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Todd A. “Goose” Guisinger 1969 – 2015

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Todd A. “Goose” Guisinger, 46, a resident of Butler and a native of Tri-Lakes, passed away at 2:20 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne following an illness of two years.

Todd was born on May 23, 1969. He spent his formative years on Shriner Lake and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1987. He had lived at his home in Butler for the past 20 years.

He retired from the maintenance department at Steel Dynamics, Inc. in Butler after 15 years.

The surviving relatives include his mother Nancy Lewis of Churubusco; two sisters Jacqueline Worley of Churubusco and Bobbie Nasheed of Carson, CA; a brother Jason Guisinger of Columbia City; a niece, four nephews; and two daughters.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Kenneth and Marciel Guisinger; and by a niece Ameerah Waheed.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p. m. on Monday, August 10, 2015 at Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker, officiating. the family will greet friends at the church after 5 p. m. until the time of the service. Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-Anon.

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William E. Berry: 1930 – 2015

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Berry, Bill_0001 (3)William E. Berry, 84, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his home in Smith Township following an extended illness.

Mr. Berry was born in Fort Wayne on December 26, 1930, a son of Everette M. L. and M. Bernice (Deem) Berry, and spent his formative years near Churubusco.  He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1948 and did additional study in computer programming through IBM.

On October 12, 1952 he was married in Green Center to Rosemary J. Bonar, and spent most all of his adult life in Smith Township, residing at his present home since 1957.

Employed by International Harvester in Fort Wayne for 35 years, he retired as a computer programmer there in 1983.  He had also worked as a computer programmer for Magnavox Corporation in Fort Wayne for ten summers.  Following his retirement, he and his wife wintered in Harlingen, Texas for 32 years.

As an active church member, he served as secretary of the commission on stewardship and finance for the Churches of God Indiana Conference, and had served as a church elder, Sunday School superintendent, and teacher.  In Harlingen,Texas he was a member of the Park Place Church and served as its treasurer and church council member.  He served on the board for Bear Lake Church Camp in Noble County, and had taught classes in computer programming at ECPI and Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne, and also at Park Place in Harlingen for its senior citizens.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling and had traveled to all 50 states, as well as several Canadian provinces, Europe, and had enjoyed four Caribbean cruises.

The surviving relatives include his wife Rosemary, to whom he was married for over 62 years; his children Roger E. (Vicki) Berry of Galveston and Janet (Keith) Ramsey of Churubusco; two granddaughters Stephanie (Evan) Boggs of Nappanee and Megan (Keenan) Zimmerman of Modesto, CA; and a brother-in-law Joel Weaver and sister-in-law Bonnie Zeigler, both of Churubusco.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father Clarence Zeigler; a half-brother David L. Zeigler; and a half-sister Mary Weaver.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor David Tabler, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Wednesday morning.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

The family requests memorials be directed to Bear Lake Church Camp, 1805 S. 16th St., Albion, IN  46701

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M. Phyllis Gordon 1923 – 2015

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Gordon, Phyllis_0001 (2)M. Phyllis Gordon, 92, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Sanford D. Gordon, passed away at 10:27 a. m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at her home in Smith Township.

Mrs. Gordon was born on April 18, 1923 in Eel River Township, a daughter of Neil J. and Alma M. (Grady) Walker. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco area and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1941.

On January 15, 1943 she was married to Sanford D. Gordon. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2002.

She was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 Ladies Auxiliary, Churubusco Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846.

The surviving relatives include her children Paul (Marla) Gordon and Donna (Oras) Butler, both of Churubusco; her grandchildren Neil (Ann) Gordon, Alan (Penny) Butler, Michael Butler, Larry Gordon, Amanda (Marcus) Elam, and Justin (Jamie) Gordon; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Ruth Dafforn.

Graveside services will be held at Eel River Cemetery on Friday, August 7, 2015, at 2:30 p.m., Eddie Jones, officiating.

