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March 4th

Darwin Trautman, 85

March 4, 2013

Darwin D. Trautman, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Parkview Regional Hospital.
Born in Allen County, April 19, 1927, he was the son of the late Lafayette Trautman and Mitilda (Burkamp) Trautman. He retired in 1987 from Philips Dodge as a wire enameler after 46 years.
He has served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Post #98, Columbia City.

Florence Fetters, 93

March 4, 2013

Florence Leora Fetters, 93, of Kimmell, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born February 12, 1920, in Aldridge, Ala., she was the daughter of James C. and Florence L. (Jones) Key.
She was born and raised in Alabama and in 1962 moved to Indiana. On Aug. 29, 1962, she married Robert S. Fetters. She and her late husband lived on a 94 acre farm in Washington Township, Noble County.

Karen Grover, 60

March 4, 2013

Karen Sue Grover, 60, of Leesburg, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. at her residence.
She was a resident of Kosciusko County for the past 33 years. She had worked for Zimmer, Inc. of Warsaw since 1979. At the time of her passing she was working as a Polymer Molder in the Knee Division.
Karen was born June 21, 1952, in Dayton, Ohio to Paul Edward Johnson and Ella Pearl Carnahan.

Mildred Judd, 93

March 4, 2013

Mildred L. Judd, 93, a resident of South Whitley, died Saturday morning, March 2, 2013, at her home.
She was born April 8, 1919, in Huntington County, a daughter of the late Avery and Florence (Keiser) George.
As a small child, the family moved to Whitley County where she spent her formative years. She graduated from the Jefferson Center High School and then attended Grace College, Winona Lake.
On March 25, 1939, she was united in marriage to Lester A. Judd. They made their first home in Thorncreek Township. In early 1952, they moved to Cleveland Township.

Michael Rucker, 64

March 4, 2013

Michael E. Rucker, 64, formerly of Columbia City, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at his home in Noble County.
He was born September 10, 1948, in Wabash, a son of Cyrus E. and Margaret J. (Lynch) Rucker. He graduated from Wabash High School and Upper Wabash Vocational School.
On Nov. 24, 1982, he married Judy A. (Bunch) Farner. They made their home in Lagro a short time before moving to Columbia City. In 1999, they moved to Sevierville, Tenn. until February 2012.

March 1st

Margery Friskney, 85

March 1, 2013

Margery L. Friskney, age 85, of Albion, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on Aug. 28, 1927, in Allen County, she was the daughter of Dee M. and Elizabeth (Cook ) Eubank.
She lived in Allen County until age three, moving to Noble County.
On Sept. 14, 1947, she married Willis J. Friskney at the Sherman Street Church of God, Fort Wayne.

February 28th

Dennis Palmer, 56

February 28, 2013

Dennis Wayne Palmer, 56, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 16, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of Neil Burwell and Patty Ann (Hoffman) Palmer.
A lifetime resident of Whitley County, he graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1976. On Dec. 12, 2012, he married Christine Lynn Bowman in Larwill.

February 27th

C. Betty Lawson, 81

February 27, 2013

C. Betty Lawson, 81, of Albion, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Community Hospital, Anderson, after a brief illness.
Born on June 19, 1931, in Jamestown, Tenn., she was the daughter of Henry and Hattie (Bilbrey) Moore .
As a small child she moved from Tennessee and spent her lifetime in Anderson until moving to Big Lake in 1977.
She was married July 16, 1948, to David R. Lawson, Sr. She retired from Wolf Lake Products in 2003 after 25 years of service in production.

Jane Stump, 97

February 27, 2013

Jane G. Stump, 97, a former resident of South Whitley, died early Monday Feb. 25, 2013, in the Richland Bean Blossom Healthcare Center, Ellettsville.
She was born Oct. 1, 1915, in Chicago, a daughter of C. Vance and Blanche Sines Green.
At the age of three, her family moved to South Whitley where she spent her formative years. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1933 and Manchester College in 1936. After receiving her teaching degree, she taught for three years in the Larwill grade school.

February 25th

Marjorie Wetzel, 85

February 25, 2013

Marjorie June Wetzel, 85, formally of rural Smith Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne.
Surviving relatives include a son, Robert (Peggy) Wetzel; granddaughters, Christina (Stephen) Peterson and Sherry (Douglas) Adams and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great-granddaugter, Abigail Susan Adams.

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