Alan Charles Birchler, 86,
Southern Pines, NC, formerly of Sylvania, OH, passed away
peacefully in hospice Friday morning, June 8th, after a lengthy
decline in health. His wife Molly had been with him before he
passed, along with his daughter Ann.
He was born on April 28, 1932, in
Cleveland, OH, to Charles F. and Annette C. Birchler. In 1950 he
graduated from Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High School. He then
went on to Purdue University, in Lafayette, IN, where he became
a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from Purdue
with a BS degree in mechanical engineering, in 1954. After
graduation, he served two years in the U.S. Army. Then, in 1956,
he joined Cummins Engine Company’s Engine Sales Department,
located in Columbus, IN. In 1963, he was retained by Dana
Corporation, Toledo, OH, from which he retired in 1994. In his
31 years of service to Dana Corp., he served in Sales
Engineering and Sale Administration positions within the Spicer
Transmission and Spicer Heavy Axle Divisions. Since 1960 he has
been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, in which
he served on two committees as Chairman. He was a very involved
alumnus of Purdue University, being a member and past president
of the Purdue Club of Toledo, along with memberships in the John
Purdue Club and the President’s Council of Purdue University. He
was also an ardent supporter of Purdue’s athletic programs, most
particularly, their football program. He was an enthusiastic
golfer, belonging for 35 years to Highland Meadows Golf Club in
Sylvania, OH, as well as being a member of Longleaf Golf Club in
Southern Pines. In 2004, he and his wife, Molly, moved
permanently to Southern Pines, where he became a congregant of
the Village Chapel of Pinehurst. They also established the Bill
Birchler Scholarship at the Sandhills Community College of
He is survived by his loving
wife, Molly Thomas. His son, Bill Birchler, predeceased him, but
he is also survived by daughter Ann Birchler (Roger Randall) and son Tom Birchler
(Melanie), both of Alexandria, VA, daughter Nancy Flis (Dan) of Chantilly, VA, grandson
Bill Birchler, also of Alexandria, VA, step-sons Marty Thomas and Boyd Thomas, and
There will be a private graveside
service on Friday, June 15th, at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.
Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.
Peter Ster, 92, of Columbus, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at
A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
June 3, 2017, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of The Republic.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.
Peter Ster, 92, of Columbus, Indiana, died May 15, 2017, at Keepsake Village in Columbus, with his family by his side.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Anne Geraldine “Jerri” Gleason Ster; and an infant daughter,
Margaret, who died shortly after birth in Scotland. Pete is survived by his sons, Dan (Jan) Ster of North Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina and Thomas (Brenda) Ster of Chandler, Arizona; a daughter, Carolyn (Bob) Massengale of Columbus; eight grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren; a brother, John Ster of Jacksonville, Florida; and a sister, Janet Kegler of Richmond, Virginia.
Pete was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Lenox, Massachusetts, to Peter M. and Jeanne Marie Ny Ster. Pete joined the U.S. Navy
following graduation from Lenox High School in 1942. Pete participated in the D-Day Normandy invasion, serving as an engineer
on one of the Navy’s shore landing ships. He returned to Lenox following his honorable discharge in 1946 and married
Jerri that year. He graduated in 1950 from Indiana Technical Institute in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was immediately hired by
Cummins Engine Company in Columbus.
Pete had a long and respected career at Cummins working in Columbus, Indiana, as well as Canada, Scotland, Switzerland
and England. He retired from Cummins in 2000, served as a consultant for Cummins in China, then fully retired in 2003. He
moved from Columbus to Tucson, Arizona, in 2004 and then returned to Columbus in 2012 when his health began to fail.
Pete was longtime member of Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Good Guys
Group and always looked forward to their annual trip to Georgia.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church, Columbus,
Indiana, with Father Andy Syberg officiating. Immediately following the service, he will be laid to rest next to Jerri in
Garland Brook Mausoleum. A time of gathering will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions
may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, the Columbus Fellowship Club or the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County/Peter
Ster through the funeral home.
You are invited to view Pete’s video tribute, light a virtual candle and send a message of condolence to the
Ster family via the internet. Arrangements were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.
John Ernest Grimmer, 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday,
July 18, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
John and his family were longtime residents of Franklin and
Lamb Lake, arriving in 1969 where John and business partner Robert Schmidt chose to locate their business, GrimmerSchmidt
Compressors, helped in their decision by progressive banker Jack Early. The business grew to include Hurricane Compressors
and ANGI Energy Systems in Wisconsin.
Born on May 16, 1930, in Indianapolis, and married to Barbara
Zeigler Grimmer, his wife of 65 years, they have five sons, John (Diana), Curt, Andy (Karen), Tom (Amy) and Pete (Dana); 9
grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren.
Preceding John in death were daughter Janet and sister Jane
He went to Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, was a 1952
engineering graduate of Purdue University and Sigma Alpha Epsilon member, remaining a rabid Purdue football fan for life.
He worked 17 years for Cummins before starting his own business.
