Archive - Obituary
August 28th, 2014
March 4, 1928 â€” Aug. 26, 2014
Lavonne Irene Hobbs Galway, 86, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully of kidney failure at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Born on March 4, 1928, in Grant County, she was the daughter of Noble D. and Dorothy O. (Long) Hobbs.
She had lived in Columbia City since 2001. Prior to her move, the majority of her life was spent in Marion.
She graduated from Marion High School with the Class of 1946 and Marion Business College where she studied business.
July 26, 1930 â€” Aug. 26, 2014
Robert H. Rucker, 84, formerly of rural Columbia City, died at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where he was transported Sunday from Markle Health & Rehab.
He was born July 26, 1930, in Champagne County, Ohio, a son of William E. and Josephine (Hart) Rucker. His formative years were spent in Ironton and Springfield, Ohio.
He served in the U.S. Army from Aug. 12, 1951, until Aug. 1, 1953, serving during the Korean War.
On April 5, 1968, he was united in marriage to Sharon L. Braddock. They made their home in Whitley County.
Oct. 5, 1949 â€” Aug. 25, 2014
William Howard Clark, 64, of Larwill, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at 11:46 p.m. in his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 5, 1949, in Lynch, Ky. to Oscar Howard and Grace Ellen (Cody) Clark.
He was united in marriage to Shirley (Wyland) Dec. 21, 1974, in Pierceton. He was retired in 2001. He attended the Larwill Wesleyan Church of Larwill.
He enjoyed lawn care and mowing, working on automobiles, spending time with his family and helping others, be it home or auto repair or offering guidance. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Nov. 17, 1924 â€” Aug. 24, 2014
Billy D. Horn, 77, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at 7:05 a.m. in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
Billy was born Aug. 10, 1937, in Mentone, to Dwayne and Maxine (Wideman) Horn.
He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Billy took Patricia A. Fancil to be his wife. She would precede him in death.
In 1987 he retired from Gladieux Refinery, in New Haven, as a diesel mechanic after 27 years of service.
Michael W. Thiele , 63, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Michael was an Independent Insurance Agent for 10 years, retiring in 2013.
He was a member of Aboite Lutheran Church and enjoyed fishing and spending time with friends and family.
Alice D. Ogg Fernbaugh, 101, of Columbia City, died at 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since Jan. 2009.
She was born Aug. 28, 1912, in Allen County, a daughter of Clement and Maleva (Ambrose) Ritenour. After completing her education at Arcola High School, she moved to Fort Wayne.
She married Luther Ogg and they made their home in Fort Wayne. Mr. Ogg died in 1968.
On Nov. 22, 1973, she married Carl W. Fernbaugh. They made their home in South Bend until 1984, when they moved to Whitley County. Mr. Fernbaugh died in 1989.
Nov. 15, 1967 â€” Aug. 21, 2014
Steve Shepherd Jr., 46, of rural Columbia City, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
He was born Nov. 15, 1967 in Floyd County, Ky., a son of Steve and Betty (Patrick) Shepherd. At the age of five, his family moved to Alger, Ohio.
On July 29, 1984, he was united in marriage to Christy L. Garver. They made their home in Ada, Ohio until 1996, when they moved to Dunkirk, Ohio. In 2008, they moved to Big Lake, north of Columbia City, moving into Columbia City for a short time before returning to the Big Lake area last December.
Oct. 30, 1927 â€” Aug. 20, 2014
Meredith M. Gray, 86, of rural Albion, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
She was born Oct. 30, 1927, in Crawfordsville, a daughter of Burchard and Dorothy (Conkright) Zachary.
She completed her education at Crawfordsville High School.
Dec. 7, 1924 â€” Aug. 18, 2014
Donald L. Hagenbuch, 89, of Warren, passed away at 11:12 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Parkview Huntington Hospital in Huntington. He was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Wabash County.
Don graduated from Bippus High School. He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Cincinnati from 1943, through 1946, spending 27 months on the same ship.
Don was a lifetime member of the Huntington V.F.W. Post number seven and former member of the American Legion. Don was a 50-year member of the Huntington Masonic Lodge.
March 3, 1935 â€” Aug. 20, 2014
Virgil E. â€śSonnyâ€ť Hicks Jr., 79, of rural South Whitley, died at 7:52 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where he was admitted the previous Thursday.
He was born March 3, 1935, in Huntington, a son of Virgil K. and Laura Elizabeth (Shellenbarger) Hicks.
His formative years were spent on a farm in Washington Township. He graduated from Washington Center High School.