Obituaries
Rebecca Eastman PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2011 12:55

FORT WAYNE -- Rebecca E. Eastman, 63, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Kingston at DuPont in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Rebecca graduated from New Haven High School and received her Associates Degree in nursing from IPFW. After graduating she worked for St. Joe and Parkview Hospitals for many years. She then taught the LPN classes at Ivy Tech College in Fort Wayne. She moved on to working at her family’s business, W. W. Spurling Company. She had a very outgoing personality and made friends with everyone she came in contact with. She loved her family and cherished her grandchildren. The family would like to thank Kingston at DuPont, for their love, care, and understanding. “We love you all.”
Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Ronald Eastman of Churubusco; sons, Benjamin (Hope) Eastman of Fort Wayne, Brian (Melissa) Eastman of Churubusco, Christopher (Jill) Eastman of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Nicholas, Emmily, Sam, and Haven Eastman, Noah, Harrison, and Sawyer Mattocks; and brother, Bill Spurling of Evansville. She was preceded in death by parents, Warren and Bonnie Spurling; and daughter-in-law, Michele Eastman.
Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 13733 Wesley Chapel Road, Churubusco, with Rev. Larry Smith officiating. Calling from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2011, at D. O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road.
Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Churubusco.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Youth Summer Camp or the Alzheimer’s Association of Indiana. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com.

FORT WAYNE -- Rebecca E. Eastman, 63, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Kingston at DuPont in Fort Wayne.

 
Michael Downs PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 April 2011 22:21

Michael Downs

CHURUBUSCO -- Michael R. Downs, 65, a resident of rural Churubusco and formerly of the Huntertown-area, passed away at 12:43 a.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City shortly after admission. He had been in failing health for some time.
Mr. Downs was born on November 3, 1945 in Fort Wayne, a son of Archie O. and Clara M. (Wells) Downs, and spent his formative years in the Huntertown area. He graduated from Huntertown High School in 1964, and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Ball State University. He was married in Fort Wayne on August 19, 1967 to Patricia W. Fitch, and had lived in rural Allen County until moving to his present home near Churubusco in 2001.
As a young man he was a teacher and coach at St. Peter's School in Fort Wayne, and for 25 years worked as a sales representative for Hercules Machinery Corporation in New Haven.
He was a member of the Huntertown Lions Club, and was active with the Huntertown Little League program for many years. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, dirt bikes, traveling, and most especially loved and cherished his family.
The surviving relatives include his wife, Patricia; two sons, Nicholas (Peggy) Downs of Fort Wayne and Dustin Downs of Churubusco; his sister, Melody Plummer of Fort Wayne; a niece, Melani (Gary) Middaugh of Waterloo; a nephew, Matthew (Aimee Nix) Plummer of Churubusco; and three grandchildren, Heather Downs, Caitlyn Downs, and Eric Downs.
His parents preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, 1502 E. Wallen Road, with Msgr. John Kuzmich officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Huntertown Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Downs' memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net

CHURUBUSCO -- Michael R. Downs, 65, a resident of rural Churubusco and formerly of the Huntertown area, passed away at 12:43 a.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City shortly after admission. He had been in failing health for some time.

 
Eleanor Galligher PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 April 2011 16:35

Eleanor Galligher

WOLF LAKE -- Eleanor E. Galligher, 83, a former resident near Wolf Lake and widow of Kenneth H. "Bud" Galligher, passed away at 1:10 am. on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She had been a patient there for nearly two years.
Mrs. Galligher was born in Fort Wayne on July 29, 1927, a daughter of Ellsworth and Grace O. (Brinkman) Galbreath, and graduated from South Side High School.
On March 4, 1946 she was united in marriage in Allen County to Kenneth H. "Bud" Galligher. The couple lived east of Fort Wayne near Maples before moving to Noble County in 1976.
Employed at Magnavox in Fort Wayne for 20 years, she retired from there in 1986. She was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco.
Mr. Galligher preceded her in death on September 17, 2004.
Among the surviving relatives are her children, Judy (Stan) Reed of Huntertown, Linda (Bill) Mason of Monroeville, Barbara (Bob) Molessa of Tucson, Ariz., Karen (Jim) Nuttle of Fort Wayne, Patricia (Denny) Oswald of Huntertown, and Kenneth Galligher, Michael (Chris) Galligher, and Steven (Doreen) Galligher, all of Wolf Lake; 23 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Galbreath and William Galbreath; and by three sisters, Violet Pierce, Lillian Remmert, and Ruth Younghans.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Tuesday after 10 a.m. until 11:45 a. m.
Interment will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 220 N. Main Street, Churubusco, IN  46723
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Galligher's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

WOLF LAKE -- Eleanor E. Galligher, 83, a former resident near Wolf Lake and widow of Kenneth H. "Bud" Galligher, passed away at 1:10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She had been a patient there for nearly two years.

