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March 17th, 2011

June Hadley, 86

March 17, 2011

June Pauline (Leiter) Hadley, 86, a resident of rural LaOtto and widow of Vaughan A. Hadley, passed away at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Hadley was born June 3, 1924 in Noble County, a daughter of Clarence Samuel and Pearl Edith (Wood) Leiter. She was a widow of Vaughan A. Hadley
The surviving relatives include her daughter, Sandra S. Hadley; two sisters, Mary (Louie) Peduto and Dorothy Martin; a brother, Ray (Patsy) Leiter.

Thomas Jarvis, 76

March 17, 2011

Thomas C. Jarvis, Sr., 76, of Columbia City, died at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital. He was born in Olive Hill, Hazard County, Ky. April 13, 1934, son of Ralph Herbert and Virginia Agnes (Edson) Jarvis.
He attended Olive Hill Kentucky School moving to Allen County and in 1991 he moved to Whitley County. He married Sue C. Ford May 23, 1980 at Lake Chapel, Fort Wayne. He worked at Kroger Warehouse receiving dock, Fort Wayne, for 20 years and Wal-Mart, Columbia City, for eight years as a friendly greeter.

March 16th

Jack Fry, 88

March 16, 2011

Jack E. Fry, 88, of South Whitley, died at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Renaissance Village where he had been a resident since December 2008
He was born June 15, 1922 in Elwood, a son of Clifford Clayton and Ida Marinda (Bowers) Fry. His formative years were spent in Osgood and Greensburg areas. He completed his education in Nebraska School in Jennings County.
On Nov. 7, 1942 he was inducted in the United States Army, serving in the South Pacific on the Island of Kwajalean during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 8, 1945.

March 14th

LaVera Utter, 96

March 14, 2011

LaVera M. Utter, 96, of Mentone, formerly of Athens, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at her residence.
Born June 12, 1914 in Fulton County, she was a daughter of Russel and Arlean (Morris) Walters. She married Wilbert R. Utter Sept. 3, 1933 in Rochester. He preceded her in death Jan. 4, 2004.
She was a homemaker, traditional farmer’s wife and had been a cook at the Colonial Hotel and several other places around the Rochester area. She had also worked at Hart Schaffner and Marx in Rochester.

Russell Blaugh, 89

March 14, 2011

Russell L. Blaugh, 89, of Churubusco, passed away at 11:08 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born Oct. 11, 1921 in Huntington County, he was a son of Roy and Eugenia (Shearer) Blaugh.

March 11th

Geneva Myers, 90

March 11, 2011

Geneva E. Myers, 90, loving mother, grandmother and friend passed away quietly at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.
She was born Sept. 25, 1920 in Cleveland Township to the late Gerald R. and Jennie (Williamson) Lancaster. She spent her formative years in South Whitley and graduated from South Whitley High School.
On Dec. 5, 1949 she was united in marriage to Willard “Blackie” Myers. They ran the Mobil service station in South Whitley. Mr. Myers died Feb. 26, 1977.

Jeanne Short, 68

March 11, 2011

Jeanne A. Short, 68, a resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born April 20, 1942 in Connersville, a daughter of Kenneth R. and Catherine (Lunsford) Klein.
She was a member of the Huntertown United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her children, Todd Short, and Lisa Lucio; her stepmother Rosalyn Klein; four brothers, Bill Klein, Donald Klein, Kevin Klein, and Craig Klein.

Phyllis Nelson, 76

March 11, 2011

Phyllis A. Nelson, 76, a resident of Dunfee, died Wednesday afternoon, March 9, 2011 in the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.
She was born Jan. 4, 1935 in Arcola, a daughter of Frank and Martha Felger Butts. Her formative years were spent on the family farm near Arcola. After graduating from the Arcola High School, she was first employed as a secretary for the Allen County Extension Office and later was the registrar at Homestead High School for 32 years.
On June 7, 1957, she was united in marriage to John R. Nelson and they have spent their married life in the Fort Wayne area.

Mary Yeager, 92

March 11, 2011

Mary G. Yeager, 92, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Syracuse.
She was born in Columbia City Dec. 16, 1918 to the late Eldon and Maud (Egner) Barsh. She married Richard L. Yeager May 14, 1938. He preceded her in death March 31, 2001.
Mary worked 34 years at Gripco in South Whitley, retiring in 1982. She enjoyed her travels to Hawaii, bowling and playing bingo.

Jason Tester, 36

March 11, 2011

Jason Warren Tester, 36, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at his home. Born Aug. 13, 1974 in Columbia City, he was a son of Randy Dow and Deborah Sue (Bender) Tester.
He lived in Allen and Whitley Counties, graduating from Homestead High School with the Class of 1994. An avid cook, he worked at several local restaurants. In his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish.

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