Obituaries
Rick Grable PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011 21:08

BIG LAKE -- Rick D. Grable, 57, of Big Lake, Noble County, Ind., died Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 11:14 p.m. at his residence.
Born on July 5, 1953, he was the son of the late Richard D. and Barbara J. (Van Houten) Grable. He was a graduate of Central Noble High School with the Class of 1971. He then went on to earn his real estate and broker’s license. Since 1989 he has owned and operated his own real estate firm, Grable and Associates Realty in Columbia City. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 189.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Rhonda Grable of Big Lake; son, Christopher (Jennifer) Grable of Charlestown, Ind.; daughter, Angela (Mauro) Grable-Garcia of Columbia City; son, Chad (Angela) Rosales of Noblesville, Ind.; brother, Rev. Timothy Grable (Cheri) of Fort Wayne; sisters, Wendy (Roger) Shisler of Ballston Spa, N.Y. and Lesa (Randy) Corkwell of Valparaiso, Ind.; grandchildren, Tyler and Devon Weber and Keanu Garcia-Neto all of Columbia City and Riley Grable of Charlestown, Ind. He was also a 20 year friend of Bill W. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Service is 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City, with Pastor Timothy Grable of Sugar Grove Church of God officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 2-6 at the funeral home.
Burial to follow at Thorn Cemetery, Ormas, Ind. Memorials in Mr. Grable’s memory can be made to the Colin McIntire’s Muscular Dystrophy Fund c/o Markle Bank. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To sign the guest register or send the family a condolence, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com.

BIG LAKE -- Rick D. Grable, 57, of Big Lake, Noble County, Ind., died Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 11:14 p.m. at his residence.

 
Ralph 'Stan' Pressler PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011 21:07

HUNTINGTON -- Ralph A. “Stan” Pressler, 88, of Huntington, passed away Monday, April 25, 2011, at 4:17 a.m., at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was united in marriage to Patricia A. Shively on February 27, 1954, in Churubusco, she survives.
Service is 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2011, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Marti Lundy officiating. Visitaton also from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Ind.
Interment will be at the Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Huntington County. To sign Mr. Pressler’s online guest registry visit www.myersfuneralhomes.com and click on obituaries.

HUNTINGTON -- Ralph A. “Stan” Pressler, 88, of Huntington, passed away Monday, April 25, 2011, at 4:17 a.m., at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was united in marriage to Patricia A. Shively on February 27, 1954, in Churubusco, she survives.

 
Faye Betley PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011 21:06

FORT WAYNE -- Faye A. Betley, 76, of Fort Wayne, was surrounded in love by family, and went to live with God on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 7:19 p.m. at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.
Born June 5, 1934 in DeKalb County, she was the daughter of Angie (Harkey) and Robert Christlieb. She was a homemaker and then became a renowned  tax preparer, eventually owning her own business, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, H.G. (Hill) Betley; her children, Rita A. Whitman of Fort Wayne, Brenda (Bill Slabach) Betley of Churubusco; brother, Argle (Betty) Christlieb of Tavares, Fla.; sisters, Marie Sponhour of Auburn and Ina Bice of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Adam Whitman and Clara Faye Betley; numerous nieces, nephews, especially Donna Jean (George) Arnold; great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Viva Emerick. “Faye will be remembered by her strong pesonality, great sense of humor, her genuine interest in everyone who made her acquaintance, and her great love of books and collectibles.”
Service is Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 1 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to service at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. Visitation is also from 2-4  and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the church.
Burial in Perry Township Cemetery, Huntertown. The preference is no flowers. Memorial contributions may be given to Trinity English Lutheran Church or Lupus Alliance of America, P.O. Box 3900, South Bend, IN 46619-0900 (www.michianalupus.org). A brick may also be purchased at visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Faye’s memory.
Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.northernindianafuneralcare.com.

FORT WAYNE -- Faye A. Betley, 76, of Fort Wayne, was surrounded in love by family, and went to live with God on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 7:19 p.m. at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.

