Richard E. Guiff: 1925 – 2009

Guiff, Richard ERichard E. Guiff, 83, a resident of rural Churubusco, died at 10:30 a. m. on Sunday, September 27, 2009, at his residence in Eel River Township.  He had been in declining health since June.

Mr. Guiff was born in Smith Township in Whitley County on October 28, 1925, a son of Fred A. and Berneice L. [Slater] Guiff, and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1943.

As a young man he served with the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict, and was married in Columbia City on August 16, 1953 to Elaine “Till” Nicodemus.  He spent all of his adult life in the Churubusco-area.

Employed as a carpenter for many years at the former Churubusco Woodworking Co., Inc., he retired from there in 1991, but continued to work as a self-employed carpenter throughout his retirement years.

He was a member and elder of the Ari Church of God, east of Churubusco, and served on the board of directors for Bear Lake Camp in Noble County.   In his leisure time he enjoyed working in his shop, and spending time with his family, especially his grandsons.

Mrs. Guiff preceded him in death on March 22, 1993.

The surviving relatives include his children Cheryl D. Guiff of Fort Wayne and Darren E. [Dawn] Guiff of Churubusco; three sisters Jeannette [Ray] Witte of Tupelo, Miss., and Janice Lansaw and Genevieve Martin, both of Churubusco; two grandsons Ryan Guiff and Troy Guiff; and a special friend Mary Nichter of Churubusco.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by a sister Ila Brumbaugh.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Carroll McNutt, pastor of Ari Church of God, officiating.

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

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Bear Lake Camp, 1805 S. 16th Street, Albion, IN  46701


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7 Responses to “Richard E. Guiff: 1925 – 2009”

  1. Sheryl and Steve Hackett Says:

    Cheryl and Darren and Families-
    I am so sorry to hear of your Fathers Passing.It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you all were a special part of a well-lived life. When the Lord calls Our Loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange.
    With Love thru Christ-
    Sheryl and Steve Hackett
    Jacob, Alisha and Brodie Hackett
    Tyler Hackett
    Cecil Crawford Jr.


    Cheryl, Darren & Family,
    We offer our deepest sympathy for your loss. Your Dad was a very special man.

  3. Bill & Rosemary Berry Says:

    We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Richard Guiff. He was a very special person to everyone who knew him. His service to the Ari Church of God and to Bear Lake Camp was appreciated by all who knew about these good works. He is now reaping the benefits of those years of Christian service.

  4. Randall & Pepper Krider Says:

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you. Sorry to hear of your Father’s Passing.

  5. Gret Machlan Says:

    Dear Cheryl, I can only imagine the challenges that this passage in your life presents. I wish you peace and confidence in the hope that the risen Christ offers. Blessings, all ways!
    Gret Machlan, and on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Counselors

  6. Sondra Shlater Says:

    Dear Cheryl,

    I was sorry to hear that your Dad had passed away. I just wanted to let you know that you and Darren are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sondra Shlater

  7. Carma German-Foster Says:

    I just found out that you lost your father. I hope by now time is healing your lost. I will keep you in my prayers

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