Archive - Obituary
February 18th, 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Jeanette A. Carpenter, 83, of Huntington, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
Jeanette was born on Aug. 15, 1930, in Columbia City, and is the daughter of Ralph and Iva (Miles) Morrolf.
She graduated in 1948 from Coesse High School in Columbia City.
Jeanette married Donald L. Carpenter June 1, 1952, in Whitley County and worked at Culp CPA in Huntington.
She was a member of Faith Community Church of God as well as the Missionary Society both in Huntington.
Frank Duane Williamson, 81, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Saturday Feb. 8, 2014, at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Mich.
He was born Nov. 8, 1932, in Payne, Ohio, a son of the late Franklin and Mittie Williamson.
Frank resided in Sturgis since 2002, coming from Alabama. Before moving to Alabama, he lived in Columbia City for several years.
On April 5, 2002, he married Joyce (Sansone) Hickman at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses in Goshen.
Robert E. Howard, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:23 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Jan. 24, 1931, in Grant County, he was the son of Thomas and Mabel (Holloway) Howard.
Bob resided in Swayzee and Lithonia, Ga. before moving to Columbia City in 1993. He graduated from Upland High School with the Class of 1949.
On Jan. 28, 1984, he married Sarah C. Cunningham. Bob was the founder and former owner of Howard Plumbing & Heating located in Swayzee.
Judi L. Vaught , 50 passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Judi graduated from Columbia City Joint High School and Indiana University of Indianapolis, and was attending Indiana Tech Law School.
Surviving relatives include her mother, Shirley (Vance) Clem of Fort Wayne; brothers, Jack (Lureen) Vaught of Columbia City and John Coleman of Endicott, N.Y.; sisters, Teresa Steinbacher, Susan Coleman of Fort Wayne; seven nieces and nephews, 18 great-nieces and nephews and many special friends.
Rosalie Joann Kelley, 82, died unexpectedly at 11:47 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne, where she had been admitted early that evening.
She was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Columbia City, the daughter of Timothy and Bessie (King) Bair.
She has spent her lifetime in Columbia City, attending Columbia City High School.
She married Roger Eugene Kelley Nov. 24, 1956, at the Columbia City Church of the Nazarene.