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Vaughn Leedy

Sep 02, 1960 - Oct 24, 2023

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Goshen, IN

Vaughn Leedy, age 63, of Goshen, IN passed away at 12:00 a. m. , Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at Waterford Crossings. He was born September 2, 1960 in Peru, IN to Roger Louis and Janet Rosemary (Annis) Leedy. Vaughn was a 1978 graduate of North Miami High School. On June 28, 1986 he married Sara Mast at Dunlap United Methodist Church. Vaughn had worked for Dynamic Metal Forming in Elkhart. He was a member of the Dunlap United Methodist Church. Vaughn loved old cars and Harley Davidson, Rock and Rol...Read More

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Mary "Pat" Darling Miller

Dec 04, 1937 - Mar 02, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Mary “Pat” Darling Miller, 86, of Goshen died Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Goshen Hospital.She was born December 4, 1937 in Gibson City, Illinois to Earl H. and Catherine L. (Ingold) Knox.A 1955 graduate of Fisher High School, Pat received her nursing degree from Goshen College School of Nursing in 1959.On March 24, 1962 she married Wayne E. Darling, of Elkhart County in Fisher, Illinois. He died August 28, 2010. She later married D. Richard Miller on June 30, 2012.He survives along with her daughters, Dr. Melinda Darling of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Michele (Terry Golob) Darling of Boston, Massachusetts; four step-children, Daniel (Nadine) Miller, and Philip (Jean) Miller, both of Goshen, David (Lori) Miller of Wichita, Kansas, and Christine M. Miller of Fort Wayne; four step grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren.Also surviving is a sister, Amanda Osborn of Sebring, Florida, and a sister-in-law, Marta Knox of Paxton, Illinois.Along with her parents and first husband, Wayne, she was preceded in death by a brother, Earl H. Knox, Jr.A life-long healthcare worker, Mrs. Miller worked in the office of Dr. M.H. Kesim for 21 years prior to the doctor’s retirement. She continued working at Bristol Street Pediatrics until her retirement in 1998.A former member of First Baptist Church of Elkhart, Mary was currently active at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen.Visitation will be Friday, March 8, from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.There will also be one hour of visitation beginning at 9 a.m. prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service, Saturday, March 9 at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, 2509 Berkey Ave., Goshen.Burial will be in East Bend Mennonite Cemetery, Fisher, Illinois at a later date.Memorial gifts may be directed to 4-H Foundation of Elkhart County; First Baptist Church of Elkhart; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; or Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship.

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Lois Royce

May 03, 1959 - Mar 02, 2024

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Goshen, IN

On Saturday morning, March 2, 2024, Lois “me-me” Royce’s battle with cancer ended. She was surrounded by her loving family. She requested no funeral or viewing; a celebration of her life will be held at a later date.Lois was born in Goshen on May 3, 1959 to Claude and Frances (Kehr) Stickler. On May 2, 1981 she married the love of her life, David Allen Royce. In 1983 they welcomed their greatest treasure and only child, Megan Royce.She left behind a brother Clyde (Reva) Stickler, and four sisters; Diana “Sue” (Kip) Heiliger, Claudia (Larry) Gill, Connie (Jeffery) Knebel and Sharon (Steve Crouse) Stickler. Also left with cherished memories are several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and countless friends.She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Donnie Drake and Claude Stickler, Jr.Lois spent many years at Goshen Rubber, Syracuse Rubber, GKI, TriStar and most recently worked as a receptionist in the information center at Greencroft Goshen. She valued the friendships she made and will be remembered as a dependable, hardworking and loyal person.The family would like to recognize the care Lois received from Dr. Berger, the staff at Goshen Center for Cancer Care, the staff at Goshen Hospital, Goshen Home Care and Hospice, and especially from her friend, Dr. Kio.In lieu of flowers, her family wishes donations to be made to the Goshen Home Care and Hospice, 1147 Professional Dr., Goshen, IN 46526, https://goshenhealth.com/care-services/home-care-hospice.

