Stated Meeting Thursday, June 7th, 2018.  Meal served at 6:30 pm and Lodge opens at 7:30 pm.

Larry Coffman...

Larry W. Coffman, 81, Royal Center, passed away at 6:14 a.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the Chase Center in Logansport.
He was born on Monday, June 17, 1935, in Greentown, Howard County, to the late William Bill and Pauline (Lyons) Coffman. On Sept. 28, 1956, in Greentown, Howard County, he married Shirley A. Elliott; she survives.
Larry and his wife, Shirley, have lived in their home in Royal Center for the last 52 years.
He had been in failing health for the last several years.
Larry was a 50-year member and a Past Master of Royal Center Masonic Lodge 585 F&AM of Royal Center.
He was an amazing Mason and had taught numerous people Masonic work.
Larry was also a member of the White County Shrine Club of Monticello, MSA of the Scottish Rites of Indiana, and a member of the Mizpah Shrine of Fort Wayne.
He had also served as a Boy Scout leader for several years.
Larry belonged to the Beaver Muzzleloaders Association.
He started his butchering career in Greentown, then moving onto Lucerne where he operated the grocery store for many, many years.
He then went to the Royal Center Locker Plant, and finished out, retiring after 27 1/2 years at the State Hospital in the meat processing center in 1996.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley A. Coffman of Royal Center; children, Kathy (husband Aric) Raderstorf of Royal Center, and James "Jim" (wife Dawn) Coffman of Eau Claire, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Ashley (husband Michael "Mike") Moore, Evan Raderstorf, Christopher "Chris" (wife Laura) Coffman, Dustin "Dusty" (companion Abby) Coffman, Cassandra (fiancee Coty) Coffman, Salem Coffman, Emma Coffman, and Chloe Coffman; and four great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Josiah Moore, Jace Coffman, and Carlie Rohrabaugh.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, William "Bill" and Pauline (Lyons) Coffman; daughter, Terri Coffman; son, Perry Coffman; and three brothers.
Memorial graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Kistler Cemetery in Royal Center, with Royal Center Masonic Lodge 585 F&AM of Royal Center officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Royal Center Masonic Lodge 585 of Royal Center, or to the Cass County Humane Society of Logansport. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery.
Miller Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.
Wayne Berry...

Wayne R. Berry, 83, of Royal Center passed away at 4:20 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Born on June 1, 1932 in Cass County, he was the son of the late George and Grace (Barr) Berry.

Wayne was a 1950 graduate and Valedictorian at Royal Center High School. He was also a graduate of Purdue University’s Ag Short Course.

On August 30, 1953 he married Lois V. Schmaltz, she survives.

He was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1952-1954 during the Korean Conflict.

Wayne was a lifelong farmer.

Wayne was a member of the Royal Center United Methodist Church and Royal Center Masonic Lodge. He was an avid fan of Purdue Basketball and the Chicago White Sox. He loved to share stories with his grandchildren and attend their sporting events.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Berry of Royal Center, sons, Dean Berry (Peggy) of Royal Center, Gary Berry (Janice) of Macon, Illinois and Brad Berry (Sue Ann) of Monticello, sister, Betty Goodrich (Howard) of Royal Center and brother, Jon Berry (Nancy) of Royal Center, grandchildren, Amanda Kennedy (Charlie), Kent Berry (Caity), Jennifer Williams (Brandon), Chad Berry (Stephanie), Scot Berry (Sharlie) and Adam Berry (Krystle). He is also survived by 9 great grandchildren with one more on the way and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sister, Jane Wallis.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel with Cara Keay officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the funeral home where there will be a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m.

Burial with military rites will be performed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Logansport.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Sign the online guest book or leave condolence for the Berry family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com
Lewis Franklin...

Lewis Franklin, 83, of Royal Center passed away unexpectedly at 10:25 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2015 at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Born on May 18, 1932 in Grayson County, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Jess and Roxie Mae (Haycraft) Franklin. On October 21, 1955 he married Leora H. Hutchison, she survives.

Lewis was a U.S. Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Fessenden during the Korean War.

He retired from Essroc in 1997 after 43 years as a heavy equipment operator.

