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Ronald W. Rohrer: 1954 – 2015

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Rohrer, Ron 2_0001 (2)Ronald W. Rohrer, 60, a resident of rural Churubusco and well-known Churubusco businessman, passed away unexpectedly and was found on Monday morning, July 27, 2015 at his home in Smith Township.

Mr. Rohrer was born in Columbia City on September 22, 1954, a son of Ralph and Louise (Hitzemann) Rohrer.  He spent his formative years in Green Township and completed his education at Churubusco High School.

An auto mechanic all of his working career, he owned and operated Rohrer’s Automotive in Churubusco for most of his adult life.  Ron always had a friendly manner, and will long be remembered as a “people person.”  He had a natural green-thumb, and enjoyed gardening.

The surviving relatives include his two sisters Marilyn (Lou) Rose of Churubusco and Gloria LeBeau of Huntertown; four nephews Khris (Jodi) Royer of Columbia City, Thomas Royer and Scott (Tammy) Royer, both of Churubusco, and James LeBeau II of Huntertown; a niece Angela (Josh) Culberson of Fort Wayne; and a special friend Brenda Goodrich of Churubusco.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with a close friend Pastor Brett Sauder, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 3 to 8 p. m., or 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 the Churubusco Police Department.


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Robert D. Platz: 1927 – 2015

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Platz, Robert_0001 (2)Robert D. Platz, 87, of rural Butler and formerly of Garrett, passed away at 8:05 p. m. on Friday, July 24, 2015, at The Cedars in Leo.  He had been a patient there for the past two days.

Robert was born on December 25, 1927 in Elkhart, a son of Floyd E. and Martha Louise (Webster) Platz.  As a young boy he moved to Fort Wayne, and for 43 years worked as a farm hand for Theodore M. Bowser, Sr. of Garrett.  He retired in 1998 and moved to Butler where he resided with Theodore M. Bowser, Jr. until his recent illness.

In his leisure time he enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, and camping, and also enjoyed playing Bingo.

The surviving relatives include three siblings Betty Walker of South Bend, Paul (Linda) Platz of Edwardsburg, Mich., and Raymond (Mary) Platz of Lakeville; and his caregiver Theodore M. Bowser, Jr. of Butler and his family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife  Betty in 1970; three brothers Floyd, George, and Larry Platz; and by seven sisters Lola Blocher, Evelyn Glanders, Lenora Tribbey, Margaret Platz, Mildred Platz, Gertrude Platz, and Roberta Nation.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Cedar Creek Cemetery, south of Garrett.  Pastor David Stien of Heritage Community Church will officiate, and interment will follow.

Friends may call at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Thursday from 9:30 a. m. until 10:30 a. m.

Memorials should be directed to the funeral home to defray final expenses for Mr. Platz.


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Margaret B. Rekeweg: 1916 – 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Rekeweg, Margaret_0001 (2)Margaret B. Rekeweg, 99, a resident of High Lake near Albion and widow of Wilbur D. Rekeweg, passed away at 3:40 p. m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at her home.

Mrs. Rekeweg was born on February 6, 1916, in Ravenna, Nebraska, a daughter of Frederick and Amanda (Bohn) Stein, and spent her formative years there until the dust bowl forced her family to leave their farm.  She moved with her family to Fort Wayne in 1941 and was married in Fort Wayne on August 4, 1945, to Wilbur D. Rekeweg.  She and her husband spent much of their adult lives in Woodburn until moving to their lake home in Noble County in 1974.

As a young woman she had been employed as a cook at Concordia Theological Seminary and later worked at General Electric in Fort Wayne.  After her marriage she assisted her husband on the family farm, and was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco and in her leisure time enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing, gardening, and most especially loved and cherished her family.

Mr. Rekeweg preceded her in death on April 4, 2009.

The surviving relatives include her children Diann (Delart) Tews of New Bloomfield, Mo., Paul (Nettie) Rekeweg of Woodburn, and Glen (Christine) Rekeweg of Coldwater, Mich; a daughter-in-law Danni Rekeweg of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son Wayne Rekeweg; her sister Laura Zeller; and by three brothers Edward Stein, Rudolph Stein, and Alfred Stein.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco with Pastor Lane Burgland, 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 afternoon.

Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Woodburn.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Faith Lutheran Church, 9251 St. Rd. 205, Churubusco, IN  46723; or to the donor’s choice.


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Dennis “Hammer” Hanley: 1954 – 2015

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Hanley, DennisDennis “Hammer” Lee Hanley, 61, of LaOtto, passed away at 9:52 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Hanley was born on March 4, 1954 in Garrett, a son of Robert Hanley and Patricia (Jackson) Pitser. He spent his formative years in Swan Township in Noble County, and graduated from East Noble High School in 1972.

He engaged in farming activities and drove truck all of his adult life.

Mr. Hanley was a member of LaOtto Volunteer Fire Department and served in some capacity including as a Captain since joining in 1976.

The surviving relatives include father, Robert (Kathryn) Hanley of North Fort Myers, FL; his sister, Lauralee (Wes) Jones of Fort Wayne; two nieces, Becky (Rick) Freeman of LaOtto and Jennifer (Trisha) Hanes of Fort Wayne, two great-nieces, Aubrey and Harper Jones-Hanes.

He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Pitser.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 7, 2015 at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 6, 2015 or one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery, LaOtto.

In Lieu of flowers memorials are directed to the LaOtto Volunteer Fire Department or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.


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Edna B. Eldridge: 1930 -2015

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Eldridge, EdnaEdna B. Eldridge, 84, a resident of Roanoke and formerly of Schenectady, New York, passed away at 9:20 p. m. on Friday, July 10, 2015, at her home. Although she had been in declining health, she had been more seriously ill for the past two weeks.

Mrs. Eldridge was born on July 19, 1930 in Sycamore, Illinois, the only child of Alfred Ludwig and Gertrude Marcia (Driscoll) Butzow. She completed her high school education at St. Katharine’s High School in Davenport, Iowa, and graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1951 with a double major in French and Spanish. She had lived most of her adult life in Schenectady, New York until moving to Roanoke in 2008.

Born with a creative gift, she had been employed in publishing, real estate, and also worked as a legal secretary at Northwestern University. However, her passion was interior design, and she was self-employed as a designer for many years. Her creative expression also included being a Master Gardener, designing her own home in Roanoke, being an expert at crossword puzzles, and also a gifted linguist.

In the summer of 1982 she was married to Thomas S. Eldridge. He preceded her in death in 1988.

The surviving relatives include her children Cynthia (”Rick”) Wilson of Roanoke, Lisa (Guy) Walker of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Richard (Patricia) Bickle of Summerland, Calif; four step-children Alexander, Benjamin, Thomas, and Elizabeth Eldridge; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.

A celebration of her life will be held from 2 to 6 p. m. Sunday, July 19, 2015, at her home in Roanoke.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46814; or Roanoke Public Library, P. O. Box 249, Roanoke, IN 46783.

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


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