James J. Jones
Saturday, 04 March 2017 00:00

July 26, 1926 to March 4, 2017

WINAMAC - James Joseph Jones, 90, of Winamac (formerly of Logansport), passed away Saturday, March 4.

He was born July 26, 1926 in Royal Center, to the late Howard and Thelma Huffman Jones. On Oct. 1, 1945, he married Joan Lowe in Logansport. She survives.

He is survived by: 
Jill (Bruce) Brumm, Winamac, Daughter 
Judi (Peter) Keay, Owosso, MI, Daughter 
Jody (Mike) Petrie, Carmel, Daughter 
Joe Jones, Logansport, Son 
9 Grandchildren 
12 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by: 
Jayne Porter, Sister 
William C. Jones, Brother

Mr. Jones served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Elks Lodge. He was a co-founder of Jones Brothers Construction, Engineering Construction Corporation, Engineering Aggregates Corporation, and Standard Auto Parts.

Private family services will be held.

Memorial donations may be made to the Winamac Town Park.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

Online condolences may be offered in the guest book at

Jason L. Shorter
Saturday, 04 March 2017 00:00

July 30, 1974 to March 4, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS - Jason Lee Shorter, 42, of Indianapolis passed away Saturday, March 4, surrounded by his family.

He was born July 30, 1974, in Winamac.

He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Patricia Shorter; his partner of 15 years, Casey Vannorsdall; his sister, Stacy Renee Adams (Austin); as well as numerous extended family and close friends.

Among his many interests Mr. Shorter enjoyed gardening (he was known for cultivating orchids among many other plants), he was also known to entertain family and friends; he brewed his own beer and enjoyed cooking for others. He also collected antique military medals, and enjoyed tending to his salt water fish tank. His love of travel led him to the Bahamas, California, and Washington, D.C., to name a few. He will be remembered for his upbeat personality……. 

 A celebration of Jason’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at the home of Casey Vannorsdall.

Arrangements and care provided by Lauck and Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, Indianapolis. To leave an online condolence, please visit


Maria L. Shidler
Friday, 03 March 2017 20:20

August 7, 1947 to March 3, 2017

WINAMAC - Maria L. Shidler, 69, of Bass Station (Knox), passed away peacefully at 8:20 p.m., Friday, March 3, at home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug.t 7, 1947 in Winamac, to the late Ray and Evelyn Cannon Weaver. As a child, she attended St. Peter's Catholic School and later graduated from Winamac High School. On Dec. 23, 1970, she married Oren Chris Shidler in Shawneetown, IL. He survives.

She is survived by: 
Timothy (Brenda) Shidler, Biloxi, MS, Son 
Charlotte Allen, Kewanna, Daughter 
Kristy (Tom Weaver) Shidler, Winamac, Daughter 
Oren Thomas "OT" Shidler, Bass Station, Son 
9 Grandchildren: Brian, Chris, Dustin, Panda, Chasity, Bud, Kenneth, Emily and Olivia. 
3 Great Grandchildren: Taylor, Elizabeth and Caroline 
Gary Weaver, Knightstown, Brother 
Brenda Armstrong, Cincinnati, OH, Sister 
Joann Weaver, Indianapolis, Sister-in-law 
Several Nieces and Nephews 
Rikki Norman, Bass Station, Caregiver

Preceded in death by: 
Larry Weaver, Brother

Mrs. Shidler was a lifetime member and Past Madam President of the Winamac Eagles Auxiliary #2580. She enjoyed bowling and was active in many bowling leagues and tournaments. She was a member of the WIBC and 300 Club. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening as well as canning, mushroom hunting, rabbit hunting, and trapping. She also enjoyed riding horses and motorcycles. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The Eagles Auxiliary service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home with Mark Foreman officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion-Franklin Township Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at


Cord J Colgrove
Friday, 03 March 2017 00:00

April 12, 1981 to March 3, 2017

NORTH JUDSON - CordJefferey Colgrove, 35, of Knox passed away Friday, March 3, the result of gun violence at 1400 West block of 400 South Road, North Judson.

He was born April 12, 1981, in Winamac to Jefferey and Millissa Glasson Colgrove.

Survived by:
Jefferey (Cheryld) Colgrove, Florence, SC, Father
Shae (Colleen) Colgrove, Wadesville, Brother
Millissa Murdoch, Chicago, Sister
Lindsey Colgrove, Myrtle Beach, SC, Sister
Kyle (Megan) Rhodes, Clarksville, TN, Step Brother
Katie (Eric) Wildermuth, Indianapolis, Step Sister
Nieces and nephews: Zachary Colgrove, Jacob and Myranda Murdoch, Deegan and Kinsley Podell, Emily Rhodes and Cayne and Collyn Miller
Many Aunts, Uncles and friends

Preceded in death by his mother Millissa Glasson Colgrove; Grandparents Garry and Betty Colgrove, and John F. and Sue Glasson; Uncles Clay Glasson and Russell Langley; Cousin Clay Langley; Best friend Joey Krulik and Isabelle.

Mr. Colgrovewas a 1999 graduate of Winamac Community High School where he played soccer and baseball. He was a tattoo artist, handyman, mechanic, bartender, and spent a lot of time fishing and hunting with his Uncle Brad (Sharon) Glasson. He was an all-around great guy, he will be missed by many and never forgotten.

