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August 22nd, 2011

Karen Chaney, 65

August 22, 2011

Karen Juanita Chaney, 65, passed away Friday, August 19, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 7, 1946 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of William and Eva (Staley) Shumaker.
She was a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church of Columbia City. She enjoyed crafting, sewing and scrapbooking, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Surviving are her husband Leland Chaney; daughters Rebecca (Kevin) Berning, Tina (Kevin) Biddle; brother William (Lorraine) Shumaker; four grandchildren, Nathan, Oliver and Lily Berning and Andrew Biddle.

Richard Yarnelle, 92

August 22, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Richard J. Yarnelle, 92, of South Whitley died peacefully at his home at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.
He was born Feb. 5, 1919 in Wabash, a son of the late George and Helen (DePuy) Yarnelle. His formative years were spent in Wabash where he graduated from Wabash High School in 1936.
A talented athlete, he earned a football scholarship to Purdue University. After being injured, he attended Butler University.

Richard Kreider, 44

August 22, 2011

Richard A. Kreider, 44, of Warsaw, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011 at his residence.
Born Dec. 19, 1966, he was the son of Richard H. and Delores Kreider.
He attended Whitko High School and graduated with the Class of 1985.
He worked at 80/20 in Columbia City.
A lifetime resident of Columbia City, he lived in Warsaw for the past year. He was an avid bowler and participated in a league.

Orren Ware, 81

August 22, 2011

Orren Albert Ware, 81, of Columbia City, passed away 4:40 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born May 27, 1930 in Huntington, he was the son of Albert E. and Martha May (Hartman) Ware.
Raised in Huntington County, he graduated with the Class of 1948 from Bippus High School.
On May 29, 1949 he married Deloris May Geeting in Whitley County where he and his wife established their home.

Willa King, 75

August 22, 2011

Willa M. King, 75, of Columbia City, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:30 p.m. at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born Sept. 2, 1935 in Breathitt, Ky., she was the daughter of Willie and Clara (Little) Young.
Her formative years were spent in Kentucky where she completed her education.
On Oct. 6, 1956, she married Darrell King at Springfield, Ill.

Marge Phillips, 56

August 22, 2011

Marge Ann (Lagoe) Phillips, 56, of South Whitley, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2011, in Fort Wayne, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Dec. 29, 1954, in Herkimer, N.Y., she was the daughter of Richard and Patricia Lagoe of Sherburne, N.Y.
She was a homemaker and artist. She loved art, music, country life, her family and cats.
Marge was an intelligent, creative, sensitive person who brought living color to the gray world around her.

Cougars on the loose? Local sightings increase

August 22, 2011

While Indiana conservation personnel remain skeptical, sightings locally of cougars, or mountain lions, continue to occur.
One of the most compelling sightings in Whitley County happened one year ago today when Max and Linda Zimmerman of Round Lake claim to have seen one of the big cats drinking from the shore of Big Cedar Lake.
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Coy ‘Sweeps’ up honor at Indiana State Fair

August 22, 2011

Mollie Coy has baked up some Whitley County history at the Indiana State Fair.
Coy, a senior at Columbia City High School, is the first Whitley County 4-Her to win the prestigious Sweepstakes Award at the Indiana State Fair for her decorated cake.
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Johnson wins ’Busco’s GOP nod

August 22, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Geri Johnson will represent the Republican party for the position of clerk-treasurer in Churubusco following a town convention held this week.
Johnson, the incumbent, defeated fellow Republican Melissa Tigner 19-10 in the caucus to advance to the November election where she will face Democrat challenger Madalyn Sade-Bartl.
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Bob Bowman, 75

August 22, 2011

Bob Bowman, 75, passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2011.
He was born March 5, 1936, in Hammond and graduated from Crown Point High School in 1954.
He saw much of the world while spending four years in the U.S. Navy as a musician and much later as a dance host on cruise ships.
He worked for NIPSCO for 33 years, first as a combination pipeline welder and then 26 years as a gas serviceman.
He was a member of the Elks, Eagles, Moose, VFW, and American Legion Post #296.
He said that any place that offered camaraderie, good food and drinks and a large dance floor was where he wanted to be.

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