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Willis Friskney PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 August 2010 16:25

Willis Friskney

ALBION -- Willis J. Friskney, age 86, of Albion, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, August 1, 2010 at North Ridge Village Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Albion. Born on June 22, 1924 in Noble County, he was the son of Samuel Archie and Clara Leona (Ott) Friskney.
He was a Green Township, Noble County resident his entire lifetime except from 1949-1956 when he lived in Whitley County. He attended Green School and graduated from Albion High School with the Class 1942. He served in the United States Army as Tech 5th Grade, 71st Signal Service Battalion from 1945-1946. On September 14, 1947, he married Margery L. Eubank at Sherman Street Church of God, Fort Wayne. He worked at Columbia Products, Dana Weatherhead as a tool and die maker where he retired in 1986. He also was a general farmer. He was a member of Big Lake Church of God, where he was a faithful usher, greeter and volunteered at the church for many years. In the past, he enjoyed golf with a group in Goblesville from Dana Weatherhead and he also was an avid gardener and loved to do woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Margery L. Friskney of Albion; five children, Sherrill (James) Zumbrun of Albion, Ron Friskney of Tecumseh, MI, Vicki (Rick) Waterson of Albion, Mark (A.J. Calkins) Friskney, Fort Wayne and Marna (Bob) Amber of Churubusco; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, brother, Merle W. "Bud" Friskney of Arvada, CO; sister, Martha Jane Johnson of Churubusco, two sisters-in-law, Joylene Friskney of St. Paul, MN and Jean Alexander, Carmel, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, John, James, and Boyd Friskney and brother-in-law, Rod Johnson and three sisters-in-law, Fay, Esther and Iva Friskney.
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 pm Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will be at the funeral home on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor J. Phillip Blake, former pastor of Big Lake Church of God, and Pastor Tim Grable of Sugar Grove Church of God, Churubusco, officiating. Burial will follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam, with graveside military rites conducted by the Whitley County Korean War Veteran's Honor Guard.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Friskney to Big Lake Church of God, with envelopes available through the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register.

ALBION -- Willis J. Friskney, age 86, of Albion, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, August 1, 2010 at North Ridge Village Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Albion. Born on June 22, 1924 in Noble County, he was the son of Samuel Archie and Clara Leona (Ott) Friskney.

 
Ronald Gillem PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 August 2010 10:47

CHURUBUSCO -- Ronald Dean Gillem, 67, of Churubusco, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Born in Kokomo, Ind., he was the son of the late John and Nellie Gillem. He worked for Continental Steel in Kokomo for 25 years and worked for Slater Steel for 17 years and Valbrun Steel for six years in Fort Wayne. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Life Bridge Church.
Surviving are his wife, Eloise Gillem of Churubusco; sons, David (Nickie) of Garrett and Donald of Huntertown; daughter, Annette (Ken) White of Leo-Cedarville; brothers, John (Marianne), Russell and Bill (Mary Ellen) Gillem, both of Kokomo; sisters, Ima Jean Sanders, Donnie Stevenson, Carolyn Randalls, Judy Hayes, Barbara Langley and Elizabeth (Francis) Fulk, all of Kokomo; grandchildren, Vanessa, Nathan (Amanda) who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy, David, Stacie, Tracie, Richard, Jared, Aimee and James; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Dakota, Hailey, Michael, Aiden; sister-in-law, Patricia Leverton of Indianapolis, Ind.; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary.
Service is 2:30 p.m. Monday at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road with calling one hour prior to service. Calling also from 5-8 p.m. Saturday and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Covington Memorial Gardens.
Condolences are to www.covingtonmemorial.com.

CHURUBUSCO -- Ronald Dean Gillem, 67, of Churubusco, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his family.

 
Fred Riddle PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 July 2010 15:56

Fred Riddle

ALBION -- Fred A. Riddle, 58, of Noble Township, Noble County, died Thursday evening at his home.
He was born January 27, 1952 in Columbia City, Indiana a son of Stanley James and Mary Catherine (Cox) Riddle. A lifelong resident of Noble Township, he graduated from Central Noble High School.
On November 27, 1976 he was united in marriage to Mariann Metzger.
In addition to farming, he drove truck for North American Van Lines and later Salesman Trucking.
He was very active and supportive of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church and its many activities, Wolf Lake Lions Club, Mizpah Shrine, Christian Chapel Cemetery Association Board, was associate of Whitley County Soil & Water Conservation District, assisted with Boy Scouts of America and a member of Churubusco Lodge #515 F. & A. M. He supported and enjoyed attending the Wolf Lake Alumni Class Reunions, Whitley County 4-H Fair and its museum, Wolf Lake Onion Days, Sugar Grove Church of God ice cream socials, Central Noble F.F.A. and his children’s various activities.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Mariann; three children, Julie Riddle, Kevin Riddle and Jody Riddle; and a brother, John (Sharon) Riddle, all of Albion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roy Riddle.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church or Boy Scouts of America.
Condolences may be sent to smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

ALBION -- Fred A. Riddle, 58, of Noble Township, Noble County, died Thursday evening at his home.

