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Danny Ray Cooley, 71, of Peru left this earth on September 21, 2018. He passed in his sleep at home.  Danny was born on October 14, 1946, at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru to the late Robert Frank and Lenah Maxine (Ashley) Cooley Ooten of Peru.

He was a lifelong resident of Peru and graduated from Peru High School in 1965. He also attended Ball State for a brief time, as well as serving a brief period in the U.S. Army at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky in 1968.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sheryl Kay Sommers, in 1968 and they had 4 children who were the light of his life.

He loved traveling and was a frequent snowbird on the beaches of Florida.

Jack Martin “Marty” Davies, II photo

Jack Martin “Marty” Davies, II, 71, of Peru, passed away at 7:00 PM, Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Millers Merry Manor, Peru. He was born in Elwood, IN on May 2, 1947, the son of Jack Martin Davies and Tillie Buttler Davies Holmes. Marty went to Elwood High School where he played football and ran track.

Marty was employed by the Peru Fire Department and Grissom Air Force Base as a dispatcher. He also worked at Redmon’s Basket Factory, Bona Vista and, for over 10 years at Heraeus Electro-Nite.

He is survived by a brother Tim Davies and his wife Keri, of Peru, a sister Cheri Davies, Elwood, IN; aunts Lucille Barnes, Elwood, IN and Bert Buttler, Swayze, IN; nieces and nephews Jacklyn Davies, Derek Davies and his wife Jessica, Andrea Batdorf and her husband Jeremy; several great nieces and nephews; lots of cousins, tons of friends and a special cousin Deral Ann Beckley.

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Raymond E. Trent, 90, of Flint, MI passed away at 7:00 AM, Saturday, September 22, 2018, at The Heritage Manor Health Care Center in Flint, MI. He was born in Peru, IN on December 4, 1927, the son of Robert E. and Mary M. Buckalew Trent. Raymond married Doris Durnal in Indianapolis, IN on June 4, 1955, and she preceded him in death on October 30, 2011.

A US Army Veteran Raymond served two tours of duty in Korea. He was a 1946 graduate of Peru High School received his Bachelor’s and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his PHD in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. He was a Professor and head of the Thermal Dynamics Department at General Motors Institute which later became Kettering Institute retiring in 1982.

He is survived by a son Blake A. Trent of Flint, MI and a sister Shirley Trent of Noblesville, IN.

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Shirley White, 63, of Peru, passed away at 2:20 AM, Friday, September 21, 2018, at her residence. She was born in Fountain Run, Kentucky on December 18, 1954, the daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Dunn Kelsor. Shirley married Alex White on October 1, 1979, and he preceded her in death. Shirley enjoyed being a beautician for over 15 years and also being at home with her family.

Shirley is survived by her daughters Willean Bowen and her fiancé Sean Warren, Peru, Alice White and her companion Alfonzo Ford, Peru and Maxine White and her companion Troy Sowell; brothers Thomas Kelson and his wife Maxine, Peru, Jimmy Kelsor and his wife Sheila of MI, Vernon Kelsor and his wife Nichelle, Peru, J. E. Kelsor, Peru, Freddie Kelsor and his wife Freda, Peru and Gregory Garnett and his wife Malary, Peru; sisters Pam Riddle, KY, Lamotla Stephenson, KY and Carolyn Bailey, IN; grandchildren Thomas Holman, Alex Burrus, Percell Holman, Alize White, Shirley Morens, Racheal Hayes, Karen Hayes , Jayza Hayes, Oais Cobbin, Jessie White and Jessica White; great-grandchildren Avery Holman and Harper Holman.

John Richard Hoff photo

John Richard Hoff, 79, formerly of Peru, Indiana stepped into the loving arms of his Savior Jesus Christ at 4:45 am on September 21, 2018, in Cassopolis, Michigan with family and loved ones gathered around him.

John was born in Miami County, Indiana on October 9, 1938, to Harold Robert & Frances Lucille (Ege) Hoff. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife.

