Archive - Obituary
April 7th, 2014
Walter L. Craig, 48, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:38 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born Dec. 14, 1965, in Columbia City, he was the son of Bennie D. and Wanda (Johnson) Craig.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County and attended Whitko High School, graduating with the Class of 1984. He attended Ball State University and received his Associates degree from Ivy Tech.
Elizabeth Carolyn Shelmadine, 77, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Max R. Shelmadine, passed away at 10:05 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She had been in failing health for the past three years and had been more seriously ill since January.
Mrs. Shelmadine was born in Churubusco Oct. 29, 1936, a daughter of Marvin and Florence (Deck) Rollins.
She spent her formative years in Churubusco and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1954.
Jack M. Pettigrew, 87, of Columbia City and for the past year and half of Auburn, passed away at 10:27 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Jan. 8, 1927, in Union Township, he was the son of Thomas Earl and Ella H. (Mossman) Pettigrew.
He graduated from Coesse High School with the Class of 1945. Two weeks after he graduated he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.
Douglas Wayne Haigwood, 43, of Kimmell, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014 at Chain-O-Lakes State Park where he had been fishing on Mudd Lake.
Born on Jan. 24, 1971, in Kenneth, Mo., he was the son of Leland Wayne Haigwood and Ruth Elizabeth â€śRuthieâ€ť (Gargus) McKeever.
Lois C. Dillman, 85, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014, at her home in Columbia City.
Born in Warsaw, Lois earned her associated degree in nursing and was an RN with The Townhouse for 17 years, retiring in 1988.
She was an active member of Beacon Light Chapel. Lois enjoyed knitting, crochet, but most of all spending time with her family.
She loved her family and cherished her grandchildren.
Surviving are her children, Ted Dillman of Hanover, Robin (Lance) Brauchla of LaOtto; grandchildren, Mace, Spencer, Joel, Mitchell, Keaton and Krista.
Daniel David Steiner, 87, of Columbia City, died Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014, at his home.
He was born March 30, 1927, in Wayne County, Ohio, a son of Earl Vincent and Clara (Zimmerman) Steiner.
He graduated from Marshallville High School, received his bachelors degree from Taylor University in 1949 and masters in social services from Indiana University in 1951.
His career began as a court liaison supervisor for Marion County Department of Public Welfare in 1951 until 1953 when he was the superintendent of Marion County Childrenâ€™s Guardian Home.
Kayla Sharice Soldan, â€śThat One Chickâ€ť, 17, went to be with our Lord on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Kayla was born to Christina Soldan and Daniel Garwood on July 10, 1996. Kayla was an amazing young lady who was determined, free-spirited, and was passionate about art. She loved drawing people and animated characters. She also loved music, and enjoyed singing and dancing as well.
All who knew Dolores Winters would agree that she was one of the sweetest people around.
She was a loving wife and mother who was fully devoted to making her home a place where all who entered felt loved, accepted, and welcomed.
Dolores was a prim and proper woman who always liked to look her best, and as far as she was concerned the more frills and lace an outfit had the better.
Dolores C. Winters, 84, passed away suddenly Thursday morning after being taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Her visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Her complete life story will appear in the Saturday edition of The Post and Mail or visit online at www.demoneygrimes.com where her life story will be published later today.
Carol S. Young, 65, of Albion, passed away at 8:45 pm on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Parkview Oaks in Columbia City.
Ms. Young was born Sept. 8, 1948, in Wolf Lake, a daughter of Lloyd T. and Ruth Anna (Brown) Young. She spent her formative years in Green Township, and graduated from Churubusco High School.
She worked on the family farm and Chain Oâ€™ Lakes State Park.
Ms. Young was a member of Blue River Church of the Brethren. She enjoyed reading, cross stitching, knitting, mowing, and tending to the garden.