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Robert E. “Bob” Butts, Sr: 1916 – 2014

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Butts, Bob_0001Robert E. Butts, Sr., 98, a resident of rural Wolcottville and formerly of Fort Wayne and Churubusco, passed away at 8:05 p. m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville following a brief illness.

Mr. Butts was born in Fort Wayne on February 2, 1916, a son of Carl E. and Helen (Lutz) Butts.  He spent his formative years at Klinger Lake, Michigan, and graduated from White Pigeon High School in 1934.

Bob returned to Fort Wayne in 1941 and lived there until moving to Churubusco in 1995.  He had resided with his son and daughter-in-law near Wolcottville since 2009.   During his working career he had been employed for several tool and die makers, and retired as a tool and die maker from Industrial Products in Fort Wayne in 1979.

He was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, and Wayne Lodge 25 F&AM in Fort Wayne.

In 1941 he was married to Wilma (Reed) Butts, who preceded him in death in 1995.  He was married later that year to Phyllis (McCoy) Macy Butts, who preceded him in death in 2004.

The surviving relatives include a daughter Sandra (Jim) Goad of Clarkrange, Tenn; a son Robert E. (Doris) Butts, Jr. of Wolcottville, with whom he made his home; a step-son Paul D. (Gail) Weingart of Bozeman, Mont; his granddaughter Debbie Sibert of Kendallville; and his great-grandson Nathan Sibert of Kendallville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Corinne Boruff-Stucker, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Thursday morning.  Wayne Lodge 25 F&AM will conduct memorial services at 8 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Hooper-King Cemetery, southwest of Avilla.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the donor’s choice.

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Jonathan Rawson Arehart 1956 – 2014

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Arehart, jonathan_0001Jonathan Rawson Arehart, 58, of rural Churubusco in Noble County, passed away at 7:15 pm on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Arehart was born on April 26, 1956 in Bitburg, Germany, a son of Phillip L and Ruth (Fulk) Arehart. He spent his formative years in Green Township and spent most of his life in that community.

On November 22, 2006 he was married in Fort Wayne to Cindy Herron.

He spent his working life engaged in farming in Green Township.  He also spent sometime working at the Indiana Auto Auction.

He was an avid sports fan, a voracious reader, and one of his greatest joys in life was spending time with his “Dylan Boy”.

The surviving relatives include his wife, Cindy Arehart of Churubusco; his mother, Ruth Arehart of Churubusco; a son Joseph Arehart of Fort Wayne; a daughter Angela (Andrew) Lane of Fort Wayne; five sisters Renee (Daryl) Arehart-Rice of Little Rock, AR., Carol (John) McIntire and Jayne Arehart, both of Fort Wayne, Pamela (Rusty) Tilley of Ossian, and Christina Tidwell of Churubusco; and a grandson, Dylan Arehart of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his father Phillip Arehart; and by a brother Jeffery Arehart.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Rev. Larry Smith, pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home  from 2 to 7 p. m. on Monday, or one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning.

Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Allen County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the family.

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Martha Engelhart 1915 – 2014

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Martha Engelhart, 99, of Clearwater, Florida, passed away at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in Churubusco.

Mrs. Engelhart was born on June 30, 1915 in Bainbridge, Indiana, a daughter of Fred and Myrtle (Hennon) Boatman. She spent her formative years in Bainbridge. After high school she attended Central Normal College in Danville, Indiana, where she received her teachers license.

On December 27, 1937 she was married in Crown Point, Indiana to Edward Engelhart, and moved to Merrillville, after her retirement the couple moved to Clearwater, Florida.

She was employed by Merrillville School Systems as a fourth grade teacher, and retired in 1975 after 30 years.

The surviving relatives include a son, Richard (Sandy) Engelhart of Churubusco; a daughter, Sharon (Santo) Rizzo of Lake Forest, IL; four granddaughters, Kelly Rizzo, Kristin Rizzo, Kimberly Rizzo, Brenna (Jason) Szott; a step – grandson, Jeff Kosteck; step – granddaughter, Rachelle (William) Neely; two step-great grandsdughters, Casey (Jason) Barnes and Jessica Kosteck; two step-great grandsons, Michael Neely, Brian Neely; two step-great great grandsons, Jacob Barnes and Elijah Barnes.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Virginia Klute and Geraldine Caywood.

Funeral services will be held at 5:00 pm Sunday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday.

Burial will be in the Sylvan Abbey Cemetery, Clearwater, Fl.

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Vivian Corrine Gunder 1937 – 2014

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Gunder, Vivian

Vivian Corrine Gunder, 77, of Sacramento, Ca. was returned to the Lord on Friday, December 5, 2014 while she slept.

Mrs. Gunder was born on May 12, 1937 in Bristol, Indiana, a daughter of Dorsey A. and Nila Jean (Hartman) Arnold.

On February 11, 1956 she was married in Albion to Paul K. Gunder, the couple spent their married life raising their family in Albion. He preceded her in death on March 20, 1998.

She was employed at Dana Corp., and retired in 1999 after 30 years.

Vivian Moved to Sacramento, Ca in the summer of 2004 to live the rest of her life. She loved being a “California girl” but also enjoyed staying in Parker, Co. where she spent time in the summers. She loved spending time with family, animals, eating, and watching the Sacramento Kings. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The surviving relatives include two daughters, Brenda Gunder of Sacramento, CA, and Vicky (Greg)  Lym of Parker, CO; a son, Randy (Dawn) Gunder of Albion; two brothers, Richard Arnold of Angleton, TX, and Douglas Arnold of Churubusco; her grandchildren, Josh (Arian) Gunder and Emily (Justin) Coney; great grandchildren Taya and Teagan Coney and Owen Gunder all of Albion; three nieces and two nephews; not to be forgotten her babies, two dogs and several cats who will miss her greatly.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Cindy Gunder and sister Judy Arnold.

Funeral services will be held at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Paul White, officiating.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home Friday from 11:00 a.m. to the start of the service.

Burial will be in the Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to any SPCA or charity of the donor’s choice.

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Thelma J. Lehman: 1932 – 2014

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Thelma J. Lehman, 82, a former resident of Lake Township in Allen County and widow of Ora D. Lehman, passed away at 12:05 a. m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Renaissance Village.  She had been a patient there for seven and one-half years.

Mrs. Lehman was born in Wells County on August 19, 1932, a daughter of Franklin and Rosella (Powell) James, and spent her formative years there.  She lived much of her adult life in the Arcola-area, and spent nine years at Lake Panasoffkee, Florida before moving to Churubusco in 2005, where she lived for a short time.

A homemaker, she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and cooking.  Most especially, she loved and cherished her family.

On August 29, 1981 she was married in Fort Wayne to Ora D. Lehman.  He preceded her in death on July 29, 2013.

The surviving relatives include her four daughters Rosella (Don) Thatcher of Albion, Teresa (Larry) Elliott of Churubusco, Anna Newman of Columbia City, and Roberta “Bert” (Randy) Geisleman of Huntertown; a sister Betty Gregg of Ossian; a brother-in-law Roger Huffman of Bluffton; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers Jack James and John James; and by three sisters Helen James, Mary James, and Ruby Huffman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Corinne Boruff-Stucker, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning.

Interment will be in the Union Township Cemetery, Coesse.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6324 Constitution Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804

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