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Keith Nicodemus

Monday, February 3, 2014
2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Smith & Sons Funeral Home
207 North Main Street
Columbia City, IN 46725

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
10:30 AM
Smith & Sons Funeral Home
207 North Main Street
Columbia City, IN 46725

Keith V. Nicodemus, 92, of rural Columbia City, died at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at his home.

He was born December 14, 1921 in Columbia Township, Whitley County a son of Jesse B. and Velma R. (Crawford) Nicodemus. The family also lived in Thorncreek, Jefferson and Union Townships. He completed his education at Coesse High School.

On December 25, 1941 he was united in marriage to E. Frances Hollenbaugh. Shortly after marriage, they made their home in Columbia City and then Union Township. In 1946 they moved to a farm near Laud until March 1948 when they moved to Etna Troy Township. In December 1950 they moved to Thorncreek Township until 1971 when they moved to Richland Township. In September 1992 they moved to their present home. Mrs. Nicodemus died July 21, 2012.

In addition to farming, Keith worked for J.I. Case in Churubusco for eight years and retired on April 15, 1988 from Thorncreek School with over 20 years of service. He was tractor maintenance leader for Whitley County 4-H for 16 years.

His memberships included Laud Christian Church, since 1950 Farm Bureau and he was a former Thorncreek Township Volunteer Fireman.

Surviving relatives include four children, Gene Nicodemus and William Dean Nicodemus, both of Columbia City, Janet (Bruce) Johnson of Churubusco and Charlotte Barnett of Roswell NM; 19 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; three sisters and three brothers, Doloros Zeigler, Glen Nicodemus, Ronald Nicodemus and Marilyn Gross, all of Churubusco, Sharon Diffendarfer of Fort Wayne and Larry Nicodemus of South Whitley.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister, Kenneth Nicodemus, Gail Nicodemus, Elaine "Till" Guiff and Jay Edward Nicodemus.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Laud Christian Church, Whitley County Senior Center or Parkview Home Health & Hospice.


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