On Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 5:27 a.m., Carol Phyllis Goble, of Columbia City, began her heavenly journey â€” embraced in love and nestled warmly within the cherished home she built with her devoted husband of more than 60 years, Jack Earl Goble.
Born on Feb. 14, 1934, she was the only child of Ralph Eugene Watson and Dorothy Berniece (Keisler) Watson, also of Columbia City.
Carol was the apple of her fatherâ€™s eye and her motherâ€™s little princess. Raised on a bucolic 40-acre farm in Troy Township, she grew up loving nature and animals and, especially, kitties.
James Leon Wymer, 60, fell ill during a family vacation in Petoskey, Mich. He died four days later on Dec. 5, 2013, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, Petoskey, Mich. surrounded by his loving family.
He was born August 24, 1953, in York, Pa., a son of William C. Hayes and Roseann Dinges.
He spent his formative years in York, Pa. Later the family moved to Bedford, where he graduated from Oolitic High School in 1971.
On July 11, 1981, he was united in marriage to Carol S. Voyles. They made their home in Columbia City.
Wanda I. Deininger, 91, a Cleveland Township native, died at 5:47 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Rita.
She was born January 13, 1922, in Cleveland Township, a daughter of Harry A. and Pauline (Reckard) Lepley.
At the age of four, her family moved to Larwill. She graduated in 1940 from Larwill High School. She moved to Fort Wayne and graduated from the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1947.
On Sept. 13, 1947, she was united in marriage to Paul J. Deininger. They always made their home in Fort Wayne. Mr. Deininger died Jan. 20, 2013.
Zachariah Joseph Ballard, 28, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident at 11:01 p.m. in rural Whitley County.
Born Aug. 23, 1985, in Fort Wayne, to Mart Eugene and Sally Jo (Prough) Ballard.
He was a lifetime resident of Columbia City, graduating from Columbia City High School with the Class of 2004.
Larry E. Ware, 50, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born April 25, 1963, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Charles R. Ware and Margaret Roeger.
Survivors include his father, Charles (Leota) Ware of Fort Wayne; daughters, Elizabeth (Scotty) Kessler of Columbia City and Samantha Geschwind of Fort Wayne; sisters, Carol Flinn of Fort Wayne and Kathi Young of Fort Wayne; brother, Dan Ware; grandchildren, Dixie Kessler, Chloe Oberley, Lenabella Papenbrock and Corey Papenbrock.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Candy canes and cookies were on the menu at Downtown On The Square Saturday.
Far from its normal fine dining, the restaurant, located across from the Whitley County Courthouse in Columbia City, changed its culinary specialties to host a breakfast with Santa event for children.
The breakfast is just one of the many downtown appearances Santa Claus has made this holiday season.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After spearheading two large-scale park renovations, Katey Till announced she was stepping down from the South Whitley Park Board.
Till, a South Whitley resident, is a mother, wife and active volunteer.
With so much on her to-do list, she told South Whitley Town Council members at a meeting in November that she would be resigning her seat on the board.
â€śItâ€™s time,â€ť Till said. â€śIâ€™ve done what I wanted to do.â€ť
Official resignation of Tillâ€™s spot will be Friday. Her departure is in addition to another vacant seat needing to be filled.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man died in a crash in Whitley County Friday night.
Zachariah â€śZachâ€ť Ballard, 28, was driving north on County Road 450 East, south of Cider Mill Road, when police believe his truck traveled left of center and ran off the roadway.
Investigation by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department showed that Ballardâ€™s vehicle struck two trees, and when officials arrived, Ballard was partially ejected from the truck.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Post & Mail newspaper, Columbia City, brought home 10 awards from the Hoosier State Press Associationâ€™s yearly banquet Saturday.
Editors Christie Workman and Nicole Ott were awarded for feature and sports articles, as well as photography.
Ott earned Photo of the Year in The Post & Mailâ€™s division, with the front-page photo of Ethan Krider and Jade North for Valentineâ€™s Day.
The photo also won its category, Best Feature Photo, and was a contender for overall Photo of the Year, an award won by The Evansville Courier and Press.
FORT WAYNE â€” Difficulty getting inside, along with their opponentsâ€™ athleticism, made for a difficult Friday for the Columbia City Eagles boys basketball team.
One season after defeating Fort Wayne Northrop, the Eagles fell to the Bruins by a final of 44-24.
There were times when the game was close. Northrop had just a 9-8 lead after one quarter, and Columbia City cut the margin to 20-18 in the third quarter. But overall, it was not enough.