Obituaries, March 24, 2024

Written on 03/24/2024

William R. Corn

William R. Corn, 73, of Peru, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Franciscan Health East in Lafayette.

Born on July 29, 1950, Bill is the son of the late Chester and Eileen (Marquand) Corn.  On September 20, 2011, in Logansport, Bill married Toni K. Jester who preceded in death on August 24, 2015.

Bill was a truck driver for Shoshone Trucking Company.  He was a member of the Elk’s Lodge #66, Moose Lodge #232 and the Sons of the American Legion.

Surviving are three children, William Brent (Ashley) Corn of Peru; Chad Allen (Amber) Corn of Bunker Hill; Tamara Brooks of Kokomo; sister, Judy Gordon of Peru; 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a sister Charlotte Russian and a brother, Junior Corn.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Gundrum Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 4:00PM until 7:00PM on Monday, March 25, 2024, also at Gundrum Funeral Home.

You may sign Bill’s guestbook and leave online condolences for his family at

John William Payne

John William Payne, 78, of Galveston, passed away 7:47 pm Thursday March 21, 2024, at his home. He was born in Kokomo, IN, on December 3, 1945, the son of Bill and Vivian (Wheeler) Payne. On October 14, 1999, he married Cheryl “CJ” Whiteman, and she preceded him in death on October 12, 2018.

John was a 1964 graduate of Western High School. He earned his Certified Driver’s License and worked at Chrysler until his retirement in 2004. He proudly served our country in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Galveston American Legion. John was an easy-going man with a great sense of humor. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Moose Lodge in Peru, and Eagles Lodge. He took great pride in keeping a well-kept yard, garden, and caring for hummingbirds in his garden. He enjoyed traveling to state parks, breweries, and taking weekend adventures to Michigan and Brown County, IN. John’s family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were his top priority.

John is survived by his daughters, Brianna (Joshua) Packard, Diane (Rich) Scott; parents, Bill and Vivian Payne; sisters, Judith Tubach, Deborah Payne; grandchildren, Hayleigh Hosler, Kaiden Hosler, Colton Cain, Emma Edwards, Julie Edwards, Kristen and Justin Kochenderfer, Chad and Brianne Payne; several nephews, and great granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his wife, CJ Payne.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 11 am to 1 pm Thursday March 28, 2024, at Stout & Son Funeral Home – Russiaville Chapel, 200 East Main Street, Russiaville, IN 46979. Funeral service will begin 1 pm on Thursday at the funeral home, with Kenny Cole officiating. Burial will follow in Russiaville Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army and Galveston American Legion. Contributions may be made in John’s memory to Riley Hospital for Children or American Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Gary Richard Buchman

Gary Richard Buchman, age 71, of Cicero, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 22, 2024, at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, Indiana. Gary was born in Racine, Wisconsin on September 7, 1952, to his parents, Donald Willam & Jean Caroline (Wieners) Buchman. Gary married the love of his life, Sandra Gail Allen, on May 7, 1983. They shared 40 years of marriage and a lifetime of memories together.

Gary was a graduate of Pulaski High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After high school he went to work selling and servicing air compressors for many years before he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked as a quality control manager at Green Bay Packaging. Soon after retiring, he and Sandra moved back to Indiana to be close to their daughter and grandchildren.

Gary was known as a gentle giant; he was incredibly kind and just had a tender spirit about him. He had a great laugh that he let loose often! He adored his grandchildren and cherished the time they spent together. He was a very involved father, always taking time to let his daughter know how much she meant to him. During her high school years, he spent countless hours as a prop crew for the color guard program. Gary spent many late nights and early mornings making sure everything was just right so the shows went smoothly and always without complaint!

He grew up in a household full of siblings; 12 in all, they were all very close. One of their favorite pastimes was playing basketball together; of course there were enough of them to have two teams! Even after the time came when he no longer played, he still enjoyed watching basketball. Growing up, his family instilled a strong faith in him that he carried his whole life.

In Gary’s free time, he enjoyed riding his Harley with his love, Sandra, on the back. He also enjoyed traveling. His family has many memories of family vacations they have taken that they will hold near to their hearts. Gary will be greatly missed by all that were blessed to know him.

Those left to carry on Gary’s legacy of love are his wife, Sandra Buchman; daughter, Andrea “Bug” Iloe Buchman Mamaril; grandchildren, Madyson Delaini Eshelman, Owen Lucas Eshelman, Gavin Reese Mamaril; siblings, Donna Grossmeyer (Tom), Lynn Hischke (Paul), Greg Buchman (Gail), Mary Brindowski (Dan), Gail Clough (Randy), Kevin Buchman (Janet), Keith Buchman (Shiloh), Paul Buchman, Brian Buchman (Kathy), Laura Buchman, Kristen Fisher; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gary was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, Donald & Jean Buchman as well as several aunts and uncles.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date and will be updated once details are finalized.

Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Buchman family in their time of need. Please feel free to leave an online condolence or share a special memory of Gary with his family on his tribute wall.