Orville Hansford

Orville Hansford, 77, of Peru passed away at his residence on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

He was born in Harlan, Kentucky on August 17, 1942, to Jene and Laura (Bryant) Hansford. He married Polly (Bailey) Hansford on April 21, 1962. Orville was employed at Rock Industries for 33 years as a mechanic and retired from Local Union 103 as an equipment operator and mechanic. He is also a member of the Church of Christ. Orville enjoyed spending time outdoors and fishing.

Dory M. (Garrett) Puckett, 90, of Peru, passed away at 9 pm on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 3, 1929, to Roland and Virgie Garrett. A homemaker and a widow, Dory is survived by her sons: Rob Meyers, Jay Meyers, and Wren Meyers; as well as eight grandchildren.

No public services will be held.

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


Shirley D. Cunningham

Shirley D. Cunningham, 84, of Amboy, IN passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Kokomo, IN. Shirley was born in Elkmont, Alabama on August 1, 1935, the daughter of Freddy and Georgia Hargrove Hogan. She married Loren Cunningham on July 3, 1954, and he preceded her in death on April 13, 2002.

Shirley was a homemaker, she worked as a head cook at Converse Elementary School and as a cashier at Amboy Market. Shirley was an avid reader, also reading her bible many times over. Known as the prayer warrior, she prayed for her family every day. She has been a member of the New Life Church in Kokomo for many years and their prayer chain till the end. A woman of faith who was always ready to serve others. She made countless breads and meals for others in her past years. In her retirement years, Shirley and Loren enjoyed camping and trail walking throughout Indiana’s state parks. She especially enjoyed spending time with her loving family.

Surviving are her children, Gary Cunningham of Swayzee, IN, Allen (Katie) Cunningham of Jonesboro, IN, Terry (Deborah L.) Cunningham of Peru, IN and Susan (Ron) Carr of Rochester, IN; sisters Pauline Fox, Annette Correa, Janice Wimmer, Diana Carter and a brother, Fred Hogan; grandchildren Beth (Dennis) Watson, Jacklyn (Brad) Meyer, Rachelle (Steve) Reese, Arrick (Tiffany) Burke, Melissa (Lucas) Bradford, Sandra (Joel) Cash, Karen (Aaron) Galvin, Curtis (Angie) Cunningham, Kristopher (Missy) Bright and Amanda Bright. 26 great-grandchildren and two very special friends, Janet Graham and Harriet Merkert.

Maggie Ann Richardson, 76, of Peru, Indiana, went home to the Lord at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru. She was born November 12, 1943 in Collins, GA to Shelton J. and Evie C. (Hadden) Martin. She was married to Jerry O. Richardson on Christmas Eve in 1963 in Collins, GA.

Maggie worked for General Tire in Wabash for many years and then retired from Trelleborg in Peru in 1998. The most important thing in her life was spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, bingo, word search puzzles and playing solitaire. Surviving family include her husband, Jerry O. Richardson of Peru, as well as her children, Jerry D. (Crystal) Richardson of North Carolina and Kimberly A. (James) Fromm of Peru. Her surviving grandchildren include Kasha, Brandon, Zeke, Jasmine, Shelby, Tyanne and husband Tony, Tyler and wife Beth, and Tyla and wife Shelly. Surviving great-grandchildren include Carter, Cayden, Easton, Ryeland, Faith, Nova, Brianna, Skyler, Maddie, Grace, Lorelai, J.J. and Kaycee. Maggie is also survived by two brothers, Dennis and Tommy Martin both of Collins, GA. She was preceded in death by her parents (above) and siblings, Bobbie Jean Todd, Jewel Martin, Mamie Martin and Lester J. Martin.

Karen Anita (Shively) Harts, 88, of Amboy, passed away at 10:30 A.M., Monday, December 30, 2019, at Visiting Nurses Hospice Home, Ft. Wayne, IN. She was born in Miami County, IN on March 29, 1931, the daughter of L. Laurel and Helen W. Childers Shively. Karen married Donald J. Harts on June 29, 1955, and he survives.

