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Dean Ayers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 May 2011 14:48

Dean Ayers

CHURUBUSCO -- Dean L. Ayers, 92, a long-time resident of Churubusco, passed away at 10:16 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
Dean was born in Lowell on June 1, 1918, a son of Arthur and Carrie (Hathaway) Ayers, and as a child moved to Roanoke with his parents and two brothers.
On April 18, 1944 he was married to Helen Prible. The couple lived in For Wayne briefly, prior to moving to Blue Lake near Churubusco in 1946. Later, Dean and Helen purchased a small farm southwest of Churubusco.
As a young man he was employed as a union construction worker, and was later employed as a welder for the Fruehauf Trailer Corporation for 39 years, retiring from there in 1981.
He was an active member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church and its Peace Makers Sunday School Class. After his retirement, he enjoyed bowling, swimming, and learned to play golf. He became an avid golfer for many years, receiving a lifetime membership at Eel River Golf Course on his 80th birthday from owner Dale Duncan.
He enjoyed helping shut-ins by delivering meals-on-wheels, and assisted neighbors by mowing yards and shoveling snow. He was attentive to visiting friends in hospitals and nursing homes, and enjoyed walking down to "coffee" with his buddies at the Ramble Inn in Churubusco. On several occasions, he and his wife Louella visited their children in various locations in the United States, Europe, and Africa.
His first wife, Helen, preceded him in death on July 31, 1966. On August 11, 1969 he was married to Louella (Burnsworth) Shively. She survives, currently living in Fort Wayne.
Also surviving are his children, Cheryl (Gene) Toombs of Charlotte, NC, Dawn (Ed) Ladig of Churubusco, and David (Betsy) Ayers of West Lafayette; four step-children Terry (Karlin) Shively of Whitehouse, OH, Ted (Terri) Shively of Churubusco, Darlene Clevenger of Fort Wayne, and Katie Guthrie of Angola; a step-daughter-in-law, Ilez Shively of Suncook, NH; his older brother, Bruce Ayers of Gary; and two sisters-in-law, Thelma Prible Strait of Warren and Peggy Ayers of Bluffton. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Kent Dean Ayers; a stepson, William Shively; and by his younger brother, Bob Ayers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 9, 2011, at the Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastor Corinne K. Boruff, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 5 to 7 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco United Methodist Church, 750 N. Main St., Churubusco, IN 46723; or to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46804.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Ayers' memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Dean L. Ayers, 92, a long-time resident of Churubusco, passed away at 10:16 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.

 
Barbara Rider PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 11:10

LARWILL -- Barbara Lou Rider, 78, of Larwill, died at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011 at The Oaks where she had been for the past two weeks in rehabilitation.
She was born February 25, 1933, in Noble County, a daughter of the late George and Effa (Owen) Kimmel. Her formative years were spent in Noble County. She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1951.
On January 15, 1955 she was united in marriage to Jack L. Rider. They made their home in Noble County, moving to Larwill in 1959. Mr. Rider died January 2, 2000.
In addition to being a homemaker, she was self-employed in the upholstery business from 1962 to 1977.
Her memberships included the former Larwill United Methodist Church, now Oak Grove United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, Kim L. (Sarah) Rider of Columbia City and daughter, Jackie L. (Steve) Adang of Pierceton; two additional sons, David (Brenda) Anweiler of Mentone and Dennis (Jackie) Anweiler of Kouts; two additional daughters, Diane (Brent) Krider of Colorado and Denise Greenway of Colorado; 23 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two sisters, Lalia (Kenneth) Hand of Huntertown and Margaret (Bob) Marshall of Kimmell.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy L. Rider; two brothers, Edward Kimmel and William Kimmel and three sisters, Maxine Collins, Faye Lemish and Betty Mote.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Rev. Gene Roher officiating. The burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Larwill. The visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

LARWILL -- Barbara Lou Rider, 78, of Larwill, died at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011 at The Oaks where she had been for the past two weeks in rehabilitation.

