Category Archives: Funerals

Janice L. Linn – October 30, 1933 – October 15, 2017

Janice, “The Queen” and unofficially the former Mayor of Gas City, 83, passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 15, 2017. She was born in Huntington, West Virginia on October 30, 1933 to Herbert Hal and Virginia L. (Black) Johnson. Her family came to Jonesboro in 1939.

Throughout her young life she participated in many school activities and graduated from Mississinewa High School in 1951. On November 1, 1952 she married Eugene Linn. Mayor “Beaner” Linn preceded her in death on February 11, 2001. Together, they began their life in Gas City where their lasting legacy will live forever.

Janice had a steadfast rule that her family always came first. She was a community champion second. In her early years she served as a Girl Scout and Brownie leader for 18 years. Later she served on the Gas City Park Board and was a driving force for getting the Old Fashioned July Fourth celebration started. Janice’s generosity and commitment to her community led her to become one of the original founders of Gas City We Care that she proudly represented for 37 years. She was also a member of the Grant County Democrat Women and the Gas City Historical Society. She was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash award for her dedication to her Hoosier community.

Her commitment to family and her community will be remembered by all those hearts she touched with her sense of humor, orneriness and great generosity. She was a true treasure of determination and dedication. She was a true treasure of determination, dedication and love.

Janice is survived by five children, Kem E. Linn, David P. (Cindy) Linn and Jamie J. (Steve) Eckstein, all of Gas City; Mickey S. (Jim) Cain and Linda L. (Ted) Pearce, Upland; six grandchildren, Laura L. Eckstein, Upland; John Linn, Seattle, Washington; Kyle (Carley) Linn, Kaitlin Linn, Emilee Smith and Sophee Eckstein, all of Gas City; five great-grandchildren, Gracie Linn, Joseph Linn, Zachary Linn, Emersyn Linn and Milee’a Eckstein; two brothers, Richard P. Johnson, Holiday, Florida; Dennis R. (Linda) Johnson, Gas City; sister-in-law, Virginia Joann “Shorty” Frame, Gas City.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, Herbert Hal Johnson and Virginia L. (Arthur F.) Kem; brother, Hal Johnson, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Lavada “Pink” Linn.

The celebration of Janice’s life will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Gas City Chapel, 200 North 7th Street, Gas City, Indiana with Pete McPherson officiating. The burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2pm-7pm, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gas City We Care, c/o Betty Harris, 1062 Walnut Creek Lane, Gas City, Indiana 46933. Grant County Humane Society, 505 Miller Avenue, Marion, Indiana.


Joe David Browder – July 20, 1927 – September 30, 2017

Joe David Browder, 90, passed away at University Nursing Center, Upland, Indiana on
September 30, 2017. He was born in Marion, Indiana on July 20, 1927 to the late Hartle M. and Thelma “Irene” (Pearson) Browder.

Joe graduated from Jefferson Township High School, Huntington. On August 28, 1949, he married Bonnie Lou Hudson, she preceded him in death on July 1, 1992. Joe was a long-time resident of the Grant County area. Joe was a self-employed carpenter by trade. On October 9, 1993, he married Patricia Kay Miller, she preceded him in death on October 30, 2016. Joe was a loving husband and father and never had an unkind word towards anyone.

Joe was an artist and loved to paint barns and covered bridges. He also enjoyed woodworking and sculpting of all kinds, fishing, hunting, cooking, making his own wine, telling stories and going on Sunday drives. He was a dedicated member of the Marion Church of the Brethren where he served as deacon. Joe was also a 32nd Degree Mason.

Joe is survived by his children, Linda J. (Tom) Lunn, Astor, Florida; Robert W. (Karen) Browder, Marion; Barbara J. (Michael) Burbank, Gas City; Michele A. (Michael Brisco) Browder, North Manchester; step-children, Kimberly (Rocky) Shanks, Marion; Max W. (Connie) Zirkle, Gas City; Jacqueline Zirkle, Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joe is also preceded in death by his brother, Carl Browder.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association at

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home 200 North 7th Street, Gas City, Indiana. Burial will immediately follow at the Estates of Serenity, 2225 South Lincoln Blvd, Marion, Indiana. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 6-8 pm in the funeral home.

