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Rex Fletcher PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 19:46

Rex Fletcher

BLOOMINGTON -- Rex W. Fletcher, 61, of Bloomington, Indiana died March 3, 2011, at the I.U. Medical Center in Indianapolis.
He was born on July 25, 1949, in Noble County, the son of William H. and Velma L. (Johnson) Fletcher. A 1967 graduate of Churubusco High School, he earned Batchelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University. In 2008, he retired as a teacher in the Monroe County Community School Corporation. He last served at Batchelor Middle School. During his teaching career, he coached football and baseball at Bloomington High School South and was Head Football, Cross Country and Track Coach at Batchelor Middle School. He also was an usher at Indiana University athletic events. Many considered him the ultimate sports authority. He was a member of the Churubusco Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are daughter, Carla (Cal E. Blake, Fiance’) Fletcher of Bloomington; sisters, Marla Gordon of Churubusco and Sharon Eminger of Ege; brothers, Robert Fletcher of Huntertown and Tony Fletcher of Churubusco; and father, William H. Fletcher of Churubusco. He was preceded in death by his mother, Velma Fletcher.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, Washington Park East.
Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Allen County, IN.

BLOOMINGTON -- Rex W. Fletcher, 61, of Bloomington, Indiana died March 3, 2011, at the I.U. Medical Center in Indianapolis.

 
Kurt Rigsby, Jr. PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 15:46

SOUTH WHITLEY -- Kurt Matthew Rigsby Jr., 18, of South Whitley, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Indianapolis.
Born February 1, 1993, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Amanda Marie (Fett) and Kurt M. Rigsby Sr. As a young boy, he lived in Fort Wayne until age seven when his family moved to South Whitley. A January graduate with the Class of 2011 from Whitko High School, he moved to Noblesville in February of 2011. Before moving to Noblesville, he worked at Carol’s Corner, South Whitley, and he currently worked for Wendy’s, Inc. His memberships included Community Bible Church and SADD at Whitko High School.
Survivors include his mother, Amanda M. (Luis Lopez) Rigsby of South Whitley; father, Kurt M. (Timothy Barr) Rigsby Sr. of Astoria, N.Y.; sister, Adrianna Lopez of South Whitley; brother, Nathaneal Lopez of South Whitley; great- grandmother, Evelyn Andorfer of Columbia City; great-grandparents, Martha and Ned Longardner of Churubusco; and partner, Keola Hanohano of Noblesville. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Neal D. and Karen A. Fett, and Sharon K. Rigsby. Funeral service is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Pastor John Cummings of Community Bible Church officiating. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, at the funeral home.
Burial of ashes will be at a late date. Memorials may be given in Kurt’s memory to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. To send condolences or to sign the guest register book, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com.

SOUTH WHITLEY -- Kurt Matthew Rigsby Jr., 18, of South Whitley, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Indianapolis.

 
Deborah Kumfer PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 15:45

FORT WAYNE -- Deborah A. “Deb” Kumfer, 58, of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, she was a 1970 graduate of Carroll High School and owned and operated a daycare for many years. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 499.
“She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed family camping and spending quality time with her family and friends.”
Surviving are her husband, Michael S. Kumfer of Fort Wayne; son, Tracy M. (Jen) Kumfer of Huntertown; daughters, Jennifer L. (Scott) Parrish of Fort Wayne, Kristie L. (Kenny) Sliger and Kori A. (Eric) Meade, both of LaOtto; sisters, Eva M. (Joe) Basinger of Kimmell, and Sharon K. (Audrey Arnett) Kreger of Churubusco; brother, William A. (Peggy) Kreger of Churubusco; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents, Richard A. and Mary A. Kreger.
Service is 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2011, at D. O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, with visitation one hour prior. Scott Barger officiating. Visitation also from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com.

