George J. Thurston

George J. Thurston, 84, of Peru, passed away at 7:00 A.M., Thursday, July 11, 2019, at his residence. George was born in Catron, MO on June 9, 1935, the son of George J. and Jennie Mae Seals Thurston. George married Judith C. Helsley in Greentown, IN on June 28, 1961, and she preceded him in death on March 10, 2018.

George was a veteran in the U. S. Army and was retired from Marburger Foods in 1999 where he operated the Refrigerated Express Division.

He was an example of purest devotion foremost to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, but also to his church and country.

Freda Jean Dickerhoff, 67, of Peru, passed away on July 8, 2019, at her residence. She was born in West Virginia on January 16, 1952, to the late, Sid Mabe and Rosie (Stroud) Newsome. On April 19, 1974, she married the love of her life Rolland, and he survives.

Freda was a dedicated housewife and grandmother. She looked forward to spending time with her 21 grandchildren, planting flowers and going to garage sales.

She is survived by her husband; Rolland, children; Rhonda (Tom) Smith, Lisa (Billy Pullins) Hughes, Kenneth Roberts, Rolland Roberts, Shawn (Bethany) Dickerhoff, Tiffany (Samuel) Sims and Shane (Amber) Dickerhoff, 21 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, mother in law; Donna Copeland and 1 brother; Hayes Newsome Jr.

Barbara Babbs

Barbara Babbs, 81, entered the gates of heaven on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, after a brief illness. Her love for her family and her heavenly father was evident in the life she lived and the prayer warrior she became.

Barb was born to the late Donald and Naomi Brown in Converse, IN on September 13, 1937. She was immersed into a large family where community, serving others and Christ was the foundation of her livelihood. She was kind, soft-spoken and surprisingly competitive. She always had a listening ear and never shied away from a good conversation.

Barb married her best friend, the late Orville E. Babbs, on June 2, 1957. She raised five children all while holding various manufacturing jobs and at one time, going to school full-time. She completed her CNA/QMA certification in the mid-1980s and worked almost 20 years at Miller's Merry Manor. Her love and adoration of people was emulated in the care she provided the residents and her devotion to her ailing husband.

Barbara lead participated and directed many forms of music worship for almost 50 years, most at Peru First Church of the Nazarene. She received the Church of the Nazarene Distinguished Service Award for her dedication and countless hours of church service.

Mary Yukiyo Arnold

Mary Yukiyo Arnold, 95, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019, at 3:25 A.M. at Duke’s Memorial Hospital in Peru. Mary was born in Tokyo, Japan on February 28, 1924, the daughter of Tameichi and Chii Iizuka. She married Paul Talbot Arnold on October 18, 1961, and he preceded her in death.

She worked at AGP, Kofabco, Classico, Peru Tribune & Wabash Plain Dealer. She finally retired from working at the age of 83. She enjoyed walking, going out to eat, and spending time with family.

Surviving are Mary’s children, Paula (Deb Hensel) Johnson, Peru, Erroll (Brenda) Holt, Price, Utah, Eric Holt, Jacksonville, Florida, and Terry (Tina) Holt, Plainfield; grandchildren, Nick (Marti) Johnson, Summer (Randy) Jackson, Derrick (Candice) Holt, Richard (Heather) Holt, Matthew (Sarah) Holt, Eric (Nicole) Holt, Sara Holt, and Marissa Staller; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Paul, siblings, Atsui Saito and Kakuko Saito, and two daughters-in-law, Betty Anne Holt, and Carol Holt.

Leonard D. Carver

Leonard D. Carver, 85, of Peru, passed away at 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru. Leonard was born in Kokomo, IN on February 18, 1934, the son of Charles B. and Sarah Konk Carver. Leonard married Kazuko Matsumoto on August 23, 1960, in Fukuoka, Japan and she survives.

Leonard enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952 and served 26 years, including the late two in the Criminal Investigations Division, retiring as a Petty Officer First Class. He then worked at Fort Benjamin Harrison as a Mechanic for two years before retiring and moving to Peru. Leonard’s Military decorations include the Purple Heart, the Korean and Vietnam Service Medals and the National Defense Medal, the United Nations and Expeditionary medals of the Armed Forces, Combat Action, Navy/USCG Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation with Bronze Star.

An avid fisherman, Leonard spent much of his retirement creating new lures and inventions for fishing and studying rocks and gemstones.

Dennis Wayne Taylor of Peru, Indiana entered peacefully into his heavenly home on Monday, July 1, 2019, at the age of 70. Born in Barren County, Kentucky on August 5, 1948, he was the first born of Carl & Chloie Taylor.

He is survived by his sister Kathy Kostura (Mike) of Churchville, VA, and sisters Carrie Taylor, Lori Newsome (Troy Henry) both of Peru Indiana, one nephew and several nieces. He is preceded in death by his wife Sandra Taylor, father Carl Taylor, mother Chloie Taylor, brothers Bob Stewart, and Terry Taylor and Sister Joyce Wood.

He attended Swayzee High School. Most of his younger years he lived in St. Petersburg, Florida a place he loved. Dennis enjoyed the ocean, the beach, cooking, and gardening. He loved preparing exquisite meals for others.

Kathryn P. Barto

Kathryn P. Barto, 96, of Denver passed away at 10:50 P.M. on Saturday, June 28, 2019, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Peru. Kathryn was born June 17, 1923, in Bendersville, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Russell and Susan Black Heller. She married Clifford Barto in Campbellstown, Pennsylvania on January 16, 1943, and he preceded her in death on August 2, 1986.

Kathryn was a member of the Plainfield Church of God and was employed by Pizzo Manufacturing for over twenty-five years.

She is survived by her son, Clifford A. Barto, Carlisle, PA; grandchildren, Sheri Licklider, Denver, IN,Christine Otto, Carlisle, PA, and Brenda Cassell, Carlisle, PA; and great-grandchildren, Tayler Licklider, Kenneth Licklider, Brandon Madarang, Sara Otto, Trisha Mowery, and Dustin Cassell. Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Clifford Barto.

Tyler S. Osborn, 56, Twelve Mile, passed away peacefully in his home Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

He was born August 24, 1962, in Logansport to the late Charles and Shirley (Broughton) Osborn. He was the youngest of seven siblings: Joe, Chuck, Emily Sides, Susie Herriford and two brothers who preceded him in death, Mike and Steven.

Tyler had one son, Cory James Osborn, before marrying Janet Lemons Jordan in 1998, when he gained three more: Michael, Samuel and Daniel Jordan. He was a beloved grandpa to ten grandchildren. Tyler is survived by several nieces and nephews and was blessed with many friends, several of whom were lifetime brothers.

He was known for giving a hand to anyone needing him. In addition to his constant tinkering, he enjoyed fishing, canoeing, and camping.

We will celebrate Tyler's life together at the Corner Pub on Saturday, July 6 from 1:00 to 5:00.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana. Condolences may be sent online at