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Robert C. “Bob” Smith: 1938 – 2015

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Smith, Robert C.Robert C. “Bob” Smith, 77, a resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 4:40 a. m. on Monday, June 22, 2015, at his home following an eight month battle with cancer.

Mr. Smith was born in Wolf Lake on April 15, 1938, and spent his formative years in Noble County.  He was educated at Albion High School, attended St. Francis College, and later graduated from barber college in Indianapolis.

Following employment in several barbering positions, he owned and operated Bob’s Barber Shop in Fort Wayne for a number of years.  He then became a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber in Fort Wayne for 41 years, retiring in 2014.  During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s he was also engaged in farming in Green Township.

On October 16, 1976 he was married in Fort Wayne to Linda S. Laidig.  The couple spent the early years of their marriage in Green Township in Noble County and later moved to Fort Wayne.

Bob loved the Lord, and was a member of the Northside Missionary Church in Fort Wayne.  In his leisure time he enjoyed participating in antique tractor pulling and also following professional basketball and baseball.

The surviving relatives include his wife Linda; his children Tamra (Glenn) Schneider of Portland, Ore., and Robert Smith, Jr. of Grand Island, Fla; a sister Elizabeth “Betty” Bower of Albion; four grandchildren Patrick (Colleen) Richen and Adam (Misty Hill) Schneider, both of Seattle, Wash., Alyssa (Jason) Specht of North Plains, Ore., and Nathaniel Schneider of Eugene, Ore; and a great-grandson Austin Specht.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Walter Smith; a brother-in-law Robert Bower; and a sister-in-law Marilyn Smith.

The loving care and support provided by Visiting Nurse & Hospice was greatly appreciated.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Northside Missionary Church, 736 Lillian Ave., Fort Wayne.  Pastor Patrick Ryan will officiate.  A meal for family and friends will follow the service at the church.

Friends may call at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Friday from 3 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service Saturday morning.

Interment will be at 3:30 p. m. Saturday at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Northside Missionary Church, 736 Lillian Ave., Fort Wayne, IN  46808; or Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN  46814.

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Glen L. Nicodemus: 1932 – 2015

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Nicodemus, Glen_0001 (2)Glen L. Nicodemus, 83, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 1:48 p. m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne following a brief illness.

Mr. Nicodemus was born in Jefferson Township near Columbia City on March 21, 1932, a son of Jesse and Velma (Crawford) Nicodemus.  On June 1, 1952 he was married in Churubusco to Bonnie Geiger, and lived all of his adult life in Smith Township.

In his early years he had been employed at Dana Weatherhead Division and Briggs Fertilizer Plant, both of Columbia City, and also at the former Kiess Welding Shop in Churubusco.  He was engaged in farming for much of his life, was a former employee of Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne for 13 years, and for 54 years was widely acquainted as a livestock hauler, retiring in 2014.

In his leisure time he enjoyed both tractor and pony pulling contests, and was a member of the Draft Horse Association.

The surviving relatives include his wife Bonnie, to whom he was married for over 63 years; two children Carol Ann (Randy) Long and John Glen (Kristan) Nicodemus, both of Churubusco; three sisters Dolores Zeigler and Marilyn Gross, both of Churubusco, and Sharon Diffendarfer of Fort Wayne; two brothers Ronald (Marilyn) Nicodemus of Churubusco and Larry (Alice) Nicodemus of South Whitley; eight grandchildren Rosa (William) Aspy, Crystal Vasquez, Paige Long, Sierra Long, Justin (Chelsey) Nicodemus, Jordan Nicodemus, Jason Nicodemus, and Kassidee Nicodemus; two step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers Keith, Kenneth, Gail, and Jay Nicodemus; and by a sister Elaine Guiff.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at the Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastors Corinne Boruff-Stucker and Dennis Beckner, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 4 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning.

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

The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to Whitley County 4-H, Inc.

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

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Francis M. Harter, Jr. 1935 – 2015

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Harter, Francis_0001Francis M. Harter, Jr., 79, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Signature Health Care in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Harter was born on September 23, 1935 in Churubusco, a son of Francis M. and Jessie (Freeman) Harter. He spent his formative years in Churubusco, and graduated from Churubusco High School.

On December 28, 1963 he was married in Lake Township to Nancy R. McCormick, and moved from Churubusco to Eel River Township.

He was employed at General Electric, as a facilities environment engineer and retired in 1993 after 32 years.

