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Fern I. Sage: 1923 – 2014

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Sage, Fern_0001Fern I. Sage, 90, a former resident of Eel River Township and widow of Russell H. Sage, passed away at 3:40 a. m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Emeritus Senior Living in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.

Mrs. Sage was born on August 26, 1923 in Swan Township in Noble County, a daughter of Charles and Veda (Beezley) Rhodes.  She spent her formative years on the family farm there, and graduated from Avilla High School in 1941.

On December 19, 1942 she was united in marriage in Fort Wayne to Russell H. Sage, and spent most all of her adult life in Eel River Township.  As a young woman she had worked at General Electric in Fort Wayne, and later worked as an inspector at Grid Craft in Huntertown, retiring from there in 1983.

She attended the Huntertown United Methodist Church and enjoyed participating in its Untied Methodist Women.  A multi-talented farm wife, she was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking, and in her leisure time enjoyed spending time at the lake, traveling, and playing Euchre.

Mr. Sage preceded her in death on July 12, 2012.

The surviving relatives include her two daughters Diane Nagel of Auburn and Marna (Steven Byanski) Widmer of Leo; a brother Donald Rhodes of Avilla; three grandchildren Steve Widmer of Churubusco, Jennifer (Abid) Saleem of Albany, N. Y., and Jason Wells of Fort Wayne; four great-granddaughters Shelby, Layla, Maya, and Anna; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Vestal Troyer; and by six brothers George Rhodes, Argyl Rhodes, Kenneth Rhodes, Bernard Rhodes, Thadus Rhodes, and Ernest Rhodes.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Greg Hiatt and Gabrielle Ginder, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 5 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning.

Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Huntertown United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 426, Huntertown, IN  46748

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Lorena “Jeanne” Dohm: 1954 – 2014

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Dahm, Lorena_0001Lorena “Jeanne” Dohm, 60 a resident of Fort Wayne and wife of Russell E. Dohm, passed away at 3:00 p. m.on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the family residence in Wallen following an extended illness.

Mrs. Dohm was born in Fort Wayne on January 17, 1954, a daughter of James Ralph and Eldora Doris (Eagleson) Rigsby, and graduated from Carroll High School in 1972.

She had previously worked at the Fort Wayne Marriott, and retired from Richards Restaurant after 20 years.  In her leisure time she enjoyed bowling, a variety of arts and crafts, and cooking for family and friends.  Most especially she loved and cherished her family.

On January 2, 2009 she was married in Fort Wayne to Russell E. Dohm.  He survives.

Also surviving are her children Jason R. Jones of Fort Wayne, Kayla (Barak) Pauley of Indianapolis, and Clayton Counts of Fort Wayne; four step-children Amy (Tim) Myers of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Jason (Donna) Dohm of Defiance, Oh., Audrey Tackett of Fort Wayne, and Austin (Christina) Dohm of Satellite City, Fla; two adopted sons Shaun (Heather) Counts of Warsaw and Kevin Bergman of Okinawa, Japan; her mother Eldora Rigsby of Fort Wayne; two brothers Jim (Jean) Rigsby of Troy, Oh., and Dewey (Gayle) Rigsby of Fort Wayne; and 17 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and by a brother Judd Rigsby.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Robert Pauley, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 3 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Friday morning.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825

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Ollie M. Shank: 1927 – 2014

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Shank, OllieOllie M. Shank, 86, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 9:05 p. m. on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Born in Clinch County, Georgia, she was the ninth child born of thirteen to William and Emma (Riberon) Chauncey.  As a teenager she worked in a shoe factory in Waycross, Georgia, and then moved to Jacksonville where she found employment in a cigar factory.

During her time there she met Wilbur Shank when he was stationed in the U. S. Navy.  They were married on April 7, 1951 and relocated from Jacksonville to Churubusco shortly thereafter.

Ollie was employed at Dana Corporation in Churubusco for 23 years, retiring from there in 1988.

She was a member and volunteer of the Churubusco United Methodist Church for over ten years.  In her leisure time she enjoyed fishing and watching the birds at the bird feeders around her home.

