Merle Stienbarger, 91

Merle F. Stienbarger, 91, of Churubusco, passed away at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at home in Churubusco.Mr. Stienbarger was born June 6, 1922, in Brimfield, a son of Walter Samuel and Geneva (Cler) Stienbarger. He spent his formative years in Allen County, and graduated from Huntertown High School.On Jan. 15, 1941, he was married in Columbia City to Eunice Willene Jones, and moved to his present farm in Eel River Township in 1954.He was a lifelong Eel River Township farmer, was employed as an independent contractor, and also worked at McCoy Lumber.Mrs. Stienbarger preceded him in death June 28, 2003.Surviving relatives include a son, Dewayne M. (Helen) Stienbarger of Churubusco; granddaughter, Lanette (Kregg) Jones of Churubusco; grandson, Bill (Christine) Stienbarger of Huntertown; special friend, Irene Trimble of Churubusco; brother, Clare (Alice) Stienbarger; two sisters, Marguerite (Bud) Means and Betty (Will) Huett; great-granddaughter, Danielle (Dave) Rex of Churubusco; two great-grandsons, Wade and Wyatt Stienbarger both of Huntertown; step-great-grandchildren, Kirsten and Andrew Allman both of Huntertown; and his companion, Tom Cat.He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Stienbarger; a sister, Ann Baker; and a great-granddaughter, Gabby Jones (Feb. 7, 2014)Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Timothy Grable officiating. The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, or one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Allen County, with a white dove release.For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco Park Score Board Fund for Gabby Jones or Sugar Grove Church of God.To leave an online condolence for the family, log on to