ROBERT E. BRITTAIN, 64, of Columbia City, was found passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 3:44 p.m., at his residence. Born on Sept. 27, 1945, in Columbia City, he was the son of Ernest and Velma E. (Paulus) Brittain. He spent his entire lifetime in the Columbia City area, graduating from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1964. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in English from Indiana University with the Class of 1968 and a Master's Degree from Indiana University in 1971. He spent his career teaching English and as a Speech and Debate coach at Columbia City High School since 1968, retiring in 2004. He continued a very close professional relationship with the high school, fellow teachers and his beloved students. His memberships include Blue River Community Church, where he faithfully served on the Board of Elders; National Council of Teachers of English; Past President of Columbia City Kiwanis Club; a member of local, state and national Teachers Association and Indiana University Alumni, National Forensic League, both the State and National Chapters; Peabody Library Board of Directors; Whitley County Literacy Council Board of Directors; Bowen Center for Human Services Board of Directors; Columbia City High School Alumni Association President; and others too numerous to mention over the years. Survivors include his brother, Richard D. (Anna) Brittain of Powell, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one aunt, Edna Vance. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Pastor Brett Sauders of the Blue River Community Church officiating. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2010, at the funeral home. He will be sadly laid to rest beside his beloved parents at Blue River Cemetery, Columbia City. At the request of the family and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Brittain to Blue River Community Church, Whitley County Community Foundation, Columbia City High School Speech and Debate Department or the Columbia City High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 22, 2010