Memorial may be directed to the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 Ladies Auxiliary.

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

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Franklin L. “Bud” Bassett, Jr: 1928 – 2015

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Bassett, Frank 2Franklin L. “Bud” Bassett, Jr., 87, a resident of Auburn, passed away at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. Although he had been in declining health, he had only been seriously ill for the past week.

Mr. Bassett was born in Auburn on January 11, 1928, a son of Franklin L.and Anna Belle (Benson) Bassett, Sr., and spent his formative years there. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1947. He later took advanced training in engineering at Ball State Teacher’s College, now Ball State University in Muncie.

Employed as an engineer for 50 years, he worked for Borg Warner which later became Auburn Gear, retiring from there in 1994.

In his leisure time he enjoyed gardening, restoring antique vehicles, the ACD Festival, and watching various types of auto sports. He had a great love for animals, and most especially loved and cherished his children and grandchildren.

On August 11, 1987 he was married in Fort Wayne to Anne Elizabeth (Drerup) Case. She preceded him in death on October 20, 2001.

The surviving relatives include his children Christine (Rex) Horsewood of Hoagland, and Craig (Nancy) Bassett and Clay (Deb) Bassett, both of Auburn; his seven grandchildren Rachael (Tom) Johnson of London, England, Amanda Horsewood and Aaron (Jake Hall) Horsewood, both of Fort Wayne, and Carly Bassett, Jack Bassett, Adam (Amy) Bassett and Shelby Bassett, all of Auburn; and six great-grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 6, 2015, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Corinne Boruff-Stucker, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p. m.

Interment will be in the Cedar Creek Cemetery, south of Garrett.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the DeKalb Humane Society, 5221 US Highway 6, Butler, IN 46721

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Molly Ann Knotts Rennaker: 1967 – 2015

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Rennaker, Molly colorMolly Ann Knotts Rennaker, 47, of Fort Wayne and a native of Eel River Township near Churubusco, left the chains that bound her to life and ran laughing and dancing into the arms of Jesus at 5:20 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Ashton Creek Health & Rehab in Fort Wayne.

Molly was born in Fort Wayne on September 16, 1967, a daughter of Richard P. and Jeannine (Durnbaugh) Knotts, and spent her formative years in the Churubusco area.  She graduated from Carroll High School in 1986 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Manchester College in 1990.  As a young woman she worked for 12 years as a case worker for the Division of Family Resources in Wabash County.  Later in her life she worked as a chauffeur for the Amish community in Allen County.

Donovan, her son, was her greatest pride and joy.  Afraid she would not live long enough to raise her son, her proudest achievement was to see him to manhood.  Holding  hands, the two of them laughed and cried as he helped her “away” to her Heavenly home.  She’d had a heart transplant and subsequent stroke which left her without body movement or the ability to speak.  However, she continued to smile her way through life and made friends everywhere.  Tears may fill the eyes of those left behind, but joy, health and grace have wiped all tears from Molly’s eyes.

A lover of music, she participated in Minstrel Magic at Carroll High School, and spent her last few active years enjoying ballroom dancing.  Her son remembers her as a devoted “soccer mom,” and her family will remember how she lit up each room she entered with her speech, her joy, and her “Mollyisms” which included her quirky humor, her determined spunk, and her unending joy.

The surviving relatives include her son Donovan Rennaker of Harlan and his girlfriend Micheala Pattison of North Manchester; her mother and step-father Jeannine (Knotts) and John  Brown of Harlan; her two sisters Meegan (Mark) Siegwarth of Huntertown and Dinah (Michael) Keeterle of Springfield, TN., niece and nephews Lauren and Ryan Siegwarth, and Seth Keeterle; a step-niece and nephew; two great step-nieces; and three step-sisters.

She was preceded in death by her father on March 6, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at the Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastors Corinne Boruff-Stucker and Lamar Imes, 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 Wednesday morning.

Private family interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, 3760 Guion Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46222

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