Connie K. Hunt

Connie K. Hunt, 80, of Peru passed away at 3:03 pm on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Blair Ridge Health Campus with her son and daughter by her side.

She was born in Miami County on August 2, 1938, to Dwight L. and May L. (Leedy) Shoemaker. She married Doyal E. Hunt on August 11, 1957, and he preceded her in death on January 18, 2011. Connie retired as the Miami County Recorder. She was a member of the Peru Firemen’s Auxiliary, Eastern Star, Republican Women, and the Parkview United Methodist Church. She also enjoyed flowers, nature, and feeding the birds.

Connie will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Faith and family were of utmost importance to her. She is survived by her children, Julie (Mike) Sisson, and Jay (Lynn) Hunt, both of Peru. Also, grandchildren: Brooke (Adam) Sheets, Carrie Babbs, Carley Sisson, and Drew Hunt; and great-grandchildren: Ryne Babbs, Dawsen Babbs, Pierce Babbs, Emma Babbs, Aiden Sheets, and Addisyn Sheets.

Jesse A. Melton photo

Jesse A. Melton, 86, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Mazie (Gunter) Melton. Married on June 30, 1956, they shared 62 years of marriage together.

He was born on August 23, 1932, in Albany, Kentucky to John and Zora (Glidewell) Melton.

Jesse served in the United States Navy. He retired from Chrysler as a machine operator in 1991 after 38 years of work. He loved to fish and mushroom hunt with his beloved wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Converse.

He is survived by his wife and their children: Gary (Suzonne) Melton of Louisiana, Richard (Jody) Melton of Milford, IN, Karen (Jeff) Maggart of Akron, IN, and Kim (Scot) Shircliff of Peru. Also, grandchildren: Shanna, Rochelle, Jessica, Amanda, Annie, Adam, Josie, Seth, Angie, Ashlyn, Kaelyn, and Mason; and great-grandchildren: Hope, Gracie, Chelsea, Gunnar, Savannah, Xander, Bailey, Izzy, London, Paris, Morgan, Maddie, and Makenna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Kathy Sommers, grandson Jeremy Love, and great-grandchildren Elizabeth Easterday and Beau Melton. Also, brothers Carlos Melton, Eugene Melton, and Ted Melton; and sister Iva May Melton.

Visitation will be held from 11 am – 2 pm on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 West Third Street, Peru, Indiana. Funeral service will follow at 2pm at the funeral home, with Pastor Jeff Sumner officiating. Burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, Indiana.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Miami County Military Rites Team.

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

Allen Lee Stuber photo

Allen Lee Stuber, 83, Denver, Indiana, passed away at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at his residence.

Born On June 16, 1935, in Twelve Mile, Indiana, he was the son of Eldridge Lincoln “Jack” and Beatrice Irene Launer Stuber. On March 19, 1960, in Denver, Indiana, he was married to the former Carolyn Kay Ogle, and she preceded in death on February 16, 2009.

He was retired from Dana Corporation in Marion and had worked for many years at United Tool in Wabash. He graduated from Metea High School and was a member of Cornerstone Church in Mentone. He was a United States Army veteran having served in Germany and Texas.

Teddy L. (Ted) Mowery photo

Teddy L. (Ted) Mowery passed away at 4:15 am on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne, after a short rough battle with brain cancer. He lived a long good life in his 88 years. Everybody that met Ted liked him; he had many friends and acquaintances. He enjoyed sitting and talking to people wherever he went.

Ted was born to Homer Henry "Sparky" and Esther Forrey Mowery on November 22, 1930, in Denver, Indiana. He served in the Korean War as a Sargent in the Artillery Field and was honorably discharged on February 11, 1953. He was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church in Peru, Indiana. Ted will be probably most remembered as a movie buff and the mailman on E. Main and E. 5th as he was a mail carrier in Peru for the biggest part of 30 years. He also worked at Cooper TV, Vickery Tape & Label and Karlettes Flower Shop.

Ted was a very generous man, he would do just about anything for anybody especially his three sons.

