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.

William J. Weinke Jr. photo

William J. Weinke Jr., 65, of Indianapolis passed away Monday, February 18, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Peru on May 6, 1953, the son of William J. Weinke Sr. and Mary Jane (Kennedy) Weinke.

He was a 1971 graduate of Peru High School and the Atlantic Airline School in Kansas City, MO. A former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. William worked at US Airways and Kroger Co. He was a kind and caring person.

Surviving is a sister, Suzanne Faust, nephews, Jon W. Faust (Indianapolis) and Dr. Robert E. Faust (Mobile, AL), a niece, Jodi Mann (Peru), and great nieces, Molly and Anna.

Donald Thomas Creek

Donald Thomas Creek, 89, passed from this life on February 12, 2019. He was an honest and hardworking man who was beloved by his family.

Don was born on his family's farm in Rush County, Indiana, on September 24, 1929, the son of Geneva Hall Creek and Glen Creek. He began working with his father on the farm at a very young age, and his father built a custom-made seat on the tractor so he could operate it even with his short stature. He graduated from Rushville High School in 1947 and enrolled in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. During his stay at Purdue, he took a year off and hitchhiked across the north and west areas of the U.S. Among other things he did on this adventure was to help build a house in Minnesota, work for the Soil Conservation Department in New Mexico, and visit his great aunt in Chula Vista, California. He then returned to Purdue and married the beautiful Imogene Patton at Liberty Chapel Church in rural Montgomery County, Indiana. Don graduated from Purdue in 1952. Don and Imogene lived in several places in Indiana and Ohio before settling down in Mexico, Indiana.

Don had a wry wit and was knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects. He could build any sort of structure from the ground up. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Imogene, sports, watching old westerns, playing cards, and spending time in the great outdoors. He was an animal lover and he rescued many stray and unwanted dogs and cats throughout his life. Don worked for The Federal Land Bank of Louisville for most of his life where he was a loan man on farm real estate in Miami, Wabash, and Cass counties.

Lt . Col. Eugene A. Berger Jr. (Ret).

Lt. Col. Eugene A. Berger Jr. (Ret)., 81, took his angel flight home at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019, with his loving wife of 26 years by his side.

Gene was born on August 12, 1937, in Mansfield, Ohio to Eugene Adolph Berger Sr. and Garnet Lucille (Shaum) Berger. He married the love of his life, Debbie, in Kokomo, Indiana on February 21, 1993. He returned to Indiana four years ago, after in living in Mansfield, Ohio.

Gene retired from Grissom AFB as a pilot after proudly serving his country for 27 years. Besides his military career, Gene attended several universities and was a Chinese linguist. He ended his work career retiring from Flair Design Limited in Kokomo, Indiana where he met his wife, Debbie. His greatest love besides his wife was family and friends. His hobbies included Bible studies, flying sports aircrafts, golfing, camping, antique shopping, driving through X Factor trophy white tails and eagle watching along the Wabash River. Gene had a great love for music and loved singing and playing his guitar with friends. Gene and his wife attended Independent Missionary Baptist Church in Peru Indiana, where Bud Sparks is pastor.

Frederick (Fred) R. Massey Jr. photo

Frederick (Fred) R. Massey Jr., 92, went to be with his Lord at 12:29 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, with his loving wife of 72 years by his side.

Fred was born on August 1, 1926, in Peru, IN to Frederick (Fred) R. Massey Sr. and Ethel (Galbraith) Massey. He married the love of his life, Virginia (Brooks) Massey on March 21, 1947. Fred lived in Peru for 47 years, then Kokomo for 40 years prior to moving back to Peru.

Fred loved his country and proudly served in the Army as a S/Sgt. in the Philippines and Japan (The Battle of Luzon) during WWII. He retired from Indiana Bell, Kokomo in 1982. He met his wife at First Church of the Nazarene, Peru. They were married there and have attended there again since moving back 5 years ago. Fred loved spending time with his family, cruising, snowbirding in Arizona, traveling with his wife and he loved going to church.

Albert William Calendine photo

Albert William Calendine, 86, of Peru, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, peacefully at home. He was born in Marietta, Ohio on February 29, 1932, to Lee and Adda (Ball) Calendine. He married Shirley Cunningham in 1953 and had three children: Linda Evans and her husband Jeff, Richard Calendine and his wife Cora, and Alan Calendine. Six grandchildren, Scott Evans (Amanda), Erin Marzolf (Lamont), Shelley Cosner (Anthony), Ashley Flanagan (Chris), Bryan Calendine, and Jordan Calendine. He also had twelve great-grandchildren.

In 1987, Al married Janet Miller and she survives. Her children include Greg Miller (fiancé Denise), Lisa Schrader and her husband Bob, and Derek Miller and his wife Lynn. Three grandchildren, Ryan Miller, Jena Chopson (Doug), Sara Schrader (fiancé Devin), and one great-grandchild, Eli.

He served during the Korean Conflict and in the Vietnam War in the United States Air Force. He received twelve decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal and retired as a CMSgt after 24 years of service. Al then worked for 10 years at Continental Steel and 17 years at Maconaquah School Corporation as a carpenter. He loved carpentry work and built his daughter’s house in Wabash River Estates and remodeled several other homes including his own. He did 100 percent restoration of a 1966 Mustang Convertible that took him three years to accomplish. He was a member of the Salem Christian Church, Peru.