John received an honorary doctorate from Franklin College where
he was a 15-year board member. He established scholarships at both Franklin College and Purdue, combining liberal arts and
engineering degrees, was on the Presidents Council at Purdue and was president of the compressor industry council, CAGI. He
was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. Both Franklin and Palm City, Florida, where he was a resident for 25
years, have been recipients of many generous gifts.
The family wishes to express their thanks to many friends and
the support group who cared for him as his health declined, especially his friend Dr. Gaston Dana.
The family hosted an informal gathering of all John’s
friends on Friday, July 21, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South U.S.
31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, Indiana, following a private service for the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the
Janet Lee Grimmer Memorial Endowment Fund or Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis,
IN 46204-3509, which funds camperships to Camp Riley for special needs children.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.
Wendel W. Hauck, 88, of Columbus, died at
11:25 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2017, at Keepsake Village of Columbus.
Wendel was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, October
25, 1928, the son of Julius W. and Adelaide Haislip Hauck.
married Dawn Lyle
and she survives.
He retired from Cummins Engine Company after
32 years as Director of Marketing-International Distributer Development.
He graduated from Purdue University in 1950 with a BSME degree; while
at Purdue he played baseball and was a member of the track team.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.
Memberships include: Charter member of Asbury United Methodist Church and Harrison Lake Country Club; member and
Past Master of St. Johns Masonic Lodge; Scottish Rite; Columbus Chapter Order of Eastern Star; High 12 Service Club; served
as Chaplin for many Masonic organizations; Golden K Kiwanis Club; Purdue Club of Bartholomew County, serving as President
from 2000-2007; John Purdue Club; Varsity P Club; volunteer and Chaplin for Love Chapel; and worked with AMVETS and many other
veterans organizations. He received the Boiler Maker Pride Award in
He is survived by his wife, Dawn Hauck of Columbus; daughter, Patty (Ron) Hauck Brock of Columbus; son, Dr. Warren
C. (Jackie) Hauck of Ft. Wayne; grandchildren, Brian (Linda Jo) Hauersparger of Columbus, Stacy Hauersparger of Minneapolis,
MN, Wendy (Brad) Schaffer of Indianapolis, Audra (Casey) Johnson of Denver, CO, Dr. Matt (Ali) Hauck of Medford, OR; and 10
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor David Blystone officiating. Visitation:
4-8 p.m. Tuesday Myers~Reed Chapel on 25th Street and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church. A Masonic Memorial
service will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Entombment with military rites by the Bartholomew County Veterans Color
Guard will be in Garland Brook Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Asbury United Methodist Church.
Obituary for William Robert "Bill" Elder
William Robert “Bill” Elder, 87, loving husband, father, “grampa”, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully
on Tuesday evening, May 2, 2017.
Services: A celebration of his life will be held Friday, May 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington.
We will share food, drinks, pictures and stories from a long life well lived with the family and friends he so truly cherished.
Inurnment will be at a later date in Dallas/Fort Worth National
Bill was born May 15, 1929, to Emza and Mamie Robbins Elder, in Decatur County, Indiana. His mother died when he was five
and he grew up farming with his dad.
He graduated from Burney High School in 1947 and served in Korea with the U.S. Army, Second Infantry Division from 1951-53.
In 1955 he married Shirley Dean Manis, of Columbus, Indiana,
and thus began their journey of 61 beautiful and inseparable years together.
In 1960 he earned his MBA at Indiana University and soon thereafter started a lifelong career with Cummins Engine Company,
spending the last 21 years with Cummins Southern Plains in Arlington.
In 1992, he retired as executive vice president and general manager.
After retirement Bill and Shirley enjoyed spending time with their children and granddaughters, worked as docents
at the Ft. Worth Zoo, and traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad.
He enjoyed all sports and in particular golf which he played regularly with close friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Francis Elder of Dayton, Ohio and sister, Sarah Whipple of Greensburg, Indiana.
Survivors: Left to cherish his memory are loving wife, Shirley; daughter, Kathryn Diane McCrady; son, Steven Marshall Elder
of Dallas; and granddaughters, Kylie Alexandra and Avery Elizabeth Blessing. He leaves behind many nephews, nieces, cousins
Patrick Joseph McGahan
November 19, 1933 - November 29, 2015
Patrick Joseph McGahan passed away on Sunday, November 29 at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta,
GA from complications related to cancer with his family surrounding him.
Patrick was born on November 19, 1933
in Terre Haute, IN to Dorothy Scharf and Walter Joseph McGahan.
He married his wife, Barbara Ave, in
1959; married over 56 years, they have four children and fourteen grandchildren.
He was a loyal alumnus of The University
of Notre Dame, class of 1955, holding a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and was a graduate of the Indiana University Graduate
School of Business Executive Management Program.
He served as a U.S. Naval
Officer from 1955 to 1958, serving at Naval Air Stations in Jacksonville, FL, Olathe, KS, and San Diego, CA.
