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Peter Vliet

Nov 21, 1938 - Nov 21, 2023

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Elkhart, IN

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Mary Ann Maloney

Jan 08, 1945 - Feb 28, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Mary Maloney Obituary Mary Ann Maloney, 79 years old, passed away at 3:20 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at Riverside Village in Elkhart. Mary was born on January 8, 1945 in Elkhart to the late Robert and Mildred (Cripe) Maloney. She has remained a lifelong resident of Elkhart and Goshen. Mary worked in the Accounts Receivable Department for Superior Oil. She enjoyed shopping for antiques and was a lover of animals. Mary was a big fan of Travis Tritt and the Chicago Bears. Mary is survived by her brother, Robert “Dan” (Janet) Maloney of Union, MI, and several nieces and nephews including her nephew, Marc (Sally) Maloney of Elkhart. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Patrick Maloney. A private burial will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 at the Oakridge Cemetery, Goshen, IN. Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, South Bend is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mary Ann Maloney may be donated to Elkhart County Humane Society, 54687 County Road 19, Bristol, IN 46507. Online condolences may be offered to the Maloney family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com. To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store. Read More

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Lynn Leon Kast

Oct 17, 1941 - Feb 24, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Mr. Lynn Leon Kast, 82, of Elkhart, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St, Elkhart, IN 46514. To to the family or in memory of Lynn Leon Kast, please

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William D. Hensley

May 11, 1980 - Feb 20, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Mr. William D. Hensley, 43, of Elkhart, was found passed away near 301 Bridge Street on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 10:00 am. Mr. Hensley had been reported missing since late last year. His arrangements are currently pending here. To to the family or in memory of William D. Hensley, please

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Nettie L. Gray

Oct 21, 1941 - Feb 22, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Nettie L. Gray, 82, of Argos passed away at 4:31 PM on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at Brickyard Healthcare of Elkhart.On October 21, 1941 Nettie was born in Bremen to Harrison and Eleda Ruth Macomber Heckaman. Growing up she shared her childhood with four siblings. Proudly she graduated with the Class of 1958 from Bremen High School.Nettie and Donald A. Gray were married on July 20, 1967 in Rochester. They shared 50 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, he passed away on December 22, 2017.Don and Nettie owned and operated Gray’s Ten Pin Auction until retiring in 2010. Nettie was the auction clerk and was known for keeping things in order.Over the years, Nettie’s favorite place to go was the Argos Public Library. She loved to visit with friends and to work on the latest jigsaw puzzles.Left to cherish the memories of Nettie are four nieces and nephews: Peggy Johnson of Goshen, Conny Nichols and husband Verle of Plymouth, Jeffery Balsley of Big Fork, Minn, Tracy Balsley and wife Judy of Bremen.Preceding Nettie in death are her parents, husband, four siblings and a nephew Perry Balsley.Nettie donated her body to the Anatomical Education Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine.Following Nettie’s wishes, there will not be any services. The Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester has been entrusted with the arrangements.Memorials may be made to the Argos Public Library, 142, North Michigan St., Argos, IN 46501

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Thomas Ice

Mar 09, 1962 - Feb 22, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Mr. Thomas Ice, age 61, of Elkhart, passed away Thursday evening, February 22, 2024 at Brickyard Healthcare of Elkhart. Arrangements are pending for Thomas at Billings Funeral Home. To to the family or in memory of Thomas Ice, please

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Lloyd "Whitey" Allen Miller

Aug 09, 1940 - Feb 22, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Lloyd “Whitey” Allen Miller, 83, of Bristol died Thursday, February 22, 2024 at Elkhart Hospital.He was born August 9, 1940 in Marysville, Ohio to Pete V. and Mary (Bontrager) Miller.On June 18, 1960 he married Judy Ann St. John in LaGrange. She died December 25, 2014.Lloyd is survived by three daughters, Gai Lynn Jones, Bristol, Kelly Ann (Larry) Gates, Lakeville and Tracy Lee Miller of Bristol; girlfriend, Marcia Schooley; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty (John) Hershberger, White Cloud, Michigan, Odessa Miller, Goshen and Katie (Darrell) Ott, Goshen; and a brother, Paul R. (Mary) Miller, Huntsville, Texas.Along with his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Thomas Goldsberry; three sisters, Sarah Wenger, Mary Alice Miller and Edna Mallot, and a brother, Leroy Miller.A longtime area resident, Mr. Miller owned and operated Miller’s Farm Market and Greenhouse in Bristol. He also worked as a purchasing agent for several RV companies in the area. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Bristol, VFW, Elkhart and enjoyed playing Euchre the last 15 years at several different clubs.He also enjoyed piecing together many puzzles with his girlfriend Marcia. Friends may call Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 1 to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to the 3:30 p.m. funeral service on Monday, February 26 at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Pastor David Stauffer of Journey Church of Plymouth will officiate.Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Bristol.Memorial contributions may be made to the DAV #19, 1205 Middleton Run Rd, Elkhart, IN 46516.