 
William Kimmel PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 April 2011 16:33

William Kimmel

CHURUBUSCO -- William L. Kimmel, 80, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County, passed away early on Saturday, April 2, 2011, in the emergency room at DeKalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn. He had been taken there from Miller's Merry Manor in Garrett, where he had been a patient since August.
Mr. Kimmel was born in Noble County on May 14, 1930, a son of George A. and Effa (Owen) Kimmel. He spent his formative years in Green Township and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1948.
As a young man he served with the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict, and was married in Churubusco on September 11, 1954 to Bonnie L. Leazier. The couple have lived all of their married lives near Churubusco in Allen County.
Employed as a tool maker, he worked at X-Y Tool & Die in LaOtto for 24 years, retiring from there in 1995. He was a member of the Avilla American Legion Post.
The surviving relatives include his wife, Bonnie, to whom he was married for over 56 years; four daughters, Lee Ann (Charles) Schortgen of Churubusco, Lisa (Jack) Nicole of Montgomery, Mich., and Lynn Patrick and Lori (Jay) Krueckeberg, both of Churubusco; three sisters, Barbara Rider of Larwill, Midge Marshall of Cromwell, and Lalia Hand of Huntington; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Kimmel; and by four sisters, Fay Lemish, Donna Kimmel, Maxine Collins, and Betty Mote.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Samuel J. Norris, officiating.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary.
Interment with military graveside rites will be at Riverview Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, or to Avilla American Legion Post.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Kimmel's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- William L. Kimmel, 80, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County, passed away early on Saturday, April 2, 2011, in the emergency room at DeKalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn. He had been taken there from Miller's Merry Manor in Garrett, where he had been a patient since August.

 
Mike Hazen PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 April 2011 15:57

Mike Hazen

CHURUBUSCO -- Michael E. ("Mick" or "Mike") Hazen, 70, a lifelong resident of Whitley County, died on Thursday, March 31, 2011.
Mr. Hazen was born on June 21, 1940 to Chalmers and Mildred Hazen. For 38 1/2-plus years he was employed at the General Electric Company in Fort Wayne.
During his lifetime he was an active citizen in both Whitley County and Churubusco community organizations.  He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco, and the Whitley County AARP Chapter. As a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for at least 50 years, he earned many awards, including the BSA Silver Beaver, and also the Lamb Award for religious affiliations.
Throughout his life he enjoyed Lionel model trains, and  for 30 years he personally made sure that Santa Claus visited the Churubusco-area.
Surviving are his wife, Bonnie; a son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Becky Hazen; two daughters, Christie Hazen and Heather Hazen; eight grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Hazen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Leonard Hazen.
A Celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, or at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
The family requests that memorials be directed to AWAC Boy Scouts of America, Indiana District LWML, Parkview Home Health & Hospice, or to the donor's choice.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Hazen's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Michael E. ("Mick" or "Mike") Hazen, 70, a lifelong resident of Whitley County, died on Thursday, March 31, 2011.

 
Magdalene Brandt PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 March 2011 15:37

Magdalene Brandt

Magdalene W. Brandt, 87, a former resident of Walkerton and South Bend, and widow of Carl Brandt, Sr., passed away at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville following an extended illness.
Mrs. Brandt was born in Clay City on March 14, 1924, a daughter of Charles and Hester (Kendall) Staley, and was married in Bowling Green on June 15, 1940 to Carl Brandt, Sr. She lived most of her life in South Bend and Walkerton, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Walkerton.  In addition, she was three times past worthy matron of Lakeville Order of the Eastern Star, and was a former Rainbow Mother.
Mr. Brandt preceded her in death on July 25, 2003.
The surviving relatives include two daughters, Sherian (Joe) Young of Churubusco and Robin Williams of South Bend; two sons, Thoral (Sandra) Brandt of Terre Haute and Marvin (Charlene) Brandt of Mill Springs, Missouri; a brother, Donald Staley of Huntington; 14 grandchildren, and several great and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Carl Brandt, Jr.; and by four brothers, Rex Staley, Manford Staley, Chester Staley, and Paul Staley.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Wallen Baptist Church, 1001 W. Wallen Road in Fort Wayne, with Pastor Jim Glover, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church after 10:30 a.m. on Saturday until the time of the service.
Interment will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Osceola.
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Parkview Home Health & Hospice, 2270 Lake Ave., Suite 200, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Brandt's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

Magdalene W. Brandt, 87, a former resident of Walkerton and South Bend, and widow of Carl Brandt, Sr., passed away at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville following an extended illness.

 
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