He had a long and distinguished career with Cummins Inc.,
serving as Principal and Chairman of Cummins South, Inc. until 2005. He then became Chairman of PJM Investments, an investment
and real estate company.
His contributions to the community are many. He was dedicated
to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy through Saint Joseph's Hospital and Mercy Care; he was recently named an Honorary Director
for The Mercy Care Foundation, having served on their Board of Directors for 25 years. He and Barbara have long supported
the mission of the Society of Mary and its educational programs.
He has helped enable education through a scholarship in
his parents' name at the University of Notre Dame along with membership in the Badin Guild and Sorin Society; he was also
a member of the Notre Dame Alumni Clubs of Atlanta and Hilton Head.
He was a founding Trustee of Southern Catholic College in
Dawsonville, Georgia, now closed.
For 35 years he was a member of the Georgia Motor Trucking
Association Board and served on the Board of the Georgia Department of Driver Services for six years.
He was a founding Board member of the Atlanta St. Patrick's
Day Foundation and a member and supporter of The Shamrock Society.
Memberships include The Cathedral of Christ the King, Order
of Malta Federal Association, The Rotary Club of Atlanta, Cherokee Town and Country Club, The Commerce Club, Sea Pines Country
Club, and Harbour Town Yacht Club.
Patrick Joseph McGahan is survived by his wife, Barbara
Ave McGahan; children, Sheila McGahan Monardo (Paul), Dr. Thomas Patrick McGahan (Lauren), Anne McGahan Harmet (Jeff), Mark
Joseph McGahan (Catherine); 14 grandchildren; sister, Beverly Shea Kesler (Bill); and members of the Shea and Krieg families.
A Wake Service will be held Thursday, December 3, 2015 at
5 o'clock PM at The Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305, with a reception to follow in Kenny
A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 4, 2015 at
10:30 o'clock AM at The Cathedral of Christ the King. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park.
Gifts in memory of Patrick J. McGahan can be made to support
Mercy Care c/o Mercy Care Foundation, 1100 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste. LL80, Atlanta, GA 30342; The Cathedral of Christ the King
and Christ the King School; Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30319.
James C. "Jim" Munt
10 September 1934 - 20 February 2014
James C. "Jim" Munt, 79, of Columbus, died at
2:10 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Our Hospice of
South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.
Mr. Munt was a 1951 graduate of duPont Manuel High School in
Louisville and a 1958 graduate of the Speed Scientific
School at the University of Louisville.
Mr. Munt began work in 1957 at Cummins Engine Company. He
moved to several different departments during his career but
spent most of his time in Program Management and Service
Engineering. At retirement in 1998, he was executive
director of Service Engineering and a member of the Apex
Program Team. He was always appreciative of the opportunity
to travel to over 30 countries in his professional career
and he took great pride in mentoring and promoting the
growth and careers of young engineers.
Mr. Munt enjoyed membership at North Christian Church,
Golden K Kiwanis Club, Camon Masonic Lodge No. 343, High
Twelve Club 337, and the "Nebo Ridge Deer Hunting
Jim was an active volunteer at the Atterbury-Bakalar Air
Museum and for many years was a volunteer driver for the
DAV. He was a former member of Harrison Lake Country Club.
Mr. Munt's special interests included hunting and the
outdoors, bird feeding and watching, working on cars and
teaching others the trade, boating, and golfing.
Mr. Munt took pride in hosting his family and friends and
cooking gourmet dinners for them. He also enjoyed reading
biographies and non-fiction books and collecting guns and
The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at
North Christian Church with Dr. Lanny C. Lawler officiating.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at
Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Jonathan Moore
Pike and from noon until service time Monday at the church.
Entombment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Atterbury-Bakalar
Air Museum or the Indiana Masonic Home, Inc.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, September 10, 1934, Mr. Munt
was the son of Carl and Louise Schaffner Munt. He married
June Ash April 20, 1956.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years; children, Kimberly
(Gregory) Wasson of Long Grove, IL and David James (Yanice)
Munt of Columbus; and grandchildren, Christopher Munt of
Lafayette, Lindsay (Michael) Lingle of Hebron, KY, Courtney
Wasson of Long Grove, IL, and Katherine (Zachary) McDaniel
of Midway Park, NC.
Mr. Munt was preceded in death by his parents and two aunts,
Helen and Lillian Munt.
Left to right: Wendel Hauck, Don Andrews, Unknown, Bill Andrews, Jim Munt.
