June 26th, 2011
RICHMOND â Orval D. Johnston, 98, died Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 9:30 p.m. in Golden Living Center, Richmond.
Johnston was born Feb. 5, 1913 in Warsaw to Charley W. and Leota (Rhodes) Johnston.
On June 6, 1939, he married Aletha B. Beiswanger in Warsaw.
Survivors include three sons, Gaylord Johnston, Warsaw, David Johnston of Columbia City and Dallas Johnston of Elkhart; two daughters, Rosalind Morey, Richmond and Virginia âGinnyâ Hermansen of Salem, Ore.; 17 grandchildren 30 great grandchildren, and numerous foster grandchildren and step grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY â Christopher J. Hardacre, 54, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:50 a.m. June 20, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after entering the hospital last week.
Mr. Hardacre was born March 31, 1957, a son of John Richard & Ruth E. (Miller) Hardacre, in Casper, Wyo.
He spent his childhood in Churubusco, moving to Columbia City just before the birth of his daughter Jessica.
He had been employed as an auto mechanic for much of his adult life.
James Franklin Hewitt, age 84, of Kimmell, died Sunday, June 19, 2011 at his residence.
He was born Oct. 5, 1927 in Elkhart to Lee and Leafa Mae (Locke) Hewitt. He married Helga Brathearing, who survives.
He retired as a sergeant from the United States Army after 20 years of service and served in the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Helga, one daughter, Leona Gordon of Larwell; one step-daughter, Manuela Coburn of North Webster and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.
Lucille Maloney, 79, of Columbia City, died Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:10 a.m. at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born March 4, 1932, in Breathitt County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Willie and Clara (Little) Young.
Her formative years were spent in Kentucky where she completed her education.
On Sept. 30, 1949 she married Billy Gene Maloney in Kentucky.
After their marriage, they relocated to Larwill.
Maria Delourdes Gutierrez De Delgadillo, age 60, of Aguascalientes, AGUAS, Mexico died June 19, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 11, 1951 in Asuascalientes, Mexico to Agustin & Maria Del Refujio (Ortiz) De Gutierrez.
She married Bruno Delgadillo in 1970, who survives.
LARWILL â Leonard L. Hoffert, 86, of Larwill, died at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne where he was admitted on Friday, June 10.
He was born March 10, 1925 in Kosciusko County to Joseph F. and Elsie M. (Foreman) Hoffert.
His formative years were spent in Noble County.
He attended Washington Center School in Noble County and completed his education at the Larwill School.
Walter âBobâ Ball Jr., 84, died June 15, 2011.
Ball was born Jan. 24, 1927, to Walter R. and Mabel (Woodcox) Ball Sr. at Leiterâs Ford in Fulton County.
On June 17, 1951 he married Berdenia M. Jackson at the Fulton Evangelical Church.
He served in the United States Army-Air Corps during World War II.
COLUMBIA CITY â Joe W. Yoder, 71, of Cape Coral, Fla., a retired Whitley County Consolidated School teacher, died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 after battling cancer for nine months.
He was born Oct. 8, 1939 in Columbia City, the only child of Whitley County educators Harry T. and Hallie Z. White Yoder.
His formative years were spent on the Yoder farm in Washington Township.
He attended the Washington Center School and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1957.
GOSHEN â Mary Pauline Fry, 70, of Ligonier died at 3 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2011 in I.U. Goshen Hospital.
She was born Nov. 30, 1940 in Noble County to Eli E. & Anna (Frey) Miller. She married Harvey Fry Oct. 16, 2002. Mary was a member the Old Order Amish Church and was a dedicated homemaker.
Bob C. Chiddister, 53, of Cromwell, died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011 at his residence.
He was born Aug. 15, 1957 in LaGrange to Bob W. and Deloris (McClure) Chiddister.
He is survived by two sons, Scott Chiddister of Albion, Travis Chiddister of Ligonier; three grandchildren, three sisters, Sally Wilson of Albion, Sherri Kilgore of Wolf Lake, and Shellie Koze of Ligonier. He was preceded in death by his father, Bob W. Chiddister.