Archive - Obituary
August 29th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Terry L. Austin, 64, formerly of South Whitley, most recently residing in Columbia City, died at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 pursuing his passion of golf at Sycamore Golf Club, North Manchester.
He had been battling cancer.
He was born Nov. 29, 1946 in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Jack D. and Verda J. (Mullinax) Austin.
His formative years were spent in South Whitley and he graduated from South Whitley High School in 1965. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Cincinnati and became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gene D. Ward, 81, a Union Township, Whitley County native, died at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 in the North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City, Mo.
Gene was born April 29, 1930 in Fort Wayne, a son of Hubert A. and Nora May (Miller) Ward.
His formative years were spent in Union Township, Whitley County. He graduated from Coesse High School in 1948.
On June 16, 1951 Gene Darwin Ward and Loretta May Miller where united in marriage.
The couple lived in Memphis, Tenn. and later Jacksonville, Fla. while Gene served in the Navy during the Korean War.
COLUMBIA CITY: James W. Wise, 97, of Etna Troy Township, Whitley County, died Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2011 at the Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral, Fla.
He was born Oct. 15, 1913 in Etna Troy Township, a son of Earl and Samantha Hann (Snodgrass) Wise.
His formative years were spent in Etna Troy Township. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1932.
On July 12, 1940, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth L. Miller. They made their home at Old Lake until 1944 when they moved to their home on 350 West.
Mrs. Wise died June 13, 2004.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Kristopher Dallace Hazelbaker, 24, died at his home in South Whitley Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.
He was born Dec. 17, 1986 in Marion County, a son of Tim W. and Patricia (Flowers) Hazelbaker.
On Sept. 30, 2010, he was united in marriage to Brittany Depew.
He is survived by his wife, Brittany; a step-daughter, Kassidie Depew; his parents, Tim and Patricia Hazelbaker, Lapel; two brothers, Travis Hazelbaker and T.J. Hazelbaker, Noblesville and two sisters, Tosha and Amanda Hazelbaker, Noblesville.
Private arrangements are by Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley.
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. â€” Donna Jean Chappell Kern Vorce, 78, of Canandaigua, N.Y., died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 in Canandaigua where she resided since July 9, 2000.
She was born in Whitley County on Sept. 17, 1932, the daughter of the late Thomas E. Chappell and Ruth M. Bills.
He formative years were spent in Milton, Pa. where she graduated from Milton High School June 1950.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Rickey T. â€śRickâ€ť Moyer, 57, of rural South Whitley, died Sunday evening, Aug. 21, 2011 in the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was transported after becoming suddenly ill at his home.
He was born May 27, 1954 in Columbia City, a son of Joseph Denver and Mary Deloris (Anderson) Moyer.
His formative years were spent in rural South Whitley.
He graduated from Whitko High School.
On June 3, 1972 he was united in marriage to Jill E. Fry. They made their home south of South Whitley for the past 39 years.
Olive M. Tonkel, 87, a former resident of Collins and widow of Charles Merl Tonkel, Sr., passed away at 9:23 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at The Oaks in Columbia City.
She had been in declining health for some time, and had been a patient at the nursing home for the past six years.
Mrs. Tonkel was born in Fort Wayne May 3, 1924, a daughter of Lyman and Pauline (Sines) Blanchard.
She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne, and was married there on May 25, 1941 to Charles Merl Tonkel, Sr.
AVILLA â€” Gladys O. Durham, 90, a former resident of Avilla, died at midnight Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.
She was born Jan. 10, 1921, to Benjamin Franklin and Florence (Butler) Smith.
Her husband Medford Durham preceded her in death.
The surviving relatives include her four children, Charlotte (Clarence) McCormick of Avilla, Carolyn Witefeldt of Larwill, Randy Biglow of Warsaw, and Bill Biglow of Avilla; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Karen Juanita Chaney, 65, passed away Friday, August 19, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 7, 1946 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of William and Eva (Staley) Shumaker.
She was a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church of Columbia City. She enjoyed crafting, sewing and scrapbooking, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Surviving are her husband Leland Chaney; daughters Rebecca (Kevin) Berning, Tina (Kevin) Biddle; brother William (Lorraine) Shumaker; four grandchildren, Nathan, Oliver and Lily Berning and Andrew Biddle.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Richard J. Yarnelle, 92, of South Whitley died peacefully at his home at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.
He was born Feb. 5, 1919 in Wabash, a son of the late George and Helen (DePuy) Yarnelle. His formative years were spent in Wabash where he graduated from Wabash High School in 1936.
A talented athlete, he earned a football scholarship to Purdue University. After being injured, he attended Butler University.