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Abraham, Walter August  
Walter August Abraham, 98 Walter August Abraham, 98, of Morocco, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8:43 p.m., in Franciscan Health Rensselaer, Rensselaer, IN. He was born August 29, 1917 in Lowell, Indiana to the late Joseph G. and Josephine Govert Abraham. Walt owned and operated the Abraham Grain Elevator, Morocco, IN for 25 years. He enjoyed fishing and Hunting. On April 10, 1941 in Lowell, IN he married Dorothy Mae Lynch, and she preceded him in death on January 21, 2012 in Brook, IN. Walt is survived by one daughter, Sharon Brown, (husband Lynn), Morocco, IN and one son, Roger Abraham, (wife, Tanja) , Littleton, CO. Grandfather of 4 and Great Grandfather of 12, one brother, Joseph Abraham Jr, Lowell, IN. and preceded in death by one Great Grandson, one Brother and one Sister. There will be no visitation, a funeral Mass will take place on Friday, April 29, 2016 at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Lowell, IN, at 11:00 am (CDT) with Rev. Ted Nordquist, officiating. Graveside services will follow at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery, Lowell, IN. Memorials may be given in his name to St. Agusta Catholic Church, Lake Village, IN. Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, IN in charge of local arrangements.
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 23 to Apr. 27, 2016
Ahlrichs, James  
James Ahlrichs, 87, West Lafayette, died 04-22-2016. Arrangements: Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care..
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 24, 2016
Ahlrichs, James Lloyd  
James Lloyd Ahlrichs, 87 James Lloyd Ahlrichs, 87, West Lafayette, IN, died April 22, 2016 at The Springs at Lafayette. James Ahlrichs was born September 13, 1928 at home on a farmstead near Palmer, Iowa. He walked to a one-room country school for his elementary education and was a 1946 graduate of Manson (Iowa) High School. He earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Iowa State and a Ph.D. in 1962 from Purdue University. He advanced to Professor of Agronomy in 1969 and was awarded Professor Emeritus on his retirement in 1991. He dedicated his career to teaching and research in Soil Science, and received many professional and teaching awards during his career. After his retirement, Purdue University included him in the "Book of Great Teachers", with his name cast on a plaque in the Memorial Union. James had an insatiable curiosity about the world, and his life both took him to the far corners of the earth and brought intellectuals from every continent to the family kitchen table. He was intensely interested in the life and times of everyone around him. He travelled overseas multiple times, on sabbatical with his family, with other agricultural professionals, and in retirement for the pure fun of exploration. His was a complex journal of life. Always a farm boy, he could fix most things and found pleasure in small details. Flying kites with kids, planting trees with friends, inviting new church acquaintances home for lunch or new students home for supper. He was a founding member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church. Late in life, he volunteered for many organizations, working as a docent in the founding of the Farm at Prophetstown and organizing quilt production for Lutheran World Relief, done in the church basement. Quilts he assembled touched every corner of the world. He married the first woman he ever dated, Kristina Jorgenson, on June 19, 1952 in Ames, Iowa. After her passing in 2002, he married Susan Axtell on June 5, 2005. Surviving with his wife Susan are children, John S. Ahlrichs (Kellen Sullivan) of Berlin, Germany, Karl J, Ahlrichs (Barbara) of Carmel, IN, Kristi A. Sherman (Todd) of Fairbanks, AK, Gretchen A. Vachon (Mike) of Yakima, WA, and Charlotte Rohloff (Ralph) of Merritt Island, FL. The family also includes Susan's children, Cathy Axtell (Robert Cramblitt) of St Louis, MO, John Axtell (Terri) of Summit, NJ and Laura Axtell of Edina, MN, plus many wonderful grandchildren. He is also survived by brother David Ahlrichs (Marcia) of Rockwell City, IA, sister Rachael Gerdes (Don) of Round Rock, TX and sister-in-law Ruth Ahlrichs (Kansas City, KS). He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Tena Ahlrichs and brothers Loren Ahlrichs of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and John Ahlrichs who died as an infant. A memorial service will be held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in West Lafayette on April 30 at 3 pm, with a reception following in place of a calling. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, consider making memorial contributions in his memory to The Sherry Fulk-Bringman Scholarship in Agronomy at Purdue University ( http://giving.purdue.edu/fulkbringman ). Sherry was a long term colleague who was instrumental in the success of the departmental soils teaching program. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 25, 2016
