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Donald W. Eckert 1940 – 2014

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Donald W. Eckert, 74, of Albion, passed away at 7:30 am on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at North Ridge Nursing Home in Albion.

Mr. Eckert was born on May 1, 1940 in Fort Wayne, a son of Russell and Jeanie (Zell) Eckert. He spent his formative years in Columbia City, and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1958.

On September 3, 1983 he was married in Auburn, to his high school sweetheart Barbara Bittner, and moved to his current home in Albion in 1995.

He retired from United States Air Force in 1979 after 20 years. He was also employed at various auto parts stores.

Mr. Eckert was a life time member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post #157.

He loved his Ford Mustang and was proud of his service to his Country.

The surviving relatives include wife, Barbara Eckert of Albion; his children, Christina (Doug) Hensley of Albion, Lisa (Ken) Baker of New Haven, Tracie Eckert, Debbie (Kevin) Johnson both of Fort Wayne, and Rick (Christy) Kanis of Churubusco; a sister, Barbara (Lynn) Knisley of Churubusco; seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson Timothy Allen Johnson

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Green Center United Methodist Church, with Pastor John Shell, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, or one hour prior to the service.

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

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Emanuel “Snick” Geiger 1912 – 2014

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Geiger, snick_0001Emanuel “Snick” N. Geiger, 102, of Churubusco, passed away at 5:10 pm on Monday, September 22, 2014 at his home in Churubusco.

Mr. Geiger was born on January 16, 1912 in Rome City, a son of Emanuel A. and Matilda (McCoy) Geiger. He spent his formative years in Churubusco.

On April 17, 1929 he was married in Churubusco to Mabel Marie Cotton.

He was a long time Smith Township Farmer, also drove school bus, and was an antique dealer.

Mr. Geiger attended Blue River Church of the Brethren and taught Sunday school at the United Brethren Church.

His spouse preceded him in death on August 14, 1996.

The surviving relatives include sons, Gene (Polly Bruch) Geiger of Columbia City, Paul Lee (Marlene) Geiger of Churubusco, Junior (Jenny) Geiger of Huntington, and DeLynn (Lori Tilden) Geiger of Warsaw; daughters, Bonnie (Glen) Nicodemus of Churubusco, Darlene (Dale) Delanoy of Columbia City; a daughter – in – law, Nancy Geiger of Churubusco; 25 grandchildren, 67 great grandchildren, and 36 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Emanuel A.and Matilda (McCoy) Geiger; a son Melvin Geiger; brothers, Forest, Orlando, Murray, and Tonny Geiger; Sisters, Mable Gordon, Ollie Lohrei, Velma Shivley, and Dorothy Gause; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday at Blue River Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Craig Alan Myers, officiating.

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

Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Allen County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Blue River Church of the Brethren or Gideon’s.

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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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