Archive - Obituary
Elaine Marie Stanley, 82, of Columbia City, died at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at The Oaks Living Center where she had been a resident since Dec. 21.
She was born March 8, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio a daughter of Clarence and Renata (Buenzel) Spoerke. Her formative years were spent in Ohio. She graduated from high school in Canton.
On Sept. 6, 1952 she was united in marriage to Charles B. Stanley. They made their home at Little Cedar Lake until 1955 when they moved to a farm on 300 South.
A homemaker, she worked part-time at Culligan and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Betty Lou Boehme, 85, of Columbia City, Ind., died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at her residence on Crooked Lake. Born Sept. 1, 1925 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of George and Reve (Bowers) Kiser.
She attended the Fort Wayne public school system and worked at Magnavox for a short time until her marriage to Eugene A. Boehme Jan. 29, 1948. The couple made their home in Fort Wayne until they moved to Crooked Lake in 1981. She was a member of the Big Lake Church of God, a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary at Wolf Lake and the American Legion Auxiliary in Albion.
Treva Opal Rex, 104, of Ligonier, widow of Roy Rex, died Jan. 25, 2011 at her residence of natural causes. Born March 30, 1906, she was a daughter of Orson O. and Cora Belle (Gibson) Marshall.
Survivors include a son, James L. Rex, and two daughters, Betty Jane Tuvell and Mary Lou Poyser.
Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South in Ligonier. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Chaplain Ken Weaver officiating, Burial is in the Oak Park Cemetery in Ligonier.
Marie A. Diffendarfer, 84, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Homer A. Diffendarfer, passed away at 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She had suffered an apparent brain hemorrhage on Thursday, and had been hospitalized since that time.
Mrs. Diffendarfer was born in Smith Township Aug. 16, 1926, a daughter of Roy and Florence Alice (Raypole) Gordon. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco-area, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1944.
Joe W. Yoder, 71, retired Whitley County Consolidated School teacher, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 19, 2011 in Cape Coral, Fla. after battling cancer for nine months. He taught many years at the Marshall Middle School.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Dee of Cape Coral; a son, Michael (Lynn Hoffman) Yoder of Green Bay, Wis.; a daughter, Shannon (Richard) Berry of Salt Lake City, Utah; and three grandchildren, Jacob, Abigail and Elliott Berry.
A local celebration of life is being planned in June at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Lucille B. Keck, 87, formerly of Columbia City, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at Lee Memorial Hospital in Lehigh Acres, Fla. after a lengthy battle with pneumonia and Hodgkinâ€™s lymphoma.
She was born Dec. 12, 1923 in Deadwood, S.D., a daughter of Glen L. and Bertha E. (Winckler) Witmer. When Lucille was four years old, her family moved to Indiana. She attended Washington Township School in Noble County, Etna School and graduated from North Webster High School in 1943.
David A. Benbenek, 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at Parkview North Hospital. Born in Evansville, he was a son of John and Ruth Benbenek. He was a retired Journeyman, and a member of the Local 20 Sheet Metal Workers.
William J. â€śBillâ€ť Kocher, 72 of Huntington, passed away at 2:55 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at his home. He graduated from West Rock Creek High School. He worked as a Line Operator at International Harvester/ Navistar, retiring May 31, 1996, and at Erie Department Store until they closed. He was a member of Etna Avenue Wesleyan Church.
Born Sept. 28, 1938 in Huntington County, he was a son of Paul D. and Edna L. (Veilhauer) Kocher.
Gail R. Bowman, 91, of Pierceton, IN passed away at 8:55 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born Sept. 1, 1919 in Decatur, to Charles A. and Velma O. (Lenhart) Bowman.
He was married to Betty L. Weicht who preceded him in death. He was a World War II Navy Veteran.
Survivors include a son, Samuel E. Bowman; and a brother, Jim Bowman.
Lee J. â€śJoeâ€ť Perry, 87, of Columbia City, died at 11:03 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at Canterbury Nursing & Rehab, Fort Wayne where he had been a resident for the past year.
He was born Jan. 22, 1924 in McKinley Township, Taylor County, Wisconsin a son of Lee J. and Mayme B. (Smith) Perry Sr. In 1934 his family moved to Union Township, Whitley County. He completed his education at Coesse High School.
On Oct. 26, 1943 he was inducted in the United States Army Railroad Battalion, serving in the European Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged Feb. 14, 1946.