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May 30, 2010

Lori L. Wells, 50

Lori L. Wells, 50, died Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 1:35 p.m. at Parkview Hospital Fort Wayne.  
Born on May 18, 1960 in Milwaukee, WI, she was the daughter of James and Nancy (Davis) Yant.
She moved with her family to Columbia City in 1974 and she graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the class of 1978.  She attended IPFW where she studied accounting.  
For 21 years she worked at Richard's Restaurant in Columbia City and then for three years she worked at Autoliv.
She is survived by her parents, James and Nancy Yant of Columbia City (Tri-Lakes); fiancé, Carlos Martinez of Columbia City; 2 daughters, Heather (Ryan) Sheley-Scott of Pierceton and Megan Wells of Cromwell, IN; 3 sisters, Kelly Andersen of Indianapolis, IN, Lisa Shuler of Columbia City, and Melissa (Gary) Hess of Danville, IN;  and 2 grandsons, Wesley Sean Sheley of Pierceton and Austin David Wait of Columbia City.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Jenny M. Emery.
Visitation is Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 3-7 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN.  Funeral service is Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Curtiss Johnson officiating.  Burial will follow at South Park (Annex) Cemetery, Columbia City, IN.  
At the family's request, in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wesley Sheley and Austin Wait Education Fund.  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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May 29, 2010

Margaret H. Kiser, 101

Margaret H. Kiser, 101, of North Webster, IN passed away at 2:45 a.m. Monday, May 24, 2010 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Milford.
Born July 6, 1908 in Jefferson Township, Whitley County, she was the daughter of Alva and Rosa (Schmidt) Hartley.
She lived in Huntington County from 1943-1951, Ligonier for one year and since 1952, she resided in North Webster.
On July 15, 1930 she married Elton L. "Jim" Kiser in Fort Wayne.
She owned Kiser Laundry Service, North Webster, was a seamstress at the Bridal Shop, Warsaw, and Fees in North Webster. She was the oldest active member of North Webster United Methodist Church and a pie baker for the church's Strawberry Festival.
Survivors include her sons, Max L. (Donna) Kiser of Marion and Ronald L. (Jean) Kiser of Mariposa, CA; 7 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Elton L. "Jim" Kiser, brother, Ralph Hartley.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2010 at North Webster United Methodist Church, North Webster. Funeral service will immediately follow calling at 1 p.m. Thursday at the church with Pastor David Smitley of North Webster United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Chapel (Sand Bank) Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Kiser to North Webster United Methodist Church Fund.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.
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May 25, 2010

Katherine V. Kyler, 92

Katherine V. Kyler, 92, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 4:04 a.m. Monday, May 24, 2010 at Grace Village, Winona Lake.  Born July 31, 1917 in Richland Township, Whitley County, IN, she was the daughter of Robert Logan and Ella Leora (Payne) Cullimore.       
Raised in Whitley County, she later moved to Van Wert, Ohio and Indianapolis, IN.  In November 2001, she moved to Oak Pointe, Columbia Cty. She attended Redbrush Elementary School and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1935.  On December 24, 1938, she married Harold W. Kyler in Columbia City.  She formerly worked at Blue Bell, Inc., Columbia City, Stump's Printing, South Whitley, and Essex's Metal & Plastic Company, Columbia City. She was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church, former member of the Order of Eastern Star and former Lady Lioness both of Larwill.
Survivors include her 2 daughters, Nikki (Peter) Wolkins of Warsaw and Cindy Davis of Fort Wayne; 3 granddaughters, Teena Pence of Warsaw, Holly (Jeffrey) Washer of McCordsville and Jenna (Dustin) Dammeier of Fort Wayne; great-grandchildren, Kierston and Kyler Pence, Mason Washer, Jacee and Braden Dammeier; 1 sister, D. Jane Hamilton of Fort Wayne.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Jennie Caroline Cullimore and Marjorie E. Anders, brothers, Hugh M., Arthur, Phil R. and Robert Cullimore.
Visitation is Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN.  Funeral service will immediately follow calling on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Gene Rohrer of Oak Grove United Methodist Church officiating. Burial at South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley, IN.  Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Kyler to Oak Grove 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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May 24, 2010

