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Ralph Eugene Deck Sr. 1929 – 2015

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Deck, Ralph Sr.Ralph Eugene Deck Sr., 85, of Albion, passed away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 2, 2015 at his home south of Wolf Lake.

Mr. Deck was born on May 25, 1929 in Oakwood, Ohio, a son of George G. and Elmira (Rollins) Deck.

After high school Ralph joined the United States Air Force and served his county for 17 years including 10 years in foreign service.

On January 5, 1957 he was married to Vada Ilene Smeltzer.

After the Air Force he was employed at Dana, and retired in 1993.

Mr. Deck was a member of the Churubusco VFW

The surviving relatives include wife of 57 years, Vada Ilene Deck of Albion; two sons, Joe (Jackie) Klase of Goshen and Ralph E Deck, Jr. of Albion; four daughters, Tina M Deck of Albion, Shari A (Rocky) Taylor, Linda A. (Randy) Kuhn both of Cromwell, Wanda S Hines of Albion; A Daughter-in-law, Angie Deck of Garrett; a sister, Joan Ott of Merriam; 18 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons Bruce L. Deck and Eugene L. Deck; two brothers, Robert Deck and Warren Deck, Sr.; two sisters, Marcile Foote and Joyce Thompson; two grandsons, Curt Hasting, Jr., and Bruce Leo Deck, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Dan Carlson, officiating.

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

Burial will be in the Wolf Lake Cemetery, Wolf Lake.

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

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Ralph “Butch” Perry 1940 – 2014

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Perry, FloydRalph E. “Butch” Perry, 74, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 9:08 a.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Perry was born on May 31, 1940 in Fort Wayne, a son of Sidney and Valleta (Oberholtzer) Perry, Sr. He spent his formative years in Fort Wayne.

After high school he serviced in the United States Army.

On June 16, 1961 he was married in Thorntown to Pat Baer, and moved from Colorado to Fort Wayne after his military service.

He was employed at Dana Corp., Fort Wayne, and retired in 1996 after more than 32 years of service.

Mr. Perry was a member of Churubusco Masonic Lodge and the American Legion Post #256 in Pierceton.

He loved his pets and camping and fishing at Pic.A.Spot campground on Barbee lake.

The surviving relatives include his wife, Pat Perry of Fort Wayne; daughters, Robin Taylor and April (William) Foote both of Fort Wayne; sons, Chris (Daphanie) Perry and David Perry both of Fort Wayne; grandsons, Richard Roberts, Doug Petitt, and William Foote; granddaughters, Jessica Foote, Chrystal Foote, Shawna Perry, Maegan Perry, and Amber Cornett.

He was preceded in death by his parents Sidney and Valetta (Oberholtzer) Perry, Sr.; two brothers, Sidney Perry, Jr. and Edward Perry; a sister Diane Lee; three grandsons.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, or one hour prior to the service.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Arcola Volunteer Fire Department.

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Edith L. Colpean 1931 – 2014

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Colpean, EdithEdith L. Colpean, 83, of Saginaw, Michigan, passed away at 5:25 pm on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Colpean was born on September 10, 1931 in Kiel, Germany, a daughter of Wilhelm and Elisabeth (Clausen) Mohr. She spent her formative years in Kiel, and Emigrated to Toranto, Canada in 1954.

In June, 1955 she was married in Toranto, Canada to Robert LaGrow, and moved to Saginaw, Michigan, he precedes her.

On Decemeber 24, 1970, she married Edward Colpean in Saginaw, Michgain.

She was employed at Wickes Lumber as a bookkeeper for 17 years. then she worked at Saginaw Community Schools, and retired in 1993.

In addition to spending time with her grandchildren, she enjoyed going to the casino and traveling.

Her spouse Edward Colpean preceded her in 1992 after 22 years of marriage.

The surviving relatives include two daughters, Regina (Tim) Kelley of Au Gres, Michgain and Rebecca (Rick) Gascoyne of Churubusco; four grandchildren, Tiffany Stamper of Au Gres, Michgain, Rane Gascoyne, Morgan Gascoyne both of Churubusco, and Stefanie (Michael) Haines, Burns, Oregon; a sister, Ute (Uwe) Gräfendorf of Preetz, Germany; also many nieces and nephews in Germany and Australia.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by a brother, Heinz Mohr and a sister Irmgard Mohr – Libner.

Funeral services will be held at 5:00 pm Sunday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Oak Wood Cemetery, Saginaw, MI.

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Floyd E. “Skeet” Herdman 1924 – 2014

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Herdman, SkeetFloyd E. Herdman, 90, of Huntertown, passed away peacefully at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne surrounded by his loving family and the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Mr. Herdman was born on February 28, 1924 in Fort Wayne, a son of Clarence and Blanche (Gebert) Herdman. He spent his formative years in Huntertown, and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1943.

He was a proud WWII veteran where he fought in the 10th Infantry Division and in 1944 was wounded in Metz, France. He was a Purple Heart recipient as well as a recipient of the U.S Medal of Honor and the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal of Honor, in addition to two Campaign Bronze Stars, and Good Conduct Ribbon Awards. Floyd was honored to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with fellow WWII honorees.

On April 24, 1948 he was married at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Avilla, to Dolores E. Hoeppner.

He was employed at Warner’s Motor Service for 28 years and retired in 1989 after 18 years from IPFW.

Mr. Herdman was a charter member of Our Hope Lutheran Church – Huntertown where he serviced in many offices and responsibilities, DAV Lifetime Member, VFW Lifetime Member, and Seniors Enjoying Life.

Love for his country was displayed in being a member of the Veteran Associations and in the many presentations he gave to area school children describing his actions in the war. The community could count on him to deliver fruit baskets, placing flags on the graves of veterans and march in Veterans Day parades.

A God fearing man, he will be most remembered for his love and pride in his family. The grandchildren recall many fond days with their grandfather especially summers on Crooked Lake, holiday and family reunions, birthday celebrations, and visits to grandma and grandpa’s country home outside of Huntertown.

The surviving relatives include wife, Dolores E. Herdman of Huntertown; children, Karen (Ralph) Noll of Auburn, Steve (Jeanine) Herdman of Maumee, OH, Dawn (James) Carl of Fort Wayne, and Julie (Dewaine) King of Wolcottville; a brother, Robert Herdman of Fort Wayne; a sister, Gloria (Richard) O’Connor of Fort Wayne; ten grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Blanche (Gebert) Herdman; a brother Virgil Herdman; two sisters Doris Rediger and Mary Ann Rarick.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Our Hope Lutheran Church, with Pastor Joe Fichtner, officiating.

The family will receive friends at Our Hope Lutheran Church from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, and one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Huntertown Cemetery, Huntertown.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Our Hope Lutheran Church, Huntertown.

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Barbara Gensheimer 1944 – 2014

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Barbara Gensheimer, 70, of Churubusco, passed away at 3:00 am on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Columbia City.

Ms. Gensheimer was born on November 26, 1944 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a daughter of Joe and Lucille (Durnell) Roach. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne, and graduated from New Haven High School in 1963.

She was employed for many years as a Home Health Care Aid.

Ms. Gensheimer was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #157 in Churubusco.

The surviving relatives include three sons, Eddie Gensheimer of Churubusco, Christopher Gensheimer of Bradenton, FL, and Jason Gensheimer of Chipley, FL; two sisters, Sandy Harman and Janet (Richard) Ranney both of Churubusco; a brother, Joe (Amy) Roach of Churubusco; six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William “Bill” E. Roach.

At the request of the family there will be no services.

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