Archive - Obituary
July 19th, 2011
Daniel F. Herman Sr., 79, of Linn Grove, died at his residence on Sunday, July 17, 2011.
He was born on September 25, 1931, in Adams County to Franklin D. and Jessie (Cave) Herman.
On September 19, 1970, he married Marilyn C. Myers.
Daniel retired as a mechanic with Dan’s Auto Service and Balsiger Motors in Berne.
He was a member of the American Legion post at Bluffton and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Geneva.
Rita A. Runyon, 72, formerly of rural Decatur, died on Sunday in Meadowvale Health and Rehabilitation Center at Bluffton.
She was born in Adams County on March 14, 1939, to Kenneth H. and Mary Jane Kunkel Runyon.
Surviving are two brothers, Kaye K. Runyon of Peoria, Arizona, and David R. Runyon of Guam.
Calvin E. Smitley 81, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday July 16, 2011, at his residence.
Calvin was born on November 3, 1929, in Mercer County, Ohio, to George W. and Effie (Yoder) Smitley.
He married Norma J. Vorhees on May 29, 1947. She passed away on September 8, 1990.
He retired in 1991 from Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne after almost 44 years of service.
He was a member of Moose Lodge 1311 and the Eagles Lodge, both in Decatur.
Dolores M. Harvey, 86, formerly of Bluffton, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne.
She was born on January 3, 1925, in Adams County to Milo and Mary (Hirschy) Fuchs.
She married Dale A. Harvey on June 17, 1944; he died on November 19, 2006.
She is survived by a brother, Delbert Fuchs of Berne.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, and two brothers.
Lewis L. "Boose" Painter, 58, of Willshire, Ohio, died at 4:51 p.m. Saturday in Community Health Professionals In-Patient Hospice Center at Van Wert, Ohio.
He was born to Charles L. and Janette Crites Painter. His father died in November of 1990; his mother lives in Willshire.
On November 10, 1973, he married Gayla J. Marbaugh; she also survives.
Ronald D. Ellis, 61, of Decatur, died at 3:56 a.m. Friday in his residence.
He was born on April 14, 1950, in Decatur to Glenn L. and Hazel M. Buchanan Ellis. His father is deceased; his mother lives in Decatur.
He married Vickie Painter on February 28, 1976, in Decatur and she also survives.
He graduated from Bellmont High School in 1968 and was employed as a service manager at the Micromatic plant in Berne for more than 26 years.
Michael D. Colwell, 59, of Berne, died Wednesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born to Hout and Evelyn De Silva Colwell. His mother is deceased; his father lives in Mayor, Arizona.
Surviving are his wife, Yvette; two sons, Michael Colwell of Coco, Florida and Jason Colwell of Deland, Florida; and four grandchildren.
Burial will be later in Marion National Cemetery at Marion, Indiana.
Arrangements were by Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Daniel F. Herman, 79, of Linn Grove, died at home on Sunday.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Sophia K. Hoover, 90, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday at her residence.
She was born on November 30, 1920, in Fort Wayne to Stanley and Victoria Kotyla Kelak.
She married John William Hoover; he is deceased.
She was a clerk for 19 years at the L.S. Ayres store in Fort Wayne.
Edna Mae Lautzenheiser Shoaf, 94, passed away at 8 a.m. (Mountain Standard Time) in Willow Wood Care Center of Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
She had been in declining health due to mature age; however, death was sudden and unexpected.
Edna Mae was born on May 20, 1917, in rural Berne at the home of her parents, Sidney and Sarah Ethel Detro Lautzenheiser.