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October 29th

Marilyn Messmann, 66

October 29, 2012

Marilyn Jane Messmann, 66, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born September 20, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Virgil W. and Marie Eva (Smith) Jones.
She graduated from New Haven High School with the class of 1964 and Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne.
On Nov. 21, 1973, she married Dennis L. Messmann in Fort Wayne.
A former Fort Wayne resident, she resided in Columbia City since November of 1981.

Norman Campbell, 85

October 29, 2012

Norman Lee Campbell, 85, of La Porte passed away Saturday Oct. 27, 2012, at his home.
He was born on July 16, 1927, in Jay County, to Irvin and Lilly (Hiestand) Campbell.
He married Eloise E. Keirn, his bride of 63 years on June 29, 1949, in Fort Wayne; she survives.
Norman graduated from Bryant High School in Bryant, and served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a golden-glove boxer in the Navy.
Norman was a self-employed general contractor for more than 60 years.

October 26th

Rachel Sheets, 28

October 26, 2012

Rachel Lila-Jane Sheets, 28, of Churubusco, passed away at 1:18 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born on Feb. 25, 1984 in Columbia City, the daughter of Rodney Clayton Sheets and Jane Ellen (Fry) Goldwood.
She spent her entire lifetime in Whitley County. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 2002.
She was baptized and attended Oak Grove Church of God, Columbia City. She received her associates degree in cosmetology from Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne.

October 24th

Donald Keirn, 84

October 24, 2012

Donald E. Keirn, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at midnight on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City. Born June 17, 1928, in Columbia City, he was the son of Esta and Rhea (Workman) Keirn.

Roger Mantle, 66

October 24, 2012

Roger Lee Mantle, 66, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:13 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his home. Born June 6, 1946, in Wolf Lake, Noble County, he was the son of Solomon and Blanche D. (Worrick) Mantle.
He graduated from South Whitley High School with the class of 1964. He lived in Whitley, Noble and LaGrange counties prior to moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he lived for the past 13 years. He returned to Whitley County on Dec. 26, 2011.

October 23rd

Donald Keirn, 84

October 23, 2012

Donald E. Keirn, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at midnight on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City. Born June 17, 1928, in Columbia City, he was the son of Esta and Rhea (Workman) Keirn.
Mr. Keirn spent his entire lifetime in Columbia City, graduating from Columbia City High School with the class of 1946.

Vaughn Hunnicutt, 90

October 23, 2012

FORT WAYNE — Vaughn E. Hunnicutt, 90, of Fort Wayne, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at his home.
He was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Markle, a son of Rue and Goldie (Fightner) Hunnicutt.
His formative years were spent in Wyoming until first grade when his family moved to Rock Creek Township, Huntington County. He graduated from Rock High School.
On June 24, 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving in the Asiatic Pacific and Philippines. He was honorably discharged April 8, 1946. During the Korean Conflict, he served from Feb. 9, 1951, until his honorable discharge on March 21, 1952.

Robert Berry, 77

October 23, 2012

Robert Lee Berry, 77, of Columbia City passed away at 6 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Health Center at Richland Place, Nashville, Tenn. where he resided since March to be near his daughter.
Born April 26, 1935, in Terre Haute, he was the son of Richard and Flossie (Benefield) Berry.
Mr. Berry spent his early life in the Terre Haute area, where he graduated from Concannon High School in West Terre Haute with the class of 1953.

October 22nd

William "Eddie" Edward Ruckman, 62

October 22, 2012

William “Eddie” Edward Ruckman, 62, of South Whitley, passed away at 5:43 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at his home.
Born Jan. 1, 1950, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Ford Edgar and Mary Francis (Adams) Ruckman.

Jack Thompson, 80

October 22, 2012

Jack L. Thompson, 80, of Albion, passed away at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Sept. 23, 1932, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Chauncey G. and Lodema (Hile) Thompson.
He was a lifetime resident of Noble County and attended Wolf Lake High School.
On April 12, 1963, he married Betsy Ross.
He worked at Goshen Rubber, Goshen for 39 years. He was a member of VFW, Wolf Lake, Whitley County F.O.P. Lodge for 49 years and Eagles Lodge #1906, Columbia City since 1965.

 

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