Archive - 2011 - Obituary
James S. Briggs, 96, formerly of Columbia City, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 in Dayton, Ohio. He had been a resident of Bethany Village Retirement in Dayton.
He was born Feb. 21, 1914 in Smith Township, a son of Roland Earl and Mable (Stemen) Briggs. He attended Collins School and graduated from Columbia City High School.
On Oct. 24, 1936 he was united in marriage to Crystal Bonetha Larue. They made their home in Columbia City for many years. They resided in Arizona for many years during their retirement. Mrs. Briggs died March 23, 2002.
William Dale Frederick, 83, Rapid City, S.D. died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 at Golden Livingcenter in Bella Vista, S.D. He served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged and was married to Mary Delores Frederick who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Puckett and Jacqueline Roe.
Maryann A. Brenkus, 99, a resident of rural LaOtto, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 in the Millers Merry Manor Nursing Center in Garrett.
She was born in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Herbert and Anna (Lweue) Reiling. She was married to Jule Jeanmougin, who preceded her in death and later married to Al Brenkus who also preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Joan Ostermeier and a sister, Dorothy Redwinski.
Honoring Maryannâ€™s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Disposition of the ashes will take place at a later date.
Phyllis Louisa Barber, age 81, a former resident of Hobson Road in Fort Wayne died Saturday morning, Jan. 1, 2011 in the Glenbrook Rehabilitation Center.
Born April 6, 1929 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Phil and Martha (Brown) Barber.
A service will be held at 2:20 p.m. today in the Chapel inside Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m.
Gloria A. Ruckman, 77, of Churubusco, passed away at 6 p.m. Dec. 30, 2010 at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born Oct. 29, 1933 in Huntington County, she was a daughter of Ernest and Helen (Allen) Routt.
She has been a resident of Whitley County, since 1951. She attended Arcola High School. On Dec. 25, 1951, she married Duane E. Ruckman. While Mrs. Ruckman worked for nine years at Dana Churubusco, she spent most of her working years raising her four children and 10 grandchildren. She was an active member of the Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses Congregation of Columbia City.
Judith Diane Clark, 70, of Columbia City, died at 9:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at her home.
She was born Jan. 27, 1940 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a daughter of Harwood Calvin and Helen Louise (Wood) McKain. Her formative years were spent in Council Bluffs, where she graduated from high school.
From 1959 until 1961 she served in the United States Navy.
Austin Lewis Hodson, 89, of Columbia City, Ind. passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 at Stringfellow Hospital in Anniston, Ala. while visiting family. Born April 10, 1921 in Whitley County, he was a son of Loren F. and Phylena (Brubaker) Hodson.
Everett C. Targgart, 80, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City. Born July 13, 1930 in Noble County, he was a son of Dewey and Myrta (Winebrenner) Targgart.
He was raised in Noble County near Burr Oak and Merriam. After his marriage to Donna Holbrook June 25, 1954 they moved to Columbia City for two years. In 1956 they moved to Noble County and lived there until 1969 when they moved back to Columbia City and have lived there since. He graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1948.
Effie Joan Behrens, 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Towne House Health Center in Fort Wayne. She was born Feb. 25, 1918 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Thomas D. and Pamela J. Roberts. She was a graduate of South Side High School in Fort Wayne. On Dec. 21, 1935 she married Dr. Otto K. Behrens. During their early married years together they lived in Washington, D.C., Oxford, England and New York City, N.Y. In 1940 they moved to Indianapolis where she lived until moving to Fort Wayne in the fall of 2008.
Marilyn E. Frazier, 73, a resident of Churubusco in Allen County died Wednesday Dec. 29, 2010 in the Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Born Dec. 2, 1937 in rural Churubusco Allen County, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur and Evelyn (DeWitt) Eytcheson.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth L. Frazier; their daughters, Melody Gingery and Monica Frazier; and a sister, Doris Jones.