Anderson, Marsha Anne  
Marsha Anne Anderson, 71 Marsha Anne Anderson, 71, of Lafayette, died Saturday April 23, 2016. Friends may call at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, 1104 Columbia St., Lafayette from 5 until 7 PM Friday April 29. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday April 30 in St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lafayette. For the complete obituary, please go to www.hahngroeberfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 27, 2016
Arvin, William  
William Arvin, 91 William Arvin, 91, of Delphi, passed away at 6:55 pm, Monday, April 18th at Monticello Healthcare after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Bill was born May 31, 1924 in Burlington to the late George William (Will) and Gertrude Louise Hale Arvin. He was the youngest of 3 siblings, Ina Brown (husband: Harold), Clarence Arvin (wife: Mary) and Irene Landis (husband: William). Shortly after Bill graduated from the Rossville Class of 1942 and at the age of 19, he entered the Army. He received his basic training at Camp Swift, Texas, where he received sharp shooting medals for rifle and pistol shooting. From Camp Swift, Texas he was transferred to Illinois Institute of Technology where he was taking an engineering course. Before he could finish his engineering course, Bill was called for active duty. His 96th Infantry Division arrived in Hawaii on July 31st, 1944. He was soon given the duty of running communication lines to the front combat infantry and ranked Communication Sergeant. His unit, the 381st, fought bloody battles on Leyte, Okinawa and arrived in Mindoro, Philippines August 1st, 1945 where stationed at the end of war. On February 6, 1946 he arrived back in the USA. William received ribbons for the American Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with 2 Bronze Stars. He also received medals for Good Conduct, the Bronze Arrowhead and the World War II Victory Medal. On January 10th, 2001 the 96th Infantry Division received the Presidential Unit Citation for its heroic service during the Battle of Okinawa. Bill was a member of The American Legion, a lifetime member of The Veterans of Foreign War and the 96th Infantry Division Deadeye Association. Bill and Alice enjoyed traveling to various locations to attend the 96th Association Reunion, meeting up with Bill's war buddies. Bill married Alice Pender on December 31, 1948. She preceded him in death on February 15, 2012. They resided in Pyrmont before moving to North Webster to work for Bill's brother-in-law and sister, Ina and Harold Brown. They owned and operated the Brown Molasses Company that produced a feed additive for livestock. In 1965, Bill and Alice moved to rural Delphi and purchased a farm. They raised livestock and crops. During the off season Bill worked for Myer's Shell Station pumping gas. When the opportunity arose, he and John Hufford started working together trucking. Bill later started his own trucking business and retired from trucking to farm full time in 1968 then, retired from farming in 2001. In their later years they spent the winters in Leesburg, Florida, where they loved to fish and spend time with their Florida friends. Due to declining health Bill and Alice moved to Carroll Manor where they resided from 2008 to 2012. Bill greatly loved his family and the times he spent with them. The family get-togethers, fishing and camping were the highlight of his life. He was our family's hero and will be greatly missed. Surviving are his daughter; Donna Jean Sales and Son-In- Law; Robert Charles Sales of Delphi, grandchildren; William Kent Sales (wife: Jennifer) of Delphi and Anita Louise Hoshaw (husband: Todd) of Lebanon, 6 great-grandchildren; Alison Renea Million, Morgan Trey Hoshaw, Morgan Taylor Cook, Haley Erin Sales, Makayla Arvin Cook and Katie Rose Hoshaw, 1 sister-in-law; Mary Jane Arvin of Mulberry, and 2 nephews; William (Bill) Brown (wife: Angie) and Jerry Arvin (wife: Janet). He was preceded in death by all 3 siblings; Ina Brown, Clarence Arvin and Irene Landis as well as 3 nieces; Janie Arvin, Sharon Byrkett and Patrica Carr. Celebration of Life will for William will be held at the Carroll County Court House, 101 West Main Street, Delphi, IN 46923 on Sunday, May 1st at 4:00pm with calling starting at 2:00pm. He will be laid to rest with full military honors at IOOF Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers that family has asked a donation be made to Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 or to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675. Please visit William's online guestbook, www.indianafuneralcare.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2016
Baker, Judith A.  
