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Barbara Lee Courtney: 1965 – 2015

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Courtney, Barbara Barbara Lee Courtney, 49, of Avilla, passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Courtney was born on November 25, 1965 in Gary, Indiana, a daughter of Jerry L. Griffin and Janet (Harper) Ihnat. She spent her formative years in Chesterton, and graduated from Chesterton Senior High School in 1983.

On February 14, 1985 she was married to Durand Courtney.

She was employed at Verizon, and retired in 2003. She also worked for Smith-Green Community Schools as a Substitute Teacher. She was dedicated to students of all ages.

Mrs. Courtney attended Sugar Grove Church of God.

The surviving relatives include her husband Durand Courtney of Avilla; a son, Karsten Courtney of Avilla; her mother Janet (John) Ihnat; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father Jerry Griffin and her brother, Robert L. Griffin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Sugar Grove Church Of God, with Pastor Timothy Grable, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, or one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be held at a later date

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Sugar Grove Church of God.

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Martha (Tomlinson) Bushong 1926 – 2015

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Bushong, Martha_0001 (2)Martha (Tomlinson) Bushong, 88, of Albion, passed away at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Northridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.

Mrs. Bushong was born on November 2, 1926 in Hillsdale County, Michigan, a daughter of Charles Mory and Mary (Tucker) Wilkins. She spent her formative years in Churubusco, and graduated from Churubusco High School on April 24, 1944.

She was married to John C. Tomlinson on May 1, 1946 in Churubusco. He preceded her in death on March 2, 1983

On November 2, 1985 she was married in Albion to Harold Bushong, and moved from Rome City to Albion.

She was employed at GTE for 10 years, and retired from N.E. Indiana Title, Albion.

Mrs. Bushong was a member of Merriam Christian Chapel Church and attended Rehoboth Community Missionary Church.

The surviving relatives include her husband Harold Bushong, of Albion; three sons, Steve (Diane) Tomlinson of New Haven, John (Wendy) Tomlinson of Fort Wayne, and James (Susan) Tomlinson of Nolensville, TN; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by her son, David Tomlinson; four sisters, Lenna Ferguson, Fannie Whittaker, Elma Garrison, and Edna Addis; two brothers, Frank Wilkins and Dawson Wilkins.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Merriam Christian Chapel Church, with Pastor Jon Stoltzfus, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Merriam Christian Chapel Church from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, or one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Merriam Christian Chapel Church or Rehoboth Community Missionary Church.

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Evelyn Maxine DiGregory: 1918 – 2015

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

DiGregory, Maxine_0001 (2)Evelyn Maxine DiGregory, 96, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of Alfred DiGregory, passed away at Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Miller’s Merry Manor at Oak Pointe in Columbia City following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. DiGregory was born on August 31, 1918 in Thorncreek Township in Whitley County, a daughter of LeVerr (Gaff) Shanabarger, and was educated in the Churubusco and Huntertown schools.  On April 22, 1950 she was married in Fort Wayne to Alfred DiGregory and lived there until moving to their present home south of Churubusco in 1962.

Employed at General Electric in Fort Wayne, she retired as a winder there after 24 years, and was past president of its Elex Club.

She also a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, its United Methodist Women, and was named the United Methodist Women’s Woman of the Year in 1982.  In addition, both she and her husband were awarded the Whitley County “Heart of Gold Award” in 1997.

The surviving relatives include her husband Alfred “Al”, to whom she was married for over 65 years; and 19 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by three brothers Guy Shanabarger, Con Shanabarger, and Jack Shanabarger; and by two sisters Ilene Waters and Fern Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Monday, May 18, 2015, in Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker, officiating.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 5 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service Monday morning.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Churubusco Youth Foundation.

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Bette Jean Owen: 1934 – 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Owen, Bettie_0001Bette Jean Owen, 80, a resident of rural Albion and widow of Dale F. Owen, passed away at 5:47 p. m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.  She had been in declining health for the past one and one-half years.

Mrs. Owen was born in Noble County on June 8, 1934, a daughter of Fred L. and Jessie A. (Becker) Clouse.  She spent her formative years on the family farm in Green Township, and graduated from Albion High School with the Class of 1952.  Upon completing her education she was employed at The Lincoln Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne, and was married at Green Center on September 11, 1954 to Dale F. Owen.  Bette was a lifelong resident of Green Township.

Previously employed at Dana Corporation in Churubusco for two years and later at the Green Center School cafeteria, she was employed in the offices of Dexter Axle in Albion for 17 years, retiring from human resources there in 1999.

A member of the Green Center United Methodist Church, she was also a member of its United Methodist Women and the Green Township Homemakers.  In her leisure time she had enjoyed a variety of travel experiences, volunteering at the Green Township Community Center, and most especially loved and cherished her friends and family.

Her husband  had preceded her in death unexpectedly on March 18, 1989.

The surviving relatives include her three children Barbara (Dan) Davis, Daryl L. Owen, and Jeffrey F. Owen, all of Albion; two brothers David (Judy) Clouse of Jackson, Mich., and Hershel (Mary) Clouse of Inver Grove Heights, Minn; her grandchildren Jared (Kelly) Davis, Janelle (Elliott Brown) Davis, Derick Owen, Kyle Owen, and Brent Owen; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Walter Clouse in 2007.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Green Center United Methodist Church with Pastors John Schell and Nancy Fergusson, officiating.

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

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Green Center United Methodist Women or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

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Bobbie M. Poynter: 1934 – 2015

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Bobbie M. Poynter, 80, of Albion, passed away at 5:50 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Poynter was born on December 8, 1934 in Alexandria, a son of Roy and Fontella (Garman) Poynter. He spent his formative years in Alexandria.

He was retired from Ormsby Trucking, but drove for several company’s over a 25 years period.

Mr. Poynter enjoyed fishing, but loved trucking.

The surviving relatives include three sons, Bobbie (Linda) Poynter of Fort Wayne, Curtis “Butch” (Kelley) Poynter of Corunna, Tate Poynter of Albion; two daughters, Rosemarie (Orla) Lehman of Lagrange and Teresa Poynter – Hoffman of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Sharon (Ron) Wilson, Joyce (Ron) Luecke, and Donna Fisher; ten grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Roy Poynter and Fontella Hollar; and a brother Harry Poynter.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Chaplain Ann Lantz, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Parkview Home Health and Hospice.

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