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March 31, 2009

Kellyn Maureen Buis

Kellyn Maureen Buis, age 51, a lifetime North Webster resident passed away at 9:15 a.m. at her residence on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Born on December 29, 1957, in Muncie, she was the daughter of Marguerite J. "Peggy" (Sweeney) Buis. 

Kelly grew up in North Webster and graduated from Wawasee High School with the Class of 1976. She completed 18 months of EMS training and was the first woman to serve on the North Webster EMS Department. For the past 25 years, Kelly worked as the controller at Shaffner and Shaffner Enterprises, Inc., Warsaw. She was a member of the North Webster United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include her four sisters, Suzanne J. (Curtis) Shock, Alice E. (Ralph) Luce and Jane A. (Dexter) Shepherd all of North Webster and D. Kimberley (Philip) Smith of Leesburg, Indiana; nephews, Michael P. (Kelly) Shock and Christopher D. (Nikki) Wiseman; a niece, Nicky Buis; grand-nieces and nephews, Adam, Alex and Anna Shock, Emma Buis, Meghan, Nate and Bailey Betz Wiseman, Aden and Caleb Wiseman; niece of the heart, Amy Stafford; grand-nephews of the heart, Riley Betz and Colton Stafford. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marguerite J. "Peggy" Buis who passed away in 2005 and a nephew, Patrick A. Wiseman in 2001. 

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2009 at North Webster United Methodist Church , 7822 E Epworth Forest Road, North Webster. Funeral service is Friday, April 3, 2009 at 11 a.m. with two hours of calling prior to service at the North Webster United Methodist Church . Pastor David Smitley will officiate. Burial will follow at Mock Cemetery , North Webster.

Memorials may be given in memory of Ms. Buis to  North Webster Community Center, 301 North Main Street, North Webster , IN 46555, Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, 902 Provident Drive, Warsaw, IN   46580 or North Webster United Methodist Church, 7822 E Epworth Forest Road, PO Box 282, North Webster, IN 46555 . Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the church. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.


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Margaret Helen Pickel, 90

Margaret Helen Pickel, 90, of Avon , Indiana, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2009 at Eagle Valley Nursing Home, Indianapolis.

Born on December 23, 1918 in North Salem, Indiana, she was the daughter of Ralph K. and Vera M. (Dean) Davidson. 

As a young girl, she lived in Indianapolis, where she graduated from George Washington High School with the Class of 1936. On September 16, 1939, she married Maurice Landy Pickel in North Salem, Indiana.

A housewife and homemaker, she lived at Loon Lake in Whitley County from 1939 to 1984 when she returned to Indianapolis.    

Survivors include her sister, Mary Hazel Baugh of Indianapolis; two brothers, Lloyd Davidson of Savannah, Georgian, and Robert Davidson of Indianapolis ; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Maurice Landy Pickel, and three brothers, Gene, Earl and Harold Davidson.   

To honor Mrs. Pickel's request, there will be no visitation.

A graveside service will be held today, Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at South Park Cemetery, 1500 S State Road 205, Columbia City. Pastor John Bart, Chaplain of Eagle Valley Nursing Home, will officiate.

Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Pickel to the donor's choice of charity. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.


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March 28, 2009

Howard J. Marsh, 83

Howard J. Marsh, 83, of Columbia City, died on Friday, March 27, 2009, at Parkview Whitley Hospital as a result of a sudden illness. 

Born on January 16, 1926, he was the son of Harry and Esther (Mills) Marsh.

Mr. Marsh grew up in the Hartford City and Sidney area, graduating from Sidney High School with the class of 1944.  Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the army serving in World War II.  He married Dorothy B. Johnson on November 3, 1950, who preceded him in death on August 14, 1999.  On October 28, 2000 he married Dortha Mae Cooper.

A resident of Whitley County since 1952, he worked for many years as an inspector of electric motors at General Electric, retiring in 1988.  He attended New Life Bible Church and was a member of the Whitley County YMCA, as well as a former member of the American Legion Post #98 and South Whitley VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Dortha Mae Marsh of Columbia City; a daughter, Roxanne (Jerry) Squires of Larwill, and a son, Brian Marsh of Columbia City; grandsons, Eric and Joel Squires of Winona Lake, Trenton and Ethan Marsh of Wolf Lake, and granddaughter Bethany Squires of Larwill; a sister, Thelma (Al) Hill of Fort Wayne, a brother-in-law, Curtiss (Joyce) Johnson of Columbia City, as well as many stepchildren and grand children. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy; his parents; a son, Bradley Erin Marsh, and brothers, Arthur, Roger, Robert and Harry, Jr. Marsh.

Visitation is from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home,
600 Countryside Drive , Columbia
City.  Funeral Service is 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 at the funeral home with calling one hour prior.  Pastor Curtiss Johnson will be officiating.  Burial will follow at Stough Cemetery, Columbia City .

Memorial may be given in memory of Mr. Marsh to the Gideon’s International or Parkview Whitley Home Health and Hospice.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.


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March 26, 2009

Betty J. Lopshire, 84

Betty J. Lopshire, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

Born on June 5, 1924, in Kendallville, she was the daughter of Glen W. and Nona V. (Stults) Bailey.

She received her formal education in the public schools of Cromwell and graduated from the former Cromwell High School with the Class of 1943. Her formative years were spent in the communities of Kendallville, Kimmell and Ligonier.

On April 9, 1949 she married Wayne E. Lopshire, at Kimmell United Methodist Church in Kimmell. Following their marriage she and her husband established their first home together in Lake Township, Allen County, where they farmed together.

