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November 8th

Franklin Marker, 93

November 8, 2012

Franklin Marker, 93, of Warsaw, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Born July 15, 1919 in Noble County, he was the son of Franklin and Renie (Hile) Marker.
He graduated from Wolf Lake High School in the late 1930s. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II building Liberty Ships and teaching artillery.
He spent most of his adult lifetime in the Tri-Lakes area, moving to Warsaw approximately 22 years ago.

Shanna Ballard, 23

November 8, 2012

Shanna Lorraine Ballard, 23 and her unborn daughter, Paisley Rebbecca Jo Ballard of Albion, both passed away at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Shanna was born Jan. 26, 1989 in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Donald Millard and Rebbecca L. (Carpenter) Hodgkins.

November 5th

Doris Doty, 88

November 5, 2012

Doris J. Doty, 88, formerly of Woodburn, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born in rural Allen County she was the daughter of the late Carl and Minerva (Louden) Baumert.
She retired in 1968 after 15 years with General Electric Company and was a loving homemaker for her husband of 70 years, Wayne, he survives.
She was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, Ohio and the GE Elex Club. Doris loved her many years spent in Florida fishing with Wayne.

Dorotha Sheets, 95

November 5, 2012

Dorotha E. Sheets, 95, of Columbia City, died at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
She was born Nov. 30, 1916, in Whitley County, a daughter of Ansel M. and Elma B. (Wagner) Mullett.
Her formative years were spent in Washington Township. She graduated from Washington Center High School, received her teaching certificate from Indiana University in Bloomington and her bachelors degree in education from Manchester College.

Samantha Sue (Spencer) Wagner, 26

November 5, 2012

Samantha Sue (Spencer) Wagner, 26, a former resident of Churubusco and more recently of Richmond, passed away unexpectedly at 10:09 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at Reid Hospital in Richmond.
Samantha was born on Dec. 10, 1985 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Michael A. and Cathy (Lonsbury) Wagner. She spent her formative years near Churubusco, graduated from Churubusco High School in 2004, and also attended Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne.
On October 20, 2007 she was married in Churubusco to Austin Wagner. Since that time she had been a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker.

November 2nd

John Groff, 100

November 2, 2012

Reverend John Daniel Groff, 100, of Huntington, died Oct. 31, 2012.
He was born in Jefferson Township, Huntington County to Russell and Hazel (Hawkins) Groff on May 24, 1911.
He married Helen Eberhart in 1941.
In 1993, following the death of Helen Groff, he married Mary Myerly Reece.
He is survived by two children, four grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandson. Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 West Park Dr., Huntington.

November 1st

Jim Binkley, 78

November 1, 2012

Jim Lee Binkley, 78, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Columbia City, he worked for Perfection Biscuit Company for 40 years, retiring in 1996.
He was very active as a labor union leader.
He was a member of Harvester Avenue Missionary Church.
He was an avid reader, fisherman and a fan of the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Notre Dame Football and Indiana University basketball.

Eileen Rennecker, 82

November 1, 2012

Eileen Rennecker , 82, of Whitley County, passed away at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Rennecker was born on April 14, 1930, in Hampshire, England, a daughter of Fredrick Charles and Bessie (Dunning) Holmes.
She spent her formative years in Hampshire, and graduated from Fairfield Senior in 1944. In her teens she witnessed the battle of Britain from her backyard.
On Feb. 8, 1947, she was married in Basingstoke, England at the age of 16 to Alfred S. Hutton.

October 31st

Daniel Culp, 62

October 31, 2012

Daniel R. Culp, 62, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born July 25, 1950 in Goshen, he was the son of Robert and June H. (Eberhard) Brock.
A Whitley County resident most of his lifetime, he attended Columbia City Joint High School. He worked at Fort Wayne Foundry since August, 2007.

October 29th

William Schnepp, 82

October 29, 2012

William H. Schnepp, 82, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at his home. Born March 6, 1930, in Monroeville, he was the son of Henry and Evah (Rich) Schnepp.
He graduated from Roanoke High School with the class of 1948. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army where he served with the Military Police in Korea.
On June 9, 1953, he married Elizabeth R. Battershell in Roanoke. A farmer in Allen and Huntington counties, he was employed by International Harvester as an assembly worker for 31 years.

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