FORT WAYNE — Lester K. Sheets, age 90, former resident of Churubusco, passed away on January 7, 2017, at his home in Fort Wayne.
He was born on September 26, 1926, in Werner, North Dakota, a son of Kenneth and Ocie (Hallock) Sheets. His family moved to Fort Wayne in 1935 where he spent his formative years and graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1944. He then graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1947.
Lester served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.
He was married in Columbia City on November 23, 1947, to Doris R. Leedy. The couple moved from Butler to Churubusco in 1951.
Lester worked for Sonday Funeral Home from 1951 until he purchased the funeral home in 1960. He retired on January 1, 1990.
He was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church and served in a variety of civic and professional organizations in Churubusco.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Doris on July 3, 2013.
Lester is survived by his six children, Paul Miller, Dr. Douglas (Kay) Sheets, Terry Sheets, Diane (Curt) Bair, Debra (Scott) Davis, and Timothy (Jennifer) Sheets; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald Sheets; and a sister, Mildred Mabee.
Calling will be at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco, on January 12, 2017, from 2-8 p.m. or one hour prior to the funeral.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on January 13, 2017, at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home with pastors Berry Faucett and Corinne Boroff-Stucker officiating.
Burial will follow at Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Colton Sheets Leukemia Fund, in care of Tim Sheets.
Online condolences to the family may be left at www.sheetsandchilds.com.
ARCADIA, Fla. — James “Jim” A. Applegate, age 94, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at his winter home surrounded by his family in Arcadia, Florida.
He was born October 28, 1922, the son of James Madison and Blanche I. (Ball) Applegate in York Township Noble County, IN. He was married for 34 years to the late Margaret Jayne Smith, 13 months to the late Kathy (Wilson) Derby and 24 years to (Mary) Ann Wright, who survives.
He is survived by children Jim L. (Juanita) Applegate of Belleview, Florida, Judy (Butch) Kolb of Albion, Indiana, and Jack (Kim) Applegate of Ligonier, Indiana; stepchildren Kyle (Rick) Pratt of Kendallville, Indiana, Scott (Debbie) Derby of Kendallville, Indiana, Kristen (John) Nicodemus of Churubusco and Robin Derby of Kendallville, Indiana; 10 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and five step-great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather JC Roscoe; son Ronnie Applegate; stepson Phil Smith, brother Wayne Applegate; stepbrothers Nelson JC Roscoe and John Roscoe; one great-granddaughter Riley Applegate; and grandson Adam Kolb.
Jim joined the United States Marine Corps on July 7, 1941 and graduated boot camp in San Diego, California, as part of the 2nd Marine Brigade, later to become the 2nd Marine Division. Jim saw action in the South Pacific fighting the Japanese. Battles included Tarawa, Saipan, Guadal Canal and Tinian. The last year of Jim’s service was spent at what is now Camp David as a member of President Harry Truman’s Marine Guard. Jim enjoyed telling stories about his meetings with the President along with the exploits in evading his security detail.
The following is a list of Jim’s life of service:
He was elected fire chief three separate times for the Albion Fire Department from 1948–1983. He was a charter member of the now disbanded Albion VFW Post 6413 as well as a member for four years with the Albion Town Boards.
Jim was also a very active individual. He was a member of the American Legion Post 246 for 72 years. He was also a life member of Wolf Lake VFW Post 4717, the Marine Corps Association, life member of the 2nd Marine Division Association, life member of the Mississippi Chapter 2nd Marine Division as well as the 8th and I Chapter Association.
A funeral service was held to honor Jim at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South Ligonier, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 11 a.m. Pastor Brett Frymier officiated.
A burial took place at Rosehill Cemetery in Albion following the funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Albion Fire Auxiliary, 210 Fire Station Dr. Albion, IN 46701 or to the American Legion Post 246, 410 E. Park Dr. Albion, IN 46701.
Yeager Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com.
FORT WAYNE — James Richard Herendeen, 86, a resident of rural Fort Wayne, passed away on January 8, 2017 at Parkview Hospital.
He was born on June 24, 1930, a son of James Earl and Alberta (Foster) Herendeen.
On August 27, 1950, he was married in Albion to Dortha Rimmel.
Jim retired from Dana Corp, Fort Wayne, in 1985 after 30 years.
He attended Goodnews Baptist Church, Churubusco. He loved to fish, camp and be outside.
James is survived by his wife, Dortha Herendeen; sons Richard (Cathy) Herendeen and Clay (Gerry) Herendeen; sisters Mildred Black, Beverly (Don) Felger, Shirly (Curt) Link and Reta (John) Radke; granddaughters Amy (Jason) Kill, Heather (Brian) Patten and Rachealle Ray; a step-granddaughter; a step-grandson; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
He is preceded in death by parents James Herendeen and Alberta Marshall; and a brother, Frank Herendeen.
Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco, with Pastor Tim Grable officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Noble County.
Calling will be today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Goodnews Baptist Church, Churubusco.
Online condolences may be left at www.sheetsandchilds.com.