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OBITUARIES - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2001
CAROLYN S. BICKFORD, 54, died Tuesday at home. Born in Barbourville, Ky., she retired in 1999 as manager of Bi-Rite gas station in Rock Spring, Wyo. She also had owned Rocky Mountain Janitorial. Surviving are three sons, Michael Colley of Fort Wayne, Scott Colley of Auburn and Daniel Colley of Rock Springs; a daughter, Tracy Bickford of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Pete Honeycutt of Rock Springs and Steve Honeycutt of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Judy Payton of Fort Wayne and Linda Honeycutt of Rock Springs; and 10 grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Burial in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Memorials to Cancer Services of Allen County.
CHARLES A. "CHUCK" BRIGGS, 64, died Wednesday at home. Born in Coesse, he retired in 1997 as a sales manager from Standard-Shank Heating & Air Conditioning. He was an Army veteran. He was past patron of the Waynedale Chapter 600 of the Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are his wife, Joni; a daughter, Tammy Oetting of Hoagland; a son, Curt A. of Fort Wayne; a sister, Margaret Kauffman of Columbia City; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, with an Eastern Star service at 7:15 p.m. and Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Burial in Union Township Cemetery, Coesse, with military graveside services by the American Legion, Waynedale Post 241. Memorials to Parkview Home Health Care & Hospice or Waynedale Lodge 739, F&AM.
DORA BROCK, 74, died Monday at home. Born in Harlan County, Ky., she was a waitress with Dick's Diner for 18 years. Surviving are three daughters, Wanda Brock of Fort Wayne, Wilma Holland of Fontana, Calif., and Teresa Smith of Markle; a son, Kenneth W. of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Polly Taylor of Bledsoe, Ky., Bessie Caldwell of Stoney Fork, Ky., and Johnnie Brock of Wallins Creek, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman, and a son, Elisha Lynn. Services at 2 p.m. Friday at Third Street Church of God, 427 Third St., with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to the church or Cancer Services of Allen County.
LUTHER LEE HARMAN JR., 44, died Tuesday at home. Born in Van Wert, Ohio, he worked at National Serv-All. Surviving are two sisters, Roberta Christlieb and Cheryl Booher, both of Fort Wayne; and his stepfather, Richard Hilton of Fort Wayne. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells St. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Fort Wayne.
GERTRUDE E. LOOMIS, 70, died Monday at home. Born in Goshen, she retired from Elco Tap after 15 years. Surviving are her husband, Stanley H.; two sons, Rodney F. Butler and Michael H., both of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Vicki R. Peake of Fort Wayne; two stepdaughters, Linda S. Reichard of Jacksonville, Fla., and Pamala J. Young of Ogden, Utah; a stepson, Steven H. Loomis of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Francis Zimmerman of Elkhart, Lucille Brubaker of Goshen and Mary Andrews of Middlebury; two brothers, Leroy Hoke of Nappanee and James Hoke of Elkhart; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. today at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice Inc. or to Cancer Services of Allen County.
DONALD E. ORMISTON, 75, died Wednesday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. Born in Fort Wayne, he retired in 1983 as a truck driver from J.R. Trucking after 25 years. He was a World War II and Korean War Marine Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy L.; three sons, Steve of Colorado, Donald Jr. of Fort Wayne and Bruce of Frankton; two daughters, Pam Young of Colorado and Sophia L. Paetz of Fort Wayne; a stepson, John E. Sutherland of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mary Griffith of Fort Wayne; a brother, John of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mungovan & Sons Memorial Chapel, 2114 S. Calhoun St. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to donor's choice.
WILLIAM E. SEDAM, 71, died Jan. 16 at St. Joseph Hospital. He was born in Cincinnati. Surviving are a nephew, John Schafer of Cincinnati; and a sister, Rosemary Sterbling of Cincinnati. No services or calling. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
GERALD A. SHAFFER, 68, of Cadillac, Mich., formerly of Fort Wayne, died Monday. He worked for the Fort Wayne Police Department, Jim Kelley Buick, Hefner Chevrolet and Don Ayres Pontiac. He was a veteran. Surviving are his wife, Allies; two daughters, Kristi and Shelley; a stepdaughter, Linda; a stepson, Joe; and a sister, Beverly. Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hitesmen Funeral Home, Cadillac, Mich. Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill or American Cancer Society Outreach Support Services.
CHARLES M. SHROPSHIRE, 83, died Wednesday at home. Born in Fulton County, he retired in 1983 in electrical maintenance from Zollner Piston after 43 years. Surviving are his wife, Margie; and several nieces and nephews. Services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road. Calling from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Memorials to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Services Inc.
MAXINE ROSE GLADIEUX SORDELET, 68, died Wednesday at home. Born in New Haven, she was a homemaker and the co-owner of Master Cleaners for 25 years. Surviving are her husband, Russell; five sons, David, Terrence, Jeffry and Daniel, all of Fort Wayne, and Robert of New Haven; two daughters, Rebecca Henry Buchanan and Jeanne Kensill, both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mary Jane Fletcher of Fort Wayne; a brother, James Gladieux of Fort Wayne; and 23 grandchildren. Prayers at 10 a.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4916 Trier Road. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with vigil at 8:30 p.m. Calling also an hour before prayer services at the funeral home. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to the church or Parkview Home Health Care & Hospice.
HERMAN L. "JACK" BRAUN, 86, died Tuesday at Woodcrest Nursing Home, Decatur. Born in Adams County, he was a Washington Township farmer and retired in 1976 from General Electric after 19 years. Surviving are his wife, Mary Margaret; a son, Ronald L. "Butch" of Van Wert, Ohio; four daughters, Karen Loshe of Bluffton, Barbara Gase and Rosie Hill, both of rural Decatur, and Lois Fisher of rural Monroe; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Prayer services at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Decatur. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with rosary at 4 p.m. and Moose services at 8 p.m. Burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Decatur. Memorials to St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund.
