Archive - Obituary
Dr. William Leroy Walker, 78, of Winona Lake, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 at 10:17 p.m. at his residence in Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake.
He was born Jan. 4, 1932 in Flagler, Colo. to Roy Fred Walker and Jeanette (Teter) Walker. On June 27, 1954 he was married to Donna Jean Troyer, who survives.
Alma A. Snyder, 95, of Winona Lake, died at 1:18 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 at Kosciusko Community Hos-pital in Warsaw.
She was born Aug. 7, 1915 in Ash Hill, Mo. a daughter of James M. and Manda B. (Wells) Simpson. She completed her education in Fisk, Mo.
On Aug. 1, 1936 she was united in marriage to George W. Snyder. They made their home in Pontiac, Mich. before moving to Columbia City in 1945. In 1981 they returned to Missouri. Mr. Snyder died Aug. 5, 1984. In 1987 Alma moved to Warsaw.
Ralph E. Ervin, 61, of rural Columbia City, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
He was born March 23, 1949 in Huntington, a son of Thomas W. and Barbara Rosetta (Garrison) Ervin. He was married to Joann Cavicchioni who preceded him in death.
He is survived by a son, James Ervin; a sister, Linda Webber and a brother William Ervin.
The funeral service will be held 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with visitation from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.
Josephine C. Ostermeyer, 94, formerly of Loon Lake, died at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she was admitted Nov. 26.
She was born June 4, 1916 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Joseph and Carrie (Harmon) Laisure. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from South Side High School.
On Sept. 25, 1938 she was united in marriage to Frederick H. Ostermeyer. They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1950 when they moved to Loon Lake. Mr. Ostermeyer died Oct. 24, 2003.
She worked at Columbia City Utilities for numerous years.
Anna Margaret Swihart, 94, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born on April 15, 1916 in Elgin, Ill. she was a daughter of Peter H. and Phoebe Helen (Farney) Bahr. She married Ralph Jacob Swihart.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Davis and Eleanore Bodenhamer; a son, Leroy Swihart; and brother, Dr. Robert Bahr.
Bernice L. Sheets, 84, of Columbia City, died at 9:24 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was admitted Dec. 11.
She was born Jan. 1, 1926 in Seymour, a daughter of Louis William Henry and Martha Lisetta Elisa (Petering) Terkhorn. She graduated from Seymour High School and received her degree in nursing from Lutheran School of Nursing in 1947.
On Sept. 27, 1947 she was united in marriage to Harold E. â€śGeneâ€ť Sheets. They made their home in Columbia City. Mr. Sheets died Nov. 29, 2006.
Sinia Faye Hatcher of Leesburg passed away at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 at Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake, at the age of 78.
She was born Dec. 27, 1931 in Viper, Ky. to Henry Adams and Pattie (Cody) Adams.
Survivors include her husband, Clarence Hatcher; four daughters, Jean E. Sturgill, Jacqueline VanScoik, Kathleen Kilbourne and Vicki Holle; six sons, Darrell Hatcher, Larry Hatcher, James Hatcher, Rick Hatcher, Nick Hatcher and Steven Timothy Hatcher; and one sister, Ellon â€śJohnnyâ€ť Fugate.
Joan S. Shropshire, 86, passed away Dec. 10, 2010.
She was born Feb. 5, 1924 in Columbia City, to the late Edgar and Mary Strouse. A graduate of Stephens College, she moved to Indianapolis in 1954.
Joan was employed in administration and retail sales, was a member of Womenâ€™s Architectural League of Indianapolis and Tri Kappa, and performed volunteer work for the American Red Cross.
Her greatest joys were her family, her animals, golf and IU basketball.
Joan is survived by her daughters, Anne Shropshire and Linda (Dan) Ennis, and grandchildren, Kristin and Kyle Ennis.
Eugene Deck, 57
July 18, 1953 â€” Dec. 11, 2010
Eugene Lyle Deck, age 57, of Rome City, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 8:10 a.m.
Born on July 18, 1953 in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Ralph and Vada I. (Smeltzer) Deck.
Blanche Bockelman, 89
Feb. 5, 1921 â€” Dec. 12, 2010
Blanche E. Bockelman, age 89, of Columbia City, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.
She was born on Feb. 5, 1921 in Union Township, Whitley County to Benjamin and Ethel Marie (Beeching) Wigent.