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July 28, 2010

Michael P. McClellan, 50

Michael P. McClellan, 50, of Columbia City, Ind. passed away at 4:55 a.m. on July 27, 2010 at his residence.  Born on June 22, 1960 in Auburn, Ind., he was the son of Alpheus and Martha (Dewitt) McClellan.
He was a Whitley County resident since 2008 prior to that he lived in LaOtto for 16 years.  He graduated from Auburn High School with the Class of 1978.  On May 3, 1996, he married Glenda S. Wooten in Albion, IN.  Most recently he worked at Busche Inc., Albion having also worked at Snax N' Pax and Kautextron in Avilla.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda S. McClellan of Columbia City; 4 step-children, Amber M. (Nathan) Healy of Columbia City; Crystal S. (Andrew) Shirey of Fort Wayne, IN; William G. (Erica) Wicker of Grabill, IN; Hope L. Hogle of Columbia City; brother, Matthew (Tina Larner) McClellen of Albion, IN; sister, Melinda (Lee) Hess of Zulu, IN; and 7 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2010 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN.  Funeral service will be immediately after visitation at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Chaplain Mike Smith of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home officiating. At the request of the family please wear casual attire. Burial will follow at Hooper-King Cemetery in Avilla, Ind.  Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. McClellan to the family c/o DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home to assist with final expenses.  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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July 26, 2010

Gabriel and Elliot Ridge, infants

Gabriel Ridge, 4 days-old, died on Sunday, June 6, 2010 and Elliot Ridge, 3 days-old, died Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.  
Infant sons of Jason and Danelle (Schmitt) Ridge of Middlebury, both boys were born premature on June 2, 2010.
Survivors include their parents; brother, Marcus Ridge and infant sister, Gemma Ridge, all of Middlebury; grandparents, Steve and Deb Schmitt of Columbia City; grandmother, Carla Schmitt of Columbia City; grandparents, Larry and Suanna Brown, Selma; grandparents, Ed and Pam Ridge of Marietta, GA; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.  
They were preceded in death by their great-grandparents, Harold and Mona Schmitt and great-grandfather, John McClain.
A service will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at St. Paul of the Cross Roman Catholic Cemetery, Columbia City, IN at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Larry Kramer of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church officiating.  
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Gabriel and Elliot to the NICU at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.  Please send donations to Memorial NICU, Memorial Health Foundation, 615 N. Michigan, South Bend, IN 46601.  
To send family condolences or sign the guest register book, please log onto www.demoneygrimes.com.
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Vincent Natilio Harris, 45

Vincent Natilio Harris, 45, of Columbia City, Ind., died Friday, July 23, 2010 at 5:48 p.m. at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.  Born on June 25, 1965 in Quincy, MA he was the son of the late Walter and Barbara (Mitchell) Harris.
He lived in Quincy, MA his entire life until moving to Columbia City, Ind. on January 1, 2009 with his family.  
On May 22, 2004, he married Jennifer Rand in Randolph, MA.  A devoted father and husband he was a licensed plumber, but chose to stay at home and care for his children.  
He was a former member of the Adams Heights Club in Quincy, MA.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Harris of Columbia City; daughters, Jamie Harris of Quincy, MA and Gina Marie Harris of Columbia City; son, Joseph Natilio Harris of Columbia City; brothers, Stephen M. (Deborah) Harris of Pawtucket, RI, Michael D. Harris of Easton, MA, and John G. Harris of Quincy, MA; sister, Laura A. Harris-Wolf of Florida; aunt and uncle, Linda and David Dyment of Quincy, MA; his best friend of many years, Stephen Mallett of Bourne, MA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will take place in Massachusetts at a later date.  Memorial gifts may be made in Mr. Harris' memory to the National Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.  
Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City, IN.

