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Jane E. Wolf, 70, of Peru, passed away in the early morning of Friday, April 5, 2019, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Ft. Wayne. Jane was born on September 28, 1948, in Peru to the late, Norman and Luella (Richardson) Saylor. On August 24, 1968, she married the love of her life, Bobby Wolf and he survives.

Jane really enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, playing her Indian flute in the valley at their property in Montana and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children; Roberta Wolf, Cloverdale, Brenda Dinewiddie, Cloverdale, Dan Wolf (Becky), Bunker Hill and Chad Wolf, LaFountain, brothers; Ronald E. Saylor (Denise), Peru and Robert J Saylor (Michelle), Peru, sister-in-law; Cindy Saylor, brother-in-law; Ben Pogue, 8 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

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Kevin E. Draving, 56, of Peru, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Peru on January 26, 1963, the son of Weldon “Wimp” and Peggy Walden Draving. Kevin married Leah Wiley in Peoria, IN on May 18, 1991, and she survives.

Kevin was a 1982 graduate of Maconaquah High School and employed by Heraeus Electro-Nite Co. of Peru. An avid outdoorsman, Kevin enjoyed all aspects of the outdoor life, especially hunting and fishing.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Leah, are his mother and step-father Jack and Peggy Frisby of Peru, a brother, Howard (Marcy) Draving of Wabash, sisters Kimberly (Larry) Douglass of Peru and Michelle Dennison of Converse, father-in-law, Harry Wiley of Amboy, brother-in-law, Wes Wiley and his children, Harrison and Elissa Wiley.

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Matthew B. Gustafson, 52, of Indianapolis passed away at 6:40 PM Friday, March 22, 2019, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Peru on October 6, 1966 the son of Ronald and Carolee Parkman Gustafson.

Matthew was a 1985 graduate of Maconaquah High School and a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was employed as a sales consultant with Walmart.

Surviving is his father, Ronald Gustafson of Peru, a brother Christopher Gustafson and his wife Nichole of Peru, a sister, Angela Gunther and her husband of Dale of Titusville, Florida, a nephew, Bryce Hill and nieces, Kyrsten Ross and her husband Neil, Krysta Gustafson, Elizabeth Cunningham and her husband Chris, and Sarah Gunther.

Matthew was an animal lover and an avid collector of antique glass.

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William H. Latta 68, passed away peacefully at his residence on March 23rd. He was born October 31, 1950, to the late Ralph H. Latta and Violet L. Latta.

He graduated from Peru High School in 1969 and in that same year married his high school sweetheart, Rose Winningham. They were married 26 years and together had 3 children, Lori Sprinkle (Tracy) Indianapolis, Todd Latta (Tanya) Huntington, IN and Travis Latta (Shannon Correll) Mexico, In From 2000-2009 he was married to Linda Ford and started his second family by adopting 3 children, Autumn Cottrell, Cheyenne (Curtis) Ellis, and Tahlyn Latta, all of Kokomo.

Bill was employed by the N & W Railroad for 16 years. From 1988-1996 he owned and operated the Sportsman's Saloon in Peru, lN. He was employed as a truck driver at Miami Trucking until the time of his death.

Bill was an avid golfer and sports fan, especially loving the Cubs and Notre Dame football. In his son's early years he coached Mexico Little League. He loved playing horseshoes and hosting poker games at his house. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Peru, and was president of the Literary Aid Society.

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Ronnie R. Goodman, 55, of Bunker Hill, Indiana, passed away at 5:38 PM, Sunday, March 24, 2019, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Kokomo, Indiana on January 9, 1964, the son of William and Lillian Cunningham Goodman.

Ronnie was a graduate of Maconaquah High School and a retired Chrysler employee.

He is survived by his parents, Bill and Lillian Goodman, Bunker Hill, Indiana, a son, Matthew Goodman, Mufreesboro, Tennessee, a daughter, Jennifer Nicosia and her husband Russel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a brother, Freddie Goodman and his wife Pamela, Cutler Indiana.

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Brentis R. Berkshire, 93, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the Waterford Place Health Campus Legacy Unit in Kokomo.

He was born in Young America, Indiana on November 5, 1925, to Charles Daniel and Gwendolyn Reed Berkshire. He married the love of his life, Rosalie, on June 15, 1947. He was a World War II veteran having served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy. He attended Indiana University where he received both a bachelors and masters degree in education as well as a principal and superintendent license.

Brent spent his career in education first as a teacher and basketball/baseball coach in Grovertown , Indiana and then as a guidance counselor and health and safety teacher at Peru High School. He then became the principal of Elmwood Elementary School where he served for 30 years.

During the summer, he and Rosalie moved to Koontz Lake in northern Indiana where he taught drivers education at Culver Military Academy. He loved to fish and golf and was a fierce competitor playing ping pong with family and friends.

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Carol Jeanette Brothers, 76, of Peru passed away at 10:20 am Friday, March 22, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru. She was born in Macomb, Illinois on December 16, 1940, the daughter of Dale Forrest and Grace Goin Fugate. She married Ed Gomes in 1959 and on June 3, 1990, she married the love of her life, David Ernest Brothers, and he survives.

Carol graduated from East Peoria Community High School in 1958. She was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rochester, Indiana. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling, outdoor activities, reading her Bible, sewing, quilting, collecting McCoy Pottery and Swans. She especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Her smile and laughter will be missed.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her daughters, Jenny (Shaun) Mistebauer, Kaneohe, Hawaii, and Lynn (Michael) Mull, Peru, Indiana, and her sons, Greg (Gelinda Brooks) Brothers, Kokomo, Indiana, Chad (Shantay) Brothers, Elgin, South Carolina, and Brad (Nikki) Gomes, Maui, Hawaii. Grandchildren Austin and James Rezantes, Noelle (Matt) Bell, Marissa Ray, Jacob Mull, Kyle Brothers, Kaitlin (Jason) Brown, Ethan Brothers, James and Kristian Sisk, Brandy and Brieane Gomes. Sisters, Bonnie Eigenheer and Ellen (Walt) Deeter, brother Tom (Joyce) Fugate, and sister-in-law Barb Fugate.

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Beverly Jean Brown of Kendallville, Indiana passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019. She was born on April 12, 1945, in Peru, Indiana. In her life, she would also relocate to Columbus, Indiana, South Bend, Indiana and Keavy, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents; father Cecil D. Baublit and mother Evalina Baublit. She was also preceded in death by her elder brother, Cecil D. Baublit, Jr. and her husband, Thomas B. Brown. She is survived by her elder sister, Martha R. Clark. She is also survived by her two sons; Jordan M. Brown and Jeremy D. Brown, her daughter-in-law Cindy L. Barger and her grandsons Skyler M. Brown and Alex M. Barger. Those who knew her and loved her would always refer to her as “Jeanie.”

Soon after graduating high school, Jeanie would marry her first husband, Earl Carpenter. The couple had no children together and would divorce soon after. On July 20, 1969, Jeanie would marry her second husband, Thomas B. Brown. The couple became members of Saint John's Lutheran Church in Peru, IN. Jeanie would go on to endeavor a career in banking for over 40 years; working for Peru Trust Company, Wells-Fargo, Salin Bank and retired from Lake City Bank in 2011. Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, Jeanie would become a real estate agent for Century 21 and ultimately a real estate broker. Jeanie would leave real estate in the early 2000s and return to banking for Lake City Bank until her retirement.