Archive for the ‘Obituaries & Condolences’ Category

Fredrick E. Ringler: 1951 – 2014

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Ringler, fredrick_0001Fredrick E. Ringler, 62, of Kendallville and formerly of Tri-Lakes, passed away at 11:30 p. m.  on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Ringler was born on October 5, 1951 in Fort Wayne, son of Ryan and Thelma (Lapp) Ringler.  He spent his formative years in Huntertown, and graduated from Carroll High School in 1970.

On March 24, 1971 he was married in Fort Wayne to Cynthia Crance. The couple lived in Huntertown for a period of time but spent most of their marriage at Tri-Lakes.  They had lived in Kendallville since 2006.

He was employed at Sheperd’s Automotive in Kendallville as a auto painter, and retired in 2007.  In his free time he enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.

The surviving relatives include wife Cynthia Ringler of Kendallville; two daughters Karli (Robert) Hendry and Kassandra (Jeremy Pequignot) Ringler, both of Columbia City; six sisters, Ellen Clair of Churubusco, Suzanne (Gary) Seagers of Wintergarden, Fla., Margaret Jackson, Cindy (Steven) Getty both of Fort Wayne, Carolyn (Ron) Gephart of Decatur, and Jeanette (Clifford) Crance of Tri-Lakes; two grandsons Brandon Hendry and Sidney Severit; and four granddaughters Ashley Ringler, Mackenzie Hendry, Lucy Severit, and Elizabeth Severit.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ryan and Thelma (Lapp) Ringler.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Corinne Boruff-Stucker, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 6 p. m.  Sunday, or one hour prior to the service Monday morning.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Cervices of Northeast Indiana.

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Virginia Truitt 1922 – 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Truitt,Virginia_0001Virginia Truitt, 92, of Albion, passed away at 9:23 am on Monday, August 4, 2014 at North Ridge Village in Albion.

Mrs. Truitt was born on June 20, 1922 in Kegley, West Virginia, a daughter of Frank and Drucie (Privette) Sizemore.

She was married in Princeton, WV to Ray William Truitt, and moved from Princeton, WV to Marion, where she had lived since 1957.

She was retired from Foster Forbes as a selector.

Mrs. Truitt was a member of the Calvary Worship Center in Marion, and was a part of the Ministry of Helpers.

The surviving relatives include daughter, Drucilla (Richard) Biddle of Albion; a sister, Jerry (Tom) Priest of Florida; four grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by her four brothers Harold, Glenn, Ben, and Jack Sizemore; two sisters, Madeline Tucker and Beatrice Clark.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 pm Thursday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday.

Burial will be in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion.

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Ross H. Clouse 1923 – 2014

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

CLOUSE_PORTRAITRoss H. Clouse, 91, a resident of Churubusco, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 10:44 p. m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at his home following an extended illness.

Mr. Clouse was born on April 10, 1923, a son of Harmon and Martha (Riddle) Clouse. He spent his formative years on the family farm in Green Township in Noble County and graduated from Churubusco High School.

On December 31, 1943 he was married in Churubusco to Evelyn Budd, and lived all of his adult life in the Churubusco-area.

He retired as a machinist from Dana Weatherhead Division in Columbia City. He had also been engaged in farming in Green Township, and had operated Clouse Excavating Service.

He was a faithful member of the Merriam Christian Chapel, and took an active part in the Smiling Sam’s RV Club.

The surviving relatives include the widow Evelyn, to whom he was married for over 70 years; his daughters Charlene (Mike) Zeigler and Earlene Klein, both of Churubusco; a son Rev. Larry (Josefina) Clouse of Nashua, New Hampshire; a son-in-law Gary E. Craig of Churubusco; 21 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter Denise Marie Craig on December 22, 2010; by a brother Willis R. Clouse; and by a sister Mary Glass.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Monday, August 4, 2014, at the Merriam Christian Chapel.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Merriam Christian Chapel Missions Fund.

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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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