Harold E. Fenker, 89

Harold E. Fenker, 89, of Columbia City, died at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born on January 19, 1921 he was the son of Ernest and Clara (Keiser) Fenker.
He was a general farmer his entire lifetime; however he also worked at Whitley Products, Weatherhead, and Farm Bureau Co-Op. He attended Columbia City High School. On April 15, 1944 he married Helen O. Kelsey in the parsonage of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia City.
A lifetime resident of Whitley County, he was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he served in several roles during his time there. He also was a former member of the Columbia Township Fire Department and 4-H, Inc. Board of Directors.
He is survived by his sons, Roger (Becky) Fenker of Columbia City and Gary (Judy) Fenker of Poway, CA; 2 grandchildren, Ryan (Nancy) Fenker of Columbia City, Rachel (Kendal) Burkholder of South Whitley; step-granddaughter, Cindy (Lance ) McGrath of Poway, CA, and 2 great-grandchildren, David and Dillon Fenker of Columbia City and step-grandchildren, Luke and Briana Grossman of Poway, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Helen on November 3, 1998, brother, Edward Fenker and sister, Dorothy Hess.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 4-8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City, IN. Funeral service will be on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Sue Fenker officiating. Burial will follow at Eberhard Cemetery.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Fenker may be made to 4-H, Inc., Columbia Township Fire Department, or the donor’s choice of charity. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
To sign the guest register or leave a family condolence, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com.
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Joyce Ann Thomas, 65

Joyce Ann Thomas, 65, of South Whitley, died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, May 22, 2010 of natural causes.
She was born February 20, 1945 in Fort Wayne, Indiana a daughter of Dale J. and Shirley M. (Waters) Reiff. Her formative years were spent in Whitley County. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1963.
She was employed 32 years at Invensys (Controls) in North Manchester in the shipping/receiving department. She also owned & operated Joyce’s Carwash in North Manchester. In recent years, she and her husband ran J.T. Transportation Service.
On April 30, 2006 she married John Thomas in Hawaii, where they spent their honeymoon before returning to their home in South Whitley which they restored and remodeled. They attended the same church as children and grew up one mile apart.
She was a member of Pleasant View Church of the Brethren. Her hobbies were taking pictures over the years of which she made over 50 beautiful scrapbooks. Joyce was instrumental in keeping her high school classmates as close group and coordinated activities with her co-workers.
Surviving relatives include her husband, John; a daughter, Denise (Nelson) Constantine of Lawrenceburg GA; a granddaughter; a great grandson; her mother, Shirley Reiff of Columbia City; a brother, Steve (Doris) Reiff of South Whitley; a step son and two step daughters.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Pleasant View Church of the Brethren.
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Ray C. Esterline, 91

Ray C. Esterline, 91, of Loon Lake, died Saturday, May 22, 2010 at his home.
He was born September 14, 1918 in Aboite Township, Allen County a son of Albert and Lieurana Alice (Ambler) Esterline. His formative years were spent in Aboite Township where he was educated in the Cory School.
During World War II, he served in the United States Army.
On November 18, 1961 he was united in marriage to Judy M. Poffenberger. They made their home in Aboite Township until 1971 when they moved to their present home at Loon Lake.
His employment included Grace Construction and later Inland Chemical which later became VanWaters & Rogers, from which he retired in 1981 with 25 years of service.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Judy; three children, John (Jean) Esterline and Linda Archer, both of Columbia City and David (Bobbie) Turner of Warsaw; eight grandchildren, Mindy, Krystal, Scott, Sarah, Amanda, Josh, Dakato and Ryne; and two great granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Robert, Walter, Ralph, Marion, Clifford and Ross; two sisters, Blanche Huss and Alice Linton; and a son-in-law, Timothy Archer.
The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Thorn Cemetery, Ormas. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Parkview Home Health & Hospice.
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May 23, 2010

Lori Jo Wade, 51

Lori Jo Wade, 51, of Ormas, passed on to the Lord at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2010 at her home. She had been in failing health since 1998.
She was born December 28, 1958, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a daughter of Robert and Virginia (Crescibene) Reister. Her formative years were spent at Tri Lakes and she completed her education at Columbia City Joint High School.
On May 21, 1975, she married Duane H. Wade in Paulding, Ohio. They made their home at Tri Lakes until moving to Ormas in 1983.
She was a restaurant manager for more than 10 years and a home healthcare provider for five years.
Stones Hill Community Church in Ligonier was her church of membership.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, she is survived by her husband, Duane; three children, Christopher (Julie) Wade of Huntington, Heidi Jo (William) Elyea of Naperville IL and Jonathon Wade at home; three grandchildren, Jessica & Lorelei Elyea and Everett Jackson Wade; a brother and a sister, Robert Raymond Reister and Regina Reister, both of Fort Wayne.
Lori was also a foster parent to nine children. Because of her love for all of her children, she was The Post & Mail’s Mother of the Year in 1986.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at later date at Stones Hill Community Church, Ligonier.
Arrangements are being completed at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.


