Patricia A. Hopper

Patricia A. Hopper, 75, of Denver, passed away at Blair Ridge Health Campus in Peru at 7:55 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2020. She was born on March 31, 1944, in Wabash to the late Meredith and Mary Elizabeth Wood. She married Jeff Hopper on September 24, 1999, and he survives.

Patricia was a homemaker and enjoyed attending tractor and truck pulling events with her husband Jeff who was a long-haul truck driver. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Peru.

Surviving family include her husband Jeff Hopper, Denver; her children, Bill (Ruth) Collins, Peru; Carma (Kelvin) Veil, Logansport; Chris Hobbs, Hartford City; and Chester Hobbs of Columbia City. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Patricia also has one brother surviving, Daniel (Nancy) Wood of Wabash. She is preceded in death by her parents, 1 grandchild and 1 great-grandchild.

Dennis Andrew Golitko

Dennis Andrew Golitko died unexpectedly in his sleep on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

He was born on June 10, 1959, to Michael Golitko and Sophie Golitko in Brownsville, PA. He grew up in Vesta 6/Denbo, PA, and graduated from Beth Center High School in 1977. After graduation, he moved to Indiana to live with his brother and would remain in Indiana for most of his life. He had worked at various companies and was employed by Co-Tronics in Peru at the time of his death.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Sophie Golitko, and his brother, Michael (Judy) Golitko, all of Kokomo. Also surviving are his children: Dennis Andrew Golitko Jr. (D.J.) of Alaska, Maegen (Marcus) Davis of Texas, Debbera (Curtis) Brown of Peru, Connie Golitko (fiancé Johnny Panico) of Florida, Brandi (Rikko) Montelongo of Warsaw, Myranda (Andrew) Winch of Peru, and Shelby Golitko of Peru; as well as 13 grandchildren, who will greatly miss him. Everyone who knew Dennis understood that he loved his children and his grandchildren very much. Also surviving are two sisters, Denise (Richard) Boone of Phoenixville, PA, and Mary Ann (Richard) Lacey of Brownsville, PA; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Shawn P. Murphy, 60, of Peru, IN, passed away at 8:47 PM at Miller’s Merry Manor surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Peru on June 18, 1959, the son of James O. and Thelma Holland Murphy and married Debra Bockover in Peru.

Shawn is survived by his wife, Debra; his children James (Raeann) Murphy of Peru, Seamus Murphy of Peru; a sister, Mina (Dave) Bobel of Florida; grandchildren Kameron Murphy and Gabrielle Arnold.

Shawn was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Keith Murphy.

Cheryl Ann Crist

Cheryl Ann Crist, 67, of Peru passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020, at I.U. Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Born on March 5, 1952, in Warsaw, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Phyllis (Grindle) Holloway.

Cheryl was a graduate of North Miami High School and of Kokomo School of Practical Nursing.

On April 25, 1975, she married Joel E. Crist, he survives.

She was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse.

Barbara Jo Knowlton

Barbara Jo Knowlton, 72, of Peru, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was born in Miami County on January 21, 1947, to Walter Murphy and Gertrude Bell (Grimes) Hurlock. She married Norman Knowlton on May 27, 1967. He survives. A homemaker, Barbara was a member of the First Assembly of God, a member of the Gideon’s Auxiliary, and greatly enjoyed her flower garden in the heart in the yard. She was a loving wife, and a wonderful mother and grandmother – the best than anyone could ask for!

John Paul Grayson

John Paul Grayson, 78, of Somerset, Indiana, departed his earthly life at 7:34 am on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

He was born in Winchester, Kentucky on February 4, 1941, to Paul B. and Claralee (Tatum) Grayson. He married Peggy Jo Study in 1964, and she survives. John graduated from New Albany High School in 1959. He served proudly in the United States Air Force and retired as a conductor on the Norfolk & Southern Railroad. He was a member of the Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Somerset, the International American Legion, the Somerset Lions Club, and was a past president of Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre. He was a lifetime member of the Peru Maennerchor, and he was also a member of the Peru Moose #249, where he attained the highest degree of loyalty within the Fraternal Order of Moose, the Pilgrim Degree.

Oran William Robbins

Oran “Rob” William Robbins, 64, Bunker Hill, passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020, at his residence.

Born February 3, 1955, in Logansport, Indiana, he was the son of William Robbins and Patricia Mills Robbins Angle.

On June 15, 2018, in Bunker Hill, Indiana, he was married to the former Tina Guy, and she survives.

Rob was an electrician for IBEW Local 668 and worked for Delco and General Motors.

Margaret L. Sturch

Margaret L. Sturch, 86, of Peru, passed away at 12:55 a.m. on Sunday, January 5, 2020.

She was born on March 1, 1933, in Bald Knob, Arkansas to William R. and Edna M. (McAdams) Ross. Prior to retirement, she was self-employed, owning and operating a Personal Maintenance Company. She attended the Peru Church of the Brethren and was a member of the American Business Women’s Association.