Karen was a 1949 graduate of Clay Township High School and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education from Ball State University. She was a member of McGrawsville United Methodist Church, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Karen was a teacher and Guidance Counselor with North Miami and Deedsville Schools and retired from Maconaquah High School as Director of Guidance in 1977. Karen and Don owned and operated Bressler’s Ice Cream “33” Flavors from 1969 – 1980 and Subway Sandwich Shop from 1983 – 2010. She and Don enjoyed antiquing. Karen always had a warm smile and a hug to share and never knew a stranger.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Don, is a daughter, Denise Harts Miller and her husband Ron of Ft. Worth, TX; sons Dennis J. Harts of Amboy and R. Craig Harts and his wife Sherry of Kokomo; grandchildren Megan (Chris) Ulrich of San Antonio, TX, Cara (Chad) Miller Bush of Denton, TX, Jared (Emily) Harts of Carmel, Natasha (Chris) Beebe of Amboy, Trisha Oman of Carmel, Jordan (Alex) Harts of Amboy, Kaila (Andrew) Adams of Westfield, Dakota (Krysten) Harts of Kokomo and Adam Harts of Amboy; great-grandchildren Landon Adams, Tyler Adams, Braden Adams, Alexis Adams, Axel Adams, Chandler Harts, Liam Oman, Malia Oman, Colton Beebe, Cohen Beebe, Caitlynn Beebe, Theodore Harts, Quinn Harts, Cadence Ulrich, and Alessi Ulrich.

Jo Elaine Willis

Jo Elaine Willis, 69, Macy, Indiana, passed away at 12:46 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at her mother’s home in rural Macy.

Born August 11, 1950, in Fulton County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Forest “Bud” and Harriet R. Hoehne Zartman. On December 2, 1972, in Mexico, Indiana, she was married to Benny J. Willis, and he preceded her in death on January 16, 2007.

A faithful Christian, Jo was a lifelong member of the Fulton Baptist Temple. She graduated from Caston High School in 1968 and worked for many years at Logansport Memorial Hospital. After retiring from the hospital, she worked at McClain Funeral Home in Denver, Indiana. She loved spending time with her friends and family.

Survivors include her mother, Harriet R. Zartman, Macy; brother, Randy P. Zartman, Macy; seven nephews, Tony (Robin) and Curt Willis, Tennessee; Silas (Tenille) Zartman, Wabash; Jarod (Marianne) Zartman, Russia; Robert, Fred, and Michael Sandefur, Kentucky; two nieces, Alicia (Rich) Hall, Oregon; and Erica (Marc) Heater, Royal Center; one great-niece, Elzie Mae Zartman, Wabash; mother-in-law, Leola Willis, Macy; two sisters-in-law, Jill Zartman, Rochester; and Janet Sue Sandefur, Logansport; and two brothers-in-law, Montford (Wanda) Willis, Kokomo; and Roger Dale Willis, Texas.

Gene Eldon Shoemaker

Gene Eldon Shoemaker, 93, Kendallville, formerly of Lake Wawasee, Fishers, and North Fort Myers, passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019, at Orchard Pointe Health Campus in Kendallville.

Born November 29, 1926, in Denver, Indiana, he was the son of Glen E. and Sadie Ann Jones Shoemaker.

He was married to Grace Elizabeth Wrenn, and she preceded in death.

He graduated from Chili High School and Butler University. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served in Guam. A retired pharmacist, he owned and operated Shoemaker Pharmacy in Ligonier for many years. He had his private pilot’s license and owned several planes over the years.

He is survived by one son, Jason G. (Cindy) Shoemaker, Lake Wawasee, Indiana; five grandchildren, Shawn and Jeff Senter; great-grandsons, Jaxon, Cameron, Cole, and Corbin Senter; and his daughter’s three sons, Gabe Plew, Graham, and Geoff Haase.

Toni M. Garner

Toni M. Garner, 71, of Peru, passed away at 6:12 PM, Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. Toni was born in Peru on December 13, 1948, the daughter of Willis and Betty Whitney Steele. She married Steve Garner on May 2, 1997, and he preceded her in death on June 20, 2017.

Toni was a 1967 graduate of Peru High School and was an avid fan of PHS Bowling. Toni worked as a bartender for Club 14 and the Maennerchor. Toni enjoyed spending time with family and friends but thoroughly loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are daughters Dawn Birnell and her husband Dale of Peru, Heather Sparks of Peru and Nikki Gomez and her husband Carlos of Peru; sisters Toma (Ken) Piotrowski, Trisha (Jim) Pattison, Trina Grant, Terri (Gary) Egan, Traci Steele, and Tyla Steele; brothers Steve (Janie) Steele and Mike (Michelle) Steele; grandchildren Zach Birnell, Bailey Mavrick, Dylan Hopper, Christian Hopper, Jacob Hopper, Vanesa Gomez and one grandson on the way; great-grandchildren Serenity Birnell and Zerreck Birnell.