Judith A. "Judy" Baker, 72 Judith A. "Judy" Baker, age 72, of Lafayette, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 at her residence. Born on June 1, 1943 in Lafayette, she was the daughter of the late David Richards and Mary (Bohan) Richards. She was a 1961 graduate of Central Catholic High School. She married David Baker on April 19, 1980 in Lafayette and he survives. Judy was an accounting clerk for 27 years with Journal and Courier and retired in 2001. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking. She loved spending time with her family. Surviving with her husband are her children: Kelly Nance (husb. Denny) and David McMurray (wife: Angela) both of Lafayette, two siblings: Gery Richards (wife: Stephanie) of Colorado Springs, CO and Susan Johnson (husb: Eric) of Wheaton, IL, four grandchildren: Tyler Nance, Morgan Nance, Hannah Nance and Channing McMurray, and one great-granchild: Abel Collins. She was preceded in death by a brother: Jerry Richards. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016 at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 612 Wabash Avenue, Lafayette, IN. Rev. Fr. Dominic Young officiating with interment at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Hippensteel Funeral home entrusted with care. Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or St. Matthew's Care & Share Soup Kitchen. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier on May 1, 2016
Beck, Gerald Lee  
Gerald Lee Beck, 86, Lafayette, died 04-29-2016. Arrangements: Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel.
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Published in the Journal & Courier on May 1, 2016
Beecher, Vickie L.  
Vickie L. Beecher 66 Vickie Lynn Beecher, 66, of Lafayette, IN, died Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at her home. She was born September 18, 1949, in Payne, Ohio, to the late Harry and Helen McCallum Cluts. Vickie was employed by the Salvation Army, in Lafayette, as head secretary and retired in 2012. Her marriage was to John F. Beecher III and he survives. Vickie enjoyed cross stitching, reading, gardening, puzzles and restoring antique funiture. Surviving are her sons Matthew Wells (wife Richelle), Andrew Beecher all of Lafayette and grand daughters Abagail and Emma Wells. Also surviving is her aunt Lorraine McCallum, and her uncle Bob Wannemacher both of Payne OH. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Those wishing may contribute to Natalie's Second Chance No Kill Shelter or to the family to help with expenses. You may sign the guest book and leave memories at www.soller-baker.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 29, 2016
Beecher, Vickie L.  
Vickie L. Beecher, 66, Lafayette, died 04-27-2016. Arrangements: Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel.
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2016
Benkeser, Abigail Marie  
Abigail Marie Benkeser Abigail ("Abbie") Marie Benkeser passed away, surrounded her family, at St. Anthony's Healthcare Center on April 25, 2016. Abbie was born to loving parents Katherine Keough Stone, an elementary school teacher, and Edward Francis Stone, a municipal employee, on February 17, 1921 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Abbie was Baptized and Confirmed at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Holyoke, taking the middle name Marie at her Confirmation. Abbie's three siblings, infant Edward Stone, Katherine ("Kay") Stone Crain and Richard ("Dick") Stone preceded her in death. Abbie obtained a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Massachusetts State College (now University of Massachusetts - Amherst), and obtained a master's degree in mathematical statistics from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. While at Ames, she was introduced to her future, and surviving, husband Dr. Robert ("Bob") Anthony Benkeser. Abbie and Bob were married on October 19, 1946 at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Abbie and Bob moved to West Lafayette, IN in 1946 when Bob joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University. Abbie and Bob had five children: eldest Carol Anne Benkeser Luebke and husband Richard Luebke of Sunriver, OR; Robert Gerard Benkeser and wife Carol of Westlake Village, CA; Paul Joseph Benkeser and wife Peggy of Atlanta, GA; Donald Edward Benkeser and wife Chris of Bowie, MD; and Kenneth James Benkeser and wife Christina of Lake Wylie, SC. Abbie was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Abbie devoted her life to Christian spiritual pursuits with family, friends and the many individuals she ministered to every day. She volunteered daily at St. Anthony's Healthcare facility for almost 30 years, was a founding member of the Blessed Sacrament Church of West Lafayette, IN and worked in support of the Lafayette Catholic School system. A legacy of immigrant heritage and strong faith, Abbie had a passion for social justice, education, women's rights, church reform and theological study. Abbie especially enjoyed spending time with her spiritual son and advisor Father Samuel Kalu. A visitation will be held on Sunday May 1 from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, 1104 Columbia St., Lafayette, IN. A funeral mass will be held at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in West Lafayette, IN on Monday May 2 at 11:00 AM, Fr. Samuel Kalu officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Lafayette, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lafayette Urban Ministry ( www.lumserve.org ). Memories may be posted online at www.hahngroeberfuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 27, 2016
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