Lewis was a member of the American Legion and the Royal Center Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed gardening, yard work and most of all watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Survivors include his wife, Leora H. Franklin of Royal Center, children, Tony Franklin (Teresa) of Royal Center, Kellie Haynes (Tom) of Logansport, Chris Franklin (Lani) of Royal Center and Leslie Grigsby (Steve) of Royal Center, sisters, Marie Dimmitt of Clarksville, Delores Gray of Connersville, and Edwina Lawson of Pendleton, brothers, Danny Franklin of Scottsburg and Cletus Franklin of Scottsburg, grandchildren, Lee Franklin (Sara), Joe Franklin (Tracy), Dave Franklin (Abby), Jessica Brown (Wesley), Ashley Long (Kipp), Jake Franklin (Lisa), Casey Franklin, Nathan Grigsby and Blair Grigsby. He is also survived by 16 great grandchildren and 1 on the way.

He was also preceded in death by sisters, Burtress Holmes, Imogene Vest, Euleta Morgan and Joyce Franklin and brothers, Robert Franklin, Laymon “Jake” Franklin, Allus Franklin and Herman Franklin.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel with Pastor Tim Minnick officiating.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial with Military Rites will be performed at Ever-Rest Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Royal Center Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Franklin family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.
John Hinshaw...

John B. Hinshaw, 90, of Royal Center, passed away peacefully at 4:25 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Born on March 4, 1924, in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Dr. John A. and Josephine B. (Blickenstaff) Hinshaw. On June 5, 1946 he married Mary L. Barr, she survives.

He was a graduate of Royal Center High School.

John served as a Staff Sgt. with the Anti-Tank Company 222nd Infantry Regiment of the 42nd Infantry Division in WWII. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, European Theater Ribbon with three Battle Stars, the Victory Ribbon, German Occupation Ribbon and the Presidential Unit Citation for fighting on January 24th and 25th of 1945. John also served in the United States Air Force Reserves for six years.

When he came home in 1946 he founded J. B. Hinshaw and Son Construction Company. He also was a co-owner of Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home and Metzger and Hinshaw Monument Sales from 1967 to 2007.

He was a life member of American Legion Post #60, VFW Post #3790, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #66, National Rifle Association, a 50-year member of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge #585, Royal Center Lions Club, Order of Eastern Star, Ft. Wayne Scottish Rite, National Association Rainbow Division Veterans, Fraternal Order of Police #71 and the L’Anguille Practical Pistol League, FOE #323.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Hinshaw, Royal Center; sons, John C. Hinshaw (Patrice), Royal Center and Michael R. Hinshaw, Greenfield; grandchildren, Dawn Sharp (Chris), Brownsburg, Hillery Taylor (Todd), Logansport, Noah Hinshaw (Brooke), Clermont, Ginger Pace (Robert), Plainfield, Illinois, Kandi Hinshaw, Avon and John D. Hinshaw, Ft. Wayne; nine great-grandsons; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at Harrison-Metzger- Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel with Pastor Richard Utterback officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the funeral home where there will be a Masonic Service at 7:15 p.m. followed by an Elks Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. Burial with Full Military Rites will be performed in Riverview Cemetery in Monticello.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and/or the Elks National Foundation. Please sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Hinshaw family at www.ransfunerahomes.com.
Howard Blackman...

HEADLEE — Howard “Blackie” K. Blackman, 91, Headlee, passed away at 3:07 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Born on Dec. 8, 1922, in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Ottis and Xenclea (Harriett) Blackman. On Dec. 8, 1948, he married Wilma Martin, who survives.

Blackie was a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving in France, Belgium and Holland.

He was a heavy equipment operator retiring in 1987 from Deichman Excavating, and he was a member of the Operator of Engineers Local #103. After retirement, Blackie formerly owned and operated Blackman Excavating for more than 30 years.