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July 22, 2010

Max Edwin Reed, 86

Max Edwin Reed, 86, of Columbia City, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was admitted Monday, July 19.
He was born September 3, 1923 in Whitley County, Indiana a son of Raymond and Dica (Ott) Reed. With the exception of a couple of years in Fort Wayne, he spent his lifetime in Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1941.
On September 5, 1943 he was united in marriage to Bette J. Bell. In December 1943, he joined his father and brother at Reed Shoe Store. In 1967, he and his wife took over ownership until its closing in 1989.
His memberships included Columbia City United Methodist Church for more than 70 years, Columbia City Lodge #189 Free & Accepted Masons for more than 50 years and a former member of Columbia City Rotary for 30 years.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Bette; three daughters, Sharon (Tom) Laird of Boca Raton FL, Christine (Jim) Chaffins of Geneva and Diana (Larry) Graves of Rochester Hills MI; seven grandchildren, Chad Chaffins, Shanyn Wetsel, Lesli Chaffins, Kathleen Potts, Melanie Cussen, Lecretia Graves and Rachelle Graves; and nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Reed and Roy Reed; and a sister, Evelyn Boyer.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Columbia City United Methodist Church Building Fund.


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Wilda Ruth Ernst, 84

Wilda Ruth Ernst, 84, a resident of rural Columbia City passed away surrounded by family, on Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 11:40 a.m. in Parkview Hospital Main in Fort Wayne.
She was born April 20, 1926 in Whitley County, Indiana a daughter of Solomon and Blanche (Worrick) Mantle. She spent her formative years in Washington Twp and graduated from Washington High School.
In December 1946 Wilda was united in marriage to Clyde E. (John) Ernst. Throughout their married life they have lived in Whitley County. John died January 4, 1999 after 53 years of marriage.
Her employment history includes, 16 years at United Technologies and in food service at Coesse School.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Patricia Anne (Phil) Carpenter, Columbia City; three sons, Rich E. (Vickie) Ernst, Fort Wayne; John Robert Ernst, Columbia City, and Jan Lynn Ernst, Churubusco; two brothers, Harley E. Mantle, Kendallville and Roger L. Mantle; Herrinon, Utah; ten grandchildren, Amy (Corey) Reust, Columbia City; Shawn (Tracey) Rice, Fort Wayne, Jamin (Jasmin) Ernst, Fort Wayne, Justin (Heather) Ernst, Fort Wayne, Jared (Kelley) Ernst, Spurger, Texas, Jana ( Nick) Leitch, Churubusco, Heather Williams, Warsaw, Ryan Carpenter, Columbia City, Neil (fiancée Deanna Wagner), Carpenter, Columbia City and Adam (Lasha) Carpenter, Fort Wayne. Wilda has eight great grandchildren including Silas, Destiny, Faith, Kayla, Brook, Jensen, Blake and Shelby, plus a large and loving extended family.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Bernardin and Lola Briggs; and two brothers, Robert Mantle and Glenn Mantle.
In consideration for traveling family members, a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 28. Everyone is invited to share in the memorial of her life at the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 500 N. Oak Street, Columbia City at 7 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to Donor’s choice.

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Kimberly Ann Tuttle, 27

Kimberly Ann Tuttle, 27, of South Whitley, IN passed away at 8:18 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Lutheran Hospital of IN, Fort Wayne.
Born September 21, 1982 in Clinton, IA, she was the daughter of Scott L. and Linda Diane (Ranstead) Hixson.
She lived in Iowa until the age of 4 when she moved with her family to Tunker, IN. At age 10, she and her family moved north of South Whitley.  She graduated from Whitko High School with the Class of 2001 and completed her education with a two year associate degree in early childhood development from Ivy Tech, Fort Wayne.  
She was a teacher at Stepping Stones Preschool & Child Care at First Church of God, Columbia City.  She attended Columbia City Church of the Nazarene.
Survivors include her parents, Scott L. and Linda D. Hixson of South Whitley; a son, Austin James Tuttle, of South Whitley; brother, James Lester (Jami) Hixson of Fort Wayne; paternal grandmother, Kathleen Nelson of Columbia City; maternal grandmother, Patsy Ranstead of Bloomington; uncles, Todd (Cindy) Hixson of Fort Wayne, Robert Ranstead of Bloomington, Andy (Laurie) Ranstead of Kent, IL and Brian Ranstead of Montgomery, IL; aunt, Denise of Hanover Park, IL.
Visitation is Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN. Funeral service will immediately follow calling at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the funeral home with Pastor Thomas Beers of Columbia City Church of the Nazarene officiating.  
Memorial gifts may be given in Ms. Tuttle's memory to the Educational Fund for the Tuttle Children.  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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July 19, 2010

