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Thomas L. Bare: 1952 – 2008

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

bare-tom.jpgThomas L. Bare, 56, a resident of Warsaw and formerly of Noble County near Merriam, died at 2 p. m. on Friday, November 21, 2008 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He had been a patient there since last Saturday after suffering an apparent heart attack at his residence.

Mr. Bare was born on October 14, 1952 in Indianapolis, a son of Charles Thomas and Florence (Mead) Bare, and lived there as a youth before moving to Fort Wayne in his teen years.  He graduated from New Haven High School in 1972, and later served with the U. S. Army.  He spent most of his adult life in the Merriam-area before moving to Kosciusko County in the last several years.

He owned and operated Bare’s Gas & Grocery in Merriam for a period, and had also worked at Dana Weatherhead in Columbia City.  For the past several years he had been employed as a machinist at Zimmer, Inc. in Warsaw.

An avid fisherman, he enjoyed camping and other various outdoor activities.  Most importantly he was a loving and caring father, grandfather, and brother.

The surviving relatives include his six children Bille Jo Bare of New Haven, Sarah (Jeff) Hoffman and Joan (Jason) Thomas, both of LaOtto, Benjamin T. Bare of Churubusco, Bill (Bettina) Bryan of Avilla, and Charlotte (Jon) Mosier of Columbia City; five sisters Charla (Cliff) Bitting of Albion, Doddie (Tony) Hart of Churubusco, Mindy Wert of Merriam, Libby Sherman of Summerfield, Fla., and Donita (James) Marlow of Albion; four brothers Charles G. “Ted” (fiancee Deborah) Bare of Indianapolis, Rick (Alicia) Sherman of Columbia City, Todd (Joyce) Sherman of Churubusco, and Chad Sherman of Wolf Lake; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by all of his parents including Lester and Lore Lee Sherman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. George Cecil, pastor of Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Monday from 2 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Tuesday.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the American Heart Association or to Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Merriam.

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Jerry L. Griffin 1942 – 2008

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Jerry L. Griffin, age 66, a resident of Harborside Health Care Center in New Haven, Indiana for the past two years died Friday evening November 14, 2008 following an extended illness. Jerry was born February 2, 1942 in Rockwood, Tennessee a son of the late Fred L. and Ruth (Worley) Griffin. As a young man he graduated from the Portage High School in Portage, Indiana and soon after enlisted in the US Army where he was awarded the Sharpshooter (M-14 Rifle) award and attained the rake of Spc.-4. He had worked for 10 years at Bethlehem Steel, and had lived in Marion Indiana and Avilla, Indiana before entering Harborside.

The survivors include his daughter Barbara L. (Durand) Courtney of Avilla, Indiana, his brothers Larry Griffin of Watervliet, Michigan and Ronald (Joy) Griffin of Valparaiso, Indiana. Also 3 grandsons, Karsten Courtney, Christopher Hardwick, and Alex Hardwick. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Robert L. Griffin.

Chapel services will be held on Friday November 21 2008 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel on the grounds of the Marion National Cemetery in Marion, Indiana. Full military honors will be conducted by the US Army Ceremonial Honors Unit.

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Lucy L. Duncan Shlater 1913 – 2008

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

shlater-lucy.jpgLucy L. Duncan Shlater, age 95, a former resident of Churubusco,  died  Friday November 14, 2008 at the Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.  Lucy was born February 28, 1913 in Eel River Township Allen County, Indiana a daughter of the late David C. and Blendina (Grayless) Hyndman. She was a graduate of Churubusco High School with the class of 1930, was a member of the New Haven United Methodist Church,  and was a homemaker. Her first marriage was to Russell L. Duncan on April 7, 1934 and they lived in Fort Wayne, and New Haven for several years.  Russell died in 1985.  She was then married to Willis “Bud” Shlater on October 24, 1987 and they moved back to Churubusco, and also lived in Naples, Florida for a period of time before moving to Fort Wayne in 1996. Mr. Shlater died in 1990.

The survivors include her son John (Gena) Duncan of Fort Wayne; her daughter Susan (Richard) Hill of Leo; her sister Ilene Miller of Fort Wayne; and three grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Joseph Hyndman in 1954 and Harold “Spud” Hyndman  in 1992; and by her sister Alice Redenbaugh in 1993.