Blackie was also a member of White Oak United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 81 in Monticello. He was also a 50-year member of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge. His main hobby was “always working,” but he also enjoyed fox and raccoon hunting, fishing, square dancing and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s school sporting events.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Wilma Blackman, Headlee; his children, Terry Blackman, Tom (Cindy) Blackman, all of near Headlee, Ron (Cindy) Blackman, Logansport, and Jeannie (Vince) Knauff, Denver, Ind.; grandchildren, Rob (Stephanie) Blackman, Zionsville, Ryan Blackman, Idaville, Ricki (Matt) Westerhouse, Buffalo, Rhiana (Joe) Lavender, Star City, Gracie (Danny) Byroad, Star City, Mason (Lindsey) Blackman, Pulaski, Melissa Hoover, Francesville, Chantel (Jeremy) Crawn, Idaville, Tasha Blackman, Indianapolis, and Chad (Christy) Haselby, Silver Lake. He is also survived by 28 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Donna Baker Blackman; sisters, Winafred Helvie, Genevieve Brandt, Helen Huddleston and Mabel Hilgeman; brothers, George Blackman, Bill Blackman, Burl Blackman, Don Blackman and Harry Blackman; an infant granddaughter; and two infant great-granddaughters.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel, with Pastor Adam Speicher officiating.

Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and also one hour prior to the service Monday.

Burial with military rites will be performed at Pro Cemetery near Headlee.

Memorial contributions may be made to White Oak United Methodist Church.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Blackman family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com
Harold G. Liming...

Harold G. "Duke" Liming, 88, of Logansport, passed away Saturday morning, September 6, 2014 in his residence.

Duke was born on Aug. 20, 1926 in Keithsburg, IL to the late Jesse Leo and Emma "Crager" Liming. On March 5, 1960 in Logansport he married Marilyn Heiny who survives.

Duke worked in construction for thirty five years as the former owner of Liming and Son Builders. He was a Korean War Veteran serving with the 145th field artillery battalion from 1950 - 1952. He was a Past Master of Twelve Mile Masonic Lodge, member of Royal Center Masonic Lodge, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite and America Legion Post #3790.

Duke enjoyed time with his family, vacationing, traveling and spending the winter months in Florida.

Survivors include his wife and one son, Alan (Beth) Liming, Logansport; two grandsons, Corey Liming, Rochester and Bryant Liming of Logansport.
Duke was preceded i n death by his parents and one brother, Alfred Laverne Liming.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Dirk Raderstorf officiating.

Burial with full military rites will be in the Metea cemetery.
Visitation hours will be from 4 - 8 pm Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 in the Gundrum Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Twelve Mile Volunteer Fire Department/Rescue or the Cass County 4-H Fair Association

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Norman Felker...

Norman “Clyde” Felker, 82 of Royal Center went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 5:45 p.m., Thursday, July 31, 2014 at his home after a prolonged illness surrounded by his loving family.

Born on July 30, 1932 in Wolcott, he was the son of the late Carl and Dorothy (Latta) Felker. On May 28, 1965, he married Gertraud “Gerti” M. Pantalitschka in Bad Toelz, Germany. She survives.

He was a 1950 Royal Center High School graduate.

Clyde was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War from 1952-1954. He reinlisted in 1962 and served in the Vietnam War from 1967-1968. Clyde was a 5th Special Forces Green Beret Paratrooper, having over 200 jumps and was a sharpshooter and demolitions expert. He was also a recipient of the Bronze Star. He ended his military career and retired in 1980 as a Recruiter.

He was a member of Caley United Methodist Church where he served at Trustee and Lay Speaker. Clyde was a member and Past Master of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of Logansport Shrine Club, American Legion Post #60 and the Elks Lodge in Alamosa, Colorado.

Clyde was a former bus driver for Pioneer School Corporation and he also retired as a Carrier at the Winamac Post Office in 1993.

Clyde and Gerti enjoyed going to Special Forces reunions across the country and he was an avid HAM radio operator. He also enjoyed mowing yard and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Gerti Felker of Royal Center, daughter, Gabriele “Gabi” Chini (Bob) of Valley Center, California, son, Steve “Skinny” Felker (Chandra) of Burnettsville, sister, Marie Liming of Lucerne, brother, Phillip Gene Felker (Sharon) of Fountain Hills, Arizona and brother in law, Konrad Pantalitschka (Roswitha) of Holzkirchen, Germany. He is also survived by grandchildren, Alaina Simpler (Chris) of High Point, N.C., Adam Chini (Michelle) of Escondido, CA., Jordan Chini of Valley Center, CA., Wyatt, Eli, Jake and Kinsey Felker of Burnettsville, great granddaughter, Alora Simpler and great grandsons, Stone and Dillon Simpler. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Dianna Marie Felker and sister, Betty Jean Strausburg.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 4, 2014 at Caley United Methodist in Royal Center, Indiana with Pastor Doris Smith officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Caley United Methodist Church.

