Bill W. Hemphill

Bill W. Hemphill, 76, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at his home. Bill was born April 4, 1942 in Fayetteville, TN to Charles and Alease (Lewter) Hemphill and lived in the area most of his life. He was a former supervisor with the Ford Motor Company. On April 28, 2003 in Big Sandy, TN, he was married to the former Susan Ball. Continue reading

Rosezella Marie “Rosie” Smith

Funeral services for Rosezella Marie “Rosie” Smith, 96, of Winamac, formerly of Granger, will be Saturday, April 6 at noon ET at the Winamac First United Methodist Church with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Graveside services are at 3 p.m. ET at the St. Thompson Cemetery in Royal Center. Memorial contributions can be made to the Winamac First United Methodist Church.

Frank D. Ahlenius

Frank D. Ahlenius, age 85, of Knox, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2019. He was born February 25, 1934 in Chicago to John Ahlenius Sr. and Marie Rostall Ahlenius, both deceased.

He was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army and was a long time member of the Operating Engineers Union Local 150. He loved running heavy equipment and was especially known for the great love of his family. On January 10, 1980 he married Judy Kobak Ahlenius, she survives. Continue reading

Dr. Richard A. Lochner

Richard A. Lochner, M.D., 72, passed away at Starke Memorial Hospital, Knox, IN on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Dr. Lochner was born October 5, 1946 in Ft. Wayne, IN to Carl C. and Golda (Draggoo) Lochner and lived in the area for 12 years, coming from Arkansas.

On August 23, 1969 in Kingston, IL, he married the former Marcia K. Uplinger. Survivors include his wife, Marcia; three sons, Joshua (April) Lochner of Bridgeman, MI, Ben (Sara) Lochner of Clark Summit, PA and Andrew Lochner of Knox; and two grandchildren, Chase Lochner and Harper Lochner. He was preceded in death by his parents. Continue reading

Glenna (Shepherd) Mullins

Funeral services for Glenna (Shepherd) Mullins, 80, of Knox, are Friday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Knox, with visitation there from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to the Great Lakes Hospice or the Leukemia Society. Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox is in charge of arrangements.

George L. Robinson

George L. Robinson, age 74, of Grovertown, Indiana, formerly of Hickory Hills, Illinois, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, March 25, 2019. George was born August 14, 1944 in Chicago, to John and Harriet Robinson, both deceased. Continue reading

Jeff Virgil Taylor

Jeff V. Taylor Sept. 13, 1953-Mar. 24, 2019

Jeff Virgil Taylor, 65, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN.

Jeff was born September 13, 1953 in Whitesberg, KY to George and Dorothy (Adams) Taylor Sr. and lived in the area most of his life. He was a retired plant manager for Custom Honing in South Bend, IN. Continue reading

Lydia A. Bradley

Lydia A. Bradley, age 61, of Knox, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019. She was born September 14, 1957 in LaPorte, Indiana to Bill and Charlene Young Hudson. She had worked for many years at the Scott-Foresman Company. On November 10, 2010 she married Roy Bradley, he survives. Also surviving are her father, Bill Hudson of Missouri, her children, Jonmichael Koekenberg of Owensboro, Kentucky and Gretchen Koekenberg of Marion, Indiana, step-children, Ann Bradley of Colorado, Matt Bradley of Knox, and Duane Bradley of Knox, a sister, Penny McDowell of LaPorte, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A funeral service will take place at 7:00pm (CT) Tuesday, March 26, 2019, with visitation 3 hours prior to services, at M.C. Smith Funeral Home.

Crystal Boese

39-year-old Crystal Boese of Walkerton passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. CDT at Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel. Visitation will be Monday at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CDT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the funeral home.

John R. Rice

Funeral services for John R. Rice, of Knox, will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 1 p.m. at the Braman and Son Memorial Chapel in Knox, with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of the services.

Janette F. Martin Britton

Graveside services for 76-year-old Janette F. Martin Britton, of Knox, will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at 11 a.m. at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Knox. Braman and Son Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Opal Cole

Funeral services for Opal Cole, 85, of Knox will be Friday, March 22 at 2 p.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel with visitation there on Thursday, March 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT, and Friday one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

Esther Joan Gabhart

Funeral services for 86-year-old Esther Joan Gabhart, of Winamac, will be Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac with visitation there Thursday, March 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home in Valparaiso.

Charles R. Fort

Funeral services for 68-year-old Charles R. Fort, of Knox, will be held on Wednesday, March 20th at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Knox, with visitation there from 4 p.m. until the time of the services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Services of Starke County. Braman and Son Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangement.

Sydney Nicole Littleton


Sydney Nicole Littleton, age 21, of Knox, passed away suddenly on March 14, 2019. Sydney was born September 4, 1997 in Knox. She was a 2015 graduate of Knox High School, where she had played in the school band. She loved to dance and had participated in dance class for over 15 years. She was currently working at the Subway in Knox. Continue reading

Theresa A. Logan

A Funeral Mass for Theresa A. Logan, 90, of Francesville, will be held Wednesday, March 13 at 2 p.m. EDT at St. Francis of Solano Catholic Church in Francesville. Visitation is Wednesday, March 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, followed by a memorial service there at 1 p.m. Memorials may be given to St. Francis of Solano Catholic Church or the West Side Senior Center.

Arlos L Kroft Epler

Arlos L Kroft Epler, age 95, a long time Francesville resident, passed away at her granddaughter’s home in Lakeville, 7:00 AM Sunday, March 10, 2019. She was born in Medaryville, July 23, 1923 daughter of the late George and Grace Tetzloff Kroft. She married Frank R. Epler on July 4, 1958 and he preceded her in death.

Arlos graduated from Medaryville High School and was a homemaker. She had been a life member of St. John’s UCC . She enjoyed cooking and baking, cookies and pies were her specialty. She also enjoyed playing euchre.

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