Linda Borders, 50

Linda Ann Borders, 50, of Columbia City, IN passed away after a long illness at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Oasis of Hope Hospital, Mexico.
Born April 5, 1960 in Columbia City, IN she was the daughter of Carl and Elaine (Bechtold) Sederlund.
A lifetime Columbia City resident, she graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1978. She completed her education with an associate degree in accounting in 1980 from IPFW, Fort Wayne. On September 13, 1980, she married James Borders in Columbia City.
She was employed as an accountant with Neff Engineering from 1981 to January, 2009. She was a faithful and active member of Columbia City Church of God.   
Survivors include her loving husband of 29 years, James Borders of Columbia City; daughter and fiance, Amanda Borders and Cody Jones of Columbia City; son and fiancee, Brandon Borders and Brenda Bair of Columbia City; mother, Elaine Sederlund of Columbia City; brothers, Alan (Luann) Sederlund of Fort Wayne and Mark (April) Sederlund of New Salisbury; mother-in-law, Avanell Borders of Pierceton. Her father preceded her in death.
Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN. Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2010 at the funeral home with Pastor Johnny McCallister of First Church of God officiating. Burial will follow at Nolt Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Borders to Columbia City First Church of God or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  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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Richard R. Crampton, 79

Richard R. Crampton, 79, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 11:15 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 2010 at Miller's Merry Manor, Columbia City, IN.
 Born on July 15, 1931 in Bluffton, IN, he was the son of Walter B. and Vera B. (Andrew) Crampton.
He was raised in Whitley County, IN.  He graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1949 and Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN. He has a master's degree in Education from St. Francis University, Fort Wayne, IN.  
He served in the United States Marine Corps.  
On July 3, 1954, he married Dorothy J. Bunting.   He was a retired football coach and school teacher working in Columbia City, Churubusco, Illinois and Florida.   He retired to Sarasota, FL, returning to Whitley County in 2008.
He was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church and the Leatherneck Coffee Club.
Survivors include his daughter, Mary (Andrew) Kopacz of Sarasota, FL; son, Timothy Crampton of Sarasota, FL; brothers & sisters, Walter B. Crampton of Columbia City; Lucinda (Bruce) Rex of Columbia City; Barbara Miller of Columbia City; Lloyd (Judy) Crampton of Grand Marie, MI; and John Crampton of Columbia City; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy J. Crampton; parents, infant brother, Keith Crampton, sons, David and Robert Crampton and daughter, Helen Spencer.
Visitation is 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 22, 2010 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN.  Funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 22 with Pastor Curtiss Johnson officiating with burial in Sarasota, FL at a later date.  Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Crampton 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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Joseph Ora Noel, 64

Joseph Ora Noel, 64, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 10:50 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.  
Born February 16, 1946 in Warsaw, IN he was the son of Joseph Ernest and Wilma Irene (Swope) Noel.
He graduated from Warsaw High School, Warsaw and attended two years at Purdue University. He proudly served in the United States Army. A former resident of California, Florida, Tennessee and Indiana, he was a self-employed remodeling contractor. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Warsaw. In his spare time, he enjoyed classic and blues music and playing guitar and the harmonica.
Survivors include a daughter, Amanda Jo (Joseph) Noel-Staup of Columbia City; granddaughter, Delaney Staup of Columbia City; step-sons, Shawn (Anissa) Bianski of Churubusco, Josh (Beth) Bianski and Sean (Bambi) Thomas both of Columbia City; 4 step-grandchildren.
His parents preceded him in death.
Visitation is 6-7 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following calling at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Noel to the final expenses in care of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

