Archive - Obituary
October 26th, 2011
Eddie Eugene Lee, 58, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home.
Born March 4, 1953, in Iaeger, W.Va., he was the son of Robert E. and Maxine (England) Lee.
At age five, he moved from West Virginia to Columbia City and graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1971.
Eddie first began his career at International Harvester, Fort Wayne and then was drafted into the U.S. Marines.
Upon his discharge, he returned to International Harvester where he worked for five years.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Thomas J. Stump, 62, a South Whitley resident, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, following a fall from the balcony of a large barn near Harrisburg, Ill.
He was born June 14, 1949, in Kimmell, a son of Samuel Lewis and Betty Jean (Palmer) Stump.
His formative years were spent in Syracuse and North Webster. He graduated from Columbia City High School.
On September 13, 1980 he married Sandra Sue â€śSamâ€ť Gaff.
They always lived in Kosciusko County, living in North Webster until 1997 when they moved to Mentone. Mrs. Stump died Sept. 1, 2002.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Phyllis E. Winebrenner-Dubea, 87, formerly of Columbia City, passed away at 11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at her sonâ€™s home in rural Bluffton.
Born Jan. 27, 1924, in Liberty Mills, she was the daughter of Robert and Evelyn (Calhoun) Fitch.
She was raised in Liberty Mills where she attended school.
Following her first marriage to Carl Winebrenner on July 29, 1941 in Paulding, Ohio, she and her husband established their home in Merriam.
Olive M. Schuman, 95, passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at her home surrounded by family.
She was compassionate, nurturing, wise, loving, and an inspiration to the lives she touched.
Olive was born June 26, 1916, the youngest of six children born to Pearl Knott and Katie Wallace.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 25 years, William M. Coyle, an infant son Dean D. Coyle and her husband of 36 years, Walter G. Schuman. She was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Lori Thomas.
CHURUBUSCO â€”Jerry Cee Reynolds, 68, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 9:49 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, after a long illness.
Mr. Reynolds was born April 2, 1943, in Angola, a son of Jessie C. and Bernice Maxine (Rose) Reynolds.
He spent his formative years in Angola, graduating from Angola High School in 1961.
Following his service in the U.S. Army, he worked as a machinist, beginning at General Electric in 1970 and retiring in 2000 as the owner of REM Corp.
On May 16, 1964 he married Chloe (Showalter) Reynolds in Angola.
Phyllis A. Holloway, 73, a resident of Fort Wayne and formerly of Blue Lake near Churubusco, passed away at her home and was found on Friday afternoon, Oct. 21, 2011.
She had been in declining health for some time, but her death was unexpected.
Mrs. Holloway was born in Fort Wayne Nov. 4, 1937, a daughter of Robert and Hazel (Lopshire) Claymiller, and spent her formative years there.
On July 10, 1964, she was married in Fort Wayne to John E. Holloway.
The couple lived there for a period, and had lived at Blue Lake near Churubusco for 10 years, returning to Fort Wayne in 1986.
Frederick D. Schrader, 90, of Columbia City, passed away at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born on July 9, 1921 in Columbia City he was the son of Raymond Earl and Francis Marie (Nei) Schrader.
He served in the US Army Air Force during World War II. He was married to Mary C. Combs on Sept. 5, 1964, by Pastor Marion Shroyer in Columbia City.
He was a farmer and was a foreman and planner for General Electric, Fort Wayne.
His memberships included the American Legion Post #98 and Eagles Lodge #1906 both of Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” John Robert Walter, 92, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at his home. He had been in failing health since May, 2011.
John Robert was born Dec. 27, 1918, in Essex County, Ontario, Canada where his father was working for the Ford Motor Company in Windsor.
He was a son of Albert â€śSisâ€ť and Chloe Myrtle (Taylor) Walter.
In 1919, his family moved to Columbia City.
His school years were spent in Columbia City where he was involved in football, track, basketball and baseball.
AVILLA â€” Patricia Opal Reed, 82, of Avilla, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at Provena Sacred Heart Home.
Mrs. Reed was born in Kendallville April 14, 1929, to the late Clifford John Barker and Opal Daisey (Helmer) Becker.
She graduated from Kendallville High School in 1946 and married Jack Phillip Reed Aug. 24, 1947, at the Wayne Center United Methodist Church near Kendallville.
Pat was a bookkeeper and was employed with Parker Nivens Chevrolet in Kendallville for 18 years.
She also assisted Ron Everage when he began Everage Motor Sales in Stroh.
Elnora L. Norris, 71, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:05 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Canterbury Rehab, Fort Wayne.
Born March 21, 1940, in Huntington County, she was the daughter of Edward P. and Bessie H. (Rupley) Schenkel.
She grew up in Andrews and moved to Whitley County in 1975.
She graduated from Andrews High School with the Class of 1958.
On June 10, 1961 she married Brent L. Norris in Andrews. She retired from Precision Plastics, Columbia City in 2001.