Burial with Military Rites will be performed at Pro Cemetery in Headlee.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caley United Methodist Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center.

Sign the online guestbook or leave condolence for Felker family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com
Don Lesher...

Residence: Idaville (Caley/Bell Center area), Indiana
Died: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Location: 9:20 p.m., at the Indiana University Health, White Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Indiana



Age: 74
Date of Birth: Sunday, October 22, 1939
Birth place: White County, Indiana


Father: Harold " Hod " Lesher
Mother: Mabel F. ( Cosgray ) Lesher
Marital Status: Married
Resided in: Lived in rural Idaville (Caley/Bell Center area), Indiana, all his life
Funeral Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Funeral Location: Immediately following the Masonic Service at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello, Indiana
Clergy: Pastor Doris Smith of the Caley United Methodist Church of Caley, Indiana.
Burial will take place: Bell Center Cemetery in rural Idaville (White County), Indiana
Visitation will be: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello, Indiana. Masonic Service by Royal Center Masonic Lodge #585 of Royal Center at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014, immediately followed by the funeral service.
Biographical Information: Don had lived in rural Idaville (Caley/Bell Center area), Indiana, all his life, and was a 1958 graduate of Burnettsville High School of Burnettsville, Indiana. He had worked for NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company), Underground Shortage in Royal Center for several years, retiring in 1997. Don had also worked at the former Cheeseborough Ponds in Monticello. He was former member of the Burnettsville Masonic Lodge before they merged with Royal Center Masonic Lodge. Don was a fifty year member and had served as Worshipful Master of the Burnettsville and Royal Center Lodges. He was also involved 4-H in White County and was a 4-H Leader for several years. Don was very involved and active with the swine project and was a former member of the swine committee.
Special Services: Masonic Service by Royal Center Masonic Lodge # 585 of Royal Center, Indiana, will be at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Memorial Information: Memorials may be given to the wishes of the donor. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Marriage Information: On March 7, 1959, at the Caley United Methodist Church in Caley (rural White County), Indiana, he married Marilyn L. Reiff. She survives.
Survivors include:
Wife,
Marilyn L. Lesher of Idaville (Bell Center/Caley area), Indiana;

Children,
Jeffrey "Jeff" (wife Arlene) Lesher of Monticello, Indiana,
Steven "Steve" Lesher of Idaville (Bell Center/Caley area), Indiana, and
Cindy (husband Gary) Allen of Monticello, Indiana;

Grandchildren,
Jennifer Armstrong of Monticello, Indiana,
Nicholas "Nic" (wife Deanna) Lesher of Redlands, California, and
Cyrus "Cy" and Cody Allen, both at home in Monticello, Indiana;

Great Grandchildren,
Brennan,
Alexia, and
Kohen;

Mother-in-law,
Louise Reiff of Monticello, Indiana;

Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, and Cousins.
Preceded in Death:
Parents,
Harold "Hod" and Mabel F.(Cosgray) Lesher;

Infant Son,
Greg Lesher;

Father-in-law,
Robert "Bob" Reiff
Arrangements by:
Miller - Roscka Funeral Home, 6368 E. US 24, Monticello, Indiana, 47960 ( 574 ) 583-8488.
Sam F. Kochel...

