Carol J. (Fuqua) Maus photo

Carol J. (Fuqua) Maus, 90, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 23, 2018.  Carol was born to the late Vertie and Florence (Marx) Fuqua on October 12, 1928, in Cincinnati, Ohio. During the Great Depression, the family moved to Peru. She graduated from Peru High School in 1946.

Carol married her loving husband, Edwin, on January 20, 1952, and he survives.

Carol was employed by Dukes Hospital. She retired in 1988 in order to travel to Alaska for the birth of her granddaughter.

She loved traveling, knitting, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. Carol was a member of Parkview United Methodist Church.

Carol is survived by a daughter Julieann (David) Vandagriff, Atlanta, Georgia; a son Michael (Andrea) Maus, Peru; sister Joan (Fuqua) Holcomb, Kansas; grandson Andrew Vandagriff, Atlanta, Georgia; granddaughters Leanna Vandagriff, Atlanta, Georgia; Meredith Vaughn (Stephen), Walkerville, Maryland; Melanie Maus, Frankfort; and Great Granddaughter Lilianna Maus, and several nieces.

Donald C. Pier Jr. photo

Donald C. Pier Jr., 78, of Miami, Indiana passed into eternity on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital of Kokomo.

He was born February 5, 1940, to Donald Cecil Pier Sr. and Genevieve (Marquis), who preceded him in death as well as an infant brother Wayne. He married Betty Lou Dye on March 6, 1960. Donald worked for the Plumber and Steamfitters Local 440 in Indianapolis. He was a journeyman plumber and retired after 42 years. He was a family man to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He served as an elder of Miami Fellowship of Praise. During retirement, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing games and spending winters in Florida with his wife.

Donald is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty, as well as his son Jeffery (JoAnna) Pier of Bunker Hill, and daughter Teresa Pasquale of Peru. Also, surviving are his sister Beverly (Donald) Byrum of Peru, his brother Charles Pier of Amboy, and his sister Joyce Schwengels and the late Forest of Oak Ridge, TN. Also surviving are grandchildren: Heather (Matt) Brennan, Noah (Stephanie) Pier, Amber (Ryan) Record, Adam Pier, Darren (Ashley) Nelson, Micah (Micayla) Pier, and Olivia Pier; and great-grandchildren: Mayah Brennan, Madison Brennan, Alana Brennan, Elias Record, Malachi Brennan, Reagan Pier, Anaya Record, Layton Lidy, and three on the way.

Betty Cattin photo

Betty Cattin, 90, of Peru passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Autumn Ridge Nursing Home in Wabash, Indiana.

She was born in Miami County on October 30, 1928, to Jesse and Elsie Hight. She married Clyde J. Cattin on November 26, 1947, and he preceded her in death.

Betty is survived by her three children: Julie Walker and husband Larry of Denver, In; Jim Cattin and wife Janet of Maine; and John Cattin and wife Debbie of Colorado. Also, surviving are grandchildren Jen Stuber and Shawn, Jessie Ewing and husband Steve, and Nick Cattin and Kristen Cattin. Also, great-grandchildren Abbi and Sidney Stuber, Jakob and Mason Taylor, and Sydney Ewing and Gunnar Nelson. Also, one great-great-granddaughter, Aria. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde, her parents, her brother Chet Hight, and great-grandson Zachary Stuber.

Curtis J. Ramsey photo

Curtis J. Ramsey, 89, Bunker Hill, died at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at home with his family surrounding him. He was born in Peru, Indiana on December 21, 1928, to Gilbert and Josephine (Clauve) Ramsey, and he graduated from Clay Township High School in Miami County in 1946. On September 4, 1948, he married Mary Marie Myers, who preceded him in death

Curtis was retired from Delco and farmed for many years. He was a member of the Miami United Methodist Church. He and Mary Marie spent many winters at Braden Castle, Bradenton Florida where they met many new friends and got reacquainted with several old friends. They loved their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When the grandchildren were present they were the focus of their attention. They loved doing special projects with them. The grandchildren remember sleepovers, annual family campouts and trips to the Michigan dunes. Curtis loved his church and supported his family there in all their pursuits. He was known for his gentle spirit and humility.

Mark Warren Swingle photo

Mark Warren Swingle, aged 92, passed away November 19, 2018, at Newburgh Health Care in Newburgh Indiana after a brief illness. He was born December 9, 1925, to William R. and Verna (Shrock) Swingle in Amboy Indiana. His wife was Barbara (Burk) Swingle formerly of Converse, Indiana who preceded him in death in 2014.

He leaves daughters Ann S. Werner (Richard-deceased) of Elkhart and Kay S. Rose (Allen) of Newburgh; and son, Brian J. Swingle, of Needles, California; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren and four step great grandchildren, sister, Pauline Feller of Kokomo and one niece and one nephew still living. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Laura Louise McGaffney, Marceille Siedlecki, and Anna Lorraine Swingle who died as an infant.

He graduated from Amboy High School and attended Purdue University. A member of America’s Greatest Generation and World War II veteran, Mark left Purdue and he served proudly in the Pacific Theater in the Army Air Corps. His military decorations include the American Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Air Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Katrina Sue Benge photo

Katrina Sue Benge, 80, Deedsville, Indiana, passed away at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

Born June 7, 1938, in Miami County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Otto C. and Pauline E. Burrous Schmidt. On August 10, 1958, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Peru, Indiana, she was married to Samuel E. “Skip” Benge, and he survives.

First and foremost, in Katrina’s life was her faith. She was a great Christian, and a lifelong dedicated member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru, Indiana, where she served her Lord and Savior, Jesus with gladness. She was a 1956 graduate of Jefferson Township High School in Mexico, Indiana, and for many years, she enjoyed “her kids” at North Miami Elementary School, where she worked in the cafeteria.

David L. Norris photo

David L. Norris, 75, of Orlando, Florida passed away on November 20, 2018, at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru.

He was born on September 4, 1943, in Gary, Indiana to Wendell and Helen (Parker) Norris. He retired from the accounts receivable department at AT&T.

David is survived by a sister-in-law Shari; brother Byron (Jamie) Norris of Peru; brother Ed (Susan) Norris of Trinadad, CO; brother Maynard Norris of Jackson, MI; and brother Dan (Karen) Norris of Philadelphia, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Steve Norris.

Joseph (“Joe”) John Waymire photo

Joseph (“Joe”) John Waymire, 68, of Peru, Indiana passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 17, 2018, after a long battle with colon cancer.

He was born August 23, 1950, in Peru to Richard and Sylvia (Dague) Waymire. Joe was the youngest of six children. He married Linda Burton in 1973 in Mexico, Indiana. Time spent with family was the most important thing for Joe. He loved having meals at home and the table surrounded by family and friends. He was happiest standing around a bonfire or helping those in need in any way he could. Joe spent 26 years working for the Norfolk & Southern Railroad as a conductor. After being hired for the N&S, he was drafted for Vietnam at the end of the war. He finished boot camp he was sent to Alaska for the remainder of his two years, learning the Electrical Trade. Joe had a lifelong obsession with motorcycles and boats. He was a skilled mechanic and rebuilt multiple cars, trucks, and motorcycles and built from scratch three airboats. He was a lifetime member of the Literary Aid Society, Wabash Valley Coon Hunter, Eagles and when he was younger, the Sons of Kentucky motorcycle club.