William "Bill" Andrews
July 13, 1926 - March 24 2013
William “Bill” Andrews, 86, of Columbus, IN, passed
from the arms of his loving family into the arms of his Savior on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Bill was born July 13, 1926, on
a farm in St. Louis Crossing, to Earl and Berniece Andrews and was one of seven children: Earl Andrews Jr. of Port Orchard,
Washington, Betty Matthias of Indianapolis, Lois Flinn (deceased), Phyllis Westerfield of Columbus, Donald Andrews of Columbus,
and infant sister, Bonnie (deceased).
in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of SAE Fraternity at Franklin College where he graduated in 1949 with a degree
in Pre-Law/Business Administration. He then went on to a 35-year career as a service manager at Cummins where he made many,
Bill was an active member
of Camon Masonic Lodge No. 343, for 64 years. He served as Past Master of the lodge, was a Scottish Rite member, a Shriner,
a member of Order of the Eastern Star and was involved with High 12 at local, state and international levels. He was a member
of Hope American Legion and a member and docent of the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum. He was a faithful member of Asbury United
The funeral service celebrating
the life and legacy of William “Bill” Andrews will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Asbury
United Methodist Church in Columbus, with Pastor Dave Blystone and Paul Johnson officiating.
Calling hours will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at
Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street and from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service on Thursday at the church. A Masonic memorial
service will be conducted by members of Camon Masonic Lodge at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Entombment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church Music Department
or Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum.
may be expressed to the family at www.myers-reed.com.
Bill is survived by the love of his life, Joyce Essex Andrews, his devoted wife of 57 years. He is also survived
by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Dana Stickans of Columbus, Ginny and Mike Floren of Trafalgar, and Lori
and Sheldon Sorensen of Cologne, Minnesota; his 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and beloved family dog, Peaches.
Words cannot begin to express how much he was loved and will be deeply missed.
Bill Buchanan September
8, 1932 - October 1, 2012
Buchanan, 80, of San Diego, Calif., passed away Monday, October 1, 2012,
surrounded by family. <br><br>Bill was born on September 8, 1932,
to the late Wilford and Gertrude Buchanan. A graduate of Vevay High School, he
worked for Cummins, Inc. for 38 years. He was an avid golfer and had a true
for the game.
is survived by his wife of 38 years, Norma Buchanan of San Diego; children,
Melinda Guthrie, Diana Buchanan, Mark Buchanan, Robert Buchanan, Penny (David)
Brueggemann, Michael (Wendy) Wheeler and Kelly (Mike) Rocchio; 7 grandchildren;
4 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Sharon Dorries and Roger Buchanan.
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to San Diego Hospice
Foundation at 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 9210, or online at
www.sdhospice.org. Local arrangements
were entrusted to Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.
Bill worked in Field Service for Cummins in California and on retiring ran the San
Diego Cummins Distributorship. After retiring from that job, Bill and his wife Norma moved to Lake Tansi outside of
Crossville TN where they hosted the 2008 Cummins Good Guys annual golf outing.
Bill battled lung cancer which caused him and Norma to move to Las Vegas to be nearer
their children and eventually to San Diego where he was when he died.
Bill will be missed by the Cummins Good Guys.
If the above slide show doesn't open, you can watch the show of pictures of Bill's life by clicking on this link. Be aware that it will take awhile for the new web page to load
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James (Jim) W. Fritz, 82, of Jacksonville, FL, died at 8:50 a.m. Monday, September 17, 2012 at Baptist
Medical Center South.
Robert Wise left and Jim Fritz right front
Jim Fritz' boss in the middle
Jim grew up in Linton, IN where he completed all of his schooling through
high school. Jim attended college at North Texas University and Indiana University before enrolling in the U.S. Air Force
during the Korean War. After completing his service, he returned
to college at Indiana State University where he completed his bachelor’s degree.
In 1962, Jim joined the Cummins Engine Company, where he worked for 36 years.
He retired in 1998 as the Director of Marketing Communication. His job at Cummins allowed him to embrace his love of sports
car racing while also expressing his creativity in the marketing arena. He thoroughly enjoyed his job and felt very fortunate
to have been able to spend so many years doing something he loved.
Jim was also an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church where he
taught an adult Sunday school class for over 25 years. In his class, he used classic and contemporary films as a platform
for the discussion of Christianity and biblical teachings. He had a great love of film, and he enjoyed sharing this passion
with his students.
After retiring from Cummins, Jim worked as a driving instructor at Always
First Driving Academy in Columbus where he patiently helped many novice drivers learn how to drive. In addition, he engaged
in a number of volunteer activities in Columbus such as reading the newspaper for visually-impaired individuals and tutoring
elementary-aged children in reading.
Jim was also an extremely talented pianist. In his younger years, he performed
as a part of a jazz trio. Jim loved sharing his musical gift with others and continued to play the piano into his final days.
Jim is survived by his wife, Maria; two daughters, Gabrielle and Noelle;
a son-in-law, Duke; and grand-daughter Laila.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012, at
Asbury United Methodist Church. Visiting hours will precede the service, beginning at 10 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to International Medical Assistance and
allocated to cover Patient Surgery Scholarships. Donations can be sent to International Medical Assistance (IMA), P.O. Box
2161, Columbus, IN 47202
Jim Fritz wasn't an official member of the Cummins Good Guys, but he was a friend of
most of the Good Guys and well known to everyone. He's one of the reasons Cummins is so well known around the world
today. He had a knack of grabbing opportunities to showcase the Cummins name and products in unique ways.