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May 20, 2010

Ruth G. Engle, 96

Ruth G. Engle, 96, of Fort Wayne, IN and formerly of Albion, passed away at 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Kingston Care Center, Fort Wayne.
Born April 15, 1914 in Noble Township, Noble County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Chauncey C. and Bessie (Friskney) Baughman.          
She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1932 and from Manchester College with Class of 1936.  
On December 30, 1938 she married Ross L. Engle in Morocco, Indiana.  She lived in Whitley County until 1979 when she moved to Noble Township, Noble County. Before her marriage, she taught 4th and 5th graders for 2 years. Her teaching career also included 6 years at Wolf Lake, 1 year private kindergarten and 3 years public kindergarten.
While assisting on the family farm, she worked at the S & L Truck Stop for 5 years.  She was a member of Burr Oak Baptist Church and the church missionary circle.
Survivors include 2 sons, Harry Lee (Lois) Engle of Angola and Allen D. (Karen) Engle of Albion; 6 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.  
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ross L. Engle in 1992, brothers, Gene and John Baughman and granddaughter, Debbie Gray.
Visitation is Friday, May 21, 2010 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN.  Funeral service is Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Woods of Burr Oak Baptist Church and Reverend Brent Wedding officiating. Burial will follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam, IN.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Engle to Parkview Whitley Home Health & Hospice.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.
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May 19, 2010

Mary Alice Lincoln, 82

Mary Alice Lincoln, 82, of Columbia City, died at 5:05 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was admitted on Sunday.
She was born May 18, 1928, in Allen County, Indiana, a daughter of Jesse and Rose (Witte) Simon. At the age of six, her family moved to Whitley County. She graduated from Columbia City High School.
On July 24, 1948, she was united in marriage to Gerry L. Lincoln. They made their first home north of Columbia City. From 1950 until 1957, they resided in Fort Wayne before moving to Roanoke. In November 2004, they moved to Columbia City. Mr. Lincoln died March 16, 2006.
She was employed at General Electric for 34 years.
Her memberships included American Legion Post #160 Auxiliary and V.F.W. Post #3846 Auxiliary.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Steve E. (Sue) Lincoln of LaOtto and Dennis E. Lincoln of Columbia City; a daughter, Cathy (Tom) Harris of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Jene (Jean) Simon of Columbia City; and a brother-in-law, Jim Lambert of Columbia City.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy Simon; and three sisters, Doris Simon, Rea Lambert and Lauretta Mowan.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial 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.
An auxiliary service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
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Eugene C. Ness, 78

Eugene C. Ness, 78, of Columbia City, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, May 19, 2010 at his home.
He was born October 2, 1931 in Whitley County, Indiana a son of Edward P. and Florence C. (Harkenrider) Ness. His formative years were spent in Washington Township. He graduated from Washington Center High School.
During the Korean Conflict, he served in the United States Marine Corps.
On October 4, 1958 he was united in marriage to Marjory J. Furthmiller. They made their home in Roanoke for a short time and Waynedale for a couple years before moving to their home in Columbia City in 1966.
He was employed at Harvester from 1955 until 1985 and was the custodian at St. Paul of the Cross from 1986 until 1998.
His memberships included St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, V.F.W. #10,006 where he served as post commander in 1964, American Legion Post #98, Eagles Lodge #1906, Leatherneck Coffee Club and an avid supporter of Columbia City Athletics.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Marjory; a son, Gregory A. (Christine) Ness of Columbia City; two grandchildren, Lauren Ness and Ryan Ness; and two sisters, Adella (Bernard) Reust of Huntington and LaDonna Schroeder of Ligonier.
He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas E. Ness and a brother, Lloyd Ness.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, 315 S. Line Street, Columbia City with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. The burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery. The visitation will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to Thomas Ness Memorial Fund c/oWhitley County Community Foundation or donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