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Loretta J. Chupp

Jun 09, 1937 - Feb 29, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Loretta J. Chupp, 86, of Nappanee, died Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Goshen Hospital.She was born June 9, 1937 in Indianapolis to James Warren and Vernie Lou (Griffith) Jones.On September 3, 1955 she married Melvin Chupp in Goshen. He died December 24, 2020.She is survived by two daughters, Maralie (Mel) Stutzman of Nappanee and Cindy (Chuck) Somers of Palm Coast, Florida; three sons, Jim (Jen) Chupp of Milford, Mike (Diane) Chupp of Constantine, Michigan and Herbert (Karina) Chupp of Battle Creek, Michigan; 21 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Etta Meadors, Pauline Zook, Juanita DeWeese and Helena Zook; and two brothers, James and A C Jones.Loretta enjoyed art and was very crafty. She enjoyed drawing cartoon pictures and crocheting. She loved reading especially her Bible. During her working career she worked as a clerk for Snider's Leading Jewelers Inc., Goshen, in the upholster department at Veada Industries Inc., New Paris and as a seamstress at Superior Industries.Visitation will be Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Pastor Mel Shetler will officiate.Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be directed to Riley Children’s Hospital.

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Herbert Harry Wooten

Jul 13, 1951 - Feb 24, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Herbert Harry Wooten, 72, of Goshen, died unexpectedly Saturday, February 24, 2024 at his home.He was born July 13, 1951 in New Cumberland, West Virginia to Wilburn Harrison and Pearl Jane (Talbert) Wooten.He is survived by a son Daniel Harrison (Angie) Wooten of Eufaula, Oklahoma; a step-daughter, Carol Aguilar of Goshen; three sisters, Amy Messer, Donna Gorrell and Marie Amato; and three brothers, Raymond, Jesse and James Wooten.He was preceded in death by five brothers, Richard, Ray, Ted, John and Robert Wooten; and three sisters, Clarence Pay Wooten, Corrine Stahley and Janice Shawn.Herbert worked many years at a saw mill, he enjoyed family outings and cookouts and visiting flea markets.Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting his family with cremation services.There are no services scheduled at this time.

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Delores Estella Neff

Mar 07, 1931 - Feb 27, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Delores Estella Neff, 92, entered her heavenly home on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Waterford Crossing.She was born on March 7, 1931 in Goshen to David A. and Opal V. (Burson) Pepper.On September 26, 1949 she married Stanley Gardner Neff in Connersville, Indiana. He died March 17, 2024.Delores is survived by two daughters, Jane E. (Daniel) Granger of Granger and Kathy S. (Paul) Mihojevich of Bristol, a son, Michael C. (Lisa) Neff of Goshen, eight grandchildren, one step grandchild, seventeen great-grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren and two half-sisters, Kay and Estella.She was preceded in death by a sister, Donna; a brother, Merton and three half- brothers, Dennis, Bruce and Brian.Delores was a talented wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She was a crossword puzzle queen and enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, reading and gardening in her younger years. She had a deep faith in God that carried her throughout her 92 years here on earth. The family rejoices in the fact that they know they will see her again someday.Private funeral service will be held at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.Burial will be at Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.

