Alex Trabert, 23

Alex James Trabert, 23, passed away at approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the scene of an accident in Indianapolis. Born March 24, 1989, in Columbia City, Alex had been residing in Franklin for the past year. He is survived by his parents, Walter Richard and Carla Jeanne (Coonrod) Trabert, Jr. of Columbia City; brothers, Jason Trabert of Columbia City, Bryan Trabert of Ballwin, Mo. and Eric Trabert of Muncie; grandparents, Walter and Julia Trabert, Sr. of Columbia City and Gilbert L. Coonrod of Harlan.It was said that Alex had guardian angels watching over him 24/7 when he was a young boy. He was born on Good Friday, slept through the night on Easter Sunday, and kept his family on their toes with his antics the rest of his short life. He joins his grandmother, RuthAnn (Mourey) Coonrod, in watching over his family and friends. A lifetime Washington Township resident, he graduated from Columbia City High School in 2007. An avid BMX bike rider and artist, Alex had a great sense of humor and never seemed to know a stranger. He never turned down a request for help from a friend. Alex worked for Numerix Tooling and several jobs for Elwood Staffing. He was a 10-year member of the Whitley County 4-H program and a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Columbia City.“A beautiful life that came to an end, he died as he lived, everyone’s friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved, and will never forget.” Viewing for family and friends will be held Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Nix Settlement, 1000 S. Ind. 9, Columbia City, with Father Dale Bauman officiating. The burial will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Columbia City. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be given in Alex’s memory to ISMS Art Department, Columbia City Park Department for upkeep of the skate park or Tara Treatment Center, 6231 S. U.S. 31, Franklin, IN 46131. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.