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Darwin R. Sievers, 64, of Fort Wayne, died at 3:13 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Vibra Hospital. He was born April 24, 1948, in Wolf Lake, a son of Russell E. and Evelyn L. (Schrader) Sievers.
His formative years were spent in Columbia Township. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School, received his bachelorâ€™s degree in English and history from Ball State University and his masterâ€™s degree in education from Ball State University.
On July 18, 1970, he was united in marriage to Joan D. Stuver. They made their home in Columbia Township for a year, before moving to Albion until 2002 when they moved to Fort Wayne.
He was employed at Central Noble High School from 1970 until 2010. In addition to instructing English, history and government, he was the sponsor for National Honor Society, the junior class and prom. He also instructed English Composition at IPFW for 22 years.
In addition to dealing antiques, he ran the family mowing business for 25 years.
His memberships include Agape Church of the Brethren, where he participated in the choir and accordion band; Albion Lions Club and Noble County Public Library Board, where he formerly served as president and was instrumental in the building of the new library.
He was church organist at Oak Grove Church of God, First Baptist Church in Columbia City, and Asbury United Methodist Church in Albion. He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church handbell choir for 20 years and directed Bear Lake Church of God Camp.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Joan; a son, Chad R. Sievers of Indianapolis; a daughter, Amanda J. (Dan) Shepherd of Fort Wayne; twin grandchildren, Ethan and Emma Bartkus; a brother, Leonard (Laura) Sievers of Columbia City and mother-in-law, Jane Stuver of Fort Wayne.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Agape Church of the Brethren, 11610 Lima Rd., Fort Wayne, with visitation at 10 a.m. The burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will also be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Preferred memorials are to Agape Church of the Brethren or Noble County Public Library. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.