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Kimberly R. Davis 1976 – 2014

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Davis, Kim_0001Kimberly R. Davis, 38, of Churubusco, passed away at 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Davis was born on January 13, 1976 in Chesapeake, Virginia, a daughter of Glenn Ferguson and Glory Shelmadine. She spent her formative years in Chesapeake, Virginia.

She was married in Chesapeake, Virginia to Robert Davis, and moved from Virginia to Churubusco where she had lived for the last five years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family.

The surviving relatives include two daughters, Khailee B. and Kourtnee M. Davis both of Churubusco; a son, Khaleb F. R. Davis of Churubusco; mother, Glory (Max) Shelmadine of Churubusco; father, Glenn Ferguson of Chesapeake, VA.; sister, Kelly Ferguson of Chesapeake, VA; two brothers, Kevin (Tracie) Ferguson of Chesapeake, VA. and Randy (Mandy) Shelmadine of St. Louis, MO.; maternal grandmother, Betty Brinkley.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents and her maternal grandpa.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Steven Pulley, officiating.

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

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to her children C/O Robert Davis.

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Mary Alice Gray: 1919 – 2014

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Gray, Mary_0001Mary Alice Gray, 94, a resident of Churubusco and widow of John C. Gray, passed away at 12:50 a. m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  She had been taken there on Sunday from the Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.

Mrs. Gray was born on November 28, 1919 in Smith Township, a daughter of Thomas Carl and Maude Elizabeth (Bennett) Gaff, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1937.

On June 14, 1941 she was married in Wolf Lake to John C. Gray, and was a lifelong resident of Churubusco.

She worked as a teacher at the Churubusco United Methodist Pre-School for eight years, and for 12 years was employed as a security officer at L. S. Ayres in Fort Wayne, retiring from there in 1985.

She was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, and in her leisure time enjoyed playing Euchre and Bingo.  She will also long be remembered as an expert cook and baker.

Mr. Gray preceded her in death on January 2, 1969.

The surviving relatives include her children Connie (Bill) Reeder of Fort Wayne, and Ann (Gary) Gordon and Robert E. (Kathy) Gray, both of Churubusco; three brothers John (Arlene) Gaff of Columbia City, Raymond L. (Katie) Gaff of Muncie, and Leonard “Jake” (Linda) Gaff of Huntertown; two sisters Barbara (Ray) Leitch of Danville, Iowa and Shirley Stamp of Churubusco; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by three brothers Thurlo “Frog”, Roger, and Carl E. Gaff; by three sisters Willodean Kirkpatrick, Ilene Gordon, and Nevah Fulk; and by a grandson L. T. Halt, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker, officiating.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Friday from 4 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service Saturday morning.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Presence Sacred Heart Home for Activities, Avilla.

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Ray E. Ashbaugh: 1918 – 2014

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Ashbaugh, Ray_0001Ray E. Ashbaugh, 96, a resident of rural Fort Wayne and long-time Lake Township farmer, passed away at 7:55 a. m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne where he had been a patient for the past eleven months.

Mr. Ashbaugh was born on May 19, 1918 in Van Wert, Ohio, a son of Alva and Marvel (Shaw) Ashbaugh, and spent his formative years there.  He was married in Van Wert in 1943 to Helen M. Craft and moved to Lafayette Township in Allen County in 1945 where he lived until moving to his present farm home in Lake Township in 1957.

He spent all of his adult life engaged in farming.  He was a member of the Lake Chapel United Methodist Church, and had served on the board of directors for the Allen Dairy for many years.

Mrs. Ashbaugh preceded him in death on November 30, 2007.

The surviving relatives include two sons Don (Judy) Ashbaugh of Fort Wayne and Larry (Cynthia) Ashbaugh of Columbia City; a daughter Sue (Mark) Loebert of Roanoke; two sisters Pat Hardy of Roanoke and Betty Tracey of Grover Hill, Oh; a brother Dana Ashbaugh of Florida; five grandchildren John Ashbaugh, Lori (Paul) Nunley, Melissa (Larry) Ice, Amy (James) Goodwin, and Ben (Megan) Ashbaugh; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother Carroll Ashbaugh.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Friday, September 19, 2014, in the Lake Chapel United Methodist Church, 8205 Butt Rd., with Pastors Donna Gammon, Harold Klinker, and Marilyn Dunton, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Thursday from 4 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood, Ohio.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Lake Chapel United Methodist Church, 8205 Butt Rd., Fort Wayne, IN  46818

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Dorcas J. Pressler: 1933 – 2014

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Pressler, Dorcas PortraitDorcas J. Pressler, 81, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Donald “Tod” Pressler, passed away at 1:54 a. m. on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages Pine Valley in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.

Mrs. Pressler was born on August 22, 1933 in Green Township in Noble County, a daughter of Ted and Carnie (Herron) Pippenger, and spent her formative years on the family farm there.

On July 16, 1949 she was married in Merriam to Donald J. “Tod” Pressler, and had lived in the Churubusco-area all of her adult life.

Employed at General Electric in Fort Wayne, she retired from there after 39 years.  She was a member of Believer’s Bible Fellowship in Churubusco. She enjoyed spending winters in Ruskin, Florida and during the summer months enjoyed her cottage on Lake George.  In her leisure time she enjoyed flower gardening, fishing, visiting with friends, and especially loved her grandchildren.

Mr. Pressler preceded her in death on April 12, 2011.

The surviving relatives include her daughter Diana (Bill Swinehart) Liechty of Churubusco; three brothers Jim (Carolyn) Pippenger, and Ted (Terri) Pippenger, both of Churubusco, and Dan (Linda) Pippenger of Gibson Fla; three sisters Esther Anderson of Churubusco, Ruth Pressler of Columbia City, and Naomi (Paul) Coats of Fort Wayne; her grandchildren David Liechty of St. Joe, Lori (Jacob) Black of Naperville, Ill., and Kristina (Greg) Zelt-Reynolds of Leo; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son Douglas Pressler; and by three brothers Dave L. Pippenger, Paul Pippenger, and Phillip Pippenger.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Monday, September 15, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Robert C. Siegrist, pastor of Believer’s Bible Fellowship, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 5 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Monday morning.

Interment will be in the Blue River Cemetery, Whitley County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Believer’s Bible Fellowship, 316 N. Main Street, Churubusco, Indiana  46723; or to the donor’s choice.

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Susan D. Gering 1961 – 2014

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Susan D. Gering, 53, of Churubusco, passed away at 5:05 pm on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.

Miss. Gering was born on May 15, 1961 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Don and Virgina (Mudrack) Gering. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne, and graduated from Wayne High School in 1979.

After high school she moved from Fort Wayne to Churubusco where she had lived for since 1979.

She was employed at Alliance Games, Fort Wayne.

The surviving relatives include two brothers, Danny (Janie) Gering of Fort Wayne and Dennis (Jeannine) Gering of Churubusco; Several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a great niece.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, or one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Ege Catholic Cemetery, Ege.

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

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