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Kathleen A. Nelp, 68, of Peru, passed away at 4:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at her residence. She was born in the Panama Canal Zone on January 28, 1951, the daughter of Capt. Louis Nelp III and Kathleen Hammil Nelp.

Kathy was a 1969 graduate of Peru High School and Indiana University Kokomo, receiving a degree in Respiratory Therapy. She retired from St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo in 2010. She worked in the health care industry for many years prior to becoming a respiratory therapist and had an unwavering love for the children and people she cared for.

Surviving are her daughters Kama Kathleen Grund of Carmel and Maegan Maureen Flaherty of Peru; a brother Jeffrey Louis (Amy) Nelp of Montrose, CO and was expecting her first grandchild this Spring.

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Mary Alice Green, 76, of Peru passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Blair Ridge Health Campus after a two and half year illness.

She was born on July 4, 1942, in Peru to Richard Eldon and Marjorie Lynn (Hand) Cress. They preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, David Eugene Coppernoll and her brother, Richard Eldon Cress Jr., both of Peru, as well as six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

There will be no public services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.



Eva M. Olivarez (“Aunt Skeet”)

Eva M. Olivarez (“Aunt Skeet”), 91, of Peru passed away at 4:30 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Peru on July 14, 1927, to Joseph Henry and Alice Mae (Newburn) Tyler. She was married to Fredrick J. Selleck, later divorced. They had seven children: Marla (Ron) See of Peru, Steve (Jackie) Selleck of Auburn, Mike (Rhonda) Selleck of Peru, Robin Selleck of Peru, and daughter-in-law Stacy of Peru. Eva had over one hundred grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She married Jose Olivarez later in life. He preceded her in death, as well as three children: Kevin J. Kimberly J. and Roger L. Selleck. Also, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and nine siblings also preceded her in death.

Earlier in life, Eva worked in a factory and was a homemaker. She loved her family and family gatherings, playing cards, and sitting on the porch outside being nosy.

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Donald Wayne Lees, 67, of Bunker Hill passed away at 6 am on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born in Kokomo, Indiana on January 20, 1952, to Donald C. Lees and Eleanor (Moore) Meadows. Donald retired from Stella Cheese in Peru and was a member of the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son, Justin (Amanda) Lees, and grandchildren Spencer Lees and Bailee Lees, as well as his brothers, Charles (Lori) Lees and Tim (Candy) Meadows, both of Bunker Hill, and his sister, Cathy Ramsey of Peru. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Terry I. Anderson, 53, of Peru, passed away at 9:30 A.M., Saturday, March 16, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Peru on August 20, 1965, the son of Andy Irvin and Roberta Mooney Anderson.

Terry was a 1984 graduate of Peru High School. He was an avid fan of the Miami Dolphins and Dale Earnhardt racing, but mostly, Terry loved to spend time with family and friends or just hanging out with his dog, Porky.

Surviving are a sister Kerry (Bob) Mock of Peru, brothers David (Barb) Anderson of Miami County, Michael Anderson of Seattle, WA, Danny (Angie) Anderson of Peru and Jason Bailey of Wabash, also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

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Neal E. Givens, 70, of rural Kokomo, passed away at 4:56 P.M., Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Community Howard Regional Health, Kokomo, IN. He was born in Peru on June 20, 1948, the son of Jack and Rexenne Gaunt Givens. Neal married Paula Bowland in Amboy on May 23, 1971, and she survives.

Neal was a 1966 graduate of Peru High School and a Staff Sgt. E-6 US Army. His military decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Neal was employed by Indiana Bell for over 30 years retiring in 2001. After his retirement from Indiana Bell, Neal has been employed by Ace Hardware of Peru and was on the job last Friday. He attended the McGrawsville Church and was a member of the Bunker Hill Fish and Game Club. Neal lived his life with the great love of family and friends. Most of all, he did his best, lived well, laughed often, loved and was loved by many – a life well lived by any standard.

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Ronald J. Huddleston, 71, Peru, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru, following a lengthy illness.

Born March 3, 1948, in Peru, Indiana, he was the son of Henry Jason “Jay” Huddleston and Lois Maxine Wissinger Huddleston. On September 27, 1980, in Peru, Indiana, he was married to the former Rhonda Jolene Enyeart, and she survives.

He was retired from Schneider Electric in Peru, where he had worked for many years. He served in the Navy, obtained two college degrees. He had been a Sunday school teacher and a Christian counselor. He loved being outside, whether it was gardening or fishing, but most especially, he loved being on his motorcycle.

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Frank Edward Gilbert, 73, Peru, passed away at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Hickory Creek of Peru.

Born July 6, 1945, in Peru, Indiana, he was the son Francis “Bud” Gilbert and Laura Inez Townsend Gilbert. On April 8, 1972, the 99th day of the year, he was married to Kristen M. Whaley, and she survives.

Frank graduated from Peru High School in 1963. He enlisted in the United States Army and served during Vietnam in the Philippines. He attended the University of Maryland, University of the Philippines, and IU Kokomo. He was active in scouting in his youth, receiving his Eagle Scout Award. He later served as a scout leader watching his son through the years until he received his Eagles Scout Award. He was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, in Peru and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was Past Exalted Ruler of the Peru Elks Lodge, B.P.O.E. #365 and a member of the V.F.W. of Peru.