Christine Morehead photo

Christine Morehead, 90, of West Milton, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Blair Ridge Assisted Living in Peru.

She was born on March 6, 1928, in Hazard, Kentucky to John and Gertrude (Neil) Gilmore. She married Lee Moreland in 1947, and he preceded her in death in 1989. She later married James Pruitt in 2010, and he preceded her in death in 2018.

Christine retired as an assembly line worker at Captot Corporation in Tipp City. She was also a member of the Hoffman United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, John (Karen) Moreland of Mexico, Indiana. Also, surviving are grandchildren: Jennifer Baird, Curtis Moreland, Nathan Moreland, and Jonathan Moreland; and great-grandchildren: Colton Baird, Seth Baird, Andrew Moreland, Nickolas Moreland, Kristina Moreland, Matthew Moreland, and Jessica Stanley; and great-great-grandchild Madelyn Moreland.

Rusty Dale Gochenour photo

Rusty Dale Gochenour, 58, of Macy, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019, at his home.

He was born in Peru, Indiana on January 23, 1960. On November 25, 1984, he married his loving wife Linda. Rusty was the proud dad to two girls, Brittany Brandenburg and husband Pat and Kylie Gochenour and fiancé Cody.

Rusty is also survived by his mom, Joyce Kellems, two brothers Brent and Tim and step-siblings Jack Kellems and Kelly Merryman.

There will be a celebration of life held from 2 pm – 7 pm on Sunday, January 20th at the Moose Lodge, 1911 Westside Road, Rochester.

Barbara L. Richter photo

Barbara L. Richter passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 8:48 am at her home.

Barbara was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 12, 1932, to Robert and Monelle (Brower) Rimpler who preceded her in death. She married Walter M. Richter on August 5, 1955. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1985. She loved her family, working with her flowers, cooking, watching the Indianapolis Colts, and Nascar races. She had a strong faith and attended the First Christian Church. She was a graduate of Twelve Mile High School, South Bend Business College, and retired from Farm Credit Services. She was a past member of the Peru Civic Center board, Peru Business and Professional Women, and Dukes Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by son Max R. Richter of Peru, daughter Lori A. Richter of Peru, and sister Carol Arthur of Twelve Mile. Also, nephews Jim (Vicki) Richter, Marty (Kathleen) Arthur, Mike (Jayme) Arthur, and Doug Arthur; as well as her honorary son, Terry Wray. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ernest and Mary Richter, brother-in-law Richard Arthur, and niece Sara Nash.

Shelby Jean Campbell Photo

Shelby Jean Campbell, 63, of Peru, passed away on the morning of January 16, 2019, at her residence with her loving family by her side. She was born on January 26, 1955, in Martin, KY to the late Lougene and Edna (Hall) Hooks. She was a 1974 graduate of Wabash High School. On March 3, 1984, in Richvalley, IN she married Steve Campbell and he survives.

She is survived by two daughters; Melinda (George) Cook, Peru and Kathy Campbell Feeney, Muncie, two brothers; Gary Taylor, Peru and James (Jorena) Taylor, Peru, grandchildren; Justin (Alethea) and Shane Cook, Josh, Elizabeth, Cristy, Nick, Stephen, Kindra and Olivia Taylor, Victoria Anderson and Kennis Feeney, 9 great-grandchildren, three sisters; Markie Richards, Peru, Patty Correl, Peru, Marie (Mark) Dravins, Peru, two brothers; Zora Hooks, Peru and John Robert Hooks, along with several nieces and nephews.

Johnny Sparks photo

Johnny Sparks, 76, of Peru passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born in Hyden, Kentucky on February 9, 1942, to Henry and Nancy (Calwell) Sparks. He served in the United States Army, and he married Beulah (Couch) Sparks on July 5, 1962. She survives. Johnny retired from Square D as a fork truck driver. He was a member of the Church of God, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Mexico, Indiana.

