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December 23rd

Frank Mercer, 86

December 23, 2010

Frank C. Mercer, 86, of Columbia City, died at 10:44 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 at his home.
He was born Nov. 28, 1924 in Portsmouth, Ohio a son of Howard R. and Eunice (Hiller) Mercer. He was educated in Portsmouth and completed his education in criminology in New London, Ohio.
On April 5, 1943 he was inducted in the United States Army, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 10, 1945.

Dave Kilgore, 63

December 23, 2010

Charles D. “Dave” Kilgore, 63, of rural Columbia City, died at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was transported earlier in the evening after becoming suddenly ill.
He was born Feb. 9, 1947 in Wolf Lake, a son of Charles K. and Lula (Baker) Kilgore. As a young boy his family moved to Detroit and later moved to Columbia City. He attended Columbia City High School and continued his education at Tri State University in Angola.

Franklin Geiger, 96

December 23, 2010

Franklin Geiger, 96, a lifelong farmer in Green Township in Noble County, passed away at 2:32 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 following a brief illness.
He was born March 2, 1914 in Noble County, a son of Herschel and Leona (Eberly) Geiger. He and his wife, Lenora Ellen (Fulk) Geiger, would have been married 70 years Feb. 27, 2011.
Survivors include his wife, Lenora Ellen; two daughters, Joan Young and Janice Parquet; and a son, John F. Geiger.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sugar Grove Church of God, with Pastor Timothy Grable, officiating.

Virginia Owen, 93

December 23, 2010

Virginia Owen, 93, a resident of Albion and widow of Clarence Owen, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.
Mrs. Owen was born Sept. 20, 1917 in Whitley County, a daughter of Frank and Clara (Gebert) Deutsch, and moved as a child with her parents to Collins. She attended the Collins Grade School, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1935.

Morris Darley, 92

December 23, 2010

Morris W. Darley, 92, formerly of South Whitley, died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at the Peabody Home, North Manchester where he had been a resident since September 2008.
He was born Dec. 6, 1918 in Midland, Mich., a son of Ralph William and Marie (Morris) Darley. As a young boy, his family moved to South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School and continued his education at Manchester College and Purdue University.

Norman Graves, 86

December 23, 2010

Norman W. Graves, 86, of Columbia City, died at 5:12 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where he was admitted Friday.
He was born Aug. 29, 1924 in Laud, a son of William Henry and Susan Rhoda (Smith) Graves. His formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. He was educated in the Jefferson Center High School and the Police Academy in Bloomington.

December 21st

Lavida Kethcart, 94

December 21, 2010

Lavida P. Kethcart, 94 of Huntington passed away at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at Norwood’s Health and Rehabilitation Center. She had worked at Square D Corporation as a coil winder. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother; she was a very caring and giving person.
She was born June 12, 1916 in Whitley County, a daughter of Herbert and Mary (Stallsmith) Clapp.
She was united in marriage to Laurence A. Kethcart June 7, 1936 in Indianapolis. He preceded her in death March 1, 2000.

Helen Johnson, 81

December 21, 2010

Helen Lois Johnson, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:58 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born July 6, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio, she was a daughter of Albert and Evelyn (Bushrey) Bourdeau.
She was raised in Toledo, Ohio but lived the majority of her life in Temperance, Mich. before moving to Columbia City in 2001. She attended the Toledo, Ohio school system. A mother and homemaker, she worked for several years as a bus aide for the handicapped in the Bedford School System.

Dorothy Murphy, 81

December 21, 2010

Dorothy M. Murphy, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:16 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Nov. 5, 1929 in Kokomo, she was a daughter of Carl and Pearl (Hyndman) Boyer. She was the widow of Garner E. Murphy.
At Mrs. Murphy’s request there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be private.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Murphy to Angelfood, c/o Eagle Quest Church, 1120 N. SR 109, Columbia City, IN 46725.
Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

Robert Adams, 58

December 21, 2010

Robert James Adams, 58 of Churubusco died at 11:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at Parkview Main Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born in California, he was a son of John and Connie Adams.
Survivors include his wife, Carol (Sharp) Adams; a son, Jarrod Adams; a daughter, Aryan Young and a brother, Richard Adams.
A memorial service will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 26 at 113 W. North Park Drive in Columbia City.

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