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May 17, 2010

Marilyne Jane Lemke, 71

Marilyne Jane Lemke, 71, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:06 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born March 31, 1939 in Janesville, WI she was the daughter of Frank and Mary J. (Frank) Bouton.
She graduated with the Class of 1958 from Janesville, WI.
On April 4, 1959 she was united in marriage to Gary Lemke in Janesville.
A homemaker and mother, she resided in Janesville, WI until moving to Columbia City in 1986.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Gary Lemke of Columbia City; daughters, Debra Lemke and Donna (Joe) Snyder both of Columbia City and Heather (Tony) Coy of Greenfield; sons, Bruce (Candace) Lemke of Columbia City, Bradley (Michelle) Lemke of Huntington and Christopher Lemke of Crawfordsville, FL; brothers, Terry (Betty) Bouton of Cario, GA; step-brother, David Spear of Chicago, IL; step-sister, Sue Spear of Viroqua, WI; 24 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.
Visitation is Monday, May 17, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN. Funeral service is Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3085 E Lincolnway, Columbia City, IN. Graveside service is Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, WI. Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Lemke to the American Diabetes Association.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or to sign the guest register book.
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Willis L. Baker, 85

Willis L. Baker, 85, of Columbia City, died at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2010 at The Oaks Living Center where he had been a resident since January 1999.
He was born May 17, 1924 in Mark Center, Ohio a son of William Roy and Lottie (Goller) Baker. He graduated from Mark Center High School.
During World War II he served in the United States Navy Air Corps.
He was employed at General Electric in Fort Wayne, district manager for American Motors in Chicago, owned & operated a printing shop in Toledo, Ohio and retired from Day International in Three Rivers, Michigan.
Surviving relatives include two sons and a daughter, David C. Baker of Tri Lakes, Phillip Baker of Fort Myers FL and Susan Beaty; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a great great granddaughter.
The funeral service will be held at 12 Noon Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with an hour of visitation prior to the service at the funeral home. The burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
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Eugene Gerald Byer, 89

Eugene Gerald Byer, 89, passed away at 4:05 pm Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
He was the son of Herbert G. and Ruby (Laukhart) Byer and was born on June 18, 1920 in Adams County, IN. He graduated from Ligonier High School with the Class of 1938, where he also was honored to be the Class Valedictorian. Gene went on to attend Purdue University and earned his Bachelor’s in Economics with the Class of 1942. In 1943 he received his MBA at Harvard University and then went on to receive his PhD at Purdue University in Agricultural Economics.
Whether he was golfing, traveling, or spending quality time with his wife and family, Gene lived his life to the fullest and was the cherished husband of Joan Bantham whom he married on December 18, 1948 in Albany, NY.
After his schooling was completed and where he had been a part of the ROTC Program at the university, Gene joined the United States Navy where he earned the rank of Second Lieutenant serving in the South Pacific Theater during WWII. He served his country proudly from 1942-1946 earning eight battle stars. After his discharge he moved he and his family to Columbia City in 1950, where they owned and operated the Farmer’s Grain and Feed until 1983.
From 1983 until the present he worked as a Grain Market Consultant, most recently for Zolman Farms, Inc. in Warsaw and Midwest Poultry, North Manchester.
Gene was a man of many passions and talents and one of those being a member of the Columbia City First Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and Church Treasurer. He was a member of the Columbia City American Legion Post #98, Past President of the Columbia City Rotary Club in 1957, he was a past board member of the Peabody Library, Past Chairman of the Whitley County Red Cross, Past President of the Indiana Grain and Feed Dealer’s Association and also served on numerous National Grain Boards. Gene was honored to be a member of the John Purdue Club, the Whitley County Purdue Ag Alumni, as well as an avid golfer.
Gene leaves behind his beloved wife of 61 years, Joan Byer of Columbia City; 2 daughters, Valerie (Richard) Rouch, Columbia City and Susan Cearbaugh, St. Joe; 2 sons, John Byer, Fort Wayne and David (Heidi) Byer, Phoenix, AZ; 7 grandchildren, Jarod (Marcie) Mills, Phoenix, AZ, Clark Mills, Miller Beach, IN, Andrew (Katie) Mills, Columbia City, Chelsie Byer, Columbia City, Meredith Cearbaugh, St. Joe, IN, Weston Cearbaugh, Fort Wayne and Jacob Byer, Columbia City; 2 great grandchildren, Danyn Cearbaugh, St. Joe and Caydence Parrett, Columbia City; 1 brother, Robert (Lois) Byer, Fort Wayne and 1 sister, Mary Lou (Lester) Phipps, Warsaw, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Betty Wolfe and Katherine Holt, 1 brother, Herbert Byer, Jr. and 1 grandson, Joshua David Mills.
Services were held Sunday, May 16, 2010, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home with Rev. Sue Babovec, chaplain at the Peabody Retirement Center, officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Thorn Cemetery, Ormas.
Memorials may be made in honor of Mr. Byer to the Whitley County YMCA or the Whitley County Literacy Council. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
To sign the guest register or to send the family condolences, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com.

