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Savilla “Sally” Green: 1914 – 2008

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Savilla I. “Sally” Green, 94, a resident of Eel River Township and widow of Chester R. Green, died at 9:40 p. m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2008, at Parkview North Hospital in Fort Wayne.  She had been in declining health for some time, and was taken to the hospital earlier in the evening after collapsing unexpectedly at the home of her daughter.

Mrs. Green was born on April 13, 1914 in Eel River Township in Allen County, a daughter of Rodney and Hazel (Klinger) Johnson, and spent her formative years there.  She received her elementary education at the Valentine School, and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1932.

On March 23, 1934 she was married in Columbia City to Chester R. Green.  The couple lived on their same farm home all of their adult lives, and she assisted her husband on the family farm.

She was a member of the Wesley Chapel Untied Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women, Allen County Farm Bureau, and the Friendship Home Economics Club.

Mr. Green preceded her in death on January 26, 2004.

The surviving relatives include her daughter Gayle M. (Kyle) Marshall of Churubusco; a sister-in-law Ruth N. Cox of Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Robert “Bill” Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Monday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Larry Smith, pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Sunday from 2 to 6 p. m., or one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Women.

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Phyllis A. Johnston: 1935-2008

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Phyllis A. Johnston, age 73, a former resident of Churubusco, In. died Wednesday October 1, 2008 at her residence in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. She had been ill for sometime and was under Hospice care.

She was born March 13, 1935 in Anderson, In. a daughter of the late Samuel R. and Hazel F. (Carpenter) Peckinpaugh. She served as a nurse aid in Muncie, In. from 1958 to 1976, then she drove semi truck from 1976 to 1989. She was united in marriage on July 25, 1952 to James Johnston who died July 3, 1997. She was then united in marriage on October 25, 2003 to Jon D. Howland who survives. Also surviving are her children: James E. Johnston of Moonville, In., Melinda K. Johnston of Warsaw, In., Ronald A. Johnston and Kimberly A. King both of Huntsville, Alabama. Her brother Michael A. (Carol) Peckinpaugh of Middletown, In. and her sister Kay F. (Morris) Moore of Fort Wayne, In. and several grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Thursday October 9, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. in the Christian Chapel Cemetery Merriam, In. with Pastor George Cecil officiating. Sheets and Childs Funeral Home of Churubusco, In. has been entrusted with services. There were no calling hours in the funeral home. For those who wish memorials may be directed to your local Cancer or Heart Associations.

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Sylvon J. Pulfer: 1918 – 2008

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Sylvon J. Pulfer, 89, a resident of Churubusco, died at 8:27 p. m. on Thursday, October 2, 2008, at the University Park Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.  He had been in declining health for some time, and had been a patient there since August.

Mr. Pulfer was born in Wells County on November 15, 1918, a son of Ernest and Elizabeth (Kipfer) Pulfer.  He spent much of his adult life in Fort Wayne, before moving to Churubusco following his retirement.

Employed in restaurant work all of his adult life, he worked at the Hobby House Restaurants in Fort Wayne for 40 years, retiring from there in 1980.

He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Leo.

The surviving relatives include two sisters Irene H. Pulfer of Churubusco and Sarah Reinhard of Bluffton; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers Amos Pulfer, Raymond Pulfer, and Lester Pulver.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Monday, October 6, 2008, at the Apostolic Christian Church, 11714 Grabill Road, Leo.  Lynn Stieglitz will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 5 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Leo Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, 1315 Directors Row, suite 210, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; or Apostolic Christian Children’s Home, 14505 Klopfenstein Road, Leo, IN  46765.

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Jesse Howard Roberson: 1914 – 2008

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

roberson-jesse.jpgJesse Howard Roberson, 94, a long-time resident of rural Churubusco in Eel River Township, woke up in the presence of Jesus and the waiting arms of Martha at 9:30 p. m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2008.  He had been in declining health for several years.

Mr. Roberson was born in Eel River Township on January 11, 1914, a son of David A. and Hanna Emily (Coffeld) Roberson, Jr., and graduated from Churubusco High School.

A member of the “Generation of Valor,” he fought in three major campaigns in Europe during World War II.  During the war he was an infantryman and drove his half-track from Normandy to Berlin earning the following awards:  Carbine Pistol, Good Conduct, World War II Victory, American Campaign, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medals.

Throughout the remainder of his life he told many humorous stories and anecdotes about the war.  One story is about delivering a calf in Belgium and sitting down when the others were allowed to take a smoke break, but non-smokers were to keep on working; Jesse got a trip to the Coloner’s office on that one.  Also, there was the time he made all the tank commanders change the grease fittings.  To get this one accomplished, he, a PFC, needed the Colonel to tell the Lieutenants it was also his order, too.  Some of the sad times were when he lost buddies during the war, or guarding Nazi’s loot–some being bags of gold teeth from. . .well, you can figure that out.  He went through the war without being wounded.  However, he almost died of typhoid fever and pneumonia after the war during the occupation of Germany.

