Archive - May 6, 2011 - Obituary
Dean L. Ayers, 92, a long-time resident of Churubusco, passed away at 10:16 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
Ayers was born in Lowell June 1, 1918, a son of Arthur and Carrie (Hathaway) Ayers, and as a child moved to Roanoke with his parents and two brothers.
On April 18, 1944 he was married to Helen Prible. The couple lived in Fort Wayne briefly, prior to moving to Blue Lake near Churubusco in 1946. Later, the couple purchased a small farm southwest of Churubusco.
Joseph R. â€śJoeâ€ť Krasnansky, 82, of Pierceton, passed away at 9:20 a.m. May 5, 2011 at The Oaks in Columbia City. He was born Nov. 14, 1928 in Perth Amboy, N.J. to Joseph A. and Agnes (Jankovitch) Krasnansky.
He was a United States veteran serving in World War II and during the Korean Conflict and was a widower of Phyllis J. Achor.
Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne Krasnansky; a son, James A. Krasnansky; and two sisters, Mary Purcell and Dorothy Tartaro.
No public services are planned. Burial will take place at the Catholic Cemetery in Pierceton.
Harley E. Mantle, 87, of Kendallville, passed away at 6:49 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville. Born March 18, 1924 in Columbia City, he was a son of Solomon and Blanche D. (Worrick) Mantle and a widower of Valetta Adele Morrissey.
He served in the United States Army from 1944-1946.
Survivors include a daughter, Ramonda Kay DeLong and a brother, Roger Mantle.
Carol D. Lehman, 74, of Larwill, died at 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born Sept. 16, 1936, she was a daughter of Maurice and Esther (Circle) Mettler.
She attended school in the Lake Township, Allen County school system. On May 26, 1956 she married Clarence E. â€śJiggsâ€ť Lehman in Columbia City. After her marriage she and her husband made their home in Whitley County. For nearly 20 years she worked at the S & L Truck Stop in Columbia City.
Luella M. Allen, 84, of Wawaka, widow of Charles J. Allen, passed away at 3:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.
Born Jan. 17, 1927 in Noble County, she was a daughter of Maurice and Mildred (Myers) Schlabach.
Survivors include two children, Robert Allen and Lucinda Rose.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier with Pastor Diana Siegal officiating. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery in Ligonier. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Dean E. Miller, 65, of Columbia City died Tuesday evening May 3, 2011 at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born Feb. 21, 1946 in Huntington, a son of the late Gene L. and Ila (Stensel Gradeless) Miller. His formative years began in Huntington then following the death of his father, they moved to South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1964.
On June 24, 1972 he was united in marriage to Margaret Pepple. They made their home in Whitley County.