Samuel F. Kochel, 88, of Burnettsville passed away at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Pulaski Healthcare Center.
Born on March 18, 1925, he was the son of the late Harry O. and Pearl (DeWitt) Kochel.
Samuel was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII and Korea. He also served in the Indiana National Guard. He was a member of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge and the V.F.W. in Monticello.
He was a retired operating engineer and lifelong farmer.
Survivors include his children, Samuel W. Kochel (Sue) of Headlee, Melody Ann Scahill (Thomas) of Salem, Ohio and Marsha McBlaine-Miller, grandchildren, Esther Scahill Bailey, Sean Scahill, Michael Scahill, Kenny Kochel, Samuel Kochel, Jerry Kochel, Dale Gerard, Melissa Procopio and Kevin Clothier and great grandchildren, Dacey Kochel, Shellylane Kochel, Brock Abney, Samuel Kochel, Sarah Beckner, Andrew Carter, Anna Carter and Catherine Carter.
He was preceded in death by 6 brothers and 1 sister.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 30, 2013 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel with Pastor Edward Roller officiating.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the funeral home, where there will also be a Masonic service at 3:45 p.m.
Burial will be at Bell Center Cemetery.
Robert Dale Bridge...

November 14, 2012
Robert ‘Dale’ Bridge

LOGANSPORT — Robert “Dale” Bridge, 72, Logansport, passed away at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at St. Mary’s Health Care in Lafayette, after a four-month battle with brain cancer.

Dale was born July 7, 1940, in Logansport, to Dudley and Frances Sellers Bridge.

He retired from Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company and was a former driver for Carter Block for 20 years.

Dale was a member of Royal Center Masonic Lodge 585. He was an avid sports and NASCAR fan.

Survivors include one daughter, Vicki Wood and husband, Dan, Lafayette; sister, Janice Bridge, Texas; companion, Susan Kinder, Logansport; one grandchild, Jake Hosler, Lafayette; one great-granddaughter, Madison Hosler, Lafayette; three stepgrandchildren, Lyndsy Wood, Kokomo, Samantha (Chad) McDonald, Logansport, and Danny Wood Jr., Logansport; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Bridge.

A celebration of life service will be held at noon Saturday at Gundrum Funeral Home & Crematory. Jim Bird will be officiating the services and visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services.

Memorials may be made to the Brain Cancer Research Foundation.

You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.
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Merle A. Grigsby...

December 17, 2011
Merle A. Grigsby

MONTICELLO — Merle A. Grigsby, 93, Monticello, formerly of Idaville, died at 2:22 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, in Monticello.

Born Friday, Jan. 11, 1918, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Oliver and Audrey Grigsby. His mother went blind shortly after birth and never saw her son. He was raised by his grandmother in Palestine, Ohio. He was married Nov. 23, 1941, to the very pretty Mary Ellen Steininger in Louisville, Ky. She died April 1, 1994.

Merle was a staff sergeant for the United States Army, serving during World War II in the Pacific for the 741st Engineers. Every year since 1945, Merle, his Army buddies and their families would get together on Labor Day, and as of this year, there were only five left from the 741st Engineers.

Upon his return to the states, he spent several years as the manager of Welfare Finance in Monticello and as their bank examiner until he retired.

Since his first retirement, he has retired three more times from other endeavors. In 1976, he participated in the United States Bi-Centennial Celebration in a wagon train entourage to Valley Forge. In December of 2000, as a member of the Mizpah Shrine Club Horse Patrol Unit, he rode in the 2001 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Merle was an active member of Monticello United Methodist Church.

He was also a 60-plus-year member of the former Burnettsville Masonic Lodge of Burnettsville, and Royal Center Masonic Lodge No. 585 F. & A.M. of Royal Center. His connection and association with free masonry, as a Past Master and a 60-year member, brought great interest and great enjoyment.

In his waning years, Mr. Grigsby compiled a book, depicting the extraordinary events in the lifetime of a very ordinary gentleman.

Survivors include daughter, Marjorie Candace “Candy” (husband, Richard) Parmeter, Logansport; son, C. Curtis “Curt” (wife, Shirley Ann) Grigsby I, Monticello; sister-in-law, Claudia Reingardt, Monticello; grandchildren, C. Curtis “Curt” (wife, Michell) Grigsby II, Dayton, Ohio, Heather L. (husband, Mark) Pflug, Valparaiso, Holly L. Parmeter, Logansport, and Camilla E. (husband, Troy) Zweibel Sr., Logansport, Indiana; and great-grandchildren, Geordan Pflug, Kyle, Connor and Cameron Curran, Casey R. Rivard, Delaney D. Nava, Harley R. Wines, Addison E. Grigsby, Donovan L. Wines, and Carrington L., and Corey L. Tabbs Jr.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Monticello United Methodist Church, 200 S. Main St., Monticello. Burial will take place in IOOF Riverview Cemetery in rural Monticello. Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery following the service at the church by the Monticello American Legion, AmVets and VFW Post Honor Guard. The Rev. Brian Beeks of Monticello United Methodist Church of Monticello will officiate.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Miller-Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello and one hour prior to services Tuesday in the church. Masonic services by Royal Center Lodge No. 585 F.& A.M. of Royal Center will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by a Shrine walk-through.
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Kenneth Cookerly...