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Helen R. Rossiter, 80

Helen R. Rossiter, 80, of Tri-Lakes, Columbia City, died at 10:06 a.m. Monday, July 12, 2010 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
She was born December 9, 1929 in Allen County, Indiana a daughter of August and Esther (Blessing) Bercot. She spent her formative years in Allen County and graduated from Arcola High School in 1948.
On April 11, 1953 she was united in marriage to Marvin W. Rossiter. In 1957, they made their home at Tri-Lakes, Columbia City. Mr. Rossiter died September 14, 1972.
Her employment history includes, 2 years at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, child care services at her home and in 1969 she began her employment the former Weatherhead, Columbia City.
She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Surviving relatives include three sons, Martin (Cindy) Rossiter, South Whitley, Marvin (Lisa) Rossiter, Larwill and Marlin Rossiter, Columbia City; a daughter, Marina (Todd) Fowler, South Bend; 7 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Jewel.
In honor of Mrs. Rossiter’s wishes, there will no visitation or funeral.


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July 15, 2010

Dewey W. Goudy, 86

Dewey W. Goudy, 86, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 4:07 a.m. Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
Born on October 10, 1923 in Thorncreek Township, IN, he was the son of George Dewey and Minnie G. (Walda) Goudy.
 He was raised in Thorncreek Township, Whitley County, IN and came to Columbia City when he returned from serving in Italy with the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He received his early education in the public schools of Thorncreek Township, Whitley County and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1941. He also attended International Business College. He was united in marriage with Betty L. Method on January 16, 1946 at First Church of God, Columbia City. He was employed by Columbia City Weatherhead Company for 40 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of First Church of God, Columbia City where he was active in many various ministries, the Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post 98, Columbia City.
Survivors include his son, Dr. William D. (Mary) Goudy of Auburn; daughter, Beth (Edward) Sarapata of West Harrison, IN; 3 grandsons, Jeff Goudy of Denver, CO, Nick Goudy of Fort Wayne and Michael (Jocelyn) Sarapata of Lawrenceburg; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Bonnetia Hager of Hyattsville, MD; brothers, Robert J. Goudy of Portage, and Walter E. (Lois) Goudy of Van Wert, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Betty Goudy in May of 1999, grandson, Brian Sarapata, and brother, Ralph D. Goudy.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 18, 2010 from 2-6 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2010 at the funeral home with Pastor Johnny McCallister of First Church of God Columbia City officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove (Compton) Cemetery, Columbia City, IN.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Goudy's memory to First 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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July 11, 2010

Richard E. “Pick” Pequignot, 83

Richard E. “Pick” Pequignot, 83, of Big Lake, died at 5:40 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2010 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City where he had been a resident since March 2010.
He was born August 12, 1926 in Roanoke, Indiana a son of Clarence and Mildred I. (Smith) Pequignot. As a teenager, his family moved to Fort Wayne from Roanoke. He attended Nebraska School and completed his education at Central High School, Fort Wayne.
In December 1944 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged January 24, 1946.
On April 17, 1948 he was united in marriage to Irene I. Grover. They made their home in Roanoke and Fort Wayne before moving to their present home in 1962.
A truck driver for nearly 40 years, he retired in August 1982 from Indian Head Truck Line, Fort Wayne.
His memberships included V.F.W. Post #5582 and Eagles #1906.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Irene; a daughter and two sons, Kathleen J. (John) VanHouten, Donald E. (Cheryl) Pequignot and Danny L. Pequignot, all of Columbia City; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; a brother, Ronald (Debra) Pequignot of Fort Wayne; and a sister, Kay Ann (John) Zion of Angola.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Katherine and a sister, Donna Sue Pratt.
There will be no visitation or service.
Arrangements are by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
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July 09, 2010