Kenneth Robert Foster, 82, of Temple died Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
services are planned at this time.
was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Hillsboro, Ohio, to Mack and Ocie Pendell Foster.
served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and was a graduate of Ohio State University.
was preceded in death by a son, Marcus Foster, who died in an automobile accident some years ago.
include his wife, Christine Nelson Foster; two daughters, Jenny Drummond and Gretchen Jones; and two grandchildren.
Funeral Home of Temple is in charge of arrangements.
Dennis Taylor added:
Ken was Cummins' Division Manager of the Western
Division in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to that, he was with IHC for many years.
He was in the Construction Equipment Division
at Melrose Park, including the Hough Payhloader line, and later joined the IHC Engine Division.
Bill Maynard passed away on 23 February 2011.
Bill fell on some ice/snow and hit his head hard and passed away from a hemorrhage the next day.
February 25, 2011 William J. "Bill" Maynard, Jr., 75, De Pere, passed away
unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at his home.
He was born Feb. 19, 1936, in Iron Mountain, Mich., son of the late William
J. Sr. and Lucy Charlotte (Lusardi) Maynard. He graduated from
Kingsford High School, Kingsford, Mich., in 1954, and served his country in the United States Air Force (Postal Division)
from 1954 to 1958, stationed in Japan and Korea.
William's career started with Cummins Great Lakes, and he worked his way
up from Parts Clerk to President, retiring in 2002. Not
one to be idle, he later began a second career with Masterfleet, in trailer sales, where he was currently employed.
During his lifetime, William was a member of the American Martyrs, Jaycees,
Elk's, Moose Lodge, Wisconsin Motor Carriers, Logging Congress, Ducks Unlimited, and was a lifetime member of the Green Bay
Packer Hall of Fame.
He enjoyed country music, golf, fishing, photography, was an avid Packer
fan and Detroit Tiger fan, and enjoyed playing guitar and singing.
He will be deeply missed by his children, Rose (Mike) Hogan and their children,
Lauren, Ben, and Michaela; Kathy (Chuck) Steinmetz and their children, Austin, Jenna, and Nicole; Laura (Scott) Marvil and
their children, Ethan, Noah, and Emma; and Brad (special friend, Ame) Maynard; mother of their children, Agnes Maynard; brother
and sister- in-law, Jack and Lucia Maynard; sister-in-law, Karen (Jerry) Nardi; close friend, Pat Hulce; brother-in-law and
sisters-in-law, Butch and Bev Pfeiffer, and Ruth Ricchezza; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, William was also preceded in death by his brother, Norman.
Friends may call Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cotter Funeral
Home, 860 N. Webster Ave., De Pere, where there will be a Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday
from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of Mass at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Drive, Allouez. Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday at church, with Bishop Robert Morneau officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery,
Online condolences may be expressed at www.cotterfuneralhome.com. In lieu
of flowers, memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice.
Marty Bruckner passed away on 19 June 2009.
Martin J. Bruckner was born
on December 5, 1931 in Omaha,
NE. Raised in Chicago, IL.
a graduate of Purdue University (BSME) in 1953; a Korean War veteran, 1st. Lt. U.S. Army; he earned an MBA degree from Stanford
Graduate School of Business in 1957.
His business career spanned 37
years in heavy equipment sales and distribution of high speed diesel and power generation equipment, mostly in the western
He was preceded in death by his
wife of 32 years, Janice C. (Larson) Bruckner in 1989. He is survived by son Joseph G. of Omaha, NE., daughters, Jessica A.
Nagy of Elkhorn, NE., Jennifer M. Bruckner (also known as Obsidian L. DeLeau) of Prescott, AZ.; and wife of 19 years, Sharon
(Sher) K. (Benak) Bruckner, step children Jody C. Kudlacz of Omaha, NE., Shelley R. Bailes
of Omaha, NE. Juliana (Kudlacz) Krause of Phoenix Arizona
as well as eight (8) grandchildren, Brett A. and Cory A. Bailes, Jody L. Kudlacz, Taylor N. and Hunter C. Nagy, Elizabeth
C. and Anthony J. Bruckner, and Thomas J. Kudlacz.
He was a member of TAU BETA PI
Assn. (Indiana Alpha), Society of Mining Engineers of AIME, President of Associated Equipment Distributor Chapters in OmahaNebraska and PhoenixArizona, past secretary of Tatum Ranch Community Assn., past chairman of Phoenix
SCORE chapter 105, and currently served as a board member of Arroyo Springs Community Association.
Services will be held Saturday,
June 27, at 10: a.m. at HolyRedeemerCemetery, 23015 N. Cave
Creek Rd.Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Mortuary.
Dennis Taylor attended the funeral.
I attended the funeral mass conducted for Marty Bruckner at 10
AM Saturday at the Holy Redeemer cemetery in Cave CreekAZ (north Phoenix).
It was a beautiful and peaceful desert setting.
