Lyman “Max” Hardesty

Funeral services for Lyman “Max” Hardesty, 90, of Hamlet, will be Tuesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel with visitation there on Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT and Tuesday one hour prior to the service. Military graveside services will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the O-D Athletic Department.

Allen Harvey

Funeral services for Allen Harvey, 73, of North Judson, are Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. CDT at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Judson, with visitation there from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church. The Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Rowles Sr.

Funeral services for Robert Rowles Sr., 89, of Hamlet, are Saturday, July 20 at 1 p.m. CDT at the Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel, with visitation there from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to VNA Hospice in Valparaiso.

Bud Rearick

A Celebration of Life Service for Bud Rearick, 57, of Monterey, is Saturday, July 20 at 5 p.m. ET at the Church of the Heartland with visitation there from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to the Biker Church of the Heartland. The Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph L. Materna

Funeral services for Joseph L. Materna, 77, of North Judson, will be Friday, July 19 at 11 a.m. CT at the O’Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson with visitation there on Thursday, July 18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT.

Matilda Johanna “Tillie” Reid

Funeral Mass for Matilda Johanna “Tillie” Reid, 94, of Winamac, will be Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. ET at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. Visitation is Wednesday, July 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac. A Scriptural Wake Service will take place on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET at the funeral home along with a Ladies of Charity Service and Christian Mothers Service at 8 PM EDT followed by the Rosary. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Marilyn Mae Rodgers Folkers

Marilyn Mae Rodgers Folkers, 85, passed away July 12th after a strongly fought battle with leukemia she is now reunited with family and friends she has not seen in such a long time. Marilyn Mae was born in Knox on May 24th, 1934 to Herman and Hazel Rodgers. She was the youngest of their six children – Don (Lil) Rodgers, Chuck Rodgers, Joe (Helen) Rodgers, Dean (Bernadine) Rodgers, and Lois (Bill) Flegal.

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Doris “Eileen” Kemble

KNOX-Doris “Eileen” Kemble passed away Monday, July 1, 2019. She was born June 12, 1945 in Plymouth, IN to Charles and Violet Hasnerl. Eileen is the youngest of her siblings: Edward Hasnerl and Joyce Conkel. Eileen grew up on the Linden Poultry Farm in Knox and later met the love of her life at Knox High School. Ken Kemble would become her best friend and husband on October 6, 1963. They spent 55 incredible years together.

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Michael Edward Elam Sr.

A celebration of life service for Michael Edward Elam Sr., 64, of Grovertown, will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Heart to Heart Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox is in charge of arrangements.

Lewis J. Hunt

A celebration of life service for Lewis J. Hunt, 58, of North Judson, will be held Friday, July 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the San Pierre Fire Department. Memorials may be given to the family. Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson is in charge of arrangements.

Donald E. Reid Sr.

A Funeral Mass for Donald E. Reid Sr., 91, of Winamac, will be held Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. EDT at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. Visitation is Tuesday, July 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with a Scriptural Wake Service there at 3 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Service at 8 p.m., followed by the Rosary. Military Graveside Services will be conducted by the American Legion and VFW. Memorials may be given to Gibault School for Boys in Terre Haute.

Linda Stage

Rosalima Lee “Linda” Stage, age 88, of Knox, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana. Linda was born July 20, 1930 in North Korea to Won Taek Lee and Mona Yei Paik Lee, both deceased. On October 15, 1955 she married William “Bill” Stage, he preceded her in death on February 10, 2016. She is survived by her children, Paul Thomas Stage Sr. of Avon, Indiana and Jacqueline Lee Wood of Louisville, Kentucky, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Theresa Lee Stage and Mary Margaret Runkle, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Visitation will be Monday, July 8, 2019 from 3-8pm (CT) at M.C. Smith Funeral Home, with a rosary service at 7pm. Funeral mass will be Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10am (CT) at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Knox. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in Hamlet.

Peter Jensen

A celebration of life for Peter Jensen, 83, of LaPorte, will be held Tuesday, July 9 from 2 to 8 p.m. CDT at the Hamlet American Legion. Memorials may be given to the Pioneerland Log Cabin Committee or the Veteran’s Administration. The Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

 Louis Benjamin Herring



Louis Benjamin Herring, age 83, was called to live with Jesus in the Church Triumphant on June 30, 2019.

His funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 810 W. Talmer Ave., North Judson, IN 46366. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at O’Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson, and for an hour preceding the funeral at St. Peter’s. Burial will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery in Denham, IN.

