November 27th, 2013
Michael Allen Wright, 68, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.
Born on June 12, 1945, in Worthington, Minn., he was the son of Gordon G. and Elizabeth L. (Ramert) Wright.
He was born and raised in Minnesota. Mike graduated from Fulda High School in Fulda, Minn. with the Class of 1963.
He entered the U.S. Marines and served from 1963 to 1967 during the Vietnam War.
Mike moved to Columbia City in 1971 and worked at the Indiana Air National Guard from 1972 until retiring as a Senior Master Sgt. in 2001.
Lawrence Dean âShortyâ Henney, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Millerâs Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born June 22, 1932, in Columbia City, he was the son of Clair E. and Bessie M. (Lawrence) Henney.
He was a lifetime resident of Jefferson Township, graduating from Jefferson Center High School.
Rosalie Charlotte Warner, 89, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:02 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born on June 23, 1924, in Vevay, she was the daughter of Thomas James and Dora Ellen (Poling) Scroggin.
She lived in Switzerland County (Vevay) then moved to Fort Wayne, in 1984 and moved to Columbia City in 2009. She attended St. Maryâs Vevay Madison Consolidated Schools.
On Sept. 12, 1944, she married Charles Rae Warner in Battlecreek, Mich.
Rachel Brandenburg (right), was recently named the winner of the monthly drawing held at the November Parent-Teacher Organization meeting for Pierceton Elementary School. Rochelle Leininger (left), PTO co-president, awarded Brandenburge this monthâs prize which was a Bob Evans gift card. The next PTO meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 20. All parents attending are eligible for the drawing.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County collected 138 used cell phones in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Many local businesses, hospitals, restaurants, churches, schools, etc. had HopeLine collection boxes displayed at their locations.
The HopeLine project, which was sponsored by the Domestic Violence Task Force of Whitley County, is new this year, and the group is pleased with the results and grateful to all the locations that collected phones.
Mark J. Curtis, 54, graduated to glory on Nov. 25, 2013, while at Parkview Regional Medical Center and is now at peace in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Born Sept. 16, 1959, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Donald P. Curtis and Charlene D. Adams-Begue.
Mark worked as a drywall craftsman at Hanna Brothers and Hartmanâs for many years. He enjoyed his family, home and friends. He will always be deeply loved by all and will be missed forever.
Clifford J. Perlich, 86, of Avilla, died Sunday, November 24, 2013.
He was born in Noble County Jan. 31, 1927, to the late Lloyd W. and Anna (Schaefer) Perlich.
He served in the U.S. Army from April 1945 to October 1946. He married the late, Betty Ann (Rumsyre) Dec. 24, 1950.
Together they lived 55 years in Churubusco and enjoyed camping from 1970 to 2000 and were members of the Good Sam Club. He was a dairy farmer from 1950 to 1970.
Robert âBobâ Twining Taylor, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Nov. 18, 2013, at the Homeplace in Burlington, Wash.
Born in Seattle, Wash., Bob lived in Richmond Beach and Seward Park. In his teenage years, his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisc.
He graduated from White Fish Bay High School and then earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Bob was an ardent Wisconsin Badger fan and Green Bay Packer Backer.
COLUMBIA CITY â A two-sport star at Columbia City will continue her career on the volleyball court at a Big Ten school.
Kalisha Goree, who just finished her senior year as a Lady Eagle, will go on to play volleyball at Ohio State University.
Goree will take her near year-round dedication to volleyball and apply it as a Buckeye, since she also plays club volleyball in addition to her time with Columbia City High School.
Playing at the next level has been a goal on Goreeâs mind for years.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man who crashed a vehicle into the Columbia City branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will serve two years behind bars for his crimes.
Danny C. Rose, Jr., 20, was sentenced to three years, with two to serve at the Whitley County Jail, for auto theft, a Class D felony. He was also given a two-year concurrent sentence for resisting law enforcement.
Rose was sentenced to 60 days for battery resulting in bodily injury, which will be served consecutively to the previous two charges.