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COLUMBIA CITY â€” He has a zest for life. Lester Sheets also has great reverence for the dead.
Lester and Doris Sheets are retired and living in Columbia City. The young couple bought a funeral home in 1950 located on Main Street in Churubusco from Frances and Dasie Sonday.
After a stint in the military Lester graduated from embalming school in Indianapolis. He began work with Bob DeMoney and Bob Hollingsworth in Columbia City. â€śI guess what I saw as a young boy stuck with me. He and a neighbor saw a lady get hit by lightening. She turned black and we tried to revive her. The Waynedale Fire Department came and got her. She died and I never saw her again. I never forgot it and I guess thatâ€™s why I got interested in working with the dead,â€ť said Lester.
The funeral home in Columbia City was right beside the home were Doris lived. â€śHer parentsâ€™ car was parked right beside where the ambulance was parked. I always hoped she was out there when I had to get that car,â€ť he said with a twinkle in his eye.