Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Obituaries

January 27, 2013

We can build something with vocational focus

This past Tuesday Gov. Mike Pence gave his first State of the State address. He used a portion of that speech to touch on vocational education and matching qualified and trained recent graduates with Indiana employers in need of skilled labor. He pointed to Bill Beach, a southern Indiana businessman who has owned and operated Beach Mold and Tool in New Albany since 1972.

Beach never went to college, Pence said. Instead he went to vocational school and learned the trade of injection molding and precision tool making. Today Beach’s company runs three shifts and employs 600 people in a 410,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Furthermore, Beach told Goshen News Statehouse reporter Maureen Hayden that he has trouble finding enough qualified employees for work that pays up to $30 an hour.

“We’re ready to hire people every day,” Beach said. “But our biggest challenge is finding people with the skills and with the work ethic to do the job.”

Not every kid who graduates high school is geared to go to a traditional four-year college or university. Many of those same students are incredibly smart and motivated. Even if college isn’t in their plans, they should have the opportunities to resources to discover a trade that might be suited for them. Just because somebody doesn’t go to college doesn’t mean they don’t need to make a living.

Pence’s commitment to strengthening vocational education in high schools and beyond is encouraging. The Governor wants to create a regional Indiana Works Council consisting of both employers and educators to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of vocational education in that region. He also wants those councils to draft alternative curriculum for vocational programs that could lead to necessary trade certification or licensing.

Locally, we have been fortunate to have a strong vocational education focus that prepares students for trades they may be interested in. Look no further than the Elkhart Area Career Center that has been expanding career opportunities for high school students for four decades. Last year 429 EACC students earned more than 3,700 dual credits for Ivy Tech Community College. Areas of study include automotive service technology, welding, construction trades, culinary arts, machine tool technology and computer aided drafting just to name a few.

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  • OBT GN0730 Barker obit ph oto James 'Jim' L. Barker GOSHEN — James “Jim” L. Barker, 79, passed away Saturday at his home. He was born Oct. 5, 1934 in Elkhart, to Lester L. and Mildred (Frost) Barker. On Feb. 15, 1958 in Elkhart, he married Mary Denise Bidelman. She survives along with three daughters,

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  • OBT GN0730 Bontrager, Maurice obit photo Maurice J. Bontrager GOSHEN — Maurice J. Bontrager 87, died Saturday afternoon at Greencroft Goshen Health Care after an extended illness. He was born Nov. 12, 1926 in Shipshewana, to Amos T. and K. Grace (Miller) Bontrager. On June 16, 1951, he married Frances B. Ethell

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  • Kazimir Slepchenko GOSHEN — Kazimir Slepchenko, 88, died at his home Sunday morning. In 1954, he married Yekaterina Ermak, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Inna Lykyanenko, Belarus, and Lybou (Yuriy) Dzhus, Inman, S.C.; and a son, Grigoriyu (Inna) Slepch

    July 28, 2014

  • John L. Weaver GOSHEN — John L. Weaver, 83, died Sunday morning at his residence. He married Phyllis Maxine Yoder, at Emma Mennonite Church Oct. 31, 1954. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Sherry Lynn (Steven) Yoder, South Bend; and a son, Steven Jay (Ca

    July 28, 2014

  • Mary (Riggs) Simons MAYSVILLE, Ky. — Mary (Riggs) Simons, 60, died Thursday after a lengthy illness. She married Jack Simons and moved from Goshen, Ind., to Maysville in 2001. She is survived by her husband and three sons, Scott Simons, Vanceburg, Michael Shelton and Ja

    July 28, 2014

  • OBT 0728 Anderson Mildred 'Millie' J. Anderson WARSAW — Mildred “Millie” J. Anderson, 84, formerly of Goshen, died at her home Saturday afternoon. She had been in failing health for several months. She was born Nov. 25, 1929 in North Judson to Joseph and Anna (Hulka) Svatos. On Feb. 15, 1948 she

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  • Joseph S. Gilkey BRISTOL — Joseph S. Gilkey, 88, died July 14 at his home in Fort Myers, Florida. He married Louise Fallow on Dec. 12, 1948, who preceded him in death in 1994. He then married Betty Roberts on Dec. 3, 1994. Roberts survives, along with two sons, Micha

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  • Shirley Walgamuth LEESBURG — Shirley Walgamuth, 72, died Wednesday at her home.She was married to Glen Martinson, who died in 1979.In 1989, she married Arden Walgamuth, who died in 2009.She is survived by her daughter, Tracy (Craig) Williams, Fort Wayne; two stepdaugh

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  • OBT GN0726 Mullet obit photo Elizabeth Mullet GOSHEN — Elizabeth Mullet, 94, died of natural causes at 4 a.m. Friday at her daughter’s residence. She was born April 20, 1920, in Nappanee, to John E. and Mattie (Stutzman) Helmuth. On Oct. 19, 1939, she married Felty J. Mullet in Kosciusko County.

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  • Allan L. Hanna LIGONIER — Allan L. Hanna, 75, died Thursday in Goshen. He married Joyce Stump in Boston, Mass., Sept. 2, 1960. She survives in Ligonier. Also surviving are his daughter, Debbie Hanna, Elkhart; and a son, Mark Hanna, Ligonier. A funeral service will

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