ROLLING PRAIRIE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

YOUR MEMORY WILL BLOOM LIKE A FLOWER IN THE GARDEN OF MY HEART.

                                                  William Wesley “Bill” Corbin,

​                                                               1925- 2015

90, died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, with his loving family by his side.

Bill was born Oct. 19, 1925, in Madison, IN, where he learned to fish on the Ohio River. He often set out his lines on his way to school. After school, some of his catch went home to his mother for dinner and the rest was sold or traded to help support the family. He met his wife, Betty, while she was attending Hanover College in Hanover, IN. They married on May 10, 1947, and moved to Rolling Prairie, IN. He retired from the LaPorte County Farm Bureau Co-Op and was a volunteer fireman for the Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department, past member of Rolling Prairie Lions Club and longtime member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be truly be missed by all whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Osborn) Corbin; children, Linda (Steve) Everingham, Peggy (Jeff) Webb, Connie (Jeff) Smith and John Michael (Sue) Corbin; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.


​A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church at 11:45 a.m. with Pastor Debbie Beason officiating.

Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

                                                           Harold Eugene Russell,

                                                                                 1940 - 2015

75, of Rolling Prairie, IN, died unexpectedly at 8:08 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at IU Health LaPorte Hospital.

He was born June 7, 1940, in LaPorte to Robert Adrian and Emily Jane Russell.

Harold was a train enthusiast, and enjoyed working for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was an avid bicyclist and was a member of the Maple City Bicycling Club in LaPorte and the Rolling Prairie Lions Club.

Surviving are one son, Drew (Renee) Russell of Illinois; two siblings, Robert “Bob” Russell and Ruth Russell, both of Rolling Prairie; and several nieces and great-nieces.

Pic taken in 1990


                                                                   Miriam “Sue” Gail Laue,

                                                                                                        1932 - 2015

82, of LaPorte, died Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Miller Health and Rehabilitation, LaPorte.

She was born Aug. 22, 1932, in Beaver Dam, WI, to Lloyd and Doris (Walker) Larson.

Miriam retired from a career in nursing after 27 years. She was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. Miriam enjoyed spending time with family, reading, listening to music, and sharing her nursing skills caring for people in the community.

On Sept. 3, 1955, in Beaver Dam, she married Vernon Elmer Laue, who preceded her in death in 2014.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, James Robert Laue;

Surviving are her beloved children, Steve (Pam) Laue of LaPorte, Stuart (Sandra) Laue of Henderson, NV, and Karen Drudi of Traverse City, MI; six grandchildren, Eric (Mindon) Laue of Milwaukee, WI, Kristin Laue of McCarthy, AK, Amanda Laue (Joseph O’Connor and a great-granddaughter on the way) of LaPorte, Ian Laue of LaPorte, Sean (Mei) Laue of Surprise, AZ, and Alexa Drudi of Traverse City, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

                      Charlie Porter

                1931 - 2015
                October 20, 1931-January 12, 2015
Charles D. Porter, formerly of Rolling Prairie, died Tuesday, Jan 12 at his home in Cicero, Indiana, following an eight-month illness.
Charlie (as he was known) was born October 20, 1931, to Burl and Pauline Porter. He graduated from Rolling Prairie High School. 
Charlie was a maintenance employee for the Indiana East-West Toll Road for ten years. He worked for GTE for nearly thirty years, retiring in 1996.

He later worked for Indiana Paging, Michigan City and Manpower in LaPorte.
Charlie was married to Marcia Jones on Nov 4, 1951 in Rolling Prairie. The couple lived in Rolling Prairie for fifty years before moving to Cicero to be nearer their sons.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Marcia, his daughter, Susan Sims, Woodstock, Ga., and two sons, Timothy, Bloomington, Ind., and Matthew, Noblesville, IN. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Sarah and Luke Porter and by a brother, Kenneth, LaPorte; a sister, Patricia of Detroit Lakes, Mich.,

brother Paul Porter, Fort Wayne; and Thomas Porter, Columbia, Tenn.  Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Porter, Sr., and nephew, John Porter, Jr. 
Charlie was a Past Master, Rolling Prairie Lodge 291 F and AM, and a volunteer fireman with the Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department.

He was the Lodge secretary for 14 years and secretary-treasurer of the fire dept for nearly 20 years.
Charlie and his wife were also volunteers at Leighton Center for Seniors, South Bend, where they also served on a Sage-ing Council and were trained as

facilitators for several programs, leading classes for Leighton Center visitors. Charlie was involved in the Center's efforts to make

"Five Wishes", a legal document to assist patients in dying with dignity, legal in Indiana. 
During his life, Charlie suffered a number of serious health issues, including a massive heart attack. The Center invited him to speak about his experiences before a gathering of 400 employees of Memorial Hospital and he astonished even himself by doing a superb job. Charlie was also a volunteer usher at the Morris Performing Arts Center

in South Bend for fourteen years. 
Charlie was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 353, Rolling Prairie for almost thirty years. His proudest moments were when both sons became Eagle Scouts - the highest rank in Scouting.

​Hold him tightly within your heart
and there he will remain until the joyous day you will meet again..

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

                                                                                    J. Willard Simcox,

                                                                                       1915 - 2015

99, of LaPorte, went to be with the Lord at 7:45 a.m. May 16, 2015, one week short of his 100th birthday.

He was born May 23, 1915, in LaPorte to Rose Catherine (Cox) Simcox and Jesse Francis Simcox.

A lifelong native of LaPorte County, Willard was involved in a great many professional, civic and political activities.

