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March 30th, 2011

Edith Beard, 99

March 30, 2011

Edith J. Beard, 99, of Columbia City, died at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Miller’s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since April 2005.
She was born Nov. 26, 1911 in Whitley County, a daughter of William R. and Elsie (Fisher) Hively. Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township where she attended the Hoops School. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
On Sept. 29, 1928 she was united in marriage to Alva C. Beard. They made their home in Larwill until 1942 when they moved to Columbia City. Mr. Beard died Feb. 12, 1982.

March 29th

Joseph Fulk, 91

March 29, 2011

Joseph M. Fulk, 91, a former resident of Churubusco, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the home of his son in New Haven.
Mr. Fulk was born May 11, 1919 in Mattoon, Ill., a son of Joseph William and Lilly Leota (Johnson) Fulk.
He served in the United States Army during World War II. He married Genevieve Louise Thompson who preceded him in death.
The surviving relatives include his children, Marleen Green, Judy Helfrich and David M. Fulk; and a sister, Violet Louise Heath.

Ron Geyer, 63

March 29, 2011

Ron Lee Geyer, 63, of Columbia City, and formerly of Florida passed away at 9:43 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born July 2, 1947 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Raymond Evan and Eldora Marie (Bieberich) Geyer.

Patricia Lafevor, 65

March 29, 2011

Patricia L. LaFevor, 65, of rural South Whitley, died at 10:20 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted March 12.
She was born July 26, 1945 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Robert J. and Ellen S. (Fearnow) Gebhart. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from Central Catholic High School.
On Sept. 14, 1968 she was united in marriage to Roger L. LaFevor. They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1974 when they moved to rural South Whitley. Mr. LaFevor died March 22, 2008.

March 28th

Mary McLaughlin, 94

March 28, 2011

Mary Jane McLaughlin, 94, formerly of Union Township, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Kalamazoo, Mich.
She was born Sept. 7, 1916 in Fayette Township, Hillsdale County, Mich., a daughter of James Harvey and Mayme (Bird) Price. Her formative years were spent in the Jonesville area. She graduated from Jonesville High School.

Bradley Haugen, 36

March 28, 2011

Bradley Joseph Haugen, 36, of Fort Wayne, died at 4:03 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Parkview North Hospital.
He was born Feb. 4, 1975 in Greenfield, a son of James Allen and Darleen K. (Nahrwold) Haugen. From 1975 until 1981 he resided in New Haven and from 1981 until 1991 he resided in Portland, Ore.
In 1991 he moved to Columbia City until moving to the Bethesda Lutheran Ministry Home in Fort Wayne a year ago. He graduated from Huntington North High School.
He had been employed at Passages and later Anthony Wayne Services in Fort Wayne.

Rex Grable, 82

March 28, 2011

Rex E. Grable, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at his home.
He was born Jan. 23, 1929 in Churubusco, a son of Clarence T. and Bertha O. (Meyers) Grable. At the age of four, his family moved to Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947.
On Aug. 3, 1947 he was united in marriage to Eleanor J. Tanner. They made their home in Columbia City until 1988 when they moved to Troy Cedar Lake. Since October 2010 they have made their home east of Columbia City.

Katharine Lembright, 92

March 28, 2011

Katharine A. “Kay” Lembright, R.N., 92, of Columbia City, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at The Oaks Nursing facility, where she had been a resident for two weeks. She was born Aug. 10, 1918 to Arthur and Eva Marie (Koons) Lembright, Sr., in Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio.

March 25th

Wesley Smith, 25

March 25, 2011

Wesley L. Smith, 25, a Columbia City native, died Thursday, March 24, 2011.
He was born Nov. 27, 1985 in Fort Wayne, a son of Duane A. and Diana E. (Clark) Smith. His formative years were spent in rural Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 2004.
He joined the United States Army where he served in Iraq, Indianapolis and most recently El Paso, Texas.
On Feb. 26, 2010 he was united in marriage to Caroline M. Cripe.
In January, he began his employment at Micropulse.

Geraldine Robinette, 87

March 25, 2011

Geraldine “Jeri” Robinette, 87, of Columbia City, died early Wednesday morning, March 23, 2011 in Naples, Fla.
She was born June 24, 1923 in Wabash County, a daughter of George W. and Marie (Grimm) Garrison. At the age of six, her family moved to Huntington County. She graduated from Bippus High School. In 1942 she moved to Fort Wayne.
On June 22, 1946 she was united in marriage to Joe A. Auker. They made their home in South Whitley. Dr. Auker died Feb. 1, 1979.
She assisted her husband in the operations of J.A. Auker Veterinary Hospital for nearly 30 years.

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