Archive - Obituary
June 15th, 2012
Edith Lelia Hershman, 94, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:54 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born Sept. 1, 1917, in Cincinnatti, Ohio, she was the daughter of Fred and Ida (Mullholland) Miess.
She graduated from Emerson High School in Gary with the class of 1935 and attended Wheaton College for two years.
On April 11, 1948, she married Lawrence W. Hershman in Crown Point where they established their home.
C.L. Boggs, 70, a lifelong resident of Etna Troy Township, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at his home of natural causes.
He was born April 28, 1942, in Etna, a son of Heber and Dortha E. (Beers) Boggs. He graduated from Larwill High School.
He worked at B.F. Goodrich, Harvester and Lynn Klingaman before beginning his employment with Essex, retiring from Dana PTG in 2005.
In October 1995, he married Penny A. Rodgers.
Janetta Crabill, 93, of Okeechobee, Fla., died Monday, June 11, 2012.
She was born Aug. 3, 1918, in Allen County, a daughter of Ira Edward and Iva Mae (Leland) Bowsman.
Her formative years were spent in Whitley County. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
On Jan. 8, 1953, she was united in marriage to Oscar L. Crabill. They made their home in Columbia City until moving to Florida in 1954. From 1980 until 1995, they spent their summers in Columbia City. Mr. Crabill died Aug. 22, 1986.
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.