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Richard Stephens PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 15:00

Richard Stephens

CHURUBUSCO -- Richard Eugene "Dick" Stephens, 83 years old, of Churubusco, formally of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, with his family at his side.
Born in Fort Wayne, on July 12, 1927, he graduated from North Side High School in 1945 and Indiana University School of Business in 1951. Honorably discharged from the Army of the United States of America in 1947. He retired from Magnavox in 1992 while also he spent many years working for the Home Builders Association, Parade of Homes and the Memorial Coliseum. He was an avid swimmer; Dick served time as a head lifeguard at Bledsoe Beach on Lake James in the 1940s with his best friend Ernie Alterkruse. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco.
Surviving is his wife of 56 years, Maxine (Mettler) Stephens of Churubusco, formerly of Fort Wayne; sons, Rick (Judy), Terry (Denise), both of Fort Wayne; niece, Deanna (Wineland) Hoppas, daughter of Don Wineland; grandchildren, including Zach, Tyler, Lorrenda, Kelly, Tony, and 14 great-grandchildren, and many other family and friends.  He was preceded in death by parents, Howard and Pauline Stephens; sister, Sandra; and daughter, Jamie; Aunt Marie and Uncle George Craighead and best friend Ernie Alterkruse.
Service is 1:30 p.m. at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue with Pastor Lane Burgland officiating. Calling at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, Friday, August 13, from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco, or New Hope Hospice in our Father's name. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

CHURUBUSCO -- Richard Eugene "Dick" Stephens, 83 years old, of Churubusco, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, with his family at his side.

 
Dave Partin PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 14:28

Dave Partin

CHURUBUSCO -- Dave Partin, 62, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 1:05 a.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at the home of his mother in Churubusco. He had been in failing health since March.
Mr. Partin was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on July 15, 1948, and moved to Churubusco with his family in 1955.
A U. S. Army Vietnam veteran, he had been employed as a metal plater at Lippert Components in Goshen, and spent most of his adult life in Churubusco. He was a member of the Churubusco Veteran's of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846.
The surviving relatives include his daughters, Maryann Grimes of Fort Wayne, Cayla Coy of Syracuse, and Victoria "Tori" Partin of Toledo, Oh; his mother, Victoria Teague of Churubusco; two sisters, Sheila Teague of Churubusco and Delores (Charles) Markham of Jellico, Tenn; five brothers, Jerry Partin of Goshen, Larry Teague and Kevin (Susie) Teague, both of Churubusco, Doug (Sabrina) Teague of Fort Wayne, and John Teague of Corbin, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ben Teague; two sisters, Lorraine Caddell and Linda Hamby; and by a brother, Roy Teague.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Timothy Grable, pastor of Sugar Grove Church of God, officiating. Military honors will be by the U. S. Army funeral detail and the Freedom Riders.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 4 p.m. on Thursday until the time of the service.
Private family burial will be on Friday at the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
It is requested that memorials be directed to the family.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Partin's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Dave Partin, 62, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 1:05 a.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at the home of his mother in Churubusco. He had been in failing health since March.

 
Wayne Harpel PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:51

LAOTTO -- Wayne J. Harpel, 77, of LaOtto, died Sunday, August 8, 2010, 11:10 p.m., at his home.
Born March 19, 1933, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Rudolph J. and Gertrude (Jordan) Harpel. He married Rosemary H. Cartwright on July 14, 1951, in Fort Wayne; she survives in LaOtto. He was a paint technician at Tokheim Company, Fort Wayne for 35 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of Garrett Eagles, Knights of Columbus Council 1790, and Blessed Sacrament Church, in Albion.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Harpel of LaOtto; four sons, Rex (Rita) Harpel of Garrett; Edward (Karen) Harpel of LaOtto; Ronald (Wendi) Harpel of Lyman, S. C., and Chad Harpel of LaOtto; and daughter, Dolores (Gary) Whitcomb of Palm Bay, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Dolores Trammel of Columbia City. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sons, Robert, Raymond, Ronnie, and Richard Harpel; two brothers, Jack and Raymond Harpel.
Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Friday, August 13, 2010, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Albion, with calling one hour prior with Fr. Lourdino Fernandes officiating. Calling is also from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 2010, at Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett, with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m.
Burial will follow service in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avilla.
Memorials are to Blessed Sacrament building fund. To send a condolence or sign the online register book visit www.thomasfuneralhome.org.

