CRAIG EUGENE SHERBAHN, 61, of South Whitley, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at his home. Born July 19, 1952, he graduated from South Whitley High School and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education in 1974 and Masters of Animal Science degree in 1977 from Purdue University. In 1985, he began his employment with Farmers Elevator Company, now Ag Plus. He also assisted his parents with Sherbahn Auctioneer Services. On April 20, 1986, he was united in marriage to Pamela S. Eberly Nixon. They have always made their home in South Whitley. He was a member of South Whitley United Methodist Church; active with 4-H activities including Whitley County 4-H Inc. where he served as President, Vice President and Secretary; organized & founded the Premier Stockman Lamb & Steer Classic in Columbia City for 20 years and originated and founded the Premier Stockman Judging Contest; served on Hoosier Beef Congress in Indianapolis from 1988 until 1999, former director of Indiana Sheep and Wool Council from 1995 until 1999, Indiana Dorset Association Breed Manager for Indiana State Fair from 1994 until 1999; a member of the 1974 Purdue Livestock Judging Team that won the National Barrow Show, North Central Regional Contest, American Royal and Chicago International, placing in top six individually; was Purdue Livestock Judging Team Advisory Board member from 1998 to 1999; Great Lakes Regional Dorset Show manager in 1997 and 1999; Whitley County Extension board member from 1985 to 1988; Whitley County Beef Club Advisory board member from 1984 to 1989; Cattle Barn Director of Indiana State Fair from 2000 until 2008 and on Executive Committee from 2001 to 2008. Surviving relatives include his wife, Pam; two children, Ted Nixon of South Whitley and Cari (Travis) Juillerat of Larwill; a grandson, Wyatt Nixon; and a brother, John (Jill) Sanders of Warsaw. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Vera (Penrod) Sherbahn. Funeral service is 3 p.m. Sunday at South Whitley United Methodist Church, 6685 West State Road 14, with visitation after 2 p.m. Visitation also from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Burial in South Whitley Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Whitley County 4-H Inc. or the Craig Sherbahn Scholarship Fund. Condolences to www.smithand sonsfuneralhome.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 29, 2014