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Rosa (Rose) Kinzie, 96, passed away on December 4, 2018, at Wellbrook of Wabash. Rose was born on September 18, 1922, in Pleasanton, Texas, the daughter of the late John and Mary Bronder.

During WWII, Rose was one of the many "Rosie the Riveters" working at Lockheed in Dallas, Texas for the war effort. In Dallas, she met the late Gareth Kinzie from Mexico, Indiana and they were married on December 21, 1944. Before the war ended, Rose also worked at the Tom Houston Peanut Packaging Plant in Columbus, Georgia. After the war ended and Gary was discharged, they made their home in Peru, Indiana. Rose then worked at Bryan Mfg. for five years as a machine operator and then after a period of stay-at-home mom, she worked 27 years at Gilcrest Furniture Mfg. in the sewing department. Retired, she loved caring for her yard and garden, crocheting and sewing. Many will remember her purses, totes, stuffed animals, and doilies.

Husband Gary preceded Rose in death on August 10, 1991. Eight brothers and one sister are also deceased. Survivors include one sister, Josephine (Art) Keith of San Antonio, Texas; son Larry (Colleen) of Peru; daughter Rebecca (John) Hight of Wabash; grandchildren, Rachel (Troy) Guyer of Wabash; Amber Kinzie (Josh) Whited of Peru; and Ryan (Heather) Kinzie of Fort Wayne; great-grandchildren, Erica (Aaron) Speakman of Columbia City, Indiana, Brad Guyer and Alice Guyer both of Wabash, Kenneth Eli Whited of Spokane, Washington, and Silver Kinzie of Fort Wayne.

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Samuel E. Futrell, 62, of Peru, passed away at 1:19 A.M., Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Lundin Links, Scotland on July 1, 1956, the son of Glennis O. and Patricia Graham Futrell.

Sam married Jana Davidson Jenkins Futrell in Peru on September 10, 2011, and she survives.

Sam graduated from Maconaquah High School in 1974 and was retired from Coca-Cola and Orion Safety Products. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed life to the fullest. Sam also worked as a mechanic at Clown Town Cycles of Peru and was an avid Harley rider. Sam traveled throughout the state of Indiana as a member of the competitive shooting club “Team Turtle ISPC” with his teammates, John Alley, and Hoss Hostetler.

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Gerlene F. Caldwell Shackelford, 82, of Peru, passed into the loving arms of her savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born in Powell County, Kentucky on April 17, 1936, to Rex and Delora (Rogers) Hatton. A homemaker, Gerlene was married to Verlon C. Caldwell Sr. He preceded her in death. She later married William Shackelford, who also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Peru Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by her son Charles Caldwell (wife Diana), a granddaughter Abbey Caldwell, and great-grandchildren Colton Caldwell and Julian Caldwell. Also surviving are a sister Joyce Anders of Logansport, and many loving nieces and nephews.

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Larry Lee Hall, 69, of Bunker Hill, lost his 9 year battle with cancer on December 4, 2018, at his home. He was born on February 9, 1949, in Peoria, IL the son of Lester and Dorothy Spiva Hall.

Larry entered the army in June of 1965 and served in Germany, Vietnam and spent the last year in William Beaumont Hospital, El Paso, TX.

He had two daughters by his first marriage Angela (Ray) Johnson of Elkhart, IN and Jennifer (Dave) Hall of Peoria, IL.

On December 27, 1980, Larry married Linda Glassburn Frye and moved to Indiana. He was a good father to her two sons Brian Frye and Greg Frye. He helped with Little League, their cars and teaching them to be men.

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Darrell L. “Chub” Miller, 90, formerly of Peru, IN, passed away on November 30, 2018, in Sebring, Florida.

No services are scheduled at this time.

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Arlene M. Stambaugh, 60, passed away on December 3rd at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo. She was born in Rochester, Indiana on November 23rd, 1958 to Max and Shirley Stambaugh.

She graduated from Peru High School in 1977.

She was working at Walmart in Wabash until the time of her death. She also worked at Bona Vista, Woodcrest and Redmon in Peru.

Arlene was a member of First Baptist Church.

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Loving and devoted husband and father, Thomas T. Lennon, 85, of Peru, Indiana passed away at 5:02 am on Monday, December 3, 2018.

He was born in Peru on September 28, 1933, to William Floyd and Ida Mae (Madlem) Lennon. He was a retired sheet metal worker/welder and a retired Civil Service Employee at Grissom Air Reserve Base. He also served in the United States Navy from 1952-1956 during the Korean Conflict. Thomas was a member of the First Church of the Brethren in Peru. He was also a member of the Bunker Hill Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite of Ft. Wayne, a member of the American Legion in Walton, and both the Moose Lodge and Eagles Lodge in Peru. Thomas and his wife Sally also owned and operated the Paramount Bar & Grill from 1970-1977.

He is survived by his loving wife Sally (Black) Lennon; one son Thomas M. Lennon and wife Avis of Peru; and two daughters, Deidre S. Bench of Peru, and Angela M. Bucher and husband Todd of Peru. Also, surviving are nine grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.

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Steven K. Rhodus, 51, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Community Howard Regional Hospital in Kokomo. He was born in Anderson, Indiana to Stanley (Butch) and Joan (Adams) Rhodus. He was a 1985 graduate of Pendleton Heights High School and then entered into the United States Air Force, where he served until his discharge in 1991. He has also been a devoted employee of Auto Zone for the past 22 years.

Steven is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Rhodus, Bunker Hill; one daughter, Danielle Rhodus, Bunker Hill; one grandson, Jacob Bagwell, Bunker Hill; one sister, Sheila (Randy) Haney, Tennessee; one brother, Travis Rhodus, Muncie; multiple aunts, uncles, cousins and several nieces and nephews.

Steven was preceded by death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.