South Whitley Obituaries

Donald R. Worley

Donald R. Worley, 74, of South Whitley, Ind., passed away at 11:42 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born on March 17, 1939, in Illinois. He was the son of Marion and Viola (Andre) Worley. He graduated from Atwood High School with the Class of 1957. He served with United States Army for 2 years and 11 months. He married Wanda Lee Brunner on March 1, 1966, in Warsaw, Ind.

Don worked at Dana Corporation, Syracuse, Ind., for 17 and a half years in the Transmission Department. He also was a self employed dairy farmer. He was a member of Oak Grove Church of God. He enjoyed visiting friends at McDonalds and collected antique tractors.

He is survived by two children: Christopher Worley, South Whitley; Emily (Randy) Gaskill, Monroe, Ind.; four grandchildren: Aaron, Brandon and Craig Gaskill; Teri Jo Brunner; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Virginia and Margaret, both of Kosciusko County, Ind.

Don is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one infant granddaughter: Sarah Pingry; four brothers; two step-sons: Tim Boner and Scott Feighner.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Oak Grove Church of God, Raber Rd., Columbia City, Ind. Funeral service will immediately follow at 12 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the church with Pastor Stephen Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at South Park Annex Cemetery, Columbia City with graveside military rites conducted by Korean War Veteran Honor Guard.

DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Craig Eugene Sherbahn

Craig Eugene Sherbahn, 61, of South Whitley, Ind., passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, 2014, at his home.

He was born July 19, 1952. He graduated from South Whitley High School and received his Bachelor of Science in agriculture education in 1974 and Masters of Animal Science degree in 1977 from Purdue University. On April 20, 1986, he was united in marriage to Pamela S. Eberly Nixon. They have always made their home in South Whitley.

In 1985 he began his employment with Farmers Elevator Company, now Ag Plus. He also assisted his parents with Sherbahn Auctioneer Services. He was a member of South Whitley United Methodist Church; active with 4-H activities including Whitley County 4-H Inc. where he served as president, vice president and secretary; organized and founded the Premier Stockman Lamb & Steer Classic in Columbia City for 20 years and originated and founded the Premier Stockman Judging Contest; served on Hoosier Beef Congress in Indianapolis from 1988 until 1999, former director of Indiana Sheep and Wool Council from 1995 until 1999, Indiana Dorset Association Breed Manager for Indiana State Fair from 1994 until 1999; a member of the 1974 Purdue Livestock Judging Team that won the National Barrow Show, North Central Regional Contest, American Royal and Chicago International, placing in top six individually; was Purdue Livestock Judging Team Advisory Board member from 1998 to 1999; Great Lakes Regional Dorset Show manager in 1997 and 1999; Whitley County Extension board member from 1985 to 1988; Whitley County Beef Club Advisory board member from 1984 to 1989; Cattle Barn Director of Indiana State Fair from 2000 until 2008 and on Executive Committee from 2001 to 2008.

He is survived by his wife; two children: Ted Nixon, South Whitley; and Cari (Travis) Juillerat, Larwill, Ind.; a grandson: Wyatt Nixon; and a brother: John (Jill) Sanders, Warsaw.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley and after 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 at South Whitley United Methodist church, 6685 West SR 14. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the church. Burial will be held in the South Whitley cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Whitley County 4-H Inc. or Craig Sherbahn Scholarship Fund.

Kevin Mark Grant

Kevin Mark Grant, 60, of South Whitley, Ind., passed away at 7:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Ind., where he had been a patient for the past 2 weeks.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1954, in Battle Creek, Mich., a son of the late Elmer Leon and Elsie May (Edwards) Grant. He spent his formative years in Battle Creek where he graduated from Harper Creek High School. He earned his bachelor’s in math, physics and astrophysics from Michigan State University. He also completed the requirement for a teaching license. He earned his Master’s degree in mathematics at Ball State University. On June 5, 1993, he was united in marriage to Denise Renee Frey. They made their home in South Whitley.

