Archive - Obituary
August 7th, 2014
Nov. 18, 1924 â€” July 19, 2014
D. Kirk McNagny, 89, of Williamstown, Va., passed away of pneumonia Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Kirk was born in Columbia City Nov. 18, 1924, the last of three children to Vera and Rob Reed McNagny.
Kirk graduated from Columbia City High School and subsequently earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Tri-State University.
In 1952, he married Jaralee â€śJerryâ€ť Johnston of Peru, his partner in life for the next 44 years.
Sept. 25, 1938 â€” Aug. 4, 2014
Roberta J. Meagher, 75, of Columbia City, passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Sept. 25, 1938, in Wolf Lake, she was the daughter of Marshall and Doris (Mace) Wolfe.
Roberta graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1956, and received an associateâ€™s degree from Virginia Beach Community College.
On Jan. 1, 1956, she married Larry W. Meagher. She had worked at Ralston Purina. She was a member of the Columbia City VFW, American Legion and Eagles.
Betty R. Doudt, 98, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Westminster Village in Muncie.
Born May 3, 1916, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of E.O. and Ruth (Johnson) Ringwalt.
In her early years, Betty lived in Fort Wayne before moving to Laud in 1950. In 2000, she moved to Columbia City and recently moved to be closer to her son in Muncie. She graduated from South Side High School with the Class of 1934.
Esther A. Bresler, 99, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Estherâ€™s passion was her family and she faithfully served them as a homemaker. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Surviving are her sons, Fred (Sue) Bresler of Lakeland, Florida; John Bresler of Columbia City; George (Janet) Bresler of Groton, South Dakota; daughter, Ann (Jerry) Smith of Columbia City; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Clara Stone of Louisville, Kent.
James M. â€śJimâ€ť Herron, 58, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:54 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at his residence. James was born July 18, 1956, in Fort Wayne, the son of Paul and Norma (Comer) Herron.
James was a lifetime Whitley County resident and a 1974 graduate of Columbia City High School. He also attended Kaplan University and received his Paralegal Certificate.
James spent most of his working career as a machinist at United Technologies in Columbia City, Dana Corporation in Syracuse, and Eaton-Clutch in Auburn.
Von E. Fisher, 76, of Fort Wayne, died at 9:55 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center where he was admitted Monday.
He was born Aug. 5, 1937, in Columbia City, a son of Marshall Earl and Alice Marie (Blanchard) Fisher.
He attended Columbia City Schools until second grade when his family moved to Thorncreek Township. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1955.
Ross H. Clouse, 91, a resident of Churubusco, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 10:44 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.
Mr. Clouse was born April 10, 1923, a son of Harmon and Martha (Riddle) Clouse.
He spent his formative years on the family farm in Green Township in Noble County and graduated from Churubusco High School.
On Dec. 31, 1943, he was married in Churubusco to Evelyn Budd, and lived all of his adult life in the Churubusco-area.
Linda L. Bresler, 67, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Linda worked as a teachers aid with Whitley County Schools for 22 years, retiring in 2005.
She enjoyed traveling and most of all, spending time with and taking care of her family.
Franklin A. Bush, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:39 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Columbia City.
Born March 26, 1931, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Roscoe and Hildegarde (Weaver) Bush.
He graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1949 and went on to receive his bachelor of science degree from Indiana University in 1958. Franklin earned his masterâ€™s degree at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1965.
Roger B. Thomson, 81, of Columbus, passed from this life at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his home.
Born in South Whitley, Jan. 31, 1933, Mr. Thomson was the son of Ralph Benjamin and Prudence White Thomson. He married Nellie W. Newell Sept. 11, 1953.
Mr. Thomson was drafted into the U.S. Army in April 1953, during the Korean War; he was honorably discharged in 1955.
He received a bachelors degree in electronic engineering from Indiana Tech in 1960, and was the salutatorian of is class.