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Stephen J. Abshire, 65, a resident of Columbia City and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at 3:14 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He had been seriously ill since last August.
Mr. Abshire was born March 28, 1947, in Bloomington, a son of Roy E. and Dorthea L. (Stagg) Abshire and spent part of his formative years in Brown County. He moved to Tipton as a teenager and graduated from Tipton High School in 1966.
On Nov. 20, 1981, he was married in Churubusco to Bonita â€śNitaâ€ť Romine. The couple lived in Fort Wayne, Churubusco and Yoder before moving to their present home in Columbia City in 2007.
Employed as a bus driver for CitiLink in Fort Wayne for 10 years, he retired in 2007, due to ill health.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Waynedale, the American Legion and the Amalgamated Transit Union 682.
The surviving relatives include his loving wife Bonita â€śNitaâ€ť (Romine) Abshire; his two daughters, Corina (Steve) Fletcher, of Hartford City and Linda (Robert) Law, of Washington, W.Va.; a stepson, Jamey (Courtney) Gordon of Westfield; his mother-in-law, Edith M. Romine, of Knapp Lake; a sister-in-law, Linda (John) Barrett of Churubusco; a nephew, Bobby Abshire of Marion and seven grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Judith Ricks; his father-in-law, Leo E. Romine, on July 7, 1979, and a sister-in-law, Beverly Jean Gordon on June 17, 2008.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Corinne Boruff-Stucker, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 5 p.m. on Thursday until the time of the service.
Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 1130, Fairfax, Va. 22038-1130.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Abshireâ€™s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net