J D “Sonny” Egolf: 1922 – 2010

Egolf,_J_DJ D “Sonny” Egolf, 87, a resident of Thorncreek Township and widely acquainted Whitley County farmer and grain dealer, passed away at 3:25 a. m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville following an extended illness.  He had been taken to the hospital on Thursday from North Ridge Village in Albion, where he had resided for over three years.

Mr. Egolf was born on the Egolf Homestead in Thorncreek Township on December 18, 1922, a son of Dewey and Eva (Winebrenner) Egolf, and graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1941.  As a young man he served with the U. S. Army during World War II, and was married in Columbia City on February 24, 1945 to Ruth Borgman.

Egolf, J D ArmyHe spent most of his life in both Whitley and Noble Counties, and was engaged in farming all of his adult life.  He was also the co-owner of Egolf Grain in Whitley County for many years.

Mr. Egolf attended the Blue River Church of the Brethren, served as a deacon at the former Blue River Church of God, and had also served on the board of directors for the Federal Land Bank.   He found joy in his work as a farmer, enjoyed tending his livestock, and most especially loved and cherished his family.

Mrs. Egolf preceded him in death on May 2, 1994.

The surviving relatives include his children Dennis (Rebecca) Egolf of Oak Park, Ill., Gary (Cathy) Egolf of Berne, Gail (Judy) Egolf and Jody (John) Long, both of Columbia City, and Cindy (Roberto D’Alonzo) Egolf of Dolce Acqua, Italy; a sister Faith Richards of Gainsville, Fla; a sister-in-law Martha Ann Egolf of Churubusco; three grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister Sylvelda (Harold O.) McCoy; a brother Russell J. Egolf; a daughter-in-law Marilyn Egolf; and a grandson Alex Egolf.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Friday, July 9, 2010, in the Blue River Church of the Brethren, 3040 East 700 North, Whitley County, with Pastor Craig Alan Myers, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Thursday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the donor’s choice.


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11 Responses to “J D “Sonny” Egolf: 1922 – 2010”

  1. Gary Heckman Says:

    Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. You have my sympathies.

  2. Matt Zeigler Says:

    Gary and Gail & Egolf family, May God bless your family during this time of sorrow. I can remember both Grandpa Zeigler, Grandpa Pete and my Dad David Zeigler visiting with JD about farming and all work and joy that goes with it. I also remember both JD and Ruth teaching Sunday school at the Blue River Church of God when I was a young child.

    Matt Zeigler
    Logansport, IN

  3. Kaye Hall Carlson Says:

    I was sorry to read of the loss of your dad. Seeing the obituary brought to mind a wedding picture of your parents in my grandmother’s scrapbook. I believe they were married at my grandparents home, Charles and Bessie Keiser.There was no notation next to the picture, so I can now give it a date. Possibly, your mom lived with my grandparents because they rented out rooms upstairs and were very attached to all who stayed there.You probably don’t remember me, but I graduated from CC in ‘69.

  4. Frances Stuckey Brown Says:

    Dear children of Ruth and J.D. Egolf,
    I have known you for many years as I taught at Thorncreek Center and was acquainted with your parents.
    Please know that I am thinking of each of you. I would be at the funeral home but I am going to have a heart procedure in the morning,July 8th, in Fort Wayne.
    I wish for each of you..many happy years ahead and comfort for this sad time.God bless you. Frances Stucey Brown

  5. Randy Hearld Says:

    To the families of J.D.Egolf, I was sorry to read of your fathers death. Gary, just a couple of weeks ago you told me you were on your way to visit with him. It is hard to have a loved one with you one day and absent the next. I pray for God`s presence and His peace to be near to all of you. I`m sorry for your loss. Randy

  6. Pat Young Says:

    Dear Egolf family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. We were unable to make it to the funeral home. We pray that God will keep you in His loving care. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    In sympathy,
    Pat & Kathy Young

  7. Tony & Jill Winebrenner Says:

    To The Familes of J.D. (”Sonny”) Egolf. We are sorry for the lost of you Father. He is now with his buddie Hobert Winebrenner.

    We have lost two of the greatest World War II gentlmen that gave it all for our County, & the families they have left behind. So we could have a better world to live in, now they are together watching over us.

    Sonny was like a bother to Hobert, we will miss Sonny with his great “Smile” , the kindness that he always give to others.

    God bless all of you.

    Tony & Jill Winebrenner

  8. Faith Richards Says:

    My love and sympathy to all. Dennis, Gary, Gail and
    Cindy, how I wish I could be with you. I am grateful
    to Sonny for calling me on the phone so faithfully.
    He never failed to tell me how good it was to hear
    my voice. I’ll really miss his calls. I am waiting
    for the day when we can all be together again.
    Much love,

  9. Geraldine Hanrahan Says:

    Dear Becky and Dennis Egolf and Family,
    My deepest sympathy and understanding for the loss of your dear father. I know he will be missed. We must believe that we will some day be together again, in spirit with our Lord.

  10. Marie Chisholm Says:

    The entire Borman family has been a part of my life since about 1940’s, when my sister, Ruby Grayson, married Byron Borgman. Later my brother, Luther Reed, married Janice Borgman. Later Ernie and Charlie entered my life, followed by all the others throughout the years at family reunions. What a privilege to know this family, their friendship and love extended to me. Ruth and Sonny were very special in every way, as well as Mother Borgman. I’m blesed to have known them.

  11. Russ and Cathie Davis Says:

    Dear Gail, It has been a long time since we’ve been in contact with you, ran across this obituary out of the blue. Must have been meant for us to get in contact with you! We are so sorry you have lost your dad. We do think of you, and especially now, will keep you, and your family in our prayers. Take care and God Bless.

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