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Madalene A. Gaff: 1915 – 2008

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Madalene A. Gaff, 93, a former resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Carl E. Gaff, died at 2:25 a. m. on Saturday, November 8, 2008, at the Provena Sacred Hearth Home in Avilla.  She had been in failing health for a number of years, and had been a resident there for the past six years.

A native of Michigan, she was born on July 1, 1915, a daughter of Richard and Anna (Miesen) Beck.  On July 24, 1954 she was married to Carl E. Gaff, and spent most of her adult life in the Churubusco-area.

She retired from U. S. Rubber in Fort Wayne, and attended the Churubusco United Methodist Church.

Mr. Gaff preceded her in death on November 23, 1996.

The surviving relatives include her brother and sister in-laws; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Corinne K. Boruff, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.

Friends may call at the mortuary on Wednesday one hour prior to the service.

Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne.

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Max G. Gross: 1927 – 2008

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

gross-max-g.jpgMax G. Gross, 81, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County, fell asleep in the arms of Jesus at 12:35 a. m. on Saturday, November 8, 2008, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He had been in declining health, and had been seriously ill for the past five weeks.

Mr. Gross was born in Noble County on August 12, 1927, a son of Ernest L. and Mildred (Owen) Gross, and spent his formative years in Eel River Township in Allen County.  He graduated from Huntertown High School in 1945, and as a young man served with the U. S. Army.

On November 19, 1947 he was married to Lenora M. Hawk, and lived all of his adult life in Eel River Township.  She preceded him in death on May 26, 1979.

A retiree of the Figel Construction Company in Fort Wayne, he was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, was past commander of Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco, and was a member of the Carpenter’s Union.

In addition to his parents and spouse, he was preceded in death by a son Allen Gross on October 12, 1954; and by a brother Ross J. Gross on October 17, 1981.

The surviving relatives include his children Roxie (Dennis) Gloyd, Jerrold “Jake” (Debbie) Gross, and Sue (Tom) Gilbert, all of Churubusco; five brothers Owen (Vera) Gross of Churubusco, Alton (Marilyn) Gross of LaOtto, Luther (Becky) Gross of Churubusco, Larry (Trish) Gross of LaOtto, and Roger (Susie) Gross of Churubusco; a sister Elaine (Rowland) Gilbert of Churubusco; a sister-in-law Linda Gross of Auburn; ten grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 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 Monday from 2 to 8 p. m.

Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church building fund or Churubusco American Legion scholarship fund.

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Harriet E. Fisher: 1923 – 2008

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

fisher-harriet.jpgHarriet E. Fisher, 85, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Charles B. Fisher, died at 7:00 a. m. on Thursday, November 6, 2008, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Columbia City.  She had been a patient there for the past month.

Mrs. Fisher was born in Churubusco on May 21, 1923, a daughter of Chester and Bertha (Richards) Tulley, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1941.  On April 20, 1947 she was married to Charles B. Fisher, and spent her entire lifetime in this community.

A former employee of Dana Corporation in Churubusco, she retired from there after 15 years.  She was a member of the Beacon Light Chapel, east of Churubusco, and the Churubusco American Legion Post 157 Ladies Auxiliary.

Mr. Fisher preceded her in death on June 7, 1987.

The surviving relatives include her son Dennis (Susan) Fisher of Churubusco; a step-son Roger (Evelyn) Fisher of Columbia City; a sister Marilyn Owen of Churubusco; and a brother Kemal (Diane) Tulley of Fort Wayne.  There are two grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, 20 step-great-grandchildren, and seven step-great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers Gloyd Tulley, Milo Tulley, and Carl “Ike” Tulley; and by a sister Phyllis Renkenberger.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rob McNary, officiating.  

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday from 4 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Sunday.

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

The family requests memorials be directed to Beacon Light Chapel.

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Harold G. “Hap” Anderson: 1914 – 2008

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

anderson-herald-1.jpgHarold G. “Hap” Anderson, 94, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County, died at 3:30 p. m. on Monday, October 27, 2008, at the North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.  He had been in failing health for some time, and been a patient there since August.

