Archive - Obituary
June 26th, 2011
LARWILL â Leonard L. Hoffert, 86, of Larwill, died at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne where he was admitted on Friday, June 10.
He was born March 10, 1925 in Kosciusko County to Joseph F. and Elsie M. (Foreman) Hoffert.
His formative years were spent in Noble County.
He attended Washington Center School in Noble County and completed his education at the Larwill School.
Walter âBobâ Ball Jr., 84, died June 15, 2011.
Ball was born Jan. 24, 1927, to Walter R. and Mabel (Woodcox) Ball Sr. at Leiterâs Ford in Fulton County.
On June 17, 1951 he married Berdenia M. Jackson at the Fulton Evangelical Church.
He served in the United States Army-Air Corps during World War II.
COLUMBIA CITY â Joe W. Yoder, 71, of Cape Coral, Fla., a retired Whitley County Consolidated School teacher, died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 after battling cancer for nine months.
He was born Oct. 8, 1939 in Columbia City, the only child of Whitley County educators Harry T. and Hallie Z. White Yoder.
His formative years were spent on the Yoder farm in Washington Township.
He attended the Washington Center School and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1957.
GOSHEN â Mary Pauline Fry, 70, of Ligonier died at 3 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2011 in I.U. Goshen Hospital.
She was born Nov. 30, 1940 in Noble County to Eli E. & Anna (Frey) Miller. She married Harvey Fry Oct. 16, 2002. Mary was a member the Old Order Amish Church and was a dedicated homemaker.
Bob C. Chiddister, 53, of Cromwell, died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011 at his residence.
He was born Aug. 15, 1957 in LaGrange to Bob W. and Deloris (McClure) Chiddister.
He is survived by two sons, Scott Chiddister of Albion, Travis Chiddister of Ligonier; three grandchildren, three sisters, Sally Wilson of Albion, Sherri Kilgore of Wolf Lake, and Shellie Koze of Ligonier. He was preceded in death by his father, Bob W. Chiddister.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. â Helen Louise (Friedman) Wirges, 87, of Nottawa, Mich., passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI.
She was born Aug. 30, 1923 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Frank and Lena (Rhines) Friedman.
Helen attended St. Judes Grade School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Ft. Wayne in 1941.
Following High School she joined the U.S. Navy, WAVES , and served in WWII.
On Feb. 8, 1947 in Fort Wayne, she married Harold E. Wirges, who preceded her in death in 1994.
WOLF LAKE â James Alvin McGlocklin, 51, formerly of Wolf Lake, passed away Nov. 20, 2010 in Denver, Colo.
He was born April 28, 1959 in Elkhart, a son of Frances E. (Rarick) McGlocklin and the late James C. McGlocklin. He graduated from Central Noble High School.
In 1979, he entered the U.S. Air Force and served as a jet engine mechanic. He was honorably discharged in 1983. His passions included working as a mechanic for race cars, drawing and tattooing.
Taylor Marie McIntosh, age 17 months, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2011 at her home.
Born Jan. 5, 2010 in Warsaw, she was the daughter of Jesse Eugene McIntosh and Brittany Nicole McConnehey.
Robert Eugene Fessenden, 62, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:33 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
Born June 1, 1949 in Oceanport, N.J., he was the son of Bradley Merton and Loella Blanche (Pressler) Fessenden.
He lived in the Larwill and Columbia City areas. He graduated from Larwill High School with the Class of 1967 and attended college for one year. On May 27, 1969 he began working at Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne retiring as a group leader June 1, 2000. He was a member of the VROC-Motorcycle Club.
Danny B. Smith, 74, of Ligonier, died Sunday, June 12, 2011 at his residence.
He was born Jan. 17, 1937 to John T. and Ethel (Pepple) Smith in Wawaka.
On June 16, 1956, he married Shirley L. Altimus in Green Center. She preceded him in death April 25, 2011.
Mr. Smith was a lifetime area farmer and had worked as a mechanic for Truelove Brothers of Albion, J.A. Miller and Son of Wakarusa, and Noble County Highway Dept.
He is survived by three children, Bill Smith of Wawaka, Judy Reeve of Ligonier, and Bob Smith of LaGrange; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.