He is survived by his wife Beulah, and their daughter Tina Louise Birner of Peru. Also, brothers James Sparks of Logansport, Orville Sparks of London, KY, and Gene Sparks of Manchester, KY; and sisters Nettie Roberts of Ohio, Callie Collins of Peru, and Henrietta Jones of Manchester, KY. Also surviving are grandkids Shallyn Renee Birner and Curtis Wayne Birner; and great-grandkids Thomas Johnson, Curtis Johnson, Kamren Johnson, and Landon Birner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as brothers Elmer Sparks, Wilmer Sparks and Wilk Sparks; and sisters Rosie Hoskins, Evelyn Hendricks, Sally Stidham, and Minnie Ruth Sparks.

Charmayne “Charm” Pigg photo

Charmayne “Charm” Pigg, 79, of Mexico, Indiana, departed this life peacefully on 01/12/19 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru.

She was the beloved wife for 39 years of James Pigg, who preceded her in death in 1994. She had been a resident of Mexico for over fifty years. An avid sewer, she wasn’t happy if she wasn’t busy creating something with her hands. She was passionate about the color purple. She both owned and operated Charmayne’s Fabrics in Peru in the 1980s. Many remember that building she had painted purple on the corner of Broadway across from the Post Office. She was fortunate to have traveled to many countries and visited forty-eight states with her husband on a motorcycle. She endlessly volunteered as a Girl-Scout leader and was involved with 4-H leadership for more than a decade. She leaves behind her family to carry her memories to future generations.

She was born in Illinois, the daughter of Vern and Ruth, and she had one sister, Melody, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Cricket (Mike) Brown, Allen Pigg and companion Cheri, Rebecca, Jeff Pigg, Jody (Tom), and Karl Pigg and fiancé Carla, grandchildren, Jared, Amber, Chad, Shawn, Brandy, Aaron, Jacob, Jacquelyn, Jordan, and Jeron; great-grandchildren, Reese, Jack, Charles, Edmund, Kamden, Beckam, Austin, Dylan, Gavin, Aubrey, Jonah, and Lyn; step-grandchildren, Trinity, Shane, Adam, and Andrew; step-great-grandchildren, Austin, Adrianna, Faith, Chance, Quentin, Lorelei, and Eli; one sister-in-law, Sue Mattingly; and former daughter-in-law, Debbie.

Charles E. Butler photo

Charles E. Butler, 89, of Peru, passed away at 7:53 P.M., Friday, January 11, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru. He was born in Peru on November 15, 1929, the son of Floyd and Merle Wolfe Butler. Charlie married Betty Boyer at the First Baptist Church, Peru on September 16, 1949, and she survives.

Charlie was a 1948 Peru High School graduate and worked at Stellite for 17 years before working as a Machinist for 19 years for Chrysler, retiring in 1993. He was a member and Honorary Deacon of the First Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman, especially enjoyed ice fishing and golfing.

What a man, what a life lived, Charlie made such a positive impression on many lives. He was someone who taught through example and was a living definition of the word dedicated. A dedicated and devoted husband, a dedicated follower of Christ, a dedicated and involved father and grandfather, a dedicated fisherman and golfer and dedicated friend to many. He demonstrated traits that many can only hope to emulate, like patience, kindness, even temper, and his strong values. He will be missed by many and we know that Heaven has gained one heck of an Angel.

Marilyn Jean Eltzroth Stambaugh photo

Marilyn Jean Eltzroth Stambaugh, 84, of Peru, passed away at 2:24 A.M., Saturday, January 12, 2019, at her residence. She was born in Peru on September 8, 1934, the daughter of Harold Henry and Mable Elizabeth Bechdol Eltzroth. Marilyn married Jack Stambaugh in Peru on September 27, 1953, and he preceded her in death in 1970.

Marilyn graduated from Peru High School and was retired from United Tech. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and the Moose Lodge of Peru. Marilyn enjoyed reading, word puzzles and western movies. Marilyn would be the first to help anybody in need, but more than anything family, especially her grandchildren were her life’s heart.

Surviving are her granddaughters Elizabeth Davis and her husband James of Peru and Jennifer K. Pacione and her husband Joshua of Huntington; great-grandchildren Brendon Haynes and Garret Haynes of Peru, Tyler Adams, Jordan Shake, and Taylor Shake all of Huntington; and a brother Dean Eltzroth of Peru.