Archive - Obituary
July 11th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dr. Richard L. Minear, 84, of Columbia City, died at 5:45 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where he had been a resident since March 2010.
He was born April 16, 1927 in Fort Wayne, a son of Ralph R. and Minnie K. (Mantz) Minear. He spent his lifetime in Columbia City, graduating from Columbia City High School.
He then graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis.
During World War II, he served in the United States Navy.
He was honorably discharged in 1946.
On June 26, 1949 he was united in marriage to Lois M. Braun.
FORT WAYNE â€” Robert D. Poffenberger, 58, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday, July 7, 2011 at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born June 18, 1953 in Fort Wayne, a son of Robert E. and Lenore M. (Varner) Poffenberger.
With the exception of four years in Ligonier, he spent his formative years in Columbia City.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1971 and continued his education at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
He was employed at Monsanto for six years and Food Marketing Corp. for more than 25 years.
Thomas Robert â€śBudâ€ť Davidsen, 85, of Cromwell, died July 6, 2011 at 2:10 a.m. at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born May 12, 1926 to Thomas Martin and Alvena (Petersen) Davidsen in Kosciusko County.
He married Marjory Orcutt Feb. 2, 1951.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjory, of Cromwell; five sons, Robert Davidsen of Jackson, Mich., Steven Davidsen of Indianapolis, James Davidsen of Noblesville, Michael Davidsen of Cromwell, Kevin Davidsen of Cromwell; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Martha K. Shaffer, 86, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:02 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011 at The Oaks in Columbia City.
Born Jan. 25, 1925 in New York City, she was the daughter of Ellsworth G. and Florence (Harris) Samo.
She attended Walton High School, New York City. On Feb. 28, 1947, she married James N. Shaffer in Towson, Md.
In 1947, she moved to Rochelle Park, N.J. where her five children were born.
Between 1963 and 1971, she lived in Ramsey, N.J., Verona, N.Y., Bettendorf, Iowa and Pittsburgh. She worked her adult life as a devoted housewife and loving mother.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Shirley J. Gumm, 74, wife of Donald E. Gumm, a resident of Shriner Lake near Columbia City and formerly of Churubusco, passed away July 5, 2011 at 10:22 a.m., at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient since June 24.
Mrs. Gumm was born in Hampton, Ga. Dec. 17, 1936, a daughter of Esco and Fannie (Womac) Kent, and spent her formative years in Dalton, Ga.
FORT WAYNE â€“ Phillip E. Mattingly Sr., died at 8:20 p.m. July 5, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 7, 1934, to James and Eunice Mattingly in Lexington, Ky.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
Surviving relatives include his daughters Linda Wallace, Brenda Kay Berkes, Eunice Lyons, and Sarah Berkley; sisters Mary Brooks and Ollie Alford; 17 grandchildren and 37 greatâ€“grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his wife Alma Jo Mattingly, parents, a son, and a brother, James Mattingly.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. â€” Gary Lee Butler 70, died at his residence in Port Charlotte, Fla. June 29, 2011.
He was born July 9, 1940 in Allen County to Wayne and Vada (Woodward) Butler and came to Port Charlotte from Fort Wayne 32 years ago.
He was a police officer, working for the town of Churubusco before retiring to Florida. He also worked as a body shop manager for International Harvester.
Butler was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and past member of the Kiwanis.
Harold E. Snyder, 84, of Dayton, Ohio, died Sunday, July 3, 2011 at the VA Medical Center in Dayton.
He was born June 22, 1927 to Otis D.E. and Rosa I. (Ebersole) Snyder in Columbia City.
He graduated from Larwill High School with the Class of 1945.
He joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict from 1945-1947.
Survivors include his daughter, Karen Bandelier of Columbia City; sons, Carl Snyder of Nappanee and John Snyder of Antwerp, Ohio; daughter, Brenda McCormick of Bourbon; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sandra S. Sauers, 57, of Columbia City, died at 2:32 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Thursday, June 30.
She was born Jan. 20, 1954 in Columbia City, a daughter of Foy F. and Ruth R. (Witmer) Sauers.
Her formative years were spent in Larwill and she graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
She made her home at Knapp Lake and Pierceton before returning to Columbia City in 1990.
She was employed at Alcoils, retiring from Colfax with over 20 years of service.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tyler A. Andreas, 17, of Columbia City, died suddenly on Sunday, July 3, 2011 due to a previously unknown heart condition.
He was born Oct. 18, 1993 to William and Michele Andreas.
He had just completed his junior year at Columbia City High School where he was an active student, playing on the football team as a corner back, wide receiver, and running track.
He served as treasurer for both the Key Club and the National Honor Society. He was an academic tutor and loved his community and served as a volunteer for many various charitable events.