FORT WAYNE -- Deborah A. “Deb” Kumfer, 58, of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

 
Howard Welch PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 15:44

FORT WAYNE -- Howard C. “Howie” Welch, 93, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011, at Heritage Park Health Care Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Kenosha, Wis., he attended a four year International Harvester apprentice program and worked as an equipment designer with them for 44 years. He attended First Church of Christ, Scientist, and was a loving and devoted husband, dad and grandpa who enjoyed bowling, camping, and traveling.
Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Doris Louise Welch of Fort Wayne; sons, Douglas H. (Vicki) Welch of Churubusco, James S. (Maribeth) Welch of McKinney, Texas, Richard M. (Linda) Welch of Fort Wayne; brothers, Robert (Teresa) Fornero and Donald (Rita) Fornero, both of Wisconsin; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, three sisters, Laverne Bartkus, Elizabeth Shutz and Lois Kivi; and daughter, Susan Linda Welch.
Service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2-4 and 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to the First Church of Christ, Scientist. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com.

FORT WAYNE -- Howard C. “Howie” Welch, 93, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011, at Heritage Park Health Care Center in Fort Wayne.

 
Lois Belcher PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 15:41

FORT WAYNE -- Lois “Babe” Belcher, 83, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Saint Anne Home.
Born in Dorton, Ky., she worked at Arcola School as a matron and cook for 21 years, retiring in 1990. She was an avid gardener and loved her family.
She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Lee Belcher of Fort Wayne; sons, Gayle (Donna) Belcher of Fort Wayne and Garry L. (Cathi) Belcher of New Port Richey, Fla.; daughter, Carol “Sue” (Tim) Gaham of Churubusco; brother, Orville (Lou) Roberts of Sevierville, Tenn.; sister, Ruth (Freeman) Matthews of Sevierville, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Dorthy Roberts of Fort Wayne; brother-in-law, John Hall of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Tiffany Utnage, George Belcher, Belinda Dollarhite, and Christopher Gaham; and great-grandchildren, Dakota, Adam and Zera.
Service is 10 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, with the Rev. James Lindsey officiating. Calling is from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Burial in Highland Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Saint Anne Home or Family Hospice.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com.

FORT WAYNE -- Lois “Babe” Belcher, 83, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Saint Anne Home.

 
Joyce Nestel PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 March 2011 00:30

Joyce Nestel

SOUTH WHITLEY -- Joyce Joan Lindemann Nestel, age 83, of South Whitley, IN passed away at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at her home. Born October 28, 1927 in Wells County, IN, she was the daughter of Ralph J. and Juanita (Shady) Lindemann.
She graduated from Lancaster High School, Wells County, with the Class of 1945. She completed her education attending Indiana University. On July 10, 1947 she married Dan A. Nestel in Wells County. Joyce spent her adult lifetime in Tocsin, Bluffton, and then moved to Rockford, IL moving to Churubusco and since 1965, she lived in South Whitley. She worked as a secretary and in the marketing department at RCA, Bloomington; then she and her husband co-owned Bliss Cafe in Bluffton; she then worked for Dr. Sheppard's dental office, South Whitley; and lastly she owned Strawberry Patch Antiques, South Whitley.
Survivors include her children, Dana N. (Ed) Bristow of Fort Wayne, Denise L. Nestel of Houston, TX, Bradley L. Nestel of South Whitley and Darci L. (Joe) Kessie of South Whitley; grandchildren, Micah Besson of Lancaster, CA; Danielle (Jared) Riske of San Diego, CA; Marcus Besson of Grand Rapids, MI; Nicole and Chloe Nestel, both of South Whitley; Kaitlin Kessie of Birmingham, MI; Taylor Kessie of South Whitley; Jason Bristow of Holt, MI; Andrea Ykema of Hudsonville, MI; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and  husband, Dan A. Nestel.
Visitation is Sunday, March 27, 2011 from 2-5 p.m at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Private family funeral services will be held with Pastor Bob Herman officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley. Memorial gifts may be given in  Mrs. Nestel's memory to the American Lung Association/E.F.F.O.R.T.S. for COPD, Whitley County Humane Society, Parkview-Whitley Hospice, South Whitley Public Library or the Whitley County Community Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

SOUTH WHITLEY -- Joyce Joan Lindemann Nestel, age 83, of South Whitley, IN passed away at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at her home. Born October 28, 1927 in Wells County, IN, she was the daughter of Ralph J. and Juanita (Shady) Lindemann.

 
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