Barry Kent Worl photo

Barry Kent Worl, 69, of Bunker Hill passed away onto his heavenly home with his loved ones surrounding him at his residence on July 14, 2018.

He was born in 1949 in Peru to the late Weldon and Esther (Shively) Worl. He attended Clay Township and graduated from Maconaquah High School in 1967. On May 17, 1974, in Peru, he married Jeryl Gochenour and she survives.

Barry worked at International in Peru and went on to work at Marburger Foods in 1979. He retired from Marburger, now Smithfield Foods in 2014 after 35 years.

Ida F. Jones photo

Ida F. Jones, 81, of Peru passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018, at Miller’s Merry Manor.

She was born on October 2, 1936, in Leon, Kentucky to Ercel and Rebecca L. (Bailey) Jones. She worked as a customer service representative and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Covington, Kentucky, where she was also a member of the Ruth Class.

Ida is survived by her children, Roberta Ewer of Covington, Kentucky, and William (Bill) Harrison of Newport, Kentucky. Also, surviving are grandchildren Brooke Spangle of Seattle, WA, Lauren Ewer of Seattle, WA, and Cheyenne Harrison of Carollton, KY. Also, special nieces and nephews Loretta Boyle, Marie Stout, and Glenna Rowe.

Donald F. (Guzzy) Brooks photo

Donald F. (Guzzy) Brooks, 84, of Peru passed away at 11:55 am on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at his residence.

He was born in Peru on January 2, 1934, to Alvie and Lucy (Lardino) Brooks. He married Relna Hudson in 1954, and she preceded him in death. Guzzy retired as a cable splicer from Indiana Bell after 30 years of service. He was also a member of the Mexico First Brethren Church. Guzzy was a loving man and spent his winters in Florida for 34 years. He loved playing golf, bacci ball, bingo, and swimming. He also loved hunting with his brothers and sons.

Hilda C. Lopez photo

Hilda C. Lopez, 92, of Peru, passed away at 10:02 P.M., Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru. She was born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba on June 16, 1926, the daughter of Emilio and Natividad Gil Leyva. Hilda married Raphael Lopez in Cienfuegos, Cuba on September 16, 1950, and he preceded her in death on January 21, 2004.

Hilda was a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church and a homemaker. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She along with her children arrived on American soil on July 6th, 1963. Her husband who had escaped the Castro Regime in 1961 was anxiously awaiting their reunion. Together they shared the love of family, unity and the freedom of this country. On November 9, 2012, Hilda became an American Citizen and her lifelong dream was fulfilled. She will always be remembered in her devout faith in the Lord and Christianity as well as her love for her family, friends and her traditional Cuban Cooking that all enjoyed. Hilda was a lover of animals and never hesitated to tell people how fortunate they were to be living in such a wonderful country.

James Michael “Mike” Nice, Sr. photo

James Michael “Mike” Nice, Sr., 65, Peru, passed away at 11:04 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

Born December 11, 1952, in Peru, Indiana, he was the son of the late William James and Iona Grace Nice.

He is survived by his wife, Gracie Nice, Peru; and five children, Jeffrey Keown, Florida; Lisa (Dennis) Sharp; Buford “Bo” Nice, Michael (Rachael) Nice; and Gloria (James) Luke, all of Peru; ten grandchildren; and siblings, David Nice, Terry Nice, Richard Nice, Larry (Toni) Nice, and Jeff Nice, all of Peru; Tim (Michelle) Nice, LaPorte; and Penny (Alan) Young and Becky (Bobby) Brandt, all of Knox.

Marti Lee Hampton Phillips photo

Marti Lee Hampton Phillips, 73, of Peru passed away at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, following a brief illness.

She was born in Wabash, Indiana on April 11, 1945, to Millard G. Hampton and N. Alice (Sircy) Hampton Stark. She graduated from Peru High School in 1963, and graduated from the Cleveland Ohio Clinic School of Medical Technology, American Society of Clinical Pathology as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician in 1964. She married Charles T. Phillips in 1965. They had five children together and divorced in 1990. She went on to graduate from Indiana University with an Associate of Science in Nursing and became a registered nurse in 1994. She was a member of the Indiana Adult Bowling League from 1973-1982, a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association, a member of Bible Baptist Church, and worked at the Dukes Memorial Hospital lab as a certified phlebotomist for over 20 years. Marti worked very hard going back to school to get her nursing degree later in life and was a very dedicated and compassionate nurse.

Mary Ellen Smith photo

Mary Ellen Smith, 100, of Peru, passed away on July 7, 2018, at Miller’s Merry Manor.

She was born in Miami County on June 29, 1918, to John and Mary (Duncan) McHale. She married George M. Smith on December 24, 1936. He preceded her in death in 2001.

Mary Ellen retired as a proofreader from American Stationary in Peru, as well as from the Miami County Treasurer and Auditor’s offices. She is survived by her son, Roger A. Smith (wife Jane) of Indianapolis, as well as four grandchildren: Gregory, Katherine, Amanda, and David Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Charles McHale, a sister Leona Kurz.

Sandra J. Hanley photo

Sandra J. Hanley, 72, of Peru passed away at 6 am on Friday, July 6, 2018, at her residence.

She was born in Peru on April 24, 1946, to Richard Moore and Phyllis Judy Moore. She married Thomas Hanley in 1976, and he preceded her in death. Through the latter part of her life, she enjoyed participating at the Area 5 Senior Center.

Sandra is survived by her children Jeff Hanley of Peru and Shari Hanley of Ohio. Also, surviving are brothers James Moore of Tennessee and David Moore of Macy, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.