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Walter R. Mills: 1933 – 2014

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Mills, Walter_0001Walter R. Mills, 81, a resident of rural Columbia City at Tri-Lakes, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, October 29, 2014 at the family residence on Shriner Lake.

Mr. Mills was born in 1933 in Detroit, a son of Harold and Mary (Falba) Mills. He moved to Fort Wayne as a child with his parents, and was a U. S. Army veteran.  In 1954 he was married in Fort Wayne to Betty Truelove, and lived there until moving to his lake home in 1996.

He was employed at International Harvester in Fort Wayne for 33 years, retiring as a tool research engineer in 1983.

A member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco, he enjoyed fishing, living at his lake home, and most especially loved and cherished his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Betty, to whom he was married for over 60 years; his children Elizabeth (Gary) Jones of Lebanon, Mo., Michael (Candace) Mills of Columbia City, Frank (Melinda) Mills of Fredericksburg, Tx., Paul (Jennifer) Mills of Columbia City, and Patricia (Pete Vaughn) Kelley of Fort Wayne; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Joan Romine.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p. m. on Monday, November 3, 2014, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 5 p. m.  The Holy Rosary will be recited at 5 p. m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Ege Catholic Cemetery, Noble County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed for masses.

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Christopher Bratten: 1961 – 2014

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Christopher Bratten, 52, of Churubusco, passed away at 12:30 p. m. on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at home in Churubusco after a long fight with cancer.

Mr. Bratten was born on December 3, 1961 in Muncie, a son of David Bratten and Dianne (Wallace) Papenbrock. He spent his formative years in Warsaw.

Mr. Bratten was a member of the Son’s of the American Legion. He enjoyed racing and playing golf.

The surviving relatives include wife, Christy Bratten of Moore, OK; his mother Dianne Papenbrock of Churubusco; his father David Bratten of Francesville; two sons Ryan and Tyler Bratten; two daughters Miranda and Marissa Bratten; a granddaughter Brielle Bratten; his  sister Robin (Everett) Shonk of Francesville; a brother Ron (Ruby Shepherd) Bratten of Churubusco; two step-brothers Tom (Tina) Papenbrock, Jr. of Churubusco and Jon (Jennifer) Hamming of Grand Rapids, Mich.

He was preceded in death by two brothers David Lee Bratten II and Anthony Wayne Bratten; and also by his step-father Thomas Papenbrock.

Memorial services will be held at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., with Chaplin Kurt Snyder, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3:00 p. m. until the time of the service Friday afternoon.

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J. L. “Jack” Hill: 1924 – 2014

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Hill, Jack_0001J. L. “Jack” Hill, 90, widely acquainted Green Township farmer and a former resident of rural LaOtto, passed away at 8:22 p. m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at The Oaks in Columbia City.  He had been a patient there since September 5.

Mr. Hill was born on June 14, 1924 in Green Township, a son of Lee and Romona (Haney) Hill.  On November 23, 1942 he was married in Churubusco to Betty Claxton, and the couple lived most of their adult lives in Noble County.

He was engaged in farming in Green Township during his working years.

An active member of the Sugar Grove Church of God, he had served the church in a variety of capacities including serving as an elder and trustee.  In addition to his church involvement, he was a member of the Noble County Gideons and the Indiana Tractor Pulling Association.  In his leisure time he enjoyed tractor pulls, and later in life became an expert with woodworking.  He loved ice cream, and most especially loved his church and his family.

The surviving relatives include his widow Betty, to whom he was married for over 71 years; his children Judy (Tom) Womack of Dayton, Ohio, Harold (Pam) Hill of Churubusco, Doris (Jay) Pence of Columbia City, and Jonathan (Cheryl) Hill and David (Nellie) Page, both of LaOtto; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Ted Hill and Clark Hill; two sisters Anettia Sheets and Berenedean Brumbaugh Ruhl; and by a grandson Jeffery Hill.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the Sugar Grove Church of God with Pastor Timothy Grable, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Wednesday 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.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Sugar Grove Church of God, 5019 East 500 South-57, Churubusco, IN  46723

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Thelma J. Price: 1960 – 2014

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Price, ThelmaThelma J. Price, 54, a resident of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, October 26, 2014.  For the past 14 months she has courageously battled pancreatic cancer.

Thelma was born on August 25, 1960 in Ayrshire, Scotland, a daughter of Donald James and Elizabeth (Henderson) MacDonald, and spent her formative years there.  She completed her education there and also had graduated from culinary school in Scotland.

In 1992 she relocated to the United States and had lived in several areas before moving to Allen County ten years ago.  Earlier in her life she had been employed as a chef, and was last employed as a residential care giver for Easter Seals Arc-NE Indiana in Fort Wayne and also at DeBrand Fine Chocolates.

A gifted athlete, she had played professional soccer for the Women’s International Soccer Team of Scotland, and leisurely with the Lady Blues in Fort Wayne.  She had also earned her black belt in karate.  Thelma enjoyed working with young athletes, had coached the Huntertown Lions Club Soccer Teams, and had also coached the Carroll Middle School girls soccer team, winning their conference championship.

She was a member of the Huntertown United Methodist Church.

The surviving relatives include her beloved children Megan Price and David Price, both at home; her mother Elizabeth MacDonald of Ayrshire, Scotland; a brother James (Susan Sinclair) MacDonald of Castle Hill, Scotland; and a nephew Boyd MacDonald.

Her father preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. on Wednesday at Huntertown United Methodist Church, 16021 Lima Rd., with Pastor Greg Hiatt and Gabrielle Ginder, officiating.

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

For those who wish memorials may be directed to Huntertown United Methodist Church or the Huntertown Lions Club Soccer Team.

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

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Robert James Boruff: 1960 – 2014

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Robert  James  Boruff, 54, of Churubusco, passed away at 8:18 pm on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at his home in Churubusco.
Mr. Boruff was born on October 7, 1960 in Bloomington, a son of Robert and Jane (Thomas) Boruff.  He spent his formative years in Grand Blanc, MI, and graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 1978.
After high school he served in the United States Navy.
The surviving relatives include son, Jason (Angie Newcom) Boruff of Churubusco; two sisters, Cheryl (Edward) Gray of Grand Lake, MI and Julie Canaday of Burton, MI; two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Jane (Thomas) Boruff
Graveside services with Military Rites will be held at a later date.
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Boruff, Robert_0001Robert  James  Boruff, 54, of Churubusco, passed away at 8:18 pm on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at his home in Churubusco.
Mr. Boruff was born on October 7, 1960 in Bloomington, a son of Robert and Jane (Thomas) Boruff.  He spent his formative years in Grand Blanc, MI, and graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 1978.
After high school he served in the United States Navy.
The surviving relatives include son, Jason (Angie Newcom) Boruff of Churubusco; two sisters, Cheryl (Edward) Gray of Grand Lake, MI and Julie Canaday of Burton, MI; two grandchildren, Calla and Jason Boruff; four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Jane (Thomas) Boruff
Graveside services with Military Rites will be held at a later date.
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