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March 16th

Jack Fry, 88

March 16, 2011

Jack E. Fry, 88, of South Whitley, died at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Renaissance Village where he had been a resident since December 2008
He was born June 15, 1922 in Elwood, a son of Clifford Clayton and Ida Marinda (Bowers) Fry. His formative years were spent in Osgood and Greensburg areas. He completed his education in Nebraska School in Jennings County.
On Nov. 7, 1942 he was inducted in the United States Army, serving in the South Pacific on the Island of Kwajalean during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 8, 1945.

March 14th

LaVera Utter, 96

March 14, 2011

LaVera M. Utter, 96, of Mentone, formerly of Athens, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at her residence.
Born June 12, 1914 in Fulton County, she was a daughter of Russel and Arlean (Morris) Walters. She married Wilbert R. Utter Sept. 3, 1933 in Rochester. He preceded her in death Jan. 4, 2004.
She was a homemaker, traditional farmer’s wife and had been a cook at the Colonial Hotel and several other places around the Rochester area. She had also worked at Hart Schaffner and Marx in Rochester.

Russell Blaugh, 89

March 14, 2011

Russell L. Blaugh, 89, of Churubusco, passed away at 11:08 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born Oct. 11, 1921 in Huntington County, he was a son of Roy and Eugenia (Shearer) Blaugh.

March 11th

Geneva Myers, 90

March 11, 2011

Geneva E. Myers, 90, loving mother, grandmother and friend passed away quietly at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.
She was born Sept. 25, 1920 in Cleveland Township to the late Gerald R. and Jennie (Williamson) Lancaster. She spent her formative years in South Whitley and graduated from South Whitley High School.
On Dec. 5, 1949 she was united in marriage to Willard “Blackie” Myers. They ran the Mobil service station in South Whitley. Mr. Myers died Feb. 26, 1977.

Jeanne Short, 68

March 11, 2011

Jeanne A. Short, 68, a resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born April 20, 1942 in Connersville, a daughter of Kenneth R. and Catherine (Lunsford) Klein.
She was a member of the Huntertown United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her children, Todd Short, and Lisa Lucio; her stepmother Rosalyn Klein; four brothers, Bill Klein, Donald Klein, Kevin Klein, and Craig Klein.

Phyllis Nelson, 76

March 11, 2011

Phyllis A. Nelson, 76, a resident of Dunfee, died Wednesday afternoon, March 9, 2011 in the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.
She was born Jan. 4, 1935 in Arcola, a daughter of Frank and Martha Felger Butts. Her formative years were spent on the family farm near Arcola. After graduating from the Arcola High School, she was first employed as a secretary for the Allen County Extension Office and later was the registrar at Homestead High School for 32 years.
On June 7, 1957, she was united in marriage to John R. Nelson and they have spent their married life in the Fort Wayne area.

Mary Yeager, 92

March 11, 2011

Mary G. Yeager, 92, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Syracuse.
She was born in Columbia City Dec. 16, 1918 to the late Eldon and Maud (Egner) Barsh. She married Richard L. Yeager May 14, 1938. He preceded her in death March 31, 2001.
Mary worked 34 years at Gripco in South Whitley, retiring in 1982. She enjoyed her travels to Hawaii, bowling and playing bingo.

Jason Tester, 36

March 11, 2011

Jason Warren Tester, 36, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at his home. Born Aug. 13, 1974 in Columbia City, he was a son of Randy Dow and Deborah Sue (Bender) Tester.
He lived in Allen and Whitley Counties, graduating from Homestead High School with the Class of 1994. An avid cook, he worked at several local restaurants. In his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish.

Patricia Nicodemus, 57

March 11, 2011

Patricia Ann “Patty” Nicodemus, 57, of Columbia City, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. Born in Wolf Lake, May 29, 1953 she was a daughter of Roderick C. and Martha Jane (Friskney) Johnson.

Richard V. Reed, 86

March 11, 2011

Richard V. “RV” Reed, 86, former principal of Whitko High School, died at his home in South Whitley at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011. He had been in failing health.
He was born Oct. 5, 1924 in South Bend, a son of Vern W. and Mary (Tyndall) Reed. His formative years were spent in Spencerville and he graduated from St. Joe High School. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture/chemistry. He completed his masters of education degree at Ball State University.

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