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March 18th, 2014

Gary King, 58

March 18, 2014

Gary King, age 58, of Columbia City passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born July 4, 1955 in Columbia City, he was the son of Roderick A. and Dorothy A. (Coffelt) King.
Gary enjoyed nature in general and loved being outdoors. He loved all animals and always had a dog nearby. To Gary every dog was Cocoa. He was a connoisseur of watches and also of piggybanks to collect all of his change.
Gary was an organ donor and gave the gift of life to others.

March 17th

Karen Sangillo, 72

March 17, 2014

Karen Estlick Sangillo, 72, died Thursday, March 13 at her home in Columbia City.
She was born on Sept. 19, 1941 in Columbia City to Robert and Natalie (Hoover) Estlick. She was baptized at Columbia City United Methodist Church. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City, where she graduated in 1959 from Columbia City High School. She attended Ball State College and Indiana University and graduated from International Business College in Fort Wayne.

March 14th

Ernest Coy Jr., 63

March 14, 2014

Ernest Jay Coy Jr., 63, of Leesburg, passed away at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his home at Tippecanoe Lake.
Born April 11, 1950, in Wolf Lake, Ernie was the son of Ernest Jay Sr. and Ruth Maxine (Gaff) Coy.
He grew up in the Columbia City and Tri-Lakes area. He attended Columbia City High School graduating with the Class of 1968. He earned his associates degree from IPFW and a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College.

March 13th

Roger Anderson

March 13, 2014

Roger Alan Anderson, retired SMSgt. for the U.S. Air Force, passed away March 6, 2014, in Omaha, Neb., due to complications from a short-term illness.
He was born Nov. 21, 1939, in Auburn, the son of Earl and Catharine (Blain) Anderson.
Roger was raised in Columbia City, and graduated Class of 1957 from Columbia City High School.

March 11th

Theron “Gale” Dafforn, 92

March 11, 2014

Theron “Gale” Dafforn, 92, of Columbia City passed away at 1 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Gale was born March 25, 1921, and was the son of Clarence “Ted” and Nola (Gross) Dafforn.
Gale spent his childhood in Noble, Whitley and Allen Counties spending his adult years in Columbia City area.
As a young person he was involved with 4-H Clubs. He attended Albion High School.
Gale met and fell in love with Margaret E. Ferrell at the Happy Valley Roller Skating Rink in 1942, and was married on June 19, 1943, in Columbia City by Rev. Arthur Gillespie.

March 10th

Betty Jane Blaising, 86

March 10, 2014

Betty Jane “BJ” Blaising, 86, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Born Nov. 6, 1927, in Fort Wayne, she was raised by her grandparents, Pearl Ethel Marker Keiser and Charles Marker. She is the daughter of the late Blanch M. Marker and Charles Hagen. She graduated from Edgerton High School in Ohio with the Class of 1944.
She retired from Allen County’s Printing Department where she worked 35 years in the print shop and composed more than 2,000 forms and printed many more. She worked for Fashion 220 and earned a company car.

Robert “Bob” McKinzie, 58

March 10, 2014

Robert L. “Bob” McKinzie Sr., 58, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 11:52 p.m. when he tragically, yet heroically, lost his life in a fire that took over his Coesse home.
The fire also claimed the life of his son-in-law, Rick Niemann.
Bob was born June 19, 1955, in Seymour, to Ervin and Marjorie (Bush) McKinzie.
He attended Huntington North High School, Huntington. Bob served his country while in the U.S. Army.
On Sept. 1, 1973, he and Cherie Shively were married in Huntington. They had lived in Coesse for seven years coming from Warsaw.

March 7th

Madelyn Walter, 96

March 7, 2014

Madelyn M. Walter, 96, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully at her son’s home Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 12:05 p.m. with her constant companion, her dog Nikki by her side.
She was born April 4, 1917, in Columbia City, a daughter of Cecil S. and Faith Aretha (Miller) Phend.
Her formative years were spent in Columbia City.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1936. After graduating she began work at the former Blue Bell.

March 6th

Gerald Maxwell, 88

March 6, 2014

Gerald Lee Maxwell 88, of rural Columbia City, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted a week ago.
He was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Fort Wayne, a son of Franklin and Ethel (Leath) Maxwell.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Maxwell of Columbia City.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service Sunday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Union Township Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to

Donald Rondeau, 78

March 6, 2014

Donald E. Rondeau, 78, a resident of Fort Wayne, died at 1:19 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Grey Stone Health and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne, where he had been a resident since January.
He was born March 29, 1935, in Yale, Mich, a son of the late Arthur and Louella (Kaislia) Rondeau.
As a young child the family moved to Columbia City where he attended West Ward Grade School and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1953.
He was the athletic Honor Blanket recipient in 1953.

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