Mr. Harter was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church Lake Township, Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne, Mizpah Shrine, and Registered Professional Engineer for the State of Indiana.

He enjoyed traveling, golfing, bowling, and was instrumental in the church’s recent renovation project.

The surviving relatives include wife, Nancy Harter of Fort Wayne; two sons, Ronald (Karen) Harter and Donald (Diane) Harter both of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Annette (Calvin) Schmidt of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Judy (Pat) McGuire and Janice Harter both of Churubusco; six grandchildren Amanda (Bill) Notestine, Brian (Melanie) Harter, Stacy (Jonathan) Ware, Jerad (Mary) Harter, Kaitlyn Schmidt, and Heather Schmidt; five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Francis M.and Jessie (Freeman) Harter.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Township, with Pastor Ralph Easterhaus, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Township from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, or one hour prior to the service.

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

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

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Claude Keith Tarr: 1947 – 2015

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Tarr, KeithClaude Keith Tarr, 68, of Churubusco, passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at VA Hospital in Marion.

Mr. Tarr was born on March 8, 1947 in Bluffton, a son of Claude C. and Florence (Maddux) Tarr. He spent his formative years in Jefferson Twp., Grant County, and graduated from Hartford City High School in 1967.

After high school he served his country in the Gulf #27 1st Marine Division in Vietnam, which he received a Purple Heart after being wounded.

On April 12, 2002 he was married to Mary Milner, and moved from Hartford City to Churubusco in 1973.

He was employed at Uniroyal Goodrich, Woodburn, and retired after 23 years.

Mr. Tarr was a member of Viet Nam Veterans of America, Indianapolis Chaper 95, Disabled Veterans Post 1, Fort Wayne, Churubusco VFW Post 3846.

Mr. Tarr had the opportunity to speak to Congress about the welfare of Veterans.

The surviving relatives include his wife, Mary Milner – Tarr of Churubusco; two sons, Jon (Taylor) Milner of Chicksha, Oklahoma and Walker Milner-Tarr of Churubusco; a brother, Richard Tarr of Hartford City; two sisters, Mary (Allen) Kesler of Hartford City and Janet (John) Kidd of Chapmansboro, Tennessee; several nephews and nieces including Doug (Amy) Osborne.

He was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Florence (Maddux) Tarr; two brothers, James and Harold Tarr; two sister, Elizabeth Wesner and Patricia Osborne.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday.

Burial with Military Rites will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Allen County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Shepherd’s House, Fort Wayne.

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Charles L. Gudakunst: 1942 – 2015

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Gudakunst, Charles_0001 (2)Charles L. “Chuck” Gudakunst, 72, a resident of Columbia City and formerly of rural Churubusco in Noble County, passed away at 6:48 p. m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.  He had entered the hospice home on Thursday evening, but had been in failing health for the past six months.

Mr. Gudakunst was born in Fort Wayne on July 30, 1942, a son of Ervin L. and Evelyn (Melching) Gudakunst, and spent most of his formative years in Allen County.  He graduated from Hoagland High School and also did additional education in electronics from Fort Wayne Community Schools.

On September 28, 1963 he was married in Fort Wayne to Sharon S. Burr, and lived in Fort Wayne during the early years of their marriage.  They moved to Green Township in Noble County in 1972 from Fort Wayne and lived most of their adult lives there until moving to Columbia City seven years ago.

Employed by Fort Wayne Community Schools for 43 years, he retired in 2007 as their audio visual specialist.

He was a member of the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in Merriam, where he had served on the church board and had been active in the church’s bus ministry.  In his leisure time he enjoyed watching NASCAR, Indiana University basketball, a variety of church activities, and most especially loved and cherished his family.  He will always be remembered by his grandchildren as “Grandpa Fix-It.”

The surviving relatives include his wife Sharon, to whom he was married for over 51 years; his three children Kim Andorfer of Merriam, Kelly Rosswurm of Fort Wayne, and Kevin (Charity) Gudakunst of Churubusco; a brother Howard K. Gudakunst of Fort Wayne; a sister Rita (Mike) Hieber of New Haven; a stepbrother Wayne (Ann) Rowe of Fort Wayne; a stepsister Barbara (Joe) Sain of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in Merriam with Pastors George Cecil and Barry Faucett, officiating.

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

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, the family requests memorials be directed to Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, or the Diabetes Association.

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

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