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James Edward Otis

Oct 20, 1953 - Feb 26, 2024

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Goshen, IN

James Edward Otis, age 70 of Goshen, IN, passed away unexpectedly at 3:12 pm on Monday afternoon, February 26, 2024 at his residence. He was born on October 20, 1953 in Lansing, MI to Roger Elias and Josephine (Faultenowski) Otis. He was a 1971 graduate of Grand Ledge High School and went on to receive his Doctorate of Philosophy in Biblical Studies. James rose to the rank of officer in the Michigan Army National Guard and worked in ministry throughout his life in many different capacities. On November 4, 1972 James married Patricia McDiarmid in Grand Ledge. Together they worked in ministry and raised a family together in their 51 years of marriage. Jim was employed at Weiland Design in Goshen and was their master scheduler. Throughout his life Jim loved reading and writing. His family will remember his wit and comedic talent, always making them laugh. He also enjoyed woodworking and tinkering in the shop. He loved music and enjoyed singing. Jim and Patricia loved to travel and shared a great life together. Jim deeply loved his family and doted on his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was a true family man and will be greatly missed. James is survived by his loving wife, Patricia of Goshen; 4 children: Nichole (Mark) Hess of Goshen, Patrick James (Amanda) Otis of Harlan, IN; Victoria Maldonado of South Bend, IN, and James Ross (Emily) Otis of Livonia, NY; 16 grandchildren: Nicholas (Rachelle) Hess, Hailey (Matt) Martin, Alex, Maggie, Jackson, Jacob, and Lincoln Otis, Mason Ballard, Lily, Josie, and Austin Coates, Elijah and Aliyah Maldonado, and Hunter, Sophia, and Asher Otis; 4 great grandchildren: Elizabren and Allard Martin, Poppy and Emery Hess; and 3 siblings: Donna (Gerry) Overmyer of Lansing, MI, Carole Ellis of Butler, MO, and David (Georgi) Otis of Maricopa, AZ. James was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Cremation will then take place and a private family graveside service will be held at a later date at Union Center Cemetery, Nappanee. Memorial contributions in James’ name can be given to the Salvation Army.

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Carolyn Frances Yoder

Mar 23, 1939 - Feb 26, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Carolyn Frances Yoder, age 84 of Goshen, IN, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 4:38 am on Monday morning, February 26, 2024 at Goshen Hospital. Carolyn was born on March 23, 1939 in Elkhart, IN to Dale and Gladys (Buzzard) Yoder. She was baptized on May 2, 1947 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church and she was a 1957 graduate of Wakarusa High School. She served 2 years of voluntary service at Froh Brothers Homestead in Sturgis, MI, where she met Glenn Yoder on a blind date. On September 20, 1959 the two were married at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in a service officiated by Rev. Peter B. Wiebe and Rev. D.A. Yoder. Glenn preceded her in death on November 29, 2019 after 60 years of marriage. Carolyn lived her entire life in the Wakarusa area before moving to Goshen in 2007. She worked at Raymonds Restaurant in Wakarusa, Wakarusa Medical Clinic for Drs. Abel, Guttman and Miller, and then for Dr. Burden’s Dentistry in Goshen, from which she retired. She was a lifelong member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church where she taught Sunday School and volunteered in many capacities. She helped establish the church’s memorial garden and was a member of the Rook Club. Carolyn enjoyed listening to Southern Gospel Music, especially the Legacy 5 quartet. She loved Christmas and her decorations were legendary. She was active for many years in the Wakarusa Christmas Walk. Carolyn loved to entertain and cook. Her home was host to many meals and her hospitality will be remembered by many. She also enjoyed gardening. Most of all, Carolyn loved her family. She cherished her time with them and especially cherished her grandchildren, traveling near and far to attend all their sporting events and other activities. Carolyn is survived by her two children: daughter, Diane (Mike) Glick of Goshen and son, Rick (Shelley) Yoder of Wakarusa; 3 grandsons: Derek (Karley) Yoder of Mishawaka, IN, Reid (fiancé, Madi Asbell) Yoder of Indianapolis, IN, and Connor Glick of Goshen; brother, Don (Bea) Yoder of Elkhart sister-in-law, Birdena Bollenbacher of Wakarusa; and many nieces and nephews. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson Cody Glick; and brother Lester “Dutch” Yoder. Visitation will be held from 3-8 pm on Sunday, March 3, 2024 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church and from 10-11 am on Monday, March 4, 2024 also at the church. Burial will take place at 11 am at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery and a funeral service will follow at 11:30 pm in the church sanctuary. Rev. Wes Bontreger of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will officiate. Memorial contributions in Carolyn’s name can be given to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church or The Center, Nappanee.