On September 7, 1943 he was married to Martha Ellen Teague, and their only child Les was born in 1947.  Following Jesse’s military discharge he returned to farming in Eel River Township near Churubusco.  He was a leading dairy herdsman and implemented many progressive farming techniques he learned from the Purdue GI extension school.  He was an early pioneer in soil conservation, using cover crops and planting practices. His dairy herd had one of the highest DHI scores in Indiana.  He would buy bulls with award winning linage to improve his herd.  On one occasion he had his son call the veterinarian–something he usually did himself.  When the vet arrived he said, “I knew when Jesse called, it was going to be a difficult time.”

He retired from farming in 1979 and moved three miles east of his farm.  He was a member of the South Wayne Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, but for eighty years was a member of the First Eel River Baptist Church on Carroll Road.  During his life he was active in Farm Bureau.  He was also a member, Past District Deputy Grand Master, and Past Grand of Harmony Lodge 19 Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and was a member and Past Noble Grand of Concordia Rebekah Lodge 41 in Fort Wayne.

Jesse and his brother John Roberson farmed together.  This worked out very well as they could count on the other when they needed four hands to get the job done–like at planting time, hay and wheat harvest, silo filling, or the bean and corn harvest.  The two created a pond at the sight of a spring on John’s farm, and both enjoyed fishing for bluegill and bass on many a lazy morning or evening.  They also planted acres of pop corn, and people came from far and near to buy it.

Jesse loved to play cards.  His two favorite games were Pinochle and Euchre.  The play he was noted for was to lead trump to take a row out.  This usually worked, and most of the time he would “set” his opponents. . .leading to a lot of fun-filled ribbing and joking by the losers.

Jesse was a simple man of simple needs, and after the war he seldom traveled far.  He explained to his son Les, “My farm is the best place in the world, and from what I’ve seen of the rest of the world, it can’t be beat.”  He also said, “You don’t understand–farming is not work, it is fun to me.” 

Mrs. Roberson preceded him in death on February 1, 2003.

The surviving relatives include his son Les (Sharon) Roberson of Churubusco; his grandsons Roy David (Robin) Roberson of Fort Wayne and Ben (Stacie) Roberson of Evergreen, Co; four great-grandchildren Brooke Roberson, Caleigh Roberson, Rozilynn Roberson, and Austin Roberson; and several nieces and nephews, including James “Oscar” (Liz) Blanton of Flagstaff, Ariz. whom he raised as a son.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers Paul Roberson, Earl Roberson, and John Roberson; and by a sister Francis Spice Wise.

At the time of his death, Jesse was living at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home, under the care of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home of Fort Wayne.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Sunday, October 5, 2008, at The Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. James Lund and the Rev. Dr. Wungreiso Valui, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday from 2 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service.  Harmony Lodge 19 IOOF will conduct memorial services at 7:45 p. m. Saturday at the mortuary.

Interment will be in the family plot at Eel River Cemetery, one-half mile west of his beloved farm.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

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Albert Joe Wauer: 1929 – 2008

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

wauer-albert-joe.jpgAlbert Joe Wauer, 79, a resident of rural Churubusco, died at 5:21 a. m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He had been in declining health for some time, and had been a patient there for the past nine days.

Mr. Wauer was born on January 23, 1929 in Essex, Missouri, a son of Henry Albert and Clara Marie Anna (Ossenfort) Wauer, and spent his formative years in Missouri.  As a young man he lived in the Detroit-area from 1948 to 1968 and later moved from Fort Wayne to Churubusco in 1975.

A long-time employee of the Norfolk & Southern Railroad, he retired in 1989 as a water service foreman after 37 years of service.

He was a member of Findlater Lodge 475 F&AM in Dearborn, Mich; Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne; and the Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne.

On December 17, 1949 he was married in Bellville, Michigan to Joan Bailey.  She survives.

The other surviving relatives include his daughters Christine (Jan) Griggs of Churubusco, Sandra (Dick) Greene of Fort Wayne, and Candice (Rick) Oribello of New Haven; his son Douglas (Sandra) Wauer of New Haven; a sister Dora Baker of Richwood, Tx; ten grandchildren and 22-plus great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, two sisters and six brothers are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Saturday, October 4, 2008, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Paul Shoemaker of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Friday from 2 to 8 p. m.  Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM will conduct memorial services at 7:30 p. m. Friday at the mortuary.

Interment will be in the Highland Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne.

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