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February 21st, 2014

Merle Stienbarger, 91

February 21, 2014

Merle F. Stienbarger, 91, of Churubusco, passed away at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at home in Churubusco.
Mr. Stienbarger was born June 6, 1922, in Brimfield, a son of Walter Samuel and Geneva (Cler) Stienbarger.
He spent his formative years in Allen County, and graduated from Huntertown High School.
On Jan. 15, 1941, he was married in Columbia City to Eunice Willene Jones, and moved to his present farm in Eel River Township in 1954.
He was a lifelong Eel River Township farmer, was employed as an independent contractor, and also worked at McCoy Lumber.

Arthur Parry Jr.,90

February 21, 2014

Arthur W. Parry Jr., 90, of Fort Wayne passed away Feb. 5, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at his home.
He was born Aug. 2, 1923, in Fort Wayne. He graduated from South Side High School and earned his B.A. from DePauw University and attended Indiana University studying journalism and law.

February 20th

Ronald Shoemaker, 59

February 20, 2014

Ronald L. Shoemaker, 59, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Born Jan. 18, 1955, Ron was the son of Harold “Bud” Shoemaker and Sandra (Moore) Dujardin.
He was raised in Osceola and graduated from Penn High School with the Class of 1973. In 1985, Ron moved to Columbia City.

February 19th

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Plew, 68

February 19, 2014

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Plew, 68, of North Webster, passed away at 8:01 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at her home after a two-year battle with cancer.
She grew up in Delphos, Ohio, and was the daughter of Hubert J. and Catherine (Stallkamp) Burger and graduated from St. John High School.
On May 21, 1993, in Warsaw, she married Thomas R. “Tom” Plew who survives and moved to the North Webster area from Fort Wayne.

February 18th

Ruby Hite, 95

February 18, 2014

Ruby Mae Hite, 95, of Columbia City and formerly of Huntington, passed away Friday Feb. 14, 2014, at 10:10 p.m. at her son’s home in Waynesboro, Tenn. She was a homemaker.
Ruby was born March 1, 1918, in Wabash, the daughter of Horace and Sarah Fay (Shultz) Winkler.
On Sept. 19, 1936, she married Elmer Gayle Hite in Plymouth and he passed away Jan. 28, 1991.

Gladys Gerding, 71

February 18, 2014

Gladys Juanita Gerding, 71, of Larwill, passed away at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
She was born Sept. 23, 1942, in Summerset, Ky. and was the daughter of Goldie and Louella (Parsons) Bell.
She grew up in Union City and was married Nov. 12, 1972, in Marion, Ky. to Donald Gerding.
She was employed as an assembler for Maple Leaf Farms for 13 years. She enjoyed knitting blankets.

Donald Worley, 74

February 18, 2014

Donald R. Worley, 74, of South Whitley passed away at 11:42 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
He was born on March 17, 1939 in Illinois. He was the son of Marion and Viola (Andre) Worley. He graduated from Atwood High School with the Class of 1957.
He served with U.S. Army for two years and 11 months. He married Wanda Lee Brunner March 1, 1966, in Warsaw.
Don worked at Dana Corporation, Syracuse for 17 years in the Transmission Department.

February 17th

Arlo Knouff, 79

February 17, 2014

Arlo H. Knouff, 79, of southwest Noble County, died at 2:10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Miller Merry Manor, Columbia City where he had been a resident for the past two weeks.
He was born Feb. 22, 1934, in Kosciusko County, a son of Howard and Ora (Grimes) Knouff.
Surviving relatives include his wife, three children, two granddaughters, a brother and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.

Maureen Story, 65

February 17, 2014

Maureen Rheda Story, 65, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:49 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born April 13, 1948, in Marion, she was the daughter of Edward J. and Eileen M. (Beshlian) Lantz.
She graduated from Marion Bennett High School with the Class of 1966 and Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich., with the Class of 1970 with a bachelors degree in sociology.

February 14th

Ralph Wall, 87

February 14, 2014

Ralph E. Wall, 87, of Columbia City, died at 6:50 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at his home.
He was born Nov. 5, 1926 in Celina, Ohio a son of Ermine S. and Nora (Miller) Wall.
As a young boy, the family moved to Jefferson Township. He graduated from Jefferson Center High School.
On Nov. 24, 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Asiatic Pacific during World War II.
He was honorably discharged July 29, 1946.
He retired from International Harvester in 1985.
On Jan. 30, 1949, he was united in marriage to Marilyn J. Wilson.

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