Archive - Nov 2012 - Obituary
Ethel Belle Smith, 86, of Columbia City, died at 1:32 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Millerâs Merry Manor where she had been a resident since March 2008.
She was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Portland, a daughter of William Henry and Estella May (Nickerson) Miller. Her formative years were spent in Portland where she attended Mount Zion School.
On Oct. 7, 1944, she was united in marriage to Herman E. Smith. They made their home in Waynedale until 1977 when they moved to Old Lake. Mr. Smith died Nov. 28, 2001. In 2002, Ethel Belle moved to Columbia City.
Patricia J. Tucker passed away Nov. 5, 2012, at 5:05 p.m. She was born July 6, 1931.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, she traveled the country doing various jobs and meeting interesting people. She came home to spend her last years with family.
She kept her spirit and sense of humor to the end. Words can never express the thankfulness and gratitude to Hospice of Parkview.
Surviving relatives include three loving siblings, Robert Tucker of Tavares, Fla., Gloria (Jack) Mullett of Columbia City and Garthena Tucker of Fort Wayne.
David L. Sleighter, 55, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:28 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Dec. 18, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of David C. and Mary M. (Busz) Sleighter.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, two sisters, a half-sister, four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter, Janel Sleighter.
Carl E. Sheets, 93, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:55 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Millerâs Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born on May 23, 1919, in Jefferson Towsnship, he was the son of William and Myrta M. (Boney) Sheets.
Surviving relatives include his two sons, daughter, three brothers and several grand, great and great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to noon. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Jerry L. Smith 70, of rural Columbia City, died at 6:17 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted on Monday.
He was born April 21, 1942, in Thorncreek Township, he was the son of the late Franklin J. and Una Dell (Bowman) Smith.
His formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township.
He attended Columbia City High School.
On June 20, 1959, he was united in marriage to Marilyn L. Gibson.
They have always made their home in Whitley County.
For the past 35 years, he was the owner and operator of Jerryâs Tire Service in Columbia City.
Margaret Mary âMaggieâ (Love) Clifford, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Millerâs Merry Manor, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since March of 2011.
She was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of James and Mary (Traficanti) Perrella.
Raised in Fort Wayne, she attended St. Vincentâs Catholic School.
On Jan. 29, 1994, she was united in marriage to James R. Clifford. They made their home in Tennessee. In 2002, they moved to rural Columbia City.
She was employed for more than 28 years at Seyfertâs Foods in Fort Wayne.
Robert E. Phend, 83 of South Whitley, passed away at p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in his residence.
On Dec. 13, 1929, he was born in Columbia City, to Paul and Marie (Wysong) Phend.
He married Marjorie Johnson on July 11, 1953, who survives. Robert retired from International Harvester/Navistar in Fort Wayne.
Other surviving relatives include four children, Norma Schweigel of Columbia City; Michael E. (Sharon) Phend of Pierceton, Rebecca A. Phend of South Whitley and Rose E. Phend of South Whitley; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Daniel James Howard, 69, of Columbia City, passed away at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at his home. Born June 25, 1943, in Warsaw, he was the son of James Boyce and Helen Lucille (Fisher) Howard.
He graduated from Warsaw High School with the Class of 1961.
After graduation, he honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He earned an Associateâs degree from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis. On Sept. 5, 1965, he married Ouida Sue Crum in Kossuth, Miss.
Jill Rene (Kuckuck) Weeks, 58, of Columbia City, passed away Nov. 8, 2012, at her home.
She was born Sept. 24, 1954 in Whitley County, daughter of Edgar and Dorothy (Nierman) Kuckuck.
William Henry Smith, 82, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Dec. 5, 1929, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Mickey A. and Ruie Malington (Hile) Smith.
He graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1949. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in October, 1954.
On April 12,1974, he married Nancy (Mettler) Wagner at Reverend Graham Kleespieâs home in Columbia City.