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October 6th

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.

October 3rd

Cleo Brown, 81

October 3, 2014

April 24, 1933 — Oct. 1, 2014
Cleo L. Brown, 81, of Columbia City, Ind. passed away at 6:36 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Born on April 24, 1933, in Whitley County, he was the son of Lee and Ethel (Weeks) Brown.
A lifetime resident in Whitley County, Cleo graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1951.
After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War and was discharged in 1959.

October 2nd

Mary Ellen Mowrey, 94

October 2, 2014

May 6, 1920 — Oct. 2, 2014
Mary Ellen Mowrey, 94 of Pierceton, passed away at 4:32 am Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw.
On May 6, 1920, she was born in Wabash County, to Ralph and Esther (Smuck) Hawkins.
She was united in marriage to John F. Mowrey Aug. 22, 1941, who preceded her in death in March 13, 1973.
Mary Ellen graduated in 1938 from Somerset High School and from the nurses training program at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, in 1941.

Jan Bristow, 71

October 2, 2014

April. 28, 1943 — Sept. 30, 2014
Jan Alynn Bristow, 71, of rural South Whitley, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 30, 2014 at his home after a short illness.
He was born April 28, 1943, in Detroit, Mich., a son of James M. and Dorothy G. (Terman) Bristow.
In 1946, his family moved to South Whitley and in 1959, to Urbana. He graduated from Urbana High School.
In 1961, he moved to Fort Wayne. He served in the Indiana Air Force Air Guard from 1964 until 1973.
He was employed at International Harvester for several years and retired from Manchester Tool & Die in 2007.

Ruth Felger, 96

October 2, 2014

Sept. 27, 1918 — Sept. 30, 2014
Ruth Evelyn Felger, 96, of Fort Wayne, passed Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Visiting Nurse.
She was born Sept. 27, 1918, to the late Solomon and Ellen Gerber.
During her younger years she worked at General Electric and also led herself and her three sisters in a traveling quartet called the “Gerber Sisters” during the 1930s and 1940s. She played the lead guitar. She loved country music and attending concerts.

September 30th

Max Secrist, 93

September 30, 2014

Aug. 20, 1921 — Sept. 24, 2014
Max R. Secrist, 93, of rural Columbia City, died at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at his home. He was born August 20, 1921, in Urbana, to Adam and Florence Edna (Huffer) Secrist.
Max was a 1940 graduate of Atwood High School. He married Virginia Kreger in Warsaw Feb. 22, 1942. She died July 11, 2007.
He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran. Max retired from Conrail Feb. 22, 1982, after 40 years, where he was a conductor and a brakeman.

Michael Hoover, 51

September 30, 2014

March 27, 1963 — Sept. 25, 2014
Michael A. Hoover, 51, of Wolcottville, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at his home at Atwood Lake.
Mike was born March 27, 1963, in Columbia City and was the son of Rex H. and Kay A. (Patten) Hoover.
He had started working at Scott’s Restaurant in South Whitley and some part time jobs before working at Dwyer Instruments from 1984 until 1999. He then worked at AutoLiv for a few years and in 2003, he started working for Wal-Mart in Columbia City and the past two years at the Kendallville store.

September 29th

J. Phillip Blake, 83

September 29, 2014

Aug. 4, 1931 — Sept. 27, 2014
Rev. J. Phillip Blake, 83, formerly of Columbia City, died at 9:42 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at North Ridge Village Nursing and Rehab in Albion where he had been a resident since April 2011.
He was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Delaware County, a son of Joseph H. and Ruth E. (Jackson) Blake.
Phil spent seven years on the farm his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1859 in the Alexandria area. He was educated in the Madison County School system and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1949.

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