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July 8th, 2011

Robert Poffenberger, 58

July 8, 2011

FORT WAYNE — Robert D. Poffenberger, 58, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday, July 7, 2011 at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born June 18, 1953 in Fort Wayne, a son of Robert E. and Lenore M. (Varner) Poffenberger.
With the exception of four years in Ligonier, he spent his formative years in Columbia City.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1971 and continued his education at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
He was employed at Monsanto for six years and Food Marketing Corp. for more than 25 years.

Thomas Davidsen, 85

July 8, 2011

Thomas Robert “Bud” Davidsen, 85, of Cromwell, died July 6, 2011 at 2:10 a.m. at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born May 12, 1926 to Thomas Martin and Alvena (Petersen) Davidsen in Kosciusko County.
He married Marjory Orcutt Feb. 2, 1951.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjory, of Cromwell; five sons, Robert Davidsen of Jackson, Mich., Steven Davidsen of Indianapolis, James Davidsen of Noblesville, Michael Davidsen of Cromwell, Kevin Davidsen of Cromwell; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Martha Shaffer, 86

July 8, 2011

Martha K. Shaffer, 86, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:02 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011 at The Oaks in Columbia City.
Born Jan. 25, 1925 in New York City, she was the daughter of Ellsworth G. and Florence (Harris) Samo.
She attended Walton High School, New York City. On Feb. 28, 1947, she married James N. Shaffer in Towson, Md.
In 1947, she moved to Rochelle Park, N.J. where her five children were born.
Between 1963 and 1971, she lived in Ramsey, N.J., Verona, N.Y., Bettendorf, Iowa and Pittsburgh. She worked her adult life as a devoted housewife and loving mother.

Shirley Gumm, 74

July 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Shirley J. Gumm, 74, wife of Donald E. Gumm, a resident of Shriner Lake near Columbia City and formerly of Churubusco, passed away July 5, 2011 at 10:22 a.m., at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient since June 24.
Mrs. Gumm was born in Hampton, Ga. Dec. 17, 1936, a daughter of Esco and Fannie (Womac) Kent, and spent her formative years in Dalton, Ga.

Phillip Mattingly, 77

July 8, 2011

FORT WAYNE – Phillip E. Mattingly Sr., died at 8:20 p.m. July 5, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 7, 1934, to James and Eunice Mattingly in Lexington, Ky.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
Surviving relatives include his daughters Linda Wallace, Brenda Kay Berkes, Eunice Lyons, and Sarah Berkley; sisters Mary Brooks and Ollie Alford; 17 grandchildren and 37 great–grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his wife Alma Jo Mattingly, parents, a son, and a brother, James Mattingly.

Gary Butler, 70

July 8, 2011

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Gary Lee Butler 70, died at his residence in Port Charlotte, Fla. June 29, 2011.
He was born July 9, 1940 in Allen County to Wayne and Vada (Woodward) Butler and came to Port Charlotte from Fort Wayne 32 years ago.
He was a police officer, working for the town of Churubusco before retiring to Florida. He also worked as a body shop manager for International Harvester.
Butler was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and past member of the Kiwanis.

Harold Snyder, 84

July 8, 2011

Harold E. Snyder, 84, of Dayton, Ohio, died Sunday, July 3, 2011 at the VA Medical Center in Dayton.
He was born June 22, 1927 to Otis D.E. and Rosa I. (Ebersole) Snyder in Columbia City.
He graduated from Larwill High School with the Class of 1945.
He joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict from 1945-1947.
Survivors include his daughter, Karen Bandelier of Columbia City; sons, Carl Snyder of Nappanee and John Snyder of Antwerp, Ohio; daughter, Brenda McCormick of Bourbon; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Fair plans heat up

July 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County 4-H Fair is approaching quickly (July 15-21) and there are some new events and features planned.
The bleachers in the grandstand are new and completely handicapped-accessible.
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Three local men charged with burglary

July 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The pieces fell into place quickly for Columbia City police last week when they were called about a burglary at Simonson Estates.
By the time all was said and done, suspects were identified, apprehended in a car chase, suspect deception was decoded, arrests were made and most of the victim’s stolen property was retrieved from a lake elsewhere in the county.
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EMS the sequel: County officials mull change to hospital’s EMS proposal

July 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — In May, Whitley County’s government officials thought the issue of Emergency Medical Services was resolved.
The Board of Commissioners, with the blessing of the majority of county council members, voted 2-1 to enter into a five-year contract with Parkview Whitley Hospital to have the hospital continue to run the county’s ambulance service.
On Wednesday, they got a surprise.
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