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Orlando M. Martinez, Jr., 66, McGrawsville, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at his residence.

Born August 27, 1952, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, he was the son of Orlando M. Martinez, Sr., and Tilly Alire-Collado.

He was a US Army Veteran, having served during Vietnam. He was a retired heavy equipment operator, employed by I.U.O.E. Local 103.

Survivors include his daughter Sierra Martinez-Burnell and husband Matthew, Peru; son, James Chapman and wife Melinda, Frankfort; sisters, June Ruiz, Grand Junction, CO; Carmen Martinez-Meza, Albuquerque, NM; Joleen Castro, Grand Junction, CO; and Debbie Moline, Grand Junction, Co; brother, Harold Martinez, Oak Creek, CO; step-mother, Lucy Martinez, Espanola, NM; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and close friends. He is also survived by his beloved canine companions, Max and Winnie.

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Mary Sue Colwell, 80, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana.

She was born in Silver Point, Tennessee on September 24, 1937, to Ernest N. Smith and Josie (Crook) Smith. She married Clen Colwell on August 26, 2012. Mary was an avid lover of the outdoors. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and mushroom hunting. She also enjoyed bowling and was a member of a bowling league.

She is survived by her husband, Clen. Also surviving are her children, Anita Flitcraft (husband Ron), Cathy Sue Jones (husband Leon), Robert Goodman Jr. (wife Lisa), George Wayne Colwell (wife Julie), Theresia Ann Pogue (significant other Rick), Bill Colwell (wife Jill), and Cathy Jones (husband Frank). In addition, Mary has 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Ernest Smith Jr. and Bud Smith. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Benjamin Smith and Aaron Smith, and sisters Dorothy Thorpe and Flossie Cover.

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Henry Allen Sellers passed away peacefully at 4:34 am on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Wellbrooke of Wabash.

He was born on October 25, 1934, in Shubuta, Mississippi. He married Dorothy Faye Sellers on June 24, 1956, in Quitman, Mississippi. Henry retired from the US Air Force after 21 years of service and then worked at Grissom Air Force base with various government contract suppliers for another 20 years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hanging out with his children and grandchildren and fishing.

He is survived by his four sons, Richard Sellers and wife, Lea Ann, Peru; David Sellers, and wife, Denise, Naperville, Illinois; Jeff Sellers, and wife, Christine, Fort Wayne; and Jason Sellers, Young America, and by 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and wife, Dorothy of 59 years.

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Jonathan Myers, 56, of Peru passed away on September 13, 2018, at the I.U. Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana.

He was born in Peru on April 27, 1962, to Paul B. and Flora (Harman) Myers. He married Angela (Ingols) Myers on November 23, 1996, and she survives.

Jonathan was a veteran of the United States Army, and later an assembly line worker at Chrysler. He also served as a Chaplain there, as well as serving as a minister at the Apostolic Revival Center (ARC), where he was a member. In his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing and golfing.

He is survived by his wife, as well as their children Jonathan Paul Guy Myers of Peru, and Sierra Nichole Myers of Peru. Also surviving is a sister Eunice Fugate; nieces Angela, Susan, Suzanne, and Martha; and nephew David; and a grandson Liam Paul Cho Myers.

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Ricky A. Hauser, 57, of Peru passed away on September 11, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born on Peru on June 1, 1961, to Etta (Hauser) Maverick. While most recently he had been disabled, he was formerly employed by Wilson Foods in Logansport. He was also a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Peru.

Ricky is survived by his mother Etta of Peru, as well as his children: Jacob Hauser (Nikki) of Peru, Elisha Schlabach (Aaron) of Yorktown, Stephanie Tyink (Ethan) of Maineville OH, and Derrick Hauser of Logansport. Also, surviving are brothers Michael Hauser of Peru, and John Hauser of Florida; and sister Deborah Hauser of Kentucky.

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Nell M. Arnold, 80, of Peru, passed away at 5:45 AM, Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the Blair Ridge Health Campus in Peru. She was born in Peru on November 16, 1937, the daughter of Marc and Nellie Mowbray Donaldson. Nell married David Arnold in Crown Point, IN on July 31, 1953, and he preceded her in death on January 17, 2018. Nell was a 1963 graduate of Peru High School and a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she has served as a Sunday School Teacher.

Family was very important to Nell, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family unconditionally. Nell was a stay at home mom before the term was invented and she was gifted in that profession. Nell always made everyone she came into contact with very special. She was a very caring, giving and loving person. When she entered the “empty nest” phase of her life, Nell joined her husband, Dave, in various entrepreneurial endeavors commencing with the purchase of the South Side Tavern at the corner of Broadway and Canal and created Shanty Malone’s. Dave and Nell moved to Sanibel Island, FL when they purchased a shopping mall which they operated from 1980 to 1990. The Arnold family moved back to Peru in 1995 and purchased Cutler’s Hardware and Leonda Mobile Home Park.

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Beloved, husband, father, and grandfather, William J. Wood, 72, of Peru, passed away at 11:20 A.M., Monday, September 10, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Chicago, IL on January 11, 1946, the son of William R. and Delores Steffen Wood. Bill married Mary Ellen Gillespie in Chicago on January 15, 1965, and she survives.

Bill’s greatest joys in his life were his wife and family and his Roman Catholic faith. He was an active member of St. Charles Catholic Church, where he had served in the prison ministry and he was instructor in the RCIA program of the church. Bill was a retired Norfolk and Sothern Engineer.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mary Ellen, are daughters, Rosemary Wood of Fennville, MI, Maureen Hartleroad and her husband Steve of Peru and Amanda Anderson of Peru; sister, Barbara Bennett and her husband Jim of Ankney, IA; brothers, Robert Wood and his wife Chris of St. Louis, MO and Richard Wood and his wife Chris of Ankney, IA and grandchildren Josilyn Waller, Brenna Waller, Kyla Waller and Madeline Anderson.

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Phyllis Joan McNary, 93, of Peru passed away on September 5, 2018. She was born on March 24, 1925, to Herbert E. and Grace A. (Miller) Petty. Phyllis worked at Montgomery Ward Catalog and the office of William T. Wallace Mfg., Co after she graduated from Peru High School in 1943. She was married to Rodney A. McNary on December 21, 1945.

She accepted Christ into her life and was baptized on March 28, 1937. Phyllis was a member of First Christian Church in Peru. She was very active and served in various church and Sunday School ministries. She served as a lay-member of Peru Rolling Chapel. Recently, she had been attending Chapel Ministries Outreach with her daughter and family.

Over the years she enjoyed many memorable motorcycle touring trips with her husband Rod. She loved Bible Studies and Christian retreats. Phyllis was an avid reader and enjoyed watching birds at all of her bird feeders. The closeness of her family was a cherished treasure as well. She was always positive and an encouragement to anyone she was around. She was a very tiny and petite woman with an enormous giving heart.