Donald Ray Shumpert photo

Donald Ray Shumpert, 60, Denver, Indiana, passed away at 10:19 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at his residence.

Born March 22, 1958, in Peru, Indiana, he was the son of Ples Lee Shumpert and the former Gennie M. Walton. On October 27, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio, he was married to Melody Dawn Lesley Doran, and she survives.

He was a 1977 graduate of Peru High School. He then went to work for Norfolk and Western Railroad before enlisting in the US Army. He was a member of Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church, Peru. He had also attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church with his wife.

Barbee Ruth Kring photo

Barbee Ruth Kring of Peru, Indiana passed away Monday, November 5, 2018, at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Plymouth, Indiana on August 9, 1929, to Roscoe and Vera (Sanner) Richter both of whom are deceased. Barbee had one brother, William Richter, who also preceded her in death.

On August 31, 1946, Barbee married Wayne D. Kring. They had two daughters: Toni Gayle Kring, Peru, Indiana and Drenea Denise Kring, Peru, Indiana.

Wayne preceded her in death on December 20, 2004.

Barbee was a homemaker who loved spending time with all of her family. She also enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, needlepoint and playing various board games with her husband. Barbee was a life member of Post 360 Mishawaka Auxiliary and the Peru Eagles Lodge 258 Auxiliary.

Jennifer Wouster Cunningham photo

Jennifer Wouster Cunningham, 63, of Peru, passed away at 6:00 AM, Sunday, November 4, 2018, at her residence. She was born in Peru, on August 15, 1955, the daughter of Frederick L. and Clara C. Aspinwall Wouster. Jennifer married Jack Cunningham and he preceded her in death.

Jennifer was a homemaker and member of the St. Charles Catholic Church. She enjoyed helping out at the Peru American Legion Glen Owens Post #14, loved and enjoyed listening to music and attending Pool Tournaments with RDee.

Jennifer is survived by her life companion RDee Watkins of Peru, a son Joseph Cunningham and his wife Sherry of Peru; a grandson Levi Cunningham, of Peru; brothers Howard Wouster of Indianapolis, IN, Frederick J. Wouster and wife Ethel, of Mexico, IN, George Wouster of Peru, IN and Jeffrey Wouster and his wife Christy, of Peru, IN; and a sister Mary Ziemer, West Lafayette, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Jeremiah Cunningham and brothers John, Jacob, Michael and Stephen Wouster.

Garnet “Leota” Morecraft photo

Garnet “Leota” Morecraft, 97, of Peru went to be with the Lord on November 4, 2018, at Blair Ridge Health Campus in Peru.

She was born on May 24, 1921, to William and Marie Reynolds of Cass County, Indiana. Leota had two brothers, Floyd Joseph, and Melvin Reynolds both of Cass County, Indiana who preceded her in death.

Leota married C.V. “Jack” Morecraft on July 7, 1940. They had three children. John (Carolyn) Morecraft, Peru, Indiana, Marlene Russell, Gulfport, Mississippi, and Michael (Sandy) Morecraft, Peru, Indiana.

John preceded her in death on March 5, 2012.

Leota owned and operated Morecraft’s Gift Shop and Candy Kitchen for many years. She was also a member of the Chapel of Praise in Peru, Indiana.

Julia Ann McHale photo

Julia Ann McHale, 89, of Kokomo passed away Monday, November 5, 2018, at Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo.

She was born in Kokomo on June 9, 1929, to Ned and Harriett Waggaman. She married the love of her life, Sergeant Charles E. McHale on December 23, 1950. She was a devoted military wife throughout his career in the Air Force. She loved traveling with Charles as he was stationed in many places across the globe. She spent many years in Germany and Newfoundland. Prior to marrying Charles, Julia was a secretary for several years at Continental Steel Corporation in Kokomo. Aunt Julia was a proper classy lady. She never had children of her own but loved spending time with all of her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her sister, Sue Miller of Kokomo and several nieces and nephews, Pandora Miller, Charles Miller Jr., Kerry Miller, Terry Miller, Shana (Miller) Driver, Steven Shumaker and her dear lifelong friend Kathryn De Lawter.

Donald L. West photo

Donald L. West, 74, of Peru passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Brazil, Indiana on July 9, 1944, to Donald and Mary Kathleen (Bennett) West, who are both deceased. He married Kathy (Davey) West on August 21, 1965, and she preceded him in death on May 1, 2005. On January 7, 2006, Don married Diane (Kinser) Correll and she survives. Don was retired from Grissom Air Reserve Base where he was in charge of munitions. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Don was a member of the Fortville Masonic Lodge # 207, Wabash Valley Coon Hunters Association, Izaak Walton League, and the American Legion. In his spare time, Don enjoyed firearms, model airplanes, and tinkering with engines.

He is survived by his wife, Diane, as well as his sons Steven (Patricia) West, Robert (Susie) West, and Kevin (Jami) Correll, all of Peru; and his daughters Stephanie Yentes of Peru and Amy (Scott) Lovelace of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Also surviving is a brother John (Robin) West of Pendleton, Indiana, as well as grandchildren: Heather West, Ryan West, Jessica West, Victoria Nice, Seth Correll, Sage Correll, Noah Yentes, Luke Moore, Mallory Moore, and Trevor Moore. In addition, a niece, Kelly West, and nephew Jamie West.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, from 4 pm-7 pm at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 West Third Street, Peru, Indiana. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 1 pm at the funeral home with Howard Whittlesey officiating. Burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru. Military service will be provided by the Miami County Military Rites Team.

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

Gilford E. Miller, Sr. photo

Gilford E. Miller, Sr., 76, Macy, passed away at 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Born October 9, 1942, in Miami County, Indiana, he was the son of Emerson Ray and Bessie Irene (Wheeler) Miller. On April 24, 1964, at the Church of the Nazarene in Peru, Indiana, he was married to the former Johnnie L. Rains, and she survives.

Gilford had attended Peru High School, and he retired from Bryan Steam after thirty-eight years. He was also a farmer and enjoyed chainsaw and saw-blade sharpening and going to fish fries.

Daniel W. Wagner photo

Daniel W. Wagner, 90, of Peru, passed away at 8:33 AM, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Logansport, IN on April 17, 1928, the son of William J. and Sarah Crowe Wagner. Dan married Nellie J. Carter in Logansport, on November 8, 1952, and she survives.

Dan served as the Chief Clerk on the Norfolk and Southern Railroad retiring after 38 years of service. A devout Roman Catholic he was a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church. Dan was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as past Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Msgr. Paul A. Welsh Assembly #2146. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 75 years and received numerous Scouting Awards to include the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth in 1977. In 2007 he was designated a Melvin Jones Fellow for dedicated humanitarian services to the Lions Club International. Surviving in addition to his wife Nell, are sons Mark Wagner and his wife Mary of Indianapolis, IN and Brian Wagner and his wife Patricia of Westfield, IN; a granddaughter Elizabeth Anne Walls and her husband Jordan, a great-granddaughter Brooklyn Anne Walls and a sister Esther Ann McMillen of Logansport, IN.