Larry Ellers photo

Larry Ellers, 73, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home.

He was born on February 13, 1946, to Harrell D. and Blanche Marie (Powell) Ellers. Larry had been a resident at Hickory Creek at Peru since November 1992. Both Larry and his beloved mother were residents at Hickory Creek until her passing.

Larry so loved his Lord Jesus Christ. When pastors or music groups would come to sing, Larry would clap his hands and he would make his joyful sound. Larry could not talk but only a very few single words. But, his love for the Lord would overflow from his heart with the most beautiful sound you could ever hear.

Larry began his job service at Bona Vista in October of 1994 and continued there as a client until his passing. He would get upset if he could not go to work because of health reasons or holiday closings. He loved his job and he loved the other clients and the staff at Bona Vista.

Garry Smolinsk photo

Garry Smolinski, 61, of Peru passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo.

He was born in Gary, Indiana on December 30, 1957, to Casmir and Rosemary Smolinski. A kind-hearted animal lover, Garry was a self-employed horse trainer.

He is survived by his life partner of 44 years, Tom Sapp; a brother Danny Smolinski; a sister Barbara Robinson; and niece and nephew Cortney Robinson and Casey Robinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as a brother John Smolinski.

Henry Jesse McVay Jr. photo

Henry Jesse McVay Jr., 58, of Peru, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019, with his loving wife by his side. Jesse was born on May 12, 1960, in Eustis FL to Henry Jesse McVay Sr. and Joan Hobdy, both survive.

Jesse is a 1979 graduate of Peru High School. He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his loved ones. He was an OTR truck driver for 18 years before becoming a Juvenile Corrections Officer for the last 4 years he could work.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Julie (Lewis) McVay, Peru, daughters; Annie McVay, Peru and Tabitha Pennington, Eustis, FL, step-daughter; Jennifer Acuna, Peru and step-son; Adam Stone, Peru, two sisters; Malinda and Nancy and granddaughters; Aliyah, Zenia, Scarlett and Stella Acuna.

Ronald C. Jones photo

Ronald C. Jones, 63, of Peru, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne. He was born February 18, 1956, in Peru, to the late Clay and Alberta (Boyer) Jones.

Ron was a 1975 graduate of North Miami High School and later attended Ivy Tech and studied Automotive Technology. Ron really enjoyed going fishing, Nascar, music and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife; Sandy Jones, beloved dog; “Sugar”, three daughters; Kim (Jeff) Jones-Roberts, Peru, Julie Jones, Peru and Alicia Jones, Warsaw, grandchildren; Cheyenne Jones and Jacquelin Cook, great-grandson; Lukas Brousseau, three brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

Patricia Ann McPherson

Patricia Ann McPherson
June 23, 1938 – May 5, 2019

An angel got her wings on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 9:22 pm. She was our mom, our granny Pat, and our Aunt Patty. She loved her family and never met a stranger. She had a servant’s heart. She was loved by her family and everyone who met her. She always had a smile, a hug, and love in her heart.

She was born on June 23, 1938, in French Lick, Indiana to Everett and Myrtle (Royer) Wortinger. She married Jack McPherson, and he preceded her in death on April 13, 2009. She retired as a sales clerk at the S&J Convenience Store in Sweetser, Indiana, and was a member of the Oakdale Baptist Church.

She loved to be in the kitchen cooking or baking for anyone and everyone. Mac and cheese, peanut butter fudge, and banana pudding were some of her favorites to make.

Margaret Grace “Peggy” (Moder) Boudreau

Margaret Grace “Peggy” (Moder) Boudreau, 72, was born on February 28, 1947, in Duluth, Minnesota, to the late Shirley Hanna Brown, and Richard Robert Moder. Peggy passed away on May 3, 2019, in Portage, IN as the result of an automobile accident.

Peggy is survived by the love of her life, David H. Boudreau, her children; Dawn (Bryan) Wilkinson, Mexico, George (Donna) Boudreau, Twin Falls, ID, David (Teresa) Boudreau, Tularosa, NM and Richard Boudreau, Austin TX. grandchildren; Derek and Brandi Boudreau, Twin Falls, ID and Gabrielle, and Kenneth Wilkinson, Mexico and Jared Wilkinson, Vincennes. Great grandchildren; Aleah and Carson Boudreau and Emily and Aubri Wilkinson.

Phillip L. Townsend photo

Phillip L. Townsend, 78, of Peru passed away at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at his home, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born in Peru on October 27, 1940, to Luther A. and Margaret N. (Bechdol) Townsend. He married Ruth Darlene Denny on May 14, 1962, in El Paso, Texas, and she survives. Phillip worked at Chrysler in the skilled trades, as an electronic gauge repairman. He served in the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru.

He is survived by his wife and his children, John A. Townsend, Elizabeth (Darren) Parker of Peru, and Kathryn (David) Keith of Greenville, IN. Also, grandchildren: Margaret Evans, Clinton Evans, Kyle Townsend , Jerrica Townsend, Meghan Hunter, Jonathon Leake, Jacquelyn Hunter, Adam Miller, David Keith, Jason Keith, Brandi Keith, Micheal Shanabarger, Phillip Parker, Kathryn Parker; and great-grandchildren: Ryleigh Dillman, Xander Evans, Taydenn Townsend, Emery Townsend, Morgan Keith, Macie Keith, Sage Keith, Jalynn Keith, Kimiko Keith, and Kylie Keith. Also surviving is a sister, Roberta Norket of South Carolina and several nieces and nephews.

Lola Mae McDonald photo

Lola Mae McDonald, 93, of Denver, Indiana passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

She was born in Glenalder, Kansas on January 3, 1926, to Elton Orlando Hadley and Vera Elizabeth (Lawless) Hadley. She married John H. McDonald in 1960, and he preceded her in death.

A housewife, Lola is survived by her children: Larry Roche, Robert Roche, Linda (Mike) Arwood, and John (Cheryl) McDonald II. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren: Pam Climer ( Jerry ) , Larry Roche (deceased ) , Jerry Jay Roche, Lisa Aguerro , Angie Roche , Robert Roche , Michael Arwood (Patsy), Tracy Selleck (Zack), John McDonald (Jackie), James McDonald (Julie), Michael McDonald (Trista), Ashele McDonald, Halley McDonald; as well as 23 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.