Robert ‘Bobby’ John Oliver

March 6, 1954 – Dec. 29, 2019

Mr. Robert “Bobby” John Oliver, 65, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 1 p.m. Dec. 29, 2019, at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

On March 6, 1954, Robert John Oliver was born in Rochester. He was a treasured son of Rue and Melva Lowe Oliver. Growing up, he shared his childhood with four sisters and three brothers.

With a strong work ethic, Bobby was a dedicated employee of the Rochester Kroger for three decades. He is remembered for his great customer service carrying out items and stocking shelves. Bobby had a radiant smile that lit up the room. He enjoyed the men’s bowling league and was a lifetime member of the Eagles Lodge and a member of the local union at Kroger.

Bobby was the proud owner of a unique collection of limousines. He also collected semi-trucks. “Smokey and the Bandit” was his favorite movie. Bobby enjoyed playing cards with his family, being accomplished at euchre and pinochle. He was a Disney Channel fan and loved all music genres, especially country. As a three time alumnus of Camp-We-Can, Bobby looked forward to June and all the fun activities of the themed camp.

Left to cherish the memory of Bobby are his siblings, Ruth Ballinger and husband David, Granger, Pat Mellinger and husband Greg, Maxine Cowles and husband Don, Debbie Dell and husband Dennis and Junior Oliver and wife Verna, all of Rochester, Ed Oliver and wife Valery, North Manchester, and Harry “Jim” Oliver and wife Sandra, Anderson; many nieces and nephews; and his treasured canine companion Peppe, the black miniature poodle.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Rue Oliver, and Melva Sanders, on Sept. 12, 2011; and niece Amy D. Arnett, on Sept. 27, 2000.

It is with grateful appreciation that the Oliver family wishes to thank Bobby’s Hickory Creek family for their love, support and tender loving care conveyed during his residence with them for the past seven years.

His celebration of life is noon Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 10 a.m.-noon.

Preferred memorials may go to Camp-We-Can through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation or the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center.

Jo Elaine Willis

Aug. 11, 1950 – Dec. 28, 2019

Jo Elaine Willis, 69, Macy, passed away at 12:46 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at her mother’s home in rural Macy.

Born Aug. 11, 1950, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Forest “Bud” and Harriet R. Hoehne Zartman.

On Dec. 2, 1972, in Mexico, she was married to Benny J. Willis. He preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 2007.

A faithful Christian, Jo was a lifelong member of the Fulton Baptist Temple. She graduated from Caston High School in 1968 and worked for many years at Logansport Memorial Hospital. After retiring from the hospital, she worked at McClain Funeral Home in Denver. She loved spending time with her friends and family.

Survivors include her mother, Harriet R. Zartman, Macy; brother Randy P. Zartman, Macy; seven nephews, Tony (Robin) and Curt Willis, Tennessee, Silas (Tenille) Zartman, Wabash, Jarod (Marianne) Zartman, Russia, and Robert, Fred and Michael Sandefur, Kentucky; two nieces, Alicia (Rich) Hall, Oregon, and Erica (Marc) Heater, Royal Center; one great-niece, Elzie Mae Zartman, Wabash; mother-in-law Leola Willis, Macy; two sisters-in-law, Jill Zartman, Rochester, and Janet Sue Sandefur, Logansport; and two brothers-in-law, Montford (Wanda) Willis, Kokomo, and Roger Dale Willis, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father; husband; one brother, Dana Ray Zartman; and one brother-in-law, Larry Joe Sandefur.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Bruce Russell and Chaplain Jason See officiating. Burial will follow in the Metea Cemetery. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Center or Woodlawn Cancer Center. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Gene E. Shoemaker

Gene E. Shoemaker, 93, Kendallville, and formerly of Lake Wawasee, Fishers and North Fort Myers, died Dec. 13, 2019, at Orchard Pointe Health Campus, Kendallville.

Survivors include one son, Jason G. Shoemaker, Lake Wawasee.

His burial is 1 p.m. Saturday at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. His memorial visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday at Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse. Arrangements are also handled by McClain Funeral Home.


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