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Marie A. Lewis, 81

Marie A. Lewis, 81, of South Whitley, died early Thursday morning, May 13, 2010 at Select Specialty Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted April 20th. She was admitted March 22nd at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born August 31, 1928 in Kirklin, Indiana, her formative years were spent in Clinton County. She graduated from Rossville High School.
She drove truck, worked at Grunwell’s Bakery and retired in 1997 from Gripco with 33 years of service.
Surviving relatives include four children, Sandra (Larry) Ruse of South Whitley, Sally (Delmar) Prater of Sidney, Peggy (Mike) Henry of Fort Wayne and Jeffrey (Jessica) Lewis of South Whitley; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Lizzie (Reavis) Metzger; three sisters, Gladys, Wilma and Pearl; and a brother, Jessie Metzger.
The funeral service was held Monday, May 17, at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The burial was in South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to American Cancer Society.
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May 14, 2010

Betty F. Miller, 86

Betty F. Miller, 86, formerly of Columbia City, died Wednesday evening, May 12, 2010 at Berkley Nursing & Rehab in Oak Park, Illinois.
She was born March 23, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan a daughter of John F. and Amelia “Milly” (Illinik) Moore. She graduated as Salutatorian from Warren High School.
Her first husband, Frank H. Oettel, preceded her in death.
Her second marriage was to Walter H. Miller. After their retirement, they moved to Florida. Following Mr. Miller’s death, she moved to Columbia City to live with her daughter, Trisha Roberts.
She was an executive secretary at Warner Lambert, retiring in 1984.
Surviving relatives include five children, Donald Oettel, Kathleen (Kent) Warner, Pamela (Kathy Lach) Oettel, Trisha (Tim) Roberts and Janene (Mike Lorei) Oettel; 12 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane Oettel; a granddaughter; and a brother, Jack Moore.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Oak Park, Illinois.
Arrangements are being completed at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.

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May 13, 2010

Elizabeth Eileene Smith, 80

Elizabeth Eileene Smith, 80, of rural Columbia City died at 12:31 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at her home. She had been battling cancer since late 2007.
She was born November 14, 1929, in Aurora, Indiana, a daughter of Wonder Canada and Sarah Elizabeth (Bennett) Brooks. Her formative years were spent in Aurora. She graduated from Aurora High School with the Class of 1946. She then attended Burroughs Business School in Cincinnati.
Following her graduation, she was employed by United Airlines in Chicago. On April 10, 1948, she was united in marriage to John Garretson Smith. They made their first home in California, then moving throughout the United States until 1956 when they moved to Fort Wayne. In 1982, they moved to their home north of Columbia City. Mr. Smith died August 19, 2007.
A full-time homemaker, she also served as a teacher’s aid at Southwick Elementary School, Fort Wayne.
Her many memberships included Southmore Singers and the Fort Wayne Hobby Guild.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Cynthia Ann Smith; and a son, David B. (Karen) Smith all of Columbia City.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, James, Eugene and Joseph Brooks.
The funeral service was held at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial was in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Whitley County Giving Circle for Women’s Health or St. Labre Indiana School.

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May 12, 2010

Duane L. "Robbie" Robertson, 84

Duane L. "Robbie" Robertson, 84, of Columbia City died at 11:55 a.m., Monday, May 10, 2010 at Miller's Merry Manor, Inc. in Columbia City.
Born on April 14, 1926 in Kokomo, IN he was the son of Liba R. and Mary O. (McAninch) Robertson.
A 1945 graduate of Speedway High School in Indianapolis, he also attended Huntington College.
On January 27, 1951 he married Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Kissinger in Huntington, IN. He served in the US Air Force from 1945-1947 and then again in 1951.
A resident of Columbia City since 1976, he worked for 18 years at Three Rivers Credit Union as the assistant manager and after his retirement he worked for 13 years at Star Financial Bank.
He was a member of the Mizpah Shrine Horse Patrol, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite and Columbia City Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Robertson, son, Michael (Jo) Robertson of Columbia City and daughter, Teresa (Dennis) Love of Fort Wayne, IN a sister, Sharlot Crowder of Kokomo, IN, 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Madonna Mozzone.
At the request of Mr. Robertson there were no visitation or services.
Memorials may be made in his memory to Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children or Whitley County Parkview Home Health and Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Arrangements were entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City. To send the family condolences or sign the guest register book, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com.

