Billy R. Coldiron
Friday, 03 February 2017 18:58

November 8, 1953 to February 3, 2017

MEDARYVILLE - Billy R. Coldiron, 63, of Medaryville passed away at 6:58 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital,Winamac.

He was born Nov. 8, 1953 in Knox to the late Cecil and Joyce Shepherd Coldiron.

He survived by: 
Billie Joe (Teddy) Bachman, Daughter 
Sherry (Bobby) Tuten, Daughter 
Christy (Jason) Bitterling, Daughter 
8 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren 
Dottie (Maynard) Plank, Sister 
Bobby (Bunny) Coldiron, Brother 
Randy (Jennifer) Coldiron, Brother 
Gloria (Rick) Elkins, Sister 
Several Nieces and Nephews

Mr. Coldiron was a 1972 graduate of North Judson San Pierre High School. He had previously worked construction for local contractors and also as a lineman at Modeans in LaPorte. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with his family. He was a talented woodworker and craftsman. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

No services will be held. Private burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with cremation expenses. Donations accepted at the funeral home or at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Medaryville.

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Hubert M. Hoover
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

May 15, 1954 to February 1, 2017

WINAMAC - Hubert M. Hoover, 62, of Winamac passed away unexpectedly at his home Wednesday, Feb. 1. 

He was born May 15, 1954 in Logansport to Bill and Pauline Hoover. On May 22, 1993, he married Shirley Duyag in Dumangas, Philippines. She survives. 

He is also survived by: 
Hubert G. Hoover, Winamac, Son 
Leean C. Hoover, Winamac, Daughter 
William Hubert "Bill" and Pauline Mae Rose Hoover, Winamac, Parents 
Laura (Daryn) Wilder, Sister 
Mary (Craig) Fosnaugh, Sister 
Twila (Joe) Slomka, Sister 
Robert Hoover, Brother 
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: 
Richard Creed Hoover, Infant Brother 
William Harvey Hoover, Infant Brother

Mr. Hoover served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2002. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and was a member of HOG. He was a fisherman and a sportsman. He was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home with CDR David Stanton, USN (Retired) officiating. Burial will be at Winamac Cemetery, Winamac. The American Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

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Robert V. Ransburg
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

October 30, 1946 to February 1, 2017

KENDALLVILLE - Robert Vern Ransburg, age 70, of Medaryville died Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital, Lafayette.

He was born Oct. 30, 1946 in Kendallville to the late George Dawson and Imo Jewel (McDonald) Ransburg. He married Peggy Annette Godsell on Nov. 28, 1975 in Kendallville. She survives.

Survivors also include:
Daughter, Dawn and David Hodges of Nolensville, Tenn.
Son, Tim Ransburg of Angola.
Son, Shawn and Joy Landez of Fort Wayne.
Son, Tony and Rebekah Landez of Fishers.
Daughter, Nicki and Doug Kovach of Wheatfield
15 grandchildren.
Sister, Karen and Andy Carter of Louisville, Ky.
Sister, Sharon and Lynn Reinking of Syracuse
Sister, Joyce and Jann Jannuzzello of Avilla.
Sister-in-law, Elizabeth Douglas of San Diego, Calif.
Mother and father-in-law, Margaret and Allen Godsell of Kendallville.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rick Ransburg and Ron Ransburg.

Mr. Ransburg was employed with Advanced Business Equipment in Lafayette for the past 20 years. He was an avid golfer and member of the Moss Creek Golf Club for many years. 

Visitation will be from 110 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville.

Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s choice.

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David W. Young
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:00

June 7, 1957 to January 31, 2017

MEDARYVILLE - David W. Young 59, Medaryville passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, at his home.

He was born June 7, 1957 in Midland, MI to Luther and the late Katherine Unger Young. He married Melissa Salyer on Aug. 27, 2005 in Nashville, IN. She survives.

He is also survived by : 
Nikita Kronvall, Home, Daughter 
Matthias Kronvall, Home, Son 
Autumn Young, Home, Daughter 
Dayton Young, Home, Son 
Zachary ( Brittany) Unger, LaPorte, Son 
Michael Artist, Rochester, Son 
Luther (Lola) Young, Hamlin, WVA, Father and Stepmother 
Janet Claussey, Chicago, Sister 
Sherri (Charles) Manns, Lake Village, Sister 
Jerry Young, Roselawn, Brother 
Stanley Young, Homewood, IL, Brother

Preceeded in death by: 
Katherine Unger Young, Mother 
George Young, Brother

Mr. Young was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He enjoyed motorcycles and old cars. He collected vintage signs and toys.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Monday. Feb. 6, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Medaryville. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the hour of services Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be given to the family. 

Elizabeth V. Button
Saturday, 28 January 2017 00:24

September 24, 1916 to January 28, 2017

WINAMAC - Elizabeth V."Liz" Button, 100, of Winamac, passed away at 12:24 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac. 

