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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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Robert L. Marker: 1914 – 2008

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Robert L. Marker, 94, a resident of Naples, Fla. and formerly of Fishers and Churubusco, died at 6:54 p. m. on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at the Naples Community Hospital in Naples.

Mr. Marker was born on August 8, 1914 in Eel River Township, a son of Oscar B. and Hattie (Geiger) Marker.  He spent his formative years in Churubusco, and as a young man assisted his father in caring for the Eel River Cemetery.  He also served in the South Pacific during World War II with the U. S. Army.

He had been engaged in farming for a period and also had a 22-year career as the Indiana State Sales Manager for Moorman’s Manufacturing Company, retiring from there in 1977.  Following his retirement he spent most of his years in Naples, which he called his “paradise.”

Bob was a member and past master of Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM.  He entered the lodge at the age of 21, and was the oldest past master until his death.  He was also a member and past worthy patron of Churubusco Order of the Easter Star 136.

On December 18, 1941 he was married in Churubusco to Gladys Guillaume.  She survives in Naples.

The other surviving relatives include two daughters Sandra Marker (Dick) Fountain of Naples, Fla., and Patty L. (Robin) Hunt of Noblesville; four grandchildren Cindy (Todd) Pershing and Claudine Whitaker, both of Franklin, Kara (Ben) Londgergan of Barrington, Ill., and Kim (Jeff) DeNicolo of Chicago; and seven great-grandchildren Katie Koozer, Lauren Pershing, Isaac Whitaker, Kieren Londergan, Aiden Londergan, Ella Londergan, and Mia DeNicolo.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Leroy Marker; and by two sisters Mildred Diller and Hazel Gross.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Saturday, November 1, 2008, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Friday from 4 to 7 p. m., or one hour prior to the service.  Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM will conduct memorial services at 7 p. m. Friday at the mortuary.

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 American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL  60604

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Dorothy E. Montgomery: 1918 – 2008

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

montgomery-dorothy-e.jpgDorothy E. Montgomery, age 89, a former resident of Churubusco from 1971 to 1978, died Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 9:45 p. m.  at the Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient for the past two and a half years.

Dorothy was born December 14, 1918 in Evansville, a daughter of the late Rev. Fred S. and Cecil (Orrick) Johnson. As a young lady she graduated in 1963 from the Indianapolis School of Practical Nursing, graduating in the top 10 percent of her class.  She served most of her nursing career in Haywood, Wisconsin.

She was united in marriage on December 20, 1936 in Indianapolis to Alfred Montgomery. They attended the Good News Baptist Church in Churubusco.  She was an Indiana Women’s State Golf Champion in the 1950’s, and was active in bowling and golf leagues. Mr. Montgomery died in 1996.

She is survived by her daughters; Marilyn “Lyn” Montgomery and Barbara Montgomery both of Fort Wayne, and Phyllis Hobbs of Sandy, Utah;  her sisters Frieda Dunkerson of Fortville, and Zelma Marshall of Barnes, Wisconsin; and a brother Fred Johnson of Lake City, Florida; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Robert, Delmar, and Fredrick Johnson.

Funeral services will be held Monday October 27, 2008 at 1:00 p. m. at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Hank Dunkerson officiating.

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

The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Monday from 11:00 a. m. until service time.

For those who wish memorials may be directed to the Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice Home or the American Diabetes Association.  Envelopes will be available in the funeral home. 

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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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