Known in her community for her expertise in decorating cakes, she was a member of the Arcola United Methodist Church where she served on the church official board. She was also a member and president of the Lake Township (Allen County) Home Extension Club.

Survivors include her 2 daughters, LuAnn (Thad) Coverstone and Sandra (Daniel) Trimmer both of Columbia City; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Lee Trimmer of Columbia City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 55 years, Wayne E. Lopshire and sister, Bonnie Sampson.

Visitation is Thursday, March 26, 2009 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City. Funeral service is Friday, March 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. with one hour of calling prior to service at Arcola United Methodist Church, 11311 Arcola Road, Arcola. Reverend Harold Klinker of Arcola United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Eel River Cemetery, Allen County. Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Lopshire to Arcola United Methodist Church or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com  to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.


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Jean M. Black, 83

Jean M. Black, 83, formerly of Columbia City, died at 1:34 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Wittenberg Lutheran Village, Crown Point, IN, where she had been a resident since July 2007.
She was born February 12, 1926 in Arcola, a daughter of John A. and Amelia (Erdmann) Travelbee. She attended Columbia City Schools graduating as salutatorian of the Class of 1944. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Manchester College in 1961 and her Master’s of Elementary Education degree from St. Francis University, Fort Wayne, in 1971.
On November 23, 1946, she was united in marriage to Nelson C. Black. They made their home on North Chauncey Street, Columbia City for most of their married life. Mr. Black died August 28, 1984.
She taught sixth grade at Columbia City Schools for 23 years, retiring in 1991. A life-long member of Grace Lutheran Church, she was the Fraternal Communicator for Lutheran Brotherhood, member of Deborah Group, taught Sunday School, Confirmation classes and pre-Communion classes and sang in the Choir.

Her many community and fraternal activities included Sorosis Club, secretary of Sigma Eta, treasurer of Mental Health Board, Delta Kappa Gamma, Women’s Teachers’ Organization and Whitley County Retired Teachers.
Surviving relatives include one daughter, Joyce (David) Easterday, Crown Point and a son, Phillip (Laura) Black, Wichita, Kansas; five grandchildren, Rachel Foust, Sarah Ancel and Elizabeth Easterday, Darryl and Adam Black; one sister, Margaret Jacobs, Fort Wayne.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers John E. Travelbee, William Travelbee and Robert Travelbee and a sister Betty Sefcik .
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church,
204 North Main Street, Columbia
City, with Pastor David Easterday officiating. The burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City and one hour before the service at the church. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 29th at Wittenberg Lutheran Village Chapel, Crown Point.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne or Trinity Lutheran Church, Crown Point.


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Local Service for Robert Haworth

A service is being planned for Saturday, April 4, at 1:15 p.m. to remember Robert Haworth, the late son of Richard “Dick” Haworth of Columbia City. The service will be held at Columbia City United Methodist Church.

Haworth, 56, of Indianapolis, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis.

He was born October 28, 1952, in Angola, to Richard and Betty (Vannice) Haworth.

He worked for Commercial Credit Group as a District Sales Manager. He graduated from Purdue University in 1976, was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and also served on their board of directors.

He is survived by his father, Richard (& Norma) Haworth of Columbia City; a brother, William Haworth of Indianapolis; and a sister, Diane Haworth of Holland, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Vannice Haworth.


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Jerry E. Martin, 64

Jerry E. Martin, 64, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Born in Fort Wayne, he was an electrician with Dana Corporation for 34 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of Fellowship Missionary Church and Model A Club of Fort Wayne, and was an U.S. Navy veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Martin of Fort Wayne; daughter, Michelle (Steve) Lindeman of Fort Wayne; son, Mike Martin of Fort Wayne; his beloved sunshine and best friend, his granddaughter, Noelle Lindeman; siblings, Jo (Clarence) Boring of Silver Lake, Janice (Larry) Foster of Fort Wayne, Paul Martin of Greentown, Donnie (Lynn) Martin of Columbia City, Deena (Mike) Dillion of Zanesville; several nieces and nephews; and many many friends.

Service is 10 a.m. Friday at Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 E Tillman Road, with calling one hour prior. The Rev. David N. DeSelm officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens.


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March 24, 2009

Stephan J. Belot, 67

Stephan J. Belot, 67, a resident of rural Leo and lifelong resident of Allen County , died at 9:50 a. m. on Sunday, March 22, 2009, at his residence in Perry Township.  He had been in failing health for the past month.

Mr. Belot was born on March 26, 1941, in Fort Wayne.  He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1959, and was a veteran of the U. S. Navy.  On August 8, 1964, he was married in Fort Wayne to Anne W. Witte, and had lived at his present home for the past 35 years.

Employed as a journeyman plumber all of his adult life, he worked with the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 166 for over 20 years, and retired in 2005 from Current Mechanical A Link Service Contractor in Fort Wayne.

He was a lover of nature and outdoor activities. He enjoyed gardening, feeding the squirrels, birds, and deer, and especially loved his cat and companion “Kitty Boy.”

The surviving relatives include his wife Anne, to whom he was married for over 44 years; and his two children Lise (Dan) Greil of Indianapolis and Mark Belot of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie (Gerber) Cobbum.

Funeral services will be held on his birthday at 11 a. m.  Thursday, March 26, at the Huntertown United Methodist Church,

16021 Lima Road
, with Pastors Greg Hiatt and Sherri Long, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service.

Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Huntertown Cemetery.

Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.


