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SAM “TEX” HALL, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The summation of such an extravagant life is difficult in 300 or so words, but here goes Sam liked to work and when he wasn’t working, he might have been doing something at work. He enjoyed the finer things in life like Miller High Life, a fine fifty-cent cigar, and braun-schweiger if he was really feeling festive, he might break out a can of smoked oysters for you. He had exciting hobbies like scraping and painting the radiators in his house, waxing the old Corvette to the point that the finish was wearing away, and pulling leaves out of gutters. He spared no expense in his personal appearance self-done haircuts, brushing his teeth with Comet if he was out of toothpaste, and the finest fashions known to man in 1972. He liked to work because that’s what people do and he liked being with people willing to do it with him. He liked cheap beer and cigars because it tasted good to him and why spend more if you don’t have to. He enjoyed working on his house because he loved his neighborhood and wanted everyone else to love it, too. He didn’t fuss about his own appearance because why should he have to. He did all of these things because he truly believed that simple pleasures and a simple life are not complacent or apathetic they are glorious, and to be celebrated. His desire to strive for a life comfortable in his own skin is what he wanted for all of us, and is what has touched so profoundly all who knew him well. Those lucky enough to have called him husband, dad, brother, uncle, friend, or grandpa are who they are today because of him. He will be sorely missed, but his impact survives in those fortunate souls who crossed his path over 68 very short years. Service is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Please, in lieu of a formal visitation service, join us at The Philmore on Broadway, 2441 Broadway, Fort Wayne immediately following the service. This is a man who shied from formality we intend to honor this with something to eat, something to toast, and fond remembrance as deep into the evening as we need to go.

POSTED: 04/12/17 at 12:54 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Obits


LOIS ANN EMENHISER, 85, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017, at Parkview Hospital Randallia, Fort Wayne. Born in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Lucille (Krick) Ross wurm. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. While most of her years were spent as a homemaker, Lois did spend five years as a school aide for East Allen County Schools and was a certified nursing assistant at Regency Place. Known for her poetry, she also wrote for Neighbors Supplement and was a freelance writer for the Allen County Times. Among the many things that brought her happiness, her flower garden was one of her favorites. She is survived by her children, Douglas Emenhiser of Topeka, Gregory (Sandy) Emenhiser of Monroeville, Jean Eisaman of Woodburn, Sandra Sell and Nicholas (Linda) Emenhiser, both of New Haven, Kathryn “Kitty” (Larry) Richards of Columbia City, Jennifer Guertin of Noblesville, David (Jackie) Emenhiser of Battle Creek, Mich., Randall Emenhiser of Arnoldsville, Ga., Curtis (Anne) Emenhiser of Freemont, Mich., and Matthew (Shari) Emenhiser of Fort Wayne; 39 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and siblings, Dorothy (Jerry) Nichter, Edwin (Shirley), Rosemary, Sister Barbara, Richard (MaryAnn) Rosswurm, Nancy Hauser, and Linda Love. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Della Emenhiser; one grandson; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Stanley Rosswurm. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers St., New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Father Bill Sullivan officiating. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 State Road 930 E., New Haven, with a vigil at 7:30 p.m. Burial in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, New Haven. Preferred memorials to Allen County Right to Life or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. To share online condolences, please visit

POSTED: 04/12/17 at 12:53 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

LUCY GRABER, 86, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at her home in New Haven. She was a native and lifetime resident of New Haven and Allen Co. Indiana. Lucy was the daughter of the late David and Lucy Miller. She was a homemaker and loving wife and aunt. Lucy was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Surviving are her nephew and caregiver, Sam and Clara Mae Graber of New Haven, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Ida Marie Graber, Leah Miller, Mary Ann Graber, Elizabeth Graber; brother-in -aw Martin and sister-in-law Rebecca Brandenberger; brother-in-law Jacob and sister-in-law Catherine Brandenberger; and many nieces and nephews. Lucy was preceded in death by husband, Emanuel Graber; sisters, Ida Schmucker, Rosa Schmucker, Lillie Graber; brothers, John Miller, Victor Miller, Jacob Miller, Joseph Miller, William Miller and David Miller. Service is 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Graber family home, 15616 Ehle Rd., New Haven (IN 46774). Bishop Daniel Graber officiating. Calling will begin Sunday April 9, 2017 at the home until the day of service. Burial in Milan Center Amish Cemetery, New Haven, Ind. Arrangements by D.O McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne, Ind.

POSTED: 04/10/17 at 9:12 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

MELVIN LEO McCREA, 94, of New Haven, died Friday, March 10, 2017 at Genesis Health care in New Haven. Born in Auburn, Iowa, he was a son of Perry and Blandina (Schulte) McCrea. He was married to Alice Irene Artusi on June 1, 1946 in Mishawaka. She preceded his death in 2005. Graduated from Goshen High School and Tri State University. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was an electronics engineer with Magnavox and retired in 1988. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Haven since 1959 and the V.F.W. Post 2457, New Haven and the American Legion. Survivors include daughters, Janet McComb and Vickie Turner, both of New Haven; granddaughter, Gina (John) Atkison of Fort Wayne; great-grandsons, Brandon and Cameron Atkinson. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Scott McComb in March of 2005; two brothers, Terrance “Terry” McCrea and James McCrea; two sisters, LaVola Dombrowski and Marian Makin. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers Street, New Haven, Ind., with calling one hour prior to the funeral mass. Burial will take place at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, New Haven. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Salvation Army or Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. Arrangements entrusted to Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne.