John Frank Ellis, 76

John Frank Ellis, 76, of Columbia City, died at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at The Oaks Living Center where he had been a resident since March 2008.
He was born December 15, 1933 in Tippecanoe Township, Marshall County, Indiana the youngest of five children born to John Linus and Mary (Atha) Ellis. He grew up in Tippecanoe and Wabash County where he started school in Urbana until the family moved to a farm in Whitley County. He finished first grade at Larwill and graduated there in 1951. He worked on the family farm and enlisted in the Army, where he spent 14 months in Karlruhe, Germany.
On April 14, 1957 he married Delores L. Moore. They made their home in Whitley County. Mrs. Ellis died July 31, 2000.
He drove truck for several years and was a newspaper carrier for many years.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Eudora Blanchard of Indianapolis and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John Linus Ellis Jr. and Marion A. Ellis and a sister, Eunice Ditton.
The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with visitation after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
The committal service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Walnut Grove Cemetery, west of Tippecanoe.
Preferred memorials are to Heartland Hospice.
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Janice Dee Vandersaul, 71

Janice Dee Vandersaul, 71, of Columbia City, Ind., died at 12:56 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital Emergency Room.  
Born on February 12, 1939, she was the daughter of Samuel Richard "Dick" and Lois (Hannum) Lundy.
She was a graduate of North Webster High School with the Class of 1958.  For 10 years she worked as a bookkeeper at Dick's TV, but the job she loved the most was that of wife and mother to her 5 children.  Born in Switz City, Ind. and raised in North Webster, Ind. she moved to her present home in Whitley County in 1958.  She was a long time member of the Big Lake Church of God, where she served on many church committees.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jerry S. Vandersaul; sons, Jeff Vandersaul of Churubusco, Jody (Jan) Vandersaul of St. Louis, MO, daughter, Janette (Greg) Sauers of Columbia City, son, Jamie (Tina) Vandersaul of Columbia City, and daughter, Jerilyn Simpson of Warsaw.  Grandchildren, Samuel, Abigail, Ethan, Eli and Daniel Vandersaul all of St. Louis, MO, Janica (Kevin) Eames, Evan Sauers, Mallory, Garrett and Maggie Vandersaul all of Columbia City, and Connor Steffe of Warsaw; brothers, Samuel (Mary Jo) Lundy, Jr. and Jan (Cindy) Lundy, sister Jenilee (Dave) Anderson all of North Webster, Ind., and brother, Jay (Joan) Lundy of Lake Placid, FL.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and an infant grandson, Justin Hammel.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, July 11, 2010 from 2-6 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City, Ind. Funeral service will be held the following day, Monday, July 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastors Paul Dreger and Phil Blake officiating.  Burial will follow at Eberhard Cemetery, Columbia City, Ind.  Memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Vandersaul to the Big Lake Church of God Women’s Ministry fund.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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July 07, 2010

Stanley C. Snyder, 74

Stanley C. Snyder, 74, of South Whitley passed away at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, July 4, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.  
Born on January 21, 1936 in Huntington, he was the son of Henry Lewis and Freida W. (Wright) Snyder.
He has been a Whitley County resident since 1945 and was a general laborer.  He was a member of the Eagles Lodge #1906, Columbia City.
Survivors include his brother, Roger Snyder of South Whitley.  
He was preceded in death by his parents.
At the request of Mr. Snyder there will be no visitation. Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley.  
Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Snyder's memory to 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.  Arrangements were entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
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July 05, 2010

