Robert McKinley

Robert L. McKinley went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Peru on December 31, 1940, to Lloyd & Jesse (Hinkle) McKinley. Bob (“Big Mac”) graduated from Peru High School in 1959. On April 25, 1964, he married Florence Yoder, whom he fondly referred to as “Flossie.” Bob worked for Essex Wire and retired from General Tire.

An avid Notre Dame Fan, he never turned down an opportunity to attend a football game, no matter how many hours or signs it took to find tickets. Bob could often be found at the Peru Ball Park, whether he was playing or watching he did it with passion - often acting as the bleacher umpire. Also, attending the IU and Kentucky all-star game with friends and cheering for his beloved Hoosiers was a highlight each year.

Erma Becraft

Erma Becraft, 84, of Peru, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at her residence.

She was born in Peru on May 15, 1935, to General and Martha (Clemons) Jones. She married Earl Edward Becraft in 1951. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2014. A housewife and mother, Erma enjoyed reading, gardening, and canning. She lived in Peru all of her life.

She is survived by her children: Gail (Walt) Overly, Charles (Karen) Becraft, Patricia (Randy) Rader, Steven (Lou) Becraft, Brenda (Jerry) Boggs, and Debra (Robert) Hollon, all of Peru; as well as 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Bob (Kay) Jones, sisters Ann Helton of New Waverly, and Sue Gibson (companion Arwood) of Peru; and sister-in-law Bonnie Edgerly.

Mary Bowland

Mary K. Bowland, 87, of Amboy, IN passed away Thursday morning, March 26, 2020, at Century Villa in Greentown, IN. She was born in Huntington, IN on August 27, 1932, the daughter of Jace and Grace Carl Howard, Jr.

Mary graduated from Sweetser High School in 1950 and soon after, married Lowell Eugene Bowland on June 23, 1950, in Marion, IN.

She was a lifelong homemaker and member of the Amboy Methodist Church. She thoroughly enjoyed reading and planting flowers.

Mary is survived by her husband, Gene, children; Terry (Lucy) Bowland of Amboy, Steve (Debra) Bowland of Amboy, Jerry (Marsha) Bowland of Amboy, Jeffry (Julie) Bowland of Kokomo and Kenneth Bowland of Olive Branch, Mississippi, sisters; Lois (Charles) Kelley of Sweetser, Patricia (Dale) Gabler of Lincoln, Nebraska and a brother, John (Loretta) Howard of Amboy, grandchildren; Ryan Bowland and Tracy, Kevin (Christy) Bowland, April (Dennis) Childers, Rebecca Bowland, Jason (Lelia) Bowland, Haley Bowland, Melissa (Jason) Wolfe, Michael (Sara) Bowland and Lindsay Bolinger and 13 great-grandchildren.

Keith Thompson

Keith J. Thompson, 81, of Peru, went home to be with the Lord early Thursday morning, March 26th at his home. He was born on October 17, 1938, in Sheridan, Indiana to the late Howard N. and Dortha H. (Phillips) Thompson. He married Diane Jean Mattingly on May 27, 1977, at Eastlawn Wesleyan Church in Indianapolis and she survives.

Keith was a graduate of Sheridan High School and attended IUPUI. He was a member of the E.A.A. (Experimental Aircraft Association) and College Corner Brethren Church. He enjoyed motorcycle trips and woodworking. He served his country in the United States National Guard for nine years. Keith retired from Countrymark with 48 year’s service as a supervisor.

Surviving family include his wife Diane Thompson, Peru; his children, Aaron Keith Thompson, Benjamin Lee Thompson, and Marcia Ann Thompson; his grandchildren, Kaymi Marie, Laney Ann, Avery Aaron, and Tyler Keith.

Delores (Daugherty) Fitzpatrick

Delores (Daugherty) Fitzpatrick, 94, of Kokomo, Indiana, moved to Paradise with Jesus Christ on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

She was born in Burbank, Ohio on October 12, 1925, to Narola (Luke) Daugherty and Ray Daugherty. She was the owner and accountant of Wholesale Auto Supply in Kokomo.

Delores was a member of Bunker Hill First Baptist Church. Her faith in Jesus Christ was obvious to all who knew her. She lived her life as a servant to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a full-time volunteer at Bacone Indian University in Muskogee, OK, Templed Hills church camp in Livingston, MT, and most recently, Tippecanoe Baptist Camp in North Webster, IN.

Tamara Blair

March 20, 2020, Tamara "Toni" Blair passed away at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne with family by her side.

Toni was born on September 27, 1942, in Nikolaev, Ukraine. As their country was at war, Toni and her family were displaced and came to America on April 9, 1950.

Her parents Antonina and Peter Baribin yearned for a better life filled with opportunities in the United States. As their ship came into Ellis Island, mom said she could see Statue of Liberty waving her in and welcoming her to America! Toni grew up in Peru, Indiana and proudly became a U.S. citizen.

She was a graduate of Peru High School, traveled and lived in California and Chicago before marrying Phillip "Spanky" Blair on April 16, 1963.

Together they made their home and family in Peru. Toni spent her adult life as a waitress at The Siding, a Real Estate Agent/Broker at Gallahan Real Estate and later at Toni Blair Realty. She was proud of her work and spent many hours working tirelessly finding people their forever homes. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and various organizations.

Betty Graves

Betty I. Graves, 92, of Peru, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was born in Peru on August 12, 1927, to Walter and Helen (Mooney) Rader. She married George Graves, and he preceded her in death on August 8, 2005. A homemaker and a simple woman, Betty enjoyed baking, cooking, and gardening.

She is survived by her children, Dennis Graves (companion Dennis Leatherman) of Peru, Mike Graves (companion Sara Wooten) of Bunker Hill, and son Rick Graves’ companion Mary Sparks; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother Bill Rader of Florida, and a sister Pauline Tucker of Peru.

Danny Mooney

Danny Lee Mooney, 87, of Peru, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

The son of the late Charles Clifford and Anna Mary (Fenton) Mooney, was born on November 16, 1933, in Peru, Indiana. In 1959, he married Carol Mooney and she preceded him in death on June 20, 2019. He is survived by his children: Melissa (Tom) Carter of Peru, Danny Mooney of Peru, and Mark (Tammy) Mooney of St. Louis, Missouri. Also, grandchildren: Daniel Mooney, Matthew Mooney, Anna Mooney, and Jessica Carter; as well as sibling, Rick (Sally) Mooney. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, five brothers: Charles “Chuck”, Tom, Dick, Richard, and Larry; and one sister, Janice.