Carl W. “Mack” McCain

Carl W. “Mack” McCain, 93, of Peru, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at home with family by his side.

He was born in Kokomo, Indiana on July 16, 1926, to Thomas and Bertha (Olds) McCain. On March 27, 1948, he married Faye I. LaBorg in Peru, Indiana.

During WWII, Carl served as a crew chief in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in the Philippines. After serving his country, Carl worked in many different capacities throughout his life. For many years, he was a barber who cut hair for local men and children while selling and repairing motorcycles in his shop next door to the barbershop. He also worked in maintenance for Peru Community Schools until his retirement in 1988.

Carl was an inventor and builder of many things, such as motorcycle travel trailers, three-wheeled automobiles out of motorcycles, and a full-size RV.

Carl and Faye enjoyed traveling. Over the years, they traveled extensively throughout the U.S., with a good portion being via motorcycle. They made their winter home in Sebring, Florida for over 30 years.

Dianna Jean Gordon

Dianna Jean Gordon, 81, of Peru, passed quietly into the eternal arms of Jesus with her family by her side on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Dianna was born in Beloit, WI on November 7, 1938, to Edna (Hart) Rayment and Earl Rayment. She moved to Indiana when she was a child, where her mom and stepdad August Meuller owned and operated the Hilltop on old 31. She was a dedicated caregiver throughout her life. Her favorite job was to be mother to her three sons.

She married Maurice Gordon in 1979 (who preceded her in death on April 9, 2017) and became not only a wife but a mother to three other children, whom she loved very much. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, watching TV and listening to her favorite hymns.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons Duane Tolley and Phillip Tolley, her mother and father, and a brother.

Diana Lynn Smith

Surrounded by her loving family, beloved wife, mother, and sister Diana Lynn Smith, age 70, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Logansport Hospital.

Diana had recently returned to Indiana after residing in the Tampa area for over 20 years to spend her final days with the support of family who adored her. Diana was born in Phoenix, Arizona on March 28, 1949, to Tom and Lola Anderson. She was a 1967 Peru High School graduate and a member of the Peru Amateur Circus. She attended 2 years at Ball State University and worked as a medical secretary for Logansport Hospital before relocating to the Tampa area. Her favorite things included spending time with her loving husband in the Florida sunshine, watching NASCAR and the Tampa Bay Rays, playing the penny slots at the Hard Rock Casino, strolling St. John’s Pass, and cuddling her two fur babies.

She is survived by her devoted husband of over 40 years, David Smith, three sons: David Smith (Erica) Peru, Dustin Smith (Shauna) Galveston, and Jason Smith of Peru; two brothers: Bill Anderson (Nancy) and Steve Anderson both from Peru; and 5 grandchildren.

Phyllis Lynette Gilbert

Phyllis Lynette Gilbert, 95, formerly of Peru, passed away at 3:05 P.M., Monday, December 2, 2019, at Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Center, Wabash. She was born in Peru on July 6, 1924, the daughter of Paul and Esther Mohler Gilbert.

Phyllis worked 26 years at ARC of Wabash County. She loved writing words, drawing rainbows, and drinking coffee.

Phyllis is survived by a cousin, Eleanor Thomas of Needham, MA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her twin sister, Pauline and an infant sibling.

A service celebrating the life of Phyllis L. Gilbert will be held at 2:00 P. M., Friday, December 6, 2019, at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 West Main St., Peru with Pastor Jim Rairigh officiating. Burial will be at Chili Cemetery.

Louise Elizabeth Lennox

Louise Elizabeth Lennox, 65, Peru, Indiana, passed away on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28, 2019, at her residence.

Born September 23, 1954, in Brockton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Harold D. Pierce and the former Helen L. Carrell.

She was married in Taunton, Massachusetts, to Richard J. Lennox, and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include her three children, Tracie A. (Marcus) Cook, Peru; Tiffany A. Bennett, Indianapolis; and Thomas A. Bennett, Peru; grandchildren, Treyton Petrack, Mercedes Petrack, Kaleb Jones, JaCari Cook, Shawna Cook; brother, Paul Pierce, California; sisters, Linda Purcell and Katherine Fernandes, both of Massachusetts; and twelve nieces and nephews.

Linda Rasmus, 74, of Peru, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born in Elwood, Indiana on December 2, 1944, to Herman and Lorrine (Collins) Oaks. She married Harold A. Rasmus Sr. on June 30, 1964. He survives. Linda was a homemaker, and she loved her grandkids and enjoyed visiting casinos.

She is survived by her husband and her children, Cougar Rasmus (Teri) of Peru, and Troy Rasmus of Peru. Also, her grandchildren: Brittany Rasmus, Bradley Rasmus, Matthew Rasmus Jr., Taylor Rasmus, Mamie Rasmus, and Nicolas Rasmus; and one great-grandchild, Gibson. Also, surviving are brothers Bartley Oaks (Sandy) of Peru, and Deon Oaks (Birdie) of Peru; and sister Mildred “Mickey” Arnett of Peru.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Dolly Oaks, and brother-in-law Charles Arnett.

Tania Bowyer Mayer

Tania Bowyer Mayer passed away peacefully at her home with her children by her side in Westlake Village, California on November 29, 2019. She was born December 2, 1944, in Peru, Indiana to Vinal and Marjorie Hessong Bowyer, both deceased.

She was a 1962 graduate of Bunker Hill High School and a 1967 graduate of Indiana University School of Nursing. She later earned a law degree from Loyola Marymount University and a degree in educational therapy. She was employed as an educational therapist prior to her retirement. She lived in California for the past 50 years, but her heart was still in Indiana. In the last several years, she delighted in extended visits with family and friends in Miami County.

Tania had been married to Dr. Toby Mayer. She is survived by children Justin Mayer and fiancée Angela Parker; Morgan Mayer and wife Devon, and their children Riley and Declan; and Gretchen Mehren and husband Steve. She is also survived by siblings Carol Whybrew, Donald Bowyer, and Devita McClain, all of Peru, IN and Marvene Riis of Pierre, South Dakota.

Mary Alice Gambrell Hipskind

Mary Alice Gambrell Hipskind, 83, Peru, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019, as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Peru.

Born August 7, 1936, in Noblesville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Earl Watson and the former Orpha Ford. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Louis Schoolcraft. She was one of fifteen siblings, three of whom survive, Vicki Baker, Elwood, IN; John Watson, Elwood, IN; and Jerry Watson, White, Georgia.

She is survived by her sons, Stanley Gambrell, Noblesville, IN; Gary (Jerilyn) Gambrell, Gilead, IN; Larry (Anna) Odle, Noblesville, IN; and Glen (Wendy) Sigley Jr., Fayetteville Georgia; grandchildren, Stanley Gambrell, Seth Gambrell, Samantha Gambrell, Trenton Gambrell, Amber Musselman, Oris Lloyd, Clinton Gambrell, Dawson Sigley, and Chais Sigley; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

On December 8, 2018, she was married to Joseph Hipskind and added to her family with his six children and their families: Diana (Roger) Craig, South Bend, Indiana; Andrew Hipskind, Plymouth, Indiana; Lisa (Steve) Wilmotte, San Antonio, Texas; Sarah Hipskind, South Bend, Indiana; Paula Shimba, South Bend, Indiana, and David (Amber) Hipskind, South Bend, Indiana.