Charles George Soames

Charles George Soames died May 19, 2019, at Swedish Medical Center, Denver, Colorado. A resident of Byron, Wyoming, Charles was born October 6, 1946, in Peru, Indiana, the son of the Late CPA Charles B. Soames III and his wife, Elizabeth Lee Soames.

Charles graduated from Peru High School in 1964 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Where he completed four years of service and achieved the rank of Sargent. Charles completed two tours in Vietnam. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three stars, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Aircrew Insignia with three stars, Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, and the Air Medal ten times. He attended 10 weeks of the Naval Supply Clerk CRS, Operations against Guerilla units and 8 weeks of NCO Leadership Course. Charles Completed his duty in 1969, then worked for the C&O Railroad before leaving for the west to work for Burlington Northern Railroad. He took his payout from Burlington Northern and started his publishing business, Wolverine Distributing, Inc. in 1995. Charles operated this business, publishing and selling books throughout the United States that promoted Wyoming and Wyoming History until his retirement in 2017.

Charles loved the west and hunting, fishing, camping and hiking the Wyoming countryside. Charles believed in the Lord with all his heart and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Howard E. Bockover

Howard E. Bockover, 67, of Peru, passed away at his home on the evening of September 15, 2019, with his loving family by his side. Howard was born on November 4, 1951, in Peru to the late Freddie and Georgia (Spradling) Bockover. He was a 1970 graduate of Peru High School and attended Indiana State University. On June 25, 1983, he married Lynn Stanton and she survives.

Howard was an outdoorsman and loved rabbit, deer and bird hunting with his dogs. He was a loving PaPa and father. He was also an avid New York Yankees fan. In high school Howard played football and baseball. He was a lifelong carpenter and craftsman who built his own home and worked on many buildings throughout the Peru community.

He is survived by his wife; Lynn, sons; Jacob (Bridgette) Bockover and Joseph Bockover, twin grandsons; Gabriel Shawn and Owen Howard Bockover, in-laws; Paul and Carolyn Stanton, sister-in-laws; Stella Lybrook and Gloria Bockover, brother in law; David Stanton and sister in law; Susan Stanton Arthur, several nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends, several close “Brothers”, and his dog, Bode.

Sally A. Lowe

Sally A. Lowe, 85, of Peru passed away at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her soul winged its way to heaven on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

She was born to Dale and Ruth Grossman Cox on April 13, 1934, in Plymouth, Indiana. She graduated from Plymouth High School and holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from Ball State University. She was a teacher for 22 years. She was a member of the Denver Baptist Church and the Denver Lion’s Club. She was also a member of the BPW and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Sally never met a stranger, as she loved people, her home, and her family. They were all very dear to her.

Frances Angeline (Gray) Strait

Frances Angeline (Gray) Strait passed from this life at 10:10 P.M. on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Blair Ridge Health Campus in Peru, Indiana. She was 98 years old.

Frances was born on August 30, 1921, to Otto Gray and Sylvia (West) Gray in Cleveland, Ohio. She enjoyed her life in Cleveland. Always a lover of learning, she immersed herself in many of the academic and cultural activities the big city had to offer, all the while helping her parents run the family pharmacy. Young Frances also spent her summers on the West family farm near Lynchburg, Ohio. She enjoyed being involved in rural life with her grandparents and her many relatives, especially her cousins. She carried the lessons she learned on the farm with her throughout her life.

Frances attended college at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature. She later earned a Master’s degree from U. of M. She was a winner of the prestigious Hopwood Award for original poetry, in 1941. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Frances met Jack C. Strait while attending college. They were married on Feb. 19, 1943, at Mathers Army Air Field in Sacramento, California. The marriage lasted 62 years until Jack died in 2005.

Ronald (Ronnie) Lee Miller

It is with great sadness that the family of Ronald (Ronnie) Lee Miller, 82, formerly of Bunker Hill and Fowler, announce his passing on Friday, September 13, 2019, at IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana.

Ronnie was born November 20, 1936, in Miami County, Indiana. He was married to Diana Lee (Myers) Miller for 61 years.

He is survived by his wife Diana Miller of Lafayette, and his 6 children: Sabrina Cassidy (Mike) of Lafayette, Renee Deardorff of Lafayette, Laura Boone Soderberg (Kyle) of Ashland, VA, Todd Miller (Emily) of Carmel, Holly Clark of Lafayette, and Megan Stanton (Marshall) of Greenbrier, TN. Also, 12 grandchildren: Courtney, Jacob, Lauren, Luke, Ashton, Toby, Nathan, Delaney, Ethan, Zane, Sophia, and Chloe; and 11 great-grandchildren: Amaya, Landon, Carlie, Byron, Beckham, Porter, Rowan, Liam, Thea, Emerson, and Eleanor. Also, surviving are his brother Dan Miller (Ruth Ann) of Kokomo and sister Mary Jane Saylors (Tommy) of Bunker Hill.

Paul E. Chester

Paul E. Chester, 91, of Denver, Indiana passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Hobart, Indiana on October 23, 1927, to Sela and Josephine (McKinney) Chester. He married Frances Musselman in 1947, and she preceded him in death on September 6, 2000. Paul retired from Nipsco as a serviceman in 1993, and he was a lifetime farmer. He belonged to the Odd Fellows in Deedsville. Paul was an avid hunter and a dedicated family man.

He is survived by his children: Michael (Sandy) Chester of Wabash, Karen (Joseph) Chumbley of Chili, Ken (Katrine) Chester of Peru, Jim Chester of Chili, and Frank Chester of Tuscon, Arizona. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Barbara Ann Carey McDowell

Barbara Ann Carey McDowell was born to the late Orville and Helen Alexander on December 28, 1930, in Huntington, Indiana. She passed at 5:18 am on Monday, September 9, 2019, at home in Peru, Indiana.

Barbara retired from the Miami County Courthouse. She worked in the auditor’s office. She belonged to the Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntington, Indiana. Her favorite place was her lake cottage in North Webster, Indiana, where she enjoyed canoeing, swimming, and so much more.

Barbara was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Jane Garwood, her husbands Robert L. Carey and Max McDowell. Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her two daughters, Susan Perkins of Peru, and Marsha Carey of Tampa, FL. Also, four stepchildren from the McDowell family. Also, grandchildren Crystal Swavey and husband Michael, Ronald Yates Jr., Aaron Eikenberry, and wife Nicole, and Amy Eikenberry; and five great-grandchildren.

Marjorie A. Gothard

Marjorie A. Gothard, 89, formerly of Peru, passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at University Nursing & Rehab Center in Edwardsville, Illinois.

She was born on June 17, 1930, in Miami County, Indiana. She married Lawrence E. "Jack" Gothard on April 26, 1952, in Denver, Indiana. He preceded her in death on November 9, 2016. A homemaker, Marjorie enjoyed reading and writing letters.

She is survived by her children Leanna Gothard of Troy, IL, Carol Olson of Mahomet, IL, Loren (Janet) Gothard of Galveston, Mark (Janice) Gothard of Nappanee, Joe Gothard of Peru, daughter-in-law Doris Gothard of Colorado Springs, CO, and sister-in-law Peggy Jane Vinson of Wabash. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.