Archive - Jul 2012 - Obituary
Laura K. Slagal, 59, of Columbia City, died at 5:05 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Columbia City.
Born on Dec. 2, 1952, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Franklin DeWayne and Betty Jean (Harrison) Nickolson.
She was a lifelong Whitley County resident. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1971.
On Aug. 9, 1974, she married Rex L. Slagal at St. Matthewâs United Methodist Church, Columbia City.
Olga Martha (Paschka) Buesching, 98, who lived a long, industrious and eventful life, journeyed to heaven on Sunday, July 15, 2012.
She was reunited with her devoted husband Fred âFritzâ Buesching, her recently departed daughter, Nancy Tucker and son-in-law Bob Tucker.
Born on Jan. 3, 1914, in Fort Wayne to Theodore and Anna (Schlink) Paschka, she graduated from Luther Institute (now Concordia Lutheran High School) and worked as a bookkeeper at a local business in the early 1930s.
Patricia A. Horn, 74, of Columbia City, died at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at her residence. Born on Jan. 3, 1938, in Warsaw, she was the daughter of Maurice and Helen (Hively) Fancil.
She graduated from Warsaw High School and married Billy D. Horn on July 17, 1958, in Warsaw. Pat spent her lifetime in Warsaw, Fort Wayne and Columbia City.
She first worked at Magnavox for 10 years, then was an assembler for Dana Corporation for 12 years and worked part-time for 15 years for Class Act Cleaners. She was a member of Warsaw Church of God.
Sharon Jean Baysinger, 69, died July 10, 2012. She was born May 17, 1943, to the late Carl Sheets and Virginia Firks.
Sharon is now safely home. Surviving relatives include seven sons Larry Tindall, Joe, Jeff, Greg, John, Jamie and Chris Baysinger; one daughter, Cindy; a sister, Patty Middaugh whome she loved dearly.
She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Sandy Nerzig and Donna Morgan.
Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services will be handling arrangements. Memorials maybe made to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.
Rolland B. Gipson, 75, of Ossian, died at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at his daughterâs home in Ossian where he had been living since October, 2011.
He was born July 7, 1937, in Litchfield, Ill., a son of Carl R. and Gladys (Kettlekamp) Gipson. His formative years were spent in Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City High School.
On Aug. 12, 1966, he married Patricia Collinsworth. They have always made their home in Whitley County.
He was employed 25 years at American Hoist and Derrick in Fort Wayne and retired from No Sag in Kendallville in 1999 with 15 years of service.
Elizabeth June Earnhart, 95, of South Whitley died at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was admitted Saturday. She had been a resident at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester since November, 2011.
She was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Noble County, a daughter of J. Stanley and Mabel (Koher) Himes.
At age eight, the family moved to South Whitley where she attended school. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1934.
Martha Louise Ostler, 93, of Frankfort, died at 10:10 p.m. July 9, 2012, at Wesley Manor Health and Retirement Center.
Born at home north of Frankfort on Union Road, April 19, 1919, she was the daughter of Herman and Lena Beatrice (Culbertson) Johnson.
She married Aaron Jesse Ostler on Aug. 1, 1940, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 1996.
Douglas H. Trotter, 65, a resident of Fort Wayne, died at 4:05 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Trotter was born Dec. 26, 1946, in St. Louis, Mich., a son of Harvey and Audrey (Wittum) Trotter.
Surviving relatives include his wife Anita; two children, one brother, one sister and two granddaughters.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, 8611 Mayhew Rd., Fort Wayne, with Dr. Rex Person, officiating.
Claude Ousley, 78, of Columbia City, died at 9:17 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at his home. Born on April 25, 1934, in Risner, Ky., he was the son of James Lee and Nancy Jane (Pitts) Ousley.
He graduated from Prestonsburg High School with the class of 1953. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Indiana. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard.
Ishmael Banks, 61, of Fort Wayne, died at 7:49 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born Feb. 28, 1951 in Owensville, Ky., he was the son of James Chester and Coy M. (Johnson) Banks.
He served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. On April 6, 1973, he married Linda Erwin in Churubusco.
For 27 years he installed glass. He was a member of Columbia City Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. #189, where he served as Worshipful Master.