Lawrence J. “Larry” Digue photo

Lawrence J. “Larry” Digue, 76, of Chili, IN, passed away at 5:17 P.M, Monday, January 28, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Wyandotte, MI on February 19, 1942, the son of Joseph Gordon and Jean Alice Radcliffe, Digue. Larry married Ellen Gehle on March 22, 1980, and she survives.

After high school, Larry served in the US Air Force. He worked in maintenance at Square D for more than 36 years before he retired. He was a member of the Chapel Ministries Outreach, the Wabash VFW #286, Peru Bass Masters and was an enthusiastic Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions fan. Larry was an avid hunter and fisherman, but most important to him was his family. Larry was a devoted husband, father and a very proud grandfather and great-grandfather.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Ellen, are sons, Michael Digue of Sebring, FL and Larry (Cheryl) Maggart of Wabash; daughters Hollie Digue (Herb Dalton) of Cumming, GA, Kerrie (Brian) Hannigan of Peru, and Jean (Bob) Hilbert of Denver, IN; grandchildren Rebecca L., Samantha G., Samantha A., Emily A., Marlee E., Quinn, Joshua, Chloe, Mike and Woodney; a great-grandchild, Malakai; and brothers David (Bobbie) Digue, FL and Robert (Dee) Digue, MI.

Gregory Thomas Ousley photo

Gregory Thomas Ousley, 29, of Peru, passed away on Jan. 22, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne surrounded by his loved ones. He was born to Ronald Ousley Sr. and the late Melissa Sue Hewitt.

Gregory loved to spend time with his family. He loved working with his hands, whether it be on electronics or automobiles. He had numerous unfinished projects, but his main fascination was with automobiles.

Gregory is survived by a large loving family. His siblings are, Isabella, Brantlee, Brentlee, Kayla Loraine and Ronald Ousley Jr.; three sons, Brycin Hunter, Ryan Spencer and Gregory Thomas Ousley Jr.; Fiancee, Jenifer Burford, grandmother, Melinda McCarthy.

Lois J. Harding photo

Lois J. Harding, 90, of Peru, Indiana, departed peacefully at 6:09 A.M., Friday, January 25, 2019, at her residence. She was born in Peru in 1928 to Russell and Lucy Wise. She was the beloved wife for 47 years of David Harding, who preceded her in death in 2012. Previously, she was married to Earl Rogers, deceased for 10 years. Lois had been a resident of Peru all her life.

A dedicated mother of 4 children and housewife, she also, enjoyed having euchre parties and entertaining family and friends often with huge dinners and get-togethers. Graduating from Peru High School in 1946, she stayed active in reunion activities and until recent illness prevented, met with classmates for monthly lunches. Later in life, she enjoyed being a member of euchre club and weekly pinochle games with friends.

Lois is survived by her children, Eric Rogers and his wife Deeanna of Phoenix, AZ, Jim Harding and wife Theresa, of Peru, Jane Ann Harding of Peru and John Harding of Inglis, FL; grandchildren, Brant David (Megan Carter) Bell, Todd (Kaylee) Bell, Ashley (Adam) Constable, Elyse Brousseau, Levi Brousseau, Amber (Ryan) Harris, William (Carissa) Redilla, Elizabeth Shanabarger and Daniel (Adela) Wegert; great-grandchildren Tobias Bell, Lorelei Bell, Calypso Bell, Luv Carlson, Zian Constable, Liam Brousseau, Paige Harris, Madison Harris, Abigale Harris, Braxton Redilla, Lexi Redilla, Ian Redilla and Jaide Redilla and a sister Mary Mathis of Meridian, MS.

Dennis (Denny) E. Nealis photo

Dennis (Denny) E. Nealis, 65, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo, IN.

Denny was born on June 24, 1953, in New Castle, IN to the late Orville Nealis, Jr & Charlotte (Marden) Nealis. He graduated from Maconaquah High School in 1971. He then went on to earn an Associate degree from Ivy Tech.

Denny married his wife, Gayle, on November 11, 2011, & she survives.