Donald J. Dice

Donald J. Dice, 80, of Peru, IN passed away on January 31, 2020, at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo, IN.

Don was born in Bloomington, IN on July 3, 1939, to Jess and Dorcas (Petty) Dice. He married Nancy Morgan on May 7, 2006, and she survives.

Don graduated from Peru High School and Manchester College. He proudly served in the United States Army and spent his career working for the United States government.

He was a loving husband, Dad, and Grandpa. Don enjoyed the outdoors and playing cards. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Donald is survived by his wife, Nancy: daughters Julie Mathews and her husband Scott of New Lenox, IL, Corey Welsh and her husband James of Bonfield, IL, Alicia Burrough and her husband Rodney of Mountainburg, AR, Christi Crawford of Peru, IN, Teri Moore of Kokomo, IN, and Colleen Crawford of Peru, IN; many loving grandchildren; brothers James E. Dice of Arlington, VA and Ronald L. Dice of Salisbury, MD.

Richard R. Hartleroad

Richard R. Hartleroad, 74, of Peru, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020, at Wellbrooke of Wabash.

He was born in Peru on May 3, 1945, to Richard N. Hartleroad and Ethel J. (Holler) Hartleroad Summitt. He married Louise (Gross) Hartleroad on January 12, 1967, and she survives.

Richard was retired United States Army and worked as a guard at the Miami Correctional Facility. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

He is survived by his wife, as well as their children: Angela (Joe) Earle of Tipton, Richard R. Jr. (Denise) of Peru, and Mary M. (Michael) Jones of Peru; as well as 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Also, surviving are brothers Randall Hartleroad of Fort Wayne and Voyle Hartleroad of Butler, IN; and sisters Bernice Armstrong of Florida, Jeanine Crispen of Macy, and Ramona Baldridge of Rome City, IN.

Mark A. Rasmussen

Mark A. Rasmussen, 56, of Peru, passed away at 8:05 am on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at his residence.

He was born in Peru on February 19, 1963, to Ben and Mavis (Rose) Rasmussen. He married Toni (Spyker) Rasmussen in 1984, and she survives.

Mark lived his entire life in Peru and was a retired Rent-a-Trailer truck driver. He was an outdoorsman - he loved hunting and fishing. He also loved his grandchildren dearly and would do anything for them. He was a member of the Independent Missionary Baptist Church.

Thomas Prentis Kelsor

Thomas Prentis Kelsor, 66, of Peru, IN went to his eternal home on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

He was born in Scottsville, Kentucky on June 25, 1953, to Dorothy Dunn and Thomas Kelsor Sr. He graduated from Nutall High School. Thomas moved to Indiana in 1976. Thomas loved the outdoors and worked for the Peru Parks Dept. until he retired in 2011.

Thomas enjoyed fishing, participating in car shows, hunting, riding motorcycles and attending church. He loved football and the Indianapolis Colts was his favorite team.

Surviving family include significant other, T. Maxine Clark, daughters: Penny Archer (Terrance), Anna Williams, Kendra Morecraft (Robert); son, Paul Clark (Sandra). Two sons preceded him in death: David Williams and Billy Williams. Also, surviving are his grandchildren, Trevon Archer, Tiana Archer, D’Andre Williams, Avriel Williams, Adelynn Williams, Ethan Miller, Madison Miller, Molly Morecraft, Sofie Moorecraft, Emma Morecraft, and Max Morecraft.

Clara J. Reece

Clara J. Reece, 90, of Peru, passed away at 3:20 am on Monday, January 27, 2020, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru.

She was born in Hendersonville, NC on July 9, 1929, to Robert and Sleta (Clingenpeel) McMinn. She married Nolan L. Reece, and he preceded her in death. Clara worked as a catalog clerk at J.C. Penney. She had an uncommonly good sense of humor and a sharp wit - she brought laughter to people. She was a member of the Oakdale Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Jeffery (Anita) Reece of Granger, IN, and Susan Reece of Columbus, OH; and grandchildren Michael Reece and Megan Reece.

John W. McCrae

Senior Master Sergeant John Wilson McCrae, USAF (ret), age 74, passed away on January 24, 2020, at home in Peru, IN. He was born September 29, 1945, in Gulfport, MS, the son of Peter and Hazel (Johnson) McCrae but spent most of his childhood in Warren, OH.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years and was stationed at several bases within the United States, including Dover AFB and Grissom AFB, as well as Korea and Turkey. He was a Vietnam War veteran and served the United States with honor. Following John’s service, he began work at Western Reman in Peru, IN.

John is survived by his daughter, Angela (husband, Jesus) McCrae Barazas of Middletown, IN; son, Eric (wife, Mia) McCrae of Kissimmee, FL; brothers, Robert McCrae of Sturtevant, WI, Paul (wife, Markey) McCrae of Peru, IN, and Roy McCrae of Parrish, FL; sisters, Barbara McCrae of Warren, OH, Dianne (husband, Trevor) Young of Salem, OH, Donna Auchter of Warren, OH, Melody Victor of Niles, OH, and Virginia Bartelt of Lancaster, OH and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Margaret “Peggy” Payne. John will be missed by many in the community, including his friends at Arby’s and Hallmark and former coworkers at Western Reman in Peru, IN.

Beverly Sue Tyler

Beverly Sue Tyler, 83, of Peru, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru. She was born February 28, 1936, in Brook, Indiana to Clyde F. and Mary A. (Collier) Ricker.

Beverly was a homemaker and member of the Ladies of the Moose in Peru along with membership as a Golden Eagle and a life member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary in Peru. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed baking for her friends and family.

Surviving family include her children, Susan Diana Smiley, Peru; Rhonda Elks, Tennessee; Amy V. (Bob) Hiers, Peru; and Richard H. Blair of Peru. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, siblings, Jean A. Hensler, James T. Ricker, Dr. Albert S. Ricker, and one grandson.

Elzena Lou (Zody) Wagner

On Sunday, January 19, 2020, Elzena Lou Wagner residing at Whitesburg Gardens in Huntsville, Alabama passed away at the age of 86 after a long illness. She was born to the late Harry and Mary (Cain) Zody on 18 July 1933.

Elzena relocated from Peru Indiana to Fredericktown Ohio in the 1950s. She lived in Fredericktown for approximately twenty-three years. Elzena then relocated to Mansfield Ohio, and eventually to Huntsville Alabama in 2007. White-Westinghouse in Mansfield employed Elzena prior to her retirement. During her time in Fredericktown, she became an active member of the American Legion Post 500 until her passing. Elzena worked several positions within the American Legion Auxiliary before becoming the first lady from Post 500 in Fredericktown to be elected as the 6th District Auxiliary President. She served as the District president from 1973-1975, overseeing 31 separate Auxiliary units in the state of Ohio. In 1991, Elzena then went on to become the Departmental Chapeau d’ Ohio for the 8 & 40, serving from 1991-1992. Elzena was very proud of this accomplishment since her efforts supported aiding research for respiratory illnesses in children. Elzena was always willing to help a neighbor or friend; she loved to travel and see new places and was a very patriotic lady.