A memorial service is pending for a later date.

Cord's father and brother request memorial donations be made in Cord Colgrove's name to the Winamac Community High School Athletic Department or at

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

Tina M. Birchfield
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

October 16, 1969 to March 1, 2017

LOGANSPORT - Tina M. Richie Birchfield, 47 of Winamac, passed away Wednesday, March 1, in Winamac.

Born on Oct. 16, 1969 in Peru, she was the daughter of Karen S. Walters Hughes and Cecil L. Richie. She was a 1989 graduate of Logansport High School.

Surviving is a daughter, Shaey Birchfield; two sons, Chandlier Birchfield; and Skielier Birchfield, all of Lafayette; father, Cecil (Claris Ann) Richie, Peru; mother, Karen S. (Roy) Hughes, Logansport; grandchildren, Austina Hayden; BellaRayne Hayden; Paytynn Birchfield; Breydyn Birchfield; brother, Michael (Tammy) Richie, Logansport; sisters, Tami (Jason) Baker, Peru; Jayme (Anthony) Shackelford, Ohio; step sisters, Erica E. Hughes, Winamac; Tammy (Mike) Eisenmenger, Peru; step brothers, Travis A. Hughes, Lafayette; Brad Lesley, Peru; Dan Lesley, Florida.

Mrs. Birchfield loved dragonflies, shopping with her mother, Thomas Kincaid paintings, crocheting, and her dog Raven. She had a very big heart, she always put everyone else’s wellbeing before her own.

Visitation will be held at 11a.m., until the time of service on Saturday, March 4, at the Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport. A celebration of life service will follow at 2 p.m., at the funeral home with Dr. Gregory Elkins officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Cass County Humane Society or the East Main Street Church of God in Logansport.

Jane S. Thompson
Monday, 27 February 2017 00:00

May 17, 1920 to February 27, 2017

WINAMAC - Jane Shelley Thompson, RN, 96, formerly of Winamac, passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 27.

She was born May, 17, 1920. She was married for 64 years to Dr. William R. (Bill) Thompson. He preceded her in death in 2005.

She is survived by her five children and in-laws (Joe, Bob, Jim/Mary Lynn, Shelley, and Abbey/Kendall), her 9 grandchildren, and her 14 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Maryellen Thompson in 2012.

While she was small in stature, Mrs. Thompson was a woman of towering strength, unquestioned loyalty, and resilient faith. She was a solid foundation for her family and many friends. "Grammy" (or "Janie"), as she was also known to all, had a unique gift for making everyone feel like a special person. She was full of humility, grace, and a beauty that radiated to all who knew her. Throughout her life, her faith in God served as a cornerstone for all she did. Her hope was that she would leave the world a better place than when she came into it. There is no question that she surpassed that goal. She was an instrumental member in each community in which she lived, and was actively involved in multiple charities, societies, and organizations - from Winamac, Indiana, to Fort Myers, Florida, and finally in Spanish Fort, Alabama.

Messages and condolences may be sent to Shelley Anne Thompson, 1514 Winter Park Lane, Lewisville, TX 75077.

The family requests donations be made in Mrs. Thompson's honor to Pulaski Memorial Hospital, 616 East 13th Street, Winamac, IN 46996 (Phone: 574-946-2100). Per her wishes, a private family ceremony will be held in Winamac to celebrate her life.

Sandra S. Knebel
Sunday, 26 February 2017 00:05

September 21, 1937 to February 26,2017

WINAMAC - Sandra S. Knebel, 79, of Winamac, formerly of Star City, passed away at 12:05 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at her residence in Winamac.

She was born Sept. 21, 1937 in Winamac, to the late Cecil and Jessie Tyler Hoover. On Sept. 25, 1955 she married Francis Neil Knebel in Star City. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1993.

She is survived by:
Stephen (Tina) Knebel. Winamac, Son
Kerry F. (Deb) Knebel, Muncie, Son
Katherine S. (Drew Cannon) Holcomb, Winamac, Daughter
Debra (Terry) Ruff, Star City, Daughter
Snickers the Cat
11 Grandchildren
32 Great Grandchildren
Terrill Hoover, Winamac, Brother
Larry Hoover, Winamac, Brother

Preceded in death by:
Karla Knebel Rausch, Daughter
Amanda Knebel Abbott, Granddaughter
Steven "Butch" Hoover Brother

Mrs. Knebel worked as a custodian at the Pulaski County Court House for many years. She also worked at the Colonial Inn and Wigwam in Winamac. She loved music. She and her family performed Country and Blue Grass Music from 1969-1979 across Indiana and southern Michigan. They appeared on channel 46 in South Bend and auditioned for Bill Monroe. Mrs. Knebel was a member of the Star City United Methodist Church and Order of Eastern Star No. 96 in Winamac. She enjoyed bowling, softball, reading and gardening. She also enjoyed flowers, birds, her cats, arrow head and mushroom hunting. She was a diehard Cubs and Bulls fan. She was a caring, selfless and giving person. She was a generous donor to many charities. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 3, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. OES services will be held at 7 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 4, at the funeral home. Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or DAV.


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