Surviving are her husband Wilbur, to whom she was married for over 63 years; her daughters Cheryl Wyatt of Churubusco and Monica Shank of Fort Wayne; and two grandsons Andrew Ott of Chicago and Toby Ott of Churubusco;  Also surviving are three sisters Arrie Dann of Fulton, New York, Louise Illum of Whittier, Calif., and Alma Foreman of Jupitor, Fla; and a brother Dr. Allen Chauncey of Jacksonville, Fla;  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Churubusco United Methodist Church, with Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker, officiating.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Wednesday from 4 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.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco United Methodist Church  (churubuscoumc.org)  or to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home who extended such care and compassion during our visit  (http://www.vnfw.org/content/donate).

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Danny E. Biddle, Sr: 1948 – 2014

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Biddle, Danny_0001Danny E. Biddle, Sr., 65, a resident of rural Albion, was in route to his beloved Lake Brevort in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to celebrate his 46th wedding anniversary.  It was a special place that he and his family had always enjoyed.  An unexpected motor vehicle accident on Monday, June 23, 2014, caused him to be taken to the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, where he passed away at 6:29 a. m. on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Mr. Biddle was born in LaPorte on July 16, 1948, and spent his formative years in Fort Wayne.  He graduated from Northside High School in 1966, and later earned a certificate from the International Business College in Fort Wayne.

On June 22, 1968 he was married in Churubusco to Mary Lou Johnson.  Other than living in Bronson, Michigan for three years, the couple spent most of their married lives in Noble Township in Noble County.

Well known as a realtor, appraiser, and property investor, he had been employed by Orizion Real Estate when it was first established in Fort Wayne.  He was later employed by the Federal Land Bank in Albion, was an auctioneer for Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, Inc. in Columbia City, and for the last several years had been a self-employed realtor and real estate appraiser.

He attended the New Hope Wesleyan Church, west of Columbia City, and was a member of the board of directors of the Oxford Adoption Foundation in Naples, Florida.  In his leisure time he enjoyed camping, woodworking, was an avid coin collector, and will always be remembered as a perfectionist in whatever he did.  Most importantly, he loved and cherished his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Mary Lou; a brother-son Kevin (Tina) Biddle of Churubusco; four children Melody (Donnie Winebrenner) Biddle of Churubusco, Dr. Kimberly (Michael) Sajdak of Columbia City, Danny (Andrea) Biddle, Jr. of Albion, and Kristina (Jeff) Schefke of Oxford, Mich; his mother Madalene Allfeld of Fort Wayne; three brothers Richard (Drucilla) Biddle of Albion, Leo Wayne Biddle of Churubusco and Phillip Biddle of Fort Wayne; his sister Cheryl (Gary) Hackett of Fort Wayne; a son-in-law Todd (Angie) Weber of Albion; and eleven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the New Hope Wesleyan Church, U. S. 30 at County Road 400 West, Columbia City with Pastor Jason Tash, 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.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Oxford Adoption Foundation, 4309 Crayton Rd., Naples, FL  34103

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Cody Michael McCoy: 1987 – 2014

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

MCCOY_PORTRAITCody M. McCoy, 27, a native of Churubusco, passed away early Monday, June 23, 2014, at his home in Fort Wayne.

Cody was born on June 3, 1987 in Fort Wayne, a son of Jerry A. and Delores “Dee Dee” (Caudle) McCoy, and had lived all of his life in Churubusco until just recently moving to Fort Wayne.

He graduated from Churubusco High School in 2006, where he excelled in a variety of athletics.  For over seven years he had been employed as a machinist with C&A Tool & Engineering in Churubusco.  In his leisure time he enjoyed music, playing his guitar, and was an avid Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds fan.  Most of all he was a loving and devoted father to his two sons.

The surviving relatives are his sons Braylon Andrew McCoy of Fort Wayne and Cayden Michael Pequignot of Columbia City; his parents Jerry and Dee Dee McCoy of Churubusco; a sister Tiffany (Jorel) Longardner of Albion; a brother Shawn (Codi Wetzel) McCoy of Churubusco; the maternal grandparents Claude and Rosalee Caudle of Greens Fork; the paternal grandparents Neil and Pat McCoy of Greens Fork; a niece Jaelie Longardner; two nephews Jorian and Jaymin Longardner; a companion and her daughter Adrienne Miller and Laila of Fort Wayne; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Friday in Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

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

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

The family requests that memorials be directed for his two sons in care of Jerry and Delores McCoy.

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