Sher and her family greeted many local friends, several representatives
from the local Phonix SCORE organization, and three old friends from Cummins Arizona
Diesel; Dave Crawford, Butch LaComb, and Raye West.
Several of Marty’s friends spoke following the mass, including
his SCORE associates.
I also spoke and said what a good friend Marty was, that I had
known him from the mid-1950s, and how much we all miss him. I also mentioned
his keen interest in military history.In closing I said that I also represented
a group of Marty’s friends called the Cummins Good Guys.
Later I asked Sher if there was a special organization that Marty’s
friends could make a memorial donation to.
Sher suggested the American Diatetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA22312.
The donor should indicate the donation is in memory of Martin J.
Bruckner, 4026 W. Tonopah Drive, Glendale,
Dennis M. Taylor
Hart passed away on 20 July 2008.
On June 13 Sam became ill while playing golf. He was diagnosed on June 20 with liver cancer.
He got a further diagnosis on June 24, of pancreatic cancer that had metastisized to the liver, by the oncologist. He
had a chemo treatment on the 25th & was to have a second one on July 1st, but his blood platelets were too low. He
passed away on July 12, 2008.
Following are a few comments about Sam Heart from Cummins
from holiday and absolutely devestated to learn of Sams passing away. Knew Sam and family for 41yrs and enjoyed visits with
them both here and in the US.
So sorry to hear about Sam Hart.........he was really a great guy.
I worked with Sam from 1966 until he retired and always enjoyed knowing and working with
him. He was responsible for a complex mixture of product defintion records and during his tenure at Cummins made dramatic
progress in getting this whole area organized. His large organization helped Cummins succeed in becoming a truly international
organization with manufacturing facilities around the world.
Hart, Samuel Warren
Jan. 19, 1932 - July 12, 2008
Samuel Warren Hart, 76, Sarasota since 1991, formerly of Columbus, Ind., died July 12, 2008. Visitation will
be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home in Sarasota. Services will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the
Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Survivors include his wife, Myrna "Babe"; a son, Jim of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughters Jennifer
Hannan of Bradenton and Linda Felix of Mason, Ohio; a brother, Russell of West Lafayette, Ind.; and six grandchildren. He
is also survived by his dog, Diamond Girl.
He was a member and elder at Church of the Palms, World War II Army veteran, member of the Elks Lodge #2495,
Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club, Palmer Ranch Master Association Board, board of trustees at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
and past president of Glenn Meadow Trace Homeowners Association.
He received a bachelor's degree from DePauw University and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239; or The
American Cancer Society, 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250, Sarasota FL 34237.
Bill Stead passed away on 15 April 2008
Following are a few comments about Bill Steed from Cummins
Bill was known as Mr. IHC during his time in OEM Automotive
Sales and handled the account with great skill over time, commanding respect from everyone he came in contact with.
He was a Boilermaker engineer, a great friend and a gracious loser at lunch playing the numbers game or liar's poker at the
club with Elder, Sears, Leasure, Taylor, Ster, myself and others. His battle for life after his severe stroke is
an amazing story, testimony to his character. Mots
Bill Steed was truly one of the Good Guys and we will
all remember him in our prayers. Dennis M. Taylor
Bill will certainly be missed by many and will keep
the family in our thoughts and prayers. My Sincere Regrets David Hibbs
Bill Steed was one of my favorite people and
we spent a lot of time together. Bill Buchanan
Bill Steed was a true gentleman. I'm glad I knew
him. Larry Feldhaus
Mr. William M. Steed, Jr., 82 years old, died at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at Four Seasons Health
Care Center, Columbus, IN. where he was a patient of Hospice of South Central Indiana.
Father Clem Davis of the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church will conduct the Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,
April 19, 2008 at the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church.
William “Bill” Steed, Jr. was born on October 27, 1925 to Mr. & Mrs. William Steed, Sr. in Terre
Haute, IN. During World War II his military service was in the United States Army and the United States Air Force in the United
States and in Guam from 1943-1946. He graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. in 1950 with a degree in mechanical
engineering. He was employed by Cummins Engine Co. in Chicago, IL., San Francisco, CA., Hawaii, and then transferred to Columbus,
IN. in 1957. He retired as a Vice President in 1985 after a total of 35 years of service.
He married Elaine Danner Carpenter of Columbus, IN. in 1959 and they were married for 49 years. Bill and Elaine enjoyed
traveling throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and Scotland, where they researched their heritage. He was
an active member of the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Columbus, IN. where he served on many committees. He was
a member of the Pastoral Council and was Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee for the construction of the St. Bartholomew
Roman Catholic Church located at 1306-27th St.
He belonged to the Breakfast Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus Council #1414, J.C.'s, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Harrison
Lake Country Club, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He was also a Tour Guide for the Columbus Visitor's Center.
