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Robert L. Elward 1929 – 2015

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Elward, Robert_0001Robert L. Elward, 85, of Coldwater, formally of Ligonier, passed away at 3:50 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Laurels of Coldwater in Coldwater, Mi..

Mr. Elward was born on December 12, 1929 in Fort Wayne, a son of Robert and Mary (King) Elward. He spent his formative years in Fort Wayne, and graduated from Central High School in 1948.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was married on January 27, 1951 to Kate Kraus. She preceded him in death on August 19, 1987.

On April 22, 1989 he was married in Ligonier to Maxine Plummer, and moved from Ligonier to Coldwater where he had lived for the last 27 years.

He was employed at Dana, and traveled from Fort Wayne to Wisconsin and back to Syracuse starting different plants for Dana, and retired after 34 years of service.

Mr. Elward enjoyed his family, hunting, and being out on the water.

The surviving relatives include his wife Maxine (Plummer) of Coldwater, Mi; their children, Robert (Marsha) Elward of Churubusco, Debbie (Jerry) Osterholt of Roanoke, Sheryl (Patrick) Ross of Wauwatosa, WI, Steve (Colleen) Elward of White Lake, MI, Steve (Carla) Plummer, and Dan (Karen) Plummer both of Huntertown; his sister, Marilyn Eckert of Apache Junction, AZ; 19 grandchildren and 20 Great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his 1st wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Randall Elward and Jerry Elward.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Churubusco, with Father Dale Bauman, the celebrant.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, or at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.


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Carol Scott 1949 – 2015

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Carol Scott, 65, of Los Osos, Ca. passed away at 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Carol was born on November 30, 1949 in Ojai, Ca, a daughter of John and Beverly (Bauer) Scott.

The surviving relatives include a son Matthew Allie of Cayucos, Ca; a daughter Gwyn (John) Canaan of Morro Bay, Ca.; a sister, Mary Talkington of Churubusco; a grandson, Cameron Allie and a granddaughter Bella Canaan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Susan Scott.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in California.

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Christina Kaye Keyes 1969 – 2015

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Keyes, Christina_0001Christina Kaye Keyes, 46, of Churubusco, passed away at 2:15 pm on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Keyes was born on February 2, 1969 in Winamac, Indiana, a daughter of Mickey and Connie (Lowery) Baker. She spent her formative years in Rochester, and graduated from Rochester High School in 1987.

On December 16, 2009 she was married in Columbia City to Seth Keyes.

The surviving relatives include her husband, Seth Keyes of Churubusco; Her three children, Benjamin Sery of Churubuco, Isabella Keyes and Juliet Keyes both of Churubusco; two step children, Nicholas Keyes and Hilary Keyes, both of New Orleans; her parents, Mickey and Connie Baker of Rochester; two brothers, Andrew Baker of Ottawa, Il and Rodger Baker of Logansport; grandmother, Wilma Hart of Rochester; father-in-law, Daryl (Carolyn) Keyes of Roanoke, VA.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Raymond and Marie Lowery; paternal grandparents, Eugene “Curly” and Mary Ruth Baker; mother-in-law Karen Cobble.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 2:00p.m. to 7:00p.m..

Burial will be in the Richland Center I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana at a later date.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to kids education fund C/O Seth or a fund will be set up at PNC bank.


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Brooks O. Heffley: 1960 – 2015

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Brooks O. Heffley, 54, a resident of Churubusco, passed away on Thursday afternoon, August 20, 2015, at his home.  He had been in failing health for three years, but had been more seriously ill for the past year.

Mr. Heffley was born in Fort Wayne on September 1, 1960, a son of Harold D. and Helen J. (Timmerman) Heffley, and was a lifelong resident of Whitley County.  He had lived at his present home in Churubusco since 2007.

He was a self-employed carpenter for most of his adult life, and was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco.

On December 7, 2001 he was married in Wolf Lake to Chari (Skinner) Wireman.  She survives.

The other surviving relatives include his four step-children Amber (T. J.) Hargett of Gastonia, NC, Adam (Jacquie) Wireman and Ashlee (Sam) Seabold, both of Fort Wayne, and Alan (Amanda Myers) Wireman of Churubusco; two brothers Leon (Toni) Heffley of Columbia City and Robert Heffley of South Whitley; two step brothers Jeff Maloney of Huntington and Scott (Cindy) Maloney of Lebanon; and three grandchildren Ben Wireman, Elizabeth Wireman, and Logan Hargett.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Aaron Peer, pastor of Charter Oak Community Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Tuesday afternoon.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Churubusco United Methodist Food Pantry, 750 N; Main St., Churubusco, IN  46723


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A. Irene Dove: 1917 – 2015

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Dove, Irene_0001 (2)A. Irene Dove, 98, a former resident of Huntertown and widow of Paul D. Dove, passed away at 11:13 p. m. on  Monday, August 17, 2015, at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville.  She had been a resident there for the past eight years.

Mrs. Dove was born in Jefferson Township in Noble County on March 19, 1917, a daughter of Henry Arthur and Naomi E. (Penn) Pfafman, and spent her formative years near Avilla.  She graduated from Avilla High School in 1934 and was married in Noble County on June 2, 1935 to Paul D. Dove.

The early years of her marriage were spent in Noble County before moving to Eel River Township in Allen County in 1948.  She had lived most of her adult life there until moving into Huntertown in 1987.

Later in her life she graduated from St. Francis College, and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from there.  She was a teacher at the LaOtto Elementary School for 13 years, retiring from there in 1983.

A member of the Huntertown United Methodist Church, she was active in its United Methodist Women, and was also a member of the Huntertown Homemakers and the Indiana State Retired Teacher’s Association.

Mr. Dove preceded her in death on January 15, 1974.

The surviving relatives include five children L. Duane (Sarah) Dove of Santa Rosa, CA, Michael K. Dove of Philadelphia, PA, Linda (William) Archer of Schererville, Sharon (Rev. August) Lundquist of Fort Wayne; and Rick P. (Susan) Dove of Rock Hill SC; daughter-in-law Carolyn Dove of Kendallville; a sister Carole Grove of South Bend; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son Larry L. Dove; a sister Helen Flickinger; her brother Royal Pfafman; a granddaughter Deanna Breese; two brothers-in-law Gaython Flickinger and Lester Grove; and a sister-in-law Ethel Pfafman.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Huntertown United Methodist Church, 16021 Lima Rd., with Gabrielle Ginder, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11 a. m. until the hour of the service.

Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, southeast of Albion.

Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.

The family requests memorials be directed to Huntertown United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 426, Huntertown, IN  46748


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