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 .
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