He enjoyed playing golf at the Harrison Lake Country Club where he was a Past President of the Club. He also
enjoyed fishing in Canada and hunting with his friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; Mr. & Mrs. William Steed, Sr. of Terre Haute, IN. and his
sister; Mary Steed of Indianapolis, IN. His survivors include his wife; Elaine Danner Steed of Columbus, IN., his sister;
Betty Steed of Indianapolis, IN. and his brother; Paul (wife Patricia) Steed of Terre Haute, IN. Also surviving are his four
sons; Thomas M. (wife Debbie) Carpenter of Indianapolis, IN., William D. Carpenter of Chicago, IL., Dr. Joseph D. (wife Judy)
Carpenter, M.D. of Golden, CO., and James R. (wife Nancy) Carpenter of Zionsville, IN. Mr. Steed is also survived by eight
grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2008
at the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church. Entombment will be in the Garland Brook Mausoleum with military rites presented
by the Indiana Army National Guard Honor Guard. In Lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made
in memory of Bill to the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church Building Fund at 1306-27th St., Columbus, IN. 47201 or to the
Hospice of South Central Indiana.
On-Line condolences to the family may be made by clicking on the guest register button on this page. Funeral
arrangements were entrusted to Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th St.
Chuck Grace passed away on 29 October 2007.
Charles Leo “Chuck” Grace, a Charlotte business, civic and religious leader for nearly
forty years, died Monday, October 29, 2007. He was 72.
He was owner and chairman of Cummins Atlantic Inc., distributor
for Cummins Engine Company in the Carolinas and Virginia. He was also a dealer for Thermo King Refrigeration products in central
North Carolina, western Virginia and West Virginia.
In his civic and business life he was a past chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, a director of Carolinas
HealthCare Systems, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Board of First Union Corporation, a member of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s
Board of Advisers, and a director of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry.
In addition he was a trustee of Belmont Abbey College, a member of the advisory council of the College of Arts
and Letters at Notre Dame University, a past director of Notre Dame Alumni, founder and past president of the Notre Dame Club
of the Carolinas, a member of the Parish Board of Advisors for Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, and a member of the Knights
of Malta, Federal Association.
Further, he was a member of Quail Hollow Country Club, Elk River Club, and Sea Pines
He was born in Indianapolis, a son of the late Mary Helen and John Leo Grace. He grew up in Kokomo, Indiana,
and was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame at South Bend. He joined the Cummins Engine Company in 1957.
husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Ann Hamilton Grace; a son, Michael Grace and
his wife Laura Babb Grace of Charlotte, and three daughters: Mary Beth Hollett and her husband Peter of Matthews, Kathleen
Moser and her husband Rick of Southhaven, MS, and Ann Green of Charlotte. Also surviving are grandchildren Jim, Betsy, Dan
and Patrick Grace; Hamilton and Hannah Hollett; Charlie, Mary Grace and Peter Moser, and John, Keith and Chuck Green.
will be at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, Charlotte, with the recitation of a Rosary this afternoon, Thursday November 1,
2007 at 4:30 p.m., followed by a visitation until 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
at 11 a.m. Friday, November 2nd at Saint Gabriel with the Most Reverend Bishop William Curlin, the Rt. Rev. Placid Solari,
Monsignor John McSweeney, the Rev. Frank O’Rourke, Concelebrants. Burial will follow at Belmont Abbey.
of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the University of Notre Dame, Belmont Abbey College, Saint Gabriel
Catholic Church, or Holy Angels Nursery.
Chuck's relationship with the Cummins Good Guys goes back to 1957 when he began working for Cummins.
He was well liked throughout the organization over the years. He never forgot his friends and treated his employees
with respect. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Buzz Horton passed away in July of 1997.
C. E. "Buzz" Horton died in 1997 of cancer at the age of 72. Most of the Cummins Good Guys either
knew or worked with Buzz at some time in their career. I remember the first time I met Buzz in the fall of 1966. I was the
new OEM Engineer at Fleetguard in Seymour and Buzz invited me to come make a filtration presentation to the folks at the Army
Tank Automotive Command in Warren, MI. Buzz was always looking for new business opportunities and ways to provide support
for his customers.
Buzz was a charter member of the Cummins Good Guys and a good friend to many of the present day
members. He lives on in the memory of his friends.
Ralph J."Big Foot" Shields was born on Nov. 13, 1915 in Scottsburg, Indiana and passed
away April 16, 2005 in Dallas Texas. He received his nickname in WW2 when he was a SeaBee in the U.S. Navy and the
Navy had trouble finding shoes big enough for him.
Ralph joined Cummins Engine Company in the Service Division and
for the next 40 years worked at the Factory, the Great Lakes Regional Office in Cleveland, the Sales Corp (Michigan Dist),
St. Louis Regional Office and the Plains Divional Office in Dallas-Ft. Worth.
Ralph and his wife Tina remained in
Dallas when he retired . Ralph was a colorful individual with his size 13 shoes...and was affectionately known by all
who knew him simply as 'Big Foot'.