Over the course of his working life, Willard’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to participate in many and varied endeavors. He was a licensed real estate broker, a real estate developer and a retail dealer of farm and industrial machinery and equipment, including the Allis-Chalmers, Ford and New Holland lines under the name Simcox & Son. He was also part owner of a Hudson automobile dealership in Michigan City, IN. In addition, he sold securities and served as district sales manager of Willys Overland, Toledo OH, as a grower and marketer of Christmas trees, as the administrative assistant for the State Highway Commission, LaPorte District, as a school bus safety trainer and inspector for the Indiana Department of Education, and as the operator of the LaPorte County Motor Vehicle License Branches.

Willard was a leader in local and state political circles, having served as a volunteer for the LaPorte County Republican Party, eight years as LaPorte County Republican Chairman, and six years as the Third Congressional District Republican Chairman.

His civic activities included service as an officer and board member of the Pine Lake Cemetery Board, LaPorte, the Rolling Prairie School Board, the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, and the LaPorte County Board of Health. Other fraternal affiliations included the LaPorte Elks Club, over 65 years as a member of the Excelsior Masonic Lodge of LaPorte, the Scottish Rite and Orak Shrine, and a 69-year member and past president of the LaPorte Rotary Club, which designated him as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was honored by Indiana Governors Whitcomb, Bowen, Orr and Pence with the designation of Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed by a governor on a citizen of the state. Additionally, Governor Mitch Daniels conferred the Distinguished Hoosier Award on him.

He was a 1934 graduate of Rolling Prairie High School and a member of the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church for over 75 years.

Willard was an avid sportsman and Chicago Cubs fan. He also loved to golf and spend time with family.

On May 23, 1938, he married Rachel Louisa Gibbs at First United Methodist Church, River Park in South Bend, IN, then in February of 1991 he married Genevieve Kimmel at Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. Both predeceased him.   He was also preceded in death by brothers Norman and Arnold Simcox and grandson Matthew Feltman.

He is survived by daughter Sheila (Bernie) Jastrzembski of Granger, IN; son, Edwin J. (Sandra) Simcox of Fishers, IN; stepdaughter, Margo (Joe) Brown of LaPorte; grandchildren, Lori Risser of South Bend, Nathan Feltman of Carmel, IN, Ed Simcox Jr. and Ethan Simcox of Indianapolis, and Stephen Simcox of Dallas, TX; two step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

 In Gods garden up above
Stands flowers we dearly love
They stand with petals open wide
Watered by the tears we've cried
Their fragrance fills our lives each day
Locked in our hearts they will always stay  
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                                                                                              Carol Miller

                                                                                              1941-2015

 74, of LaPorte, died Saturday, June 6, 2015, at her home.

She was born Jan. 29, 1941, in Matfield Green, KS, to Jim and Inez (Anderson) Weeden.

Carol had worked for American Rubber Products for 13 years. She was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. Carol loved to go fishing and camping and loved the outdoors. She loved her family and spending time with them.

On July 13, 1959, in Michigan City, IN, she married Melvin Miller, who preceded her in death April 26, 1996.

Carol was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Larry Weeden and Jim Weeden; and two sisters, Mary Knepp and Peggy Henshaw.

She is survived by two sons, Rodney Miller and David Miller, both of LaPorte; three daughters, Cathy (Dale) Bode of New Carlisle, IN, and Shelley (Tom) Probst and Toni Miller, both of LaPorte; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Mike Weeden of Kentucky; and three sisters, Lois Weeden of LaPorte, Annetta (Ed) Gillooley of Florida and Ula (Bob) Godfry of Tennessee.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. A life celebration will be held Saturday at noon at the funeral home with Pastor Debbie K. Beason officiating. 

                                    Ellen Ruth Ritzler         Feb. 21, 1915 - Apr. 29, 2015

100, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Wellington Adult Care Home in Dodge Center, Minnesota where she resided for the past seven years. She was born on February 21, 1915 in Elgin, Illinois to William and Iva (Beard) Williamson. She was married on October 21, 1939 to Russell Edward Ritzler in Three Oaks, Michigan. 

She was formerly of South Bend, Indiana where she was active in many community clubs and Mt. Pleasant Methodist and Portage Chapel churches serving in many different roles. She served faithfully for many years as a PTA member in the various schools her children attended. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels program and provided care of her elderly mother in the family home for several years. 

Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, knitting, baking, and antique club. She truly enjoyed her flower/vegetable gardens once their retirement home in Rolling Prairie, Indiana was completed in 1976. In 2001, Ellen and Russell moved to Kasson, Minnesota to be closer to family and great grandchildren. 

She is survived by her son, Barry (Carolyn) Ritzler of Bristol, Connecticut, a daughter, Kathleen (Ronald) Hooley of Kasson, Minnesota, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, and one brother, Duane Williamson of Rolling Prairie, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Ritzler in 2010, and her three brothers, Lee Williamson, Ellis Williamson, and Wilbur Williamson. 

A visitation/funeral service will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015 with visitation at 10 a.m. and a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Rolling Prairie Methodist Church in Rolling Prairie, Indiana 

                                                      Michael Gerald Flagg

​1946 - 2015

     69, of Rolling Prairie, IN, died peacefully at 5:02 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in his home.
                  He was born April 23, 1946, in LaPorte to Leslie and Betty (Egolf) Flagg.+

​On Aug. 23, 1969, in Kendallville, IN, he married Suzanne (Wilson) Flagg, who survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Betty Flagg of Rolling Prairie; two sons, Matt (Monica) Flagg of New Carlisle, IN, and Jason (Brandee) Flagg of Mill Creek, IN; four siblings, Cheri Taylor of Hudson Lake Township, IN, Rondi (Mike) Jones of LaPorte, John Flagg of Concord, GA, and Mark Flagg of Rolling Prairie; and four grandchildren, Braydon, Jayden, Morgan and Lauren.