Archive - Obituary
November 3rd, 2011
Gene V. Williams, 71, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Columbia City.
Born in Allentown, Pa. March 13, 1940, Gene worked as an engineer with GTE.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed Ham radio, (W9JBD), fishing, restoring antique automobiles and was a former president of the Fort Wayne Historical Automobile Association.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sandra Joan Rarick, 70, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Inc., Columbia City.
Born Jan. 21, 1941, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of George A. and Opal (Snyder) Fahl.
She was a lifetime Whitley County resident and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1958.
She worked at Dana Weatherhead, Columbia City as a production worker for 17 years. On March 12, 1991, she married Richard Herman Rarick in Columbia City.
Kenneth E. Sherbahn, 94, of South Whitley, passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at the Peabody Home, North Manchester.
He was born Nov. 19, 1916, in Whitley County, a son of Edgar and Nellie (Ward) Sherbahn.
He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1934. He attended Repperts Auction School in 1938 and started his lifelong career in the auction business in 1947.
On Oct. 18, 1941 he married Vera Penrod. They always made their home in the South Whitley area. Mrs. Sherbahn died Dec. 2, 1994. In 1997 he married Marie Trump, an excellent friend and companion.
FORT WAYNE â€” Richard H. Horstmeyer, 83, died at Parkview Hospital, Oct. 26, 2011.
He is a son of the late Paul and Helen Horstmeyer, born April 1, 1928, in Fort Wayne.
He is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Barbara Ann (Huber) Horstmeyer; four sons Rick (Kathleen), Gregg (Joyce), Kirk, and Markus (Judy); a brother Robert Horstmeyer (Ann); nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Joyce Meyers and Carol Bair.
The funeral will be held Saturday, at 10 a.m. at Our Hope Lutheran Church, Huntertown.
Rex Charles Humbarger, 82, of Tavares, Fla., died, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at Florida Hospital Waterman, Tavares, Fla.
Born Nov. 21, 1928, in Celina, Ohio, he was the son of the late Noah and Hazel Humbarger.
The U.S. Army veteran was a member of Holiday Mobile Park Boat Club.
He retired in 1994 as the owner/operator of King Foods after 34 years.
Richard M. Coleman, 54, of Richmond, died at 6:37 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond.
Born Dec. 7, 1956, in Allen County, he was the son of Richard A. and Ilene M. (Vaught) Coleman.
He graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1975. He was in the military.
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.