William F. Cervenka
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:25

January 3, 1928 to September 19, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - William Franklin "Bill" Cervenka, 89, of Francesville passed away at 9:25 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, at St. Elizabeth Hospital East, Lafayette.

He was born Jan. 3, 1928 in North Judson, to the late Frank J. and Antoinette C. Vanecek Cervenka. He graduated from San Pierre High School in 1946. He 
married Isabelle Ida Rohloff on Aug. 19, 1950, in Francesville. She preceded him in death on Sept.17, 2014.

Survivors include: sons Cary William (Rebecca) Cervenka, Zionsville; Dean Alan (Alicia) Cervenka, Bozeman, MT; and Mark Brian (Diane) Cervenka, Francesville; and daughters, Connie Lynn (Jerry) Ehrlich, Lafayette; and Vicki Kay (Todd) Chrzan, West Lafayette. Also grandchildren  Ashley (Clay) Webb, Courtney (Matt) Rausch, Kayley (Chris) Kasten, Riley Cervenka, Calan (Jesse) Barnes, Danika Cervenka, Trevor Chrzan, Alex (Marissa) Chrzan; and great-grandchildren Cayden Webb, Brynley Webb, Braxtyn Webb, Ellamae Kasten, Marshall Kasten and Everett Chrzan. He is also survived by brother Ken (Lillian) Cervenka, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by brother John (Sophie) Cervenka, sister Lillian (Richard) Roy, and an infant sister.

Mr. Cervenka served in the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard and was a member of the Francesville American Legion. He was honored to receive a Quilt of Valor in 2015. 
Prior to his service in the navy, he worked as a banker in San Pierre. It was during this time that he met Isabelle. The couple made their home in rural Francesville where they raised five children. He was a lifelong farmer in Pulaski County and was well known for his good sense of humor, his love of caring for animals and "his sweet corn." After retirement, he enjoyed gardening.

Mr. Cervenka was a member of St. James Salem United Church of Christ where he previously served as a member of the church board and men's fellowship group. He was a longtime member and past president of the Francesville Co-Operative Elevator, as well as a former member of the Pulaski County 4-H Swine Committee. He treasured his time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He very much enjoyed attending all of their events. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. 
He will be dearly missed. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville. The funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. James Salem United Church of Christ, Francesville with Rev. Judith Doll officiating.
Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville. The American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial donations may be given to St. James Salem United Church of Christ or Francesville American Legion.

Renee D. Baker
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

March 13, 1982 to September 19, 2017

WINAMAC - Renee Dorann Baker, 35, of Winamac, (formerly of Monterey) passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

She was born on March 13, 1982 in Winamac to Dennis and Myra Jachim. On Oct. 5, 2002, she married Joe Baker in Monterey. He survives. 

Also surviving are children, Chloe and Blake, at home; her mother, Myra Jachim of Monterey; her brothers, Raymond and Richard Jachim of Monterey and Roman (Dawn) Jachim of Clarksville, TN; as well as her nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dennis Jachim.

Mrs. Baker graduated from Culver High School and Knox Beauty School, but she was most proud of being a loving wife and mom. She was a member of Pulaski County 4-H and helped as a Mini 4-H Leader as well. She was a talented dancer and had attended Sandra Lee Studio in Knox. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially spending time on the Tippecanoe River and hunting. She was a very kind person who was always willing to help others. She loved her family very much and will be dearly missed. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will follow 7 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Final disposition will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

John W. Nightingale Sr.
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

May 7, 1922 to September 19, 2017

MONON - John W. Nightingale Sr., 95, of Medaryville, passed away peacefully on Sept. 19, at his home.

He was born May 7, 1922 in Reynolds, to the late Edward (Ella Snavelly) Nightingale. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Betty Banes on Aug. 30, 1948 in Michigan. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include his children; Donna Hendershot, Sandra Baker, Isaac E. Nightingale (Mona), Rosetta Nightingale, Sherrie Hauptli, as well as 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by son John W. "Sonny" Nightingale  Jr., and siblings Ellen, Marion, and Mae.

