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Adam P. Ross: 1985 – 2014

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Ross, AdamAdam P. Ross, 29, a former resident of Churubusco and more recently of Fort Wayne, passed away  at 10:44 p. m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.

Adam was born on May 14, 1985, a son of Terry L. and Candace (Traxler) Ross, and spent all of his formative years in Churubusco.  He graduated from Churubusco High School in 2003, and earned his associates degree from Vincennes University.

Employed as a machinist at C&A Tool and Engineering in Churubusco, he had worked there for the past six years.

On September 21, 2013 he was married at Ege to Allison Kay Smith.  The couple loved to travel and enjoyed such destinations as Cabo, Mexico and also Hawaii. They loved attending country music concerts, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and boating on Blue Lake.  Adam enjoyed life to the fullest, and in his leisure time was an avid gun collector, and enjoyed cars and waterskiing with family and friends on Blue Lake, where he grew up.

He was baptized, confirmed, and had been a server at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco.

The surviving relatives include his wife Allie; his parents Terry and Candi Ross of Churubusco; a sister Kelli (Josh) Kirchner of Columbia City; his maternal grandparents Nancy Traxler of Fort Wayne and Harold (Lori) Traxler of Huntertown; the paternal grandmother Margaret Ross of Avilla; his mother-in-law Peggy Smith of Fort Wayne; a sister-in-law Amanda (Jon McCoy) Smith of Fort Wayne; a brother-in-law Alex Smith of Fort Wayne; four uncles Curt (Tina) Traxler of Albion, Gary (Susan Byerley) Ross of LaOtto, Rick Ross of Keystone, and his uncle and godfather Craig (Susan) Traxler of Fort Wayne; an aunt and godmother Carla (Steve) Plummer of Huntertown; one niece Ella Kirchner; two nephews Austin and Eli Kirchner; and his dog “Hunter.”

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Richard Ross.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a. m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco with Father Danney Pinto and Father Jacob Meyer, the concelebrants.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 8 p. m.  The Rosary will be recited at 8 p. m. Friday at the funeral home.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825; or American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste 550, Chicago, IL 60631

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Thomas L. “Tom” Martin: 1961 – 2014

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Martin, Tom_0001Thomas L. “Tom” Martin, 53, a resident of Churubusco, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 10:04 p. m., surrounded by his loving family.  He had been in declining health since October.

Mr. Martin was born in Huntington on September 12, 1961, a son of James Lee and Nina (King) Martin.  He spent his early years in Huntington, and as a youth moved with his parents to a home near Green Center.  He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1979.

On October 4, 1985 he was married in Fort Wayne to Teresa Matson, and lived all of his adult life in Churubusco.

For 20 years he was employed by Specialty Tool, Inc. in Fort Wayne, and had served as the company’s president until illness had forced his retirement.

He attended the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, and in his leisure time had enjoyed race car driving, attending and supporting his son’s athletic events, and most especially loved his friends and family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Teresa; his sons Bryan Martin of Fort Wayne and Bradley Martin, at home; his mother Nina Martin of Columbia City; and his mother-in-law Nancy Matson of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his father; and by a son Andrew Martin..

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 W. Jefferson Blvd., with Pastors Arthur Klausmeier and Thomas Eggold, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

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

Memorial contributions should be directed to the family.

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Karen L. Emrich 1943 – 2014

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Emrich, Karen_0001Karen L. Emrich, 71, a resident of rural Huntertown and wife of James A. Emrich, passed away at 4:10 a. m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Kingston Care Center. She had been in declining health for some time and had been a patient there for the past three months.

Mrs. Emrich was born on June 5, 1943 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Russell and Rose Elizabeth “Betty” (Beck) Gresley. She spent most of her formative years near Ossian and graduated from Ossian High School in 1961.

As a young woman she graduated from the x-ray technician program at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, and was married in Poe on August 31, 1963 to James A. Emrich of Huntertown. Early in her life she worked as an x-ray technician at International Harvester in Fort Wayne for three years.

One of her gifts was in working with children, and she was the founder and director of the Huntertown United Methodist Pre School, where she worked for 11 years. She was later employed in the cafeteria at Carroll High School. She was a member of the Daisy Maz’s Home Economics Club, and enjoyed painting, riding horses, and most especially loved and cherished her family.

The surviving relatives include her husband James A. Emrich, to whom she was married for over 51 years; her children Brian (Kim) Emrich and Beth (Daniel) Van Gerpen, both of Huntertown, Daniel Emrich of Fort Wayne, Steven (Lisa) Emrich of Pittsboro, N. C., David (Ginger) Emrich of Indianapolis, and Michael Emrich of Huntertown; her brother Ross Gresley of Catawba, S. C; and seven grandchildren.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Monday, December 1, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Dr. David D. Biberstein, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 5 p. m.

Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, northwest of Huntertown.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46814

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William A. “Bill” Sobasky: 1943 – 2014

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Sobasky, Wm_0001William A. “Bill” Sobasky, 71, a resident of rural LaOtto, passed away at 11:35 a. m. on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  He had been in declining health since September and had entered the hospital on Wednesday.

Mr. Sobasky was born on October 8, 1943 in Fort Wayne, and son of Joseph and Mary (Hollis) Sobasky, and spent much of his formative years near Stroh in LaGrange County.

On September 4, 1971 he was married in Stroh to Jacque E. Boyer, and had been a resident of Swan Township since 1976.

He served with the U. S. Army National Guard for 18 years, and retired from construction work in 2004.

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Ege, its Holy Name Society, and the Knights of Columbus in Garrett.  In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, woodworking, playing cards, and most especially loved and cherished his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Jacque; his children Kellie (Edward) Huelsenbeck of LaOtto, and Rusty (Nancy) Sobasky and Andrew (Jeanette) Sobasky, both of Churubusco; six grandchildren Taylor, Alyssa, Cole, and Mckenna Sobasky, and Bayleigh and Jack Huelsenbeck; two brothers and four sisters.  His parents preceded him in death.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a. m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Ege with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Monday from 2 to 8 p. m.  The Holy Rosary will be recited at 8 p. m. Monday at the funeral home.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the church cemetery fund, LaOtto Volunteer Fire Department, Swan Twp. 4-H or Green Twp. Aggies.

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Connie J. Miller: 1946 – 2014

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Miller, ConnieConnie J. Miller, 68, a resident of Churubusco and wife of Richard N. Miller, passed away at 8:15 a. m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at her residence.  Although she had been in declining health, her death was unexpected.

Mrs. Miller was born in Fort Wayne on August 11, 1946, a daughter of Phil and Betty (Garrison) Miller, and spent her formative years in the North Manchester-South Whitley areas.  She attended North Manchester Schools, and graduated from Rock Creek High School in 1964.  A homemaker, she spent most of her adult life in the Churubusco-area and had lived at her present home since 1970.

On September 3, 1965 she was married in Kimmell to Richard N. Miller.  He survives.

Also surviving is her daughter Susan (Jim) Crowell of Huntertown; a brother James (Cindy) Miller of Leesburg; and two grandchildren Katherine Crowell and Matthew Crowell.  Her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Greg Hiatt, pastor of Huntertown United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Wednesday morning.

Interment will be in the family plot at the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Jay County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Autism Society of Indiana, 3951 N. Meridian St., #220, Indianapolis, IN 46208

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