A career long teacher, he began teaching math and science at Rensselaer High School. In 1979, he joined Whitko School Corporation as a math and science teacher where he was currently employed. In addition to his teaching interest, he was an avid collector of merchant tokens. He was the writer and publisher of the Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio Token and Medal Society publication and was regarded as one of the foremost authorities in the area on merchant tokens. He also enjoyed chess and was a member of the Science and Planetary Societies

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Antimony E. Grant, South Whitley; a brother: Douglas (VyAnn) Grant, Battle Creek, Mich.; and a sister: Janice (John) Segar, Marshall, Mich.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Dorothy E. Bumgardner

Dorothy E. Bumgardner, 86, of South Whitley, Ind., passed away at 1:18 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Grey Stone Health & Rehabilitation where she had been admitted on Dec. 23.

She was born June 28, 1927, in Allen County, Ind., to J.F. and Marie (Stairhime) Borcherding. Her formative years were spent on a farm in Allen County. She graduated from Monroeville High School and completed her education at International Business College. On July 12, 1946, she was united in marriage to William A. Bumgardner.

They made their home on a farm in Allen County until 2001 when they moved into South Whitley. She was employed at Schaefer Wholesale & Glove Factory from 1946 until 1952 and Winn Dixie in Florida for 16 years.

Surviving relatives include two children: Charles Bumgardner, New York, N.Y.; Reverend Pat (Mary Jane Gibney) Bumgardner, New York, N.Y.; and four sisters: Patricia Ballinger, Sharon Fawley, Donna Hughes and Marilyn Mongovan, all of Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother: James Borcherding.

Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the funeral home. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Parkview Home Health & Hospice.

Doris A. Ivy

OI1513346902_IvyDorisobitDoris A. Ivy, 63, of South Whitley, Ind., passed away at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family.

Born on Oct. 17, 1950, in Fort Wayne, Ind., she was the daughter of Walter M. and Hilda C. (Witte) Bruner. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1968. On Nov. 4, 1972, she married Edward ‘Coop’ Ivy Sr.

She first worked at Chamberlain Products in South Whitley from 1968 till 1975.  From 1975 until 1985 she worked at Starlite and retired from Larwill Products in 2009. Doris was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in rural Columbia City. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was an avid softball player and coached for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years; a daughter: Clara Myers, South Whitley; son: Edward ‘Cooper’ (Misty) Ivy Jr., Columbia City; twin sister: Delores ‘Dee’ Gaylord of Warsaw; brothers: Robert (Janice) Bruner, Mississippi; James (Sue) Bruner, Liberty Mills, Ind.; Melvin Bruner, Pierceton, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother: Albert.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the funeral home with Certified Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus officiating. Burial will follow at South Park (Annex) Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Riley’s Children Hospital.

Paul L. Thompson

897_0000171180Paul L. Thompson, 79, of rural South Whitley, Ind., passed away at 3:55 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at his home. He had been in failing health for the past 2 years.

He was born Dec. 5, 1934, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Chester Arthur and LouEtta (Hinkson) Thompson. His formative years were spent in Laud, Ind. He completed his education at Jefferson Center High School. On Jan. 7, 1953, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in Guam during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged May 22, 1960. On Dec. 15, 1957, he was united in marriage to Judith E. Reimer. They made their home in Washington Township, Whitley County, Ind., and Laud area before moving to their home northeast of South Whitley in 1963.

Among other jobs, he was employed at Dana Corporation for over 33 years, retiring in 1994. His memberships include American Legion Post #98 where he served as past commander,  life member of V.F.W. Post #2919 and associate of the V.F.W. Post #5582.

Surviving relatives include his wife; four children: Paula Thompson, South Whitley; Edward (Betsy) Thompson, West Lafayette, Ind.; Jeffrey (Julie) Thompson, South Whitley; and Ernest Thompson, Columbia City, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother: Clarence Thompson, Columbia City.

He was preceded in death by three brothers: Robert Dale Thompson, Arthur Deloren Thompson and Garland Thompson.

Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at the funeral home. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery with military honors presented.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Legion Post #98 Building Fund.