 
Eldora McCoy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 July 2010 11:10

Eldora McCoy

ALBION -- Eldora P. McCoy, 89, of Albion, died Thursday July 29, 2010 at North Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Albion.
Born December 21, 1920 in Whitley County, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Etta Fulk. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Stanley and Pansy McCoy of Churubusco; daughters and a son-in-law, Peggy and Keith Rupert of Albion and Donna Coleman of Albion; sisters, Gertrude Fulk of Albion and Laurel Wilson of Uniondale; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland McCoy in 1985; a son, Robert McCoy in 2010; two sisters and five brothers.
Funeral service is Monday at 11 a.m. with visiting one hour prior at the Sheets and Childs Funeral Home Churubusco. Rev Nancy Fergusson will be officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
“Eldora’s great-granddaughter, Ashlynn, was born with Rett Syndrome which affects the nervous system among other complications from this disease. In Eldora’s memory, please make your contribution to Jodi Coil (McCoy) so Eldora’s memory may continue to help care for Ashlynn. Thank you, the McCoy family.”
Burial in Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. To leave the McCoy family a condolence, visit www.sheetsandchilds.net.

ALBION -- Eldora P. McCoy, 89, of Albion, died Thursday July 29, 2010 at North Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Albion.

 
L. Hope Jordan Bremerkamp PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:38

FORT WAYNE -- L. Hope Jordan Bremerkamp, 92, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at Cameron Memorial Hospital, Angola.
Born in Churubusco, she worked for the Engineering Department of International Harvester for 25 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of Nevada Mills United Methodist Church. “She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who was a devoted Christian. She enjoyed nature and had a zest for life.”
She is survived by her husband, Robert Bremerkamp of Angola; daughters, Arletta (Marvin) Martin and Janet (Richard) Byers, both of Fort Wayne, and Karen (Skip) Hamilton of Fremont; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles V. Jordan; brother, Jack; and sisters, Teal and Rose.
Service is Saturday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2417 Getz Road, Fort Wayne. The Rev. Duane Stidham officiating. Arrrangements are by D. O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, Fort Wayne.
Burial is in Covington Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Nevada Mills United Methodist Church.
To sign the online guestbook,visit www.mccombandsons.com.

FORT WAYNE -- L. Hope Jordan Bremerkamp, 92, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at Cameron Memorial Hospital, Angola.

 
Gail Herron PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 14:30

Gail Herron

CHURUBUSCO -- Gail L. Herron, 70, of Churubusco, died July 26, 2010 at home. Born January 1, 1940, she was the daughter of Edward and Louise Stoops. She was a 1958 graduate of Huntertown High School and on August 2, 1958 she married Donald R. Herron at Churubusco United Methodist Church. Gail was a 4-H leader for the handicapped, a member of Morning Glories Bowling League and honorary member of Beta Sigma Phi. She was employed at Sears Glenbrook for over 30 years.
She is survived by her husband, Donald R. Herron of Churubusco; children, Donald R. Herron, Jr. of Churubusco, Anthony E. (Lea Ann) Herron of Churubusco and Nicholas D. (Lisa) Herron of Auburn; sisters, Elaine (Ron) Renkenberger of LaOtto, Alma DeVore of Wabash and Mary Helen Wheeler of Eaton, Ohio; brothers, Edward  Stoops Jr. of Missouri and David (Kathy) Stoops of Butler; grandchildren, Kelly (Mathew) Haber of Churubusco, Amy Herron of Churubusco, Nancy (fiance Cody Gordon) Herron of Churubusco, Anthony Herron Jr. of Churubusco, Kaleb Herron of Auburn and Emily Herron of Auburn; great-grandchild, Claire Haber of Churubusco; beloved friend, Linda (Mac) Millington; special friends, Rebecca Herron-Whitman, Sharon Meitz and her co-workers at Sears; other relatives, brother-in-law James Herron of Churubusco, sister-in-law Sandra Speakman of Churubusco; several nieces and nephews and countless friends. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, July 31 from 4-6 p.m. at Blue Lake Community Center with a short service to follow at 6 p.m. The family requests happy memories and fun times shared in lieu of flowers and tears. Memorials may be directed to Churubusco Youth League Girls Softball Program or DeKalb High School Show choir. Arrangements by Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, 206 N. Main Street Churubusco.

CHURUBUSCO -- Gail L. Herron, 70, of Churubusco, died July 26, 2010 at home. Born January 1, 1940, she was the daughter of Edward and Louise Stoops.

 
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