Dedra (Rudd) Ragan

Funeral services for Dedra (Rudd) Ragan, 53, of Knox, are Monday, February 25 at 1 p.m. at Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox, with visitation there from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to the family.

Forrest Fishburn

Funeral services for Forrest Fishburn, 78, of Knox, are Thursday, February 28 at 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Knox. Visitation is Wednesday, February 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox. Memorials may be given to the youth organization of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Lois Darlene Sponaugle

Lois Darlene Sponaugle, age 74, of Knox, passed away Friday, February 22, 2019 surrounded by her family at her home. Lois was born August 16, 1944 in Valparaiso, Indiana to Earl Smith and Lois Stonecipher Smith, both deceased. She had worked for many years a waitress. On March 7, 1961 she married Ralph Sponaugle, he survives. Continue reading

Duane Williamson

95-year-old Duane Williamson of Rolling Prairie passed away Friday, February 22, 2019. Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. CST at the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Wednesday at the church from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is handling arrangements.

Paul Hale

Funeral services for 55-year-old Paul Hale, of Knox, will be held on Thursday, February 21st at 11 a.m. at the Braman and Son Memorial Chapel in Knox. Visitation will be held there on Wednesday, February 20 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Cash Holbrook

Funeral services for 91-year-old Cash Holbrook, of Knox, will be Friday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac with visitation there on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. The VFW and American Legion will conduct Military Graveside Services. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW.

Marcelino “Mark” Salinas

Funeral services for 87-year-old Marcelino “Mark” Salinas, of Winamac, will be Thursday, Feb. 21 at noon ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulaski Animal Center to honor Mark’s love of adopting and caring for animals.

Carla Johnson

57-year-old Carla Johnson of LaPorte, formerly of Knox, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019. A memorial service will be Friday, February 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. CST at Little Dove Baptist Church of Toto. A celebration of life gathering will be held Friday at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the family. Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is handling arrangements.

Dr. Roger C. Verhagen

Roger C. Verhagen, 93, died Thursday, February 7, 2019 at his home. He was born May 6, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Christian M. and Marie (Natelborg) Verhagen.

Roger served in the Army Air Corps in WWII. He then graduated from Northern Illinois College of Optometry. He practiced Optometry in Knox and North Judson from 1950 to 1996.

Roger enjoyed singing, golfing & playing tennis (in his younger years), long car rides, philosophical talks and most of all spending time with his beloved family. Continue reading

Wayne ‘Butch’ Stalbaum

Funeral services 73-year-old Wayne ‘Butch’ Stalbaum, of Medaryville, will be on Friday, February 15th at 10 a.m. at the Medaryville Christian Church. Interment will follow at the San Pierre Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 14 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boersma Funeral Home in Wheatfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital.

Chastity Nicole “Chas” Bennett

Funeral services for 28-year-old Chastity Nicole “Chas” Bennett, of Francesville, will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville with visitation there from 10 a.m. ET until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be given to Alliance Bank in Francesville where an account has been established for her daughter.

Donald W. “Don” Schacht

Donald W. “Don” Schacht, age 77, of North Judson, passed away Friday, February 01, 2019. Don was born February 5, 1941 in North Judson to Frederick Schacht and Henrietta Dunkleburger Schacht, both deceased.

He worked for 30 years at U.S. Steel, he loved horses and was on the Starke County Sheriff’s Posse from the beginning, and he loved driving truck. He loved people, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his wife. Continue reading

Jacob Eugene Madsen

Jacob Eugene Madsen, Age 40, died Wednesday, January 30 at his home. He was born October 21, 1978 in Knox, IN to the late Robin Hendryx. He attended North Judson-San Pierre School System and attended Gibault School for Boys and graduated 1998.

He liked playing pool and hanging out with friends and family, loved his nieces and nephew. He went to Victory Christian Church and was baptized. Continue reading

Jonnie D. Taylor

North Judson, IN. – Jonnie D. Taylor, 68, passed away at home on January 30th. He was born December 1, 1950 in Chicago, IL. to the late Benjamin and Enith Taylor. On January 15, 1977 he married Debra Mareska in North Judson.

Jon was a former Cub and Boy Scout troop leader. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially riding his Harley.

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William Arthur “Bill” Pugh Jr.

Funeral services for 82-year-old William Arthur “Bill” Pugh, Jr., of Ft. Wayne, formerly of Winamac, will be held on Monday, February 4 at noon EST at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Visitation will be held there on Sunday, February 3 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Monday. Memorial Contributions may be given to First United Methodist Church.

Betty Jean (Haney) Lucas

Betty Jean (Haney) Lucas, a resident of North Judson, passed away at the age of 97 on January 26, 2019 at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac. She was born in Iola, Kansas on August 7, 1921, the daughter of Martin and Tillie (Robbins) Haney. Her husband, Leonard E. Lucas, of North Judson predeceased her, along with sister Ruth (Haney) Boyer and brother Robert Haney.

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James David Luke Smith

Funeral services for 44-year-old James David Luke Smith, of Knox, will be held on Tuesday, February 5th at 1 p.m. (CT) at the Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox. Visitation will be held there on Monday, February 4th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Sylvia L. Welkie

Sylvia L. Welkie, age 97, of Knox, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Sylvia was born March 23, 1921, in Knox, to Jerry Gurrado and Mary D’Errico Gurrado, both deceased. In 1946, on her 25th birthday, she married Elvin H. Welkie. Together they owned and operated two local businesses, Welkie’s Dry Cleaners and Elvin’s Bar (now O’s Tap). Elvin preceded her in death on July 10, 2005. Continue reading