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Geraldine Mary Cox, 91

Geraldine Mary Cox, 91, of Columbia City passed away at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2009, at Miller's Merry Manor in Columbia City.

Born on July 17, 1917, in Taconite, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Harry G. and Mary A. (Nash) Ely.                  

She spent her childhood in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Southwestern High School with the Class of 1936.

In 1988, she retired from Kauhman Construction, Port Huron, Michigan, as an office manager with 25 years of service. After retirement, she moved to Columbia City.

Survivors include her son, Alan J. (Mary Ann) Anderson of Columbia City; three grandchildren, Kathleen (Cort Chilian) Anderson of Fort Wayne, Eric Anderson of Columbia City and Laura (Avery) White of Centerville, Ohio; 10 great-grandchildren; a friend, Barbara Sawicki of Gross Ile, Michigan; and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Kenneth Ely.

Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City. Funeral mass is 10:00 a.m. with one hour of calling prior to service Thursday, March 26, 2009 at St. Paul of the Cross Church, 315 S Line Street , Columbia City. Father Larry Kramer will preside. Burial will follow at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery , Columbia City. Memorials may be given in memory of Ms. Cox to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.


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March 19, 2009

Wanda L. Chapman, 86

Wanda L. Chapman, 86, a former resident of rural Churubusco and more recently a resident of Snow Lake near Fremont, died Wednesday morning, March 18, 2009, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Chapman was born in Smi th Township on May 17, 1922, a daughter of Orval and Aria Etta (Gaff) Ramsey, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1940.  She spent all of her life in the Churubusco area until four years ago when she became a year-round resident at her lake home in Steuben County.

A former employee of General Electric in Fort Wayne, she worked there for 30 years, retiring in 1982.

She was a member of Believer’s Bible Fellowship in Churubusco, the ELEX Club, and the G. E. Quintis Club.  She enjoyed being a farmer’s wife, and in her leisure time enjoyed flowers, gardening, and her life at the lake.

On August 30, 1941 she was married in Whitley County to Harry L. Chapman.  He preceded her in death on June 26, 1995.

The surviving relatives include her daughters Colleen (Jim Williams) McDougall of Fremont and Gloria “Susie” Fox of Greenfield; a sister Hulda Marie Hursh Thornburg of Syracuse; four grandchildren Kevin (Beth) McDougall, Kelly McDougall, Jeff Lothamer, and Chad (Zhou Xue) Lothamer; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by a sister Edna Mae Shroyer on November 20, 1958; and by a brother Orval A. Ramsey on June 29, 1994.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. on Monday, March 23, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Sunday from 2 to 5 p. m.

Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association,
P. O. Box 1130, Fairfax, Virginia  22038-1130


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March 18, 2009

Clairene "Susie" Gilliam Smith Robbins, 79

Clairene “Susie” Gilliam Smith Robbins, 79, of Columbia City, will be remembered for her extraordinary zest for life, her love for her family and friends, her adventurousness and generosity of spirit. She was interested in everything and thought getting old was “the pits.” She died March 17, 2009 and we miss her already.
Born in Columbia City, Indiana, January 27, 1930, to Carlean and Ruby (Jackson) Gilliam, Susie lived much of her childhood in rural Kentucky. She was a child of the depression and told many stories of her life on the farm: the shenanigans along with the struggle to survive. Her father was a Baptist minister and her faith was a large part of her life. Her family moved back to Indiana where she graduated from Harlan High School in 1948.
In 1950, she married Stanley Smith with whom she had four children. Mr. Smith died in 1997. In 1991, she married Rodger Robbins, the love of her life, of Columbia City. Mr. Robbins died in 2005.
Susie was a loving and admirable mother: she raised her own four children, and brought into her home several children who were neglected by their own families.
Through the years, Susie was a dance instructor, secretary, graphic designer, accountant, factory and office manager, etc. She, at various times, lived in Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and Florida. She loved to travel and had been to most states of the US, also Mexico, Israel, and parts of Europe.
She was an artist who worked in many mediums. She enjoyed painting in both water color and acrylic, loved doing crafts, and was an expert seamstress. She won many awards for her work. She loved her home and her garden: her on-going art projects.
She enjoyed bowling and golf.
Susie is survived by her children, Jackie Smith & Steve Springer of Indianapolis, Greg Smith of Geneva, Pat Smith of Toledo and Jim Smith of New Orleans; her grandchildren: Andrea Smith, Nathan & Olivia Smith, Michael & Joy Springer, David Springer and Emily Springer; 6 great-grandchildren; her sister and best friend Genny Robinson, and her husband, Del of Columbia City; her brother, Larry Gilliam of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews including, Cindy (Curt) Orr, Debbie (Kent) Miller, Steve (Rhonda) Robinson, and Tim (Luann) Robinson; and her numerous cousins and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Buel Gilliam.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The entombment will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


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Mildred P. Kaylor, 80

Mildred P. Kaylor, 80, formerly of Noblesville, died at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne where she had been a resident since January 2007.
She was born July 16, 1928 in Caryville, Tennessee, a daughter of William and Nettie (Phillips) Shults. Her formative years were spent in Caryville. She graduated from Jacksboro High School.
On May 7, 1948, she was united in marriage to William E. Kaylor. They made their home in Bonny Blue, Virginia, before moving to Noblesville in 1952. Mr. Kaylor died January 1, 1974.
She was employed at Willet’s Clothing Store in Noblesville for five years, Baxter Medical Supplies and then cleaned houses.
She was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church in Anderson and a former member of Prairie Baptist Church in Noblesville.
Surviving relatives include three children, W. Ronald Kaylor of Eagletown, Jim (Patricia) Kaylor of Fort Wayne and Joy (Melvin) Warrick III of Columbia City; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and a brother, Jack Shults of Nevada, IN.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul, Bill and Lee; and three sisters, Betty Nix, Barbara Shults and Helen Shults.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Rev. Ross O’Dell and Rev. Alex Mandura officiating. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
The committal service will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimers Research Foundation.


