Archive for the ‘Obituaries & Condolences’ Category

Pastor Sidney E. Bennett: 1935 – 2009

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

bennett-rev-sidney.jpgPastor Sidney E. Bennett, 74, a resident of Fort Wayne, was pronounced dead on arrival on Friday, June 19, 2009 at 9:00 p. m. at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne after suffering an apparent heart attack at the family residence in Washington Township.

Pastor Bennett was born on February 27, 1935 in Evansville, a son of Sidney and Deloris (Gentry) Bennett, and spent his formative years in Oakland City, Indiana.  A man having three different careers, he served his country for 20 years in both the U. S. Marine Corps and the U. S. Army Reserves.  Employed as a safety engineer at General Motors in Martinsburg, West Virginia for 13 years, he retired from there in 1981.

At age 47 he answered God’s call to the ministry, and attended Boyce Bible College at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  He served two churches, the last being New Hope Community Church in Fort Wayne, retiring from there there .  He was later asked to return to the church, and had been its pastor emeritus for the past four years.

He had received the U. S. Army Commendation Medal for outstanding meritorious service as a citizen soldier of the U. S. Army Reserves, whose service was characterized by selfless dedication and great personal commitment during the period from May 4, 1983 to May 10, 1993.  His contribution greatly enhanced the effectiveness of the “Ready Reserve.”

On April 18, 1958 he was married in Dade County, Florida to Naomi J. Caskey.  She survives.

Other surviving relatives include his two daughters Noell [Dennis] League and Heather [Steven] Milom, both of Fort Wayne; three sisters Pat [Don] Umbach of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Barbara Blair and Pam Hatfield, both of Evansville; five brothers Samuel Price of Lafayette, William Hoover and Mike [Patsy] Hoover, both of Oakland City, Ind., Norman [Brenda] Hoover of Haubstadt, Ind., and Joe [Debbie] Hoover of Francisco, Ind; sister-in-law Jennifer (Hugh Howell) Caskey; and four grandchildren Hannah Stuckey, Zachary Nowak, Lindsey Milom, and Shaylee Milom.  His parents both preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. Tuesday, June 23, 2008, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 7810 St. Joe Center Road, Fort Wayne, with Pastor Tim Franklin, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Monday from 5 to 8 p. m., or at the church after 11 a. m. Tuesday until the hour of the service.

Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne.  

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to New Hope Community Church, c/o Rozanna Niman, 1725 Kinsmoor, Fort Wayne, IN  46801.  

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Margaret J. “Peg” Hosler: 1914 – 2009

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Margaret J. “Peg” Hosler, 94, a former resident of LaOtto and widow of Howard P. Hosler, died at 11:15 p. m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Kendallville.  She had been a patient there for the past 17 years, and had been seriously ill for the past two weeks.

Mrs. Hosler was born on October 29, 1914 in Huntington, a daughter of Lewis and Ella (Keller) Zent, and spent her formative years in the Huntington and Roanoke area.

On August 20, 1937 she was married in Fort Wayne to Howard P. Hosler, and spent her married life in LaOtto.  She was a homemaker.

Mr. Hosler preceded her in death on November 12, 1986.

The surviving relatives include her daughters Donna Griffis of LaOtto and Jane (Tom) Smith of Howe.  There are ten grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers Albert Zent and Howard Zent; and by a great-granddaughter Rhoda Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. Monday, June 22, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Sue Socha, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaOtto, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary after 10 a. m. Monday until the time of the service.

Interment will be in the Huntertown Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, LaOtto, Indiana  46763.

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Anita F. Gordon: 1956 – 2009

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

gordon-anita-f.jpgAnita F. Gordon, 53, a resident of rural Columbia City in Smith Township, died at 7 a. m. on Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.  She had been in failing health for some time, and had entered the hospital earlier in the morning.

Mrs. Gordon was born in Mansfield, Ohio on June 8, 1956, a daughter of David Carrol and Delores (Allison) Berry, and spent her formative years in that area.  She was a homemaker, and was married in Collins to David L. Gordon on  July 8, 2006.  She was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 Ladies Auxiliary in Churubusco.

The surviving relatives include her husband David L. Gordon; a son Jason (Kelly) Lane of Florida; two half-brothers David Mark Gordon of Columbia City and Lawrence W. Gordon of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren Chandler Lane and Brittney Lane; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Robert Priest, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Wednesday morning.

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

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Walter C. Eix: 1923 – 2009

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

eix-water.jpgWalter C. Eix, 86, a resident of Fort Wayne, died at 2:59 p. m.  on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He had been in declining health and had been hospitalized for most of the past month.

Mr. Eix was born on May 1, 1923, and spent most of his life in Fort Wayne.  He served with the Army during World War II and was married in Fort Wayne on June 7, 1946 to Goldie Moyer.

He had been previously employed at Wayne Pump and at General Electric.  He retired from Wayne Home Equipment.  In his leisure time he enjoyed his vegetable garden, and growing roses and strawberries.   Most importantly he loved and enjoyed his family.

He was a member of the Eel River Baptist Church near Churubusco.

The surviving relatives include the widow Goldie; his children Richard W. (Marsha) Eix, David L. Eix, Stanley A. (Lorrie) Eix, and Laura (Jon) Arvola, all of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Saturday, June 6, at the Eel River Baptist Church, 11022 Carroll Road, with Pastor Kerry Niman, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Friday from 4 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Eel River Baptist Church.

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Elaine A. Felger: 1939 – 2009

Monday, June 1st, 2009

felger_elaine.jpgElaine A. Felger, 69, a resident of rural Fort Wayne in Lake Township and wife of Norman P. Felger, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, May 31, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Felger was born on October 19, 1939 in Monroeville, a daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Figel) Fuelling.  She spent her formative years in the rural Monroeville area and graduated from Hoagland High School in 1957.  On December 25, 1960 she was married to Norman P. Felger, and spent her married life in Lake Township.

She earned a degree in music from IPFW, was able to play 13 different musical instruments, and had privately taught hundreds of students piano, organ, or guitar over the years.  In addition, she organized the “Starlighters” Band that specialized in square dances.  She herself was an expert square dance caller, being able to call over 25 different dances.  She also called dances for the Rupley’s Dixon Square Dancers.

Known as an expert bowler, she began serving on the Fort Wayne Bowling Association board in 1970, and is a past president.  She was elected to WISBA in 1983 as a director, where she served in various offices and committees throughout the years.  She was also inducted into the Fort Wayne Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1989 and the WISBA Hall of Fame in 2001 with Meritorious Service.  In addition, she also enjoyed flower arranging and basket weaving.

A member of St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Twp., she played for the church’s contemporary service and served as the handbell director.

She had worked as general manager at the Comfort Inn in Fort Wayne from 1989 to 2003, and retired from the Sleep Inn in 2004.

The surviving relatives include her husband of 48 years Norman Felger; a daughter Cheri (Paul, Jr.) Meyers of Fort Wayne; and her three grandchildren Elijah, David, and Ariana.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Thursday, June 4, 2009, at St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Twp., 7914 W. Cook Road, with Pastor Ralph Easterhaus and John Cowan, officiating.  

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

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Twp. Building Fund.

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