Emil G. Rocheford

Emil G. Rocheford, 81, of Bunker Hill, passed away on May 18, 2019, with his loving wife and son by his side. Emil was born on Feb. 22, 1938, in Worcester, MA to the late Emil Sr. and Esther Rocheford.

Emil is retired Senior Master Sergeant, 26 years before retiring at Grissom AFB. His specialty was Radio Communications Operator on KC135 aircraft. He is a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a recipient of the Flying Cross. He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his friends and his loved ones.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Karin Rocheford, Bunker Hill, son; Dennis (Lisa) Rocheford, Pembroke, NH, two sisters; Joyce (Lloyd) Morin, East Douglas, MA and Debbie Rocheford, Worcester, MA, two grandsons; Jeremy (Peaches) Rocheford, North Andover, MA ad Keehan Rocheford, Kokomo, 2 great-granddaughters; Audrey and Cedena Rocheford, North Andover, MA, daughter in law; Pam Rocheford, Kokomo.

Pat Young

Pat Young passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL at the age of 90.

She was born to Alonzo and Gladys Moses in Thurmond, WV. Pat graduated from Mt. Hope High School and Huntington Beauty School. She owned and operated the Chateau Beauty Salon in Peru. She was a member of and Sunday school teacher at Main St. United Methodist Church. Pat also was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She enjoyed golf, traveling, crossword puzzles, and watching her grandkids play sports.

Pat is survived by her husband Jack Young of Peru, her sons Dr. Michael Young and his wife Donna of Clayton GA, and Dr. Gary Young and his wife Kathy of Oklahoma City, OK. She had 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Charles "Charlie" Garber Jr.

Charles "Charlie" Garber Jr., 95, returned to his heavenly home on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported and gave him peace.

Charlie was born to the late Charles Henry Garber Sr. and Mae Forrest (Waisner) Garber in Bunker Hill, Indiana on October 21, 1923. He was immersed in the Christian community that would be his lifelong support. He graduated from Bunker Hill High School in 1941. Charlie worked at Haynes International as a group leader for over 44 years.

Charlie received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1943. During his life, Charlie was a trustee at the Bunker Hill First Baptist Church for several years. He also attended the Assembly of God and Abundant Life Church, where he was a very active member for many years. Pastor Charlie, office staff, and members of the Abundant Life Church were involved in his life. They have blessed him on many occasions.

Charles was a great lover of sports serving 31 years as an IHSAA certified official from 1943 to 1974 in basketball and baseball. Charles also was a Bunker Hill Little League manager for 12 years, just when this program was started. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was a member of the Bunker Hill Fish & Game Club.

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Larry Ellers, 73, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home.

He was born on February 13, 1946, to Harrell D. and Blanche Marie (Powell) Ellers. Larry had been a resident at Hickory Creek at Peru since November 1992. Both Larry and his beloved mother were residents at Hickory Creek until her passing.

Larry so loved his Lord Jesus Christ. When pastors or music groups would come to sing, Larry would clap his hands and he would make his joyful sound. Larry could not talk but only a very few single words. But, his love for the Lord would overflow from his heart with the most beautiful sound you could ever hear.

Larry began his job service at Bona Vista in October of 1994 and continued there as a client until his passing. He would get upset if he could not go to work because of health reasons or holiday closings. He loved his job and he loved the other clients and the staff at Bona Vista.

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Garry Smolinski, 61, of Peru passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo.

He was born in Gary, Indiana on December 30, 1957, to Casmir and Rosemary Smolinski. A kind-hearted animal lover, Garry was a self-employed horse trainer.

He is survived by his life partner of 44 years, Tom Sapp; a brother Danny Smolinski; a sister Barbara Robinson; and niece and nephew Cortney Robinson and Casey Robinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as a brother John Smolinski.

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Henry Jesse McVay Jr., 58, of Peru, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019, with his loving wife by his side. Jesse was born on May 12, 1960, in Eustis FL to Henry Jesse McVay Sr. and Joan Hobdy, both survive.

Jesse is a 1979 graduate of Peru High School. He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his loved ones. He was an OTR truck driver for 18 years before becoming a Juvenile Corrections Officer for the last 4 years he could work.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Julie (Lewis) McVay, Peru, daughters; Annie McVay, Peru and Tabitha Pennington, Eustis, FL, step-daughter; Jennifer Acuna, Peru and step-son; Adam Stone, Peru, two sisters; Malinda and Nancy and granddaughters; Aliyah, Zenia, Scarlett and Stella Acuna.

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Ronald C. Jones, 63, of Peru, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne. He was born February 18, 1956, in Peru, to the late Clay and Alberta (Boyer) Jones.

Ron was a 1975 graduate of North Miami High School and later attended Ivy Tech and studied Automotive Technology. Ron really enjoyed going fishing, Nascar, music and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife; Sandy Jones, beloved dog; “Sugar”, three daughters; Kim (Jeff) Jones-Roberts, Peru, Julie Jones, Peru and Alicia Jones, Warsaw, grandchildren; Cheyenne Jones and Jacquelin Cook, great-grandson; Lukas Brousseau, three brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

Patricia Ann McPherson

Patricia Ann McPherson
June 23, 1938 – May 5, 2019

An angel got her wings on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 9:22 pm. She was our mom, our granny Pat, and our Aunt Patty. She loved her family and never met a stranger. She had a servant’s heart. She was loved by her family and everyone who met her. She always had a smile, a hug, and love in her heart.

She was born on June 23, 1938, in French Lick, Indiana to Everett and Myrtle (Royer) Wortinger. She married Jack McPherson, and he preceded her in death on April 13, 2009. She retired as a sales clerk at the S&J Convenience Store in Sweetser, Indiana, and was a member of the Oakdale Baptist Church.

She loved to be in the kitchen cooking or baking for anyone and everyone. Mac and cheese, peanut butter fudge, and banana pudding were some of her favorites to make.