Mr. Nightingale retired from NIPSCO after working over 30 years as a lineman. He was a member of the Medaryville Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed playing guitar, singing and listening to gospel music. He also enjoyed tending to his chickens, and feeding the squirrels. He was also an ordained minister, and also officiated weddings and funeral services. He loved ministering to others, and always made sure the neighborhood children had a way to church on Sundays. He liked going to the Senior Center in Medaryville. He would even sometimes carry his guitar in to play and sing for everyone. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.  

A visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday Sept. 23, at the Medaryville Assembly of God Church, Medaryville. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., with Pastor Tom Dewlen officiating. Burial will follow in White Post Cemetery with full military honors.

Arrangements under the direction of the Frazier Funeral Home of Monon.

Kenneth O. Good
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:00

May 31, 1924 to April 8, 2016

WINAMAC - A graveside service has been set for Kenneth Omer “K.O.” Good, 91, of Indianola, IA (formerly of Winamac) who died Friday, April 8, 2016, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines.

He was born May 31, 1924, the son of the late John Allen and Doris “Flossie” Freeman Good,  on a farm in Pulaski County. He married his best friend’s sister, Phyllis A. Bonnell, on Sept. 28, 1947, in rural Pulaski County. She preceded him in death.

He is survived by two daughters, Lynn (Steve) Hakeman of Indianola, IA and Martha (Phil Slade) Winegarden of Solon, IA and one son, John (fiancée Stephanie Fox), of Boise, ID; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Jamie) Bradfield of Indianola, IA, Kristine Winegarden of Houston, TX, Molly (Travis) Wright of Alpharetta, GA, Heidi (Bryan) Labertew of Indianola, IA, and Kathryn (Steve Garcia) Winegarden of Houston, TX; five great grandchildren, Elaina, Max, Keira, Lauren and Talia; sister-in-law, Edna Bonnell of Winamac; brother-in-law, Carl Anspach of Winamac; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Ira and Darl, and sister, Dorothy Anspach.

Mr. Good graduated from Pulaski High School in 1942 and later that year enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving until Jan. 1946. While in the service he attended radio operator and mechanic school at Scott Field, IL and Aviation Cadet training in Texas. He trained as a fighter pilot, flying P-40s in Florida prior to being sent to China where he flew the P-41 Mustang in the 14th Air Force, under General Claire Chenault. Following his discharge from service, he farmed for two years with his father. He then attended Hanover College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and going on to earn his master’s degree in social work from Indiana University.

Over the years, the couple made their home in Boise, ID; Humboldt, IA; Winamac; and Horseshoe Bend, AR before moving to Indianola in March of 2015. Mr. Good began his career with the Veterans Administration in Boise, before working as a community consultant with Woodward State Hospital-School in Iowa. In 1969, he joined a newly formed three-county Mental Health Center in Fort Dodge, IA, and he later worked as a mental health therapist in a private psychiatrist’s office until his retirement in 1986. He enjoyed golf, bowling, horseshoe pitching, fishing, cards (especially bridge), and golf - on three occasions shooting his age - at age 74, 81 and 87. 

Mr. Good donated his body to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine,

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Pulaski Presbyterian Cemetery in Pulaski. Interment of cremated remains will take place at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Good’s name to the veterans organization of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Willis C. Wuethrich
Saturday, 16 September 2017 22:04

April 3, 1927 to September 16, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Willis Chris Wuethrich, 90, of Fishers (formerly of Francesville and Nevada Sun City) passed away at 10:04 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at his home in Fishers.

He was born April 3, 1927 in Francesville to the late Christian and Barbara Pelsy Wuethrich. On Oct. 5, 1946, he married Marjean Gudeman. They shared almost 71 years of marriage together and she survives.

