Obituaries - Porter County

1999-03-27T00:00:00Z Obituaries - Porter County
March 27, 1999 12:00 am

Beatrice "Bea" G. Crippen


Beatrice "Bea" G. Crippen, 92, of Valparaiso, passed away Thursday, March 25,

1999 at home. She was born February 13, 1907 in Stillwell, IN, the daughter of

Lewis and Hattie (Rang) Harness and graduated from Stillwell

High School in 1925. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in

Valparaiso, United Methodist Women, Valparaiso Womens' Club, P.E.O. Chapter

"J" and Order of the Eastern Star-LaPorte Chapter. On April 25, 1930 she

married Howard H. Crippen who

preceded her in death in 1968. Survivors include one son, Howard Crippen II of

Clearwater Beach, FL; one niece, Beulah Ann (George) Becker of LaCrosse; two

grandsons, Howard (Kim) Crippen and Scott Crippen and two great-grandchildren,

Howard and Carly. She

was also preceded in death by one brother, Gerald Harness.

Funeral services will be held Monday 11 A.M. at First United Methodist Church

in Valparaiso, IN, Rev. David Byrum officiating, with burial at Graceland

Cemetery. Visitation Monday 9 to 11 a.m. at

the church. Memorials are encouraged to First United Methodist Church of

Valparaiso. Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso.

Mary Ellen Hicks

Spencer / Gary, IN

Mary Ellen Hicks, 88, of Spencer, IN formerly of Gary, IN (lived in Gary

1929-1968) passed

away March 19, 1999 at Gosport Nursing Home. She was born February 16,1911 in

Cobden, Illinois to John and Dicie Glasford. She was married to Sam Hicks. She

was affiliated with Spencer Christian Church and was a homemaker. Survivors:

daughter Bonnie (Phil)

Fraser of Spencer, IN; son Jerry (Patti) Hicks of Hobart, IN; sister, Thelma

Craddock of Cambria, Illinois; seven grandchildren and three great

grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Sam in 1987.

Graveside service was held on Tuesday, March

23,1999, at Evergreen Cemetery in Makanda, Illinois.


Herbert A. Lautz, M.D.


Herbert A. Lautz, M.D., 77, of Munster, Indiana, passed away at his home

on Friday, March 26, 1999. He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis; two


daughters, Donna Herwarth of Gun Lake, Michigan and Christine Lautz of

Waterford, Connecticut; three loving sons, Richard (Lucinda) Lautz of

Indianapolis, David (Lisa) Lautz, M.D. of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and Stephen

(Maureen) Lautz of Munster; 12 grandchildren;

one sister, Jean (John) Burroughs of Barrington, Illinois and one nephew, James

Burroughs of Clarendon Hill, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 29, 1999, 11 a.m. at the

Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, Indiana.

Burial will take place at the Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Indiana.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Dr. Lautz became an Eagle Scout in 1937. He was active in Boy Scouts of

America for over 55 years, Troop

Leader in Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts, Past Council President and member of the

Executive Board of Scouting and served as a physician for four jamboree's

(National and International). He served in the U.S. Air Corps as a Flight

Surgeon in World War II and

practiced medicine from 1952-1985 in the Calumet Area. In lieu of flowers,

donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Munster Council in his

loving memory.

Roy Almeron Myers


Roy Almeron Myers, 78, of Chesterton,

went home to be with his Lord and Savior on the 25th Day of March at Porter

Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. He was born October 17, 1920 the son of Clarence

L. and Edith (Gray) Myers. A Chesterton resident for 15 years, formerly of

Portage and Miller, he was

married on February 26, 1941 to Martha Francis Wampler. He was employed as a

purchasing agent for the Budd Company for 25 years. A longtime member of the

Portage First Church of the Nazarene where he was very active as a Church Board

member and a tremendous

Bus Ministry worker. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman and he loved

tubing and fishing the Kankakee River. Roy is survived by his beloved wife,

Martha, of Chesterton, loving father of his children: two sons, James A. Myers

of Phoenix, Arizona and Charles

L. (LuAnn) Myers of Valparaiso and four daughters, Patricia (Keith) Downey of

Valparaiso, Phyllis (Tom) Fish of Carmel, Indiana, Marilyn (Jack) Proctor of

Murphyreesboro, Tennessee and Linda Smith of Portage; Precious grandfather of

16 grandchildren, great

grandfather of 12 and great grandchildren; one brother, Richard Lee (Nancy)

Myers of Jackson Township and one nephew, Rick Myers of Valparaiso.

A visitation will be held Sunday, March 28th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at

Engel Funeral Home, 2700 Willowcreek

Road, Portage. A funeral service will be held Monday, March 29, 1999 at 10:30

a.m. from the Portage First Church of the Nazarene, 3134 Swanson Avenue,

Portage, IN, with Pastor Duane Schmidt officiating. Interment in McCool

Cemetery, Portage. For information

call 219-762-8595.

