Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Oct. 28, 1947 â€” Aug. 29, 2013
A memorial service to remember our dad, brother and friend John Gamble will be held Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Super 8 Hotel, formerly Executive Inn, located at 235 Frontage Rd., Columbia City.
Mr. Gamble, 65, of Fort Wayne, and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at his home Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
He served in U.S. Marine Corps.
Lois A. Sheets, 71, of Columbia City, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at Peabody Home, North Manchester, where she had been a resident since October 2012.
She was born April 11, 1942, in Sullivan County, a daughter of Cisco R. and Jeanette I. (White) May.
Her formative years were spent in Sullivan County. She graduated from Sullivan High School in 1960.
On June 10, 1961, she was united in marriage to Paul V. Sheets. They made their home in Larwill for a short time before moving to Columbia City. Mr. Sheets died Sept. 26, 2011.
Minnie Alice Farris, 92, of Fort Wayne, died at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home where she was admitted last Friday.
She was born Oct. 17, 1920, in Harveysburg, Ohio, a daughter of Adam B. and Maude (Haines) Campbell. Her formative years were spent in Harveysburg.
On April 9, 1942, she was united in marriage to Raymon D. Farris. During Raymonâ€™s enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps they lived in Kentucky, California, New Mexico, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Utah.
Donald E. Crawford, 80, of Larwill, passed away at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born Feb. 27, 1933, in Boone County, he was the son of Charles R. Crawford and Ruby F. (Kinkade) Crawford.
On June 16, 1970, he married Carolyn J. Darr in Lebanon. He was a custodian at Whitko Community Schools, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed spending time with his family, being outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing.
Walter Ray Harvey, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, joined his Heavenly Father Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at his home in Denton, Texas.
Walter was born to Paul Dexter and Ruby Mae (Downing) Harvey Dec. 30, 1944, in Ft. Wayne.
He lived in Columbia City and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1963, where he competed in track, basketball and football, and played trombone in band.
He graduated from Taylor University in 1967 and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as a member of the Underwater Demolitions Team and a Navy SEAL.
Mary Lou Pelfrey, born June 27, 1942 in Miami, Fla., died Sept. 1, 2013, at her home in Lake City, Fla. following a lengthy illness.
She had lived in Bridgewater, N.Y., Columbia City, and West Palm Beach, Fla.
James â€śJayâ€ť Stanley Couch Jr., 46, of Columbia City, died at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born Sept. 9, 1966, in Harlan, Ky., a son of James S. and Yolanda J. (Hedrick) Couch Sr. As a young boy, his family moved to Thorncreek Township.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1985.
In 1985, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1993.
He worked at Contects in Larwill, Reelcraft and later Dana PTG for 16 years.
James A. Borcherding, 88, died Saturday Aug. 31, 2013.
James was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Fort Wayne, to the late James F. and Marie Borcherding.
He worked at the Veterans Affair Hospital for 25 years in the maintenance and engineering. He was an Army veteran of World War II serving in the 775th Field Artillery and was a member of the Oak Grove Church.
Wayne R. Pettigrew, 61, of rural Columbia City, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 2, 2013, at his home.
He was born Sept. 1, 1952 in Columbia City, a son of Robert Lavere and Norma Jean (Longsworth) Pettigrew.
His formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
In January 1972, he began his employment at Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne.
In 1974 he moved to his current home. On Feb. 14, 1985, he was united in marriage to Karen A. Nulf.
Doyle G. Sweeney, 96, of Sebring, Fla., passed away, Aug. 28, 2013, in Coldwater, Mich.
Doyle was born in Columbia City, son of the late Perry and Beulah (Sellers) Sweeney.
Prior to moving to Sebring he was a fruit and vegetable inspector for northern Indiana.
In 1957, Doyle moved to Sebring and he and his late wife Jean, developed Sweeneyâ€™s Mobile Home Park and he also owned Sweeneyâ€™s Aluminum Products.
Doyle joined the Elks in 1946 in Whitley County, and is a past exhaulted ruler of Sebring Elks Lodge and past district deputy of the South Florida Elks.