October 20th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ John Robert Walter, 92, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at his home. He had been in failing health since May, 2011.
John Robert was born Dec. 27, 1918, in Essex County, Ontario, Canada where his father was working for the Ford Motor Company in Windsor.
He was a son of Albert ‚ÄúSis‚ÄĚ and Chloe Myrtle (Taylor) Walter.
In 1919, his family moved to Columbia City.
His school years were spent in Columbia City where he was involved in football, track, basketball and baseball.
Check out Thursday's edition of the Post and Mail for full sectional previews for Churubusco (9-0), Columbia City (6-3) and Whitko (5-4).
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Sheriff‚Äôs Department Chief of Deputies Mark Gatton is warning citizens to keep their doors locked.
The WCSD has had seven reported thefts from unlocked vehicles and buildings so far in the month of October.
‚ÄúYou make yourself an easy target when you leave your doors unlocked,‚ÄĚ Gatton said.
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SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Optimism about the future and overcoming adversity was the prevalent theme at the outset of the awards presentation during the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce‚Äôs annual recognition night Tuesday.
‚ÄúThis has been a very challenging few months for the chamber of commerce,‚ÄĚ said Mike DeFreeuw, chairman of the chamber board during the opening remarks.
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CHURUBUSCO¬†‚Äď¬†Churubusco High School¬†students got the opportunity to see local government in action Monday when the¬†Whitley County¬†Board of Commissioner‚Äôs held its bi-monthly meeting in the auditorium of the high school.
Although designed to be business as usual, most of the discussion stemmed from questions raised by the students regarding a commissioner‚Äôs role and duties.
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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A father and infant daughter survived a one-vehicle rollover crash in the area of Ind. 9 and CR 500 N Tuesday morning.
Casey Sellers, 31, of Fairmont, lost control of his Cadillac Escalade and rolled it, pinning himself in the vehicle. Seller‚Äôs daughter, 4, escaped with no injuries. Sellers was airlifted to Parkview Main in Fort Wayne after he was found unconscious and pinned in the vehicle.
While cross country‚Äôs post season is in full swing, several area teams are preparing for sectionals this week.
Cross Country: Whitko‚Äôs boys, along with Columbia City‚Äôs boys and girls teams, will be competing Saturday at IPFW in the semi-state meet.
Teams that place in the top five will advance, along with runners that place in the top 15 individually.
Volleyball: Columbia City‚Äôs, Churubusco‚Äôs, and Whitko‚Äôs volleyball teams‚Äô sectionals begin Thursday night.
Columbia City will take the short trip to Carroll to face Fort Wayne North Side at 7:30 p.m.
AVILLA ‚ÄĒ Patricia Opal Reed, 82, of Avilla, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at Provena Sacred Heart Home.
Mrs. Reed was born in Kendallville April 14, 1929, to the late Clifford John Barker and Opal Daisey (Helmer) Becker.
She graduated from Kendallville High School in 1946 and married Jack Phillip Reed Aug. 24, 1947, at the Wayne Center United Methodist Church near Kendallville.
Pat was a bookkeeper and was employed with Parker Nivens Chevrolet in Kendallville for 18 years.
She also assisted Ron Everage when he began Everage Motor Sales in Stroh.
Elnora L. Norris, 71, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:05 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Canterbury Rehab, Fort Wayne.
Born March 21, 1940, in Huntington County, she was the daughter of Edward P. and Bessie H. (Rupley) Schenkel.
She grew up in Andrews and moved to Whitley County in 1975.
She graduated from Andrews High School with the Class of 1958.
On June 10, 1961 she married Brent L. Norris in Andrews. She retired from Precision Plastics, Columbia City in 2001.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Junelle A. Luther, 86, of Columbia City, died at 4:09 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 at Miller‚Äôs Merry Manor where she was admitted Thursday, Oct. 13.
She was born May 5, 1925, in Union Township, Whitley County, a daughter of William Thomas and Ione J. (Tucker) Perry.
Her formative years were spent in Union Township, with the exception of a short time in Auburn. She graduated from Coesse High School.
On June 29, 1946, she was united in marriage to Leonard E. Luther. They made their home in Washington Township, Whitley County.