Viola Mae Rose-Maggard – May 7, 1927 – September 27, 2017

Viola Mae Rose-Maggard, 90, passed away in Willowbend Living Center, Muncie, Indiana on September 27, 2017. She was born in Kentucky on May 7, 1927 to the late Rufus L. and Lilly (Williams) Wells.

Viola married Robert E. Maggard who preceded her in death September 27, 2011. She was an excellent housewife and mother and loved her children and all of her grandchildren. Viola especially loved to dance and was able to have one last dance with her son while at Willowbend Living Center.

She loved riding in the truck with her late husband Robert and would boast that she had traveled to all states but one, Hawaii. Viola also enjoyed cooking and was an avid reader. When possible, Viola attended Southern Baptist Churches and she was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Gas City, Indiana.

Viola is survived by her children, Linda Daily, Gas City; Brenda (William) Beaudoin, Hanover; Samuel Rose, Monroe, Michigan; Jerome Rose, Marion; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Viola is preceded in death by her former husband, Arville Rose; son, Arville Rose; three brothers and two sisters.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, October 2, 2017 in Marion National Cemetery, 1700 East 38th Street, Marion, Indiana, with Pastor Ron Forsythe officiating. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Gas City, 200 North 7th Street, Gas City, Indiana was entrusted with the arrangements.

Sharon A. (Dorman) Whitton-Althouse – November 10, 1940 – September 13, 2017

Sharon A. (Dorman) Whitton-Althouse, 76, passed away at Colonial Oaks, Marion, Indiana on September 13, 2017. She was born in Marion on November 10, 1940 to the late Robert H. and Lena L. (Fulkerson) Dorman.

Sharon graduated from Marion High School in 1958. Sharon spent twenty-five years working at Pacesetter Bank, Hartford City, retiring in 2006. Sharon enjoyed watching all kinds of sports and made sure to attend all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events. Sharon volunteered at Helping Hand, Upland, Indiana.

Sharon is survived by her children, Gregory (Mary Jane) Whitton, Noblesville; Kevin R. (Lucrista) Whitton, Ormond Beach, Florida; Scott A. (Jennifer Peterson) Whitton, Huntington; brothers, Dan (Nancy) Dorman, Columbia City; Jerry (Annetta) Dorman, Fort Wayne; sister, Peggy Vice, Marion; three grandchildren, Kristen (Joel) Weigand, Winchester; Kelsey (Patrick) Flanagan, Richmond; Caysea Whitton, Marion; five great-grandchildren, Brey Weigand, Aubrey Weigand, Bryce Weigand, Lena Flanagan and Layla Whitton.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, September 22, 2017 in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, 11201 South Marion Road – 35, Marion, Indiana, with Pastor Matthew Trexler officiating. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana was entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to The River Community Church, 759 South Lenfesty Avenue, Marion, Indiana, 46953 or Helping Hands of Upland, 64 Railroad Street, Upland, Indiana 46989.

Jack Merrill “Sport” Wilson – January 7, 1930 – September 13, 2017

Jack M. “Sport” Wilson, 87, passed away September 13, 2017 in Marion General Hospital, Marion, Indiana. He was born on January 7, 1930 to the late Theodore and Mildred (Siders) Wilson in Marion, Indiana.

Jack graduated from Marion High School in 1950. He joined the United States Army and served from 1951-1953. On June 13, 1986 Jack married Susan (Clements) Hackworth. Mrs. Wilson survives. Jack was employed for many years with Matthews Buick and Howard Chrysler. He and his wife Susan owned Wilson’s Bottle Shop in Fairmount, Indiana for twenty-four years. Tennis was a large part of Jack’s life and over the years he won several tournaments. The date of the thirteenth was very significant to Jack and it should be noted that on that date he passed away.

Jack is survived by his step sons, Jan (Lisa) Hackworth; James Hackworth; step-grandsons, Dakotah (Amber) Hackworth, Kasey Hackworth, Jeremy (Leah) Hackworth, Jonathan Hackworth; step-granddaughters, Christy (Jarod) Snover, Kalie Hackworth; step-great-grandchildren, Addyson, Aubrey, Axl, Ava, June; daughter, Jill Hunter; special brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Barb Clements.

