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October 13th

Allan N. Swangren, 75

October 13, 2014

Dec. 1, 1938 - Oct. 11, 2014
Allan N. Swangren, 75, passed away peacefully at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where he had been a resident since March.
He was born Dec. 1, 1938 in Melrose Park, Ill., son of the late Norman and Mabel (Kopp) Swangren. He spent his formative years in Maywood, Ill. and attended Proviso High School, Maywood, Ill.
On Jan. 24, 1962 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. On Jan. 27, 1964 he was honorably discharged and moved to reserve status. He completed his service Jan. 23, 1968.

Treva Ghaster, 90

October 13, 2014

Treva Eloise Ghaster, 90, passed away Sunday Oct. 5, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Whitley County, Treva was a Lutheran School of Nursing graduate and worked as an R.N. with Lutheran Hospital and St. Joe Medical Center for many years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of Blackhawk Baptist Church.

October 10th

Margaret Wilcoxson, 94

October 10, 2014

Dec. 7, 1919 — Oct. 8, 2014
Margaret L. Wilcoxson, 94, of Columbia City, passed away Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born Dec. 7, 1919, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of James and Ruth (Gangwer) Hess.
A lifetime resident of Whitley County, Margaret graduated from Coesse High School with the Class of 1938.
On Nov. 6, 1941, she married Charles E. Wilcoxson. She was a homemaker and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Whitley County Women’s Extension Club.

Hancford Layne, 90

October 10, 2014

April 23, 1924 — Oct. 9, 2014
Hancford “Hank” Louise Layne, 90, of South Whitley, went home to be with the Lord Thursday Oct. 9, 2014.
Born April 23, 1924, in Manton, Ky., she was the daughter of Lee and Nelis (Howard) Stephens.
She grew up in Manton and graduated from Martin High School with the Class of 1944.

October 8th

Warren York, 57

October 8, 2014

Dec. 24, 1956 — Oct. 6, 2014
Warren York, 57, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:34 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 24, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of Donald A. and Marilee J. (Heil) York.
Warren graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1976. He worked at Columbia City Engineering for more than 20 years and was a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church.

October 7th

Marcia Allen, 81

October 7, 2014

Aug. 18, 1933 — Oct. 5, 2014
Marcia I. Allen, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at her home.
Born Aug. 18, 1933, in Andrews, she was the daughter of Kenneth M. and Helen L. (Clark) Slagal.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1952. On Dec. 15, 1952 she married Larry L. Allen.
Marcia was a telephone operator early on in her life, but she was most proud of being a mother and homemaker. For a brief period, she also was a nurse’s aid at the Linvill Nursing Home. She was a member of Community Bible Church.

October 6th

Ronald Ott, 92

October 6, 2014

Oct. 15, 1921 — Oct. 3, 2014
Ronald H. Ott, 92, formerly of rural Churubusco, died Friday evening, Oct. 3, 2014, at Timbercrest Healthcare, North Manchester, where he became a resident Sept. 27.
He was born Oct. 15, 1921, in Noble County, a son of W. Denver and Gertie M. (Hire) Ott. He attended school in Merriam and graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1940.
On Sept. 5, 1948, he was united in marriage to Jennie Irene Ott. A lifelong farmer, they made their home on their farm in Noble County. On July 3, 2012, they moved to Timbercrest Retirement Community.

Gwen Grimm, 52

October 6, 2014

Jan. 23, 1962 — Oct. 3, 2014
Gwen Marie Grimm, 52, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:35 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital.
Born Jan. 23, 1962, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Susan (Schlagenhauf) and Harold Fields.
She graduated from South Side High School with the Class of 1980, and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Purdue University in 1984.
On Sept. 14, 1985, she married her high school sweetheart, Steven Grimm.

Wiemann Phillips, 71

October 6, 2014

May 3, 1943 — Oct. 2, 2014
Wiemann L. “Whitey” Phillips, 71, of Columbia City, died Thursday evening, Oct. 2, 2014, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born May 3, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo., a son of John William and Mary L. Phillips.
In 1955, the family moved to Columbia City.
During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Army.
On Dec. 3, 1969, he married Victoria Hogston. They have made their home in the Columbia City area.
He was employed 34 years at Dana Weatherhead. He loved writing poetry and enjoyed gardening.
His memberships include New Life Fellowship Church.

Margaret Crouch, 70

October 6, 2014

March 27, 1944 — Oct. 3, 2014
Margaret A. Crouch, 70, formerly of Syracuse, died Friday morning, Oct. 3, 2014, at her son, Stephen’s, home.
She was born March 27, 1944, in Huntington, a daughter of James H. and Virginia D. (Binnion) Riordan.
Her formative years were spent in the Larwill area. She graduated from Larwill High School and International Business College.
She was employed at Oakwood Inn for 20 years, residing in North Webster and later Syracuse from 1985 until moving to North Carolina in July 2014.


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