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Friday, March 24, 2017

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MELVIN LEO McCREA, 94, of New Haven, died Friday, March 10, 2017 at Genesis Health care in New Haven. Born in Auburn, Iowa, he was a son of Perry and Blandina (Schulte) McCrea. He was married to Alice Irene Artusi on June 1, 1946 in Mishawaka. She preceded his death in 2005. Graduated from Goshen High School and Tri State University. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was an electronics engineer with Magnavox and retired in 1988. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Haven since 1959 and the V.F.W. Post 2457, New Haven and the American Legion. Survivors include daughters, Janet McComb and Vickie Turner, both of New Haven; granddaughter, Gina (John) Atkison of Fort Wayne; great-grandsons, Brandon and Cameron Atkinson. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Scott McComb in March of 2005; two brothers, Terrance “Terry” McCrea and James McCrea; two sisters, LaVola Dombrowski and Marian Makin. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers Street, New Haven, Ind., with calling one hour prior to the funeral mass. Burial will take place at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, New Haven. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Salvation Army or Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. Arrangements entrusted to Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne.

POSTED: 03/13/17 at 4:51 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

GENE “GIB” GIBSON, 82, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at home. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday at New Haven United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Hwy E., New Haven. Calling is from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven.

POSTED: 03/09/17 at 10:02 am. FILED UNDER: Obits


GEORGE R. “BUD” HICKOX, 80, of New Haven, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017. He was employed with Masolite Concrete for 20 years as a truck driver. Prior to Masolite, George drove truck for Old Fort Supply in Fort Wayne and for Bradtmueller Trucking. He was also a basketball referee in the Fort Wayne area for ten years. Bud enjoyed sports and playing cards, euchre being a favorite. He found joy in watching life pass by and talking with others about it. Survivors include his wife, Betty Hickox of New Haven, Ind.; daughters, Barbara Hickox of Westville, Ind. and Kris (fianc‚, Nik Staak) Fowler of New Haven, Ind.; stepson, Chad (Staci) Salzbrenner of New Haven, Ind.; sister, Sharon (Frank) Monka of Cleveland, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Kenzie, Logan, Reagan, A.J., Alli, Jenny, Heather, and T.J.; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Sylvia Hickox. Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gar Creek, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Preferred memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gar Creek or Central Lutheran School Building Fund. For complete obituary information and to sign the online guestbook, visit

POSTED: 03/06/17 at 2:21 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

Susan K. Harrell, 63 formerly of New Haven and Huntington passed away at 3:50 pm on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Woodview Nursing Center in Fort Wayne. Susan was a 1971 graduate of Huntington North High School. She worked in manufacturing production for many years at a variety of places in Marion and Huntington, most recently at Eagle Picher in Huntington. She enjoyed family gatherings. The family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice and her hospice caretaker, Betty Ann Shawler for the care they had given her.

Susan was born on May 2, 1953 in Wabash, the daughter of Victor and Rosalie (Bailey) Wiedenhoeft. Her parents preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter: Amee (Greg) Kent of Louisville, KY, four siblings: Linda Lesh, Chuck (Diane) Wiedenhoeft, Barb Cuellar, Carl Wiedenhoeft and four grandchildren: Calvin, Isaac, Liam and
Lauren. She was preceded in death by a daughter: Selena M. Johnson, and longtime partner: Randie Storer. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Indiana. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm following visitation at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel.

Interment will take place at a later date at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Marion. Memorial donations can be made to Southern Care Hospice in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

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POSTED: 03/06/17 at 2:18 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

JANET JAUREGUI, 69, of New Haven, Ind., passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Arrangements by Midwest Funeral Home & Cremation Society.

POSTED: 02/15/17 at 9:34 am. FILED UNDER: Obits




















HAROLD EUGENE GORDON, 81, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at

Parkview Hospital Randallia, Fort Wayne.Born in Fort Wayne, he was the

son of the late Kenneth and Louise (Mundy) Gordon. He retired in 1984

from International Harvester after 30 years. He was a member of Moose

Lodge 2387, Fremont and American Legion, Fort Myers, Fla. He was very

active in his son’s sports, especially in little league as a coach and followed

his boy’s traveling hockey teams. He was also an avid I.U. and Indianapolis

Colts fan. Harold loved the lake, was an avid golfer, could build anything,

and was known as an all-around fix-it guy. He is survived by his wife of 60

years, Roberta “Bobbie” (Freiburger) Gordon; sons, Gary Gordon of

New Haven and Rick (Amy) Gordon of Terre Haute; five grandchildren;

and seven great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his son,

Jeffrey Gordon in 1984; two brothers; and one sister. Funeral service is

1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740

St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven with calling one hour prior. Calling is also

