Paul P. Sommers Jr.
Saturday, 09 September 2017 20:30

January 25, 1929 to September 9, 2017

WINAMAC - Paul P. Sommers Jr., 88, of Winamac, passed away at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at Pines Village, Valparaiso.

He was born Jan. 25, 1929 in East Chicago, to the late Paul P. Sr. and Mary Modric Sommers. On Jan. 19, 1963, he married Leona A. Kuhn in Winamac. She died April 5, 2017.

He is survived by: 
Nancy Sommers, Indianapolis, Daughter 
Marie (Tom) Hunt, Indianapolis, Daughter 
Tina (Dave) Bengs, Valparaiso, Daughter 
Steven (Danna) Sommers, Winamac, Son 
Nathan Sommers, Grandson 
Kathryn Sommers, Granddaughter 
Adam Sommers, Grandson 
Gabriele Bengs, Granddaughter 
Cassandra Bengs, Granddaughter 
Samuel Bengs, Grandson 
Joseph Bengs, Grandson 
Ann Hall, Fowlersville, MI, Sister 
Esther Corbat, Fort Wayne, Sister

Preceded in death by: 
Barbara Caldwell, Sister 
Elizabeth Kistler, Sister 
Dorothy Stalbaum, Sister 
Emil Sommers, Brother

Mr. Sommers was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac, as well as the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1728 and the American Legion Post 71 in Winamac, and the Indiana Flying Farmers and the International Flying Farmers. He became a pilot when he was 16 years old. He served as a member of the Pulaski County Aviation Board of Commissioners for 10 years. He was a former Pulaski County Councilman in the 1990s and served on the Jefferson Township Advisory Board. He was a retired farmer. He had also worked as a clerk at the American State Bank in North Judson from 1948-1950. He also worked as a substitute rural mail carrier for many years. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 until 1954.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A scriptural wake service will be at 4 p.m., at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will be at St. Peters Cemetery, Winamac. The VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice of Valparaiso or the Friends of the Tippecanoe State Park.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Henry Mooi
Saturday, 09 September 2017 08:08

March 2, 1927 to September 9, 2017

WINAMAC - Henry "Hank" Mooi, 90, of Rochester, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 8:08 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born March 2, 1927 in Mount Greenwood, IL to the late Henry and Annie Mollema Mooi. On Oct. 19, 1957 he married Alice M. Asmus in LaPorte. She survives.

He is preceded in death by: 
Elizabeth Kelderhouse Mooi Step-mother 
John Mooi, Brother 
Herman Mooi, Brother 
Tena Jongsma, Sister 
Janette Regnerus, Sister

Mr. Mooi was a graduate of Tilden Tech High School in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served on three aircraft carriers in the Pacific Theater and on one sea plane tender in the Atlantic theater. He was aboard the USS Cabot providing air cover during the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri. He was honored to meet and visit with famed journalist Ernie Pyle shortly before Pyle's 1945 death. He was proud to travel to Washington D.C. on a northeast Indiana honor flight in 2015. In 2016 he was honored with a Quilt of Valor for military service. 

Mr. Mooi was a retired farmer who specialized in raising gladiolas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Winamac and was a Life Member of VFW Post 1728 in Winamac. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling and fishing.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m., (Wednesday), at the funeral home with Pastor Dave Marty officiating. Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac. The VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial donations made be given to the First United Methodist Church of Winamac. 

Infant Atticus F. Conley
Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

September 8, 2017

MEDARYVILLE - Atticus Fin Conley, infant son of Shane Conley and Faith Elizabeth Hughes, was stillborn Friday, Sept. 8, at St. Mary's Hospital, Hobart.

He is survived by: 
Shane Conley, Francesville, Father 
Faith Elizabeth Hughes, Medaryville, Mother 
James Hughes and Julie Salyer , Medaryville, Maternal Grandparents 
David and Brenda Frye Conley, Medaryville, Paternal Grandparents 
Eva Hughes, Medaryville, Maternal Great Grandmother 
Robert and Violet Hall Salyer, Murfeesboro, TN, Maternal Great Grandparents 
John and Charolette Wireman Conley, Medaryville, Paternal Great Grandparents 
John and Carrie Harrindeen, Medaryville, Paternal Great Grandparents 
Hope Hoffman, Medaryville, Aunt 
April Ramsey, Shelbyville, TN, Aunt 
Nicole Armstrong, Rochester, Aunt 
Joshua Smith, Logansport, Uncle 
Brandon Howard, Medaryville, Uncle 
Zachariah Hughes, Argos, Uncle 
Anthony Hughes, Argos, Uncle

Preceded in death by: 
James Edward Hughes, Great Grandfather

Visitation will be from 12 noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Medaryville Assembly of God Church, Medaryville. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m., Tuesday, at the church with Pastor Tom Dewlen officiating. A private graveside service will take place.

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

Daril A. Richie
Friday, 01 September 2017 00:00

December 16, 1993 to September 1, 2017

MEDARYVILLE - Daril Amos Richie, 23, of Monticello, (formerly of Winamac) passed away Friday, Sept. 1, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 16, 1993 in Rensselaer to Robert and Michelle Shirley Richie.

