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Marjorie Pearl Flitcraft, 82, of Peru, passed away at 4 pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at her son’s home in Peru.

She was born in Boone Township, Cass County, Indiana on April 25, 1936, to Gene and Dorothy Miller. She married Jack Flitcraft on February 26, 1955, and he preceded her in death on April 3, 1993. She was retired from Classico Seating.

She is survived by her son, Ronald Flitcraft and his wife, Anita, of Peru, Indiana; her daughter, Debra Ratliff and her husband, Jack, of Jonesboro, Tennessee; and a daughter-in-law, Deborah Flitcraft. Also, surviving are three brothers, Robert “Bob” Miller of Royal Center; Alvin “Bud” Miller of Logansport; James “Jim” Miller of Greentown, and one sister, Linda Eytcheson of Kokomo. Also, surviving are five grandchildren, Kristi, Michael and David, April and Jesse, and five great-grandchildren, Nathan, Aiden, Matthew, Ebon, and Akeem.

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Wilmuth J. “Willie” Malaska, 101, of Peru, passed away at 11:56 A.M., Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru. Willie was born in Columbus, OH on January 2, 1918, the daughter of Emeil and Mary Pearl Miller Pernod. She married Paul D, “Pat” Malaska on July 12, 1939, in Crawfordsville, IN and he preceded her in death on November 30, 1992.

Willie was a graduate of Fairmount High School and was a member of the Peru First Christian Church. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Peru/Grissom Kiwanis and was in Psi Iota Xi Sorority. Willie retired in 1972 from the Lilly Life Science Department of Purdue University.

Willie is survived by her daughter Susan Gulley and her husband Herschel of Peru; grandsons David (Anne) Gulley of Chicago, Michael Scott (Timara) Gulley of Machesney Park, IL and Robert (Rebecca) Gulley of Peru; great-grandchildren Kyle Gulley, Mary Anne Gulley, David J. Gulley, Christopher Gulley, Mariah Gulley and Chayton Gulley.

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James Denham, Jr., 93, of Mexico, Indiana passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

He was born on January 3, 1926, in Somerset, KY to the late James F. Denham and Pearl (Brown) Denham. He married Mary Ann (Burton) on October 28, 1946, in Somerset, Kentucky. They had resided in the Peru area since 1948. Mary Ann preceded him in death in 2016 after 69 years of marriage.

James was retired from the C&O Railroad where he was an engineer. He owned farms in both Miami and Delaware counties. James also started his own construction company where he built numerous homes in the Miami County area. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was a member of the Mexico Baptist Church, UTU Union, and Mexico Lion's Club. James also served 12 years on the Miami County Planning Commission.

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Robert Douglas Spencer, 76, passed away March 7, 2019, at 3:40 AM at his home, surrounded by the people he loved.

He was born November 10, 1942, to Jacob and Ethel Spencer in Wolf County, Kentucky. Robert spent most of his childhood in Peru, Indiana. Doug spent his younger years horse riding, coon hunting, and horse-trading; growing up to work at Stokely Vancamp’s, before heading to a career for the Indiana Department of Corrections. “Spence” as he was commonly known, served his time in Michigan City, Westville and Branchville before he retired after 32 years and nine months of service.

Whether you called him Dad, Grandpa, Bob, Doug or Spence, he was known by many and respected by all.

Spence married the love of his life and his favorite wife, Paulette in 2014. Dad was preceded in death by his favorite child, Mark (Lisa) Spencer in March of 2018.

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Helen J. Dotterer, 91, of Peru passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Blair Ridge in Peru. Helen was born in Auburn, IN on September 13, 1927, to Rex V. and Edna H. Wilson Dotterer.

Helen graduated from Peru High School in 1947 and retired from Hamilton Standard after thirty-six and a half years. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, VFW Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Peru Ruth Chapter #120 OES.

Surviving is a sister, Ruth E. Briner of Peru, two nieces, Jan (Ron) Douglas, of Pendleton, IN, and Beth A. Miller, of Wabash, three great-nieces, two great-nephews, seven great-great nieces and nephews, and two great-great-great nephews.

Rena Sue Sparks Duncan Charlebois, 62, of Quakertown, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully at 2:42 AM on Wednesday, March 6 at Northwoods Village in Kokomo, Indiana.

Rena was born on December 10, 1956, in Portland, Oregon to Jeanette and Robert Sparks. She Graduated in 1975 from LaSalle High School in South Bend, Indiana and lived in Indiana for much of her adult life before moving to Pennsylvania in 2008.

She is survived by her mother, Jeanette Cunningham; two daughters, Chas Zelinsky (Andy) and Stacy Duncan (Robert Hoffman); four grandchildren, Ben & Jack (Chas), and Sophia & Carina (Stacy). She is preceded in death by her fathers Robert Sparks and Lewis Cunningham and her husband, Robert Charlebois.

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Shirley Marie Heckathorn, 72, Macy, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Born July 29, 1946, in Miami County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Lawrence Ahnert and Icea Morris. She married Phillip Arthur Heckathorn on December 9, 1963, and he passed away on February 6, 2017.

Shirley was a homemaker and went to almost every horsepull in which her husband and sons participated.

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Jerry Lee Jones II, 52, of Peru passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019, at his residence.

He was born in Peru on December 6, 1966, to Jerry Lee and Joanetta (Townsend) Jones. He married Crystal (Roberts) Sons Jones on August 25, 2018, and she survives.

A wonderful son and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Jerry worked as an LPN at Wellbrooke of Wabash. He loved his job and nursing.

He is survived by his parents and his wife, as well as his children: Dustin (fiancé Cassie) Jones of Etna Green, Bobbi (Marcus) Brown of Peru, Kasey (fiancé Jamie) Jones of Denver, and Sara Anderson of Bunker Hill; and step-daughters Amber Fulkerson and Amanda Heider, both of South Bend. Also, a brother Jeffrey (Mary) Jones of Bremen.