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Delilah V. "Dee" Bishop, 84

Delilah V. "Dee" Bishop, 84, of Columbia City, IN died at 8:25 a.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at The Oaks, Columbia City.
Born May 6, 1926 she was the daughter of Jesse and Anna Bertha (Cokahnour) Jacobs. She graduated from the Ohio public school system. As a young girl, her family moved to Portland, IN and she moved to Columbia City in 1951.
On December 15, 1949 she was united in marriage to Waron H. Bishop in Fort Wayne. He died November 20, 2000.
A wife, mother and homemaker, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include sons, Monte (Carolyn) Bishop of Columbia City and Leroy (Karen) Bishop of Cross Creek, FL; daughters, Marlane Cochlin of Columbia City and Ramona (Kit) Goldwood of Columbia City; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, brothers, James, Wilbur, Ford and Carlos Jacobs and sister, VernaBelle Hamerick.
At the request of the family, all services were private. Following the service, Mrs. Bishop was laid to rest beside her husband at South Park Cemetery, Columbia City, IN.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Bishop to Woodlands Senior Center. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Arrangements were entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City, IN.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register.

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May 11, 2010

Helen O’Lily Fry, 97

Helen O’Lily Fry, 97, of Columbia City, died at 3:15 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010 at The Oaks Living Center where she had been a resident since March 26.
A native of Troy Township, she was born October 10, 1912 in Troy Township, Whitley County a daughter of Edwin B. and Blanche D. (Myers) Cornelius. She lived on farms in Etna Troy and Thorncreek Townships all her life except five years on a farm in Sycamore, Illinois. Helen attended Troy and Etna Schools, and graduated from Columbia City High School.
On April 16, 1933 she was united in marriage to Robert A. Fry. Following the death of Mr. Fry on October 17, 1969, Helen chose to work 24 years as a cook at Whitley County Memorial Hospital, retiring at the age of 83.
Her memberships included West Point Trinity United Methodist Church, the Friendly Neighbors Aid and the Lake View Club.
Surviving relatives include two children, Phil (Kathleen) Fry of Columbia City and Carol (Chuck) Jones of Holland, Michigan; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and her brother-in-law, Roger Fry.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Willadene Hill; a brother, Walter; and an infant sister.
The funeral service was held at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial was in Thorn Cemetery, Ormas.
Preferred memorials are to West Point Trinity United Methodist Church.
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Jimmie L. Stansell, 65

Jimmie L. Stansell, 65, of Bessemer, Alabama, died at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010.
He was born December 11, 1944 in Anniston, Alabama a son of R.V. and Ethel E. (Laney) Stansell. His formative years were spent in Alabama.
During the Vietnam War, he served in the United States Marine Corps.
A truck driver, his last employment was with CFI Trucking.
Surviving relatives include two children, Rev. Charles V. Stansell and Kama J. (Dave) Friend, both of Columbia City; five grandchildren; a sister, Brenda Myers of Columbia City; a half brother, Ernest Stansell of Oxford, Alabama; and a half sister, Betty Ruth Watts of Talladega, Alabama.
There was no visitation or service.

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Raymond R. "Butch" Patten, 74

Raymond R. "Butch" Patten, 74, of Columbia City died Saturday afternoon, May 8, 2010 at his home. He had been in failing health for the past few months.
He was born July 11, 1935 in Wells County, Indiana a son of Gail and Waunita (Smith) Patten. His formative years were spent in Ossian.
He began his work career as a farm hand and with Elzey Funeral Home in Ossian making ambulance runs and assisting with funerals. He became a truck driver with Mahnensmith and later moved to Ellis Trucking. He was a 20 yrs member of the Ossian Fire Dept. After breaking his back fighting a fire, he became a dispatcher for United Trucking in the early 1970s. In 1984, he became a full-time farmer for Carl Sheldon farms, Churubusco until his disability retirement in 1985.
On March 18, 1988 he was united in marriage to Judith D. Herbst. They made their home at Tri-Lakes. In September 2009 they moved to Columbia City.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Judith; three daughters, Kandace Patten, Churubusco, Linda Patten, Columbia City, Tamara Patten, Columbia City; a son, Douglas (Laurie) Patten, Fort Wayne; two step-daughters, Roxsann (Christopher) Carter, Tri-Lakes and Michele Nichols, Columbia City; three step-sons, Larry Lee Leazier, Columbia City, Donald (Joann) Leazier, Tri-Lakes, and Shannon (Tammy) Leazier, Waynedale; 27 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Confer, Ossian; a brother, Donald James (Sarah) Smith, New Haven and an aunt, Mildred (Harry) Thornburg.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Smith, a sister, Francis Rush and a step-son, Shane Leazier.
The funeral service was held at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial was in Nolt Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice.

