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Patricia J. Rectanus, 84

January 29, 2015

March 10, 1930 — Jan. 17, 2015
Patricia J. Rectanus, 84, of Fort Wayne, and formerly of LaGrange, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Englewood Nursing and Rehab Center in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Rectanus was born March 10, 1930 in Fort Wayne to Wayne and Emma (Riggs) Gaylord.
In 1978 Mrs. Rectanus moved to Big Turkey Lake in LaGrange County from Fort Wayne. She worked for many years as a department manager at the former Miller’s Department Store and Mr. Wiggs in Fort Wayne.
On April 3, 1946 in Angola, she married John P. Rectanus; he preceded her in death Jan. 17, 2005.

Gene Boggs, 62

January 29, 2015

Jan. 18, 1953 — Jan. 24, 2015
Gene “Gene-O” Boggs, 62, of Grantsville, Utah passed away Jan. 24, 2015. He was born Jan. 18, 1953 in Whitley County to Kenneth M. and Alice Eileen (Sheets) Boggs and was raised there until he decided to “head west” and move to Utah in 1992.
Gene was a Harley enthusiast; he loved working on his motorcycles and his big rig on the weekends as well having a beer with his friends at The Dead Dog Saloon.
He was an owner operator of his own trucking company GT Transport.

Idamae L. Deem, 82

January 28, 2015

June 18, 1932 — Jan. 26, 2015
Idamae L. Deem, 82, a former resident of Churubusco and widow of Harold L. Deem, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at Miller’s at Oak Pointe in Columbia City following an extended illness.
Mrs. Deem was born June 18, 1932 in Craigville in Wells County, a daughter of Merlin L. and Clara H. (Chandler) Ernst. She spent her formative years in Allen, Mich. and graduated from Quincy High School in 1950.

Kenneth M. Bohnstedt, 59

January 28, 2015

Feb. 1, 1955 — Jan. 27, 2015
Kenneth M. Bohnstedt, 59, a resident of Fort Wayne and a native of Churubusco, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at the family residence in Eel River Township following an extended illness.
Mr. Bohnstedt was born Feb. 1, 1955 in Garrett, a son of Gene A. and Martha A. (Myers) Bohnstedt, and spent his formative years in Churubusco. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1974, and earned his technical certificate from Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis.

Marjorie Armstrong, 72

January 27, 2015

June 26, 1952 — Jan. 23, 2015
Marjorie P. Armstrong, 72, of Fort Wayne, died in peace Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Parkview Regional Hospital.
She was born to the late William and Alma Goelz in Decatur, June 26, 1942.
She was an RN for St. Joe Hospital for 25 years and a member of Shepherds by the Lakes Lutheran church.
She is survived by sister, Willa Mae (Walter) Stafford; brother-in-law, James (Michelle) Duckett; grandchildren, Anthony (Lauren) Duckett, Andrew Duckett and Travis Duckett; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A. Fern Porter, 86

January 27, 2015

Sept. 18, 1928 — Jan. 24, 2015
A. Fern Porter, 86, of North Webster, formerly of Huntington, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at her residence. Fern had worked for Square D in Huntington for many years. She loved camping and had camped at various locations with her husband over the years. They spent their summers at their cottage on the Barbee Lake chain and eventually moved there permanently in the late 90’s. She loved spending time with her family, especially caring for the grandkids.

Mary Ellen Roe, 54

January 26, 2015

April 30, 1960 — Jan. 25, 2015
Mary Ellen (Miller) Roe, 54, of Arcola, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at her home. She had fought and beat breast cancer from 2010 through Dec. 2013, then fought brain cancer till God called her home. Born April 30, 1960 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Keith G. and Velma I. (Gaff) Miller.
She lived her childhood in Arcola and after graduating from Carroll High School with the Class of 1978, she then moved to the Warsaw area.

Roger N. Lemon, 66

January 26, 2015

March 1, 1948 — Jan. 24, 2015
Roger N. Lemon, 66, of Loraine, died Saturday evening, Jan. 24, 2015 at his home of natural causes.
He was born March 1, 1948 in Elkhart, a son of Orda E. and Estelle L. (Swoveland) Lemon. His formative years were spent in Elkhart. He graduated from Elkhart High School and from Wabash College with a bachelors of liberal arts.
On Sept. 24, 1970 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge on Sept. 23, 1976, he made his home in Indianapolis and Zionsville.

Forrest Zumbrun, Jr., 79

January 26, 2015

April 13, 1935 — Jan. 20, 2015
Forrest (Punk) Wilbur Zumbrun, Jr., 79, died Jan. 20, 2015 in Gainesville, Fla. following a brief illness. He was born April 13, 1935 in Columbia City.
He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956; he then graduated from The University of Findlay, Ohio in 1960.
He married Patricia Marie Bohn, Oct. 29, 1960.

Sharon L. Casey, 78

January 26, 2015

Feb. 16, 1936 — Jan. 23, 2015
Sharon L. Casey, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City. Born Feb. 16, 1936 in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Orval E. and Joy E. (Hivley) Cole.
Sharon graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1954 and attended Morehead State College in Morehead, Ky. After college, at the age of 22, Sharon’s mother passed away so she came back home to finish raising her four siblings.

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