POSTED: 03/13/17 at 4:51 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

GENE “GIB” GIBSON, 82, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at home. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday at New Haven United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Hwy E., New Haven. Calling is from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven.

POSTED: 03/09/17 at 10:02 am. FILED UNDER: Obits


GEORGE R. “BUD” HICKOX, 80, of New Haven, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017. He was employed with Masolite Concrete for 20 years as a truck driver. Prior to Masolite, George drove truck for Old Fort Supply in Fort Wayne and for Bradtmueller Trucking. He was also a basketball referee in the Fort Wayne area for ten years. Bud enjoyed sports and playing cards, euchre being a favorite. He found joy in watching life pass by and talking with others about it. Survivors include his wife, Betty Hickox of New Haven, Ind.; daughters, Barbara Hickox of Westville, Ind. and Kris (fianc‚, Nik Staak) Fowler of New Haven, Ind.; stepson, Chad (Staci) Salzbrenner of New Haven, Ind.; sister, Sharon (Frank) Monka of Cleveland, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Kenzie, Logan, Reagan, A.J., Alli, Jenny, Heather, and T.J.; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Sylvia Hickox. Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gar Creek, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Preferred memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gar Creek or Central Lutheran School Building Fund. For complete obituary information and to sign the online guestbook, visit

POSTED: 03/06/17 at 2:21 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

Susan K. Harrell, 63 formerly of New Haven and Huntington passed away at 3:50 pm on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Woodview Nursing Center in Fort Wayne. Susan was a 1971 graduate of Huntington North High School. She worked in manufacturing production for many years at a variety of places in Marion and Huntington, most recently at Eagle Picher in Huntington. She enjoyed family gatherings. The family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice and her hospice caretaker, Betty Ann Shawler for the care they had given her.

Susan was born on May 2, 1953 in Wabash, the daughter of Victor and Rosalie (Bailey) Wiedenhoeft. Her parents preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter: Amee (Greg) Kent of Louisville, KY, four siblings: Linda Lesh, Chuck (Diane) Wiedenhoeft, Barb Cuellar, Carl Wiedenhoeft and four grandchildren: Calvin, Isaac, Liam and
Lauren. She was preceded in death by a daughter: Selena M. Johnson, and longtime partner: Randie Storer. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Indiana. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm following visitation at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel.

Interment will take place at a later date at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Marion. Memorial donations can be made to Southern Care Hospice in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

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POSTED: 03/06/17 at 2:18 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

JANET JAUREGUI, 69, of New Haven, Ind., passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Arrangements by Midwest Funeral Home & Cremation Society.

POSTED: 02/15/17 at 9:34 am. FILED UNDER: Obits




















HAROLD EUGENE GORDON, 81, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at

Parkview Hospital Randallia, Fort Wayne.Born in Fort Wayne, he was the

son of the late Kenneth and Louise (Mundy) Gordon. He retired in 1984

from International Harvester after 30 years. He was a member of Moose

Lodge 2387, Fremont and American Legion, Fort Myers, Fla. He was very

active in his son’s sports, especially in little league as a coach and followed

his boy’s traveling hockey teams. He was also an avid I.U. and Indianapolis

Colts fan. Harold loved the lake, was an avid golfer, could build anything,

and was known as an all-around fix-it guy. He is survived by his wife of 60

years, Roberta “Bobbie” (Freiburger) Gordon; sons, Gary Gordon of

New Haven and Rick (Amy) Gordon of Terre Haute; five grandchildren;

and seven great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his son,

Jeffrey Gordon in 1984; two brothers; and one sister. Funeral service is

1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740

St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven with calling one hour prior. Calling is also

4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park,

Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials are to Diabetes Association or

American Heart Association . To share online condolences please visit


POSTED: 02/15/17 at 9:23 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

Sgt. Joseph “Joe” A. Cox, Jr., 48, passed away unexpectedly while on duty, Sunday, February 12, 2017. He was an active member of Blackhawk Ministries, Fort Wayne where he participated in Double Exposure and Marriage Matters. He also volunteered with Juvenile Justice Ministry of YFC. The US Marine Corps veteran and 19-year veteran officer of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, was promoted to Sergeant in 2015. During that time, he served in the Confinement Division, Communications/Dispatch Center, Civil, Warrants, and Patrol Divisions. He was also a member of the Honor Guard, SWAT Team and was handler to his beloved K-9 partner, “Gunny”. Joe enjoyed woodworking and photography, but most important was reading God’s word and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Diana; children, Amy (Jacob) Richman of Woodburn, Melissa (Jordan) Palmer, Jessica (Zachary) Moord, and Joseph Cox all of New Haven, Kristen (Cole) Miller and Jerod (Kara) Hevel both of Fort Wayne; parents, Joseph Sr. and Brenda Cox of Fort Wayne; siblings, Stephanie (Matthew) Demorest of Fort Wayne and Matthew (Josh Gardner) Cox of Greenville, SC; and 13 grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Angela “Angie” (Burkett) Cox in 1998, daughter of Wayne and Judy Burkett.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Blackhawk Ministries, 7400 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne with calling one hour prior. Pastor Kevin Rivers and Tim Smith, lifelong friend, officiating. Calling is also 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne with military honors. Preferred memorials are to grandchildren’s education fund, c/o Three Rivers Credit Union.

POSTED: 02/14/17 at 8:32 am. FILED UNDER: News, Obits