Archive - Obituary
October 4th, 2011
Vivian Sikma, formerly of Columbia City, passed away Sept. 28, 2011 at Brighton Gardens, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
She was born Jan. 18, 1915, in Union Township, to George and Nora (Campbell) Miller.
She graduated from Washington Township High School in 1932.
On April 6, 1934 she married Robert Hendrickson and they made their home in Columbia City. He passed away July 7, 1968.
She married William Sikma Oct. 20, 1973 and they lived in Columbia City until 1999 when they moved to Stuart, Fla. Mr. Silma preceded her in death Oct. 2007.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dale A. Grigsby, 91, of Columbia City, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 at his home.
He was born Nov. 7, 1919 in Allegan, Mich., a son of Gerald and Norma (Emmons) Grigsby.
He graduated from Otsego High School in Michigan and received his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.
In 1941, he began his employment at General Electric. He retired in 1985 as a Transformer Process Specialist.
Shelly L. Cramer, 58, of Columbia City, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 at 11:35 p.m. at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born June 10, 1953 in Wolf Lake, she was the daughter of Teddy R. Hare and DeVona J. Myers-Berg.
She attended Columbia City High School.
A lifetime Whitley County resident, she worked as a waitress for Jimmieâ€™s Pizza and Pizza Hut, Columbia City.
She also worked as a dispatcher for the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department for 12 years prior to working as a department manager for more than six years at Wal-Mart, Columbia City.
Christopher Lee Hook, 45, of Churubusco, passed away at 6:44 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 at his home.
Born April 29, 1966 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Thomas Albert and Barbara (Fuller) Hook.
He graduated with the Class of 1985 from Carroll High School.
A former resident of Columbia City and Fort Wayne, he worked for Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne in the Dietary Department and as a custodian.
He was employed at BRC and Dana-PTG, Columbia City, as a laborer, and at U.S. 30 & 69 Rest Area through Passages as a custodian.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Holly J. Curtis, 54, of Columbia City, died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she had been admitted Monday.
She was born Jan. 10, 1957 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Harley L. and Mary Jane (Twitchell) Greeno.
On Dec. 29, 1981, she married to Steven M. Curtis.
She is survived by her husband, Steven; a daughter, Heather Kay Curtis, Pierceton; a son Mikal Curtis, Charlotte, N.C.; a grandson, Jadon Patterson; her mother, Mary Jane (John) Noe, Mooresville, N.C. and a brother, Jeffrey L. Greeno, Mooresville, N.C.
Clarence Randel Worley, Sr., 55, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 at 10:46 a.m. in his residence.
Mr. Worley was born Oct. 12, 1955, in Whitley City, Ky, a son of Garrett C. and Pearlie Ethel (Phillips) Worley.
He spent his formative years between Whitley City, Ky. and Yuba County., Calif., before entering the U. S. Navy.
He worked at Preferred Technologies in Fort Wayne until 2003, and was a member of the Churubusco Veterans of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846. On June 6, 1994, he married Jacqueline Ann Guisiner in Columbia City. She survives.
MARION â€” Carl Howard Henson, 82, of Marion, passed away at 3:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born May 7, 1929, in Bona, Ark. to Lyman and Leona Henson.
He spent most of his lifetime in Marion, where he retired in 1993 from GM Fisher Body after more than 25 years of service.
He was a member of Marion Baptist Temple where he served as an usher for many years.
Mr. Henson also built two homes for he and his family, played the guitar and loved to put together puzzles.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ronald L. Ramsey, 67, of rural Columbia City, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family.
He had been battling cancer for the past five years.
He was born Oct. 13, 1943, in Oklahoma and spent his formative years in Sioux City, Iowa.
A veteran, he served in the National Guard.
He married Linda L. Davidson and they always made their home in rural Columbia City.
He was employed at Essex for more than 20 years until its closing and retired from USF Holland.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Paul V. Sheets, 74, of Columbia City, died at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident since Aug. 4.
He was born Aug. 6, 1937 in Willet, N.Y., the son of Evan Lowell and Goldie Catherine (Walters) Sheets. As a young boy, his family moved to Larwill.
On May 6, 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged Aug. 8, 1961.
On June 10, 1961, he married Lois A. May. They made their home in Larwill for a short time before moving to Columbia City.
He retired in 2009 from UniRoyal with 31 years of service.
Lee B. Shively, 87, of Churubusco, passed away at 4:33 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born May 17, 1924 in Angola, he was the son of Chalmer S. and Velma M. (Geiger) Shively.
He is a lifetime resident of Churubusco, graduating from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1942.
He served in the United States Army during World War II.
On Sept. 17, 1944, he married Wiladene A. Garrison at Blue River Church of the Brethren.