Archive - Obituary
September 21st, 2011
R. Ray Slaughter, 78, died Aug. 21, 2011 in Harlingen, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters Sheri Sales, Sandra Roberg, both of Des Moines, Iowa and Connie Thunem, Littleton, Colo.; stepdaughters Sonia Ward, Angola and Jeannette Harris, Claypool; stepsons Randy Miles, Charleston, Mo. and James McKnight, Waterloo, Ind. and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Richards Restaurant banquet room at Times Corner in Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Kaydence Jaymes Yahr, infant daughter of Karl J. and Andrea (Pfleghaar) Yahr of Fort Wayne, was stillborn at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne Friday, September 16, 2011.
She is survived by three sisters, Theresa E., Melissa A. and Samantha R. Yahr; her grandparents, Janice Yahr of Crawfordsville and Jim and Alice Pfleghaar of Jordan, Minn.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church, 2465 W Keiser Road, Columbia City with Rev. David Mommens officiating.
Verona Harmeyer, 89, a long-time resident of Lake Township died at 12:04 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne.
She was born in Fort Wayne Dec. 23, 1921, a daughter of Charles D. and Clara (Linnemeier) Schaefer.
On Jan. 24, 1942, she was married in Fort Wayne to Fred Harmeyer, who preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1976.
She was also preceded in death by two sons Kenneth F. Harmeyer in 1976 and Richard Harmeyer in 2004; by a sister Eleanor Emenhiser; and by a brother Karl Schaefer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” James Michael Schrader Parrett, 44, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.
He was born Sept. 5, 1967 in Whitley County, a son of James LeRoy and Mary Magdalene (Thompson) Schrader.
His formative years were spent in Columbia City.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1987.
In the fall of 1987, he joined the U.S. Army. He spent most of his service time at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas.
After returning to Columbia City, he had been employed as a welder.
He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Benton E. Gates Jr., 81, of Columbia City, a prominent local attorney, died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2011 at his home.
He was born Nov. 9, 1929 in Fort Wayne, a son of Benton E. and Mary Jayne (Sample) Gates.
His formative years were spent in Columbia City where he graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947; then the University of Michigan in 1951 where he played on the freshman football team in 1947.
In 1954, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He was a member of the Barristers Society while at the University of Michigan.
Alice Ann â€śAnnieâ€ť Hyser, 71, of Columbia City, died at 9:32 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 at the Parkview Whitley Hospital emergency room.
Born on Dec. 7, 1939 in Waynedale, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Alice (Laier) Stephens.
A Whitley County resident for the majority of her life, she graduated from Larwill High School with the class of 1957.
She went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.
On June 11, 1969, she married Kenneth Hyser in Parisburg, W.Va.
Jean E. Smith, 90, of Columbia City, died at 3:23 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born on March 1, 1921, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Gladys (Sadler) Leamon.
On March 8, 1939, she married Harry Norwood Smith in Kentucky.
She worked for Williams Food Market in the produce department and for many years was employed by Schultz Dime Store in Columbia City, retiring in 1986.
She was an avid square dancer and would attend conventions and belonged to the Dancernauts Dance Club.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Norman L. Franklin Sr., 73, of Columbia City, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born March 25, 1938 in Miamisburg, Ohio, a son of Henry and Loraine (Middleton) Franklin.
His formative years were spent in Middletown, Ohio, where he graduated from high school.
He received his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne.
A U.S. Navy veteran, he retired from ITT Aerospace in 1994 with 34 years of service.
Larry J. Klein, 72, of Columbia City, passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Born June 7, 1939 in Fort Wayne, he was owner of Kleinâ€™s Decorating for more than 20 years.
His passion was fishing and golfing.
He is survived by two sons, Timothy (Lisa) Klein and Todd Klein, both of Fort Wayne; granddaughter Taylor Klein of Fort Wayne; brother, Lee (Pat) Klein, of Warsaw and sister-in-law, Kathy Klein, of Columbia City.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kaye Klein, in 1989, brother, Lloyd Klein, in 2009 and parents, Arthur and Sevilla Klein.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Evelyn M. Bobilya, 95, of Columbia City, died at 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Avalon Village, Ligonier where she had been a resident since 2005.
She was born Aug. 7, 1916 in Albion, a daughter of Victor and Clara H. (McLallin) Edwards.
She attended Albion Grade School and graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1936.
On March 20, 1937, she was united in marriage to Eugene W. Bobilya.
They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1956 when they moved to a farm north of Big Lake in Noble Township, Noble County. Mr. Bobilya died Nov. 22, 1993.