Nurnie L. Kiefer

Nurnie L. Kiefer, 86, of Peru, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru.

She was born on January 10, 1932, in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee to David and Okle (Cadle) White. She married Shelby Irvin and later married Joseph Kiefer. She retired as a press operator at Essex Wire.

She is survived by her grandchildren: David (Angela) Irvin Jr., Roger (Laney) Irvin Jr., William (Allison) Irvin, and Matthew (Kayla) Irvin. Also, great-grandchildren: Tyler, Aaron (Chasity), Micah, Noah, Levi, Maddie, Griffin, Zoe, Daliyah, Piper, Dominic, and Gunner; and great-great-grandchild Savannah Irvin.

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Charles John Bretz, 87, of Peru, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Blair Ridge Health Campus.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 30, 1930, to Charles and Stella (Marx) Bretz. He married Alice (Jaeger) Bretz on March 3, 1951, and she preceded him in death. Charles served in the Illinois National Guard, and later retired from Master Molded Products as a tool and die maker in the plastics industry. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Crystal Lake, IL, as well as IOOF, the Masonic Lodge, was a Boy Scout Master and was a member of the Holiday Rambler RV Club.

He is survived by his children: Cheryl (Greg) Irwin of Auburn, WA; Kathryn (Wayne) Bunker of Peru; and Charles (Stacey) Bretz of Mt. Prospect, IL. Also surviving are grandkids Jennifer Korving, Jaclyn (Brice) Orton, Kristine Schuster, Michelle Kuper, Daniel Kuper, Jonathan Bretz, and Jessica Bretz; and great-grandkids Jazlyn Korving, Kiana Korving, Ethan Orton, Chase Orton, Harrison Orton, and Taylor Hursey.

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Glenn Roger Strasser, 83, Twelve Mile, Indiana, passed away at 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

Born March 2, 1935, in Burnettsville, Indiana, he was the son of Fred and Geraldine Strasser. He was married on March 17, 1956, at the home of the late Rev. Gilbert Maus, near Twelve Mile, to the former Elsie L. Helms.

He was a member of Corinth Brethren Church, Twelve Mile, where he served as a youth leader and had been Church Moderator. He volunteered his time over the years as a 4-H leader.

He graduated from Twelve Mile High School in 1953 and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Manchester College. Over the years he worked several different jobs: clerk for the Pennsylvania Railroad, teacher at South Caston, controller for Peru Federal Savings & Loan, insurance agent with Indiana Farm Bureau, general office manager for Fulton Industries, route salesman for Schwan’s and Scott Family Farms, and driver for Mike Anderson’s. He had also worked at Delphi Savings and Loan, Othy in Warsaw, and Superior Sample in Rochester.

Peggy Lynn Rockey photo

Peggy Lynn Rockey, 70, Peru, passed away at 6:08 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

Born October 23, 1948, in Miami County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Richard and Irene Clemons Fitzpatrick.

She was married to William l. Rockey and he preceded her in death on February 3, 2016.

She was a graduate of North Miami High School in 1966 and attended Ball State Teachers College. She loved to crochet and spent many hours making blankets and hats that she donated to charitable causes. She was an avid reader, especially Stephen King novels.

Barbara Barron Hiers photo

Barbara Barron Hiers, 64, of Peru, passed away peacefully at 4:20 p.m., Monday, January 7, 2019, at Wellbrooke of Wabash, surrounded by her family. She was born in Peru on August 20, 1954, the daughter of John C. and Patricia M. (Arland) Barron.

Barbara was a 1972 graduate of Maconaquah High School and was a Court Reporter in Miami County Superior Court II, working with Judge Dan Banina for over 21 years. Barbara enjoyed traveling. Her most recent trips included Croatia and Naples, Florida.

She was a dog lover at heart, especially to her faithful companions, Willa and Izzy. Barb also enjoyed relaxing on the beach, attending concerts, preparing family holiday meals, her card club, shopping and making her famous salsa.

Surviving is her father, John C. Barron of Peru; her sisters Paula (Lex) Curry of Fishers and Julie (Mike) DeLucenay of Syracuse; nephews Adam DeLucenay and Alex Curry; niece Ashley DeLucenay Lakoskey; Aunts Judy (Don) Jaberg and Susie Arland Hebert, and dear longtime friend Terry Click.

Frank D. Kline

Frank D. Kline, 84, Wabash, and formerly of Miami County, Indiana, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019, at Parkview Hospital, Wabash County.

Born March 26, 1934, in Denver, Indiana, he was the son of Herman M. and Bertha M. Lesley Kline. On May 21, 1954, at the home of the late Rev. C.F. Golden, near Denver, he was married to the former Betty Jean Dunn, and she survives.

He was a member of the Erie United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and glass-collecting, especially glass roosters.

John (Johnny-O) Jacob Olson photo

John (Johnny-O) Jacob Olson, 57, passed away in Ft. Wayne on January 4, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. John was born on April 26, 1961, in Colorado to Raymond L. and Patricia A. (Ammel) Olson. John was one of nine children.

John graduated from Peru High School in 1979. John enjoyed music, cooking, spending time with his family and friends. He was an amazing photographer, working in Indianapolis for many famous athletes and public figures. John was a fun-loving and generous person. He never met a stranger and would do anything for anyone. He loved making people laugh and would often be the life of the party. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

John is survived by his daughters; Chrysta Reibly and Kathleen Stoker, son; John Daniel (Buddy) Olson, grandchildren, Parker Olson-Haynes, great-granddaughter; Stella Leigh Haynes. John is also survived by four sisters; Patricia-Cookie Whybrew, Sharon (Bill) Shuey, Janice (Nathan) Gardner, and Edith-Dede (Jay) Scragg, one brother; Mark Olson, two sister-in-laws; Diana Olson and Peggy Olson, and a brother-in-law; Michael Mavrick, also special friends; Carol Day, Ruth Reibly, Jennifer Denney and Dan Becker. He is loved by numerous nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.

Charles L. “Sonny” McClain photo

Charles L. “Sonny” McClain, 86, of Amboy, passed away at 10:23 A.M., Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Titusville, PA on February 8, 1932, the son of Charles Coleman and Rachel Faye Roberts McClain. Sonny married Delores Grim on August 23, 1952, in Wabash, IN and she survives.

Sonny was a graduate of Converse High School and a US Army Korean War Veteran. He was a retired Dana Corp. employee and was also a building contractor, building numerous homes in the Amboy area. Sonny was an active member of the Amboy community serving as a Boy Scout Leader, volunteer fireman and he served several terms on the Amboy Town Board. He also served as a school bus driver for the Oak Hill Community School System. Family was paramount to Sonny and he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. Through the years, he made wooden Christmas gifts for all of his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and camping.