Alex Flannery, 62

Alex Flannery, 62, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:17 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.  
Born on February 4, 1948, in Floyd County, KY, he was the son of Creed Calvin and Barbara Alice (Bradley) Flanery.
He was raised in Kentucky moving to Indiana in 1963 at the age of 15 to Kosciusko County living there until 1970 moving to Tri Lakes for brief period and then moved to his present home in 1970.  He attended Silver Lake High School, Silver Lake and on March 9, 1968 he married Pamela Jo Reynolds in Claypool.  He worked at Big Boy Products, Warsaw, Essex Wire & Cable, from September 1969 until 2003 as a rod mill operator, during the 70-80's he also worked part-time for Smith Brothers Standard & Sam's Sunoco and then from 1986-1996 he worked for Lassus Brothers as a part-time cashier.  He was a member of B.T. Roberts Free Methodist Church and the churches CYC Youth Group.  He coached girls softball, boy's Pony League and played on the men's church league basketball and played softball at Morsches Park.  He loved Nascar, Pittsburg Steelers, Atlanta Braves, Colts and was an avid camper and especially enjoyed sharing lots of family memories at Jellystone Campgrounds, near North Webster.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Pamela Jo Flannery of Columbia City; 3 daughters, Jodi R. (Gary) Sims of South Whitley,  Jan E. (Gary) Sroufe of South Whitley and Amanda J. (Rolland) Bonjour of Columbia City; 5 grandchildren, Jordan and Sydney Sims, Hunter and Spencer Sroufe and Analeigh Bonjour; 3 step grandchildren, Austin and Zoey Baeum and Kayle Mink; 2 brothers, Marvin (Sandy) Flannery of Claypool and Curtis (Janet) Flannery of Silver Lake; 3 sisters, Millie Prater of Rochester, Cassie (Dan) Bradley of Winona Lake and Janavee (Mander) Prater of Roann.  He was preceded in death by his parents and 7 brothers and sisters including, Arnold, Evelyn, Oris, Creed Calvin, Lawrence and Lloyd Flannery and Tealie Spears.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.  Funeral services will be held at at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010 at the funeral home with Pastor Robert Barton of South Whitley United Methodist Church and family friend, Bruce Wrightsman officiating. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Flannery to American Lung and Diabetes Associations. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.
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Rebecca J. Ambrose, 77

Rebecca J. Ambrose, 77, of rural Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
She was born September 25, 1932 in Allen County, Indiana a daughter of Merle R. and Opal (Forrest) Brunson. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne and graduated from Central High School in 1950. She attended nursing school and received a Certified Nurses Assistant certificate.
On May 19, 1951 she was united in marriage to Forest E. Ambrose. They made their home in Columbia City. Mr. Ambrose died April 8, 1994.
As a CNA, she worked at Alfran Nursing Home which later became The Oaks, Columbia City for over 20 years. She retired in 1991.
Surviving relatives include three sons, Dennis (Janet) Ambrose, Claypool, Scott (Connie) Ambrose, Warsaw and Mathew (Lorena) Ambrose, Columbia City; a daughter, Victoria (Ronal) Harness, Columbia City; 6 grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren; several great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Kelly Ambrose and nine brothers.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2010 at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Final Expenses c/o Smith and Sons or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.


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Kermit R. Hollenbaugh, 77

Kermit R. Hollenbaugh, 77, of Jefferson Township, Whitley County, died at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2010 at his home. He had been in failing health for the past four months.
He was born December 8, 1932, in Laud, Indiana a son of Herbert R. and Edna P. (Wince) Hollenbaugh. He graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1950 and continued his education in civil engineering at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.
On March 4, 1952 he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving as a Police Officer during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged March 3, 1956.
On August 5, 1961 he was united in marriage to Linda E. Raichart. They made their home in Churubusco until 1965 when they moved to their present home in Jefferson Township.
He retired from International Harvester in 1982 with 31 years of service, worked as a security guard at Parkview Whitley Hospital for eight years and Breyers Ice Cream in Huntington for the past four years.
A member of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, he was a past president of the Men’s Brotherhood, taught Sunday School for many years, was a youth leader for 16 years and assisted with United Methodist Senior High Bike Camp for six years.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Linda; niece/foster daughter, Candy Raichart of Roanoke; a sister, Bonita (Richard) VanDuyn of LaHabra, CA; and three nephews, Richard E. VanDuyn II of LaHabra, CA, Randall VanDuyn of Elgin, IL and Kevin Raichart of Fort Myers, FL.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, 880 E 1100 N, Roanoke with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Preferred memorials may be made to Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.
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