May 17, 2012
Kenneth Cookerly

ROYAL CENTER — Kenneth Cookerly, 87, Royal Center, died at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Born July 7, 1924, in Manistee, Mich., he was the son of Kenneth Lawrence Cookerly and Florence Hopkins. He was married Nov. 30, 1944, in Bossier City, La., to Dorris Lee Adkisson.

He retired in 1987 from Exide Battery Company and had also worked for Standard Oil Company.

Kenneth was a former volunteer fireman for the Royal Center Fire Dept., former Boone Township trustee, former coach and president of the Little League Association, former school bus driver, former town board member and Lions Club member. He was a member of Royal Center Masonic Lodge and also had driven for Logansport-Cass County Public Library.

Surviving are his wife, Dorris Cookerly, Royal Center; daughters, Bonnie Cookerly, Baltimore, and Mary Shepard, Logansport; sons, Kenneth Cookerly and wife, Chris, Brownsburg, Greg Cookerly and wife, Kathy, Brownsburg, and Tim Cookerly and wife, Renee, Brownsburg; sisters, Lorena McCoy, Lebanon, Betty Nies, Royal Center, and Billie Brown, Kendallville; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, John R. Cookerly.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Gundrum Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Utterback officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Royal Center Volunteer Fire Department.
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Frederick E. Henry...

March 24, 2012
Frederick E. Henry

ROYAL CENTER — Frederick E. Henry, 89, of Royal Center, passed away at 4 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012, at his residence.

Born Oct. 14, 1922, in Logansport, he was the second child of the late Alvin A. and Hazel (Smith) Henry. On May 16, 1945, he was married to Mary F. Harvey in Burnettsville by Rev. Virden Graham. She survives.

He was a 1940 Royal Center High School graduate.

Fred was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the first boat wave of seven major invasions in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He was a retired plumbing and heating contractor. He formerly worked at Logan Machine, H.R. Dietz Plumbing & Heating and most recently J-Way Plumbing & Heating before retiring.

Fred loved to watch basketball, especially when it was his grandchildren playing. He was a member of Royal Center United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post 3790 and American Legion Post 60, both of Logansport, and he was also a member of the Pipe Fitters Union.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Henry, son, Charles “Chuck” Henry and his wife, Angie, and daughter, Cindy L. Ziemer, all of Royal Center; and brother, Leo R. Henry, and his wife, Kay, of Indianapolis. He is also survived by grandchildren, Matt Henry and fiancé, Miriam Solomon, and Allison Chambers and her husband, Brent; and great-grandchildren, Abigail and Audrey Chambers.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 304 S. Chicago St., Royal Center, with the Revs.

Kevin Drane and Art Maloney officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Royal Center Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where a Masonic memorial service will also take place at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Royal Center First Responders.

Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Henry family at www.harrisonmetzger.com
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Verlin A. Moon...

Verlin A Moon
(December 20, 1927 - January 25, 2013)

Verlin Arlo Moon, 85, Lucerne, passed away on January 25, 2013 at Chase Nursing and Rehab Center, Logansport, Indiana.

Born December 20, 1927 in Logansport, Indiana, he was the son of Walter and Ruth (Swank) Moon. On August 12, 1945 he married Marilyn J.(Spencer) Moon, who survives.

He was a WWII Navy Veteran. Verlin was a farmer and worked many years at Gearhart Feed Mill. He was retired from Wilson Food. He attended the Corinth Brethren Church and was a member of the Royal Center, Indiana Masonic Lodge No. 585. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he spent his spare time woodworking in his shop.

