David Leon Biggs

David Leon Biggs

May 3, 1947 – January 2, 2019
Westville #192

EA: 10/26/1977
FC: 11/16/1977
MM: 2/22/1978
Masonic age: 40.76

The Family has requested a Masonic Memorial Service, which will be following the visitation at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday January 6th at Moeller Funeral Home in Valpo.

Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd, Valparaiso

It is with a sadden heart that I have to report the loss of one of our Lodge Brothers.




       David Leon Biggs, age 71, of Chesterton, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.  He was born May 3, 1947 in Chesterton to the late Delbert and Leona (Flitter) Biggs Sr.  In 1966 he married Ardy (Hanson) Biggs, who survives.  He is also survived by his sons Mike Biggs, of Chesterton and Brian (Elizabeth) Biggs of Portage, sister Darlene (John) Stanley of Kouts, grandchildren Christine and Ryan.  Preceded in death by brother Delbert Biggs Jr.

David graduated from Jackson Twp High School, Class of 1965.  He was a varsity baseball and basketball player.  He served his country in the US Army and was a Vietnam War veteran.  He belonged to Ironworkers Local 395, a member of Masonic Lodge 192 of Westville, Robbinhurst Golf Club and he attended Liberty Bible Church in Chesterton.  David enjoyed his family, his friends, his church, golf, card games, garage sales, an occasional meal out and most recently his grandson Ryan.

The family will receive friends on Sunday January 6, 2019 from 1 until 4 pm at Moeller Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held immediately after visitation at 4 pm at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd, Valparaiso.  His wishes were to be cremated and interred at Angelcrest Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Deaf Services of Merrillville are requested.


John E. Hudgins Jr.

John E. Hudgins Jr.John E. Hudgins Jr. May 25, 1938 – Dec. 27, 2010

John E. Hudgins Jr., 72, of Kingsbury, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 in La Porte Hospital.

He was born May 25, 1938, in La Porte County, son of John E. and Marie M. (Lower) Hudgins Sr.

He graduated from Stillwell High School and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of South Bend Scottish Rite, La Porte American Legion Post 83, Westville Masonic Lodge No. 192 F. & A.M., and Orak shrine of Michigan City. He retired after 37 years of service with Sheet Metal Workers Local 20.

Surviving are his father, John E. Hudgins Sr. of Kingsbury; a sister, Diane K. Jones of La Porte; niece, Julie (Keith) Allesee of La Porte; nephew, William (Lea Anne) Jones of Rolling Prairie; six great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie.

Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 at Kingsbury Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Tim Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Kingsbury Cemetery with full military honors.

Cutler Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Kingsbury.


broken_columnMasonic History:

  • Initiated as an Entered Apprentice, September 2, 1975.
  • Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on June 28, 1977.
  • Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on May 2,1978.
  • John was a member of Westville Lodge #192 F. & A. M. for 35 years, 3 months, 26 days.

On  December 27, 2010 his weary feet came to the end of their toilsome journey and from his nerveless grasp dropped forever the working tools of life, and his spiritual body entered into that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Homer Alton Mullet

Homer Alton Mullet, 84, of Valparaiso, passed away on March 9, 2008 in Valparaiso.

October 3, 1923 – March 9, 2008 He was born October 3, 1923 in Walkerton, IN to Joseph and Effie (Geyer) Mullet, who both preceded him in death.

On November 26, 1944 he married Wanda Mae (Masterson). Homer worked as a General Foreman at Bethlehem Steel until his retirement. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso, Westville Masonic Lodge #192, Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend, Orak Shrine of Michigan City, Order of the Eastern Star, and Farm Bureau.

Homer is survived by daughter, Jeanette (Mark) Morrison of Jeffersonville, IN; son, Joseph (Laurie) Mullet of Westville; sister, Lila Merrick of South Bend. He is also survived by grandchildren: Christina (Todd), Aaron (Missy), and Seth (Lindsey); and great grandchildren: Zachary, Cassandra, Tyler, Christian, and Rylei. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers: Carlos, Myron and Wilbur; and sisters: Helena and Beulah.

Funeral services for Homer will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Bartholomew Funeral Home in Valparaiso with Pastor Gretchen Seiler-Gibbs officiating.

Visitation will be held at Bartholomew Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Walkerton.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Whispering Pines Alzheimer Unit (his home for two years) or the Westville Masonic Lodge #192.

To sign an online guestbook: www.bartholomewnewhard.com

William W. Buchanan

William W. Buchanan Wanatah, IN William W. Buchanan, age 89, of Wanatah, IN, passed peacefully to join the Lord on Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

March 7, 1919 – May 7, 2008 William, or “Bill”, as most people knew him, was born on March 7, 1919 in Waverly, TN. He was one of nine children born to Julia Lee & William Henry Buchanan, both of whom preceded him in death as well as six of his siblings, Cora Lee, Mildred, Luther, Edith, Leonard, and Arthur D. Bill served in the United States Army during WW II, earning two bronze stars. He fought courageously in the Battle of the Bulge, as well as in England, Belgium, Iceland and Germany. It was while in the service that he became a pen pal to Elizabeth “Libby” Marshall of Clarksville, TN. After three years of correspondence, they were married at the Hickory Point Methodist Church in Hickory Point, TN on October 30, 1945. The Buchanan’s moved to Wanatah in 1960, where Bill was a Union Plumber, Local 210, and retired from Valparaiso Plumbing in 1982. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Westville.

