August 28th, 2014
March 4, 1928 â€” Aug. 26, 2014
Lavonne Irene Hobbs Galway, 86, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully of kidney failure at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Born on March 4, 1928, in Grant County, she was the daughter of Noble D. and Dorothy O. (Long) Hobbs.
She had lived in Columbia City since 2001. Prior to her move, the majority of her life was spent in Marion.
She graduated from Marion High School with the Class of 1946 and Marion Business College where she studied business.
July 26, 1930 â€” Aug. 26, 2014
Robert H. Rucker, 84, formerly of rural Columbia City, died at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where he was transported Sunday from Markle Health & Rehab.
He was born July 26, 1930, in Champagne County, Ohio, a son of William E. and Josephine (Hart) Rucker. His formative years were spent in Ironton and Springfield, Ohio.
He served in the U.S. Army from Aug. 12, 1951, until Aug. 1, 1953, serving during the Korean War.
On April 5, 1968, he was united in marriage to Sharon L. Braddock. They made their home in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ever-increasing limitations and regulations have sent Columbia Cityâ€™s Wastewater Department into debt, forcing discussions of upcoming sewer rate increases and frustration for citizens and officials alike.
Within city limits, phosphorous typically comes from fertilizers, chemicals and household cleaning products that go down the drain. Studies show that most phosphorous run-off into rivers comes from farmland.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Peabody Public Library recently announced several preschoolers who have completed the 1,000 book reading challenge. The library offered children a series of books to be read with their parents. Preschoolers most recently completing the challenge include Daniel James, Trevor Sutton, True Shafer and Charlotte Misiora for reading or listening to 1,000 books.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Lady Eagle Volleyball Team came into Tuesday nightâ€™s home contest with the Garrett Lady Railroaders sporting an undefeated 2-0 record, thanks to some good play against both North Side and in a come-from-behind win against Angola.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śTerrific Tofu Recipesâ€ť was this quarterâ€™s healthy-eating theme, sponsored by Parkview Whitley Hospital. The hospital hosted a night where lead chef Jacob Kemery taught various ways to cook with tofu.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Nine years ago, when Columbia City Police Officer Tim Pittenger went to pick out his new K-9 partner, he had no clue he would find such a perfect match. At just six weeks old, Pittenger knew he found a dog with just as much energy as he had.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Demolition has begun on the Columbia City Redevelopment Commissionâ€™s building, located at the corner of Van Buren and Line Streets. The former location of the Eagles Lodge was purchased by the Columbia City RDC late last year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Lady Eagle golf team continued its hot streak Tuesday night, with four girls recording scores in the 40s, the Lady Eagles downed the visiting Huntington North Lady Vikings 187-205 under gray and dripping skies on the front nine of the Eagle Glen course.
Oct. 5, 1949 â€” Aug. 25, 2014
William Howard Clark, 64, of Larwill, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at 11:46 p.m. in his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 5, 1949, in Lynch, Ky. to Oscar Howard and Grace Ellen (Cody) Clark.
He was united in marriage to Shirley (Wyland) Dec. 21, 1974, in Pierceton. He was retired in 2001. He attended the Larwill Wesleyan Church of Larwill.
He enjoyed lawn care and mowing, working on automobiles, spending time with his family and helping others, be it home or auto repair or offering guidance. He was a U.S. Army veteran.