Verlin was the father of 3 children, Pamela Hines, Royal Center, John (Carolyn) Moon, Peru, and Nancy (Phillip) Carter, Frankfort, Indiana. He also shared his love with 11 grandchildren, Debra Carlson, Dennis Hines, Teresa Small, John Hines, Timothy Hines, Aaron Hines, Brian, Brad, and Brent Moon, Drew Carter, and D.J.Carter; seven great grandsons, one great grand-daughter and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers Hollys, Wendell and Merrill Moon, sister Waneta Herrell, and son-in-law Bill Hines.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 28, 2013 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at McClain Funeral Home, Denver Indiana. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the funeral home with visitation one hour before the service. Burial will follow at Corinth Cemetery, Twelve Mile.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society, Heart Foundation, Kidney Foundation, or charity of choice.
Lawrence E. Smith...

Lawrence "Larry" E. Smith Jr.
(October 20, 1927 - April 30, 2013)

U.S. Veteran Lawrence E. “Larry” Smith, Jr. 85, of Logansport, passed away at 5:03 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Born October 20, 1927 in Cass County, he was the son of the late Lawrence E. and Elsie (Wilson) Smith. On July 1, 1961, he married Virginia J. Foust, she survives.

Larry was a WWII U.S. Army Veteran. He was proud to serve in General MacArthur’s Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

He retired from RCA in Monticello after 20 years. Larry was a former member of Royal Center Masonic Lodge, Royal Center Order of Eastern Star and Grace United Methodist Church.

He attended Baptist Christian Church in Royal Center and he enjoyed fishing, reading, woodworking and most of all eating Chips A Hoy cookies with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia J. Smith of Logansport, children, Edward E. Smith of Pennsylvania, Daniel L. Smith (Kathy) of Burnettsville and Kenneth J. Smith (Gail) of Pekin, Indiana, Mary June McIntire of Royal Center, Rebecca Jean Johnson (Kenneth) of Fairborn, Ohio and Norma Jo Howard of Royal Center and Lorie Berkshire (Tim) of Royal Center, and sister, Betty Long of Logansport. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son; Michael Smith, brother, James David Smith, sister, Letha Marie White and great great grandson, Aaden Snay.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center with Pastor Richard Utterback officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013 at the funeral home and also one hour before the time of service on Saturday.

Burial with military rites will be at Royal Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Christian Church Building Fund.

Please sign the online guest Book or to send an online condolence at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.
Jerry J. Weese...

Jerry J. Weese
(October 1, 1942 - May 9, 2013)

Jerry J. Weese, 70, of Star City passed away peacefully at 12:45 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013 at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo.

Born on October 1, 1942 in White County, he was the son of Edward and Dorothy (Logan) Weese.

Jerry had formerly worked for Nipsco for 12 years as a plant mechanic. He formerly co- owned and operated S & W Equipment in Winamac and was a farmer and auctioneer.

He was a member of Royal Center United Methodist Church, Royal Center Masonic Lodge, Past Associate Patron of the Mentone Order of Easter Star, Ft. Wayne Scottish Rite, Royal Center Lions Club and the Indiana Auctioneers Association.

Jerry enjoyed traveling, visiting with friends and handing out suckers to the kids at church.

Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Weese of Logansport, sons, Troy Weese (Janet) of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Brad Weese (Lupita) of Anchorage, Alaska, companion, Nancy Smock of Royal Center and her children and grandchildren, brother, Doug E. Weese of Royal Center, grandson, Nathan Weese of Sierra Vista, Arizona, niece, Tracy Mitchell (Gregg) of Chicago and nephew, Ryan Weese (Vickie) of Logansport. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Weese.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Royal Center United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Pastors Kevin Drane and Marcia Cline will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Royal Center United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

Burial will be at Davis Cemetery, Burnettsville.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Royal Center United Methodist Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes.

Please sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.
John R. Mangum...