Memorial services for Lucy will be held on Sunday November 23, 2008 at 5:00 p. m. in the reception room of the Georgetown Apartments, 1717 Maplecrest Road in Fort Wayne.  Pastor Marilyn Dunten will officiate, and Mrs. Dee Duncan will be the vocalist.  Calling will be from 4:00 p. m. until service time. 

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be directed to the New Haven United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the memorial service.

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

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Barbara A. Childs: 1926 – 2008

Friday, November 14th, 2008

childs-barbara.jpgBarbara A. Childs, 82, wife of Charles E. Childs and long-time Gaston businesswoman, died at 4:40 a. m. on Friday, November 14, 2008, at Muncie Health & Rehabilitation Center in Muncie.  She had been in declining health after suffering a stroke over six years ago, and had been a patient there for over five years.

Mrs. Childs was born at Liberty Center in Wells County on June 9, 1926, a daughter of Alva Manford and Agnes (Markin) Rench.  She moved to Gaston with her parents at age nine, and graduated from Gaston High School in 1944.

After completing her education, she worked as the administrative assistant to O. W. Storer, president of the former Muncie Banking Company.  She was later married in Gaston on September 9, 1945 to Charles Edward Childs of Matthews.

The couple spent the first months of their marriage in Columbia, South Carolina, where Mr. Childs was stationed with the U. S. Army.  Following his military discharge, the couple returned to Gaston, and have been lifelong residents and leaders of that community.

Shortly after returning to Gaston, the couple began working for Barbara’s father at the former A. M. Rench & Sons Lumber Company in Gaston.  In 1961 they purchased an interest in the firm, and later purchased the entire business in 1983.  Together, they operated the Gaston-Rench Lumber Company for over 40 years, retiring in 1989.

In addition to her family and business concerns, her life was marked by the love and support of her local church.  She was a member of the Gaston United Methodist Church, and the GGG Church School class.  She sang in the church choir for many years, and had served as the Church School secretary.  She was also a member of Purity Order of the Eastern Star in Hartford City.

The surviving relatives include her husband Charles, to whom she was married for over 63 years; a son and daughter-in-law C. Gregory and Dr. Jeanine Childs of Churubusco; three grandsons C. Andrew (Becca) Childs of Indianapolis, J. Perry Childs of Churubusco, and F. Joel Childs of Huntington; and a sister-in-law Esther Rench of Richmond.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers Eugene Rench, Rex A. Rench, and Robert S. Rench; a sister Dorothy F. Sollars; a brother-in-law Joseph P. Sollars; and a sister-in-law Fanniemae Gronendyke Rench.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Monday, November 17, 2008, at the Gaston United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main Street, in Gaston.  The Rev. John Long, pastor of the church, will officiate.

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

Interment will be in the Thompson Cemetery, west of Gaston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Gaston United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., Gaston, IN  47342; or the Taylor University Department of Music, 236 W. Reade Ave., Upland, IN  46989

Funeral arrangements are being entrusted to the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco.

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Nicole M. Johnson: 1984 – 2008

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

johnson-nicole.jpgNicole M. Johnson, age 23,  a resident of Churubusco,  died early Tuesday morning November 11, 2008 following a traffic accident on U. S. 33 south of Churubusco.

Nicole was born December 13, 1984 in Fort Wayne, Indiana a daughter of Bruce L. and Terri K. (Schlund) Johnson. She was a graduate of Churubusco High School with the class of 2003. She had been employed in Fort Wayne by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for three years and also Logan’s Roadhouse for two years.

She is survived by her parents Bruce and Terri Johnson of Churubusco; her son Kohen L. Johnson at home; her maternal grandfather James F. Schlund of Indianapolis;  her paternal grandmother Sandra Johnson of Syracuse; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents Bill Johnson, and Sharon M. Schlund.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday November 15, 2008 at 5:00 p. m. in the Sheets and Childs Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Van Horn officiating.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home also on Saturday from 1:00 p. m. until service time.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers,  memorial contributions be directed to the savings account in Kohen L. Johnson’s name.  Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.

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