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JoAnne P. Collins

October 20, 2014

JoAnne P. Collins
Jan. 15, 1936 – Oct. 16, 2014
PLYMOUTH — JoAnne P. “Pennie” Collins, 78, formerly of the Culver area, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.
Born to Viola Sawyer in Sault Sainte Marie, Mich. on Jan. 15, 1936, Pennie graduated from Sault Sainte Marie High School with the class of 1953. She attended nursing school through Ivy Tech and graduated in 1976.
On May 8, 1954 Pennie married Verner R. Collins Sr. in Sault Sainte Marie Church, Mich. He would precede her in death on Aug. 16, 2003.

Auburn L. ‘Sonny’ Balser

October 20, 2014

Auburn L. ‘Sonny’ Balser
May 1, 1944 - Oct. 17, 2014
PLYMOUTH — Sonny (Auburn) Balser, 70, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at 6:01 p.m. with his loving family by his side.
Born on May 1, 1944 in Charleston, W.Va., Sonny was the son of Lestel G. and Galdys P. (Hopper) Balser.
On Nov. 28, 1998, Sonny married Gail Sweisberger in Plymouth.
Sonny was the owner/operator of Granada Van Conversions in Bristol and he managed three trailer parks in the Plymouth area for over 12 years. He also worked for Pioneer Auto in Osceola until his retirement in 2010.

Death notices 10-20-14

October 20, 2014

Ernestine Edel
Oct. 19, 2014
BREMEN — Ernestine Edel, 90, of Bremen, died Sunday, Oct. 19.
Arrangements are currently pending at the Mishler Funeral Home in Bremen.

Jerry E. Tackett
Oct. 18, 2014
KNOX — Jerry Eugene Tackett, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in IU Health Starke Hospital, Knox.
Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert Krick
Oct. 18, 2014
PLYMOUTH — Robert Krick, of Plymouth, formerly of Bourbon, died Saturday, Oct. 18 at his son’s home in Plymouth.
Arrangements are pending at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, Bourbon.

James Craft

October 20, 2014

James Craft
Oct. 20, 1927 - Oct. 16, 2014
ARGOS — James Craft, 86 of Plymouth died Thursday, Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at his daughter’s residence in Argos after a long illness.
He was born Oct. 20, 1927 in Breathitt County, Kent. to Clifton Craft and Meadia Hensley. He lived in the Argos community since 1951, after he moved to the area from his native Kentucky.
He is survived by his wife, Marcelle L. (Hartman) Craft. the couple were married Oct. 16, 1973 in Clintwood, Va. James worked at Eley’s Saw Mill in Argos as an Off Bearer.

Dennis L. Hepler

October 17, 2014

Dennis L. Hepler
Feb. 16, 1959 - Oct. 13, 2014
BOURBON — Dennis L. Hepler, 55, a resident of Bourbon, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct.13, 2014 at home.

Mary A. “Mammie” Sester

October 17, 2014

Mary A. “Mammie” Sester
Dec. 31, 1921 - Oct. 15, 2014
WALKERTON- Mary Alice “Mammie” Sester, 92, passed away Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, IN.
Mary was born Dec. 31, 1921 in Prestonberg, Kent. to Alan and Maude (Helton) Hale. She was married to Roscoe Jackson, who preceded her in death. She was then married to Edward Sester, who also preceded her in death along with her parents; brothers, Johnny, Addis, Mannis, Paul, Woodrow, Will, and Clell Hale; and sisters, Lila Klingerman and Ruby Kinsey.

Bart Woodke

October 17, 2014

Bart Woodke
July 30, 1961 - Oct. 8, 2014

PLYMOUTH — Bart E. Woodke, age 53, of Plymouth, Indiana, 46563, passed away at 5:49 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at home.
Bart was born on July 30, 1961, in Gary, to Phillip and Rose M. (Malast) Woodke. Bart enjoyed marathon running, cooking, and animals. He had worked in Washington, D.C. for 20 years and was working near the Pentagon on 9-11. Most recently he worked at Wendy’s as a cook. He moved to the Plymouth area from LaCrosse, Indiana, about five years ago.

Dennis Lee Westafer

October 17, 2014

Dennis Lee Westafer
Sept. 4, 1947 - Sept. 8, 2014

Helen L. Spier

October 17, 2014

Helen L. Spier
Aug. 2, 1925 – Oct. 14, 2014
PLYMOUTH – Helen Louise (Hackett) Spier, 89, a Plymouth resident most of her life, passed away at 6:14 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 in the We Belong Senior Home in Plymouth.
The daughter of Victor and Elizabeth (Gross) Hackett, Helen was born on Aug. 2, 1925 in Akron, Ohio. She was a 1943 graduate of Newburg High School in Newburg, WV.
On Sept. 7, 1952, Helen and Henry H. “JR” Spier were married in Plymouth. Henry preceded her in death on March 29, 1988.

Jon E. Newcomb

October 17, 2014

Jon E. Newcomb
Nov. 12, 1944 - Oct. 12, 2014
BREMEN — Jon E. Newcomb, 69, of Bremen passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 at home.
He was born to Jack and Kathleen Newcomb on Nov. 12, 1944 in Warsaw. Jon attended Burket Elementary until the eighth grade and graduated from Mentone High School in 1963. Jon went on to graduate from DePauw University in 1967 and then began law school at Indiana University.

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