Archive - 2013
Devona J. Berg, 80, of Big Lake, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born Aug. 24, 1933, in Etna Troy Township, she was the daughter of Chester K. Myers and Ruth (Shaffer) Myers-Hurd.
She is a lifetime resident of Whitley County and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1951. On Aug. 7, 1971, she married James C. Berg in Columbia City.
She worked at Bond Flex Rubber, Columbia City, with 15 years of service. Devona enjoyed collecting crystal figurines in her free time.
John Lee Gamble, 65, of Fort Wayne, and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at his home Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
He was born Oct. 28, 1947, a son of Doyle Gamble and Margery (Huntley) Heald, and a grandson of Cecil and Mae Huntley Sr.
Mr. Gamble served in U.S. Marine Corps and was a lifetime employee of Northern Indiana Public Service Company.
Terry Alan Hammel, 68, Jacksonville, Fla., and formerly of Huntington, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at 10:50 p.m. at the Haven Hospice in Orange, Fla.
Mr. Hammel was born May 23, 1945, in Huntington, to Meredith Luther and Marion Jean Steele Hammel.
His mother survives and resides in Huntington. His father preceded him in death on July 1, 2004. Mr. Hammel married Connie Rae Reckard Aug. 13, 1965 in Huntington. She survives and resides in Florida.
Linda S. Hutton-Reiling, 65, of Churubusco, passed away at 9:56 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, after a courageous battle with cancer and with her loving family surrounding her.
Born Jan. 12, 1948, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Alfred S. and Eileen V. (Holmes) Hutton-Rennecker.
Brenda L. Vance, 56, Rochester, Indiana , died Aug. 25, 2013, at 4:46 p.m. at her residence.
She was born May 18, 1957, in Wabash, to Bill and Pat (Rife) Vance.
She worked at Hart, Schafner and Marx for 25 years, McDonalds, and spent many years as a Home Caregiver.
She attended the Church of Latter Day Saints, Logansport.
Brenda truly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, bike riding, garage sales, and camping.
Eleanor J. Swinehart, 82, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of George R. Swinehart, passed away Monday afternoon, Aug. 26, 2013, in Lewisville, Tx.
She had become unexpectedly ill in February while visiting her daughter in Lantana, Tx. Mrs. Swinehart was born in Fort Wayne Aug. 17, 1931, a daughter of Eli and Alice (Lochner) Nicolet. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne, and graduated from Northside High School in 1949.
Murray Michael Graves, 63, of Claypool, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at 9:01 p.m. at Parkview North Hospital of Fort Wayne.
He was born Feb. 3, 1950, in Fort Wayne, to Murray E. and Mary E. (Sheets) Graves.
He was raised in Larwill, and graduated from Larwill High School in 1968 where he was an outstanding basketball player. He began working for R.R. Donnelley and Sons in June of 1968 and retired in February of 2012 after 44 years of service. He loved NASCAR, coaching and watching his son Chad in baseball.
JoAnn M. Paulus, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born March 27, 1928, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Oren E. and Fern (Kyler) Sroufe.
She lived in Whitley County her entire life. She graduated from Larwill High School with the Class of 1947.
On Oct. 2, 1988, she married Leon Paulus at Merriam Christian Chapel. She worked for Whitley Products for more than 20 years and Essex for 15 years.
Gregory Wayne McKinley, 57, of Peru and a former Columbia City resident passed away at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 30, 1955, in Winchester, he was the son of James Melvin and Vonne Ann (Hoover) McKinley.
He was raised in Columbia City and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1974.
Jack Julian Fletcher, 62, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at his farm.
Born July 19, 1951, in Columbia City, he was the son of George M. Fletcher and Mary (Anderson) Fletcher.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1969. He was a livestock and grain farmer. He was a member of St. Matthewâ€™s United Methodist Columbia City and Francis Slocum Trail Riders.