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

Services for Bud Krohn Jr. Postponed

Due to the Weather, services for 69-year-old Bud Krohn Jr., of Winamac, will be held on Thursday, January 31st, (rather than Wednesday, January 30th) at 11:00 AM at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home & Crematory, Kewanna Chapel. Visitation will still be held today, Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 3:00-7:00 PM at the funeral home.

Claiborn Marshall “Clip” Wamsley

Claiborn Marshall “Clip” Wamsley, age 93, of Monterey, passed away January 27, 2019. Clip was born March 19, 1925, at home, in Springersville, Indiana to William Ginn Wamsley and Ruby May Cullins Wamsley, both deceased. He was a 1943 Graduate of Alquina High School and went on to serve as a Signalman in the U.S. Navy from 1943-46 during WWII. He graduated Franklin College in 1950 on the G.I. Bill and one week later started working at First National Bank of Monterey. He was currently the Chairman and CEO of FNB of Monterey. He has been a member of the Monterey United Methodist Church since 1950, received the Sagamore of the Wabash, Past Treasurer of Monterey Lions Club, Past member of the Monterey Volunteer Fire Dept., official score keeper for the Monterey High School and Culver Community High School from 1962-2010, past President of the State of Indiana Community Bankers Assoc., Pulaski County Sheriff Merit Board, and a trustee of the Riverside Cemetery in Monterey. He was an avid golfer and outdoorsman who loved hunting mushrooms and arrowheads.

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John Burris

A celebration of life service for John Burris, 74, of Indianapolis, formerly of Koontz Lake, will be held Saturday, February 2 at 2 p.m. EST at the Rannells Funeral Home Koontz Lake Chapel, with a memorial gathering there from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Mark E. Simmons

Funeral services for 93-year-old Mark E. Simmons, of Knox, will be held on Monday, January 28 at 3 p.m. at the Knox United Methodist Church with visitation there from 2 p.m. until the time of the services. The Braman and Son Memorial Chapel in Knox is in charge of arrangements.

Rosella I. Bucher

Funeral services for 94-year-old Rosella I. Bucher, of Francesville, will be held on Saturday, January 26 at 2 p.m. ET at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with visitation there from noon until the time of the services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Harvest Call.

Marlene K. “Mollie” Wallace

Marlene K. “Mollie” Wallace, age 78, of Knox, passed away Friday, January 18, 2019 at her home. She was born February 11, 1940 at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond, Indiana to Charles Wallace and Hannah Amm Wallace. She was a 1959 graduate of Knox High School. After graduation she went to Indianapolis and worked there until 1964 when she went to work at Kaiser Aluminum/Rexam in Wanatah and Valparaiso, Indiana. She retired from Rexam in April of 2002. She loved pictures and doing genealogy for family and classmates. Continue reading

Dwight E. Goble

Funeral services for 83-year-old Dwight E. “Boob” Goble, of Winamac, will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd at 11 a.m. ET at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with visitation there on Tuesday, January 22 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. ET. Military Graveside Services will be conducted by the American Legion and VFW. Memorial contributions may be made to Pulaski County 4H Shooting Sports.

Lowell L. Reinhold

Funeral Services for 98-year-old Lowell L. Reinhold, of Winamac, formerly of Monterey, will be held on Thursday, January 24 at 10:30 a.m. ET at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Visitation will be held there on Wednesday, January 23 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulaski Health Care Center.

Julie Dieden Gillespie

Julie Dieden Gillespie, age 84, of Tuscon, Arizona, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 at her home.

Julie was born July 29, 1934 in Kokomo, Indiana to Ray Dieden and Ruth Covington Dieden, both deceased. She loved her family, reading and living in the desert in her final years. She especially cherished Liz’s dogs, Myndi, Bella and Lucy. Julie was loved by all who knew her, especially the hospice nurses and support staff.

She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Wright of Tuscon, AZ, James P. Gillespie (Kaylynne) of Union, MI and Cathy Levy (Jeff) of Berrien Springs, MI, grandchildren, Lauren and Erica Levy and Troy and Todd Campenello, 5 great grandchildren, and a brother-in-law, Ray Alexander. She was preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Alexander.

Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11am (CT) with visitation one hour prior to services, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Knox. Burial will follow at Bass Lake Cemetery in Knox.

Anna Mae Minker

89-year-old Anna Mae Minker of Donaldson, formerly of Hamlet, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. CST at Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel. Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Center for Hospice, the Hamlet United Methodist Church or the Starke County Scholarship Foundation.

Cindy (Biddle) Vessely

Funeral services for Cindy (Biddle) Vessely, 65, of North Judson, are Saturday, January 12 at noon at Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church in Wheatfield. Visitation is Friday, January 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Braman & Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson. Memorials may be given to Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church, English Lake Church, or Shriners Children’s Hospital.