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March 15, 2009

Eugene A. Katt, 78

Eugene A. Katt, 78, of Fort Wayne, was taken into the loving arms of Jesus on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Born September 22, 1930, in Fort Wayne, he served in the U.S. Army and was a graduate of Purdue University School of Pharmacy. He worked as a Pharmacist at Dan Purvis and Hooks Drugs for 40 years, retiring in 1995.

He was also a member of Peace Lutheran Church and John Purdue Club.

He is survived by his wife, Martha (Schwehn) Clapp Katt of Fort Wayne; daughter, Diane (Don) Gotsch of Fort Wayne; two sons, Douglas (Susan) Katt of Salem, Indiana and Ron (Laura) Katt of Fort Wayne; four step-daughters, Lydia Stratman of Columbia City, Lesley (Dr. Tom) Vogel of Fishers, Indiana, Mary (Mike) Burris of Bluffton, Ohio and Molly (Fred) McClure of Fishers, Indiana; eight grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Loretta (Kraus) Katt; his first wife of 50 years, Dorothy (Jenner) Katt, in 2004; and daughter, Linda Katt.

Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church, with visitation one hour prior at the church. Visitation also from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne Street. Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens.

Preferred memorials to Peace Lutheran Church.


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Barbara J. Deflon, 76

Barbara J. Deflon, 76, of Columbia City, died at 8:00 a.m., Saturday March 14, 2009 at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
She was born September 29, 1932 in Muncie, a daughter of Elmer and Lillian (Mumauth) Burelison. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne where she attended Concordia School.
She was married to Robert Deflon and they spend most of their married life in the El Paso, Texas area. Mr. Deflon died in 2001.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Lance and Travis Deflon; a brother Charles (Barbara) Burelison of Columbia City ; two sisters, Iola Hanauer of Fort Wayne and Nina (Paul) Price of Columbia City and a special friend, Larry Burchfield of Columbia City.
There will be no visitation or funeral.


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Kenneth Dale Hyser, Sr., 69

Kenneth Dale Hyser, Sr., 69, of Pierceton passed away at 8:38 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2009 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.

Born in Roanoke on March 31, 1939, he was the son of Robert Russell and Wilma (Love) Hyser.

As a young boy, he attended Lafayette Central School, in Roanoke, IN and he later attended Jefferson Center High School, Whitley County. From April 12, 1956, through November 15, 1956, he proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. His first marriage was to Ruth Ann Colpetzer.

On June 11, 1969, he married Annie “Alice” Stephens in Parisburg, West Virginia. A Whitley County resident for most of his life, he worked as director of maintenance for Whitley County Memorial Hospital, currently Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City for twelve years, International Harvester in Fort Wayne for ten years, and he retired from Country Mark Co-op after ten years of service.

He was a member of the Columbia City Eagles Lodge #1906. He enjoyed collecting glassware, paper weights, toy sewing machines and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Alice Hyser of Pierceton; sons, Terry Dale Hyser of Collins, Kenny (Donna) Hyser, Jr. and Timothy Hyser both of Columbia City, Rodney Hyser of Collins, Robert Allen (Tem) Schrader of Olympia, Washington, Christopher (Marsha) Schrader of Pierceton; daughters, Teresa Gale (Richard) Earhart of Fort Wayne, Donna (Paul) Weinberg of Columbia City and Dorthea (Jeff) Arnold of South Whitley; sister-in-law, Nancy Love of Columbia City; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Hyser of Columbia City; sisters, Beverly (Larry) Brandom and Barbara (Steve) Lalone both of Columbia City and LeAnna (John) Clevenger of Fort Wayne.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Brian Lee Hyser and Katie Jolynn Hyser, a brother, Donald Love and daughter-in-law, Michelle Hyser.

To honor Mr. Hyser’s request, there will be no visitation. Graveside service is Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Boonville Cemetery, 950 W 150 S., Larwill, with Pastor James Clifford of Laud Christian Church officiating. Graveside military honors will be conducted by the Whitley County Korean War Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials may be given in Mr. Hyser’s memory to the American Legion Auxiliary Post 258. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. A luncheon will be held after the service at the American Legion Hall in Pierceton.

Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.


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Kenneth R. Mahan, 69

Kenneth R. Mahan, 69, of South Whitley, died Friday, March 13, 2009 at the Oaks in Columbia City where he had been a resident since December 30, 2008.
He was born December 1, 1939 in Dearborn, Michigan, to Roman B. and Helen Marie (Sutton) Mahan. As a young boy, his family moved to Portageville, Missouri. During his teens, the family moved to Fort Wayne where he attended South Side High School.
On November 29, 1958, he was united in marriage to Ione M. Johnson. He served in the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge in 1961.
He owned the Tire Mart in Fort Wayne from 1959 until he sold the business in 1995. He continued to work there part-time until 2005. He was a member of the Roanoke Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Ione; four sons, Kenneth Ray Mahan, Fort Wayne, Darryl L. Mahan, Fort Wayne, Ivan (Tammy) Mahan and Christopher (Susan) Mahan both of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Tylan B. Mahan, one brother, Danny McMahan and a sister, Angela Carlisle.
Funeral service is 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2009 at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with calling from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Christian Children’s Fund.


