Archive - Obituary
August 5th, 2014
Esther A. Bresler, 99, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Estherâ€™s passion was her family and she faithfully served them as a homemaker. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Surviving are her sons, Fred (Sue) Bresler of Lakeland, Florida; John Bresler of Columbia City; George (Janet) Bresler of Groton, South Dakota; daughter, Ann (Jerry) Smith of Columbia City; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Clara Stone of Louisville, Kent.
James M. â€śJimâ€ť Herron, 58, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:54 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at his residence. James was born July 18, 1956, in Fort Wayne, the son of Paul and Norma (Comer) Herron.
James was a lifetime Whitley County resident and a 1974 graduate of Columbia City High School. He also attended Kaplan University and received his Paralegal Certificate.
James spent most of his working career as a machinist at United Technologies in Columbia City, Dana Corporation in Syracuse, and Eaton-Clutch in Auburn.
Von E. Fisher, 76, of Fort Wayne, died at 9:55 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center where he was admitted Monday.
He was born Aug. 5, 1937, in Columbia City, a son of Marshall Earl and Alice Marie (Blanchard) Fisher.
He attended Columbia City Schools until second grade when his family moved to Thorncreek Township. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1955.
Ross H. Clouse, 91, a resident of Churubusco, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 10:44 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.
Mr. Clouse was born April 10, 1923, a son of Harmon and Martha (Riddle) Clouse.
He spent his formative years on the family farm in Green Township in Noble County and graduated from Churubusco High School.
On Dec. 31, 1943, he was married in Churubusco to Evelyn Budd, and lived all of his adult life in the Churubusco-area.
Linda L. Bresler, 67, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Linda worked as a teachers aid with Whitley County Schools for 22 years, retiring in 2005.
She enjoyed traveling and most of all, spending time with and taking care of her family.
Franklin A. Bush, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:39 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Columbia City.
Born March 26, 1931, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Roscoe and Hildegarde (Weaver) Bush.
He graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1949 and went on to receive his bachelor of science degree from Indiana University in 1958. Franklin earned his masterâ€™s degree at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1965.
Roger B. Thomson, 81, of Columbus, passed from this life at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his home.
Born in South Whitley, Jan. 31, 1933, Mr. Thomson was the son of Ralph Benjamin and Prudence White Thomson. He married Nellie W. Newell Sept. 11, 1953.
Mr. Thomson was drafted into the U.S. Army in April 1953, during the Korean War; he was honorably discharged in 1955.
He received a bachelors degree in electronic engineering from Indiana Tech in 1960, and was the salutatorian of is class.
Cathy Bewak, 71, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Robert and Madelyn Walter, and her companion, Preston Stackhouse.
Surviving are her children, Christy (Dave) Roberts of Brighton, Mich., Todd (Susie) Neff of Decatur, and brother, Larry (Becky) Walter of Columbia City.
Nov. 15, 1938 â€” July 18, 2014
Ann Smith, 75, of rural Columbia City, died Friday evening, July 18, 2014, at her home.
She was born Nov. 15, 1938, in South Whitley, a daughter of Arthur H. and Marguerite B. (McConnell) Bechtold. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1956.
On Jan. 25, 1957, she was united in marriage to Richard D. Smith. They made their home south of Columbia City for 31 years before moving to their home at New Lake. Mr. Smith died July 31, 1993.
She was employed at Essex/Coupled Products for more than 35 years.
Thomas T. Rudd, 88, of South Whitley, passed away at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 6, 1926, in Culver, the son of Maurice Henry and Lois Isabelle (Todd) Rudd.
Tom graduation from South Whitley High School with the Class of 1944 and went on to attend Butler University.
He served with the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II from 1944 and was discharged in 1946.