Nam Cho “Judy” Pyon  Spears

Nam Cho “Judy” Pyon Spears, 67, Peru, passed away at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Hickory Creek of Peru.

She was born on January 6, 1952, in Andong, Korea. On February 19, 1975, in Seoul Korea, she was married to Thomas Ray Spears, Jr., and he survives.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Spears, Peru; three children, Linda Harris, Globe, Arizona; Jimmy (Sarah) Spears, Phoenix, Arizona; and Melanie Spears, Peru, Indiana; nine grandchildren, James Harris, Abigail, Harris, Doug Harris, Tanner Spears, Madison Spears, Kaiden Spears, and Sherane Springer, Cheyenne Swihart, and Chloe Swihart; and four great-grandchildren.

William A. Adams photo

William A. Adams, 89, of Peru, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 12:55 pm at his home surrounded by family.

He was born in Ironton, Ohio on January 1, 1930, son of William W. and Francis McClain Adams. He married Helen L. Golden on July 6, 1985, and she survives. They enjoyed spending time between Peru and Panama City Beach, Florida for several years, where he served on the Commodore Condominiums board for 20 years.

Bill attended school in Russell, Kentucky and attended Ashland Junior College in Ashland, Kentucky. He served two tours in the U.S. Navy between 1948 and 1954. He received the European Occupation Medal, Korean Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Bill was employed by the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway and later CSX System for 41 years. He held the position of Locomotive Fireman, Engineer, as well as Road Foreman of Engines, General Road Foreman of Engines, Train Master, and was Superintendent for CSX at Peru, Indianapolis, and Decatur, Illinois - a position he held for 8 years.

Emma Jane Jones-Sorenson-Scheeringa

Emma Jane Jones-Sorenson-Scheeringa went home to Heaven Friday, March 1 at 5:40 pm at Hickory Creek at Peru, Indiana. She started her journey on October 8, 1925, in Inkster, Michigan. She was first born to Lafayette Jones and Ellen (Stoner) Jones-Muldoon. Emma was just a young girl during the Great Depression while her parents ran a grocery store in Detroit, Michigan. Emma helped to care for her three younger brothers: Leroy Jones (deceased), Carl Jones (Mary Lou) Westland, Michigan, Melvin Jones (deceased). Emma graduated from High School in Detroit, Michigan.

Emma fell in love many times throughout her life. She spent over 30 years married to Her first love, our father, Bernard Sorenson. There were many large family gatherings with Mom doing all the cooking. She loved to cook, bake and make homemade candy. Mom and Dad enjoyed day trips around Michigan with us children packed in the family station wagon. We also made frequent trips to Detroit to visit family. Most of her time with Bernard was spent as a homemaker, mother and wife. Mom became a young widow and single mother at the age of 50.

Emma moved back to her home state of Michigan where she met her companion, Mel. They enjoyed many years together and spent time fishing. We all enjoyed their fish fries and the memories made.

Rodney L. Miles photo

Rodney L. Miles, 65, of Peru passed away at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 1, 2019, at his residence.

He was born in Lafayette, Indiana on April 28, 1953, to Allen T. and Elva Ruth (McCarty) Miles. He married M. Susan (Houlihan) Miles and she survives.

Rodney proudly served in the United States Army and retired from Delco Electronics in 2006. He lived in Peru most of his life. He was a member of the VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, and one son, Damon Miles, of Logansport. Also, two daughters, Kathleen Freels (husband Ty) and Carrie Banks, both of Peru; as well as one adopted daughter Raeann Cramer of Peru. Also, surviving are three brothers: Willie Cecil Miles of Pisgah, Alabama, Billy Miles, and James Miles, both of Peru; and one sister, Teresa Jernigan, also of Peru. Also, surviving are fifteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Nicholas Walters.

Peru City Council Woman Phyllis H. Torrence

Phyllis H. Torrence, 85, of Peru, passed away at 1:25 P.M., Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 10, 1933, in Brazil, IN. Phyllis was born to Eugene and Freeda Powell Knox. At the age of two, Freeda married Phillip M. Blair, who raised Phyllis and she called him “Daddy Phil”. Phyllis married Elmo Torrence in Urbana, IN on December 6, 1957, and he survives.

Phyllis was a 1951 graduate of Peru High School and worked at Kroger, Bryan Wire Co., and Eck-Adams. She was a City Council Woman for 23 years, loved Peru and serving the community.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Elmo, is her daughter Dawn Renee Torrence of Peru; a sister-in-law Toni Blair and special niece Tina Nichols of Ohio; special friend of 69 years, Georgia Reed of Wabash and several nieces and nephews.

Mary M. Copp photo

Mary M. Copp, 79, of Peru, IN passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru. She was born in Tallapoosa, Missouri on May 7, 1939, to George Jacob and Jennie Mae Seals Thurston. Mary married John C. Copp in Tipton, IN on October 31, 1953, and he preceded her in death on May 16, 2015.

She attended Windfall High School and San Bernadino Valley College. She retired from Roddies Janitorial Service in 2001 and was a homemaker.

Mary was a devout Christian whose faith guided her in every endeavor. She was an active member of the Church of Christ at Grissom serving in various capacities where needed. She was an example of purest devotion, foremost to her husband, children, nieces, and nephews.

Parrit Louise Childers photo

Parrit Louise Childers, 76, of Peru passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, surrounded by family. She was born in Jackson, Kentucky on August 18, 1942, to Elbert and Eliza (Fugate) Campbell.

Parrit married James Childers on November 16, 1963, and he preceded her in death on December 16, 1993. Together they had two sons, James E. Childers, Peru, and Dennis Ray (April) Childers, Fairmount. Surviving in addition to her two sons, four grandchildren, Kylah (James) Johnson, Dakota (Chealsy) Childers, Dalton Childers, Dylan Childers and five great-grandchildren, Grace, Faith, Hope and Favor Johnson, and Alexander Childers, and three sisters, Edith Hardin, Mae Walker, and Joy Campbell

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James, one brother, and one sister.

Lola Faye Ritchie Mercer photo

Lola Faye Ritchie Mercer, 55, Peru, passed away at 5:52 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019, at Community Howard Hospital, Kokomo.

Born July 7, 1963, in Hamilton, Ohio, she was the daughter of Hershel and Beulah Mae Smith Ritchie.

Survivors include three sons, Jeremy W. (Christina) Landrum, Peru; Jason H. A. (Maria) Landrum, Georgia; Jamie L. Long, Ohio; five grandchildren, Emma and Randy Landrum, Peru; Nick and Brianna Landrum, Georgia; and Jaxson Long, Peru; six brothers, Hershel (Jane) Ritchie, Jr., Ohio; Jimmy (Phyllis) Ritchie, Macy; David (Shawn) Ritchie, Georgia; Bill (Denece) Ritchie, Ohio; Lloyd (Kathy) Ritchie, Ohio; and Douglas Ritchie, Georgia; one sister, Sheila Wright, Kokomo.