DeForest “Wayne” Shobe of Valparaiso passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. He
Born March 1, 1928 in Hammond, he was the son of Lester Lee and Helen
(Barnett) Shobe. On May 21, 1949 he married Virginia D. Bade, who survives.
Also surviving are his son Don (wife Judi Gray) Shobe of Hobart;
grandchildren Daniel (Amanda) Shobe, Jennifer (husband Chris) Kruhm; great
granddaughter Michaella Shobe; brother Richard (Marilyn) Shobe of
Valparaiso; niece Sandra (Pete) Hartman and their children.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Mary
Wayne was a member of First Christian Church D.O.C. in Valparaiso, the
Eastern Star, White Shrine of Jerusalem (Past Watchman of the Shepherds),
the Royal Neighbors of America, Life member of the Porter Lodge #137, and
all three York Rite Bodies, Valparaiso Chapter #79, Council #86, Commandery
#28, Noble of Orak Shrine, Passed Sovereign Master of Valparaiso Allied
Masonic Degrees #470, member of the North West Indiana York Rite College
#73, and member of the Kentucky Colonels. He was also Past Grand Royal
Patron of the Order of Amaranth Lakeside Court #2 and Past Director of Fire
Civil Defense in Porter County. He was a recipient of the Distinguished
Service Award from the Grand Commandery of the State of Indiana, and the
Doctor Richard Lochner Lifetime Achievement Award. Before retiring, he
worked as Superintendent of Maintenance for Indiana Steel, EM&N, Titan,
Indiana General, Powder Tech, and P.P.T. He was also President of E & S
Medical Supply in Chesterton.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bartholomew Funeral Home,
102 Monroe St., Valparaiso, with Rev. Kenneth Spangler and Chaplain Robert
C. Kulesa officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and
Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. An Order of the Amaranth
services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home followed by
Masonic Rites at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. He will be
missed by all those who knew and loved him.