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Donald George Bussard

Jul 14, 1935 - Feb 23, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Donald George Bussard, 88, of Elkhart, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024, at The Laurels of Goshen. He was born on July 14, 1935, in Elkhart to the late Howard and Hazel (Memmott) Bussard. Donald is also preceded in death by his brothers, Howard, Bill, Chuck, Richard, and Bob Bussard; sisters, Joan Petgen, Jean Stahl, Susie Stevenson, Marie Mandabach, Virginia Antisdel, Carol Lou Bussard, and Patty Williams; and grandson, SSG Jesse Lee Williams. He is survived by his children, Ken (Cindy) Bussard, Cathy Bennett (Todd Genth), David (Vicki) Bussard, Debbie (Sam) Passerallo; brother, Bill (Sandy) Bussard; grandchildren, Matt (Karina) Bussard, Megan (Aaron) Barnes, Kara Jo Freyenberger, Ryan (Libby) Bennett, Rosy (Bill) Golupski, Sandy Williams, Cara Ashley Watt; and great grandchildren, Ben, Ada, Brett, Everett, Daphne, Alexis, Landon, Ember, Adleigh, Easton, Kyler, Madison, Corbyn. Donald kept to himself most of the time and enjoyed working around the house, especially when he could mow his lawn and tidy up his garden. He was known for his immaculate, green lawns and Big Boy tomatoes. Prior to retiring, he worked as a machinist for many years. In his spare time, he loved cheering on his favorite teams, the Chicago Bears and the Cubs, watching NASCAR, taking long drives through Elkhart County, and enjoying a good steak on the grill while cracking open a cold beer. Donald was also excellent at predicting the weather to a “T”. About three weeks ago, he told his daughter, Cathy, that she would be seeing more snow…and sure enough it happened unexpectedly on Saturday, February 24th. Donald will be missed greatly by his loving family. In accordance with Donald’s wishes, cremation was chosen and will take place at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. in Elkhart. To to the family or in memory of Donald G. Bussard, please

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Stephen W. Robinson

May 28, 1949 - Feb 20, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Stephen “Steve” W. Robinson, 74, of Goshen, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.He was born May 28, 1949, in Plymouth.On March 24, 2001 he married Cindy (Lung) Bontrager.She survives along with his mother, Helen (Morgan) Robinson of Tippecanoe; a sister, Janet Longenecker of Bremen and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his father, Mahlon Robinson and a brother, Alan Robinson.Steve graduated from Triton High School and Arizona State University. He had traveled extensively including Ireland, Italy and Croatia. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid sports fan – especially IU and Notre Dame.Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2 p.m. until the 4 p.m. funeral service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.A private family burial will take place in Tippecanoe Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Association.