LAOTTO -- Wayne J. Harpel, 77, of LaOtto, died Sunday, August 8, 2010, 11:10 p.m., at his home.

 
Jessica Brinkerhoff PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:50

FORT WAYNE -- Jessica Justine Brinkerhoff, 40, of Fort Wayne, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at her home.
Born in Fort Wayne, she was previously active in the Arena Dinner Theater and the Civic Theater. She loved all animals, especially dogs, her art work and her family.
Surviving are her mother, Dianna Pape and stepfather, Michael Pape of Fort Wayne; father, Jeffrey Brinkerhoff of Florida; brothers, Matthew Pape of Fort Wayne and Ryan (Paula) Pape of Indianapolis; grandmother, Millie Jewell; and aunts, Paula Girdner and Susan Jewell, both of Fort Wayne, and Anna Merchant of Churubusco.
Service is 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at D. O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, with calling one hour prior.
Memorials may be made to the family. To sign the online guestbook visit www.mccombandsons.com.

FORT WAYNE -- Jessica Justine Brinkerhoff, 40, of Fort Wayne, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at her home.

 
Virginia Reed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 09:39

FORT WAYNE -- Virginia E. “Ginny” Reed, 98, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Hospice Home.
Born March 26, 1912, in Lima, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Emma Idona (Myers) Baumgardner. A big “Cubbies fan,” she attended Lima South High School. Later, she worked as a cashier at the former Hoemigs Meat Market for 16 years and was a “Turnkey” at North Highlands High Rise apartments for 21 years. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church and the Fort Wayne Turners. “We will miss her dearly and cherish all the memories she gave us. She was the heart of our family and brightened the lives of everyone she met.”
Surviving are one daughter, Linda (Robert) Bufkin of Churubusco; one sister, Betty Hunt of Lima, Ohio; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; two daughters, Marilyn Hickle and JoAnn Harris; two grandsons, Keith and Kirk Hickle; and one granddaughter, Kathryn Harris.
Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1811 Fairhill Ave., with calling one hour prior to services. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at C. M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells Street. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens.

FORT WAYNE -- Virginia E. “Ginny” Reed, 98, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Hospice Home.

 
George Bohnenberger PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 09:39

AVILLA -- George Arnold Bohnenberger, 77, of Avilla, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at 10:30 p.m. at Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home, Garrett. He had been in declining health for the past three months.
A lifetime Noble County resident, he was born in Green Township on September 14, 1932, and was the son of Karl Jacob Anton and Erma Lucille (Brown) Bohnenberger. On Sept. 13, 1958, he married Myrtle Owen at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Avilla; she survives in rural Avilla. He worked at Zollner Pistons, Fort Wayne for 27 years, retiring in 1992. He served  his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was assigned to the Tank Battalion. He was a very active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church; a member of United Auto Workers 2357, in Fort Wayne; and American Legion Post 240, in Avilla. He collected toy tractors, and enjoyed reading farm magazines and photography. Also surviving are a daughter, Barbara Ann (Denny) Weber of Kendallville; brothers, Grover Eugene Bohnenberger of Avilla and Glen Ervin Bohnenberger of Wheatland, Wyo.; sister, Norma Jean (Phillip) Pippenger of Churubusco and a brother-in-law, Paul Miller of Defiance, Ohio.
Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, August 9, 2010, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Avilla, with calling one hour before the service. Pastor Thomas Dunbar officiating. Calling is also from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, August 8, 2010, at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla Chapel. Burial following service in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. Please make memorials in memory of George Bohnenberger to American Legion Post 240, Immanuel Lutheran Church or Noble County Humane Society. To send online condolences please visit brazzelfuneralhome.com.

AVILLA -- George Arnold Bohnenberger, 77, of Avilla, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at 10:30 p.m. at Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home, Garrett. He had been in declining health for the past three months.

 
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