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Kelly Caskey, 68

July 23, 2012

Kelly “Popcorn” Caskey, 68, of Columbia City, died suddenly at 7:16 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his residence.
Born on April 23, 1944, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Denzil B. and Georgia (Dexter) Caskey.
He graduated from Central High School, Fort Wayne, with the class of 1962. He served in the U.S. Army. He moved in 1988 from Allen County to Whitley County.
On Oct. 1, 1988, he married Virginia “Ginny” L. Mertz at Saturn Christian Church, Columbia City. He retired from Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne, with 36 years service and prior 10 years with Hi-Fy Gas Stations.

Sharon Freon

July 23, 2012

Sharon (Chaffin) (Meitz) Freon, of Fort Wayne, passed away July, 21, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
She graduated from North Side High School in 1957, and was employed as a nurse at Parkview Hospital for 19 ½ years.
Upon her retirement she worked at Lutheran Social Services, Allen County Council on Aging and as a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens.
She was also a member at Trinity English Lutheran Church.

Robert Tucker, 71

July 23, 2012

Robert Tucker, 71
Robert Lewis Tucker, 71, of rural Churubusco, died July 8, 2012, in Ft Wayne.
Growing up in the blue ridge mountains, young hillbilly Bob enjoyed fishing for rainbow trout, picking up arrowheads behind Harvey’s plow, singing in the church choir, playing the trombone, battling the occasional rattler and filling his lunch box with rocks to save himself from the school bully.
With parents, Paul and Helen Tucker and brother, Wayne, of Charlotte, N.C., the family moved around to follow his father’s job.

4-H: Several records set at ’12 auction

July 23, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Despite the way the economy has struggled and the way crops are looking, the 2012 Whitley County 4-H Livestock Auction still managed to raise $373,749 for 4-Hers.
The 2012 Whitley County 4-H Livestock Auction was held in the show barn again this year on Thursday.
Ritter Cox, auctioneer, welcomed more than 400 buyers during a rainy day.

TWO WHEELS: Medic Bike program ensures faster emergency response

July 23, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY —Two bikes carrying medics could be seen tracking through the 4-H Whitley County Fair this year, as Parkview Whitley Hospital took extra steps to stay on top of medical emergencies.
The two bikes, owned by the hospital, were part of a Bike Medic program.
According to Andy Grote with Parkview, who came up with the idea last winter and saw it approved in March, this is the first year for the program.
“It’s a quicker aid for people in need,” said Grote. “The bikes are fully stocked, and we carry just as much stuff on an ambulance.”

Gladys Holycross, 97

July 23, 2012

Gladys Kathryn Holycross, 97, formerly of Urbana, died at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Blair Ridge Senior Living Community in Peru. She was born Dec. 4, 1914, in Wabash County to Ernest and Emma (Lachmann) Hipskind.
Gladys was a 1933 graduate of Urbana High School. She married David LeRoy Holycross in Wabash on Oct. 1, 1938.
He preceeded her in death Oct. 4, 1963. She was a homemaker. Gladys was a member of the St. Peters United Church of Christ, where she was active in the Women’s Guild. She loved flowers, gardening, playing Euchre, reading, watching golf and NASCAR racing.

Frances Nicodemus, 88

July 23, 2012

E. Frances Nicodemus, 88, of rural Columbia City, died at 10:25 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at her home.
She was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Laud, a daughter of William and Ethel Mae (Bittner) Hollenbaugh. Her formative years were spent in Washington Township.
On Dec. 25, 1941, she was united in marriage to Keith V. Nicodemus. Shortly after marriage, they made their home in Columbia City and then Union Township.

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