He is survived by: 
Aaleyah Ann Richie, Winamac, Daughter 
Michelle Shirley, Monticello, Mother 
Robert (Jenni) Richie, Winamac, Father 
Travis (Keicha) Foulks, Buffalo, Brother 
Ryan (Brittany) Foulks, Royal Center, Brother 
Kara Richie, Winamac, Sister 
Lydia Roller, Monticello, Maternal Grandmother 
Carol Warran, Rensselaer, Paternal Grandmother 
Sandy Scheffer, Star City, Paternal Grandmother 
Myrtle Miller, Rensselaer, Paternal Great Grandmother 
Many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins
Paizlee Foulks, Buffalo, Niece
Krystal Hoagland, Winamac, Aaleyah's Mother

Preceded in death by: 
Bobbie Lee McMeeken, Infant Sister 
Jim Shirley, Maternal Grandfather 
Frank Roller, Maternal Grandfather 
Amos Richie, Paternal Grandfather 

Mr. Richie graduated from West Central High School in 2012 where he enjoyed participating in baseball and track. He was employed as a carpenter at Jim's Construction LLC in Kokomo. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting (with Grandpa Frank), fishing, swimming, and four-wheeling. He was also an avid gamer. He was a caring friend and a loving brother, son, and father. He will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Medaryville. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Tom Dewlen officiating.

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

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Robert M. Glidden
Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

September 20, 1956 to August 1, 2017

WINAMAC - Robert Michael Glidden, 60, of Little Rock, Ark., died unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 1, in Memphis, Tenn.

He was born Sept. 20, 1956 in Chicago, to Clayton F. and Mary Margaret Glidden.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Margaret "Peggy" McKinley Glidden and his sister, Deborah Glidden, both of Chicago; as well as many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clayton F. Glidden. 

Mr. Glidden held a Ph.D. and was a retired chemist with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

A graveside service will be at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1, at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.  Burial of cremated remains will take place at the cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac. 

Edward R. Puchalski
Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

June 9, 1927 to August 31, 1927

DECATUR, Texas - Edward Raymond Puchalski, 90, passed away Thursday, Aug. 31, in Denton, Texas.

He was born June 9, 1927 to the late Edward and Genevive Wegner Puchalski in Chicago. He married Doris Ilene Green on Sept. 28, 1957 in North Judson.

Survivors include his son Brian Puchalski of Leakey, Texas; his daughters Brenda McHenry of Corinth; Belinda Puchalski of Greenwood, Briget Puchalski of Greenwood; his granddaughter Cassaundra McHenry of Plano; his grandsons Luke Puchalski of Denton, Royce McHenry of Corinth; his sister-in-law, Carlyn Puchalski of Indiana; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Mr. Puchalski was a retired machinist. He enjoyed farming and being outdoors. He loved making all types of jewelry. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion in North Judson and the Fraternal order of Eagles in Winamac.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to American Kidney Association.

Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur, Texas is handling arrangements.

Richard R. Bischoff
Sunday, 27 August 2017 05:42

August 24, 1922 to August 27, 2017

WINAMAC - Richard R. Bischoff, 95, of Winamac, passed away at 5:42 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 27, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

He was born Aug. 24, 1922 in Beech Grove, to the late Francis X. and Edith I. Wewe Bischoff. He married Marilyn J. Oakley on Sept. 19, 1942. She died June 13, 1962. He married Roberta M. Huff on July 20, 1963 in Seymour. She died Aug. 3, 2013.

He is survived by:

Robert F. (Sylvia) Bischoff, Zionsville, IN Son
Ronald M. Bischoff, Winamac, IN Son
Randall M. Bischoff, Lafayette, Son
Rebecca M. (Matthew) Tubergen, Carmel, IN Daughter.
Deborah Beuter, Westfield, IN Granddaughter
Jeffrey (Carrie) Bischoff, Fishers, IN Grandson
Julia (Michael) Myers, Carmel, IN Granddaughter
Catherine (Brad) Huff, Indianapolis, IN Granddaughter
Mallory (Alvin) Fry, Winamac, IN Granddaughter
Macy Bischoff, Winamac, IN Granddaughter
Roxanne Bischoff, Lafayette, IN Granddaughter
Aleicia Bischoff, Lafayette, IN Granddaughter
Tyler Bischoff, Lafayette, IN Grandson
Madeline Tubergen, Carmel, IN Granddaughter
Reagan Tubergen, Carmel, IN Granddaughter
Harrison Tubergen, Carmel, IN Grandson
10 Great Grandchildren
Paul Bischoff, Beech Grove, IN Brother

Preceded in death by:
Francis "Red" Bischoff, Brother
Curtis Bischoff, Brother
Harold Bischoff, Brother

Mr. Bischoff graduated from Beech Grove High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He landed in Normandy on D-Day-plus-two and served in Europe until the end of the war. He served in the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He moved to Winamac in 1963 where he managed the Farm Bureau Co-op. He was the former owner of Rich's Cafe and Bischoff's Restaurant in Winamac. He served as the Pulaski County Surveyor. He also served as a Republican precinct committeeman. He served as a bail bondsman until his retirement at age 93. He was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Winamac and member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, animals and spending time with his family.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 31, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A scriptural wake service will be at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 1, at St. Peters Catholic Church, Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will be at St. Peters Cemetery, Winamac. The VFW and American Legion will conduct a military graveside service.

Memorial donations may be made to the VFW.



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