Mr. Anderson was born on June 19, 1914 in Eel River Township, a son of Clarence and Emma (Crabill) Anderson.  He was a lifelong resident of Allen County, and had lived at his present home northeast of Churubusco since 1950.

As a young man he served with the U. S. Army during World War II, and was married on April 5, 1941 to Genevieve “Ginny” Garrison.

Working as a general contractor for most of his adult life, he was a partner in Anderson-Bonar Construction for 20 years, retiring in 1977.  He had also been engaged in farming.

He was a member of the Churubusco American Legion Post 157, and in his retirement years enjoyed collecting and repairing antiques and collecting antique tools.

The surviving relatives include the widow Genevieve “Ginny” Anderson; his children Glen “John” (Mid) Anderson of Churubusco, Judy Owen of Albion, and Harold “Junior” (Nancy) Anderson of Churubusco; ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

A daughter Julie Anderson preceded him in death on June 11, 1967.  Also deceased are his brothers Ralph Anderson, Raymond Anderson, William Anderson, James Anderson and Robert Anderson; two sisters Marjorie Anderson and Lois Miller; and a son-in-law Chuck Owen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Terry L. Zolman, pastor of the Merriam Christian Chapel, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p. m.

Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Churubusco Volunteer Fire Department or Whitley County EMS Medic 21, Churubusco.

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Loren J. “Jake” Brumbaugh: 1936 – 2008

Monday, October 27th, 2008

brumbaugh-loren-1.jpgLoren J. “Jake” Brumbaugh, 72, widely-acquainted Noble County farmer and a resident of rural Albion, died at 3:23 p. m. on Monday, October 27, 2008, at the family residence in Green Township.  He had been in declining health for the past year.

Mr. Brumbaugh was born in Green Township on April 7, 1936, a son of R. Gerald  and Beth E. (Cooley) Brumbaugh.  He spent his formative years on the family farm in Noble County and graduated from Albion High School in 1954.

As a young man he served in the U. S. Army, and was married to Janet Roe of Ligonier on August 23, 1957 in Tacoma, Washington.  The couple lived all of their married lives on their farm in Green Township, where he was engaged in farming all of his adult life.  He had also worked as a driver for Helena Chemical in Kimmell for five years.

In addition to his agricultural endeavors, his life was marked by community service and memberships in several organizations.  He was a member of the Albion American Legion Post, Noble County Farm Bureau, the Maine-Anjou Cattle Association, and had been active in 4-H in Noble County and throughout the region.  He had served on the Green Township Advisory Board, had also served on the Noble County Co-Op Board of Directors, and attended the Columbia City Church of the Brethren.

Most importantly, he was a loving husband, son, dad, grandpa, and brother, and was a friend to many.

The surviving relatives include his wife Janet, to whom he was married for over 51 years; five sons Marty (Pam) Brumbaugh of Milford, Mike (Carla) Brumbaugh of Albion, Brent (Julie) Brumbaugh of Churubusco, David (Trina) Brumbaugh of LaOtto, and Jeff (Julie) Brumbaugh of Churubusco; his mother Beth E. Brumbaugh of Albion; a brother Ken (Sue) Brumbaugh of Albion; a sister Karen (Paul) Helmkamp of Fort Wayne; and thirteen grandchildren Kayla, Beau, Tim, Courtney, Katie, Teegan, Ashley, Haley, Ross, Remingtin, Redmin, Samantha, and Audrey.

He was preceded in death by his father, and by a granddaughter Ryliegh Gracelynn Brumbaugh.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Friday at the Sugar Grove Church of God, 5019 East 500 South-57, Churubusco, with Pastors Dennis Beckner and Tim Grable, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Thursday from 2 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment with military graveside rites will be in the family plot at the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Parkview Home Health & Hospice, 2270 Lake Ave., suite 200, Fort Wayne, IN  46805; or to the family. 

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