4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park,

Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials are to Diabetes Association or

American Heart Association . To share online condolences please visit


POSTED: 02/15/17 at 9:23 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

Sgt. Joseph “Joe” A. Cox, Jr., 48, passed away unexpectedly while on duty, Sunday, February 12, 2017. He was an active member of Blackhawk Ministries, Fort Wayne where he participated in Double Exposure and Marriage Matters. He also volunteered with Juvenile Justice Ministry of YFC. The US Marine Corps veteran and 19-year veteran officer of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, was promoted to Sergeant in 2015. During that time, he served in the Confinement Division, Communications/Dispatch Center, Civil, Warrants, and Patrol Divisions. He was also a member of the Honor Guard, SWAT Team and was handler to his beloved K-9 partner, “Gunny”. Joe enjoyed woodworking and photography, but most important was reading God’s word and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Diana; children, Amy (Jacob) Richman of Woodburn, Melissa (Jordan) Palmer, Jessica (Zachary) Moord, and Joseph Cox all of New Haven, Kristen (Cole) Miller and Jerod (Kara) Hevel both of Fort Wayne; parents, Joseph Sr. and Brenda Cox of Fort Wayne; siblings, Stephanie (Matthew) Demorest of Fort Wayne and Matthew (Josh Gardner) Cox of Greenville, SC; and 13 grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Angela “Angie” (Burkett) Cox in 1998, daughter of Wayne and Judy Burkett.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Blackhawk Ministries, 7400 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne with calling one hour prior. Pastor Kevin Rivers and Tim Smith, lifelong friend, officiating. Calling is also 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne with military honors. Preferred memorials are to grandchildren’s education fund, c/o Three Rivers Credit Union.

POSTED: 02/14/17 at 8:32 am. FILED UNDER: News, Obits

JON D. “JACK” FORD, 74, of New Haven, Ind., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers St, New Haven (IN 46774), with a gathering of friends and family one hour prior. Arrangements by Advantage Funeral & Cremation. To send condolences online, visit

POSTED: 12/28/16 at 8:43 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

Donna L. Stier, 81, of New Haven, passed away on December 25, 2016. Born on October 16, 1935, in Rome City, she was a daughter of the late Monard and Noreen Vance; and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven.
She is survived by her daughters, Denice (Dean) Bender, Jacquelyn (Robert) Knapp and Cynthia (Dave) Hakes; Sons, Russell (Amy) Stier, Ronald Stier, Brian (Maureen) Stier and Mark (Donnell) Stier; 20 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gerald L. “Jerry” Stier; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Stier; grandson, David Stier; sisters, Margaret Crisswell and Diana Sloan; brother, David Vance.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am Thursday, December 29, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 942 Powers Street, New Haven, with calling one hour prior, Fr. Bill Sullivan, Officiating. Calling will also be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm, Wednesday, December 28, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with a vigil service at 3:30pm. Memorial donations may be given to the masses or to the Dakota Indian Foundation, PO Box 340, Chamberlain, SD 57325. For online condolences please visit

POSTED: 12/28/16 at 8:40 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

Hubert Joseph Sorg, 90, of Fort Wayne, formerly of New Haven, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Hoagland, he was the son of the late Stephen and Florence (Hake) Sorg. He was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Church, New Haven, where he was an usher and member of the Holy Name Society. He served his county in the US Army during World War II and was a past member of American Legion Post 330. Hubert was an award-winning car salesman and throughout his many year career worked with Parent Chevrolet, Bill McCormick Chevrolet, and Dehaven Chevrolet. The devoted grandfather often volunteered as a popcorn popper at New Haven Elementary and lovingly sported his “Gramp’s Taxi” license plate when dropping the grandchildren off at school. Most recently he and his wife were being cared for by the loving staff at Brookdale Assisted Living, but the community will always remember them as the longtime residents of 802 Park Ave., New Haven.

He is survived by his children, Mark (Becky) Sorg and Kay (Don Etchegorry) Sorg both of New Haven; siblings, Gertrude Sorg-Wyss, Joan Sorg-Smith, Carl (Theresa) Sorg, Dorothy Sorg-Brown, and Ruth Ann Sorg-Lothamer; grandsons, Nick (Brittney) and Nate Sorg; and great grandchildren, Oliver, Graham, and Delilah Sorg. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Loretta in August 2016; and brother, Raymond Sorg.

Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers St., New Haven with calling a half hour prior. Father Bill Sullivan officiating. Calling is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven with a vigil at 3:30 p.m. Burial in the church cemetery with military honors. Preferred memorial to Heartland Hospice or Masses.

POSTED: 12/24/16 at 10:46 am. FILED UNDER: Obits