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Charles E. Butler, 89, of Peru, passed away at 7:53 P.M., Friday, January 11, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru. He was born in Peru on November 15, 1929, the son of Floyd and Merle Wolfe Butler. Charlie married Betty Boyer at the First Baptist Church, Peru on September 16, 1949, and she survives.

Charlie was a 1948 Peru High School graduate and worked at Stellite for 17 years before working as a Machinist for 19 years for Chrysler, retiring in 1993. He was a member and Honorary Deacon of the First Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman, especially enjoyed ice fishing and golfing.

What a man, what a life lived, Charlie made such a positive impression on many lives. He was someone who taught through example and was a living definition of the word dedicated. A dedicated and devoted husband, a dedicated follower of Christ, a dedicated and involved father and grandfather, a dedicated fisherman and golfer and dedicated friend to many. He demonstrated traits that many can only hope to emulate, like patience, kindness, even temper, and his strong values. He will be missed by many and we know that Heaven has gained one heck of an Angel.

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Marilyn Jean Eltzroth Stambaugh, 84, of Peru, passed away at 2:24 A.M., Saturday, January 12, 2019, at her residence. She was born in Peru on September 8, 1934, the daughter of Harold Henry and Mable Elizabeth Bechdol Eltzroth. Marilyn married Jack Stambaugh in Peru on September 27, 1953, and he preceded her in death in 1970.

Marilyn graduated from Peru High School and was retired from United Tech. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and the Moose Lodge of Peru. Marilyn enjoyed reading, word puzzles and western movies. Marilyn would be the first to help anybody in need, but more than anything family, especially her grandchildren were her life’s heart.

Surviving are her granddaughters Elizabeth Davis and her husband James of Peru and Jennifer K. Pacione and her husband Joshua of Huntington; great-grandchildren Brendon Haynes and Garret Haynes of Peru, Tyler Adams, Jordan Shake, and Taylor Shake all of Huntington; and a brother Dean Eltzroth of Peru.

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David Allen White II, 31, of Peru passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019.

He was born on November 4, 1987, in Lafayette, Indiana to David Allen White and Robin (Mark) Sharp. David was a truck driver for the Drew Ag trucking company, out of Greenville, Ohio.

David is survived by his parents, brother Matthew White of Lafayette, step-sister Lindsey Kocher of Martinsville, maternal grandparents Don & Brenda Hilt, maternal uncles Tony Hilt and Roger (Melissa) Hilt, paternal uncles Gary White, Bob White, paternal aunt Cindy (Mark) O’Connor, uncle Jeff (Sudonna) White, and aunt Deana Dunbar. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and cousins who loved him very much.

He was preceded in death by step-brother Justin Sharp, sister Amanda Joy White, and paternal grandparents Robert & Joy White.

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Robert Wesley Burrous passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 9:22 pm surrounded by loving family. Bob has joined his beautiful Marie, wrapped in the arms of the Lord.

Bob was born in Peru, Indiana on January 2, 1934, to Anthony and Cleo Burrous, who preceded him in death. Bob took great delight in telling everyone that he was born on 1234. Bob served in the United States Army, mostly in France. He married Marie Bailey on December 16, 1961. They both worked at General Tire in Wabash. After retirement, Bob and Marie loved to travel, traveled the world, and spent most of their winters in Florida. Bob was a friendly, outgoing fellow who never knew a stranger. He loved his children and grandchildren unconditionally.

In addition to his parents and his loving wife Marie, Bob was preceded in death by his brother Carl and sister Jean (Tom) Reinking. He is survived by his sister Donna (Wayne Jones), his daughters Ellen (Steve) Sawyer, Sheila (William) Planck, Therese (Mark) Watkins, and Lori (Donald) Richmond). Also, grandchildren Olivia, Amy, Jeremy, Sarah, Erica, Nick, Tara, Mark Joseph, Andre, Jared, Lacy, and Chloe; as well as numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many of Marie’s family. He loved them all deeply.

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Thomas D. Terry, 57, of Peru, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019, at his residence with his loving family by his side. He was born on Sept. 7, 1961, in Dayton, Ohio to Paul D. Terry and the late Barbara Ann (Clark) Shifflett.

He was a graduate of Peru High School class of 1979. After graduation, Tom worked 6 years for Manchester Tool and Die. He and his wife Roberta then moved to Florida where he worked for Rene Morganstein, where he produced parts for NASA. It was in Florida where Terry and Roberta found the Catholic religion at St. Anastasia and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Upon returning to Peru in 1990, Tom went to work at Wilson’s and Lengerich Meats before going to work at Dana Corp. until 2005 when he became disabled.

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John Basil Goodnight, Sr., 82, Peru, passed away at 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Peru.

Born January 13, 1936, in Tipton County, Indiana, he was the son of Bernard and Nelie Baden Goodnight. He was married on October 24, 1985, in Peru, Indiana, to the former Geraldine L. Marrison See, and she survives.

He was a member of Zion Chapel in Peru, Indiana and had retired from Square D Corporation in Peru. He loved hunting, camping, horses, Western Movies, and spending time with his family, especially his many grandchildren. He had also served with the Indiana National Guard.

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Ray W. Shelmadine, Jr., of Mexico, IN, passed away at 4:45 A.M., Friday, January 11, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru. Ray was born in Columbia City, IN on June 5, 1932, the son of Ray W. and Ruth Underwood Shelmadine. Ray married Ellen L. Shipley on March 31, 1960, in Madison, IN and she preceded him in death on March 15, 2015.

Ray was a 1951 graduate of Columbia City High School. He served as an NCO in the USAF for more than 20 years, retiring as a MSGT in 1972. His Military decorations include the Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. Ray then worked as a Maintenance Forman at Wilson Food from 1973 – 1993.

Ray and Ellen, his bride of 55 years, lovingly raised two beautiful daughters, Beth and Susan. Ray was enjoyed gardening, fishing and bird watching. More than anything Ray loved his family. Nothing meant more to him than his wife, daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Nurnie L. Kiefer

Nurnie L. Kiefer, 86, of Peru, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru.

She was born on January 10, 1932, in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee to David and Okle (Cadle) White. She married Shelby Irvin and later married Joseph Kiefer. She retired as a press operator at Essex Wire.

She is survived by her grandchildren: David (Angela) Irvin Jr., Roger (Laney) Irvin Jr., William (Allison) Irvin, and Matthew (Kayla) Irvin. Also, great-grandchildren: Tyler, Aaron (Chasity), Micah, Noah, Levi, Maddie, Griffin, Zoe, Daliyah, Piper, Dominic, and Gunner; and great-great-grandchild Savannah Irvin.