of Christ in Angola. During his youth, he enjoyed spending time with his cousins, especially attending VBS in Francesville. He worked in various food service/restaurant businesses for 15 years. He also enjoyed being a substitute DJ at the local radio station. He was an outgoing and talented young man who loved music, art, sports, cooking and especially spending time with his chocolate lab "Moose" of 14 years. His laughter and smile were infectious; he truly was a friend to all and will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 9, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., Monday, at the funeral home with Pastor James Ketchen officiating. Entombment will follow at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville. 

The family will host a celebration of life service from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, at Glendarin Hills Golf Club, Angola.

Memorial donations may be made to the Francesville First Christian Church VBS or Angola High School Marching Band. Envelopes will be available at the memorial service at the funeral home, and at the celebration of life service in Angola. Memorial donations may also be mailed to Frain Mortuary c/o Anthony Woodworth Family, PO Box 248, Winamac, IN 46996.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at


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