Darlene Evelyn Slusher, 89, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 in Miller’s at Oak Point in Columbia City.
She was born Jan. 3, 1928 in Claypool to John and Neva (Miller) Wehrly. Darlene was a lifetime Kosciusko County resident and a 1946 graduate of Warsaw High School.
Darlene and Paul E. Slusher would marry on March 4, 1961 in Warsaw. They would share 30 years together until his passing on October 14, 1991.
For 24 years she was an assembly operator at Dana Weatherhead. She retired in 1991. Darlene enjoyed bird watching and working crossword puzzles.
Survivors include two daughters: Mary Locke of Columbia City; and Betty Lou Aguilera of Statesville, N.C.; two sons and daughters-in-law: Michael (and Carolyn) Locke and Stacy (and Mary) Slusher, all of Warsaw; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one step grandchild; brother: Johnie Wehrly of Peru, South America; half-brother: Gary Wehrly of Burton, Mich.; sister: Frances (and husband, Robert) Lang, South Bend; step sister: Norma (and husband, Loren) July of Burton.
In addition to her husband, Paul, those preceding Darlene’s passing are: three brothers: Raymond Wehrly, Forrest “Everett” Wehrly and Herschel Wehrly; step mother: Opal E. Wehrly; and step brother: Lavern Carroll.
Family and friends will gather from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, for a time of sharing. Darlene’s life will be celebrated at Titus Funeral Home Friday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
The family has asked that gifts in memory of Darlene be directed to Alzheimer’s Association, 6324 Constitution Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.
Titus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.