Archive - Jun 2012 - Obituary
James Strong, 64, of Churubusco, died at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born June 6, 1948, in Fort Wayne, a son of Cecil and LaVon (Disler) Strong.
His wife, Frances, and his father, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his mother, LaVon Strong, one brother, six stepchildren, one niece and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Paul D. White officiating.
Jon Lynn Gaff, 54, of Columbia City, formally of Green Township, died at 6:10 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Gaff was born on Aug. 16, 1957, in Columbia City, a son of J. Lincoln and Juanita (Decker) Gaff.
Survivors include mother, Juanita LaVon Gaff, of Columbia City, one daughter, one son and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, one brother and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home on Saturday at 1 p.m., with Pastor Brad Fredrickson, officiating.
Lowell Elden Sidwell (Sid), 81, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012, at his home, in Columbia City, surrounded by family.
Sidâ€™s many successful business accomplishments include the opening of â€śSidâ€™s Barbershopâ€ť on Wells Street in 1957, â€śNew Look Auto Body Shopâ€ť in 1969, and the â€śFish of Stroh Restaurantsâ€ť starting in 1973.
Kathleen M. Johnson, 79, of rural Merriam, died Friday, June 8, 2012, of natural causes, while at her home.
She was born Nov. 30, 1932, in Peoria, Ill., a daughter of Ronald Ellsworth and Bess Frances (Stangland) Raber.
Her formative years were spent in Peoria. She graduated from Peoria High School, received her nursing degree from Methodist Hospital in Peoria and Bachelor of Nursing from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
William K. Pequignot, 85, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital.
Surviving are his three children, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two sisters.
Dorothea E. Wilson, 87, of Jefferson Township, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since Jan. 2011.
She was born Oct. 28, 1924, in Washington Township, a daughter of Harry H. and Gertrude I. (Robinette) Taylor.
Her formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. She graduated from Jefferson Center High School.
James Lee â€śJimâ€ť Stouder, 69, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 9:39 p.m., surrounded by his family in their Warsaw, home.
Jim was born to Earl W. and V. Evelyn (Weybright) Stouder, July 13, 1942, in Nappanee, Ind.
He was a 1960 graduate of Nappanee High School. Moving from Nappanee, he lived in Kosciusko County since 1962.
Jim and Linda Dorsey were joined in marriage July 4, 1982, at the Harrison Center Church in Mentone.
Jim was a self employed contractor with Stouder Enterprises for 32 years, retiring in 2004.
Lonnie L. Van, 63, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Born Sept. 1, 1948, he was the son of Charles and Dorothy (Bowman) Van, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Van; two children; two brothers and one sister.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Van to the donorâ€™s choice of charity.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register.
Shawnee resident, DeLois Jean Scott, 79, passed away June 5, 2012, in a midwest city nursing home.
DeLois was born May 19, 1933, in Wolfe Lake, the daughter of Burtis & Ina Mae (Johnson) Cunningham. She graduated from Larwill High School.
On March 10, 1962, she married Jack W. Scott. For 37 years she worked as a buyer for Dana Weatherhead Tool Plant in Columbia City.
FORT WAYNE â€” Betty Jo â€śB. J.â€ť (Dazey) Thiel, 60, a resident of Fort Wayne and native of Wolf Lake, passed away at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at her home. She had been in declining health since December.
Mrs. Thiel was born in Wolf Lake on Sept. 30, 1951, a daughter of James C. â€śJ. C.â€ť and Mary (Moeller) Dazey, and spent her formative years there.