Also preceding him in death are his sister, Judy MacDonald; stepson Jeffrey Hackworth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 1283, Marion, Indiana 46952.

In accordance with Jack’s wishes there will be no services. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana, was entrusted with the arrangements.

Elaine F. Phelps – October 20, 1955 – September 2, 2017

Elaine F. Phelps, 61, passed away September 2, 2017 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born in Marion, Indiana on October 20, 1955 to the late Martin Phelps and Rachel (Hardin) Alexander.

Elaine spent most of her life in Marion. Elaine drove a truck for MAB and First Way until her retirement in 1990. She loved to play billiards and spend time with her grandchildren, as well as with her beloved cat, Mew.

She is survived by her children, Fred W. (Amanda) Worley, Bolingbrook, Illinois; Melissa (Paul) Koon and Cheryl (Dondie) Edwards, both of Marion, Indiana; brothers, William (Dink) Frieszell, Marion, Indiana; Joseph Frieszell, Matthews, Indiana; sisters, Leona (Danny) Alexander, Georgia; Tracy Frieszell, Marion, Indiana; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 12-2 pm at Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana, with Pastor Mark Atkinson officiating.

Phyllis A. Hale – July 11, 1935 – August 25, 2017

Phyllis was born in Mier on July 11, 1935 to the late Jesse L. and Eva Gaynell (Haynes) Hale. She peacefully passed away on August 25, 2017 in Visiting Nurse and Hospice, Fort Wayne.

Phyllis was a 1953 graduate of Converse High School. Later she worked for General Motors and retired in 1991 after 36 years of service. She also worked for Oak Hill School Corporation as a special needs bus driver aid, a job she enjoyed very much.

In her free time Phyllis enjoyed feeding the birds, rabbits and watching the squirrels. Her greatest joy was watching all the neighborhood kids playing and growing up-especially one who was always singing his heart out. Phyllis loved all children and she always put everyone first.

Phyllis was a member of the UAW Local 292, Converse Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her brother, Phillip (Jane) Hale, Jonesboro; three nephews and two nieces that she helped raise, Rick A. Ancil, Roger Ancil, both of Converse; Joseph A. Ancil, Kokomo; Gloria Pickering, Kokomo; Diane Loughridge, Monroe City, Missouri; extended family, Vonna Christie, Kokomo; Linda Stewart, Columbus, Ohio; many cousins, nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.

She is also preceded in death by her sister, Mary; brothers, Jesse Jr., Robert Lee; her beloved Bandit.

The funeral will be at 1:30pm on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Larrison-Martin Chapel, 308 East Marion Street, Converse, Indiana with Pastor Randy Smoot officiating. The burial will follow in Converse Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4pm-730pm, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in the funeral home. Eastern Star services will begin at 7:30pm on Tuesday.

The family would like to thank Vonna Christie, Phyllis Stepler, Angels of Mercy staff, doctors and nurses for all the loving care they gave Phyllis.

Leslie “Les” Ray Bonham – January 28, 1936 – August 18, 2017

Leslie “Les” Ray Bonham, 81, passed away at Stonebrooke Rehabilitation Center and Suites, New Castle, Indiana on August 18, 2017. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 28, 1936 to the late Wiley and Elsie Bonham.

Leslie attended Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a member of the ROTC and went on to proudly serve in the United States Navy. Leslie was a longtime resident of Grant county. On March 25, 1981 he married Sara (Brake) Bonham, she survives. Leslie was employed with General Motors as a Millwright worker until his retirement in 1993. After retiring from General Motors he worked for a period of time with the Indianapolis Star delivering newspapers and made his way up to route manager.

Leslie loved to work, was a union representative and even had the opportunity to meet President Jimmy Carter. Leslie loved his sports and particularly enjoyed watching the Indianapolis Colts and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Leslie also liked to watch the New England Patriots especially if Tom Brady was playing. Leslie enjoyed cooking, cleaning, yard work, crossword puzzles, singing, dancing and roller skating. Leslie was a member of several organizations including UAW, FOP, Moose Lodge of Marion, Amvets, American Legion and Eagles.