LOYAL R. YODER, 86, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Allen County, he retired in 1976 as an over the road driver from Fruehauf Trailer and was also a farmer. He had served as the Perry Township trustee from 1975 until 1982 and also as an emergency medical technician for the Huntertown Volunteer Fire Department. Surviving are his wife, Ruby; a daughter, Shirley Meighen of Fort Wayne; a son, Larry of Goshen; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Huntertown United Methodist Church, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Memorials to the church, Huntertown Volunteer Fire Department or Acres Land Trust, Fort Wayne.
WALTER GLENN STULTS, 93, died Tuesday at Norwood Nursing Center, Huntington. Born in Huntington, he formerly owned a number of businesses in California and was active in ranching and politics. He also worked in the metropolitan newspaper business. He was a World War II Army veteran. His first wife, Eugenia, died in 1966, and his second wife, Florence, died in 1988. Surviving are a daughter, Glenna Jean "Gee Gee" Mainini of San Miguel, Calif.; three grandsons; three nieces, including Phyllis Melick of Kokomo; and three nephews. Services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Deal-Robbins & Van Gilder Huntington Chapel. Calling one and a half hours before services. Burial in Clear Creek Cemetery, Huntington. Memorials to Salvation Army in care of Deal-Robbins and Van Gilder Huntington Chapel, 338 E. Washington St., Huntington, IN 46750.
KELVIN S. "STUE" STONER, 72, died Tuesday at home. Born in Cromwell, he was formerly employed at Maple Leaf Farms in Milford. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Wanda; a stepdaughter, Bess Stetler of Syracuse; a stepson, Richard Doerscher of North Webster; seven step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Karol Hull of Mishawaka and Katherine Longenecker of Middlebury; and a brother, William of Cromwell. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eastlund Funeral Home - Harris Chapel, Syracuse. Calling two hours before services. Burial in Indian Village Cemetery, Cromwell, with military graveside services.
MITCH D. TACKITT, 39, died Tuesday at Whitley Memorial Hospital, Columbia City. Born in Columbia City, he was currently employed at Superior Precision in South Whitley and formerly employed at Tackitt Painting in Fort Myers, Fla. Surviving are his wife, Pam; four children, Courtney Gawthrop, Jeremiah Gawthrop, Caley Tackitt and Jenna Tackitt, all of South Whitley; his parents, Larry and Linda Tackitt, both of South Whitley; a brother, Steven of Fort Myers, Fla.; and his grandmother, Alma Dimmick of South Whitley. Services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial in South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials to Caley and Jenna Tackitt.
SAM LEE BAKER, 54, died Tuesday at home. Born in Wabash, he was a manager in the ordering department at Ford Meter Box for 37 years. Surviving are his wife, Margaret; his mother, Helen Baker of Wabash; a sister, Barbara Marshall of Lagro; and a brother, Rick of Lagro. Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, Wabash. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Memorial Lawns Cemetery. Memorials to Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.
MICHAEL G. KISSANE, 77, died Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw. Born in Glencraig, Scotland, he was an electrician at Dana-Weatherhead Corp. in Syracuse. He was a World War II Navy veteran. His first wife, Mary, died in 1980. Surviving are his wife, Ruth; a son, Michael J. of Warsaw; and two granddaughters. Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with rosary at 7:30 p.m. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
HARRY M. BOLLENBACHER, 72, died Tuesday at home. Born in Mercer County, he retired from the Goodyear plant in St. Marys. His wife, Louise, died in 1990. Surviving are three sisters, Bernice Fahncke and Clara Brinkman, both of Celina, and Martha Deitsch of Coldwater. Services at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial in Tomlinson Cemetery, Mendon. Memorials to Celina Area Visiting Nurses Hospice.
VIOLET V. GRAHAM, 95, died Wednesday at home. She and her husband had owned and operated Joe & Vi's Cottages and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle shop, both in Celina. Surviving are several nieces and nephews; and her caregivers, Robert and Evelyn Weitz. Services at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina. Calling from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial in Swamp College Cemetery, Celina. Memorials to St. Marys Home Health Care.
JAMES HUBERT HALE, 69, died Tuesday at home. Born in Dante, Va., he was a millwright at General Motors in Defiance for 35 years. He was a Korean War Marine veteran. Surviving are his wife, June; four daughters, Terry Taylor of Defiance, Kathy Hale and Lisa Hale, both of Hicksville, and Vickie Holcomb of Sherwood; two brothers, Ira and George, both of Lebanon; two sisters, Madeline McCoy and Frances Rynes, both of Castlewood, Va.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Antwerp, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial in Lost Creek Cemetery, Farmer. Memorials to the church or Williams County Hospice.
DONALD E. KIRKENDALL, 69, died Monday at Community Hospitals of Williams County, Bryan. Born in Putnam County, he retired in 1994 after 42 years in road construction with Operating Engineers Local 103 in Fort Wayne as a heavy equipment operator. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Betty J.; two daughters, Linda Busch of Wauseon and Dawn Robison of West Unity; two sons, Terry M. of Pioneer and Mark of Wiesbaden, Germany; three brothers, Lewis and Rolland, both of Pioneer, and Dale of Montpelier; two sisters, Pauline Alpaugh of Pioneer and Wava Oser of Louisville, Ky.; and seven grandchildren. A son, Steve A., died in 1984. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Home, Pioneer. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial in Floral Grove Cemetery, with graveside military rites by Pioneer veterans. Memorials to Williams County Cancer Assistance, the oncology department at Community Hospitals of Williams County or donor's choice. Arrangements by Thompson Funeral Homes, Pioneer.