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May 10, 2010

James D. Loe, 78

James D. Loe, 78, of Plymouth, died Saturday morning, May 8, 2010 at his home. He had been in failing health for the past month.
He was born February 2, 1932 in Whitley County, Indiana a son of James E. and Sarah Jane Olive (DeWitt) Loe. His formative years were spent in the Larwill area.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 26, 1953. He attained the rank of Corporal and was honorably discharged on March 23, 1955. He returned to the Albion area.
On September 4, 1978 he was united in marriage to Donna Y. Keyser. They made their home in Larwill. In 1984, they moved to Plymouth.
He was employed at Gatke, Warsaw for approximately 6 years and then Del Monte, Plymouth for 14 years until his medical disability retirement in 2005.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Donna; two sons, Tom Loe and Jeff (Becky) Loe, both of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Cindy (Jerry) Norris, Larwill and Angie (David) Schubert, Tipp City, OH; two step-sons, Ron (Gloria) Howard, Nappanee and Michael (Tina) Bailey, Plymouth; five, step-daughters, Cindy Bailey, Leesburg, Candy (John) Lampkins, Plymouth, Brenda (David) Duncan, White Pigeon, MI, Tina Hurley, Plymouth, Melissa (Ron) Johnson, Plymouth; 9 grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and a mother-in-law, Donnabelle Keyser, Plymouth.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Frank and Dale Loe; a sister, Netha Walter and step-daughter, Peggy Hurley.
The funeral service was held at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial was in South Whitley Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Final Expenses, c/o Smith and Sons Funeral Home.

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Cora Elizabeth Dexter, 93

Cora Elizabeth Dexter, 93, of Columbia City, died Friday morning, May 7, 2010 at her home.
She was born March 6, 1917 in Morocco, Indiana a daughter of George and Bertha (Fenters) Dexter. Her formative years were spent in Newton County. She graduated from Morocco High School in 1935.
She worked at the DeMotte Hotel for two years before moving to Abingdon, Illinois where she began working for Blue Bell Wrangler Jeans. In 1951 she transferred to the Columbia City plant where she worked until 1968 when she went to Weatherhead Plastics. Cora retired in 1984.
Following her retirement, she was a volunteer driver for Whitley County Memorial Hospital Meals on Wheels for 16 years, was active in the Christmas Bureau from 1970s until 1996 and the Community Christmas on the Square.
Cora received the Heart of Gold Award in 1996 for her support and cookies made for her grandson, Matt, and the Columbia City High School Soccer team and in 2003 for her work with the elderly in private homes and at the Senior Citizen Center.
She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and held many church offices. Cora was best known for her flowers and sharing of her garden produce. She made sure there were flowers on the pulpit at First Baptist every Sunday.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Sharon (Charles David) Persons of Columbia City; and a grandson, Matthew Persons, who was the pride of her life.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters, Adeline Lomax, Edna Dexter, Eva Courson, Irene Courson, Inez Dexter and Vera Jane Rolls; and a brother, Andrew Dexter.
The funeral service was held at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. A committal service was held at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.
Preferred memorials are to the Humane Society of Whitley County.
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May 07, 2010

William M. Palmer, 81

William M. Palmer, 81, of Columbia City, died Thursday morning, May 6, 2010 at his home. He had been in failing health for the past six months.
He was born February 21, 1929 in Mishawaka, Indiana a son of Clyde G. and Kathryn (Chappell) Palmer. In 1942 his family moved to Noble County. He graduated from Churubusco High School.
On June 26, 1949 he was united in marriage to Helen L. Gerard. They made their home in Columbia City moving to their present home in 1997.
In 1949 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged November 21, 1957.
He was employed at General Electric in Fort Wayne from 1952 until 1958 when he began his employment at Weatherhead Dana, retiring in 1990. He then worked for Copp Farm Supply for 17 years.
His memberships included Columbia City United Methodist Church and he was a charter member of Whitley County Barnstormers Radio Control Club.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Helen; a daughter and a son, Cheryl (Michael) Copp and David (Malinda) Palmer, all of Columbia City; five granddaughters; 10 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Ila Alwine of Goshen and Ellen (Bert) Thompson of Wheaton, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by a great granddaughter and two sisters, Carol Clayton and Bette Kauffman.
The funeral service were held Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial was in South Park Annex Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Columbia City United Methodist Church Music Program.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
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May 05, 2010