Bill is survived by his devoted wife, Libby, his sons James (Betty) Buchanan, of Marshall, TX, Phillip (Mia) Buchanan, of Wanatah, Mark Buchanan, of Dallas, TX, and a daughter, Evon (George) Manz of Scottsdale, AZ, along with grandchildren, Katie (Jason) Lockwood, Lewis and William Buchanan, April (Aurelien) Buchanan-Papelard, Erik (Elena) Powers, Amanda (Travis) Luebbehusen, Erica Pinney, and four Great-Grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, J. W. Buchanan, of Waverly, TN and his sister, Estelle Littleton of Columbia, TN.

Visitation will be on Saturday, May 10th at The Faith United Methodist Church, 15555 S. 900 W, Wanatah, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Funeral service will immediately follow at the church with Rev. Deborah Miller officiating.

Burial will follow at Faith United Methodist Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions can be made in William Buchanan’s memory to: Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Gift Records Office, VU Station B 357727, Nashville, TN 37235-7727, or to Faith United Methodist Church. www.WanatahFuneralChapel.com

Frank M. Shunk

Frank M. Shunk age 94, of Chandler, AZ, formerly of Westville, IN, passed away Friday, June 27, 2008.

He was a retired fireman.

Newhard Funeral Home, Westville, IN.

Robert Nolan Howell

Robert Nolan Howell Wanatah, IN Robert Nolan Howell, 92, of Wanatah, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2009 at Porter Hospital.

July 3, 1917 – October 25, 2009

He was born July 3, 1917 in Rolfe, Iowa the son of Wyman and Lovella (Spangler) Howell and graduated from Clinton Township High School. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and a Past Master of the Westville Masonic Lodge. Robert had been an area dairy farmer for many years and will be remembered for his diligent work and dedication to his family.

On June 21, 1941 he married Hazel Dickenson who survives along with their three children: Jeanne Howell of Wanatah, Norman (Susan) Howell of Monticello and Mary Ellen Philips of Virginia; brother, James (Norma) Howell of Wanatah; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Joanne Lapell Soliday in 1999; and three sisters: Vivian, Helen and Marian. Robert and Hazel took a special pleasure in square dancing at events throughout the region for over 30 years.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 3:00 PM at Faith United Methodist Church, 1555 S. 900 W., Wanatah, IN with Pastor Mark Brock officiating. Private burial of ashes will take place at a later date at Westville Cemetery. WanatahFuneralChapel.com

Larry D. Moser

Larry D MoserLarry D. Moser age 69, of Brownsburg, passed away Nov. 22, 2009.

1940 – November 22, 2009 A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sondra; children, Denise (Paul) Tilden, Tim (Lisa) Moser, and Kris (Jason) Phillips; grandchildren, Jessica, Jasmine, Emily, Evan, Rodney, and Alex; brothers, Richard, Sam, Mike, and Jeff Moser. He was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Berneice Moser; and brother, Ron Moser.

He was a custom home builder and owner of Moser Building Corp. Larry was a member of Connection Pointe Christian Church and an avid Colts fan.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Sat., Nov. 28 at Matthews Mortuary, Brownsburg, with visitation from 3-5 p.m., Fri., Nov. 27 and one hour prior to the funeral on Sat. Burial will be at Lizton K of P Cemetery

John D. Sarver


August 16,1947 – April 15, 2010 John D. Sarver, age 62 of Dunnellon, FL, formerly of LaPorte, passed away April 15, 2010.

John was born on August 16, 1947 to Donald and Jayne (Coan) Sarver. John married Kathy Corish, who survives him, on October 27, 1973 in Michigan City. He is survived also by their children: Tamara Fuller of MI, Bobbie (Mark) Flotow of New Carlisle, Michelle (Eldon) Miller of Granger, and Heather (Jeff) Nieman of Michigan City, 16 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. John is also survived by a sister, Debra; a brother, Dallas; and two special cousins: Jackie and Carla. He was preceded in death by his parents: Donald and Jayne.

John worked as a heavy equipment operator.He was a proud member of the Local 150, the Westville Masonic Lodge #192, the Masons, formerly of the American Legion Post 21 before he transferred his membership down to Florida, and was a Triker of the BTW.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Newhard Funeral Home in Westville. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Albert Stutzman officiating. Burial will take place at Pinhook Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Children Hospital.  To sign an online guestbook for John, please visit www.newhardfuneralhome.com