Archive - Obituary
September 21st, 2011
Jane Ellen Demske, 63, of Pierceton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at 1 p.m. in her residence.
Jane was born Feb. 14, 1948, in Wolf Lake to James K. and Inez L. (Boggs) Waugh. She was a 1966 graduate of Columbia City Joint High School.
She married James Mark âJimâ Demske Aug. 26 1967 in Pierceton.
Jane was a 27-year 4-H leader and a was in Golden April Home Ec Club.
She was employed by Uniroyal, worked in the Whitko/Pierceton school cafeteria for 10 years and was also a bus driver for both the Whitko and Whitley County Consolidated School corporations.
Gwendolyn Braden, 84, of Ft. Wayne, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.
She was born Nov. 22, 1926 in Kosciusko County.
Gwen worked at Raytheon for more than 22 years, retiring in 1991.
She enjoyed planting flowers and visiting with friends at the American Legion.
She is survived by her son, Steven (Rita) Cornelius of Columbia City; sister, Marcella Travelbee of Columbia City; grandchildren, Nichole Firestine and Rudy Tamez, both of Fort Wayne, Robert Stanley of Dublin, Ohio and Matt (Sandra) Tamez of Butler; son-in-law, Lester Thomas; and two great-granddaughters.
Jerry Allen Geiger, 66, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born June 17, 1945 in Columbia City, he was the son of Russell J. and Margaret E. (Hazen) Geiger.
A lifetime resident of Columbia City, he graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1963.
On June 18, 1966 he married Cheryl Doty in Columbia City where they established their home. In 2003, he retired from Navistar with 30 years of service. His memberships included Eagles Lodge #1906 and the UAW Local 57.
R. Ray Slaughter, 78, died Aug. 21, 2011 in Harlingen, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters Sheri Sales, Sandra Roberg, both of Des Moines, Iowa and Connie Thunem, Littleton, Colo.; stepdaughters Sonia Ward, Angola and Jeannette Harris, Claypool; stepsons Randy Miles, Charleston, Mo. and James McKnight, Waterloo, Ind. and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Richards Restaurant banquet room at Times Corner in Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â Kaydence Jaymes Yahr, infant daughter of Karl J. and Andrea (Pfleghaar) Yahr of Fort Wayne, was stillborn at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne Friday, September 16, 2011.
She is survived by three sisters, Theresa E., Melissa A. and Samantha R. Yahr; her grandparents, Janice Yahr of Crawfordsville and Jim and Alice Pfleghaar of Jordan, Minn.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church, 2465 W Keiser Road, Columbia City with Rev. David Mommens officiating.
Verona Harmeyer, 89, a long-time resident of Lake Township died at 12:04 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne.
She was born in Fort Wayne Dec. 23, 1921, a daughter of Charles D. and Clara (Linnemeier) Schaefer.
On Jan. 24, 1942, she was married in Fort Wayne to Fred Harmeyer, who preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1976.
She was also preceded in death by two sons Kenneth F. Harmeyer in 1976 and Richard Harmeyer in 2004; by a sister Eleanor Emenhiser; and by a brother Karl Schaefer.
COLUMBIA CITY â James Michael Schrader Parrett, 44, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.
He was born Sept. 5, 1967 in Whitley County, a son of James LeRoy and Mary Magdalene (Thompson) Schrader.
His formative years were spent in Columbia City.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1987.
In the fall of 1987, he joined the U.S. Army. He spent most of his service time at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas.
After returning to Columbia City, he had been employed as a welder.
He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church.
COLUMBIA CITY â Benton E. Gates Jr., 81, of Columbia City, a prominent local attorney, died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2011 at his home.
He was born Nov. 9, 1929 in Fort Wayne, a son of Benton E. and Mary Jayne (Sample) Gates.
His formative years were spent in Columbia City where he graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947; then the University of Michigan in 1951 where he played on the freshman football team in 1947.
In 1954, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He was a member of the Barristers Society while at the University of Michigan.
Alice Ann âAnnieâ Hyser, 71, of Columbia City, died at 9:32 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 at the Parkview Whitley Hospital emergency room.
Born on Dec. 7, 1939 in Waynedale, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Alice (Laier) Stephens.
A Whitley County resident for the majority of her life, she graduated from Larwill High School with the class of 1957.
She went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.
On June 11, 1969, she married Kenneth Hyser in Parisburg, W.Va.
Jean E. Smith, 90, of Columbia City, died at 3:23 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born on March 1, 1921, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Gladys (Sadler) Leamon.
On March 8, 1939, she married Harry Norwood Smith in Kentucky.
She worked for Williams Food Market in the produce department and for many years was employed by Schultz Dime Store in Columbia City, retiring in 1986.
She was an avid square dancer and would attend conventions and belonged to the Dancernauts Dance Club.