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September 17th

Allison Rainey, 38

September 17, 2012

Allison Dawn Rainey 38 From Columbia City died Friday Sept. 7, 2012.
Survivors include a daughter, Lauren Rainey and son, Justin Bechler both of Columba City; Allison’s mother, Barbara Rainey, New Haven; sister, Amy Fowler of Columbia City; brother, Mark Rainey of Fort Wayne and Allison’s fiance, Jim Bechler of Columbia City.
Preferred Memorials in lieu of flowers should go to the educational fund for Lauren and Justin at the Three Rivers Federal Credit Union.
A private family service will be held at a later date.

James Ramey, 86

September 17, 2012

James G. “Jim” Ramey, 86, of LaFontaine, died at 6:15 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Miller’s Merry Manor East in Wabash.
He was born Aug. 15, 1926, in Grundy, Va., to Wyatt and Lucy (Stiltner) Ramey.
Jim married Bonnie Pefley on June 24, 1970 in Wabash. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 19th field artillery. He worked for 18 years in the coal mines of Virginia, and then worked at Fisher Body in Marion for 27 years, retiring in 1988. He attended Grace Fellowship Church and enjoyed wood working.

September 10th

Gene Haskins

September 10, 2012

Gene Maynard Haskins passed away Sept. 7, 2012.
He is survived by his wife Lyn; his son, Garrick (Kylie) Haskins; granddaughter, Kinsey; daughter, Nicole (Tim) Rische; daughter, Sarah (Matt) Swaim; granddaughter, Grier and grandson, Lance.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org.

September 7th

Mary Huntley, 58

September 7, 2012

Mary Lou Huntley, 58, formerly of Albion, died at 12:11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Kosciusko Community Hospital.
She was born March 9, 1954, at Luckey Hospital, Wolf Lake a daughter of Thomas A. and Wilma B. (Cox) Ott.
She is survived by a son and four grandchildren.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Final Expenses c/o Smith and Sons Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

Dan Bowman, 56

September 7, 2012

Dan L. Bowman, 56, of Ft. Wayne, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
Mr. Bowman was raised in Columbia City and was the owner of A&W Auto Connection.
He enjoyed golfing and watching sports. “His laughter and jokes will never be forgotten.”
Surviving relatives include his wife, Kristin DeVittorio; daughter, Cassandra Marie Bowman of Chicago, Ill.; parents, Pat and Dean Bowman of Columbia City; sister, Penny Wright and his four-legged children, Simon and Sadie.

Patricia Howard, 79

September 7, 2012

Patricia A. Howard, 79, formerly of Tri Lakes, died at 3:10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Renaissance Village, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident for the past 3 ½ years.
She was born Feb. 5, 1933, in Speedway, a daughter of K. Harold and Mary P. (Phillips) Johnson. As a child, the family moved to South Whitley. She graduated from South Whitley High School.
On Aug. 18, 1951, she was united in marriage to Richard F. “Pete” Howard. With the exception of one year in Syracuse, they made their home in South Whitley until 1983 when they moved to Tri Lakes. Mr. Howard died Feb. 8, 2009.

September 6th

Robert Miller, 87

September 6, 2012

Robert J. “Bob” Miller, 87, formerly of Huntington now Rotonda West, Fla., died Aug. 31, 2012.
He was born on April 12, 1925 in South Whitley, the son of Ellis J. Miller and Sarah (Walpole) Miller. Mr. Miller married Jean R. (Schlosser) Miller on June 8, 1947, in Garrett. She preceded him in death on Jan. 29, 2005. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother William (Bill) Miller.

September 5th

Chester Napier, 80

September 5, 2012

Chester “Chet” “Bill” Napier, 80, of Columbia City, died at 11:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Miller’s Merry Manor where he had been a resident since Feb. 24, 2010.
He was born July 25, 1932, in Hazard, Ky., a son of Otis and Florence (Fugate) Napier.
His formative years were spent in Kentucky.
In 1950, he moved to Collins and in 1954 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 30, 1962.
He worked for B & O Railroad in Albion, Franke Plating for more than seven years and retired in 1995 from Dana Weatherhead with 28 years of service.

Cecil Crawford, Jr., 86

September 5, 2012

Cecil Crawford Jr., 86, of Loon Lake, died at 6:56 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born on Aug. 19, 1926, in Whitley County, a son of George Cecil and Gladys Fern (Traster) Crawford. His formative years were spent in Whitley County. He completed his education at Coesse High School.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

August 31st

Richard Smoch, 80

August 31, 2012

Richard Lowell Smock, 80, of Bonita Springs, Fla. died Aug. 7, 2012.
He was a former resident of Columbia City. A memorial service to celebrate Richard’s life will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 500 N. Oak St., Columbia City on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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