Archive - Oct 2012 - Obituary
William â€śEddieâ€ť Edward Ruckman, 62, of South Whitley, passed away at 5:43 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at his home.
Born Jan. 1, 1950, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Ford Edgar and Mary Francis (Adams) Ruckman.
Jack L. Thompson, 80, of Albion, passed away at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Sept. 23, 1932, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Chauncey G. and Lodema (Hile) Thompson.
He was a lifetime resident of Noble County and attended Wolf Lake High School.
On April 12, 1963, he married Betsy Ross.
He worked at Goshen Rubber, Goshen for 39 years. He was a member of VFW, Wolf Lake, Whitley County F.O.P. Lodge for 49 years and Eagles Lodge #1906, Columbia City since 1965.
ROANOKE â€” Lewis C. Wolfe, 66, of Roanoke, died at 9:46 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne where he was admitted Tuesday evening following a short battle with lung cancer.
He was born March 8, 1946, in Wolf Lake, a son of Harry W. and Doris M. (Bennett) Wolfe Jr.
His formative years were spent in Etna Troy Township.
He graduated from Larwill High School and received an associateâ€™s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Donna J. (DeBolt) Mansdorfer, 74, of Liberty Township, went up to Heaven to be with Dad Oct. 16, 2012, at 12:55 a.m. at Hospice of Hamilton.
She was born June 5, 1938, in Whitley County, the daughter of Alice Grace and Francis DeBolt.
On Sept. 16, 1956, she married Gerald Mansdorfer.
Donna retired from the Internal Revenue Service as a budget analyst. In her free time, Donna was an avid Bridge player and loving grandmother â€śBommin.â€ť
Karen Marie Dafforn, 67, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of Donald W. Dafforn, passed away at 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. She had been in declining health since May.
Mrs. Dafforn was born Jan. 25, 1945, in Smith Township, the daughter of Luther â€śBusâ€ť and Vera E. (Brown) Duncan. She spent her formative years there, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1963.
Employed as a special needs school bus driver for Smith-Green Community Schools for 29 years, she retired from there in 2008.
Pastor John Edward Gregory, 73, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at his home.
Born Oct. 28, 1938, in Berkley County, W. Va., he was the son of Franklin Forbes and Myrtle M. (Morrison) Gregory.
He graduated with the class of 1956 from Martinsburg High School. He also graduated from Washington Bible College in Washington, D.C., completing his education with a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary in 1969.
Madge L. (White) Harshbarger, 88, passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Whitley County, Madge worked as a clerk with the Indiana Department of Transportation for 11 years, retiring Sept. 1, 1986.
She was a member of Saint Joseph United Methodist Church; St. Joe United Methodist Women; Eastern Star #432; Worthy Matron in 1995; was a volunteer at a community center for two years and Parkview Seniors for 12 years.
She loved to travel with friends.
Evelyn J. Swartz, 84, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at her daughterâ€™s residence in Larwill.
Born June 19, 1928, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Charles W. and Fannie R. (Hartman) Gradeless.
A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she attended school in both Etna and Wolf Lake and graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1946.
On July 2, 1948, she married Harold L. Swartz at St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church, Columbia City.
Stanley Loe, 91, of Panama City, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at a local nursing home. He was a 26-year resident of Bay County, having moved here from West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mr. Loe was a member of First Pentecostal Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Silver Star while serving under General George S. Patton in the 80th Division. He retired from Rinker Materials as a chief estimator. Mr. Loe enjoyed fishing, golfing and square dancing.
Roy S. Greener, 88, a resident of rural Fort Wayne and widely acquainted Lake Township farmer, passed away at 3:14 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Greener was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Lake Township, a son of Otto and Anna (McCormick) Greener, and was a lifelong resident of rural Allen County where he was engaged in farming all his life.
He was a member of St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church-Lake Twp. and Harmony Lodge 19 IOOF in Fort Wayne