May 21, 2012

Max J. Watkins
Feb. 28, 1931-May 18, 2012
BOURBON — Max J. Watkins, 81, of Bourbon passed away Friday, May 18, 2012 at 6:51 p.m. in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of South Bend.
Max was born the son of Henry Watkins and Catherine Miller Watkins Feb. 28, 1931 at Bourbon. He was a lifelong resident of Bourbon. Max was a graduate of Bourbon High School class of 1949. Max was joined in marriage Jan. 3, 1953 to Eleanor Hazen who survives. He was a lifetime member of Hepton Union Church.
He is survived by his wife; Eleanor and their children; Michael Watkins of Nappanee and his children; Ashley and Brittany; Gerry and wife Pam Watkins of West Chester, Ohio and their children; Lindsey and husband Mike Schmidt and Chad; Kandi and husband Roger Schori of Bourbon and their children; Ryan and Blake; Rod and wife Tammy Watkins of Bourbon and their children; Bailey and Brock. Max was also blessed with three great-grandchildren, Madison and Logan “twins” and Lucas, four sisters; Cleo Brown of Nappanee, Delores and husband Willard Klotz of Nappanee, June Ganshorn of Etna Green, Phyllis and husband Robert Blosser of Nappanee, his brothers, Ernie and Eleanor Watkins of Bourbon and Dale and Mary Watkins of Etna Green.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, four sisters; Jessie, Gladys, Hilda, Glee and three brothers, Ted, Robert and Harvey.
He was a farmer and past Bourbon Township Trustee for 40 years; he also was a very active Bourbon Lions Club member, served on the Marshall County Plan Commission, Director and President of Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Co. of Marshall and St. Joseph Counties.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11 a.m. in Hepton Union Church, 9266 W. Hepton Rd. Nappanee with Pastor Eric Eickhoff officiating.
Burial will follow in Sand Ridge Cemetery, Bourbon.
The family requests memorial contributions are made to American Diabetes Association or to the Hepton Union Church.
Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Rev. Roman J Schaefer
Feb. 14, 1916 – May 19, 2012
DONALDSON — Rev. Roman J Schaefer, Colonel, USAF, Retired, 98, died Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Catherine Kasper Life Center in Donaldson.
Fr. Schaefer was born in Nicollet County, Minn. Feb. 14, 1916, the son of Leo and Amelia (Bushard) Schaefer.
He attended Holy Trinity School in New Ulm, Minn. and entered St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He was ordained a priest June 2, 1942. His first Mass was at Visitation Church on the Fort Road in rural Nicollet County. After two years at St. Agnes in St. Paul, he entered the Army Air Corps and attended Chaplain School at Harvard University. He was in World War II in Bavaria near Munich from 1946 – 1950.
He served as chaplain at several bases during his 25 years in the Air Force ministering to soldiers and their families in two other foreign wars: the Korean Conflict while in Yukota, Japan and the Vietnam Conflict when based in Guam. His last assignment was at Vandenberg AFB, California, retiring as colonel in 1969. He then returned to the Diocese of New Ulm, Minn. where he was the pastor at St. Andrew’s Parish in Fairfax, Minn. During his years in the Diocese he was active in veterans groups starting in Fairfax with the VFW and Legion, the Minnesota VFW as Chaplain and was later elected National Chaplain of the VFW. He viewed this continued service as his responsibility for freedom.
He retired to Florida and served as a priest in residence at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in inner city Ft. Lauderdale for 19 years. Moving to Catherine Kasper, Donaldson in 2005 where his retired sister, Sr Sharon Schaefer (PHJC) lived, she preceded him in death in 2010. He was loved by the sisters of Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ as one of their own. The staff at Catherine Kasper enjoyed caring for him. The family wishes to thank the Disabled Veterans Chapter 42 for their friendship and faithful visits to Fr Schaefer.
Fr. Schaefer was an avid pilgrimage leader, serving as chaplain for many pilgrimages to Marian shrines around the world, to Rome and the Holy Land. He lived with a deep faith, active prayer life and prayed the rosary daily with great devotion to the blessed Virgin Mary.
During his many years as a chaplain, a diocesan pastor and in his active retirement in Florida, he ministered to thousands of Catholics. No doubt during his 70 years of priestly service, he anointed thousands and heard many last confessions. All those whom he touched spiritually who have passed on, now welcome him in the next life. We commemorate his 70 years as a priest, friend, uncle and prayer warrior in faith. May he rest in peace in our Holy Mother’s arms in God’s abundant love this day.
He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Aurelia Boettger of New Ulm, Minn.
Preceding him in death include his parents and brothers: Herbert, Lawrence, Henry, Leo and James; his sisters Ester, Amelia and Sharon (Ruth).
Visitation will be held from at 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday May 22, 2012, at Catherine Kasper Life Center Chapel, 9601 S. Union Road, Donaldson. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:15 a.m. The Rev. Fr. Michael Winkowski will officiate. A meal being served immediately after.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, P.O. Box 1 Donaldson, IN 46513.
The family may receive online condolences through the funeral home’s website at

