John S. Meiser
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:00

November 9, 1924 to April 4, 2017

GREENFIELD – John S. Meiser, 92, of New Palestine, passed away Tuesday, April 4, at Hancock Regional Hospital, Greenfield.

Born Nov. 9, 1924 in Winamac, he was the son of the late John E. and Ardell Zehner Meiser. He graduated from Winamac High School in 1942. He married Betty Mae Rode on June 4, 1976, at Zion Lutheran Church, New Palestine. She survives.

Also surviving are children, Vicki (Joe) Darnell of Dryfork, VA, Kristi (Larry) Jonas of Cumberland, IN, Greg (Terri) Meiser of Landrum, SC, Marc (Susan) Meiser of Cincinnati, OH, Patti (Rob) Keaton of Stokesdale, NC, Terri (Kevin) Willard of Knightstown, and Sherri (Jim) Tucker of Rushville; step-children, Noble (Debbie) Mitchell of New Palestine, and Patricia Sue Boyd of Greenwood; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great great-granddaughter.

Preceding him in death were three sisters and two grandchildren, Bradley Toll and Aaron Willard.

Mr. Meiser served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving multiple medals, including the Bronze Star and the World War II Victory Medal. After returning from the service in 1946, he farmed. He then worked at the Indianapolis Post Office as a mail clerk for 26 years before retiring. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and American Legion Post #182, both in New Palestine.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 7, at Zion Lutheran Church, New Palestine. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 8, also at the church, with calling one hour prior to the service. Pastor Jason Taylor will officiate. Burial with full military rites will follow at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary, Greenfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by mail to Zion Lutheran Church, 6513 W 300 S, New Palestine, IN, or to Honor Flight, Inc., Attn: Diane Gresse, 175 S. Tuttle Rd., Springfield, OH 45505 ( Envelopes will be available at the church.

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Floyd F. Marcum
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:00

January 2, 1950 to April 4, 2017

WHEATFIELD - Floyd F. Marcum, 67, of Medaryville, passed away Tuesday, April 4, with his loving family around him.

He was born Jan. 2, 1950 to the late Golden and Gertrude Mitchel Marcum in Williamson, W. Va. He married Rita Cochran on Nov. 11, 1968 in Goodman, W. Va. She survives.

He is also survived by daughters: Lori (Ron) McIlvain, Jennifer (Ron) Barlow, and Lisa (Andy) Coldiron; nine grandchildren: Quinton (Alyssa) McIlvain, Wyatt McIlvain, Griffin McIlvain, Shelby McIlvain, Sidney McIlvain, Trace McIlvain, Ariel Barlow, Adriana Barlow, and Cooper Coldiron; sisters: Patty (David) Chafin, Pam Dixon, Edie McCoy, and Rebecca (Larry) Johnson; brothers: Kenneth (Kim) Marcum, David (Vickie) Marcum, and John (Melissa) Marcum.

Mr. Marcum worked for LTV – ArcelorMittal Steel and was a member of Local 1011. He loved his family and friends, and hunting and fishing.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. (EST), Friday, April 7, at Boersma Funeral Home, Wheatfield. The funeral service will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. (EST), Saturday, April 8, at White Post Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.

Jerry Beiswanger
Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

November 9, 1941 to March 30, 2017

WHEATFIELD - Jerry Beiswanger, 75, of Medaryville passed away Thursday, March 30, at his home with his loving family around him.

On Nov. 9, 1941, in Francesville, he was born to the late Lawrence and Veleeta Stiller Beiswanger. He married Sandra Schultz on Sept. 26, 1964, in Medaryville. She survives.

He is survived by daughters: Stephanie (Gary) Culp and Cathy (Bob) Elston; five grandchildren: Carlie, Nick, and Kirstin Elston, and Jordan and Katie Culp; and one great-granddaughter: Ava May Garlach; siblings: Bonnie (Lester) Koebcke, Judy (Don) Tanner and Connie Beiswanger.

Mr. Beiswanger was a lifetime area resident who graduated from Medaryville High School. He worked for Ford Motor Stamping in East Chicago. He loved collecting old lanterns, hanging out in his garage to tinker around, and reading and completing puzzles. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren very much.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 12 noon until 3 p.m. (EST, Monday, April 3, at the Medaryville Christian Church. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. (EST), at the church with Pastor Don Nedza officiating. Per Mr. Beiswanger's wishes, cremation will follow and interment at the Roseland Cemetery will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Medaryville Christian Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to Boersma Funeral Home, Wheatfield.

Luella A. Shideler
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 01:38

November 10, 1938 to March 28, 2017

WINAMAC - Luella Ann Shideler, 78, of Winamac, passed away at 1:38 a.m., Tuesday, March 28, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 10, 1938 in Beardstown to the late Ralph Bernard and Florence Viola Mays Heims. On March 30, 1968 she married Frank Kenneth Shideler. He preceded her in death on July 26, 1998.

She is survived by: 
Faith M. (John) Jones, Daughter 
Deborah L. (Roger) Miller, Daughter 
Stuart "JR" Siebenhaar Jr., Son 
11 Grandchildren 
9 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by: 
Marcia Louise Siebenhaar, Daughter 
Johnnathon S. Siebenhaar, Grandson 
Kenneth Ray Miller, Grandson 
Estella Barnett,Sister 
Eva Jean Heims, Sister 
Ray Heims, Brother 
Ralph Bernard Heims Jr., Brother

Mrs. Shideler was a member of the First Baptist Church Winamac. She was a Sunday School teacher and had served as a teacher at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Knox. She was a member of the Logansport YMCA and was active in the senior water aerobics classes. She enjoyed reading, studying her Bible and praying. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 31, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Pilger officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Winamac.

