American Flags Available for Pulaski County Gravesites on Memorial Day

Frain Mortuary is partnering with the Winamac American Legion Post #71 and Winamac VFW Post #1728 to make small American flags available to families to place at a gravesite of a veteran.  While the members of the veteran’s organizations usually complete this task, a gravesite may be overlooked.  If a flag needs to be placed at a gravesite, they can be picked up at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.  The gravesite location will be added to the list for next year.

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Request to Vacate Alley in Winamac Moves onto Next Phase

An alley in the town of Winamac will be vacated in the near future following a decision made by town council members Wednesday.

Town Manager Brad Zellers provided the council with an update about the request, which was initially submitted on behalf of Frain LLC and neighboring property owners Deborah Worrell and Mike and Peggy Vasa at the last town council meeting in May. Continue reading

Pulaski Commissioners to Consider Contracts for Coroner’s Office

The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office may have to wait a bit longer before it gets to move into a new space, so some formal arrangements are being made for temporary offices. The coroner’s office plans to move into the Winamac Municipal Utility Complex, once the town’s police department moves into its new station downtown. However, Chief Deputy Coroner Jon Frain told the Pulaski County Council and Commissioners last week the new space may not be ready until next year.

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Frain Family Matriarch Passes Away

Jean Frain
Jean Frain

The matriarch of a prominent Pulaski County family has died. Jean Frain passed Thursday morning at 10:12 a.m. at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac, with her family by her side, one week after her 86th birthday.

She was born Nov. 10, 1930 in Winamac to the late Omer and Eva Clark, was raised on a small farm with her siblings and attended a one-room school.

On May 2, 1948 she married Max Frain at the First Christian Church in Winamac. They celebrated their 64th anniversary prior to his passing on May 17, 2012. Together they owned and operated Frain Mortuary in Winamac and raised four children. Continue reading

Welcome Home Procession Scheduled for Body of Winamac Soldier

SSgt. Andrew Budd

Members of the community are invited to pay their respects to a Winamac native who died while on active military duty. Staff Sgt. Andrew Budd was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was 27 at the time of his death on Sunday, Aug. 23 in El Paso. His body is being flown to Indianapolis this afternoon and will be returned to Winamac with an escort of police and patriot guard riders along with his family. The procession will travel north up U.S. 35 into Winamac this afternoon and turn east onto Main Street with a final destination of Frain Mortuary. The funeral home will post updates on their Facebook page as to the schedule. Continue reading

Local Funeral Director Named to State Board

  
 

A local funeral director is a newly appointed member of the Indiana Funeral Education Foundation board of directors.

Jon Frain of Frain Mortuary in Winamac is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. The foundation supports continuing education, scholarship and other financial aid opportunities for funeral directors and other professional in the field. They also educate the general public on the value of the funeral and the role of the funeral director in society and make charitable contributions on behalf of the funeral service.

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Local Funeral Director to Serve on Advisory Group

Sam Frain
Sam Frain
A local funeral director has been appointed to the National Funeral Directors Association Member Resources Advisory Group.

Samuel Frain of Frain Mortuary in Winamac will help other members in the organization evaluate existing member benefits; recommend new programs, products and services; review and provide feedback on new resources; and assist with the recruitment and retention of members from around the world.

The National Funeral Directors Association is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.

Funeral arrangments set for Braun Corporation founder and CEO

Ralph William Braun, founder and CEO of The Braun Corporation, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in Winamac. He was 72.

Born on Dec. 18, 1940 in Winamac, he was the son of Joseph J. and Olive M. Braun. He was a pioneer in the mobility industry, after struggling with SMA from a young age. Out of a need to improve his own mobility, Braun built his first three-wheel scooter in 1962. Realizing that there were many others like him, he started his own company, Save-A-Step Manufacturing, in 1963. It eventually grew into The Braun Corporation, which was incorporated in 1972. What began as a solution to his own mobility needs grew to a company that would eventually change thousands of lives. In 2006, The Braun Corporation adopted the brand name, BraunAbility for its products. Today his company has grown into a world-wide corporation, with its headquarters still based in Winamac.

Braun Corporation founder Ralph Braun
Braun Corporation founder Ralph Braun

In 2010, Ralph Braun released his autobiography, Rise Above. He then started The Ralph Braun Foundation as a way to assist the disabled population with purchasing mobility equipment. As a recipient of many awards and honors, Braun’s recognition began in 1979 when he received the Employer of the Year Award from the Commission for the Handicapped and the Indiana State Board of Health. Since that time, he has been featured on television and in many newspaper and magazine articles for his success and drive to improve the lives of others with disabilities. In 2012 he was recognized as a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama. Braun was also honored with the Support of the Guard and Reserves Patriot Award for his dedicated support and flexibility offered to employees serving in the military. Braun’s most recent award was a bronze plaque from the Adaptive Driving Alliance for being the leader and pioneer for mobility products. Continue reading