Harold A. Claybaugh

Harold A. Claybaugh, 93, of Peru, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019. He was born in Argos, IN on August 26, 1925, to Hayward and Erma (Coplen) Claybaugh. He married Donna Dinsmore on October 16, 1944. She preceded him in death on September 9, 1985.

The had three daughters; Valorie (Ed) Sarver, Linda (Brock) Cyphers and Paula (Mike) Hartley, all of Peru. Grandchildren; Chris (Stacey) Sarver, Mark (Krista) Sarver, Colin Cyphers, Kylee Cybers, Alexa Hartley, Kendra (Bill) Hoover, Jena Revilla, seven great-grandchildren and five stepchildren.

In his early years, he worked at Bendix, Coca-Cola, Bordens and Moriarty Buildings. He retired after 25 years as a salesman for Keebler Company. Harold liked going to Wisconsin fishing and to the Smokey Mountains. Late in his life, he enjoyed playing Bingo.

Hilda Martha Boettjer Schmidt

Hilda Martha Boettjer Schmidt
December 19, 1926 — May 26, 2019

Born in Cass County on December 19, 1926, and departed to eternal life on May 26, 2019, Hilda was a graduate of Bunker Hill High School. A homemaker/farmers wife all her life, she is a member of McNeely Memorial Church and Eastern Star.

Hilda loved her crafts, sewing/knitting, playing cards, bingo, trains, and old barns. Along with that, she loved history and traveling every chance she got. She told many stories of her various travels and growing up in the early years. The life of a farmer’s wife, raising her four children — the hard times and the good times. She was very proud of the life she had built with her husband.

Patsy Lou Fincher-Mills

Patsy Lou Fincher-Mills, 83, Niles, Michigan, and formerly of Macy, Indiana, passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, Indiana.

Born May 4, 1936, near Macy, Indiana, she was the daughter of Glen R. and Namona P. Burns Calloway. On July 2, 1955, at the Perryburg Baptist Church, she was married to Joseph E. Fincher, Jr., and he preceded her in death on April 21, 2015. She was then married to Jim Mills on May 1, 2016, at the New Life United Methodist Church, near Mexico, Indiana, and he survives.

Patsy was a member of the New Life United Methodist Church and attended Clay United Methodist Church in South Bend. She was a professional photographer and past member of the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Indiana, and Indianapolis Professional Photography Guild. She served on the Peru/Miami County Chamber of Commerce, where she was named Chamber Woman of the Year.

Steven A. Stout, 50, rural Denver, Indiana, passed away at 2:41 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Born December 14, 1968, in Peru, Indiana, he was the son of Charles T. Stout and Rosanna L. Kline Stout.

He enjoyed going to places, listening to music, and watching TV. More than any other pastime, he loved working in the yard around his home.

Ronald L. Wildrick

Ronald L. Wildrick
July 14, 1935- May 25, 2019

Our loving father went to be with our Lord on Saturday, May 25, 2019. He loved to help people, never met a stranger, and would do whatever he could for you. He always had a story to tell!

He was born on July 14, 1935, in Walton, Indiana to Clarence “Ray” & Lucille (Gibson) Wildrick. He was married to Dolores J. Bunnell on August 9, 1953. He loved to go fishing with his son, Tim. He worked as a railroader for over 23 years on the Nickle Plate Railroad. Later in life, he was always working on someone’s car or lawnmower. He enjoyed cooking for various church events. He was a man who could never sit still.

Angela K. Gebhart

Angela K. Gebhart, 43, of Peru, passed away on May 22, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne, IN. She was born in Peru on December 23, 1975, the daughter of William and Sara Ousley Gebhart.

Angela was a 1994 graduate of Peru High School and was Assistant Manager at Subway. A silent hero, Angela has saved three lives by being an organ donor.

Surviving are her father William Gebhart and his wife Margaret of Kokomo, mother Sara Brannum and her husband Brett of Peru, fiancé Emery Stapleton of Peru, children Alexia Mendivil and her husband Ricardo of Peru, Courtney Kaufman of Peru, Matthew Kaufman of Kokomo and Sara Gebhart of Peru; stepchildren Bryce Stapleton of Peru and Kerynne Stapleton of Peru; grandchildren Grace Lockhart, Bentley Kaufman, Benjamin Morris, Aribella Murphy, Ricardo Mendivil and Jemma Kaufman; sisters Jennifer Gebhart (Matthew Ulshafer) of Peru and Heather Leavitt and her husband Rob of Kokomo. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

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Jane Ann Lampkin, 79, of Amboy, passed away at 9:50 P.M., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Aperion Care, Kokomo. Jane Ann was born in North Grove, IN, on July 8, 1939, the daughter of Wallace and Martha Mary Poor Dangerfield. Jane Ann married Frank G. Lampkin in Lebanon, VA on September 8, 1969, and he preceded her in death on October 3, 2018.

Jane Ann was a 1957 graduate of Converse High School and a member of the North Grove Church. She was a manager for the Green Valley Grocers in Las Vegas where she managed 5 of the companies 24 stores.

Surviving are her brother Rick (Fusako) Dangerfield of Las Vegas, NV; sisters Vicki (Phil) Overwald of N. Velva, ND, Rita Shannon of N. Manchester, IN and Rena Sue Dangerfield of Bainbridge, NY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brothers Don and Larry Dangerfield.

Billie Hoover

Wednesday evening, the Lord said, “Billie, receive your rest” and Billie Hoover, 71, of Peru was gathered into her heavenly home. She was born in Peru, on December 17, 1947, the daughter of William and Hellen Maxine Lewis Wilson. Billie married William Hoover on June 19, 1965, and he survives.

Billie and her husband, Bill, lovingly raised seven children. A woman of deep religious conviction, she was an active member of the Four Square Gospel Church where she loved working with children. She was a loyal, loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Billie was an avid reader and thoroughly enjoyed cross-stitching.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Bill, are her children Andrea ( Troy) Truax of Peru, Luci Spearmon of Florida, Cyndi Trent of Ft. Wayne, Leigh Allen of Peru, Aaron Hoover of Peru and Adam Hoover of Peru, a brother Mick (Judith) Wilson of Rochester; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.