Wynona Fitz
Monday, 27 March 2017 00:00

January 19, 1946 to March 27, 2017

WINAMAC - Wynona Fitz, 71, of Winamac, passed away suddenly Monday, March 27, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Ft. Wayne.

She was born Jan. 19, 1946 in Salyersville, KY to the late Langley and Francis Minix. On May 2, 1975, she married Jon W. Fitz. He preceded her in death on April 11, 2001.

She is survived by: 
Jonwood (Julie) Fitz, Son 
Jonathon Fitz, Son 
Courtney (Matt) Artist, Daughter 
7 Grandchildren 
JC (Nila) Minix, Brother 
Billy Joe (Katie Jackson) Minix, Brother 
Leatrice Hochstedler, Sister 
Edna (Adrian) Richie, Sister 
Loretta (Arnold) Craft, Sister 
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: 
Sean Fitz, Son 
Peyton Fitz, Grandson 
Reagan Artist, Granddaughter 
Oliver Artist, Grandson 
Denver Minix, Brother 
Donald Minix, Brother 
Juanita Howard, Sister

Mrs. Fitz was an Indiana Hoosier Basketball fan and loved to watch March Madness.She enjoyed shopping and listening to country music. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Private burial will be at Winamac Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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Douglas F. Fox
Friday, 24 March 2017 12:55

February 25, 1953 to March 24, 2017

ROYAL CENTER - Douglas F. Fox, 64, of Royal Center, passed away at 12:55 p.m., Friday, March 24, at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

Born Feb. 25, 1953 in Logansport, he was the son of the late William and Dorothy Ringen Fox. On Sept. 20, 1986, he married Nancy Ann Busch. She preceded him in death on Sept. 13, 2013.

Survivors include his children, Erica S. Field (Mark) of Kewanna, Matthew D. Fox of Royal Center, Katy R. Fox (Cole Callaway) of Brookston and Ross W. Fox of Royal Center; grandchildren, Jadyn, Ali and McKenna Field of Kewanna; brothers, Ray Fox (Robin) of Brownsburg, Rich Fox (Marcia) of Edwardsburg, Mich. and Ron Fox (Laura) of Star City; and sister, Kay Allen (Don) of Francesville.

Mr. Fox graduated from West Central High School in 1971 and Purdue University in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in agricultural systems management. He was a farmer who loved working with livestock and raising row crops. He worked in sales at Nichols Tillage Tools for over 30 years. He was an avid Purdue fan and enjoyed watching sports and being outdoors. He especially loved spending time with his “little” girls.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 28 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel. A mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, at All Saints Catholic Church with Father Dominic Petan officiating. Burial will be at St. James Salem Cemetery, Francesville.

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Willie M. Parish
Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00

March 2, 1936 to March 24, 2017

RENSSELAER - Willie “Mitch” Mitchell Parish, Sr., 81, of Francesville, passed away at his home Friday morning, March 24, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Tompkinsville, Ky. on March 2, 1936. He was the son of the late Eddie H. and Thelma J. Strode Parish. He graduated from Medaryville High School and had been a resident of Francesville for over 50 years. On Aug. 25, 1962, in Medaryville, he married D. Jean Neely. They were married for 54 years and had recently renewed their wedding vows on Feb. 2. He was also baptized the same day at 80 years of age.

He is survived by his wife Jean Parish; three daughters: Jennifer (Mike) Tetzloff, Christina (Steve) Shorter, and Marilyn (Jonn) Bernal; one son, Willie M. (Nonie) Parish, Jr.; 11 grandchildren: Katie (Isaac), Joey, and Rachel Tetzloff; Trent and Tiffani Shorter; Sara and Jonn Bernal; Kayla Jean (Tyler) Fox, Morgan, Christopher, and Jared Parish; three great-grandchildren: Wyatt and Hudson Fox; and Emmett Tetzloff; two brothers: Herman (Janet) Parish and Alvin (Rana) Parish; three sisters: Wilma Miller, Olene Dahler, and Nancy (Jim) Aldridge; one sister-in-law: Elaine Parish; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence “Sam” Parish; and one brother-in-law, John Dahler.

After high school, Mr. Parish enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years while stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He was a manager for the Farm Bureau Co-op. He retired from the Indiana State Highway Dept. He was a reserve deputy for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office, a volunteer EMT, and an active fireman for 49 years. He was past president of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association from 1992-1994, and was an active member of the National Volunteer Fire Council. He was a 50-year member of both the Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite, and was a former Shriner. He attended the United Methodist Church. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing horseshoes and games, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. (ET), Sunday, March 26, at Steinke Funeral Home, Rensselaer. A Masonic service will be 6:30 p.m. (ET); and an Indiana Volunteer Firefighter Memorial Service will be at 7 p.m. (ET), all in the funeral home chapel. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. (ET), Monday, March 27, at the funeral home with Rev. Joe Spear officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association. For memorials to the IVFA, make checks payable to: "Bridgeport Scholarship Fund".

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