 
Robert Haynes PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 May 2011 09:45

Robert Haynes

CHURUBUSCO -- Robert E. Haynes, 75, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 2:20 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He had suffered an apparent brain hemorrhage unexpectedly on Thursday.
Mr. Haynes was born on June 26, 1935 in Garrett, a son of Morris and Cleatus (Thompson) Haynes, and as a young man served with the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.   On August 27, 1962 he was married in Garrett to Jean Zimmerman. The couple lived in Fort Wayne for a period, and moved to the Churubusco-area 34 years ago.
Employed as a drywall finisher and painter for most of his adult life, he retired from Tri-State Decorating in Fort Wayne in 1997. Following his retirement he was employed by the Albion New Era and the Churubusco News.
He was a member and past master of Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM, was commander of Churubusco Veteran's of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846, and was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco.
The surviving relatives include his wife, Jean; his daughter, Kimberly (Marc) Pape of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren, Zachary Pape and Krista (Steven) Sanavongsay; and a great-grandson, Alec. His parents preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Kevin Wendt, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the mortuary from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, or one hour prior to the service Wednesday morning.
Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Humane Society of Whitley County, P.O. Box 245, Columbia City, Indiana 46725.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Haynes' memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Robert E. Haynes, 75, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 2:20 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He had suffered an apparent brain hemorrhage unexpectedly on Thursday.

 
Robert Sloffer PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 April 2011 22:07

Robert Sloffer

CHURUBUSCO -- Robert J. Sloffer, 88, a resident of Churubusco and widely acquainted Churubusco businessman and community leader, passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011 at the family residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Sloffer was born in Huntertown on June 7, 1922, a son of Milo and Bertha (Dunten) Sloffer, and spent his formative years in that area. He graduated from Huntertown High School in 1940 and as a young man served with the U. S. Army during World War II.
On April 4, 1942 he was married to Doris M. Gordon, and along with his father-in-law, the late Walter Gordon, was co-owner of Gordon & Sloffer, Inc. in Churubusco for 41 years, retiring in 1986.
In addition to his business concerns, his life was marked by memberships and active participation in a variety of civic and fraternal organizations. He was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church; and was a 50 year member of Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne, and the Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne. In addition, he was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco, Churubusco Veteran's of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846, and was a charter member of the Churubusco Lions Club.
The surviving relatives include his wife, Doris, to whom he was married for 69 years; his son, Robert J. (Sandy) Sloffer, Jr. of Churubusco; three daughters, Diane (Bruce) Fletter of Grand Rapids, Mich., Karlin (Terry) Shively of Whitehouse, Oh., and Jan Patnella of Holiday, Fla; a sister, Hilda Shively of Churubusco; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Sloffer; and by three sisters, Marie Bosler, Helen Stonestreet, and Marcella Hoyer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastor Corinne K. Boruff, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Monday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p.m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Shriner's Hospital For Children, 2211 North Oak Park Avenue,Chicago, IL 60707
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Sloffer's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Robert J. Sloffer, 88, a resident of Churubusco and widely acquainted Churubusco businessman and community leader, passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011 at the family residence following an extended illness.

 
Beverly Lewis PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 April 2011 17:15

Beverly Lewis

FORT WAYNE -- Beverly M. Lewis, 83, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Jack L. Lewis, passed away at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home in Fort Wayne following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Lewis was born on March 15, 1928 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Lloyd and Bernice (Brown) Reynolds, and graduated from North Side High School in 1946. Upon completing her education, she worked at the former Wayne Knitting Mills and later at Security Cartage Trucking Company.
On June 10, 1950 she was married in Fort Wayne to Jack L. Lewis, and spent most of her adult life in Washington Township in Allen County.
She had worked at The Lincoln Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne for 23 years, retiring from there in 1990 as a group department systems tester. She had previously attended the Bethel United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, and was past worthy matron of Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136.
Mr. Lewis preceded her in death on July 30, 2001.
The surviving relatives include two sons, Ronald C. (Marilyn) Lewis of Fort Wayne and Donald L. (Melody) Lewis of DeRidder, La; a daughter, Mari (Brian) Davis of Noble County; a brother, Jerry A. (Ruth Ann) Reynolds of Bluffton; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine McComb; and by a brother, James Reynolds.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Rick Van Horn, pastor of Christ Community Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136 will conduct memorial services at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136, c/o Margaret Hoot, 1812 W. Shoaff Rd., Huntertown, IN 46748.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Lewis' memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

FORT WAYNE -- Beverly M. Lewis, 83, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Jack L. Lewis, passed away at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home in Fort Wayne following a lengthy illness.

 
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