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Leah Joy Durnell, 84, of Ossian, Formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016 at home. She was born August 13, 1931 in Fort Wayne. She worked as a homemaker, raising her family and retired from GTE in 1991. She was a member of Nine Mile United Methodist Church where she was past president of the Faith Circle and a member of the Lady's Aid. She is survived by her husband, Donald Durnell of Ossian; children, Duretta (David) Yoquelet of Argos, IN., Denise Durnell of Ossian, and Drake (Beth) Durnell of Suwanee, GA; grandchildren, Casey (Matt) Cripe, Clint (Jik) Yoquelet, Isabella Durnell, and Elijah Durnell; 5 great grandchildren; sister, Mary Lou Skinner of Greenwood, IN; and brothers, Jack Bickel of Acton, MA and Phil Pilcher of New Carlisle, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mabel (Hutchison) Bickel. Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Nine Mile United Methodist Church, 6303 Winters Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 with visitation 1 hour prior. Visitation will also be on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the Church. Burial will be in Nine Mile Maple Lawn Cemetery. Preferred memorial may be made to the church.