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Robert F. McDowell: 1928 – 2008

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

mcdowell-robert-1.jpgRobert F. McDowell, 80, a resident of rural Avilla, died at 10 p. m. on Thursday, December 11, 2008, at the family residence in Green Township following an extended illness.

Mr. McDowell was born in fort Wayne on March 19, 1928, a son of Rosswell C. and Carrie Inez (Fusselman) McDowell, and spent his early years in Ohio.  As a youth he moved to Noble County near Merriam with his parents, and graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1946.

On January 9, 1949 he was married in Merriam to Mary Lou Harlan, and had lived at his present farm home in Green Township for the past 50 years.  Engaged in farming in Noble County for much of his adult life, he had also been employed as a machinist at Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne for 30 years, retiring from there in 1992.

He was a member of the Merriam Christian Chapel, Noble County Farm Bureau, had previously served on the board of directors for the Noble County Fair, and served for eight years and was past president of the Indiana State Fair board of directors.

The surviving relatives include his wife Mary Lou; three sons Rick (Sharon) McDowell and Brent (Lib) McDowell, both of Avilla, and Gary (Vikki) McDowell of Albion; two daughters Jill (Terry) Shively of Columbia City and Holly (Wayne) Gibson of Churubusco; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Pauline Clark and Marceil Scott.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday, December 16, 2008, in the Merriam Christian Chapel with Pastor Terry L. Zolman, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church multi-purpose room on Monday from 2 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Merriam Christian Chapel Missionary Fund.

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

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Lillian P. Gordon Foote: 1916 – 2008

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

foote-lillian.jpgLillian P. Gordon Foote, 92, a former resident of Churubusco, died at 5:50 p. m. on Saturday, December 6, 2008, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.  She had been a resident there since 2001.

Mrs. Foote was born on October 23, 1916 in Chrisman, Illinois, a daughter of Felix David and Rose (Meeks) Amolsky.  As a young girl she moved to Fort Wayne and lived there until moving to Churubusco in 1949.  She moved to LaVerna Terrace in Avilla in 1988 and lived there until entering the nursing home.

She had been previously employed at the former VanOrman Hotel in Fort Wayne, and retired in 1979 as an inspector for Essex Wire in Fort Wayne after six years.

She was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco and its Rosary Sodolity.  She was also a eucharistic minister and a member of the St. Vincent dePaul Society.

Her first marriage took place on November 26, 1936 to George W. Gordon, Sr.  He preceded her in death on July 24, 1967.  On November 25, 1971 she married Willard J. Foote.  He died on November 6, 1992.

Surviving are her children Thomas J. (Sharon) Gordon of Fort Wayne, Michael J. (Virgie) Gordon of Culman, Alabama, Carolyn (Willard) Shively of Columbia City, Nancy (Monte) Gaff of Churubusco, George William Gordon, Jr. of Columbia City, and Robert N. (Mona) Gordon of Churubusco; a step-daughter Jackie Brown of Hudson; a son-in-law John Cazier of Rome City; 33 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by a daughter Mary Cazier; four step-children Alton Foote, Jr., Phyllis Weaver, Martha Longardner, and David Foote; and by a sister.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a. m. Wednesday at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant.  

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Tuesday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m.  The Rosary will be recited at 8 p. m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to St. Vincent dePaul Society, or to masses.

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Blanche Lucille Kumfer Kurtz: 1917 – 2008

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Blanche Lucille Kumfer Kurtz, 91, a resident of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 4:20 a. m.  at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne.  Although she had been a patient there for over five years, her death was unexpected.

Born on May 14, 1917 in Allen County near Huntertown, she was a daughter of Bert Julius and Edith Ellen (Bice) Grim.  She graduated from Huntertown High School, and was a lifelong resident of Allen County.

Always interested in fashion and in looking her best,  she had worked as a clerk in her younger years at the former Hunter Paris Store in Fort Wayne.  She later was employed in the office at ITT Laboratories in Fort Wayne.  In her leisure time she enjoyed homemaking,  yard work, fishing, nature, birds and squirrels, and had also enjoyed traveling.

On January 8, 1938 she was married to Arthur Kumfer.  He preceded her in death on November 3, 1965.  Her second marriage took place on September 20, 1983 to Theron L. Kurtz.  He survives in Fort Wayne.

The other surviving relatives include her daughter and son-in-law Marina and Lowell Oesch of Fort Wayne; a sister Pauline McBride of Churubusco; a step-grandson Donald (Deborah) Oesch of Woodridge, Ill; and two great-grandsons.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Grace Surface; and by a grandson and his wife Mark and Lou Wenda Haverstick.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday, December 8, 2008, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary from 2 to 5 p. m. on Sunday, or one hour prior to the service Monday afternoon.

Interment will be in the family plot at Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

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Francis “Fritz” Weber : 1921 – 2008

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Francis “Fritz” R. Weber, age 87, a resident of Albion, Indiana died suddenly on Saturday November 29, 2008 in the North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.

Fritz was born July 6, 1921 in Jefferson, Ohio a son of the late Melvin Russell and Mytle (Hower) Weber. As a young child he moved with his family to Wolcottville, Indiana where he graduated from Wolcottville High School with the class of 1940, later serving his country during WWII with the US Navy. After his tour of duty with the Navy; he worked for the International Harvester Company as a welder for 20 years and also was a farmer.

He is survived by his children, John M. Weber of Albion, Indiana, Anita M. (Tim) Noland of Churubusco, Indiana, and 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son Michael Weber on November 8, 2008 in Haines, Alaska, grandson Infant John Weber, brother Howard Weber and his sister Berdean Young.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday December 2, 2008 at 5:00 P.M. in the Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, Indiana with Pastor Timothy Grable officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 3:00 P.M. until service time. The US Navy Honors Unit will render military honors at the conclusion of the service in the funeral home.

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Timothy Wayne Jefferies: 1958 – 2008

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

jefferies-timothy-w.jpgTimothy Wayne Jefferies, 49, a resident of Churubusco, died Tuesday evening, November 18, 2008 at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Jefferies served for three years in the U. S. Marine Corps, and was formerly employed by Bosch Automotive Motor Systems in Albion.

He adored his three children, loved to search for Native Indian artifacts, was an outstanding artist, and always put others before himself.

He was born on December 3, 1958 in Goshen to Vonda L. (Knox) Barnes and Royal O. Jefferies, Jr., and graduated from Wawasee High School in 1978.

The surviving relatives include his three children Benjamin E. Jefferies and Norah C. Jefferies, both of Fort Wayne, and Tess A. Jefferies of LaOtto; his parents Vonda L. and Gary A. Barnes of Columbia City and Royal O. Jefferies, Jr. of North Webster; his former wife  Ellen (Gilbert) Jefferies of LaOtto; his paternal grandmother Nina Jefferies of North Webster; two sisters Jill C. Miller of Churubusco and Lynn Ann Michel of Monte Vista, Colorado; two brothers Jonathan O. Jefferies of Columbia City and R. Jarrod Barnes of Albion; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 5 p. m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco.  Pastor Barry L. Faucett of New Hope Wesleyan Church will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary after 3 p. m. Tuesday until the hour of the service.

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