A 1959 graduate of Concordia University, River Forest, IL, Mr. Herring served the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod as both principal and teacher in congregations in Ulm, AR, Higginsville, MO, Stuttgart, AR, Ft. Wayne, IN and North Judson, IN where he retired with 40 years of service. In 1976, Louis received a M.S. degree in Education from the University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne. He began his teaching ministry in a one-room school house and ended his years as both principal and 7/8th grade teacher. His favorite subjects to teach were religion and geography.

During his years of service, Mr. Herring served on the Board of Regents at Concordia University, Seward, NE for 13 years, and also on the Board of Regents at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN for 12 years. Mr. Herring actively served with the Lutheran Layman’s League, Kiwanis Club, led Bible classes, and was a strong proponent of the Lutheran Hour.

After his retirement in 1999, Louis continued to serve in the Indiana District by assisting congregations and serving on the District Board of Christian Education. He loved leading Sunday morning worship services, teaching Bible class, and produced a local radio program called “Sounds of Praise”.

The children of Louis Herring feel blessed to have been born and raised in a family whose focus was centered on Christ. Laughter, music, travel, photography, games, and family devotions were integral parts of the Herring household. The importance of a Christian education and service to others was impressed on the hearts and minds of his children.

Louis Herring was preceded in death by his father John Herring, mother Edna Frieda Heimbecher Herring, brother Elmer Herring, and sister Gertrude Fiehler. His parents died in 1945 and 1944 respectively. Louis Herring was then raised by the family of Bill Koenig, beside his childhood home, near Uniontown, MO.

Louis Herring is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia Kirchoff Herring of Stuttgart, AR; daughter Shirley Cronauer and husband Theo of Avon, IN; daughter Sharon McDonald and husband Michael of Midlothian, TX; son Paul Herring of North Judson, IN; and daughter Sandra Shimono and husband Dustin of Aldie, VA.

He is also survived by five grandchildren: Jacob Cronauer and wife Nicole, Matthew McDonald and fiance’ Tane, Jonathan McDonald, Emily Shimono, and Olivia Shimono. Louis Herring also is survived by a nephew, Pastor Robert Herring and wife Barb, and some nephews and nieces.

Memorials for his years of service in Christian ministry can be made to:

St. Peter Lutheran School
810 W. Talmer Ave.
North Judson, IN 46366

Concordia University
Attn: Advancement Office / Lutheran Teacher Scholarships
800 N. Columbia Ave.
Seward, NE 68434

Concordia Theological Seminary – CTSFW
Attn: Advancement Office / Pastoral Scholarships
6600 N. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

The Lutheran Hour


Ralph F. Tow

Ralph F. Tow, age 90, of Knox, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Ralph was born October 31, 1928 in Kokomo, Indiana to John Tow and Ruth Hurley Tow, both deceased. He was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army Reserves and had worked for 40 years for Hicksgas, retiring as manager of the Knox Hicksgas. On October 8, 1949 he married Gladys Duley Tow, she preceded him in death on June 9, 2015. Surviving are his sons, Mark Tow of Huntsville, Alabama and Paul Tow (Theresa) of Memphis, Indiana, 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 6 brothers and sisters. Continue reading

Delores J. “Dee” Galbreath

Delores J. “Dee” Galbreath, 85, of Winamac passed away peacefully Friday, June 28, 2019 at Pulaski County Healthcare Center.

Born on July 23, 1933 at Logansport, she was the daughter of the late Delmar “DJ” and Harriett (Bell) Brown.

She was a 1951 Star City High School graduate.

On May 20, 1951 she married Donald E. Galbreath, he survives.

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Blanche Marie Madsen

Funeral services for Blanche Marie Madsen, 96, of Winamac, formerly of North Judson, will be Tuesday, July 2 at 11 a.m. CT at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson with a reception of friends from 9 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Douglas Phillip Kruzick

Graveside services for Douglas Phillip Kruzick, 74, of Winamac, are Wednesday, July 3 at 10 a.m. EDT at Winamac Cemetery. The American Legion and VFW will conduct Military Graveside Services. Memorials may be given to the Frain Mortuary to help with funeral expenses. Frain Mortuary in Winamac is in charge of arrangements.

Lynne Berg Metz

No services or visitation are planned for 60-year-old Lynne Berg Metz of Knox.

The Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is handling arrangements.