Obituaries
William Cook PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 August 2010 16:04

AVILLA -- William D. Cook, 75, a resident of Avilla, and formerly of Auburn and Huntertown, passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at Northridge Village Nursing Home in Albion, where he had been a patient for the past two weeks.
Mr. Cook was born in Fort Wayne on January 25, 1935, a son of Bernard and Hope (Kuzeff) Cook, and spent his formative years there. As a young man he served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, and was married in Angola on July 20, 1953 to Shirley Spangle.
He was employed for 28 years at International Harvester in Fort Wayne, and later worked as an independent contractor. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, race car driving, and woodworking.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Shirley; his children, William (Renee) Cook, Jr. of Angola, Lisa (Robert) Hostetter of Rome City, Mark (Reesa) Cook of Fort Wayne, Scott Cook of Albion, and Dwayne Kazmierczak of Granger; a brother, Gary (Diana) Cook of Auburn; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Pelz.
At the request of the family, there will be no services or calling hours. Memorials may be directed to Indiana University Hospital, 550 N. University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Cook's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

AVILLA -- William D. Cook, 75, a resident of Avilla, and formerly of Auburn and Huntertown, passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at Northridge Village Nursing Home in Albion, where he had been a patient for the past two weeks.

 
Mary Loney PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 10:40

FORT WAYNE -- Mary E. Loney, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2010, at The Towne House Retirement Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Kokomo, she worked as a tax consultant with H&R Block for 30 years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing Bridge, raising roses, ballroom dancing and working in her flower garden.
Surviving are her sons, Steven Moses of LaOtto and Louis (Marcia) Moses of Carmel; grandson, Ben (Amy) Moses of Russiaville, Ind.; granddaughter, Becky (Rick) Freeman of LaOtto; stepson, Dennis (Marsha) Loney of Fort Wayne; stepdaughter, Maureen (Michael) Friend of Fort Wayne; four step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl C. and Helen May Bennett; first husband of 53 years, Louis H. Moses; second husband of 14 years, Norman C. Loney and grandson, Capt. U.S.A.F. Steven J. Moses, MD.
Visitation is 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at D. O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, with a vigil at 4:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Cemetery, with calling one hour prior.
Memorials may be made to Parkview Home Health & Hospice.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com.

FORT WAYNE -- Mary E. Loney, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2010, at The Towne House Retirement Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Kokomo, she worked as a tax consultant with H&R Block for 30 years, retiring in 1988.

 
Al Knapp PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 August 2010 18:05

Al Knapp

COLUMBIA CITY -- Al L. Knapp, 71, well-known Churubusco businessman and a resident of rural Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly at 4:17 a.m. on Monday, August 2, 2010, at the family residence in Smith Township from the results of an apparent heart attack.
Mr. Knapp was born in Bryan, Ohio on June 3, 1939, a son of Alva and Leila (Ginter) Knapp, and as a youth moved with his family to New Haven.
On August 3, 1958 he was married in Bryan, Ohio to Carol Sue Joseph. The couple lived in Bryan, Ohio for a period before moving to Churubusco in 1961. They had lived at their current home in rural Smith Township since 1967.
Mr. Knapp operated Al's Barber Shop in Churubusco for 12 years, and was well-known as the owner and operator of Al's 33 Club in Churubusco for 33 years, retiring in 2006.  In addition to his work, he enjoyed raising horses and horse racing.
The surviving relatives include his wife, Carol, to whom he was married for nearly 52 years; his children, Lori (Stan) Cremeens, Brad (Koreen) Knapp, and Jennifer (Harry) Jordan, all of Churubusco, and Sue (Todd) Tonkel of Fort Wayne; and  two sisters, Carlyne (Dan) Krauter of New Haven and Delila (Larry) Woodruff of Greenfield. There are 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2010, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Alan Meneely, minister of Southwest Church of Christ, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Riley Hospital For Children, 702 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN  46202
To leave a condolence for the family in Mr. Knapp's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

COLUMBIA CITY -- Al L. Knapp, 71, well-known Churubusco businessman and a resident of rural Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly at 4:17 a.m. on Monday, August 2, 2010, at the family residence in Smith Township from the results of an apparent heart attack.

 
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.

 
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