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