Pastor John R. Mangum, 52, of Fulton formerly of Royal Center went home to his Lord and Savior at 6:51 a.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Born on October 5, 1960 in Whittier, California, he was the son of the late John R. Mangum, Sr. and Mary June DeShon Smiley. On February 15, 1992 he married Michelle L. Smith, she survives. John was currently serving as Pastor at Fulton United Methodist Church and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at Lake Bruce. He also was a member and Chaplain of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge #585. He formerly Pastored at Park Place Church of God in Bedford and San Bernardino Church of God in San Bernardino, California. He was a U.S. Army veteran who loved spending time his wife and children. John will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his wife, Michelle L. Mangum of Fulton, his children, John Michael, Jennavive and James all at home, sisters, Julie Mangum of Chino, California, Patty Doughty (Mike) of Many, LA, Katie Hudson (Adam) of Running Springs, CA and Laura Diener (Brett) of Many, LA, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ron and Edna Smith of Kokomo, brother-in-law, Ron S. Smith, II (Shannon) of Kokomo and sister-in-law, Heather Schimmelpfennig (Dean) of Kokomo. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of John’s Life with Masonic and Military rites will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Royal Center United Methodist Church Family Life Center with Pastor Kevin Drane officiating. Visiting with the family will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the services on Saturday at the Family Life Center. Memorial Contributions may be made to Community State Bank in Royal Center where there has been a fund placed in care of the Mangum Family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 304 S. Chicago St., Royal Center. Online condolences and personal remembrances may be made to the Mangum family at www.harrisonmetzger.co
Clifford E. Miller...

Clifford E. Miller, 91, of Royal Center passed away at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Logansport.

Born on July 24, 1921 in Royal Center, he was the son of the late Clifford E. Miller, Sr. and Lois Elizabeth (Kistler) Miller Shank. On April 10, 1948 he married May Girton Welsh, she survives.

He was a 1939 Royal Center High School graduate.

Clifford was a WWII Army Air Veteran who was stationed in India from 1941 to 1945 as an airplane mechanic.

He was employed at Logan Machine for 45 years as a machinist and retired in 1985.

He was a member of Baptist Christian Church in Royal Center where he served as an Elder for 50 years. Clifford was also a 50 year member of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge #585 and he loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, May Miller of Royal Center, daughters, Elaine Funk and husband Conrad of Royal Center, Julie Gunn and husband John of Greenwood and Lori Sylvester and husband Dan of Walton, grandchildren, Jeff Funk and wife Kathy of Royal Center, Ryan Funk and wife Holly of Royal Center, Eric Sylvester and wife Lena of Logansport, Alyson Tucker and husband Brian of Rochester and Brian Gunn of Greenwood and great grandchildren, Bryce Funk, Jacob Funk, Kaylee Funk, Erica Sylvester, Kaidan Sylvester, Leah Sylvester, Johnathan Tucker, Wesley Tucker, Orian Tucker and Lexi Baker.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2013 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel with Pastor Richard Utterback officiating.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the funeral home.

Burial with military rites will be conducted at Kistler Cemetery in Royal Center.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Baptist Christian Church and/or the American Heart Association.
Walter Cornell...

Walter Dean Cornell
(March 27, 1921 - March 19, 2013)

Walter Dean Cornell, 91, Elkhart, passed away at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Eastlake Terrace Senior Living Center in Elkhart.

Born March 27, 1921 in Denver, Indiana he was the son of the late Jay Denzil and Margaret Elizabeth Grimes Cornell. On September 30, 1945, he was married to Delores Levon Taylor, and she preceded him in death on November 9, 2001. They celebrated fifty-six years of marriage together.

Walter graduated from Peru High School and was an Aircraft Radio Operator during World War II and again during the Korean War, which inspired his interest in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator. He retired from the Bendix Missile Plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. He then retired from the Cook Nuclear Power Plant in Bridgman, Michigan. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite.

Survivors include one son, Terry Ray Cornell and his wife Linda Ruth, Mishawaka; ; one brother, Ronald Gene Wibel and his wife Julie Ann, Mokena, Illinois; one daughter-in-law, Gretchen Louise Cornell, New Kent, Virginia; one sister-in-law, Edna Aletha Cornell, Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Larry Lee Cornell and one brother, Gordon Leroy Cornell.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Burial with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the Miami County Military Rites Unit will follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Denver.

Visitation will be from noon until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

 

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