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Ricky “Rick” Graves was born on February 18th, 1956 to George Leonard Graves and Betty Isabelle (Rader) Graves. Rick passed away on December 28th, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends.

He is survived by his mother Betty Graves, as well as his two brothers Dennis Graves and Mike Graves. Rick shared his life with Mary Sparks for the past two decades. Together they were raising their grandson Richard M. Odell. Rick’s two children survive him, Heather MeChelle (Hancock) Roberts and husband Bill Roberts, and Ricky Wayne Hancock. His family gifted him three grandchildren as well as seven nieces and nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his father George Graves.

Jack E. Rich

Jack E. Rich, 82, of Peru passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018, at Wellbrooke of Wabash.

He was born in Culver, Indiana on July 31, 1936, to Captain James I. Rich (retired US Army and Culver Military Academy) and Effie Pearl Rich. He graduated from Culver High School in 1954 and joined the US Army immediately following high school, as part of the Corporal Missile Battery. He also played drums in the military band.

He married Linda Lou McGowen/Bodey in the Culver Methodist Church in 1958. She preceded him in death on April 3, 2008, after a battle with cancer. Jack was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Scottish Rite, and The Shrine. He was also a member of the New Life United Methodist Church.

He was hired by the Indiana State Police on August 1, 1958, as a Communication Officer. He attended ISP Recruit School in 1960 and became a Trooper upon his graduation. He attained the rank of Sergeant with ISP from 1968 until his retirement, December 31, 1990. From 1989 to 1990, Jack served the ISP alongside his two sons. He subsequently served two 4 year terms as Miami County Sheriff, beginning January 1, 1991, through December 31, 1998.

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Shirley Jean Friend’s beautiful soul went to Heaven on Christmas Eve morning from her home at the Signature Health Care in Muncie, Indiana, where she had lived for nine months after being diagnosed with liver cancer. Her entire 88 years before that was in Peru until her illness prevented her from living at home alone. She was so quickly loved in Muncie that her nurses and Hospice caretakers said more than once they wished they could clone her.

She was born in Peru on January 20, 1930, the daughter of Newell and Helen Jones Carpenter. Shirley married Donald Friend on September 16, 1979, and he preceded her in death on June 7, 2011.

She was active in the First Christian Church as a Parishioner, a teacher, a song leader, a greeter, and maybe most importantly, a hugger. She loved football games and knew the teams and players better than most. Her love for music was evident with her vast collection of big band albums and CD’s, in addition to dozens of music boxes and bells. Her passion for cats surpassed none. She would feed any stray cat in the neighborhood and loved every 4-legged creature she saw.

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Mildred Ann Fry, 91, of Peru, Indiana went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. She was surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born to Howard L. and Nora Mae (Adams) Poage on February 4, 1927, in Danville, IN. Mildred graduated from Peru High School. She enjoyed being a member of the Peru Marching Band as a baton twirler. Mildred retired from Essex Wires of Peru after 26 years of employment.

Mildred had a sense of humor and enjoyed helping others. She enjoyed telling jokes to help brighten up someone's day. Mildred loved her family. She would often pray for safety for her children, grandchildren, and friends. She enjoyed animals and would often watch Animal Planet. Her goodbyes would always include a hug and "God bless you." She had a kind heart and often would say, "God put us this earth to help one another."

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Barbara S. (Smith) Adams, 69, of Peru, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born on May 14, 1949, in Peru to Howard and Mildred (Ensley) Smith. She married George A. Adams, and he survives. Barbara worked as a housekeeper at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru. In later years, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by two daughters: Tammy (James) Stamper, Washington, IN, and Marie (Joseph) Beck, Missouri. Also, four sons: George Adams, Jr., Peru; Howard Adams, Florida; Paul (April) Adams, Peru; and Robert (Kristie) Adams, Peru. Also surviving are three sisters: Marylou ( Terry) Gladwell, Yonkers, New York; Susan(John) Helton, Bunker Hill; and Kathi Leonhardt, Peru; and two brothers: Michael Smith, Peru; Danny Smith (Geodie), Peru. Also, fifteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Georgia Louise (Roop) McDougle, 93, of Mexico, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru.

She was born in Peru, Indiana on October 6, 1925, to George and Inez (Green) Roop. She was married to Clarence McDougle, and he preceded her in death in 2009. Georgia was an assembly worker at Classico in Peru and a lifelong member of the Eagles Lodge.

She is survived by her children: Clarence (Cathy) McDougle Jr. of Peru, Jan (Chuck) Moore of Winchester, OR, Della Maynard of Peru, Joyce Cupp of Whitesburg, TN, Harold (Berniece) McDougle of Denver, IN, and Shelly (Rick) Hoff of Peru. Also surviving is a brother Richard Roop, as well as 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a special nephew, Rob (Tina) Finan of New Albany, Pennsylvania and a special friend Dee (Bryan) Reed of Peru.

Gregory “Greg” Alan Smyth photo

Gregory “Greg” Alan Smyth, 63, of Sharpsville, Indiana, died unexpectedly at home on December 24, 2018. He was born on July 31, 1955, to Hobert and Jean Smyth. He married Tammy on October 26, 1990.

Greg was a hard worker, dedicated to his job as Service Technician with Brehob Corporation. He will be remembered as having a great passion for being a “Papaw” to his grandchildren and loved spending as much time with them as possible. His hobbies included working on his motorcycle and hunting. He was also an avid golfer and loved taking his friends and family out to the golf course.

Greg is survived by his wife, Tammy Smyth; his former wife, Karen Smyth and children and grandchildren: eldest daughter, Samantha Smyth, and her children, Sloane and Taliya Smyth; daughter, Nichole Smyth-Wilson (Tom), and their children, Rhys and Finn Wilson; son, Brandon Smyth, and his children, Bryce and Chloe Smyth. He is also survived by his father Hobert Smyth, and his sister Joyce Hughes (Terry), and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws, Sherry (David) Maggart, Phil Hurlburt, and Steve Bedwell (Elva). He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Smyth.

Eleanor Gray Johnson Mikesell

Eleanor Gray Johnson Mikesell, 83, Twelve Mile, passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at Autumn Ridge in Wabash, Indiana.

Born July 7, 1935, in Twelve Mile, Indiana, she was the daughter of Wade and Margaret Gray Johnson.

She was employed at the Pharos-Tribune, JC Penney, the Employment Office, and the Girl Scouts, all in Logansport. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Logansport.

Survivors include her two sons, Paul Mikesell, Twelve Mile; and Greg (Joyce) Mikesell, Duluth, Georgia; granddaughter, Kimberly (Chris) Moulder, Lawrenceville, Georgia; four great-grandchildren, Ella, Spencer, Vivian, and Annabelle Moulder, all of Lawrenceville, Georgia.