He is survived by: 
Sonja Wuethrich Hanna, Daughter 
Elaine (Ben) Williams, Daughter 
Melody Gutwein Braun, Daughter 
Willa Jean (Jack) Odle, Daughter 
7 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren 
Genevieve (Edward) Schambach, Sister 
Robert (Phyllis) Wuethrich, Brother 
Chris Lee (Ruth) Wuethrich, Brother 
Many Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: 
Joseph W. Hanna, Son-in-law 
Dr. Michael Gutwein, Son-in-law 
Ralph W. Braun, Son-in-law 
Barbara Ellen Wuethrich, Sister 
David Wuethrich, Brother 
Richard Wuethrich, Brother 
Mildred Huber, Sister 
Wilma Stewart, Sister 
Velda Overmyer, Sister 
Elizabeth Schambach, Sister 
Theresa Von Tobel, Sister 
Glendoris Huber, Sister 

Mr. Wuethrich was raised on a dairy and grain farm, the oldest of five sons, after seven sisters. At the age of 16, he attended Greer Mechanical Engineering School in Chicago. After marriage, he and Marjean continued the farming tradition, raising livestock and grain for almost 50 years. They were also instrumental in starting the First Baptist Church in Francesville, where he taught Sunday School and was a youth leader. He loved flying his small Cessna plane and was a member of the National Flying Farmers Organization. After retiring, he enjoyed golfing, and spending time with friends and family. He relocated cars for Enterprise Rentals and also delivered food boxes for the local mission. He loved the Lord and was a faithful servant who loved witnessing to those less fortunate. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Gutwein officiating. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or CureSMA (an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy).

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Leo E. Fox
Saturday, 16 September 2017 03:52

December 22, 1925 to September 16, 2017

WINAMAC - Leo E. "Dud" Fox, 91, of Winamac, (formerly of Star City) passed away at 3:52 a.m., Saturday, Sept.16, at his home.

He was born Dec. 22, 1925 in Pulaski to the late Edward and Stella Kuhn Fox. He was a graduate of Pulaski High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On May 4, 1946, he married Mary Ellen Foerg. She passed away on May 15, 2010.

Survivors include: daughters Elaine K. (Glenn) Holmes-Cobane, Jones, MI; Ruth A. (Dale) Fox-Dietrich, Eagle River, AK; Catherine L. (Mike) Reifert, Montgomery Village, MD; and Rebecca J. (Richard) Cohrs, New Palestine; and sons John E. (Patricia) Fox, Huntington; and Thomas P. (Jean Ann) Fox, Star City. Also 10 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren, brother  Alvin "Red" (Susie) Fox, Rochester, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: infant son Robert Fox; son Jeffrey Fox; sisters Helen Engels, Dorothy "Dotty" Roth, and Rita "Ribs" Fox; and brothers Robert Fox, Darl "Doc" Fox, and Joseph "Joe" Fox.

Mr. Fox was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski where he had served as an usher. He was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards (especially euchre) and woodworking. He loved grilling and was well known for his barbeque chicken and homemade Christmas candies. He and his wife enjoyed traveling the world and spending their winters in Okeechobee, FL. He loved his family very much, especially spending time with his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A scriptural wake service will be at 4 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph South Cemetery, Pulaski. The American Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kindred Hospice, or American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Joel E. Pence
Friday, 15 September 2017 04:00

January 22, 1953 to September 15, 2017

WINAMAC - Joel E. Pence, 64, of Winamac, passed away at 4 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at his home.

He was born Jan. 22, 1953 to Everett and Marian Bowdin Pence in Gary. On April 1, 1992, he married Vickie Lewis Bennett in Hobart. She survives.

He is survived by: 
Charles E. "Chuck" Bennett, Winamac, Son 
Debra K. "Debi" (Tim) Van Deraa, Winamac, Daughter 
Marian Bowdin Pence, Winamac, Mother 
Judy (Kelly) Keunn, Holiday, FL, Sister and Brother-in-law 
Stephanie, Niki, and Kyle, Nieces & Nephew 
Hannah, Great Niece 
Carol, Aunt 
Many Cousins

He was preceded in death by: 
Everett Pence, Father 
Martin Pence, Infant Brother 
Mark Pence, Brother 
Sam, Nephew

Mr. Pence was a member of the Hobart Jaycees. He enjoyed music, especially bluegrass and King Crimson. He was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. One of his favorite pastimes was needlepoint. He thoroughly enjoyed his recent cross-country trip with Vickie and "the cousins." He loved his family very much and will be sadly missed.

The family will host a celebration of life service at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the family or the National Park Conservation Service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at


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