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Gerald “Jerry” Quinn: 1964 – 2014

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

untitledGerald R. “Jerry” Quinn, 49, a resident of rural LaOtto, passed away at 10:00 p. m. on Friday, April 4, 2014 from the results of a single vehicle accident in Noble County.

Mr. Quinn was born on October 6, 1964 in Fort Wayne. He spent his formative years in Fort Wayne and completed his education at Northrop High School. On November 26, 1990 he was married in Fort Wayne to Jeanene Marie Neuhaus. The couple lived in St. Joe for ten years before moving to their present home in Green Township 14 years ago.

 Employed as a welder and machinist, he had worked at Wirco, Inc. in Avilla for the past 26 years. He loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and participating on motorcycle runs. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his father “Pa.”  He loved camping, campfires, and most especially loved and cherished his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Jeanene; two sons Jerome R. Quinn of LaOtto and Jared A. Quinn of Chesapeake, Va; his mother and father Barbara and Ron Pelz, Sr. of Waterloo; two sisters Peggy Quinn of Syracuse and Rhonda (Jim) Bubb of Greencastle; three brothers Ron E. (Kari) Pelz, Jr. of Vancouver, Wa., and Mark A. Pelz and Mike E. Pelz, both of Fort Wayne; and his beloved grandson Colten R. Quinn.

He was preceded in death by his biological father Karl R. Quinn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Condon Powers, officiating.

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

Interment will be in the Ege Catholic Cemetery, Noble County.

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Stuart L. Petrie 1927 – 2014

Friday, April 4th, 2014

PETRIStuart L. Petrie, 87, of Churubusco, passed away at 12:07 pm on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at his home in Churubusco.

Mr. Petrie was born on February 6, 1927 in Livia, Kentucky, a son of Guy and Margaret (Hatfield) Petrie. He spent his formative years in McLean County, Kentucky, and attended school in Livermore, Kentucky.

After high school he served in World War II in the United States Marine Corps.

On June 22, 1946 he was married to Retha F. Howard. They moved from McLean County, Kentucky, to Churubusco in 1969.

He was employed at Wayne Home Equipment, and retired in 1989. He also was a driver for the Indiana Auto Action for 16 years.

Mr. Petrie was a member to the Green Center United Methodist Church.

His spouse preceded him in death on July 30, 2002.

The surviving relatives include three sons, Keith Petrie of Lagrange, Gerald (Ann) Petrie of Indianapolis, and John S. (Cathy) Petrie of Albion; a daughter, Debbie Arehart of Churubusco; a brother, Guy (Margaret) Petrie II of Melbourne, Fla; seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents Guy and Margaret (Hatfield) Petrie.

A memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, April 11, 2014 at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Nancy Fergusson and Pastor John Shell, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from noon to 2:00 pm Friday.

Burial will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to American Heart Association.

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Jeffrey B. Doner: 1962 – 2014

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

DonerJeffrey B. Doner, 51, a former resident of Fort Wayne and more recently of Indianapolis, passed away at 7:50 p. m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis after collapsing unexpectedly at his home.

Mr. Doner was born on November 30, 1962 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, a son of Richard and Vera (Tsiguloff) Doner, and moved to Fort Wayne as a child with his parents, where he spent his formative years.  He graduated from Homestead High School in 1981, attended Colorado Mountain College, and graduated from IPFW in 1987.

On May 11, 1985 he was married in Fort Wayne to Janet S. Harmeyer.  The couple spent most of their married lives in Fort Wayne, lived for a brief period in Chandler, Arizona, and had resided in Indianapolis for the past five years.

While living in Fort Wayne he had been employed by Kruse International in Auburn for 20 years, and since 2009 was the Vice President and Principal Broker for Key Auctioneers in Indianapolis.

His life was marked by memberships and participation in a variety of professional organizations.  He was a Certified Commercial Investment Member, and was a member of the National Association of REALTORS, and the National Auctioneers Association.  In his leisure time he enjoyed his golf league and was proud of making a hole-in-one.  He was also an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts and enjoyed auto racing events.  Most especially he loved and cherished his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Janet; his children Mitch and Marissa, both of Indianapolis; his parents Richard and Vera Doner of Fort Wayne; a brother Steven (Jane) Doner of Wheaton, Ill; a sister Christine (David) Lucheon of Knoxville, Tenn; his grandson Christopher; three nephews and one niece.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6318 W. California Rd., Fort Wayne.  Pastors William E. Mueller and Mitch Kruse will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Saturday morning.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Youth for Christ, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Elizabeth Carolyn Shelmadine: 1936 – 2014

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Elizabeth Carolyn Shelmadine, 77, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Max R. Shelmadine, passed away at 10:05 p. m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She had been in failing health for the past three years and had been more seriously ill since January.

Mrs. Shelmadine was born in Churubusco on October 29, 1936, a daughter of Marvin and Florence (Deck) Rollins. She spent her formative years in Churubusco and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1954.

On June 13, 1958 she was married in Columbia City to Max R. Shelmadine. The couple lived in Columbia City for a short period, but spent most of their married lives in Churubusco.

She retired as a packer at Dana Corporation in Churubusco after 30 years.

A member of the Churubusco Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846 Ladies Auxiliary, she enjoyed playing Bingo, tip boards, and most especially loved and cherished her family.

Mr. Shelmadine preceded her in death on February 10, 2005.

The surviving relatives include her three sons Max (Glory) Shelmadine, Jr. of Churubusco, Michael (Pam) Shelmadine of Fort Wayne, and William (Carrie) Shelmadine of Columbia City; three brothers Clyde Rollins and Charles Rollins, both of Churubusco, and Eddie Rollins of Bluffton; her sister Patricia Perkins of Bluffton; 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers Alfred L. Rollins, Ross E. Rollins, Clayton Rollins, and Robert Rollins; two sisters Phyllis Born and Letha Born; and by a grandson Jeffery Shelmadine.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Rick Van Horn, pastor of Christ Community Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.

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Carol Sue Young 1948 – 2014

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Carol Sue Young, 65, of Albion, passed away at 8:45 pm on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Parkview Oaks in Columbia City.

Ms. Young was born on September 8, 1948 in Wolf Lake, a daughter of Lloyd T. and Ruth Anna (Brown) Young. She spent her formative years in Green Township, and graduated from Churubusco High School.

She worked on the family farm and Chain – O – Lakes State Park.

Ms. Young was a member of Blue River Church of the Brethren.

She enjoyed reading, cross stitching, knitting, mowing, and tending to the garden.

She is survived by her mother Ruth Anna Young of Columbia City; several cousins

She was preceded in death by her father Lloyd T. Young and a brother, John S. Young.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Craig Alan Myers, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00pm to 8:00 p.m. Friday, or one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

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