Archive - Obituary
October 3rd, 2013
Donald â€śJackâ€ť Coffelt, 72, of Columbia City, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Christine; daughters, Helena (Fred) Palmer, Julia (Chris) Sheckler and Carol (Eugene) Christman; stepchildren, Jennifer, Julie, Douglas and Brian; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
To honor Mr. Coffeltâ€™s wishes, there will be no visitation or service.
Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.
Arrangements were entrusted by DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Drive Funeral Home.
Michael Andrew Kilander, 66, a resident of South Whitley, died at 10:57 a.m. Tuesday at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he had been taken earlier by the E.M.S. He had been in failing health.
He was born March 10, 1947, in Wabash, a son of Kenneth L. and Effie Mae (Lee) Kilander.
His formative years were spent in Wabash. He attended Wabash High School.
On July 14, 1965 he entered into the U. S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge Aug. 1, 1966.
Ricky J Kline, 53, of Indianapolis, and formerly of Ligonier, passed away Sept. 29, 2013.
He was born on May 31, 1960, the son of Oscar Edward and Marguerite Irene (Randol) Kline.
Surving relatives include his wife, four children, one grandchild, and three siblings.
A funeral service will be held Thursday 2 p.m. at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South; Ligonier. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery in Ligonier.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be given to the family for his son Patrickâ€™s education.
William â€śBillâ€ť T. Tarleton, Jr., 88, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:35 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Born March 6, 1925, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, he was the son of William Sr. and Florence B. (Thompson) Tarleton.
He lived in Akron, Ohio, then to Fort Wayne before moving to Whitley County in 1969.
He attended Brown High School in Cambridge, Ohio and received his GED with the Military and National Radio School in Cleveland, Ohio.
He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Korean War.
Waundean Stangland, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Sunday Sept. 29, 2013.
Born Feb. 17, 1926, in Wolf Lake, she was the daughter of Neil and Loleta (Haney) Hile.
She attended and graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1944.
On June 9, 1945, she married Robert Stangland at Merriam Christian Chapel, Merriam.
Prior to her retirement, she and her husband worked in the Columbia City area and raised their children on the family farm in Etna Troy Township.
She most recently attended West Point Trinity United Methodist Church.
David A. Kuehner, Sr., 72, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at his home in Columbia City.
Mr. Kuehner was born Feb. 27, 1941 in Fort Wayne, a son of Joesph and Lenora (Wynnican) Kuehner.
He spent his formative years in Fort Wayne, and graduated from Central High School in 1959.
On June 18, 1974, he was married in Fort Wayne to Martha Scott, and moved from Fort Wayne to Columbia City where he had lived since 1975.
He was employed at Dana Corp. Syracuse, and retired in 2004 after 30 years of service.
Mr. Kuehner was a member of the UAW local 1405.
Donald Paul Curtis, 79, of Columbia City, died at 2:55 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Tuesday.
He was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Fort Wayne, a son of Wayne Bernard and Mildred Miriam (Eber) Curtis. His formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He graduated from North Side High School.
A truck driver, he began his employment with Kroger, later establishing the Baerfield Travel Trailer business.
Cheryl A. Druley, age 47, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:41 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, after becoming suddenly ill at her residence.
Born Aug. 21, 1966, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Lloyd Owen and Jayne (Fry) Druley.
She was a graduate of Columbia City High School with the Class of 1984 and she attended IPFW, Parkview Nursing School and lastly Ivy Tech in Warsaw.
Cheryl spent most of her lifetime in Columbia City, however she did live in Texas, Germany and Warsaw.
Susan Sharpe, 59, of Huntington, passed away at 4:03 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at her home.
Susan was the owner of Canine Companion for more than 12 years. She was a certified service dog and therapy dog trainer. Susan was a columnist for The Post & Mail. Her expertise on animal behavior was published twice a month.
Susan was born Jan. 16, 1954, in Wabash County, the daughter of Donald and Wanda (Morford) Dreyer.
She graduated in 1972 from Huntington North High School. Susan married Ronald Sharpe Nov. 23, 1977, in St. Charles, Missouri.
Russell Lowell Fisher, 86, of Tri Lakes, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 24, 2013, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born Aug. 25, 1927, in Spring Grove, Indiana a son of Preston B. and Elizabeth C. (Miller) Fisher. His formative years were spent in Richmond. He graduated from Richmond High School and attended Earlham College.
From 1945 until 1948 he served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps.
In 1951, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Cail. They made their home in Richmond until 1956 when they moved to New Castle.