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Robert W. Lepper: 1927 – 2008

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Robert W. Lepper, 81, a resident of rural Kimmell, died at 7:55 p. m. on Friday, December 26, 2008, at his residence following an illness of nearly three years.

Mr. Lepper was born on July 4, 1927 in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Warren B. and Mary K. (Chapman) Lepper.  As a young man he enlisted in the U. S. Navy, and served during World War II at the Great Lakes Navel Station, served aboard the USS Cape Esperance, and was a recipient of the Victory Medal.

He worked at the Fort Wayne Auto Auction in the body and paint department for 12 years.

On Juy 11, 1962 he was married in New Haven to Vera M. Walker.  She survives.

In addition to his wife he is survived by seven sons James (Marsha) Lepper of Butler, Charles Lepper of Fort Wayne, Keith (Darla) Lepper of Dahlonega, Ga., Gary Lepper of Kimmell, Randy Lepper of Churubusco, Carl (Cindy) Lepper of Lake Wawassee,  and Curt Lepper of Kimmell; a daughter Shelly (John) Davies of Fort Wayne; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Florence Rogers; and a brother James Lepper.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p. m. on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Chaplain Gordon L. Samra of Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice Home, officiating.   Military rites will be conducted the the U. S. Navy funeral detail.  Interment will be at a later date.

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Terry L. Buchanan, Sr: 1945 – 2008

Monday, December 29th, 2008

buchanan-terry.jpgTerry L. Buchanan, Sr., 63, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco, died on Sunday, December 28, 2008 at his residence.  Although he had been in declining health for some time, his death was unexpected.

Mr. Buchanan was born in Indianapolis on November 15, 1945, a son of Herschel L. “Red” and Bernice M. (Troyer) Buchanan.  He moved to Blue Lake as a child with his parents, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1964.

He had previously been employed at Harris Kayot in Fort Wayne for several years, and had also worked as a drywall finisher.  Prior to his health failing he had worked as the groundskeeper at the Ideal Fish & Game Club in Churubusco.  In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends, and having coffee at the Magic Wand Restaurant.

The surviving relatives include a son Shane (fiancee Pam French) Buchanan of Terre Haute; a daughter Pamela Sommers of Garrett; his fiancee Louise Zimmerman of Churubusco; two brothers Paul A. (Nicolette) Buchanan and Sam J. Buchanan, both of Churubusco; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his devoted dog “Saber.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Terry Lee Buchanan, Jr; a brother Michael James Buchanan; and by a granddaughter Felicia.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, when family and friends will celebrate his life.  

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Friday from 4 to 8 p. m.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Ideal Fish & Game Club in Churubusco.

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Timothy O. McMaster: 1973 – 2008

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

mcmaster-timothy-2.jpgTimothy O. McMaster, 35, a resident of the Seddlemeyer Apartments in Fort Wayne,  died at 7:13 p. m. on Friday December 26, 2008 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne as the result of a sudden illness.

Timothy was born June 28, 1973 in Harvey, Illinois, the son of Daniel O. and Carol A. (Thompson) McMaster. He was a graduate of Thornridge High School in Dalton, Illinois, and moved from there to Fort Wayne in April of 1994.

His survivors include his parents Daniel and Carol McMaster of Fort Wayne; his brother Brett A. McMaster of Chicago; and his maternal grandparents Harold and Mary Thompson of South Holland, Illinois.  Also surviving are several aunts and uncles including  Dianne Prater of Union Grove, Wisc. and Pastor Edward A. (Faye) Thompson of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by a maternal grandmother Mary Thompson, and paternal grandparents Willie and Reba Irene McMaster.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday December 31, 2008 at 10:00 a. m.  in the Good News  Baptist Church, 812 West Anderson Road in Churubusco, with Pastor Edward A. Thompson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, south of Churubusco. 

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p. m.  

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Carriage House in Fort Wayne. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Patricia F. Stone (Oberlin): 1931 – 2008

Friday, December 26th, 2008

stone-patricia-f.jpgPatricia F. Stone (Oberlin), 77, a resident of Fort Wayne, died at 1:50 a. m. on Friday, December 26, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.  She had been taken there on Thursday from the Byron Health Center, where she had resided since 2004.

Ms. Stone was born on October 25, 1931 in South Bend, a daughter of Charles Stone and Angela Wegner Stone, and spent her formative years in Fort Wayne.

In her younger days she enjoyed raising her six children.  Being a homemaker was one of her God given talents along with playing the piano.  She loved her grandchildren with passion, and was very good about reminding her family to say their prayers.  Most recently, she enjoyed telling staff and residents at Byron Health Center about current and not so current world issues.  We love you Mom, Grandma, and friend.

The surviving relatives include her children Steve (Dixie) Oberlin of Indianapolis, Sandra (Jim) Clark of Narrowsburg, N. Y., Susan (Jim) Moran and Sharolyn (Roy) Heffron, both of Fort Wayne, Linda (Lance) Taylor of Wheatland, Calif., and Richard (Margaret) Oberlin, Jr; her brother Charles (Joyce) Stone, Jr. of Clio, Calif; her sister Mary Ann Stricat of Los Angeles; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson Joseph D. Oberlin.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. on Sunday, December 28, 2008, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Chuck Howie, officiating.  

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Sunday after 2 p. m. until the time of the service.

Private family burial will be in the Prairie Grove Cemetery, Waynedale.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Byron Health Center, 12101 Lima Road, Fort Wayne, IN  46818

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Kevin D. Brudi: 1973 – 2008

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

brudi-kevin.jpgKevin D. Brudi, age 35, a resident of Chandler, Az. passed away Saturday December 13, 2008 of injuries relating to a Motocross accident.

Kevin was a former resident of Churubusco, Indiana until 2002.

Kevin was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 30, 1973 a son of Ken Gaff and the late Karen Jean (Trahin) Brudi. His father lives in North Carolina.

As a child, he moved from Fort Wayne, to Churubusco, Indiana where he graduated from Churubusco High School with the class of 1992. After moving to Arizona he became the owner/operator of a tool and die company in Phoenix and recently purchased a second company in Tucson.

He is also survived by his sister Kelly (Tim) Robertson of Oro Valley Az, nephews Trey and Trevor Robertson, grandmother, Marilyn Trahin of Columbia City, aunt Ladonna (Joel) Hoehn of Ossian, uncles, Randy (Diane) Gaff of Churubusco, Dan (Brenda) Trahin of Arcola, Rick (Brenda) Trahin of Columbia City, Tim Trahin of Fort Wayne, and Rod (Kate) Trahin of Arcola and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held Monday December 29, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. at Sheets and Childs Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. and 5:00 to service time.