 
Richard Brumbaugh PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011 22:55

ELMO, TEXAS -- Richard Arthur Brumbaugh, “Dick,” of Elmo, TX, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Mesquite, TX.
He was born on July 28, 1942 in Churubusco, Indiana, the son of Raymond and Pauline (Schwalm) Brumbaugh. He married Elaine Cooper on February 22, 1990 in Oklahoma. He worked for the City of Dallas until his retirement in 1996 and he was of the Christian faith. Dick will be remembered for his love for his grandchildren, hunting and fishing, and his and Junior Johnson’s “Spit-n and Whittle Club,” where he spent most of his evenings.
He is survived by his wife; his children, Elizabeth Evans and her husband Mike of Australia, Steven Devon Brumbaugh of Florida, Charles Arthur Brumbaugh of Florida, Tony Allen Brumbaugh of Florida, Dana Kay Wright and her husband Gary of Kemp, and James E. Babovec, Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Terrell; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sisters, Barbara Hursey and her husband Bob of Columbia City, Indiana, and Karen Booth of Illinois; brother, Roger Brumbaugh of South Whitley, Indiana; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Kaufman Cemetery with Chaplin Lloyd Baldwin officiating. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. His arrangements were made under the direction of Goggans Funeral Home in Terrell, TX.

ELMO, TEXAS -- Richard Arthur Brumbaugh, “Dick,” of Elmo, TX, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Mesquite, TX.

 
Linda Weatherholt PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011 21:10

CHURUBUSCO -- Linda Lothamer Weatherholt, 60, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco and wife of Larry W. Weatherholt, passed away at 11:37 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient for one day. Although she had been experiencing some health problems, her death was unexpected.
Mrs. Weatherholt was born on January 7, 1951 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Richard L. and Lois E. (Hanauer) Lothamer. She spent her formative years in the Waynedale area, and graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1969.  She lived her early adult years in Fort Wayne, and was married there on January 4, 1991 to Larry W. Weatherholt. The couple have lived at Blue Lake since their marriage.
Employed as an optometrist assistant for several years, she was a lover of nature, and enjoyed NASCAR, the  National Football League, and rodeos.
The surviving relatives include her husband, Larry; her daughter, Lisa Knight of Fort Wayne; her father, Richard L. Lothamer of Angola; a sister, Marge Dahm of Indianapolis; and five nieces.
She was preceded in death by her mother on January 18, 2009.
At the request of the family there will be no services or calling hours.
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Weatherholt's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Linda Lothamer Weatherholt, 60, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco and wife of Larry W. Weatherholt, passed away at 11:37 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient for one day. Although she had been experiencing some health problems, her death was unexpected.

 
Rick Grable PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011 21:08

BIG LAKE -- Rick D. Grable, 57, of Big Lake, Noble County, Ind., died Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 11:14 p.m. at his residence.
Born on July 5, 1953, he was the son of the late Richard D. and Barbara J. (Van Houten) Grable. He was a graduate of Central Noble High School with the Class of 1971. He then went on to earn his real estate and broker’s license. Since 1989 he has owned and operated his own real estate firm, Grable and Associates Realty in Columbia City. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 189.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Rhonda Grable of Big Lake; son, Christopher (Jennifer) Grable of Charlestown, Ind.; daughter, Angela (Mauro) Grable-Garcia of Columbia City; son, Chad (Angela) Rosales of Noblesville, Ind.; brother, Rev. Timothy Grable (Cheri) of Fort Wayne; sisters, Wendy (Roger) Shisler of Ballston Spa, N.Y. and Lesa (Randy) Corkwell of Valparaiso, Ind.; grandchildren, Tyler and Devon Weber and Keanu Garcia-Neto all of Columbia City and Riley Grable of Charlestown, Ind. He was also a 20 year friend of Bill W. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Service is 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City, with Pastor Timothy Grable of Sugar Grove Church of God officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 2-6 at the funeral home.
Burial to follow at Thorn Cemetery, Ormas, Ind. Memorials in Mr. Grable’s memory can be made to the Colin McIntire’s Muscular Dystrophy Fund c/o Markle Bank. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To sign the guest register or send the family a condolence, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com.

BIG LAKE -- Rick D. Grable, 57, of Big Lake, Noble County, Ind., died Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 11:14 p.m. at his residence.

 
Ralph 'Stan' Pressler PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011 21:07

HUNTINGTON -- Ralph A. “Stan” Pressler, 88, of Huntington, passed away Monday, April 25, 2011, at 4:17 a.m., at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was united in marriage to Patricia A. Shively on February 27, 1954, in Churubusco, she survives.
Service is 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2011, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Marti Lundy officiating. Visitaton also from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Ind.
Interment will be at the Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Huntington County. To sign Mr. Pressler’s online guest registry visit www.myersfuneralhomes.com and click on obituaries.

HUNTINGTON -- Ralph A. “Stan” Pressler, 88, of Huntington, passed away Monday, April 25, 2011, at 4:17 a.m., at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was united in marriage to Patricia A. Shively on February 27, 1954, in Churubusco, she survives.

 
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