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Josephine I. Fudge, 88

Josephine I. Fudge, 88, a resident of Lake Township in Allen County and the wife of Robert A. Fudge, died at 6:42 a. m. on Friday, March 13, 2009, at Heritage Park Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.  Although she had been in failing health for some time, her death was unexpected.

Mrs. Fudge was born on May 12, 1920 in Allen County, a daughter of George and Jennie (Smith) Fritz, and was united in marriage on June 20, 1941, to Robert A. Fudge.  The couple lived at their home in Lake Township since 1947.

A homemaker, she loved gardening, going fishing with her husband, and spending time with her family and friends.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Township.

The surviving relatives include her husband Robert; a son Dennis (Toni) Fudge of Roanoke; two sisters Frances Stuckey of Fort Wayne and Adeline (Harry) Thompson of Cedarville; two grandsons Jeremy Fudge and Brad (Melissa) Fudge; a great-granddaughter Jocelynn Fudge; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Laura LaFevor; and by a brother Saben Fritz.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Monday, March 16, at St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Twp., 7314 W. Cook Road, with Pastor Ralph Easterhaus, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 7 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Township Building Fund.


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March 12, 2009

Gaynel Catherine “Sue” Graft, 82

Gaynel Catherine “Sue” Graft, 82, died Monday, March 9, 2009 at her home.

She was a lifelong resident of Lake Township in Allen County, growing up on her family’s dairy farm and later being an integral part of Graft Milk Transport with her husband and sons for 64 years.

Gaynel “Sue” was born September 14, 1926, a daughter of the late Fred and Georgia (Valentine) Blessing. She was married in Fort Wayne on June 1, 1946, to Donald Graft. The couple was married for 61 years.

A member of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, she worked at the G.E. plant and later as secretary-treasure of Southwest Allen County Schools for 30 years. She loved her family and spent many hours taking care of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gaynel is survived by her daughter Diane (Ed) Mayer, Valrico, Florida, sons Jim (Vicki) Graft and Donald Graft, Brother Milan (Helen) Blessing, sister Charlotte (Norman) Schaefer all of Fort Wayne, grandchildren Jami (P.J.) Steffen, Avon, Kendall (Tyler) Hoffman, Columbia City, Jeremy (Nichole) Mayer, Ocoee, Florida SP4C Gregory Mayer, Ft. Bliss, Texas, Kelli (Chris) Moran, Alissa (Ken) Knepple, Ian, Aaron and Grandson Graft, all of Fort Wayne, seven grandchildren; Timothy Knepple, Rebekah, Joshua, Jessica and Luke Steffen, Lydia and Clara Moran.

Gaynel was preceded in death by her husband Donald and brother Kenneth Blessing.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 14, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. in the Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6318 West California Road, with Rev. William Mueller officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday in the church from 3:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. and Saturday morning from 10:00 A.M. until service time.


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Juanita Reid, 93

Juanita Reid, 93, a life long resident of Allen County, died Sunday March 8, 2009 at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient since May of 2008. She formerly lived on Fritz Road for many years.

Juanita was born June 6, 1915 in Perry Township in Allen County, a daughter of the late Cecil and Lillian (Newman) Repine. She had owned and operated the Fritz Real Estate Company for many years and retired from Byron Health Center in Fort Wayne as a Geriatric Technician.

She is survived by her children, Darwin R. (Judy) Ott of Fort Wayne, Joyce A. Smith of Bremeton, Washington, and Hazel (Thomas) Gunderman of North Little Rock, Arkansas; step-children Delores (Melvin) Kuehnert, Betty Dunten, Richard (Alice) Fritz, Alvin (Jean) Fritz and Kenneth (Barbara) Fritz all of Fort Wayne.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren, and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Kenneth and Paul Repine; a sister Helen Neal; and her husbands.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday March 11, 2009 at 10:00 a. m. in the St John’s Lutheran Church-Lake Twp. 7914 W. Cook Road Fort Wqyne,  with Pastor Ralph W. Easterhaus officiating. Burial will follow in the Eel River Cemetery in Allen County. The family will receive friends in the Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Tuesday from 2:00 until 8:00 p. m.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Twp. Building Fund.  Envelops will be available in the funeral home.


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Loren G. “Zeb” Stahlhut, 74

Loren G. “Zeb” Stahlhut, 74, a resident of rural Churubusco, died Sunday morning March 8, 2009 at his residence. He had been in ill health but his death was unexpected.

Zeb was born December 4, 1934 in Lake Township, Allen County, a son of the late Carl and Gertrude (Wertman) Stahlhut.

As a young man he attended Arcola High School, was engaged in farming for 40 plus years, and a self-employed farm equipment repairman for 42 years.  He had worked for Schaefer Implements in Fort Wayne.

He was united in marriage to Beverly J. Chastain in Fort Wayne on July 3, 1954.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Beverly J. Stahlhut; their children Michael (Georgia) Stahlhut of Churubusco,  Kathy (David) Cramer of Pensacola, Florida, and Timothy Stahlhut, and Cindy (John) Husar, both of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Larry (Joy) Stahlhut of Fort Wayne, Dennis (Renee) Smith of Lantana, Florida, and Stanley (Sally) Smith of Chugiak, Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ronald Stahlhut in 2000 and sister Karen Lambert in 2005.

