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September 18th

Alvena Dolby, 96

September 18, 2013

Alvena Maxine Dolby, 96, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:37 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City. Born Feb. 2, 1917, in Ossian, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Nellie (Confer) Middaugh.
She moved from Ossian as a child to live in Brooksville, Ohio. She graduated from Brooksville High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Huntington College.
On Aug. 12, 1940, she married Phillip Raymond Dolby in Huntington. Following their marriage, they moved to Stark County and in 1957 moved to Columbia City.

Timothy LaRue

September 18, 2013

Timothy LaRue, stillborn infant of Seth and Melissa LaRue was called home into the arms of Jesus Sept. 17, 2013.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by siblings, Lucy, Jude and Bela LaRue; his grandparents, Cammie LaRue, Donald LaRue, John and Lisa Hatcher, and Steve Hart; and his great-grandparents, Gordon and Eva Gilbert, and Wilbert and Martha Bok.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Johanna LaRue and an uncle, Nathan LaRue.
There will be no public services.

September 13th

Paulanna “Pepper” Kirtley, 94

September 13, 2013

Paulanna Y. “Pepper” Kirtley, 94, retired co-publisher of the Tri County Truth in Churubusco and widow of James H. Kirtley, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. She had been in declining health for several months.
Mrs. Kirtley was born Dec. 14, 1918, in Rochester, the daughter of Paul S. and Catherine (Clarey) Blacketor. As a girl she moved to Huntington with her parents and graduated from Huntington High School.

Robert Braden, 82

September 13, 2013

Robert E. Braden, 82, formerly of Burr Oak, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, September 12, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where he had been a resident since August 2006.
He was born April 16, 1931, in Noble County, a son of Robert S. and Eldora V. (Coverstone) Braden. His formative years were spent in Noble County. He graduated from Wolf Lake High School.
On June 11, 1952, he was inducted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War until his honorable discharge May 26, 1954.

Kaitlyn Burlage, 20

September 13, 2013

Kaitlyn “Katie” Rose Burlage, 20, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at her home.
Born June 20, 1993, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of James D. and Renee L. (Eichler) Burlage.
She attended Columbia City High School graduating with the Class of 2012 and attended IPFW University, Fort Wayne.
She was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church and was a volunteer at Erin’s House, Fort Wayne.

September 12th

John Gamble

September 12, 2013

John Gamble
Oct. 28, 1947 — Aug. 29, 2013
A memorial service to remember our dad, brother and friend John Gamble will be held Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Super 8 Hotel, formerly Executive Inn, located at 235 Frontage Rd., Columbia City.
Mr. Gamble, 65, of Fort Wayne, and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at his home Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
He served in U.S. Marine Corps.

Lois Sheets, 71

September 12, 2013

Lois A. Sheets, 71, of Columbia City, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at Peabody Home, North Manchester, where she had been a resident since October 2012.
She was born April 11, 1942, in Sullivan County, a daughter of Cisco R. and Jeanette I. (White) May.
Her formative years were spent in Sullivan County. She graduated from Sullivan High School in 1960.
On June 10, 1961, she was united in marriage to Paul V. Sheets. They made their home in Larwill for a short time before moving to Columbia City. Mr. Sheets died Sept. 26, 2011.

Minnie Farris, 92

September 12, 2013

Minnie Alice Farris, 92, of Fort Wayne, died at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home where she was admitted last Friday.
She was born Oct. 17, 1920, in Harveysburg, Ohio, a daughter of Adam B. and Maude (Haines) Campbell. Her formative years were spent in Harveysburg.
On April 9, 1942, she was united in marriage to Raymon D. Farris. During Raymon’s enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps they lived in Kentucky, California, New Mexico, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Utah.

Donald Crawford, 80

September 12, 2013

Donald E. Crawford, 80, of Larwill, passed away at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born Feb. 27, 1933, in Boone County, he was the son of Charles R. Crawford and Ruby F. (Kinkade) Crawford.
On June 16, 1970, he married Carolyn J. Darr in Lebanon. He was a custodian at Whitko Community Schools, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed spending time with his family, being outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing.

September 6th

Walter Harvey

September 6, 2013

Walter Ray Harvey, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, joined his Heavenly Father Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at his home in Denton, Texas.
Walter was born to Paul Dexter and Ruby Mae (Downing) Harvey Dec. 30, 1944, in Ft. Wayne.
He lived in Columbia City and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1963, where he competed in track, basketball and football, and played trombone in band.
He graduated from Taylor University in 1967 and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as a member of the Underwater Demolitions Team and a Navy SEAL.

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