Mary Louise Popp


Mary Louise Popp, 75, of Portage passed away Wednesday, March 24, 1999. She

was born November 16, 1923 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, the daughter of

Nicholas and Dominica (D'Orazio) DeYuliis. A Portage resident

for 31 years formerly of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, she was married July 1,

1950 in Monongahela to Dan Popp. He preceded her in death May 28, 1985. She was

a graduate of high school and Purdue University Calumet. She was employed as a

nurse for St. Mary Medical

Center and a member of Nativity of Our Saviour Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son, Daniel N. (Bonita) Popp of Westville; her

daughter, Delores (Larry) Bellar of Portage; grandchildren, Kimberly, Danna and

Daniel, Jr., Larry (Christy) Jr., David

and Natalie; her brother, John (Evelyn) DeYuliis of Monongahela, Pennsylvania;

her sister, Rose (Lou) Champ of New Bedford, Pennsylvania; nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dan; brother, James and sister,


A visitation

will be held Friday, March 26, 1999 at Engel Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 6 to

8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 27, 1999 at 11:30 a.m. at

Engel Funeral Home and 12:00 p.m. at Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church

with Rev. Pat Kalich

officiating. Interment in Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso. For information

please call Engel Funeral Home, 2700 Willowcreek Road, Portage, Indiana.



Nicholas H. Ridder


Nicholas H. Ridder, 84, of Lansing passed away Thursday,

March 25, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Edith (nee Fennema); two sons,

James (Carolyn) and Gene (Catherine); five grandchildren, Brian Ridder,

Kristine (Bill) Holland, Laura, Amy and Jillian Ridder; two brothers, Henry

(Beatrice) Ridder and Dr. Herman

(Lenora) Ridder; one sister, Joan (Robert) Zeldenrust; numerous nieces and


Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 29, 1999 at 11 a.m. from the

First Reformed Church of Lansing with Rev. Kenneth Kuiper and Rev. Jacob

Dykstra officiating.

Burial at Oakridge Cemetery, Lansing. Friends may call at the Schroeder-Lauer

Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Ridder was an Army Veteran World War II; the former owner of Ridder Real

Estate and Insurance Company in Lansing;

past president of the Lansing Board of Realtors and a lifelong member of the

First Reformed Church of Lansing where he had served as a deacon and Sunday

School superintendent. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rest Haven

Christian Services.


E. Roorda


Evelyn E. Roorda, 91, formerly of DeMotte, passed away on March 24, 1999

at her residence at Chicagoland Christian Village where she had lived for three

years. Born August 16, 1907, the daughter of Glen and Golda Fanhon. Evelyn had

been a resident of DeMotte since 1941. On June 14, 1928 in Mishawaka, Indiana,

she married Melvin Kelly who preceded her in death in 1944. On May 4, 1948 she

married Donald J. Roorda. He preceded her in death, June 14, 1995. She was a

reporter for the Post

Tribune and the Kankakee Valley Post, a member of the American Reformed Church,

DeMotte, DeMotte Town Historian, Royal Neighbors Camp 7874, Northwestern

Genealogical Society, DeMotte, Wheatfield and Rensselaer Senior Citizens and

DeMotte Friends of the Library,

Jasper County and DeMotte Historical Societies. Surviving are two sons, Richard

(Beverly) Kelly of Crown Point and Ronald Jack (Carol) Kelly of San Bernardino,

CA; grandchildren, Robert Kelly of AR, Debbie (Dale) Morgan, Pam (Lyle) Heick,

Missie (Phil) Wilbanks,

Jackie and Glenn Lang, Sharon Kelly and Rick Kelly of Crown Point, Cathy

(Darren) Dayton of AZ and Laurie Brewer of CA; 16 great-grandchildren and

several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by one son, Robert Kelly in 1961

and one sister.

Friends may

call Sunday, March 28, 1999 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Family Service

Funeral Home, Todd-Miller Chapel, DeMotte, IN. Royal Neighbors Memorial Service

will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the chapel on Monday,

March 29, 1999 at 11 a.m.

with Pastor Zach Pryor and Pastor John Weeks officiating. Burial will follow in

DeMotte Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Chicagoland Christian Village.

George P. Schane Jr.


George P. Schane, Jr., 74 of Valparaiso, died on Thursday,

March 25, 1999 in Porter Memorial Hospital. Born in Montana on July 23, 1924,

the son of the late George and Rosetta (Kuhn) Schane. Lifetime employee of

Urschel Laboratories where he was a tool and dye maker. Survived by two

daughters, Michelle (Jim) Wisz

of Valparaiso and Suzanne (Walter) Kosovich of Greenfield, IN; one son, George

P. (Kathy) Schane III of Knightstown, IN; and seven grandchildren. He was

preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea Schane.

No visitation or services. Cremation, Calvary Crematory,

Portage, IN. Arrangements by Dykes Funeral Home, 2305 No. Campbell Street,

Valparaiso, IN. 219-462-3125.

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