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December 30th

Richard Sponseller, 63

December 30, 2010

Richard A. Sponseller, 63, of Warsaw, passed away peacefully at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family after a nine-month battle with esophageal cancer.
He was born June 19, 1947 in Warsaw, a son of Robert O. and Ruth M. (Hawley) Sponseller.
He married Donna (Shively) Pettit Sponseller July 26, 1991. She survives.

Barbara Allman, 81

December 30, 2010

Barbara Jean Allman, 81, of Churubusco, passed away at 11:29 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 at her home. Born Sept. 10, 1929 in Whitley County, she was a daughter of Ernest L. and Helen L. (Shepard) Pressler.
She graduated from Columbia City High School. On April 17, 1949 she married Guy W. Allman in Columbia City. A resident of Churubusco since 1962, she was a manager and cook at Churubusco School with 29 years of service.

Juanita Walker, 88

December 30, 2010

Juanita Glenn Walker, 88, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 at her home in Columbia City. Born Aug. 17, 1922 in Markle, Wells County, she was a daughter of Harry L. and Alma E. (Vollmar) Welches.

Dorothy Gregory, 95

December 30, 2010

Dorothy A. Gregory, 95, formerly of South Whitley, died at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
She was born Aug. 10, 1915 near North Manchester in Wabash County, a daughter of Silas and Edith (Lahmer) Kennedy. She attended school in Wabash, Noble and Whitley Counties, graduating from South Whitley High School in 1933.

Richard Kiewatt, 83

December 30, 2010

Richard C. “Dick” Kiewatt, 83, of South Whitley, died at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 at Peabody Home, North Manchester where he had been a resident since July 1, 2009.
He was born Nov. 26, 1927 in West Allis, Wis., a son of Walter Eugene and Hertha (Kranz) Kiewatt. His formative years were spent in West Allis and he graduated from West Allis High School.
On July 4, 1945 he entered the United States Navy, serving in the Asiatic Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged Aug. 17, 1946.

Fay Brown, 77

December 30, 2010

Fay E. Brown, aka George Duncan, 77, of Big Lake in rural Noble County, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City following a brief illness.
Born April 16, 1933 in Whitley County, he was a son of Donald E. and Lavonne (Conrad) Brown. He married Marcella Hunt Oct. 1, 1960 and together they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. He lived in the area his whole life.

Earl Crider, 63

December 30, 2010

Earl A. “Andy” Crider, 63, of Kimmell passed away Monday evening, Dec. 27, 2010 at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1947 in Auburn to O.N. “Bud” and Patricia R. (Edwards) Crider.
He retired from the United States Air Force after serving 20+ years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Crider; daughter, Tamara Walters; two sons, Jon Crider and Jeff Crider; a sister, Debbie Sabino; and a brother, Michael Crider.

Charles Bender, 83

December 30, 2010

Charles I. Bender, 83 a resident of Columbia City, died at noon Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 in Parkview Whitley Hospital.
He was born June 28, 1927 in Blue Island, Illinois, a son of Lewis Henry and Edna Bell Hayes Bender. His formative years were spent in Blue Island and after completing his education in the local high school, he enlisted in 1945 in the U.S. Merchant Marines, serving during World War II.

Dr. Donald Welsh, 81

December 30, 2010

Dr. Donald E. Welsh, 81, a prominent Churubusco veterinarian and community leader, passed away Dec. 28, 2010 at his residence with his family by his side. He had been diagnosed with cancer Sept. 2, 2010.
Dr. Welsh was born in Zanesville, Ohio Aug. 7, 1929, a son of Stanley and Doris (Vandenbark) Welsh and graduated from high school there. He had earned an associates degree from Michigan State University, and was engaged in farming until he entered Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a doctorate in veterinary medicine.

December 27th

Denise Craig, 53

December 27, 2010

Denise M. Craig, 53, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of Gary E. Craig, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient for the past three months. She had been in declining health since March.

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