Donna Beeson, Danny L. Merkel, Jennie A. Vandermark

Donna Beeson

Donna Beeson, 85, of Winona Lake and a longtime resident of Vincennes, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Donna was born March 25, 1934, in Hartford City, the daughter of Elwood and Geneva (Whybrew) Farr. She graduated from Hartford City High School in 1952 and worked at the Free Methodist denominational headquarters in Winona Lake before marrying Robert Beeson on April 24, 1955. Donna and Bob gave birth to children Lynelle and Duane and lived in Hartford City and Fort Wayne before settling in Vincennes in 1967. Donna was a homemaker and aide in the public school system before becoming an assistant in the Byron R. Lewis Historical Library at Vincennes University, where she enjoyed helping many people research their family histories. She edited the Northwest Trail Tracer for the Northwest Territory Genealogical Society for many years and volunteered at the Knox County Public Library’s McGrady-Brockman House. 

She was very active in the Free Methodist Church, singing in the choir, helping with the children’s ministry, serving in many behind-the-scenes roles and volunteering in the office.

Bob died Dec. 6, 2012. Donna moved to Winona Lake on April 4, 2019, to be closer to family.

Survivors include two children, Lynelle Vogel and her husband, Doug, of Winona Lake, and Duane Beeson and his wife, Aletha, of Orange City, Iowa; six grandchildren, Caleb Vogel, Malea Stoesz and her husband, Evan, Marisa Crofts and her husband, Trenton, Miriam Vogel, Jenna Beeson and Annalise Beeson; sisters-in-law Jennie Hiam, Betty Marshall, Patsy Beeson, Roberta Bockover and Rosemary Bockover Elliott; and brother-in-law Cecil Beeson and his wife, Debbie.

Among the relatives who preceded her in death are her parents; her husband; and her step-mother, Mable Farr.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Monday at Goodwin Family Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St., with the Rev. Dr. Michael Ewert officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 11 a.m. until the hour of services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial gifts will be directed to the Free Methodist Church.

Danny L. Merkel

Danny L. Merkel, 75, of Scotland, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at his residence.

He was born on April 22, 1944 in Odon to Luther and Anna (Haverstock) Merkel. He married his loving wife, Janet (Summerville) Merkel on Sept. 11, 1966. Danny was a member of the Scotland Historical Society, Scotland Cemetery Board, Elmore Township Community Association, National Rifle Association and was a board member of Eastern Heights Utilities Inc.. He enjoyed watching Indiana University basketball, hunting, fishing and auctions. Danny worked at Bierhaus and Sons Distribution Co. and retired from the First National Bank of Odon as a branch manager.

Family left to cherish the memory of Danny includes his wife of 52 years, Janet Merkel; one son, Russell Merkel and his wife, Danielle; two daughters, Denise Merkel and her companion, Steve Bilskie, and Janell Merkel; two grandchildren, Adam Merkel and Collin Merkel; one sister, Joan Richardson; and his nephews, nieces and cousins.

Danny was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Doyle Merkel; and two sisters, Betty Fiscus and Lois Marie Merkel.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Sunday at Meng Family Funeral Home in Odon with Rev. Bob Bruner and Rev. Fred Haywood officiating. Danny will be laid to rest in Scotland Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday and from noon until the hour of services on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scotland Historical Society or the Scotland Cemetery. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Merkel family has entrusted all arrangements to Meng Family Funeral Home.

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Jennie A. Vandermark

Jennie A. Vandermark, 92, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, died on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

She was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church

Survivors include one son, John Vandermark; four daughters, Judy Vandermark, Cindy Vandermark, Donna Vandermark, and Sandra Schultz; one brother, John Liponoga; and four sisters, Bernice Zurek, Pauline Patterson, Helen Hall and Anna Sidell.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. CDT on Monday at the Zion United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. CDT until the hour of services on Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Humane Society. Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Eugene Bartle, 80, of Lawrenceville, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. Arrangements are pending at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home.

Linda Grover Holscher of Vincennes passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Arrangements are pending.

Wesley R. Tumey, 73, of Vincennes, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Arrangements are pending at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home.

Charles Richard “Dick” Waggoner, 80, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Arrangements are pending at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home.


Flummerfelt, Joseph, died March 1. Services: 11 a.m. today at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. Memorials: University of Illinois School of Music Advancement, 1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana, IL 61801 for “Joseph R. Flummerfelt Graduate Choral Music Fund,” or DePauw University, Robert G. Bottoms Alumni and Development Center, 201 E Seminary St., Greencastle, IN 46135, for the “Joseph Flummerfelt Endowed Music Scholarship.”

Hendricks, Ruth, died April 30. Services: 10:30 a.m. today at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials: Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

Hoops, Annetta Kay, died April 28. Visitation: noon to 2 p.m. today at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, Shelbyville. Burial: Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Camp Cocker at Condolences:

Swain, Joseph Franklin, died April 28. Services: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in Blue River Wesleyan Church, Arlington. Burial: Blue River Wesleyan Cemetery. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. today at the Moster Mortuary in Rushville. Memorials: Blue River Wesleyan Church or Rushville Gideons.

Worland, William J., died April 30, 2019. Services: 10 a.m. on Saturday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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