Mary Alcesta Dailey Kietzman

Mary Alcesta Dailey Kietzman, 93, Mexico, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:30 p.m. on May 18, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

She was born to Effa Mae Orpurt Dailey and Charles Marvin Dailey of Peru on July 2, 1925, and graduated in 1943 from Peru High School. She worked at Bell Telephone as an operator on the Bunker Hill Naval Base during the post-war years and later at Essex Wire Peru where she met her future husband. She married William C. Kietzman on November 9, 1952, and she remained with him until his passing on September 12, 2005. She was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church, Peru and volunteered at Dukes Memorial Hospital as a Pink Lady from 1976 until 2014.

She is survived by two sons, Tim B Kietzman, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Todd W. Kietzman, and wife Patsy, Evansville, Indiana; grandson, Chad R.Kietzman, and wife Ashley, with great-grandchildren Harper and Harrison in Henderson Kentucky; and grandson, Justin K. Kietzman, Evansville Indiana. Also surviving are nieces, Kathryn Troyer-Clugston, Janice Mitchell, and Diana Mohr; and nephews, Steve Dailey, and James Mitchell.

Morris “Dale” Chism

Morris “Dale” Chism has been rewarded his place in heaven. He died on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Central Texas Medical Center, San Marcos, TX surrounded by his loved ones, while in San Marcos, TX for his grandson’s college commencement. Dale was born in Peru, on September 14, 1942, the son of Kelsie and Dora Lane Chism. He married his loving wife of 53 years, Diana McCutcheon in Denver, IN on September 26, 1965, and she survives.

Dale was a 1960 graduate of Clay Township High School and retired from Maconaquah School Corp. as a maintenance worker. He enjoyed square dancing as a member of the Circus City Paw and Taws. At a young age, he had a bet with his father that he would never referee basketball games and that turned to a fondness of officiating for many years.

He was a faithful member of the Santa Fe United Methodist Church and also attended the Abundant Life Church and the Bennett Switch Community Church.

Michael L. Chandler

Michael L. Chandler, 75, of Peru, IN, passed away after a courageous four-and-a-half-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Saturday, May 18, 2019. He passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family. Mike was born in Peru on May 27, 1943, the son of O. James Chandler Jr. and Charlotte (Monahan) Chandler. He married Kaye Saine, his high school sweetheart, at St. Charles Catholic Church on October 31, 1964; she survives.

Mike was a 1961 graduate of Peru High School. He has been an active, life-long member of St. Charles Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Midwest Model Railroad Club, and UAW #685. Mike was employed by Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo, IN for 40 years where he made many life-long friends. He worked in skilled trades as a machine repairman.

His greatest joys were his wife and family and his Roman Catholic Faith, where he was a regular at weekly Mass. “Papa”, as he was called by his family, was a devoted father and staunch supporter of his children and grandchildren as evidenced by his frequent presence at school and sports functions. He thoroughly enjoyed model railroading, golf and playing Euchre with his family.

Emil G. Rocheford

Emil G. Rocheford, 81, of Bunker Hill, passed away on May 18, 2019, with his loving wife and son by his side. Emil was born on Feb. 22, 1938, in Worcester, MA to the late Emil Sr. and Esther Rocheford.

Emil is retired Senior Master Sergeant, 26 years before retiring at Grissom AFB. His specialty was Radio Communications Operator on KC135 aircraft. He is a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a recipient of the Flying Cross. He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his friends and his loved ones.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Karin Rocheford, Bunker Hill, son; Dennis (Lisa) Rocheford, Pembroke, NH, two sisters; Joyce (Lloyd) Morin, East Douglas, MA and Debbie Rocheford, Worcester, MA, two grandsons; Jeremy (Peaches) Rocheford, North Andover, MA ad Keehan Rocheford, Kokomo, 2 great-granddaughters; Audrey and Cedena Rocheford, North Andover, MA, daughter in law; Pam Rocheford, Kokomo.

Pat Young

Pat Young passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL at the age of 90.

She was born to Alonzo and Gladys Moses in Thurmond, WV. Pat graduated from Mt. Hope High School and Huntington Beauty School. She owned and operated the Chateau Beauty Salon in Peru. She was a member of and Sunday school teacher at Main St. United Methodist Church. Pat also was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She enjoyed golf, traveling, crossword puzzles, and watching her grandkids play sports.

Pat is survived by her husband Jack Young of Peru, her sons Dr. Michael Young and his wife Donna of Clayton GA, and Dr. Gary Young and his wife Kathy of Oklahoma City, OK. She had 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Charles "Charlie" Garber Jr.

Charles "Charlie" Garber Jr., 95, returned to his heavenly home on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported and gave him peace.

Charlie was born to the late Charles Henry Garber Sr. and Mae Forrest (Waisner) Garber in Bunker Hill, Indiana on October 21, 1923. He was immersed in the Christian community that would be his lifelong support. He graduated from Bunker Hill High School in 1941. Charlie worked at Haynes International as a group leader for over 44 years.

Charlie received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1943. During his life, Charlie was a trustee at the Bunker Hill First Baptist Church for several years. He also attended the Assembly of God and Abundant Life Church, where he was a very active member for many years. Pastor Charlie, office staff, and members of the Abundant Life Church were involved in his life. They have blessed him on many occasions.

Charles was a great lover of sports serving 31 years as an IHSAA certified official from 1943 to 1974 in basketball and baseball. Charles also was a Bunker Hill Little League manager for 12 years, just when this program was started. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was a member of the Bunker Hill Fish & Game Club.

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Larry Ellers, 73, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home.

He was born on February 13, 1946, to Harrell D. and Blanche Marie (Powell) Ellers. Larry had been a resident at Hickory Creek at Peru since November 1992. Both Larry and his beloved mother were residents at Hickory Creek until her passing.

Larry so loved his Lord Jesus Christ. When pastors or music groups would come to sing, Larry would clap his hands and he would make his joyful sound. Larry could not talk but only a very few single words. But, his love for the Lord would overflow from his heart with the most beautiful sound you could ever hear.

Larry began his job service at Bona Vista in October of 1994 and continued there as a client until his passing. He would get upset if he could not go to work because of health reasons or holiday closings. He loved his job and he loved the other clients and the staff at Bona Vista.

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Garry Smolinski, 61, of Peru passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo.

He was born in Gary, Indiana on December 30, 1957, to Casmir and Rosemary Smolinski. A kind-hearted animal lover, Garry was a self-employed horse trainer.

He is survived by his life partner of 44 years, Tom Sapp; a brother Danny Smolinski; a sister Barbara Robinson; and niece and nephew Cortney Robinson and Casey Robinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as a brother John Smolinski.