Funeral services will be held on Friday March 13, 2009 at 10:00 a. m. in the Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco with Pastor Lane Burgland, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne.  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p. m. in the Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, and also on Friday morning at the church one hour prior to the service.

For those who wish memorial contributions may be directed to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Indiana Chapter, 941 E. 86 th. Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 42640-1842.  Envelops will be available in the funeral home.


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Ann Gay Lancaster, 65

Ann Gay Lancaster, 65, of Overton, Texas, died Monday, March 9, 2009.
She was born September 29, 1943 in Constantine, Michigan the only child of Rev. Harold and Mildred (McConnell) Beemon. Her formative years were spent in Constantine. She graduated from Constantine High School and continued her education in Minnesota.
Surviving relatives include a son, Shane (Esther) Lancaster of South Whitley; a daughter, Jennifer (Joseph) Hupp of Huntington; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements are being completed by Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley.


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March 09, 2009

Michael B. “Mick” Mishler, 66

Michael B. “Mick” Mishler, 66, of South Whitley, died Sunday, March 8, 2009 at the Peabody Home in North Manchester where he had been a resident since October 2005.
He was born November 10, 1942, in Kosciusko County, Indiana, to the late Hugh June and Ruby Lucille (Jenkins) Mishler.

As a young boy, his family moved to a farm southwest of South Whitley where he lived for most of his life. A 1961 graduate of South Whitley High School, he participated in basketball and baseball and was given the Harley Award.
A self-employed farmer for much of his life, he also drove truck, most recently for Gladieux Refinery. After a disabling accident in 1984, he was employed with Hoffman Farms in Columbia City. He enjoyed visiting with everyone he met, working on his race car, and the game of golf. He was also a longtime member of the South Whitley Lions Club.
Surviving relatives include three children, Randy Michael Mishler of Vancouver, Washington, Rhonda M. (William) Craun of Carmel, Indiana, and Dr. Richard M. (Megan) Mishler of Portland, Oregon; six grandchildren; Connor and Noah Mishler, Ethan, Natalie, and Gavin Craun, and Finn Mishler; a brother, Milan (Karen) Mishler of North Manchester; four sisters, Mille Mishler, Marcia Himes and Marlene (Rob) Mishler, all of South Whitley, Monna (Gene) Crawford of Lake City, Florida; and a sister-in-law Suzy Mishler, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Manford Mishler.
Funeral service is 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2009 at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley with calling from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.
The family would like to thank all the people who cared for Mick and helped him in his daily life over the years. Your kindness to Mick will always be appreciated. For those who wish, memorials may be made to South Whitley Lions Club or South Whitley Public Library.


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Idelle Florentia Clemons, 91

Idelle Florentia Clemons, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 8, 2009 at her home.
She was born August 6, 1917 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of August V. and Ellen B. (Swedenborg) Turnquist. Her formative years were spent in the twin cities. She graduated from Central High School in St. Paul.
From 1936 until 1943 she worked for Dr. Wilton Zinn D.D.S.
On May 13, 1943 she was united in marriage to Warren A. Clemons in New London, Connecticut. They made their home in St. Paul, Minnesota until 1950 when they moved to Minneapolis and later Brooklyn Center. In July 1960 they moved to Indiana, residing at Tri Lakes until 1991 when they moved into Columbia City. Mr. Clemons died December 25, 2001.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and U.S. Submarine Wives of WWII.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Marjorie (James) Willman of Ada, Michigan and Priscilla (Stanley) Peters of Tri Lakes; a daughter-in-law, Penny Clemons of Columbia City; eight grandchildren, Jimmy Willman, Trina Streling, Jen Garrett, Betsi Lankford, Steve Peters, Kristine DeHaven, Troy and Kaleb Clemons; and seven great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Karl A. Clemons and Fred A. Clemons; a daughter-in-law, Dawn Clemons Lovely; and a brother, Verner Turnquist.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Rev. Dr. C. James Cress, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. The burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Larwill. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Home.


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Earl E. Kemery, 86

Earl E. Kemery, 86, of Columbia City, died at 11:09 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2009 at The Oaks Living Center where he had been a resident since January 30.
He was born January 6, 1923 in Whitley County, Indiana a son of Ervin M. and Lillie V. (Loe) Kemery. His formative years were spent in the Columbia City and South Whitley areas. He graduated from South Whitley High School.
On January 22, 1943 he was inducted in the United States Army, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged February 17, 1946.
On June 2, 1946 he was united in marriage to Marion L. Stephens. They made their home in Columbia City for two years before moving to Round Lake. Mrs. Kemery died May 3, 1981.
He was employed at Dana Weatherhead, retiring in 1986.
On June 15, 1985 he was united in marriage to Eva L. (Brown) Keifer. They always made their home in Columbia City. Mrs. Kemery died June 15, 1995.
On March 31, 1996 he was united in marriage to Maxine Minnix. They have always made their home in Columbia City.
He was a member of Thorncreek Bethel Church of God, American Legion Post #98 and Eagles Lodge #1906.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Maxine; two sons, Dennis (Beth) Kemery of Cleveland, Ohio and Glen (Noreen) Kemery of California; a daughter, Diane Kemery of Tri Lakes; a step son, Homer (Kathy) Keifer Jr. of Woodburn; three grandchildren, David, Amy & Brian Kemery; a great granddaughter, Abigail Dawn Kemery; two step granddaughters; and two sisters, Helen Simmons of Columbia City and Dorothy Bayman of South Whitley.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Kemery.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
The burial will be in Eberhard Cemetery with military honors presented by American Legion Post #98.
Preferred memorials may be made to Thorncreek Bethel Church of God.