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Steven Carl Westlake

Jan 27, 1948 - Feb 19, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Mr. Steven Carl “Steve” Westlake, 76, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 9:33 pm at Elkhart General Hospital. He had been in ill health recently. Steve was born on January 27, 1948 in Elkhart to the late Roscoe Cleone and Cora Marie (Huss) Westlake and is survived by his former spouses and mothers of his children Faith Gonzalez of Goshen, Pamela J. Gordon of St. Petersburg, Florida and Pamela J. Westlake-Turley of Elkhart. Throughout the years, a mutual friendship and respect always remained between them all. Also surviving are Steve’s sons Steven S. Westlake of Battle Creek, Michigan, Matthew J. Westlake of Westland, Michigan and Casey L. (Carmen) Westlake, Christoper J. (Leslie) Wingard and Brian J. (Shannon) Wingard, all of Elkhart; grandchildren Taylor, Cora, Summer, Larkin and Alexandria Westlake, Treyjen Tyler, Erik and Kailah Wingard and Ellissa Doles Burnham; great grandchildren Jayla Marlow, Tobias Fendley and Ezra Yowell-Westlake, as well as a loving host of extended family, good friends and neighbors including Steve’s very good friend Dave Bravard and his faithful Chesapeake Bay Retriever Cody, who accompanied Steve practically everywhere. Steve was a faithful and dedicated firefighter for the city of Elkhart for 37 years and served as engineer for Engine 6 on Elkhart’s near northside. All would agree that Steve poured his heart and soul into his career and always considered the welfare and safety of others before his own. He embodied the spirit of brotherhood and couldn’t help but constantly watch over the well-being of his comrades. After he retired, he developed a habit of procuring lunch or dinner for entire station shifts, always taking pride in being able to feed his brothers and sisters on duty. When Steve wasn’t down at Station 6 rescuing the world from its problems, he enjoyed escaping the drab cityscape and venturing into the great outdoors, where he would travel with his family up to the Traverse City area to go camping and just give his mind a rest. He loved getting out into the “wilderness” and would even take quick drives on seemingly lost back roads just so he could catch a glimpse of something wild. He appreciated all the wonders that nature had to offer, and he was known to hang out for hours, just gazing out across the St. Joe from his deck with an iced tea in one hand and patting Cody on the head with the other. His appreciation for the outdoors remained a lifelong obsession. At home, he loved to visit with his kids and grandchildren, call family members and chat on the phone and fight with idiots on Facebook. Services for Steve will be held at Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart, beginning with a visitation there on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 4-7 pm. Funeral Services will then be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 12 noon, with visitation taking place one hour prior. Billings Funeral Home Chaplain Jeremy Sarber will officiate, and firefighter honors will be rendered Saturday by Division Chief Dave Cushwa and the Elkhart Fire Department Funeral Honor Guard, as well as Bagpiper Lenny Sailor. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow Steve’s services. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to any Veteran’s or Emergency Services charitable organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. To to the family or in memory of Steven Carl "Steve" Westlake, please

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Richard J. Baxter Sr

Feb 09, 1943 - Feb 18, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Richard J. Baxter Sr, 81, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024, in Elkhart, Indiana.Richard was born on February 9, 1943, in Niles, Michigan to the late Clifford Baxter and Fern (Reist) Baxter.Along with his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his loving wife of 34 years, Patricia (Hartstein) Baxter, and siblings, Wanita Singleton, Sonny Baxter, Jim Baxter, Nancy Yahne, Pam Payne, Donna Morris, Sandy Craig, Ronnie Baxter, and Terry Baxter.Left to cherish the memory of Richard are his sons, Steve (Ruthann) Baxter, Rich (Abby) Baxter, and Mark (Christa) Baxter; grandchildren, Crystal, Steffanie, Dustin, and Nick; great-grandchildren, Christian, Phoenix, Isaiah, and Faith, and sister, Carolyn Schneider.Richard was a lifelong enthusiast of the South Bend Motor Speedway, his presence gracing the stands for over six decades. His passion for mechanics shone through in every car and tractor he tenderly repaired.Richard's joy was palpable when frequenting the casino or bowling. His competitive spirit shone through in his love for playing horseshoes or cards with his family, activities that brought him laughter and camaraderie. His skillful hands were often seen contributing to numerous construction projects at the homes of his children.Richard's life was a testament to the bonds of family; he found his greatest joy in the simplest moments spent with his loved ones. He was a fixture at his children and grandchildren's baseball games, always there to cheer them on. His home was a hive of activity, always echoing with the laughter and chatter of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom he deeply adored.He will be remembered for his kind heart, infectious enthusiasm, and the joy he brought to every life he touched.Visitation for Richard will be on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm with a Celebration of Life to be officiated by Pastor Jeff Whittaker at 2:00pm at Michiana Christian Embassy, 1922 E Main St. Niles, MI 49120. A luncheon will be held immediately following the service at the church.Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home.Photos, condolences, and memories may be left for Richard’s family at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com

