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Thad T. Shank: 1925 – 2014

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Shank, Thad_0001Thad T. Shank, 88, a resident of LaOtto, passed away at 7:18 a. m. on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.  He had been in declining health since December.

Mr. Shank was born in Green Township in Noble County on November 21, 1925, a son of Fred and Blanch (Lock) Shank, and spent his formative years near LaOtto in Swan Township.

As a young man he served with the U. S. Navy  and was married in Churubusco on June 26, 1945 to Bettie Cobbs.  Mr. Shank spent all of his adult life in LaOtto, and was employed by Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne for 39 years, retiring from there as an inspector in 1986.

He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaOtto, Avilla American Legion Post, and the Untied Steel Workers.

The surviving relatives include his wife Bettie, to whom he was married for 69 years; a daughter Sheila (Daniel) Cape of Auburn; a son Mark (Deborah) Shank of LaOtto; two brothers Wilbur Shank of Churubusco and Clyde (Janice) Shank of Fort Wayne; a sister Marilyn (Tom) Felzer of Seattle, Washington; three grandchildren Suzanne Shearer, Jeffrey Coons, and Thad Coons; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Floyd Shank and Orthel Shank; and by a sister Betty.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Lane Burgland, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Thursday morning.

Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN  46814

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Dean Herbert Doctor 1934 – 2014

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Doctor, Dean Portrait

Dean Herbert Doctor, 80, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 1:55 am on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Towne House in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Doctor was born on July 16, 1934 near Hoagland, a son of Herbert and Irmgard (Albersmeyers) Doctor. He spent his formative years on a farm near Hoagland, and graduated from New Haven High School in 1952.

On April 26, 1957 he was married in Lake Twp. to Joan Byerley, and moved to Lake Twp. where he had engaged in farming.

He was also employed at Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne, and retired in 1992 after 40 years.

Mr. Doctor was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lake Twp., he also belonged to the Arcola Lions Club.

He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, farming, his church, and especially his family.

The surviving relatives include wife of 57 years, Joan Doctor of Fort Wayne; son, Dr. Douglas D. (Kristyn) Doctor of South Bend; two daughters, Katherine (Michael) Doseck and Denise (Bradley) Hess both of Fort Wayne; three granddaughters, Madeline and Allison Doctor, and Hayley Doseck; five grandsons, Zachary Doctor, Logan Doseck, Evan, Micah, and Mason Hess; two sisters, Patricia (Delmar) Gerbers and Colleen (Donald) Stalter both of Fort Wayne; brother, Kenneth Doctor of Fort Wayne; a sister-in-law, Betty Doctor of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother David Doctor and a sister Linda Doctor.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Township, with Pastor Darrol Heggen, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Church from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm Sunday, or one hour prior to the service. There will be a Lions memorial service at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Burial will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. John’s Lutheran Church building fund, or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

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Richard D. Carpenter: 1933 – 2014

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Carpenter, Dick PortraitRichard D. Carpenter, 80, a resident of Fort Wayne and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at 8:50 a. m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Englewood Health & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Carpenter was born in Fort Wayne on July 21, 1933, a son of Cloid and Margaret (Ellingwood) Carpenter, and spent his formative years there.  On June 14, 1952 he was married at Ege to Dorothy A. “Dottie” Sullivan.  The couple spent several years of their marriage in Churubusco before moving to Fort Wayne 20 years ago.

Employed for 33 years at Peter Eckrich in Fort Wayne, he retired from Klink Trucking, Inc. in Fort Wayne in 2008 after 22 years there.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, and had been a member of the Meat Packer’s Union.  He always enjoyed his work and the people there.  He has left a legacy of a strong work ethic that will continue for yeas to come.  In his leisure time he enjoyed playing cards, all types of music, and dancing.  He will long be remembered as a person who enjoyed pleasing others and as a man who loved and cherished his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Dorothy “Dottie” Carpenter, to whom he was married for 62 years; his children Theresa Teders, Erin Hazelett, Michael Carpenter, and Carma (Charles) MacPherson, all of Fort Wayne, and Patrick (Amy) Carpenter of Churubusco; four foster children Thomacine Dohrman, Mary North, Chris Percy, and Lynette Bohnstedt; a sister Mary Sifuentes of Princeton, Texas; two brothers Rev. Harry (Patricia) Carpenter of Montgomery, Texas and Lester (Sharon) Carpenter of Onalaska, Texas; a sister-in-law Mary Jane Oakes of Fort Wayne; 32 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Evelyn Bodle and Madaline Fusselman; two brothers Cloid Carpenter and William Carpenter; and by a grandson Richard Arthur Teders.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a. m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1101 S. Lafayette St., with Father Jeff Largent, the celebrant.

The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 2 to 8:30 p. m.  The Holy Rosary will be recited at 8 p. m. Wednesday at the church.  There will also be visitation from 9 to 10:45 a. m. Thursday at the church prior to the funeral mass.

Interment will be in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to Ave Maria House, St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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George L. Kirkpatrick: 1933 – 2014

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Kirkpatrick, George_0001George L. Kirkpatrick, 80, a resident of rural Albion, passed away at 12:30 p. m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the family residence in Jefferson Township.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was born on November 19, 1933 in Green Township, a son of Earl and Florence (Rodian) Kirkpatrick.  He spent his formative years in that area and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1951.

On September 6, 1954 he was married at Ege to Barbara Jean Crooks of Churubusco.  The couple lived all of their adult lives in Jefferson Township near Albion, and had resided at their present home since 1961.

Employed at Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne for 37 years, he retired from there as a test driver in 1989.  He and his wife had also operated a PlasterCraft business out of their home since 1979.

He served as the secretary for many years of the National PlasterCraft Association, and in his leisure time enjoyed hunting, puzzles, camping, mowing, and most especially loved and cherished his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Barbara Jean, to whom he was married for over 59 years; his six children Randy (Chris) Kirkpatrick of Ligonier, Steve (Dee Dee) Kirkpatrick of Albion, Tim (Janet) Kirkpatrick of Greenfield, Carol (David) Richter of Albion, Dennis (Jennifer) Kirkpatrick of Albion, and Ginny (Todd) Jenkins of Fort Wayne; a brother Robert Kirkpatrick of Albion; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Edna Bixby and Mary Herendeen; and by four brothers Edward Kirkpatrick, Frank Kirkpatrick, John Kirkpatrick, and Charlie Kirkpatrick.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Regan Ford, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Saturday morning.

Interment will be in the Rehoboth Cemetery, south of Albion.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana or Chain-0-Lakes Park for Stanley Schoolhouse.

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Shayne Nicole LeFever: 1974 – 2014

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

LeFever, Shayne_0001Shayne Nicole LeFever, 39, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 2:19 p. m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  She had been taken there earlier in the day after collapsing unexpectedly at her home.

Ms. LeFever was born on August 17, 1974 in Columbia City, and was a lifelong resident of Churubusco.

As a young woman she had been employed at BRC in Churubusco, had worked at Al’s 33 Club, and also worked as a bartender at the Lucky Lady in Churubusco.

The surviving relatives include her mother Kathy D. LeFever of Churubusco; her father Alvin Mullins of Saylersville, Kentucky; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her only brother Dustn LeFever on April 25, 1995.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Lane Burgland, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Thursday morning.

Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks the memorials be directed to defray funeral expenses.

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