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Samuel Sherm Keirn, 17, of South Whitley died peacefully with his mother at his side during a doctor visit in Fort Wayne, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
He was born Nov. 28, 1996 in Columbia City to Sherm S. and Diana L. (McNamara) Keirn. He was a life-long resident of South Whitley. He completed his elementary education at South Whitley and Whitko Middle School and was a junior at Whitko High School.
An active and vibrant member of his special needs class, he was planning on attending the Whitko prom with his five dates. He had attended the Whitko Fall Formal. A nine-year member of 4-H, he loved raising rabbits and ducks. He participated in 4-H Bicycles and Junior Leadership. One of his rabbits brought one of the highest auction bids for a rabbit in Whitley County 4-H history of $4,000.
He attended Collamer Christian church where he was active in the Kidâ€™s Club.
He is survived by his parents, Sherm and Diana; his grandparents, Mike and Nel McNamara of Albion and William and Cindy Keirn of Columbia City; his aunts, Dana (Bobby) Bering of Fort Wayne and Debbie (Joshua) Norris of Wolcottville, his uncles, Doug (Amy) McNamara of Wolcottville and Ben Keirn of Grand Rapids, Mich.; cousins, Shelby, Allison and Cole Bering, Rhett and Delia Norris, Grace, Catie, Audrie Lynn, Kaia and Abbie McNamara and four Keirn cousins, Carter, Griffin, Nash, and Claire.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Collamer Christian church, 5850 S. CR 900 W., South Whitley with Pastor David Wagner officiating. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley and one hour prior to the service at the church.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Whitley County 4-H Council, Sam Keirn Memorial.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.