Archive - Obituary
January 14th, 2011
Ronald Hugh Hile, 81, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 3:43 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at his residence. Born Nov. 4, 1929, he was a son of Harold B. and Ruth L. (Enyeart) Hile.
The majority of his lifetime was spent in Whitley County where he attended school. He proudly served in the United States Air Force. On July 14, 1949, he married Ada Belle Herron in an outdoor wedding at his parentsâ€™ home. In 1980, he retired from Dana, Fort Wayne, with 30 years of service. His memberships included Tri-Lakes Baptist Church and the former Tri-Lakes Racing Association.
Marthann â€śMarthaâ€ť Meyers, 85, of Warsaw, passed away at 3:45 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at her home following an extended illness.
Betty I. Gaff, 85, a former resident of Churubusco and more recently of Columbia City, passed away at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital. She had been a patient there since Dec. 31.
Ms. Gaff was born April 23, 1925 in Churubusco, a daughter of Roy and Alice (Hull) Gaff. She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1943, and was a lifelong resident of Churubusco until moving to Columbia City one year ago.
Upon completing her education, she became employed at General Electric in Fort Wayne and worked there for 44 years, retiring in 1985.
Marsha Colleen Schinbeckler, 61, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:48 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital. Born Aug. 29, 1949 in Indianapolis, she was a daughter of Marshall C. and Gayle M. (Brumbaugh) Schinbeckler.
Lois Eleanor Kissinger-Mossman, 97, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 at her residence. Born July 2, 1913 in Whitley County, she was a daughter of Orland James and Ada May (Nei) Hurd.
Donald A. Schwenn, 81, passed away Jan. 8, 2011. He was born Nov. 28, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wis. to Walter and Helen Schwenn.
He proudly served in the United States Army. After his discharge from the military, he moved to Minneapolis/ St.Paul, Minn. In 1960, he moved to Columbia City. There he owned and operated Viking Inc. for 55 years.
Louise Hershey Daily, 87, of Columbia City, died at 6:25 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since September 2001.
She was born Aug. 29, 1923 in Churubusco, a daughter of Dr. Ernest A. and Mary Elizabeth (Coldren) Hershey. A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she graduated from Churubusco High School and completed nurses training at St. Joseph Hospital.
A registered nurse, she worked at the VA Hospital in Fort Wayne, J.I. Case in Churubusco, R.R. Donnelly & Sons, Columbia City Nursing Home and Millerâ€™s Merry Manor.
George Lewis Sitts, 67, of Columbia City passed away at 2:25 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born June 9, 1943 in South Whitley, he was a son of Wayne and Irene Elizabeth (Salesman) Sitts.
He lived his entire lifetime in Whitley County and the past two years at his present home. He attended Warsaw schools. On Nov. 28, 1963 he married Wanda Kay Brown in Columbia City. He was a retired diesel mechanic for Serv-All in Fort Wayne and enjoyed driving and building race cars and was an avid fisherman.
Marjorie Madeline Krider Thompson, 88, formerly of South Whitley, died at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
She was born June 7, 1922 in Topeka, Kan., a daughter of Chauncey and Dessie (Anderson) Hurd. As a young child her family moved to Whitley County. She attended school in Larwill and graduated from Larwill High School.
Lucy (Bojrab) Surber, 89, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of the Rev. Herman E. Surber, passed away at 9:52 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Life Care Center in Fort Wayne. She had been in failing health for some time, and had been a patient there for the past year and a half.
Mrs. Surber was born Aug. 9, 1921 in Eel River Township, a daughter of Samuel and Libby (Slyby) Bojrab. She was the widow of the Rev. Herman E. Surber.
Surviving relatives include her daughter, Suzanne K. Surber; a sister, Mary Bojrab; two brothers, Norman Bojrab, Sr. and George Bojrab.