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Shirley James

Jul 22, 1938 - Feb 18, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Shirley James Obituary Shirley (Jackett) James, 1938 – 2024 of Osceola, Indiana, passed away quietly in her 85th year on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Center in Elkhart, Indiana, after a long and hard battle with Alzheimer’s. Shirley is survived by her four children, Tracy (Jay) Newlin, Terrie (Jeff) Burrell, Tonya (Marc Hinson) James, and Troy (Katie) James. Shirley is survived by her nine grandchildren; Nicholas Newlin, Aaron Newlin, Andrew Eisenbeiss, Leslie (Eisenbeiss) McEndarfer, Caleb Newlin, Briar (Eisenbeiss) Faye, Stephanie Bertron, Emilia James, and Adam James, and nine great-grandchildren Anastasia, Iliana, Alexander, Olivia, Isaac, Nolan, Wren, Sofia, and Sebastian all of whom have inherited a legacy of her strength, determination, joy, caring and resourcefulness. Shirley was the daughter of the late Wilfred Jackett and Pansy (Ball) Jackett and was preceded in death by her husband, Clare James. Shirley was the sister of George (Anna May) Jackett and was preceded in death by her sister Marina (John) McLennan, her brother Jim (June) Jackett, and her sister Pauline (Bill) Eberts. Originally from Fenelon Falls, Ontario Canada, Shirley graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada in 1959. Shirley continued her nursing career in Thompson Manitoba, Canada, Wabush, New Foundland, Canada, and Labrador, Canada. In 1965, Shirley moved to Indiana, along with her husband, Clare James, who preceded her in death. Shirley was a devoted mother, grandmother, avid gardener, and had a never-ending passion for being outdoors enjoying the beauty of nature whether on a walk, on her bicycle, or ice skating. Friends, family, and neighbors could all rely on Shirley for her constant willingness to help out no matter the task or situation, including during difficult hours of need. Shirley will be celebrated in August and interned at the Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Cemetery where she will be able to rest in peace with the family she loved, in the community that she called home, and the place where she found happiness. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Shirley’s name to either the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society (kawarthafoundation.ca) Read More

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Gary Benbow Erekson

Aug 28, 1933 - Feb 20, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Gary Benbow Erekson, 90, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Center for Hospice Care in Elkhart, IN.Gary was born on August 28, 1933, in Murray, Utah, to Reid Benbow & Evelyn (Olson) Erekson. He is survived by Janice (Aumann) Erekson, his wife of 62 years, and his sister and brother-in-law, Taya & John Cowan of Ft. Wayne, IN and his sisters-in-law Carolyn Brown and Judith Light. He is also survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Cameron & Audrey Erekson of Broomfield, CO, Craig Erekson of Bristol, IN, and Christopher & Joanna Erekson of Middlebury, IN.Surviving grandchildren (9) & great-grandchildren (5) include Spencer (Brittany) Erekson and their children, Reagan, Simon, and Landon, of Superior, CO, Reid (Anisha) Erekson of Arlington Heights, IL, Olivia Erekson and her fiancée Arick Doberenz of Middlebury, IN, Emily & Colin Utley and their children, Beau & Louie, of Middlebury, IN, Lt. William Erekson, USCG, Sophie Erekson of Bristol, IN, Jackson Erekson, Charlie Erekson, and Luke Erekson of Middlebury, IN.In addition to his parents and in-laws, Norbert and Hilda Aumann, Gary was predeceased by his sisters, Sandra Mutchler and Greta Schnepf.Gary’s family moved quite often and were involved in local theater and radio productions wherever they settled. He graduated from Decatur (Indiana) High School in 1951 where he played basketball, football, and baseball. After high school, he attended the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT where he finished 2nd in his class, captained the varsity basketball team for two years, and was battalion commander for his class. Gary graduated as a commissioned officer in 1955, and was stationed in Miami and Miyako Jima. Gary left the Coast Guard in 1959 to attend Harvard University where he received his MBA in 1961.He met and began dating the light of his life, Janice Aumann, during his time at Harvard and they married on June 10, 1961 settling in Decatur, IN, where he began his 27-year career with CTS Corporation. CTS took him from CTS of Berne (IN), to a sales office in Pasadena, CA, West Lafayette, IN and back to Berne, where he was eventually named President of CTS of Berne. In 1984 Gary, Jan and the boys moved to Elkhart, IN after Gary was named chief operating officer of CTS Corporation and transferred to corporate headquarters. He retired from CTS as chief financial officer in 1988.Gary enjoyed the 30 winters that he and Janice spent in Marco Island, FL. They always had plenty of family visitors and made many memories there.Gary loved to compete; he was up for just about any game or contest at any time. He was an excellent bridge and chess player. Gary loved playing basketball on the driveway with his boys. He also enjoyed golf and tennis and played until well into his 80’s when his back told him it was time to retire his clubs and racquet.Gary will be remembered by his friends and family as a wonderful husband, father and son. He had a very quick wit and enjoyed making people smile.Family and friends will be received from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the Zwick& Jahn Funeral Home – Decatur. Private family services will be held at a later date with burial at Decatur Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W. Monroe St, Decatur, IN 46733. Arrangements are by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur, Indiana.

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