Stephen Abshire, 65

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 “Nita” 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 “Nita” (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. Abshire’s memory, log on to