Ruth E. Harbaugh
May 18, 2012
HASTINGS, Mich. — Ruth E. Harbaugh of Hastings Mich., 81, passed away May 18, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Fred and Tribla Speicher of Nappanee.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 61 years; Weldon; her daughter, Rebecca (Michael) Seaben; son, David Harbaugh.
Ruth graduated from Nappanee High School, then Indiana School of Business. She was on the administrative staff at Mercywood Psychiatric Hospital of the St. Joseph Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. and retired in 1992.
She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary and participated in volunteer work most of her life.
She always had a smile on her face, and treated others with kindness, humor and compassion. Ruth loved spending time with her family and also enjoyed travel, shopping, cooking and sewing as well as a nice glass of wine. She had a fondness for animals, especially dogs.
According to her wishes cremation has taken place, and a private service will take place at a later date. Cards and notes may be sent to P.O. Box 31 Hastings, MI 49058. Other expressions may be made in the form of donations to Spectrum Hospital Hospice at or the American Cancer Society at
The family is being cared for by Lauer Family Funeral Homes- Wren Chapel 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings. Please share a memory with Ruth’s family at

James E. Weakly
Aug. 19, 1924-May 19, 2012
BOURBON — James Eugene Weakly, 87, of Bourbon, died Saturday, May 19, 2012 in his home at 10:25 p.m. after a four-month illness. James was born in Bourbon, Aug. 19, 1924. His parents were Delbert and Pauline (Sharpe) Weakly and his siblings were Max, Frances, and Barbara. In 1942, he graduated from Bourbon High School.
Uncle Sam served Jim a slice of life via World War II from March 23, 1943 to Oct. 13, 1945. He served with the 61st Engineering Battle Battalion operating a portable water purification unit and as a supply clerk. He was in the Battle of the Bulge. After his military service he attended and graduated from the Indiana School of Business. This degree allowed Jim to be employed with the Bendix Corporation in South Bend. Jan. 1, 1981 he retired—after 30 years of service.
Jan. 1, 1948, in Plymouth, he married the love of his life, Carolyn Rose Rullman. Carolyn passed away March 28, 2004 after a precious 56 years of marriage.
Carolyn and Jim attended the Bourbon First United Methodist where they were both extremely active in their younger years. Jim was a lay minister for the church, as well as being involved in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts as a Scout Leader. He was also a member of the American Legion post 424.
Jim was a lover of the sciences. He spent many hours staring at the stars in wonder. In November of 1984—a wet, bone-chilling month, Jim, Carolyn, daughter Lydia and granddaughters Megan and Courtney viewed the misty coin sized disc of Halley’s comet above and to the right of the diamond studded Pleiades. He was also engaged in all things technology — he loved to try out the latest computer and gadgets. He also loved researching family lineage and history — especially with his son, Delbert. Jim was witty and loved to laugh with each and every one of his family members.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, and sister, Barbara.
He is survived by a son, Delbert of Bourbon, his daughters Ann Auer (husband James) of Milford, Lydia Wiseley (husband Dan) of Nappanee; four granddaughters: Megan (Troy) Miller, Courtney (Gary) Wareham, Jacki Wiseley,  Ashley (John) Meulink; and eight great-grandchildren: Steven Stouder, Tyler Miller, Shelby Wagoner, Jaylin Miller, Trevor Miller, Kalifornia Wareham, Nevada Wareham and Colorado Wareham. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Vachael (Frances) Davis of South Bend and a brother Max (Margaret) Weakly of Bourbon.
Jim would say — this life has been filled with “clouds then sunshine; storms then stars and no regrets.”
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main Street, Bourbon.
Funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Beezley officiating.
Burial will follow in Parks Cemetery Bourbon,.
The family requests memorial contributions are made to Marshall County Center for Hospice or to the Clunette United Methodist Church
Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. Condolences may be left at