Archive - Obituary
February 27th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Madelene Geneva Hively, 91, of Churubusco, formerly of Thorncreek Township, died at 10:12 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born July 19, 1920, in Whitley County, a daughter of the late Grover E. and Estella M. (Shively) Jagger.
Her formative years were spent in the Blue River area. She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1938.
On Sept. 21, 1940, she was united in marriage to Allan Egolf. Mr. Egolf died March 20, 1945, in the European Theater during World War II.
ALBION â€” Kathryn Joan Secrist, 72, of Albion, passed away at 6:48 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
She was born Jan. 24, 1940, in Plymouth, the daughter of Richard Max and Pearl Irene (Tracy) Burgh.
A former resident of Mentone and Goshen, she moved to Merriam 24 years ago.
She attended Etna Green High School and was a housewife and homemaker.
She was a member of Curbside Cruisers, Fort Wayne, Route 30 Car Cruisers, Columbia City and Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Merriam.
Pete N. Miller, 73, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Villages Hospital in The Villages Fla.
Born Nov. 8, 1938, in Daviess County, Pete worked as a self employed home building contractor for 42 years.
He was a member of The Chapel, Home Builders Association and Blackhawk Ministries.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ruth M. Bowser, 86, formerly of Washington Township, died at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since 2007.
She was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Munising, Mich., a daughter of Harley E. and Sallie (Riley) Adair.
As a sophomore in high school, she moved to the Chicago area with her brother.
She graduated from Walter High School in Chicago in 1943. After graduation she moved to Fort Wayne.
Dean L. Jines, 72, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:37 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born March 7, 1939, in Wabash, he was the son of Leslie T. Jines and Anna (Ridenour) Brooks.
He was raised in Wabash County where he graduated from Wabash City Schools.
From 1956-1962, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
On May 10, 1958, he married Vonnie L. Boardman in Wabash.
In 1973, he and his family moved to Whitley County, moving to Auburn in 1990 and Fort Wayne in 1993.
He returned to Columbia City in 1997.
Fredrick J. Harroff, 72, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at his home.
Born Sept. 16, 1939, in Churubusco, he was the son of Herbert Theodore and Bethel Marie (Pennington) Harroff.
A Whitley County resident most of his lifetime, he attended several high schools and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.
On Dec. 17, 1963, he married Sherry Lindell Williams in Albion, Noble County.
He worked as a warehouseman for 30 years at Food Marketing, Fort Wayne.
He was a member of the Churubusco American Legion Post #157.
Berniece E. Rex, 93, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:35 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born Oct. 21, 1918, in Noble Township, she was the daughter of John L. and Sophia E. (Fankhouser) Young.
She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the class of 1936.
On Jan. 21, 1939, she married Luther E. Rex in Noble Township.
A Noble County resident most of her lifetime, she and her husband lived in Muncie between March, 1939 and April, 1942.
Before her marriage, she was employed for two years by the former Blue Bell, Inc.
ARCADIA, LA â€” A celebration of the life of Ben Simmers will be from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at his residence for family and friends.
Ben was born April 28, 1938 in Whitley County.
He entered into rest Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Shreveport, La.
Ben was retired from Ball-Foster Glass Manufacturing Company after many years of faithful service.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he proudly served his country.
Ben was a graduate of Columbia City High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Bernice Simmers, and granddaughter, Emily Simmers.
Virginia A. Browning, 84, of Fort Wayne, died at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Smith Township, a daughter of Adam and Ollie (Truelove) Ragan.
On Jan. 24, 1946, she married Leo E. Browning, who preceded her in death on June 6, 1992.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Browning of Churubusco and Dean Browning of Vancouver, Wash.; two daughters, Pamela Murphy of Dewy Rose, Ga. and Renee Lemish of Avilla; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Peggy Jean Heindselman, 86, of South Whitley died at 8:48 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident for the last four weeks.
She was born July 6, 1925, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Clifford and Bessie (Shorb) Sickafoose.
Her formative years were spent in the Fort Wayne area.
She started high school at Northside, Fort Wayne and finished her senior year at South Whitley, graduating with the Class of 1943.
Following her graduation, she worked for Lincoln Life, Fort Wayne. On Feb. 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to John K. Heindselman.