Obituaries
Violet Brunkhart PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 June 2011 11:04

FORT WAYNE -- Violet M. Brunkhart, 84, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, she worked as an inspector with Acro Products for 20 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Local 835 and was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved doing things with the family.
Surviving are her sons, Jack H. (Trudy) Brunkhart Jr. of Churubusco and Steven (Diana) Brunkhart of Fort Wayne; daughters, Susan (Herbert) Shanyfelt and Aldena (fiance Wayne) Avery, both of Fort Wayne; brothers, Earl Hart Jr. of Benton, Tenn. and LeRoy Hart of Columbia City; sister, Dorothy (Charles) Allison of Alpena, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack H. Brunkhart Sr.; parents, Earl Jackson Hart and Thaila Elizabeth Hart; one grandchild; two sisters; and one brother.
Service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2011 at D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2011 at the funeral home.
Burial in Scipio Cemetery, Harlan, Ind.
Memorials may be made to Parkview Hospice. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com.

FORT WAYNE -- Violet M. Brunkhart, 84, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she worked as an inspector with Acro Products for 20 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Local 835 and was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved doing things with the family.

 
Larry Lieberenz PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 June 2011 20:32

KIMMELL -  Larry Lieberenz, 66, of Kimmell, passed away at 1:10 a.m. on June 5, 2011, at Parkview Hospital.
Mr. Lieberenz was born to Joe & Gladis (Mower) Lieberenz on July 4, 1944 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He spent most of his formative years in Fort Wayne before moving to Cromwell. He settled in the Wolf Lake area in 1978 where he enjoyed living on Lake Gilbert’s shore.
Mr. Lieberenz is survived by his daughter, Tina Lieberenz of Shipshewana; two sons, Larry Jr. and Ricky Lieberenz
He was preceded in death by his parents.

KIMMELL -  Larry Lieberenz, 66, of Kimmell, passed away at 1:10 a.m. on June 5, 2011, at Parkview Hospital. Mr. Lieberenz was born to Joe & Gladis (Mower) Lieberenz on July 4, 1944 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He spent most of his formative years in Fort Wayne before moving to Cromwell. He settled in the Wolf Lake area in 1978 where he enjoyed living on Lake Gilbert’s shore.

 
Arthur Lamle PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 June 2011 20:30

Arthur Lamle

FORT WAYNE -- Arthur R. Lamle, 95, a resident of rural Fort Wayne and long-time Eel River Township farmer, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 1:05 a.m. at the Hamilton House in Fort Wayne where he had been residing for the past year due to declining health.
Mr. Lamle was born on February 8, 1916 in Eel River Township, a son of Robert and Caroline (Felger) Lamle. He spent his formative years on the family farm there, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1933.
A lifelong resident of Eel River Township, he was engaged in farming in Allen County all of his life, retiring in 1993.
He was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church--Lake Township, and was also a member of the Lake Township Farm Bureau, the Oliver Tractor Club and the Corvair Club.
On March 22, 1955 he was married to Alice Longenecker.  She preceded him in death on April 24, 2000.
The surviving relatives include his son, Ronald E. Lamle of Fort Wayne; and a sister, Doris Peterson of Bluffton.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant brother.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at St. John's Lutheran Church--Lake Township, 7914 W. Cook Road, with Pastor Ralph Easterhaus, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.
The family requests that memorials be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church--Lake Township Building Fund, 7914 W. Cook Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Lamle's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

FORT WAYNE -- Arthur R. Lamle, 95, a resident of rural Fort Wayne and long-time Eel River Township farmer, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 1:05 a.m. at the Hamilton House in Fort Wayne where he had been residing for the past year due to declining health.

 
Debra Reimund PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 14:22

Debra Reimund

CHURUBUSCO -(Hbra L. Reimund, 57, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 5:50 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2011 in the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City after becoming suddenly ill at her home.
Ms. Reimund was born on December 12, 1953 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Herbert E. and Blanche (Smith) Reimund, Sr. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne and graduated for North Side High School in 1971. She had lived in the Churubusco-area since 1989, moving here from Holland, Michigan where she had lived for eight years.
She was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 Ladies Auxiliary in Churubusco.  Referred to by her family as a “professional grandma,” she dearly loved her family and also enjoyed her flower garden, going to garage sales, and helping others.
The surviving relatives include her two sons, Joseph (Victoria) O’Brien of Clayton, N.C., and Ethan (Bree) O’Brien of Churubusco; a daughter, Danielle Wehrle of Fort Wayne; her companion, James Wehrle of Churubusco; three sisters, Marilyn (Darwin) Werling of Holland, Mich., Nancy Werling of Bremen, and Yvonne (Nick) Ciocca of Fort Wayne; a brother, Edward (Paulette) Reimund of Colorado Springs; an uncle and aunt, Richard and Beverly Smith of Wolcottville; and eight grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Herbert Reimund, Jr. and Larry R. Reimund.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Joyce Gerwing, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 5 p.m. on Saturday until the time of the service.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the family for her grandchildren.
To leave on online memorial to the family in Mrs. Reimund’s honor log onto SheetsandChilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Debra L. Reimund, 57, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 5:50 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2011 in the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City after becoming suddenly ill at her home.

