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January 27th

Galen Johnson, 82

January 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Galen R. “Johnnie” Johnson, 82, of Columbia City, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
He was born Sept. 28, 1929, in Huntington County, a son of the late Andrew and Cornelia (Bauer) Johnson.
His formative years were spent in Washington Township.
He graduated from Washington Center High School in 1947.
He began his work career with Salisbury (Dana) Axle, Fort Wayne for 10 years and then began work with Columbia Dairy as a local dairy delivery man for 10 years.

January 26th

Clinton Brown, 69

January 26, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Clinton Brown, Jr., 69, of Columbia City, died at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
He was born Jan. 8, 1943, in Memphis, Tenn., a son of the late Clinton and Melissa (Laird) Brown.
Surviving relatives include two sons, John Brown, Columbia City and Clinton Brown III, Phoenix; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Almeda Tasker, Chicago and Mildred Shegog, Memphis, Tenn. and a brother, Donald Brown of Memphis, Tenn.

Helen Jetmore, 101

January 26, 2012

AVILLA — Helen S. Jetmore, 101, a resident of Avilla and widow of Charles Jetmore, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
She was born Nov. 2, 1910, a daughter of Lewis Maynard and May (Dull) Sapp.
Among the surviving relatives are two nephews, Ren Sapp of Elkhart and James Bowman of Fort Wayne; and two sisters-in-law, Anna Jetmore of Huntertown and Lois Jetmore of Fort Wayne.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Cemetery near Arcola with Chaplain Tom Novy, officiating. Interment will follow.

Junior Shirey, 74

January 26, 2012

Virgil V. “Junior” Shirey, 74, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at 9 a.m. in his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. Junior, as he was best known, was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Warsaw to Virgil C. and Freda (Jontz) Shirey.
He was a 1955 graduate of Mentone High School.
On April 20, 1957, in Columbia City, Junior and Marilyn Anderson were married.
They would share almost 55 years of marriage. Over the years they lived in Bourbon, Warsaw and presently at Palestine Lake.

Lois Preston, 89

January 26, 2012

Lois J. Preston, 89, of Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she was admitted on Oct 19. She was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Whitley County, a daughter of William Thomas and Ione J. (Tucker) Perry.
While she was in the second grade, her family moved to a farm in Dekalb County from the Coesse area.
She graduated from Butler High School.
On Aug. 31, 1940, she was united in marriage to Arthur Thomas Preston. They made their home in Fort Wayne until September, 1947, when they moved to their home in Columbia City.
Mr. Preston died Sept. 12, 1993.

Joel Kimmel, 69

January 26, 2012

Joel Kenneth Kimmel, Sr., 69, formerly of Columbia City, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at his home in Peoria, Ariz.
Born Jan. 8, 1943, he was the son of Lois L. (Spaw) and Charles R. Kimmel in Fort Wayne.
A Vietnam veteran, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps two tours during his 13 years of service from 1960-1973.
He worked as a lathe operator at Deister Machine Company in Fort Wayne where he retired in 2001.
Mr. Kimmel spent most of his life in Fort Wayne and Columbia City until moving to Arizona in 2002.
His first marriage was to Sharon L. Buckles on Aug. 31, 1965 in Indiana.

January 25th

Norma Werling, 88

January 25, 2012

FORT WAYNE — Normas I. Werling, 88, a former resident of Long Island, N.Y., died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W Wayne St, Fort Wayne.
The interment will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Trinity English Lutheran Church, Taxi Service.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhomes.com.

January 23rd

Carla Cooper, 57

January 23, 2012

Carla Anne Cooper, 57, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
On March 20, 1954, in Fort Knox, Ky., she was the oldest of three daughters born to Maynard E. and Beverly J. (Pence) Harrold.
As a child, she resided in Columbia City where she graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1972.
She graduated in 1976 from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and French with distinction.
Carla earned a master’s degree in Education in 1994 from Valparaiso University.

Maxine Hursey, 89

January 23, 2012

ELKHART — Maxine (Palmer) Hursey, 89, of Elkhart, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Elkhart Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Hursey was born April 10, 1922, in Whitley County to Jesse and Ethel (Garrison) DePoy.
She was married to J. Marion Palmer on Aug. 14, 1940. He preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1985.
On Feb. 24, 1990, she married Edgar A. Hursey. He also preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1999.

Nathan Castor, 27

January 23, 2012

Nathan Ronald Castor, 27, formerly of Kendallville, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
He was born March 9, 1984, in Bristol, Penn., a son of Ronald C. and Connie (Fulk) Castor.
Surviving relatives include his parents, Ronald and Connie Castor of Kendallville; a sister, Miranda Heitz of Clearwater, Fla; a nephew, Ezra Heitz; aunts and uncles Joanne Etersque, Vincent Castor, Maria Faight, Kathleen Thompson, Annette Castor, Christopher Makai, Joan Rose, and Steve Fulk; and numerous cousins.

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