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Gary R. Davis, 48, of Gas City, IN, passed away at 2:30 AM, Friday, November 9, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne, IN. Gary was born on August 21, 1970, the son of Freddie R. and Carol Ann Constable Davis. Gary graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1988.

He is survived by his sisters Marcia Lewis and her husband Kenneth, Loveland, OH, Sherry Davis, Ontonagon, MI, Michelle Pond and her husband Chad, Converse, IN, brothers Craig Davis, Cincinnati, OH, and Freddie Davis and his wife Bethanne, Amboy, IN; nieces and nephews Crystal Stinson, Stephanie Can, Nick Brazier, Ashley Davis, Derrick Pond, Brittany Matchette, Paige Davis, Joshua Gray, Ashley Davis, Tiffany Davis and Kylie Sparks.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, and his beloved dog Boots.

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Richard “Dick” Dale Lenon, 89, Converse, Indiana, passed away at 9:19 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at The Legacy at Waterford Place, Kokomo, Indiana, following an extended illness.

Born April 7, 1929, in McGrawsville, Indiana, he was the son of Basil Harold and Sadie Florence Price Lenon. He spent his first years in the North Grove/McGrawsville area of Miami County until moving to Converse at the age of four. From that point on, Converse, Indiana, was his lifelong home. Graduating from Converse High School in 1947, Dick went on to further his education at Manchester College and graduated in 1951. He began his Masters Degree at Indiana University before answering to the call of patriotism and enlisting in the US Army. He served at Ft. Riley, Kansas, during the Korean Conflict.

In 1956, he married the former Pearl Carol Hooten, and they just recently celebrated their sixty-second wedding anniversary. A couple dedicated to their community, Dick and Pearl were faithful members of the Converse United Methodist Church, where they were active with many church ministries, especially the church’s noodle making fundraisers and the Fall Harvest Dinner, which they chaired for many years. The couple also served together as active members of the Converse Lions Club, where Dick served for fifty-four years, and the National Greentown Glass Association, where he served many years on the Board of Directors and as the annual auction fundraiser chairman. They enjoyed many years of companionship sharing in their many projects and hobbies, especially Greentown glass hunting and antiquing, golfing, spending their winters in Florida, enjoying family vacations, and attending to their large garden, which provided fresh produce and home-canned goods for all of their family and friends to share throughout the year.

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Edith A. Files, 89, of Amboy, IN, passed away at 4:40 PM, Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Kokomo, IN. She was born in McClellandtown, PA, on August 13, 1929, the daughter of George W. and Florence Conn Colbert.

Edith married John A. Files on October 21, 1951, and he preceded her in death on February 3, 1989. Edith graduated from the Union Hospital School of Nursing in Terra Haute and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Education from Indiana State Teachers College, Terre Haute, IN. Edith was employed as a Registered Nurse at the VA Hospital in Marion, IN, the Davis Clinic in Marion, IN and was an Insurance Nurse for RCA in Marion, IN.

She had an avid interest in government and has voted in every election since 1952. Edith served in every position on the Amboy Indian Election Board and also served as the City Clerk-Treasurer. She attended every Town Board Meeting in Amboy for 25 years (1983-2008). Edith and her husband John enjoyed fishing, bird watching, and photography.

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Donald Ray Shumpert, 60, Denver, Indiana, passed away at 10:19 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at his residence.

Born March 22, 1958, in Peru, Indiana, he was the son of Ples Lee Shumpert and the former Gennie M. Walton. On October 27, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio, he was married to Melody Dawn Lesley Doran, and she survives.

He was a 1977 graduate of Peru High School. He then went to work for Norfolk and Western Railroad before enlisting in the US Army. He was a member of Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church, Peru. He had also attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church with his wife.

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Barbee Ruth Kring of Peru, Indiana passed away Monday, November 5, 2018, at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Plymouth, Indiana on August 9, 1929, to Roscoe and Vera (Sanner) Richter both of whom are deceased. Barbee had one brother, William Richter, who also preceded her in death.

On August 31, 1946, Barbee married Wayne D. Kring. They had two daughters: Toni Gayle Kring, Peru, Indiana and Drenea Denise Kring, Peru, Indiana.

Wayne preceded her in death on December 20, 2004.

Barbee was a homemaker who loved spending time with all of her family. She also enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, needlepoint and playing various board games with her husband. Barbee was a life member of Post 360 Mishawaka Auxiliary and the Peru Eagles Lodge 258 Auxiliary.

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Jennifer Wouster Cunningham, 63, of Peru, passed away at 6:00 AM, Sunday, November 4, 2018, at her residence. She was born in Peru, on August 15, 1955, the daughter of Frederick L. and Clara C. Aspinwall Wouster. Jennifer married Jack Cunningham and he preceded her in death.

Jennifer was a homemaker and member of the St. Charles Catholic Church. She enjoyed helping out at the Peru American Legion Glen Owens Post #14, loved and enjoyed listening to music and attending Pool Tournaments with RDee.

Jennifer is survived by her life companion RDee Watkins of Peru, a son Joseph Cunningham and his wife Sherry of Peru; a grandson Levi Cunningham, of Peru; brothers Howard Wouster of Indianapolis, IN, Frederick J. Wouster and wife Ethel, of Mexico, IN, George Wouster of Peru, IN and Jeffrey Wouster and his wife Christy, of Peru, IN; and a sister Mary Ziemer, West Lafayette, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Jeremiah Cunningham and brothers John, Jacob, Michael and Stephen Wouster.

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Garnet “Leota” Morecraft, 97, of Peru went to be with the Lord on November 4, 2018, at Blair Ridge Health Campus in Peru.

She was born on May 24, 1921, to William and Marie Reynolds of Cass County, Indiana. Leota had two brothers, Floyd Joseph, and Melvin Reynolds both of Cass County, Indiana who preceded her in death.

Leota married C.V. “Jack” Morecraft on July 7, 1940. They had three children. John (Carolyn) Morecraft, Peru, Indiana, Marlene Russell, Gulfport, Mississippi, and Michael (Sandy) Morecraft, Peru, Indiana.

John preceded her in death on March 5, 2012.

Leota owned and operated Morecraft’s Gift Shop and Candy Kitchen for many years. She was also a member of the Chapel of Praise in Peru, Indiana.

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Julia Ann McHale, 89, of Kokomo passed away Monday, November 5, 2018, at Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo.

She was born in Kokomo on June 9, 1929, to Ned and Harriett Waggaman. She married the love of her life, Sergeant Charles E. McHale on December 23, 1950. She was a devoted military wife throughout his career in the Air Force. She loved traveling with Charles as he was stationed in many places across the globe. She spent many years in Germany and Newfoundland. Prior to marrying Charles, Julia was a secretary for several years at Continental Steel Corporation in Kokomo. Aunt Julia was a proper classy lady. She never had children of her own but loved spending time with all of her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her sister, Sue Miller of Kokomo and several nieces and nephews, Pandora Miller, Charles Miller Jr., Kerry Miller, Terry Miller, Shana (Miller) Driver, Steven Shumaker and her dear lifelong friend Kathryn De Lawter.