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Slana Kaicy Miller, 92, of Peru, passed away at 11:48 A.M., Saturday, February 16, 2019, at his residence. He was born on June 28, 1926, in Daytona, FL to Lawrence and Eva (Kaicy) Miller.

Slana married Mary Ida Butt on July 16, 1943, and they were married for 75 plus years. Together they had three children, Tom (Susan) Miller, Bruce Miller (deceased) and Kathy (Dave) Briner; eight grandchildren, Kevin Miller, Rick(Lisa) Miller, Jeff Miller, Christine (Jeff) Crane, Macey Miller, Brooke (Jess) Killian, Robin Carter and Jay Briner; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to also mention, Michel Cloar-Jameson and family; without whom Kathy could not have managed to keep the Miller’s in their home.

Also, preceding him in death were his parents and six siblings.

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Deborah G. “Debbie” Weisenberger, 52, of Peru, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019, in Peru. She was born in Peru on April 16, 1966, the daughter of Donna Henderson Hines, Mort Hines (adopted), and James Heverin. Debbie married John Weisenberger on May 28, 1988, and he survives.

Debbie was a 1984 graduate of Peru High School and Ball State University in 1988, where she graduated Magna Cume Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Debbie worked as a Loan Officer at Hometown Federal Credit Union. With an infectious laugh, Debbie was an outgoing, fun loving person with a heart for people, but her pride and joy shone brightest in her daughters.

Surviving in addition to her husband, John, her mother Donna Hines of Peru; her adopted father, Mort Hines of Florida; biological father, James Heverin; daughters Sarah Weisenberger of Peru and Lindsay Weisenberger of Bloomington, IN; mother-in-law Carolyn Markley of Denver, IN; sister-in-law, Karen (Jamie) Trigg of Deedsville; aunt, Beth Finicle of Las Vegas; Nephews Blake and Chris Trigg and Marcus Ramsey; special friend Pam Raderstorf; constant companion, her little dog, Sugar; and several aunts and uncles on the East Coast.

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Merlin Ray “Pops” Wilkinson, 84, of Peru, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Blair Ridge Health Campus.

He was born in Veedersburg, Indiana on January 13, 1935, to Lawrence and Gladys (Booe) Wilkinson. He married Elizabeth Jane (Williams) Wilkinson, and she preceded him in death on May 28, 1988. Pops retired as a mechanic from US 31 Auto Salvage.

He is survived by his son, Robert (Michele) Wilkinson of Peru, as well as four grandchildren: Vaughn (Jenn) Ansel, Brandon (Brittany) Wilkinson, Norton McGiffin V, and Alicia (fiancé Brian Vandeyacht) McGiffin; and six great-grandchildren. Also, brothers Billy Wilkinson and Larry (Vinnie) Wilkinson and Brother-In-Law, Carl Childress.

Eugene "Geno" Milton Wecht

Eugene "Geno" Milton Wecht, 90 born January 24, 1929, to Leonard C. Wecht and Bernice L. (Laverty) Wecht in Peru, Indiana, died on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in Peru, Indiana.

His loving son Timothy Gene Wecht, Grandchildren, Stephanie Wecht, Joshua Wecht, Aidan Dunnuck-Wecht and Jennifer Wecht, Great-grandchildren, Alexis Wecht and James Brodie Wecht and daughter-in-law, Linda Wecht survive Gene.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Eugene Charles "Charlie" Wecht, Grandson, Perry Charles Wecht, Brothers, William L. Wecht, and Richard L. Wecht, stepfather, Archie Mogle.

His military service included the United States Army and the United States Navy. He retired from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad.

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Carolyn J. Phillipy, 86, of Peru, passed away at 10:25 pm on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Blair Ridge Health Campus.

She was born in Kokomo on September 8, 1932, to Paul and Mildred (Christner) White. She married Connie M. Phillipy on October 20, 1950. He survives. A member of the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, Carolyn retired as the head dietician at Peru Community Schools. She was also an extremely talented self-taught cake decorator.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, and their children: Deborah (Joe) Dawalt of Peru, Teresa “Terri” (Jon) Hoke of Tucson, AZ, and Scott Phillipy of Muncie, IN. Also, five grandchildren: Nathan Dawalt, Adam Dawalt, Sean Baker, Heather Ferrari, and Sarah Phillipy; as well as six great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother Ronald (Sandy) White of Kokomo, and sister Rebecca (Tom) Bender of Bunker Hill.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Toby W. Townsend, 74, of Peru, passed away on February 6, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Peru on February 28, 1944, to Carl and Hazel (Arnold) Townsend. He had worked as an automotive technician at T&B Auto Repair in Peru.

Toby is survived by his children: Brian Lee Townsend of Barberton, OH, Shane Michael Townsend of Peru, and Patrick Allen Townsend of Oliver Springs, TN; as well as many grandchildren. Also, surviving are his sisters, Judy Ewer, and Helen Bowman, both of Peru. He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no public service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

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Mary "Evelyn" Kanippe, 82, formerly of Peru, went to be with her Lord at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, in her home in Warsaw, Indiana while surrounded by family. Evelyn was diagnosed with lung cancer on Thanksgiving night.

Evelyn was born on March 22, 1936, in Kingsport, Tennessee to Samuel Short and Dorothea (Gray) Short. She married the love of her life, Bert Kanippe on May 31, 1954. Evelyn lived in Peru for 64 years prior to moving close to her daughter in Warsaw in December 2017.

Evelyn was a homemaker, worked for years in the Peru Community Schools lunch program —mostly at Elmwood Elementary and the Peru Junior High school, and cleaned houses for numerous folks in the Peru area.

Evelyn was 62 years old when she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. While living in Peru, she attended First Church of the Nazarene.

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Jimmy D. Clark, 78, of Peru, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne. Jimmy was born in Kingsport, TN to the late Charley N. and Juanita (Ward) Clark. On Dec. 23, 1958, in Gate City, Virginia he married the love of his life, Ann Marie Kennedy. In 1960 they moved to Peru.

Jimmy worked at the Peru Foundry for 20 years until it burned down and then worked for Markhon for 18 years until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, outdoor activities, spending time with his friends and family, family dinners and hunting.

He is survived by his son; Jimmy L. Clark (Margy Berkshire), Peru, daughter; Elizabeth “Sissy” Emmerling (Richard), Denver, CO., grandchildren; Amanda (Justin) Rairigh, Alicia Clark, Dylan Emmerling, Kaylynn Clark, Jimmy Clark Jr. and Ethan Stapleton, great-grandchildren; Sha’Lynn Kreig, Jayden Bohn, Braxton Nichols, Chandler and Laynee Rairigh, Great-great grandchildren; Rae’Lynn Kreig and Harper Holman, two brothers; Harold “Buggs” Clark (Jennifer) and Clarence “Butch” Clark. Along with several nieces and nephews.