He married his high school sweetheart Judith Arlene Johnson on February 22, 1959, with whom he celebrated 58 years of marriage. He is survived by sons; Jeffrey A. (wife Margie) of New Hope, MN, James R. of Cassopolis, MI, Jason P. (wife Dana) of New Waverly, IN, and John K. of Cassopolis, MI; grandchildren Elizabeth Kallestad, New Hope, MN, Christopher Hoff, Crystal, MN, Amanda Hoff, South Bend, IN, Daniel Copeland (wife Kayla), Wabash, IN, Jason M. and Dylan Hoff, Peru, IN, Cody and Alec Hoff, Cassopolis, MI; great-grandchildren Savanna Kallestad, Colleyville, TX and Hayden Copeland, Wabash, IN; brother Robert L. Hoff, Peru, IN, sister Edna M. Pearce, Colorado Springs, CO; former daughters-in-law Della Barr (Bill), Peru, IN, and Carmen Hewitt (Dave), Elkhart, IN.

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Janet K. Dixon, 75, of Kokomo, IN passed away at 6:25 AM, Friday, September 21, 2018, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Kokomo. She was born in Peru, on September 1, 1943, the daughter of Leonard and Mae Belle Nelson Venice. Janet married Harry Dixon at the St. Charles Catholic Church on December 19, 1964, and he survives.

Janet was the Financial Controller for Mier Products in Kokomo In. for 27 years. She loved her job, and time with everyone within the company. Her creative abilities in music, cooking, sewing, and genealogy were admired. She loved being a Mom to all her family, and a friend all those who knew her. She will be missed by her faithful companion Desi, her dog that was always by her side.

In addition to Harry, she is survived by daughters Cheryl Bays and her husband Mark of Kokomo, and Jennifer Dronet and her husband Sean of Kokomo; son Gregg Dixon and his wife Maribeth of Kokomo; grandchildren Emily (Matthew) Fackler, Allison (Dakota) Bays, Mitchell Dixon, Kelsey Dixon, Maxwell Dixon, Andrew Dronet, Luka Dronet, Savannah Alley, Riley Dronet, Leighton Alley, Nathalia Dronet , Benjamin Dronet and Nicholas Dronet; great-grandchildren Gianna Hoover and Daisy Barton; sisters Mary Jo Tully, Peru, Barbara (Spencer) Hayes, Phoenix, AZ, Judy (Cliff) Owen of Peru, a brother Robert (Becky) Venice of Cottage Grove, OR, and a sister- in- law Karen “Cindy” Yoder of Peru.

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Samuel LeRoy Wilson, 75, passed away on September 19, 2018, at his residence in Peru, Indiana.  He was born in Peru on February 18, 1943, to John Charles and Beulah (McGue) Wilson. He married Dianna Arwood on September 21, 1963, who survives him.

Sam retired from Chrysler after 30 years of service. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed bird watching and sitting outdoors with his beloved Boxer dogs. He spent much of his time playing games with his family and keeping up on current news events.

He is also survived by his children: Tony Wilson (wife Dona Lamb Wilson), Matthew Wilson (wife Sheila Ragan Wilson), and Katrina (Wilson) Baker (husband Jim Baker). In addition, Sam has 8 grandchildren: Chas Wilson, Brook Wilson, Danny Fisher, Addaley Baker, Cossette Wilson, Emma Baker, Hannah Baker, and Sam Baker. He has 4 great-grandchildren.

Darrell Trexler photo

Darrell Trexler, 75, of Peru, passed away at home on Monday, September 17, 2018, after a long battle with lung cancer and COPD.

He liked the outdoors, camping, and fishing.

He was born in Peru on March 10, 1943, to Cecil Trexler Sr. and Vonda Correll Trexler.

He was married in February 1965 in Peru to Judith “Kit” Conrad. They had a son, Rodney and a daughter, Kristi.

In 1974, in Reno, NV he married Terrene Moran Wilkerson. They had a son, Jeffrey. Darrell had previously lived in Redwood City, CA, Reno, NV, and Black Mountain, NC.