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November 7th

Larry Knafel, 69

November 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Larry T. Knafel, 69, of rural Columbia City, died unexpectedly at 1:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne from complications following surgery.
He was born Aug. 22, 1942 in Fort Wayne, a son of Omer Cleland and Bernadine M. (Witte) Knafel.
His formative years were spent in Churubusco and later Jefferson Township, Whitley County.
He graduated from Columbia City High School.
From 1960 until 1962 he served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Hancock as a machinist mate.

Carolyn Courtney, 74

November 7, 2011

Carolyn A. Courtney, 74, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.
Carolyn was born May 21, 1937 and grew up in Larwill, working at Jecto Plastics for 14 years.
She was a member of American Legion Post 47 Auxiliary and enjoyed shopping.

William Bumgardner, 86

November 7, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — William A. Bumgardner, 86, of South Whitley, died at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at Parkview Main, Fort Wayne from injuries sustained in an auto accident Tuesday at the Walgreens parking lot in Huntington.
He was born May 30, 1925 in Fort Wayne, a son of Charles A. “Pat” and Mable (Allen) Bumgardner
His formative years where spent on a farm near Monroeville. He graduated from Decatur High School.
During World War II, he served with the Merchant Marines.

November 4th

Ross Snyder, 92

November 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Ross Albert Snyder, 92, of rural Columbia City, died at 11:43 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at Miller’s Merry Manor.
He was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Detroit, a son of Albert Thomas and Carol (Miller) Snyder.
During World War II, he served as a flight officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
On Sept. 16, 1942, he was united in marriage to Marjorie M. Hamlin.

Jerry Schaper, 68

November 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Jerry E. Schaper, 68, of rural Columbia City, died at 1:52 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Saturday.
He was born Jan. 11, 1943, in Columbia City, a son of Harry J. and Bessie M. (Moore) Schaper.
His formative years were spent in Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
From 1962 until 1966 he served in the U.S. Army and later the Air National Guard.
While in the Philippines, he was united in marriage to Carmela Bastian on March 20, 1967.

November 3rd

Alexander Measley, 12

November 3, 2011

FORT WAYNE — Alexander Dale Measley, 12, of Fort Wayne, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 at 12:45 a.m., at Riley Children’s Hospital.
He was born in Fort Wayne Dec. 30, 1998, a son of Shelia Hauk-Measley.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his maternal grandparents Ted and Chris Hauk; a great-grandmother Rudy Anklem; and an uncle Thomas Hauk.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the St John‘s Lutheran Church, Lake Township with Pastor Ralph Easterhaus officiating.

Gene Williams, 71

November 3, 2011

Gene V. Williams, 71, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Columbia City.
Born in Allentown, Pa. March 13, 1940, Gene worked as an engineer with GTE.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed Ham radio, (W9JBD), fishing, restoring antique automobiles and was a former president of the Fort Wayne Historical Automobile Association.

Sandra Rarick, 70

November 3, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Sandra Joan Rarick, 70, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Inc., Columbia City.
Born Jan. 21, 1941, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of George A. and Opal (Snyder) Fahl.
She was a lifetime Whitley County resident and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1958.
She worked at Dana Weatherhead, Columbia City as a production worker for 17 years. On March 12, 1991, she married Richard Herman Rarick in Columbia City.

Kenneth Sherbahn, 94

November 3, 2011

Kenneth E. Sherbahn, 94, of South Whitley, passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at the Peabody Home, North Manchester.
He was born Nov. 19, 1916, in Whitley County, a son of Edgar and Nellie (Ward) Sherbahn.
He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1934. He attended Repperts Auction School in 1938 and started his lifelong career in the auction business in 1947.
On Oct. 18, 1941 he married Vera Penrod. They always made their home in the South Whitley area. Mrs. Sherbahn died Dec. 2, 1994. In 1997 he married Marie Trump, an excellent friend and companion.

October 27th

Richard Horstmeyer, 83

October 27, 2011

FORT WAYNE — Richard H. Horstmeyer, 83, died at Parkview Hospital, Oct. 26, 2011.
He is a son of the late Paul and Helen Horstmeyer, born April 1, 1928, in Fort Wayne.
He is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Barbara Ann (Huber) Horstmeyer; four sons Rick (Kathleen), Gregg (Joyce), Kirk, and Markus (Judy); a brother Robert Horstmeyer (Ann); nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Joyce Meyers and Carol Bair.
The funeral will be held Saturday, at 10 a.m. at Our Hope Lutheran Church, Huntertown.

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