July 18th, 2011
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ With the south wall of the Green Parrot now repaired in compliance with the South Whitley‚Äôs unsafe building ordinance, Utilities Manager Dennis Eberhart voiced his concerns on the vacant lot where the now-demolished Hicks and Deaton building shared a common wall.
‚ÄúThere is a hole where the (Hicks and Deaton) building use to be,‚ÄĚ Eberhart said.
Council Vice President Tonya Warner said the lot should be the responsibility of the property owner, with the area being graded and leveled.
SOUTH WHITLEY ¬≠‚ÄĒ In March of last year, the tight-knit Whitko community lost a very special girl ‚ÄĒ Kaylin Michelle Doggendorf.
Doggendorf was taken from her home in the middle of the night, and what started out as a search and rescue mission ended in tragedy when the 14 year-old was found raped and strangled to death.
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FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ William W. Steffey, 85, a resident of rural Avilla and long-time Noble County farmer, died at 7:50 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2011, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
He was born April 17, 1926 in Mankato, Minn., a son of Vern J. and Maude (Neuhouser) Steffey.
He married Mary Leslie in 1957. She preceded him in death in 1986.
Surviving relatives include his partner, Gail M. Olson of Avilla; two children Andrew J. Steffey of Albion and Cindy Chalfant of Land-O-Lakes, Fla; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Marilyn M. Heidenreich Murphy, 82, of Columbia City, died at 3:23 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2011 at the Hospice Home, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on July 7th.
She was born Aug. 4, 1928 in Whitley County, a daughter of Kenneth E. and Mary A. (Mathias) Magley.
Her formative years were spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1946.
Ray W. McNeal, 78, a resident of Wolf Lake, died at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.
McNeal was born May 11, 1933 in Green Township in Noble County, a son of Ernest E. and Mable (Kichler) McNeal.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1906 in Columbia City.
On June 21, 1952 he married Marilyn F. Hopkins. She preceded him in death July 29, 1999.
Nancy Jo Reese, 60, of Andrews, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at her home.
Nancy was born May 1, 1951 in Huntington to Rolland and Eloise Hutchings Reese.
Her parents preceded her in death. She was employed as a caregiver and secretary.
Her many joys included being near the water, taking care of her birds, gardening, quilting, delighting over her grandchildren who called her ‚ÄúNana‚ÄĚ or Grandma. She also enjoyed spending time with David, the love her of life.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Ruth C. McClain, 92, of Columbia City, died at 8:35 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Allen Bower, with whom she had been staying.
She was born Aug. 18, 1918 in Whitley County, a daughter of Loren Frank and Philena Isabel (Brubaker) Hodson.
Her formative years were spent in Columbia Township.
She graduated from Coesse High School and completed her nursing training at Washington Blvd. Hospital in Chicago.
Jean C. Horn, 85, of Ft. Wayne, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Born June 10, 1926 in Huntington, Jean graduated from Huntington Township High School, attended Purdue University and was the first woman accepted into General Electric‚Äôs Electrical Engineering Program.
Along with her husband Carl Horn, they were founders of Indiana Auto Auction where she actively worked for more than 40 years.
She was a member of Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
Jean enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, rock collecting, and watching baseball.
Jeanette E. Castle, 80, of Fort Wayne, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at her residence.
Born Feb. 2, 1931, in Monroeville, she retired in 2001 from Marshall Fields, formerly Hudson‚Äôs, as a sales lady, after 20 years.
She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church.
Judith Kellogg, 70, a resident of Churubusco, died at 5:52 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
She was born in Fort Wayne Aug. 19, 1940 to Eric and Dorothy (Branstrator) Lindquist.
On Sept. 1, 1959, she married Charles E. Kellogg, Sr.
Survivors include her husband; three sons, Charles E. Kellogg, Jr. of Fort Wayne, David E. Kellogg of Fort Wayne, and Matthew L. Kellogg of Churubusco; a daughter Elizabeth K. Kellogg of Fort Wayne; a brother Eric Lindquist, Jr. of Fort Wayne; and two grandsons.
She was preceded by her parents.