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Phyllis Elaine Leininger

Sep 20, 1943 - Feb 19, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Phyllis Elaine (Mahan) Leininger, pianist, teacher, Pastor’s spouse, author, and long-time Camp Mack Office Manager, passed away at Greencroft Retirement Center on Monday, February 19, 2024. She was 80 years old. Born at the hospital at Warren, Ohio, she grew up in the country, drinking milk from the family goats until the goat flock grew enough to provide funds to purchase cows. She never remembered a time that she was not afraid of chickens. Her brother loved to chase her with chickens. A chicken under his arm, he even chased her into the house. Phyllis would run to her mother for protection. If her mother were sewing, Phyllis would try to hide in front of her mother’s feet under the sewing machine. Phyllis attended all 12 grades (there was no kindergarten) at Bristol School. She played for choirs and accompanied many soloists for contests. As a 7th grader, at age 12, she became the Sunday morning worship pianist for the Bristolville Church of the Brethren. She first played for a wedding at age 14 when an old pump organ was moved into the church for the occasion. By her senior year of high school she was teaching private piano students at her home. While a music major at the Defiance College, Phyllis taught piano to non-music majors whom faculty referred to her when their schedules were full.During the fall of her freshman year at the Defiance College, she was playing the organ at the Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren near Defiance, Ohio on a Sunday morning when Verne Henry Leininger, home for the weekend from Bethany Theological Seminary, saw her at his home church. That was the beginning of a long relationship and over fifty years together in ministry. After their wedding on June 22, 1963, and their graduations from Seminary and College, they served eight different congregations in Ohio, Maryland and Indiana. Phyllis taught music for grades one through four at Ada Ohio Exempted Village School during their first pastorate. She taught music in grades five through eight during their time in the Southern Ohio District, and then in Garrett County Maryland she taught kindergarten and first grades at Broadford Elementary. Wherever she lived, Phyllis always had a number of piano students after school and/or on Saturdays.All three of their children were born to Phyllis and Verne during their first two pastorates. Sons, Verne Edward Leininger and John Henry Leininger were born at Bluffton, Ohio during the County Line Pastorate. Barbara Jean Leininger) was born at Greenville, Ohio during the Prices Creek Pastorate. These first two pastorates provided parsonages next to the church. With no indoor church restrooms when we arrived at County Line, being close to the parsonage with a bathroom helped in “baby emergencies.” With full church schedules, there was a good amount of going back and forth. Time consuming trips winding through the mountains on the way to church and school was later common during the family’s time in western Maryland.When Phyllis and Verne moved to Indiana, Phyllis soon discovered she had too much teaching experience to compete with recent graduates on the public school pay scale. During its last year of being open, Leininger taught grades one through four at the Milford Christian Church School. Besides doing their regular lessons, she and her twelve students put on a science fair, performed a musical, and created a small yearbook with original poetry and writings by the students. When she accepted a position in the office at the Church of the Brethren Camp Alexander Mack, she had no idea that she would be there a little over 25 years. She continued to hope for a public school position. Then one rainy, muddy morning on the way to work at Camp, Leininger passed two children waiting at a bus stop. They were tussling, wallowing in the ground’s mud. “Well,” Phyllis thought, “at least they won’t be bringing their muddy selves into my classroom.” Leininger’s appreciation for her current position grew that morning.For Camp’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2000, Leininger wrote her first book, the children’s picture book, The Cornfield that Grows People. At this anniversary celebration she shared a table at the back of Camp Mack’s Quinter-Miller Auditorium with Ambassador Andrew Young, the guest speaker of the day. Lines formed in front of the table as persons waited for their turn to have the Ambassador and Leininger to sign their books.The Leininger’s retired from Camp Mack on December 31, 2013.They then moved to Greencroft Retirement Center in December 2018. Pastor Verne died the following October. With many Greencroft activities shut down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Phyllis used the year 2020 when she was basically shut in to write her book of over 500 pages called, TOGETHER: Memoirs of a Pastor’s Wife, that was published on Amazon in January 2021. When the book was completed, she applied and was a 2021 winner in Greencroft’s Dream Contest. Her dream of making a CD of herself playing the piano was fulfilled in August, 2021 when she was recorded at Rieth Recital Hall at Goshen College playing a number of religious and classical numbers.Survivors include three children, Verne (Kathleen Martin) Leininger, Timberville, Virginia, John (Alice Peters) Leininger, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Barbara (Robert) Leininger Dickason, Addison, Texas; seven grandchildren Sarah (Matt) Katz, Caleb (Amanda Basham) Leininger, Micah, Leah, and Dylan Leininger, Sean (Joselyn Haldeman) Dickason, and Morgan (David Besel) Dickason; and four great grandchildren, Amelia, Everett, and Rhys Dickason, and Violet Aria Besel.Also surviving are five siblings, Carol (Dennis) Shirey, Sharon Tolla, Fred (Nancy) Mahan, Karen (Joe) Beran and Betty (Jim) Koehler, all of Ohio.Visitation is scheduled at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8pm on Friday, February 23, 2024. A memorial service is planned for the Goshen City Church of the Brethren at 11am on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Burial will be on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Poplar Ridge Cemetery near Defiance Ohio. Memorials may be designated for Camp Alexander Mack or the Goshen City Church of the Brethren.

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