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Leila H. Appleton, 72

Leila H. Appleton, 72, of Kimmell , passed away at 1:50 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2009 at her residence.

Born on November 23, 1936, in Lake County, she was the daughter of Arthur and Ruby (Frashour) Wilson. 

She graduated from high school in Hebron, Indiana. On November 9, 1957, she married Robert A. Appleton in Merrillville, Indiana.

A resident of Wolf Lake since 1978, she was a devoted housewife and mother and she assisted her husband in general farming. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Ligonier.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Robert A. Appleton of Kimmell; daughter, Karen I. Appleton of Kimmell, Brenda S. ( Troy ) Fleetwood of Kimmell, Kathy L. (Cecil) Harrison of Albion; a son, Roland A. "Chip" (Sarah) Appleton of Kimmell; 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; and brother, William Wilson of Merrillville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Benjamin R. Ladig, brothers and sisters, Robert, Franklin, Richard, Betty, Clarise, Nolly, Maxine, Jack and Erlene. 

Visitation is Sunday, March 8, 2009 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home,
600 Countryside Drive , Columbia
City, IN. Funeral service is Monday, March 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Committal service will follow at Wolf Lake Cemetery , Wolf Lake. 

Memorial gifts may be given in Mrs. Appleton's memory to Riley Hospital for Children with envelopes available at the funeral home. 

Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.


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March 04, 2009

Doris M. Bellinger, 75

Doris M. Bellinger, 75, of Columbia City passed away at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at her home.

Born on October 14, 1933, in Allen County, she was the daughter of Harvey F. and Mary E. (Bell) Greene.

She graduated from Huntertown High School with the Class of 1952.

On March 29, 1952, she married Robert H. Bellinger in New Haven. He preceded her in death in August, 1987.

A Whitley County resident since 1966, she worked at Blue Bell with 8 years of service, Essex Wire with two years of service and Phillips Diversified Service with 15 years of service all in Columbia City.   

Survivors include her children, Mike S. (Rita) Bellinger of Columbia City; Cindy A. (Garry) Books of Roanoke; Mary C. (John) Phillips of Columbia City; Robert S. (Tamara) Bellinger of Tannersville, Virginia; Kathy D. (Brian) Kelley of Tipp City, Ohio and Chris I. Bellinger of Columbia City; a brother, Charles F. Greene of Altamonte , Florida; 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Bellinger, a sister, Violet McBride, and brothers Alfred and Norman Greene. 

To honor Mrs. Bellinger's request, there will be no visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home.

Graveside service is Friday, March 6, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at Leo Cemetery, Leo, with Fr. Larry Kramer of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church officiating.

Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Bellinger to the American Cancer Society or Parkview Whitley Home Health & Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register.


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Robert Haworth, 56

Robert Haworth, 56, of Indianapolis, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis.

He was born October 28, 1952, in Angola, to Richard and Betty (Vannice) Haworth.

Robert worked for Commercial Credit Group as a District Sales Manager.

He graduated from Purdue University in 1976, was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and also served on their board of directors.

He is survived by his father, Richard (& Norma) Haworth of Columbia City; a brother, William Haworth of Indianapolis; and a sister, Diane Haworth of Holland, Michigan.

He is preceded in death by his mother.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home in Noblesville, with Rev. Paul Arnold officiating. Friends may call Friday, March 6, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Cicero Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Purdue chapter of Phi Delta Theta Education Foundation, or the Childrens Guardian Home, 5751 University Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46219.

Messages of condolence may be left here on Talk of the Town for the Haworth family.


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Mary M. Pheister, 84

Mary M. Pheister, 84, of Columbia City passed away at 6:10 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2009 at Miller's Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.

Born on May 7, 1924, in Jonesboro, Indiana, she was the daughter of Elmer T. and Blanche May (Pritchett) Swafford. She was raised in Sweetzer, Indiana, before she came to the Columbia City area in 1961. She graduated from Marion High School.

On April 2, 1989, she married Lester O. Pheister at Big Lake Church of God.

She was formerly employed by Schultz Brother Family Store, Blue Bell, Inc. and at the Marion Mid-West Osburn, where she was a glue girl.

She was a member of Big Lake Church of God and the Women of the Church of God. Survivors include her close friend Larry L. McKown of Columbia City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Pasley Allen, second husband, Lester O. Pheister and son, Jack Lynn Starburck.

Visitation is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2009, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City with funeral service to follow on the same day at 1 p.m, with Pastor Tim Kumfer of Big Lake Church of God officiating. Burial will follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery, U.S. 33 in Merriam.

Memorial gifts may be given in Pheister's memory to Big Lake Church of God. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.


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March 02, 2009

Michelle Burget Miller, 40

Michelle Burget Miller, 40, a resident of Huntertown, died at 12:57 p. m. on Sunday, March 1, 2009, at the Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis.

Michelle was born on October 28, 1968, in Columbia City, a daughter of Delbert F. and Troas E. (Sinnigen) Burget. She spent her formative years in the Arcola area.  She graduated from Carroll High School in 1987 and had also been a student at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

Her marriage took place in Jacksonville, North Carolina, on May 13, 1987, to Matthew L. Miller. The couple lived in Lake Township in Allen County for a period, and had lived in Huntertown for the past five years.

Previously, she had been employed at Culligan Water Conditioning in Fort Wayne, and for the past two years worked as a consultant for The Lincoln Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne.

