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MAX E. "LIGHTNING" COLCHIN, 87, of Avilla, formerly of Fort Wayne, left this world on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Provena Sacred Heart Home. Born Dec. 26, 1924, in Adams County, he was a son of the late Fredrick J. and Frances E. (Coffee) Colchin. On May 3, 1954, he married Margaret Weber; she passed away on Aug. 27, 2012. Max was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel, Fort Wayne. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 864, Moose Lodge 1311, American Legion Post 43, and V.F.W. Post 10006. He worked for 43 years as an experimental engineer in the sheet metal department at International Harvester (Navistar), retiring in 1990. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He is survived by three sons, Larry E. (Patricia) Colchin of Fort Wayne, Patrick J. (Nellie Landeros) Colchin of Bonita, Calif. and Neil T. (Lynn) Colchin of Fort Wayne; three daughters, Ellen K. (Thomas) White, Eve M. Colchin and Anne E. (Dennis) Ulman, all of Fort Wayne; a brother, Maurice "Gabby" Colchin of Decatur; a sister, Lois Sharp of Baldwin, Mich.; and 12 grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Benjamin Ulman; four sisters; and a brother. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel, with visitation from 8 to 10 a.m.. The Rev. Fr. Cornelius Ryan, C.S.C. and The Rev. Fr. Stephen Colchin officiating. Burial in St. Joseph Church Cemetery, with Military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard. Memorials to the St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel Improvement Fund or Provena Sacred Heart Home. Arrangements by Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home. To sign our guestbook, click on www.haggardandsefton.com
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 27, 2012