Archive - Obituary
October 25th, 2011
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Junelle A. Luther, 86, of Columbia City, died at 4:09 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she was admitted Thursday, Oct. 13.
She was born May 5, 1925, in Union Township, Whitley County, a daughter of William Thomas and Ione J. (Tucker) Perry.
Her formative years were spent in Union Township, with the exception of a short time in Auburn. She graduated from Coesse High School.
On June 29, 1946, she was united in marriage to Leonard E. Luther. They made their home in Washington Township, Whitley County.
Lyle R. Bailey, 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:55 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born on Feb. 16, 1947 in Huntington, he was the son of Walter R. and Mary Jane (Bailey) Bailey.
Lyle spent his childhood in Huntington, graduating from Huntington High School with the Class 1965 and then entered the U.S. Army, serving from 1966-1968.
He spent most of his adult lifetime in Huntington, moving to Big Lake in 1987 then moved to Columbia City and to his present home in 2010.
Ralph P. Zeigler, 85, of Churubusco, passed away peacefully in his barn on the Zeigler family farm at 12:48 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.
Born April 25, 1926, in Smith Township, Whitley County, he was the son of Jessie and Lillie F. (Prough) Zeigler.
A lifetime resident of Whitley County, he graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1945.
On Oct. 5, 1946, he married V. Dolores Nicodemus at First Church of God, Columbia City.
A general farmer, he worked at Newhouser Hatchery, Fort Wayne and Farm Bureau Co-Op, delivering fuel oil for 17 years.
FORT WAYNE â€” Vivian G. Mohler, 89, of Fort Wayne, died at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 at Golden Years Homestead, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident since Oct. 3.
She was born Aug. 13, 1922, in Harrington, Kan., a daughter of Homer B. and Hilda Mae (Magley) Reider.
As an infant, her family moved to Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School.
On March 2, 1941 she was united in marriage to Elmer E. Mohler.
They made their home in Columbia City until December, 2001 when they moved to Fort Wayne.
Mr. Mohler preceded her in death March 31, 2002.
LIGONIER â€” Evelyn I. Fritz, 96, of Ligonier, died at 3:50 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Avalon Village, Ligonier where she had been a resident since 2009.
She was born Oct. 13, 1915, in Whitley County, a daughter of Joseph and Grace (Bennett) Cunningham.
Her formative years were spent in the Larwill area.
She completed her education at Larwill High School.
In 1947, she married A.A. â€śAquillaâ€ť Marker.
They made their home south of Etna. Mr. Marker died July 1, 1968.
She later married Ralph Fritz. They made their home in South Whitley.
Mr. Fritz died in 1983.