Archive - Obituary
June 2nd, 2011
Edwin Dale "E.D." Purk, 83, of Van Wert, Ohio, died at 3:50 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Van Wert County Hospital at Van Wert.
He was born on May 5, 1928, in Allen County, Indiana, to Harley O. and Agnes C. Beauchot Purk.
He married Ruth Heath on April 17, 1948 in Dixon, Ohio; she died on August 25, 1990.
He worked for International Harvester Corp. in Fort Wayne for more than 33 years, retiring in 1981, and was a longtime member of Local 57 in Fort Wayne.
Dorothy Mae Putman, 85, of Panama City Beach, Florida, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2011, at her home in the arms of loving family members under the direction of Covenant Hospice.
She was born on October 4, 1925, in Willshire, Ohio, Blackhawk Township, Mercer County, to William Glenn White and Glendola Fern Case White.
She graduated from Pleasant Mills High School in Adams County and was a member of the Methodist faith.
Jonathan D. Brodbeck, 54, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born in Decatur, Jonathan graduated from Adams Central High School and worked as a warehouse manager with R.E. Crosby & Sons Inc. for 29 years.
He was a member of the South Central congregation of Jehovah's Witness and was a Komet hockey fan. Jonathan also enjoyed fishing, camping, and turkey hunting and was an avid card player and collector.
Dana E. James, 61, of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born on October 10, 1949, in Grant County, Indiana, to Lewis F. and Phyllis Ann (Heideman) James.
He married Tami L. Brodbeck on June 24, 1978.
Anita M. Sprunger, 78, of Berne, died Monday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born in Adams County on April 12, 1933, to Alvin and Linda Lehman Kennel.
Among survivors are one son, Scott Sprunger of Berne, and two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Jilaine) Graber of Geneva and Mrs. Floyd (Renee) Liechty of Berne.
Robert M. Teeple, 91, of Decatur, died at 12:40 p.m. Friday at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
He was born on January 15, 1920.
He married Betty D. Zinsmaster on April 9, 1976; she passed away on January 17, 2003.
Walter E. Wheeler, 97, formerly of Monroe, died Saturday in Swiss Village Retirement Community at Berne.
He was born to Charles and Nora Wheeler.
Among survivors are a former wife, Edith I. Wheeler of Pleasant Mills; one son, Jim Wheeler of Terre Haute; two daughters, Judith King of Bluffton and Bonnie Cart of Monroe; one stepdaughter, Carol Hornaday of Mesa, Arizona; and two stepsons, Roger Call of Monroe and Robert Call of Summerville, South Carolina.
Jessie E. Bowers, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2011, at Kingston Residence in Fort Wayne.
She was born on June 17, 1927 in Stigles, Oklahoma.
Surviving relatives include her children, Roxanne Chilcote and Vicki Frances of Fort Wayne and Barbara Hirschy of Decatur; siblings Walter Holloway, Clare Hanthorne, and Gert Bowser; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Roe A. Lehman, 77, of Berne, passed away on May 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. after suffering several years of Parkinson’s Disease and leukemia.
Roe was born on April 4, 1934, in Adams County to Peter B. and Elizabeth (Welty) Lehman.
He is survived by a son, Todd Lehman of rural Arcola, and two granddaughters, Emma and Tessa Lehman.
His daughter, Tandy, was fatally injured in a hayride accident of October of 1978.
Joel A. Neuenschwander, 82, of Berne, died Wednesday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
He was born to Amos and Lovina Amstutz Neuenschwander.
Among survivors are three sons, Michael and Roger Neuenschwander of Berne and Allen Neuenschwander of Willshire, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Berne Evangelical Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Visiting hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, and one hour prior to services.