 
John "Jake" Cramar PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:34

John "Jake" Cramar

CHURUBUSCO -- John M. "Jake" Cramar, 79, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2011, at his home. He had been in declining health for the past four years, and had returned to his home from the hospital on Tuesday.
Mr. Cramar was born in Fort Wayne on April 3, 1932, a son of David L. and Lola Mae (Cook) Cramar, and moved to Churubusco at age nine with his parents. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1950, and as a young man served with the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
For several years he worked in the meat department for the former Shelton's IGA in Churubusco and later for Egolf's IGA in Churubusco. He retired in the early 1990's as a floor inspector for Zollner Piston in Fort Wayne after 28 years. Following his retirement he was employed by the Eel River Golf Course near Churubusco.
Always a community spirited person, he was instrumental through the Jaycees in establishing both the football field at Churubusco High School and the first Little League diamond in the Churubusco Park. He was a member of Columbia City American Legion Post, and Churubusco Veteran's of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846.
The surviving relatives include his daughters, Dawn Cramar of Albion and Debbie Geiger of Fort Wayne; a sister, Donna Mae Cramar of Gleason, Tenn; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel Cramar and Pat Cramar.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with his grandson David Beard, officiating. There will also be a military presentation by the Whitley County Korean War Veterans and the U. S. Navy at the service.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
For those who wish, memorials should be directed to the family.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Cramar's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- John M. "Jake" Cramar, 79, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2011, at his home. He had been in declining health for the past four years, and had returned to his home from the hospital on Tuesday.

 
Kenneth Hicks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:32

FORT WAYNE -- Kenneth Dale Hicks, Sr., 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born June 24, 1938, in Harrisburg, Ill., he was the son of the late Richard and Dena (Colbert) Hicks. He was a retired Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He also retired from Magnavox, where he worked as a Quality Control Engineer. He was a member of the Northeast Indiana Kidney Foundation and Cedar Creek Church of Christ in Leo.
Surviving are his wife, Mona L. (Custer) Hicks; children, Kenneth Dale Hicks, Jr. of Arlington, Texas, Richard Patrick Hicks of Seattle, Wa., Byron Todd (Anne) Hicks of Parker, Colo. and Christopher Joseph Hicks of Churubusco; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and brother, Tom Hicks of Evansville. He was also preceded in death by son, Howard Gregory Hicks; sister, Lois McDaniels; and brothers, Rev. Norman Hicks and Herschel Hicks.
Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Cedar Creek Church of Christ in Leo with calling one hour prior. Minister Mike Kjergaard, Minister Greg Krafft, and Minister Dave Altman officiating. Calling also from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011 at the church.
Burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Cedar Creek Missions or Croninger Elementary School Student Council c/o Amy Strine. Arrangements by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, Ohio.

FORT WAYNE -- Kenneth Dale Hicks, Sr., 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Born June 24, 1938, in Harrisburg, Ill., he was the son of the late Richard and Dena (Colbert) Hicks. He was a retired Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He also retired from Magnavox, where he worked as a Quality Control Engineer. He was a member of the Northeast Indiana Kidney Foundation and Cedar Creek Church of Christ in Leo.

Surviving are his wife, Mona L. (Custer) Hicks; children, Kenneth Dale Hicks, Jr. of Arlington, Texas, Richard Patrick Hicks of Seattle, Wa., Byron Todd (Anne) Hicks of Parker, Colo. and Christopher Joseph Hicks of Churubusco; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and brother, Tom Hicks of Evansville. He was also preceded in death by son, Howard Gregory Hicks; sister, Lois McDaniels; and brothers, Rev. Norman Hicks and Herschel Hicks.

Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Cedar Creek Church of Christ in Leo with calling one hour prior. Minister Mike Kjergaard, Minister Greg Krafft, and Minister Dave Altman officiating. Calling also from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011 at the church.

Burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Cedar Creek Missions or Croninger Elementary School Student Council c/o Amy Strine. Arrangements by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, Ohio.

 
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