The surviving relatives include her husband Matthew; her sons Andrew James Miller, Ryan Michael Miller and Kyle Anthony Miller, all of Huntertown; her mother Troas Burget of Huntertown; a sister Treasa (Wayne) Linnemeier of Fort Wayne; her in-laws Dick and Ruth Millikan of Churubusco; and a grandson Carter Lane Miller.

She was preceded in death by her father Delbert F. Burget; and by a brother Delbert Burget.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Friday, March 6, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Corinne K. Boruff, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Thursday from 2 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, south of Churubusco.


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Tom L. Fulk, 71

Tom L. Fulk, 71, a resident of rural Churubusco, died at 4:00 p. m. on Sunday, March 1, 2009, at his residence north of Churubusco.  Although he had been in declining health, his death was unexpected.

Mr. Fulk was born in Green Township on October 28, 1937, a son of Jess L. and Clara A. (Boggs) Fulk.  He spent his formative years in Camden, Michigan before returning to this area with his parents as a teenager.   As an adult he lived in Collins for a period, and had lived at his present farm home in Smith Township since 1972.

On August 17, 1957 he was married to Mary A. Martin in Ege.  She preceded him in death on February 22, 1981.  He later was married in Churubusco to Marilyn J. Geiger on May 28, 1982.  She died on March 24, 2007.

Employed at American Hoist in Fort Wayne, for 24 years, he retired as a materials handler at C&A Tool & Engineering in Churubusco after 14 years. He was also engaged in farming.  In his leisure time he enjoyed working with livestock, going to the sale barn, and most especially enjoyed his children and grandchildren.

The surviving relatives include his children Vaughn (Tina) Fulk of Columbia City, Erin (Mike) Sneary of Avilla, Allison (Larry) Patton of Churubusco, Vincent Fulk of Angola, Amy (Lee) Tilbury of Avilla, Virgil (Jennifer) Fulk of Columbia City, and Christi (Perry) Coe of Churubusco; his step-children Max L. (Sandy) Herendeen and Teresa (Mike) Byrum, both of Columbia City, and Terry Herendeen and Mary Lou (Bill) Vaught, both of Churubusco; a brother Richard Fulk of Wolf Lake; two sisters Bonnie Resner of Speedwell, Tenn. and Elizabeth “Jill” Pegg of Fort Wayne; 23 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and two wives, he was preceded in death by an infant sister Mary Ellen Fulk.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Rick Van Horn, the facilitator.  

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p. m.

Interment will be in the Ege Catholic Cemetery, Noble County.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Churubusco High School Baseball Program.


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Paul Newman, 82

Paul Newman, 82, of Columbia City, died Sunday, March 1, 2009 at Renaissance Village Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.

Born in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, on February 22, 1927, he was the son of Verle Newman and Agnes Flynn. He attended Central High School and on May 10, 1945, he enlisted in the US Army where he served his country in World War II.

On November 20, 1949 he married Lucille L. Doctor in Covington, Kentucky. She preceded him in death on September 16, 2005.

Mr. Newman was first employed at U.S. Rubber, Howard Sober Trucking, Salisbury Axel, Fruehauf Transport and then International Harvester where he retired from on July 31, 1983. After his retirement he worked for Omniplex World Service Corporation and Kelley Chevrolet in Fort Wayne.

He was raised in Illinois and Fort Wayne, moving to Columbia City in 1950.

He was a member of the Barnstormers Radio Aircraft Club and was involved with Midget Auto Racing as a race car driver; he also was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include two sons, Paul “Bud” Newman of Columbia City and Kenneth (Tracey) Newman of Lafayette; three daughters, Paula (M. Doyle) Acres of Howard, Colorado, Mar Dee (Andy) McCoy of Columbia City and Lou Ann (Bill) McCoy of Louisiana; a sister, Mary Irene Pinto of Chicago; step-sister, Naomi Horriage of Chicago; a daughter-in-law, Karen Newman; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lucille; a son, Greg Newman and an infant granddaughter, Baby Acres.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2009 at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Boyle of Coesse United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Union Township (Coesse) Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Newman to Coesse United Methodist Church; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.


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Ralph F. Maloney, 85

Ralph F. Maloney, 85, of Amarillo , Texas , died Thursday, February 19, 2009.

He was born April 4, 1923, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Burns-Maloney, in Churu-busco.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and after returning home from the war, he married his lifelong love, Elizabeth "Betty" VonderHaar on Sept. 13, 19 47, in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Maloney worked for Phelps Dodge Copper in Fort Wayne until 1969, when he moved his family to El Paso. He worked there until 1979, finishing his career at Asarco in Amarillo until his retirement in 1986. After his "retirement," he continued working at Pride Home Center and really enjoyed his customers and co-workers.

He was a wonderful family man, husband and father to his five children, teaching good sportsmanship and a strong work ethic. His hobbies included a passion for ice fishing, hunting and making archery bows for his family and close friends.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years; three sons, Dennis (wife, Gayla) of Amarillo, Matt (wife, Shelley) of Los Lunas, New Mexico, and Joe (wife, Tina) of Bushland; two daughters, Kathleen Yarrington (husband, Larry) of Fort Wayne and Joyce Linder (husband, Mark) of Columbia City; seven grandchildren, Chris, Shannon, Shayne, Alisha, Jayme, Dustin and Matthew; six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Jane Mertz of Fort Wayne.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday in the sanctuary of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Rosary was recited St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Chapel. Burial took place in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Montessori School of St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1200 S. Washington, Amarillo, Texas 79102.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.schoolerfuneral.com


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