Obituaries
Steve Nichter PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 September 2010 17:50

Steve Nichter

AUBURN -- Steve M. “Dirt” Nichter, age 56 of Auburn, died on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. at DeKalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn. He was born October 10, 1953 in Whitley County to Herb and Mary (Bherns) Nichter. He was a Golf Course Superintendent at the Fort Wayne Country Club, Greenhurst Country Club and most recently at the Garrett Country Club. He was a member of the Garrett Eagles, Auburn Moose and Sons of the American Legion in Auburn.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Nichter of Churubusco; a son, Michael J. Nichter of Indianapolis; a brother, David Nichter of Columbia City and a sister, Bonnie Zuber of New Haven. He was preceded in death by his father, a brother, Brian Nichter and a sister, Mary Nichter.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Thomas Funeral Home, 1277 C.R. 56 Garrett. Officiating will be Fr. Derrick Sneyd. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 29 from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will follow in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
Memorials are to St. Martin’s Healthcare
To send a condolence or sign the online guestbook visit  www.thomasfuneralhome.org.

AUBURN -- Steve M. “Dirt” Nichter, age 56 of Auburn, died on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. at DeKalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn.

 
Harriet Wiard PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 16:41

FORT WAYNE -- Harriet E. Wiard, 98, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Donald D. Wiard, passed into eternity with her Lord at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at Hamilton House in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Wiard was born in Charlevoix, Michigan on August 31, 1912, a daughter of Charles J. and Amelia (Schaffer) Cork, and spent most of her early years in Michigan. On October 12, 1934 she was married in Burr Oak, Michigan to Donald D. Wiard, and had lived in Fort Wayne since 1945.
She had been employed at the Valspar Paint Company in Fort Wayne for over 30 years, retiring from there in 1977.  She attended the Eel River Baptist Church, south of Churubusco.
Mr. Wiard preceded her in death on September 5, 1997.
The surviving relatives include a daughter, Phyllis Arvola of Arcola; two sons, Robert C. (Joy) Wiard of Churubusco and Richard Wiard of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty L. Waltenburg on May 1, 2009. Also deceased are four brothers, five sisters, a half-sister, and one grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 27, 2010, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with the Rev. Kerry Niman, pastor of Eel River Baptist Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Salem Cemetery, north of Ligonier.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Allen County League for the Blind and Disabled, 5821 S. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46816
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Wiard's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net

FORT WAYNE -- Harriet E. Wiard, 98, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Donald D. Wiard, passed into eternity with her Lord at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at Hamilton House in Fort Wayne.

 
Betty Kunkel PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 September 2010 17:29

Betty Kunkel

FORT WAYNE -- Betty Jane Kunkel, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2010 at Lutheran Life Villages. She was born on June 11, 1924 in Fort Wayne.
Surviving are her daughters, Sandra J. (Edward) Diss of Fort Wayne, Nancy S. (Jim) Hall of Decatur, Deborah Kay Kjellin of Primm Springs, Tenn., and Judy C. (Dave) Brudi of Churubusco; son, Dennis A. (Amy) Kunkel of Georgetown, Ind; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren L. Kunkel; and brother, Robert Faudree.
Funeral service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at Lutheran Life Villages Chapel, 6701 South Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior.  Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens.  Preferred Memorials to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church-Bingen Youth Group.

FORT WAYNE -- Betty Jane Kunkel, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2010 at Lutheran Life Villages. She was born on June 11, 1924 in Fort Wayne.

 
Carl Hatton PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 September 2010 17:28

