Kyle Clemans photo

Kyle Clemans, 28, of Peru, passed away in the early morning hours of April 16, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Logansport on Jan. 19, 1991 to Richard and Barbara (Clemans) Dix.

Kyle really enjoyed skateboarding, video games, movies, drawing (anime), playing with kids and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his parents, sisters; Rachel Clemans, Peru and Courtney Dix, Winamac, brother; Zac Dix, Medaryville, nieces; Sawyer Clemans and Amyra Dix, nephews; Evan and Palmer Dix, paternal grandparents; Richard T. Dix and Linda Harkness, uncles; James (Nicole) Dix, Danny (Charmin) Bishop, Tom (Colleen) Bishop, Joe Bishop, Bill Bishop and Larry Joe (Kim) Hessling, aunts; Tandi (Alan) Landes, Michelle Pratt, Kim Haygood and Tina (James) Johnson.

Jennifer Ann Lehman (Kern) photo

Jennifer Ann Lehman (Kern), 47, of Peru, Indiana, went to be with the Lord after a recent struggle with cancer, in Fort Wayne, Indiana on April 15, 2019, at 1:33 am. Jennifer worked at Headstart at Elmwood where she worked in the cafeteria. She also attended the Church of Assembly of God and had a strong faith in Lord.

Jennifer is survived by her three children: Brooke N. Randle, Kelly D. Lehman, Jaye W. Lehman, and two grandchildren: Mathew W. Pulley and Emily R. Kern (deceased), her mother Nancy A. Kern, and father Tim L. Kern (deceased). Her three brothers: Terry Kern (Bobbi Jean Kern) of Peru, Brian Kern (Stacy Kern) of Wabash, Jason Kern of Peru. She also has numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles.

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Susan K. Elliott, 73, of Elkhart, died on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at her home at 10:48 pm after her two year battle with cancer under the care of John Gilbert and the Center for Hospice Care.

She was born September 24, 1945, in Elkhart to Jeanette M. Hapner. She married Michael Elliott on June 23, 1970, in Clintwood, Virginia. They made their home in Logansport, Indiana in 1981. He preceded her in death, as did her longtime companion, Frankie Higgins, a great-grandchild, Benjamin Leon Meeks, her mother, and adoptive father, Robert E. Malcolm of Elkhart.

Companion and caregiver John Gilbert survives along with one daughter, Michelle (Barry) Meeks of Peru, Indiana; two sons Drew Elliott of Galveston, Indiana and Dustin Elliott of Logansport, Indiana; 10 grandchildren (Berlin, Owen, Andrew, Lee, Barry, Samantha, Braxton, Kylie, Izaac, and Alexander; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas (Jim) Malcolm of Walkerton, Indiana and Jim (Nita) Malcolm of Claypool, Indiana; and sister Dianna (Tom) Florea of Cassopolis, Michigan.

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Brian “Bud” Steele, 68, of Peru, passed away at 8:45 A.M., Sunday, April 14, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Peru, on January 5, 1951, the son of Willis “Bud” and Betty Whitney Steele. Bud married Cheryle A. Moyer on January 6, 1978, and she preceded him in death on July 3, 2012.

Bud was a 1970 graduate of Peru High School and a US Army Veteran. His military decorations include the National Defense Service Medal. He retired from Bryan Steam in 2013. Bud was a member of the Eagles and Moose Lodges.

He is survived by daughters Angie Himes and her husband Chris of Peru and Amy Steele of Peru, a son Travis Steele and his wife Jennifer of Peru, grandchildren Kayla Brown, Sierra Witt, Gavin Witt, Connor Robinson, Landon Steele, Anna Steele and Alex Steele, a great-grandson Dreson Brown, sisters Toma Piotrowski, Trisha Pattison, Terri Egan, Tyla Steele, Trina Grant, Toni Garner, Traci Steele and brothers Mike Steele and Steve Steele.

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Janis M. Nance, 88, of Peru passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Autumn Ridge in Wabash, Indiana.

She was born in Columbus, Ohio on August 6, 1930, to Edward and Margaret (Cohagen) Roche. She retired from Smith Brother’s Warehouse.

She is survived by her sons, Philip (Michelle) Nance of Peru, and Dale (Bobbie) Nance of Columbus, Ohio; as well as grandchildren: Erik Myers, Tyler Nance, Heather Kidwell, and Michele Nance; and great-grandchildren: Mitchel Myers, Megan Shepard, Katie Shepard, Maya Kidwell, Kaylee Nance, and Deven Thorpe. Also surviving is a sister, June Stambaugh of Columbus, Ohio.

Ralph Jeffrey Kerns photo

Ralph Jeffrey Kerns, 74, of Peru, passed away peacefully at 7:43 pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at his residence, due to congestive heart failure.

He was born on March 31, 1945, in Portland, Oregon to Ralph L. and Etta (Boyd) Kerns. After graduating from Peru High School in 1964, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Ralph served in the Navy from 1965-1969. He married Kristi (Benner) Kerns on April 15, 1966. She preceded him in death on September 4, 1999. They had two children together, Jeffrey and Jennifer. Jeffrey preceded him in death on July 28, 2018. He married again on June 7, 2003, to Shirley (Moseley) Kerns. She survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Shirley, are his mother, Etta Kerns, Rochester, IN, his daughter, Jennifer (Glenn) Townsend, Peru, IN, his granddaughter, Ashlee (Justin) Klempner, Montpelier, OH, and his grandsons, Luke and Owen Townsend, Peru, IN. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren, Nolan, Ava, Archie, and Bear (due to arrive in June 2019) Klempner, Montpelier, OH.

John C. Barron photo

John C. Barron, 91, Peru, passed away peacefully at 1:26 PM, Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family. John was born on June 11, 1927, in Bunker Hill, the son of Cletus C. “Bill” and Margaret Demmit Barron. On June 10, 1951, he married Patricia Arland and she preceded him in death on March 21, 2010.

John was a 1945 graduate of Bunker Hill High School. He worked in the food industry, starting alongside his father at Barron’s Supermarket in Bunker Hill. He retired from Wilson Foods.

John was a patriot, having served in the United States Navy during World War II, receiving the WWII Victory Medal, and more recently participating in the Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Perhaps it was the Navy that instilled John’s great pride in his health and fitness. He amassed 33,000 miles of jogging and walking over the last 35 years of his life. Just 10 days prior to his passing he could be found doing push-ups and sit-ups in his room.

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Ethel Willadean O’Neal, 88, of Peru passed away just before 5 pm on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, after a short illness.

She was born in Miami County on August 7, 1930, to Floyd and Irene (Cushman) Brown. She married Joseph L. O’Neal in 1949, and he preceded her in death on September 23, 1988. Willadean retired from Wabash Valley Bank and was a member of the Peru Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by her children: Linda J. Balsbaugh (Kevin) of Peru, Vicki L. Huehls (Kenny) of Meridianville, AL, and Cheryl G. Medlin (Bob) of Marietta, GA; as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Marjorie Phares of Shelbyville, IN.