Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Wanda I. Deininger, 91, a Cleveland Township native, died at 5:47 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Rita.
She was born January 13, 1922, in Cleveland Township, a daughter of Harry A. and Pauline (Reckard) Lepley.
At the age of four, her family moved to Larwill. She graduated in 1940 from Larwill High School. She moved to Fort Wayne and graduated from the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1947.
On Sept. 13, 1947, she was united in marriage to Paul J. Deininger. They always made their home in Fort Wayne. Mr. Deininger died Jan. 20, 2013.
Zachariah Joseph Ballard, 28, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident at 11:01 p.m. in rural Whitley County.
Born Aug. 23, 1985, in Fort Wayne, to Mart Eugene and Sally Jo (Prough) Ballard.
He was a lifetime resident of Columbia City, graduating from Columbia City High School with the Class of 2004.
Larry E. Ware, 50, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born April 25, 1963, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Charles R. Ware and Margaret Roeger.
Survivors include his father, Charles (Leota) Ware of Fort Wayne; daughters, Elizabeth (Scotty) Kessler of Columbia City and Samantha Geschwind of Fort Wayne; sisters, Carol Flinn of Fort Wayne and Kathi Young of Fort Wayne; brother, Dan Ware; grandchildren, Dixie Kessler, Chloe Oberley, Lenabella Papenbrock and Corey Papenbrock.
Virginia B. â€śGingerâ€ť Smith, 79, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at 9:42 p.m. in her Winona Lake home.
Ginger was born May 17, 1934, to Harold and Irene (Torell) Bergstrom in Plainfield, NJ.
She was a graduate of Van Wert High School, earned a bachelor of science in education, a masters in guidance and counseling and earned a certification in school psychology.
On June 17, 1958, she and John L. Smith were married in Madison, Wisc. For many years they made their home in the Warsaw-Winona Lake area. He preceded her in death July 26, 1983.
Delois â€śDudeâ€ť Clemons, 86, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Kelly Clemons, passed away at 6:28 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at her residence. Although she had been in declining health, her death was unexpected.
Mrs. Clemons was born in Glomar, Ky. Aug. 20, 1927, a daughter of Matt and Flossie (Kincaid) Fletcher. She spent her early years in Kentucky and moved to Churubusco with her parents in 1942.
On July 6, 1946, she was married to Kelly Clemons, and lived most of her adult life in Churubusco.
James L. Null, 81, of Columbia City, died at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Covington Manor Health & Rehab where he had been a resident since Nov. 7.
He was born January 19, 1932, in Fort Wayne, a son of Theodore and Mae (Purcell) Null. He completed his education at North Side High School.
He began his employment with Bursley which later became Food Marketing. He retired in 1994 with 46 years of service.
Melvin F. Schuman, 99, of South Milford, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his home. Mr. Schuman was born in Larwill Sept. 30, 1914, to Henry and Flossie (Harris) Schuman.
In 1944, he moved to LaGrange County from Columbia City, and Noble County.
Mr. Schuman retired from Monsanto in Ligonier, and had been a farmer and an avid gardener and crafter. He was a former member of LaGrange County Farm Bureau.
On March 15, 1934, in Plymouth, he married Lucy I. Spear. Mrs. Schuman preceded him in death on July 18, 2005.
Michael Allen Wright, 68, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.
Born on June 12, 1945, in Worthington, Minn., he was the son of Gordon G. and Elizabeth L. (Ramert) Wright.
He was born and raised in Minnesota. Mike graduated from Fulda High School in Fulda, Minn. with the Class of 1963.
He entered the U.S. Marines and served from 1963 to 1967 during the Vietnam War.
Mike moved to Columbia City in 1971 and worked at the Indiana Air National Guard from 1972 until retiring as a Senior Master Sgt. in 2001.
Lawrence Dean â€śShortyâ€ť Henney, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born June 22, 1932, in Columbia City, he was the son of Clair E. and Bessie M. (Lawrence) Henney.
He was a lifetime resident of Jefferson Township, graduating from Jefferson Center High School.
Rosalie Charlotte Warner, 89, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:02 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born on June 23, 1924, in Vevay, she was the daughter of Thomas James and Dora Ellen (Poling) Scroggin.
She lived in Switzerland County (Vevay) then moved to Fort Wayne, in 1984 and moved to Columbia City in 2009. She attended St. Maryâ€™s Vevay Madison Consolidated Schools.
On Sept. 12, 1944, she married Charles Rae Warner in Battlecreek, Mich.