Ralph always put the customer first and worked closely with Charlie Irons and Bob
Giles at Cummins Diesel Northern Ohio in Cleveland and Bill Turner in Columbus,Ohio and the Michigan Distributor.
took pride in his custom made suits (and shoes) and was an impeccable dresser. This did not, however, prevent Ralph
from climbing up on a truck or construction equipment to assist distributor service personnel on a problem. Bill Elder
said "Ralph worked for me a couple of years in Texas. He had a tool box in his trunk and managed to fix some minor
engine problems for his customers on routine calls. That's what we mean when we say prompt service."
Ralph retired, he purchased a 'Harley' as a hobby. He rode his Harley to Columbus,Indiana to a Cummins annual meeting.
It was his first annual meeting and Ralph was introuduced to all at this meeting when management found out he was attending.
Ralph always loved his woodworking shop and was very proud of the carvings and woodwork he turned out. All
Cummins Good Guys who know Ralph were saddened to learn when he passed away.
Joe Butlerpassed away on 31
Joseph L. Butler was born on 10 October 1925 and passed away on 31 December 2003. He had colon surgery on December
9 and a malignancy was discovered. He suffered a heart attack and never recovered. Joe was born on October 10, 1925
in Clifford, Indiana to the late Lloyd H. and Marie (Hayworth) Butler. He was 78 years old.
was a well respected executive engineer at the factory and was responsible for the design of several Cummmins' engines.
He retired about 1990 and played golf daily, often playing 27 holes.
Joe attended all the Cummins Good Guys golf outings,
including his last outing to Litchfield in September of 2003.
Joe was a gentlemen and will be missed by all who knew
Loy Jones passed away on 16 August 2006.
Loy D. Jones suffered an apparent heart attack at his church Saturday August 26, 2006 after working
at a church breakfast.
Loy was the long time Sales and Marketing Vice President for Cummins Mid-States Power, Inc.
in Indianapolis. He had been with the Indianapolis Distributor since the 1950's. He had been retired for about
Loy could always be counted on to attend the Cummins Good Guys golf trips, only missing two years following
his wife's death. He was planning to attend the Good Guys golf outing in October of 2006 at Litchfield.
Reilly said it best. "Loy was a great fellow and even more accomplished than many of us realized. We should
look to Loy as inspiration for how we might better conduct our lives, he was a kind, considerate and accomplished gentleman."
Loy D. Jones 81, Indianapolis, passed away August 26, 2006. He was born December 13, 1924
in Scottsburg, IN. A graduate of Franklin High School, he graduated from Purdue University in 1945 with a B.S. in Mechanical
Engineering and was a member of their band for four years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
Loy was a member of Southport Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and was a member of their Duos.
He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity at Purdue University; he served as Past Commodore for the Bloomington Yacht
Club, Past President of the Scientech Club, Treasurer of the D.J. Angus Foundation, Past President of Indiana Equipment Distribution
and was a member of Executive Service Corps.
He retired as Vice President of Cummins Diesel Engines after 37 years.
His wife, Marjorie Ann (Wilson) Jones and his brother, Dale W. Jones both preceded him in death. Survivors include
his two sons, David W. (Janet) Jones and Steven R. (Linda) Jones, one brother, Raymond W. (Jean Ann) Jones, one sister-in-law,
Helen Jones, four grandchildren, Scott, Jennifer, Larissa and Adaline, four great grandchildren, two nephews and four nieces.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 8 at Southport Presbyterian
Church, 7525 McFarland Blvd. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church. The burial
will be private. Memorial contributions may be given to Southport Presbyterian Church Missionary Fund, 7525 McFarland Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46237. Arrangements: G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. St. Rd. 135.
Frank Leasure passed away on 29 November 2006.
Early the morning of November 29, 2006 Frank died. His heart began beating
very fast and then just stopped. The nurses in the ICU were with him and they said he looked very peaceful.
been sick for some time and has fought a hard and long battle but finally succumbed.
Frank was one of the founding members of the Cummins Good Guys and participated
in all of the golf outings in recent years until his health failed him.
He was a true gentleman and we will all miss him.
Frank L. Leasure 74, of Haines City FL died Wednesday, November 29, 2006 in Orlando FL. Mr. Leasure was
born February 12, 1932 in Toronto, OH, and moved to Haines city FL in 1997 from Bloomington IN
He was an Executive Vice President with Cummins North Central, Minnesota, a member of St.
John's United Methodist Church in Winter Haven, FL, and an Air Force veteran of the Korean war.
He graduated from Ohio University in 1959 and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity alumni and a member
of the American Legion in Bloomington.
He is survived by his mother, Lona Mae Leasure, his wife, Maggie Leasure, daughters Deborah Winters
and Karaen Layman, a stepdaughter Nicole Dillman, a brother Paul H. Leasure, a sister Gloria Jean Petty, grandchildren Ashley,
Amanda, Spencer and Cameron., and great-grand-daugher Emma.
A memorial service was conducted at 10:30am on Friday, December 8, 2006 at the First Christian
Church in Columbus.