Annetta Ruth Souder, 88

Annetta Ruth Souder, 88, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home, Columbia City.
Born April 6, 1922 in Thorncreek Township, Whitley County, IN she was the daughter of John Benjamin and Ada Florence (Trimmer) Herr.
When she was a small child, her parents moved from Thornceek Township to Etna-Troy Township. She later moved to Columbia City, moving to Fort Wayne in 1987. In 1992, she returned to Columbia City.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1940 and International Business College with a 2 year degree. She and her family were always proud of the fact, that out of 9 children, she was the only one that earned a college degree.
She was first employed as a secretary at Whitley County Memorial Hospital from 1950-1952; she worked for Dr. Otto Lehmberg from 1952-1956; and she returned to work at the hospital from 1956-1970. From 1971-1987, she was employed by Essex Corporation, Columbia City, retiring in 1987. She was a charter member of the Columbia City United Methodist Church, along with her brother, Benny Herr, the oldest living member of the church.
Survivors include her, daughter, Carolyn J. Hile of Columbia City; son, Gary Souder of Fort Wayne; 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; brother, John Benjamin "Benny" Herr of Columbia City; sister, Fern Heidenreich of Fort Myers, FL. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Paul Edward Souder who died August, 1981, sisters, Esther Herr (infant), Verna "Sally" Keener, Stella Sheckler, Vivian Cramer, Ella Margaret Merriman, and Naomi L. Shaw.
Pastor Paul Arnold and Pastor David Herr officiated the funeral on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. Burial followed at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Souder to Columbia City United Methodist Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send condolences.

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May 04, 2010

William Miles "Buck" Sheets, 96

William Miles "Buck" Sheets, 96, of Asheboro, North Carolina, passed away at 1:30 p.m. at his home Thursday, April 29, 2010.
Born April 1, 1914 in Canada, he was the son of Joseph Warren and Bertha Ann (Bush) Sheets. He attended school in Whitley County. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy.
On July 14, 1937 he married Anna Delores Watson. She passed away on January 11, 1993.
He worked as a mechanic for Transport Motors Express, Fort Wayne, for 27 years. He lived in Whitley County until 1976 when he moved to Tennessee. While living in Tennessee, he was a member of the VFW. He lived at his present home for the past 4 years.
Survivors include 4 children, Barbara J. (Joe) Kincaid of Asheboro, NC, Richard C. Sheets of Yoder, Howard L. (Faye) Sheets Sneedville, TN and Janice E. (Robert) Kreiser of Yoder; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren; and sister, Mary Elizabeth Grant of Columbia City.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Hattie Bridigan, Effa Christina Watson, Hazel C. Treesh, Louella Richey and Alta Rose Barton and brother, John Wesley Sheets. A funeral service was held May 5, 2010, at the funeral home. Burial followed in Nolt Cemetery, Columbia City.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

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May 03, 2010

Sandra Louella Gipe, 71

Sandra Louella Gipe, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away early Saturday morning, May 1, 2010 at her residence.
Born on July 2, 1938 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Robert Charles and Blanche Annabelle (Harp) Irons. She was raised in Fort Wayne moving to Churubusco when in the 6th grade. She graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1956.
As an adult she moved to Athens, GA for 10 years then to Cleveland, TN and returned to Fort Wayne in 1998.
On May 3, 1978, she married William L. Gipe in Columbia City with Rev. Graham L. Kleespie officiating.
She first worked at Dailey Express then went to Dana Corporation, retiring in 1998 after 34 years of service as a Division Inventory Analyst.
She was a lifetime member of VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries both of Churubusco and former member of Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City.
Survivors include her husband, William L. Gipe of Fort Wayne; 5 children, Thomas (Tina) Papenbrock, Jr. of Churubusco, Jeff (Deb) Gipe of Columbia City, Jo Anne (Tom) Fey of Columbia City, James (Betty) Gipe of Fort Wayne and Julie Gipe of Columbia City; 1 sister, Roberta Wells of Merrillville; sister of the heart, Karen Miller of Fort Wayne; daughter of the heart, Cindy Sarapata of Cleveland, TN; friends of the heart, Sandy Krider of Churubusco and Carolyn Puff of New Haven; 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, Robert Papenbrock, grandson, Brian S. Fey and special friend, Carolyn Bills.
Services were held Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at the funeral home with DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Celebrants officiating. Burial followed at St. Matthew's Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Gipe to Whitley County Humane Society or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. 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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