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September 14th

John Cowen, 83

September 14, 2010

John T. Cowen, 83, a resident of Columbia City, died at 2:48 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Sept. 18, 1926 in Fort Wayne, a son of Theodore Cowen and Ilene Snyder. His formative years were spent in Columbia City where he was raised by foster parents, Purl and Wilma Schoeff. After graduating from Columbia City High School, he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and served during W. W. II.

September 13th

Irene R. Rust, 85

September 13, 2010

Irene R. Rust, 85, of Fort Wayne passed away Sept. 11, 2010.  She was born Sept. 15, 1924 to the late Charley and Hazel (Dennis) Robison.  She retired from Sears after 25 years of service.  She was a member of the Nine Mile United Methodist Church, Allen Co. Farm Bureau, and Allen Co. Extension Home Maker Club.  She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, and reading. 

Surviving family include her children, Gale (Martha) Rust of Roanoke, James (Teresa) Rust of Whitley Co., Nancy (Rick) Bodeker of Avilla, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

David Hawn, 71

September 13, 2010

David Henry Hawn, 71, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly at 3:20 p.m. at his residence Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Born July 28, 1939 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Charles A. and Florence A. (Sievers) Hawn.

September 10th

Keith R. Bower, 54

September 10, 2010

Keith R. Bower, 54, passed away unexpectedly at 7:56 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 in Warsaw while working. Born in Kosciusko County Feb. 24, 1956, he was a son of Lawrence and Mary (Walters) Bower.

He graduated from Warsaw High School with the Class of 1974. Since 1975, he has been employed by R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Warsaw, and he recently began work at Wal-Mart in Columbia City. He married Candy L. Gamble April 27, 1991 at Columbia City United Methodist Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf.

Leland William “Bill” Ginger, 75

September 10, 2010

Leland William “Bill” Ginger, 75, of Syracuse, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 at Millers Merry Manor in Syracuse. He was born July 21, 1935 in Columbia City, to Kenneth and Jessie (Lehman) Ginger.

He served for 27 years in the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, Milly Ginger; three daughters, Teresa and Claudia; a son, Kevin Ginger; one stepdaughter, Beth Woods; two stepsons, Steve Savage and Joe Savage; two sisters, Sharon Ordatand Kay Carter.

Beatrice Jennie Morgan, 83

September 10, 2010

Beatrice Jennie Morgan, 83, of Columbia City, went to walk with the Lord Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. Born Nov. 24, 1926 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of Ralph I. and Mary W. (Bohnke) Parker.

She graduated from Elmhurst High School, Fort Wayne, with the Class of 1944. On Aug. 17, 1974, she married Harold Morgan in Columbia City. A Columbia City resident her entire adult life, she was a homemaker and member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was an active member of the Ladies Aid. Her hobbies included painting, drawing, reading the Bible and she loved the outdoors.

Myrna Jane Brown-Yancey, 69

September 10, 2010

Myrna Jane Brown-Yancey, 69, of Columbia City, died at 1:47 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Sept. 23, 1940, she was a daughter of Lee Arthur and Ethel (Weeks) Brown.

Survivors include six daughters, Nila Leckrone-Born, Lila Leckrone-Gagnon, Debra Brown, Mary Brown-Coe and twins, Amy and Angie; two brothers, Gale Brown and Cleo Brown; sisters, Bonnie Brown-Knetter and Sandra Brown-Watkins.

Dr. Richard Lewis Osberg, Sr., 83

September 10, 2010

Dr. Richard Lewis Osberg, Sr., 83 of Fort Myers, Fla. passed away Friday, Sept. 3, 2010.

He was born on June 17, 1927 in Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Ill. to Emil Arthur and Ellen Marie Osberg. He attended grade school and high school on the North West side of Chicago. He received his B.A. at Huntington University in Huntington, his Master of Arts from Trinity University in Deerfield, Ill. and his Doctorate from Ball State in Muncie.

September 8th

David E. “Popeye” Stier, 28

September 8, 2010

David E. “Popeye” Stier, 28, of Paulding, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, at Henry County Hospital as the result of a traffic accident.

Born in Phoenix, Ariz., he was a member of White Tiger Martial Arts.

Surviving are his son, Sean A. Stier; father, Ronald R. Stier of Harlan; sisters, Rozlyne (Corey) Kling of Mishawaka, Amanda (Jose) Torrez and Stephanie (Trent) Bodie, both of Fort Wayne; grandmother, Donna L. Stier of New Haven; and grandfather, Larry Bradtmiller.

Robert A. Appleton, 79

September 8, 2010

Robert A. Appleton, 79, of Wolf Lake, died at 11:06 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 at his residence. Born Sept. 24, 1930 in Lake County, he was a son of Clark and Luella (Bothwell) Appleton.

He graduated from Merrillville High School with the Class of 1948. From 1953-1955 he served in the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War.
On Nov. 9, 1957 he married Leila H. Wilson in Merrillville. In 1978 he moved with his family to Wolf Lake where he established the family farm, Appleton Farms, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Living Waters Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake.

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