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May 2nd, 2011

Robert Byer, 85

May 2, 2011

Robert James Byer, 85, went to his heavenly home Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Fort Wayne.
He was born Oct. 27, 1925 near Marshall, Mich., a son of the late Herbert and Ruby (Laukhart) Byer. A 1944 graduate of the Wolf Lake High School, he served in the United States Navy during World War II.
Following his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Noble County where he farmed until retiring at age 75.
On Nov. 19, 1949, he was united in marriage to Lois Shively, who survives him.

Robert Haynes, 75

May 2, 2011

Robert E. Haynes, 75, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born June 26, 1935 in Garrett, a son of Morris and Cleatus (Thompson) Haynes, and as a young man served with the U. S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Jean and daughter, Kimberly Pape.

Barbara Rider, 78

May 2, 2011

Barbara Lou Rider, 78, of Larwill, died at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011 at The Oaks where she had been for the past two weeks in rehabilitation.
She was born Feb. 25, 1933 in Noble County, a daughter of the late George and Effa (Owen) Kimmel. Her formative years were spent in Noble County. She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1951.
On Jan. 15, 1955 she was united in marriage to Jack L. Rider. They made their home in Noble County, moving to Larwill in 1959. Mr. Rider died Jan. 2, 2000.

Robert Sloffer, 88

May 2, 2011

Robert J. Sloffer, 88, a resident of Churubusco and widely acquainted Churubusco businessman and community leader, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2011 at the family residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Sloffer was born in Huntertown June 7, 1922, a son of Milo and Bertha (Dunten) Sloffer, and spent his formative years in that area. He graduated from Huntertown High School in 1940 and as a young man served with the U. S. Army during World War II.

April 29th

Nell Spence, 101

April 29, 2011

Nell Spence, 101, of Columbia City, died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Renaissance Village, Fort Wayne. Born Jan. 29, 1910 in Fredonia, KS, she was the youngest of 10 children.
She married David Spence in 1932. Shortly after their first child was born in Fredonia, they moved to Columbia City, where one of her sisters lived. Three years after their second child was born in Columbia City, they relocated to San Francisco, Calif. where their third child was born four years later.

Rick Grable, 57

April 29, 2011

Rick D. Grable, 57, of Big Lake, Noble County, died at 11:14 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011 at his residence. Born July 5, 1953, he was a son of the late Richard D. and Barbara J. (VanHouten) Grable.
He was a graduate of Central Noble High School with the Class of 1971. He then went on to earn his real estate and brokers license. Since 1989 he has owned and operated his own real estate firm, Grable and Associates Realty in Columbia City. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 189.

Sally Bitting, 57

April 29, 2011

Sally Kay Bitting, peacefully passed away on April 28, 2011 at Northridge Village Nursing Home in Albion, following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the youngest daughter of Ford Z. and Mary Emeline Bitting. Sally was born April 17, 1954 and was a 1972 graduate of Central Noble High School.
She spent most of her adult life in San Diego working for a branch of the Federal Government. Sally moved back to Indiana in 2003 to spend more time with her mother. It was during this time that Sally shared her love of gardening and garage-saling with her mother.

John Dambra, 67

April 29, 2011

John Guy Dambra Jr., 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3 p.m. April 26, 2011 at Parkview North Hospital following complications to cancer treatments. He was born in Ipswich, Mass. Aug. 8, 1942 to John Guy and Laura C. (Piecuch) Dambra Sr. He served in the United States Marine Corps.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Dambra; and his children, Penny Turner, Gina White, Michele Line, Jeffrey Dambra, Jay Dambra, John G. Dambra III, Andrea Perez, Sarah Hodgin and Jennifer Hodgin.

Beverly Lewis, 83

April 29, 2011

Beverly M. Lewis, 83, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Jack L. Lewis, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born March 15, 1928 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Lloyd and Bernice (Brown) Reynold. She was the widow of Jack L. Lewis.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald C. Lewis and Donald L. Lewis; a daughter, Mari Davis; and a brother, Jerry A. Reynolds.

Ronald Brown, 70

April 29, 2011

Ronald Alan Brown, 70, of South Whitley, passed away at 10:43 a.m. at his home Thursday, April 28, 2011. Born Dec. 27, 1940 in Rankin, Ill., he was a son of Lester and Ruth Bernice (Harvey) Brown.

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