She was born Sept. 24, 1916 in Hegewich, IL to the late Andrew and Marie Baynard Sera. On Feb. 17, 1934, she married Forrest Melvin "Frosty" Button in Star City. He passed away Oct. 31, 1977.

Survivors include: 
Betty L. Polstra, Star City, Daughter 
Geneva I. McKinley, Winamac, Daughter 
Melvin E. (Cleta) Button, Winamac, Son 
Don Beaver, Apache Junction, AZ, Son-in-law 
Darlene R. (Alan) Daily, Granddaughter 
Michael Polstra, Grandson 
Cathy S. (Don) Parsley, Granddaughter 
Dan (Nancy) Beaver, Grandson 
Brian Beaver, Grandson 
Douglas (Sharon) McKinley, Grandson 
Lisa (Randy) Sommers, Granddaughter 
Steven (Theresa) McKinley, Grandson 
Debra (Fred) Smidler, Granddaughter 
Bunnie (Curt) Daugherty, Granddaughter 
Melvin Forrest (Karen) Button, Grandson 
Maxine J. Jimison, Granddaughter 
Cheryl A. Wentz, Granddaughter 
35 Great Grandchildren 
Numerous Great Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by: 
Judy (Jim) Hoover, Daughter 
Dorothy Beaver, Daughter 
Sandy Beaver, Granddaughter 
Bruce Polstra, Grandson 
John Melvin Button, Infant Great Grandson 
Alicia Marie Smidler, Great Grandaughter 
3 Brothers and 2 Sisters

Mrs. Button loved her life as a farmwife and was retired from the dietary department at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Winamac. She was a charter member and past president of the Winamac Eagles Auxiliary #2580. She enjoyed teaching her grandkids and great grandkids the game of Euchre and bidding 7 when they bid 6. She loved playing cards and BINGO. She shared her love of cooking with friends and family. Her specialty was "nut roll" and fried chicken dinners. She also enjoyed dancing, gardening, and was never afraid to take all her grandchildren bowling. She was always a patient teacher. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Dave Marty officiating. Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pulaski Health Care Center Activities Fund or Alicia Marie Smidler Animal Rescue Fund.

Thomas V. Kruger
Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:00

June 18, 1946 to January 26, 2017

WINAMAC - Thomas V. "Thom" Kruger, 70, of Plymouth, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26.

He was born June 18, 1946 in Logansport to the late Henry and Winifred Kruger. He was a 1964 graduate of Winamac High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue University. On Nov. 24, 1971, he married Melody McFarland Binkley in Winamac. She survives.

He is also survived by daughter, Holly (Jim) Wheelbarger of Bolivar, MO and grandchildren, Zacheri (Emily), Cameron, Tyler, Makalyn and Kent; his daughter, Joy (Doug) Fuerst of Wayne, PA and grandson, Henry; son, Andy (Emily) Kruger of Myrtle Beach, SC and granddaughter, Harper; and two great grandchildren. 

In addition, he is survived by siblings, Mary Crawley, Lewis (Helen) Kruger, and Bob (Becky) Kruger; as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Kruger grew up in a family that was active in the Boy Scouts of America, through which he earned the Order of the Arrow accolade and became an Eagle Scout. He carried his love for the outdoors through his entire life. He enjoyed camping, canoeing, and campfire. He particularly enjoyed bonding with his children and grandchildren through these activities. Throughout his life, he had a passion for motorcycles and scenic trips, at one time traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway.

He was a talented carpenter and had worked alongside his father in Winamac for many years. He also shared his passion of working with his hands with students as a teacher of industrial arts at Knox and Fairfield high schools. Most recently, he was retired from AM General in Mishawaka after working many years at Plymouth Tube in Winamac.After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren who were the light of his life. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the funeral home with Michael Burroughs officiating. Private burial will be at Winamac Cemetery, Winamac.

In the later years of his life, Mr. Kruger struggled with depression. The family is requesting that memorial donations may be made to the mental health services provided by Pulaski Memorial Hospital Senior Care or to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Jean Nicholson
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 05:30

September 11, 1934 to January 25, 2017

WINAMAC - Jean Nicholson, 82, of Winamac, passed away at 5:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 11, 1934 in Winamac to the late Willard C. and Ruth Grace Doty Archer. On Jan. 26, 1952, she married William Gene "Bill" Nicholson in Winamac. He survives.

She is also survived by:
Alan (Donna) Nicholson, Winamac, Son
Rodney Nicholson, Winamac, Son
Judy (Dan) Murphy, Granddaughter
Michelle "Mo" (Mark) Fox, Granddaughter
Lisa (Dave) Popejoy, Granddaughter
David (Felicia) Nicholson, Grandson
12 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by:
Robert Nicholson, Grandson

Mrs. Nicholson was retired from Eaton Controls in Winamac. She was a member of the Iris Elm Club and the American Orchid Society. She was proud to be a homemaker. She raised livestock and orchids. She enjoyed cooking and baking. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

A private funeral service will be held at Frain Mortuary in Winamac with Rev. Edward Clark officiating. Private burial will be at Winamac Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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