Leslie is survived by his step-children, Jane Venezia, Ellensburg, Washington; Christina (Mark) Morris, New Castle, Indiana; Andrew (Debra) Venezia, Marion, Indiana; Hazelann (Tom) Yongue, Lafayette, Louisiana; sister, Patricia Kidd, Muncie, Indiana; grandchildren, Michael Venezia, Norman, Oklahoma; Andria Venezia, Cleveland, Ohio; Roman Venezia, Marion, Indiana; Sara Yongue, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; Ricky Yongue, Lafayette, Louisiana; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Leslie is also preceded in death by his brother, Charles L. Bonham.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana with Rev. Ron Forsythe officiating.

Visitation will be held on Thursday in the funeral home from 11am to 1pm. Burial with military honors will be at 2pm in the Marion National Cemetery, 1700 East 38th Street, Marion, Indiana.

Michael E. Pauley – May 18, 1960 – August 15, 2017

Michael E. Pauley left this earth at 7:10 am at his home with his wife Vickie and family by his side. He was born to Garcia “Bert” and Jackie (Levi) Pauley on May 18, 1960 in Marion, Indiana.

Michael liked working on car’s and tinkering with his 1959 Triumph motorcycle.

He is survived by his mother, Jackie Pauley; brothers, Robert (Tammy) Pauley; Scott (Felicia) Pauley; a special cousin, Jimmy Cox; special friend, Elaine Couchman and several nieces and nephews.

Michael is also preceded in death by his father, Garcia “Bert” Pauley; brother, Doug Pauley; sisters, Susan Marley and Patricia Pauley.

In accordance with the family wishes there will be no services. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana was entrusted with making arrangements.

Wanda Madeline (Turner) Dennison – October 20,1931 – August 11, 2017

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will never die.”

Wanda’s wish came true August 11, 2017 when she awoke in Heaven. Wanda’s parents were waiting for her in Glory as were her beloved husband, George Dennison, Sr., two sons, George Dennison Jr. and William (Bill) Dennison; and three brothers, George C. Turner, Merrill E. Turner and Lewis N. Turner.

Born in Marion, Indiana to Fred and Alma Turner on October 20, 1931, Wanda was deeply loved and she loved just as deeply. She was such a blessing to everyone who knew her. With her signature giggle and that twinkle in her eye Wanda gave of herself freely and expected nothing in return. She was very passionate for the Lord and her family. Her Faith in the Lord sustained her throughout her life. She attended Converse United Methodist Church where she was an active member of the choir, United Methodist Women, teaching vacation Bible school and served as treasurer of Outreach.

On January 7, 1950 she married the love of her life, George Dennison, together they had four boys. During her working years she was employed with Foster Forbes decorating AVON bottles and later worked as a telephone operator for Converse Consolidated Telephone. She and her husband owned and operated Dennison Trailer Park and for a short time they operated Marty’s restaurant. In her free time Wanda enjoyed the outdoors, fishing with her husband, collecting Indian statues and she was a talented acrylic painter.

Wanda leaves to cherish her memory two sons, James Dennison, Peru and Thomas (Lisa) Dennison, Converse; two daughters-in-law, Carol Dennison, Marion; Pam (Garry) Camden, Amboy; sister, Mable Stevens, Marion;

She was Blessed with 12 Grandchildren, Cynthia Dennison, Matthew Dennison, Gregory(Shannon) Camden, Kurk(Brandy) Camden, Beth (Elvin) Herschberger, Tony Dennison, Tabitha Dennison, George (Brandy) Dennison, John (Lindsey) Tibbits, Brad (Lori) Jones, Maria (Jesse) Bowland, Ryan Dennison; 16 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

A Celebration of Wanda’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 1pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Larrison-Martin Chapel, 308 East Marion Street, Converse, Indiana with Rev. Richard Olson officiating. The visitation will held be from 11:00 AM until services at the funeral home.

The Family asks that donations be made to the Converse United Methodist Church, 109 East Wabash St., Converse, In 46919.