LAOTTO -- Carl Walter Hatton, 88, died on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at 2:45 a.m. at Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
He was born in Hazard County, Kentucky on March 4, 1922 and was the son of Ben and Nancy (McPherson) Hatton. He came to the area at the age of 16 from Kentucky. On September 13, 1946, in Garrett he married Lenora Cobbs. She survives in LaOtto.
He retired from International Harvester as a truck operator after 30 years of service. He served his country as a tank driver in the United States Army during World War II. He served under General Patton in the Battle of The Bulge. He was also a farmer and a welder, loved to play cards, tinker in his garage, and work in his garden. He loved to tell good stories and spend time with his grandchildren.
Other survivors include three sons, Steve Hatton of Avilla, Delbert Hatton of LaOtto and Darrell Hatton of Garrett; three daughters, Karen Cordial of Huntertown, Sharon (Tim) Mueller of Hoagland, and Bonnie (Jerald) Myers of Avilla.
They also raised three grandchildren, Darla (Brian) Mueller Buckles of Avilla, Carl (Kat) Cordial of Avilla and Ella Cordial of Indianapolis. Also surviving are nine additional grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, George Hatton of New Haven and three sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, five sisters, and a great-grandchild.
Funeral services for Mr. Hatton were Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla Chapel with Pastor Thomas Dunbar officiating.
Burial was at Perry Township Cemetery in Huntertown. Military graveside services were conducted.
Please make memorials to the Provena Sacred Heart Home Activities Department.

LAOTTO -- Carl Walter Hatton, 88, died on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at 2:45 a.m. at Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.

 
David Hawn PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 10:06

COLUMBIA CITY -- David Henry Hawn, 71, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly at 3:20 p.m. at his residence Saturday, September 11, 2010.
Born July 28, 1939 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Charles A. and Florence A. (Sievers) Hawn.
He was born and raised in Fort Wayne until age six then moved to Whitley County. He moved to Wolf Lake after his marriage until 2002 when he moved to Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1958 and International Business College in 1960 with an Associates Degree in Accounting. On November 16, 1963, he married Barbara Jo Whiteman at Big Lake Church of God, Columbia City. He worked at Super Valu/Food Marketing retiring in 2002 after 29 years of service.
He was former secretary of the Columbia City Eagles Lodge 1906, past president of the Whitley County Shrine Club, past Master Mason with Cromwell Masonic Lodge, member of Mizpah Shrine, member of the Scottish Rite, member of the Moose Lodge, volunteer with the SHIP Organization, president of the Bear, High, and Wolf Lake Sewer Boards, and a member of Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Barbara Jo Hawn of Columbia City; six children, Becky (Darin) Claxton of Churubusco; Connie (Bryan) Blanchard of South Whitley; Jeffrey (Heather) Hawn of Monroeville; Donna (Andy) Pearson of Bloomington; Kaydean (Chris) Turner and Vern (Belinda) Hawn of Columbia City; sister, Arlene (Fred) Aukerman of Grand St. Mary’s Lake; brother, LeRoy (Katherine) Hawn of Columbia City; sister, Mary Ellen (Mick) Walters of Columbia City; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and bother, Kenneth Hawn.
Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m Wednesday at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home with Pastor David Arnold of Columbia City United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove (Compton) Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Hawn to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

COLUMBIA CITY -- David Henry Hawn, 71, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly at 3:20 p.m. at his residence Saturday, September 11, 2010. Born July 28, 1939 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Charles A. and Florence A. (Sievers) Hawn.

 
Nancy Mills PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 10:05

KENDALLVILLE -- Nancy Yvonne Mills, 47, of Kendallville, went home on Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 11:45 a.m. at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.
She was born on September 5, 1963, in Columbia City to the late Sherman Robinson and Clara (Miller) Robinson, who survives in Kimmell. She lived in the Noble County area all of her life.
At their home on April 17, 1998, she married Scott A. Mills who survives in Kendallville. On their 10th aniversary in 2008, they renewed their vows. Mrs. Mills loved watching movies, arts and crafts, camping and adored playing with her grandchildren.
Other survivors include three sons and two daughters in-law, Mark (Ashley) Borders of Kimmell, Josh Borders of Big Turkey Lake in LaGrange, and Andy (Abbey) Borders of Kendallville; two grandsons, Newman and Jordan Borders and a granddaughter, Jaida Borders; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Walter and Cindy Robinson of Churubusco, and Sherman Robinson Jr. of Fremont, and a sister, Vicky Bortner of Elkhart.
Funeral services for Nancy Mills will be Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 7 p.m. at Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion Chapel with Pastor Glen Patrick from the Lighthouse Tabernacle in Kimmell officiating.
Calling is Thursday at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. with cremation to take place after the services.
Memorials are to her family. Go to brazzellfuneralhome.com to send online condolences.

KENDALLVILLE -- Nancy Yvonne Mills, 47, of Kendallville, went home on Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 11:45 a.m. at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.

 
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