South Whitley Obituaries

Laura Lee Selke

Headshot copyLaura Lee Selke, 52, of South Whitley, Ind., passed away on March 14, 2014, at I.U. Goshen Hospital in Goshen, Ind.

She was born May 14, 1961, in Elkhart, Ind., to Richard L. and Arnelda B. (Miller) Losee.

She was a lifetime resident of Syracuse, Ind., and Whitley County areas. She graduated in 1979 from Columbia City High School and attended College in Milwaukee, Wisc. She formerly worked at Louis Bar & Grill in Syracuse and worked in accounting at various places.

She is survived by two sons: Skyler Miller and Ethan Miller, both of Syracuse; her mother: Arnelda Losee, Syracuse; a brother: Charles Losee, South Bend; and her life companion: Chad Lauer, Syracuse.

She was preceded in death by her father. A brother, Jay Losee, passed away Friday, April 18.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Memorial services will follow for Laura Selke and her brother, Jay Losee, at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Harlan Steffen of the Wawasee Lakeside Chapel officiating. Private burial will take place in the Syracuse Cemetery.

Memorial bequest may be given to the Funeral Fund, c/o Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN 46567.

Wayman ‘Wayne’ E. Lee

Wayman E. Lee, 74, a resident of South Whitley, Ind., passed away at 5:50 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.

He was born May 15, 1939, in Webster Springs, W.Va., to the late Charles and Vertie (Gregory) Lee. In 1956 he entered the U.S. Army and became a career Noncommissioned Officer rising to the rank of Command Sergeant Major. He served in both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division. His duty stations included two tours in Vietnam, Fort Campbell, Okinawa, Japan, Thailand, Fort Greely, Alaska, Natick Laboratories, Mass., Fort Bragg and Germany. He was a Master Parachutist and Master Rigger. He was honorably discharged to retired status in 1986 with 30 years of active duty service. On Feb. 4, 1967, he was united in marriage to Sharon E. Whitesell. They made their first home at Fort Greely, Alaska. They have resided in South Whitley since 1986.

Following his discharge, he earned his bachelors degree in general studies from IPFW and a master in education from Indiana University. In retirement he worked for Met Life and then Bankers Life and Casualty Company retiring in 2008. He was a life member of the VFW and life member of the Red Hat Chapter of the Military Parachute Riggers. An avid runner, he also loved to garden and do yard work.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years; daughter: Melody (Eric) Ross, Ludowici, Ga.; son: Eric C.W. Lee, Las Vegas, Nev.; a niece: T. Kirsten Katz, Shreveport, La.; a brother: Marty Mason, South Whitley; four grandchildren: one great-grandchild; and three sisters.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the funeral home. Burial is to be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Joshua Harold Copp

897_0000172742Joshua Harold Copp, 35, of rural South Whitley, Ind., passed away early Monday morning, April 14, 2014, due to natural causes.

He was born July 2, 1978, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Jeffrey O. and Connie R. (Johnson) Copp. In 1979, his family moved to Osceola, Ind., from Oakbrook, Ill. In 1985, the family moved to Rehrersburg, Pa. He graduated from Tulpehocken High School in Bernville, Pa., where he played soccer and basketball. In 1998 he returned to Indiana to live in Columbia City, Ind. On Oct. 6, 2001, he was united in marriage to Anna R. Siegrist. They made their home in rural Columbia City until moving to their present home on April 14, 2009.

In addition to livestock farming, he was a very talented musician. He established the bands, High Moon, Huckleberry Blue and Blue Bird Revival of which he was the lead singer and played various instruments. Columbia City Church of the Brethren was his church of membership.

He is survived by his wife; a son: Jeffrey Robert Copp, at home; his parents; three siblings: Miriam (Michael) Copp Johnson, Philadelphia, Pa.; Charles (Amelia) Copp, Decatur, Ga.; Peter (Kate) Copp, Columbia City; and his in-laws: Bob and Sandy Siegrist, Columbia City; Jonathan Siegrist, Columbus Ohio; David Siegrist, Valparaiso, Ind.; and Deborah Wolf, Syracuse, Ind.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Columbia City United Methodist Church, 605 Forest Parkway. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the church with Reverend Dennis Beckner officiating. The burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to Jeffrey Robert Copp Education Fund or Church of the Brethren Disaster Relief.

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.